Evenflo Pivot Xpand Combo Review
Pros: Price, 2 infant car seats, easy seat connection
Cons: Heaver, harder to push and turn
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|Pros||Price, 2 infant car seats, easy seat connection||Super easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turn||Parent tray, compact fold, budget-friendly||Compact and lightweight, easy car seat attachment||Easy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact fold|
|Cons||Heaver, harder to push and turn||Limited lifespan of 6-9 months||Limited to Chicco car seats, short lifespan||Harder to push on uneven surfaces||Dual action brakes, harder to push and turn|
|Bottom Line||Budget-friendly, multi-seater with easy car seat connections for up to two infant carriers||Good choice for urban parents with quick changes between public transport and strolling||Inexpensive frame stroller that works well but you'll need a new stroller at 9 months||Compact and lightweight with easy car seat attachment and useful features||Great frame stroller with parent console and easy carrier attachment|
|Rating Categories||Evenflo Pivot...||Doona Combo||Chicco Shuttle||UPPAbaby Minu Combo||Chicco KeyFit Caddy|
|Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Weight Folded Size (25%)|
|Specs||Evenflo Pivot...||Doona Combo||Chicco Shuttle||UPPAbaby Minu Combo||Chicco KeyFit Caddy|
|Weight||24.3 lbs||16.8 lbs||15 lbs||12.6 lbs||11.7 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L||18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L||20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L||20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L||19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: Infant - Toddler
When stroller seat is in infant mode: birth - 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/38"
Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax||Doona||Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||33"/44.7"||32.5"/39"||42"||41.2||36"/42"|
|Storage Basket Size||Extra large||n/a||Large||Medium||Large|
|Included Accessories||None||Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One||None||Storage bag||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Evenflo, a subsidiary of Goodbaby International, started in 1920 with baby feeding products. For years the company specialized in nipples, bottles, and nursing kits. In 1995, the Evenflo of today formed as a merger between Evenflo Juvenile Products and the Evenflo Juvenile Furniture Company. Now they sell everything from bottles and home goods to car seats and strollers.
Ease of Attaching Car Seat
The adapter is a loop style adapter (above left) that clips onto the stroller via the side attachment points where the toddler seats connect or where an Evenflo brand infant car seat would attach (above right). The loop is easy to set up and attaching it to the stroller is straightforward. You need to first remove the toddler seat/canopy before you can make the connection, but that is also easy to manage. The car seat drops into the loop with ease and requires almost no pressure to click in place. There are no additional steps and we often had to double-check to ensure it was connected because it was so darn easy. There is no way to install it incorrectly, and each test resulted in almost no effort and a secure connection.
Weight and Folded Size
The Xpand is one of the heavier options which isn't a real surprise as it is designed for up to two toddler or car seat attachments. At 24.3 lbs, this option is one of the heaviest in the group and is something to consider if you have weight limitations on what you can lift.
This stroller is also larger when folded with measurements that equal 16,790 cubic inches. This total is the largest in the group and might be a no-go if you have a smaller vehicle or apartment where space is at a premium.
Despite have single front wheels on each leg (for a total of 2) the Xpand doesn't push or turn as easily as some of the competition.
Thanks to the plastic wheels on this stroller it can be challenging to push or turn even on flat surfaces. The frame and the handlebar both flex when pushed and this grows more significant when the stroller is weighted with little ones and seats. Difficulties increase if you move off-road on grass or gravel, and we suspect the frustration won't be worth it if you have other surface options.
Ease of Use
The Xpand is easier than the average stroller to use, but nothing to rave about.
Fold and Unfold
This Evenflo has a one-hand folding operation and an automatic lock to keep the stroller closed. It self-stands when closed, but doesn't have a designated carry handle or strap. It takes two hands to unfold it.
The brakes are single-action with a rocker pedal on the side of the rear axle. The pedal is easy to access and use, even with sandals on.
This option has an open-access storage bin that is rather large and fits our larges diaper bag. The maximum allowed weight is 10 lbs in the bin, but we imagine parents will load it with significantly more as the size gives the impression that it can handle the load. It also sports a parent console of sorts that includes a fabric wrap around the handlebar with open pockets.
The sunshade on this stroller is attached to the toddler seat which is removed when you use the stroller with an infant car seat carrier.
Ease of Setup
The Xpand is easy to put together with average documentation and no tools required. Assembly is straightforward with snap-on wheels and the seat connection.
The overall quality is about what you'd expect given the impressive price and is about average for the group.
While this stroller lacks high-end details like rubber tires or flex-free handling, it does manage to provide a nice looking final product with no obvious flaws or missteps. The Xpand has reasonably sized plastic foam-filled wheels and a clean frame with nice fitting fabric on the toddler seats. The fabric on the seats is sturdy without being coarse but isn't truly skin-friendly. The stroller quality is hurt by the lack of rubber tires, exposed connections, and play in the joints and the connectors.
If you want to use your Xpand with infant car seats outside the Evenflo lineup you'll need an adapter. The only adapter they offer is the Pivot Xpand Adapter. This adapter is exclusively designed to fit the following infant car seats, Chicco KeyFit 30, Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, Graco SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35, and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.
— Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team