Reviewers and owners love the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Plus as a cheap stroller that can carry an infant, as well as giving an active toddler an option beyond just sitting or walking. Even the drawbacks of this stroller -- small basket, seats that either recline constantly or don't fully recline, some complaints of shoddy workmanship and poor customer service -- don't deter those who simply love the cheap price and the stand option. One caveat: Baby Trend has been successfully sued by Joovy in a patent dispute over the design of the Sit N Stand. Baby Trend was forced to file for bankruptcy reorganization, and is now selling various revamped versions of this design. It's this type of issue that has one respected review site describing Baby Trend as "flaky." For a few dollars more, the Joovy Caboose may be a better sit-and-stand model choice, since it doesn't have the same quality and customer service complaints common to Baby Trend.
We found the best reviews of the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Plus at About.com and Cheapism.com, two sites that focus only on features for the price. "Baby Bargains," a buying advice book for parents, is an invaluable resource for in-depth reviews of manufacturers and models. Customer feedback from Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com is particularly helpful in evaluating this stroller in real-world situations.
This review site, called "a Consumer Reports for the cheap" by The New York Times, names the Baby Trend Sit N Stand as one of two best cheap double strollers. This is not based upon actual testing, but rather research into product features and safety requirements, reviews from other sources and Baby Trend's elimination of luxury features that raise the price of similar products.
Review: Cheap Double Strollers, Best Cheap Double Strollers Review, Editors of Cheapism.com, Jan. 5, 2010
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, reviews eight strollers costing less than $250, ranking them according to features for the price. The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Plus is the only double stroller that makes the list. There is no mention of any actual testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Eight Great Strollers That Cost Less than $250, Heather Corley, Not Dated
3. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains," the popular baby gear book by Denise and Alan Fields, discusses the Baby Trend brand in great detail, as well as issues with the Sit N Stand, in its useful chapter on strollers.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth Edition, 2010
About 60 owners have reviewed the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Plus, ranking it 4.3 stars (out of 5). Most say it seems sturdy, is easy to fold and fits in the trunk of even smaller cars when folded, unlike traditional double strollers. Some complain that the Sit N Stand is heavy and hard to push with two children at the upper weight limits, and a number of reviewers say it seems poorly made -- buttonholes are fraying and the mesh basket has torn, even with light use. There are several complaints about poor customer service.
Review: Baby Trend Silverado Sit N' Stand Plus Double Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Jan. 2011
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Plus earns 4.4 stars (out of 5) in 57 reviews, with owners saying it's great for pushing two children when the older one is very active and wants in and out. Others like its versatile car seat and bench/stand option, and its small fold. There are complaints about the small basket, and some owners also note that the stroller is hard to maneuver with two children on board.
Review: Baby Trend Deluxe Sit 'n Stand Stroller Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of Jan. 2011