Updated April 2017
This spring we have a new Editors' Choice winner. We also went through the existing products in our review to make sure there are no other changes to products.
Best Overall Bike Trailer
Thule Chariot Lite 2
While expensive, this is by far the best trailer we have tested. The Thule Chariot Lite 2
comes with excellent suspension and a great ride. There are also add-on kits for skiing and turning this bike trailer into a jogging stroller. If you have an active family and are looking for a trailer that will allow you to continue your activities with young ones in tow, this is the one for you. The five-point harness system is well padded, and the design allows for quick swaps between one- and two-child setups. The cover provides excellent protection from the elements and easy access to the interior. The Chariot is a step above the other models we tested when it comes to overall ease of use, including attachment, storage, and assembly. Other features such as a parking brake, an adjustable stroller handle, and a separate cargo compartment make this premium trailer stand out.
Best Bang for the Buck
The Burley Bee
is a high-quality single function bike trailer and the winner of our Best Buy Award. With an MSRP of $299, the Bee is less than half the price of our Editors' Choice Award winner. The Bee features a durable 600D polyester cover with UV protected windows and a five-point restraint harness. The harness system is simple nylon straps and lacks the padding of higher end models such as the Burley D'Lite, but it is functional. The main drawback to the Bee is that it is single function, and can't convert to a stroller. If you already have a stroller or jogging stroller, then the Bee is a great buy; no need to purchase an expensive multi-function trailer with features you will not use.
Top Pick for Bicycle Commuters
The Burley D'Lite
is the winner of our Top Pick Award for making a daily commute on a bicycle. The D'Lite is a high-end model with the option to add on stroller kits, skis, and jogging kits. What sets the D'Lite apart from others in our review is great cargo capacity. A large cargo space sits behind the child seating area within the main body of the trailer and has rear accesses. There is enough room for book bags, extra clothes, and even some groceries. The D'Lite can carry two children and features padded five-point restraint harnesses. The water resistant cover keeps light rain at bay and does a good job of keeping tire spray out of the main compartment. The elastomer suspension is not as effective as the adjustable suspension found on the Chariot, but it gets the job done on paved roads. If you are looking for an excellent trailer for the daily commute, this is the one.
Best Pedal Trailer
We are still testing these, but our two favorites are the Weehoo iGo Pro
and the WeeRide Co-Pilot
. Both are very maneuverable and much more fun for the child than a standard bike trailer. The Pro offers more protection for your child and has much more storage. It is also heavier and more expensive. The Co-Pilot is much more like a bike without a front wheel. It gives your child more of a feel that they are assisting and can be a good way to transition into your child to independently riding a bicycle.