Evenflo Pivot Xpand Review
Pros: Versatile seating, feature-full, modern styling, low price
Cons: Lower attention to detail
Compare to Similar Products
Our Analysis and Test Results
Evenflo got its start in feeding nipples for baby in 1920. In 1935, they expanded with a nipple that stays on the bottle. As the years went by, Evenflo added more gear to their bottle-feeding lineup and in 1995, Evenflo Juvenile Products merged with the Evenflo Juvenile Furniture Company. The current group sells feeding supplies, car seats, strollers and more. Evenflo Company is located in Ohio.
Ease of Use
The Evenflo has ease of use on par with more expensive and higher-end options, making it a good buy for those looking for daily ease of use.
Fold and Unfold
This stroller has a frame unlock feature on both sides of the frame before you can fold it making it a two-handed fold. It has an auto-lock when folded and it self-stands, but it doesn't have a carry handle making it somewhat awkward to lift or carry.
The Pivot has single action brakes with a right side pedal on the back. The pedal is very easy to set and release with a design that is friendly to feet.
The Evenflo storage bin has good access from all sides, especially the back. it is large and has an adequate max weight limit of 10lbs. This limit is the average for the group and while it can't compete with some of the competition it is on par with the rest of the group. This stroller also has a cup holder on the side of the frame which is becoming rare. However, we aren't convinced it is a great design as some items may fall when strolling.
The Pivot has a medium-sized canopy that would be better with a zip-out expansion for more coverage. The canopy looks sharp and has a covered peek-a-boo window with additional ventilation. It is best for overhead coverage and not much else.
The Pivot has a 5-point harness with infinite adjustment. The height adjusts quickly by sliding up and down tethered straps on the seatback and while the harness feels cheap it is simple and straightforward to use.
The Expand has versatile seating with toddler seats that can face forward or backward. The seats have reclining backs and padded adjustable footrests for almost flat napping.
The adjustments are easy to use with an almost infinite number of possible options. This stroller can also accommodate two seats or two infant carriers. Depending on seat placement and number of seats, the front rider could end up using the storage bin for leg space.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Pivot Expand works with the Evenflo SafeMax and LiteMax without adapters. You can also purchase adapters for click-in compatibility with seats from "Chicco, including the Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco, and Peg Perego.
Ease of Setup
The Pivot is easy to set up taking a little over 5 minutes to assemble.
The documentation is only average, but it is pretty simple to assemble and doesn't require any tools. All that is required is snapping on the wheels and seat.
This stroller has foam-filled plastic wheels, which hurt its overall maneuverability. While they are nicer than most wheels of this ilk and at least they aren't dual wheels on each leg, they aren't as nice as rubber tires and this makes them harder to push over uneven terrain.
The Expand is easy enough to turn and move over flat hard surfaces (though not great), but grass and gravel give it pause. Really rough roads result in some potential tilting/tipping as it struggles to make it over the bumps. Larger wheels or less flex in the handlebar would help here. Overall, this one is harder to push and turn, and one-handed maneuverability isn't going to happen, but for the price and the ability to add more seats, it will do.
Weight and Folded Size
The Xpand has the ability to expand for multiple seats. This design makes it somewhat heavier and larger than much of the competition.
This stroller is 28.4 lbs and measures 16,790 cubic inches when folded. This makes it one of the heaviest strollers in the group, though not the largest, but really close on both counts.
This stroller struggles somewhat in quality, but it is on par and perhaps even slightly better than its low price would indicate.
It has materials and construction that feels sturdy and durable on its own, but sort of lacks when rolled side-by-side with the more expensive competition. The wheels are foam-filled plastic and not as durable or maneuverable as rubber options. The frame is somewhat rickety but not to the point of concern. Overall, however, it offers a clean look and feel with useful design choices.
Evenflo Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco, Graco, and Peg Perego — Is required if you hope to create a travel system with a car seat from a different manufacturer. You should always check with the manufacturer to ensure compatibility with your chosen car seat.
Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Stroller Second Seat — This secondary toddler seat creates a stroller for two should the need arise.Evenflo Stroller Rider Board — This fun riding platform connects to the back of the Pivot to create a third riding location for older children who want more ability to move around.
— Dr. Juliet Spurrier and Wendy Schmitz