Parents who are in the market for an inexpensive double all-terrain stroller that can handle light jogging should look at the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger. Owners say it offers an easy push and a smooth ride for a lot less than most competing models. However, it doesn't have the best warranty, and there may be issues with the wheels that make it potentially unsafe.
Possible wheel issues. The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger has five-point harnesses, a safety strap and foot-operated parking brakes. There are a few issues to note: One reviewer says a plastic hinge on the stroller frame severely pinched her child's finger while riding. Some reviewers have reported violent shaking, particularly while jogging with the stroller in swivel-wheel mode – although Baby Trend does not recommend this. A few say the front wheel has fallen off the stroller, tipping it with children inside.
A breeze to push, except through doorways. Owners say the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger folds and unfolds easily, and most agree it's a breeze to push and steer. However, at nearly 32 inches across it doesn't fit through some interior doorways. Like most doubles, the stroller is bulky when folded, and it does not have an automatic lock or standing fold. At least one owner says the fabric is hard to clean and shows wear easily. The seat is reportedly easy to recline. At nearly 33 pounds, the stroller is heavy, but about average for a double all-terrain model.
Not for serious runners or small infants. The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger has a front swivel wheel that can be locked for tricky terrain or jogging. While owners should always do this, reviewers say it is critical with this model, which will shake and wobble at higher speeds in swivel mode. Serious runners should look into joggers with a fixed front wheel for a more stable ride. Reviewers say the stroller is bulky when folded and hard to fit in some trunks.
While owners like that they can adjust the stroller's canopies to any angle, they can't adjust them independently to allow one child shade and the other sun. There is a parent tray but no child tray, though there are mesh pockets for snack or drink storage. Reviewers dislike the divided storage basket, saying it's hard to stow larger items. The handle is not adjustable, and some owners complain that the seats aren't well divided, prompting squabbles between kids.
The stroller does not fully recline, and Baby Trend recommends parents wait until their babies are 6 months old to use it. Unlike some other double strollers, it is not compatible with a bassinet or car seats. Weight capacity is 100 pounds, or 50 pounds per seat. Some reviewers say the stroller feels off-balance with a baby on one side and a larger child on the other, sometimes pulling to one side. The larger fender offers more space for kids' feet than other models. A rain cover (*Est. $25) can be purchased separately.
Poor warranty, poor service. The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger has a 180-day limited warranty. Experts say the company is not known for its service, which customers back up with mixed reviews.
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1. Stroller Envy
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger is one of two Economy picks in Stroller-Envy.com's roundup of the top five double strollers. In an in-depth review, editors praise the stroller's smooth ride, oversized fender and mesh storage pockets. They also say parents like its easy fold, canopy and value. On the downside, they dislike the occasionally wobbly wheels, awkwardly divided storage basket and stroller width.
Review: Introducing the Top Rated All Terrain Double Stroller Models, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Trend Expedition Double earns a spot in Prindle Fierro's roundup of the top 10 double joggers, but the review is not in-depth and is only minimally comparative. She likes the stroller "for the casual jogger" and praises its value and convenience features. However, she says it isn't as solid as other strollers for serious runners and can be too wide for some settings. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Double Jogger Strollers for Twins, Pamela Prindle Fierro, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good In a roundup of parent feedback on the Baby Trend Expedition Double, Conover says the stroller is praised for its steering, maneuverability and smooth ride. However, she says parents complain of the stroller pulling to one side and wheels wobbling, particularly when the front wheel is in swivel mode. Ultimately, Cheapism recommends another model, the InStep Safari Double, as the best inexpensive double jogger.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller Review, Raechel Conover, July 17, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Webster, a parenting blogger, tested the Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger with her children and posts results in this in-depth review. She likes the easy fold and unfold, versatile harness that switches from 5- to 3-point, strap-operated recline, movable canopy with peek-a-boo window, parent tray and MP3 speakers. She also praises the maneuverability and large fender. She says the stroller is heavy and bulky, and she wishes it was car-seat compatible. She also says the storage bins could be bigger.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller, Hanan Webster, Aug. 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger earns an average of 4 out of 5 stars in about 83 reviews on Amazon.com. It earns praise for its smooth ride, easy push, easily adjustable recline, mesh pockets, easy fold, adjustable canopy, parent tray, versatile front wheel and all-terrain ability. Owners dislike the divided cargo basket, width, wobbly wheels, weight, non-independent canopies, lack of child tray and skimpy separation between seats. Some owners report quality issues, including constantly busted tires and bad alignment, and a couple report safety hazards such as wheels falling off and pinched fingers.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogging Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Trend Expedition Double averages 82 out of 100 in more than 40 reviews on Viewpoints.com. Owners like its value, easy fold, adjustable-angle canopy, smooth ride, maneuverability and parent tray. The dislike the "cheap" speakers, non-independent shades, width and divided storage. Some report constant flats and vibrating at higher speeds. Others say the stroller sometimes pulls in one direction.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of December 2012