Strollers. Seriously, who knew there were so many options and so many things to consider? When I was pregnant with my son, I remember basically shaking my sister down for information. I all but took her by the ankles, turned her upside and down and shook out everything she knew. She’d had a baby three years prior and had done some extensive homework so I was eager to reap the benefits of her legwork. Afterwards, my head was spinning with all the information she’d given me about what to look for and what to avoid, which strollers she recommended, which she didn’t, which car seats she liked, which strollers would need car seat adapters … and she was just talking about baby’s first stroller.
Fast forward a year and my son has outgrown the fancy stroller we got him and we had to start the process all over again, finding a stroller that would not only suit our day-to-day needs but one that would also be travel-friendly.
When the offer to test drive the gb Qbit+ stroller came via email, I took a closer look. Online, it looked great and ticked a lot of my boxes. When the review unit came, I was eager to put it to the test. Here’s an overview:
gb Qbit+ Stroller
First things first, I just loved the look of the stroller. Of course, there are far more important considerations when choosing the right stroller for your precious cargo but it certainly doesn’t hurt to love the look and appreciate the design details. The color ‘Capri Blue’ is really beautiful and can work for a boy or a girl.
Size and Dimensions
This stroller can be used from birth (if used with the compatible car seat) up to 55 lbs so my 20-lb son should get a lot of use out of it. At 16.8 lbs, this stroller is lightweight, which makes it super easy to lift in and out of the trunk. When it’s folded, it’s 17” long, 19” wide and 21” high. Its compact size is a huge plus for me. Our previous stroller took up almost the entire trunk, making it hard to fit even a few bags of groceries back there. So switching to the gb Qbit+ means more room in the trunk for those ‘Target run and done’ days and a lot less of a headache for me. Even more impressive, this stroller folds up so compactly, it can fit into an overhead bin on an airplane, though I recommend checking with your airline to confirm that they’ll allow you to board with it; each airline is different. Regardless, it’s an easy stroller to gate-check if you need to.
Opening and Closing
When I first got the stroller, I admit, I could not figure out how to open it up. I knew the solution had to be pretty simple and sure enough, it was. There’s a small white latch on the side of the stroller that holds it in a closed position (and there’s a little white icon on the stroller to show you its exact location). Simply press down on it and the entire stroller springs to life. Once I figured it out (thanks to this YouTube video), I was so impressed with the ease of opening up the stroller. It makes my day-to-day use of the stroller so easy, something I appreciate because I’m always running around with my hands full and a baby on my hip. Collapsing the stroller is equally as easy and you can do it with one hand! This is probably my favorite feature of the gb Qbit+. It takes user-friendly to the next level and is perfect when you’re traveling!
This is a big one. Some strollers I’ve used are really hard to maneuver, making me feel like a bull in a china shop as I try to navigate my way around tight corners. But this stroller has a narrow profile and rolls like a dream. The wheels are big but not too big and they swivel so smoothly, probably because each wheel is actually a double wheel. And, I can push and easily steer the stroller with one hand, which means (yay!) I can carry a latte in my other hand!
gb Qbit+ Design
The extra-large canopy provides both form and function to the gb Qbit+. It is probably the design element I love most, since a too-small sunshade was my biggest complaint about the first stroller we got. The multi-position XXL sun canopy with UPF 50+ sun protection provides excellent coverage for my son and puts my mind at ease and it’s also got a hood window so I can keep an eye on him. And I love that it’s a super plush ride for my son; it has a full-recline position and the headrest and all the straps are cushioned for his comfort. There’s a basket underneath, which is an absolute necessity. It’s on the small side but it does fit my medium-sized tote bag, although not much else.
I’ve tried a number of different strollers since my son was born and this is a definite favorite. From its chic profile and thoughtful design to its compact size and ease of use, this stroller makes me happy every time I use it. It’s exciting to move my son from his infant stroller to one where he’s facing outwards and really taking in all the sights and sounds of the world around him and in the gb Qbit+, he gets to do it in luxury and style!
The gb Qbit+ can be purchased online at gb-online.com. It comes in five colors—Laguna Blue, Sapphire Blue, Silver Fox Grey, Cherry Red, and Satin Black—and retails for $299.95.