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Baby Trend Expedition Double Review

Best on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spaces
Baby Trend Expedition Double
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Best Value Award
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Price:   $200 List | $199.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Very budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potential
Cons:  Lower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggle
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 5
  • Maneuverability - 30% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 6
  • Quality - 10% 4

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Expedition is a potential option for parents on a budget with a three-wheel design and pneumatic rubber wheels that make it a great mover, easy to turn, and capable of handling almost any terrain. This stroller is the least expensive side-by-side option in this review, but it earned the second-highest score for maneuverability and a good score for weight and folded size. This stroller is easy to fold, offers equal recline with added ventilation and under-seat storage that accepts larger items. We think parents on a budget will be excited to find a stroller that offers this many features, is easy to push and turn, that also allows for jogging and is smaller and lighter than much of the competition.

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Pros Very budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceEasy to lift and carry, compact fold, easy to stowEasier to push and turn, lower priceAccepts two car seats
Cons Lower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityAccepts one car seat, harder to maneuver, storage is hard to accessHeavy, poor car seat attachmentPoor sun protection, larger and hard to push, difficult to move
Bottom Line Best on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spacesBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsLimited functionality, but best sit and stand in the reviewGood maneuverability for the price but harder to use and very heavyDifficult to use inline with hard to use storage and lower quality materials
Rating Categories Baby Trend Expediti... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Caboose Ultralight... Baby Trend Navigator Sit N' Stand Double
Ease Of Use (45%)
5.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
Maneuverability (30%)
8.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
Weight Folded Size (15%)
6.0
4.0
9.0
2.0
5.0
Quality (10%)
4.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Baby Trend Expediti... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Caboose Ultralight... Baby Trend Navigator Sit N' Stand Double
Weight 30.6 lbs 34.6 lbs 23.4 lbs 39.7 lbs 31.3 lbs
Folded Dimensions 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 46.5"L 32.9"W x 19"H x 34.8"L 24.8"W x 17.3"H x 49"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 3 mo.
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: Child must be able to sit unassisted.
Maximum: 40 lbs/40"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Any Baby Trend Infant Car Seat Universal
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
None None None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
None Universal
Number of Car Seats Accepted 0 2 1 2 2
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep Shallow
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep N/A Deep Mid-Level
Storage Basket Size Large Extra Large Medium Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Large Small Small
One-handed Fold No Yes No No Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.6" 33"/44.7" 41.8" 41" 41.4"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes No No
Included Accessories MP3 Speakers None None MP3 Speakers None
Setup Time 9:20 8:43 14:23 15:09 7:04

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Trend was the first company to create a sit and stand style stroller and the first to offer a diaper pail that works with ordinary kitchen trash bags. This company began designing baby products over 26 years go with walkers, bouncers, car seats, and strollers included in their lineup. Baby Trend makes affordable gear for children.

Performance Comparison





Ease of Use


The Expedition is harder to use, despite having lots of features parents want.


We think ease of use is important because it impacts your daily experience when using the stroller.

We found the red pull up loops to initiate the fold on the...
The lock on the Expedition is manual, but works well.

Fold and Unfold


The Expedition is relatively easy to fold, requires two hands to fold, has a manual locking mechanism, and self-stands. It takes four steps to fold (including safety straps release), and requires bending down about halfway, but it isn't complicated or involved. Unfolding is more difficult because it tends to want to fold back up as you unfold it and the size makes it somewhat unwieldy. It only has two steps, but it does require both hands and some patience.

The double action brakes on the Expedition can occasionally skip...
The double action brakes on the Expedition can occasionally skip across the gear teeth and feel like they are engaged when they aren't.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The Expedition has double action brakes that require the depression of two pedals. While this style isn't the end of the world, it does leave room for error if you forget to press the second pedal. Double action brakes are more commonly found on inexpensive strollers. The brakes are difficult to set and release, and are not sandal friendly (a disadvantage that might leave parents reluctant to set both sides).

The storage bin on the Expedition is good, but would be better if it...
The storage bin on the Expedition is good, but would be better if it weren't divided down the middle and there was no strap on the back.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Expedition has divided under-seat storage. It can hold two large diaper bags, but the strap divider prohibits anything larger. The bin has a weight allowance of only 5 lbs, so it limits what you can put inside. The bin has access from the rear and some from the sides, but the top and front are both lack access.

Each seatback has a large mesh pocket and we like the location for quick access items. We couldn't find a weight allowance for the pockets, but the thin mesh will be self-limiting and could stretch or rip if you aren't careful. We like that the pockets have a string to tighten the opening and are adjustable. It also has a parent console with two cup holders and a covered storage tray; it is arguably the best parent's tray in the review.

The back pockets on the seats are a nice addition for added storage.
The parent tray on the Baby Trend Expedition  Double is the nicest...

The passenger seats have mesh pockets inside that are fairly wide and can fit some sippy cups. The Expedition has 2.75-inch deep cup holders high and behind the baby's head in front of the handlebar. The holders have a closed design and taller or heavier items can fall out while strolling and the items could potentially land on the baby.

The peek-a-boo window is a good size, but the mesh is flimsy and the...
The peek-a-boo window is a good size, but the mesh is flimsy and the cover attaches with hook and loop closures.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Expedition has one canopy. This canopy is small and doesn't extend far enough to cover the leg rest on the seat. It offers ventilation and it has one medium-sized mesh peek-a-boo window with a hook and loop closure on the cover. The canopy can be rotated forward, but this limits overhead protection.

The plastic components on the Expedition give it a flimsy look and...
The canopy on the Expedition is small compared to the competition...

The photos above show the Expedition with the seats upright and canopies closed and with the canopies fully open and seats reclined.

The buckle on the Expedition is stiff, but the straps pop out on...
The buckle on the Expedition is stiff, but the straps pop out on their own. The shoulder straps can be removed to make 3 point harnesses on both seats.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The Expedition sports 5-point harnesses in each seat. The harness can be difficult to buckle, but unbuckling is even harder because the button is hard to press. The straps spring away from the buckle, which speeds up the unbuckling. Adjusting the straps is only average as the upper straps tighten with a single pull while the lower straps require significant maneuvering. Shoulder height adjustment is a rethread design with 3 positions and the crotch strap is only adjustable in length.

The recline feature on the Expedition is easy enough to operate, but...
The recline feature on the Expedition is easy enough to operate, but it does require two hands to operate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The Expedition does not have an adjustable leg rest, but the padding on the rest feels nice. Both seats have the same recline adjustment and it requires two hands and is fairly involved. The recline has infinite positions, which will allow each little one to have the recline angle they need to be cozy.

Car Seat Commpatibility


The Expedition does not work with any infant car seats from any brand. This means children will need to be independently sitting with full head and neck control before using this stroller.

Ease of Setup





Setup for the Expedition is average with a setup time of 9:20 minutes. The documentation is also average, with a multi-language format that is hard to use. The assembly requires a crescent wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver. Most of the competition does not require tools.

The pneumatic rubber tires helped the Expedition earn a high score...
The pneumatic rubber tires helped the Expedition earn a high score for maneuverability.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


Maneuverability is where this stroller shines, performing better than much of the competition. This is impressive given the large difference in price.


The best in the group are far more expensive, have rubber tires and only score slightly higher.

The front swivel wheel on the Expedition can be locked in place for...
The front swivel wheel on the Expedition can be locked in place for jogging or easier pushing over uneven terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Expedition did a great job on flat surfaces but it is somewhat wide. The rear wheels tend to get stuck in narrow spaces because they stick out past the frame. We had difficulty with the wheels getting caught on floorboards, and we weren't able to get it through a 34-inch doorway with a 32-inch opening. Pushing off the beaten path is also easy, and it moves well over grass and gravel. The larger wheels make it easy for this jogger to make it over the uneven surfaces.

The Expedition is surprisingly light and small for a three wheeled...
The Expedition is surprisingly light and small for a three wheeled jogging stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Expedition weighs 30.6 lbs, making it the lightest jogger in the review and one of the lighter doubles overall. The heaviest stroller is 39.7 lbs.


The Expedition is 18,401 cubic inches when folded, which is on the larger side but still below the average of 18,900, and it could be reduced slightly by removing the front wheel.

The Baby Trend Expedition is a 3 wheel jogging style side-by-side...
The Baby Trend Expedition is a 3 wheel jogging style side-by-side stroller.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Baby Trend brand is usually the least expensive in almost every gear category. For strollers, you tend to get what you pay for so it isn't a surprise that the Expedition provide below-average quality.


The fabric is only so-so for quality, but the padding under the fabric is decent. The piping on the leg portion is raised and feels like it would chafe. The canopies are heavier more durable fabric, with softer canvas on the seating areas. The mesh peek-a-boo window is harder to snag than it looks like, but the storage bin is relatively flimsy.

The frame on the Expedition is solid but it looks flimsy and cheap. It has a lot of plastic components and there is flex. The overall fit and finish are on the flimsy side. The tires are pneumatic rubber and the wheels are spoked. The wheels are described as bicycle wheels, which sounds impressive but we had trouble with the wheels and the rubber staying on. All the wheels had trouble at one point or another with the rubber falling off. The tubes are fine and they didn't go flat, but it was a hassle and annoying. We suspect the average parent won't know how to fix this and might end up at a bike shop paying money.

The handlebar is stationary and is a smaller diameter which is never a good thing for something you may need to hold for a longer durations. It has a rubber cover, which we don't like as much as foam for comfort and heat reasons. There is a divide in the handlebar with a plastic portion that sits on the ground when it folds and stands. This means it is challenging to push with one hand.

There is no suspension which is a shame for a jogging/all-terrain stroller, and we think short-sighted. However, for the price, we can almost forgive this given that the tires are rubber and the sling-style seats should make the ride somewhat more comfortable.

This stroller could be used for older twins or children of different...
This stroller could be used for older twins or children of different ages. These little models are 2.5 years old, 30 lbs. and 37.5" inches tall, and 5 years old, 40 lbs. and 44" inches tall.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Twins


The Expedition doesn't accept any infant car seats, which makes it a poor choice for infant twins. For parents looking for an instant option for newborns, this stroller will not fit the bill as children need to be at least 6 months to ride. However, because it has equal seating for both passengers it could be a good solution for price-conscious parents of older twins and children of multiple ages. If saving money is the plan, most families can still save money by choosing this option for older children and a frame stroller for infant children in car seats. Both strollers together create a total of close to $300, still a very budget-friendly combination and below most double options that do accept two infant car seats.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team