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UPPABABY MINU VS GB POCKIT PLUS – WHICH IS BETTER TO BUY?
Size and Portability[table “29” not found /]
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.
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The Uppababy Minu, although not as small, is also small enough to fit into airplane overhead compartments.
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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.
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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.
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.
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These bassinets are sold separately.
GB Pockit Plus is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:
- GB Idan
Uppababy Minu is compatible with the following infant car seat brands:
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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
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In terms of driving performance, the Uppababy Minu will outperform the GB Pockit Plus both on smooth and slightly bumpy surfaces.
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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.
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[table “31” not found /]
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 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.
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.
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.
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.