Back in October 2006 we had a look at the Omni Beanbag Chair. It arrived flat-packed from the USA and we added our own beans. It was a weird thing for us to review, but we figured a lot of our time was spent sat down, so why not?
Now, a few years on, the Sumolounge buys deliver straight to the UK and we no longer need to buy separate beans.
We’ve already filmed a couple of videos showing you the Sumo Gamer in action, so click on to see me parading around our kitchen..
So, a man in a van pulled up outside the house and, from Germany, this box appeared.
The box turned out to be almost like a tardis. Inside was a bag which contains the shredded furniture-grade urethane foam. It took up the whole box but we thought it wasn’t really big enough to be all of the filling. How wrong we were..
Also in the box is the outer lining and some instructions. It states that I should leave the inner bag for 24 hours to allow the air to get into it. It also states that I should “rotate and fluff”. After just a few minutes though it was easy to see how the bag was starting to expand. It soon dwarfed the box it came in, which kinda put our doubts about the size to bed pretty quickly..
This US-supplied bag of fibre has a label on it which states that the filling is new material. It’s all fire retardant too. You can see on this up-close show how the side of the bag is breathable.
A sturdy zip on the side allows you to get inside the inner lining (should you want to). Here’s the actual stuff you’ll be parking your backside onto. As you can see, they’ve not skimped on the filling.
The Sumo Lounger instructions and outer lining come in a separate bag at the bottom of the box. This is where I got the info about leaving the inner lining for 24 hours.
OK, let’s fast-forward 24-hours. The outer lining comes out of the bag. It’s a “micro suede” cover and has a large zip up the side. It easily slides around the inner bag – it was much easier than a regular duvet cover change and means that it’s totally machine washable. There’s four colours to choose from, here we’ve go the black shade. It’s an almost felt feel and, once zipped up, you’re done. It’s at this point that I stood back and took in the size of the chair. This is a pretty huge bit of furniture – the details state that it’s 42″ wide, which is around 3.5 feet or around 1.1 metres. When you sit on it it can get a bit wider, so it’s well worth taking this into consideration when you buy it.
Above you can see the amount of space that the chair took up in our spare bedroom. Up-close you can see the quality of the stitching and how well the zip works. Now, I’m no expert on these things, but there’ll no doubt be lots of jumping, sitting and generally flopping onto this thing, and by the looks of it all the stitching is incredibly strong and well done.
Here’s another up-close shot of the material with the flash and one of the joins in the material. Very nice.
When you sit on the Sumosac Gamer there’s a reassuring amount of padding beneath your bottom, no matter how much you move around. It’s very, very comfortable and gives a good amount of support. There’s no chance of it going flat no matter how much sitting you do and it’s so full that it’s actually relatively easy to get out of too.
Overall, we loved this thing. This particular material does pick up some fluff and a bit of dust plus it is a little large. It’s fair to say that it’ll not only replace your office-chair but also your desk too. If you’ve got yourself a Playstation, XBox or a laptop, this is an ideal chill-out for your bones. It may be big but it’s still easy enough to move around and I’m quite fond of the YouTube comment which calls it “a hockey puck for giants” :)
To be honest, I’m sitting on it right now whilst I write this and .. it feels good. At the end of a hard day it’s almost like a reward.