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First look of new Stokke Xplory 6 pushchair 2018

Find out what we think in our first look review

Fifteen years since the original launch, Stokke has released the sixth version of its bestselling Xplory pushchair.

Stokke has clearly been hard at work, as there are a number of updates to the Xplory 6 pushchair, including a new carrycot, a redesigned seat and a larger shopping bag.

Our pushchair experts got hands-on with one of first samples to be released.

Stokke Xplory 6 pushchair – what’s new?

Stokke has updated the Xplory 6 with a host of new features designed to make this travel system-compatible pushchair even easier to use.

There’s the aforementioned carrycot for babies aged from 0-6 months that’s available in the updated luxury fabrics. The carrycot has a ‘breathable, Sorona fibre mattress’, a leatherette carry handle and two handy pockets at the end to store any valuables on the go.

According to Stokke, the Xplory seat unit has been redesigned with ‘depth adjustability’ to give ‘optimum support and comfort’, and it includes a new fixed footrest that is attached to the seat itself.

The removable pouch shopping bag has been made larger, which Stokke says is thanks to parent demand. It can now hold 32 litres, so it can easily manage a pack of wipes, spare nappies and other baby essentials.

An easy folding method is a feature that a lot of parents look for and, according to Stokke, the Xplory fold has been simplified and is now a one-step process.

Find out our verdict on the shopping bag and why we don’t agree with Stokke’s claim of a sleek and easy fold in our first look Stokke Xplory 6 2018 review.

The Xplory’s  extended hood canopy means that a parasol shouldn’t be necessary to keep your little one cool and protected from the sun in hot weather.

There’s a choice of black or silver chassis, and 10 textile options to choose from.

It’s not a cheap pushchair, though, costing £550 for the chassis, £349+ for the seat unit, and the carrycot starts at £210. So the minimum that the whole package will come to is £1,109.

Unique pushchair features

The main attraction with the bestselling Xplory is the height-adjustable seat, which means you can raise your baby’s seat up higher than normal so he or she can look you in the eye in parent-facing mode.

The handlebars are height-adjustable and have a claimed range of 69cm to 116cm, which would cater for parents of all heights.

How we test pushchairs

Whether pushchairs meet the claims that manufacturers are making is just one of the things our experts assess when any model gets put through our full lab tests.

Safety and durability are two of our key tests, as parents need to be confident that any pushchair they are splashing out on is safe to use. Plus you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a pushchair for it to break within a year.

Our experts look for choking hazards and traps for arms, legs and fingers, and we dangle a baby-sized test dummy from the pushchair’s harness to see whether it’s strong enough to keep your baby safe and secure.

We also have a panel of pushchair testers who get hands-on with each pushchair, taking it around a specially designed obstacle course that includes pavements, kerbs, uneven surfaces and rough ground to see how it copes with each terrain.

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