Stokke Xplory Video Review – A Stroller Designed to Last
I received samples for this review. All opinions are my own.
Check out my video review of the Stokke Xplory and make sure you read this review for all the details.
The Stokke Xplory is definitely the crème de la crème of the stroller world. It’s easy to use features, safety, and high quality design make it easy to see why this is the choice of celebrities and real moms alike. To be completely honest, this is not a stroller I ever would have looked at because I felt like it was a little out of my league. Since they offered a sample product for me to review, I decided to go ahead and test it out. With a new baby on the way, and no newborn stroller yet, I’m definitely in the market. The best part is, I can tell you what I really think about it. The price tag is a little shocking… until you realize everything the Xplory does. Instead of buying several strollers that all offer different features, you can invest in a single stroller with the Stokke Xplory and have all your needs met. This will cut down on the clutter in your garage, and maybe even end up saving you money in the long run.
So what’s to love about the Xplory? The better question is what’s not to love. When you first look at the Xplory, it’s obvious that you are seeing a high quality, unique, and modern design. This is not your old school umbrella stroller. The trendy fabric (that comes in a multitude of colors) and sleek lines are appealing to anyone.
While looks are important, I’m a mom that really depends on the versatility and functionality of a stroller. Functionality is something that the Stokke Xplory definitely delivers. First of all, this stroller is safe to use from birth all the way up to 45 pounds! That means I can use the same stroller for at least 3 years! The stroller comes with a seat insert that adjusts the seat depth for smaller infants. As your child grows, remove the insert and there is plenty of room. The five point harness and easy to read safety indicators on the sides let me know that no matter the age, my child will be safe.
Everything about the Xplory is adjustable: the handle height, the recline of the seat, the foot rest, the canopy, the seat height. All of these functions allow you to personalize the stroller to what you need at any given time. With a small infant, the seat can face you and recline, allowing your baby to sleep. With a toddler, you can turn the seat to face outward and up to the active position so they can interact with the world around them. (There are 3 recline positions for back facing and 2 for forward facing.)
Adjusting the height of the seat is an incredible feature. This allows children riding in the Xplory to be closer to you, see more of the world around them, and even belly up to a table (in place of a high chair) if you’re out and about. Children no longer have to be down low looking up at the world if they’re riding in a stroller thanks to the height adjustment capabilities of the Xplory.
The Xplory is not an all terrain stroller, but does handle various surfaces really well. It has a special 2 wheel pull mode that allows you to pull it over especially difficult terrain. In its normal mode, the large rear wheels and front swivel wheels do create a SUPER easy steering system and allow for easy maneuvering over most surfaces (grass, gravel, concrete, mulch, etc.). There’s also no need to worry about the sun while you’re exploring the outdoors with your Xplory. The large hood and additional visor will give your little one plenty of protection from the sun.
The Stokke Xplory offers a ton of additional pieces and accessories. I love that the mosquito net and rain cover are included in the handy shopping bag that attaches onto the bottom. I also love that I can invest in a riding board that attaches easily for my older son to ride on when our new baby will be riding in the stroller. These options help extend the already long life of the Xplory.
This is not a compact, one hand fold stroller. Even when completely folded for travel, the Xplory will take up a little bit of space. That said, it is very simple to break down the stroller and could easily be done when out shopping or taking a trip to the park.
As someone who was a bit skeptical going into the Stokke Xplory, I can say I now see why so many people love this stroller and I am so incredibly happy to have it for our new baby coming in June. I honestly am anxiously awaiting the day I can take him on a walk around the neighborhood with our oldest son riding his bike along beside us.
About Ashley – Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010.