The Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Car Seat Review
Cosco has been in the business of making affordable, safe car seats for a long time. One of their latest models, the Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Car Seat, does not disappoint at all. The “Next” is the evolution of the existing line, the Cosco Scenera. And while the Scenera was an absolutely amazing car seat, the Scenera Next manages to improve on the design in so many different ways.
Following is a closer look at this new seat from Cosco. We’ll examine the specs, the limits, the features, and everything else to do with this particular model. At the end, you can decide if it’s the right seat for you and your children.
A Look At The Specs.
While the specs and measurements don’t make a car seat “good”, they are still important to consider. Since this is a convertible car seat it can be used in a rear facing and front facing configuration. The rear facing configuration has a weight range between 5 and 40 pounds. The top of the child’s head must also be even or below the top part of the seat. As for the forward facing configuration, the weight range is between 22 and 40 pounds. The child must also be two years of age or older.
Unfortunately, most kids will outgrow this particular model by the time they are old enough to ride in the forward facing configuration. This happens simply because of the way the seat and the body are angled when facing forward as compared to when facing the rear. Many parents keep their children in the rear facing configuration even if they are old enough to face forward.
The widest points on the car seat measure 17 and ¼ inch. That’s fairly average and compact enough to fit comfortably in most vehicles. The shell of the seat has a height of 24 inches and the seat has a depth of 11 inches. The seat also only weighs 7 pounds so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle to put it in and take it out when needed. That brings up the next point of the review.
Installing The Car Seat
If you have any experience installing car seats, then you know what a nightmare some of them can be. Sometimes, the coolest looking, most advanced car seats on the market are absolutely horrible when it comes to the installation. Luckily, installing the Next is extremely simple. It’s designed to be put in and out of vehicles with ease.
There are two options for connecting the seat. You can use the seat belt or the connectors on the lower latch. However, it’s not designed to use both of them at the same time. Both are safe and both are very easy to use.
After putting the seat into place, if rear facing, you’ll need to recline the seat to the proper angle. This all depends on the age and size of the child. There is a handy visual aid along the side of the car seat so that there’s no guesswork involved. As the child gets older they sit in a more upright position.
There are a few interesting features that make this a great model. Here are just a few of them:
– Rubber grips that keep the seat from sliding in the car.
– Highly adjustable so that it fits perfectly for most children.
– Converts between rear facing and forward facing configuration.
The Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Car Seat is a great car seat for parents shopping on a budget. It’s safe, reliable, and durable. It works best in the rear facing configuration, but the convertible nature means you can use it however you like as long as the child meets the requirements.
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