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The Battle of the Lightweight Strollers! UPPAbaby vs. Maclaren vs. Baby Jogger (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Weight is only one of many considerations that go into stroller shopping, but most parents agree: at some point, you’re going to want a lightweight. A good umbrella stroller is as sturdy as a full-sized stroller, but takes up way less space, folds more compactly, and is awesome in mass transit. They can’t tackle rough terrain, but that’s not where you’re using your umbrella stroller, anyway – they’re essential for malls and grocery stores, and short trips in the city or suburb.

For today’s product faceoff, we brought out two of our most popular umbrella strollers and a promising new model, too. The UPPAbaby G-Luxe and the Maclaren Quest are well-loved top-sellers at Magic Beans, while the Baby Jogger Vue brings a very unique feature to our customers: it’s the only umbrella stroller with a reversible seat!

THE SPECS:

Vue, G-Luxe & Quest

Baby Jogger Vue ($199.99)

Weight: 17.5 lbs
Weight capacity: 55 lbs
Features: adjustable footrest, reversible seat, very tall seat back, 5.5″ foam filled tires, comes with infant head rest, comes with raincover, compatible with Cybex and Nuna infant car seats
Accessories: car seat adapter, soft pram, carry bag
Colors: black, red and blue

Uppababy G-Luxe ($219.99 – $229.99) 
Weight: 11 lbs
Weight capacity: 55 lbs
Features: recline, adjustable footrest, comes with cup holder, 5.5″ foam filled rubber tires, kickstand for stand alone
Accessories: rain cover and travel bag
Colors: sebby/teal, mckenna/magenta, ani/ red, drew/orange, jake/black

Maclaren Quest ($269.99) 
Weight: 13.4 lbs
Weight capacity: 55 lbs
Features: 5″ foam filled tires, newborn-suitable recline, adjustable footrest, comes with raincover, viewing window, lifetime warranty
Accessories: cup holder, travel bag and seat liner
Colors: black/silver, charcoal/citadel and black/champagne (colors that we carry)

THE GEAR GURUS WEIGH IN:

Jill Hegstad, Magic Beans Head Buyer:

Baby Jogger VueI’m going to focus on the Vue, since I’ve had more time with it than our store staff so far! The great thing about this stroller is the reversible seat, which really extends the use of this stroller – your baby can face you when they’re younger and face out when they’re bigger and want to explore the world. Since your baby is lying flat, the Vue is a rare umbrella stroller that you can use from birth, complete with an infant headrest to ensure that your baby is cozy. The Quest can be used from birth too, but it can’t face you!

Plus, the combination of the reversible seat and the sizeable canopy makes the Baby Jogger Vue stroller really fantastic for sunny days – you have an extra option for keeping baby’s sensitive skin out of the sun no matter where you are.

Finally, the Vue is car seat compatible, giving parents another option for using it from birth.

Meghan Monroe, Manager, Magic Beans Cambridge:

I love the UPPABaby G-Luxe and Maclaren Quest! The G-Luxe comes with a cup holder, has a pretty great recline and is self standing when folded (which is amazing for traveling). It has an extendable sun shade attached to the canopy that has UV 50 protection. This shade goes way further than any of the other umbrella strollers, which is really nice if your child is snoozing! It also comes in really fun colors.

The Maclaren Quest is a really great, sturdy umbrella stroller. The recline on this baby is way better than any of the other travel strollers. It’s a little heavier and bulkier then the G-Luxe, but it is way more sturdy and can take way more use/beating then the others we carry. The only negative is that its not self-standing when folded.

Chelsea Abbott, Gear Guru, Magic Beans Brookline:

The Maclaren Quest has a full recline, making it one of the very few umbrella strollers you can start using at birth. It also has an adjustable footrest, and comes with a rain cover. On the other hand, it doesn’t have a standing fold, it’s a smidge heavier than the G-Luxe, its wheels are a little smaller, and so is the sunshade.

The UPPAbaby G-Luxe has larger wheels for a smoother ride, an extra removable and machine-washable layer of padding, an extended sunshade with built-in 50 SPF sun protection, an included cup-holder, and a standing fold. And all this at only 11 pounds!

So even with the Quest’s starting age limit at 0 months, I am still more drawn to the G-Luxe. I feel that it is more comfortable for both the child and the parent. They have the same handlebar height and hold the same weight (55 lbs), so it’s the little things that can make all the difference.

The fact that the G-Luxe stands when folded is appealing to almost everyone I have shown, but it is the large canopy that usually cinches the deal. The 50 SPF canopy can be pulled out to cover the child almost completely, or tucked away on cloudy days (or if it has been really great, long day, when the sun has gone down). The extra padding is great for kiddos who still like to take naps in their strollers, and for parents who can toss it in the laundry when it gets a little scuzzy (just be sure to line-dry). The larger wheels on the G-Luxe make for a smoother ride, and their use of aluminum framing allows the stroller to be durable, while lightweight. All around, a great umbrella stroller for you and your child.

Fallon Migliorini, Gear Guru, Magic Beans Cambridge:

The Maclaren Quest is definitely a good choice for anyone who needs it for a newborn. But the G-Luxe is my go-to umbrella stroller – I love it! The shade is mobile, and has an extendable piece, and the folded G-Luxe STANDS ALONE! If you’ve got lots of bags and kids to lug around, you don’t want to have to find somewhere to lean your stroller, and have it sliding down, forcing you to bend down and grab it. Fold the G-Luxe, let it stand there, gather your other things, and it’s still standing there waiting for you. It’s great!

CONCLUSION:

If you really need a light and compact stroller to use from the time your baby is born, then the Maclaren Quest and the Baby Jogger Vue are great choices – with the Vue, you also have the option of reversing your seat, or popping on an infant car seat adaptor. However, if you’re not planning on using your umbrella stroller with a newborn, then the standing fold on the G-Luxe is a terrific feature that really saves some annoyance when your hands are full, so it’s worth the wait to use it!

Ultimately, the umbrella stroller you choose will depend on your lifestyle needs and aesthetic preferences, and every parent is different – so if you can, come on down to our stores and have a stroller test drive! Our Gear Gurus will be delighted to help you find the stroller of your dreams.

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