Which travel Car seat? Sonus, Next or Contender



Hi, will be flying to Europe soon (night flight) with my almost 3 year old. Then renting a car. She is still RF in the car but would be FF on the plane.
I have access to a Cosco Next, an Evenflo Sonus or a Graco Contender/Dimensions.

Which one would you pick and why, or have you tried any of those, what did you like or not like?

Main factors: Comfy to sleep, if the tray table can be usable on the plane it's a plus!



New member
The tray table won't be usable with any of those.

How big is she? (My almost 3 year old is too tall for a Scenera NEXT and a RF Sonus, but he's tall.) If she still fits in a Scenera NEXT, I'd go with it. They're so easy to travel with. If not, then the Contender.


She is 34-35 inches tall.
How did your's outgrow the seat RF, his head is to close to the top of the seat?


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
If she fits the NEXT ff, I'd take that, because:
1. Both light and compact for carrying
2. If she can't sleep or has issues with kicking the seat ahead or comfort, you can turn her rf without worries about fitting
3. No issues with angle or space in rental car (just make sure you bring and know how to use a locking clip in case you end up in a car with hard to access ISOFIX. Call Dorel get one sent to you free. But applies to three seats)


Thank you!
For now her shoulders are still below the top slot but would it be ok if ever the harness came slightly from below her shoulder if I FF her, (on the plane only of course).?

Also, the Next takes less room RF than the Contender?


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
If you considered it "at" it would be ok. Below, we can only say no. You'd need to think about your comfort level with that.

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