If you are in the market for the best child bike seat, you’ll like our reviews on this post as we have done extensive research on various brands to determine safety and stability as detailed in this bike seat buyer guide.
Cycling is fun, and most kids can’t wait to hop on the bike with dad or mama to enjoy the adventures. The only way you can safely take your child along is by having a baby’s bike seat. These seats are specially designed to keep your child both comfortable and safe during rides. That said, small babies who cannot sit up unaided are not safe in any baby bike seat or bicycle. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that only children older than 12 months should sit on a rear bike or be carried on a bike.
Now, baby bike seats are not the same and will vary on the types of bikes they are compatible with. This review outlines the different types of baby bikes available in the market, their differences, pros, and cons, so keep reading to find the best baby bike seat that suits your family’s needs.
Child Bike Seat Mounting Styles
Before we get to the bike seats, it is important for you to know the various ways these seats are mounted on the bike. There are three mounting styles:
Front mount- these seats are attached to the front of the riding adult at the handlebar and are more suitable for babies and small toddlers aged six months up to two years.
Rear mount- these seats are usually larger than front-mounted, and have more advantages like the ability to recline, better suspension, and adjustability.
They can be attached to the frame (preferably) or the bike’s rack if it is not compatible with the frame-mounted seat. These types of seats are suitable for children aged from 12 months to 7 years.
Mid-mounted – these seats are suitable for kids aged 2 to 5 years and are mounted between the handlebars and the riding parent. These types of seats usually do not have a harness, so the child has to grasp the handlebars really tight. These are the best choice for mountain bikers because they allow the rider to maintain the center of balance while also allowing their child to ride along.
As you can see, the type of seat you will choose will be dependent on your child’s age, your style of riding, and if it will be compatible with your bike.
Below is a quick preview of the best baby bike seats we will be reviewing.
|Bike Seat||Why We Love It||MSRP|
|Rear Mounted- Frame and Rack|
|Bellelli Pepe||Best On A Budget||$80|
|Thule RideAlong||Best Overall (Frame Only)||$250|
|Burley Dash||Best Harness And Storage||$150|
|Hamax Caress||Most Universal Bike Fit||$209|
|Thule Yepp Next Maxi||Best For Hot Climates||$250|
|Front Mounted-Baby And MTB Seats|
|Peg Pegero Orion||Best On A Budget||$102|
|Hamax Observer||Best Non-Traditional||$139|
|Kids Ride Shotgun||Best Non-Traditional||$129|
|Thule Yepp Mini||Most Lightweight||$200|
Reviews of the Best Child Bike Seats 2021
Bellelli Pepe-Best On A Budget
Despite Bellelli Pepe being priced at a fraction of other seats on this list, you will be surprised that it has such quality and most of the same features you will find on the high-end seats.
One of the best features is the extra high sideboards for support and containment, ensuring your child will be safe in case of an accidental fall. It also has a three-point harness with a childproof buckle, footrest molding to keep your child’s feet from being grazed on by the wheel, and ankle straps to keep the feet from dangling around.
The seat has great adjustability whether you are using it with a small baby or a big toddler, enabling them to ride comfortably. It has a variable recline. The shoulder straps can also be adjusted with three slots that will accommodate your growing child. We also loved the two-depth setting in the center of the seat, allowing you to get a more snug fit for a smaller child.
If you are on a tight budget, Pepe is both a safe and comfortable seat for your little passenger. It has also received great ratings for being super easy to use from installation, removal, even securing the straps and clamps.
- Age range: up to 50 lbs/ 7 years and under
- Mounting info: fits round seat tubes of 25-46 mm/ or oval seat tubes 30-60 mm
- Adjustable footrest and straps
- Adjustable shoulder straps with three slots
- It’s a breeze to attach and detach the seat
- Easy to adjust the straps and feet holders
- Has unique high sides for support and containment in case of an accident
- Vented sides for breathability
- Adjustable buckle for a snug fit with a small child
- Cheapest on this list
- Nylon shoulder straps provide no cushion at all
- Flimsy plastics between the wheels are footrest
Thule RideAlong– Best Overall (Frame Only Child Bike Seat)
Thule RideAlong is our best overall frame mountable seat. It has the looks- sleek and modern, high quality, durable, and lots of user-friendly features.
One of its best features is the quick release brackets that enable it to mount and dismount in seconds. It is also one of the comfiest seats for your child to ride on with padded shoulder straps and five reclining positions. Additionally, it has a suspension system that gives your child a bump-free ride.
The seat is fully adjustable from the shoulder straps, footrest, and foot straps to provide the perfect fit for your growing child. Better still, you can adjust all these on one hand, including the recline angle.
You also need to know that RideAlong has a low saddle adapter that allows it to mount safely on smaller bikes. It has a built-in reflector for visibility at night and detachable water-repellant padding that is machine washable and reversible with two color options.
- Age range: 9 months to 6 years
- Mounting info: Fits 27.2-40 mm round frames/ 40 x 55 mm oval frames
- Three point harness
- Adjustable footrest
- 5 recline positions
- Anti-theft lock and key
- Super easy adjustable recline and footrests
- Reversible color pad
- Easy adjustable straps for a snug fit
- You can lock it to the bike if you leave it unattended
- Comes with a low saddle adapter to mount to smaller bikes
- Available in only light grey color
- May be challenging to maintain balance when carrying a heavy child
- Reviewers complain that the seat sags and interferes with the wheel when used with low saddle adapter
- Very pricey
Burley Dash -Best Harness and Storage
Burley Dash has the best harness system and storage in the market. It has a 5 point harness system that adjusts from the top, bottom, and sides so that you can place the buckle higher or lower on your child’s chest. We have found that a higher placement works better for a wiggly child. Regarding storage, this is the only child bike seat that provides storage allowing you to conveniently take along some small essentials if you don’t want to be burdened with a backpack or a purse.
The seat has several model variations that you can choose from depending on your needs. All of the Burley Dash seats have a quick and hassle-free installation and can be positioned in three different positions to give you enough space when riding. The seat has armrests, footrests that are adjustable to four different positions, and a back reflector for visibility. And to make it easy to clean after your baby, the seat has removable and washable padding.
- Age range: 12 months up to 40 pounds
- Mounting info: seat tube length of 4.1 inches, diameter 28-40 mm
- 5-point harness with higher buckle
- Rear storage pocket
- Optional recline with three positions
- Adjustable footrest height
- Easy-to-clean padding
- High quality with fantastic design
- Highly adjustable and easy to use 5 point harness
- Has armrests for your child’s comfort
- Installs in seconds
- Storage for essentials like keys, phone, wallet, etc
- Optional recline
- Reasonable pricing
- Doesn’t have attaching points for lights
Hamax Caress-Most Universal Bike Fit
Hamax Caress stands out from the competition because of its unique universal mounting system. Many bikes have wires on the seat tube that make it impossible for you to use a frame-mounted seat. Hamax Caress seat has a unique design with smaller lockable brackets that mount on the bike’s frame without interfering with the wires. This makes the seat compatible with many more bikes than other ordinary frame-mounted seats. And, if frame mounting fails, Hamax Caress also has a rack-mounting option with an adapter.
This seat has variable recline positions up to 20 degrees and shock absorbers to make your child’s ride as comfortable and smooth as possible. Also, note that Hamax Caress is one of the fewest rack-mountable seats in the market with suspension, so more points. Shoulder straps have foam padding for additional comfort and to prevent them from sliding off.
This seat also shines when it comes to making quick and easy adjustments; the three-point harness, footrest, foot straps, and seatback can all be adjusted, on one hand, allowing you to continue stabilizing the bike with the other hand.
With a weight limit of 48.5 pounds and lots of comfort and safety features, Hamax Caress provides you with many years of use, making it a valuable investment.
- Age range: 9 months to 48.5 pounds
- Mounting info: Frame mount: 28-40 mm diameter, Rack mount: 10-20mm diameter
- Dual-bar steel suspension (frame)
- Variable reclining
- Dual spring suspension (rack)
- Non-slip straps
- Adjustable height backrest
- Helmet recess variable
- Height sliding footrest
- Theft-protection lock
- Sleek and modern design
- Durable construction
- Padded anti-slip shoulder straps
- Suspension on both frame and rack mount
- Reclines up to 20 degrees making it comfortable for the baby to nap
- Can be mounted to almost any rack with the adapter
- One-handed all components adjustability
- Seat is unstable when it is mounted using the rack adapter
- Recline function does not work with some saddle designs
Thule Yepp Nexxt Maxi-Most Lightweight
Like the Ride-Along model we saw earlier, Nexxt Maxi has top-notch quality and is easy to use. It weighs just 3.7 pounds, making it one of the most weightless seats in the market, so you will have no problems balancing the bike even with a 40-pound toddler.
One of the things reviewers love is the childproof magnetic buckle, allowing you to secure your child within seconds. The seat provides a comfortable fit for your growing child with a five-point harness with two slots and adjustable footrests with straps. It is also shock absorbing and has a pad on the seat to keep your child comfortable. This model also has large vents that allow plenty of air circulation to keep your child cool when the weather is hot.
- Age range: 1 year and up to 40 pounds
- Mounting info: seat tube with 6 inch
- 5-point harness
- Large vents for keeping toddlers cool
- Foot straps
- Variable height sliding footrest
- Stylish and compact design
- Ultra lightweight and sturdy
- Quick and easy to install
- Handlebar for kids to grip
- High quality padded harness
- Has a magnetic buckle that is easy and fast to secure
- The Styrofoam seat pad is hard and not comfortable as you would expect
- Universal mounting adapter may not fit some threadless headsets
Thule Yepp Maxi-Best For Hot Climates
Yepp Maxi has many small vents all over the back, making it the breeziest for daily rides under hot weather. It also has high safety and comfort ratings, making it a worthy investment despite the high price tag.
It is very well built, sturdy, and easily mounts to your bike’s frame. And like the Yepp Nexxt Maxi, the seat is shock absorbing and has a 5 point harness to keep your child secured. Adjustable harness and footrest make it comfortable for your growing child, and the foot straps help keep your child’s feet inside where they are secured.
The seat has built-in reflectors and a safety light attachment for visibility. And like all other Thule bike seats, the materials on this seat are water repellant making it very easy to clean and dry.
- Age range: 9 months to 6 years (40 pounds)
- Mounting requirements: Seat tube with 6 inches (clear of wires)
- 5-point harness
- Variable height sliding footrest adjustment
- Superior ventilation
- Durable construction
- Easy to install and remove
- Very comfortable
- Superior ventilation for maximum airflow
- High safety rating in times of accidents
- The nylon straps keep on sliding off the shoulders
Front Mounted – Baby and MTB Seats
Peg Perego Orion-Best on a Budget
At just the low pricing of $102, Pegero Orion is a great option for budget-conscious families that seek good quality and functional bike seats, and it also has a fantastic design.
It boasts an innovative bracket system that allows it to be attached to the head of the bike. This helps the seat stay put even when you make turns making the center of balance consistent. Additionally, the unique design makes it possible to mount to different types of bike frames (from 32 mm to 52mm), including E-bikes. This is very rare for a front-mounted seat.
The seat is comfortable just as it is safe with features like thermoformed padding to keep your little one cozy and snug, a grip handlebar, and adjustable footrests with straps, an adjustable three-point harness, and a built-in suspension system for a bump-free ride regardless of the terrain. It also features a one-click installation and removal.
It is worth noting that Perego Orion is small compared to other front-mounted seats. And also, the detachable handlebar will only be useful until your child reaches about 22 pounds, so make this your choice if you only plan to use a few years.
- Age range: 12 months- 33 pounds
- Mounting info: on 32mm to 52mm frames (1.3 in to 2.0 in)
- Three point harness
- 3-position adjustable footrest
- Nylon shoulder straps
- Unique mounting system that is compatible with a wide variety of bikes
- Leaves plenty of room for the rider
- Removable handlebar
- Quick release mount for easy installation and removal
- Shoulder straps and padding do not slip off
- Affordable with solid quality
- Footrests are hard to adjust; you have to remove them and set them at the correct height
- Bigger toddlers will outgrow it fast
Hamax Observer-Best Mid-Priced
Hamax Observer is the best choice at the mid-point pricing range of $170 because it has a sleek and compact design and lots of user-friendly features.
With padded shoulder straps and a double shell for a snug fit, the Observer is one of the comfiest front-mounted bike seats in the market. Plus, the shoulder straps have foam sleeves on top to keep them from slipping off the shoulders. Footrests and straps are also adjustable for a comfortable fit. There is also an optional purchase to get a large and transparent windscreen to block the wind, cold air, and deflect rain for more pleasant rides for you and your child.
The Observer is able to mount to a wider range of bikes because it has two mounting options. Included mounting brackets are for bikes with threaded headsets and require about 2 inches on the stem. The other option is for bikes with threadless headsets with less than 2 inches of stem space and requires you to buy A-head adapters separately. Because the Observer seat is small and seats uprightly, it leaves the rider with plenty of space.
You will also love that everything from the three-point harness, footrest, and foot straps are all adjustable on one hand. And like all Hamax seats, the Observer can be locked to prevent theft and comes with two keys. The material is also water repellant removable
- Age range: 9 months to 33 pounds
- Mounting info: stem diameter 20-28 mm, standard bracket requires 2 inches clearance, A-Head bracket requires ½ inch clearance
- One-hand adjustments
- Padded, non slip shoulder straps
- Quick-release attachment
- Anti-theft locks
- Optional windscreen accessory
- Smaller size, leaving more space for the adult rider
- Has padded, non slip shoulders
- Quick installation and removal
- Easy one-handed adjustments for all parts
- Has a locking mechanism to prevent theft
- Optional windscreen to block the elements
- Your child will outgrow the small seat more quickly
Kids Ride Shotgun-Best Non-Traditional
Shotgun is specifically designed for mountain bikes and is compatible with many different frames, from trail bikes to full suspension mountain bikes. It has a mid-mount style, placing your child at the front and centered when riding.
Like all mid-mount seats, the Shotgun doesn’t have straps and is thus only ideal for bigger toddlers and preschoolers who can keep a firm grip on the handlebars during a ride. It comes with a quick-release mount and rubber protection for your bike frame.
- Age range: 2 to 5 years up to 48 pounds
- Mounting info: Mounts to top tube and down tube (best for bikes with front suspension fork)
- Rubber protection
- Foot straps to keep kid’s feet from hitting the front wheel
- Well made
- Can be mounted on a wide variety of bike frame style
- Seat position keeps the weight centered
- Rubber protection covering all contact points on your bike
- Mini handlebar attachments for your child are available
- Has a padded, adjustable saddle
- Not a quick release as you would expect; you have to take off several parts first and reinstall every time
Thule Yepp Mini-Most Lightweight
Yepp Mini offers similar functionality to the Yepp Next Maxi we saw earlier for cheaper pricing. Reviewers have remarked that the body feels a bit flimsy compared to the pricier sisters, so that explains the price difference. Weighing just 7.7 pounds, this is the best lightweight seat compared to other front-mounted seats.
The seat material is shock-absorbing, and the back is well ventilated to keep your child cool and comfortable. It has an adjustable 5 point safety and footrest with straps to keep your child snug and secure. It also includes a restraining bar that your child can grip during rides.
The seat is easy to install and remove with Thule’s quick-release bracket. The material is also water repellant, making it easy to just wipe or clean in case of accidental messes.
- Age range: 9 months to 33 pounds
- 5 point safety harness
- Adjustable footrest and straps
- Quick release bracket
- Integrated child handlebar
- Shock absorbing body
- 5 year warranty
- Durable construction
- Easy to install and remove with quick release bracket
- Well ventilated to prevent sweaty backs
- Has a handlebar for kids to grip on when riding
- The plastic material feels a bit flimsy than expected
- Shoulder straps keep slipping down
Mary Stephens is our infant development and baby fun activities specialist here at MotherhoodHQ. She has over 10 years of experience dealing with kids, previously as a K3 teacher and now as a K9-12 teacher specializing in physical education and Social Studies. She is certified to teach in New York and Massachusetts and when not teaching trampoline jump tricks or giving toddler safety guides, she enjoys writing and providing helpful guides to parents on baby fun activities from infancy to toddlerhood. Mary is also an independent consultant providing parents with fun activities at home and appropriate toys and baby gear for infants and toddler development. She can be reached at her email, mary.s(at)motherhoodhq.com.