Evenflo JourneyLite reviewWeb: evenflo.com

Evenflo is a low to mid price stroller brand sold in chain stores. The emphasis here is on travel systems, basically simple strollers paired with Evenflo’s infant car seats. You can typically pick one of these systems up at Walmart for about $160. But are they a good deal? Let’s see.

The models. Most of Evenflo’s strollers are what we’d call first-time parent strollers—when folks think they need a large stroller with every bell and whistle to ferry baby. While these features are nice, they tended to add weight and bulk to Evenflo’s strollers. Recognizing the weight issue, Evenflo has apparently sent its stroller line-up to Weight Watchers . . . the newer models have shed some serious poundage compared to the 30 lb. models of the recent past.

Evenflo’s current line-up includes two models: the FlexLite and JourneyLite (pictured above).

The FlexLite is Evenflo’s flagship model ($117, 15 lbs.). It features a multi-position reclining seat, one-hand fold and parent console with two cup holders. The JourneyLite ($74, 22 lbs.) is very similar to the FlexLite, but has a deeper basket and weighs about seven more pounds than the FlexLite.

Evenflo SmartFold Stroller

The SmartFold utilizes a pull up strap in the seat to fold the stroller, similar to Baby Jogger.

The main feature of most Evenflo strollers is their one-hand fold—a twist of the handlebar and the stroller collapses. Yet apparently this isn’t fast enough in today’s market. Evenflo now has a “SmartFold“: same basic features as their JourneyLite or FlexLite, but now the handlebar fold is replaced by a strap in the seat that folds the stroller (like Baby Jogger). Price: $80.

Last year Evenflo debuted two jogging strollers: the Platinum ($160, 23 lbs.) and ProComfort Victory ($162). The Platinum is a Babies R Us exclusive and features air-filled tires, a swivel front wheel and Outlast fabric (which helps regulate temperature, so they say). The ProComfort Victory is very similar and exclusive to Target.

Evenflo Lux24 Travel System

The Lux24 stroller has a one handed self-standing fold.

New for 2016 is the Lux24 travel system ($250 at Babies R Us). The Lux24 stroller features an extended canopy, all wheel suspension and one-hand self-standing fold. This system is paired with the new LiteMax infant car seat.

Also new are the Vive ($135), Vive Elite ($150) and Vive Sport ($135-$150) travel systems. All three versions come with a pivoting child tray, parent consule, multi position recline, and slim, standing fold. The Sport adds a canopy extension they call a visor, while the Elite has upgraded fabrics, and extra car seat base and the recline has infinite adjustment.

Finally, they’ve paired their new SensorSafe car seat with a tri-wheel stroller (called the Evenflo ADVANCED SensorSafe Epic Travel System) for $230.

Perhaps the best thing about Evenflo strollers is their amazing parent trays complete with two cup holders with “automotive cup grippers” and a storage area with “privacy lid.” If only Evenflo had put as much effort into the rest of the stroller as they did the parent tray.

Our view. Evenflo has been in a holding pattern for the last couple of years and was sold in 2015 to Chinese baby goods maker Goodbaby (they also own the Cybex and GB stroller brands). Ironically, GoodBaby was the manufacturer/designer of many Cosco infant car seats, so the Evenflo acquisition was somewhat of a surprise.

Like Cosco, Evenflo’s travel systems are sold in chain stores like Walmart and Target—and Evenflo gets slightly better marks from readers than similarly priced Cosco models. But that is a low bar. We aren’t fans of Evenflo’s infant car seats, which of course are paired with all these strollers sold as travel systems.

As stand-alone models, Evenflo strollers compete against Chicco, Summer and Graco’s lightweight offerings in these price points—and those brands get much better marks from our readers for quality, durability and ease of use. While we like the fact that Evenflo’s strollers have shed weight, the company will have to do more to win fans in a competitive market.

One final note: we should commend Evenflo for their customer service, which earns good marks from our readers for promptly taking care of problems. Rating: B-