The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Or Chicco Nextfit Zip are both safe choices. With few minor inconveniences for both seats, it seems that the Maxi Cosi 85 Max is a little superior to the Nextfit Zip - but for an added cost. Is saving your money to get the Nextfit Zip a wise move?

Let's see.

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ideal use

 

 
Pria 85 Max
Chicco Nextfit Zip
Rear-Facing Weight:
14-40 pounds
5-40 pounds
Forward-Facing Weight:
22-85 pounds
22-65 pounds
Height Limit:
Up to 52 inches
Up to 49 inches

Using the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max for your newborn would need you to use the infant wedge which comes together with a Pria 85 Max purchase. It would help you position newborn and younger babies in a snug, safe, and comfortable position.

The Maxi Cosi Pria Max 85 infant wedge is ideal to be used from 5 pounds to 11 pounds (and optional to use until 15 pounds). After which you have to remove it to utilize the seat as it is.

The Pria 85 Max can be used longer since it has higher weight and height limits.

will it fit in my car?

 

 
Pria 85 Max
Chicco Nextfit Zip
Width
20 inches
19 inches
Height
26  inches
29.2 inches
Depth/Length
21 inches
21 inches

Both seats are ideal for parents with large vehicles.

One must note that the Chicco Nextfit Zip has higher sides than the Maxi Cosi 85 Max. If your vehicle is large enough for you to position yourself in front of the car seat (or almost in front of the car seat), then you are safe to choose the Nextfit Zip.

Otherwise, the Nextfit Zip’s high sides can pose a challenge on easily reaching for the seat.

For smaller vehicles, the passenger on the seat directly opposite these two seats will have limited legroom, especially if the seats are all the way reclined and in rear-facing mode.

instalLation

 

 
Pria 85 Max
Nextfit Zip
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?
No
Easy To Install Rear-Facing?
Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing?
Yes
Easy To Uninstall?
Yes

Installing both seats are as easy as they promise to be. But the Nextfit Zip’s design seems to be more dummy-proof. The LATCH straps for example, even have labels saying, “pull this first, and pull this next.”

I’d go with the Nextfit Zip if a fool-proof installation is my priority.

safety

 

 
Pria 85 Max
Chicco Nextfit Zip
Country Of Origin:
USA
China
Steel Frame:
No
Yes
Five-Point Harness?
Yes
Side Impact Tested:
Yes
Approved For Airplane Use:
Yes
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?
Yes

The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max has an “Air Protect” technology. What this feature does is release some kind of air on the seat during side collisions so that the “shock” will not be absorbed by the little passenger's body.

Maxi Cosi claims that it is the “safest side impact protection” you can get in a convertible car seat.

The Chicco Nextfit Zip has “high sides” for side impact protection, too. That’s why they created the seat with such high sides. However, because of this, easily accessing the Nextfit Zip seat on a daily basis, will somehow pose a challenge - the inconvenience you pay for having an extra safe seat.

the seat

 

 
Pria 85 Max
Nextfit Zip
Is The Material Breathable?
Yes
Seat Weight:
17.5 lbs
26.2 lbs
Easy To Remove Cover?
Yes
Machine Washable Cover?
Yes
Roomy?
Yes
No-Rethread Harness?
Yes
Comes With An Infant Body Support?
Yes
Expiration
10 years
8 years
Comes With A Cup Holder?
Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?
Yes
Leg Straps Has Pads?
No

Both seats are comfortable enough for long, hot drives. However, the Maxi Cosi Pria Max 85 seems to have more soft and plush fabrics.

Despite having higher weight and height limits, the Pria 85 Max is way lighter than the Nextfit Zip.

Both have easy to remove seat covers should you need to wash them.

The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max seat cover can be removed by detaching the snaps and loosening the fabric on the edges of the car seat frame.

The Chicco Nextfit Zip has a zipper on the sides. You can just unzip the cover and you’re ready to go.

Both of their seat covers are machine-washable but would need a gentle cycle.

When it comes to usability until your child is old enough for a booster seat, the Nextfit Zip’s high sides can somehow restrict the comfort of children with broad shoulders.

Adjusting the seat harness height of both seats will not need manual rethreading. Just sliding up and down the headrest will do the job.

Finally, the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max has a more generous expiration date.

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conclusion


There’s at least USD 30 price difference between the two seats. The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max is more expensive. Now let’s enumerate whether the added cost is well worth justified.

  1. It has a higher weight limit.
  2. It has a higher height limit.
  3. It is made in the USA.
  4. It is way lighter than the Nextfit Zip.
  5. It has a longer expiration date.

Now let's see what you'll get from the Nextfit Zip aside from the monetary savings.

  1. It's a little narrower.
  2. The high sides are good for safety purposes.
  3. It's dummy-proof when it comes to installation.
  4. It has a steel frame.
  5. Removing the seat cover is as easy as opening a zipper.

Both would need as much space in the vehicle as possible. Budget-wise, Nextfit Zip is more ideal. But honestly, you are safe to choose any of the two.

 

Do You Need More Help Deciding Between

The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Or Chicco Nextfit Zip?

 

Read My Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Review

Check Out My Review Of The Chicco Nextfit Zip

 

What do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

Cheers!

Pitin


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  1. You did a great job of comparing the two car seats and the important things that parents look for when purchasing one.

    I didn’t see anything about safety ratings though. Which one has a better safety rating?

  2. We upgraded my youngest daughter from the carrier to the fixed car seat. We use the Maxi Cosi and we just love the seat. Breathable, secure, easy load and unload. When we talk about keeping our babies safe a little more money should not deter us from the better product. I can say that Maxi Cosi makes great products worth the extra coin.

    1. Hi Mason,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Totally agree with you about seeing the price tag as secondary when it comes to your child’s safety. However, if an equally safe and comfortable seat is available, then, of course, it doesn’t hurt to be more practical. 🙂

      Regards,
      Pitin

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