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Emmaljunga: Edge Duo Combi Review

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Emmaljunga: Edge Duo Combi Review
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Reviewed On: 14 Feb 2011
Sophie Bell
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Sophie's Verdict:

If you are unfamiliar with Emmaljunga, they are a Swedish brand that is now in it's 85th year. If you like the classic carriage prams, Emmaljunga are an alternative option to Silver Cross, who have a wider reputation for this style in the UK.

Review Summary

Summary

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like the Emmaljunga Edge Duo Combi 3-in-1. The quality of the build of this pushchair is remarkable; it is a great example of the perfect marriage between high quality comfort and mechanical engineering.

The Edge Duo Combi is engineered around the passenger and not the pusher, it is awkward to fold and large when you get there, however your child will feel like a mini King or Queen in their own portable, padded, luxury throne.

What’s good
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Ultra comfort
  • Enormous canopy
What’s not so good
  • Very large
  • Very mechanical
  • Heavy

Review Content

Emmaljunga: Edge Duo Combi Review
Frame breakdown

The fold of the Emmaljunga Edge takes a bit of getting used to and, unlike most contemporary models on the market, you need to read the instructions. It can be folded with or without the seat unit in place (in either direction) as long as the seat is fully reclined. To fold the chassis, you pull up the two main locking devices on each side of the frame, be warned they are stiff, then release the safety latch on the right and the handle folds down over the wheels. The frame on it's own is large, but with either of the units in place is enormous, but you have to remember, this is a pram that you would leave open in your hall for your daily walk into town, if you're looking for a quick, chuck-it-in-the-the-car sort pushchair, this is not for you.

The adjustable suspension EAST (Emmaljunga Adjustable Suspension) allows you to adjust the strength of the suspension to your terrain or to accommodate your child's weight increase. It can be set to Soft, Medium or Hard via the knobs on the side of the chassis. The four, 28cm, air filled tyres add more cushioning and can be easily removed to make the fold slightly smaller.

The wire basket extends to all four corners of the chassis allowing plenty of room for shopping. The brake is very mechanical, it's comprised of two ridged nodes that clamp onto the wheels to stop them turning, held in place by chunky springs...it is definitely not flip-flop friendly.

Opening the chassis is self explanatory and more easily performed with the brake on. Pull the handle towards you and push down until you hear the hefty clunk of the frame locking. The handle height is very easy to alter, simply push the buttons on the inside of the handle and it will stretch from 57cm to 109cm, nearly half a metre difference...incredible.

Emmaljunga-brake
The carrycot

Attaching the substantial carrycot onto the frame is simple, it locks onto the chassis with a healthy click. I managed to put it in place in both directions although I'm not sure who would ever use facing away from you, it feels peculiar! It's removed from the frame by squeezing the grips either side and lifting.

The carry handles (like sports bag straps) can be secured together to give a stable handle for manoeuvring this portable nursery.

The carrycot has a Thermobase which allows it to be ventilated or insulated depending on the climate. Built in to the base, a back rest to helps your child to sit up slightly when it's old enough. The shock absorbing head protection ensures your inevitable ‘learner driver' knocks and bumps won't hurt your passenger in any way.

Emmaljunga-Carrycot

One of Emmaljunga's clever accessories is called the Quadrolift; a soft carrycot for infants which can be placed into the carrycot as a cocoon to make it extra snugly. Plus, it can be converted into a footmuff and used as a seat liner when the child is older....good forward thinking.

Quadrolift

The carrycot base is slightly rounded so that it can be rocked when standing on the floor, however, it has a pull-out metal foot to stop the rock should you want to.

The hood/canopy is huge, padded, incorporates a flip out visor and a zipped in mosquito net, which, when opened out, easily covers the whole of the pram body. A zipped window in the back is useful for when it is attached to the seat unit in forward facing mode.

The apron fixes over the bed and is held in place by strong press-studs each side. It extends up and fixes into the canopy providing great wind protection or can be folded down on calmer days.

The interior silver spotted white cotton fabric is soft to the touch and combined with the anti-static mattress makes it look very inviting. Given the choice and the size of this carrycot I would probably jump in for a snooze myself. The exterior fabric is cream leatherette with matching inlaid panels of spotty satin that has a celebration wreath motif running through it. Subtle reflective strips and piping finish off the decor and aid visibility in dark conditions.

In the chair

The seat unit slots onto the frame, and is removed in exactly the same way as the carrycot using the Easy Fix attachment system. These grip-lift buttons are a dream to use; they take the thinking out of breaking the pushchair down.

Emmaljunga-easylift

The chair itself...you may have heard me mention this before, is very large. Supposedly suitable from birth to 3, I think this chair would easily fit a large four year old (if they still wanted to use a pushchair) it measures a whopping 90cm when laid flat. It can be attached in forward or rear facing positions and has four angles of recline each way. As you increase the recline, the frame changes shape to provide a protective shield around the head, and the five point harness stretches to maintain comfort while being securely strapped in.

Emmaljunga-recline

The bumper bar is not removable, normally a negative, however the seat is so large that it's like slipping you child into a swing at the park, there's even a crotch strap to stop them sliding down the chair. The cover on the bar is padded, textured leatherette which makes it relatively easy to wipe off sticky fingerprints, but you've still got to be one of those particularly tidy Mums to choose the cream or the white colourway.

The footrest is adjustable in two positions and covered in the leatherette fabric. Again, this would normally be counted as a negative but it is removable so that dirty shoes can't spoil it.

Emmaljunga-pushchair
Conclusion

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like the Emmaljunga Edge Duo Combi 3-in-1. The quality of the build of this pushchair is remarkable; it is a great example of the perfect marriage between high quality comfort and mechanical engineering.

I can't help feel nostalgic around this machine, it takes me back to a time when babies were left outside in  their prams to ‘get some air', your phone had it's own table in the hall and your car had a manual choke.

This 3-in-1 will appeal to the traditionalist, possibly stay-at-home parent who is organised and not short on time or muscle. Given it's size, it is ideal for anyone living in a town (even though the suspension would carry you across the roughest terrain) because it's not one of those pushchairs you could keep on taking in and out of your car ­- unless you wanted to count it as your regular workout!

The Edge Duo Combi is engineered around the passenger and not the pusher, it is awkward to fold and large when you get there, however your child will feel like a mini King or Queen in their own portable, padded, luxury throne.

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