Bike Trailer Comparison Chart

Trailers come in many different shapes and sizes.  There are many different features you consider when purchasing a trailer.  For a comparative guide to the various features available please refer to 11 Distinguishing Features of Bike Trailers.  The most common request and complaint regarding trailers is their ability (or lack of) to convert to a stroller.  To the the most out of your trailer, be sure to purchase a trailer that converts to your desired stroller type (as shown below).

Bike Trailer Stroller Types2

Additional diagrams and comparisons guides are available at 11 Distinguishing Features of Bike Trailers and at Burley vs. Chariot.

Other features to consider are the weight, width, internal width and internal height of the trailer.  These dimensions can make a huge difference in how your trailer works as a stroller as well as a trailer.  Brakes, suspension and 20″ tires are also optimal for the smoothest and most comfortable ride, but not necessary.

Condensed Comparison Chart Key and Explanations (Full Key at Bottom of Page):

  • Avg. Price: Price included is the average sales price, not MSRP.  Expect the actual price of the trailer to vary.
  • Comes in Box: Lists what attachments come standard in the box.  T = Trailer arm for bike.  3WS, arm = three-wheeled stroller that swivels, attached to the trailer arm.  3WS = three-wheeled stroller that attached to frame (not trailer arm).  J = Fixed jogging wheel (no jogging wheels swivel).  4WS = four-wheeled stroller with swivel wheels
  • Upgrade Kit(s): Conversion kits available.  S = Ski conversion kit.  Other symbols same as “Comes in Box”
  • Reviews: Average reviews (# of reviews) on Amazon or Walmart.com.  While the average rating certainly gives a reference point, they are often skewed as many lower reviews are based on poor shipping and many high-rated reviews for lower-end trailers are from people who use them with dogs.

List of Categorical Bike Trailer Comparison Charts (Scroll down to View)

  1. General List, All Trailers Sorted by Average Price
  2. Best Just a Trailer, The Lighter the Better
  3. Best Single Under $150
  4. Best Single Under $450
  5. Best Single Under $530
  6. Best Double $200 – $500
  7. Best Double $600 – $700
  8. Best True Double, Most Interior Shoulder Room
  9. Best Multi-Use, For Hauling Kids or Cargo
  10. Best Around Town (Single & Double), Narrow Width, Light Weight & Front Swivel Wheels
  11. Best for Joggers,  Light Weight, Jogging Wheel w/ Brake
  12. Best for Tall Kids, Based on Maximum Seating Height in Stroller
    1. While not a true trailer, I highly recommend the Weehoo i-Go Pro Trailer Cycle for older/taller kids.
  13. Best for Babies in Stroller Mode

To view a sortable and searchable comparison chart of all bike trailers (not sorted by categories) see Sortable Bike Trailer Comparison Chart.  For those deciding between Burley and Chariot, be sure to read our Burley vs. Chariot Comparison Chart.

General Bike Trailer Comparison Chart, Sorted by Avg. Price
Model Avg. Price  Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
$200 and below
InStep Sync (single) $89 T None No No 22.93 N 13* 20* 16 4.4 of 5 (385)
InStep Take 2 (Robin) $99 T None No No 25 N 23 20 16 4.3 of 5 (358)
Aosom Elite Jr. Single $108 T None No No 22 N  18*  20* 16 4.5 of 5 (2)
Aosom Elite 2 in 1 $119 T, JS None Hand No 37 N  18*  22* 20 3.6 of 5 (114)
Schwinn Trailnblazer Single $129 T None No No  25* N  13*  20* 16 4.6 of 5 (38)
InStep Quick N EZ $120 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 33.08 N 20* 25* 16 4.4 of 5 (201)
Aosom Elite 3 in 1 $139 T, 3WS None Hand Yes  45 N  22*  25* 20 4.4 of 5 (63)
Allen AST1 (single) $139 T None No No 20 N 15 22 16 4.5 of 5 (21)
Allen AST2 $140 T None No No 25 N 21 21 16 4.5 of 5 (21)
Huffy Disney Princess $149 T None No No  24* N  18*  20* 20 5 of 5 (2)
Huffy Disney Cars $149 T None No No  24* N  18*  20* 20 5 fo 5 (2)
InStep Sierra Double $150 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 33.08 N 22* 25* 16 4.3 of 5 (176)
Allen AST100 $150 T None Park No 26.4 N 21 21 16 4.5 of 5 (12)
Schwinn Sprint $155 T, 3WS – arm None No No N 17.75″ 23 20 3.4 of 5 (16)
Allen SST (single) $169 T, JS None Park No 19.5 N 15 22 16 4.5 of 5 (22)
Schwinn Scout $171 T, 3WS – arm None Park No  30* N  18*  23*  20 5 of 5 (2)
Allen AST200 $179 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 27 N 22 23 20 4.5 of 5 (48)
Via Velo $199 (Costco) T, JS Swivel wheel Park No 35 N 21 28 20 2.9 of 5 (12)
Schwinn Trailblazer $199 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 23 N 22* 25* 20 4.2 of 5 (78)
InStep Rocket II $199 T, 4WS None Park No 30.2 N 25* 26* 20 5 of 5 (1)
Little Tikes Trailer/Jogger (hard plastic base)
$199 T, JS None Park No 44 N 20* 26* 16 – plastic 2.9 of 5 (20)
$400 and below
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Allen XLT2 $215 T, JS None Park No 30 N 24 23 20 4.4 of 5 (6)
Burley Bee $299 T None No No 18 Y 22 25.5 20 4.5 of 5 (58)
Wike XP $299 T 3WS No No 21.5 N 22 26 20
Wike Moonlite $369 T 3WS No No 23 N 24 30 20
Burley Honey Bee $375 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 23.5 Y 21.8 25.5 20 4.9 of 5 (15)
Burley Encore $449 T J, 4W, S Park No 25 Y 19.5 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Croozer 1 $399 T, 3WS, J None Park No 30.6 N 21.7 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
$500 and below
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Croozer 2 $415 T, 3WS, J None Park No 33.7 N 27.6 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Thule Chariot Cheetah 1 $425 4WS T, J, S Park No 19.4 Y 15.5 27 20 4.9 of 5 (10)
Joovy Cocoon 1 $449 4WS T, J Park No 33 N 19 23 20 4.7 of 5 (3)
Wike Premium Single $449 T 3WS Option No 23.5 N 19.5 30 20
Thule Chariot Cheetah 2 $475 4WS T, J, S Park No 22 Y 23 27 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
Baby Jogger Pod $499 Chassis T, J, 4WS Hand & Park Front Wheels 32.5 N 19 24.5 20 4.6 of 5 (10)
Wike Premium Double $499 T 3WS, J Option No 24 N 24 30 20
$600 and below
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Stroller Type/$ Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Thule Chariot Cougar 1 $525 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 24 Y 15.5 26 20 4.8 of 5 (4)
Burley Solo (single) $529 T J, 4WS Park Yes 26 Y  22 25 20 4.7 of 5 (3)
Burley Cub $629 T J, 4WS Park Yes 37 Y 25.6 25 20 4 of 5 (6)
Joovy Cocoon x2 $549 4WS T, J Park No 35 N 23 23 20 4.6 of 5 (7)
Wike Softie $599 T 3WS, J Option Yes 26 N 24 30 20
$700 and below
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Stroller Type/$ Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 Y 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Thule Chariot Cougar 2 $630 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 28 Y 23 26 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
$800 and up
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Stroller Type/$ Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Wike Large Special Needs $750 T 3WS, J Option Yes 29 N 24 30 20
Thule Chariot CX1 $1,050 4WS T, J, S Hand & Park Yes 29.7 Y 15.5 25.5 20 4.6 of 6 (8)
Thule Chariot CX2 $1,150 4WS T, J, S Hand & Park Yes 33.7 Y 23 25.5 20 5 of 5 (5)
Wike Extra Large Special Needs $950 T 3WS, J Option Yes 44 N 26 36 20
Thule Chariot Chinook 1 $1,150 3WS T Park Yes 36 Y 19 25.6 20 4 of 5 (2)
Thule Chariot Chinook 2 $1,250 3WS T Park Yes 39 Y 24.5 25.6 20 4.9 of 5 (7)

 

Two Wheeling Tots’ Trailer Recommendations

Best Just a Trailer – The Lighter the Better
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Burley Bee $299 T None No No 18 Y 22 25.5 20 4.5 of 5 (58)
Thule Chariot Cheetah 1 $425 4WS T, J, S Park No 19.4 Y 15.5 27 20 4.9 of 5 (10)
Allen SST (single) $169 T, JS None No No 19.5 N 21* 22* 16 4.5 of 5 (22)
Allen AST1 (single) $139 T None No No 20 N 15 22 16 4.5 of 5 (21)
Schwinn Trailblazer $199 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 23 N 22* 25* 20 4 of 5 (46)

 

Best Single Trailer Under $150 – Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Schwinn Trailnblazer Single $129 T None No No  25* N  13*  20* 16 4.6 of 5 (38)
Allen SST $169 T, JS None No No 19.5 N 21* 22* 16 4.5 of 5 (22)
Allen AST1 $139 T None No No 20 N 15 22 16 4.5 of 5 (21)
InStep Sync $89 T None No No 22.93 N 13* 20* 16 4.4 of 5 (385)

 

Best Single Trailer Under $450 - Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Croozer 1 $399 T, 3WS, J None Park No 30.6 N 21.7 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Thule Chariot Cheetah 1 $425 4WS T, J, S Park No 19.4 Y 15.5 27 20 4.9 of 5 (10)
Joovy Cocoon 1 $449 4WS T, J Park No 33 N 19 23 20 4.7 of 5 (3)
Wike Premium Single $449 T 3WS No No 23.5 Y 19.5 30 20

 

Best Single Trailer Under $530 – Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Stroller Type/$ Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Burley Solo $529 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 26 Y  22 25 20 4.7 of 5 (3)
Thule Chariot Cougar 1 $525 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 24 Y 15.5 26 20 4.8 of 5 (4)

 

Best Double Trailer Under $200 – Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Allen AST200 $179 T, 3WS – arm None on jog wheel No 27 N 22 23 20 4.5 of 5 (48)
InStep Rocket II $199 T & 4WS None Park No 30.2 N 25* 26* 20 5 of 5 (1)
Allen AST2 $140 T None No No 25 N 21 21 16 4.5 of 5 (21)
Schwinn Trailblazer $199 T, 3WS – arm None Park No 23 N 22* 25* 20 4.2 of 5 (78)

 

Best Double Trailer $200 – $500, Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Croozer 2 $415 T, 3WS, J None Park No 33.7 N 27.6 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Burley Encore $449 T J, 4WS, S Park No 25 Y 21 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Baby Jogger Pod $499 Chassis T, J, 4WS Hand & Park Front Wheels 32.5 N 19 24.5 20 4.6 of 5 (10)
Thule Chariot Cheetah 2 $475 4WS T, J, S Park No 22 Y 23 27 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
Wike Premium Double $499 T 3WS No No 24 N 24 30 20

 

Best Double Trailer $500 – $700, Based on Value and Ratings
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Wike Softie $599 T 3WS No Yes 26 N 24 30 20
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 Y 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Joovy Cocoon x2 $549 4WS T, J Park No 35 N 23 23 20 4.6 of 5 (6)
Thule Chariot Cougar 2 $630 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 28 Y 23 26 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
Burley Cub $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 37 Y 25.6 25 20 4 of 5 (6)

 

Best True Double, Based on Internal Width
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Croozer 2 $415 T, 3WS, J None Park No 33.7 N 27.6 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Burley Cub $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 37 Y 25.6 25 20 4 of 5 (6)
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 N 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
InStep Rocket II $199 T & 4WS None Park No 30.2 N 25* 26* 20 5 of 5 (1)

 

Best Multi-Use for Kids or Cargo, Fold Down Seats
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Burley Cub $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 37 Y 25.6 25 20 4 of 5 (6)
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 Y 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Burley Encore $449 T J, 4WS, S Park No 25 Y 21.3 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)

 

Best Around Town, Narrow Width, Light Weight & Front Swivel Wheels
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Single
Thule Chariot Cheetah 1 $425 4WS T, J, S Park No 19.4 Y 15.5 27 20 4.9 of 5 (10)
Thule Chariot Cougar 1 $525 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 24 Y 15.5 26 20 4.8 of 5 (4)
Joovy Cocoon 1 $449 4WS T, J Park No 33 N 19 23 20 4.7 of 5 (3)
Thule Chariot Chinook 1 $950 3WS T, S Park Yes 36 Y 19 25.6 20 4 of 5 (2)
Double
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 Y 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Burley Encore $449 T J, 4WS, S Park No 25 Y 21 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)
Joovy Cocoon x2 $549 4WS T, J Park No 35 N 23 23 20 4.6 of 5 (7)
Baby Jogger Pod $499 Chassis T, J, 4WS Hand & Park Front Wheels 32.5 N 19 24.5 20 4.6 of 5 (10)
Thule Chariot Chinook 2 $1,000 3WS T, S Park Yes 39 Y 24.5 25.6 20 4.9 of 5 (7)

 

Best for Joggers, Light Weight, Jogging Wheel w/ Brake
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Single
Thule Chariot Cheetah 1 $425 4WS T, J, S Park No 19.4 Y 15.5 27 20 4.9 of 5 (10)
Allen SST $169 T, JS None No No 19.5 N 21* 22* 16 4.5 of 5 (22)
Double
Thule Chariot Cheetah 2 $475 4WS T, J, S Park No 22 Y 23 27 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
Allen AST200 $179 T, 3WS – arm None on jog wheel No 27 Y 22 23 20 4.5 of 5 (48)
Baby Jogger Pod $499 Chassis T, J, 4WS Hand & Park Front Wheels 32.5 N 19 24.5 20 4.6 of 5 (10)

 

Best for Tall Kids, Based on Sitting Height
Model Avg. Price Comes in Box Upgrade Kit(s) Brake Suspension Weight (lb.) UV Window Inside Width (in.) Inside Height Tire Size Reviews
Single
Wike Premium Single $449 T 3WS No No 23.5 N 19.5 30 20
Croozer 1 $399 T, 3WS, J None Park No 30.6 N 21.7 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Thule Chariot Cougar 1 $525 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 24 Y 15.5 26 20 4.8 of 5 (4)
Double
Any Wike Trailer (except XP) $369-$850 T 3WS No No 24 N 24 30-36 20
Via Velo $199 (Costco) T, J Swivel Wheel Park No 35 N 21 28 20 2.9 of 5 (12)
Croozer 2 $415 T, 3WS, J None Park No 33.7 N 27.6 27.2 20 4.4 of 5 (40)
Thule Chariot Cheetah 2 $475 4WS T, J, S Park No 22 Y 23 27 20 4.8 of 5 (11)
Thule Chariot Cougar 2 $630 4WS T, J, S Park Yes 28 Y 23 26 20 4.8 of 5 (7)
Burley D’Lite $629 T J, 4WS, S Park Yes 27 Y 25 25 20 4.8 of 5 (6)

 

Best for Babies in Stroller Mode

It in not recommended to take a child under 12 months of age in a bike trailer, regardless of the padding or protection they may have.  However, purchasing a trailer that doubles as a good stroller, is a great investment for the new addition to the family or even for older siblings.  In order to safely place a baby in a trailer chassis, you will need to purchase an insert that properly supports them.  Chariot and Croozer sell an insert that works with younger babies, while the Burley is recommended for older babies.  If you are looking for a complete infant package, the Chinook is your best bet as it is the only trailer system that is compatible with an infant car seat (only in stroller mode).  The car seat actually attaches to the top of the trailer, providing easy access to your baby as well as an additional seat for an older sibling.  Designed primarily to be used as a stroller, the Chinook also has reclining seats, a one hand folding system, side venting on windows and a lockable, pivoting front wheel.  It is also compatible with all Chariot conversion kits.

1. Thule Chariot Chinook (1 or 2)

2. Any Thule Chariot Trailer with Baby Supporter or Infant Sling

3. Croozer 1 or 2 with Infant Sling

4. Burley D’Lite, Solo, Cub or Encore with Baby Snuggler

COMPARISON CHART KEY AND EXPLANATIONS FOR ALL CHARTS:

  • Model: Brand and model name with link to either Amazon or Walmart.  All trailers are double unless the model name has a “1″ listed at the end or (single).
  • Avg. Price: Price included is the average sales price, not MSRP.  Expect the actual price of the trailer to vary.
  • Comes in Box: Lists what attachments come standard in the box.  T = Trailer arm for bike.  3WS, arm = three-wheeled stroller that swivels, attached to the trailer arm.  3WS = three-wheeled stroller that attached to frame (not trailer arm).  J = Fixed jogging wheel (no jogging wheels swivel).  4WS = four-wheeled stroller with swivel wheels
  • Upgrade Kit(s): Conversion kits available.  S = Skis.  Other symbols same as “Comes in Box”
  • Brake: No = no brake available.  Park = parking brake (see 11 Distinguishing Features of Bike Trailer for different types of parking brakes), Hand = hand brake, On jog wheel = Hand brake is available on jogging wheel kit.
  • Suspension: Whether or not it is present.
  • Weight: Total weight of trailer in trailer mode.
  • Width: Total width of trailer, important when used as a stroller.  Standard exterior door is 36″ but can be as narrow as 32″.
  • Inside Width: Total amount of shoulder space.  Double strollers with an internal width of less than 23″ are not recommended for two kids over the age of 2.  Measurements with asterisks* are estimates.
  • Inside Height: Total sitting height, measured from the bottom of the seat to the top of the inside of the trailer.  Noteworthy to those with taller or older kids.
  • Tire Size: Size of rear tire, the larger the tire, the smoother the ride and easier to push in stroller mode.
  • Reviews: Average reviews (# of reviews) on Amazon or Walmart.com.  While the average rating certainly gives a reference point, they are often skewed as many lower reviews are based on poor shipping and many high-rated reviews for lower-end trailers are from people who use them with dogs.
  • Larry Robinson

    We have a tall 4.5 year old and a 3 year old. I love to take them biking with me but my current trailer is getting too small. Do you know which is the largest bike trailer available – widest and tallest? I heard the Wike trailers might be the largest. THANKS!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      With a 4.5 year-old and 3-year-old, my first inclination would be to direct you a Weehoo (which we love with our 4.5-year-old), but their double is still in production, however a glimpse of it can be seen on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weehoo/78360906610?fref=ts, but no word as to when it might be available or how much it might cost.

      As for Wike trailers, I am in process on adding their info to this site, but they do have a great comparison chart on their site here: http://www.wicycle.com/product_compare_double.php. While I have yet to see one of their trailers in person, I have only heard good things about them so perhaps their Premium Double might be a good fit for you. It is certainly the tallest, with a inside height of 30″, and the widest, inside width of 32″, when compared to the other trailers listed here. If those specs would work, I wouldn’t hesitate to give them a call at their US and Canada toll free number, 866-584-9452.

  • Larry Robinson

    We have a tall 4.5 year old and a 3 year old. I love to take them biking with me but my current trailer is getting too small. Do you know which is the largest bike trailer available – widest and tallest? I heard the Wike trailers might be the largest. THANKS!

    • Natalie

      With a 4.5 year-old and 3-year-old, my first inclination would be to direct you a Weehoo (which we love with our 4.5-year-old), but their double is still in production, however a glimpse of it can be seen on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weehoo/78360906610?fref=ts, but no word as to when it might be available or how much it might cost.

      As for Wike trailers, I am in process on adding their info to this site, but they do have a great comparison chart on their site here: http://www.wicycle.com/product_compare_double.php. While I have yet to see one of their trailers in person, I have only heard good things about them so perhaps their Premium Double might be a good fit for you. It is certainly the tallest, with a inside height of 30″, and the widest, inside width of 32″, when compared to the other trailers listed here. If those specs would work, I wouldn’t hesitate to give them a call at their US and Canada toll free number, 866-584-9452.

  • Kristin Komorowski

    I’m in the process of purchasing a trailer and your post here is AMAZING!!!! I’ve referenced it during the whole process. Thank you so much!!!

    I’m leaning toward a Burley Cub or Croozer as a mid-price option with the most room – I placed my 3.75yr old son and 11month old son in the Burley Bee at the store and there was NOT enough room for them in there!!!!
    ‘Came back to your site and was set on only looking at trailers with larger than 22″ internal space since seeing them smashed in there and knowing they’ll both only get bigger – i have to have the extra space.

    I wish i could try out the WeeHoo2. that looks awesome!

    • Natalie

      Glad I could help and that you also had a chance to see for yourself how small trailers can be. Between the two, I would lean towards the Croozer as it is wider, which better allows for a baby and toddler arrangement as seen here: http://www.whatbiketrailer.com/croozer-kid-for-2-review/, however, Croozer has notoriously bad customer service, so if anything were to go wrong with the trailer, you might be out of luck. Burley however has great customer service and they also sell an infant snuggler. If you are leaning towards the Croozer, I would be sure to purchase it from a company that has a great return policy. I have heard good things about etrailer.com (link to trailer: http://www.etrailer.com/Sport-Carriers/Croozer/CZ00111202.html), but honestly have never purchased anything from them. If I were you I would call up etrailer (their contact page: http://www.etrailer.com/contact.aspx) and ask them about any issues with the Croozer and what their return policy is. If they have good things to say, then I would save the money and go with the Croozer.

  • Kristin Komorowski

    I’m in the process of purchasing a trailer and your post here is AMAZING!!!! I’ve referenced it during the whole process. Thank you so much!!!

    I’m leaning toward a Burley Cub or Croozer as a mid-price option with the most room – I placed my 3.75yr old son and 11month old son in the Burley Bee at the store and there was NOT enough room for them in there!!!!
    ‘Came back to your site and was set on only looking at trailers with larger than 22″ internal space since seeing them smashed in there and knowing they’ll both only get bigger – i have to have the extra space.

    I wish i could try out the WeeHoo2. that looks awesome!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Glad I could help and that you also had a chance to see for yourself how small trailers can be. Between the two, I would lean towards the Croozer as it is wider, which better allows for a baby and toddler arrangement as seen here: http://www.whatbiketrailer.com/croozer-kid-for-2-review/, however, Croozer has notoriously bad customer service, so if anything were to go wrong with the trailer, you might be out of luck. Burley however has great customer service and they also sell an infant snuggler. If you are leaning towards the Croozer, I would be sure to purchase it from a company that has a great return policy. I have heard good things about etrailer.com (link to trailer: http://www.etrailer.com/Sport-Carriers/Croozer/CZ00111202.html), but honestly have never purchased anything from them. If I were you I would call up etrailer (their contact page: http://www.etrailer.com/contact.aspx) and ask them about any issues with the Croozer and what their return policy is. If they have good things to say, then I would save the money and go with the Croozer.

  • Gaby Caballero

    I am looking for a double trailer in the mid price range that is good in snow. What would you recommend? We have been looking at the Croozer.

    • Natalie

      For snow, well that depends. Do you need it to be water/weather proof, meaning are you going to be using it while it is snowing or just during the winter when there is snow on the ground? While the Croozer has a “weather cover”, it is by no means waterproof and your kids would get wet if you were riding in damp snow. Other options might be the Burley Encore, which has a weather-resistant cover that wraps around the front of the frame provided much more protection as compared to the Croozer or the Chariot Cheetah 2 which also has a weather-resistant cover. Living in a snow climate myself, if I were in the market I would try to find a Chariot Cougar 2 used or on sale simply because it is the cheapest trailer (that I know of) that is weather resistant and allows the side windows to be at least partially vented. In the winter it’s really easy for kids to get hot and sweaty inside a trailer and the vents can make a big difference in their comfort level. Back to the Croozer however, be sure to read my comment below about Croozer’s customer service if you choose to order one. Hope that helps!

  • Gaby Caballero

    I am looking for a double trailer in the mid price range that is good in snow. What would you recommend? We have been looking at the Croozer.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      For snow, well that depends. Do you need it to be water/weather proof, meaning are you going to be using it while it is snowing or just during the winter when there is snow on the ground? While the Croozer has a “weather cover”, it is by no means waterproof and your kids would get wet if you were riding in damp snow. Other options might be the Burley Encore, which has a weather-resistant cover that wraps around the front of the frame provided much more protection as compared to the Croozer or the Chariot Cheetah 2 which also has a weather-resistant cover. Living in a snow climate myself, if I were in the market I would try to find a Chariot Cougar 2 used or on sale simply because it is the cheapest trailer (that I know of) that is weather resistant and allows the side windows to be at least partially vented. In the winter it’s really easy for kids to get hot and sweaty inside a trailer and the vents can make a big difference in their comfort level. Back to the Croozer however, be sure to read my comment below about Croozer’s customer service if you choose to order one. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.becomingjuliegriffin.com/ Julie Griffin

    How come no mention of the Blackburn Copilot? That’s what our local go-to bike shop carries

    • Natalie

      I actually have never heard of it, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’d love to add it to the list, but can’t seem to find any dimensions online. I did however find a couple of reviews, one negative: “The hitch is the downfall of this trailer, the clamp broke through the rubber dipped coating and ruined chainstays on 2 bikes. After the second bike was damaged, I replaced it with a trailer with a much, much better hitch design. If you have a low-dollar bike and only occasional use, this may be the ticket for you. For more frequent users, this is not worth the money.” And a longer positive one: http://www.buzzillions.com/reviews/copilot-model-a-trailer-reviews. The positive review does mentioned that it has a firm seat rather than a hammock style seat. If you are hauling two, a firm seat is a HUGE positive and is rare in a $200 trailer. If you are shopping at Performance Bike, it looks like it comes with the third wheel and stroller bar which is another bonus (although I do admit that I don’t like the wheels on the trailer arm, but unless you plan on using it a lot for a stroller, I wouldn’t worry too much about it). Here is the link to Performance Online: http://bit.ly/1e90n2c

  • http://www.becomingjuliegriffin.com/ Julie Griffin

    How come no mention of the Blackburn Copilot? That’s what our local go-to bike shop carries

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I actually have never heard of it, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’d love to add it to the list, but can’t seem to find any dimensions online. I did however find a couple of reviews, one negative: “The hitch is the downfall of this trailer, the clamp broke through the rubber dipped coating and ruined chainstays on 2 bikes. After the second bike was damaged, I replaced it with a trailer with a much, much better hitch design. If you have a low-dollar bike and only occasional use, this may be the ticket for you. For more frequent users, this is not worth the money.” And a longer positive one: http://www.buzzillions.com/reviews/copilot-model-a-trailer-reviews. The positive review does mentioned that it has a firm seat rather than a hammock style seat. If you are hauling two, a firm seat is a HUGE positive and is rare in a $200 trailer. If you are shopping at Performance Bike, it looks like it comes with the third wheel and stroller bar which is another bonus (although I do admit that I don’t like the wheels on the trailer arm, but unless you plan on using it a lot for a stroller, I wouldn’t worry too much about it). Here is the link to Performance Online: http://bit.ly/1e90n2c

  • Jess

    Great info!! TY! Why the asterisk on the internal dimension on the Allen single? Also I’m having trouble locating folded dimensions and this is important to me. I move even gone to the Allen a mind Wike websites as those are the two models I’m evaluating.

    • Natalie

      I used the asterisk when I wasn’t able to find the exact manufacturer given dimensions of the trailer. I estimated based on the total height, which I was able to find. Finding folding dimensions can also be a challenge, if you haven’t already, I would recommending both directly. Wike has really good customer service, but I don’t know much about Allen. Good luck and if you get a chance please report back! Finally, sorry for my delay in responding as I have been out of town for a bike industry show.

  • Jess

    Great info!! TY! Why the asterisk on the internal dimension on the Allen single? Also I’m having trouble locating folded dimensions and this is important to me. I move even gone to the Allen a mind Wike websites as those are the two models I’m evaluating.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I used the asterisk when I wasn’t able to find the exact manufacturer given dimensions of the trailer. I estimated based on the total height, which I was able to find. Finding folding dimensions can also be a challenge, if you haven’t already, I would recommending both directly. Wike has really good customer service, but I don’t know much about Allen. Good luck and if you get a chance please report back! Finally, sorry for my delay in responding as I have been out of town for a bike industry show.

  • Jess

    TY! I did find folded dimensions and made a spreadsheet where I rated my top choices. Somehow (thanks to hubby’s desire for suspension) I ended up with a Chariot Cougar. It should be here today or tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes when we get it all hooked up and go for a spin.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Great choice! And yes, keep me posted!

  • Jess

    TY! I did find folded dimensions and made a spreadsheet where I rated my top choices. Somehow (thanks to hubby’s desire for suspension) I ended up with a Chariot Cougar. It should be here today or tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes when we get it all hooked up and go for a spin.

    • Natalie

      Great choice! And yes, keep me posted!

  • lesley

    Your chart says the Chariot Chinook 2 has a hand brake which is important to me but I took a look at the Chariot site and it doesn’t appear that it has a hand brake. Can you confirm?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com Natalie

      Leslie, I doubled checked and you are right, the Chinook does not have a hand brake, only the CX line. It does however have a parking brake. Sorry for the confusion and thank you for brining my mistake to my attention.

  • https://plus.google.com/100834651450205599904 Melissa Summers

    So it seems to me that the Chariot Chinook 2 is what would work best for our family can you confirm based on my below requirements:
    1.Pivoting jogging wheel
    2. Reclines
    3. Can carry a newborn for jogging
    3.Holds 2 children(possibly 3 with carseat attachment)

    Basically I want a jogger and bike trailer so I don’t have to have say a Bob jogger AND a trailer! Less stuff is always better to me! I also don’t want a bike trailer/jogger that can’t carry an infant because then you are back to having to have a Bob and a Trailer!
    We also plan on having lots of kids and feel that though a piece like this is a TON of money…if it can carry several kids and last us several years and have multiple uses it could be worth it.

    Any thoughts for me? Thank you!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com Natalie

      Based on your requirements, it sounds like the Chinook is the trailer for you. It is big, heavy and expensive, but is the only trailer that has a car seat attachment. While my experience with the Chinook is only at a trade show, this review by Tales of a Mountain Mama is certainly worth reading before making your purchase. She has two small kids, is currently expecting her third, and compares the Chinook to her beloved Cougar 2. Hope that helps!

  • Sparks

    Hi There–my daughter is now 8 months–I want to buy a bike trailer as a gift for my husband. I doubt she will go in the trailer until spring or summer. I am overwhelmed by the choices–but want something safe and comfortable and good for many terrains including trail and rough roads/sidewalks. We have a BOB Revolution so I am not looking for a jog stroller. Suspension is important. Folding up to some degree sounds optimal. What would you recommend–something in the Burley line?

    • Barbols2009

      I too would like to know!! I’ve got an 8 month old I want to start taking with me. We have country roads with dirt roads at times and plenty of pot holes. We’re looking at bikes as well. Can u let me know what would be the bet bile to haul? And still be able to do mountain trails without a trailer stroller?

      • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

        Glad to be of help! I actually responded to Sparks via email, but realize I never responded to her comments as well. For a trailer, it sounds like you should really stick to one with suspension. Burley and Chariot both offer several models with suspension, but sorting through all their models can be overwhelming. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either Burley or Chariot, but what trailer works best for you and your family really depends on what features you need. To help you sort through your choices, take a look at our Burley vs. Chariot Comparison Chart, http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/, to get a feel for the different features offered on all their models. If that doesn’t help, feel free to reply back and I will be more than happy to help you sort through your choices. Plus, for bikes, are you looking into adults bikes or kids bikes?

      • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

        With a road with pot holes, I would certainly recommend a trailer with suspension, such as the higher-end Burley’s or Thule’s. This comparison chart should help: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/. If you plan on using the trailer as a stroller, then I generally prefer the Thule’s to the Burley’s, but if you don’t then which one to get really depends on the various features outlined on the chart. Plus, be sure to check out the trailer I linked to in my response to Sparks. I would buy it myself if I needed it!

      • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

        Clicked enter too soon. If you are planning on riding any single-track mountain trails you only option is really the Weehoo as it’s narrow profile easily allows it to go maneuver through trails. They aren’t really suitable for kids under the age of 3, so it wouldn’t be an option for you just yet. If you really wanted to ride single track and plan on doing easier, flat trails, then a front-mounted bike seat such as the Yepp or BoBike might be a good option to look into.

        As for bikes, your best bet is to go into a local bike shop and start trying out bikes. There are a lot of variables when it comes to buying a bike, so it’s best to go to several shops and see what you believe will work best of you.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      If you planning on riding non-paved trails, then I would certainly look at the higher-end Burleys (the Encore, D’Lite or Solo) or the high-end Thule’s (Cougar or CX). All of these models fold and to get a feel as to which trailer would work best for you, this comparison chart should help: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/. If you are looking to get a single trailer, this trailer at Sierra Trading Post would be an amazing deal if you use of their 30% or 40% off coupons to get it, http://www.sierratradingpost.com/chariot-deluxe-commuter-1-child-bike-trailer~p~6662d/?filterString=s~chariot%2F&colorFamily=01.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Yes, if you plan on riding non-paved trails, then I would certainly look into a higher-end Burley (the Encore, D’lite or Solo) or a Thule (the Cougar or CX). This comparison chart should help you determine which models is best for you: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/. If you are interested in a single trailer, than this non-discontinued Chariot model, when used with the site common 30% or 40% off coupon codes would be a great deal: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/chariot-deluxe-commuter-1-child-bike-trailer~p~6662d/?filterString=s~chariot%2F&colorFamily=01.

  • Hayden

    Natalie,

    We are considering the Burley D’lite vs the Chariot2 with the trailer, jogger, and stroller accessories. I’ve looked at your comparison chart and love that the Burley seats can recline but need to know if the Burley accessories can all be easily stored on the chassis like the Cougar. Convenience and accessibility are important to us! Also, we live in Texas so excellent ventilation for the hot months is important. Would you consider both to be equal in that regard?

    Thanks!!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Hayden, The D’lite does not have a dedicated space for storing the accessories like the Chariot and will need to be stored in the rear cargo area. In terms of ventilation, in hot conditions both trailers should do just fine as they both have mesh along the back panels which when used with the mesh door, will provide much needed air flow. Some other points you may want to consider is Burley will not be re-releasing the hand brake for their jogging kit. So if you want a hand brake, you will have to go with the Cougar. Finally, if you plan on using the trailer or stroller when the sun is low to the ground (early morning or late evening), the adjustable sunshade of the D’lite has been the saving grace for some parents to help block the light their child’s eyes. The Cougar does have a sunshade, but it is not adjustable. Hope that helps! Let me know if I missed anything!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Ahh, so I’m not sure why my website decided that today was the day to notify me of your comment, but hopefully SIX months later, my response may be of some use. The attachments for the Burley do not snap on like the Thule’s, but the will all fit in the rear compartment. Plus, since you are in Texas, the ventilation of the Thule’s would be very useful!

  • Kelsey Arnold

    I’m in the market for a folding bike, and most likely a collapsible trailer to go with it. The catch is, the folding bikes I’m looking at have 20″ or 16″ wheels. I can’t find any information on whether the height difference would be a problem, or how much of a problem it would be. I’ve had my eye on the Burley Honey Bee because it can quickly convert to a stroller on the go, but that’s irrelevant if it’s incompatible with the bike! Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I don’t believe it would be a problem as I have seem many people attach trailer to trailer bikes (which I don’t recommend). Trailer bikes generally have 20″ and have a much smaller frame than a standard bike, therefore I would think the Burley Bee would work just fine on a 16″ or 20″ bike. To be safe however, I would call Burley and get their opinion. Their customer service is very helpful and I’m sure they can let you know either way.

  • Raivon Lee

    Hello, how is the ventilation on the instep rocket 11? I’d like to make sure our little guy is cool enough.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I have not seen the Rocket II in person, but based on the pictures, it appears to have the standard amount of ventilation. The fabric panel behind the door is mesh, which allows for some air flow, however the rear panel of the trailer is solid, which will limit the amount of ventilation. For the most part however, I assume it will be fine, but on really hot days, I would try to prop the rear panel up (where you access the storage) for additional air flow. Hope that helps!

  • Conscientious

    Check out WIKE. SImple, functional design combined with quality and value.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I have yet to see them in person, but have only heard good things about them and recommend them often as a result. If you, by chance, have owned or used a WIKE trailer, I would love to hear more first hand reports of their trailers, so please, tell me more! Thanks!

  • NotSure

    I found a used Burley d’Lite for a good price, but it is 5 years old. Are their significant safety issues I should be looking for? Would this be worth checking out? We are tight on money and trying to reuse if we can.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      From my conversations with Burley, I do know there are several models they do not recommend buying used as they lack several updated safety features. I believe they said it was something like trailers built before 2004 or 2005, but just to be sure, I would actually call Burley and ask them. They have great customer service and I’m sure they would bring your attention to any red flags to that model year.

  • Too many decisions!!!

    Looking at buying a double trailer, but stuck between a few…we don’t want to spend a fortune because it will probably only be used at most, once a week during warm months. Looking at the Burley Encore, Croozer 2, Chariot Cheetah as well as the Thule Coaster and several of the In Step models as well. We want something that has good ventilation, easy to pull, and comfortable for our son. UV protection would be nice, and a sunshade. Any suggestion??

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      With all the features you listed, I think you best bet would be the Burley Encore. It has UV protection, is awesome behind the bike and has an adjustable sunshade. As for the others, since only Burley and Thule trailers offer UV protection (as far as I know that is), so I certainly start there. This comparison chart should help: http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/.

  • Allison

    We would like to start riding our bikes again now that our infant is 19 months old and the weather is nice. Due to work schedules, it will probably only get used once a week during warmer months so we don’t want to spend a lot of money. At the same time, we really want him to enjoy the experience. It would mostly be used on asphalt bike paths and sidewalks. It would probably get used for library trips so we would want some room to put all of our books. I found a used Burley D’Lite. While not confirmed, it claims to be a couple of years old but even at around half price it is still more than I originally had in mind to pay. However, I am wondering if it might be a better investment versus the more economical Schwinn or InStep models brand new. If we went with the used Burley how would you recommend making sure it is still in good working order? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Yes, I would certainly go with a used Burley D’Lite (assuming it in in good condition) over a Schwinn or InStep models. The D’Lite will be a much more comfortable ride for your child and provide plenty of storage for your books. The firm, yet padded seat on the D’Lite is certainly worth the extra money as it won’t sag like the hammock style seats of the others. Plus, when weighed down with books, the suspension on the D’lite will certainly come in handy. When buying used, I would first determine what year the Burley is and the Google it to see if any previous issues about that model year can be found. If so, I would call Burley directly to ask them out that particular year and any issues they are aware of. Beyond that, a simple run through of the trailer should be sufficient. Look to make sure all the buckles properly snap and are secure as well as the zipper and velcro that attach the front panel. Additionally make sure that the seller includes the trailer flag as the mounting bracket that attached to the bike. Hope that helps!

  • Melissa

    Looking for a recommendation. My son will be just about 24 months when our next baby will arrive. I am looking for the following components:
    1. I would like to use this item as my stroller for 2 kids, so something that I can either put an infant into in a sling or attach their carseat to
    2. Something easy to fold-down and handle myself
    3. Eventually, we will use this as a bike trailer but would like the flexibility of easily converting from bike to stroller.
    4. Option to take cross-country skiing.

    Essentially, I would like to make 1 purchase and avoid a “double stroller” in hopes of this being the answer to all. Any suggestions?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      My first two kids were 21 months apart so I completely understand where you are coming from. First off, based on your requirements you will be limited to either a Burley or a Chariot. Both brands are awesome in different ways, so it really depends on what additional features you will be interested in as well as how much you want to spend. For starters, this comparison chart should help, http://www.twowheelingtots.com/chariot-vs-burley-trailers-comparison-guide/, as it will point out the various features offered by both brands. Since your two kids are relatively close in age, I highly recommend looking at the internal width of the trailer as if you kids are anything like mine, an additional 3 or 4 inches of space can mean the difference between constant whining and content riding. Seeing as you potentially be riding in colder weather, I would consider getting a trailer with vented windows, as they can really make a difference in helping to keep the windows from fogging when you are out and about on colder days. As for as foldability, I’ve found both brands to be easy and quick. For baby inserts, if you are looking to put the baby into the stroller before six-months of age, then you will be limited to the Chariot’s as their baby insert starts at 1 month of age while Burley’s starts at 6 months.

  • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

    Thanks and YES, I would love any feedback on the trailer. I have not seen the trailer in person, so any first hand accounts (and/or photos) you may have would be greatly appreciated. In fact, if you get the chance to take some pictures or even write up a quick review, I can certainly send your littlest ones a biking shirt as a thank you. I know it’s not much, but would be a small token of my appreciation. Thanks and please be in touch!

    • kooka7

      Hi, you are very welcome. I have received confirmation from their shipper that its due to arrive on the 26th, hopefully earlier and yes, I will give my feedback and photos too for you, is there an e-mail I can send this to so you can edit? thanks,

      • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

        Thanks! You can email me directly at natalie @ twowheelingtots.com. I’m excited to hear how you like it and to finally get some good parent feedback on the trailer.

        • kooka7

          Thanks for your details. I have since received the trailer, set it up and used it in stroller mode thus far. Saturday I will be using it attached to the bike. Lots of piccies in both those modes and a review coming your way… be prepared as I don’t do things by 1/2 :-D

          • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

            Ha, ha, no worries, the more detail the better! Thanks, I’m excited!!

          • kooka7

            i’m excited too… BUT… our youngest has been diagnosed with ‘baby measles’…. faaaar out!… I may be a few however days later than as anticipated…. however she did really love it in stroller mode when I went around 1/2 the lake… un-beknown to me and probably her that she had them ugh….i’m working on it :-D

          • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

            Ugh, really? So sorry, hope she feels better soon and please don’t feel rushed to review the trailer as, of course, being a mom always comes first :)

  • Gretchen Hasenoehrl

    I bought the XLT2 bike trailer but it doesn’t seem to work on my mountain bike axle because it’s a quick disconnect with a spring. When it’s says works on most bikes I figured my Diamondback Mountain bike would be pretty standard. Am I missing something?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Nope, you’re not missing anything as it should be pretty straight forward. If you could send me a picture of why it doesn’t fit, that would certainly help or better yet, I would take it into a bike shop as see what they can do. For most bikes, replacing the rear axle is usually cheap and easy to do, which might just solve your problem.

  • reviewreader

    This chart has been sooo helpful. Shopping for a trailer/jogger can be very overwhelming when you have no firsthand experience with one. Do you know anything about the Booyah Swivel 3in1?

  • A. Bowen

    This chart is great! I am looking to buy a double trailer that is roomy enough for two kids and am not going to use it as a jogger(or don’t need to anyway). I was looking at the burley bee and the allen sports premier aluminum 2-child jobber/bike trailer. Do you have a suggestion. I want to to be comfortable and fit two kids very easily.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Ahh, it looks like your comment got missed. If it is still of help, I would go with the widest trailer that is in your budget as the more room inside, the better. Both the Bee and the Allen would be great options, but they both have hammock style seats that typically sag in the center, causing the kids to be pushed together. The Croozer 2 is pricier, but has a bench style seat (as do the higher-end Burley’s) and provides additional internal room for the kids.

  • A. Bowen

    Or would the croozer 2 be a better fit for what I am looking for since it has more internal space or the Allen AST200 because of the price?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      I would certainly go with the Croozer over the AST200 as those extra 5″ of internal width are worth every penny as they can mean the difference between not-stop-fighting or peace on a bike ride. My two boys are three years apart and when they were 1 and 4, they did NOT like sharing our Burley Honey Bee trailer (21.8″ internal width), as they were squished together, but I image they would be much happier in a 27″ wide Croozer.

      • A.Bowen

        Got it! So one last question. Is the Croozer 2 worth the extra money over the AllenXLT2? The Croozer does have a few more inches of space still but didn’t know if the quality was that much better in the Croozer over the AllenXLT2. Thank you again!!!!

  • kris

    would you recommend a Chariot Cougar 1 bought in 2004? That’s 10 years old, and selling for $280. It seems high for a product so old, but I thought i’d ask your expert opinion!

  • lilouisianagal

    Why aren’t any Trek trailers (i.e. Trek GoBug) included on this list?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      They aren’t listed because they have been discontinued and Trek no longer makes trailers.

  • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

    First off, it looks like this comment got lost in the woods some where as it just appeared, yet is says it is over 2 months old, so hopefully I can still be of help. I do know that the Burley suspension has changed with time and to get the best explanation I would actually call Burley directly. Their customer service is amazing and they will surely have not problem answering your questions, even on a used trailer. You can reach them at 800-311-5294. For the brake, if you are running on hills then yes, the handbrake will really come in handy. Trying to stop a heavy trailer going downhill with just your feet is tough on you and your shoes, but with the handbrake, it’s not a problem.

  • Shana

    Thank you for the well researched site! We have a 4 1/2 year old and a 6 year old and want the bike trailer to get our kids around New York. We are looking to buy a used Chariot XL as that seems to be the largest double trailer we can find. Are we missing something? Is there a better fit for older/ larger kids?

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      The best trailer for two older kids is the Chariot Corsaire 2 (also known as the XL), but it has been discontinued. Another option is the Croozer 2, as it is just as wide, but it isn’t as tall or have the quality that you would get with the Corsaire.

  • Judy

    I am looking to purchase a double bike trailer jogger for my 4 yr old twin girls. We are using an old in-step right now but they are not very comfortable in it . I was thinking the burley d’lite or croozer kids for 2. I would like to be able to use it for a couple of summers which is why I thought these two would be my best choice due to wider width and height and 100 lb limit, would it be worth it for me to purchase one of these? If so which one do you recommend? I usually bike 4-5 times a week with on a smooth bike path but we have to take a bumpy sidewalk to get there. My girls weigh 32 lbs each. Thanks so much!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Yep, totally agree with your choices. You are really going to want a wider trailer and the D’lite and the Croozer 2 are both good options. The extra padding of the seats as well as the shocks on the D’lite will certainly make for a more comfortable ride than the Croozer, but whether it is worth the price difference is really up to you. Then again, the Burley’s have a really good resale value, so it might be a better investment in the long run.

  • Karen

    What is the downfall of the Via Velo? I like the specs and the price but it’s not listed on your ‘best double under $200′. Why didn’t it make the cut? Thanks so much for info, you website is so helpful

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      The inner seams on the Via Velo are not finished, so as a result several people have experiences fraying and torn seams on their Via Velos. As a result, I don’t have is listed as a top pick, however, we have never had issues with ours fraying and think it is an awesome trailer for $200. So, if you can buy one from a store that has a good return policy (such as Costco, but they no longer carry it), then I would have no hesitation recommend it.

  • Matt

    Are there issues with the Aosom Elite 3 in 1? I look at the features, such as 20 inch wheels, pneumatic suspension, swivel front wheel and it looks like it would have everything I’m looking for in a combination bike trailer/non-jogging stroller. Reviews are very positive. With all those features for the price, there must be a downside for it not to make your “best of” lists. Thanks!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Due to previous problems with Aosom bike trailers, I was hesitant to rank them among the best, but you are right in that they reviews do seem to be great, so if you can find it for a good price (around $150?), then I would certainly consider it. However, I can’t seem to find the Aosom 3 in 1 for sale? It is no longer listed on Amazon or on Aosom’s website. The Aosom 2 in 1 Elite does have a swivel wheel but there have been complaints about the internal cabin being rather short, so if you have older or taller kids, I would be hesitant to buy it.

  • Jennifer Wilson Slye

    My daughter has brittle bone disease and we are looking to buy a single bike trailer that is comfortable for her, light weight, and good tires to absorb bumps. We can’t spend a lot. Our budget is under 200. What would you recommend? Thanks.

  • Katie

    We just bought an inSTEP Take 2 (Robin) trailer to use with our two little ones because it fit within our budget and we won’t be using it tons (got it for $79 (and had giftcards:)). I found this comparison after I purchased the item, and want to add a couple corrections to your info. We measured our trailer and the inside width at the shoulder is actually 23″ (not 18), and the interior height is 21-22″ (depending where you measure from). I hope this info helps. I will let you know if I have any more info/opinions on the product after we’ve tried it out.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Thank you, thank you!! I really appreciate your corrections and it is quite the challenge to get all the correct info from InSTEP and a few of the other brands sold in big box stores. Plus, any insights would be greatly appreciated as well! I know many parents are understandably on a budget, so I am always interested in hearing how well people like the lower-end trailers. Thanks again!

  • Victoria

    With only one child (2 years old), am I better considering a single-child trailer so that the balance is better, or could he sit in the middle of a double trailer? Are double trailers more steady/easier to pull being wider? I’m not sure conversion to a stroller is too important as we just plan to cycle a short distance to pre-school and maybe a bit around town/paved trails at the weekend. I’m not sure how much I should be willing to spend to get a comfortable, easy to pull, good quality trailer, so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      If you plan of carrying a lot of stuff in the trailer (i.e. blankets for the park, grocery from the store, things for school), then I would go with a double simply because they have a lot more storage. The doubles also have more interior room, for blankets, toys or whatever else your two-year-old wants to bring along or a ride. Single trailer are cheaper than doubles, so if you were looking for a higher-end model, you could get more features for less money. Most double trailers offer straps that allow kids to sit in the center, so that wouldn’t be a concern (except for the Thule’s which do not have a center strap). As to how much to spend, it you plan on using it using it a couple times a week for several years, I would certainly spend more money to get a higher-quality trailer such as a Burley, a single Thule, a Wike or a Croozer. The lower-end models are find for short trips around town, but with time they generally all fall apart. Take a look at those and let me know what you think and I can certainly help you narrow things down from there.

      • Victoria

        Thanks for your advice. We’re thinking of using the trailer 5 days a week for very short trips until our son insists on his own bike (or trailer with pedals); however, as he’s only seen them, not ridden in one, we have no idea how much he’ll like it. We were wondering about a used Burley or something reasonably cheap to get us started. Saying that, my husband just spotted a Weehoo iGo and suggested that might be an interesting alternative!

        • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

          Ohh, we love our Weehoo and used it often with our two-year-old. While to trailer is technically too small for him (he is still in 2T clothes and under 30 lbs.), the harness hold him in snug so we feel confident that it is safe for him. Because of his height, we do not strap his feet into the pedals (as it requires his seat to be mounted too far forward that his foot could get stuck between the seat and the pedals), but due to the open top, he enjoys it much more than our Chariot Cougar trailer. The one benefit to the Weehoo, is that he won’t outgrow it for years as my seven-year-old still enjoys riding on it. They also now make an enclosed canopy for the trailer that can be used for bad weather or during dusty rides. If you don’t feel like jumping the gun on an expensive Weehoo just yet, then I agree that a used Burley or Chariot would be a great place to start.

    • Tall Paul

      We got a Burley D-lite for our child (9 months when we got it) and it has been great with just the one child. It will fit the single seat in the middle but we just had him to one side or the other, usually on the inside when on the road. It is very stable. I even took it up a very rough dirt track, all rutted and rocky, he was not in it but on the child seat, I found the trailer just coped with the track but if the child was in it he would have been crying eventually (he was in the seat as well). It rolls over rocks and bumps well.

      We got ours with the view to filling it with toys and possibly kit when trying to tour with him. Plus there’s always the risk of a second child. I want to try it with a stroller but I can seriously not justify it as my boy does not even like using a normal buggy.

      It is wide though so do take that into consideration.

      We use it with the plastic front rolled up and just the mesh. Once I get fenders on my bike (and my partner’s) we will perhaps take that up too for a fresh air feel for him. The roll bar handle and frame would protect.

      AS far as taking to it he didn’t like it at first so we stopped using it thinking it a wasted purchase. Then a bit later on we tried it again and he was bubbly and giggling as we went along. Absolutely loved it. He looks around all the time then when he’s bored he just picks up a toy or book. He even got a positive comment from two older road bikers once about them approving in his reading as we rode around. Plus he sleeps well in it. We plan a tour with him in the trailer (wiht child seat backup for a change). Really good buy IMO. Plus we got it really cheap for some reason (it was the latest model too).

  • Adam

    Hi Natalie, Thanks for a fantastic review. We’ve also relied upon your review of balance bikes for our 3-year-old twins. We’re looking for a bike trailer and are prioritizing safety, width, and price. The Croozer 2 just doesn’t seem to be readily available online any longer, and where we do find it it isn’t going for the price you have listed here. That leaves a Burley (many benefits, of course, but ouch! the price) and the InStep 2. We are leaning toward the InStep for financial reasons, but we learned through the video on the Amazon page for the Burley D’Lite that the D’Lite has an attachment that prevents the trailer from rolling if the bike goes down. Do you know if this is a standard feature for all trailer attachments, so that we could expect the InStep to have it as well? What about the other safety features of the Burley – don’t all trailers have roll bars, for example?

    Thanks again!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Yes, all trailers have to have an attachment of sorts to prevent the trailers from flipping over, but honestly, the Burley’s system is phenomenal and is worth the upgrade in price. All trailer also have a roll cage, but Burley actually puts their trailers through multiple crash tests to ensure the safety of their trailer, while lower-end models do not. For the Croozer 2, you are right in that it looks like they raised their prices, so I will have to adjust it on the chart. If you need to save money, I would certainly look or a used Burley or Chariot, as they are well made and hold up nicely with time.

      • Adam

        Thanks so much, Natalie and Paul. Seems like the Burley is the best option. FYI, looks like that link is for the single-passenger Croozer.

      • Adam

        One more quick question: Do you think that mainly for city riding it’s best to go for the Cub, with its indestructible bottom, or is it better to get a D’Lite, which is of course lighter?

        • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

          If you are sticking to city riding and don’t plan on going up a lot of hills, then the Cub might be a good option for it. It is certainly heavier, but it is also the most versatile as the hard bottom allows you to use it for hauling cargo as well. I would probably go for the D’lite to save on weight, but the choice is really up to you!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie
    • Tall Paul

      What is that attachment? We have the burley d-lite and I don’t know of anything that matches that description. Although there seems to be no way for it to flip. The link with the bike is fully flexible and you can lay the bike on its side without affecting the trailer. It is well made and quite rugged so I reckon even if you somehow had a nasty crash and it flipped the strapped in child would come off ok if very shaken up but not hurt. Not planning of finding out of course. the fixing point to your bike works very well. If you can afford the burley it is a good product and should last a while (assuming your child likes it and keeps liking it).

      • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

        Paul, your right in that the word “attachment” is misleading. I assumed he was speaking of the “rubberized” mounting bracket that attaches the trailer arm to the hitch as shown below. Plus, I agree with you that Burley’s are certainly worth the extra money!

  • Erin

    Thank you for this list. I don’t think I would have heard of Wike otherwise. Our kids are extremely tall and we were getting frustrated searching for a trailer for them. We just ordered ours and I’m super excited about it. Your page was extremely helpful. Thank you!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Glad to be of help and, if you get a chance, please report back on how you like the Wike trailers. I have only heard good things about them, but have yet to have a chance to see one in person.

  • Tricia

    Despite all of your charts, I still didn’t find the information I was looking for. My bike has a quick release axle so I need a bike trailer attachment that I can attach to the frame. This is information has been very difficult to research but critical to the safety of my children while in their trailer. The axle keeps bending and becomes loose with my current Allen trailer because the it attaches to the axle. If you could recommend a trailer that converts to a stroller, for two 35 lbs children, I ride mostly urban hills, and has an attachment that you connect directly to the frame of the bike. Thanks!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      Wow, a bending axel is completely not acceptable. Are you using the axel that came with your bike? If so, I would highly recommend going to a bike shop and picking up a new, high-quality axel. Due to cheaper axels (quick release and standard) used in some bikes, Chariot trailers actually include a new axel to use with the trailer in bike mode to ensure that the axel is strong enough to take on the additional weight of the trailer. If you prefer not to worry about mounting to the axel, the only trailer that I know of that would work would be the Weehoo i-GoPro 2. Instead of attaching to the axel, it attaches to the seat post.