Sumo Lounge Omni Bean bag Chair
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-01-2009
Provided by: Bean Bags
First Looks

The Omni's overall shape is that of a gigantic rectangular pillow. Our review sample is in the "midnight blue" color, one of ten options. There are many ways to relax in an amorphous piece of furniture such as the Omni, and Sumo claims to have thought of ten. I could only think of three feasible options, which are shown above. You can see that the Omni tends to hold shape after you get up, which means you don't have to adjust it every time you sit back down.

Along one of the four edges, we find an access point. Opening the Omni is as simple as separating a strong Velcro strip and unzipping the seam. Inside, we find thousands of small white foam beads. These beads are made of "virgin polystyrene foam," according to Sumo, and are incredibly light and fluffy. I've never seen anything like these foam beads, the best example I can think of is a stronger version of Styrofoam.

The Omni's outer shell is made of "ballistic nylon," which is described as "PVC coated nylon." This is not the material you would expect on a bean bag chair, as its slick surface isn't very soft, fuzzy, or homey. Why did Sumo choose it, you ask? Because, they claim, it is tear-proof and stain-proof. They say that washing the bag is as easy as rubbing it down with a cloth and soapy water. Each outer seam is reinforced three times, giving a sturdy overall build quality.

As I mentioned earlier, Sumo claims to have thought of ten different ways of relaxing in the Omni. I could think of three (above) and here are the five examples from their website. Some of these seem pretty over-the-top, but they are examples nonetheless. These pictures do offer a good feel for the size of the Omni. The pillow basically engulfs the model, and certainly offers room for two, if not more.

Continue on for some thoughts on usage and conclusions.

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