Parents on a tight budget who need an all-terrain stroller should check out the Baby Trend Expedition LX, which reviewers say handles off-roading with ease. However, buyer beware: This stroller is polarizing among owners, who either love it or want to trash it. The Expedition LX can also be used for jogging, but its bicycle-style tires are made for all-terrain use.
Potential safety issues. The Baby Trend Expedition LX has a five-point harness, safety strap, steel frame, individual foot-operated lever brakes and reflectors for visibility at night. A couple of reviewers say the narrow harness straps and buckle feel cheap. Others have reported the front wheel wobbling and even breaking off, tipping the stroller.
Solid performer. Reviewers say the Baby Trend Expedition LX generally does well on most terrain, and the stroller receives good scores in expert testing. The fabric is easy to clean, though a few reviewers say it isn't particularly soft and lacks the padding of pricier strollers. Most say the trigger fold is easy to operate. The stroller will stand when folded. Reviewers say the seat is easy to recline, but a few think the plastic latch that keeps the seat back in place is flimsy. The individual lever brakes are more cumbersome to operate than one-touch brakes on competing models.
Nice add-ons, but heavy. Parents love the parent and child trays on the Baby Trend Expedition LX, conveniences that are often sold separately on pricier strollers. Both trays feature cupholders. The stroller also comes with an MP3 speaker system, which some criticize for not being loud enough. Most say the storage basket is roomy and ratcheting sun canopy is adequate. The canopy has a peek-a-boo window, but there are no magnets or Velcro to keep the window open. The non-adjustable handle may be a concern for very short or tall parents.
The Expedition LX has a reclining seat, but the stroller does not offer a full recline to accommodate young infants. The manufacturer recommends babies be 6 months old before riding in the stroller unless they're in an attached car seat. The Expedition LX is compatible with only Baby Trend infant car seats. The stroller's upper weight limit is 50 pounds, and reviewers say the seat is roomy enough to accommodate older children. However, some say the seat well is too deep for younger babies and toddlers, who may strain to look out of the stroller or reach the child snack tray.
At 27 pounds, the Expedition LX is no lightweight, and reviewers say it is heavy and bulky when folded. One reviewer shows that the stroller is still wobbly when locked in its standing fold and says it's unlikely to fit in smaller trunks.
Poor warranty, poor service. The Baby Trend Expedition LX has a 180-day limited warranty. Experts say the company is not known for its service, an opinion customers back up with mixed reviews.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors test and rate 11 all-terrain strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and off-road maneuverability. The Baby Trend Expedition LX is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.
Review: All-Terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including a variety of strollers, and top rankings of all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They take an in-depth look at the Baby Trend brand, noting the pros and cons of several models of stroller.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
3. Stroller Envy
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Trend Expedition LX is among Stroller-Envy.com's picks for best all-terrain stroller under $200. The editors like the stroller's sporty look, affordability, maneuverability, easy fold and recline. The child snack tray and large sun canopy also earn praise. An in-depth review says reports of wobbly wheels have been lessening since 2010, but attributes that only to clearer instructions in the manual rather than improvements to the stroller.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition Stroller Review, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 480 reviewers give the Baby Trend Expedition LX an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars on Buzzillions.com. Many say the stroller offers a smooth ride and handles well on a variety of terrains. However, an equal number say it's bulky when folded, and heavy. Some dislike the deep seat well and say the basket is hard to get to. Several reviewers say the swivel wheel wobbles excessively and the stroller shakes. Others report wheels popping off.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition LX Jogger, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In a dozen reviews, the Baby Trend Expedition LX receives an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. A few owners say it's great for everyday use and for trail hiking and jogging, making it a great value for the price. Even its fans note that it's heavy and bulky and that there are other quality and durability issues. Some owners say it's just too wobbly to use, even at a brisk walk, and the front wheel broke quickly.
Review: Baby Trend Expedition LX Jogging Stroller, Skylar, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good In an in-depth review, this Baby Trend Expedition LX owner praises the stroller's maneuverability and handling on a variety of surfaces. She says it offers a smooth ride with properly inflated wheels and particularly likes the parent and child trays, which have cupholders. On the downside, she says the peek-a-boo window won't stay open and the narrow straps feel cheap. She praises the standing fold, but notes the stroller isn't that sturdy when folded and is bulky in small trunks. This review is helpful for seeing the Expedition LX in action being folded and used.
Review: Babytrend Expedition LX Travel System Review, "Carla the Bubblelush", July 8, 2011