GB Qbit Stroller Review

Jan 7, 2016

I'm a huge fan of little strollers. Anything petite, lightweight and easy to fold is always on my radar. When I saw the new GB Qbit stroller, I absolutely had to give it a go!

While GB Child USA is a relatively new brand, the company behind it, Good Baby International, has actually been around for over 25 years, designing and manufacturing strollers for many well known brands such as Cybex.

First Impression

The GB Qbit is a sleek looking, incredibly compact stroller that's great for travel. Weather you need to bring a stroller on public transportation or as a carry-on on board an aircraft, Qbit makes it easy and effortless. When folded, this stroller is the size of a carry-on bag and can be stored in the overhead compartment on a plane. A handy carrying bag is included with this stroller.

Qbit is available in a choice of 5 frame colors: black, raspberry, citrus, white and aqua.

Dimensions & Weight
  • Stroller width - 19.3" 
  • Stroller length - 18" 
  • Handlebar height - 41" 
  • Stroller weight - 14 lb 
  • Seat width - 13" 
  • Seat depth - 11" 
  • Seat back height - 17" (25" to canopy)

Suitable for: birth (with use of car seat) to 50 lbs

Seat Unit

I was surprised to find that for such a tiny stroller, the Qbit has a roomy seat with a weight capacity of up to 50 lbs!

Unfortunately, the maximum weight capacity is rather useless since the seat back is quite short at 17". As you can see in the pictures, 3 year old Ben's head is a few inches above the seat back edge. I imagine most kids would outgrow this stroller height-wise well before reaching the maximum weight limit.

While the seat back is rather short, the seat to canopy measurement is 25" inches.

The seat has a one-hand strap recline, but it only reclines slightly. I don't think the recline is adequate even for a toddler to sleep comfortably. I'm sure an exhausted kid can catch a catnap even in a sitting position, but I don't think it's very comfortable to sleep with your head lolling down.

In the upright position, the seat is still somewhat reclined which infuriated Little Missy. She hates being slumped back in a stroller and kept trying to sit up straight, pulling the back of the seat forward with her.

There is no leg rest or bumper bar on this stroller. Overall, the seat is very basic with no extra comfort features. I suppose that was intentional in order to keep the weight of the stroller to a minimum and the price as affordable as possible. Still, a removable bumper bar would have been nice.

On the plus side, the Qbit can be used as a travel system from birth with included car seat adapters. While officially, the adapters accept GB Asana35, Cybex Aton, and Maxi Cosi Mico car seats, I tried attaching the Nuna Pipa and it fit the adapters as well.

Under the seat, you'll find an integrated travel bag which keeps the stroller clean while traveling. The travel bag has a carrying handle and a shoulder strap.


The seat fabric is smooth, but has a cheap feel. Not surprising, considering this stroller retails for only $179.99. We can't have everything for that price. If the fabric is a major concern to you, cover the seat with a cotton seat liner and move on!


The 3-panel canopy is a decent size for a tiny stroller. It's not large, but adequate. There is no peek-a-boo window on the canopy, but it's commonly left out on travel strollers. After all, the manufacturers don't want you to get too attached because hey, you need more than one stroller for various walks of life!

The canopy material is very thin, so I'm not sure how much protection it would actually provide in case of rain.

Also, the material that's attached to the back of canopy and the top of seat is not removable and does not have any ventilation opening.


Qbit has a basic 5-point harness. The harness doesn't have waist straps, and so can't be used as a 3 point harness with older toddlers.

I found the shoulder straps to be somewhat on the short side. The harness may be too tight on a toddler wearing a winter jacket. I do like the harness pads very much though. They are not stiff like on so many other strollers, and are covered is soft, breathable 3D air mesh.

The buckle is a good size, not too huge and not too small. The release button is very easy to press. A very able child may set himself loose.


Qbit has 5.5" double wheels with rear wheel suspension. The front swivel wheels can be locked if necessary.

The stroller maneuvers well on pavement and can be steered with one hand. Keep in mind that the Qbit is designed for use in the city. While it can handle a bit of grass, it is not really meant for any rough terrain.


The foam-covered handlebar is really basic. It's not adjustable, which is to be expected on a compact, lightweight stroller. The height of the handlebar is 41" from the ground, which most parents should find convenient.

The plastic folding button is located in the center of the handlebar.

Right bellow the handle, on the right side of the stroller there's a parent cup holder.

Under-seat Storage

The basket on the Qbit is surprisingly roomy, given the tiny size of this stroller. Since the seat is located a bit higher up on the stroller,  the basket is easily accessible, both from the front and from the back.  While this is not a basket to go grocery shopping with, it will hold a large diaper bag or a medium shoulder bar + an assortment of small items.

Access from the front of stroller

The Fold

The fold is really Qbits most notable feature because it's just awesome! I wish all strollers were made with such a simple one-hand fold. All you need to do is press the button on the handlebar and the stroller collapses to the size of a carry-on bag. The stroller is self standing when folded.

There's a manual lock, which requires a bit of fumbling. Not a huge deal, but it would be nice to have an automatic lock.

A travel bag with a carrying handle and shoulder strap is integrated under the seat. A lot of stroller brands sell a travel bag separately, but with the Qbit it's included!

Please note that different Airlines have varied regulations for carry-on size. If you're looking for a stroller specifically for that purpose, I would recommend checking the exact size limits with your airline before investing in a travel stroller.

For reference, the Qbit's folded dimensions are 19.3x13x21.

The Break

There's a very basic pedal break on each rear wheel. The breaks are not flip-flop friendly (a feature you might actually like to have in a travel stroller) and get in the way if you want to bump the stroller down some steps.

Recap & Ratings

Qbit is a stroller that I have very mixed feelings about. It may be very convenient in some situations due to it's small foot print, car seat compatibility and a one-hand compact fold. However, because the recline is very slight, the seat back is short and there are no comfort features, such as a leg rest or ventilation, this stroller has very limited uses in my opinion.

If you need a stroller specifically for air travel or for use on public transportation, the Qbit is a good and affordable choice. It can also be a stroller to keep in a car trunk 'just in case', or to use for a very quick run to the store.

I don't think this stroller is comfortable enough for a child to spend long periods of time in. So even when using it for travel, if you have long sight-seeing excursions planned, you may want to look into other options.

1. One-hand compact fold
2. Stands when folded
3. Can be used as a travel system with car seat adapters
4. Decent size basket considering stroller size
5. Easy access to basket
6. Decent size canopy
7. Included transport bag with carrying strap
8. Included parent cup holder
9. High weight capacity
10. Sturdy
11. Steers with one hand
12. Affordable


1. Short seat back
2. Very shallow recline
3. Manual fold lock
4. No peek-a-boo window on canopy
5. Short harness
6. No waist straps to use as a 3-point harness
7. Break is not flip-flop friendly

I decided to give the GB Qbit 3.5 out of 5 stars rating. This stroller has great potential, but needs to be updated with a deeper recline, taller seat back,  and automatic fold lock, at the very minimum.

I'd like to thank the BABY'S DEN for providing a stroller for this review. No compensation was received, and as always, all opinions are entirely my own.

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