Last Updated: Jun 5, 2023 @ 2:17 pm.

The stroller wagon is the platypus of kid transportation—part utility wagon, part baby stroller. Great for outdoor adventures—think the beach, soccer games or a day at the zoo—stroller wagons are super helpful . . . and can be rather pricey. We tested the top 8 stroller wagons on the market today before picking these best bets. We judged on overall quality, utility and affordability.

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Best Overall Stroller Wagon

Push or pull mode switch
We loved the reversible handle, generous storage and all-terrain wheels here. Dual canopies are excellent, but critics note it is heavy and the fold could be easier.

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Best Overall Stroller Wagon: Evenflo Pivot Explore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon

Best known for its less expensive strollers, Evenflo jumped into the stroller wagon category with this affordable entry: the Pivot Explore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon. The key feature here we liked: the handle flips so you can push or pull from either side of the stroller wagon. That was impressive in our testing.

Stroller wagons are great for outdoor adventures: the zoo, picnics, hikes, etc. One place you can’t take them, unfortunately, is Disney. The parks banned stroller wagons. For the best strollers for Disney, check out our other article on the Best Strollers for Disney.

Here’s more on why this choice came out on top.

What We Liked

• Easy to set up.

• Two independent canopies for shade. You can shade one or both seats.

• Storage! This stroller wagon has both an undercarriage basket and traditional storage pockets. The basket attaches to either end of the wagon, which is nice.

• Good legroom for kiddos.

• Affordable. Some stroller wagons are priced like they emerged from a hotel mini bar. This one is much more reasonable.

• Removable snack tray.

• Wheels don’t go flat. Air tires are nice for bumpy terrain, but this stroller’s foam/plastic tires never go flat. That makes this stroller easier to love in the long term.

• Car seat compatibility (at least with Evenflo infant seats). This requires a separate adapter, however.

What Needs Work

• Heavy. At 34.7 lbs., the Pivot Explore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon is a beast to haul in and out of a trunk.

• Better with two kids than one. With only one child, we found the stroller wagon becomes unbalanced in our testing.

• No full canopy. Other stroller wagons have canopies that cover the entire stroller—and these work better for older kiddos.

• No sleeping. Some stroller wagons double as playpens that enable kids to take a nap. The maker of this stroller wagon says no to naps. And the footwell inside the wagon makes napping difficult away.

• Fold could be easier. 

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Best Splurge Stroller Wagon

Parent fave, excellent quality
Really liked this model with its numerous included accessories. Pricey, but great for beach outings. Fun canopy and height adjustable handles, but it is smallish.

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Best Splurge Stroller Wagon: Keenz Stroller Wagon 7S Pull/Push

Pricey but beloved, the Keenz Stroller Wagon is a parent favorite and an excellent splurge-worthy choice. We tested the latest model and liked the double five-point safety harnesses with height adjustments, one-step brake and height adjustable handles—one on either side of the stroller so you can pull or push. Here’s more pros and cons:

What We Liked

• Full canopy. 

• 11″ rear wheels makes this wagon a good bet for the beach. Stroller wagons with smaller wheels can struggle in sand.

• Accessories! This wagon comes with a cup holder, storage cover, canopy storage bag and grey cooler bag. So, yes, it is more pricey but you do get more value here. FYI: A rain cover is an extra expense, however.

• Nap ready. Kids can lay down and nap in this wagon.

• Great for special needs. The safety harnesses and 110 lb. capacity makes this model great for all kiddos, but especially for parents of kids with special needs.

What’s Needs Work

• No back rest. Other strollers had semi-solid surfaces that serve as backrests for kiddos—the Keenz stroller wagon lacks this feature.

• Small footprint might be too small for larger toddlers. The Keenz’s interior dimensions are roughly 26″ by 20″. Its competitor, the Veer wagon, is 37″ long and 25″ wide for comparison.

• Takes up a good amount of trunk space. This model folds down into a 31″ by 12″ rectangle—you’ll need some trunk space to haul this around.

• Can be hard to steer when weighed down. This is true for many stroller wagons, however.

• Canopy can interfere with getting kids in and out. We love Keenz canopy, but we note a few complaints about this.

• Heavy. The Keenz stroller wagon weighs 32 lbs.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Full canopy, good storage
This model is best for outdoor adventures on paved surfaces (zoo, etc). We liked the full canopy and easy assembly. But the fold is a touch difficult. Capacity: 120 lbs.

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Best Budget-Friendly Stroller Wagon: WagonBuddy Push and Pull Handle

Stroller wagons are a great concept, but the high price of popular models puts it out of reach for many folks. Good news: when we tested several options, we found one that is both affordable and functional: WagonBuddy’s Push and Pull Handle stroller wagon. No, it isn’t as fancy as other models on the market . . . but it gets the job done if you want to do the occasional zoo outing. Here’s more on why we think this is a good bet:

What We Liked

 Small footprint enables it to turn easier than other models we tested.

• Push from back or pull with handle at front. In our testing, this worked well—and it was nice to have that flexibility.

• Easy to assemble. And the handle is height adjustable.

• 120 lb. weight capacity. Another plus: kiddos can nap inside, says the maker.

• Full canopy is removable; built in basket.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Fold could be easier. While the fold is just three steps, it is rather difficult and takes some practice.

• Only one safety harness. This may not be the best bet for two smaller toddlers who still need the safety restraints.

• No wheel suspension = not great for gravel or uneven surfaces. This stroller did the best on smooth or paved surfaces (think the zoo, for example).

• Heavy. At about 28 lbs., this model is hefty.

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Best Stroller Wagon If You Hit The Lottery

Cadillac of stroller wagons
Crazy pricey but amazing stroller wagon that has a raft of great accessories. Contoured seats, snack tray and quality construction are high points.

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Best Stroller Wagon If You Hit The Lottery: Veer Cruiser

If there are no budget constraints on your stroller wagon purchase, we’d give a serious look at the Veer Cruiser—this is the stroller wagon hybrid that kicked off the craze to start with! It’s basically the Cadillac of stroller wagons. We had a chance to play with a demo unit recently and here are our thoughts:

What We Liked

• Great accessories. These include a canopy with zip-in visor, “comfort seat” with extra cushioning for toddler, foldable storage basket that attaches outside the wagon on either end, travel bag, nap system that turns the wagon into a bassinet, and bug shield.

• Sturdy, high quality construction.

• Folds up and down easily.

• Snack tray with cup holders for each kid!

• Infant car seat compatible (with adapter sold separately).

• Push or pull with lockable handle.

• Side storage pockets.

• Contoured seat backs with three point harness.

• Wheels with deep tread = great for the beach.

What’s Needs Work

• Expandable footwell means this isn’t the best wagon for naps.

• Except for snack tray, all other accessories are extra purchases for a stroller wagon that is pricey to begin with!

• Canopy is extra. Many stroller wagons include this as a standard feature—and it is popular, as you might expect!

• Two handed steering. 

• Heavy! At 35 lbs., this thing is no one’s idea of light kid transport!

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