G-Luxe 2017 vs. 2018
UPPAbaby has really vamped up the G-Luxe stroller and now it is more like a cross between a lightweight umbrella stroller and a full-size stroller. It has a much larger basket with improved access and a multi-paneled extendable canopy that should offer about twice as much coverage as the previous version. The frame has a more robust design similar to the Cruz stroller and the double front wheels have been replaced with single wheels that should greatly improve the G-Luxe's average maneuverability. The stroller is about 2 lbs heavier weighing in at 16.3 lbs and has a price tag of $280, $20 higher than the old version. Below you can see the differences between the two strollers side by side. The 2017 G-Luxe is on the left and the 2018 version is on the right. We are now linking to the newer version in this review.
Hands-on Gear Review
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is a nice stroller with arguably the most comfortable seat, but its heavier weight and folded size prevented it from scoring higher or winning an award.
UPPAbaby is an American business with a long background in the juvenile industry with inspiration drawn from their own families experiences. They are constantly on the lookout for ways to make products lighter, easier to use, safer for baby, and fun, without sacrificing convenience or style. UPPAbaby manufactures a wide selection of strollers and one infant car seat.
The chart below shows how the G-Luxe stacked up against the competition in an easy to understand format with the G-Luxe shown in blue.
The following sections detail point by point the test results in each metric that when combined create the overall score that influences rank.
The G-Luxe has a nice shoulder carry strap for easy stroller transport.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Luxe received a 4 of 10 for the weight and folded size metric. It has a weight of 14.4 lbs and measures 8,268.96 cubic inches when it is folded. Only one stroller is larger than the G-Luxe, making it a poor choice for those looking for something compact and easy to travel with. The Quinny Yezz is a similarly priced stroller that is much lighter and smaller than the G-Luxe and will fit just about anything. The G-Luxe does offer a shoulder carry strap, which makes it easier to lug about.
Ease of Use
The G-Luxe earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use. This is the second highest score the metric. However, there are easier strollers to use, like the Zoe XL1 Best v2 that earned an 8 for this metric and costs $60 less than the G-Luxe.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Luxe has a convoluted two-handed fold. The frame release is awkward with a push the button and pull up on the release handles (above left) on both sides simultaneously before folding. The button will be impossible to push if you start pulling on the release handle first. It has an automatic lock and self-stand (above right).
The G-Luxe has single action brakes, which isn't common in umbrella products. The brakes have a false feeling of being set when they aren't, you need to ensure the pedal is pressed firmly down to set the brakes. We suggest parents wiggle the stroller a bit to confirm it is indeed parked.
The G-Luxe storage bin can only be accessed with the seat back in the upright position, and it only fit our medium size diaper bag.
The storage bin on the G-Luxe holds up to 10 lbs and we fit our medium sized diaper bag inside fairly easily. Access to the bin is easy if the seat back is in the upright position, but if it is reclined, you won't be using it. This stroller also has a parent cup holder that hangs on the side of the frame.
The canopy on the G-Luxe is one of the nicest in the group, but the lack of viewing window is a disappointment on a canopy this large.
The sunshade on the G-Luxe is large and works well. It is one of the best we looked at with a pop out visor and SPF 50, but it doesn't have a peek-a-boo window. With some of the smaller canopies may not need a window, but it would be nice if this large canopy had some way to peek on baby while strolling.
While we worry that the minimum shoulder strap height on the G-Luxe is too tall for smaller riders, adjusting the straps themselves is simple and the buckle is very easy to use.
The G-Luxe has a nice harness with smooth silky straps that are easy to adjust and rethread for height changes. The buckle is easy to use with one hand and didn't give us any problems.
The G-Luxe seat has an easy to use recline adjustment (above left) and a padded adjustable leg rest (above right). The recline is operated with a plastic button you squeeze with one hand, as opposed to straps you pull or zippered sides. While the back doesn't recline flat, the three settings recline far enough for comfortable napping. The only downside is the footrest is located fairly far under the seat, making it hard for some children to use.
BabyGearLab believes that umbrella strollers do not offer the best design, or adequate features, to be truly suitable for babies under 6 months of age. Because younger babies lack head and neck control, they require additional support and shorter shoulder strap heights to prevent injury while moving over uneven surfaces. If you want to use your new umbrella stroller with a baby under 6 months, we recommend choosing an option that is compatible with an infant car seat carrier (see the stroller comparison chart
). In addition, a snug fitting harness should always be used to secure baby in the stroller. An adult should regularly check baby to ensure that the harness straps have not slipped out of position.
Ease of Setup
The G-Luxe is easy to set up and took us 3:50 minutes with no tools. The UPPAbaby manual is nicely designed and easy to follow.
The G-Luxe earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. This is not the easiest stroller to push and turn with a small wobble problem and vibration in handlebar we saw in other dual front wheel designs. It isn't bad on smooth surfaces and it is easy to turn and navigate smaller spaces, but it is hard to push on uneven surfaces, and the wheels tend to veer off course when they encounter objects in the path. We found it was nearly impossible to turn on grass and gravel without tipping the stroller back to take the front wheels out of the equation.
The G-Luxe has the same plastic dual front wheel design as the majority of umbrella strollers and it hurt its overall maneuverability score.
This stroller has all wheel suspension, padded sling style seat, and foam covered ergonomic shaped handles. We think it will be comfortable to use for both parents and passengers.
The G-Luxe earned an 8 of 10 for quality. UPPAbaby always shines in the quality department and the G-Luxe is no exception. This stroller is sturdy with a clean design. It has few exposed fasteners and everything feels tight with little flex. The wheels are simple plastic similar to other umbrella options, but nicer. The stroller has no rough edges, frayed fabric or stitching errors.