Wonderfold W4 Elite Stroller Wagon Review

We purchased, tested, and compared nine leading stroller wagons including the Wonderfold W4 Elite. While the Wonderfold has many nice features, it is cumbersome to fold, push, maneuver and stow in a vehicle.



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

How it Compares

We evaluated 25 stroller wagons and narrowed the list to six 2-seat wagons and two 4-seat wagons to purchase and test. Here is how the W4 compares to the other wagons we tested.

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Test Lab Score6483808076757269
Parent Comfort and Usability
73
69
86
68
85
71
87
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
82
67
82
67
67
66
57
62
Steering, Maneuverability
53
95
83
86
77
72
77
39
Folding, Transport
22
92
60
91
67
85
49
60
Part and Material Quality
89
94
92
90
86
83
90
90
SpecificationsThis Product
Seats4 2 4 2 2 2 2 2
Weight53.0 lbs32.5 lbs40.0 lbs34.7 lbs42.0 lbs30.5 lbs32.0 lbs46.2 lbs
Capacity in Pounds300 lbs110 lbs250 lbs110 lbs110 lbs120 lbs110 lbs110 lbs
Minimum Age6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months 1 1 6 months
Goes through standard sized doorNo Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Grass Rating6 10 10 10 8 7 8 7
Time to Assemble26 min13 min17 min21 min18 min25 min21 min16 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating8 9 7 7 8 9 9 9
Storage Volume Rating9 1 9 7 8 3 10 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No No No Yes No No Yes
Additional Accessories IncludedCanopy Snack Tray Canopy, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time98 sec20 sec23 sec20 sec28 sec36 sec54 sec31 sec
Folded Size15.7 cu ft7.9 cu ft11.1 cu ft9.0 cu ft13.1 cu ft6.9 cu ft8.9 cu ft10.2 cu ft
Fits in Sedan TrunkNo Yes No (Yes w/o wheels) Yes No Yes No No
Seats ReclineYes No No No No One of two No No
Kid CupholdersNo Yes 4 Yes Yes No No No
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Where it Fits Among Other Choices

There are currently three 4-passenger stroller wagons on the market that we believe are worthy of consideration:

  • Wonderfold W4 (and variations from the same brand including the X4)
  • Gladly Family Anthem4
  • Famileasy Wagon
  • Keenz 7S+ (recently announced)

The Anthem4 is relatively new and although there are comparatively few customer reviews available we decided to buy and test it.

The Famileasy 4-seat Wagon is manufactured and distributed from Canada. It is generally well-reviewed and we may test it in the future.

Wonderfold is a long-term player in the stroller wagon market and has these 4-passenger product lines:

BasicMore Features
Wonderfold X4Wonderfold W4 Original
Wonderfold X4MWonderfold W4 Elite
Wonderfold W4 Luxe

Wonderfold wagons are classic, boxy-shaped, push and pull capable, 2-seat and 4-seat wagons.

The Anthem4 has a lower profile and takes after the Veer Cruiser with large wheels in the front capable of traversing more difficult terrain.

The Wonderfold X series is generally $450 and up, and the W series is $595 and up.

You may consider a 4-seat wagon, for use by two children, to have extra room for play and storage.

Most Common Complaints

We read and collated all negative customer reviews about the Wonderfold W4 to compare them to our own experience and assess their merit. In the end, we agree with many of the common criticisms, while others may not be a concern.

CriticismOur Experience
Brake in the way while walkingAgreed. Our 5′ 4″ mom, 5′ 6″ mom and 5′ 10″ tall dad all bumped their feet on the brake bar or axel, sometimes with every step, even with the handle extended to its farthest point. (see video below)
Push bar not height adjustableOur handle was adjustable from 34.5″ to 45.5″. However, at the high and low points it doesn’t extend out from the wagon.
Customer service does not respondCustomer service responded to our email in 1 hour and 2 minutes
Big when foldedIt is 15.7 cubic feet when folded, bigger than any other wagon we tested. The Anthem4 is 11.1 cubic feet folded.
Pulls to one side when pushingIn our testing, the W4 stayed on a centerline longer than all the other wagons we tested.
Difficult to push on a slopeAgreed. Very difficult to push up a hill or on a slope especially when loaded.
Stiching separates on storage basketWe haven’t noticed any weakness in the storage basket
Dirty without footwellWhile the Wonderfold doesn’t have a footwell, the seats are raised so that children are not sitting where they step. Dirt stays on the flat surface at the bottom of the wagon.
Buckle ripped off seatWe did not stress test the harnesses or buckles
Missing partsWe had no missing parts
Wheels fell offWe did not have any problems with loose wheels. However, other wagons like the Keenz 7S did lose their wheels in testing.
Kids can unbuckle seat belt easilyWe felt like the pressure required to unsnap the buckles is appropriate and unlikely to be a problem for smaller children

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Testing and Research

We conducted 65 tests and measurements on each stroller. We also used them on sidewalks, grass, hills and paths with bumps over a three-month period. We had help from moms, dads and kids and grandkids.

Parent Comfort and Usability

The Wonderfold W4 has great storage options and is easy to clean Here are the scores for parent comfort and usability:

Jeep Wrangler
92
Keenz 7S
87
Anthem 4
86
Baby Trend Expedition
85
Wonderfold W4 Elite
73
Radio Flyer Discovery
71
Veer Cruiser
69
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
68

Getting Started

Unboxing and setup of the Wonderfold took 26 minutes, longer than most other wagons, but the manual was clear and easy to follow. (English only)

Customer service sent a courteous response to our email in just over an hour.

Handles

The rear handle has a max height of 45.5″ which is higher than all other wagons we evaluated. Like other stroller wagons, you have to push buttons on both sides of the handle at the same time to release and adjust the height. This is a bit awkward.

Although the handles have a large range of height, they are only useful in the middle of the range where they extend farthest from the stroller. Otherwise, you are too close and bump your feet on the brake or axel bar. More about that later.

The handle is protected by a zippered cover.

Wonderfold w4 handle covered by a zippered neoprene cover

Missing Parent Cupholder!

This would have been a handy feature.

Car Seat Adapter

No car seat adapter is included with the W4 Elite, and none are currently available for purchase for any of the Wonderfold stroller wagons.

Storage Volume Ranking

Keenz 7S
10
Jeep Wrangler
10
Wonderfold W4 Elite
9
Anthem 4
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Radio Flyer Discovery
3
Veer Cruiser
1

The W4 has a large storage basket under the rear handle that is easily accessible.

There is another decent-sized storage bag in the front. The cloth side flaps also have a pocket for storage.

Cleaning

The fabric on the Wonderfold is easy to spot clean. It is also removable although that is quite a chore. There aren’t too many crevices for crumbs to hide, but you do have to work around the seats. Here are the crumb removal ratings:

Veer Cruiser
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Keenz 7S
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Wonderfold W4 Elite
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Anthem 4
7
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7

Brake Operation

The brake on the W4 controls both rear wheels and is easy to activate. The Wonderfold didn’t come to an instant stop in our test, but performed well enough.

Releasing the brake is hard on sandaled and bare feet.

Rear of the wonderfold w4 showing the back wheels and rear brake pedal and bar
Wonderfold W4 rear brake pedal

Steering and Maneuverability

You would expect larger wagons to be harder to push and steer. We found this to be true with the Wonderfold. But the Anthem4, also a 4-seater, performed well in this category. Steering and maneuverability ratings:

Veer Cruiser
95
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
86
Anthem 4
83
Baby Trend Expedition
77
Keenz 7S
77
Radio Flyer Discovery
72
Wonderfold W4 Elite
53
Jeep Wrangler
39

Pushing and Turning

Sometimes you have to make a sharp turn from a dead stop. We measured the force required to make the turn holding one corner of the handle and pushing on the other with the wagon fully loaded.

Let’s just say it is good exercise.

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 W4 Elite
33.5 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
36.4 lbs

We also tested how much force it took to get the Wonderfold rolling from a stop.

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
Keenz 7S
14.3 lbs
Wonderfold W4 Elite
15.4 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
15.4 lbs

Terrain Performance

The W4 isn’t too difficult to push for short to medium time periods on flat surfaces. However, on paths with bumps, on grass and over hills, pushing the Wonderfold is challenging and tiresome.

Grass: It is easier to pull than push on grass. The wheels work over grass but it requires some effort.

Hills: Avoid going uphill with this wagon while loaded. Sidehills on the grass where one side is higher than the other was very challenging to keep the nose going straight.

Bumps: The Wonderfold didn’t do well getting its small front wheels over obstacles like roots, sticks and stones. This wagon is not good for hiking trails.

The Wonderfold W4 has 9.5″ diameter rear wheels and 8″ diameter front wheels. Those are small considering that it is a big wagon. Even smaller, 2-seater wagons like the Keenz, Jeep and Radio Flyer have 12″ rear wheels.

The rear wheel of the Wonderfold W4
Wonderfold W4 has 9.5″ rear wheels, quite small for a wagon its size.

All-terrain wheels for the Wonderfold are sold separately. Although the upgraded all-terrain wheels are larger in diameter, they are not much wider if at all. We have not tested them, but they don’t appear wide enough to make the wagon truly all-terrain capable.

Bumpy terrain test:

Veer Cruiser
10
Anthem 4
10
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Radio Flyer Discovery
8
Keenz 7S
8
Wonderfold W4 Elite
6
Jeep Wrangler
3

Staying Straight

The Wonderfold performed well in our test to check how quickly a wagon veers off the centerline when pushing straight. Straight push test results:

Wonderfold W4 Elite
26.0
Veer Cruiser
17.2
Keenz 7S
14.9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
14.6
Baby Trend Expedition
14.6
Radio Flyer Discovery
14.2
Anthem 4
11.0
Jeep Wrangler
5.8

Steering

The Wonderfold did not perform well in our maneuverability tests. Maneuverability Ratings:

Veer Cruiser
9
Anthem 4
9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Keenz 7S
8
Radio Flyer Discovery
7
Wonderfold W4 Elite
4
Jeep Wrangler
3

Kicking the Back

We read that some customers complained they were constantly kicking the rear brake bar when pushing the wagon at a normal pace.

This happens to us too. Our mom testers hit the brake bar or rear axel with almost every step while pushing the wagon. A taller dad tester also kicked the back although not as consistently.

The wagon is designed with smaller rear wheels which put the axel and brake closer to the ground. Although the handle is adjustable, even at an optimal, extended position, we still kicked the bars while pushing.

An extended handle can be purchased separately. We haven’t tested the longer handle to see if it solves the problem.

Folding and Transport

The W4 takes quite a bit of time and effort to fold. Once folded it is big and difficult to load into vehicles. Folding and Transport ratings:

Veer Cruiser
92
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
91
Radio Flyer Discovery
85
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Anthem 4
60
Jeep Wrangler
60
Keenz 7S
49
Wonderfold W4 Elite
22

Folding

The canopy of the Wonderfold W4 isn’t difficult to operate but it takes some time to unlatch each of the 4 posts and then store the canopy properly. The remainder of the fold process requires flipping over the side flaps, unlatching a strap and pulling the wagon up from the middle. The seats in the wagon hamper the folding so you have to apply force to squeeze the wagon enough to get it latched in a folded position.

The following fold times include canopy removal. Without the canopy, fold time is much shorter but not a lot easier. Fold times:

Veer Cruiser
20 sec
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
20 sec
Anthem 4
23 sec
Baby Trend Expedition
28 sec
Jeep Wrangler
31 sec
Radio Flyer Discovery
36 sec
Keenz 7S
54 sec
Wonderfold W4 Elite
98 sec
a mom taking off the canopy and folding the wonderfold w4 elite
Folding the Wonderfold W4 Elite

Once folded, the Wonderfold is stable when standing and rolls easily on its wheels.

Unfold time is much faster.

Unfolding and putting on the canopy of the wonderfold w4
Unfolding the Wonderfold and attaching the canopy

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

The Wonderfold w4 and anthem4 stroller wagons standing folded side by side
The Wonderfold W4 and Anthem4, both 4-passenger wagons, folded, standing.

Here is how the stroller wagons compare in folded size in cubic feet:

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
Anthem 4
11.1 cu ft
Baby Trend Expedition
13.1 cu ft
Wonderfold W4 Elite
15.7 cu ft

The W4 will fit in the back of a minivan with the seats up. There isn’t much room left and it is a monster to lift at 53 lbs.

a mom putting the wonderfold w4 into her minivan
Folding the handles down fully makes it easier to get the W4 loaded in a van.

Kid Comfort and Usability

The Wonderfold scores well for kid comfort and usability mainly because of the reclining seats and footwell. Here are the scores for Kid comfort and usability:

Wonderfold W4 Elite
82
Anthem 4
82
Veer Cruiser
67
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
67
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Radio Flyer Discovery
66
Jeep Wrangler
62
Keenz 7S
57

Seats

The seats in the W4 are removable and adjustable. They are held up by brackets that slide over the sides and back of the frame. To make them recline you move the brackets closer to the center of the wagon.

The wagon is tall enough to provide a very large space for childrens’ legs and feet.

The seats themselves are sturdy and comfortable.

Like several other wagons, the Wonderfold is a dark gray color that gets warm in the sun. The sides of the wagon are fully ventilated and kids sit high enough to be able to see easily over the sides.

The harnesses are padded and 5-point with buckles that can be opened with one hand.

a mom installing a seat into the wonderfold w4
Installing the W4 seats

Snack Tray and Storage

There is no snack tray. There are 4 mesh pockets on the inside that can be used for cupholders or storage for small items.

The Inside

With the seats installed the inner dimensions of the W4 are 30″ x 19″ x 18″. This is less inner length than the Keenz and Jeep because the seatbacks take a bit of room.

It is 19″ wide which, for a 4-seater, is not much wider than the Radio Flyer, Keenz and Jeep’s 18″ widths. The Anthem4, also a 4-seater, is 21″ wide.

4 kids can fit in the W4 but it is a tight fit, and 4 larger or older children would be uncomfortable.

With the seats out, the Wonderfold can become a small pack ‘n play with a firm, flat bottom that kids can play on or nap on.

Getting In and Out

Wonderfold has created a secret entrance for kids to climb in and out of. But not every child will wait to use the zippered door.

Canopy

The canopy frame slides into four holes and the posts are secured with latches.

wonderfold w4 canopy posts secured by plastic latches on the sides of the frame

It is stored using fabric holders on the sides of the storage bit and a strap that buttons onto the side of the frame.

The wonderfold canopy slides into fabric pockets on the sides of the storage bin

The canopy does not provide full coverage but it is easy to adjust from one side to another.

the wonderfold adjustable canopy shown in 3 different positions to block the sun
The Wonderfold canopy slides over the frame to adjust

Part and Material Quality

Although the Wonderfold W4 didn’t rank the highest in this category, we are comfortable recommending it from a quality perspective. Here are the scores for part and material quality:

Veer Cruiser
94
Anthem 4
92
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
90
Keenz 7S
90
Jeep Wrangler
90
Wonderfold W4 Elite
89
Baby Trend Expedition
86
Radio Flyer Discovery
83

It was well packaged, missing no parts and everything operated well after the wagon was assembled. The manual was very easy to follow both for assembling the stroller and for understanding how to operate it.

The W4 has a spring suspension which was missing in a few wagons we tested:

Front wheel of the wonderfold with spring suspension
Wonderfold front wheel with spring suspension.

We didn’t find any problems or weaknesses in the buttons, zippers or moving parts of the wagon.

Wheels

The front wheels are similar in size to the other wagons we tested. The rear wheels are the smallest of any wagon we tested which is inconsistent with the size of the wagon.

They are constructed from EVA foam.

Wonderfold w4 9.5 inch rear wheel
9.5″ rear wheel of the Wonderfold.

Wonderfold W4 vs X4

Wonderfold w4 stroller wagon side by side with the wonderfold x4
Wonderfold W4 on left and Wonderfold X4 on right

We didn’t put the Wonderfold X4 through our testing process but we did get to compare them side by side.

The X4 lacks many of the creature comforts of the W4. It doesn’t have raised seats or a footwell, so children sit flat on the wagon floor with their feet extended and bumping into kids on the other side.

However, the X4 doesn’t have many of the drawbacks of the W4 either. It is very easy to fold, 12 lbs lighter, more maneuverable, 5 inches wider and 2 inches longer on the inside.

It is also much less expensive.

Advantages of the Wonderfold W4 over the X4:

  • Reclining seats
  • Footwell
  • Additional storage
  • Zippered door kid entrance

Advantages of the Wonderfold X4 over the W4:

  • Lower price
  • Easier to fold and lift folded
  • 12 lbs lighter
  • Easier to push (not much easier to turn/steer)
  • Includes an inner liner which can be removed for cleaning

Wonderfold W4 vs Veer Cruiser

Wonderfold W4 shown facing the veer cruiser stroller wagon
Wonderfold W4 Elite and Veer Cruiser

The Wonderfold W4 and Veer Cruiser are similar in price but different in function. The Veer is strong in maneuverability, folding and transport. The W4 is great for extra storage, comfortable seats, playing and napping.

The W4 is 4-passenger and the Veer is 2-passenger.

Both stroller wagons are well made. The Veer Cruiser has a heavy welded aluminum frame and feels very rugged. The Veer is missing a canopy and extra storage out of the box.

The Veer handles grass and non-flat terrain much better than the W4 even when loaded.

Our full review of the Veer Cruiser

Advantages of the Wonderfold W4 over the Veer Cruiser:

  • Includes a large storage bin and other storage compartments
  • 4-passenger
  • Has a flat inner surface that can be used for napping and playing
  • Includes a canopy

Advantages of the Veer Cruiser over the Wonderfold W4:

  • Is easier to fold and has a more compact folded size
  • Has better terrain performance and is easier to maneuver in general
  • Is easier to stow in a vehicle and will fit in a sedan trunk
  • Includes a snack tray

Wonderfold W4 vs Keenz 7S

wonderfold w4 and keenz 7s stroller wagons
Wonderfold W4 on the left and Keenz 7S on the right

We tested the Wonderfold W4 and Keenz 7S. The Keenz 7S is a 2-seater but Keenz has introduced the 7S+ which is a 4-seater with similar features.

The Keenz 7S and Wonderfold W4 are similarly equipped. Both come with extra storage and canopies.

Keenz seats do not recline and there is no footwell. The sides are high and only larger children can see out when seated and buckled in.

The Keenz 7S maneuvers better than the W4 and performed better in our steering and terrain testing. The Keenz is also easier to fold than the W4 but not it is not nearly so easy as the Veer Cruiser or Evenflo Pivot Xplore.

Our full review of the Keenz 7S

Advantages of the Wonderfold W4 over the Keenz 7S:

  • Reclining, adjustable seats
  • A footwell
  • 4-seater with more storage space inside
  • A zippered door child entrance

Advantages of the Keenz 7S over the Wonderfold W4:

  • Lower price
  • Slightly easier folding and smaller folded size
  • Better maneuverability
  • Roll down sunshades and mosquito netting

Wonderfold W4 vs Gladly Family Anthem4

the wonderfold w4 and gladly family anthem4 stroller wagons facing each other
Wonderfold W4 on left and Gladly Family Anthem4 on right

These are the two 4-passenger stroller wagons we chose to purchase and test. The Anthem4 had equal or higher scores in all five scoring categories.

The Anthem4 is easier to push, fold, steer, stow and transport. It is designed much like the Veer Cruiser and handles very similarly.

Although the Anthem4 is generally easier to fold than the W4, we had problems with the folding mechanism sticking sometimes.

Both stroller wagons have a footwell and nice storage options.

While the Anthem4 is two inches wider inside, the footwell is smaller and shallower. Ultimately the W4 provides more room for larger kids and its reclining seats are comfortable for longer durations.

Our full review of the Gladly Family Anthem4

Advantages of the Wonderfold W4 Elite over the Gladly Anthem4:

  • Reclining seats
  • A deeper footwell
  • A zippered door child entrance

Advantages of the Gladly Anthem4 over the Wonderfold W4 Elite:

  • Typically lower price
  • Better pushing, steering and maneuverability performance
  • Easier folding and stowage in vehicle
  • A nap and play mat forming a flat surface over the seats
  • A low profile that allows kids to climb in over the sides
  • 13 lbs lighter

Wonderfold W4 Elite vs Jeep Wrangler

Here’s our full article on how the W4 compares to the Jeep Wrangler. Wonderfold vs Jeep