The Dream on Me Coast Rider is a riding scooter and lightweight stroller combination. The scooter looks fun for little ones, and we can see how this product would engage older children into transporting themselves. However, it is not the best quality, the stroller components are hard to use, and the seat is uncomfortable compared to the competition. We suspect little one will balk at spending much time in this stroller with no canopy, no recline, and insufficient padding for napping. It is noteworthy that even the company website only has pictures of this product being used by a child as a scooter. All of its photos set up as a stroller show an empty seat. Overall, we think this "bulky when folded" option is a poor lightweight stroller, given the lack of features that make a travel stroller useful. However, if you want a riding toy, it might fit the bill.Editor's Note: The Dream on Me Coast Rider review was updated on December 16th, 2021, with additional stroller comparison and thoughts on what we would recommend purchasing.
Dream On Me Coast Rider Review
Pros: Converts to scooter, less expensive, relatively lightweight
Cons: Harder to use, complicated fold, lower quality
Manufacturer: Dream On Me
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|Pros||Converts to scooter, less expensive, relatively lightweight||Reasonable price, good quality, comfy napping, smaller fold||Easy to carry, lightweight, stands on its own||Inexpensive, easy to use||Very nappable|
|Cons||Harder to use, complicated fold, lower quality||Brake hurts the top of uncovered feet, harder to push and turn off-road||Hard to push and turn, not for napping, convoluted fold||Poor quality, harder to maneuver||Heavy and large, harder to transport|
|Bottom Line||Interesting and potentially fun scooter for older toddlers but the stroller is clunky and awkward to use||A high-scoring, reasonably priced option with nice features suitable for comfortable napping but harder to turn off-road||Upright seat with no adjust-ability that can be harder to push on uneven terrain||The cheapest option with disappointing functionality||Average stroller that is harder to carry, stow, and push on rough surfaces|
|Rating Categories||Dream On Me Coast R...||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Chicco Liteway|
|Weight Folded Size (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Dream On Me Coast R...||Zoe Traveler||UPPAbaby G-Lite||Kolcraft Cloud Plus||Chicco Liteway|
|Weight||12.8 lbs||12 lbs||11.8 lbs||12.6 lbs||17.2 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||16"W x 10.5"H x 28.5"L||17.5"W x 23"H x 13"L||13.3"W x 10.8"H x 42.5"L||18.6"W x 11.7"H x 34.7"L||14.9"W x 10.5"H x 46"L|
|Folded Volume||4,788 cu in||5,233 cu in||6,105 cu in||7,551 cu in||7,197 cu in|
|Capacity Limits||Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 45 lbs/ 37.8"
|Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
|Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
|Minimum: Not Listed
Maximum: 50 lbs/44"
Maximum: 40 lbs/43"
|Included Car Seat Compatibility||None||None||None||None||None|
|Click-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Strap-in Car Seat Adapters||None||None||None||None||None|
|Handlebar Height - Min/Max||36"/38.3"||40.5"||42.3"||38.9"||41"|
|Setup Time||5-10 Min||2-5 Min||2-5 Min||5-10 Min||5-10 Min|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Dream on Me (DOM) Family is a collection of brands, including Dream On Me, Evolur Baby, and Slumber Baby. The company launched in 1988 and focuses on creating safe, quality products for families. The line of products includes strollers, cribs, baby sleepers, walkers, and more.
Weight and Folded Size
While the fold of the Coast Rider might be weird, it does make for a relatively small and lightweight package compared to the competition.
This stroller weighs 12.8 lbs and folds into a package that is 4,788 cubic inches. These measurements put it squarely into the easier-to-transport category, but if you look at the final product, it is oddly bulky, had to lift, and may not fit everywhere.
Ease of Use
The Coast Rider is one of the hardest-to-use options in the review.
Fold and Unfold
This product has an awkward fold, and it isn't much smaller even when you manage to compact it. It is almost like taking it apart as opposed to folding. During testing, we needed two hands and a foot to unfold it. It does automatically lock, but it doesn't self-stand, nor can you pull it like luggage. Compared with the fold of the Zoe Traveler, the Coast is miserable.
The brakes on the Coast Rider are hard to set but easier to release. It is a double-action brake which means you need to press two pedals(one on each side of the rear axle) to set the brakes fully. We worry some parents might forget to set both sides or feel one side is "good enough" and leave the other side open. Once the brakes are set, there is some play in the wheels, but it didn't feel significant enough to be dangerous during testing.
The Dream on Me does not include any storage. As a result, you'll need to carry all your supplies in a diaper bag or backpack. Even a spare diaper and wipes will require that you bring some sort of tote.
The Coast Rider does not have a sunshade, so little ones will be exposed to all elements, including the sun, that could result in a burn or make it hard to nap.
The Coast Rider has a 5-point harness in stroller mode and no harness in scooter mode. It has a ridiculously long crotch strap that hindered our ability to get a proper and snug fit on our little testers. None of the straps are padded, but the material is smooth and somewhat slippery. It is more comfortable, but it also quickly untightens. Rethreading the shoulder height is relatively easy, but the buckle button is stiffer than average.
The seat for the stroller is upright only, with no option to recline, and has minimal padding. There is no footrest for smaller riders which means legs could be uncomfortable dangling off the edge. There is no leg rest or recline, so it is not designed for comfortable napping.
Car Seat Compatibility
There is no car seat compatibility with this stroller, and it is only appropriate for older babies and toddlers.
Ease of Setup
This stroller takes between 5-10 minutes to put together. It comes in a well-packed box, but almost all of the parts need to be assembled, unlike most of the competition. The instruction manual is clear, with good detail in both words and pictures. While it wasn't difficult to build, it takes more time, and it feels like it should have come more assembled.
The Coast is surprisingly easier to push and turn than many competitors, though none of the products in this category are excellent. It can manage sharp turns, but the center handle is on the low side and might be uncomfortable for taller parents to push for long distances. While we could push this product one-handed on flat surfaces, it is much easier with two once the road gets uneven. This unit managed grass and carpet better than much of the competition, but deep gravel was a struggle.
This stroller is less expensive than much of the competition, falling closer in line with the Graco Jetsetter; however, we'd still expect better quality than what it delivers with a price over a hundred dollars. While the materials feel durable and sturdy, they lack comfort and consideration for the passenger. There is thin padding, and it all feels very minimal to simply "get the job done." The frame has an awkward look, and it rattles when you turn with joints that do not feel solid compared to the competition. This stroller also offers no suspension, and it looks somewhat sloppy all around. The seat fabric does not stay folded down over the corners; there are exposed buckles and straps all over the place.
Should You Buy the Dream On Me Coast Rider?
While the Coast Rider can be a fun product for older kids, it is only functional in specific situations and is not very practical for frequent use. It is not comfortable for kids to ride in or for adults to push, and while it rolls smoothly on hard surfaces, the small wheels limit its use even further. The biggest downfall, in our opinion, is the lack of useful features like a sunshade or basket. This item feels more like a toy than a helpful piece of baby gear, and we don't recommend it for most families.
What Other Umbrella Strollers Should You Consider?
There are many other strollers we would recommend over the Coast Rider. If you want a barebones product that is super light and relatively affordable, we encourage you to look at the Zoe Traveler. With a price tag that is only slightly higher, you get a basket, a sunshade, an easier fold, and a smoother ride. We think it is a great tradeoff all around and will be a better product for you and your baby.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
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