Cosco Scenera NEXT vs Cosco Apt 50: A Comparison

The Cosco Scenera NEXT and Cosco Apt 50  are both great seats that will fit most people’s budgets. With fairly similar limits and harness slots, how do you know which one will work best for you? Hopefully this side-by-side comparison of the Cosco Scenera NEXT vs Cosco Apt 50 will help.

Cosco Scenera NEXT vs Cosco Apt 50

Cosco Scenera NEXT vs Cosco Apt 50

 

CSFTL Quick Stats:                                 Cosco Scenera NEXT                                     Cosco Apt 50                                          
Rear facing limit:5-40 lbs, 19-40″5-40 lbs, 19-40″
Forward facing limit:22-40 lbs, 29-43″, 2 years min.22-50 lbs, 29-43″, 2 years min.
Width:17.5″22″
MSRP:$45$65
Shell Depth:23″ 24″
Harness positions:5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″ 5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 16″
Crotch buckle positions:2″, 3″, 4.5″ 3″, 4.5″, 6″
Expiration:8 years8 years
Lower anchor limits:40 lbs50 lbs

 

Recline Positions

Cosco Scenera NEXTCosco Apt 50
The NEXT has two recline options. There is one line on the shell that must be parallel to the ground for those children who cannot sit unassisted. Once a child can sit unassisted well, the seat may be as upright as you can make it while still being tightly installed. This makes the NEXT a very compact seat for tight spots.The Apt 50 has two recline options as well. There is a line that must be parallel to the ground for children 5-22 lbs and a line that must be parallel to the ground for those 22-40 lbs For those under 22 lbs, this seat can take up a bit of room front to back.
The NEXT has a required recline only for children who cannot sit unassisted giving it more recline freedom than the two required recline lines of the Apt 50.

The NEXT has a required recline only for children who cannot sit unassisted giving it more recline freedom than the two required recline lines of the Apt 50.

 

Rear Facing Limits

Cosco Scenera NEXTCosco Apt 50
The NEXT can be used rear facing from 5-40 lbs and 19-40″ as long as the head is fully contained within the shell. The shell however is only 23″ tall so some children, especially longer torsoed ones, may outgrow it before that 40″ mark. The bottom harness slot is 5″ so it fits small babies well.The Apt 50 can be used rear facing from 5-40 lbs and 19-40″ as long as he head is fully container within the shell. Its shell however is 24″ tall so could potentially last longer rear facing than the NEXT. It also has 5″ bottom harness slots so will fit small babies well.

 

Both the NEXT and Apt 50 will be outgrown rear facing at 40 pounds, 40 inches, or when the head is no longer contained within the shell

Both the NEXT and Apt 50 will be outgrown rear facing at 40 pounds, 40 inches, or when the head is no longer contained within the shell

Forward Facing Limits

Cosco Scenera NEXTCosco Apt 50
The NEXT is not very useful forward facing. Its technical limits are 22-40 lbs and 29-43″. That being said, the top harness slot is 13″, which is generally the torso of an average 2 year old. The harness must be at or above the shoulders at all times while forward facing, and with a forward facing minimum age of two years, many kids will outgrow it, or be close to outgrowing it, well before they will outgrow it rear facing. The picture below shows Unity using the top harness position of the NEXT with barely any room to spare.The Apt 50 is much more useful forward facing. It has the same 29-43″ height limits and 2 year minimum, but it has a 22-50 lbs weight limit. The extra 10 lbs makes the 16″ top harness slot more realistic. Most kids will outgrow the seat at around four years old. The picture below, Unity is using the fifth of six harness positions, meaning she’d easily have another 2+ years forward facing in the Apt 50.
With top harness slots of 13 inches, the NEXT will be outgrown forward facing much earlier than the Cosco Apt 50 with 16 inch top harness slots

With top harness slots of 13 inches, the NEXT will be outgrown forward facing much earlier than the Apt 50 which has 16 inch top harness slots

Width

Cosco Scenera NEXTCosco Apt 50
The NEXT is much narrower than the Apt 50. The widest point of the NEXT measures only 17.5.” This is a great advantage for three across and airplane travel.The widest part of the Apt 50 measures 22 inches. The Apt 50 tends to be a poor choice for three across situations but is a nice option for airplane travel. Our article Terrific Car Seats for Travel has some of our other favorite car seats for travel, too!
Cosco Scenera NEXT measures 17.5 inches wide vs the Cosco Apt 50 measuring 22 inches wide

The NEXT measures 17.5 inches wide vs the Apt 50 measuring 22 inches wide

 

For the three and under crowd, you really can’t go wrong with these budget-friendly car seats. When choosing between the Next and the Apt 50, consider space, longevity, and price.
 

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Originally written by Jennifer Penick. Edits maintained by CSFTL.