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Baby Trend Navigator Review

Good maneuverability for the price but harder to use and very heavy
Baby Trend Navigator
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $230 List | $230 at Amazon
Pros:  Easier to push and turn, lower price
Cons:  Heavy, poor car seat attachment
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 5
  • Maneuverability - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 2
  • Quality - 10% 5

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Navigator is a side-by-side double jogging stroller. This unique four-wheeled jogger has a budget-friendly price and is easy to maneuver, but that is about all it has going for it, and another Baby Trend stroller is better. The Navigator is a cheap-feeling double option with small canopies, hard to use recline and a storage bin with a surprisingly small allowance of only 5 lbs. Unfortunately for the Navigator, other than accepting two infant car seats, it didn't score as high as other Baby Trend joggers in this review.

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Pros Easier to push and turn, lower priceAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerRugged, off-road-ready, easy to push and turnAccepts two car seats of various brands, easy to maneuver
Cons Heavy, poor car seat attachmentHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatBulky, expensive, lacks refinementLack of convenience features
Bottom Line Heavy and hard to use but it does offer nice maneuverability for the priceQuality stroller with versatile seating options for growing familiesAwesome double stroller doing dual jobs as a jogger for toddlersEasy to use jogger good for everyday activities and off-road funNice, quality choice that is easier to maneuver
Rating Categories Baby Trend Navigator UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Revolution Flex... Mountain Buggy Duet
Ease Of Use (45%)
5
9
7
7
6
Maneuverability (30%)
7
8
9
9
7
Weight Folded Size (15%)
2
4
5
5
5
Quality (10%)
5
8
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Specs Baby Trend Navigator UPPAbaby Vista v2... Thule Urban Glide... Revolution Flex... Mountain Buggy Duet
Weight 39.7 lbs 35 lbs 32.1 lbs 33.1 lbs 32.8 lbs
Folded Dimensions 32.9"W x 19"H x 34.8"L 25.8"W x 26.5"H x 37"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 30.8"W x 18"H x 39.5"L 26"W x 17.5"H x 37.8"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 40 lbs
Included Car Seat Compatibility Any Baby Trend Infant Car Seat UPPAbaby
Mesa
None None None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
None Mountain Buggy
Protect
Phil&Teds
Alpha
Maxi Cosi
Mico AP, CabrioFix, Pebble
Cybex
Aton
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 30, 32, 35
Chicco
Keyfit
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
Snug Ride Click Connect 30, Snug Ride Click Connect 30 LX, Snug Ride 35 Elite, Snug Ride 35 LX, Snug Ride 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Click Connect 35, Snug Ride Click Connect 35 LX, Snug Ride Click Connect 40, Snug Ride Snug Lock 30, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 DLX, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Elite, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum, Snug Ride Snug Lock 35 Platinum XT
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido
Chicco
KeyFit 30, Keyfit 30 Zip, Keyfit Zip Air, KeyFit Magic, Fit2
None
Number of Car Seats Accepted 2 1 1 1 2
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Very large Medium Large Medium
Sun Shade Size Small Large Medium Large Medium
One-handed Fold No No Yes No Yes
Locking Fold Manual Auto Manual Manual Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41" 39.5"/42.5" 30.9"/45.1" 35.8"/49.3" 30.1"/43.0"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories MP3 Speakers Rain Shield, Bug Shield None None None
Setup Time 15:09 5:14
min:sec
4:14 7:30 10:37

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Trend has been around for about 26 years designing and creating a variety of baby gear items from walkers to car seats. The Baby Trend company goals include making safe and affordable products for parents and children. Baby Trend was the first manufacturer to create a Sit and Stand style stroller and their Diaper Champ diaper pail was the first diaper pail that didn't require brand refills.

Performance Comparison



Thanks to frame bars on each side and down the middle of the back...
Thanks to frame bars on each side and down the middle of the back, the storage bin on the Navigator has rather poor access and a low maximum weight capacity of only 5 pounds.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Navigator performance for ease of use is below the average for the group.

The Navigator has a dual "trigger release" fold process that...
The Navigator has a manual lock, and the stroller does self-stand.

Fold and Unfold


The Navigator is a two-handed fold with what Baby Trend calls "trigger action" that requires pulling up on dual-side release points at the same time. The fold is three steps, has a manual lock, and self-stands. Folding the Navigator is easy, and unfolding is about average compared to the competition. The overall size of the stroller could make unfolding harder for smaller users.

The Navigator has dual action brakes that require depressing both...
The Navigator has dual action brakes that require depressing both pedals for full engagement. The pedals are stiff and hard to set and release.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The brakes are double action and require pressing two pedals for full brake engagement. Setting the brakes is average and releasing them is difficult. The pedals are very stiff and pulling them up is not foot-friendly.

The parent console on the Navigator has a covered storage...
The child trays swing to the side for easy access to the seat. They...

Storage


The Navigator has an under-seat storage bin that spans the width of the stroller. The basket is large and fit our large diaper bag inside, but the maximum allowance is only 5 lbs, which means it may not hold supplies for two children. The bin has access from the back and sides, but both have frame bars that prevent unobstructed access.

This stroller has pockets on the back of each seat, a parent console (above left) and child trays for both passengers (above right). The parent console has two cup holders and a covered center compartment. During testing, taller items fell from the holders while strolling, so parents should use caution when using the cup holders. The child trays both have two cup holders and a snack depression. The cup holders held most test items, but taller items are likely to topple out. Both trays swing out to the side for seat access.

The canopies each have a medium size peek-a-boo window made of mesh...
The canopies each have a medium size peek-a-boo window made of mesh with a hook and loop closure on the cover. The windows are nice, but the canopies themselves are too small to provide adequate coverage for baby's entire body in full sun.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The Navigator has smaller individual canopies for each seat that lock open and can ratchet forward to block the lower sun or the wind. Both shades have a medium size mesh peek-a-boo window with a hook and loop closure cover. The two canopies are better than the one on other Baby Trend joggers, but the smaller size is a disappointment. When fully open and upright the canopies only provide partial protection from the sun and do not cover to the knee.

The Navigator has two 5-point harnesses that are difficult to adjust...
The Navigator has two 5-point harnesses that are difficult to adjust with a buckle that is hard to depress.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


Both seats have a 5-point harness with a rethread height adjustment that threads through two external loop straps sewn to the seat back for three possible height options. The harness is easy to get on, a little harder to get off, and better than average to adjust for size and height. The crotch strap has a single position, but the length is adjustable. The buckle buttons are stiff and take extra pressure to press, but the straps spring out on their own.

The Navigator seat backs recline by loosening a buckle strap. The...
The Navigator seat backs recline by loosening a buckle strap. The process requires two hands and is not as simple as the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


Each seat moves independently of the other for individualized comfort, and unlike tandem strollers, each passenger has the same experience. The Navigator has a padded leg rest, but it isn't adjustable, and there is a gap before the footrest. The footrest is wider than the Expedition and made of hard plastic so it is easy to clean. The seatbacks recline using a plastic buckle with a one-side adjustable strap length. Operating the buckle requires two hands and is stiff. The strap can be a struggle to move, and one hand has to hold the plastic end while the other moves the strap through the plastic threading. Both seats slope back, but not far enough to be perfect for napping.

The strap for adding a Baby Trend car seat to the Navigator is an...
The strap for adding a Baby Trend car seat to the Navigator is an attachment style we don't like. The second step of adding the strap is one we worry parents will forget or choose to intentionally not to do.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Car Seat Compatibility


The Navigator only works with Baby Trend brand car seats, but it will accept two infant seats. The car seats rely on the child trays for installation, and there are no other adapters available for seats from other brands. The Baby Trend compatible seats include the Flex-Loc, EZ Flex-Loc, EZ Flex-Loc 32, EZ Loc, Inertia, Secure Snap Tech 32 and 35. The seats lock into the tray cup holders with a click sound and face the back of the stroller seats. The stroller canopies can be used in conjunction with the car seats when you move the car seat handle all the way back over the head of the car seat. Installation of the seats also requires using an elastic strap on the sides as a secondary attachment, and we worry parents may forget or skip this step.

The seats are below average for ease of attachment and removal thanks to the second step. Once connected, they don't feel very secure which is a disappointment for a native brand seat that in our opinion should feel like part of the stroller and not an afterthought.

Ease of Setup




The Navigator is hard to put together and took us over 15 minutes to assemble. The user manual is poor, and it requires two different tools to complete. The front wheels are particularly complicated, and we wonder why more of it doesn't come pre-assembled. The manual directions are too simplified, and the illustrations are not very useful.

The Navigator has two locking swivel wheels on the front, with...
The Navigator has two locking swivel wheels on the front, with suspension, and air-filled rubber tires.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Navigator has air-filled rubber tires, the four-wheel design and larger size hurt its turning capabilities.

Locking the swivel wheels on the Navigator is a simple process that...
Locking the swivel wheels on the Navigator is a simple process that happens with the flip of a switch on each wheel. Parents should wiggle the wheel to ensure they are locked in place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller is really wide, and we had trouble fitting it through a 32-inch doorway. It handles okay, but it isn't as nice as the three-wheeled Baby Trend Expedition Double, and the wider width causes trouble in tighter turns and crowded spaces. It is relatively easy to push over the grass and the gravel, but turning on these surfaces is harder than all the other jogging style options in this review. The front wheels will lock in place with the flip of a switch, which helps over uneven terrain and jogging, but it doesn't improve turning which is the real problem here.

The Navigator has a stationary handlebar and two-wheel front shocks. The sling-style seat and padded seat bottom will provide some comfort for passengers, but the all-wheel suspension is ideal for comfort, and we think all joggers should have it. This stroller probably isn't the most comfortable ride for passengers or pushers.

As you can see, the Navigator is bulky when folded, but the weight...
As you can see, the Navigator is bulky when folded, but the weight is the real problem. With a heft over 39 pounds, it is the heaviest in the review.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


This stroller is the heaviest double stroller we tested at 39.7 lbs. Given that the Baby Trend Expedition Double is 10 lbs lighter it is hard to justify the added weight that makes pushing and carrying more challenging.

The Navigator measures 21,753 cubic inches when folded. These measurements make it one of the larger folded options in the review. While neither the largest nor smallest stroller we tested, it does have a thick fold that may be difficult to fit in a standard trunk.

The Navigator earned a below average score for quality with a 5 of...
The Navigator earned a below average score for quality with a 5 of 10. It uses materials and a design that are better than the Baby Trend Expedition, but not as nice as some of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Navigator quality score is better than the other Baby Trend strollers we tested in this review, which we would expect given the higher price tag. However, it isn't as high as other strollers with similar prices.

The materials used on the Navigator have a slight edge over those on the other Baby Trend strollers; the fabric has a tighter weave, the piping is better, the stitching is nicer, and the padded is thicker. The overall appearance is better with solid connections and less flex than the cheaper Baby Trend options. However, it is evident in comparison that it is only average compared to the competition.

While the identical seating arrangements and two infant car seat...
While the identical seating arrangements and two infant car seat attachments make the Navigator attractive for twins, its poor performance in most tests make it a stroller we don't recommend in general.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Twins


The Navigator would work well for twins because it has equal seating for both children and accepts two infant car seats at the same time. However, this stroller did not score well in our tests, and we think there are better options available for most parents. While it is the only jogger that accepts two car seats, it is not advised to jog with children under eight months of age anyway, so it isn't as if you can jog with two infants on board. We think parents are better off choosing a higher scoring stroller even if it doesn't work with two car seats. Alternatives to two infant car seats include babywearing and one car seat or combining a different double stroller with a car seat frame stroller that accepts a variety of different brand car seats and has a low cost. Plus, you can buy them in stages which could help with tighter budgets.

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