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Baby Trend Expedition Review

An easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionality
Baby Trend Expedition
The Baby Trend Expedition
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $150 List | $149.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to navigate tight places, inexpensive
Cons:  Limited storage, lower quality materials
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 29, 2021
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  • Ease Of Use - 45% 5.1
  • Maneuverability - 30% 8.2
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5.5
  • Quality - 10% 4.0

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Expedition has an economical price and continues to prove that it can compete with the more expensive full-size strollers by earning more points than much of the competition. With easy-to-push and turn rubber tires and convenience features not found on all of the competition, the Expedition makes the list of favorite strollers as an attractive option for parents on a budget who might like to go off-road or for the occasional jog.

The Expedition impressed in our jogging stroller review with a performance that helped it win a Best Value award in that review, too. Though not the best for serious runners, this economical stroller proves it can handle the occasional jog with ease at a very budget-friendly price.

Editor's Note: We updated this individual gear review on December 21, 2021, to include additional information and details to guide your decision process.

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Pros Easy to navigate tight places, inexpensiveHigh-quality, compact fold, lighter weight, comfyLots of car seat compatibility, fairly lightweight, handbrakePrice, lightweight, compact foldBudget-friendly, light and easy to carry/stow
Cons Limited storage, lower quality materialsSomewhat harder to pushLimited storage access, prop-up footrestDual-front wheel, hard to access storageNot the best mover, lower quality
Bottom Line An easy-to-maneuver and budget friendly option, but has limited functionalityA compact, full-size with impressive features for comfort and ease of use, but it is somewhat harder to push, especially one handAverage option that doesn't truly outshine the regular City MiniA budget-minded stroller with the features you need and not much elseBasic stroller that is budget-friendly, lightweight and small for occasional strolling
Rating Categories Baby Trend Expedition Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Jogger City Mi... Britax B-Lively
Ease Of Use (45%)
5.1
7.9
6.6
6.6
6.6
Maneuverability (30%)
8.2
6.6
9.0
7.3
6.6
Weight/Folded Size (15%)
5.5
7.5
7.0
7.5
9.0
Quality (10%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Baby Trend Expedition Thule Spring Baby Jogger City Mi... Baby Jogger City Mi... Britax B-Lively
Weight 23.7 lbs 22.7 lbs 21.6 lbs 19.3 lbs 18.9 lbs
Folded Dimensions 23.1"W x 33.1"H x 16.3"L 17"W x 15"H x 30"L 25.6"W x 11.2"H x 33"L 25.7"W x 10.6"H x 31.1"L 24"W x 9.5"H x 29"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 64 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 65 lbs/44" Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend car seat
None Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2 Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit2
Cybex
Cloud Q, Aton M, Aron 2
Maxi-Cosi
Mico 30
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite R
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Living
Baby Jogger City GO, City GO 2
Britax B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 2, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite, Snugride 35 Platinum, Snugride Click Connect 35 LX
Maxi Cosi Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico 30
Nuna Pipa
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Uppababy Mesa
Clek Liing
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters Baby Trend
Any Baby Trend Car Seat
None None None None
Recline Deep Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Large Large Large Large
Sun Shade Size Small Large Large Large Large
One-handed Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41" 39"/43" 38.5"/45.7" 41" 40"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories None Sun Shade City GO infant car seat adapter. City GO infant car seat adapter. None
Setup Time 5-10 minmin:sec 1-5 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec 5-10 minmin:sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

For 26 years plus, Baby Trend has developed gear for juveniles. Since the beginning, the company has designed budget-friendly products for growing families. Baby Trend developed the first sit-and-stand stroller and the Snap-N-Go stroller. They make a variety of gear for babies from a diaper pail and infant car seats, to high chairs and strollers, and everything in between.

Performance Comparison



Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the large child's tray on the expedition makes this stroller look a...
The large child's tray on the Expedition makes this stroller look a little uneven.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Baby Trend isn't as easy to use as most of the competition in large part due to features that tick a box but don't work as well as we hoped.


Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the lock on the expedition is not designed to keep the stroller...
The lock on the Expedition is not designed to keep the stroller snuggly compact.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


This Baby Trend has a two-handed fold with no auto-lock or carry handle, but it can self-stand. It is a three-step fold and average compared to the competition. After releasing the side safety slides on the frame, it has a one-hand pull from the seat bottom.



Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the second step in the folding process of the expedition is pulling...
The second step in the folding process of the Expedition is pulling up on the release holds on each side of the frame simultaneously.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

You can make the overall package smaller if you remove the front wheel, leaving you with two parts to carry. The heavier weight and sticky release handle make it harder to fold, and the leg rest sticks out, making it cumbersome. Unfolding requires two hands and two steps, not including the safety straps, and you need to be careful when opening it, so it doesn't tip over.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - 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 brakes on this stroller are average in their difficulty to set and release. They are double action and require both sides to be set independently. Double action brakes have a higher chance of being set improperly because both need to be engaged for the stroller to be parked. Parents might forget to do one side or choose not to if they are in a hurry.


Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the storage basket of the expedition has a small weight limit that...
The storage basket of the Expedition has a small weight limit that makes it somewhat useless.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


The Baby Trend has a large storage bin, but it only has a maximum capacity of 5 lbs, making it somewhat useless. You can access the storage bin on the Baby Trend from the back and sides, and we managed to fit our extra-large diaper bag through the back opening, but with a 5 lb weight limit, it will need to be almost empty to meet the bin limitations.


The parent tray on this stroller has two cup holders and a closed storage compartment that can hold most smartphones, even larger ones. While it is nice that the Expedition has cup holders, there is a safety concern because they are located high on the stroller behind the baby's head and are shallow. This means items can fall out and onto the child's head. We found that most water bottles did topple out during testing, and most landed on our fake baby.

The cup holders on the Expedition are fairly shallow, and the...
The cup holders on the Expedition are fairly shallow, and the compartment can't hold larger smartphones.
The child's tray on the Baby Trend can move to the side to get baby...
The child's tray on the Baby Trend can move to the side to get baby in the seat or can be removed entirely.

It also has two zippered pockets on the back of the canopy. The maximum allowed weight in the parent tray and pockets is 6 lbs, oddly more than the under-seat bin. The Baby Trend also has a child's tray (above right) with cup holders and a shallow snack tray. The cups won't fit some sippy cups or standard water bottles. The tray opens to the side for easy seat access. It is also removable.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the back seat of the expedition does not recline flat enough for...
The back seat of the Expedition does not recline flat enough for true napping comfort.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


The sunshade is small, especially when you compare it to the very large sunshade on the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, and it has no SPF rating, but it has ventilation and a peek-a-boo window. The window is mesh and small, but so is the shade. The shade won't cover the knees of older toddlers, and there is little side protection, but the canopy can rotate forward for additional sun protection.


Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the 5 point harness on the expedition can become a 3 point by...
The 5 point harness on the Expedition can become a 3 point by unclipping the shoulder straps. This makes the harness less safe and we do not recommend it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


This stroller has a 5-point harness that is hard to get on and off.


It has height-adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable crotch strap that are not padded, but it is sort of challenging to get the parts of the buckle lined up correctly, and it is stiff to buckle and release.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the recline toggle on the expedition is easy to use, but not as nice...
The recline toggle on the Expedition is easy to use, but not as nice as the push button options.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The Baby Trend has a one-handed recline to lower, but it needs two hands to raise it. It has two adjustable side straps with infinite possible positions. The seat has added ventilation when reclined, and it does not have an adjustable leg rest, but it is padded for comfort, and the footrest is wide.


Car Seat Compatibility


The Expedition is only compatible with the Baby Trend car seat, and there are no adapters available for other brands.

Ease of Setup


The Expedition took us close to 7 minutes to put this together, but it was our second time, so it's only fair to say it was closer to 8 the first time.



The documentation for this stroller is average, but it seems to be an improvement from previous versions. The instructions and pictures are average, and it doesn't require any tools to set up.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the wheels on the baby trend are similar to bicycle wheels and are...
The wheels on the Baby Trend are similar to bicycle wheels and are pneumatic and made of rubber.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


The Baby Trend has its most impressive score in the maneuverability metric.


This is an impressive score for a stroller that, in all other ways, is startling average.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the front swivel wheel on the expedition can be locked to limit...
The front swivel wheel on the Expedition can be locked to limit movement for running and rougher terrain.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Expedition rolls easily and turns nicely, but not as excellent as other options. It managed smaller spaces better than the Baby Jogger strollers, but it is a little tippy when you turn fast or sharply. The swivel front wheel allows it to move well, and it only requires one hand. It also performs well for off-road and rougher terrain, rolling easily over grass and gravel.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the expedition is easy enough to fold, but makes an odd shaped...
The Expedition is easy enough to fold, but makes an odd shaped package with a child's tray and big front wheel that get caught going into and out of the trunk.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The Expedition is about average for weight and folded size.


It weighs in at 23.7 lbs which is lighter than the average for the group but still more than 6 lbs over the most lightweight strollers. This stroller has a folded size of 12,463 cubic inches.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the baby trend did not score well for quality with the lowest score...
The Baby Trend did not score well for quality with the lowest score in the group, but it did tie with strollers significantly more expensive that the Expedition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The quality of this Baby Trend is on par with its lower price tag. The Expedition has a steel frame with several hinge points and plastic connectors.


It is a solid frame but looks cheap. The overall fit and finish of this stroller are straightforward and adequate. Unfortunately, everything feels sort of cheap.

Baby Trend Expedition full size stroller - the expedition has a mesh peek-a-boo window that closes with two...
The Expedition has a mesh peek-a-boo window that closes with two hook and loop connections.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The fabric on the seat is a softer canvas with a suede-like material on the upper area of the seat where the baby's head goes. The sides of the seat are a slicker material that looks cheap but is easier to clean than the canvas in the head region. The storage bin is made of the same material as the sides of the seat, with strips of mesh down the sides (like that found in the window).

The wheels on the Expedition are pneumatic and rubber. It is a bicycle-style wheel that has a lot of play when attached to the frame. We don't consider this a deal-breaker, but it does speak to the overall quality and attention to detail on this stroller and will probably lead to vibration and wobbling over time. The handlebar is not adjustable and sits at 41 inches. Testers liked the ergonomic shape, but the height might be a problem for shorter parents.

The Expedition has no suspension and impacts the passenger's comfort and ability to roll without the baby being jostled. The large air-filled tires help a little, but it is hard to compete in comfort without suspension. It also has a seat with minimal padding and a harder back that isn't as nice as the sling-style seats found on most of the competition.

Should You Buy the Baby Trend Expedition?


For a very low-cost stroller, the Baby Trend Expedition offers fantastic maneuverability. In fact, the Baby Trend's maneuverability score is right up there with some top-ranking strollers in our review; it even beats a good chunk of the competition. However, besides that feat, it's basic and offers no-frills. Its handlebar is not adjustable and sits at 41 inches, and this might be a deal-breaker for parents of varying heights. But, if you're using a Baby Trend car seat, basic meets your strolling needs, and you're on a strict budget, we think you'll find the Baby Trend Expedition satisfactory.

What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?


Keeping budget in mind, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a compelling alternative. It does not match the Baby Trend's maneuverability, but, it's a step up in all other testing metrics, and if you're planning on daily walks with your baby, a more well-rounded stroller, like the City Mini 2, can bring a more pleasurably strolling experience. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for jogging, so if you want a budget-minded full-size you can jog with, the Expedition is your stroller of choice.

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