Whether you have children still using a stroller, or bigger kids like mine, I can't think of a more flexible option than a stroller wagon. What is a stroller wagon, you ask? It's basically a wagon, with padding and seat belts, so it functions as both a wagon and a stroller. We were just provided with the W1 2-seater stroller wagon by Wonderfold in exchange for our review, and I am honestly loving it!! It's more compact than our current tandem stroller, which means it takes up less space in our apartment's entryway, which is a win of its own!! Watch our demo video and keep reading for more of the functions this stroller wagon can offer your family!
The wagon does require assebly, but it's minimal and if I (who fails at even the most basic Ikea assembly) can do it, anyone can!! The wheels snap right on, as does the brake axle and canopy. The handlebar has to be aligned carefully and screwed together, but it's quite easy, so don't worry! Within 5 minutes (10 if you have to hunt down a screw driver or a coin; they do provide you with a hex tool to help you get the lug nut cap kinda thing on - I'm not technical, sorry!!), you'll have it ready to go!
- Easy folding & one-step unfolding: you just unhook one lever and pull up to fold (self-standing) and push down in the center to unfold - really easy, watch my demo video above to see the fold and unfold in action.
- Double seat with 5-point harness: great for twins or siblings. They probably don't recommend using without the harness, and the manual says don't use with more than 2 kids, but I'll just say that we've been using it with our 2 to 3 unharnessed kids and so far so good. Though with 3.5 year old twins and our 6.5 year old, it is cramped, especially with park bags piled on top of them LOL! But, it's very stable, short and not tippy at all.
- 180 Pound Weight Limit: I've even gotten in it myself, see that in my "8 ways to use your wagon" video!
- Adjustable and removable canopy: I didn't even realize it was adjustable til a few days into using it, but it's true - you can slide the material depending on the angle of the sun! Very cool! The canopy has 4 poles that simply slide (snugly) in and out, so it's quick and easy to take off and put on. When not in use, you can squish it together and store it in 2 pockets near the handlebar!
- Adjustable push handle: the handle telescopes up and down just like many stroller handles, and has a nice comfy cover zippered on it. I'm 5'8" and it's plenty tall for me, because it's adjustable, I think just about anyone can push it (even my 3.5 year old pushes it in our demo video haha!!)
- Storage pockets on front, sides, and rear: this helps make up for the fact that you lose storage space when the wagon is filled with kids. The large pocket under the handlebar is especially great for throwing your phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses in! The kids can access the side pockets on the outside if needed, which is nice.
- One step foot brake: The brake is easy to use, even with flip flops, however its placement makes it difficult to hoist it up over curbs. I worry about putting all that hoisting power into the handle alone, so I choose my path based on where I know there is a sidewalk curb cutout or driveway, or I go to the front and pull the wagon up and over that way.
- Accessories: for the W1 model, they sell separately a snack tray with cup holders ($45), a cup holder for the handle bar ($12.99), and an insulated cooler bag ($29). I'm told they're working on a waterproof cover, but for now I've fashioned the below by strategically cutting out a PEVA-free shower curtain and securing it on the corners with snack clips!
We are LOVING our wagon, like looooooooving it! It's so much more practical than our strollers, because it can hold the kids as well as so much stuff! I can load it with way more groceries than our stroller baskets could handle (I don't have a car so it's either go daily and buy what I can carry, or pay more to have it delivered). I'm also very excited to have it carry my 3 kids' park stuff, because let's face it, they love their scooters but after 5-10 minutes I end up having to carry 3 scooters and 3 helmets, not to mention a backpack full of 4 water bottles and snacks and ughhhhhh! It's also going to be very helpful when school starts, to carry 3 backpacks, and perhaps tired Pre-Kindergarteners home. My twins currently still require reclining stroller seats to take their naps, but starting September they'll be in school full day and take their naps there.
So, goodbye stroller and HELLO WONDERFOLD WAGON!! Thrilled to have this guy join our family for the next many years!! It has a great push, even better than our tandem, probably because it's a bit shorter. Nice big wheels (did well on the grass at the park), no road vibrations in the handle (which is a deal breaker for me that I've noticed in some strollers). So far, my only remotely negative things are: no rain cover, small sun shade (extendable down to the wagon on all 4 sides would be awesome), and brake placement makes it difficult to get up over curbs and also my toes graze it ever so slightly if I'm in a hustle with extra long strides. But none of these outweigh the positive aspects, not by a long shot. It's just an all around amazing product!