Lower safety ratings from independent testers. One independent testing organization reports that the UppaBaby G-Luxe doesn't perform as well in a stability and braking test as other, similar strollers. However, this critique is not echoed in expert and user reviews. The G-Luxe features a five-point safety harness and rear brakes that engage with a foot-operated pedal. However, they are not linked, and must be set individually. Owners say the G-Luxe is easy to push and maneuvers well.
There were a few complaints in 2011 from consumers that the G-Luxe would unexpectedly fold up on the passenger. Responding to the complaints, UppaBaby discovered a defect in a specific lot of strollers from March through July 2011. UppaBaby issued an immediate recall of all affected strollers -- contacting registered warranty holders and posting the information on the front page of their website. No injuries were reported; all subsequent lots have remedied the problem, and a formal recall was never warranted. More information is available at their website.
Accessible fold, carry, recline and clean features. The padded seat of the UppaBaby G-Luxe removes quickly and easily for machine washing. The stroller's fold mechanism is placed so parents don't have to bend over when collapsing the stroller. Even better, the G-Luxe stands when folded, which makes it easier to stow and helps to keep it clean. The G-Luxe includes a shoulder strap for ease of carrying. It has an easy, drawstring-style recline.
Parents say the UppaBaby G-Luxe is easy to push and maneuvers exceptionally well, even with one hand or over more challenging terrain.
Comfort for child and parent. The UppaBaby G-Luxe gets rave reviews for comfort for young babies and for older children. With a 120 degree recline, it's not suitable for newborns, but can be used for ages 3 months and up to 50 pounds. The four-wheel suspension provides additional comfort for the rider. The footrest is adjustable, but some parents say it has to be pushed down every time you open the stroller. The seat is padded and roomy. The sun canopy is large, with an extendable sunshade for almost full coverage and SPF 50+ sun protection. The G-Luxe comes with a removable cup holder for parents and includes an under-seat basket that can hold a few basics or a diaper bag.
At 42 inches tall, the G-Luxe's handle height is higher than most. Tall parents say it is comfortable to push and steer, while smaller parents don't post any complaints about it being too tall. UppaBaby has also engineered the stroller with a higher frame in the back to prevent people from kicking the back of the stroller.
UppaBaby has a reputation for providing exceptional customer service and quick replacement when owners call with problems. The G-Luxe carries a better than average two-year warranty (most umbrella strollers have a one-year warranty).
The UppaBaby G-Luxe has a lot of full-size stroller features at an amazingly low weight of just 11 pounds. Yes, less expensive lightweight strollers also recline, but owner feedback about the G-Luxe is almost universally positive.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The 2011 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, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of BabyGizmo.com put the UppaBaby G-Luxe on their list of top five lightweight, umbrella strollers. There is no review of the G-Luxe, merely a list of product features. BabyGizmo.com is such a credible source though; if they say it's a top five, it's probably a good pick.
Review: Umbrella/Lightweight Strollers, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Not dated
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
Review Credibility: Very Good The UppaBaby G-Luxe gets an overall rating of 4.7 stars based upon more than two dozen reviews. Owners say it's an almost perfect stroller, praising its light weight, sturdy construction and easy push. There are very few negative comments, although one reviewer says the cup holder falls off too easily.
Review: UppaBaby G-Luxe Lightweight Stroller (2012), Contributors to PeppyParents.com, As of August 2012
5. Canadian Family
Review Credibility: Good The UppaBaby G-Luxe wins the best lightweight stroller in the price category of under $200 in the Canadian Family 2011 stroller roundup. They like its sturdiness, ease of use and compact fold. They also say it is a good fit for tall people. Perspectives come from the editor and input from parents.
Review: The 9 Best Single Strollers of 2011, Ali Martell, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good Writer, frequent flyer and mom of two Corrine McDermott writes about baby-friendly travel, from product reviews to airline policies. In this article, she 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, Corrine McDermott, April 10, 2012
Review Credibility: Good The UppaBaby G-Luxe is among the 32 umbrella-style strollers rated and tested by the editors of ConsumerReports.org for ease of use, maneuverability and safety (durability is no longer rated). While the testing is commendable, editors offer only a very brief editorial take on the strollers and offer few details. There are also a number of strollers in the roundup that are discontinued, making this seem dated.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of August 2012
8. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review Credibility: Fair This favorable review commends the UppaBaby G-Luxe for its lightweight, quality aluminum frame, the fact that it stands up folded and that is easy to fold down and lock. The reviewer's only negative comment is that the canopy does not stay in place.
Review: UppaBaby G-Luxe, Editors of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Jan. 29, 2010