UPPAbaby G-Lite 2018 Stroller Review

The UPPAbaby G-Lite 2018 is a light umbrella stroller that is a smaller and lighter version of the G-Luxe model. Weighing only 11 lbs, it’s perfect for running errands and public transit.

The narrow frame allows you easily navigate in narrow store aisles and small spaces. It’s very easy to push even with a heavy child in the seat.

It rolls on 4.7″ double plastic wheels that can tackle some of the mommy terrain like grass or mulch. While the all-wheel suspension absorbs some of the bumps, G-Lite is clearly designed for flat surfaces.

It has a roomy mesh seat that sits at a slight angle. For 2018 they’ve added a small zipper recline, but you still have to use it from 6 months. Honestly, I was very surprised to see a high 55 lbs weight limit. It should take you through all the toddler years without a problem. BTW, there is NO TRAVEL SYSTEM option which I didn’t expect to see on 11 lbs stroller.

The large basket underneath the seat (for an umbrella model) can fit a medium size diaper bag. Of course I wouldn’t go grocery shopping with it, but you can fit all of the baby essentials (up to 10 lbs).

I was also able to attach an organizer to the handle bars for small essentials and a cup holder. BTW, the cup holder is included, but it fills more secure and easier to access my coffee from the organizer. Anyways, if you take a 55 lbs child and add another 10 lbs for the stuff in the basket, this baby can carry a lot of stuff! Great for a day at the park when you are just too tired to carry all that crap. LOL.

Another feature that a love in G-Lite is a large updated UPF 50+ canopy with pop-out sunvisor. Because the canopy is not attached to the back of the seat, you can bring it forward making sure your child is shielded from every angle.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because although it has a very small recline, it’s a high quality umbrella stroller that is very inexpensive. You can get 2018 model in two colors for around $199. It comes with a cup holder.

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-Huge canopy. Like all UPPAbaby strollers, it has a great size canopy with an extendable SPF 50+ sun visor that provide your child with full sun coverage. For 2018 it got redesigned and now has three panels instead of one.

This is one of the best canopies on compact umbrella strollers. Unfortunately, there is no peekaboo window, but it does have “follow-the-sun” function meaning you can bring the canopy forward to get an opening in the back. That way you will see your child and get a better air circulation.

-Double handles. It has non-adjustable double handles that are 42″ from the ground. Great for taller parents. For 2018 they are still covered with nice foam unlike G-Luxe model that has plastic now.

-Cup holder. INCLUDED! It’s removable too. I got an organizer that had a cup holder and attached this one lower on the frame for my daughter. She loved the option of taking her sippy cup in and out of the cup holder.

-Roomy seat. It is 12″ wide with 21 seat back and 26″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. You can fit a very tall child in there. There used to be a removable padding, but starting 2015 it’s just a mesh. I like this mesh  because it’s not completely like a hammock and provides enough support for my daughter. The bottom of the seat is 10″ deep and has soft padding. For 2018 the seat has a small zipper recline, but you still have to use if from 6 months.

A few words about recline: I get a lot of emails asking if recline is important. I think for a younger child it is, but if your child is not napping in the stroller anymore, you really don’t need it. My daughter stopped napping in the stroller after 17 months. Yes, it’s convenient to recline the seat for on-the-go diaper changes, but at this point I can change a diaper in any position. I am a pro diaper changer and you will be too!!!

The good news is that it has a very high weight limit of 55 lbs. Does anybody else takes a stroller to the mall just to carry shopping bags because your child doesn’t need it anymore? LOL. I even took it Christmas shopping while my daughter was at home. There was a few comments from people like “are you missing someone?” LOL. I didn’t care. I hate caring stuff around and the stroller was in the trunk of my car, so why not use it?

-5 point harness. It has 5 point harness that can be adjusted to three different positions. It has center release button, but NO padding on the straps.

-Nice basket. While it’s medium size basket if you are thinking about regular stroller, it’s large for an umbrella stroller. Most umbrella stroller have tiny baskets that fit very little. This one will fit your medium size diaper bag without getting in the way of your child. The basket can hold up to 10 lbs (almost the weight of the stroller)! You can basically put another G-Lite in the basket. LOL. It also has a decent access in the back. Since G-Lite is a pretty sturdy stroller you can get an organizer for the handlebars to increase the storage. I also was able to hang stuff off the handles without tipping the stroller.

-Wheels. It rolls on four 4.7″ plastic double wheels with front swivel wheels that could be locked straight for more stability. These are regular small wheels for an umbrella stroller. Nothing special. If you prefer hard rubber wheels instead, take a look at UPPAbaby G-Luxe model.

-All-wheel suspension. It is nice to have an all-wheels suspension on the umbrella stroller. Helps a little to smooth out the ride.

-Parking brakes. It has two individual parking brakes on both rear wheels. To lock the wheel, just step on the pedal break with your foot. It is NOT flip-flop friendly. I wish they’ve upgraded them like they did on G-Luxe model.

-Easy fold. It has two-hand two-step fold. First, bring the canopy back. Next, pull on two levers located on both sides of the handle bar and fold it forward. Easy! It has an automatic lock, but for 2018 they did take the standing fold away. As you can see, the wheels are NOT touching the canopy. I am not sure why I saw some complaints from parents about wheels getting the canopy dirty.

-Shoulder strap. Great for traveling. Just put it on your shoulder and go. It is only 11 lbs (my diaper bag weighs more than that with all the crap I have in it. LOL).


-No adjustable foot rest. I really didn’t expect one in the umbrella stroller, but some parents still want it.

-No padding on the seat. The back of the seat made out of mesh.

-No padding on the harness. I wish there was padding on the shoulder straps.

-No peekaboo window. While there is no peekaboo window on the canopy, you can fold it forward to get an opening in the back.

-Brake. The brakes are not flip-flop-friendly.

-Wheels. Small plastic wheels. I personally prefer hard rubber wheels like on G-Luxe model.

-Small recline. I would like to see a deeper recline.

Video Review

Here is a video overview of the new G-Lite.

Note: I was a little surprised to hear that there is no recline on G-Lite 2018. There is a small zipper one. This girl clearly doesn’t know her own product.


Stroller weight: 11 lbs
Weight limit: 55 lbs
Folded dimensions: 11.5”W x 14”L x 42”H
Handle bar height: 42″
Seat to canopy height: 26″
Wheels: 4.7″
Overall length: 31″
Overall width: 18″


UPPAbaby has 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.

Available colors

For 2018 UPPAbaby G-Lite is available in two colors: Denny (red), and Jake (black). The red one comes with aluminum frame while the black one comes with a black frame.

Where to buy it

My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get UPPAbaby G-Lite single in one of the two beautiful colors for around $199 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns).

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~Susan Brian

P.S. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I do my best to answer them as soon as I can.