I’m a big fan of UPPAbaby products so when I decided that my regular full-featured stroller took too much space in the trunk of our 2015 Nissan Altima and we didn’t want to lug it around, we decided to get an umbrella stroller to keep in the car and use for travel and we automatically thought of the UB. There are many other strollers at this price point and some that are a little more that have different features and fold more compactly but if you’re going to travel on an airline, a UB stroller is your best bet.
I bought the UPPAbaby 2015 Vista Stroller with Seat Liner (Taylor Indigo) when we first had our son after trying it out in store and finding that it had the easiest, smoothest push (even compared to the much beloved Bugaboo) and that it could potentially grow with us if our family did. We’ve had a few minor problems in the two years we’ve had it and we’ve found the customer service to be quite spectacular. UPPAbaby is singular also in having what they call their TravelSafe program. With TravelSafe, your stroller, RumbleSeat or Bassinet are covered during air travel no matter what kind of damage it incurs as long as it’s in one of the UPPAbaby travel bags (UPPAbaby G-Series Travel Bag with TravelSafe) and your stroller is within its warranty. Just make sure that both your stroller AND travel bag have been registered before you fly. UPPAbaby offers an extended warranty of 1 year for a total of three years on all strollers, infant car seats, and now select accessories (Bassinet, RumbleSeat & PiggyBack) simply by registering your product online within 3 months of purchase.
I should say that while I am a fan of the G-LUXE, my husband is NOT a fan. And that’s an understatement. Unlike the Vista (and many other umbrella strollers), it does not have a one-handed fold but to complicate things even further, you need to press a button while simultaneously pulling two loops on either side and we both pretty much find it annoying and more so, frustrating when it sticks and doesn’t automatically work. Once you’ve done this, it folds up quite nicely but even more importantly and unlike many others out there, it stands up when it folds. The standing fold is something we’ve found particularly useful when we go out to restaurants. It’s easy enough to store in a corner out of the way. It’s also really easy to unfold, even in flip flops. It has a lever on the side you need to pull to let go of the bottom part of the stroller and then a little foot pedal you push on behind the stroller (see photos).
Another thing my husband dislikes is the storage basket. It is admittedly small and it looks even smaller because the shoulder strap falls right in the middle. I actually unhook the shoulder strap, which I rarely use so that I have easier access. We received a Summer Infant 3Dtote Convenience Stroller, Heather Grey to review from Amazon Vine and at 3 pounds heavier, the Summer Infant can also carry groceries, a diaper bag and maybe a dead body. It’s got a sizable basket and after using the ginormous storage basket from the UB Vista, one does get spoiled. I actually hang two of these Hatch Things SureShop Reusable Shopping Bag That Clips On To Keep Strollers Standing, Black on either side of the stroller and haven’t had any issues with tipping. You’re not supposed to hang anything off the handles anyway but my husband does and he hates that the G-LUXE tips back if our toddler isn’t in it. Another hack I’ve used for this issue is putting a weight in the (small) storage basket to help keep it upright.
I love the wheels on the G-LUXE. I tried the UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller, Jake (Black) because I loved the idea of a 10-pound stroller especially when traveling to New York City and using the subway but I found that the G-LITE wheels were not comparable. The G-LUXE wheels are pretty awesome for an umbrella stroller and even my husband’s beloved Summer Infant could not keep up and would stick, drag or stutter at every bump and crack in the sidewalk.
Unlike the UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller, Jake (Black) which only has a mesh seat back (nice for the summer but even a child with the best posture will look permanently slumped over), the G-LUXE has a rather plush seat bad. I read somewhere that it’s coated against stains but if that’s the case, it didn’t work for me. I originally purchased the G-LUXE in Sebby (light blue) because the Georgie (Marine Blue), my favorite color, was not out yet. The seat pad stained really easily and it wasn’t too easy, if at all possible, to get them out. We decided to upgrade to the Jake when our warranty on our original G-LUXE was close to the end. UPPAbaby does sell replacement seat pads and having an extra on hand in case of diaper explosions and other mishaps is not a bad idea. All of the fabric and the seat pad are easily removable and machine washable though and the stroller itself is totally still functional if your seat pad is in the wash or drying!
One of the most notable thing about UB strollers is the extendable SPF 50+ sunshade. We vacation and visit family in the Dominican Republic and New York in the summer AND live in Los Angeles all year-round and that canopy is to die for…there’s no comparison. The one-step brake is also handy and unlike some other umbrella strollers (I’m looking at you Summer Infant), it’s flip-flop and Crocs friendly. While a cup holder is included, I find that it can easily fall off if you walk into something or…er, breathe on it. We ended up getting a second one but we often take it off for fear of losing the first or the second! The adjustable footrest is ideal if you’re using this from age 3 months, as we did, and beyond.
One of the biggest differences between the UPPAbaby G-LITE Stroller, Jake (Black) and the G-LUXE (other than the wheels and seat pad) is that this one reclines. This is marvelous if you still have a kid who might fall asleep in a stroller or needs to fall asleep on-the-go at the zoo or theme park. The problem for many is that it reclines a little too much even at its most upright. I learned on the Facebook group, StrollerQueen StrollerSwap that these handy OP/TECH USA 1301012 Uni Adaptor Loops (Regular) – System Connectors can help keep the G-LUXE more upright.
For me, the G-LUXE is a 4-star stroller but for my husband it’s a 2…or something he’d like to take out back and shoot. Funnily enough, I found that if I didn’t tell my male relatives that they were too different strollers, they decided that the blue colored one (Sebby or Georgie) was not as nice or easy to use as the black one (Jake). As for aesthetics, I found the black version more luxurious looking but also easier to clean as far as stains on the seat pad. I highly recommend this stroller for everyday use or to keep on the car or for travel, airline or otherwise.