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10 Best Bike Trailers for Kids: 2020

Bike trailers come in different styles and are designed for different purposes – there isn’t ONE best bike trailer, but rather bike trailers that are best for different uses and budgets.

Some trailers perform like a dream on the road, while others excel at multiple functions like jogging and strolling. Is a standard bike trailer enough, or do you need a bike trailer stroller? What about a bike trailer jogger? We’ve narrowed down the best options below so you don’t have to do the research!

group of trailers in a circle for testing

Why trust us? Over the last 10 years, we’ve personally tested out every major trailer brand on the market.  From Thule and Burley to WIKE, Schwinn, Instep and Hamax, we have ridden, run and walked with over 25 different trailers to help you find the best.

Best Bike Trailers for Kids: 2020

TrailerWhy We Love ItQuality Level

Thule Cross

Best Overall

High-End

Burley D'Lite (X) 

Best for All-Terrain Families

High-End

Hamax Outback

Most Roomy

High-End

Burley Encore (X)

Best Mid-Range Double

Mid-Range

Thule Cheetah XT

Best Mid-Range Single

Mid-Range

Wike Premium Double

Best for Kids 4+

Mid-Range

Burley Bee

Best Basic Trailer

Entry Level

Burley Honey Bee

Best Basic Bike Trailer Stroller

Entry Level

Allen S2

Best Budget Bike Trailer Stroller

Budget

Allen T2

Best Budget Trailer

Budget

High-End: The cream-of-crop trailers with the most features. They can all convert to bike trailer strollers and joggers.

Mid-Range: Great quality and performance, with fewer features, but still able to convert to bike trailer strollers and joggers.

Entry Level: Superior to budget trailers, but offer fewer conversion kits and features than more expensive models. Some convert to strollers.

Budget: Trailers that perform well but lack durability and most upgrades such as padded seats and conversion kits. Some convert to strollers.

High-End Trailers

These are the cream-of-the-crop of trailers – they have it all and do it all.  From adjustable sunshades and reclining seats to UV windows and conversion kits, high-end trailers are the most durable and well-built of all the trailers on the market.  These are not only the best trailers, but the best bike trailer strollers and bike trailer joggers as well. They don’t come cheap, but they will last you for years to come!


1. Thule Cross

Best All-Around


Mom riding bike while pulling the Thule Cross bike trailer behind her

MSRP: $1,050 (single), $1,150 (double)

BEST FOR: Active families with babies and young toddlers who are looking for a stroller and jogger that perform just as great as the trailer.

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (included), jogger, ski

STANDOUT FEATURES: Reclinable seats, plush cushioning seats, adjustable suspension, top view window, infant sling for stroller mode

FULL REVIEW: Thule Cross

The Cross is pretty much the best quality trailer money can buy and handles like a dream. With adjustable suspension, true reclinable seats, an optional infant sling, durable fabric, the greatest adjustable sunshade, as well as good internal height, the Cross is simply the best of the best.

The Cross is designed with on-board storage of both stroller and jogger kits for spur of the moment conversions while you’re out and about. (And they don’t take up your normal storage space!) For extra stopping power in jogging mode, the Cross is the only jogger to offer a rear-wheel hand brake.


2. Burley D’Lite (X)

Best for All-Terrain Families


Mom powering up a dirt trail pulling the Burley D'Lite X double bike trailer

MSRP: $850 (D’Lite), $899 (D’lite X)

BEST FOR: Families who want the best of jogging, strolling and biking to go off the beaten path.

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (3-wheel included, 4-wheel available), jogger, ski

STANDOUT FEATURES: Waterproof zipper, all-terrain tires, reclinable seats, adjustable suspension, single stroller wheel tucks in close

FULL REVIEWBurley D’Lite X, Burley D’Lite

With double capacity, this queen of comfort comes standard with features like reclining seats, premium seat pads, adjustable suspension, full-length tinted windows, aggressive-tread 20″ tires, and easy-to-use quick receivers that make transitioning from trailer to stroller the easiest we’ve ever seen!

With a higher-set trailer body and wider tires that have a more aggressive tread than the Cross, the D’Lite is better for those venturing off the paved trails.


3. Hamax Outback

Most Roomy


MSRP: $799 (single), $849

BEST FOR: Families who need an easy-to-use trailer that seconds as an amazing stroller. Extra interior height makes it ideal for taller kids.

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (3-wheel included), jogger

STANDOUT FEATURES: Tall interior, rubber floor mat, sleek European styling, thick cushioning tires

FULL REVIEW: Hamax Outback

Sleek, modern, and surprisingly nimble, the Hamax Outback is the cool and edgy SUV of trailers. With the most interior headroom of the bunch as well as adjustable suspension, extra thick tires for additional cushioning, super-plush interior, and supportive seats, the Hamax provides an exceptionally comfortable ride for its passengers.

While it doesn’t perform quite as smoothly as a Burley or Thule in trailer mode, it’s a dream to use as a stroller. The Outback also has amazing ventilation and a peek-through window up top.

High-end Trailers Comparison

Single MSRPThule CrossBurley D'lite XHamax Outback
Thule CrossBurley D'lite (X)Hamax Outback
Single MSRP$1,050$699$649
Double MSRP$1,150$799, $849 (X)$699
Standout FeatureIndependent reclining seats, top view windowIndependent reclining seats, bowed out sidesSpacious interior
Included Stroller4-wheel on chassis3-wheel on arm3-wheel on chassis
Jogging KitUpgradeUpgradeUpgrade
SuspensionAdjustableYes, adjustable on XAdjustable
Internal Height26"24"28"
Weight (double)32 lb.29.3 lb.40.7 lb.

Mid-Range Trailers

For those who want top-quality, but are willing to sacrifice a few fancy features (like reclinable seats and adjustable suspension) to save on cost, mid-range trailers are the perfect “just-right” trailers.  Still compatible with stroller and jogger conversion kits, these mid-range bike trailer strollers and joggers are a more affordable buy for multi-sport families.


4. Burley Encore (X)

Best Mid-Range Double


Mom pulling Burley Encore X bike trailer through field

MSRP: $550 (Encore), $599 (Encore X)

BEST FOR: Frequently active families who want the best of jogging, strolling and biking, but don’t want to pay extra for additional bells & whistles.

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (3-wheel included), jogger, ski

STANDOUT FEATURES: Supportive bench-style seats, sunshade, pulls incredibly smooth

FULL REVIEW: Burley Encore X

The Encore’s high-quality and durable components make the trailer a cinch for parents to use, and create a super comfy atmosphere for the kids. With a bench seat and a high-quality harness system, it was a breeze to get kids in and out of the trailer.

UV windows and a sunshade protect sensitive skin from the glaring sun while a perfectly designed mesh cup holder allows little ones to easily access sippy cups and snacks. All the little details done right make for an exceptional trailer.


5. Thule Cheetah XT

Best Mid-Range Single


Mom pulling Thule Chariot Cheetah XT single bike trailer on paved trail by lake

MSRP: $599 (single), $699 (double)

BEST FOR: Multisport families looking for a fully-capable single trailer at a more affordable price tag (also available in double)

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (included), jogger, ski

STANDOUT FEATURES: On-board storage of conversion kits, tallest interior in the Thule and Burley lines

FULL REVIEW: Thule Chariot Cheetah XT

If you don’t need a double trailer, there’s no reason to pull or push around a trailer that wide! The Thule Cheetah XT is the most affordable single multi-sport trailer available, hitting all the major necessities within a smaller price tag.  Coming standard with a 4-wheel stroller kit and compatible with Thule’s jogger kit, the nimble Cheetah stands ready for action.


6. WIKE Premium Double

Best for Kids 4+


MSRP: $450

BEST FOR: Families with taller or older kids looking for a full-featured trailer without the additional weight of suspension.

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller, jogger (both included!)

STANDOUT FEATURES: Tall interior, rugged build, lightweight for its size, conversion kits included

FULL REVIEW: WIKE Premium Double

The Wike Premium Double is a solid, spacious trailer that is excellent for taller and older kids. It’s hands-down the roomiest trailer on the market, and boasts the highest internal seat height and weight capacity.

The biggest downside of the WIKE is that it can feel pretty bulky, but if you need to tow older kids, it’s a fantastic solution. The jogging and stroller kits have several small, unattached pieces that could easily get lost.

Mid-range Trailers Comparison

FeatureBurley Encore (X)Thule Cheetah XTWIKE Premium Double
Burley Encore (X)Thule Cheetah XTWIKE Premium Double
Single MSRP-$599-
Double MSRP$550, $599 (X)$692$450
Standout FeatureSupportive bench style seats4-wheel stroller includedHuge interior
Included Stroller3-wheel on arm4-wheel on chassis3-wheel on chassis
Jogging KitUpgradeUpgradeIncluded
SuspensionNon-adjustable suspension on X (none on Encore)NoneNone
Internal Height24"27"30"
Weight (double)24.7 lb.26.4 lb.24 lb.

Entry-Level Trailers

For those purists who just want a solid, well-performing trailer that pulls effortlessly, entry-level trailers offer you the most bang-for-your-buck.  Reasonably priced so that you only have to pay for what you need, these trailers will help your dollars as well as your rides, go far.


7. Burley Bee

Best Basic Trailer


Mom pulling toddler in Burley Bee bike trailer. Through grassy trail.

MSRP: $299

BEST FOR: Budget-minded families looking for an easy-to-use bike trailer for frequent use.

CONVERSION KITS: None

STANDOUT FEATURES: UV windows, great basic trailer that pulls super smooth

FULL REVIEW: Burley Bee

The Burley Bee is vastly superior to any truly budget trailer out there. While about $150 – $200 more than cheaper trailers, its durability, ease-of-use, and safety features make it a clear winner. Especially for families that will be riding at least semi-regularly, the Bee’s higher-end design and features will make a huge difference in both parent and passenger enjoyment.


8. Burley Honey Bee

Best Basic Bike Trailer Stroller


Burley Honey Bee from front. Toddler inside on red sand berm

MSRP: $399

BEST FOR: Families who want the option to occasionally use their trailer as a stroller

CONVERSION KITS: Stroller (included)

STANDOUT FEATURES: Stroller wheel stored on tow arm when not in use, adjustable-height handlebar, tons of storage

FULL REVIEW: Burley Honey Bee

The Honey Bee is everything we love about the Bee, but with the added versatility of being used as a stroller as well.  While the stroller wheel is basic and sticks out on the trailer arm, it easily rotates up and out of the way when you don’t need it. The quality, design, functionality, and ease-of-use of the Honey Bee can’t be beat.

Entry-Level Trailer Comparison

FeatureBurley BeeBurley Honey Bee
Burley BeeBurley Honey Bee
Single MSRP$279--
Double MSRP$299$399
Standout FeatureRugged, durable buildConverts to a stroller
Stroller KitNoneIncluded
Jogging KitNoneNone
SuspensionNoneNone
Internal Height27.5"26"
Weight (double)20 lb.25.5 lb.

Budget Trailers

For those looking to spend under $200 on a trailer, these budget trailers are your best bet.  In a head-to-head comparison with Schwinn and InStep trailers, we found that Allen trailers pull smoother, are easier to load and unload kids, have higher-quality harness systems, and extended helmet pockets for better comfort for young and older kids.


9. Allen T2

Best Budget Trailer


Allen T2 and S2 trailers side by side from the side

MSRP: $120

BEST FOR: Budget-minded families looking for an easy-to-use bike trailer for regular use.

CONVERSION KITS: None

STANDOUT FEATURES: Great quality features for the price

FULL REVIEW: Allen T2

The best trailer you can buy for under $120, the T2 pulls much smoother and quieter than other budget-brands. The T2 does not feature the UV windows or larger 20″ wheels featured in the Entry-level trailers, but for hundreds of dollars less, it is an amazing trailer!


10. Allen S2

Best Budget Bike Trailer Stroller


Allen S2 Trailer as a Stroller

MSRP: $154

BEST FOR: Budget-minded families looking for a good trailer and basic stroller.

CONVERSION KITS: 3-wheel stroller on chassis (included)

STANDOUT FEATURES: Large 20″ wheels on metal rims, higher maximum speed than the T2

FULL REVIEW: Allen T2 and S2 Review

As roomy and spacious as a more expensive trailer, the Allen S2 trailer provides plenty of headroom and a thickly-padded hammock seat for a comfortable ride. In addition to pulling smooth and steady, the S2 features an easy-to-use 5-point harness system that is much higher-quality than those found in Schwinn trailers.

Budget Trailers Comparison

FeatureAllen T2Allen S2
Allen T2Allen S2
MSRP$120$154
Standout FeaturePadded seat bottomConverts to a stroller
Included Stroller WheelsNone3-wheel on chassis
SuspensionNoneNone
Internal Height21"24"

How to Choose the Best Kid’s Bike Trailer

Kids’ bike trailers have tons of features to consider when you’re trying to find the best trailer for your family’s needs. While we have a much more detailed discussion about this in our article Bike Trailers: How to Choose, here’s a quick summary of the most important features that should impact your decision in buying a bike trailer.

Mom riding bike while pulling the Thule Cross bike trailer behind her

Trailer Type

Of course, there’s your standard bike trailer, but many bike trailers also convert to 3-wheeled or 4-wheeled strollers, joggers, and even ski strollers!

Trailers that include or have optional upgrades for strolling and jogging are perfect for active families that want to use their trailers for multiple activities. Other families prefer to have dedicated bike trailers and a separate stroller or jogger.

Before you start your research, be realistic about what activities you want to be able to do with your kids so you can purchase a trailer that suits your specific needs.

collage of bike trailers, burley bee, thule cross and thule cheetah xt

Budget – Good, Better, Best Bike Trailer

The best trailers are easier and smoother to pull, offer more comfort features for the kids, more upgrades like hand brakes and drink consoles and can convert to a stroller or jogger.  Like the features on a car, only the top of the line bike trailers offers the top-of-the-line features.

For example, the wildly popular Burley Bee is a trailer only, but it’s just what they would classify as a “Good” trailer. To get the very “Best” quality trailer,  you would need to upgrade quite a bit to their performance D’Lite line.

That said, any trailer by brands like Burley, Thule, or Hamax is going to be far superior to basically any other trailer out there. They are also more expensive. With trailers, you really get what you pay for. If you’re going to be using it often, you should spend as much as you possibly can.

If you’re on a tight budget, at the very least we recommend that you find a trailer with 20″ wheels and metals rims. Many budget trailers have 16″ wheels on plastic rims which are poor quality and make for a very bumpy ride.

16″ Wheels with Plastic Rims vs. 20″ Wheels with Metal  Rims

instep bike trailer 16 inch wheel compared to the schwinn bike trailer 20 inch wheel

Capacity – Single Bike Trailer or Double Bike Trailer?

If you’re only ever going to have one child, a single trailer is probably the way to go. They are narrower and lighter than double trailers, making them easier to pull.

Double trailers are best for growing families, or families who want the flexibility of bringing along a friend or storing things along for the ride.

Seat Type

Budget trailers generally have what’s called “hammock-style” seating, which consists of a thick piece of fabric stretched across the frame of the trailer. These seats generally always sag in the middle and don’t offer a lot of support. Higher-end trailers have a true bench-style seat. When you have two riders, a bench style seat makes a huge difference in comfort level for those little riders. If you can afford it, it’s certainly worth the upgrade!

Side by side comparison of hammock seat and bench seat in child bike trailer

External Covers

Rain covers and sunshades have saved us from staying inside on soooo many occasions. Rain covers protect from rain, wind, and frigid fall and winter temperatures. Sunshades are a lifesaver in the scorching summer heat.

We’ve found that well-functioning rain covers and sunshades allow you to get out in almost any weather in stroller and jogger modes, and in biking mode as long as you are in safe riding conditions. We highly recommend that you choose a trailer with these features!

Storage

How much room you have to store items you need to bring along for the ride really comes down to personal preference. We like to err on the side of more storage than you think you might need! We’ve found ourselves hauling scooters, balance bikes, helmets, basketballs, lunches, and a family’s-worth of jackets. Higher-end trailers tend to have better storage options.

Folding

How easy it is to fold a trailer can make the difference between you getting your trailer out on those trails, or just not wanting to bother because it’s such a pain to load it up. Its dimensions while folded will also determine if you can even get it in your car!  For example, our Thule Cross Single requires us to fold down the back seat of our Honda Pilot to fit it in the car. As a result, we lose the ability to transport two whole people when we want to bring our trailer along on family bike rides.

How old does a baby need to be to ride in a bike trailer?

You cannot safely pull a baby in a bike trailer until they are 1 year old. However, if you are using your trailer as a stroller and you have a young infant, you can stroll with your baby as young as 6 weeks old.

If this is the case, you will need a baby insert so your baby’s head and neck are supported properly. These inserts can be used until your baby is at least 6 months old, if not longer.

Speaking from experience, the baby insert in my Thule Cross was one of my favorite baby gifts of all time. It allowed me to get out and be active again just 6 weeks after giving birth.

Not all trailers have baby insert upgrades. Thule and Burley trailer/strollers are your best bet if you want to use your trailer as a stroller with a young baby.

Kids Bike Trailer Comparison Chart

Bike Trailer

Stroller KitJogging KitCapacitySupported Seats

MSRP

Baby InsertSunshade

High-End Multi-Sport Bike Trailers

Thule Cross

IncludedUpgradeSingle or DoubleYes$1,050, $1,150YesYes
Thule LiteIncludedUpgradeSingle or DoubleYes$749, $849YesYes
Burley Cub XIncludedUpgradeDoubleYes$950YesYes

Burley D'Lite (X)

IncludedUpgradeSingle or DoubleYes

$799, $899

YesYes

Mid-Range Multi-Sport Bike Trailers

Hamax Outback

IncludedUpgradeSingle or DoubleYes$649, $699YesYes
Thule Chariot Cheetah XTIncludedUpgradeSingle or DoubleYes$599, $691YesYes
Burley Encore (X)IncludedUpgradeDoubleYes$550, $599YesYes
WIKE Premium DoubleIncludedIncludedDoubleYes$450NoNo

Basic Bike Trailers

Thule Coaster XTIncludedNoDoubleYes$429NoNo
Burley Honey BeeIncludedNoDoubleNo$399YesNo
Burley BeeNoNoDoubleNo$349YesNo
Thule CadenceNoNoDoubleNo$329NoYes
Burley MinnowNoNoSingleNo$279YesNo

Entry-Level Bike Trailers

Schwinn TrailblazerIncludedNoSingle or DoubleYes$178NoNo
Schwinn EchoNoNoDoubleNo$220NoNo
Allen S2IncludedNoDoubleYes$153NoNo
Allen T2NoNoDoubleYes$120NoNo
InStepOptionalNoDoubleNo$115NoNo

Related Articles

Burley vs. Thule Chariot Comparison Guide – An easy reference guide to help you decide between the two best brands.

Bike Trailers: How to Choose: What to look for when shopping for a bike trailer.

Bike Trailers: Comparison Charts – To view and sort more trailers from even more brands, and read reviews.

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