We got the Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat as a second seat to put in our parents' cars and for a lightweight travel option for the future. We are already big fans of the classic Cosco Scenera car seats, so we were excited about getting a NEXT. It's a little bit wider and shorter than the standard Scenera (see picture - classic is polka dots, NEXT is zebra print). It accommodates a 40lb weight and and 40'' height restriction (as opposed to the 35lb/36'' restrictions on the classic Scenera). It also comes with a detachable cup holder, which is nice for sippy cups on the go! Here is my assessment of the NEXT: PROS: (1) It's a great car seat at a great cost point – it hits the requirements for car seat safety (all car seats on the market have to!) and is purported to have excellent crash test ratings (according to user reviews on Consumer Reports and Consumer Search). (2) It is easy to adjust the straps (much moreso than the classic). (3) It is easy to take off the cover to clean it (MUCH moreso than on the classic). (4) It's lightweight, which makes it ideal for travel. Which brings me to... (5) It meets the FAA requirements for air travel, and though we have yet to use this model on an airplane, we were extremely satisfied using the classic model on a plane, so we're hoping for nothing but good things with the NEXT! (6) It's easy enough to install (the latching system is very similar to the classic), and the new design works better at preventing it from touching the seats in front of it (car or plane). We've only ever used these seats in the rear-facing position so I can't speak to the front-facing position. (7) The zebra print is very cute! CONS: Just one - depending on your style, this could be a maker or breaker - it's a very no-frills seat. It's a hard shell with a flimsy fabric covering it - no foam, no extra padding, none of the bells and whistles that the expensive high-end brands offer. I was a bit wary at first because it doesn't look all that comfortable, but my 16-month-old is content and comfortable in it (my toddler is very tall and has more than enough room in the seat). We are very happy with our new Cosco Scenera NEXT and will continue to use this brand as a backup for our main seat and when traveling.
About This Item
The Cosco Scenera NEXT is simply a smarter car seat – designed for families who know what they need. It can be used in the rear-facing position from 5-40 pounds or forward-facing from 22-40 pounds. (Actual fit may vary. Not all children will comfortably fit in the seat for the full weight and height ranges listed). The Scenera NEXT keeps kids safer with Side Impact Protection built right in, and a 5-point harness that adjusts easily from the front of the seat. The harness features 5 heights and 3 buckle locations so you can be sure you’re giving the best fit to your growing child. And to fit your growing family (or the neighborhood car pool), the Scenera NEXT easily fits three across in the back seat.
If your chosen vehicle happens to be an airplane, the Scenera NEXT has got you covered. Certified for use on aircraft, it gives your child a familiar seat during the flight. The lightweight and compact design also get you through the airport without weighing you down.
With kids in the car, messes happen. Now, thanks to the easy-to-clean car seat pad, there’s no need to stress. The pad comes in a wide range of styles and colors, all of which remove from the seat and are both machine washable and dryer safe. There’s also no more scrubbing goopy build-up from inside the cup holder; it’s dishwasher safe. For both seat pad and cup holder, a thorough wash is just a machine cycle away.
The Scenera NEXT is proudly made by Cosco in Columbus, Indiana. Made by American families for American families.
For more than 70 years, Cosco® has been a leading children’s products brand recognized for its dedication to safety and value. From bouncers to car seats, swings to strollers and high chairs to play yards, Cosco's essential baby products feature solid value and smart design.
- Fits 3 across in the back seat of most vehicles
- Rear-facing 5-40 pounds (19” to 40”)
- Forward-facing 22-40 pounds (29” to 43”)
- Side Impact Protection
- 5-point harness with easy front adjustment
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15.75 x 17.63 x 30.25 Inches
I was very happy to find this car seat came in a zebra print as it is my daughters theme. I really like how the adjustment strap is in the front instead of the back of the car seat, I find it easier to adjust that way. I also like the the adjustment strap is just one strap instead of two so it is less fuss. My daughter fits well into the seat and it is secure. She has plenty of growing room, so this seat will last awhile. It reclines for the use on older infants and will adjust to several positions until going into full up right position. It can be used forward facing or rear facing, but is a bit big for a small car in the rear reclining position. The straps sit comfortably against my daughters shoulders, and she can fall asleep in it without discomfort. The weight limit is enough to get me to the next stage, a booster seat, without having to buy one in between. Overall a very good product for the price being asked and would recommend this to my mom friends.
Wonderful child's seat
This car seat is perfect for a baby as well as a preschooler. It seats the youngster correctly owing to the safety strap and the head rest which prevents the child from bumping if the car hits a rat in the road. The polka dot fabric is warm, durable, and washable. The cup holder is great for holding a baby bottle as well as child's drinking cup. This car seat is perfect as a baby shower gift because it versatile as an infant seat to grow from to a preschool child weighing up to 40lbs.
Cute but weight limit is low.
The car seat is very cute, my daughter loves it. I live in Arkansas, so people here love the hunting designs. The car seat comes with a black cup holder and a booklet to explain each piece of the car seat. I found it strange that it did not come wrapped up in plastic or in the original box. It came in the shipping box without any protection to prevent starches and scarring to the product while being shipped. It also comes with a warranty form. The things myself, as a parent, like about this car seat is that it is adjustable and can be used facing forward or backwards. It comes with cushion on each side of the headrest for protection. I was disappointed when I read the weight limit was 40 pounds, which means I will not be using it for long. It is easy to adjust the scraps to make it for comfortable and fitting for the child. I do not have any real complaints for the product itself. They just need to find a better shipping method for the product. Yes, I do recommend it for a parent, just be aware of the weight limit for the car seat.
Good car seat for your child.
Good car seat for the grandchildren when they visit. We have had three children of our own and have had a few car seats, many of them from Cosco and a few that were not Cosco brand. This is a seat is easy to setup and put in the vehicle. Also, it is very easy to clean. The fabric is washer and dryer safe. This will be great for the unfortunate mishaps. The construction of the car seat seams comparable to other brands we have owned for our children. The padding on the seat cover could be a bit thicker. The seat boasts side impact protection. The side impact areas are not that well-padded. I worry about the child's head when it hits the sides. We will have to invest in some padding ourselves. We have installed it in both our car and our truck. The car is a small sedan and it fits very well in both forward and reverse setup. Our truck is a Chevy with the extended cab. The seat fits well front facing, but does not do well in the reverse facing setup. Overall the car seat is a good buy. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a seat to protect their child.
Nice car seat
I received this car seat a couple weeks ago. It is a great looking as well as very functional necessity. I requested this because my 3 month old grand-daughter is outgrowing her first car seat that is an infant one. This new one is easy to clean which is nice. I can actually remove the covers that are on it in order to launder them and replace just as easily. The cover material and padding seem to be adequate. I find it light enough that when she falls asleep in it while driving somewhere I can remove it from the car with her in it easily. I like that it has 5 height adjustments(which are great because it allows for a perfect fit as the baby grows), side impact protection built into the headrest and a five-point harness that adjusts easily from the front of the seat. This seat is aircraft certified also which is another great feature so she can sit in her own familiar seat when we fly. The baby will be able to use this until she is over 40lb. And or 43” tall. I also really like that this seat can be used as a rear facing or a forward facing car seat. A great light weight car seat!
The product met my expectations
I purchased this seat for my friend who has a 1 year old baby. The seat is well made, and very functional. I would recommend it. However, the instruction manual was very confusing. I had to google a how-to-use video to understand how to install and use the seat. I used a teddy bear to see how the seat worked.
Great price but not the best deal.
This car seat is super cute! Nice high back, cup holder, removable seat cover for washing, soft black fabric and super cute pink and white flower pattern fabric, easy set up and adjusting but that's about all I have for pros unfortunately. There is no padding under the cover, literally NONE! Its hard as a rock, I cant imagine a poor child having to sit in this for an hour long trip across town yet alone a long distance over hours and hours traveling. I included a photo of my 2 1/2 year old in the seat and as you can see she fills the seat out completely and she is considered small for her age. The straps are extended to the max length allowed and they just close comfortably over her, if it were winter time and she were wearing a coat there is no way she would be comfortable, it would be far too snug in my opinion. Bottom line its super cute and Minnie is a huge hit with my toddler but this seat is not ideal, I would spend a bit more and do some research for comfy seats, longer straps etc. Looks wise I love it, comfort wide I say its a definite pass for me.
The pattern on the car seat that I got is the Pink RealTree, which is really cute. I didn't like that the padding is not very thick; I can't imagine it would be comfortable for very long, and I'm not sure why the company boasts about the 'side padding' because it isn't any thicker than the rest of the padding. The straps were a bit complicated (no fun at all to put them in). I like that it comes with a detachable cup holder, even though it's not very wide. The plastic base and the straps seem durable and of good quality. I think that the padding should have been thicker to make it more comfortable, especially for when going on long car trips for vacation, but other than that it's an ok car seat if you're looking for something affordable yet safe. I would recommend this car seat to others. I would say maybe you could put a very small thin blanket on the bottom to make it a bit softer for the child, BUT only if you could do it without compromising safety.
NEXT car seat
I received this car seat at no charge through a review company, the opinions expressed here are solely mine based on my own experiences with this product. I selected this car seat to use for my toddler. Although he is within the manufacturers guidelines for height and weight he did not fit properly in this seat. I would not recommend this seat for a toddler due to sizing issues. The design of the fabric is very nice and the cover does come off for washing. Moving the straps to the different areas is easy and only takes a few minutes. The cover is very thin and there is not any padding on the seat making it very hard and I think it would be uncomfortable for someone to sit in for very long. The issue I had with my son fitting in the seat properly was related to the straps, I moved them to the highest shoulder position and moved the buckle that goes between the legs to furthest position. I also made sure the straps were loosened all the way. When I buckled him in the straps the bottom pieces push down on his legs, I think that the strap between the legs should have been made longer and then possibly this wouldn't have happened. The seat might work for an infant however I didn't use it for one. Again even if your child fits in this seat, it is very hard and I don't think they will be very comfortable in it.
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