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Our Favorite Bike Trailers Reviewed

last updated Feb 24, 2019
If like us, you believe family the cycles together stays together, then you’ll love our list of the best bike trailers!

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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In a Hurry? The test winner after 14 hrs of research

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Thule Chariot Lite 2
95.2/100 our score
Ease of Use
97
Comfort
95
Features
96
Weather Resistance
95
Value
93
Thule Chariot Lite 2
Why is it better?
  • Versatile--for biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing
  • Easily convertible
  • Reflective features
  • Seats 2 children
  • Foldable and Portable
In a Hurry? Editors choice:
Thule Chariot Lite 2
Test Winner: Thule Chariot Lite 2
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Our most recent update brings the Thule Chariot Lite 2—to replace the previous Thule Chariot Cross. This bike trailer is a great option for families who want something they can rely on and use for years to come, and we hope you enjoy our review of it! Make sure to take a look at our criteria section as well, to learn more about how we finalize our decisions and compiled our top ten list.

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Ease of Use
97%
Comfort
95%
Features
96%
Weather Resistance
95%
Value
93%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$718.64
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
Ease of Use
97%
Comfort
85%
Features
90%
Weather Resistance
96%
Value
98%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$279.20
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$299.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Ease of Use
90%
Comfort
93%
Features
93%
Weather Resistance
85%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$178.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89
Ease of Use
85%
Comfort
95%
Features
90%
Weather Resistance
80%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$669.99
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.4
Ease of Use
85%
Comfort
80%
Features
90%
Weather Resistance
85%
Value
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$79.00
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
Ease of Use
85%
Comfort
70%
Features
85%
Weather Resistance
75%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$110.99
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Ease of Use
80%
Comfort
85%
Features
70%
Weather Resistance
70%
Value
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$100.13
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78
Ease of Use
75%
Comfort
85%
Features
65%
Weather Resistance
75%
Value
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$97.99
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
74
Ease of Use
70%
Comfort
85%
Features
70%
Weather Resistance
60%
Value
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$123.14
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
72
Ease of Use
70%
Comfort
75%
Features
65%
Weather Resistance
60%
Value
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (22.05.19)
$109.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Thule Chariot Lite 2
  • Burley Bee
  • Allen Sports Aluminum
  • Burley d’Lite
  • Allen Sports Steel
  • InStep Quick N EZ
  • InStep Sync Single
  • InStep Take 2
  • Schwinn Trailblazer
  • Aosom Two-in-One
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Favorite Bike Trailers

1. Thule Chariot Lite 2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Thule Chariot Lite 2
Ease of Use
97
Comfort
95
Features
96
Weather Resistance
95
Value
93
best offer for today
$718.64
Pros:
  • Versatile--for biking, jogging, strolling, and skiing
  • Easily convertible
  • Reflective features
  • Seats 2 children
  • Foldable and Portable
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • 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!

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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.

Comfort

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.

Features

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value

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. Burley Bee

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
Burley Bee
Ease of Use
97
Comfort
85
Features
90
Weather Resistance
96
Value
98
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$299.00
$279.20
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Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Best hitch design
  • Water resistant
  • Excellent value
  • Durable construction
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort

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.

Features

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value

Great buy for trips around town at an affordable price, plus it has one of the longest manufacturer warranties on this list.

3. Allen Sports Aluminum

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Allen Sports Aluminum
Ease of Use
90
Comfort
93
Features
93
Weather Resistance
85
Value
95
best offer for today
$178.99
Pros:
  • 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
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort

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

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value

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 d’Lite

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89
Burley d’Lite
Ease of Use
85
Comfort
95
Features
90
Weather Resistance
80
Value
95
best offer for today
$669.99
Pros:
  • Great hitch
  • Lightweight
  • Full roll cage
  • Stroller conversion
  • Sun protection
  • Washable seat pad
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort

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.

Features

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value

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.

5. Allen Sports Steel

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.4
Allen Sports Steel
Ease of Use
85
Comfort
80
Features
90
Weather Resistance
85
Value
97
best offer for today
$79.00
Pros:
  • Foot guard tube
  • Customers state it folds flat enough to leave wheels on during storage
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort

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.

Features

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value
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.

6. InStep Quick N EZ

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
InStep Quick N EZ
Ease of Use
85
Comfort
70
Features
85
Weather Resistance
75
Value
95
best offer for today
$110.99
Pros:
  • Converts to a push stroller
  • Plenty of rear cargo storage space
  • Lightweight even when biking uphill
Cons:
  • Bottom may sag with two children inside
  • It may be a snug fit for two kids
  • Parking brake is a strap you have to engage

The InStep Quick N EZ is true to its name. It assembles and breaks down with ease. Its pneumatic tires help ensure a smooth ride at all times. It’s on the heavier end of the products on this list, but users claim that it feels incredibly light, even when biking uphill. It’s a great buy if you don’t mind the price tag.

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Ease of Use

With a folding frame design, the quick-release wheels make storage very easy. The sixteen-inch pneumatic tires work well in even the most difficult terrain. An included stroller kit allows you to quickly convert your trailer into a stroller. A universal coupler allows you to easily connect and disconnect the unit from a bicycle.

Comfort

The padded, sling-style seat is great for small kids, although some reports of sagging have occurred.

Features

Interior side pockets are available for drinks, snacks or small toys. The cargo area in the rear allows enough storage for a blanket and food. Seats two. Max Capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 33 pounds and is one of the heaviest options on this list.

Weather Resistance

The standard 5-point safety harness and shoulder pads keep passengers safe. A two-in-one weather screen operates as a bug screen and weather shield for rain and direct sunlight, plus protects against insects entering the vehicle. A steel and metal frame help ensure safety at all times.

Value

This is a great product for adventurous, outdoorsy families who need a unit that can keep up. This product comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.

7. InStep Sync Single

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
InStep Sync Single
Ease of Use
80
Comfort
85
Features
70
Weather Resistance
70
Value
95
best offer for today
$100.13
Pros:
  • Rarely jerks, even on quick turns
  • Fits almost any bicycle
  • Also works as dog trailer
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort

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.

Features

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.

Weather Resistance

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.

Value

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.

8. InStep Take 2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78
InStep Take 2
Ease of Use
75
Comfort
85
Features
65
Weather Resistance
75
Value
90
best offer for today
$97.99
Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Very light
  • Easy to assemble
  • Useful weather cover
  • Compacts well
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Array of safety features
  • Seats two
  • No tools required to assemble or attach
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort:

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.

Features:

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.

Weather Resistance:

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.

Value:

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.

9. Schwinn Trailblazer

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
74
Schwinn Trailblazer
Ease of Use
70
Comfort
85
Features
70
Weather Resistance
60
Value
85
best offer for today
$123.14
Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Folds up easily
  • Smooth ride
Cons:
  • 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.

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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.

Comfort:

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.

Features:

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.

Weather Resistance:

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.

Value:

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.

10. Aosom Two-in-One

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
72
Aosom Two-in-One
Ease of Use
70
Comfort
75
Features
65
Weather Resistance
60
Value
90
best offer for today
$109.99
Pros:
  • Comes with stroller kit
  • No jerking or swaying, even when empty
Cons:
  • Front wheel remains straight which can be an issue when using this as a stroller
  • Only 57 pound weight limit

The Aosom Two-in-One easily and quickly converts to a stroller, which is perfect when a destination is met. The hand-brake is a great added detail. However, the 57-pound weight limit may pose an issue for some. But a low price tag may make this the perfect buy.

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Ease of Use

With the included stroller conversion kit, this product easily converts into a stroller in seconds with no tools. The twenty-inch aluminum, quick-release wheels easily traverse uneven terrain, maintaining comfort for both passengers and rider.

Comfort

The sling seat comes standard but may become uncomfortable for long rides. The two-in-one weather canopy protects passengers in both sun and rain.

Features

The rear cargo area is great for holding small items, like snacks or water. Seats two. Weight limit: 57 pounds. Weight: 327 pounds. Exterior width: 42 inches. Exterior height: 36 inches.

Weather Resistance

It comes with a 5-point safety harness. An included hand-lock brake system on the rear wheel for added safety when stopped or not in use. The strong, lightweight aluminum frame helps ensure safety without added weight.

Value

This is a great buy, especially at the low price. It’s a quality build and easily converts to a stroller with no additional tools. The twenty-inch wheels make sure it’s a comfortable ride, even when going over bumpy terrain. The low weight capacity may pose an issue for some. It comes with a one-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Ease of Use

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 as well--this way you can apply them to your own specific needs. We cover everything to look for in general, but everyone has different circumstances and factors they may want to prioritize over others. Make sure to consider the needs of your kids as well, if you have younger ones you will definitely 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.

Comfort

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 strollers 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 your child.

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 have deemed great options 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.

Features

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 models, 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.

Weather Resistance

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

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?

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Safety above all.

Some state require children to wear a helmet while in 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 an orange raised flag to make you more visible. Also, make sure to go over any emergency procedures with your kids as well as teach them to follow the rules you set while you are out on the road. Planning for the worst case scenario will ensure you and your kids are prepared for anything that may happen while you are out and taking the necessary precautions will help you prevent anything from occurring in the first place.

Pre-ride check

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 are old enough to do so. 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

Bottom Line

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. 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 stroller 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.

Safety Hazards

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: If I have a tire blowout or wheel failure, is that covered under the warranty?

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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: Do the strollers come in single or double occupancy options?

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This is specific to each product, but many models do have an option for a single or double version.

q: What if I can’t understand the included assembly instructions?

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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?

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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?

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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.