At first glance, the G-Luxe and the G-Lite don’t seem like terribly different strollers. And while they are both UPPAbaby and both considered umbrella strollers, they actually are pretty different if you take a closer look!
The biggest difference right off the bat is the pricing. The G-Lite starts at $179 and the G-Luxe starts at $279. The G-Luxe is the newer version and therefore has some pretty legit upgrades--about $100 worth!
The G-Luxe has a recline option where the G-Lite does not. This alone means that the G-Lite wont be suitable for babies until they are 6 months old; whereas the G-Luxe works for babies as young as 3 months. Along with this, the seat has no special bells and whistles on the G-Lite, but on the G-Luxe there is a fold/pull up option for preference or comfort while baby sleeps. And speaking of comfort, the G-Luxe has much more cushion!
UPPAbaby 2018 G-Luxe Lightweight Stroller - Jordan
All 8 wheels on the G-Lite are small and plastic which is an okay option, but not a particularly smooth push for mom or a smooth ride for baby. The G-Luxe’s front tires (only one on each side) are larger and made from rubber which makes for a less bumpy ride.
The brakes on the G-Lite are more involved and less convenient than the G-Luxe’s. The G-Lite has one push-down break on each back tire section, and each requires a lift up with a foot to unlock. The G-Luxe’s brake is a one step (literally) push of the red tab, which locks both back wheels, and then to unlock them, you simply push on the green tab.
UPPAbaby G-Lite Stroller – Jake
Each has a 5-point harness buckle, underneath storage, and a canopy, though the G-Luxe’s canopy covers slightly more space. They fold up to roughly the same size, but the G-Luxe weighs a tad more than the G-Lite.