The 8.8-pound UppaBaby G-Lite is a great choice if you're looking for a lightweight stroller for an older baby or toddler that is comfortable, easy to use and maneuvers well. The G-Lite folds up small, but opens to a stroller that is a great fit even for bigger babies or older children. One caveat: It's only suitable for ages 6 months and up, making it less versatile than other umbrella strollers.
A sturdy ride in a featherweight package. Thanks to a well-engineered design, the UppaBaby G-Lite is able to provide great stability in spite of its low weight. The five-point safety harness is easy for parents to operate, but can't be easily undone by a toddler. The rear brakes operate independently, but owners say they are easy to engage. The front brakes lock for increased stability on bumpy roads.
A snap to clean, fold and carry. The UppaBaby G-Lite's padded seat removes quickly and easily for machine washing -- a great advantage given inevitable spills and accidents. The stroller's fold mechanism is placed so that parents don't have to bend over when collapsing the stroller. Even better, the G-Lite stands up when folded, making it easier to stow. The G-Lite includes a shoulder strap. Owners say the G-Lite is easy to push, and many say they can push it with one hand. It gets particularly high praise as a travel stroller thanks to its low weight of 8.8 pounds.
Good for older babies and toddlers. The UppaBaby G-Lite is recommended for ages 6 months to 55 pounds, and has a roomy, comfortable, padded seat. It does not recline so may not be best for toddlers who still need to nap. The sun canopy has an extendable sun shade and SPF 50-plus sun protection. It comes with a parent cup holder and an under-seat basket that is roomy for an umbrella stroller.
The G-Lite features four-wheel suspension, which makes it a smoother ride on bumpier surfaces. At 42 inches tall, the G-Lite's handle height is higher than most, making it a particularly good fit for taller parents.
Kate Bayless gives the UppaBaby G-Lite 5 stars out of 5 -- as does her parent tester. Bayless says it's a great combination of compact fold with full-size convenience but points out that it's not good for kids who still nap. The parent tester says it's easy to push and carry.
Review: The 17 Best Umbrella Strollers, Kate Bayless, Oct. 22, 2012
2. Baby Bargains
The 2013 edition of "Baby Bargains," written by consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields, covers a variety of stroller manufacturers. The authors provide overall ratings for brands and for individual models. Their reviews take into account parent feedback and personal research and experiences. In the latest edition, they discuss UppaBaby in detail and the G-Lite specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
In her video review of the UppaBaby G-Lite, Hollie Schultz says it's a particularly good stroller for travel because it's light, folds up compactly and has a convenient carry strap. She also notes that, in spite of its compact size, it opens out to become a good-sized stroller.
Review: UppaBaby G-Lite 2013 Stroller Review, Hollie Schultz, Feb. 13, 2013
The UppaBaby G-Lite receives a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on about 10 customer reviews. Contributors love the G-Lite's light weight, superior maneuverability and ability to stand while folded. There are some scattered quality complaints, but most say customer service was helpful and prompt.
Review: UppaBaby 2013 G-Lite Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
In more than 10 reviews, the UppaBaby G-Lite gets an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say they love how light it is and its maneuverability makes it easy to navigate narrow store aisles. It gets particularly high praise as a travel stroller.
Review: UppaBaby G-Lite Stroller, Contributors to BabyEarth.com, As of August 2013
This positive review praises the UppaBaby G-Lite for its light weight, standing fold and cool mesh seat with removable cushion. It is part of a "9 best stroller" roundup, but there is no mention of testing, and it's not compared to the other strollers in the roundup.
Review: 9 Best Strollers, Margaret Williams, Not dated