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Convenient for large families and those who carpool, the slender and versatile Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Combination Booster Car Seat can provide years of use for children who are ready to ride facing forward. Since it measures only 18 inches wide, it’s easy to fit three or more across the backseat of most vehicles.
This dual-mode model can be used in its five-point harness setting and then transformed into a seat belt-positioning booster suitable for kids up to 100 pounds in weight. It has received the distinction of “Best Bet Booster” by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which means it provides a good belt fit for typical kids aged four to eight in most vehicles.
Overview of the Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1
The two modes of the Cosco Finale include the five-point safety harness, which is designed for toddlers at least one year old who weigh between 30 and 65 pounds and range from 32 to 49 inches tall. As your little one grows, you can convert it to the belt-positioning booster mode, which is suitable for children from 40 to 100 pounds in weight and 43 to 52 inches in height. When in the 5-point harness setting, this seat can be installed using your vehicle’s LATCH system, and the belt-positioning booster mode is to be secured using your car’s seat belt.
This lightweight and slender choice is a breeze to transfer from car to car, which is convenient for families who carpool or for households that own multiple vehicles. Busy parents will appreciate that the fabric seat pad can be removed and placed in your washer and dryer anytime it needs cleaning. It comes with a reversible cup holder that can be situated on either side of the seat, and which is safe for placement in the dishwasher. This model is made in Columbus, Indiana, by a company that has been manufacturing children’s products for more than 70 years, and it exceeds federal standards for safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, rated the Cosco Finale as follows when it comes to factors such as ease of use and instructions:
Video Overview of Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Combination Boost Car Seat
Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Combination Boost Car Seat Specs
Child weight- harness mode
Child height- harness mode
Child minimum age for harness mode
Child weight for belt-positioning booster mode
Child height for belt-positioning booster mode
18.25” wide x 19” long x 29.75” tall
10 years from manufacture date
*Note that the manufacturer states that not all children within the exact above ranges will fit comfortably in this seat. It is important to test to ensure your child fits properly before use.
Cosco Finale Car Seat Features
Ease of Use
Comfort and Convenience
Not only is this 2-in-1 combination model affordably priced, but it will also provide additional bang for your buck because it functions as a front-facing harness seat and a seat belt booster seat, so you won’t have to purchase two separate models. Its slender footprint allows you to install three in a row in most vehicles, which makes it a great choice for families with several small children. It’s also conveniently lightweight, making it easy to transfer among cars, as needed.
The fabric can be removed and placed in the washer and dryer, making it simple enough to clean, whether dirt has accumulated over time or the inevitable spills or potty-training accidents have occurred. In reviewing this car seat, some parents felt the padding could be thicker, and thus more comfortable.
Ease of Installation
Who is the Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 suitable for?
The Cosco Finale can be used in harness mode by children weighing from 30 to 65 pounds and who are 32 to 49 inches tall. The belt-positioning booster setting is good for kids between 40 and 100 pounds in weight, and 43 and 52 inches in height. Note that the manufacturer states that depending on body type, some children within these ranges might not get quite a proper fit. For instance, if your child in on the smaller end, it’s important to make sure the straps fit snugly and he or she doesn’t slide around when strapped in.
What is included with the Cosco Finale?
The Cosco Finale comes with a removable cup holder that is safe for the dishwasher. When it comes to attaching it to the seat, it conveniently can be installed on either side, as preferred.
Pros and Cons of the Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1
Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Installation
Tutorial installation videos are available below:
Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Owner’s Manual:
The Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Owners manufacturers manual is available online at the following link:
Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Combination Booster Car Seat vs. Graco Atlas 65 2-in-1 Booster Seat
These two models both have 5-point harness and belt-positioning booster modes. Both are suitable for kids of up to 100 pounds who ride facing forward, and both are conveniently lightweight for easy portability. Both feature fabric that can be removed and placed in the washing machine; that of the Cosco Finale, however, can go into the dryer, whereas the cover of the Graco Atlas needs to be air-dried. The Graco Atlas does feature a couple of nice perks that are not present with the Cosco Finale: An integrated storage compartment allows you to stow the harness straps on board when it’s in the booster mode.
In addition, the Atlas comes with two cup holders, whereas the Finale only provides one. Having two can come in handy when you want your child to have both a snack and a drink close at hand. As you can see, the Graco model provides a couple of conveniences that you won’t find with the Cosco one. However, it is priced quite a bit higher, so your choice depends on how important the extra features are to you and your family.
Mamours Malaysia's Cosco Finale DX 2-in1 Car Seat Review
Are you finding it hard to find the right toddler booster seat for a smaller-sized kid? The Cosco Finale 2-in-1 DX has a lower cost price tag and utilizes two different restraint types depending on your child's age.
The Finale is lightweight and uses the LATCH system for kids up to 50 pounds. But, that is not a lot for a toddler booster seat. Another worry is that it does score well in crash tests and has issues with the top tether for children that weigh over 40 pounds.
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The ease of installation is a higher note when it comes to the Finale. The LATCH system makes it easy, but only up to that 50-pound ceiling. The belt installation is less than ideal. The storage is a bit simpler than some toddler booster seat because the heavy harness stores inside the seat.
The truth about the Cosco Finale 2-in-1 DX is that there are far better options on the market. The basic crash protection is simply not enough, even with its low cost.
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