UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny

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Better Stroller: UPPAbaby G-Lite Review

Last Updated: July 8, 2016

Better Umbrella Stroller: UPPAbaby G-Lite Review. The UPPAbaby G-Lite ($160, 8.3 lbs.) is a super lightweight umbrella stroller with a standing fold and mesh seat with fabric padding. The G-lite doesn’t recline, so it is best for babies six months and up.

Stroller 101

Do you know how many strollers Amazon sells? Are you sitting down? Yes, Amazon offers an astounding 208 stroller models as of this writing.

If you’ve never bought a stroller before (or are a veteran parent who needs a refresher), check out our Stroller 101. It’s a quick and easy read on how to get the best stroller for you and your baby.

How we picked a winner

The secret to our stroller recommendations is our reader feedback—after selling more than a million copies of our book, Baby Bargains, we are fortunate to have a vocal and active parent base that tells us what works with their stroller . . . and what doesn’t.

So here’s how we do our stroller reviews. Yes, we do hands-on inspections of strollers, both at industry trade-shows and at stores. But the real work comes from compiling the hundreds of emails we receive a week from parents about their strollers. (We also have an active stroller message board with detailed feedback from parents).

When it comes to strollers, we look at three key factors: ease of use, overall quality and long-term durability. And let’s not forget value—the name of our book is Baby Bargains, after all.

We’ve been rating and reviewing strollers since 1994—yep, that long! Over the years, we’ve compiled detailed data on stroller reliability. That’s what we can bring to our stroller reviews that other bloggers can’t: 20+ years of data, research and insight.

The Winner: Better Umbrella Stroller: UPPAbaby G-Lite

UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny

Our Pick

UPPAbaby G-Lite

The UPPAbaby G-Lite ($150, 8.3 lbs.), a super lightweight umbrella stroller with a standing fold and mesh seat and seat pad. The G-lite doesn’t recline, so it is best for babies six months and up.

$159.99* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.

The G-Lite is your step-up in umbrella light weight strollers. Here’s what we like:

• Canopy with extendable sun shade. Most umbrella strollers have very basic canopies with little protection from sun. That’s ok if you are in the mall—but once you are outside, there isn’t much protection from the weather. The G-Lite’s canopy has an extension that pops out to provide more coverage . . . and 50+ SPF protection.

g-life canopy

• Removable seat. Accidents happen—so being able to remove the seat pad for cleaning is a big plus (cheaper umbrella strollers don’t have removable seat pads, which means you can only spot clean areas). Yes, the G-Lite pad is machine washable. FYI: The seat pad was included in the 2013 and 2014 models; for 2015, the seat pad is (unfortunately) an extra $20 purchase. On the plus side, with four different fashions available, you can customize the look of your stroller . . . or swap out a pad that is grungy. 

• Standing fold. Once you fold an umbrella stroller, you’ll notice a dilemma—unless the stroller has a “standing fold,” you can’t just lean it up against a wall in a restaurant because they will fall over. The G-Lite’s standing fold is great for storage or use on the go.

g-life folded

• Light weight. We spec’d the G-Lite at 8.3 lbs, but that is without the canopy. With all the accessories (canopy, basket, etc), UPPAbaby says the weight is 10.7 lbs. Compare that to other “lightweight” strollers like the First Years Ignite at 15.8 lbs. Trust us, you’ll notice that extra five pounds when you carry it around.

• Pedicure friendly fold. Some umbrella strollers require you to hit a foot lever to close the stroller—that can be difficult if you are in flip flops. The G-Lite has folding triggers that don’t require any foot action.

The G-Lite includes a cup holder, but a rain shield ($20) and stroller blanket ($35) are extras.

Flaws but not deal breakers

The G-Lite has a seat that doesn’t recline—that means this stroller is best used for babies over six months of age. If your baby likes to nap in their stroller, the G-Luxe with its reclining seat may be a better bet.

The Chicco C6 Capri includes a travel bag . . . but that’s an extra $50 accessory for the G-Lite.

Overall, a few folks knocked the G-Lite for its value, or lack thereof. Yep, $150 is a chunk of change for an umbrella stroller—especially when compared with some of our recommend models for under $100. But we think the extra $50 is worth it, given the G-Lite features we discuss above.

Also Great

UPPAbaby G-Luxe

$259.99* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe ($260, 11.9 lbs.) is the upgraded version of the G-Lite. The big difference is the partial seat recline, which is nice if your baby likes to snooze when out and about. The G-Luxe also has bigger wheels and upgraded fabric. And there is an adjustable footrest, which is nice for toddlers.

UPPAbaby G-Luxe stroller

Also recommended

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe ($260 to $280, 11.9 lbs.) is the upgraded version of the G-Lite. The big difference is the partial seat recline, which is nice if your baby likes to snooze when out and about. The G-Luxe also has bigger wheels and upgraded fabric. And there is an adjustable footrest, which is nice for toddlers. And the G-Luxe includes a seat pad, which is now an extra accessory for 2015 G-Lites.

To Sum it Up

The UPPAbaby G-Lite is an excellent lightweight, umbrella stroller that features a standing fold that is flip-flop friendly and a removable seat pad that is machine washable. We liked the standing fold and included extras (cup holder, canopy with sun shield, etc).

UPPAbaby 2015 G-Lite Stroller, Denny

UPPAbaby G-Lite

The UPPAbaby G-Lite ($150, 8.3 lbs.), a super lightweight umbrella stroller with a standing fold and mesh seat and seat pad. The G-lite doesn’t recline, so it is best for babies six months and up.

$159.99* at Amazon

* Prices change daily. Shop carefully.