Which Burley bike trailer is best for my family?

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Are you looking to hire or buy a Burley bike trailer to carry your baby, toddler or small kids but not sure on which one to pick?

There a quite a few different kids bike trailers in the Burley range and it can get a bit confusing! Some can carry luggage as well as children, and some Burley bike trailers can convert into a stroller.

To help you decide we’ve asked the expert team at Kids Bike Trailers to help us explain the differences between the different models of Burley children's bicycle trailers.

We've summarised each of the features below so you can compare the Burley bike trailers and decide which one suits you best, plus at the end of this article is a video showing each of the trailers, and the key differences between them.

Burley Kids Bike Trailers - the basics

Burley are an American company, who specialise in making bike trailers. Most Burley bike trailers are designed to carry children but they also do trailers for pets or for cargo.

There's a few standard features on ALL their trailers, so we haven't listed them out each time. The features include UV protection, adjustable 5-point harness, wheel guards, roll cage and recessed helmet pocket for extra head room.

All Burley bike trailers are designed and rigorously tested to meet and exceed ASTM standards and requirements. In fact, Burley paved the way in creating these safety standards.

The aluminium structure and restraint system are all about safety and each trailer comes with a bright safety flag.

You can purchase an outside storage cover which is compatible with all Burley kids and pet trailers.

Additional hitches are available to allow you to use the trailer on more than one bicycle.

Burley bike trailers to carry kids

How trailers hitch to your bike

How a trailer attaches to your bike can often be an afterthought, resulting in you getting lost in online forums and trawling through websites that aren't specific to your bike or your trailer.

There are a lot of complicated variables when it comes to hitching a trailer to a bike, we're here to let you know that hitching the trailer might require some research and thinking and may require purchasing an additional part that doesn't come with the trailer, so please do bear this in mind when budgeting for your new trailer.

We have busted the jargon and created an easy-to-follow guide for working out how a trailer will hitch to your bike.

Deciding between the different Burley bike trailer models

We've listed out the main different Burley trailer models to help you decide which one will suit you best. It will help you decide between the Burley D'Lite vs Double and Burley Bee vs Honey Bee bike trailer.

If you want more help in deciding how to narrow down how you'll be using the trailer read our blog 8 important things to consider before buying a cycle trailer.

If you're wondering which Burley bike trailer you hired at Center Parcs or which Burley bike trailer converts into a stroller, we've got your covered.

Hire a bike trailer before you buy

If you’re not sure which trailer to buy and you’re based in the UK, we recommend the Kids Bike Trailer rental scheme – they’ll send you a trailer that you can use for a few weeks to check out whether it works for your family.

You can hire a basic bike trailer for as little as £25 for 3 days, delivered to your doorstep.

After the rental you can then buy the bike trailer from them, or send it back.

This is also a brilliant solution if you want to cycle with your kids when on holiday in the UK.

Burley Bee bike trailer (from £324)

The Burley Bee is possibly the most iconic kids bike trailer! It is a cycling-only trailer and it is available in two models - a single and a double.

It’s designed for all weather use on smooth surfaces, so you get an outer waterproof cover to keep your children dry when it rains, plus a mesh inner cover to keep nasty flying things out when it’s hot.

The Burley Bee has a funky little foot guard, a 5-point harness system and hammock-style seating.

A useful feature of the Burley Bee is the storage space at the back – we all know how much “stuff” you need to take with young children!

The Bee has a parking brake, so when you are stationary make sure to put the parking brake on.

The wheels are really easy to push on and pull off with the push button quick release.

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Burley Bee specs

Usage: Cycling
Capacity: Single and Double
Terrain: Paved roads or paths
Weather conditions: All
Comfort level: Basic

Burley Bee Single sizing

Size open: 32.3" (L) x 26" (W) x 36" (H) or 81.9cm (L) x 66cm (W) x 91.4cm (H)
Size folded: 32.3" (L) x 26" (W) x 11.3" (H) or 81.9cm (L) x 66cm (W) x 28.6cm (H)

Burley Bee Double sizing

Size open: 32.3" (L) x 30" (W) x 36" (H) or 81.9cm (L) x 76.2cm (W) x 91.4cm (H)
Size folded: 35.5" (L) x 29.3" (W) x 11.3" (H) or 90.2cm (L) x 74.3cm (W) x 28.6cm (H)

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Burley Honey Bee bike trailer (from £449)

OK, I’ve never seen a red honey bee, but that’s the colour Burley have chosen for this particular model!

The Burley Honey Bee has all of the performance features that the Burley Bee has plus you can also use it as a stroller.

The handlebar rotates into two different positions, one for cycling and the other for strolling. You can quickly change this by releasing the bar and swinging the handle towards you.

Going out for a stroll? Don't forget to change the front wheel to be forward-facing!

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Burley Honey Bee interior specs

Burley Honey Bee specs

Usage: Cycling and strolling
Capacity: Double only
Terrain: Paved roads or paths
Weather conditions: All
Comfort level: Basic

Burley Honey Bee sizing

Size open: 33.25"(L) x 29.5" (W) x 37" (H) or 84.5cm (L) x 74.9cm (W) x 94cm (H)
Size folded: 35.5"(L) x 29.25" (W) x 12.5" (H) or 90.2cm (L) x 74.3cm (W) x 31.8cm (H)

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Burley Encore X bike trailer (from £599)

Burley have designed the Encore X bike trailer for the families who like to be active!

Add a jogger kit and go running, add a ski kit and go skiing! All with suspension to lessen those bumps!

The inside has some fancy features including a sunshade and premium seat pads so your little ones can get the taste of adventure in comfort.

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Burley Encore X specs

Usage: Cycling, strolling and skiing
Capacity: Double only
Terrain: All
Weather conditions: All
Comfort level: Standard

Burley Encore X sizing

Size open: 33.3"(L) x 31" (W) x 37" (H) or 84.6cm (L) x 78.8cm (W) x 94cm (H)
Size folded: 36"(L) x 31" (W) x 12" (H) or 91.4cm (L) x 78.7cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)

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Burley D'Lite X kids trailer (from £769)

The Burley D’Lite X bike trailer is the most premium and versatile double trailer in the Burley range.

It’s designed to provide the most comfort for your passengers whilst you’re cycling or strolling.

The D'Lite X comes with premium 20 inch wheels which have excellent tread and aggressive grip. It’s also fitted with a fully adjustable suspension for off-road riding.

Inside your passengers can travel in luxury, with premium seats and headrests which also recline for that all-important nap time. There’s also extra room for elbows and knees.

Burley haven’t forgotten about the practicalities of taking kids out cycling though as the D’Lite-X has a floor mat, sunshade and zipper.

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Burley D'Lite X specs

Usage: Cycling, strolling and skiing
Capacity: Single and Double
Terrain: All
Weather conditions: All
Comfort level: Premium

Burley D'Lite X single sizing

Size open: 33.3" (L) x 27.5" (W) x 38.3" (H) or 84.5cm (L) x 69.9cm (W) x 97.2cm (H)
Size folded: 36" (L) x 27.5" (W) x 15" (H) or 91.4cm (L) x 69.9cm (W) x 38.1cm (H)

Burley D'Lite X double sizing

Size open: 33.3" (L) x 31.3" (W) x 38.3" (H) or 84.5cm (L) x 79.4cm (W) x 97.2cm (H)
Size folded: 37" (L) x 31.3" (W) x 14.3" (H) or 94cm (L) x 79.4cm (W) x 36.2cm (H)

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Burley Rental Cub bike trailer (from £622)

The Burley Rental Cub bike trailer was designed for bike rental businesses, so it’s built to last!

The inside has a hard plastic bucket, making it the most stable kids bike trailer.

The Rental Cub is also made of a very different material than the other Burley trailers, which is water resistant.

The seat pads can easily be removed, making it super easy to wipe clean!

You can find lots of these trailers at places like Center Parcs!

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Burley Rental Cub specs

Usage: Cycling
Capacity: Double only
Terrain: Paved roads or paths
Weather conditions: All
Comfort level: Basic

Burley Rental Cub sizing

Size open: 36" (L) x 31" (W) x 38.3" (H) or 91.4cm (L) x 78.7cm (W) x 97.2cm (H)
Size folded: 35.8" (L) x 31" (W) x 13.5" (H) or 90.8cm (L) x 78.7cm (W) x 34.3cm (H)

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Want to see the differences between the Burley bike trailers?

The lovely people at Kids Bike Trailers have made this awesome video that shows the features of each of the different Burley bike trailers.

The team talk through the range of Burley Trailers, including the Burley Bee, Honey Bee, D'lite X, Encore X and the Rental Cub and discuss the different key features of each Burley bike trailer and how you decide which trailer is right for you!

You can check out the full video below or if you're just looking for a specific trailer you can skip to the times shown below:

(minutes:seconds)

Burley Bee - 2:20

Honey Bee - 3:34

Burley Encore X - 4:16

Burley D’Lite X - 5:26

Burley Rental Cub - 7:28

If you’re still not quite sure which Burley trailer is right for you, and you're based in the UK then we highly recommend a short-term rental from Kids Trailer Hire.

You can rent a basic bike trailer for as little as £25 for 3 days.

You can then buy the trailer if it’s correct for you, or else return it to them.

We'd love to hear which Burley trailer you choose - do drop us a comment in the box below. And you can tag us @CycleSprog on Instagram so we can see you in action! 

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