In my search for the best umbrella stroller, it became increasingly clear that I'd have my work cut out for me. But after reading through an extensive number of reviews, staying on top of product recalls and seeing poll results that reflect consumer trending as well as reading the latest edition of Consumer Reports, I strongly believe I've found the best umbrella stroller on the market and it comes from a company called UPPAbaby.
A high level of style and convenience is how UPPAbaby is described. Consumers tend to agree, especially with the UPPAbaby G-Luxe. This umbrella stroller has been compared with other top umbrella models such as the Maclaren Triumph, and these two went head to head on many factors, but the reviews don't lie, neither do recall news, and in the end the victory belongs to the G-Luxe.
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe is considered full-sized and lightest weight in its class. Weighing a mere 11 pounds, it packs a lot of high quality features for such a feather-light umbrella stroller.
Let's explore more of the features and how this stroller can help you, and then we'll go into what G-Luxe owners have to say about their stroller. You'll be crazy for this stroller by the time you're finished with this review!
For 2018 the UPPAbaby G-Luxe has made the following enhancements :
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe has lockable front swivel wheels which add more stability. The four 5½-inch wheels with shock absorbing suspension allows ease of maneuvering and pushing. These features make the G-Luxe perfect for outings and long distance trips. One satisfied dad claims that he can even push it on cobblestone paths and the stroller pushes very easily compared to other stroller brands he has tried.
Another excellent feature of the G-Luxe is that it stands when folded because it has a little stand next to the wheels. Take a close look at the photo of the folded G-Luxe to see what I mean. This umbrella stroller folds by using a one-hand trigger, and this is convenient especially when traveling by public transportation. The compact fold is especially beneficial for storage, particularly in smaller homes.
The UPPAbaby G-Luxe umbrella stroller reclines in three positions using a new lever that works one-handed. This is my personal favorite kind of recline - it is effortless. Not many umbrella strollers offer a reclining seat, but because the G-Luxe does, your child can rest comfortably. This is essential for long trips when your child is worn out from all that excitement.
This UPPAbaby stroller has a 5-point harness for your baby's safety. Simply adjust the harness to allow for your child's growth and when you wish to convert to a 3-point lap belt, you can remove the shoulder straps. Securing your baby snugly, the harness has a Velcro cover that hides the buckles to prevent your little Houdini from planning an escape. I think the Velcro cover makes it look nice and neat as well.
With a toddler, you're going to have inevitable messes and having a removable, washable seat pad is a huge benefit. The fabric is very soft and the padding is plush.
The seatback is reinforced with the stroller frame, so your child experiences the combined softness of the cushioned seat pad but firm support to help with posture and comfort. I like the back support and have heard of many complaints from hammock-style seating in other umbrella or lightweight strollers.
To make naptime even more restful, especially for smaller babies with short legs, the UPPAbaby G-Luxe has an adjustable foot rest that flips up to give needed support. You feel great seeing your child napping soundly in comfort.
The stroller has ergonomic tall handles, which is ideal for tall parents. Recently a grandmother bought the UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller for her grandchildren and she could not be happier pushing the stroller around in her beach house because she no longer feels back pain. She also claims that the G-Luxe provides ample foot room when walking. The stroller has an elevated rear frame, which prevents you from kicking the back when you take longer strides.
The brakes for 2018 have been redesigned. Simply step down on the red lever to stop and then step on the green lever to go. It is the most flip-flop friendly brakes you can get.
I love the sun canopy on the G-Luxe. It has an extended UPF 50+ sun canopy with silver visor, which not only reflects the sun effectively, but looks really cool. In addition it can "float" to follow the sun, meaning you can push the rear part of the canopy forward to block any angle of the sun.
Many happy moms said in their reviews that the G-Luxe has a massive canopy for an umbrella stroller, and it exceeds their expectations. The sun canopy is easy to open and is removable.
While most umbrella strollers don't have much in the way of a storage basket, the 2018 UPPAbaby G-Luxe got an improved basket that holds up to 10 pounds! You'll get all your important baby necessities and a small bag or purse, which thoroughly sufficient for most people. The G-Luxe also has a rear mesh pocket for more storage space, which I like, too.
The stroller also has a removable cup holder attachment, which can be placed on the left or right side of the G-Luxe. For me a parent cup holder is a must-have feature. This makes the stroller unique as most other umbrella stroller brands don't offer a cup holder and is another reason the UPPAbaby G-Luxe is the best umbrella stroller.
When having drinks on the go with a baby, spills are definitely inevitable. However, with the UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller, you do not need to worry about cleaning. With a washable, removable seat pad and StainDefend fabrics, the stroller resists stains and spills. It helps many moms keep the stroller clean and hygienic effortlessly. In addition, the G-Luxe mesh fabric is breathable, making it super comfortable and airy for warm climates.
Taking an airplane somewhere? When you purchase the UPPAbaby G-Series Stroller Travel Bag for the UPPAbaby G-Luxe, transporting your stroller is much easier and you no longer need to worry about it being damaged during transit. This is what a happy couple did, as mentioned in a positive 5-star review; they managed to bring the stroller along and have it gate-checked without any problem.
The UPPAbaby official website has the G-Luxe listed at a suggested retail price between $279 for the current year. Looking around at different web retailers, I have noticed they're charging the same price. I have found the best price on Amazon.
Some folks like to comparison shop and/or don't like Amazon. Either way, be sure to check Pish Posh Baby or Magic Beans because their prices are comparable as is their customer service. Gotta support the little guy, too!
This video shows you what the updates are for the UPPAbaby G-Luxe 2018 model.
If you are debating between the G-Luxe with the G-Lite, this video compares the two.
UPPAbaby G-Luxe reviews give this stroller between 4 and 4½ stars across several web retailers for overall ease of use and light weight. It's the best umbrella stroller to have for running errands and using on public transportation in the city. Many families keep this compact stroller in their car for their outings and take it with them on family vacations and trips abroad.
"My 10 month daughter and I just traveled to Florida and we couldn't have had a better stroller! The G-luxe is amazing!"
"It maneuvered easily through city streets, airports, and on and off buses."
Consumer Reports gives the G-Luxe a lower rating than the G-Lite. The overall score for the G-Lite is 77% and a Recommended Buy whereas the G-Luxe has an overall score of 69%. Testers like the lightweight compactness of the stroller and the easy fold. It got a very good mark for Ease of Use, a good mark for Safety and an excellent mark for Maneuverability.
There are not that many complaints about this stroller, but the disadvantages are consistent over several reviews. The first is that the straps on the safety harness don't extend out enough to allow for thick coats in wintertime. When a child is all bundled up, mom has a hard time securing her passenger. The other bummer is that there's no peek-a-boo window on the top of the canopy.
A couple of complaints have been made about difficulty in folding the G-Luxe and a few owners wish there was at least a child's cup holder. But overall, that's it.
I have constantly seen the best price on Amazon Some of the color choices are sold by third-party sellers, so if you have a favorite color, don't wait because their stock is often limited. Be sure to check out Pish Posh Baby and Magic Beans, too.
Can't you see yourself pushing your new G-Luxe with your baby sitting in style and comfort? Go ahead and order!