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Best Bean Bag Chair

If you’re looking for a comfortable way to lounge around a room, and one that does not cost a ton of money or require that you spend a lot of time assembling it, you are going to be pretty limited in your selection.  There are always things like the inflatable couch, of course, if you’re into that sort of retro idea.  You can even go so far as to get a futon, but those are a hassle and often do require at least some assembly.  If you’re really looking for a comfortable and hassle-free way to lounge, you’re going to need to look into the venerable bean bag chair.

There are so few things that can offer the comfort and ease of use that the bean bag chair can give you, and really, that’s a shame.  It’s also sad that in so many situations, the bean bag chair seems inappropriate for use.  But if you’re a young person with a room that needs some cheaper, easy to maintain furniture, a bean bag chair can be something that you would be happy to have, and it can make for an interesting and comfortable lounging experience.

Best Bean Bag Chair – Comparison Table

If you are looking to find the right bean bag chair for you, though, you may be surprised to find out how many different offerings there are.  Thankfully, in your quest for the best bean bag chair, we have this handy guide to help you find the best one for your uses and comfort.  Let us start by looking at a table that will compare the reviewed products. Here are the best bean bag chairs of 2018.

NameDimensions (HxWxD) (in)Filler Material
Sofa Sack Large Lounger34x72x48Memory Foam Blend
Wow! Works Hamburger Beanbag Chair36x24x18Foam Beans
Big Joe Milano Chair32x28x25UltimaX Beans
Chill Bag 5-Foot Bean Bag Chair34x60x60Memory Foam
Oversized Bean Bag Chair41x41x41Foam Beads
Jaxx 6-Foot Cocoon20x72x72Shredded Polyurethane Foam
American Furniture Alliance Classic Bean Bag21.5x33.5x21.5Polystyrene Virgin Beads

Now that we have a general look at the bean bags being offered, it’s time to look more in-depth at them.  If you’re only interested in a bean bag chair that is of a certain dimension, or one that is long enough to accommodate someone laying down or something like that, feel free to skip ahead to the option that is long enough for your needs.

1

Sofa Sack Large Lounger – The Futon Replacement Option

I know that the title says bean bag ‘chair’, but there are some big chairs out there.  If we were to compare this Sofa Sack large lounger to a  standard or classic chair, it would probably be more comparable to a loveseat or something of that size, maybe even a small couch, than to a chair. This is a great bean bag chair that is of a larger stature than the standard chair.

Now, this thing is huge (it’s six feet wide!), which means that it probably is not the best bean bag chair for kids.  If you’re looking for something for the kids to sit on while they’re watching television or playing Xbox or what have you, this is not the kind of thing that will work.  But, if you’re looking for a bean bag chair that will be appropriate for adult use, this is definitely one that you should look into.

As far as the material it is stuffed with, I actually found it to be better than the classic ‘beans’ design, that used either Styrofoam, plastic, or other material beans. I know, there are probably some purists out there who are complaining that this is technically not a ‘bean bag chair’, but let’s be honest here; memory foam is so much more comfortable and so much easier to get in and out of.  Also, if a memory foam blend develops a tear, it is not going to end up leaking beans all over the place, which is a definite positive.

The Sofa Sack lounger is a very comfortable bean bag chair, too.  It’s not big enough to be a bed in its own right, but it is more than large enough that you can easily get in a nice nap or two on it, and it will definitely be large enough for you to enjoy a few nights curled up on it while watching  your favorite movie, television show, or sporting event. It can also fit a large pizza or a bowl of popcorn on there, which is just gravy. 

If you’re looking for the best bean bag chair review for someone looking for an adult-use bean bag chair, the Sofa Sack large lounger is definitely a bean bag chair that you should spend some time looking at.

PROS
  • Very large, large enough for an adult male to easily be comfortable
  • Contains a memory foam blend that is much more comfortable and hassle free than the classic beans
  • Comfortable materials for a cover, too, making the whole thing a very comfortable experience
CONS
  • Can be a bit too big for children
  • Does take up a lot of floor space
2

Wow! Works Hamburger Bean Bag Chair – The Bob’s Burger Option

If you’ve ever seen the television show ‘Bob’s Burgers’, you have likely seen the character Gene Belcher, son of the titular Bob, wearing a burger suit in order to bring customers into the diner.  This bean bag chair is the bean bag equivalent of that suit.

To begin with, this isn’t the kind of bean bag chair that an adult will want to sit in long term. It was hard to find information concerning how much weight it was meant to take, but the size of the bean bag chair makes it pretty clear that this is, at most, a young teen’s bean bag chair, and more realistically a bean bag chair that is meant for the use of children.

That being said, for a child or a young teen, this will be a fun bean bag chair to have.  Not only because it looks like a cheeseburger (with pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce, and a bit of ketchup, as well as American cheese, all on a sesame seed bun), but because it is a decently comfortable bean bag chair to sit in. 

It is filled with the classic foam beads, too, so if you are a purist who demands that their bean bag chair actually be filled with beans, then you’re looking at the right bean bag chair for you. Of course, when you have beans in a bean bag chair, especially a bean bag chair for children, you are running the risk that, eventually, it will end up being pierced or cut, and at that point, you will end up spending quite some time trying to get all the beans vacuumed up. Just like when you bring sand into the house, you’ll find that you never quite seem to get all of the beans, either. 

I wouldn’t say that you are going to find that this bean bag chair will be the best bean bag chair for gaming or anything like that, but I would be willing to say that if you have a child between the ages of six and thirteen, this will be a bean bag chair that they will love for quite some time to come.

PROS
  • Looks hilarious
  • Very comfortable to sit in
  • Easy to move around and doesn’t take up much floor space
CONS
  • Will eventually tear
  • Contains tiny foam beans that will go everywhere when it does eventually form a hole
3

Big Joe Milano Chair – The Upright Model

If, for your bean bag chair purchase, you are actually looking for a bean bag chair, with a comfortable back and some rigidity to it, then this is definitely the option that you should be taking a look at.  When it comes to finding a bean bag chair that has enough rigidity to maintain shape, this is definitely the one that wins in that regard.

If you recognize this bean bag chair from somewhere else, that’s easy to explain. This is one of the top bean bag chairs for kids Walmart sells, and they were on sale just a few weeks back during the Christmas rush.

Now, some among you heard the word ‘Walmart’ and you’re already ready to write this offering off.  That would be a mistake.  Although they are decently priced, this offering is also a quality offering that can provide years of comfort and fun.

For the purists out there who demand that their bean bag chairs be filled with some sort of beans, don’t worry; the Big Joe comes filled with UltimaX Beans. This is great, because not only are these beans decently sized (every bean is the size of a large pea, slightly smaller than an American dime), but there are companies out there that sell refills.  If your bean bag chair, for example, springs a leak, you can refill it and then patch the leak, and it is much cheaper than having to buy a new bean bag chair!

 Now, this is not a great option for a full-grown adult, sadly.  The fact is that this chair is made for people who are around twelve or thirteen at most, and if you’re any older than that, or if you weigh more than about a hundred and fifty pounds, then this probably is not the right bean bag chair for you.  However, if you’re looking for a bean bag chair that will be great for the kids, this bean bag chair, which has been sold at Walmart, Kmart, and even Target, will fit the bill nicely.

PROS
  • Very sturdy design
  • Manages to retain its shape nicely and for quite some time
  • Easy to refill, and the beans are easy to get a hold of on the internet
CONS
  • Not the softest materials used in construction
  • Not good for those older than twelve or thirteen, really
4

Chill Bag 5-Foot Bean Bag Chair – The Lounge Chair

We’re back into looking at large bean bag chairs that are big enough to basically be a little miniature bed, and it is a wonderful thing to see.  If you’re looking for a small bean bag chair, one that is appropriate for a small child, then this probably isn’t the one for you.  But if you’re a young adult, perhaps a college student who has just gotten their first apartment, then this bean bag chair may be a great choice for you.

It is 5 foot across, and that means that if you’re willing to kind of sink into the bean bag chair, or if you’re willing to curl up a bit, most average people will be able to fit comfortably into this bean bag chair.  Further, if you’re looking to use it as an actual chair, you will find that it can comfortably fit pretty much anyone, although you’re not going to get the back support that you would expect of a normal chair.

The Chill Bag is filled with a very comfortable, very soft, very nice ‘memory foam’ blend, which means that not only is it not going to be as prone to completely spilling everywhere if something goes wrong and you manage to bust a seam, but that you will be much more comfortable and not as likely to lose the shape by shifting a little bit (which is a problem that is commonly encountered when using foam beads).

All things considered, if you’re looking for a nice, one-person bean bag chair, one that doesn’t take up a whole lot of space and that will give you years of comfort, then the Chill Bag is a great option for you, and at a price that can’t be beat.

PROS
  • Very comfortable construction
  • Memory foam filler
  • Large enough for most adults to use it comfortably as a chair or a bed
CONS
  • Takes up a lot of floor space
5

Oversized Bean Bag Chair – The Standard Design

The oversized bean bag chair is kind of the standard design, in that it is what comes to mind when someone says ‘bean bag chair’. 

Filled with foam beads, it is 41 inches by 41 inches by 41 inches.  This is more than big enough for it to be a decent place to sit, but not big enough for the average adult to comfortably lay down in it, so keep that in mind; if you’re looking for a bean bag chair, rather than a lounge that you can nap in at will, this may not be the best option for you.

What this bean bag is is the standard bean bag that many in their thirties grew up with.  Filled with foam beads, basically stitched together in the same manner that a ball would be, and comfortable.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to the standard bean bag design, too.  The first one is that it seems to be almost impossible to get perfectly comfortable.  You can get decently comfortable while sitting in this bean bag chair, of course, or else it would never sell.  But the minute that you begin to move around, trying to reach that zenith of comfort, you find that the ever-shifting nature of the beans means that you have lost what comfort you had while chasing comfort that you will not attain.

There is also the fact that the standard bean bag chair design is prone to the seams coming apart, and when that happens, you end up with beans literally everywhere.  Some of these models come with zippers, which allow you to repair the damage and then to fill them again with beans bought elsewhere, but others don’t, and that means that you have to replace the beans, then hope they don’t come out while you fix the damaged seam.

This is a good standard bean bag chair, but if you’re looking for something exceptional, you would be better served to look elsewhere.

PROS
  • Standard design reminiscent of the original bean bag chairs
  • Comfortable for sitting
  • Does not take up a bunch of floor space
CONS
  • Not as well constructed as others reviewed
  • Not as comfortable materials used in construction, including the outer shell material which feels like vinyl.
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Jaxx 6-Foot Cocoon Bean Bag Chair – The Big Slumber Model

 

Not everyone is looking for a chair when they get a bean bag chair.  Some people, in fact, a decent amount of people, seem to want something that is part couch, part bed.  And if that is what you are looking for, then the Jaxx 6-foot cocoon is the right option for you.

To begin with, this bean bag really earns the name ‘cocoon’. If you sit into it, even if you’re not a very heavy person, you sink in.  This is nice, because it ends up being kind of like a couch with sides that are low enough for you to put your arms up and have them supported.  If you’ve ever been in a nice leather lounge chair at a club or a cigar lounge, you can get the same comfort here, but with more warmth and at a fraction of the price of one of those leather chairs, which can often run in the low thousands.

The Jaxx offering is filled with shredded polyurethane foam.  This means that it is going to be comfortable, and it will be a lot easier for you to be able to get a comfortable position and to hold it than it would be for you to do that in pretty much any of the bean bag chairs filled with actual beans.

Another plus is that, since this bean bag chair is 72 inches by 72 inches (and 20 inches high), is basically 6 feet wide however you lay, allowing even the larger among us to lay comfortably in it. 

If you’re looking for a great lounge-style bean bag chair, the Jaxx Cocoon is definitely the way to go, and at a very reasonable price, too. 

PROS
  • Big enough to fit most people
  • Extremely comfortable. Easily the most comfortable bean bag chair on this entire list
  • Filled with shredded polyurethane foam, making it even more comfortable
CONS
  • Takes up a lot of space, being 6 feet across and all
7

American Furniture Alliance Classic Bean Bag – The Improved Classic Option

I realize that this offering looks a whole lot like the Oversized bean bag chair that was reviewed up above, but there are a few notable differences.

To begin with, the material that it is made out of seems to be of higher quality than the competing materials.  They both have the feel of some sort of vinyl material, but this one seems to be heavier duty, and it is a lot more comfortable in the long run.  And with the high quality comes more durability; it does not seem to be as likely that this one will bust a seam and leak beans all over your nice clean floor, and that is a great thing to not have to worry about, to be sure.

This model is stuffed with polystyrene virgin beads.  That may sound like something impressive, but really all that it means is that it is stuffed with polystyrene beads that have never been used elsewhere before.  Some cheaper models have been (and still are) stuffed with repurposed materials that may have been recovered from another use before that, and when it comes to sanity, that’s not a great thing.

Is this bean bag the best bean bag chair we reviewed?  I would have to argue that no, it is not.  But if you’re looking for a classic bean bag chair design, but with a few reasonable upgrades to make it a bit better, then you have found the right bean bag for you in this offering.  And the colors that they offer are pretty cool, too.

PROS
  • Heavier duty than other competing models
  • Filled with virgin beads, which is always a nice touch
  • High-quality outer shell
CONS
  • Still just a standard bean bag with no major upgrades to design or implementation

Best Bean Bag Chair - Buyer's Guide

Bean bag chairs have been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean that you can be expected to be an expert on them.  Therefore, we’ve got some easy answers for you concerning common questions people have about these chairs.

Why Are Bean Bag CHAIRS So Uncommon?

The actual bean bag chair design is so uncommon because people don’t seem to enjoy it as much as they used to.  And that’s because, as cool as they were, there were a number of reasons that the design was so uncomfortable, but the big one is the lack of lumbar support that the beans provided.  Because of this, they became more of a ‘lounge chair’ design, and they moved more to an ‘overstuffed’ feel to provide additional support and comfort.

How Big A Bean Bag Do I Need?

If you’re looking for something to sit in, you don’t need too much space.  But if you’re looking to nap on your bean bag lounger, you will want at least five feet, and six feet may be necessary for some.  Even if you’re bigger than the chair, you can always leave your feet hanging off the side, or allow them to rest on top of something else, like a table or some such.  For the average person, five foot to five foot nine inches, a five foot or six-foot bean bag lounge chair will be more than adequate for their comfort.  If you’re looking for something to sit on as an actual chair, you don’t need as much space, and both the chairs reviewed here will do fine.

Conclusion


We’ve reviewed a few great designs here, and if you’re looking to be comfortable, you will definitely want to look into these listed bean bag chairs.  We’ve got options here that are great for everything from a young child to a full grown adult, and for everyone in between.  We’ve got bean bag chairs in this list that are good for sitting upright, and we’ve got some that are great for laying around or lounging, but the important thing is that they are all quality products.

Of course, one has to be the best, and when it comes to the best bean bag chair, there is an obvious winner.  I’m talking, of course, about the Jaxx 6-foot cocoon.  I know, it isn’t technically a ‘bean bag chair’.  However, it is so comfortable, and so large, and it can be used for literally everything you could ever want.  It can even be used somewhat like a table if you would like, allowing you to do your work from it while being as comfortable as kind be.

All of these offerings, however, are great, and you won’t be disappointed in any of them.