13 Best Bike Trailers Reviewed & Fully Compared
Staying active isn’t always have to be a solo endeavor. Getting your friends and family in on your ride can make it all the more fulfilling. It can be difficult to make cycling a family activity, though, with young kids since they might be old enough to ride a bicycle on their own yet. Which makes bike trailers a real life saver for families on the go. Not only does it allow parents to be attentive, but many cyclists talk of how the speed and scenery delights their children on each and every ride. Runnerclick is passionate about an active lifestyle no matter our readers needs, so we put together this list to make cycling accessible to families as well. On it you will find a range of different styles of bike trailers, making sure that everyone will find something that suits their needs.
- Thule Chariot Cross
- Includes strolling wheels
- Burley Bee
- Allen Sports Aluminum
- Cover easily attaches to frame
13 Best Bike Trailers
Thule Chariot Cross
It’s a quick setup and teardown is just as fast, so you won’t be wasting your time on the trailer, leaving more time for hitting the road. For teardown, a clip was included that will keep the trailer folded, even if stored upright so users won’t have to worry about it opening unintentionally. The trailer converts to a stroller, so when you reach your destination, simply turn it into a stroller and the passengers never have to leave the interior.
Strategically padded seats and harnesses in key areas allow for a longer, more enjoyable ride. The adjustable suspension system will shine on uneven terrain. Added with the 20 inch wheels which will smooth out any remaining bumps and rough terrain, passengers are sure to have a smooth ride for hours on end. The seats recline independently of one another for added comfort. The included sun shade is one of the largest on the market and will protect passengers from heat and harmful UV rays. The back mesh allows for airflow right behind passengers’ heads for proper ventilation.
The rear cargo space is a pocket about 20 x 9 inches so it’s rather small, but it can attach to the top of the frame and keep the trailer more aerodynamic.
Seats two. Weight Capacity: 99 pounds. Weight: 32 pounds. External width: 24 inches. External Height: 44 inches.
The trailer includes a 5-point harness system so passengers remain safe. It’s made with a solid roll cage with a top frame bar plus an additional handlebar that will fold forward for added safety. It includes an adjustable sun shade to protect passengers from the heat and UV rays. The frame indicates when it’s in proper place during assembly by turning from red to green for additional safety.
Constructed with an aluminum frame, plus steel and nylon parts with a polyester cover, users can rest assure the passengers will always be safe.
The trailer comes with a 30-day limited warranty, which is one of the shortest warranties on the market.
This trailer is perfect for athletic families who need a trailer that can do it all while still providing outstanding comfort and safety. If the goal is trips around the neighborhood a couple of times a week, this trailer may be a bit much. For the price and weight, an alternative trailer may be a better buy. But if rugged terrain and high-intensity passes are definitely in the near future, this may be right for you.
- Includes strolling wheels
- Jogging and cross-country skiing kits available for purchase
- Excels in comfort
- Stroller settings not adjustable
- Rain shield can limit airflow
This trailer is very easy to setup and go. The trailer 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.
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 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 rain.
The 600D, high-grade polyester will stand up to stretching and sun bleaching. The heat-treated aluminum frame tubes and hinges will stand withstand everyday use and keep passengers safe.
The trailer comes with a manufacturer warranty. Fabric and parts are covered for one year. 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.
- 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
Allen Sports Aluminum
It includes a quick setup and fold design, plus the hitch mount easily attaches to the bike. The quick-release wheels allow the folding trailer 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 of the trailer 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 come 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 to the trailer in low-visibility.
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.
The trailer comes with a limited manufacturer warranty.
This is a great, quality trailer, 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 trailer. While it may not be entirely waterproof, it does eliminate most rain water while still providing a quality ride.
- The Velcro cover easily attaches to the frame
- Large mesh opening for access to passengers
- Seats don’t sag; harness clasp is higher than most trailers
- Included suspension system
- Less foot room in Allen trailers
- Not fully waterproof
- Small interior pockets
The tow arm and hitch install quickly so you can get moving faster. The 20-inch, quick-release wheels allow the trailer to quickly fold down for storage. An adjustable, padded handlebar and parking brake are included to convert the trailer into a stroller or jogger with available kits.
The trailer 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 trailer were to flip. Reflective materials and safety flag for enhanced visibility come included for added safety in low visibility situations.
The trailer comes with weather-resistant shields in case rain were to strike. A light aluminum frame keeps passengers safe without unnecessary weight.
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.
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.
- Great hitch
- Full roll cage
- Stroller conversion
- Sun protection
- Washable seat pad
- Difficult to stow
- Not watertight
- Noisy parking brake
- Slipping suspension control
Allen Sports Steel
This trailer’s 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 trailer itself. It easily attaches to most bikes 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 trailer 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 to the trailer in low-light conditions. The included rain shield protects passengers from rain water. A basic roll cage helps protect passengers if the trailer were to flip.
Made of lightweight steel, the frame guarantees safety without the added weight.
The trailer comes with a limited manufacturer warranty and it does not cover wear and tear.
This is great buy for the family looking for basic transportation around town. With the included foot guard, the trailer has reduced wear and tear, plus it keeps passengers safe. It quickly assembles for a faster get-up-and-go.
- 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
InStep Sierra Double
This trailer’s twelve-inch front and sixteen-inch rear pneumatic tires provide performance and reliability. The folding frame and quick-release wheels provide easy, hassle-free storage options. The included stroller kit comes with a swiveling front wheel and handle bar which allow a quick conversion to a stroller. Once you reach your destination, you can have a working stroller in minutes.
It’s the perfect size for toddlers, even with helmets. With the padded seat, the kids will be able to enjoy their ride much longer. The padded harness ensures the straps don’t bind or cut into their shoulders. The pneumatic tires help ensure a smoother ride so the passengers will have fun for even longer.
Interior pouches are included to hold cups or toys, plus a small storage area behind the seat stores small items, such as snacks, extra layers or water.
Seats two. Weight limit: 100 pounds. Weight: 33 pounds, so it is one of the heavier trailers on this list. Exterior width 32.5 inches. Exterior height 31.2 inches. Interior width 22 inches. Inside height 25 inches.
The trailer comes with a 5-point harness with padded, adjustable shoulder straps keep kids safe and comfortable. A tall, removable orange flag and reflectors help others see the trailer from a safe distance. An included parking brake provides added safety while in stroller mode.
The included two-in-one canopy includes a bug screen and weather shield so passengers are safe from the elements. The steel frame ensures passengers are always safe without the concern of wear and tear.
The trailer comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.
This is a great buy for those looking for a trailer that easily converts to a stroller. The pneumatic wheels help guarantee that it can tolerate almost any terrain. With a lower price tag than other competitors here, you won’t break the bank.
- Included conversion kit
- Turns well
- Doesn’t flip even when empty
- No sagging
- Reports of front wheel swiveling even when in jogger mode
- Reports of wobbly rear wheels
InStep Quick N EZ
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 trailer from a bike.
The padded, sling-style seat is great for small kids, although some reports of sagging have occurred.
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 trailers on this list.
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 trailer.
A steel and metal frame help ensure safety at all times.
This trailer comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.
This is a great trailer for adventurous, outdoorsy families who need a trailer that can keep up.
- Converts to both a push stroller
- Plenty of rear cargo storage space
- Lightweight even when biking uphill
- 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.
InStep Sync Single
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 bikes 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 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 trailer 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.
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.
This is a great trailer 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.
- Rarely jerks, even on quick turns
- Fits almost any bike
- Also works as dog trailer
- Stroller kit sold separately
- Some reports of tire blowouts
InStep Take 2
The Take 2 is a very easy trailer to utilize. It assembles with no tools, attaches to the bike mount with no tools as well. It is also easily transportable, noted as being incredibly light and folds up in a moment at the owners 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 seat belts 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.
The trailer 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 with this trailer 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 trailer. The weather canopy is well built and protects your children from the elements.
An economic choice, more than serviceable in terms of what of family could need and expect from a bike trailer and is available at one of the lowest prices on this list.
- 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 bikes
The Outback, first and foremost, transitions through all of its forms with relative ease. Moving from stroller to jogger and back again as well as attaching to the back of a bicycle with just a few simple snaps. It folds down easily as well. The one apprehension its owners have voiced, in terms of ease of use is that the Hamax Outback is a pretty heavy.
Owners of the Hamax Outback praise its well padded seats, claiming the comfort they provide boarders on luxurious. The trailers canopy is well ventilated, protecting the passengers from the heat of the sun from beating down as well as staying inside the trailer. Your passengers are also ensure a smooth ride, its large tires making sure they aren’t bumped or bothered no matter the terrain.
The Outback’s storage space is highly praised, large and spacious for the long trail rides or walks it was build to endure.
The Outback weighs 44lbs and measures 43in x 34in x 37.5in and it seats two.
Hamax designed the Outback with the safety of its passengers in mind. From its reflective outer covering to its five point securing harness, Hamax wants to make sure your children stay safe. The Outback is also designed with a low center of gravity, which allows for a large amount of control and minimizes the chance of accidents.
The construction of Hamax’s Outback is noteworthy. It has a durable and long lasting build and is made from quality materials. From the choice in canopy material to allow for better ventilation to its inclusion of zippers over Velcro anchors, this trailer is built with high standards.
There is no getting around it, the Hamax Outback is an expensive piece of equipment. It comes in at almost three times the cost of other bike trailers, but that actually makes a lot of sense since you are getting three times the product. The quality that Hamax has been able to provide combined with the versatility of having a trailer, jogger, and stroller that can switch between each other seamlessly and the cost soon easily justifies itself.
- Very durable
- Plush comfortable seats
- Large wheels situated for many different types of terrain
- Converts to a stroller/jogger
- Large amounts of storage space
- Well ventilated
- Easily attached
- Suspended seating
- Zippers at securing points
The Schwinn is an easily foldable and transportable for the family who wants to get their trailer out and running. The Trailblazer’s wheels do remove for transportation. This trailer does have some compatibility issues, not being able to attache 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.
This trailer does come with a visibility flag, so that someone can see the shorter carriage if it happens to be moving under 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 know 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 trailer can certainly be called affordable. And while it may not be the highest quality trailer on this list, the Schwinn Trailblazer is still a reliable piece of gear and a deal at its low price.
- Easy to assemble
- Folds up easily
- Smooth ride
- Not compatiable with all bikes
- Canopy heat and durability issues
With the included stroller conversion kit, this trailer 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.
The sling seat is standard, but may become uncomfortable for long rides. The two-in-one weather canopy protects passengers in both sun and rain.
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.
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.
It comes with a one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
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.
- Comes with stroller kit
- No jerking or swaying, even when empty
- Front wheel remains straight which can be an issue using this as a stroller
- Only 57 pound weight limit
This is a recumbent trailer, so riders can help pedal, which, in turn, helps take some of the stress off the biker, or the passengers can simply relax or sleep while on the road. The trailer works both off-road and in urban areas. The seat is adjustable so it can be placed according to the rider’s height. When you reach your destination, the trailer disassembles in about five minutes.
Since most kids have extra energy they would love to exert, this trailer allows them to help pedal. Handles on the sides help make the rider feel engaged during the ride. If they choose to not pedal along, they can simply relax and enjoy the view.
The trailer comes with a rear storage compartment, plus side pockets provide plenty of storage space for snacks, diapers, etc.
Seats one. Weight capacity: 80 pounds. Weight: 27 pounds.
The included 5-point harness keeps passengers safe, even if tips occur. The seat sits high enough for other traffic to see the trailer, plus it includes a safety flag for added visibility.
Made with a sturdy steel frame, the trailer can take pretty much anything that comes at it. A front fender protects against minor hazards from the road.
The trailer comes with a one-year limited warranty for defective equipment
This is an excellent, less conventional trailer. It allows longer use since it can accommodate children up to nine years old. While it doesn’t come with weather protection gear, it is available for purchase. This will keep children engaged with the ride while they also have the option for relaxing or napping.
- The trailer can be used longer than most conventional trailers on this list (up to 9 years old)
- Single or double rider option
- Quickly assembles for use
- Weather protective gear available for purchase
- No cover from the elements or road debris
- Less convenient to store
- Nylon isn’t very resilient
The Criteria We Used to Find the Best Bike Trailers
It’s important to know whether or not the trailer is easy to setup, use and store. If any part of this is complicated, it could easily deter potential buyers. Knowing this detail up front will allow users to determine if the trailer’s commitments will fit their lifestyle.
Comfort is clearly an important factor, especially when considering toddlers. With a tendency to not sit still, if they’re uncomfortable, the situation will only be exacerbated. The comfort features will also determine if they will fit the buyer’s lifestyle. Knowing if they permit a two hour or longer ride or limit the rides to an hour or less is crucial.
The trailer can have excellent safety and comfort features, but if it won’t even hold snacks or diapers, this can pose an issue. It’s important to know if additional accessories must be purchased or if it has everything buyers may need.
Weight limits will determine how long buyers can expect to use their trailer. If a passenger is near the weight limit or will exceed it in the next six months, the weight limit will determine if buyers will get their money’s worth. It’s also important to note the dimensions to see if it may be too small or the perfect fit.
Knowing price will help buyers determine if the trailer is a realistic purchase if they may be on the fence. Also knowing if a trailer may be outside their price range will help add perspective. With some or most trailers being several hundred dollars or nearing 4-digit pricing, this will help buyers determine what their requirements may or may not be.
Safety is obviously one of the most important factors. If off-roading may be one of the terrains a buyer may be expecting, knowing which safety features come included is a must.
Some trailers have reports of tire blowouts or nylon wearing out early. It’s important to know if your product will be backed by the manufacturer or if this will be a self-reliant repair.
Value helps buyers determine if this is the proper purchase for them and sums up the rest of the criteria used to evaluate the product.
Other Important Factors to Consider
If you live in an especially wet environment, such as the Pacific West coast, it may be good to research if the potential trailer is waterproof or simply water resistant. Knowing how the trailer stands up to standard conditions may help weigh one trailer to another.
If you live in a humid environment, research if the weather shield has a mesh layer that will allow airflow, or if the screen is an “all-or-nothing” feature.
Research if the coupler and attachments will fit the bike at-hand. If it is an odd model or very old, the bike may need additional attachments in order for the trailer to attach.
If you still need a stroller or don’t want to carry the added accessory, consider if the trailer converts to a stroller and if that is an additional accessory. Some trailers have built-in converters, while some either require the stroller to be an additional purchase, or simply don’t convert to a trailer at all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I have a tire blowout or wheel failure, is that covered under the warranty?
A: That is a question specific to each trailer 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, respectively?
A: This is specific to each trailer, but many trailers do have an option for a single or double version.
Q: What if I can’t understand the included assembly instructions?
A: Manufacturers usually have hot lines or other options available for assembly assistance. You also might be able to find an instruction video for some “bike” trailers online, if a visual aid would be preferable.
Q: How are these trailers stored?
A: Many trailers are made to fold up easily, though some do require wheel removal. Usually the process is made to be as easy as possible.
Q: Are there two harnesses included or just one?
A: Single trailers include one harness, double trailers include two harnesses.
Q: Do these trailers attach to all bikes?
A: Many bike trailers 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 bike is compatible. Other cyclists should also have insight into any trailer compatibility issues.
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