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Baby Trend Expedition Double Review

Best on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spaces
The Baby Trend Expedition Double is a very economical choice that offers nicer rubber pneumatic tires.
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Price:   $200 List | $200 at Amazon
Pros:  Very budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potential
Cons:  Lower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggle
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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  • Ease Of Use - 35% 5
  • Maneuverability - 25% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 6
  • Safety - 10% 4
  • Quality - 10% 4
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 1

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Expedition is a potential option for parents on a budget with a three-wheel design and pneumatic rubber wheels that make it a great mover, easy to turn, and capable of handling almost any terrain. This stroller is the least expensive side-by-side option in this review, but it earned the second highest score for maneuverability and a good score for weight and folded size. This stroller is easy to fold, offers equal recline with added ventilation and under seat storage that accepts larger items. We think parents on a budget will be excited to find a stroller that offers this many features, is easy to push and turn, that also allows for jogging and is smaller and lighter than much of the competition.


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Pros Very budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potentialSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerVariety of seating, 2 car seats, smaller, covered storageAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsEasy to maneuver, easy to use features, comfortable, jogger
Cons Lower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggleBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHeavy, convoluted harness/buckleHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceHeavier and awkward to fold and lift, strap in car seat installation
Bottom Line Best on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spacesAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesQuality option with covered storage and nimble maneuverability that accepts 2 car seatsVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAwesome all-terrain option that is easy to push and jog with
Rating Categories Baby Trend... Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Ease Of Use (35%)
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Specs Baby Trend... Thule Urban Glide... Thule Sleek Double UPPAbaby Vista... BOB Revolution...
Weight 30.6 lbs 32.1 lbs 35.9 lbs 32.2 lbs 34.1 lbs
Folded Dimensions 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 23.8"W x 22"H x 37"L 25.7"W x 26.5"H x 41.5"L 30.8"W x 18.5"H x 39.5"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: From Birth with bassinet or infant car seat
Maximum: 33 lbs/44" per passenger
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 8 wk. - 8 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 8 mo. - 5 yr.
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None UPPAbaby
Mesa
None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None BeSafe
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton Basic CBX, Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5, Aton M, Aton M i-Size, Aton Q, Cloud Q
Maxi Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico AP 2.0, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus, Rock i-Size
Nuna
Pipa, Pipa Lite
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
None
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None "BOB
Unity
Britax
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33
EvenFlo
Discovery 5
Graco
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
Maxi-Cosi
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Safe-n-Sound
Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby
Mesa"
None None Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe, B-Safe 35
Graco
SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 30, 32, 35, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 30LX, 35, 35 LX, 40
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Chicco
KeyFit, Keyfit 30
Number of Car Seats Accepted 0 1 2 2 1
Recline Front/Left Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Recline Rear/Right Seat Deep Deep Deep Deep Mid-Level
Storage Basket Size Large Medium Very Large Very Large Large
Sun Shade Size Small Medium Large Large Large
One-handed Fold No Yes No No No
Locking Fold Manual Manual Auto Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 40.6" 30.9"/45.1" 37.6"/43.5 39.5"/42.5 33.4"/49.9"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Included Accessories MP3 Speakers None Rain cover Bassinet, Bassinet Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag, Rain Shield, Bug Shield None
Setup Time 9:20 4:14 6:02 + 4:26 10:43 6:12

Our Analysis and Test Results

Baby Trend was the first company to create a sit and stand style stroller and the first to offer a diaper pail that works with ordinary kitchen trash bags. This company began designing baby products over 26 years go with walkers, bouncers, car seats, and strollers included in their lineup. Baby Trend makes affordable gear for children.

Performance Comparison


The chart below is a comparison of the overall scores for the double strollers tested in this review with the Expedition in blue.


The sections below include information on how the Expedition Double performed during testing for each metric.



Ease of Use


The Expedition earned only 5 of 10 for ease of use, despite having lots of features parents will be looking for.


We think ease of use is important because it impacts your daily experience when using the stroller.

We found the red pull up loops to initiate the fold on the Expedition are stiff and take some work to jiggle loose.
The lock on the Expedition is manual  but works well.

Fold and Unfold


The Expedition is relatively easy to fold, requires two hands to fold, has a manual locking mechanism, and self-stands. It takes four steps to fold (including safety straps release), and requires bending down about halfway, but it isn't complicated or involved. Unfolding is more difficult because it tends to want to fold back up as you unfold it and the size makes it somewhat unwieldy. It only has two steps, but it does require both hands and some patience.

The double action brakes on the Expedition can occasionally skip across the gear teeth and feel like they are engaged when they aren't.
The double action brakes on the Expedition can occasionally skip across the gear teeth and feel like they are engaged when they aren't.

Brakes


The Expedition has double action brakes that require the depression of two pedals. While this style isn't the end of the world, it does leave room for error if you forget to press the second pedal. Double action brakes are more commonly found on inexpensive strollers. The brakes are difficult to set and release, and are not sandal friendly (a disadvantage that might leave parents reluctant to set both sides).

The storage bin on the Expedition is good  but would be better if it weren't divided down the middle and there was no strap on the back.
The storage bin on the Expedition is good, but would be better if it weren't divided down the middle and there was no strap on the back.

Storage


The Expedition has divided under seat storage. It can hold two large diaper bags, but the strap divider prohibits anything larger. The bin has a weight allowance of only 5 lbs, so it limits what you can put inside. The bin has access from the rear and some from the sides, but the top and front are both lack access.

Each seat back has a large mesh pocket and we like the location for quick access items. We couldn't find a weight allowance for the pockets, but the thin mesh will be self-limiting and could stretch or rip if you aren't careful. We like that the pockets have a string to tighten the opening and are adjustable. It also has a parent console with two cup holders and a covered storage tray; it is arguably the best parent's tray in the review.

The back pockets on the seats are a nice addition for added storage.
The parent tray on the Baby Trend Expedition  Double is the nicest one in the review with a large covered storage tray and dual cup holders. However  we caution parents about using cup holders while strolling as testing reveals that items can and often do fall from holders on most strollers.

The passenger seats have mesh pockets inside that are fairly wide and can fit some sippy cups. The Expedition has 2.75-inch deep cup holders high and behind the baby's head in front of the handlebar. The holders have a closed design and taller or heavier items can fall out while strolling and the items could potentially land on baby.

The peek-a-boo window is a good size  but the mesh is flimsy and the cover attaches with hook and loop closures.
The peek-a-boo window is a good size, but the mesh is flimsy and the cover attaches with hook and loop closures.

Sunshade


The Expedition has one canopy. This canopy is small and doesn't extend far enough to cover the leg rest on the seat. It offers ventilation and it has one medium sized mesh peek-a-boo window with a hook and loop closure on the cover. The canopy can be rotated forward, but this limits overhead protection.

The plastic components on the Expedition give it a flimsy look and feel.
The canopy on the Expedition is small compared to the competition and we wished it was larger like the Joovy Scooter X2.

The photos above show the Expedition with the seats upright and canopies closed and with the canopies fully open and seats reclined.

The buckle on the Expedition is stiff  but the straps pop out on their own. The shoulder straps can be removed to make 3 point harnesses on both seats.
The buckle on the Expedition is stiff, but the straps pop out on their own. The shoulder straps can be removed to make 3 point harnesses on both seats.

Harness


The Expedition sports 5-point harnesses in each seat. The harness can be difficult to buckle, but unbuckling is even harder because the button is hard to press. The straps spring away from the buckle, which speeds up the unbuckling. Adjusting the straps is only average as the upper straps tighten with a single pull while the lower straps require significant maneuvering. Shoulder height adjustment is a rethread design with 3 positions and the crotch strap is only adjustable in length.

The recline feature on the Expedition is easy enough to operate  but it does require two hands to operate.
The recline feature on the Expedition is easy enough to operate, but it does require two hands to operate.

Seat


The Expedition does not have an adjustable leg rest, but the padding on the rest feels nice. Both seats have the same recline adjustment and it requires two hands and is fairly involved. The recline has infinite positions, which will allow each little one to have the recline angle they need to be cozy.

Car Seat Commpatibility


The Expedition does not work with any infant car seats from any brand. This means children will need to be independently sitting with full head and neck control before using this stroller.

Ease of Setup





Setup for the Expedition is average with a setup time of 9:20 minutes. The documentation is also average, with a multi-language format that is hard to use. The assembly requires a crescent wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver. Most of the competition does not require tools.

The pneumatic rubber tires helped the Expedition earn a high score for maneuverability.
The pneumatic rubber tires helped the Expedition earn a high score for maneuverability.

Maneuverability


Maneuverability is where this stroller shines. With a score of 8 of 10, this stroller performs better than the competition. This is impressive given the large difference in price.


The best in the group are far more expensive, have rubber tires and only score 1 point higher.

The front swivel wheel on the Expedition can be locked in place for jogging or easier pushing over uneven terrain.
The front swivel wheel on the Expedition can be locked in place for jogging or easier pushing over uneven terrain.

The Expedition did a great job on flat surfaces but it is somewhat wide. The rear wheels tend to get stuck in narrow spaces because they stick out past the frame. We had difficulty with the wheels getting caught on floorboards, and we weren't able to get it through a 34-inch doorway with a 32-inch opening. Pushing off the beaten path is also easy, and it moves well over grass and gravel. The larger wheels make it easy for this jogger to make it over the uneven surfaces.

The Expedition is surprisingly light and small for a three wheeled jogging stroller.
The Expedition is surprisingly light and small for a three wheeled jogging stroller.

Weight and Folded Size


The Expedition weighs 30.6 lbs, making it the lightest jogger in the review and one of the lighter doubles overall. The Baby Trend Navigator is the heaviest stroller at 39.7 lbs.


The Expedition is 18,401 cubic inches when folded, which is on the larger side but still below the average of 18,900, and it could be reduced slightly by removing the front wheel.

The Baby Trend Expedition is a 3 wheel jogging style side-by-side stroller.
The Baby Trend Expedition is a 3 wheel jogging style side-by-side stroller.

Quality


The Baby Trend brand is usually the least expensive in almost every gear category. For strollers, you tend to get what you pay for so it isn't a surprise that the Expedition earned a 4 of 10 for quality.


The fabric is only so-so for quality, but the padding under the fabric is decent. The piping on the leg portion is raised and feels like it would chafe. The canopies are heavier more durable fabric, with softer canvas on the seating areas. The mesh peek-a-boo window is harder to snag than it looks like, but the storage bin is relatively flimsy.

The frame on the Expedition is solid but it looks flimsy and cheap. It has a lot of plastic components and there is flex. The overall fit and finish are on the flimsy side. The tires are pneumatic rubber and the wheels are spoked. The wheels are described as bicycle wheels, which sounds impressive but we had trouble with the wheels and the rubber staying on. All the wheels had trouble at one point or another with the rubber falling off. The tubes are fine and they didn't go flat, but it was a hassle and annoying. We suspect the average parent won't know how to fix this and might end up at a bike shop paying money.

The handlebar is stationary and is a smaller diameter which is never a good thing for something you may need to hold for a longer durations. It has a rubber cover, which we don't like as much as foam for comfort and heat reasons. There is a divide in the handlebar with a plastic portion that sits on the ground when it folds and stands. This means it is challenging to push with one hand.

There is no suspension which is a shame for a jogging/all-terrain stroller, and we think short-sighted. However, for the price, we can almost forgive this given that the tires are rubber and the sling style seats should make the ride somewhat more comfortable.

This stroller could be used for older twins or children of different ages. These little models are 2.5 years old  30 lbs. and 37.5" inches tall  and 5 years old  40 lbs. and 44" inches tall.
This stroller could be used for older twins or children of different ages. These little models are 2.5 years old, 30 lbs. and 37.5" inches tall, and 5 years old, 40 lbs. and 44" inches tall.

Twins


The Expedition doesn't accept any infant car seats, which makes it a poor choice for infant twins. For parents looking for an instant option for newborns, this stroller will not fit the bill as children need to be at least 6 months to ride. However, because it has equal seating for both passengers it could be a good solution for price-conscious parents of older twins and children of multiple ages. If saving money is the plan, most families can still save money by choosing this option for older children and the Joovy Twin Roo+ for infant children in car seats. Both strollers together create a total of close to $300, still a very budget-friendly combination and below most double options that do accept two infant car seats.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team