Veer Cruiser vs Keenz 7S Stroller Wagon Comparison

The Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon is know for its rugged build and ability to go offroad. The Keenz 7S is popular for its accessories and unique features.

veer cruiser vs keenz 7s side by side

How To Choose

Having a clear idea of how, when and where you are going to use your wagon should help you decide which one is best for your situation.

We purchased and tested the Veer and Keenz 7S along with 9 other top stroller wagons.

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Veer CruiserKeenz 7S
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Veer
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Test Lab Score8372
Parent Comfort and Usability
69
87
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
57
Steering, Maneuverability
95
77
Folding, Transport
92
49
Part and Material Quality
94
90
Specifications
Seats2 2
Weight32.5 lbs32.0 lbs
Capacity in Pounds110 lbs110 lbs
Minimum Age6 months 1
Goes through standard sized doorYes Yes
Grass Rating10 8
Time to Assemble13 min21 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating9 9
Storage Volume Rating1 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No
Additional Accessories IncludedSnack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time20 sec54 sec
Folded Size7.9 cu ft8.9 cu ft
Fits in Sedan TrunkYes No
Seats ReclineNo No
Kid CupholdersYes No
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We’ll discuss our test results in detail below, but generally the Veer Cruiser:

Pros
  • is sturdy and durable
  • has excellent terrain performance
  • steers and maneuvers well with experience
  • is quick to fold
  • loads reasonably easily into vehicles
Cons
  • is expensive for a two seater
  • does not include many standard accessories

Our complete review of the Veer Cruiser

The Keenz 7S:

Pros
  • has ample storage
  • maneuvers adequately
  • includes sun shades and netting
  • includes a cooler bag
  • has 5-point harnesses
Cons
  • folds and unfolds slowly
  • is bulky loading into a vehicle

Our complete review of the Keenz 7S

Keenz has released new models with additional features and sizes:

  • Keenz 7S 2.0 – Two-passenger upgrade to the 7S with snack tray and cup/cell holder
  • Keenz 7S+ – Four-passenger wagon with some upgrades
  • Keenz XC – Two-passenger luxury model with removable and reclining seats
  • Keenz XC+ – Four-passenger luxury model with removable and reclining seats

Veer Cruiser Video Review

Criticisms of the Veer Cruiser vs Our Experience

While the Veer Cruiser is well rated and popular there are still negative reviews. We collected all the negative statements to compare them with our experience using and testing the Veer.

Here are the first few items. Find the rest in this article: Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon Review.

CriticismOur Experience
Not much room in the footwellMany wagons have no footwell at all. The Veer’s is 15″ x 11″ x 4.5″ which is adequate for all but older children.
Goes to the side when pushingThe Veer handle is sensitive and it is easy to move off a straight line if you are not paying attention.
Folding requires removal of snack tray and canopiesTrue, like most wagons, accessories slow down the folding process.
Seats get hot in the sunThe hard plastic seats get hot in the sun. We had to cover ours with a blanket.
Food slides around on the snack holder.The snack holder has a divider for use by two children but snacks can move all the way from one side to another.

Keenz 7S Elite Video Review

Criticisms of the Keenz 7S vs Our Experience

The Wonderfolds have their fair share of positive reviews and a few negative ones as well. Here is a partial list with notes about our experience.

Here is the full list of criticisms: Keenz 7S Elite Stroller Wagon Review.

CriticismOur Experience
Steering and pushing difficulty This wagon scored a 77 in our steering and maneuvering testing which put it slightly above average compared to the other 10 wagons.
Wheels come offThe wheel button release button may be bumped and release a wheel. This happened to us when loading the wagon in a van, but never when pushing it.
Bumpy rideThe Keenz has spring suspension as many wagons do. While it doesn’t look like its any bumpier than other wagons, kids sit on the floor of the wagon and may feel the bumps more than in some wagons.
Customer service problemsWe sent an email to Keenz customer service and they responded appropriately in less than 2 hours.
Big and bulky when foldedYes.

Test and Research Results

We ran the wagons through 65 tests and involved four moms, a few dads and lots of kids in the evaluation process. We rated the wagons in the following categories:

  • Parent Comfort and Usability
  • Steering and Maneuverability
  • Kid Comfort and Usability
  • Folding and Transport
  • Part and Material Quality

Parent Comfort and Usability

It takes some work to manage a stroller wagon so these tests assessed ease of cleaning, handle comfort, assembly, customer service, storage, storage accessibility and more. Scores for parent comfort and usability.

Keenz 7S
87
Veer Cruiser
69

Unboxing and Assembling

Veer Cruiser
13 min
Keenz 7S
21 min

In part, because the Veer doesn’t include a lot of accessories or a canopy, it only took us 13 minutes to unbox and assemble. The Keenz 7S took 21 minutes.

We received a response from Veer customer service to our email in only 7 minutes. Keenz took 1 hour and 40 minutes, which is also impressive.

Parent Cupholders

As a parent I’m biased, but I love the placement of the parent cup holders on the Veer handle.

Veer cup holders mounted on handle

The Keenz has a cup holder that can be placed on any corner of the frame. Because there are no internal kid cup holders you may find yourself using this one for them.

There is an additional fabric pouch on the back that can be used as a cup holder.

Keenz 7s cup holder mounted on frame near handle
Removable Keenz cup holder

Handles

The push and pull handles on the Keenz are comfortable and have a height range of 28″ to 42.5″. The Veer’s handles adjust with a clamp and range from 38″ to 42″ in height.

Car Seat Adapters

You have to purchase a car seat adapter separately for the Veer and it is not available for the Keenz.

Veer shown with the chicco car seat adapter installed as well as the comfortable toddler add-on seat
Veer with the Chicco car seat adapter installed.

Storage

The Keenz 7S is not short on storage right out of the box, whereas the Veer has none. Hence the following storage ratings.

Storage ratings:

Keenz 7S
10
Veer Cruiser
1

This storage basket can be purchased separately for the Veer. Veer foldable storage basket.

Veer Cruiser basket can be flipped up when folding the wagon.

Keenz has a big storage basket that mounts on the front. It also comes with an insulated cooler bag.

keenze storage basket and cooler bag
Keenz storage basket and cooler bag.

There is a parent organizer on the back of the wagon with several compartments.

Keenz parent organizer on back of wagon

Cleaning Rating

Veer Cruiser
9
Keenz 7S
9

We are able to keep our Veer Cruise clean with a wet rag on the hard plastic of the seat backs and seats and in the small snack cubby holes. You also have to reach down into the footwell.

The insides of the Keenz are easy to reach and clean and there is nowhere for crumbs to hide.

Cleaning is not a big differentiator between these two wagons.

The fabric on both wagons wipes clean easily.

Brake Effectiveness

The Keenz 7S brakes were easier to engage and release than the Veer’s. The Keenz’ was also easy on bare and sandalled feet.

Brake pedals of the Keenz 7S and Veer cruiser side by side
Keenz 7S brake pedal on left, Veer on right.

The Veer brake took a little force to push down. And the button to release the brake also requires a firm push.

We measured how fast the wagons stopped once the brakes were engaged in our runaway-wagon test and a skid test. The Veer stopped almost immediately while the Keenz skidded a bit.

Veer cruiser brake pedal
Veer brake. Press down to stop and kick the white button to release.

The overall brake scores are similar but Keenz is easier to brake and the Veer stops better. Brake effectiveness ratings:

Veer Cruiser
7
Keenz 7S
7

Steering and Maneuverability

Steering, pushing and maneuverability are important buying criteria for a stroller wagon because no one wants to fight to push a wagon full of kids. Steering and Maneuverability Scores:

Veer Cruiser
95
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
86
Anthem 4
83
Larktale Caravan
80
Baby Trend Expedition
77
Keenz 7S
77
Wonderfold W1 Original
73
Graco Modes Adventure
72
Radio Flyer Discovery
72
Ever Advanced
70
Wonderfold W4 Elite
53
Jeep Wrangler
39

Pushing and Turning

We found that the Veer took very little effort to push and turn but it does require practice. The wheels in the back swivel which is different from most other wagons including the Keenz.

In executing a turn from a dead stop the Keenz, and most other wagons, take more force than the Veer.

Force to turn each wagon 90-degrees from a stop.

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

And here is the Force to get each wagon rolling:

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

It is worth noting that the two wagons are very similar in weight:

Radio Flyer Discovery
30.5 lbs
Graco Modes Adventure
30.5 lbs
Keenz 7S
32.0 lbs
Veer Cruiser
32.5 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
33.0 lbs
Ever Advanced
33.1 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
34.7 lbs
Larktale Caravan
38.0 lbs
Anthem 4
40.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
42.0 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
46.2 lbs
Wonderfold W4 Elite
53.0 lbs

Terrain Performance

Veer loaded up with dog food
We performed all of our road tests with 80 lbs of dog food for safety and consistency.

The Veer performed well off-road and in our bump test with its big wheels in the front to climb over obstacles.

veer cruiser pushed on trail up a steep hill with mom and 2 kids

Grass: The Keenz pushes adequately on grass in parks and athletic fields. The Veer has no problem on the grass.

Hills: The Keenz didn’t do as well as the Veer on hills and particularly not turning while on hills.

Sand: I don’t consider either wagon adequate on soft sand. Sand-worthy wheels have to be much wider than what comes with either of these wagons.

The Keenz 7S 2.0, 7S+, XC and XC+ wagons come standard with wider, “all-terrain” wheels. We haven’t tested those wagons in the sand yet. I’m sure they will perform better than the 7S but the new wheels are still not as wide as beach wheels need to be to traverse soft sand easily bearing a load.

Folding and Transport

We compared the Keenz and Veer in folding and unfolding time, and ease of loading in and out of a vehicle. The Veer comes out ahead in this category.

Folding and transport scores:

Veer Cruiser
92
Keenz 7S
49

Folding Time

Removing the canopy definitely adds to the fold time for the Keenz 7S and other Keenz wagons. This is an unfair comparison because we didn’t have the canopy on the Veer for this measurement.

However, the Keenze still took longer to fold even after subtracting time for removing the canopy.

Keenz 7S
54 sec
Veer Cruiser
20 sec

Folding the Veer Cruiser
Folding the Veer Cruiser
Folding the Keenz 7S
Folding the Keenz 7S

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

Veer Cruiser
7.9 cu ft
Keenz 7S
8.9 cu ft

The Keenz 7S is not much bigger than the Veer folded, but it feels bulkier to handle.

veer and keenz folded and standing upright together
Veer and Keenz folded and standing upright together

In the Trunk of a Car or Back of a Minivan

The Keenz 7S would not fit in our Honda Civic trunk.

Keenz doesn't fit in the honda trunk
Keenz 7S in Honda trunk

The Veer just barely fit in the Honda.

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

Kid Comfort and Usability

We checked with kids and assessed seat comfort, getting in and out, harness comfort and more. Here are the total scores in Kid comfort and usability:

Veer Cruiser
67
Keenz 7S
57

Seat Comfort

The Cruiser has shaped and ventilated, hard plastic seats with a footwell. As a result, kids can travel in a more or less normal, seated position. The seats are not adjustable or removable.

The insides of the Veer Cruiser stroller wagon
Seats of the Veer Cruiser

By contrast, the Keenz 7S has no separate seats. They sit on the floor of the wagon with their legs extended, as is typical for many box-shaped wagons.

Inside of the Keenz 7S

Seat comfort ratings:

Veer Cruiser
7
Keenz 7S
6

Harness Comfort

The Keenz 7S has padded, comfortable 5-point harnesses. The Veer has 3-point harnesses with a typical buckle. Harness comfort ratings:

Keenz 7S
8
Veer Cruiser
7

Snack Tray

The lack of a snack tray with the Keenz 7S is a disappointment. Keenz understood that and has included snack trays with all the newer versions.

Inner Wagon Space

Veer Cruiser
32.5" L 17.5" W 14" H
Keenz 7S
31" L 18" W 14" H

These two wagons have similar inner dimension measurements but the Keenz is much roomier on a practical basis. Kids can easily move around in the Keenz.

The flat inner surface also makes the Keenz useful as a napping station and a pack ‘n play on wheels.

This functionality requires the purchase of the Nap System for the Veer.

Veer cruiser nap system
Veer Cruiser Nap System includes the liner, mattress pad and storage bag.

Canopy

The Keenz 7S canopy system includes pull-down sun shades, a mesh top, and pull-down mesh ends. This allows for full sun coverage if required, and customizable airflow.

Keenz with sunshades lowered
Keenz 7S with sun shade lowered.

The Veer canopies have mesh sides for airflow and with two canopies installed provides mostly full sun coverage.

Veer with single, rear canopy.
Veer canopy and basket sold separately

Part and Material Quality

There are few complaints about Veer or Keenz part quality. Part and material quality scores:

Veer Cruiser
94
Keenz 7S
90

Veer Cruiser Part Quality

The Veer frame is made from welded aluminum. The sides lock firmly together and the whole thing feels like it is built to last.

The folding mechanism, handle adjustment and other moving parts work smoothly and consistently.

The fabric seems durable but we don’t have that many hours on it yet to see how well it resists puncture and direct sunlight.

Keenz 7S Part Quality

The Keenz has a number of clips, buttons, zippers and some velcro all of which function well and feel well-made.

The main accordion frame folds smoothly. The canopy posts and release buttons function adequately although you sometimes have to pull them solidly to make sure they snap into place.

Overall we don’t have any complaints about the part and material quality of the Keenz wagon.