Our Favorite Bike Trailers Reviewed
Not only do we cover what to look for and what you can expect from each one, but we also take many factors into consideration. If you have kids or pets, you'll find there are loads of bike trailers to choose from—which is why it’s so difficult to pick one!
Since we know you want to make memories, and not waste time perusing the internet and stores trying to find the best bike trailers, we took the time to compile a list of the best of the best bike trailers currently available on the market.
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- Versatile--for biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing
- Easily convertible
- Reflective features
- Seats 2 children
- Foldable and Portable
Our Favorite Bike Trailers
1. Thule Chariot Lite 2
- Versatile--for biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing
- Easily convertible
- Reflective features
- Seats 2 children
- Foldable and Portable
- Too many features for some users
The Thule Chariot Lite 2 is a versatile and multi-functional bike trailer that you can use for more than just bike rides. It is sleek and minimalistic in design and comes in great color options as well. There's a reason this bike trailer as at the top of our list, so if you want something reliable, easy to use, and a trailer you can use for the long haul then you will love this one!Read more
Ease of Use
This bike trailer is designed not only for your bike rides but also for jogging, strolling, and skiing! It comes with the conversion kits so you can easily switch between activities and ensure that your kids are safe during each one. It is also easily foldable and portable--so you can take it with you when you need to as well as store it compactly and out of the way.
This bike trailer features a suspension system that addresses the comfort needs of both the parents and the kids. It also has space for two kids to ride in--or if you just have one kiddo they will have space for their belongings or whatever they'd like to bring on the ride.
This bike trailer incorporates the Thule VersaWing system, which allows it to be easily converted for different activities--so it isn't a hassle to switch it up and do something different.
This bike trailer can take it all--rain, snow, anything really. It also has safety reflectors to make sure you are seen in low light conditions or if you get stuck in the rain or the snow.
This is definitely one of the more expensive options and if you don't need all of the features it offers you are definitely paying too much. However, if you need a versatile bike trail that's perfect for athletic families, then you will love this one!
2. Schwinn Joyrider
Canopy includes a bug screen and weather shield
Front wheel seems to wear down quickly
If you are on the hunt for a great double bike trailer for your kiddos, the Schwinn Joyrider is a versatile, lightweight, and comfortable model to take a look at. Not only is it safe, but your whole family will look great cruising in this trailer!Read more
Ease of Use
Incredibly easy to use and set up, this bike trailer features a quick release that allows it to easily fold up. This allows you to store it or take it with you when you travel and ensure you don’t waste precious time trying to figure out how to get it all set up. The coupler that comes with the system is also really easy to use and allows the trailer to work with most bikes.
You won’t have to worry about your kiddos being uncomfortable in this bike trailer! It features lots of padding inside and even has a storage pocket in the back for those of you who want to bring snacks, drinks, or blankets with you along the way!
The frame of this bike trailer is made of aluminum and steel, which makes it lightweight, safe, and durable. It also has a storage pocket that can handle up to 12-pounds and it is capable of holding to children weighing 40 pounds each.
As far as weather resistance goes, you can take this bike trailer almost any time throughout the year! It comes with a bug screen (to keep the pesky critters away from your kids) and a weather shield—so if you get stuck in the rain you won’t have to worry about the kids getting soaked.
Although this bike trailer is definitely an investment and has a higher price point, it is certainly worth every penny if you have two kids—although It is important to note that the trailer has a 92-pound weight limit. Your purchase will also come with a 1-year warranty that covers limited incidentals (just in case).
3. Allen Sports Aluminum
- The velcro cover attaches easily to the frame
- Large mesh opening for access to passengers
- Seats don’t sag, harness clasp is higher than other products in its category
- Included suspension system
- Less foot room than other options
- Not fully waterproof
- Small interior pockets
The Allen Sports Aluminum did a great job looking at issues other products were having and then solving them. With excellent comfort features and durable construction at a reasonable price, this is a great buy for families who love to hit the road.Read more
Ease of Use
It includes a quick setup and folding design, plus the hitch mount easily attaches to the bicycle. The quick-release wheels allow it to be quickly stored away.
The twenty-inch inflated wheels and suspension system help keep passengers comfortable on bumpy terrain. Padded seats are sewn into the base rather than the sides, thereby eliminating sag. It also adds an extra layer between the ground and any bumps that may occur. An adjustable handlebar and wheel attachment comes standard, allowing it to convert to a stroller. The two-in-one rain and bug shield keep passengers dry and insect-free no matter the weather.
Features interior pockets for drinks and snacks. Seats two. Weight Capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 28 pounds. Interior Width: 22 inches. Exterior Width: 30 inches. Height: 35 inches.
The standard 5-point harness keeps passengers safe. The two-in-one rain and bug shield keeps passengers clean and dry throughout the trip. The included safety flag alerts nearby traffic in low-visibility conditions. Made with durable Nylon, buyers can rest assured the cover can withstand normal wear and tear. The foot guard is made of strong, rubberized plastic that won’t rip. The aluminum frame keeps passengers safe without added weight.
This is a great, quality product, especially for the price. With an included suspension system, seats sewn into the base eliminating sag, plus a foot guard, most families would be quite happy with this option. While it may not be entirely waterproof, it does eliminate most rainwater while still providing a quality ride. It comes with a limited manufacturer warranty.
4. Burley Bee
- Best hitch design
- Water resistant
- Excellent value
- Durable construction
- No padding
- No bottom reinforcement
- No suspension
- Doesn’t convert into jogger or multi-sport conversion kit
The Burley Bee is a great buy at a low price. With low weight, excellent safety features, easy setup and teardown, and large wheels, you can’t go wrong. It’s perfect for families looking for a casual biking option.Read more
Ease of Use
This unit is very easy to set up and go. It can be folded down with ease for storage and quick transport. And its 20-inch push-button wheels make it easy while also adding comfort to each ride.
There’s minor suspension from twin hammock-style seats, but there is no padding, so comfort can be a minor issue. The standard 5-point harness to keep passengers buckled in. It has tinted side and rear windows rated UPD 30 to protective from sunlight and harmful UV rays. Reflective materials and mirrors for improved visibility in low light. The water-repellant cover is mildew resistant and will protect passengers from the rain.
It has a rear cargo area available for storage. There are a couple interior pockets for snacks and cups. Seats two. Weight: 20 pounds and is one of the lightest on the market. Inside width: 22.5 inches. Inside height: 27.5 inches. Max load: 100 pounds.
The 600D, high-grade polyester will stand up to stretching and sun bleaching. The heat-treated aluminum frame tubes and hinges will withstand everyday use and keep passengers safe. A manufacturer warranty which covers for fabric and parts is included. Plastic and frame are covered for three years.
Great buy for trips around town at an affordable price, plus it has one of the longest manufacturer warranties on this list.
5. InStep Take 2
- Very light
- Easy to assemble
- Useful weather cover
- Compacts well
- Array of safety features
- Seats two
- No tools required to assemble or attach
- Rims of poor quality, may cause other tire damage
- Doesn't fit a large variaty of bicycles
The Instep Take 2 is suitable for larger, busier, families. It is made to make bringing your children along as accessible as possible, an economic choice for the family who doesn’t want their budget to stop them from having fun.Read more
Ease of Use:
The Take 2 is a very easy option to utilize. It assembles with no tools, attaches to the mount with no tools as well. It is also easily transportable, noted as being incredibly light and folds up in a moment at the owner's convenience.
The Take 2, as its name suggests, contains enough room to comfortably seat two passengers. Although the seats are not padded, and the seat just suspends itself, most Take 2 users suggest that nothing but the most difficult terrain will disrupt your child’s ride. The seatbelts are also adjustable and not too tight or uncomfortable.
The extra cargo space is advertised as being able to hold an extra 12lbs of gear. While not negatively remarked upon, most users talk of the storage space as serviceable, neither good nor bad. The Instep Take 2 weighs 23lbs and measures at 32in x 27in x 6in. The weight capacity is two 40lb children. The tires attached to the Take 2 are 16 inches and have air tubes with a corrected psi of 25, some suggest opting out of the stock tire tubes and investing in a gel tire tube for longer tire life and a smoother, more controlled ride.
It is fitted with reflective material to keep your children visible, and in turn, safe. The passengers of the Take 2 is fitted with a five-point safety harness to make sure they stay securely in place during your ride. Additionally, a safety flag is provided so it can be seen despite its low height; just like with the reflective material, visibility is key to safety. The Instep Take 2 is a durably built unit. The weather canopy is well built and protects your children from the elements.
An economic choice, more than serviceable in terms of what of a family could need and expect and is available at one of the lowest prices on this list.
6. Schwinn Trailblazer
- Easy to assemble
- Folds up easily
- Smooth ride
- Not compatiable with all bikes
- Canopy heat and durability issues
Schwinn is a brand that many cyclists have come to rely upon. Schwinn also offers other more family oriented vehicles like trailers and jogging strollers. The Trailblazer comes with the same level of brand dependability as anything else Schwinn produces.Read more
Ease of Use:
The Schwinn is an easily foldable and transportable for the family who wants to get out and running. The Trailblazer’s wheels do remove for transportation. This product has some compatibility issues, not being able to attach to some bike models.
The seating is comfortable, if not supported or padded. The Trailblazer is made with large wheels to ensure a smooth and easy ride for its passengers. The only issue that might be a problem is the canopy is said to hold in too much heat to be comfortable, which should be something parents should be aware of especially if they have younger children.
The storage space holds a 12lbs capacity which isn’t a negligible amount of storage but isn’t remarkable either. The Schwinn Trailblazer weighs 21lbs and has a carrying capacity of one 40lb passenger.
A visibility flag is included, so that someone can see the shorter carriage if it happens to be moving under their line of sight. The canopy material is reflective, also for the sake of visibility. The wheels are noted as being of exceptional quality, unsurprising from a company known for its bicycles, but some users note the durability issues with the canopy, reporting early wear and tear.
While not the most economic on this list, this option can certainly be called affordable. And while it may not be the highest quality product on this list, the Schwinn Trailblazer is still a reliable piece of gear and a deal at its low price.
7. Aosom Elite II 3-in-1
Several colors to choose from
Can be used for biking, jogging, or walking
Easy to use
Some users report wheel durability issues
If you have two kiddos, this may be the bike trailer for you—especially if you want something more affordable. Not only does this bike trailer look great, but it is also really comfortable and offers some awesome features you need to check out.Read more
Ease of Use
The best part about this bike trailer is that it is really easy to use and set up. You can easily switch between trailer to a stroller, so you get optimal versatility without the hassle.
This bike trailer is really comfortable thanks to its full suspension system, which allows you to use this bike trailer—even on trails or uneven terrain.
One of the beneficial features this trailer has to offer is the hand brake, so you can park and not have to worry about it rolling around on you. It also features a locking swivel in the front tire. This feature allows you to use this trailer as a jogging stroller as well—just remove the swivel when you want to bike. It is important to note that this stroller has a weight capacity of 88 pounds.
Thanks to the canopy—which is removable by the way—this bike trailer will ensure you can keep your children protected from the sun, unexpected weather, or any debris in the terrain you are running in.
The best part about this bike trailer is its price. It offers tons of features and is really versatile and costs half the price as other selections on our list of reviews.
8. Burley d’Lite
- Great hitch
- Full roll cage
- Stroller conversion
- Sun protection
- Washable seat pad
- Difficult to put away
- Not watertight
- Noisy parking brake
- Slipping suspension control
The Burley d’Lite did a great job considering the interior space for its passengers. With great comfort, bonus safety features, and a quick install and tear down, this is a great option for longer rides.Read more
Ease of Use
The tow arm and hitch install quickly so you can get moving faster. The 20-inch, quick-release wheels allow the unit to quickly fold down for storage. An adjustable, padded handlebar and parking brake are included to convert the product into a stroller or jogger with available kits.
It includes reclining seats for additional comfort. Bowed-out sides create added interior space with more shoulder room. The recessed helmet pocket allows children with helmets more head space so they can move their heads around more easily. The adjustable suspension system softens bumps from the road. Simply change the setting depending on the terrain for that day.
Interior pockets allow storage for snacks and drinks. The rear cargo area stores extra gear, food or toys. Seats two. Weight: 28 pounds. Weight limit: 100 pounds. Inside width: 22.5 inches. Interior height: 25.5 inches.
The 5-point padded harness system helps keep passengers safe on the ride. The retractable sun shield helps protect passengers from the bright sun. UV-protected and tinted side windows protect passengers from harmful rays while providing excellent visibility. The interior roll cage keeps passengers safe in case the unit was to flip. Reflective materials and a safety flag for enhanced visibility come included for added safety in low visibility situations. It comes with weather-resistant shields in case rain were to strike. A light aluminum frame keeps passengers safe without unnecessary weight.
The reclining seats and adjustable suspension are great for longer runs, ensuring your passengers will be more comfortable for longer periods of time. The roll cage and aluminum frame ensure constant safety making this a great buy. This trailer comes with one of the best warranties on this list. Fabric and parts are covered for 1 year. Plastic parts are covered for five years. The frame is covered for five years.
9. Allen Sports Steel
- Foot guard tube
- Customers state it folds flat enough to leave wheels on during storage
- Doesn’t convert to a jogger or stroller
- No suspension
The Allen Sports Steel has a great comfort feature with the foot guard which doubles as a safety and maintenance feature. It’s a great option for trips around town at a low price.Read more
Ease of Use
The easy fold design with quick-release wheels make for quick storage. The sixteen-inch pneumatic wheels provide a comfortably smooth ride. It also has a foot guard tube to keep passengers’ feet from hitting the ground causing injury, plus damage to the product itself. It easily attaches to most bicycles and doesn’t require any tools for assembly.
The two-in-one weather shield protects passengers from both rain and bugs. The foot guard tube helps keep passengers’ feet from striking the ground causing injury to passengers or causing the base to strike the ground causing damage.
The rear cargo area can store helmets, food, drinks and other small items. Seats two. Weight capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 25 pounds. Interior width: 15 inches. Interior Height: 22 inches.
A standard 5-point safety harness is included. A safety flag is also included to alert passersby in low-light conditions. The included rain shield protects passengers from rain water. A basic roll cage helps protect passengers if the unit were to flip. Made of lightweight steel, the frame guarantees safety without the added weight.
This is great buy for the family looking for basic transportation around town. With the included foot guard, it has reduced wear and tear, plus it keeps passengers safe. It quickly assembles for a faster get-up-and-go. The product comes with a limited manufacturer warranty and it does not cover wear and tear.
10. InStep Sync Single
- Rarely jerks, even on quick turns
- Fits almost any bicycle
- Also works as dog trailer
- Stroller kit sold separately
- Some reports of tire blowouts
The InStep Sync Single is a great product if the goal is a simple, around-town vehicle at a great price. It’s on the lighter end and still pulls smoothly, even when empty.Read more
Ease of Use
The simple folding frame design makes storage very easy with a quick-release wheel. Setup should take a maximum of fifteen minutes. The coupler hitch easily attaches to most bicycles so you can get moving faster.
The sixteen-inch pneumatic tires make for a comfortable ride. A two-in-one screen shield protects passengers from both rain and bugs. The sling seat isn’t padded but is great for one child.
It has rear cargo space that is large enough for snacks, diapers and water bottles. Seats one. Weight capacity: 40 pounds. Weight: 23 pounds. Exterior width: 25 inches. Exterior height: 31 inches.
It comes with a standard 5-point safety harness. The included safety flag makes sure others see the vehicle from a distance. The two-in-one screen shield protects passengers from both rain and insects. The steel and metal frame help ensure safety at all times.
This is a great product for the price. While the wheels may be an issue, the manufacturer backs their replacement. With the included two-in-one screen shield, your passenger will be safe and dry in rain or shine. It comes with a full one-year manufacturer guarantee for durability and safety. The manufacturer is known to provide new tire tubes for tire blowouts.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
With kids, we have no time to waste setting up a bike trailer--which is why ease of use was a top priority for us.
Ease of use is a factor we look at from multiple angles. How easy is it to set the stroller up and take it apart? Not just to assemble in general but how easily it folds and unfolds from the storage state. Does it store easily in general? Does it fit in a closet or a car trunk? And most importantly: is it easy to use while you're riding?
How easily does it attach to a bicycle? When attached to a cycle does this particular model roll and transition smoothly? These are all questions we asked and then researched, ranking each product in terms of how easy it was to use so that if this is one of the things that are most important to you, you'll be able to easily pick out the best one.
We encourage you to ask yourself these questions and apply them to your own needs. We cover everything, but everyone has different circumstances and factors they may want to prioritize. Make sure to consider the needs of your kids, if you have younger ones you will want to go with more secure options and if you have older kids you should let them have a say in what they will be riding in, to an extent.
Make sure to get a trailer that is comfortable for your kiddos and that won't make your ride less enjoyable--you should all be happy and comfortable no matter how far you go.
You love your children and want them to be comfortable while they ride in the stroller. The last thing you want or need is for them to start fussing and crying because they're uncomfortable. You want them to enjoy spending time with you and to associate good memories with exercise so that hopefully they'll carry that love of fitness into adulthood, just like their parents.
There are several factors that come into play when it comes to how comfortable these trailers are. The design, amount of cushioning, and quality of materials all make a difference in the end as to how comfortable your child is. We looked at all of these things, as well as taking into consideration over 1200 reviews from real-world users and assigned each product a score based on the level of comfort it offers.
One last thing we want to mention is to let your child try it out if you take them with you before making your purchase. You should narrow down the options based on safety and what works for you, as their parent, but your kiddos will be the ones sitting in them while you ride. If you can, have them sit in the models you prefer and let them tell you which ones are more comfortable, and which ones they like more.
You don't have to base your sole decision, and we know you can't do this with all of your little ones, but if they have the ability to give an opinion then we encourage to get their opinions on how comfortable it is for them to have to sit in.
Not all bike trailers are the same and many of them offer different features--make sure to get the one that works best for you and your kiddos.
Our list ranges from fully-loaded models with tons of cargo room, removable weather protection, redundant braking systems, and other advanced safety features, and some even have cup holders. We ranked each product on a scale of 0-100 based on how many of these extra features it has.
For the most part, the more expensive bike trailers, which can actually top out at around $700, have the most features, but some of the more value-minded products, which can be had for around as little as $100, have a few extra features as well. In the end, you'll have to decide what features you need and which ones you don't.
There's no sense spending more money for something you won't even use, so check out the product reviews for some help figuring it all out. If you have no idea what features you think you will need then make a list of everything you want from your bike trailer, this will point you in the direction of what to look for.
Of course, keep your budget in mind but while you shouldn't overspend on things you do not need, you also shouldn't pick the most affordable option and end up with something that doesn't offer everything you are looking for.
When we talk about weather resistance here, we mean sun protection and unexpected rain. It's important to ensure our children are protected from overexposure to the sun, specifically, because it is harmful and will lead to sunburn if not addressed.
The environment you most often cycle in is a serious consideration that you need to make before you make your final purchase decision. Consider humidity, rainfall, temperature, and sun exposure. If you live in a high heat area you’ll want a product with a sun shield and ventilation panels so a lot of heat doesn’t build up and cause your child discomfort.
If you live in an area with heavy amounts of precipitation then you’ll definitely want to look for models with waterproofing or moisture resistance features in the materials used for its construction, as well as features such as taped seams and rain flaps. It's important to consider this because you don't want to end up with something you can't use on most days.
While some bike trailers are compatible with additional accessories you can purchase separately if you need the added protection, this will end up costing more in the long run--especially if you already know that you live in a certain type of environment. Remember to consider the safety and needs of your children as well.
It is better to spend a little more on a bike trailer that can handle your weather and environment in order to ensure their added safety while riding in the bike trailer during your rides.
Value is not just about price. It's important to invest in a bike trailer that covers your needs and ensures your kids are safe, protected, and comfortable.
The products on our list range from right around $100 to over $700, each one offering the consumer a different level of value based on the quality of its materials and construction, features, and comfort. With such a wide price range it can be tough to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck, but you're in luck because we have some expert advice for you.
If you're an avid cyclist and you're kids really love the outdoors and spending time together as a family, it might be worth it to invest in a higher-end model. But if you do make sure you're going to use it often, as in once a week or more so you can be sure to get your money's worth. There's no sense buying an expensive new piece of gear that ends up just sitting around in the garage collecting dust.
We've all been there and done that. But the higher-end products will last longer and perform better than the less expensive products, as well as have more useful features. Not to say the lower-end models on our list aren't great strollers, they are, but you know the old adage that you get what you pay for.
If you think you're only going to be using the bike stroller occasionally, like maybe only once or twice a month, it might make sense to buy one of the more inexpensive models on our list and save your money for the ice cream you're taking the kids out for on your ride. You are getting ice cream right?
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Some state requires children to wear a helmet while on a bike trailer. If this is not the case in your area, you should always have your child wear a helmet regardless. A couple other tips are reflective markers and orange raised the flag to make you more visible.
Make sure to go over emergency procedures with your kids and teach them to listen to while on the road. Planning for worst-case scenarios ensures your family is prepared and taking precautions will help prevent anything from occurring in the first place.
Before each adventure with your child, double-check the mounting hardware for proper attachment. If your model is a folding model be sure it is fully extended and locked in place.
We also encourage you to develop a checklist with your kids if they're old enough. This will help them help you and put more eyes on the task. It never hurts to have someone double-check--especially when you have the lives of your little ones on the line.
Just because you take all the preventative measures doesn't mean everyone on the road will so it is important that you do absolutely everything that you can.
Other Factors to Consider
One of the key accessories is the available cargo space. They are primarily made for transporting small children and any parent knows that they require a lot of specific care. Diapers, blankets, juice and all sorts of other necessary odds and ends. A reliable product needs to have enough cargo space for all your essentials.
We need to scrutinize all of the little specifics to know if they are really up to snuff. Units with a lot of accessories weigh almost twice as much as the standard. The same goes for a model with two seats but a low weight limit. The specs are often depicted as small side details but they add up quickly.
Many models have a convertible option. The ones that convert to trailers are great for taking to the park or the zoo. There is a large amount of convenience in being able to mount and dismount this transportation from your bicycle on a whim. Not to mention the money you will save by not having to buy more than one seated carrier.
Obviously, safety is an important consideration when we are making our choices. And this doesn’t just mean safety belts and straps. We need to keep a close eye out for units that have histories of tipping and flipping. These are not the ones we would want to feature on our list.
Few things are more frustrating than getting a new toy, gear, or gadget and having it be incompatible with the equipment you already have on hand. That is why we can’t stress enough to make sure that the bicycle you have is compatible with the coupler that comes with the trailer.
Product warranty is a big deal when often many of the products on this list are things you will be investing a lot of money into. Tire and nylon issues are too uncommon, but you want some insurance in case you encounter them earlier than you should be. All in all, you need to make sure you make the best decision for your family and get something that keeps everyone safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Will the warranty cover a blowout?
That is a question specific to each product because each manufacturer treats the issue differently. Some only cover manufacturer defects while others assist in normal wear and tear issues.
q: What if I can’t understand the assembly instructions?
Manufacturers usually have hot lines or other options available for assembly assistance. You also might be able to find an instruction video for some “bicycle” models online, if a visual aid would be preferable.
q: What's the best way to store a bike trailer?
Many are made to fold up easily, though some do require wheel removal. Usually the process is made to be as easy as possible.
q: Do these trailers attach to any bicycle?
Many come with “universal” attachment adapters but this often doesn’t cover all models, it is best to read up and consult the manufacturers to see if your bicycle is compatible. Other cyclists should also have insight into any compatibility issues. The best bike trailers on our list, however, are for the most part designed to fit most bikes.
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