Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System Review
A Travel System, including stroller and car seat, can save you a ton of money. One of the big issues that many new parents have is the expense they have to endure just to buy the gear they need.
There area lot of strollers and car seats on the market, but investing in the best travel system can be a great buy if you find the right product. So, how does the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System stack up?
Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System Review
The sad truth is that buying baby gear is not inexpensive. When you buy a stroller and car seat separately, it can cost upwards of four figures, depending on the model you buy. This is why travel systems have really become popular lately with so many new parents.
The great news is that Evenflo has priced this Pivot system just right. At less than $300, the Pivot stroller and car seat combination will definitely tickle a lot of parents without costing the big bucks. Of course, there’s not much point in buying into a system such as this unless it has what you need, so let’s look at the car seat first.
The Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System Car Seat
What we noticed immediately about this car seat is just how easy it is to install in the car. When you’re an exhausted parent, you absolutely do not want a car seat system that’s stubborn and takes time to set up.
Even better is that Evenflo has decided to use the widely popular LATCH system for easy car installation. Anyone familiar with this system will know that it’s easy and fast to use. There’s also a Safe Zone base that it will snap into in the car and when you want to uninstall it, it just snaps right out again. It couldn’t be any simpler.
It’s also a cinch to take it out of the car and snap it right into the stroller, too. This makes it super fast to use and will appeal to any parent who doesn’t get a whole lot of sleep!
Car Seat Safety Features
As easy as installation is, it’s also important that any car seat has adequate safety features. This car seat has a good track record of safety testing, so we know upfront that it’s going to be a good choice for all safety conscious parents.
Additionally, Evenflo has included a really awesome anti-rebound bar. What this means is that in the event of a collision, the Safe Zone base absorbs most of the energy of the impact and the anti-rebound bar helps to stop forward movement. We think this feature alone is worth the asking price.
Evenflo has also included extra padding for baby around the head and back, making it extra comfortable. When baby gets older and bigger, these extra cushions can actually be removed to make more space.
What We Love About This Car Seat
- Excellent Safe Zone base and LATCH system makes installation easy
- Snaps easily into the stroller for quick installation
- Anti-rebound bar for added safety
- Extra padding
The car seat has some excellent features, but what about the stroller? One of the benefits of using a modular travel system such asthis is being able to save space and have everything in one tidy system. So, is the stroller a good match for the car seat?
Protection From the Sun
Baby skin is delicate and can be easily damaged by the harsh sun. One of the first things we noticed about the Evenflo stroller is how big the included canopy is. It’s a three panel design that covers baby entirely. This means that they can sit up or lie down in the stroller without getting burned. It also has the ever-popular and practical mesh window so that they can either look out or you can look in and check as a parent.
How Does it Handle?
You can have the most expensive stroller on the market with all the bells and whistles, but if it doesn’t move and handle well, there’s not much point in using it.
The good news is that the Evenflo stroller in this modular system handles really smooth. Its lightweight construction makes it easy enough to push around, and the wheels turn easily. Some stroller wheels are so small that they can wear out, but Evenflo has included nice sizable wheels on this model.
The only real downside we found is that the stroller itself, while light and easy to move, is a bit large. This means that it might be a bit cumbersome in heavy crowds and in tight areas. We can live with it, but it’s worth noting.
What We Love About the Stroller
The truth is that this stroller doesn’t have a whole lot of extra features. We don’t mind that because Evenflo has included extras in the car seat design. The stroller just works well and here’s what we love about it:
- Extra-large, three-panel canopy to protect baby from the sun and bugs
- Easy handling and durable wheels
- A very generously sized storage basket for when you want to stow away some shopping or other gear
What Didn’t We Like?
Nothing is ever perfect in life, and despite the fact that we really enjoy the Evenflo Pivot Travel System, here are some shortcomings that may affect your buying decision:
- The stroller is quite big and bulky when it’s all put together
- The size of the stroller, even when folded up, means that getting it the trunk of some small cars might be an issue
- Everything is a two-handed operation, including folding and unfolding
Conclusion—Should You Buy it?
Despite some of the shortcomings, we think that the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System is an excellent choice for most parents. Being under $300 really helps to push this one over the top of some of the pricier models in terms of price to feature ratio.
The car seat has some excellent safety features, such as an anti-rebound bar, and though the stroller is not feature rich, it will definitely do the job.