The UppaBaby G-Luxe is an ultralight (13.4 pounds), easy-to-use stroller for children from 3 months to 55 pounds. Reviewers say it's comfortable for both the rider and the parent, and it gets particularly rave reviews from taller parents and those with bigger babies or older toddlers due to its high handlebars and roomy seat. It's not suitable for newborns and doesn't include convenience features like a parent console or child's snack tray.
Standard safety features. The UppaBaby G-Luxe has a five-point safety harness and lockable front wheels for extra stability. The buckle is easy for a parent to undo, but difficult for a child. The rear brakes are not linked, so they must be set individually. The hinges are covered so little -- or big -- fingers don't get pinched. There was an issue in early 2013 with one production batch that led to a problem with the front wheels wobbling. The few customers who were affected said customer service was quick to acknowledge the problem and send replacement wheels.
Mostly a one-handed operation. Reviewers say the UppaBaby G-Luxe folds smoothly and the latch on the handle means you don't have to bend over to collapse the stroller. It also stands when folded, which makes it easier to transport and helps to keep it clean. The G-Luxe includes a shoulder strap for ease of carrying. Parents say the UppaBaby G-Luxe is easy to push and maneuvers exceptionally well, even with one hand or over more challenging terrain. The padded seat of the UppaBaby G-Luxe can be removed quickly and easily for machine washing.
Comfort for child and parent. The UppaBaby G-Luxe gets rave reviews for comfort for young riders. It does not recline fully, so it can only be used from ages 3 months up to 55 pounds. Its wide, roomy seat means it stays comfy as your child grows. The four-wheel suspension provides a smooth ride. The footrest is adjustable. The sun canopy is large, with an extendable sunshade for almost full coverage, SPF 50-plus sun protection. There is a removable cup holder for parents and a medium-sized under-seat basket. The frame arches to prevent parents from kicking the stroller when they walk.
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Kate Bayless, a prolific baby products blogger, rounds up the best 17 umbrella strollers, including the UppaBaby G-Luxe which receives a 4 star out of 5 expert rating and 5-star parent rating. Bayless says it's comfortable, with great sun coverage, while the parent tester loves its modern looks and great handling.
Review: The 17 Best Umbrella Strollers, 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-Luxe specifically.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags and other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
Review Credibility: Very Good The UppaBaby G-Luxe receives a rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars based on about 90 customer reviews. Most contributors are very happy with the G-Luxe's low weight and ability to stand while folded -- however, some say the standing position isn't very stable. There are several quality issues mentioned by owners. One says the frame snapped in two, and another says a defective stroller folded up on a child. It appears that UppaBaby is quick to respond with replacements, but one of the contributors ultimately wanted to avoid the brand altogether due to numerous issues.
Review: UppaBaby G-Luxe Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
4. Canadian Family
The UppaBaby G-Luxe was tested by a mom of two children who reviews it and lists pros and cons. She likes the higher handlebars and large basket. She says it was hard to lock the stroller the first few times and wishes it had a snack tray for her child.
Review: The 7 Best Family-Tested Lightweight Strollers, Editors of Canadian Family, Summer 2013, print edition
The UppaBaby G-Luxe receives a rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars based on about 30 customer reviews. Most contributors say it's a perfect stroller -- comfortable and maneuverable. The overall rating is brought down by a wheel issue that was a result of a defective batch. Customers who contacted UppaBaby say they responded quickly to replace the wheels.
Review: Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013, Not dated
In more than 40 reviews, the UppaBaby G-Luxe receives a perfect rating of 5 stars out of 5. Customers love that it's light and maneuverable, and that it includes a cup holder. A number of buyers mention that it's like the G-Lite but with more features, making it worth the extra money.
Review: UppaBaby G-Luxe 2013 Stroller, Contributors to PishPoshBaby.com, As of August 2013
Writer, frequent flyer and mom of two Corinne McDermott reviews the UppaBaby G-Luxe as a travel stroller. The review is highly positive -- she praises the G-Luxe's light weight, stylish appearance and ease of use. She also notes that it's a comfortable push for her tall husband.
Review: Have Stroller Will Travel: Travel with UppaBaby G-Luxe, Corinne McDermott, April 10, 2012