A quality, classic looking pram and pushchair from Sweden. It's sturdy enough to last more than one child, and the carrycot is comfy and roomy.
With its quality build and vintage good looks, the Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi is a pram that could easily get passed down the generations. However, it’s not for mums after a nippy option for getting around the shops or on buses.
Since 1925, Sweden’s Emmaljunga has been making prams. Amazingly, some parts of the production process at Emmaljunga are still being done by hand!
The Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi can be used from birth and comes with a carrycot and reversible seat unit. If you purchase the Emmaljunga First Class 0+ car seat and a travel system adaptor, you can turn it into a travel system. It’s sturdy and really has a vintage-inspired style, which you’ll either adore or not be a fan of.
The Mondial Duo Combi has a choice of three steel chassis – the 17090 Classic Chrome, the 17091 Classic Cryptonite or the 17092 Sport Cryptonite – all of which have that traditional ‘X’ profile, and five classy colours. We’re talking Navy, Black, Black Croc, White Croc, and Creme Leatherette.
The carrycot base has a trademarked ThermoBase – that means it’s insulated and ventilated to keep your baby comfy whatever the weather. The carrycot also has an antistatic mattress and a shock-absorbing head protector, referred to as Hi-Pro head protection. The EASY FIX allows for the carrycot/seat unit to be simply and securely attached to the chassis. Then there’s E.A.S.T – that’s the adjustable suspension system. This lets you change the suspension from low to medium to high as your child’s weight increases or for the type of terrain.
What we love
The Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi feels like heirloom material. It’s quality build and fabrics are impressive. Emmaljunga states its fabrics have a UV protection of 50+. While I didn't enjoy any sun while testing this pram, I can testify that the fabric is water repellent when an unexpected shower hits! Also, there’s a raincover in a small pack-away bag Velcro-ed to the chassis.
The carrycot mattress is extremely comfortable and the carrycot is spacious enough to last for the first few month of your baby’s life. It makes it unnecessary to spend on a Moses basket or crib. Benny, at 4 months and 14lb, still had plenty of room to grow in it.
Thanks to the Mondial's great suspension, Benny had a fantastically cushy ride when I headed “off road” across our local meadow.
Other things that impressed me include the fact the brake can’t be accidentally disengaged, the large amount of space in the chassis tray for shopping and that the seat unit can be parent facing.
The folded chassis would fit into most car boots without hogging every inch of space, though fitting the carrycot in as well does take up a fair bit of room.
What to watch out for
A rainy day proved perfect for testing the Mondial Duo Combi’s handling. I was disappointed with the effort needed to manoeuvre this pram around bins strewn across the pavement. But when it came to negotiating puddles, there was less of a problem as the large wheels rode straight through them. Off road, when crossing that meadow, I struggled with weaving between cowpats. While the Mondial Duo Combi will cope on uneven ground it’s not an all-terrain buggy.
The Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi isn’t small, and I wouldn’t really want to take it onboard a bus for this reason.
Who is the Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi best for?
New parents after a quality, roomy pram with vintage charm.
Traditional in looks yet completely up-to-date in terms of features and function, the Emmaljunga Mondial Duo Combi is worth investing in if you want your newborn to have the real pram experience. With thoughtful features for comfort and safety, this pram won’t be ideal for those short on space or reliant on buses, but it will last.