by Amy Venzke April 04, 2018

With its innovative design, height-adjustable seat and striking style, the Stokke Xplory stroller has always been one-of-a-kind.

Now, for 2018, the Xplory is getting several upgrades that make this European-made stroller even more special.

Debuting in May, the new 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 stroller introduces features like a simplifed fold, a leatherette handlebar and seat rail, new colors and fabrics, a redesigned carrycot/bassinet, additional storage space and more.

2018 stokke xplory v6 vs 2017 stokke xplory v5 stroller comparison

 

The 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 is now available for pre-order from Strolleria. But the 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 is also available while inventory lasts—and it's 20% off at Strolleria, presenting a savings of nearly $200.

So should you save on last year's Xplory or spring for the new and improved model?

We'll review the differences in this 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 stroller comparison.

2018 Stokke Xplory V6 Release Date

The 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 is available for pre-order from Strolleria now, with an expected shipping time of early May. See a preview of the stroller in the video below.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Colors and Materials

For 2018, the look of the Stokke Xplory is more custom than ever, featuring new fabric types and colors, leatherette details and other upgrades that add to the stroller's sophistication.

Leatherette Details 

Instead of the plastic handlebar and fabric-covered seat rail seen on previous models, the 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 features a leatherette handlebar and seat rail in your choice of black or brown. 

Fabric Choices

The 2018 Xplory V6 also introduces a premium fabric for two colors, Brushed Grey and Brushed Lilac. While Stokke textiles have long been of a higher quality than typical stroller fabrics, the new brushed fabrics are thicker and more textured for a luxurious look and feel.

For 2018, the Xplory comes in three fabrics: classic, premium and Athleisure. The Xplory Athleisure, a sporty version of the stroller that debuted in 2017, features a lightweight fabric with a moisture-wicking seat liner and additional ventilation.

2018 stokke xplory v6 vs 2017 stokke xplory v5 stroller comparison

Plastic Components

On the 2018 Xplory V6, the plastic components of the stroller—such as the sides of the seat, the footrest and the areas near the wheels—are black on all strollers, giving the Xplory a more refined look.

On the 2017 model, the black frame has black plastic details and a black plastic handlebar, while the silver frame has gray plastic details and gray plastic handlebar.

Color Combinations

More color options are available for the 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 than for previous models, now that parents can choose a handle color in addition to the fabric and frame color.

For 2018, Stokke is debuting five new colors: Brushed Gray, Brushed Lilac, Lotus Pink, Athleisure Pink and Athleisure Green.

2018 stokke xplory v6 vs 2017 stokke xplory v5 stroller comparison

2018 stokke xplory v6 vs 2017 stokke xplory v5 stroller comparison

2018 stokke xplory v6 vs 2017 stokke xplory v5 stroller comparison

The 2018 Xplory with black frame is available in these color combinations:

  • Grey Melange with black handle
  • Grey Melange with brown handle
  • Black Melange with black handle
  • Black Melange with brown handle
  • Deep Blue with black handle
  • Black with black handle
  • Black with brown handle
  • Red with black handle
  • Lotus Pink with black handle
  • Brushed Grey with brown handle
  • Brushed Lilac with brown handle

The 2018 Xplory with silver frame is available in these color combinations:

  • Grey Melange with black handle
  • Grey Melange with brown handle
  • Black Melange with black handle
  • Black Melange with brown handle
  • Deep Blue with brown handle
  • Black with brown handle

The 2018 Xplory Athleisure version is available in these colors:

  • Athleisure Pink with black frame and black handle
  • Athleisure Green with black frame and black handle

The 2017 Xplory is also available with a black frame or silver frame in many of the same fabric colors. On the silver frame, the handle is grey plastic, while the black frame stroller has a black plastic handlebar.

Additionally, the black frame 2017 Xplory V5 comes with a matching parasol and a cup holder (no longer included with the 2018 version but sold separately).

Colors for the 2017 Xplory include:

  • Black
  • Black Melange
  • Grey Melange
  • Red
  • Deep Blue (with silver frame only)
  • Purple (with silver frame only)
  • Athleisure Coral
  • Athleisure Marina
  • Athleisure Gray

Act fast if you like these 2017 colors, which have been discontinued for 2018:

  • Purple
  • Athleisure Coral
  • Athleisure Marina
  • Athleisure Gray

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Price

While inventory lasts, the 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 is 20% off at Strolleria! That makes the 2017 version at least $190 less than the new model. 

For 2018, Stokke hasn't raised the regular price of the Xplory despite its new upgrades, meaning the V6 offers more features for the same price seen in past years.

The 2018 Stokke Xplory has three different price points for the classic fabric, premium brushed fabric and Athleisure sport fabric.

Compare the prices of the 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 and the 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 below.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Fold

Every stroller-shopping new parent wants to know, "How easy is it to fold?" For 2018, the Stokke Xplory V6 has gotten a little easier.

To fold the Xplory, first remove the seat, then lower the handlebar to its shortest position. 

From there, the 2017 stroller requires you to pull up on a lever underneath the handlebar, then use your foot to press a pedal located above the wheels, causing the stroller to collapse. Being white, the foot pedal easily becomes dirty. See how the 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 folds in the video below.

For the 2018 model, no footwork is necessary. The Xplory folds when you pull up on the lever, sparing parents of an extra step (pun intended). Additionally, the footrest has been redesigned so that it's no longer necessary to remove it when folding the stroller (we'll explain the footrest in the next section). See the new, simplified fold in the video below.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Footrest

For 2018, the footrest of the Xplory V6 has been redesigned to make the stroller easier to use when folding the stroller and reversing the seat.

The chassis of the Xplory features a single piece of aluminum running up the center of the stroller, rather than two pieces of metal on either side of the frame. The unique design allows for unrestricted walking and for the seat to be height-adjusted on the chassis.

However, the design presents a drawback on the 2017 model: Reversing the seat or folding the stroller in parent-facing mode required removing the footrest first.

Now, the footrest contains a slit that allows it to remain intact when removed from the stroller, saving parents an extra step when using the stroller.

Another plus: The new 2018 footrest offers more leg support for baby, too. Instead of the 2017 stroller's open space between the top and bottom of the footrest, the new model's footrest is padded for extra comfort.

2018 Stokke Xplory V6 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 Stroller Comparison

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Shopping Bag

Instead of the typical stroller's open basket, the Xplory has always featured a zippered shopping bag that attaches and detaches to the frame for convenience.

For the 2017 Xplory V5, the color of the shopping bag matches that of the stroller. The problem? When you remove the stroller seat, you're left with, for example, a red bag—which may not look ideal with your gray car seat. Additionally, some of the 2017 colors easily get dirty (like the Grey Melange, for example).

For 2018, every shopping bag on the Xplory is black, regardless of the stroller fabric color, and is made of a raincoat-like, water-resistant fabric that makes it easier to clean. The shopping bag has also been redesigned so that it's larger and easier to access.

2018 Stokke Xplory V6 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 Stroller Comparison

See the new shopping bag in the video below.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Carrycot

With the redesign of the Xplory comes a new carrycot (also known as a bassinet).

In previous years, the carrycot didn't come with its own canopy, instead requiring the canopy to be detached from the Xplory. 

For 2018, Stokke has included the canopy with the purchase of a carrycot (in addition to the canopy that comes with the Xplory). That means parents can purchase a bassinet in a different color than the stroller without having mismatched fabrics.

Starting in May, the 2018 carrycot is available in these colors:

  • Grey Melange
  • Black Melange
  • Deep Blue
  • Black
  • Red

Additionally, the 2018 Xplory V6 carrycot offers new outside storage pockets for keeping important items nearby as well as a thicker, more ventilated mattress that helps your baby stay comfortable. And rather than featuring a plastic bottom, as seen on 2017 and earlier models, the sides of the 2018 carrycot are covered in fabric.

Also new for 2018: a two-pack of fitted sheets if you're planning to use the overnight-approved Xplory carrycot at home.

See a preview of the 2018 carrycot in the video below.

The 2017 carrycot will fit on the 2018 stroller, and vice versa. However, there's one downside to using a 2017 carrycot on a 2018 stroller: You won't have a carry handle. The carrycot doesn't come with its own handle, which is instead borrowed from the stroller's seat rail or bumper bar. But the 2018 stroller handle does not fit on the 2017 carrycot, meaning you won't have a convenient way to carry it.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Canopy

While the 2017 Stokke Xplory V5 canopy has an ample canopy, the 2018 Stokke Xplory V6 has been extended by a few inches, allowing the stroller to offer more protection from the elements.

2018 vs. 2017 Stokke Xplory Accessories

The purchase of a 2017 Xplory includes a rain cover and a bug cover. The 2017 Xplory with black frame also comes with a couple extra perks: a cup holder and a parasol.

No accessories are included with the 2018 stroller. The cup holder and parasol (in Grey Melange, Black Melange, Deep Blue and Black) are sold separately, as are new, higher-quality versions of the rain cover and bug cover.

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about the Stokke Xplory, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

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Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


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