We were so stoked to be introduced to this stroller at a recent baby show. We couldn’t believe how well engineered it was – and for such an incredibly attainable price. Thus, we are very excited to finally write this Evenflo Pivot Xpand Stroller review.
- Single Stroller — $288
- Second seat — $125
- Travel System (includes stroller frame, toddler/carriage seat, SafeMax infant car seat with base, built-in upper and lower adapters and one cup holder) — $414
- Rider Board — $62
This incredibly versatile stroller can easily grow and morph to meet the needs of your changing family over the years. You can purchase it as a single stroller for one baby or as a bundle for two (the travel system comes with the stroller frame, toddler seat, Evenflo SafeMax infant car seat and base, built-in upper and lower adapters and one expandable cup holder!). You can even add on a rider board to accommodate an older third child.
The two kid’s seats can be turned around to rear-face (ideal for the baby phase) or to face outward, and each seat holds up to 55 lbs. See also: Best Rear-Facing Strollers.
You get all this for a serious value: $377 for the entire bundle; $289 for the single stroller; an additional $111 to add a second seat; and $53 for the rider board if you have a third child. Compared to the higher-end (and far pricier) convertible strollers, such as UPPAbaby Vista V2, the Nuna DemiGrow and Baby Jogger City Select that offer similar versatility and expandability, the Pivot Xpand is a fraction of the price.
Before we delve into the details, take a minute to watch this video Meg shot a couple of years ago highlighting all the unique features of the Evenflo Pivot Xpand.
Evenflo Pivot Xpand Stroller Review: Size & Weight
This stroller comes in three colorways: Roan (light gray), Percheron (light and dark gray) and Stallion (black). The stroller itself weighs about 28.2 lbs.
Because it’s the width of a single, it measures about 26.5” wide, meaning it fits through standard doorways. That said, when you add a second seat — whether a car seat or toddler seat — some reviewers say it makes the stroller bulkier, which makes it tougher to maneuver through tight spaces. This comes with the territory.
Car Seat Compatibility/Bassinet Info
However, you can also purchase the infant car seat adapter to attach the following car seats: Chicco KeyFit; KeyFit 30; Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35; Graco SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35; and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio.
This biggest complaint about this stroller pertains to the car seat attachment, most users agree that it’s difficult to attach the infant seat (whereas attaching the second toddler seat is extremely simple and quick). One said, “The infant seat seems to be more cumbersome to attach to the adapters when compared to the toddler seat. It may just take some getting used to but it’s almost always a fight trying to get the infant seat attached and/or turned around.” Just something to keep in mind!
A very cool feature is that the toddler seat actually converts to a bassinet! We absolutely love that because, as Meg mentioned in the video, it’s one fewer accessory to have to store away in your garage when not in use! We love that it’s so efficient this way.
To use the seat this way, you need to recline it, lift the footrest, and detach the clip on the back of the footrest. Voila! You have yourself a bassinet. How awesome is that?!
The seat versatility is an area where this stroller really shines — it offers 22 different configurations! For comparison, the City Select offers 16!
The seat has three recline positions (which you can do with one hand) and a 5-position footrest to offer babies a cozy nap space during outings.
Adding a second “sibling” seat to the Pivot Xpand is super easy — and you don’t need any additional tools to attach it.
All you have to do is remove the seat (so you’re working with just the stroller frame), flip out the lower towers (attachment pieces), and slide the top attachment towers up. Now you’re ready to click on either an additional infant car seat (which you can place closest to you so you can easily attend to baby) or a second stroller seat! It’s really that easy.
A Well-Balanced Ride
Most people might not notice this, but we review strollers for a living, so I’m going to show you something cool…. You see, in singles mode, the one seat (or car seat) is balanced perfectly in the middle of the stroller (front to back). See below: Yes? Ok, good.
In doubles mode, most strollers add the 2nd seat to the very front or the very back of the stroller, which then throws off the center of balance (making it either too front-heavy (hard to maneuver and pop onto curbs)) — or too back heavy.
Our favorite part of this stroller is how they’ve properly balanced the weight of the two children by sliding the upper seat back and UP the stroller frame, it moves the center of gravity back to so the stroller isn’t so entirely front-heavy. Compared to a stroller like the Baby Jogger City Select, which is extremely front-heavy and nearly impossible to pop up onto curbs, this engineering trick is super impressive, especially in an economy offering. Thus, this stroller rides more like the UPPAbaby Vista V2 or Britax B-Ready, two higher-end strollers that are known for their well-balanced, easy to maneuver rides.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still an economy stroller, so it’s not going to have the same high end fit and finish as a luxury brand, but still…
A definite difference between this stroller and the more expensive convertibles is the canopy quality. The Pivot Xpand does not offer the level of UPF protection its competitors do.
That said, the 3-panel canopy does what it’s supposed to: it protects kids against the elements (sun, rain, wind, etc.), and it also offers a mesh peek-a-boo window for you to check on your tot every so often.
Another thing we love about the Pivot Xpand is how big the storage basket is! I mean — it’s huuuuge!
Look at that room! The basket expands to over two feet in length, and you can easily access it from the front or back, unlike the B-Ready G3, even with two seats attached! You can fit a diaper bag, jackets, toys, blankets, and whatever else you need in here with no problem.
The flip-flop friendly brake is super easy to use. It’s a simple lever you step on once to engage, and again to disengage. Easy peasy.
The Pivot Xpand offers a self-standing, compact fold, and… you can fold it with the main seat seat attached. But like many convertible strollers, you must remove the second seat in order to fold the stroller. That said, for a more compact fold — like if you’re trying to fit it into a small trunk — you’ll want to take the seat off. You can remove the bumper bar, too.
It’s easy to fold as well: lift the two levers on either side of the handlebar, and the stroller will fold in half, backwards.
Another reason why the Pivot Xpand is far less expensive than its higher-end counterparts are the wheels. They’re not bad, just… less versatile.
The Xpand’s wheels are large “cruiser tires” that offer front-wheel swivel and rear-wheel suspension. The front swivel makes the stroller more agile and easy to maneuver, while the rear suspension makes for a smoother ride. This is not an all-terrain stroller.
That said, the ride will be smoothest (and thus, more comfortable for your kiddos) on flat, even terrain (as in, this stroller is best for gravel-free sidewalks, trips to the zoo and walks around the ‘hood). Yes, the push you get with the higher end strollers in this category is far superior.
The Pivot Xpand’s handlebar offers three adjustable height positions, making it comfortable to push for parents of differing heights. I appreciate this feature because this is always an issue in my family — my husband is 6 feet, and I’m barely 5’2”!
Whether you have one child, two kiddos (two infants, an older and younger, toddler twins, etc.) or even three (just add on a rider board!), the Evenflo Pivot Xpand Stroller — either the single stroller or travel system — is a truly cost-efficient convertible stroller that should serve you well for many years to come.
While this stroller doesn’t have some of those high-end features that the pricier strollers offer (i.e. canopies with UPF50+ sun protection, all-terrain tires, etc.), it is extremely easy to convert from a single to a double (as in, it takes 30 seconds or less!), the seats can be configured in a multitude of ways to meet the needs of all your children, it has amazing underseat storage, a simple-to-use brake and well-enough functioning tires (on flat terrain). We know it’s not the Cadillac of convertible strollers, but we believe in the quality and versatility (and the pricetag!) of Evenflo’s Pivot Xpand Modular Stroller.