by Amy Venzke April 04, 2018 6 min read
With its innovative design, height-adjustable seat and striking style, the Stokke Xplory stroller has always been one-of-a-kind.
For the V6 model, the Xplory underwent several upgrades that make this European-made stroller even more special.
The Stokke Xplory V6 stroller introduces features like a simplified fold, a leatherette handlebar and seat rail, new colors and fabrics, a redesigned carrycot/bassinet, additional storage space and more.
The Xplory V6 has not been updated since its release in 2018 and remains the current model. We'll review the differences between the Stokke Xplory V6 and th previous version, the Stokke Xplory V5, in this comparison.
For the V6 model, 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.
Instead of the plastic handlebar and fabric-covered seat rail seen on previous models, the Stokke Xplory V6 features a leatherette handlebar and seat rail in your choice of black or brown.
The 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 the V6 verseion, the Xplory comes in three fabrics: classic, premium and Athleisure. The Xplory Athleisure, a sporty version of the stroller, features a lightweight fabric with a moisture-wicking seat liner and additional ventilation.
On the 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 V5, the black frame has black plastic details and a black plastic handlebar, while the silver frame has gray plastic details and gray plastic handlebar.
More color options are available for the Stokke Xplory V6 than for previous models, now that parents can choose a handle color in addition to the fabric and frame color.
For the V6 model, Stokke debuted five new colors: Brushed Gray, Brushed Lilac, Lotus Pink, Athleisure Pink and Athleisure Green.
The Xplory with black frame is available in these color combinations:
The Xplory with silver frame is available in these color combinations:
The Xplory Athleisure version is available in these colors:
The Xplory V5 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 V6 version but sold separately).
Colors for the Xplory V5 include:
These Xplory V5 colors were discontinued 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 Stokke Xplory V6 has three different price points for the classic fabric, premium brushed fabric and Athleisure sport fabric.
Every stroller-shopping new parent wants to know, "How easy is it to fold?" 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 V5 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 Stokke Xplory V5 folds in the video below.
For the V6 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.
For the Stokke Xplory V6, the footrest 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 V5 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 V6 footrest offers more leg support for baby, too. Instead of the V5 stroller's open space between the top and bottom of the footrest, the new model's footrest is padded for extra comfort.
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 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 the V6 stroller, 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.
See the new shopping bag in the video below.
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 the V6 model, 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.
The V6 carrycot is available in these colors:
Additionally, the 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 V6 carrycot are covered in fabric.
Also new for the V6 model: a two-pack of fitted sheets if you're planning to use the overnight-approved Xplory carrycot at home. See a video of the carrycot in the video below.
The V5 carrycot will fit on the V6 stroller, and the V6 carrycot will fit on the V5 stroller.
However, there's one downside to using a V6 carrycot on a V5 stroller: You won't have a handle for easy lifting and carrying.
The V6 carrycot doesn't come with its own handle, which is instead borrowed from the V6 stroller's seat rail or bumper bar. The V5 stroller handle does not fit on the V6 carrycot, meaning you will have to carry the carrycot from its sides rather than from a handle.
While the Stokke Xplory V5 canopy has an ample canopy, the Stokke Xplory V6 has been extended by a few inches, allowing the stroller to offer more protection from the elements.
The purchase of a Xplory V5 includes a rain cover and a bug cover. The V5 with black frame also comes with a couple extra perks: a cup holder and a parasol.
No accessories are included with the V6 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.
Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the Stokke Xplory, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or email@example.com.
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Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-442-9433.