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UPPAbaby G-Luxe Review

Harder to push, spendy option that falls short of impressive performance
UPPAbaby G-Luxe
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $280 List | $200 at Amazon
Pros:  Stylish, color-coded brakes, easy to use
Cons:  Heavier, large and long, poor storage access
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 24, 2019
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 35% 4
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Maneuverability - 25% 5
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is a step above the old G-Luxe with a nicer wheel design and stylish good looks. Unfortunately, it is still challenging to push on anything other than flat surfaces and the storage bin is virtually inaccessible. While we like the ample canopy and the carry strap, this heavier stroller is the largest when folded and the long length makes it hard to stow in smaller spaces. With no real standout features setting it apart from the competition or justifying the price, it is hard to recommend the G-Luxe unless you are an UPPAbaby superfan.

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Pros Stylish, color-coded brakes, easy to useEasy to push and turn, nice quality, lightweightLightweight, giant canopy, priceEasy to use and push, useful features, quick foldNice maneuverability, compact fold, easy brakes
Cons Heavier, large and long, poor storage accessExpensive, not the best napperLower quality, poor off-road capabilitiesHeavier and largerLimited napping recline, shoulder strap safety concern
Bottom Line Easy to use features can't make up for disappointing maneuverabilityStylish, lightweight, easy mover, that folds small but has a higher priceLightweight with good features and price but it could be smaller or easier to push off-roadWeight and size could make it a poor traveler but features are convenientGreat 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%)
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Ease Of Use (30%)
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Maneuverability (25%)
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Quality (10%)
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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
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Minimum: Newborn
Maximum: 44 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None Britax All Britax Seats Universal Adapter
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Cybex
Aton Q
Nuna
Pipa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP
None Britax All Britax Seats None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None Universal Adapter
One-handed Fold No Yes Yes Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Carry Strap Yes Yes No No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 42.5 39.8" 39.7" 40" 39.2"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories None Rain Shield None None Travel Bag
Setup Time 3:07 13:20 2:49 5:04 4:35

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.

Performance Comparison



The G-Luxe doesn't fold very small and the longer profile can make...
The G-Luxe doesn't fold very small and the longer profile can make it hard to store on public transportation or in smaller trunks.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

The G-Luxe has a carry strap but this doesn't do much to make the...
The G-Luxe has a carry strap but this doesn't do much to make the weight and size more manageable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The G-Luxe is easy to use thanks to simple features with straightforward designs.

The G-Luxe requires the sides to be pulled up simultaneously to fold...
The G-Luxe has an automatic locking function that holds the stroller...

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.

The G-Luxe has color-coded brakes that are foot friendly.
The G-Luxe has color-coded brakes that are foot friendly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


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.

Access to the G-Luxe storage bin is limited from the top back with...
Access to the G-Luxe storage bin is limited from the top back with no access once you fold the seat down.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


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 sharper and better looking than the previous G-Luxe...
The canopy is sharper and better looking than the previous G-Luxe canopy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


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 G-Luxe buckle is one of the easiest to use with harness...
The G-Luxe buckle is one of the easiest to use with harness adjustments that are a breeze.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


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.

The seatback on the G-Luxe reclines by squeezing the button and...
The G-Luxe has an adjustable leg rest and while it is easier than...

Seat


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




The new G-Luxe has single front wheels which should make it easier...
The new G-Luxe has single front wheels which should make it easier to push and turn, but somehow fail to do so.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


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 nicer quality and looks sharper than its predecessor...
The G-Luxe is nicer quality and looks sharper than its predecessor, but it isn't nice enough to merit the price.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz