Let’s face it we are not all made of money. As we all know the UPPABaby G-Luxe stroller is the Rolls Royce of ultra-light baby strollers. It’s certainly not the absolute lightest baby stroller on the market but its close and it has the most features for its size and weight.
There is no denying that the G-Luxe is probably the lightweight stroller than any parent would want but when it comes to actually buying most parents choose more budget friendly options. After all, for a small umbrella stroller it’s hard to justify spending close to $200.
In my opinion there are a few roads you can go down when shopping for alternatives to the G-Luxe. You can go the size and weight route or you can go the price route or you can go the feature route.
Do you simply want an ultralight stroller that it’s easy to carry, store, and travel with? If so then price may be the best way to filter your options.
The cheapest lightweight strollers are arguably throwaway strollers. They are kind of like one-time use strollers which are purchased for specific circumstances. The Cosco Juvenile for instance is the lightest stroller around by a major manufacturer but it comes with no features of any kind and hardly inspires anyone to keep it out in the open. It is however a cheap alternative.
Similar but not as extreme as the Cosco is the Chicco Capri stroller which is far cheaper than the G-Luxe but doesn’t have nearly the same quality or features. It does have a hood and a 5-point harness for your child as well as a basket and a two-setting reclining seat back but it is not as well made as the G-Luxe. What you do get in terms of comparables is the size and weight. Both the G-Luxe and the C6 Capri weigh in at exactly the size weight: 11 lbs.
If on the other hand you want the features of the G-Luxe for less financial cost then your best bet is to go with lightly heavier strollers like the Chicco Liteway or the Kolcraft Contours Lite stroller. Both of these strollers weigh in a bit more than the G-Luxe but they offer many of the same features and for less money too.
What you get in features however you lose in size, weight, and maneuverability which is why my favorite alternative to the G-Luxe is to go with a size and weight alternative that is better than the G-Luxe at the sacrifice of some of the features. The Maclaren Volo (2012) meets world safety standards for umbrella strollers and it weighs only about 8 and a half lbs. This is noticeably less than the UPPABaby G-Luxe.
The Volo doesn’t have the same features as the G-Luxe but it is cheaper, lighter, and just as well built if not better. This review of the new Volo stroller goes into more detail and may help you make up your mind but as always informed decisions are better than those made on the fly. The 2011 versions are even lighter by the way, not by much but they are lighter. This article goes into more on the differences between the 2011 and 2012 Volo strollers.