Best Bean Bag Chair in 2018 [10 Categories Analyzed]
Shopping for the best bean bag chair is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
The market is teeming with poorly made products that resemble high quality bean bags, but in reality, will go flat as a pancake with just months of use.
Some are overpriced. Others are uncomfortable.
Why, we even came across a few that were advertised as full-sized adult bean bags but were shipped with only a quarter of the beans needed to fill it to capacity.
So, that’s unethical marketing for you right there.
How then do you find the best bean bag chair without shopping pig in the poke?
Customer reviews? Yeah sure!
Salesmen? Good luck with that.
Word of mouth? The best bean bag chair brand that your friend bought years ago has probably gone defunct by now.
The fact is that unless someone puts the latest products through the motions, it is impossible to find the best bean bag chair without being swayed by fake reviews and aggressive sales talk.
Thankfully, that’s where we step in.
Top Selling Bean Bag Chairs of 2018
Best Bean Bag Chair Reviews
Our stint with bean bags began seventeen years ago in a dorm room. And since then, bean bags have been a ubiquitous feature in our homes.
When we are not clacking away on our PlayStation consoles on the best bean bag chair, you will find us lazing with a book in hand and a beer in the other, on, our favorite and best bean bag chair of course.
We have worked, eaten, slept, sat, stood, jumped and even done reverse handstands on bean bags.
So, we have had the fortune (or the lack of it) to test out some of the most popular ones in the market for the past few years.
Our fascination with bean bags have also led some of the biggest brands reaching out to us requesting us to test their products for them.
Based on our experiences, here are the top 10 best bean bag chairs in 2018, that give you the best bang for your buck in terms of quality, longevity and comfort.
1 – Big Joe Roma Bean Bag Chair – Best bean bag chair
They make durable, pocket-friendly best bean bags.
That’s precisely what a best bean bag chair ought to be.
This is the Roma Bean bag chair, a mid-level chair-shaped bean bag from their range.
It differs from conventional bean bags in its design as it is shaped more like a lounge chair or a club chair rather than a bean bag. The obvious advantage is that it looks much better.
Also, it gives you a large backrest. So, if your ideal bean bag use is to kick back your legs and enjoy a read, the Roma is one of your best bets.
The perks however, go beyond that. The Roma uses Big Joe’s signature SmartMax Fabric for the upholstery, which is a form of nylon that’s water, stain and odor resistant.
So, you can sleep with your snacks and your beverages in the chair. Cleaning it is as easy as wiping it with a wet cloth.
The size is perfect for a large adult. When filled to capacity, it is about 2 feet x 4 feet and you will be approximately 8-10 inches off the floor. (A heavier guy could sink the chair further). However, provided you fill it, it will give you a plush base and a comfortable backrest.
The Roma is available in 9 colors, a variety of prints and patterns and two fabric finishes. There’s the conventional nylon and a suede fabric that is softer. (We wouldn’t recommend the suede in a high traffic household or if you have pets of kids)
Double reinforced stitching on the seams ensure that this can take a beating. Comes pre-filled with UltimaX Beans.
P.S. We saw a few scathing negative reviews about the Roma. Most of them come from unrealistic expectations or lack of beans in the bag.
- Lounge chair shaped bean bag chair
- Comes in 9 colors and two fabric types
- Tough stain, odor and spill resistant nylon
- Double reinforced stitching on the seams
- Backrest for reclining
- Large size for adult users
- Comes prefilled with UltimaX beans
- No arm rest for the chairs. (We had to rack our brains trying to come up with a grumble for this)
2 – Chill Sack Giant 5′ Bean Bag – Best Bean Bag Chair filled with Memory Foam
Great Quality, looks stunning and we couldn’t be more pleased with it.
It’s an absolute delight to use. A large 60 x 60 x 34-inch plush sack that you can just collapse into, after a tiring day at work.
But despite the large footprint, it doesn’t look like an eyesore in our living room. (We live in an apartment)
Maybe it’s because of the stunning upholstery. We have the Microsuede – Cinnabar, which is a darker shade of maroon. Hides any stains and the drool that our pet leaves behind on it unintentionally.
When it demands a wash, we can quickly remove the cover and toss it into the machine for a quick wash. The Chill Sack bean bag chair features an internal liner that keeps your beans contained when the cover is being washed.
By the way, there are 26 shades for you to choose from in Microsuede and a softer fabric that the manufacturer calls Ultrafur.
As made evident by the name, the Ultrafur is softer but is best used in low traffic households.
The Chill Sack Giant 5’ Memory Foam best bean bag chair has shredded memory foam filling that will automatically adapt to the weight and contours of your body.
Even if you spend all day in the chair, it won’t leave you with a sore tush. Also, shredded memory foam typically lasts longer than PE beans. This translates into fewer frequent refills.
Double stitched seams and good quality zippers ensure that the chair can easily sustain the wear and tear that comes bundled with household use.
Last but not the least, the chairs are manufactured in the USA. Yay!
- Large-sized bean bag chair
- One of the best bean bag chairs for adults
- Plush and comfortable
- Shredded memory foam filling that automatically adjusts to the weight and contours of the body
- Double stitched seams and quality zippers
- Internal lining to keep the beans contained
- Machine washable cover
- Two fabric choices
- 26 color choices
- It’s a little pricier as compared to other best bean bag chairs. But if you were to account for the long lasting refills, then it will more than repay the initial cost
3 – Panda Sleep 5FT Bean Bag – Best bean bag chair in terms of comfortable
This is really plush.
And due to their proprietary memory foam blend, it doesn’t sink as much as most bean bag chairs do.
That might be good or bad depending on how you like your bean bags. But we certainly prefer that to chairs that sink to the ground.
Also, it is a big chair (28” H x 48” W x 48” D). So, ensure that you have enough room to accommodate it.
Talking about the memory foam, Panda Sleep is the one of the only brands that uses virgin foam that does not emit noxious fumes or contains cancer-causing flame retardants, which is normally used in most of the cheap brands.
So, you can be rest assured about its safety even if your children or pets use it.
Oh, by the way, it has a heavy duty, triple-layer Hypercomfy™ upholstery with military-grade yarn stitching at the seams. Stains, scratches, paws, nothing is going to damage this one. But if you are one of those homeowners who’s obsessed with removing upholstery covers and washing them, then you’d be pleased to know that the cover is machine washable.
The manufacturer only recommends an occasional spot cleaning with a wet rag though.
The Panda Sleep bean bag chair is available in three sizes and a bunch of colors.
It also comes with a low-price guarantee for best bean bag chairs this size. If you are able to find a similar sized bean bag for a lower price than this one, then the manufacturer will ship you a brand new best bean bag chair for free.
To be fair, we tried. But we weren’t able to find one yet.
P.S. Do let us know if you are able to.
- Thick and plush bean bag chair
- Proprietary shredded memory foam blend that automatically adjusts to the user’s body weight
- Doesn’t sink to the ground even if a tall, heavy adult sits on it
- Triple-layer Hypercomfy fabric
- Virgin foam with zero carcinogens or noxious fumes
- Military-grade double stitching at the yarn
- Machine washable cover that can easily be spot cleaned as well
- Available in three sizes
4 – Lumaland Luxury 7-Foot Bean Bag – Best bean bag chair for a family
What’s better than a bean bag chair for yourself? It’s the best bean bag chair for the family of course.
Here’s the Lumaland Luxury bean bag chair. It’s a whopping 7-feet in width and that should suffice for a small family of three (two adults and one kid)
It is roomy, comfortable and looks stunning.
When we first read about this, we expected it to be an oversized shapeless sack.
This is more like a sofa filled with extremely soft memory foam. So, it can go anywhere in the house from the living room to your bedroom.
Why, it can even be a cost effective replacement for that expensive IKEA sofa that you might be considering for your living room.
There are 8 colors to choose from and the microsuede fabric is soft and comfortable but extremely durable at the same time. The colors are mostly dark and it helps to limit the appearance of stains. But in case of an accidental spill, you can remove the cover for a quick and easy wash in the machine.
Lumaland also throws in a beige polyester inner cover which keeps the memory foam contained and it looks as good as the outer cover. So there’s zero downtime even when the outer cover is being washed.
It is available in five sizes. The smallest one is a bean bag chair for kids and is 3 feet wide. This is the largest family sized one.
We are unsure about the exact variety of foam that’s used for the filling. It’s definitely memory foam, either shredded or a single chunk.
But all the customers that we spoke to have only positive things to say about it. The foam adheres to the body shape and it also reflects heat keeping you cool even on a warm summer day.
By the way, this family best bean bag chair is vacuum sealed when it’s shipped out and the box might look extremely small. Don’t be paranoid because it will automatically expand to full size in about three days. You can speed this up by fluffing it up manually. But we recommend that you let it air and fluff up naturally.
- Super-sized luxury bean bag chair
- Perfect for a small family
- Can go anywhere from the living room to the gaming room
- Soft microsuede fabric
- Five sizes
- Soft memory foam filling that doesn’t go flat
- Machine washable removable outer cover
- Beige polyester inner cover that ensures that you can continue to use your chair when the outer cover is being washed
- This will take a lot of room. Most customers that we spoke to were surprised when the chair expanded to its full size. Ensure that you are aware of the dimensions before you order this. The last thing you need is to lug a heavy (Yes. It will be heavy when it expands to full size) around the house because you miscalculated the space needed to accommodate it.
- It has a slight odor when unboxed. But if you let it air for a day, the mild odor dissipates.
5 – LUCID Oversized Chair – Best Lounge Bean Bag Chair
Here’s a stunning lounge chair from Lucid. We love the shape of this oversized bean bag chair.
It’s more chair than conventional bean bag and has a mid-sized backrest that makes this a great choice for gaming rooms, dorms and the likes.
But it’s not a normal wide backrest either. It tapers slightly towards the top which adds to the aesthetic appeal.
The common niggle that we have found in chairs like this, is that the backrest crumbles under your weight if you use it for a more than a couple of hours at a time.
Not this one. Lucid throws in a reinforcing strap that ensures that the backrest stays in place even if you use it all day.
To add to this, it has shredded memory foam filling that will keep you comfortable for long hours.
The seating surface of this chair is 10.5 inches above the ground and is 21 inches wide. The backrest is approximately 20 inches.
That’s perfect for kids and medium-sized adults. If you are more than 6 feet, then you may find this a little too small for your liking. Check some of the other best bean bag chairs in this list.
The Lucid bean bag chair is available in two colors, charcoal and beige.
Both have a waterproof removable outer cover that is soft to the touch. A thoughtful addition is a second waterproof inner cover that ensures that the memory foam filling doesn’t get soaked in case of a spill or two.
The chair is backed by a 5-year warranty from Lucid. So if you have any problems with the fabric developing a tear or the foam going flat, you can always reach out the company and ask for a replacement. They have a great customer rating.
- Stylish bean bag lounge chair
- 20-inch backrest with reinforcing strap that prevents it from crumbling
- Available in two colors, beige and charcoal gray
- Shredded memory foam filling
- Perfect size for kids and medium-sized adults
- Removable waterproof outer cover
- Waterproof inner cover
- 5-year warranty from Lucid
- Might be a little small for a large-sized adult.
6 – Big Squishy Stylish Bean Bag – Best bean bag chair for adults
Well, that’s the definition that Big Squishy thinks best suits their bean bag chairs. Well, we’ll give to them for softness.
These chairs are as soft as they come.
And there are three varieties to pick from. This is the large lounger. As made evident by the name, this is for the entire family.
It is 68-inches long x 36-inches wide and the seating area is 16-inches tall above the ground. It is oval shaped and can easily seat three adults side by side or a bunch of rambunctious kids. If you are like us, you will just use it as a comfy bed instead and lie flat out on it.
There’s a smaller one called the medium lounger and a one-person bean bag chair called the twister.
All of these are available in 5 bright colors in muted as well as bright shades.
Big Squishy uses a micro-bead filling in their chairs which is more comfortable than normal beads. In fact, it feels a little like shredded memory foam because it automatically adjusts to the shape of your body eliminating pressure points.
So, if you are guilty of spending an entire day lazing on your best bean bag chair, then the Big Squishy will be one of your best picks. No sore booty!
Also, the micro beads are lighter than memory foam. This will be a portable chair that you or your kids can move around your house if need be.
It has a removable and machine-washable outer cover and an inner cover that prevents the beads from escaping and taking over your home.
Some customers that we spoke to, found the Big Squishy chairs too hard because when filled to capacity, the outer cover fits snugly over the inner one and there’s very little or no play.
The inner cover also makes it easy to refill the beads when they go flat and customize the filling to your liking.
- Super soft bean bag chair
- Available in three sizes
- Micro bead filling that’s softer than normal beads
- Removable, machine washable outer cover
- Inner cover that keeps the beads contained
- 5 colors to pick from
- Will need to be refilled after a while.
- Some people find it too firm. That’s subjective though. And you can always remove some of the beads to make it softer.
7 – Christopher Knight 8 Feet Bean Bag – Best bean bag chair for a Budget Price
Most large bean bag lounger chairs are usually priced above $200. That’s the 6-footers by the way.
And here you have the David Faux 8-feet lounger bean bag chair that priced almost like kiddie bean bags.
If you are shopping for a best bean bag lounger for the entire family on a shoestring budget, then you’ve just found it.
The David Bean bag chair a monster. It is 8 feet x 6 feet and it weighs 75 lbs. when it expands to full size. Ensure that you find a suitable place before you let it expand lest you want to lug it around the house.
It has a microfiber synthetic suede exterior that is soft, waterproof and puncture-proof. So, if your large dog fancies the bean bag chair more than you do, then you can be rest assured that those large claws are not going to rip the bag open.
The interior is filled with recycled eco-friendly foam. So, it’s nice and plush.
In fact, some customers mentioned that they found this a little too soft for their liking. But if you wanted a firm surface to begin with, then why would you shop around for best bean bags? Duh!
Available in five colors and two smaller sizes as well.
- Budget-priced family lounger bean bag chair
- 8 feet x 6 feet
- Microfiber synthetic suede exterior
- Recycled foam filling
- Soft and comfortable
- There have been a few customers who mentioned that the outer cover bleeds after a few months of use. If that is the case, then you might want to reach out to the customer care. They are very prompt and helpful.
- Some customers also mentioned about a mild odor when they unboxed it. But that’s normal with most best bean bags and should dissipate as the chair airs out.
8 – Comfy Sacks 8 ft Bean Bag Chair – Best bean bag chair for tall people
We thought that they’d finally started to make furniture for amazons and giants.
Jokes apart, this is the best bean bag chair for family. It’s basic, round and extremely comfortable.
We already mentioned the size briefly. To give you some perspective, two normal-sized (6 feet) adults can comfortably sit or lie on it. If you have a small family, then you, your partner, your child (ren) and even your dog can squeeze in.
The caveat is that you will probably need more foam than what’s included in the package.
But that’s not a biggie. You can easily get shredded or recycled memory foam refills for cheap. Fill it up as much as you want to and enjoy some cozy family time.
Comfy sacks has an inner liner that keeps the foam contained and a safety zipper that can be twisted and broken off to prevent curious kids from trying to dig their way through the foam.
It is available in 26 colors and three fabric choices. We personally like the microsuede. Its basic. But it’s durable and easy to clean.
Some like the furry fabric more. But we feel that it can be a magnet for dog hair and dander.
By the way, comfy sacks is also available in smaller sizes. And it comes with a 5-year warranty.
- Large bean bag chair for the family
- 8-feet diameter round bean bag chair
- Can easily accommodate two adults and a child
- Memory foam blend
- Inner liner to keep the foam contained
- Child safety zipper lock
- 26 colors and three fabrics
- You will have to buy some extra foam. Because when two or three people rest on it at a time, it tends to go flat.
9 – Big Joe Classic Bean Bag Chair – Best bean bag chair for kids
This list would be incomplete without the Big Joe Classic Bean bag chair. This is the quintessential bean bag chair.
It’s cheap, its attractive and at 88” circumference, it’s perfect for kids.
Coming from Big Joe, it’s almost like a no-brainer.
This is the polka dotted version that’s a favorite with kids. And it’s available in three attractive colors.
If you are looking for something better suited for your gaming room or a study, then you can check out the Big Joe Classic in solid colors.
Like all best bean bags from the brand, it comes pre-filled with UltimaX Polystyrene Bean filling. There’s a double locking zipper that keeps the beans contained and protected from kids.
The beans last pretty long even with everyday use and refills are cheap.
The caveat is that there’s no inner liner or cover for the beans. When the bag goes flat, you will have to empty the flat beans into a container and refill the bag again which is a minor hassle.
But that’s a small niggle in a flawless package.
If you are like us and hate polystyrene beans, then you can even swap them for shredded memory foam.
At this price, Big Joe Classic bean bag chair offers unbeatable value.
- One of the most popular and best bean bag brands in America
- Classic styling
- 88” circumference
- Perfect for kids
- Available in a range of assorted colors
- Durable outer fabric
- Filled with UltimaX polystyrene beans
- Double locked zipper for protection
- No inner lining to protect the beans from going haywire if you wish to wash the outer cover.
10 – ECR4Kids Toddler Classic Bean Bag Chair – Best bean bag chair for toddlers
Both our boys had one of these when they were 3 and we’d struggle to separate them from their bean bags. They just loved it to the point that they’d wage war to be in it all day.
It’s a 22” bean bag chair with a soft leather polyurethane cover. Liquids, beverages, paint, just about anything that your toddler subjects it to can be cleaned with warm water and a cloth.
It is GREENGUARD [GOLD] certified. So it’s completely child safe.
It comes pre-filled with polystyrene beads and give your kids a very soft and comfortable surface that’s perfect for some rest after playtime, for use in a classroom setting or just to laze around at home.
Seams are double-stitched and there’s a double-locked zipper to keep the beans in. It weighs 4 pounds with the beads filled in. So, it’s not light enough to skid if a child jumps on it off the sofa (which children do). But you can easily carry it from one room to the other.
Comes in 28 assorted colors.
By the way, if your toddler outgrows the chair, it is also available in a Junior size, which is 26” and a standard size which is 35”.
- Durable leather polyurethane cover
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Available in three sizes for children of all ages
- Pre-filled with Polystyrene beads
- Double-stitched seams
- Double-locked zipper
- Weighs 4 pounds
- Comes in 28 assorted colors
- Might be smaller than what you expect it to be. That’s a common concern that most parents have expressed. However, rather than the video or the photograph being deceptive, we feel that it’s miscalculated dimensions that leads to disappointment. Just double check the dimensions before you order it.
How we selected the best bean bag chair
Despite all the talk about fancy colors and crazy shapes, when it comes to best bean bags, people have very basic expectations.
That’s what we based our selection process on.
Gone are the days when bean bags were personal seating spaces that could accommodate one person only. Today, there are bean bag chairs that can accommodate one, two, three or even four people. While an 8-feet bean bag chair looks amazing in a photograph, you must take the available space into account before you buy it.
Any bean bag requires some additional space around it to allow a use to comfortably sit and alight from it. An 8-feet bean bag would require at least 10 feet of space. Always consider the space before you buy a bean bag chair. We have bean bags of all sizes in this list of the best bean bags.
Some people prefer the classic styled bean bag that’s shaped like a sack. Others use bean bag chairs as an alternative for expensive furniture pieces like lounge chairs and look for designs that resemble chairs. We have selected best bean bag chair in all sorts of shapes in this list.
What will you mainly use the bean bag chair for? Is it a just to crash after a weary day? Then just about any plush chair will work for you. Is it your personal corner of the room where you read? Then a chair with a backrest will suit you better. Is it in the gaming room? Then you will be spending a lot of time on the chair.
Look for one with a memory foam filling because it will not create pressure points. Is it a family lounge chair where you, the kids and the pets fight for a spot? Then you need a durable and comfortable outer fabric that can sustain the wear and tear.
Comfort is subjective. But it’s also largely dependent on the type of filling used in a bean bag chair. For a long time, polystyrene beads were the only filling type that was commonly available and used. But now, bean bags are filled with memory foam (shredded or whole), recycled foam or polystyrene beans. Of the three, shredded memory foam is considered to be the most comfortable one.
That’s because it automatically adjusts according to the weight of the user and does not form sore spots anywhere on the body. Polystyrene beads are a close second followed by recycled foam. What a lot of people don’t realize is that they are free to swap the filling with a different one of their choice.
By now, you’d have realized that there can be a huge variation in the pricing of best bean bag chairs. They can cost as less as $40 and as high as $800. What is the difference? While all bean bags look identical, there are many features that separate a good quality product from an average one. For example, something as simple as an additional inner cover, (which is normally available only in higher priced best bean bags) to contain the foam/beans can make a huge difference in maintenance.
It makes it so easy to remove the outer cover and toss it in the machine. There are many such small additions which make the higher priced best bean bags completely worth the extra cost. Having said that, if you are shopping on a budget, then you are probably aware of the limitations that come with lower priced chairs, don’t you?
Bean bags require some amount of upkeep. From periodically changing the beads (Polystyrene only) to washing the outer cover, the upkeep will also depend on how you use the bag. In a household with kids and pets, you need a best bean bag chair with a removable and machine washable cover.
Some bean bag manufacturers mention that the bags can be ‘Spot cleaned’. Sure, they can. Some soap water and a cloth is all that is needed. But at times, nothing can replace a machine wash. So, a machine washable cover should be amongst the top features that you consider.
Once again, it’s very difficult to gauge the quality of a bean bag just by looking at it. They all look identical. But keep an eye on the specifications to know more about the quality. What fabric is the outer cover? Microsuede and Nylon are the most commonly used fabrics.
These are extremely durable and will last for years without fraying or tearing. Furry fabrics like corduroy or velvet offer better aesthetics but can be a magnet for dust. Does the bag have an inner cover? What about the stitching at the seams? You need double stitches if there are kids or pets. Is there an inner cover that makes replacement and maintenance easy?
All bean bags sold in America are required to have a safety child lock zipper. Many of these products are imported from Asia. So, double check anyway. With regular maintenance and normal usage, most bean bags last for three to four years at least. Some last a lot more.
One of the most overlooked aspects of bean bags is child safety. How safe are the colors, the fabrics and the filling used in the bags for children? Foam in particular has a nasty reputation of emitting toxic gases.
To this end, manufacturers these days mention about the child safety ratings of their products. The ECR4KIDS toddler best bean bag chair for example is GREENGUARD [GOLD] certified.
To sum things up
That’s it folks. We hope that this article helps you pick the best bean bag chair in 2018 for your home.
We would like to hear about your experience with these chairs someday. Post pictures, share stories.
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