Luxury German imports aren’t just for cars. Introducing the Qeridoo Kidgoo… hailing from Harburg, this smart and stylish bike trailer certainly lives up to the standards of German excellence in engineering and design.
Qeridoo is a high-end bike trailer brand with quality excellence and pricing comparable to Burley and Thule Chariot trailers. The Kidgoo is Qeridoo’s most feature-packed, multi-sport trailer.
With plush seats, a car-seat-style harness, a single pneumatic stroller and jogger wheel, and cleverly designed storage, the Qeridoo Kidgoo is impressive in both form and function. But is it right for your family? Read our review below for all the details of what we loved, and what we didn’t.
Qeridoo Kidgoo Overview
BEST FOR: Families who want an incredibly smooth stroller/jogger, and will be using as a trailer periodically
TRAILER CAPACITY: Single or Double
TRAILER ARM: Included
JOGGER KIT: Included in Kidgoo Pro, available as an upgrade on Kidgoo or Kidgoo Sport
STROLLER KIT: Single swivel wheel included, but can lock for straight tracking
- Stroller mode is exceptionally smooth
- Super-plush seats with clean lines and padded bottom and sides
- 5-point, car-seat-like harness has a chest strap to keep toddlers from wiggling out
- Adjustable suspension does a great job of smoothing out the ride on bumpy terrain
- Single pneumatic stroller wheel can swivel or lock in place
- Rotating handlebar for stroller/jogger mode accommodates most parents’ heights
- Reclined seat makes loading kids easier than most trailers
- Highly adjustable sunshade
- Rainproof weather cover
- Rear storage has several smartly-placed pockets for phones and other easy-access items
- Baby sling available for strolling as young as 4 weeks
- Heavy compared to other trailers, noticeable in trailer mode (but not in stroller mode)
- Trailer can tug on some bikes in trailer mode
- Seat pads not removable for washing
- No back ventilation
- Snack and sippy cup interior storage is hard for toddlers to access
- Kidgoo 2 requires more assembly than other trailers
- No top viewing window in stroller mode
Qeridoo Kidgoo Video Review
Want to see the Kidgoo in action? Check out our video review to see how it perform as a trailer, stroller, and jogger. We’ll also show you how it converts from one activity to another.
Qeridoo Kidgoo 2 and Kidgoo 1 Models
The Qeridoo Kidgoo comes in double or single capacity, called the Kidgoo 2 and Kidgoo 1. Both the Kidgoo 2 and Kidgoo 1 come in three different feature packages, which only differ based on their included accessories.
Kidgoo: Just the basics, which is actually quite a lot! All Kidgoo trailers come standard with a single pneumatic stroller wheel that can swivel or lock in place. We received the Kidgoo 1, which is shown throughout this review.
Kidgoo Sport: Same as the basic Kidgoo, but for an additional $100 dollars, you’ll also get a mechanical disc hand brake. This comes in handy if you’ll be running with your Kidgoo, or live near steep hills.
Kidgoo Pro: Same as the Kidgoo Sport, but it also comes with the 14″ jogger wheel upgrade. The “Pro” package is an additional $200. The Pro is compatible with the Ski/Hike kit upgrade.
The Kidgoo and Sport are compatible with the Jogger kit and the Ski/Hike kit upgrades.
Qeridoo Kidgoo Performance
We tested the Qeridoo Kidgoo 1 while biking, walking, and running. The Kidgoo is a fantastic trailer, but it really shines in stroller and jogger mode. We’ll start with the Kidgoo’s performance as a stroller, because that’s is biggest selling point.
Performance as a Stroller and Jogger
We’ve tested so many bike trailers (38 at the time of writing this!), so it’s pretty hard to impress us. While I was expecting good things from Qeridoo, I was not expecting the Kidgoo to become my favorite trailer stroller. That’s right… out of all the trailer strollers I’ve personally tested, I’m going to give the gold medal to the Kidgoo.
While the Qeridoo Kidgoo is quite heavy compared to most bike trailer strollers, you’d never know it when you’re pushing it. It’s glides like a cloud. This may be a slight exaggeration, but it reminded me of riding on one of those moving walkways at large airports. It’s that smooth.
Thule Chariot and Burley trailers also have exceptional stroller functions, but for families who will be primarily using their bike trailer as a stroller, the Qeridoo’s smooth performance comes out on top in our book.
Jogging with the Stroller
This smaller 8.5″ stationary jogging wheel is significantly easier to maneuver than the larger 14″ jogging wheel kits we have for our Burley and Thule Chariot trailers. We loved running with the Kidgoo’s smaller wheel!
Large stationary jogging wheels can be tricky on winding paths because you have to lift the front wheel off the ground to turn the stroller. Your arms can get tired very quickly. However, with the smaller pneumatic wheel attached to the body of the Kidgoo, it was almost (but not quite!) as easy to maneuver as a normal stroller.
A much larger 14″ jogging wheel comes with the Kidgoo Pro (in addition to the smaller wheel). While we didn’t test it, we assume it would be similar to the Burley and Thule jogging kits. If you’ll be running fast speeds with the Kidgoo, the larger jogging wheel may be right for you.
The 14″ wheel jogging kit is available as an upgrade on the Kidgoo or Kidgoo Sport. However, we loved the smaller wheel so much, it may be a good idea to run with the smaller wheel first, before deciding to pay for the optional jogging kit.
How it Works
The front stroller wheel connects to the body of the trailer, which keeps the stroller more compact in crowded areas. It inserts into the trailer from underneath, and can be removed by the push of a simple blue button.
It’s unique from all other trailer strollers on the U.S. market for two reasons. First, it’s a pneumatic wheel which will provide better traction and cushioning. All other trailer strollers we’ve tested have plastic or rubber-coated front wheels.
Second, while it swivels like a standard stroller wheel, it can be locked in place to mimic the experience of a stationary jogging wheel.
No Viewing Window
One drawback to the Kidgoo’s design is that it doesn’t have a viewing window on top of the trailer to keep an eye on your little one while you’re in stroller mode. In order to see your child, you can open up the rear storage flap, but it’s not as convenient as a permanent window.
For reference, the Burley Encore X and D’Lite X have viewing windows, as does the Thule Chariot Cross and Hamax Outback. The only high-end trailer strollers that don’t have a viewing window are the Thule Chariot Lite and the Qeridoo models.
Parking and Hand Brakes
Every Kidgoo trailer comes with a foot-activated parking brake. It’s incredibly easy to engage and you should use it any time you may need to walk away from your stroller or jogger.
As trailer nerds, there is one thing we really appreciate about this braking system. Most trailer strollers have similar brakes. When engaged, a metal pin inserts into one of many holes in a ring around the wheel’s axle to lock it in place.
On our Thule and Burley trailers, that ring is plastic and can (and does!) wear over time. With one of our Burley trailers, it actually wore down so much that the wheel doesn’t lock properly anymore.
With the Qeridoo Kidgoo, that ring is metal. While this trailer is still new, we’re confident a metal pin inserting into a metal ring will result in less wear and tear over time.
The Kidgoo Sport and Pro also come with a mechanical disc hand brake, which is meant for faster speeds when jogging. The model we tested did not have the hand brake, so we can’t speak to its functionality.
Handlebar is adjustable
The contoured handlebar is covered in sport foam to provide grip, even for sweaty hands. It can be rotated up or down to accommodate a vast difference in heights of the adult pushing the stroller.
The handlebar is rotated by pushing the two large blue buttons on the sides. There are five height settings, which should comfortably accommodate most parents. By comparison, the Thule Chariot Cross also has five, while Burley trailer strollers are continuously adjustable and can be locked at any point.
By rotating the handlebar all the way forward (so that it almost touches the top of the trailer), it serves as a roll bar for additional safety in trailer mode.
Performance as a Trailer
The Kidgoo is certainly one of the best trailers on the market, but it how smooth of a ride it is may depend a bit on your bike.
On some bikes you can feel the motion of the Kidgoo trailer behind you more than you do with other high-end trailers like Burley or Thule. The Kidgoo will occasionally tug against the bike. While this pull is normal for a trailer when you start from a standstill, it’s not something we’ve experienced while we’re in motion with other expensive trailers.
While we can’t say for certain what your experience will be, we found the Kidgoo’s tug noticeable when riding with our more entry-level adult bike. When used with our Santa Cruz mountain bike, we didn’t notice a tug at all – its performance was right on par with high-end Burley and Thule trailers.
Additionally, while you don’t feel the extra weight of the Kidgoo in stroller mode, you do feel it somewhat in trailer mode. It’s a bit more of a workout. (Remember, the single Kidgoo is 37 pounds, while the single Thule Chariot Cross is 28.5 pounds , and the single Burley D’Lite X is 27.6 pounds.)
But once again, how much you feel this weight also depends a lot on your bike. The Kidgoo felt heavier on our entry-level bike, but wasn’t as noticeable on our higher-end mountain bike.
Head Protectors for Added Safety
All that said, one feature of the Qeridoo that is truly exceptional is that it is the only trailer on the market to offer head protectors for added safety in the event the trailer tips. If the trailer were to flip on its side, the head protector would take the initial brunt of the crash and prevent the side of the trailer from coming into contact with the ground.
If you’re thinking… “Why would a trailer tip over??”… I’ve personally tipped a trailer three different times. It can happen, and this additional safety feature is genius.
Suspension is adjustable
The Kidgoo has double leaf suspension that is adjustable for weight. When your child is young and light, you can set the suspension to its minimum weight load, and continue to slide it along the scale as your child gets older and heavier.
The suspension is adjusted by turning the blue knob underneath, sliding the gray clamp left or right, and retightening the knob to secure it in place. Be sure to adjust the suspension for both wheels to the same setting, even if you’re in a double trailer and have a heavier child on one side.
We were impressed with how much the suspension smoothed out bumpy terrain when we took the Kidgoo off-roading. Just like in stroller mode, its smooth factor was quite high!
Wheels and Tires
The tread on the Kidgoo’s tires is best for smooth rolling pavement, but perfectly capable of light off-roading. We took the Kidgoo over grass, dirt, and gravel paths and the tires provides great traction and cushioning on all surfaces.
Trailer Arm and Hitch
Attaching the trailer to your bike has three main steps.
- Attach the hitch to your bike
- Attach the tow arm to the trailer
- Connect the hitch on your bike to the tow arm of the trailer
STEP 1: The first step only has to be done once. You can attach the trailer hitch to the rear axle of your bike and then just leave it there. It’s small and unobtrusive. If you’re not familiar with this process, Qeridoo’s official instruction manual will take you through the steps.
STEP 2: Attaching the tow arm to the trailer is also easy. Begin to insert the tow arm into the receiver on the left side of the trailer. Pull the blue knob and push the smaller of the two silver buttons at the same time. Then continue to push the tow bar into the receiver until the larger silver button engages into the black hole and the red line on the bar lines up with the end of the receiver.
STEP 3: To attach the tow arm to the hitch coupler on your bike, line up the holes in the round black disc at the tow arm head with the holes in the coupler. Push the silver pin through, and secure the pin underneath with the rubber fastener. As a last step, always attach the backup strap through the frame of your bicycle!
Qeridoo Kidgoo Trailer – Interior Highlights
Capacity and Interior Space – Kidgoo 1 or Kidgoo 2
The Qeridoo Kidgoo 1 is a single trailer, while the Qeridoo Kidgoo 2 is a double trailer. We tested the single version and will speak to that here.
The Kidgoo 1 has one of the most narrow interiors of any trailer. Its seat bottom is just 12.5″ wide, while our Thule Chariot Lite has seat width of 15.5″.
Below you can see how our 3 year old, 41 pound, 41″ tall toddler fits in the Qeridoo Kidgoo vs the Thule Chariot Lite. The Qeridoo Kidgoo 1 is safety rated for children up to 46″ tall and 48.5 pounds.
Our toddler is quite comfortable in both trailers, but does have less room for growth in the shoulders of the Qeridoo. While I can imagine our toddler being comfortable for another year, I don’t think she’d be comfortable nearing 46″ tall.
For reference, the Qeridoo Kidgoo 2 is safety rated for up to 91.5 pounds of child weight, but no individual child should weigh more than 48.5 pounds.
Seats are Plush and Comfortable
What we love
The plush bench-style seats of the Kidgoo are impressive – one of the most impressive features of the entire trailer! They remind me of a high-end posh stroller with their clean lines and modern, sleek styling.
The padded seat bottom and seat sides are complemented by high-quality padding on the buckle and straps. We also appreciate the padded head rest, which is lined with breathable mesh.
While the seat back does not recline, it really doesn’t need it. The Kidgoo’s seat is naturally in a very reclined angle. The Kidgoo is far more reclined than any other trailer that doesn’t recline. (None of Qeridoo’s trailers have reclining seats.)
Compared to trailers that do recline, it’s much more reclined than the Burley D’Lite X in its most reclined position! It’s just slightly more upright than the Thule Chariot Cross in its most reclined position.
Room for improvement
There are a few areas where these seats fall short for the price point. The seat back isn’t padded at all, and the seat bottom isn’t removable. For as many spills as happen in a trailer stroller, we’ve needed to remove and wash the padding in our everyday use trailer on several occasions. You’ll need to be careful what food and drinks you allow in the Kidgoo.
Additionally, a bar runs behind the back of the trailer at the height of a taller child’s head. The headrest serves as a cushion, but its placement is still a little strange. As a result, it’s probably best to use the headrest when your child isn’t wearing a helmet. We tried it with and without, and our testers never complained.
5-Point Harness System is Impressive
The 5-point harness of the Kidgoo is the other seriously impressive feature of this Qeridoo trailer. It’s the most high-end harness system of any trailer we’ve tested, and looks and functions just like a car seat harness.
What We Love Most – Chest Strap to the Rescue!!!
Let’s start with a tiny feature that makes a HUGE difference. I’ve personally tested almost 20 trailers, and the Qeridoo Kidgoo has solved my biggest pet peeve with ALL the other bike trailers (literally ALL of them).
The Kidgoo’s harness has a chest strap that keeps the shoulder straps centered on a child’s chest. Why does this matter?
In every other trailer, my toddler worms her way out of the top of the harness so that she’s only secured by the lap belt. I can’t get her to stop because she doesn’t care when I tell her not to do it. (Yay toddlers.) This is not safe. In fact, our other trailer flipped on its side once and she hit her head (with a helmet on!) on a rock because she wasn’t secured by the shoulder straps.
I’ve been waiting and wishing so patiently for a trailer company to offer a chest strap like a car seat. Qeridoo did it! When my 3-year-old whined, “Mom, I can’t get out!,” I felt so triumphant… Toddler shenanigans foiled! Qeridoo seriously deserves a gold medal for this. It’s so simple, but sooooo appreciated.
What Else We Love
To loosen the harness, simply pull the red fabric tab under the seat and pull on the harness. To tighten the harness, pull the gray strap under the seat. Seriously easy!
The shoulder padding on the harness lays flat and stays firmly in place. Many other trailers (even high-end trailers) have padding that shifts around and can end up being more annoying than helpful. This earns the Kidgoo major convenience points!
What We Don’t Love
Just like with a car seat, the height of the shoulder straps need to be set so they start just above a child’s shoulders. Most high-end trailers have straps that slide up and down the back of the trailer so they can be set at exactly the perfect height for your child.
The Kidgoo has three distinct shoulder strap height settings. While not a deal breaker, we do wish they were continuously adjustable like other trailers. (The less expensive Qeridoo Sportrex has continuously adjustable settings.)
Moving the straps up or down a slot (they come in the middle setting), is honestly a bit confusing, especially because there are no instructions on how to do it in the manual. It’s too complicated to get into here, but here’s a video we found that shows how it’s done!
If you watch that video, it’s pretty straightforward. I just wish I’d found it before I spent 30 minutes in a state of confusion. 🙂
Middle Position Seat
Every other mid-range and high-end double capacity bike trailer in the US has only two harness positions – the left seat and the right seat. If you’re carrying just one child in a double trailer, they have to sit on the right side.
The Kidgoo is unique because you can move the harness to the center in a double-capacity trailer. This provides ample space on either side of the child, rather than forcing a single child to the side of the trailer.
Loading and Unloading Kids is Easy!
Getting kids in and out of a trailer can often be a frustrating task – we’ve done it thousands of times! The Qeridoo Kidgoo is one of the easiest trailers for loading and unloading. While this may seem like a small detail, it makes a huge difference in keeping your stress level down when you’re trying to get out the door.
There are two reasons it’s easier to load than most other trailers. First, the seat bottom is firm (but very padded!), rather than a hammock-style seat that sags under the weight of little bums.
The second reason is that the seat back is so reclined. As a result, once sitting, the child’s weight is against the back of the seat and away from the buckle. This leaves the buckle area more easily accessible than if a child is sitting straight up.
The Kidgoo doesn’t have much ventilation. Most high-end trailers have about 8 or 9″ of mesh behind at least part of a child’s back and head. The Kidgoo has only 3.5″ of mesh at the very top of the seat back.
In order for air to flow through the back trailer, you would have to open up the rear storage flap.
Side ventilation is a rare feature in trailers, but the Kidgoo has it! Located on the front sides, you can open the flaps to increase air flow. This air flow is most useful when the rain cover is in place and ventilation is at a minimum. This helps to prevent the rain cover from fogging up in colder weather.
Qeridoo Kidgoo – Exterior Highlights
The Qeridoo Kidgoo features three layers of exterior covers – the polyester and mesh door, a plastic rain cover, and a sunshade. All three of these exterior covers are attached permanently to the trailer. They can all be stored in a top pocket of the trailer if you prefer not to use them in stroller mode. (The mesh door should always be in use in trailer mode for all trailers.)
The primary cover for the trailer is a thick mesh door framed by durable polyester with PU-coating (polyurethane) to make the fabric water repellent. Combined with the rain cover, it provides excellent protection from getting wet. The door secures in place by two buckles at the bottom of the trailer.
The rain cover zips in place when in use, and is rolled up and secured at the top of the trailer when you don’t need it. When zipped down, the outer edges of the plastic extend past the zipper to prevent rain from leaking through the zipper seams. (The zippers themselves aren’t waterproof.)
The Kidgoo’s sunshade is attached to the top of the trailer and is long and easily adjustable. It’s easily one of the best sunshades on the market (better than Burley and Hamax), only surpassed (in our opinion!) by the Thule Chariot’s sunshade.
Because it extends down almost the entire front cover, it does a great job of shielding eyes and skin from the annoyance and danger of the sun.
If you prefer to have a shorter sunshade, the bottom portion can be folded up and secured to the sides via strips of Velcro.
All high-end trailers have tinted windows, but they don’t always offer UV protection. The Kidgoo’s tinted windows with UV 50+ protection offer shade for little eyes, and excellent skin protection.
There are two small storage pockets on both sides of the interior of the trailer. These pockets are meant for passenger access and can fit snacks or other small items, but the design isn’t very toddler-friendly.
While you can fit a water bottle or sippy cup inside, it’s difficult for an adult to squeeze it in, which makes it virtually impossible for a young child to do so. Additionally, the pocket closest to the door opening is almost too far away for our tall 3-year-old to reach while buckled.
If her snack wasn’t standing straight up in the pocket, I’d hear, “Mommy, I can’t get my fig bar!” Stopping your workout to get your toddler her fig bar isn’t something you want to do all the time. Probably best to only use the pockets closest to your child.
Rear Storage and Cargo
The rear storage in the Kidgoo is very well-designed and quite user-friendly. The exterior storage flap has zig-zag elastic lacing for carrying a “just-in-case” jacket or umbrella.
Below the lacing is a covered pocket with magnetic snap closures. It’s the perfect place to store your phone. (Seriously, every trailer stroller should have a phone pocket right there!) If you are storing your phone there, be sure to put it in the extra horizontal mesh pocket inside the main pocket. This will prevent it from falling out if you flip up the rear storage flap to access the cargo area.
Lift up that rear storage flap, and you’ll find a nicely spacious cargo area with a flat bottom. Jackets, water bottles, and a few lunches will fit easily. While its opening is wide enough to fit a football, the opening is too narrow for larger items like a basketball.
The main storage flap stays closed via a weighted magnetic strip along the bottom. It’s a small detail, but is very modern and serves to elevate the whole feel of the trailer.
The back interior wall of the cargo area has a large flat pocket for storing small items you want easy access to – like your water bottle or a pair of gloves. We use this little pocket all the time – it’s a small detail that makes a big difference!
Conversion Kit Storage
The inside back pocket we just mentioned can also be used to store the stroller wheel when you’re using the Kidgoo as a trailer.
The tow bar can be stored underneath the trailer by inserting the tow arm into the receiver from the opposite direction. Just make sure to wrap the excess safety strap around the end of the bar to prevent it from dragging on the ground.
Folding – the Kidgoo is Easy to Collapse!
Folding the Qeridoo Kidgoo for storage or transportation is quite easy. Simply pull the two blue knobs in the back of the trailer to unlock the frame, push in on the cross bar, and down on the frame to collapse.
If you’re using the Qeridoo Baby Hammock or Baby Shell, you do not need to remove them to collapse and transport the trailer!
Assembly – Easy for Kidgoo 1, More Involved for Kidgoo 2
If you’re buying the Kidgoo 1, you’re in luck – it comes about 90% assembled. The remaining small pieces you need to add are easy and straightforward – it will only take you about 15 – 20 minutes.
The Kidgoo 2 requires more assembly than any other trailer we’ve tested. You’ll need to install the wheel’s axle and mount the footbrake. If you have a Kidgoo Sport, you’ll also need to install the disc brake.
If you’re handy, this won’t be too big of a deal. But we wanted to mention it here because other similarly-priced trailers (Thule, Burley, Hamax) don’t require as much additional assembly. The extra assembly of the Kidgoo 2 allows the trailer to be shipped in a smaller box, which keeps shipping costs down significantly.
Qeridoo Trailer Infant Inserts – 2 Options
If you want to use the Qeridoo Kidgoo stroller with a baby (from about 4 weeks to 7 or 8 months), you’ll need an infant insert. Trailer seats on their own are too wide to safely secure small infant bodies.
Qeridoo offers two different infant inserts – a Baby Shell and a Baby Hammock. The Baby Shell is for use from 4 weeks old to 12 months or 26 pounds. The Baby Hammock is for 4 weeks to “sitting up independently”, or 22 pounds.
They can both be used in single or double trailers. In double trailers, there is enough room for a small older child to sit next to the baby. If you have twins, you could even mount two infant inserts in a double trailer!
Qeridoo Kidgoo Bottom Line
We enthusiastically welcome this popular German trailer brand to the United States. With a car-seat-like harness, a chest strap to keep kids in that harness, and head protection bumpers, Qeridoo scores serious points for safety.
Kid passengers love the plush seats and reclined seat position, while parents will love how easy it is to use and switch between trailer and stroller modes.
The Kidgoo particularly excels in stroller mode, making it our go-to reco for families who will be spending significant time with their trailer as a stroller.