UPPAbaby G-Luxe Review
Pros: Stylish, color-coded brakes, easy to use
Cons: Heavier, large and long, poor storage access
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|Pros||Stylish, color-coded brakes, easy to use||Easy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweight||Lightweight, giant canopy, price||Easy to use and push, useful features, quick fold||Nice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes|
|Cons||Heavier, large and long, poor storage access||Expensive, not the best napper||Lower quality, poor off-road capabilities||Heavier and larger||Limited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern|
|Bottom Line||Easy to use features can't make up for disappointing maneuverability||Stylish, lightweight, easy mover, that folds small but has a higher price||Lightweight with good features and price but it could be smaller or easier to push off-road||Weight and size could make it a poor traveler but features are convenient||Great maneuverability but only average in other areas|
|Rating Categories||UPPAbaby G-Luxe||BabyZen Yoyo+||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||Britax B-Lively||Mountain Buggy Nano|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||UPPAbaby G-Luxe||BabyZen Yoyo+||ZOE XL1 BEST v2||Britax B-Lively||Mountain Buggy Nano|
|Weight||13.1 lbs||13.5 lbs||16.3 lbs||17.4 lbs||16.3 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||14"W x 15.3"H x 42"L||17.5"W x 9"H x 20.8"L||21.3"W x 9.5"H x 27.4"L||24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L||21.2"W x 11"H x 20.3"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 40 lbs
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Maximum: 44 lbs
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||Britax All Britax Seats||Universal Adapter|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||Cybex
|None||Britax All Britax Seats||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||Universal Adapter|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||42.5||39.8"||39.7"||40"||39.2"|
|Included Accessories||None||Rain Shield||None||None||Travel Bag|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The UPPAbaby company was started by an American family over ten years ago. The company is inspired by daily life with family and they try to create improved products that don't sacrifice features, convenience or style.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Luxe weighs 16.3 lbs making it heavy for a lightweight option and helping it earn disappointing results for weight and folded size. It measures 8,996 cubic inches when folded, which makes it the largest option in the group. These measurements make it potentially frustrating for use on travel or commuting and the longer package can also make it hard to stow.
Ease of Use
The G-Luxe is easy to use thanks to simple features with straightforward designs.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Luxe has a traditional umbrella fold that requires two hands to execute. The frame release is awkward and the button can be hard to push if you start pulling on the release handle before pushing it. It has an automatic lock and self-stands.
This stroller has color-coded single action brakes that are easy to set and release with a press to set and release design you can execute with your barefoot.
The medium storage bin is challenging to access thanks to the folding mechanism that crisscrosses the back of the frame. Access becomes more difficult with the seatback reclined as the opening becomes non-existent, but smaller items can be stored in the canopy pocket for easier access. It also has an open, removable cup holder on the side of the frame.
The canopy is a lovely design that suits the frame. It is bigger than most of the competition and includes a mesh peek-a-boo window. The window has a cover with a magnetic closure. It has a flimsy pull out visor for additional coverage.
The 5-point harness is one of the easiest in the group to fit. Making shoulder height adjustments using the rethread is a breeze and it is super easy to adjust the length of the straps up and down for size. We still think the shortest length is likely too long for smaller babies.
This stroller has minimal recline with an easy to use squeezable adjustment (above left) you can operate with one hand. The leg rest is adjustable with under-seat levers (above right), but much like the old G-Luxe, it is somewhat wonky. The footrest feels more durable than its predecessor, but it is still thin plastic and only time will tell and it is too new to say at this time.
Car Seat Compatibility
The G-Luxe is not compatible with any infant car seats and should not be used with any baby who cannot sit unsupported with adequate head and neck control. Most umbrella strollers are missing the design and features necessary for infants who lack head and neck control.
Ease of Setup
Despite a change from dual front wheels to single, the G-Luxe is challenging to maneuver. This stroller is easy enough to push on flat surfaces, but it isn't the best. moving over grass and gravel is challenging and even with the single front wheels, you don't want to go far pushing this stroller.
The G-Luxe is of higher quality than the average stroller in this review. The new G-luxe has a sharp and finished look the old one never mastered. The fabric is soft and smooth and the seat is well-padded. The frame is sturdy with few fasteners and little flex. It has foam-filled plastic wheels and covered handles that move inwards when pushing like traditional umbrella strollers which could make long trips uncomfortable for the pusher.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz