If you want to stand out, reviewers say the Orbit Baby G2 is for you -- its sleek looks attract a lot of admirers. It's pricey and there are some minor qualms about storage and bulk, but it's also packed with features and could be the only stroller you'll ever need -- just beware of add-ons that boost the already eye-popping price tag.
Safe for babies and
the environment. The Orbit Baby G2
has one-touch foot brakes, a five-point harness, a swing-away support bar, a
security strap and a sturdy aluminum frame. The foam and fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified, which means they've been tested for
nearly 200 potentially risky chemicals and substances. The snack tray is BPA-
and PVC-free. One expert's video review
shows that a 3-year-old can easily undo the harness buckle.
Adjustable comfort. The Orbit Baby G2's seat fully reclines and swivels 360 degrees, letting your child face in any direction. One hand adjusts the three-position footrest and folds the frame, but you must remove the seat first to take advantage of the one-handed fold. A one-touch brake locks both back wheels, but beware of sandals -- as one reviewer notes, you'll need the top of your foot to unlock the wheels. The tallest parents can stroll comfortably with handles that adjust up to 46.5 inches, and most reviewers say they can push the stroller with one hand. The stroller seat fabric and infant insert are removable and machine washable.
Cool features, but storage suffers. At 26 pounds, the Orbit Baby G2 isn't light, but it fits in a small trunk with the seat and frame nested. Some owners say the Orbit is too bulky for convenient air travel, with one reporting the stroller had to be checked on four flights because of its size. A travel bag (*Est. $195) is sold separately.
Parents rave about the huge canopy, but there is no window, and one expert says the material lets in too much light. A ventilation system, snack tray and adjustable footrest also bump up the comfort factor. Storage is a sticking point for reviewers, who say the underseat cargo pod is harder to use than a basket. Optional panniers (*Est. $120) add storage to the sides.
An included infant insert lets you use the Orbit Baby G2 from birth until your child hits the 40-pound weight limit. Optional stroller boards (*Est. $120) allow children to ride along until they hit 50 pounds. A compatible bassinet (*Est. $295), infant car seat (*Est. $440) and toddler car seat (*Est. $380) are sold separately. Other add-ons are a footmuff (*Est. $160) and a weather pack that includes a rain shield and bug net (*Est. $55).
The Orbit Baby G2's souped-up suspension delivers a smooth ride. The foam tires handle fine on most even surfaces, but they aren't as adept as air-filled tires on rough terrain. A few owners complain of sluggish or cracked wheels, but they say Orbit was quick to respond.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including car seat and travel system strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and also interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. Although the authors focus mainly on reviewing stroller brands, they do have some stroller ratings. They discuss the Orbit Baby brand in general and the G2 specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
2. Good Housekeeping
Review Credibility: Excellent The Orbit Baby G2 earns a B rating in this test of 36 strollers by the engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Editors found no safety issues. They praise the stroller's maneuverability, stability, brakes and intuitive baby harness. However, they find storage lacking and say the handles can be tricky to use and adjust. The folded stroller is also hard to carry, they say.
Review: Orbit Baby Stroller G2, Editors of Good Housekeeping Research Institute, July 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good Hollie Schultz praises the Orbit Baby G2's head-turning looks and features, including the 360-degree swivel, ventilation, smooth ride, maneuverability, one-handed fold and adjustable handles. She notes that toddlers can easily undo the buckle and remove and dump the snack tray. She also notes that the thin canopy material lets in too much sun. The review is not comparative, but is thorough and includes pros and cons.
Review: Orbit Baby G2 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, July 18, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good Farhad Manjoo compares the high-end Orbit Baby G2, Stokke Xplory, phil&teds Verve, Bugaboo Donkey and UppaBaby Vista in six categories: ride, flexibility, storage, amenities, lifespan and style. He says the Orbit tops the others because of its good looks, one-handed features and ability to accommodate so many seat types. His main criticism is storage space -- only the Xplory fares worse in that category.
Review: Which Bank-Breaking Stroller Is Best?, Farhad Manjoo, June 17, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good This mom of nine and self-described stroller addict lauds the Orbit Baby G2's one-handed fold, 360-degree swivel, adjustable handles and high-quality fabric. She also heaps praise on Orbit Baby's customer service, but does not cover any negatives. The review is thorough but not comparative, though she does indicate that the Orbit beats a major competitor, the Bugaboo Cameleon.
Review: Real Life Review of the Orbit Baby G2 System, "The Stroller Girl ", April 8, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Reviewers are split on the Orbit Baby G2, which earns an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 in just over a dozen reviews. While most praise the stroller's looks and 360-degree rotation, others ding the storage and expensive add-ons. A couple also say it's too bulky to travel well. A few reviewers detail problems with quality, such as cracked wheels, but say the company quickly rectified the issues.
Review: Orbit Baby Stroller G2, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Orbit Baby G2 earns 5 stars out of a possible 5, based on seven rating categories. The review heaps praise on the stroller's compact, one-hand fold, comparing it to the Baby Jogger. The durable green materials get high marks, as does maneuverability, which the review compares to the lighter Bugaboo Cameleon. The only con noted is the price.
Review: Orbit Baby G2 Green Stroller Review, Editors of StrollerLife.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Alison Ray, a longtime owner of the Orbit Baby G1, details the improvements Orbit made to the G2 after testing the stroller for two months. She is a big fan of the optional Sidekick stroller boards, 360-degree seat swivel and full seat recline. The only con, she says, is the price. The review is thorough, but she does not compare the Orbit Baby G1 with other strollers.
Review: The Great Stroller Debate … What Are You Driving? Part 2, Alison Ray, Jan.17, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Jamie Grayson, a baby gear expert, adores the Orbit Baby G2. He praises the 360-degree swivel, full recline, canopy, environmentally friendly fabrics and optional Sidekick stroller boards. He notes two cons: There are limited color options and the stroller is bulky when folded with the seat still on. The review is detailed, but does not compare the Orbit Baby G2 with other strollers.
Review: Orbit G2 with Sidekick, Jamie Grayson, March 15, 2011