Torn between buying the 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.
Let me help you go through the features of both strollers so you can come up with a well-thought of decision.
Tale of the Tape
|GB Pockit Plus||UppaBaby Minu|
|Folded Dimensions (in)||12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9||20.5 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)||37||50|
|Storage Weight Capacity (lb)||11||11|
Size and Portability
If you are a frequent traveler, you might find the GB Pockit Plus attractive because of its impressive small fold. Traveling light with a toddler in tow is possible with this neat little gear.
I have yet to see a stroller that will beat GB Pockit Plus‘ small fold size, 12.5 x 7.8 x 14.9 inches to be exact. This stroller is still the record holder as the stroller with the smallest folded size according to Guiness World Record as of this writing, making it very easy to get into planes, buses, trains and car trunks. You can even slip it inside a tote bag.
The Uppababy Minu on the other hand is not as small when folded but is also small enough to fit into a airplane overhead compartments and other storage compartments of vehicles. Both are considered lightweight, GB Pockit Plus only weighs 12.3 lbs, while the Uppababy Minu weighs 15 lbs.
The GB Pockit Plus could have been the most portable stroller in the market save for the lack of carry strap, which the Uppababy Minu does have. I actually found it awkward to carry the GB Pockit Plus around by it’s loop-like handle. Let’s see if they will fix this detail on the next model.
A lot of blogs claimed that the GB Pockit Plus’s weight capacity is up to 55 lbs. So researched and read the manual which specifies that the GB Pockit Plus’ weight capacity is only up to 37 lbs. I even went to the store, to actually ask the GB representative personally, and he confirmed what was indicated in the manual.
On the other hand, the Uppababy Minu can still be used until your child reaches 50 lbs. So if you intend to use these strollers as an everyday stroller also, given its weight capacity, the Uppababy Minu stroller can be used longer.
Travel System Ready
I really love how lightweight strollers can now be used from birth. Both strollers are travel-system ready, which means you
Aside from their very own infant car seats, GB for GB Pockit Plus and Mesa for Uppababy Minu, both strollers are compatible with Maxi Cosi, Nuna and Cybex. The UppaBaby Minu stroller comes with its own adapter that is compatible with the said car seats.
The GB Pockit Plus requires that babies need to be at least 6 months old or almost 20 lbs. before using the stroller without the bassinet but for the Uppababy Minu, babies as young as 3 months can safely ride the stroller even without a bassinet.
Maneuverability and Suspension
|GB Pockit Plus||Uppababy Minu|
|Wheel Size (in)||4.5 inches (dual wheels)||5 front, 9 rear|
In terms of driving performance, the Uppababy Minu will outperform the GB Pockit Plus both on smooth and rough
surfaces. With its bigger wheels, 5 inches at the front and 9 inches at the back, it is definitely more adaptable on all kinds of terrains. The Minu is even equipped with an all-wheel suspension to absorb minor shocks to ensure that your little one won’t feel the vibrations when strolling on bumpy or grassy surfaces. You might want to read more about my Uppababy Minu individual review here.
The GB Pockit Plus, on the other hand, has small dual wheels which is ok to drive on malls or other places with smoother pavements but because it has no suspension, you must avoid using this on roads with less desirable conditions.
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 the Uppababy Minus 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 needs some hand work from you. You can fold it 2 ways – the Everyday Fold and the Ultra Compact Fold.
But for this blog, I’m just going to describe the Everyday Fold to just give you an idea of the process.
To fold, 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 experience folding the GB Pockit Plus in the shop.
Folding the GB Pockit would require both of your hands to do some work. The folded size is impressive however it takes some getting used to.
|GB Pockit Plus||UppaBaby Minu|
|Recline||145 degrees||145 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.
Although GB Pockit Plus has modified it’s flat canopy to a rounded and bigger one, it is still no better than most strollers’ canopies. I guess, this is also one of the compromises that come with its small fold size.
The Uppababy, on the other hand, has a 2-panel canopy with a tuck-away sunvisor that is adequate to give your little one coverage from the sun.
Both strollers have canopies that are made out of UPF 50+ fabric that gives more protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
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 a 5-point harness that you can adjust as your baby grows. The GB Pockit Plus has a standard one-step brake that is intuitive to use The 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.
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.
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.
If you are tall person, the Uppababy Minu might be more friendly for your back.
The Uppababy Minu is pricey compared to the GB Pockit Plus. But personally, GB Pockit Plus is a great stroller for travels and should not be abused for everyday use. Given Uppababy Minu’s impressive design and features, this will definitely be a worthwhile stroller to invest on both for everyday and travel use.
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