Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of bikes before — including the best commuter bikes for beginners, the best bikes for kids, and the best exercise bikes — here, we’ve rounded up the best cruiser bikes, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated cruiser bike
“Sweet bike,” exclaims one reviewer of this simple step-through bicycle. “The colors are beautiful, and the step-through design makes it look as elegant as a gazelle,” says another. Many appreciate how smooth their rides are on this cruiser bike, including one who writes, “The ride is smooth and extremely comfortable. Fenders and chain guard allow for regular clothes, so you’re already changed when you get to your destination.” One even calls it “the best bike I have ever owned,” explaining, “I love the combination of chill beach cruiser with the functionality of the 21-speed. It is an extremely comfortable ride, which is very difficult to find.” Another who has “taken it on many outings” agrees that it’s extremely functional: “The shifting is awesome. I have always had hybrids or mountain bikes or road bikes (for triathlons) with two-hand gear shifts. This single handle-shift is very fluid. I just shift the crank back and forth, with one hand, switches between gears nicely and quickly.” And as this reviewer concludes, “In my opinion, you can’t find a better engineered or better constructed bicycle in this price range.”
Best-rated (less expensive) cruiser bike
“I think it’s the perfect combo between an old-fashioned beach cruiser and a new-school chopper-style cruiser,” evaluates this reviewer. Another just calls it “very beachy,” adding, “it looks and rides great.” One reviewer admits she hasn’t owned a bike since she was a kid but “couldn’t be more excited about this bike.” She explains, “I did a lot of research to find a beach cruiser that was high quality without the unreasonable price tag. This bike is the best of both worlds.” Many more were entranced by the looks of this bike, with one describing it as having a, “classy, retro vibe, makes me think I am at the beach everyday when I ride.” And one reviewer speaks to the ease of assembly, as well as the overall quality, even at this price-point: “Not only was it really easy to put together (by myself, while drinking), it’s just such a wonderful bike! It’s smooth, responsive, handles great, I love it. And for the price I’m honestly amazed.”
Best single-speed cruiser bike
“The most beautiful bike in the world,” rejoices one reviewer, who got “a little teary-eyed” after seeing her bike for the first time. “I cannot stop looking at her. Exercise, fun, and being stylish all wrapped into one.” One even thinks, “This is the bike that can change the stigma of single-speed cruisers,” asking, “Could there be a bike easier to ride than this one? You cannot help but relax when you ride it, which then means you get to enjoy your surroundings.” Hundreds of five-star reviewers use the word “comfortable” to describe this bike, like one who writes, ““I’ve never tried a beach cruiser before, much less a single-speed. The ride is cushy and oh, so smooth. Great seat and handlebars. I’m able to sit up pretty straight. No more leaning over with my wrists bent and my hands going to sleep.”
Best beach-cruiser bike
Though dozens of reviewers refer to this as a “beach” cruiser, one reviewer attests, “It’s a real beach cruiser — whitewalls, big fat seat, wide handlebars and a kickstand. You or whomever you get it for will love it.” Another owner calls this the “best beach bike ever,” and one more loves that it’s a “no-frills beach bike.” That means, in their estimation, it stands up to “a humid, saltwater environment. They feel solid and well-constructed, much different from the Walmart bikes we had before (and granted, about twice the price).” Many appreciate how comfortable this bike is, like one who writes, “The bike is super comfortable and easy to ride. Biking around the beach and town with the family is a joy and a breeze.” As one reviewer concludes, “It is very comfortable and easy to ride, not to mention that she is a real cutie.”
Best big-and-tall cruiser bike
“Big-and-tall men, this bike is for you,” assures one reviewer of this Firmstrong bike, adding, “And the name bruiser does describe it — very sturdy and looks to be exceptionally well made, big comfortable seat, solid welds.” Many more “big-and-tall” men describe this as actually comfortable for larger guys, including one who writes, “This is a beautiful bike. It is a big bike for big people. Small people would probably find this bike sorta heavy. It is very comfortable.” However, this is a case where comfort and style can meet. “A real man machine and a head-turner in general. I could not have made a better choice. All my guy friends here at the beach are going to want one of these,” one reviewer raves. And one only bought this one “because it’s the most badass looking of them all.” Another owner calls it “very sporty,” also noting it “rides like a dream.”
Best street-cruiser bike
Many reviewers took this cruiser bike to the streets, adding that for a cruiser, not a road bike, it performs quite well on the road. “Two thumbs way up,” exclaims one happy shopper. “I just hit the beach and side streets with this awesome bike.” One calls it an “excellent bike,” after having “ridden it multiple times on paved and unpaved roads.” Another even thought it was “really easy to relearn how to ride a bike with this,” adding, “After a few days, I was able to get enough confidence to share the road with cars. I’m hoping to ride this up the trail soon.” One even sold his “road and cruiser bikes, and got this gem instead,” continuing, “It’s a perfect combination of comfort with a little oomph. I take it on a spin every day with my pups and it’s a joy to ride.” Another concludes that overall, it’s “Comfy, light weight, easy to shift, they make you feel like a kid again, enjoying the scenery instead of thinking about how much your butt hurts.”
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