The Best Stroller Wagons of 2022 (65 Tests)

Building on stroller wagon research published over the past four years we evaluated 25 wagons and purchased 12 for extensive, side-by-side testing. Over 8 months we conducted 65 tests and measurements to determine which ones are easiest for parents to steer, push, fold, stow and use. We also looked at kid comfort and usability, as well as durability for the long run.

9 stroller wagons we tested

Note: This article was updated November 2nd to add our test results for the Larktale Caravan Wagon.

Editor's Choice
Recommended
Recommended
Budget Choice
Veer CruiserAnthem 4Evenflo Pivot XploreLarktale CaravanGraco Modes AdventureBaby Trend ExpeditionRadio Flyer DiscoveryEver AdvancedKeenz 7SWonderfold W1 OriginalJeep WranglerWonderfold W4 Elite
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Veer
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Evenflo
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Wonderfold
Test Lab Score
83
80
80
80
79
76
75
72
72
71
69
64
Bottom LineWell built, higher-priced, easy to use, last-forever choiceRoomy, comfortable well designed, nice maneuverability but difficult to foldVery functional, handles well, low priceComfortable for kids, roomy, fully equipped with decent maneuverability for its sizeComfortable, maneuverable, highly portableLower cost, solid performer, difficult to lift and stowGreat bang for the buck, roomy interior, folding seatLow cost, lightweight, small footprintFunctional, challenging folding and stowing, nice features for parentsLightweight, low cost, highly-managableRoomy inside, nice accessories, lacks maneuverabilityFully featured, comfortable for kids, difficult to fold, stow and maneuver
AdvantagesHandles well, folds small, rugged constructionManeuvers well, nice accessories, wide interior and footwellFolds, stows and maneuvers well, great storageAccessories included, footwell, reclining seats, easy pushingSmall fold size, light weight, roomyAmple storage and good maneuverabilityLightweight, low-cost, easy fold and transport, and bench seat modeLow cost, small fold size, maneuverableGood steering, maneuverability, brakes and handlesEasy fold and transport, low cost, good for play and nappingGood storage volume, roomy inside, useful accessoriesReclining seats, roomy inside, good storage
DisdvantagesHigh cost, few accessories included with base modelWeak folding mechanismNo flat surface for sleeping, tips when standing foldedBuckle operation, footwell cover, canopy attachmentLimited storage, no napping surfaceAwkward to lift and stowNo footwell, limited storage and lacks accessories like a snack tray and car seat adapterWeak handle joint, canopy difficult to manageNo footwell, hard to see out of and get kids into, bulky foldedLimited storage and accessoriesDifficult steering and stowingHard to fold and store, difficult to maneuver and push on non-flat surfaces

Kid Travel Best Stroller Wagon Video



Veer Cruiser


Test Lab Score 83

Editor's Choice

High-end, high quality, very portable, limited accessories included




Parent Comfort and Usability
69
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
Steering, Maneuverability
95
Folding, Transport
92
Part and Material Quality
94

The Veer Cruiser was the top performer in our battery of tests. It excelled in important functions like folding, unfolding, and loading into and out of vehicles. It was the best-constructed stroller wagon of those we tested, with very solid parts that operated smoothly and snapped solidly into place.

It also tested well in steering and maneuverability with one caveat. In push mode the small wheels in the back pivot while the front wheels are fixed. If you push unevenly on the handles the wagon tends to veer. The design with large wheels in the front helps the Cruiser to climb over obstacles like rocks and roots better than its competitors.

Folding the Veer Cruiser stroller wagon
Folding the Veer Cruiser stroller wagon

The unfortunate news about the Veer is the combination of a higher price than other 2-seat wagons and missing accessories in the base model. The storage basket, canopy, and car seat adapter must be purchased separately. It is not the best choice if you are looking for extra storage or a flat inner surface to use as a napping area or playard.

Pros
  • Handles bumpy terrain
  • Durable, high-quality
  • Steers and maneuvers well
  • Fast fold and unfold
  • Compact, lightweight
  • Shaped seats and footwell
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No extra storage space
  • Canopy, car seat adapter purchased separately
  • Learning curve with back wheels swiveling
  • Sensitive to veering when pushing straight

Our full review of the Veer Cruiser.

Veer stroller wagon fits in the trunk of a Honda Civic
The Veer stroller wagon fits nicely in the trunk of a Honda Civic

Kid Travel Veer Cruiser Video Review



Evenflo Pivot Xplore


Test Lab Score 80

Recommended

Lots of value, high performing, moderate cost




Parent Comfort and Usability
68
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
Steering, Maneuverability
86
Folding, Transport
91
Part and Material Quality
90

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore handles like a stroller but is designed with useful wagon features. Because of its shorter length front-to-back, it scored higher in maneuverability than most other wagons. It performed well in our grass and bump tolerance test, and was decent navigating hills.

The Xplore also performed well in time-to-fold, ease-of-folding, ease-of-lifting and several other portability tests. It stands when folded but is prone to tipping.

Kids can climb in and out on their own and they will like the cupholders, snack tray and comfortable seats with a footwell. The canopy operates smoothly and provides good coverage. The storage basket is roomy and accessible to parents from the back.

Front fold on the evenflo pivot xplore
The Evenflo Xplore folds down in the front to let children climb in on their own.

This stroller wagon isn’t roomy and doesn’t work well as a play or nap device as some do. It is also missing parent cupholders and a car seat adapter.

Overall we found the Evenflo stroller wagon to offer significant value for a reasonable price relative to the many pricier options.

Pros
  • Fast fold and unfold
  • Small folded size
  • Pushes, steers like a stroller
  • Padded seats and footwell
  • Low price
Cons
  • Not single rear brake pedal
  • Doesn’t stand well when folded
  • Moderate extra storage

Our full review of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore and Veer Cruiser side by side.

Kid Travel Evenflo Pivot Xplore Video Review



Larktale Caravan


Test Lab Score 80

Recommended

Maneuverable, comfortable and full featured out of the box



Parent Comfort and Usability
85
Kid Comfort and Usability
77
Steering, Maneuverability
80
Folding, Transport
66
Part and Material Quality
91

The Larktale Caravan Stroller Wagon looks like a classical, boxy wagon, but features like reclining seats and a footwell provide benefits typically found in strollers. A built-in cover for the footwell means it can also provide an internal nap and play surface. These benefits caused it to score well in the Kid Comfort category.

The Larktale’s overall performance in testing, and the features mentioned above, as well as the completeness of the included accessories earned it a Recommended purchase award this year.

In our maneuverability testing it performed well on hard surfaces and on level grassy terrain. It did not do well on hills and or in our bump test. It is a long wagon, so when there is weight in the front it takes more force than average to make a turn from a stopped position. However, it is easy to push and steer in normal usage for a wagon of its size.

The Larktale folds and unfolds in about 12 seconds without the canopies. The canopies mechanism works well but it takes time to remove and mount them, especially if you connect the velcro pieces as designed. You can fold the wagon without removing the canopies, but as you can see in the image below, they add a great deal of height. Unless you have a lot of room in your vehicle, you’ll really need to take the canopies off to stow it.

Keenz 7S left, Larktale Caravan with canopies right.

The wagon has a decent amount of storage available in its front basket and compartments in the rear, as well as some pouches inside. The wagon with canopy package includes a mesh insect covering and rain cover in addition to the two large canopies.

Pros
  • Reclining, adjustable seats
  • Footwell
  • Quick fold/unfold without the canopies
  • Good maneuverability
  • Extra accessories (rain cover, insect cover)
  • Cover over footwell to make nap area
  • Solid construction
Cons
  • Buckles difficult to operate
  • Canopies take time to mount correctly
  • Footwell cover difficult to zip
  • Footwell cover requires removal of harness buckle

Our full review of the Larktale Caravan Wagon



Radio Flyer Discovery


Test Lab Score 75

Budget Choice

Great features for the money, reclining seat, bench mode


Parent Comfort and Usability
71
Kid Comfort and Usability
66
Steering, Maneuverability
72
Folding, Transport
85
Part and Material Quality
83

The Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon has many of the same capabilities as its’ peers but with two main advantages. The typical sales price is half of the Evenflo Xplore and less than one-fourth of the Veer Cruiser. The Discovery is also extremely light at 30 lbs and folds down to 6.9 cu ft which is the smallest and easiest to handle of those we tested.

This wagon is missing accessories like a snack tray and cupholders for kids. It is also short on external storage. However, it does have a single reclining seat, 5-point harnesses, and a functional canopy.

The wagon performed well in folding and loading tests. It is adequate but average handling grass, bumps, and hills. One side zips down letting kids sit and play on it as a bench. The inner surface is flat and firm so it can also be used as a bassinet or small play area.

One of the Discovery’s two seats reclines. This feature is only found in much higher-priced wagons.

We value the light weight and versatility of this stroller wagon and believe the feature and performance tradeoffs are offset by the cost savings.

Pros
  • Reclining, adjustable seat
  • Bench seat using zip-down side
  • Lightweight at 30.5 lbs
  • Smallest folded size at 6.9 cu ft
  • Two 5-point harnesses
  • Low price
Cons
  • Limited storage space
  • Not all-terrain (ok on grass)
  • Sides not rigid

Our full review of the Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll ‘n Wagon

Toddler in the Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll 'N Wagon

Kid Travel Radio Flyer Discovery Video Review

Why You Should Trust Us

The stroller wagon writing and testing team for this review are Becky Hunt CPA, our founder, mother of four, and grandmom of four, and Jeff Hunt, editor, dad and grandad. Both have extensive, real-world baby gear experience.

We have researched and published 91 stroller recommendation articles over the past five years. We have evaluated several hundred strollers and dozens of stroller wagons.

Our test results and recommendations are not influenced by manufacturers. We purchased all of the leading stroller wagons at retail prices.

Over a period of three months we spent many hours in the wild, and with a few wild kids, putting these stroller wagons through their paces. We performed 65 tests and assessments on each wagon. We collated hundreds of negative customer reviews.

We evaluated safety concerns, checked for recalls, and looked at certifications. We interviewed wagon-owning parents, talked to manufacturers and noted how children interact with each product.

Based on our research, we found these five categories to be the most important drivers of satisfaction with stroller wagons:

  • Parent Comfort and Usability (20% weighting)
  • Kid Comfort and Usability (20% weighting)
  • Steering, Maneuverability (20% weighting)
  • Folding, Transport (20% weighting)
  • Part and Material Quality (20% weighting)

Who Should Get This

A stroller wagon isn’t a must-have for every family. You can get by with a single stroller, two single strollers, a double stroller or, in a pinch, no stroller at all.

A stroller wagon can be a good idea, if you have multiple kids 9 months to 5 years old, and like to attend events or go on extended outings. Some stroller wagons are better than most strollers for use on athletic fields or nature paths. And some are also more fun for kids to ride in and play in when sitting at an event.

Partial myth: “Stroller wagons are great for storage.” Many have very limited storage if two kids are in the wagon.

Partial myth: “Stroller wagons are good for napping.” Some have a flat inner surface to nap on, some do not. Rarely is there room for two kids to nap lying flat at the same time. Double strollers usually have two reclining seats so that two kids can nap at the same time. Many stroller wagons have no reclining seats.

How We Tested

We built upon our prior research into stroller wagons and surveyed customer reviews and expert recommendations. With a robust set of buying criteria and problem analysis, we evaluated 25 stroller wagons in our effort to narrow the field to those worthy of buying and testing. We eliminated many based on quality and usability issues. We also eliminated products from the same manufacturers with similar characteristics.

It all came down to some rather obvious criteria. How comfortable and enjoyable is it for the kids? How functional and easy to use is it for the parent? How well does it steer and how difficult is it to push? Is it difficult to fold and put into a vehicle? And not least, how well does it hold up over time?

With these big questions in mind, we devised 65 different tests and measurements to objectively test performance in the categories outlined below.

Product Ratings, Tests and Specs

Editor's Choice
Recommended
Recommended
Budget Choice
Veer CruiserAnthem 4Evenflo Pivot XploreLarktale CaravanGraco Modes AdventureBaby Trend ExpeditionRadio Flyer DiscoveryEver AdvancedKeenz 7SWonderfold W1 OriginalJeep WranglerWonderfold W4 Elite
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Veer
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Evenflo
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Wonderfold
Test Lab Score838080807976757272716964
Parent Comfort and Usability
69
86
68
85
66
85
71
66
87
57
92
73
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
82
67
77
70
67
66
70
57
58
62
82
Steering, Maneuverability
95
83
86
80
72
77
72
70
77
73
39
53
Folding, Transport
92
60
91
66
92
67
85
76
49
85
60
22
Part and Material Quality
94
92
90
91
97
86
83
79
90
82
90
89
Specifications
Seats2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4
Weight32.5 lbs40.0 lbs34.7 lbs38.0 lbs30.5 lbs42.0 lbs30.5 lbs33.1 lbs32.0 lbs33.0 lbs46.2 lbs53.0 lbs
Capacity in Pounds110 lbs250 lbs110 lbs100 lbs100 lbs110 lbs120 lbs110 lbs110 lbs180 lbs110 lbs300 lbs
Minimum Age6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months Not stated 6 months 1 2 years 1 6 months 6 months 6 months
Goes through standard sized doorYes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Grass Rating10 10 10 9 9 8 7 8 8 8 7 6
Time to Assemble13 min17 min21 min15 min17 min18 min25 min12 min21 min15 min16 min26 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating9 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 9 8
Storage Volume Rating1 9 7 8 3 8 3 5 10 4 10 9
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No No No / Separate No Yes No No No No Yes No
Additional Accessories IncludedSnack Tray Canopy, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, rain cover, insect cover Canopy Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy
Folding Time20 sec23 sec20 sec47 sec19 sec28 sec36 sec53 sec54 sec30 sec31 sec98 sec
Folded Size7.9 cu ft11.1 cu ft9.0 cu ft8.3 cu ft7.0 cu ft13.1 cu ft6.9 cu ft8.1 cu ft8.9 cu ft9.5 cu ft10.2 cu ft15.7 cu ft
Fits in Sedan TrunkYes No (Yes w/o wheels) Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Seats ReclineNo No No Yes No No One of two No No No No Yes
Kid CupholdersYes 4 Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
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Value

Stroller wagons can be very pricey. The Wonderfold W4 Elite, Anthem4 and Veer Cruiser are over $600. The Cruiser is close to $950 if you purchase the storage basket, canopy and nap system. That for a 2-seater.

Those prices generally yield a set of premium features like footwells, reclining seats, a flat sleeping surface, additional storage, snack trays, cup holders for kids and parents. Even in that price range, not every product has every feature.

Our budget choice, the Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon, is less than $200 and is short on accessories but does include a canopy, parent cup holders, and a single reclining seat.

The mid-range price for stroller wagons is $300 to $450. Most but not all of the products in this range are missing footwells and reclining seats but do include snack trays, cupholders and extra storage. The Jeep and Baby Trend come with a car seat adapter included.

Product Price Performance

Also Tested

In addition to the Editor’s Choice and Recommended stroller wagons above we tested the following wagons which did not receive our “recommended” designation.

These are good products, or we wouldn’t have chosen them to purchase and test them at all. Although the Gladly Anthem 4 is listed in this section, we do in fact recommend it if you are looking for a 4-passenger wagon.



Anthem 4


Test Lab Score 80

Versatile, roomy 4-seater, with great steering, but folding issues


Parent Comfort and Usability
86
Kid Comfort and Usability
82
Steering, Maneuverability
83
Folding, Transport
60
Part and Material Quality
92

We recommend the Gladly Anthem 4 as our top choice for 4-passenger stroller wagons.

It has much in common with the Veer Cruiser, except of course that the Veer only holds two kids. The Anthem has large wheels in front and the back wheels swivel. This takes some getting used to but helped make this wagon one of our highest performers in both terrain tests and maneuverability testing.

It is slightly wider inside than its Wonderfold W4 rival and has a footwell and nicely shaped seats that kids find comfortable.

It folds compactly to the extent that we could get it in the trunk of a small sedan if we took the wheels off (which is simple to do).

The folding mechanism is not designed well, and ofter requires some jiggling to get it to release. But when it works, it results in a tight, easy fold, and an even quicker un-fold/setup.

The Anthem is only 40 lbs, which is 13 lbs lighter than the Wonderfold W4, though not as light as some of the 2-passenger wagons we tested.

Pros
  • Excellent steering, maneuverability
  • Canopy can cover 100%
  • Ample storage
  • Comfortable seats and footwell
  • Nap mat included
  • Light for 4-seater
Cons
  • Folding button sticks occasionally
  • Handle fixed height
  • Learning curve with swivel wheels in back

See our full review of the Gladly Anthem 4 here.

gladly anthem 4 shown with canopies zipped up tight
The Gladly Anthem 4 shown with its canopies zipped completely together.

Kid Travel Gladly Anthem 4 Video Review



Graco Modes Adventure


Test Lab Score 79

High quality, portable and comfortable for frequent use



Parent Comfort and Usability
66
Kid Comfort and Usability
70
Steering, Maneuverability
72
Folding, Transport
92
Part and Material Quality
97

The Graco Modes Adventure Wagon also performed very well in our testing. It is lighter and folds smaller than the Evenflo Pivot although its overall dimensions are larger.

It feels more like a stroller than a wagon in the way it maneuvers. While the Jeep and Keenz are classic boxy wagons, with flat inside surfaces that can be used for playing and napping, the Adventure has a footwell and excels in comfortable seating.

The Adventure maneuvers easily and handled grass and hills well in our testing. It does not roll over bumps and roots without extra help.

The Adventure lacks in storage space and easy-to-access parent cupholders. Although it folds fast and small, the handle release is inconsistent and the handle has no stop to keep it from falling all the way to the ground in pull mode.

unfolding graco adventure stroller wagon
Unfolding the Graco Modes Adventure stroller wagon

Despite a few shortcomings, the Adventure tested well enough to get our Recommended rating, and outperformed the Keenz 7S, Jeep Wrangler and Baby Trend Expedition handily.

Pros
  • Lightweight at only 30.5 lbs
  • Very small 7.0 cu ft folded size
  • Fast fold and unfold
  • Good canopy sun coverage
  • Comfortable padded seats and footwell
  • Smooth ride, rubber wheels and spring suspension
Cons
  • Limited storage space
  • Handle and handle operation a bit unstable
  • Separate brake pedals

See our full review of the Graco Modes Adventure Wagon here.

The veer cruiser wagon side by side with the Graco Modes Adventure stroller wagon
Veer Cruiser and Graco Adventure stroller wagons

Kid Travel Graco Modes Adventure Video Review



Wonderfold W4 Elite


Test Lab Score 64

Nice storage and seats, heavy, bulky



Parent Comfort and Usability
73
Kid Comfort and Usability
82
Steering, Maneuverability
53
Folding, Transport
22
Part and Material Quality
89

The Wonderfold W4 Elite stroller wagon comes complete with ample extra storage space, comfortable reclining and adjustable seats. We found it to be comfortable and fun for kids, who love the secret zippered, back door entrance.

Unfortunately, the Wonderfold is a beast to fold and load into a van. It is 53 lbs, and large and bulky when folded.

It also did not do well in our terrain tests. We had a hard time pushing it through the grass and up hills. It didn’t do well in the bumpy terrain either.

One other challenge with the W4 is that both of the moms who tested it, and one of the dads, consistently bumped their feet against the brake or axel with each step while pushing. The handle position seems to be too far forward.

Feet bumping while pushing the wonderfold w4

We found the materials and parts to be of high quality and don’t have any concerns about durability.

Pros
  • Lots of extra storage space
  • Deep footwell, comfortable seats
  • All seats recline and are adjustable
  • Zippered, secret kid entrance
  • High-quality parts
Cons
  • Heavy, 50+ lbs
  • Awkward to fold, unfold and lift
  • Feet bump brake/axel while pushing
  • Steering and pushing difficult on non-flat surfaces

Our full review of the Wonderfold W4 Elite

Kid Travel Wonderfold W4 Elite Video Review



Baby Trend Expedition


Test Lab Score 76

Good value for the price, not best to fold and stow



Parent Comfort and Usability
85
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
Steering, Maneuverability
77
Folding, Transport
67
Part and Material Quality
86

The Baby Trend Expedition is a full-featured stroller wagon and one of only two that includes a car seat adapted with the base package.

The Expedition was easy to clean and has very accessible and ample storage including a large compartment in the back and a handle-mounted basket with storage and parent cupholders.

The fold action is very fast and easy and the canopy also operates smoothly.

In our steering and terrain testing the Expedition was in the middle of the pack. It pushes much like a stroller, and navigated reasonably well on grass and up hills. It stayed on a straight line reasonably long in our veer test.

Although the Expedition folds and unfolds easily, it is large and bulky when folded. It doesn’t stand while folded and is awkward to pick up and load into a van. We couldn’t get it to fit in the trunk of a sedan. In fact, it had the largest cubic footage of the 2-passenger wagons we tested.

It does not have a footwell. Instead, there are foam pads that raise kids off the flat base of the wagon an inch or two. This isn’t enough to let them bend their knees.

The seat cushions also fold out into a full nap mat which covers the flat base of the wagon. This is handy for both play and naps.

Bigger kids will be able to crawl over the sides to get in. Smaller kids will need to be lifted over, and there is no special entrance like the Wonderfold and Evenflo have that let kids crawl in by themselves.

Pros
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Helpful, handle-mounted parent console
  • Fast, easy fold and unfold
  • Included play and nap mat
  • Good steering and maneuverability
  • Full mesh canopy coverage
  • Low price
Cons
  • Heavy at 42 lbs
  • Large folded size, 13.1 cu ft
  • Doesn’t stand folded

Our full review of the Baby Trend Expedition stroller wagon

pulling open external cupholders on the baby trend expedition

Kid Trave Baby Trend Expedition Wagon Video Review



Keenz 7S


Test Lab Score 72

Functional, decent maneuverability, not overly comfortable for kids


Parent Comfort and Usability
87
Kid Comfort and Usability
57
Steering, Maneuverability
77
Folding, Transport
49
Part and Material Quality
90

The Keenz 7S is a classic box-style wagon with lots of features parents like. It has a nice storage basket, several pockets and compartments, and an insulated storage bag.

It is easy to clean and few places for dirt and crumbs to hide inside.

While the Keenz pushed easily in the grass, we had to work to push it uphill and it didn’t do well going over bumps.

The biggest downside to the Keenz is the folding and loading process. It took longer to fold than other wagons, requiring a clip underneath to be fastened. It is faster if you don’t bother with the canopy.

Although it is not too large when folded, it is a bit bulky and hard to maneuver. It wouldn’t fit in the trunk of a sedan.

There is no footwell so kids have to sit with their legs outstretched and their backs straight. The advantage is that the flat surface provides a nice play area and nap space.

The sides are quite a bit higher than the bottom of the wagon so smaller kids can’t see out the sides.

There isn’t too much room between the canopy and sides of the wagon when you are trying to lift a kid in.

There is no car seat adapter available for the Keenz so it is not the best baby wagon.

Pros
  • Lots of storage space
  • Included, insulated cooler bag
  • Easy to clean
  • Smooth brake operation
  • Drop-down mesh, sun blocker from canopies
Cons
  • Bulky folded, 8.9 cu ft
  • Slow to fold, unfold
  • Canopy setup, takedown awkward
  • Steering and maneuverability only adequate
  • High sides block view of smaller children

Our full review of the Keenz 7S

graco adventure vs keenz 7s side view
The Keenz 7S beside the Graco Adventure stroller wagon

Kid Travel Keenz 7S Video Review



Jeep Wrangler


Test Lab Score 69

Nice features and accessories, big inside, difficult to stow and maneuver



Parent Comfort and Usability
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
62
Steering, Maneuverability
39
Folding, Transport
60
Part and Material Quality
90

The Jeep Wrangler looks like a jeep with a wide front wheelbase. It doesn’t do offroading like its namesake though.

We had to work hard to push the Wrangler through grass and over hills. It did not do bumps well either.

Another weakness of the Jeep is its bulkiness when folded. It is 42 lbs and difficult to lift into the back of a van.

Like the Keenz 7S, the Jeep has no footwell and requires children to sit flat on the bottom of the wagon with their legs out.

The Wrangler scored high in accessories. It comes with a car seat adapted which worked smoothly in our testing. It also includes mosquito netting, an insulated cooler bag, cupholders, pull-down sun shades and lots of storage space.

Bigger toddlers can easily climb up and in the Wrangler and it has plenty of room to nap and play in. It is also priced more reasonably than other 2-seat wagons.

The Jeep includes a car seat adapter making it one of the best wagon strollers for an infant and toddler.

Pros
  • Roomy inside
  • Excellent storage space
  • Included, insulated cooler bag
  • Included car seat adapter
  • Sturdy constuction
Cons
  • Heavy at 46.2 lbs
  • Bulky folded at 10.2 cu ft
  • Difficult steering and maneuverability

See our full review of the Jeep Wrangler stroller wagon here.

testing the jeep stroller wagon car seat adapter

Kid Travel Jeep Wrangler Wagon Video Review



Ever Advanced


Test Lab Score 72

Good value, handle quality issues, tight fold


Parent Comfort and Usability
66
Kid Comfort and Usability
70
Steering, Maneuverability
70
Folding, Transport
76
Part and Material Quality
79

We purchased and tested the Ever Advanced Foldable Wagon because it had reasonable strong customer reviews, and it was lower-priced than all the wagons we purchased except the Radio Flyer.

In our testing the push-handle locked in the lower position and we couldn’t get it unstuck. We returned that wagon and continued testing with a replacement wagon. The second wagon has never had a locked push-handle but the handle joint is unstable (shaky) and makes a clicking sound when pushing.

We also found the canopy to be very cumbersome to unfold and mount. The canopy posts often come loose from their mounts.

ever advanced canopy post hold
Canopy post popped out of its mount on the Ever Advanced Foldable Wagon.

The wagon performed adequately in our steering testing. It was also very easy to fold and unfold without the canopy.

Pros
  • Low price
  • Relatively lightweight at 33.1 lbs
  • Fast fold, unfold (without the canopy)
  • Easy to clean
  • Snack tray mounts on handle or frame
  • Spring suspension
Cons
  • Push-handle joint unstable
  • Canopy operation very difficult
  • Canopy posts come out
  • Brake can’t be seen from pushing position

See our full review of the Ever Advanced Foldable Wagon.

Kid Travel Ever Advanced Wagon Video Review

Testing Categories

Parent Comfort and Usability

This category assesses storage, ease of cleaning, handle usability, braking, customer service, car seat adapters and more.

The Jeep Wrangler came out on top with lots of storage, and included car seat adapter, easy cleaning, and smooth brake operation. Ironically, the Veer Cruiser, our top choice was weak in this area because the base model lacks storage space and a car seat adapter, and brake activation was more challenging than others.

Storage Volume Ranking

Most products come with a basket that hangs on the front or back end of the wagon. Baby Trend has a large and convenient basket that attaches to the top of the handle.

Jeep Wrangler
10
Keenz 7S
10
Anthem 4
9
Wonderfold W4 Elite
9
Larktale Caravan
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Ever Advanced
5
Wonderfold W1 Original
4
Graco Modes Adventure
3
Radio Flyer Discovery
3
Veer Cruiser
1
Baby Trend Expedition storage bag shown open
Baby Trend Expedition storage bag is handlebar-mounted and super convenient.

Cleaning

We didn’t find a big difference between the wagons in the ability to spot clean fabric. However, the fabric is removable from the Keenz, Jeep and W4.

There is a difference when it comes to dirt and crumb removal from crevices. Here are the crumb removal ratings:

Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Veer Cruiser
9
Ever Advanced
9
Keenz 7S
9
Wonderfold W1 Original
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Wonderfold W4 Elite
8
Anthem 4
7
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Larktale Caravan
7
Graco Modes Adventure
7

Steering and Maneuverability

The Veer Cruiser and Evenflo Xplore took the top spot for steering and maneuverability with the Anthem4 in a close 3rd place.

Terrain Performance

We loaded all the wagons with 40 lbs in the front and back and performed several intense terrain tests. Each was rated on grass and hill performance going up, down, and pushing along the side of a grassy hill. We also took them over a bumpy path as you are likely to encounter tree roots, rocks, and sticks in your journies.

veer cruiser vs wonderfold w4 elite wheel size
The Veer Cruiser wheel is quite a bit larger than the Wonderfold W4

Having larger wheels in the front, while pushing, made it much easier for the Veer and Anthem4 to roll over bumps and obstacles, than for wagons that have smaller wheels in the front. Pushing these wagons was easier on all rough terrain, but not much different on flat surfaces.

Veer Cruiser
10
Anthem 4
10
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Radio Flyer Discovery
8
Keenz 7S
8
Larktale Caravan
7
Ever Advanced
7
Wonderfold W1 Original
7
Graco Modes Adventure
6
Wonderfold W4 Elite
6
Jeep Wrangler
3

Steering and Veering

The Veer and Anthem4 with swivel wheels on the back made it more difficult to push in a straight line. Those wagons were much more sensitive to uneven pushing on the left or right side of the handle and you have to make frequent but slight adjustments.

We measured the force in pounds to get the loaded strollers going, and then the force to keep them going. The Wonderfold W4 is the heaviest and hardest to start and maintain its roll. The Veer and Evenflo took the least force.

Force to Start

Veer Cruiser
11.0 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
11.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
12.1 lbs
Anthem 4
12.2 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
12.6 lbs
Larktale Caravan
14.3 lbs
Keenz 7S
14.3 lbs
Graco Modes Adventure
15.4 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
15.4 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
15.4 lbs
Wonderfold W4 Elite
15.4 lbs
Ever Advanced
16.5 lbs

Force to Turn

We also tested to force required to make a standing turn, like you might have to do in a grocery store to navigate down an aisle. Again the Veer and Anthem4 were winners but Evenflo was relatively easy to turn because it is shorter front to back.

Anthem 4
13.2 lbs
Veer Cruiser
15.4 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
22.0 lbs
Keenz 7S
22.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
25.4 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
25.4 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
28.7 lbs
Graco Modes Adventure
31.4 lbs
Larktale Caravan
33.0 lbs
Ever Advanced
33.0 lbs
Wonderfold W4 Elite
33.5 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
36.4 lbs

Going Through Doors

The Graco, Radio Flyer, Keenz, Baby Trend, Evenflo and Veer wagons could fit through small 28″ sized doorways. The Jeep, Wonderfold and Anthem4 could not roll through a 30″ doorway and had to be folded or tilted and twisted through.

Folding and Transport

Many of the most serious complaints about stroller wagons involve difficulty in folding and loading them into and out of vehicles.

We measured folding time, unfolding time, and folded size in cubic feet. We attempted to load every wagon into the trunk of a small sedan and also loaded them into the back of a Toyota mini-van with the vehicle seats up and down.

We rated each product for Ease of Folding and Ease of Lifting when Folded.

Folding and Transport Ratings

Veer Cruiser
92
Graco Modes Adventure
92
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
91
Radio Flyer Discovery
85
Wonderfold W1 Original
85
Ever Advanced
76
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Larktale Caravan
66
Anthem 4
60
Jeep Wrangler
60
Keenz 7S
49
Wonderfold W4 Elite
22

The Veer Cruiser and Evenflo Xplore have very different folding mechanisms, but both have fast fold and unfold times and have a small footprint folded. The Radio Flyer Discovery is also a champ when it comes to folding because of its compact fold size and light weight.

4-Seat Stroller Wagons

The Wonderfold W4 Elite weighs 53 lbs and is difficult to fold and lift when folded.

Putting the Wonderfold W4 Elite into the back of a minivan with the rear seats in place.
Heaving the Wonderfold W4 Elite into the van. It fits with the seats up, but is a challenge to lift.

The Gladly Anthem4 is 30 lbs and has a folding approach similar to the Veer. When it works, it folds quickly and compactly. However, the folding release button seized up frequently and required force and wiggling to get it to fold. While we were always able to eventually fold the wagon, it was difficult and frustrating often enough to warrant very low folding scores.

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

The Graco folds the smallest of the mid-sized stroller wagons and is also very lightweight at 30.5 lbs. The Radio Flyer is similarly small and light.

The Radio Flyer, Evenflo, Graco, Keenz, Jeep stroller wagons folded and standing outside
Left to right: Radio Flyer, Evenflo, Graco, Keenz, Jeep stroller wagons
Radio Flyer Discovery
6.9 cu ft
Graco Modes Adventure
7.0 cu ft
Veer Cruiser
7.9 cu ft
Ever Advanced
8.1 cu ft
Larktale Caravan
8.3 cu ft
Keenz 7S
8.9 cu ft
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9.0 cu ft
Wonderfold W1 Original
9.5 cu ft
Jeep Wrangler
10.2 cu ft
Anthem 4
11.1 cu ft
Baby Trend Expedition
13.1 cu ft
Wonderfold W4 Elite
15.7 cu ft

Kid Comfort and Usability

Footwells, reclining seats and comfortable harnesses go a long way toward keeping kids happy and comfortable in a stroller wagon. In this category we looked at whether kids could get in and out on their own, whether they could see out over the sides and through the canopy, whether the seats were ventilated, the amount of space inside the wagon and much more.

Anthem 4
82
Wonderfold W4 Elite
82
Larktale Caravan
77
Graco Modes Adventure
70
Ever Advanced
70
Veer Cruiser
67
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
67
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Radio Flyer Discovery
66
Jeep Wrangler
62
Wonderfold W1 Original
58
Keenz 7S
57

The Wonderfold W4 Elite and Gladly Anthem4, which are the only 4-seaters we tested, were the top performers with many kid-friendly amenities. Both wagons are spacious inside as they need to be to hold four children. The W4 is 30 in long and 19 in wide and the Anthem is 28 in long and 21 in wide. The extra width in the Anthem makes it easier to get bigger kids side by side.

The Wonderfold is 3 inches deeper than the Anthem and provides a roomier footwell. Paired with adjustable reclining seats and padded harnesses, toddlers can sit nice and cozy.

Stroller wagons that allow older kids to climb in and out on their own are a hit. The Evenflo folds down in front. The Wonderfold has a zippered entrance in the back. Older and agile kids will be able to climb into many of the products including those that aren’t made with an entrance in mind.

Canopies may get in the way. The Keenz doesn’t have much space between the canopy and top of the sides which makes it more difficult to maneuver a baby into the seat. The sides of the Keenz are 18 inches high and a child sitting flat on their bottom isn’t able to see out.

The Wonderfold W4 Elite and Keenz 7S side by side.
The Wonderfold W4 Elite and Keenz 7S

Part and Material Quality

Stroller wagons take a beating because kids play in and on them and parents load them up with gear.

We evaluated a wide range of materials and components assessing quality and operation. Here are the overall scores for Part and Material Quality:

Graco Modes Adventure
97
Veer Cruiser
94
Anthem 4
92
Larktale Caravan
91
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
90
Keenz 7S
90
Jeep Wrangler
90
Wonderfold W4 Elite
89
Baby Trend Expedition
86
Radio Flyer Discovery
83
Wonderfold W1 Original
82
Ever Advanced
79

Scores in this category fell into a narrower range but the Graco, Cruiser, Pivot Xplore and Anthem4 came out on top. The Veer is solidly built with a welded aluminum frame. It looks and feels strong, and the handle and sides snap into place with a reassuring sound, and consistent and firm connections.

Zipper, Button, Velcro Operability

Most wagons scored well in our zip, button, snap, and slide tests. These tests were limited in duration so we can comment on how well the pieces performed but not how well they will hold up over time.

Veer Cruiser
10
Graco Modes Adventure
10
Anthem 4
9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Ever Advanced
9
Keenz 7S
9
Wonderfold W1 Original
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Wonderfold W4 Elite
9
Larktale Caravan
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8

Tires

The tires on the stroller wagons we tested were mostly constructed of EVA foam. The Anthem 4 has foam tires and a rubber tread. The Keenz and Evenflo also include some rubber.

While most stroller wagons claim some level of all-terrain capability, the standard wheels included are not wide enough to support that claim. For example, the Jeep Wrangler comes with 12 in diameter and 2 in width rear wheels. The true all-terrain wheels on their website are 4 in wide.

The Radio Flyer, Jeep, Anthem 4 and Veer all have 12 in diameter wheels. The widest standard wheels were 2.25 in found on the Evenflo and Wonderfold, however, those two wagons had smaller wheel diameters.

Rear Wheel Width

Ever Advanced
2.50 in
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
2.25 in
Wonderfold W4 Elite
2.25 in
Veer Cruiser
2.00 in
Anthem 4
2.00 in
Graco Modes Adventure
2.00 in
Wonderfold W1 Original
2.00 in
Jeep Wrangler
2.00 in
Radio Flyer Discovery
1.90 in
Larktale Caravan
1.80 in
Baby Trend Expedition
1.70 in
Keenz 7S
1.70 in

Rear Wheel Diameter

Radio Flyer Discovery
12.0 in
Anthem 4
12.0 in
Ever Advanced
12.0 in
Keenz 7S
12.0 in
Jeep Wrangler
12.0 in
Larktale Caravan
11.5 in
Baby Trend Expedition
11.0 in
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
10.5 in
Graco Modes Adventure
10.0 in
Wonderfold W4 Elite
9.5 in
Wonderfold W1 Original
9.0 in
Veer Cruiser
8.0 in

Safety

There is very little data specifically about the safety of stroller wagons. Strollers are the closest comparison.

76% of Stroller Injuries are from Falling Out

The most common injuries involving strollers occur when strollers tip over and when children fall from a stroller. 76% of stroller injuries in this study were from falls. One conclusion was “restraint use would prevent many stroller-related injuries.”

Stroller wagons have a wider, more stable wheelbase than many other types of strollers. This means they are less likely to tip over. However, unrestrained toddlers can still fall out.

Parents need to take care to restrain children properly while pushing and pulling wagons. When wagons are stationary and children are playing in and around them, close parental supervision is required.

Pinching and Cutting

Little fingers, hands, feet, arms and legs can get caught and pinched when stroller wagons are folded and unfolded. Keep children away when folding and securing wagons.

Brakes

Moving wagons can also be a safety hazard. You don’t want a runaway wagon with kids inside. Even a “parked” wagon without the brake engaged may roll and injure children who are getting in or out. It is always safest to engage the brake when your stroller wagon is parked.

We tested brake activation, brake release and brake effectiveness because an easy-to-use, fast-stopping brake system makes for a much safer wagon.

Brake Activation Rating

How easy is it to engage the brake? Did it hurt pushing on the brake with bare or sandaled feet?

Anthem 4
10
Baby Trend Expedition
10
Keenz 7S
10
Larktale Caravan
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Wonderfold W4 Elite
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Graco Modes Adventure
7
Ever Advanced
6
Wonderfold W1 Original
6
Veer Cruiser
5
Break pedal of the Veer Cruiser wagon shown in locked mode.
Veer Cruiser brake. Push down to activate, tap the white button to release.

Brake Release Rating

How difficult was it to release the brake? Did it hurt our bare or sandaled feet? We found that releasing brakes was more likely to scrape our feet than applying the breaks.

Veer Cruiser
10
Larktale Caravan
10
Keenz 7S
10
Anthem 4
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Graco Modes Adventure
7
Baby Trend Expedition
7
Jeep Wrangler
7
Wonderfold W4 Elite
7
Ever Advanced
6
Wonderfold W1 Original
6

Brake Effectiveness Rating

How quickly did the stroller wagon stop when moving at a quick walk and loaded with 40 lbs in the front and in the back?

Radio Flyer Discovery
10
Anthem 4
10
Larktale Caravan
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Veer Cruiser
7
Keenz 7S
7
Wonderfold W1 Original
7
Wonderfold W4 Elite
7
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
5
Graco Modes Adventure
5
Ever Advanced
4

Not surprisingly, the wagons with larger wheel diameters and widths (greater tread surface area), had better braking effectiveness.

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore has independent brakes on each rear wheel. This made it harder to engage and less effective in quick stops. All of the other wagons we tested had a single brake pedal that engaged two wheels at the same time.

Stroller Wagons with Car Seat Adapters

Some stroller wagons include a car seat adapter, others require a separate purchase, and others are not designed to accept an adapter.

WagonCar Seat AdapterNotes
Anthem4Not available
Anthem2 and Anthem4 ICSSeparate purchaseAnthem2 adapter
Anthem4 ICS adapter
Baby Trend ExpeditionIncludedCar seat compatibility
Evenflo Pivot XploreSeparate purchaseCompatibility: Evenflo LiteMax or SafeMax, Evenflo Gold SecureMax car seats
Ever AdvancedNot available
Graco Modes AdventureSeparate purchaseGraco car seats
Jeep WranglerIncludedGraco, Chicco, Evenflo, and Britax car seats mentioned in manual
Keenz wagonsNot available
Radio Flyer DiscoveryNot available
Veer CruiserSeparate purchaseBritax adapter
Chicco adapter
Graco adapter
Wonderfold wagonsNot available

Wagon Stroller Safety

Most stroller-related injuries involve children falling out. Stroller wagons, are more stable than typical strollers and tip over less frequently.

Stroller design features that impact safety include:

  • Harness buckles that can be unfastened by children
  • Folding mechanisms that can pinch or amputate fingers or limbs
  • Latching mechanisms that can unlock and allow the stroller to fold on its occupants
  • Brake locks that can come unlocked allowing the stroller to roll
  • Frame and wheel designs that are unstable allowing the stroller to tip over
  • Wheels that come off

Stroller wagons are subject to some of the above safety issues including but not limited to: harness buckles that may be unfastened by children, folding mechanisms that pinch, wheels that come off, stopping brakes that disengage.

Stroller wagons are less likely to have structural problems that allow them to tip over.

Where can you take a stroller wagon?

Stroller wagons on airplanes

All airlines allow you to check a stroller wagon, although checked baggage fees may apply.

Many airlines also allow you to check a single stroller wagon at the gate (along with a single car seat).

Here is what Southwest airlines says about foldable wagons. And here is American Airlines policy on strollers and wagons. And United Airlines.

The policies are slightly different, so check with your specific airline.

Stroller wagons in Disney World and Disneyland

Disney says:

Strollers larger than 31″ (79 cm) x 52″ (132 cm) and wagons are not permitted.

Stroller wagons are also not permitted.

Stroller Wagons for Infants

The Jeep Wrangler and Baby Trend Expedition stroller wagons came with a car seat adapter included. The Evenflo, Anthem4, and Veer have adapters available to purchase separately. The Radio Flyer and Wonderfold stroller wagons do not have car seat adapters available. The adapters do not accommodate every car seat so you’ll need to check for compatibility.

The Keenz 7S and Radio Flyer Discovery list the minimum age for an infant as 1 year old. All of the other stroller wagons we tested specify 6 months for the minimum age.

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