Cosco Scenera Next Reviewed in 2019

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Cosco Scenera Next Reviewed in 2019 Review Facts

If you’re a new parent, then you’ve probably heard many times about how important it is to make sure that you purchase a high-quality car seat for your child. Being able to ensure that you purchase one which has all the important features, such as safety, comfort, and more is crucial. But what if you could do all of that and save lots of money, too?

That’s why the Cosco Scenera Next is one of the most popular options on the market. Plenty of parents loved the fact that they seemed to be able to get great quality and safe product for a fraction of the price they normally would. There are many great features that it has to offer, such as the ability to be used on an airplane, the fact that it is convertible car seat, the ability to be washed in the washer and dryer, and more. You can even get multiples if you have more than one child who needs to use a car seat and it will fit in your car just fine.

But is this affordable price car seat too good to be true? Is the Cosco Scenera Next worth purchasing? Let’s find out.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Perfect for travel due to small size

Has a lightweight and compact design

Can be used in rear and forward-facing positions

Includes 5 harness slot positions

The seat comes at an inexpensive price

Can be easily installed using LATCH

Cons

Components might feel a bit flimsy

It’s short, so you might not get much use out of it

Basic Features

First, we have to discuss the capacities that this car seat has. It is a convertible seat, so you will be able to use it for a longer period of time. But it doesn’t necessarily have the same capacities that some other convertible car seats on the market will have.

For example, it’s pretty short, which means that your child might outgrow it height-wise before they grow out of it weight-wise. And it also only will accommodate children up to 40 pounds, whereas many can accommodate up to 60 pounds. In the rear-facing position, this seat can accommodate a child who weighs between 5 and 40 pounds and who is between 19 and 40 inches tall. You can seat a child in the forward-facing position who weighs between 22 and 40 pounds and who is between 29 and 43 inches tall.

We will get into more detail about other features down below.

Size

Size is, perhaps, one of the main areas where people were pleased with the Cosco Scenera Next. While there are plenty of families that drive larger cars, people who own small cars often find that they aren’t able to find a decent car seat that will fit into their car properly.

So many seats are too bulky or they’re too big, which means that your child is barely going to have any legroom. To make matters worse, it might impact the person who is sitting in front of the car seat, whether that be the driver or the passenger. And if you have more than one child who needs to use a car seat, then having a small car can be a huge dilemma for you.

Luckily, that was taken into consideration with this highly ergonomic and narrow car seat. Coming at a width of only 17 inches, the Scenera Next is the perfect option for those who have small cars or who need to be able to fit one or two across the back seat. Even though we always recommend that you measure the back seat to prevent any inconveniences, we don’t think that’s a precaution you’ll have to take if you want to purchase this product.

Another thing to consider is that this car seat is so small that it works well for when you want to travel on an airplane. People who have used this while traveling with their children said that it is the perfect car seat for families that travel often. However, on the flip side, the small size of this car seat also means that it is rather short. This means that your child might grow out of it long before they catch up to the weight limits, which is something that you will need to pay attention to down the line.

Ease of Use

Most parents said that the Scenera Next made their lives so much easier. For one, it’s inevitable that your child is going to have an accident or two from time to time. This is why it is important for car seat manufacturers to consider making seats with fabric that is easy to wash. This is something that we have been seeing more and more on the market, but the Cosco has a seat pad that you can easily throw in the washing machine AND dryer when it gets dirty.

In addition to that, you will be able to wash the cup holder in the dishwasher. These aren’t features that you will be able to find in many other competitors.

As far as installation goes, you have two ways of doing so: either through the LATCH system or through using the seat belt. Make sure that the seat is reclined in the correct position, and then you can attach it to the lower LATCH connectors as you typically would with any other car seat. And if you decide to install it using the seat belt, you simply need to thread the seat belt through the belt path, tighten it, and lock. In fact, there were some parents who went so far as to say that this was the easiest car seat they have ever been able to install.

Accessories

As with most car seats, this one did not come with too many accessories. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to buy anything on the side if you don’t want to. For example, many parents especially liked the fact that this car seat comes with special cup holders, which makes things even more convenient for your child as they get older and need a place to store their drinks.

Another thing that many people suggest you purchase along with car seats is a seat protector. This will ensure that the back seat of your car won’t get stained or damaged when your child has an incident.

And, while this may not necessarily be an accessory, it’s important to mention that this seat comes in many different colors, so you will be able to accessorize as necessary. According to some people, it has more than 20 different color options. We were unable to confirm this, but some choices we came across included red, blue, gray, and different types of patterns.

Safety

We were not able to find too much information regarding specific safety features that this seat includes, but it is important to mention that in order for any car seat to be sold on the market, it needs to pass and exceed federal safety regulations and crash safety tests. So, you can be sure that this seat does provide your child with ample protection.

It has soft cushioning all around for side-impact protection, in addition to the harness that can be tightened and adjusted as necessary to make sure that your child will stay securely in their seat.

Comfort

Comfort is key when it comes to finding a high-quality and good car seat. Considering the fact that your child will likely be sitting in this device for hours, especially if you plan on going on long road trips, then it’s important to make sure that the seat is comfortable enough. Not too many people seemed to have a problem on this end.

The cushions are soft and plush, and the fact that this is a convertible seat means that it has all the mechanisms necessary to provide your child with as much comfort as they need while they are using this product. The harness can be adjusted in 5 different positions as your child gets older, so you will be able to ensure their comfort in that way as well.

Weight

The weight was also a feature of this product that many people appreciated. Since it’s more so geared towards those who want to travel a lot, the fact that this car seat is so lightweight makes it an even more attractive option. And even if you don’t necessarily intend on using it on the airplane, you will still be able to carry it around with you when you want (some parents carry their newborn children in their car seats due to how much more convenient it is) and install it in different cars when necessary.

The Cosco Scenera Next only weighs 7 pounds (by some accounts, even less), so you won’t have to break your back when you receive the package in the mail. Some people might be worried that this lightweight factor might mean that this product isn’t going to last you a long time, but that certainly isn’t the case. Even though this is one of the lightest car seats out there, you won’t have to worry about it not working for you.

Price

This was, undoubtedly, this car seat’s biggest selling point. As you know, you might have to look towards spending hundreds of dollars on a decent car seat, which is not necessarily something that’s within every family’s budget. So what do you do in that case? The Cosco brand took that into consideration when they manufactured this product, as it is one of the least expensive options on the market.

You will be able to find it for between $50 and $55 on Amazon, which is basically a steal. And as you saw, just because this product is that cheap doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily poorly manufactured. Many parents said that they purchased multiples because it was inexpensive enough to do so. And the best part is that it’s convertible, so you’re going to get quite a bit of use out of this product!

Key Features

Can accommodate a child between 5 and 40 pounds
Includes 5 positions for the harness
Narrow enough to fit three across
Approved for use on airplanes
Extremely easy to install with LATCH or seat belt
Accommodates small babies well

Bottom Line

If you were looking for a good car seat to use when traveling and that will be budget-friendly, then the Cosco Scenera Next is a good place to start.

You probably aren’t going to be able to find a car seat that costs less, so you’re covered in that area. And as far as the features it has to offer, most people were pleased with the majority.

Of course, as with any car seat, this one did have some shortcomings, and we think it’s safe to say that you get what you pay for in some aspects. For example, a lot of parents mentioned that there were some parts of the seat that were made out of poor quality materials and that didn’t last very long.

But as far as the important features go, such as safety, comfort, and especially size, this seat greatly excelled. Also, many parents said that it was easy to install in their cars, which is important for keeping your child safe because a seat will not be able to utilize all of its safety features when installed incorrectly. There are two ways that you will be able to install it- either with the LATCH system or with a seat belt- and since this seat is a convertible, you will be able to use it for quite some time. Maybe not as long as you would have liked, but you still get a couple of years before having to think about getting a new one.

In all, we think it’s safe to say that the Cosco Scenera Next is a great choice to add to your shopping list.