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UPPAbaby G-Lite ReviewPrice: $160.00 List | $159.99 at Amazon
Pros: Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own
Cons: Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold
Bottom line: Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain
The UPPAbaby G-Lite earned a 7th place rank of 19 strollers. This stroller earned higher than average scores for weight and folded size, and quality, but failed to perform well enough to score higher in the remaining metrics. With disappointing scores in ease of use and maneuverability, the G-Lite feels like a an uncomfortable, non-adjustable version of the UPPAbaby G-Luxe. So, while the price is lower, you will get what you pay for with a breathable seat with no padding, an upright seat back with no recline, and no legrest. Even for shorter trips we think baby and parents would rather have a more versatile stroller with more attention to comfort, even if it means paying more to get more. The Recaro EasyLife is about $40 more and has the high score for quality and ease of use. While it has the same score maneuverability, it has a comfortable seat that reclines and offers better functionality of features.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
UPPAbaby is company started and maintained in American. They have over a decade's worth of experience in the juvenile industry and families of their own where they draw inspiration for designs that would work well. The UPPAbaby Family is on constant alert for innovative ways to create products that are lighter, easy to use, safer without sacrificing convenience or style. UPPAbaby makes several styles of strollers, and a car seat.
The chart below shows how the G-Lite (shown in blue) compared to the rest of the competition we tested.
This review below provides the point by point details from testing that support the overall rank and score of the G-Lite.
Weight and Folded Size
The G-Lite earned a 7 of 10 for weight and folded size. This stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and measures 6,105 cubic inches when folded. Only 3 strollers are lighter the the G-Lite, but several fold smaller making it a tough one for parents that favor light and small. The Inglesina Net is virtually the same weight, but is only 4,762.80 cubic inches folded. It does offer a shoulder carry strap for easy transport.
Ease of Use
The G-Lite earned a 5 of 10 for ease of use, tying with the similar Inglesina Net. The high for the metric is an 8 earned by the Recaro EasyLife, which costs about $40 more than the G-Lite.
Fold and Unfold
The G-Lite fold requires two hands and is initiated by pushing a button on each side and pulling the loop simultaneously (above left). If you engage the loop first, you won't be able to push the button or continue the fold, which is surprisingly common when folding. Once folded this stroller self-stands and has an automatic lock (above right).
The G-Lite brakes are average to set and release with some stiffness and pressure required to ensure they are engaged. The pedals are sandal foot friendly and double action.
The G-Lite storage bin holds up to 10 lbs of supplies and fit our medium size diaper bag. Unlike the UPPAbaby G-Luxe that does not offer good access with the seat reclined, the G-Lite seat doesn't recline so the bin is always accessible from the back and sides. This stroller also has a removable parent cup holder.
The G-Lite has a nice size canopy with pop out visor and SPF 50. While the canopy covers to the knee, it does not have a window to see baby and this means you can't spy on baby while strolling with the canopy fully open. However, the canopy looks nice and is easy to use.
The G-Lite harness is a 5-point harness with silky smooth straps, and a stiff but relatively easy to use buckle. The shoulder straps are easy to adjust, and slide into place up or down. Rethreading requires pushing the strap end through the slots in the netting, which is stiff enough to accept the strap without folding.
The G-Lite seat is made primarily of mesh fabric that is very breathable, but it does not recline. It also doesn't have a leg rest, but there is a small footrest that sits somewhat under the end of the seat bottom.
Ease of Setup
The G-Lite took 3:39 minutes to setup and requires no tools. The stroller only has a few components to assemble and the manual is fairly helpful.
The G-Lite earned a 5 of 10 for maneuverability. It has plastic wheels and a dual front wheel design that translates into hard to push and turn over uneven terrain and veering off course when one wheel hits a bump or obstacle. The stroller is easier to push on flat surfaces, but it still isn't as responsive as it could be and there is some rubbing in the wheels that increases rolling resistance.
This stroller has all wheel suspension and ergonomic foam covered handles. While the sling style seat and the suspension will help give baby a smoother ride, the lack of padding, adjustable leg rest and reclining seat back will leave baby uncomfortable if the adventure lasts to long.
The G-Lite earned a 7 of 10 for quality. The Recaro EasyLife earned a higher score than the G-Lite for quality with a 9. The G-Lite has similar quality to other UPPAbaby Products, but the thin, plastic feeling mesh back is not that friendly to the touch and the smaller plastic wheels would probably be easier to push if they were larger or higher quality for better rolling resistance. This stroller has a nice frame and most of the components are nice enough, but overall it has a cheaper feel and limited functionality.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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