Best Bean Bag Chairs – Top 6 UPDATED 2019
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 chair 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 brand without shopping pig in the poke?
Customer reviews? Yeah sure!!
Salesmen? Good luck with that.
Word of mouth? The best model chair 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 chairs without being swayed by fake bean bag reviews and aggressive sales talk.
Thankfully, that’s where we step in.
Best Bean Bags Reviews
Our stint with beanbags began seventeen years ago in a dorm room. And since then, they 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 chair of course.
We have worked, eaten, slept, sat, stood, jumped and even done reverse handstands on there chairs.
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 lounger chairs 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 best bean bag chairs for 2020, that give you the best bang for your buck in terms of quality, longevity and comfort.
1 – Big Joe Roma – (The Best)
They make durable, pocket-friendly items.
That’s precisely what a best model ought to be.
This is the Roma chair, a mid-level chair-shaped one from their range.
It differs from conventional chairs in its design as it is shaped more like a lounge chair or a club seat rather than a beanbag. The obvious advantage is that it looks much better.
Also, it gives you a large backrest. So, if your ideal 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 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′ Chair – (The Best 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 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 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!
- One of the top lounger 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 chairs. But if you were to account for the long lasting refills, then it will more than repay the initial cost
3 – Panda Sleep 5 ft Chair – (Best in terms of comfort)
This is really plush.
And due to their proprietary memory foam blend, it doesn’t sink as much as most chairs do.
That might be good or bad depending on how you like your chair. But we certainly prefer that to chairs that sink to the ground.
Also, it is a one of a big chairs (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 lounger is available in three sizes and a bunch of colors.
It also comes with a low-price guarantee for chairs this size. If you are able to find a similar sized one for a lower price than this one, then the manufacturer will ship you a brand new one 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 lounger
- 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 Chair – (Best for a family)
It’s the best bean bag 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 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 lounger 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 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 – Comfy Sacks 8 ft – (Best 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 chair for the family
- 8-feet diameter
- 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.
6 – Big Joe Classic Chair – (Best one for Kids)
This list would be incomplete without the Big Joe Classic chair. This is the quintessential one.
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 chairs from this brand, it comes pre-filled with UltimaX Polystyrene 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 lounger 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 chair offers unbeatable value.
- One of the most popular and best 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.
How we selected the Best Bean Bag Chair
Despite all the talk about fancy colors and crazy shapes, when it comes to bean bags, people have very basic expectations.
That’s what we based our selection process on.
Gone are the days when chairs were personal seating spaces that could accommodate one person only. Today, there are chairs that can accommodate one, two, three or even four people. While an 8-feet chair looks amazing in a photograph, you must take the available space into account before you buy it.
Any lounger requires some additional space around it to allow a use to comfortably sit and alight from it. An 8-feet one would require at least 10 feet of space. Always consider the space before you buy one. We have chairs of all sizes in this list of top chairs.
Some people prefer the classic styled chair that’s shaped like a sack. Others use them as an alternative for expensive furniture pieces like lounge chairs and look for designs that resemble chairs. We have selected the best bean bags in all sorts of shapes in this list.
What will you mainly use the 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. For a long time, polystyrene beads were the only filling type that was commonly available and used. But now, chairs 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 pricing. They can cost as less as $40 and as high as $800. What is the difference? While all lounger chairs 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 chairs) 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 ones 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 chair. In a household with kids and pets, you need a lounger chair with a removable and machine washable cover.
Some manufacturers mention that the chairs 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 chair 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 there chairs 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 loungers last for three to four years at least. Some last a lot more.
One of the most overlooked aspects 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 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 chairs for 2020 for your home.
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