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Wait, what have I done? The fine folks at Sumo Lounge asked if I wanted to review another elaborate beanbag chair, and for some reason I said yes. Why would I do that after the difficulty I had reviewing the Omni Chair model back in December of 2007?

Oh right, the free, giant beanbag chair. That’ll do it.

So what does Sumo Lounge have in store for me this time? The new SumoSac (oh my God, and I thought I had trouble avoiding double entendres last time), a more standard entry in the beanbag chair genre. The Omni model wasn’t exactly a beanbag chair, but a large rectangle filled with micro beads that could be shaped into several different pieces of furniture. The SumoSac is basically a giant circle (basically six feet wide and three feet thick), filled with softer, but less sculptable ‘shredded furniture grade urethane’. Please don’t ask me what ‘urethane’ is, that’s just what the official website calls the stuff. Me, I call it soft as a freaking cloud.

Sumo Lounge SumoSac
The Omni is a rugged piece of pseudo furniture, but I have problems with the Ballistic Nylon that surrounds it. Since I got the thing I’ve usually found myself tossing a sheet or blanket over it to make the surface more pleasing to the touch, and warm in the winter. The SumoSac (seriously, can’t type that without snickering) comes with a microsuede cover (in black, khaki, blue, and dark brown), which can be easily removed for machine washing (which will be good now that we’ve finally reached summer temperatures). The microsuede is super comfortable to the touch, and apparently very durable.

Basically this thing is a giant round bed. Scratch that, it’s actually more comfortable then my bed, and almost as big. I’m six foot three inches, so my feet dangle off the edge a bit if I lie on my back, but most folks of average height will be totally lost in this thing. I’m personally most likely to use the SumoSac (he he) as extra seating on a group movie night, and to that effect I can fit two homophobic guys or four cuddly people on it at a time, and it’s high enough off the floor to ensure a good view.

Sumo Lounge SumoSac
There are some disadvantages that come with this size. The SumoSac is virtually as light as the Omni, but it isn’t a cinch to move about the house. Anyone who’s attempted moving a full size futon on their own has a decent idea of how difficult this can be. If a gigantic bean bag chair sounds like a fun idea you’ll want to make sure you have the room to store it, and the manpower to move it. And unlike the Omni, I wouldn’t suggest sending Cindy College Student to the dorm with a SumoSac.

The SumoSac (snicker) comes at a fair price considering materials and such, but $249.00 may be too steep for casual investors. The shipping is free however, although don’t let the size of the vacuum-sealed package fool you when it arrives. When I tried to lift the thing I just about dislocated my arm, assuming that the smaller size was an indication of the package’s weight.

However, as I was slowly getting my act together on writing this review, Sumo has put together a few different sizes to choose from. I have a SumoSac Sultan here, $249.00, but the more conservative among you can also pick from the Gamer ($199) and the Couple ($229), and those that think bigger is always better can try the Gigantor ($399). So besides the fact that high end beanbag chairs are generally not cheap, most of my detractive comments are now moot, assuming these varying sizes are really the same thing, just smaller/bigger.

Sumo Lounge SumoSac
Perhaps the greatest champion of this product in my cat Brody. Brody had zero interest in the Omni. I couldn’t even get him to lie on it when I was lying on it. Brody has never taken advantage of cat beds, and often prefers to sleep on the tile, but since the night I brought the SumoSac into my house it has apparently belonged to him.


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