Mee-Go Milano travel system review
In a nutshell
Luxuriously styled all-in-one travel system with a choice of classic or sport frame - ideal for parents wanting to combine chic design with great value
What we tested
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- Comfort for child
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- Worth the money
4.5A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
- Luxurious feel, great off-road wheels, stylish and eye-catching. Nice extras included in the package.
- A little bulky, wheel swivel can be unreliable, not so good for eye contact with little ones
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At the chicest end of the scale, the Milano all-in-one travel system is designed to have a high-end luxurious feel and it certainly did draw a lot of stares and compliments on our local high street.
One of the nice things about it is that so much is included in the package.
At £699 it's not the cheapest but it includes the full travel system plus useful products that you often have to pay extra for, such as hand muffs, cup holder mosquito net and even a little changing bag.
The pram is available in Mono (black and white) Lily White, Heritage Blue and Dove Grey – I tested the blue one, which I think is the most practical choice as it's hard wearing and doesn't get grubby. After a couple of months' use, the white frame and wheels still look smart and clean despite several off-road trips.
Price-wise this compares to the ABC Design Salsa 4 (£650). the Mutsy Igo system (£680), although that doesn’t include a car seat, and is cheaper than buying the Mamas & Papas Ocarro with a car seat included (£829).
But this pram has a different look – a very distinctive old-fashioned design. There's almost something Mary Poppins-esque about it despite the super modern chassis.
Similarly-designed prams include the Silver Cross Kensington (£1250), and the Venicci Pure (£729.
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The Mee-Go Milano has two frame styles, what are they and how do they differ?
The Classic frame has a retro look designed for lover of old style prams. It comes in black or white, has fixed wheels and a basket underneath – possibly like the one your own mum had way back when.
I tested the Sports frame which folds differently, comes in black or white and has a lightly sprung suspension system which gives it a light-bouncy feel as you push it.
Like the Classic the wheels are pneumatic but the front wheels are slightly smaller and swivel which give slightly more mobility and a much sportier look.
How does the Mee-Go Milano work as a travel system?
One of my favourite things about this system was the design of the catch used to click the carrycot, car seat or seat unit onto the wheels. The prams I've used in the past have always had buttons you push inwards – this has a button you pull upwards as you grip the unit. It's a small difference but it makes things so much less fiddly and stressful.
The car seat doesn't click straight on by itself – to attach it to the pram wheels you need special adaptors which can be a bit of a faff to attach. However, I soon got used to it and kept them in the car so they were easily accessible at all times.
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What is its weight like?
At 6.2kg the Sports chassis is pretty lightweight but although I noticed the difference while it was in motion, when it came to lugging the thing about, it still felt pretty heavy. After a couple of months of solid use the chassis seems to be holding up pretty well, and it doesn't feel flimsy.
What is the carrycot like?
This carrycot is big, and weighs 5.6kg. If you're pushed for space in your home, this might not be the one for you. But the flipside is that it's solid – the bottom is hard plastic which has a side-to-side rocking motion if you set it on the floor.
Your baby feels completely enclosed and protected (did I mention the soft cottony fabric?) There's also a layer of mesh under the hood which can be unzipped for ventilation in summer.
There is also a prop underneath the mattress – great if you have a reflux-prone baby or your little one is just a bit more curious around the world.
The apron of the pram is soft, quilted and very snug. The hood is smartly pleated and the raincover fitted very nicely over everything. My only complaint really is that the odd size of the mattress means it's hard to find a sheet to fit over it. But overall it's smart, stylish and durable – I used it a lot more than I thought I would.
Would you recommend the Mee-Go Milano pushchair from birth?
Yes, initially, because of the size, you might think a tiny baby would get lost in it but it's actually very cosy for a newborn.
What do you think of the pushchair seat size and height?
The pushchair attachment is very neat and modern looking with an adjustable back and footrest. In contrast to the carrycot it seems pretty lightweight compared to other systems but like the car seat it's lined with a soft, washable terry-towelling pad – very practical, although it is a highly stainable white in colour!
The pushchair is quite compact in size and so best suited for babies and smaller children although it is cleared for kids up to 15kg.
How is interacting with your little ones when in the buggy?
Like the carrycot, the pushchair seat has a distinctive cocoon-like hood which keeps baby very well sheltered whatever the angle of the seat. This would also work very well as a sunshade in the summer and there is a mesh section which zips open to improve ventilation.
However personally I found the hood a bit too low – when in parent-facing mode it was hard to have eye contact with my daughter whilst the chair was upright. It would also be handy to add a little window in the hood so you can check on your child when they're in front-facing mode.
What is the Mee-Go Group 0+ infant car seat like?
Considering the bulk and sturdiness of the carrycot I was surprised that the car seat actually felt slightly flimsier and more lightweight than the other car seats I've used, both of which were Maxi-Cosi.
Of course it meets all safety standards though and stood up to some pretty intensive use. The straps adjust easily and my baby seemed very happy with the angle of the seat.
The quilted apron was really handy and, together with the hood, kept baby really sheltered when being wheeled around on the pram.
How do you fold the Mee-Go Milano pushchair?
- Put on brake
- Pull up on catches at sides of carrycot or seat unit
- Lift off carrycot or seat unit
- Fold down handlebar
- Place fingers under catches on each side of frame by handlebar
- Pull up on both catches
- Push chassis forwards to fold in on itself
Like all travel systems there's a fair bit of cursing involved in folding the pram the first couple of times but actually I got the hang of it really quickly. I can now fold it in split seconds and I love the carry handle at the top which makes it easier to transport.
I do find it difficult to do up the clip that's meant to hold it together so I often leave it and hope for the best. One really nice feature of the Sports chassis though is the shopping bag underneath has a lid, so when you fold it your stuff generally stays inside, instead of tumbling out all over your car boot.
Another quirk I found on the one I tested – whenever I unfolded the pram the front wheels automatically locked and I had to remember to unlock them by hand.
What do you think of the handle?
Adjustable handles are a big draw for our family as I am 5ft 3in and my husband is 6ft 9in. It still isn't quite high enough to be comfortable for him but this is one of the most adjustable handles I've come across.
As the pram is a little larger than average I also found the folding handle useful to make the pram smaller in tight spaces – for example on the bus or in a crowded restaurant.
How compact is it when folded?
The chassis itself folds from 106cm length and 124cm height down to 98cm x 40cm. The pushchair seat is very compact and transportable (although it does have to be detached from the chassis before folding) However as I said the carrycot is pretty bulky and doesn't pack down at all.
How easy is it to store?
As with all travel systems, the disadvantage is that you have to find storage for the bits of it you are not currently using – either the carrycot or the seat unit – while the rest of it is in use. This one is no exception. We generally kept the wheels in the car so they were ready to go at all times.
Will it fit in most car boots?
We managed to fit the chassis and the carrycot in the boot of our Honda Jazz – although we did have to remove the parcel shelf to do so.
So if your car is a bit on the small side it might not be ideal for you, although the wheels are removable so it's not impossible to pack it down further.
What do you think of the hood? Can it be used as a sun protection?
Each unit of the pram has a similar hood with a distinctive pleated style – it's really stylish and eye-catching. It does provide excellent coverage for your little one – sometimes a bit too much coverage in that once you've fitted the apron onto the carrycot or car seat your baby almost vanishes under all the layers. This means it does provide higher than average sun protection – but obviously not total protection as it's still open at the front.
How easy is it to push, do the wheels lock and swivel positions make a difference?
This thing was so easy to push I wanted to skip along singing. Having a toddler I very often have to push it one handed and it coped with this just fine. The only time it's less manoeuvrable is in tight spaces – for example my hallway or getting it onto a bus – as sometimes the two front wheels flip around. At one point the wheels did develop a kind of shopping-trolley syndrome, veering wildly off course, but I removed them easily and sprayed in a spot of WD40 which did the trick immediately.
I tended to keep the pram on the swivel setting as that's the one I prefer – when the wheels are locked in position you need to put your weight on the handle more to steer, which doesn't work so well with the springy Sport frame.
How does it feel on different surfaces?
This pram is super nimble off-road – I took it on a wander around Brownsea Island – a National Trust country park with few decent paths.
The suspension meant that my baby slept through a lot of the trip and we didn't get stuck in the mud once. Mounting curbs can be tricky with the suspension but it's easy to get the knack of after a while.
What do you think of the tyres?
The chunky tyres really do improve the pram's off-road performance but I'll admit my heart sank when I first saw you had to pump them up. However, the valve has a slight bend in it which makes it much easier to attach the pump than with other prams.
Tell us about the brakes.
The brake is simple and easy to operate and I found it pretty reliable – never once has it rolled around on the bus!
What’s in the box?
- Chassis (either Classic or Sport)
- Seat unit
- Group 0+ car seat
- Newborn insert
- Car seat adapters
- Hand muffs
- Mosquito net
- Thermal cup holder
- ISOFIX base (£115)
- Buggy boards (from £90)
Is it easy/hard to build the product?
Building the pram was a bit tricky as there were no real instructions included, except for the car seat. But you can watch the Milano instructional video below. However it was pretty intuitive and everything clicked into place eventually.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the item?
About the size – there are quite a few compact travel systems on the market now but this isn't one of them! But while it's not ideal for people with small cars or limited storage space you just wouldn't get that feeling of luxury with a smaller system.
Who would the product be most useful for?
To get the most out of this system you have to be a walker. I love taking a pram to our local shops on foot or by bus as well as jumping in the car for days out, so I feel I'm getting use out of the car seat and the carry cot equally. Having a three-year-old also means I'm in parks a lot and so I need a pram that's good over rough terrain.
It's also useful for someone who makes lots of overnight stays as the carrycot is cleared to be used as a short-term crib.
Is the product value for money?
The all-inclusive package and stylish frame makes this pretty good value in my book.
For style, toughness and finish I thoroughly recommend this product, especially with the Sport chassis which feels very tough and great on different terrains. The only disadvantage is space as the carrycot fitting is bulky.
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|Model||Milano travel system|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 3 years|
|Child weight||Up to 15kg|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Weight||12.6kg – Classic chassis 7kg; Sport chassis 6.2kg; Seat unit 5.3kg; Carrycot 5.6kg|
|Dimensions||H:124cm W:70cm L:111cm – L: 106cm for Sport chassis|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:45cm W:70cm L:89cm – H: 40cm, W: 70cm, L: 98cm for Sport chassis|
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Compatible car seats||Included|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing and parent facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Tyre type||Fixed in Classic; Lockable swivel in Sport|
|Accessories included||Carrycot; Changing bag; rain cover; mosquito net; thermal cup holder; hand muffs; car seat; adapters|