Which Burley Trailer Is Right for You?

Kyle's Bikes can help you choose the right Burley trailer for you and your familyby Kyer Robinson

Chances are you have seen someone pulling their kids in a Burley Trailer. You may have noticed them at the park, or on the local bike trail. You may have even seen someone pulling their dog in one.

If you have decided it might be time to get a trailer, we are here to help you decide which model. This guide will help you understand what to look for when selecting a trailer.

I want to give a little background about myself and how I have used bike trailers over the years. My family has owned and operated Kyle’s Bikes since 2008, so we have had the opportunity to use many different trailers over the years. Personally, I have never had the luxury of using my trailer for just one kid, because my wife and I have only had twins. We have one set of twin boys that is five years old now and another set of twin boys that are a little over a year old. We have been using these trailers almost every day for the last five years, so I feel like I have learned quite a bit about them.

Number of Kids

The first thing you need to decide when selecting a trailer is how many kids you plan to carry.

Burley makes a couple single-seat options and several two-seat options. By far, the most popular trailers we sell are the two-passenger versions. Even if you opt to purchase the double version, you can still haul a single child safely.

Single Seat Trailers

  • Burley Minnow
  • Burley D’Lite Single

Two Seat Trailers

  • Burley Bee
  • Burley Honey Bee
  • Burley Encore
  • Burley Encore X
  • Burley D’Lite
  • Burley D’Lite X
  • Burley Cub X

Trailer, Stroller, or More

After deciding how many kids you will carry, the next thing you need to decide is how you would like to use your trailer.

The most common use people think of is using the trailer behind their bike. Most of the trailers can now be used for much more. With the addition of a conversion kit, you can use them for everything from a stroller to a cross country ski trailer. The best part is that however you decide you want to use the trailer, it will be getting your kids and family outdoors.

I would encourage you to think about different ways other than just biking that you can use your trailer. My wife and I use ours almost every day. We only use our trailer behind our bike once or twice a week, but we use it almost daily to walk around the neighborhood or go for a run. We will even use our D’Lite X to ride to an event like the farmers market. Once there, we park our bikes, convert the bike trailer into a stroller, and go about the event.

The Burley trailers push way easier than most strollers due to the large pneumatic tires. The trailers also work great for protecting your kids from the elements. On cold or rainy days, you can use the included rain/wind cover. Most of the Burley trailers also provide UV protection, so if you are outside for extended periods of time, these will protect your kids much better than a standard stroller.

Bike Trailer Only

The trailers in this category can only be used for bike riding. You are not able to convert these trailers for any other use. They do one thing, and they do it well.

  • Burley Minnow
  • Burley Bee

Bike Trailer and Stroller Wheel

The trailers in this category can be used for biking or as strollers. They include the bike attachment and a single wheel that can be attached for use when walking or jogging. This trailer also has an adjustable handle for pushing it from behind.

  • Burley Honey Bee

Multifunction Trailers

The trailers in this category are the most versatile and can be used for almost anything you want to do outdoors with your kids. You can use these for biking, running, strolling, hiking, and cross country skiing. The models in this category work with all of Burley's conversion kits. (Look for more info about Burley conversion kits in an upcoming blog article.)

  • Burley D’Lite Single
  • Burley Encore
  • Burley Encore X
  • Burley D’Lite
  • Burley D’Lite X
  • Burley Cub X

Burley Trailer Feature Comparison

Here are features that all Burley trailers have in common:

  • Easy to fold for storage or transportation
  • Storage compartment for carrying extra gear

Burley Minnow $299

The Burley Minnow is a single-seat kids bike trailerThe Burley Minnow is the most basic single-seat child trailer that Burley makes. This trailer can only be used as a bike trailer.

Burley Bee $349

The Burley Bee is the most basic double-seated child trailerThe Burley Bee is the most basic double-seated child trailer Burley produces. This unit can only be used as a bike trailer. This trailer is very similar to the Burley Minnow (the single-seat version). This is the most popular trailer that we sell.

Burley Honey Bee $399

The Burley Honey Bee is a trailer and a stroller and jogger.The Burley Honey Bee is very similar to the Bee except for the fact that it’s also a stroller and jogger. Included with the trailer is an extra wheel and adjustable handle so that you can push it when it’s not in bike mode.

Burley Encore $529

The Burley Encore will do it all without breaking the bank.The Burley Encore is the entry level multifunction trailer. This trailer will do it all without breaking the bank. It can be used with all the Burley conversion kits. Included with the trailer is the bike attachment as well as a single stroller wheel. Added features also include tinted side windows with UV protection and a front sunshade.

Burley Encore X $599

The Burley Encore X gives you many of the same features as the standard encore with the addition of suspension to smooth out the ride.The Burley Encore X gives you many of the same features as the standard Encore, with the addition of suspension to smooth out the ride. The X models can also be converted to cargo trailers by removing the seats. It’s also compatible with all the Burley multifunctional conversion kits. The Encore X includes tinted windows and a front sunshade. It includes the bike attachment and stroller wheel. In my opinion this is the best value in the entire Burley line.

Burley D’Lite Single $699

The D’Lite Single is Burley’s most deluxe single seat trailer.The Burley D’Lite Single is Burley’s most deluxe single-seat trailer. It has many added comfort and safety features. The D’Lite is compatible with all of the Burley multifunction conversion kits and includes bike attachment and stroller wheel. You will find nicer padded seats in this model, as well as larger tinted UV protected windows and an adjustable front sunshade. The D’Lite also has adjustable suspension so you can dial in your ride for different conditions. This model also has a reclining seat.

Burley D’Lite $799

The Burley D’Lite has many added comfort and safety features.The Burley D’Lite has many added comfort and safety features. The D’Lite is compatible with all of the Burley multifunction conversion kits and includes bike attachment and stroller wheel. You will find nicer padded seats and headrests in this model, as well as larger tinted UV protected windows and an adjustable front sunshade. The D’Lite also has adjustable suspension so you can dial in your ride for all different conditions. The seats also recline in this model.

Burley D’Lite X $899

The Burley D’Lite X is Burley’s most premium trailer ever.The Burley D’Lite X is Burley’s most premium trailer ever. It features an ultra-luxurious interior with premium seating. It also has independent reclining seats, so one child can recline while the other is upright. Full-length tinted UV protected windows with an adjustable front sunshade will keep your kids happy all day. All of the multifunction conversion kits will work great with this trailer. Adjustable suspension will help smooth out the ride on any surface. This model includes a bike attachment and stroller wheel. If you don’t need to haul your kids, you can easily remove the seats and use this as a cargo trailer as well.

Burley Cub X $899

The Burley Cub X is the most rugged of all of the Burley trailersThe Burley Cub X is the most rugged of all of the Burley trailers and will hold up to being used in many different conditions. It features a hard plastic bottom to help protect it. This trailer will work with all of the multifunction conversion kits. This unit also features a premium interior with padded seats and headrests. Full-length tinted UV windows and an adjustable sunshade will keep your kids out of the sun and protected from the environment. Both seats recline independently. Adjustable suspension will help smooth out the ride on any conditions. Included with this trailer is the bike kit and stroller wheel.

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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.