Cosco Scenera Next Review – The lightest one for traveling?

Airports, airplanes, you need something light and durable this might be the choice for you…

Recently some friends of ours came to visit. They live a few time zones away. And they have a little son. They opted for this Cosco car seat as their travel companion. There weren’t direct flights, so they had to face layovers and different airplanes.

The trip itself is taxing on an adult, but what about a little one? Well, he had the time of his life. He played with mommy and daddy. When he got tired, he fell asleep without fuss. All this happened with the Cosco Scenrea car seat.

Without it the car seat, it would’ve been a trip from hell. Best of all, the car seat can be mounted on carry-on luggage. He was full of smiles as he rode through the busy airport, strapped on the luggage.

He’s a special child.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. Officially this is the cheapest car seat that I’ve reviewed. It is as barebones as possible. Yet it comes with a cup holder. It’s light so ideal for traveling. Plus, it’s FAA approved.

This car seat is cheap, I mean it’s almost free, and still, it’s comfortable. You don’t have to check in this car seat. And it’s one of the few chairs that can be mounted in a Porche 911.

Let’s get this Cosco Scenera Next review started. If you stick with me until the end, I will tell you the pros/cons. Some of them are unexpected, to say the least.


Who is the Cosco Scenera Next car seat for?

The Cosco Scenera Next car is for parents who travel and need a light and durable car seat. I mean, there’s no joy in hauling a tank across a busy airport.

Plus, bigger and expensive car seats have to be checked at the luggage compartment. And you probably know that often than not these expensive car seats get lossed.

The  Cosco Scenera Next car seat is FAA approved and fits easily between the aisles. Best of all, it can be mounted in economy class.

Also, this car seat can be a cheap backup just in case.

What can the Cosco Scenera Next car seat do for you?

Let me tell you about the features. It’s a car seat. I’m done. I am just kidding. Usually, when you go on a shopping site, you see the main features highlighted. Well, there’s no such thing with the Cosco Scenera Next.

Either way, I have a few important facts to tell you before you consider buying it.

As I mentioned before, this car seat is for a parent who wants to travel light. Besides airplanes, it can be easily mounted in taxis, rentals, and UBER. What I’ve noticed that usually, rentals come with some crappy car seats. The rental fee is higher than getting this cheap Cosco Scenera Next car seat.

This car seat is so narrow it fits in smaller cars. For example, I have a friend who managed to mount it in a Porche 911. Yes, you are probably laughing that a high-end sports car gets the cheapest car seats. What can I say? This was the only one that fits.

It does the bare minimum, so don’t expect miracles. You get what you pay for.


Cosco Scenera Next car seat shortcomings

You would think that a cheap car seat would be full of complaints. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised that there were only a few issues.

Let me share them with you, so if it’s a deal-breaker, then you will know it up front.

There’s no other way to describe this car seat as a bare bone. It does everything perfectly that it’s advertised. And that’ it. I mean we shouldn’t expect more from something that’s less than $100.

Some parents complained that there’s not much cushion on the chair. Yet kids like it, and they can fall asleep with ease.

There’s a steep learning curve for this Cosco car seat. You need to get used to the locking mechanism. After you’ve done that it will be easy to mount it in a car or on a plane.

Matter of fact I haven’t found any crash reports about this car seat. Many of the parents who have used it say that they would opt for something different for longer drives.


How To Get The Most Out Of Cosco Scenera Next car seat?

As I mentioned before, there’s a learning curve for this car seat. So get some practice under your belt and only after that do it live. I know how hard it is to mount a car seat while stressing about the takeoff and a crying baby.

If you opt to mount it in a car, do remember that the safest position is the rear-facing mode. And the safest spot to mount the car seat is in the middle. If you can’t do that, then opt for the second safest spot, which is the driver’s side.

The Cosco Scenera Next car seat doesn’t allow a lot of head tilt. Even though kids fall asleep fast in it, maybe that’s because of the pressurized air? Either way, it has good head support, and it’s comfortable.

Even if it’s a cheap car seat, it has high reviews on Consumer reports. Some parent is worried about the material because it’s on the low end. Well, the material is fine, and it’s easily washable.

It’s not a bad car seat, and it’s safe as well.


Perfect car seat to travel via plane or rental cars

It’s FAA approved and easy to carry through the airport

It comes with a high Customer Reports review


It’s a bare-bone car seat which telegraphs cheap

There’s not much cushion on these car seats


Conclusion for the Cosco Scenera Next  Review

I couldn’t pass on reviewing this car seat. On Consumer Reports, it got high ratings. This car seat is perfect for anyone who’s on a serious budget, or they need something narrow in the car. Also, this is perfect for parents who travel.

The Cosco Scenerera car set is cheap, and it does what it does well. Don’t have high hopes for it. The kids like it, and it’s comfy enough for them to fall asleep.

We have reached the end of the Cosco Scenera Next review. If you have experience with this car seat, do share it with me. Also, if you have questions send me an email, and I’ll get back to you.

Catch you next time.

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About Danny Reid

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