STROLLER WAR : Uppababy Minu or GB Pockit Plus

Torn between buying an Uppababy Minu or GB Pockit Plus? Here’s a comparison review of 2 of the hottest-selling strollers to help you decide on which stroller will best match your lifestyle.

 

 

UPPABABY MINU VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

 

Size and Portability

GB Pockit PlusUppaBaby Minu
Folded Dimensions (in)12.5 x 7.8 x 14.920.5 x 11.5 x 23
Open Dimensions (in)28 x 18.5 x 39.8 28 x 20.5 x 41
Stroller Weight (lb)12.3 14.8
Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)3750
Storage Weight Capacity (lb)11 11

If you are a frequent traveler, you might find the GB Pockit Plus attractive because of its highly impressive small fold. Traveling light with a toddler in tow is possible with this neat little gear.

 

Besides its earlier version, GB Pockit, I have yet to see a stroller that will beat GB Pockit Plus’ small fold, 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches to be exact.  It’s small enough to fit inside a tote bag so you could easily bring this little gear inside airplanes.

 

gb Pockit Plus 2018 Laguna Blue
gb Pockit Plus 2018 Laguna Blue
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The Uppababy Minu, although not as small, is also small enough to fit into airplane overhead compartments.

 

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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Both are considered to be lightweight strollers with GB Pockit Plus weighing only 12.3 lbs while the Uppababy Minu weighs heavier at 15 lbs.

 

GB Pockit Plus, however, does not have a carry strap. It could easily have been the most ideal stroller for travel save for that missing detail. It has a loop like handle between the wheels (you can find it when it’s folded)  and I found it awkward to hold because you cannot avoid touching the wheels. I highly recommend purchasing GB Pockit travel bag if you decide to buy this stroller.

 

Uppababy Minu, although a bit bulkier, has a nice shoulder strap for carrying that makes it very convenient to use because it frees your hand from carrying another luggage.

 

UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Devin (Light Grey/Silver/Chestnut Leather)
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Weight Capacity

Some websites say that GB Pockit Plus can carry a load of up to 55 lbs, the manual specifies though that GB Pockit Plus’ recommended maximum weight allowance is only 37 lbs. 

On the other hand, Uppababy Minu can carry a much heavier load of 50 lbs.

That said, you can expect GB Pockit Plus to retire sooner than Uppababy Minu.

 

Travel-System Ready

Both strollers are travel-system ready, which means you can use them from birth until toddlerhood. GB Pockit Plus and Uppababy Minu can both be paired with compatible infant car seat brands and bassinets.

 

gb carry cot TO GO for gb Pockit Plus and gb Qbit Plus SAPHIRE BLUE
gb carry cot TO GO for gb Pockit Plus and gb Qbit Plus SAPHIRE BLUE
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For GB Pockit Plus, you may pair it with a GB Cot to Go bassinet,  for Uppababy Minu it’s bassinet is called a From Birth Kit.

 

UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Devin (Light Grey)
UPPAbaby from Birth Kit - Devin (Light Grey)
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These bassinets are sold separately.

 

GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:

 

  • GB Idan

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:

 

 

 

  • Nuna

 

 

2018 UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat - Jake (Black)
2018 UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat - Jake (Black)
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UppaBaby Minu stroller comes with its own adaptor that is compatible with the said car seats. As for GB Pockit Plus, the adapters are sold separately. Click here to see compatible GB adaptors.

GB Pockit Plus recommends that babies need to be at least 6 months old or at least 20 lbs. before using the stroller without the bassinet.

As for Uppababy Minu, parents can forgo the bassinet and infant car seat  as soon as babies reach 3 months old.

 

Maneuverability and Suspension

 

GB Pockit Plus

Uppababy Minu
Wheel Size (in)4.5 inches (dual wheels)

5 front, 9 rear
SuspensionX

All-wheel Suspension

 

In terms of driving performance, the Uppababy Minu will outperform the GB Pockit Plus both on smooth and slightly bumpy surfaces.

 

2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
2018 UPPAbaby MINU Stroller - Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
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With Minu’s bigger back wheels which is 7 inches at the back plus its 4-wheel suspension, it is definitely more resilient to less desirable road conditions.

 

 

 

GB Pockit Plus' small dual wheels
GB Pockit Plus’ small dual wheels

 

The GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, has small dual wheels which is ok to drive on malls or other places with smoother surfaces. But because it has smaller wheels compared to the Minu and  no suspension on any, expect the ride to be more shaky when driven over mild bumps.

Aside from that, because of its very compact folded size, GB Pockit Plus has a lot of hinges that makes it a little flimsy and noisy in my opinion.

On the other hand, Uppababy Minu, overall is more solid and sturdy.

 

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Ease of Fold

One of the reasons why I love the Uppababy Minu is its one-hand fold. All you have to do is slide the slider which is located on the handle, press the button across it and push down the stroller to fold. This is very important as you want your other arm to be holding your baby while in a public place.

Unfolding Uppababy Minu is also very easy to do. You just have to release the latch which is located at the side of the chassis and pull up the handle bar to unfold the stroller

 

Watch the folding demo below.

The GB Pockit Plus’ fold is impressive but would require some work. You can fold it 2 ways – the Everyday Fold and the Ultra Compact Fold.

Just to give you an idea of how the Everyday fold goes here’s the process.

To fold the GB Pockit Plus, simultaneously push the buttons located at the handles, push the stroller down, fold the frames inward towards itself and wait for the snap to make sure that the stroller is locked.

To unfold it, first you have to unlock the hook, which is located between the handles of the folded stroller. Then, pull out the handles away from each other, press the buttons located on each side of the handle and give it an upward shake to unfurl the stroller.

Other videos on YouTube made it look so easy to do but the video below is more realistic based on my first-hand experience folding the GB Pockit Plus.

 

Folding the GB Pockit Plus would require both of your hands to do the work. The folded size is impressive however folding it would take some getting used to.

Comfort

GB Pockit PlusUppaBaby Minu
Recline 145 degrees145 degrees
Height of Canopy(in) approx 25 approx 26

 

Both strollers have reclinable seats that are suitable for supporting your little one’s neck and back. It is also a great feature that allows your toddler to nap comfortably while you stroll around.

Uppababy Minu's Back Rest
Uppababy Minu’s Back Rest

 

Although GB Pockit Plus has a modified, rounded and bigger canopy, it is still no better than most strollers’ canopies. It’s still short and you would have to buy a canopy extension if you want more coverage from the sun. I guess, this is also one of the compromises that come with its small fold size.

 

Uppababy Minu, on the other hand, has a 2-panel canopy with a tuck-away sun visor that is more adequate to give your little one some shade. Both strollers have canopies that are made out of UPF 50+ fabric that gives more protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

One more advantage of the Uppababy Minu is its built-in adjustable leg rest that helps keep baby’s legs from dangling awkwardly.

Both strollers have comfortable seats that are deep enough to comfortably to sit on.

 

Safety

Both strollers have a 5-point harness that you can adjust as your baby grows.

 

GB Pockit Plus has a standard one-step brake that is intuitive to use. Uppababy Minu, on the other hand, has a color-coded brake on each rear wheel. The red lever is to engage the brake, the green lever is to disengage. Both are flip-flop friendly.

Steering

The GB Pockit Plus has 2 separate short handles while the Uppababy Minu has 1 horizontal handlebar that is covered with 100% leather making it look sleek.

Uppababy Minu's 100% Full-grain leather handle
Uppababy Minu’s 100% Full-grain leather handle

 

The height of GB Pockit Plus’ handles is at the 38 to 39-inch level while the Uppababy Minu has a slightly higher handlebar at about 41-42 inches from the ground.

 

Price

Now let’s talk about the strollers’ price. GB Pockit Plus costs around $230 – $240 on Amazon while Uppababy Minu retails at around $400.

 

UPPABABY MINU VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?

GB Pockit Plus is more affordable and great for travels but should not be abused for everyday use.  If you are after quality, design, features, longevity and flexibility of usage, I will put my money on the Uppababy Minu.

Check out what other users have to say about the Uppababy Minu and the GB Pockit Plus.

 

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