Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon Review

We researched 25 stroller wagons and chose 7 to purchase and test extensively. The Radio Flyer Discovery performed surprisingly well given that it is one-fourth the cost of some wagons we tested and half the price of most of its 2-seater peers.

It is lightweight, easy to lift and stow, and performed adequately in our maneuverability and terrain tests. Overall we have no hesitation in recommending it as a budget choice, and you might even choose it over others because it is so much easier to manage.

Here is our review of all the best stroller wagons this year.



Radio Flyer Discovery


Test Lab Score 76

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
86

How it Compares

Here is how the Discovery stacks up against the most popular 2-seat stroller wagons.

Budget Choice
Editor's Choice
Recommended
Radio Flyer DiscoveryVeer CruiserEvenflo Pivot XploreBaby Trend ExpeditionKeenz 7SJeep Wrangler
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Test Lab Score768381767369
Parent Comfort and Usability
71
66
65
85
88
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
66
67
67
67
57
62
Steering, Maneuverability
72
95
86
77
77
39
Folding, Transport
85
92
91
67
49
60
Part and Material Quality
86
94
94
86
90
90
SpecificationsThis Product
Seats2 2 2 2 2 2
Weight30.5 lbs32.5 lbs34.7 lbs42.0 lbs32.0 lbs46.2 lbs
Capacity in Pounds120 lbs110 lbs110 lbs110 lbs110 lbs110 lbs
Minimum Age1 6 months 6 months 6 months 1 6 months
Goes through standard sized doorYes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Grass Rating7 10 10 8 8 7
Time to Assemble25 sec13 sec21 sec18 sec21 sec16 sec
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating9 9 7 8 9 9
Storage Volume Rating3 1 7 8 10 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No No Yes No Yes
Additional Accessories IncludedCanopy Snack Tray Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time36 sec20 sec20 sec28 sec54 sec31 sec
Folded Size6.9 cu ft7.9 cu ft9.0 cu ft13.1 cu ft8.9 cu ft10.2 cu ft
Fits in Sedan TrunkYes Yes Yes No No No
Seats ReclineOne of two No No No No No
Kid CupholdersNo Yes Yes Yes No No
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Where it Fits Among Other Choices

Stroller wagons can be pushed or pulled, and typically have 3 or 5-point seat harnesses and other comfort-related accessories like reclining seats and cupholders. Kid wagons are typically pull-only and have fewer extras.

The Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon is among the lowest cost stroller wagons available however it has some features like a single reclining seat which some competitors don’t have. It is designed with a zip-down side to form a bench that no other wagon has.

Other Radio Flyer Options

Radio Flyer is the original kid wagon company and offers these products that qualify as stroller wagons:

  • Custom Stroll ‘N Wagon
  • Convertible Stroll ‘N Wagon
  • Odyssey Stroll ‘N Wagon
  • Beach ‘N Boardwalk Wagon

These stroller wagons are very similar structurally and share a lot of common features.

The Custom allows you to pick and choose from accessories like a canopy, storage bag, shoulder pads and pull handle. You can also choose between two different colors.

The Convertible has a raised canopy and no reclined seats. The Odyssey is a higher-end model with more storage, kid cupholders and upgraded fabric among other things.

The Beach ‘N Boardwalk is much like the Convertible except that it comes standard with wider tires for better performance on the beach.

Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll 'N Wagon with toddler sitting in the middle

Most Common Complaints

We reviewed all the critical reviews of the Discovery and classified them into the following categories. After having extensively tested the Discovery we provide our own experience in response to each criticism.

CriticismOur Experience
Missing pieces on arrivalNo missing pieces
Damage on arrivalNo damage; one spot of rust
Side ripped easilyWe had no rips and haven’t detected any weak seams
Zipper detachedDidn’t happen to us; no evidence of weakness in the stitching
Wheel brokeNo wheel problems
Folding mechanism brokeFolding mechanism seems sound
Difficult to steerIt was difficult to steer when heavily weighted in the front, when doing a sharp turn from a hard stop, when weighted and on grass; On normal hard surfaces it performed adequately though not as well as the best wagons
Wheels not stableWe attempted to replicate this problem by pushing it fast and didn’t detect any instability

Testing and Research

We ran the Discovery through 65 different tests and measurements over a 3 month period and evaluated it side-by-side with the other top stroller wagons on the market.

We folded, lifted, pushed and pulled it with kids and filled with heavy weights down paths, over hills, bumps and sidewalks. Here is what we discovered in the five most important buying decision categories.

Parent Comfort and Usability

Parents have as much at stake as the kids when it comes to a stroller wagon. The Discovery scored

Jeep Wrangler
92
Keenz 7S
88
Baby Trend Expedition
85
Radio Flyer Discovery
71
Veer Cruiser
66
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
65

In this category we considered a variety of factors including time-to-assemble, manual usability, customer service response time, ease of cleaning, storage, the feel and operation of the handles, brake usability and effectiveness and car seat adapters.

The manual was better than many other wagons, but assembly took 25 minutes requiring the use of some simple tools.

The Discovery has no provision for a car seat adapter. The minimum age requirement is 1 year so this is not the right stroller wagon for an infant.

Storage Volume Ranking

One drawback of the Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon is that it doesn’t come with any significant storage. There is a pouch with an elastic mouth that holds the canopy. If you choose not to take the canopy with you, you could use that pouch for storage. There are two cloth cupholders sewn onto the back under the push handle.

The Discovery does have quite a bit of room inside the wagon. If you only have one kid in the wagon you will be fine on storage space, but with two kids there is not much additional room.

It is not recommended to hang diaper bags on stroller handles in general, but with a large wagon like this one, the risk of tipping it backward is minimal.

Keenz 7S
10
Jeep Wrangler
10
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Radio Flyer Discovery
3
Veer Cruiser
1

Cleaning

The fabric on this Radio Flyer is easy to spot clean. There aren’t many crevices where crumbs and dirt can hide so it scored well in crumb removal:

Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Veer Cruiser
9
Keenz 7S
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7

The fabric is not removable but that isn’t really a problem with this wagon.

When kids track mud and sand into the wagon, keep in mind that they may end up sitting on it. Some wagons have footwells so that dirty shoes stay off the seat. This one does not have a footwell. That makes the wagon easier to clean but might make clothes dirtier if it is a messy day.

Steering and Maneuverability

The Radio Flyer is average when it comes to pushing, steering and operating on the grass. It maneuvers more like a wagon than a stroller, whereas the Evenflo Pivot Xplore is shorter and handles like a double stroller.

Veer Cruiser
95
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
86
Baby Trend Expedition
77
Keenz 7S
77
Radio Flyer Discovery
72
Jeep Wrangler
39

Terrain Performance

The Discovery was able to handle a grassy sports field just fine. When it is fully loaded it is much easier to pull over a bumpy or uneven surface than to push. The wheels are bigger than some, but not wide enough to qualify as “all terrain”.

Here are the bump test ratings:

Veer Cruiser
10
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Keenz 7S
8
Jeep Wrangler
3

Steering and Veering

The Discovery was able to make sharp turns from a dead stop with lots of weight in the front in our tests. But it took some effort. It was also pretty average in our test to see if it veered to one side or the other during long, straight walks.

When you are out and need to push your wagon through the door of a restroom, the Discovery does the job. It fits through narrow 28 inch doors.

Folding and Transport

Many stroller wagons make life miserable when it comes to folding, unfolding and loading them into cars and vans. The Radio Flyer performed well in our Folding Ease and Ease of Lifting Folded assessments.

Here are the overall scores for Folding and Transport:

Veer Cruiser
92
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
91
Radio Flyer Discovery
85
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Jeep Wrangler
60
Keenz 7S
49

Folding time without removing the canopy is 15 seconds and 35 seconds if you include taking it off and putting it in the storage pocket.

Removing the canopy and folding the Discovery Stroll 'N Wagon
Removing the canopy and folding the Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon

Presumably for safety purposes, there is a velcro strap that goes over a bar on the bottom of the wagon that has to be unfastened. This is something you also have to do on the Keenz 7S, but not on the other wagons we tested.

Unfolding the Radio Flyer Discovery and putting on the canopy
Unfolding the Radio Flyer Discovery and putting on the canopy.

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

Keenz 7S, Jeep Wrangler, Evenflo Pivot Xplore, Radio Flyer Discovery stroller wagons, all folded and standing.
Keenz 7S, Jeep Wrangler, Evenflo Pivot Xplore, Radio Flyer Discovery all folded and standing.

In its folded state, the Radio Flyer is more compact than any other wagon we tested. It is also stable when standing unlike the Evenflo which tends to tip over.

Radio Flyer Discovery
6.9 cu ft
Veer Cruiser
7.9 cu ft
Keenz 7S
8.9 cu ft
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9.0 cu ft
Jeep Wrangler
10.2 cu ft
Baby Trend Expedition
13.1 cu ft

It fit easily into the trunk of a Honda Civic:

The Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll 'N Wagon snugly in the trunk of a Honda Civic.
The Radio Flyer Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon snugly in the trunk of a Honda Civic.

There is lots of room to spare in the back of a minivan even with the rear seats up.

The Discovery wagon is 30 lbs and easy to handle folded.

Kid Comfort and Usability

Overall, the Discovery scores well from a kid perspective.

Veer Cruiser
67
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
67
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Radio Flyer Discovery
66
Jeep Wrangler
62
Keenz 7S
57

Seats

This was the only 2-seater wagon we tested with a reclining seat! That includes stroller wagons that are several times as expensive. Although only one of the two seats reclines, this makes it possible for at least one toddler to nap upright while another is sitting on the other side.

Reclining the seat of the Radio Flyer Discovery stroller wagon
Easily adjustable seat recline.

These seats are not the most comfortable, simply because there is no footwell. They are somewhat padded on the bottom and back but they are not ventilated.

The seats include 5-point, unpadded harnesses. They open easily with a one-handed snap.

Accessories

This Radio Flyer is pretty spartan. The canopy is the only accessory. There is no snack tray, and really no place for one. It is also missing cupholders for kids. The two parent cupholders on the outside could be shared with the kids, but we consider this a deficiency. The Radio Flyer Odyssey, which is an upgrade to this wagon, includes fabric cupholders for kids and a mesh storage area. Both are sewn onto the inside of the wagon.

The canopies are a bit flimsy but open and close easily. They provide about 70% coverage from the sun and a 50+% UPF rating. This is better shade coverage than some of the competition.

Bench Feature

One side of the Discovery zips down. This allows children to crawl in and out on their own, which is a big deal as far as the kids are concerned.

The Radio Flyer Discovery wagon in bench mode with the side zipped down and a toddler sitting facing out.
The Discovery wagon in bench mode with side zipped down.

When the side is down the wagon makes a nice bench to sit or play on during events. No other stroller wagon we know of has this capability.

The Inside

The inner dimensions of the Discovery are 32″ x 18″ x 11″. This is roughly the same size as the Jeep Wrangler and Keenz 7S, while the Evenflo Xplore and Veer Cruiser are 2 inches shorter and 2 to 3 inches narrower.

Kids can see out of the Discovery while seated. The sides of the Keenz are 2 inches higher and can block the view.

One advantage to having no footwell is that the base of the wagon is flat and firm and can be used as a bassinet or small playard.

Part and Material Quality

If you choose to buy a less expensive stroller wagon like the Stroll ‘N Wagon, you should rightfully be concerned with quality. Customer reviews of this wagon are high on average, but some of the negative reviews are related to material and component failure.

We didn’t experience any missing or defective parts but our overall quality assessment put the Discovery slightly lower than most of the other products.

Veer Cruiser
94
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
94
Keenz 7S
90
Jeep Wrangler
90
Radio Flyer Discovery
86
Baby Trend Expedition
86

Zippers and velcro functioned well. The canopy was easy to operate although it occasionally comes off its mounting when you bump into it.

The fabric is strong and we didn’t see any weaknesses in the seams or stitching.

Radio Flyer has been making wagons and wheeled toys forever so I wouldn’t question their engineering. However, the axel assembly doesn’t include ball bearings like most of the other wagons. None of the wagons we tested, including this one had spring or shock suspension.

The packaging was adequate. We found a small bit of rust on one part but didn’t see any damage after wiping it off.

Tires are made from standard EVA foam like most of the other stroller wagons we tested. A couple also had rubber treads.

The Radio Flyer has large 12 in rear wheels that are 1.9 in wide. The front wheels are 8 in diameter and 1.6 in wide which is a common size.

Discovery Stroll ‘N Wagon vs Evenflo Pivot Xplore

The radio flyer discovery stroll n wagon side-by-side with the Evenflo pivot xplore stroller wagon
The Evenflo Pivot Xplore and Radio Flyer Discover Stroll ‘N Wagon

Our Editor’s Choice award went to the Veer Cruise, but if you are interested in saving money without compromising on function, the Evenflo Xplore and Radio Flyer Discovery are good choices. The Evenflo received our Recommended award and was the second-highest scoring wagon overall while the Discovery received the Budget Choice award.

Although the Evenflo is priced at just over $300 it is still almost double the typical price of the Discovery.

Our full review of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore wagon

Benefits of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore over the Discovery:

  • It has a footwell which makes for more comfortable seating
  • It has slightly better maneuverability
  • It has a wide and roomy storage bag accessible from the back
  • It is easier for kids to get in and out of on their own
  • You can buy a car seat adapter for it

Benefits of the Discovery over the Evenflo Pivot Xplore:

  • It is about half the price
  • One of its seats reclines
  • It has a bench feature
  • It has a slightly smaller folded size

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