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Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double Review

Better than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end options
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Price:   $400 List | $251 at Amazon
Pros:  Multiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, price
Cons:  Harder to push and turn, heavier, lower quality
Manufacturer:   Evenflo
By Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 4, 2020
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 6
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Evenflo Pivot Expand Double is an inline stroller that can accommodate up to three passengers with the right accessories. This useful stroller is compatible with two infant car seats of different brands and includes adapters for Evenflo seats attached to the frame. This seat has features and functionality often only found on higher-priced products and we think it is a good choice for parents of multiples or twins who want a stylish inline stroller that is easy to use. This stroller is somewhat heavy and large, it also isn't the highest level of quality. However, for the price, it provides a good looking stroller that can grow with your family in a way no other budget-friendly stroller in this review can.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Evenflo, and Ohio based company, launched with nipples for infants in 1920. As time went on, the company created more gear for their bottle-feeding collection. In 1995, Evenflo Juvenile and Evenflo Juvenile Furniture Company merged to form a single government. The company now sells supplies for feeding, strollers, and more.

Performance Comparison



The seats on the Pivot can face each other for fun sibling bonding.
Both seats on the Pivot can also face the parent for bonding and comfort while strolling.
Children of different ages may enjoy facing opposite directions as shown here with the toddler seats on the Pivot.

Ease of Use


The Xpand provides easier to use features than much of the competition which is nice to see in a lower-priced option.


You need to unlock the Evenflo frame before you can fold it.
The Evenflo automatically locks when folded for easier transport.

Fold and Unfold


The stroller folds with two seats attached which is not always found in the competition. The fold is relatively easy if not instinctive and after you unlock the frame (above left) it folds in on itself. The stroller has an auto-lock(above right) and self-stands.

The rocker-style brake pedal on the Pivot is very easy to use and foot-friendly.
The rocker-style brake pedal on the Pivot is very easy to use and foot-friendly.

Brakes


The single-action brakes on the Xpand have a rocker-style pedal on the right side of the rear axle area. The pedal is easy to access and smoothly set and release without problems. The Pivot earns one of the best results for brakes in the group.

The Evenflo has a cup holder on the side of the frame that can hold water bottles but some items can potentially fall out while strolling.
The Pivot storage bin is extra large and fits almost anything  but it has a smaller weight limit than the impressive competition.

Storage


The storage bin is easy to access no matter how many seats you are using and there is good access from most sides. The bin fit our extra-large diaper bag but it only has a 10 lb weight limit which could be too low for supplies for two children.

The canopies on the Evenflo have mesh filled peek-a-boo windows.
The canopies on the Evenflo have mesh filled peek-a-boo windows.

Sunshade


The canopies on the Pivot aren't the highlight of this stroller and while they offer adequate protection from overhead sun, that is about all you're going ot get from these stylish but smaller sunshades. The shades have a peek-a-boo window and it is mesh for additional ventilation.

The Pivot harness is functional and straightforward but the height adjustment is harder to use.
The Pivot harness is functional and straightforward but the height adjustment is harder to use.

Harness


The harness has a chintzy feel and it has a more convoluted rethread height adjustment that is harder to manage than much of the competition. However, the buckle works well and the other adjustments for fit are straightforward. With any luck, you won't be making height changes often.

The Evenflo seats can recline with the lift of a lever.
The Evenflo seats can recline with the lift of a lever.

Seat


The Pivot accepts two infant car seats or 2 toddler seats or a combination of both. The seats can face forward (below left) or back toward the parents with the ability for them to face away from one another or toward one another. The connection adapters for the second seat are already a part of the stroller and remain attached so there is no risk of losing parts.

The Pivot offers tandem stadium-style seating that in our opinion is better for passengers than the rumble style seating with one seat under the other sitting in the storage bin.
The toddler seats on the Pivot can lay flat for napping or a bassinet style experience.

The toddler seats recline with a lift of a lever and work with one hand. They can recline flat and the back and footrest can drop down to create a bassinet style seat with depth designed to protect infants that can't roll or sit up (above right). This design creates even more versatility in the stroller that isn't available on all of the competition.

Car Seat Compatibility


the Enflo is compatible with some Evenflo infant car seats and there is an adapter available for seats of other brands like Chicco, Graco and Peg Perego. Several seats from these brands won awards in our infant car seat review giving you multiple options for high-quality car seat combinations.

Ease of Setup


The Evenflo is about average to set up with an assembly time of about 8:43 minutes.



Setup is pretty straightforward and requires no tools to complete. All you need to do is snap on the wheels and attach the seats. Most of the assembly time is unboxing and reading the instructions.

The Pivot would be easier to push and turn if the wheels were larger or rubber instead of plastic.
The handlebar on the Pivot is adjustable on a pivot point that puts taller parents closer to the rear axle.

Maneuverability


Thanks to foam filled plastic wheels the Pivot is harder to push and turn than similar strollers. In general, the inline strollers can be challenging because they are longer and harder to turn.


The frame and the handlebar flex more than we'd like on this stroller which translates to a lack of control and responsiveness. Attempts to push one-handed led to some potential for tipping in our tests and this problem got worse on rougher terrain like on grass and gravel. This option isn't the best choice for those who'll frequent parks or off-road adventures.

The Pivot can fold smaller if you remove the second seat. If it is going in your house or car this could be convenient  if not  it may be a hassle.
The Pivot can fold smaller if you remove the second seat. If it is going in your house or car this could be convenient, if not, it may be a hassle.

Weight and Folded Size


The Pivot isn't heavy or light compared to much of the double competition.


It weighs 34.6 lbs where the average is 33. Folded it measures 21,827 cubic inches in a group that is 18,500 on average. The second seat makes this option much larger than it really is and if you have the ability and time to remove it prior to folding you can likely fit it into smaller spaces.

While not the top tier of quality  the Pivot is good quality for the price.
While not the top tier of quality, the Pivot is good quality for the price.

Quality


The Pivot isn't the best quality, but it is nice for the price and there is no obvious failing for a product in this price range. It has some flex in the frame and handlebar and can wobble a little, but it isn't so bad you'll be frustrated. It is stylish and resembles much of the higher-end competitors and could easily fit the bill for those looking for this style stroller but care about looks.

The materials are nice and there is attention to detail in that there aren't loose threads or errant stitching. The fabric fits the parts well and it feels durable enough to survive strolling years though it may not make it to hand me down or resell status depending on how hard a life it has, in our opinion.

The Joovy Scooter is a good choice for older twins  but the inability to use it in conjunction with infant car seats means it isn't good for younger babies.
The Joovy Scooter is a good choice for older twins, but the inability to use it in conjunction with infant car seats means it isn't good for younger babies.

Twins


This is a good choice for twins as it can accept two infant car seats or the toddler seats can be converted to bassinet style seats. The seating arrangements are similar and are unlikely to cause fighting or discord between older children, making it a good choice for twins or those of similar ages. For parents on a budget looking for a stroller they can use from birth, this is a rare find.

Accessories


The Evenflo Pivot Expand can work with an infant car seat adapter for more seating options.
Evenflo Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego — If you want to create a travel system or a double for infant twins using car seats from other manufacturers, you'll need a car seat adapter. We recommend checking with the manufacturer for car seat compatibility prior to your purchase.

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Stroller Second Seat — This second toddler seat is necessary if you buy the stroller without purchasing the two-seater setup as a group.

The Evenflo Pivot Expand can work with a rider board for more riding options.
Evenflo Stroller Rider Board — If your family grows beyond two, and you have an older child, the rider board can be a useful option for transporting all your little ones.

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Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz