Furniture Review: Sitting Comfortably on a Sumo Gamer Bean Bag
Posted Tue 5th Aug 2014 15:30 by Alex Stinton
Full of beans
Sumo Lounge – purveyors of some extremely large bean bags – has a product specifically geared towards gamers. The imaginatively titled Sumo Gamer promises to provide a seriously comfortable place to rest your posterior while playing your favourite video games, and we’ve recently been given the opportunity to see if it makes good on its sales pitch. The first thing that you’ll notice about the Gamer is just how big it actually is. Measuring in at 106cm x 106cm x 86cm, it’s not quite as large as some of the other bean bags from Sumo Lounge, but it still manages to take up a fair bit of space in even a decent sized room. As a result, accepting the Gamer into your life means that you’re actually taking on an additional piece of furniture, as it’s not something that can easily disappear into a corner or cupboard when you’re not using it.
On the upside, as long as you don’t go for the more ostentatious of the four colours – those available being red, khaki, brown, and black – the Gamer can blend in quite well with your other furnishings, and can, at a push, be passed off as an oversized foot stool. It also helps that the removable micro suede covering gives it a quality look and feel, while also being machine washable to help keep it that way. We were surprised to find that the filling of the bag wasn’t made up of the usual polystyrene beans that you’d expect, but instead contained one hundred per cent polyester fibre. This means that it has a very consistent fill, completely avoiding the problem with other bean bags, where the filling shifts out of your way when you plonk yourself down, leaving you sat on the floor rather than the beans. Whether the fibre remains as cushioning after months of abuse remains to be seen, but after a week or so of a six foot five, eighteen stone Push Square reviewer sat on it, the Gamer was still going strong. While it still has the usual problem that you find with bean bags – namely that it provides very little upper back support if you’re not a small child – it’s actually quite comfortable to sit upright on, and is easy to shift around to your desired position in front of your television. After you’ve sat on it for a while, it can start to get out of shape, though, gradually moving you into a more horizontal position. However, this is a minor complaint, and can be easily rectified by getting up and giving it a shake, as the polyester fibre quickly returns to its original form. The Gamer is a bean bag that forgoes a lot of the bells and whistles that you tend to see in seats aimed at the video game crowd, instead focusing on what’s most important: making it nice to sit on. While it feels like it’s designed more for kids, adults will still find it comfortable – even if there’s no graceful way to get off it. As a result, if you can stomach the hefty $199/£199 price tag, you could do a lot worse than this premium bean bag.
If you’re looking for a luxurious place to park your posterior, you can order the Sumo Gamerthrough here. Disclosure: we were furnished with a free bean bag in order to aid with the writing of this review.