The Baby Trend Expedition is a better than average jogger that earns a Best Value award thanks to its price and performance. This budget-friendly stroller is the cheapest stroller in the group and still managed to outperform competitors with higher price tags. The Expedition earned impressive scores for maneuverability and weight and folded size and a respectable 7 of 10 for ease of use. These results make it a user-friendly option with some features the competition fails to offer like a parent console and child tray. Unfortunately, the Expedition isn't the best for running, and its lack of suspension and adjustable tracking made it a no-go for our professional runner. We suspect any dedicated runner will find it challenging to run with regularly, but it is suitable for short jogs and parents looking for rubber pneumatic tires to move over uneven terrains. For the price, we think the casual runner will be happy with what the Expedition has to offer, making it a stroller we recommend, but not for the serious runner.
Baby Trend Expedition Review
Pros: Super easy to maneuver, low price
Cons: Harder to run with, lower quality
Manufacturer: Baby Trend
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Baby Trend started over 26 years ago creating products for the juvenile industry. Since their inception, they have been designing innovative products for growing families. Baby Trend was the first to make "sit and stand" style strollers and the Snap-N-Go stroller that converts an infant car seat into a lightweight stroller. They make the Diaper Champ diaper pail, infant car seats, infant swings and bouncers, high chairs, walkers, strollers, and a variety of other products for growing families.
The chart below shows a comparison of the overall scores for each stroller in our review. The Expedition (shown in blue) is a budget-friendly stroller that earned more points than many strollers more than twice its price.
The information outlined below provide details on how the Expedition performs during testing. Individual metric scores were combined to determine the overall results with emphasis on run-ability and ease of use results.
The Expedition earned a 5 of 10 for run-ability which makes it a poor choice for dedicated runners. The Expedition is the cheapest product in the review, but it still scores higher in this key metric than many strollers almost twice its price.
The Expedition doesn't have adjustable tracking, but the stroller we tested did run straight without excessive veering. However, if the tolerance on any specific stroller is off, then you may be stuck with a product that potentially veers. Our stroller did pull a little to the side when running at higher speeds, but it is easy to back tip for turning the fixed wheel or getting it back on course. The also doesn't have an adjustable handlebar, which could make it difficult to obtain proper running biomechanics.
Ease of Use
The Baby Trend earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use, which is the second highest score in this review and impressive for a stroller of this price.
The Expedition scored higher than all of the BOB brand strollers in this metric.
Fold and Unfold
Folding the Expedition is fairly straightforward. It is a two-handed fold initiated by sliding the side levers up and one pull on the handle located under the seat. It has a manual fold lock, self-stands and you can remove the front wheel for a more compact fold.
The brakes are double action and require two pedals be pressed for the brakes to be engaged. We worry parents will grow complacent and forget to set both or choose not to. The pedals are average to set and release and are not sandal foot friendly as they are stiff and the underside of the pedal is rough.
The extra large under seat storage bin (above left) fit our extra-large diaper bag. The bin is accessible from all sides and has a maximum allowable weight of 5 lbs, which is the lowest in the group. It has a parent console with two cup holders and a closeable compartment (above right), and a child's tray with two cup holders that did not fit wide bottom sippy cups in our tests. The tray swings up on one side for easy seat access.
The canopy is average in size, with a small, mesh peek-a-boo window. This canopy isn't large enough to cover over the knees and has little protection on the sides; it has a mesh pop out visor, and it can rotate forward for low sun or headwinds.
The Expedition has a simple 5-point harness that is easy to use. It is relatively easy to adjust and has height adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable crotch strap. It doesn't have padded straps, and you have to release each side strap separately from the buckle to release the harness, but overall one of the simpler options to use.
This stroller has a one-handed, easy to use recline that is deep enough for napping. The seat back has ventilation when reclined, that is coverable when the weather is cold. The edge of the seat curves down at a comfortable angle and is soft to the touch with a gap between the leg rest and the plastic footrest.
Ease of Setup
This stroller took almost 8 minutes to set up. The documentation is poor, with multiple languages mashed together, and hard to understand illustrations. Also, the instructions can be confusing with details for installing parts that come pre-installed.
The Baby Trend earned an 8 of 10 for maneuverability. This result is the second highest score in the review.
Pushing and turning on flat surfaces is easy. It negotiated our obstacle course without hitting anything, and it did not require pre-planned turning. This stroller has a narrow width and shorter wheelbase that makes it easy to turn, and the lighter weight makes it easy to push. Pushing off-road is also easy as it rolls over the gravel and grass with ease.
The handlebar is not adjustable, but it has a rubber covering and a slight upward curve mid-bar. We prefer adjustable bars with foam covering as they are both more comfortable and better for running ergonomics. The Expedition doesn't have any suspension, which is likely a non-starter for serious runners.
Weight and Folded Size
The Baby Trend earned a 7 of 10 for weight and folded size. It has the smallest fold in the group measuring 13,285 cubic inches, and it weighs 23.6 lbs with only a few products we reviewed weighing less.
The small size and lighter weight combined with the self-stand feature make the Expedition easier to manage, lift, and fit in smaller spaces.
The Baby Trend earned a 6 of 10 for quality. This result is fairly low compared to the competition, but given the lower price, it isn't a surprise.
The fabric feels rough but durable. It has a steel frame with some flex at the hinge point and plastic connections where the stroller folds. The frame is small, has no shocks, and all of the connection points are exposed. The plastic parts are finished well and fit snugly on the frame, and everything fits fairly well together, it just isn't as tight as we'd expect for a jogger. The Expedition has metal wheels with air-filled rubber tires that have smooth tread. However, the wheels have significant play where they meet the axle, and it causes enough vibration in the handlebar.With a hard seat back that is uncomfortable compared to a sling style seat and no suspension this stroller is not the most comfortable for passengers or pushers, and would not be a good choice for long-distance use.
The Expedition comes with a parent console and child's tray, leaving few accessories for purchase. However, they do offer what looks to be a nice rain cover.
- Baby Trend Rain Cover — This rain cover is made specifically for the Expedition line of strollers. It protects from both rain and wind, is made of see-thru polyvinyl, and attaches with Velcro straps. The cover folds up small when not in use so that it can fit in the stroller pocket.
Baby Trend offers a large variety of jogging strollers in addition to the Expedition. While we did not review any other models, some do look interesting including:
- Baby Trend Stealth Jogger — The Stealth Jogger is a three wheel jogging stroller with pneumatic tires and plastic rims. This stroller's seating options include facing the pusher or out to the world in the toddler seat, or it can accept some infant car seat carriers. It offers a deeper recline and larger canopy than the Expedition, with a sling style seat.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Carrie Vickers