The Sumo Omni bean bag chair is comfortable, plain and simple. However you choose to throw your body onto this oversized pillow, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how soft and conforming it is. I had many friends and family members try out the Omni, and their general reaction was always surprised and positive.
The Sumo Omni makes for a great dorm room option. Between its huge size and its great durability, it should stand up to all of the abuses of college life. Indeed, I will be taking it to college in just two days, where it will make the perfect complement to my suite's common room.
One of the best parts about sitting in the Omni is that it's really easy to create a bit of back support. I spent a few days using the Omni as my primary desk chair. I had two initial fears: first, that it wouldn't be the right height, and second, that it wouldn't have any back support or reclining capabilities. While the height was a little off, I could comfortably sit upright or lean back with enough support either way.
Perhaps Sumo's boldest choice with the Omni was that of their material. Sumo cites some pros to using this nylon fabric, including its durability and easy cleaning. During a trial cleaning, however, I was disappointed to find out that the fabric is not water-proof. When wiping the bean bag with a moist paper towel, much of the water immediately soaked into the fabric. In my opinion, if the fabric is not at least water resistant, it's not worth it. A softer fabric would have given the Omni a much cozier feel.
If you're thinking about purchasing the Omni, make sure you measure out your space. As you can see in the picture above, this chair definitely requires a large bit of space. My desk is about six feet long in each direction, and the chair doesn't leave much surrounding room. This isn't a bad thing, but it's something to be aware of.
At $149.00 USD with free shipping from the Sumo website, the Omni is a little more expensive than your run-of-the-mill bean bag chair. For such a high level of build quality and durability, plus their 100% satisfaction guarantee, though, I think that the price is pretty fair. Should you need them, refill/replacement packages of beads are $50 USD.
- Easy to clean
- Nylon not super comfortable
- Not waterproof
For its comfort and durability, the Sumo Omni earns the OCIA.net Silver Seal of Approval.