Yogibo Bean Bags Make Your Apartment Feel Like an Internet Startup


first_img Geek Pick: SecretLab Titan Is a Next-Gen Gaming ChairGEEK PICK: GT Throne Stay on target If you’ve been to PAX East at any point and stopped by the handheld gaming area, you’ve seen the sea of beanbags they set up. They’re comfortable, easy to transport, inexpensive, and basically, make ideal convention lounge furniture. They’re also great furniture for your office if you’re an Internet startup who wants to seem casual and trendy. They’re also comfortable seating for your apartment, which I’ve been finding out over the last week. Yes, I am a grown man, and I have a bean bag chair in my home. I sit on it when I play video games.Yogibo is a bean bag chair manufacturer. In fact, they’re a staple on the PAX East expo floor where they regularly set up booths, even if they aren’t the makers of the handheld area bean bags (that’s Sumo, and we’ll get to them in a bit). Yogibo sent me a Yogibo Max, which I’ve been extensively stress testing.The Yogibo Max is a recliner sized bean bag chair measuring six by two by 2 feet, with a soft, stretchy, machine washable outer cover. It’s almost as wide as my couch and about as tall as a coffee table when laid flat. The bag is filled with tiny foam beads, smaller than the larger foam beans you might remember from the bean bag chairs of your youth (if you’re at least old enough to remember when The Simpsons was really good).The very long shape seems strange for a bean bag chair at first, but it makes the Yogibo Max very flexible. You can lay it flat so two or three people can comfortably sit on it, or so one person can lay down on it like a cross between a yoga mat and a waterbed. You can also set it straight up and sit back on it like a big chair. I used it in this position most of the time.As a bean bag easy chair, the Yogibo Max is very comfortable. The narrow, vertical shape of the bag ensures that the beads don’t spread out too much under you when you sit. This lets the bag provide plenty of support, letting you sit in a comfortable chair-like position rather than just sink into a big bean bag blob. This is the best position for watching TV or playing video games since you don’t need to struggle to lean or bend your neck forward to see the screen.You can also sit back on the Yogibo lengthwise, turning the bean bag into a flat, floorbound recliner. This lets you keep your feet and shoulders raised in a comfortable position for looking up at a TV, without putting any uncomfortable pressure on your back. I’ve been enjoying playing Persona 5 on the Yogibo in this way.While it’s comfortable to sit on when playing video games, the Yogibo Max is still a bean bag chair, and that means it’s still a comical struggle to stand up from it. The beans shift when you move, which makes it difficult to put your feet on the floor and get enough leverage to stand up. You can get used to it and figure out the best flailing ass-kata for standing up after a few days of use, but you’ll still look silly. This is a fundamental issue with bean bag chairs. There is no dignified or comfortable way to get up from them.As a couch or bed, the Yogibo Max is remarkably comfortable. It obviously doesn’t offer the support of a real couch when you lay down on it, but it’s soft, sturdy, and can accommodate even my large frame. I took a few nice naps on it, and while I occasionally had some soreness in my shoulders when I got up, it faded much quicker than when I sleep funny on my bed or couch.Yogibo calls its bean bag chairs “paws and claws friendly,” which is important because my cat destroyed my bonded leather sofa (bonded leather is the spray-hair of upholstery, a very thin layer of leather-like material applied to a fabric cover, and I’ve learned my lesson). I was suspicious about this claim because the soft, stretchy cover material seems like it’s just begging to get holes poked in it with anything remotely sharp.When my cat’s claws catch the fabric, it stretches slightly and then releases without any holes. And, because it’s soft, Pixel doesn’t feel like shredding it with gusto like he has with my couch and office chair. He also hasn’t chewed through the material at all, and I can’t say the same for several USB and headphone cables. I love the little grey furball, but he’s a real bastard who I suspect secretly works for Monoprice, considering how many wires I’ve replaced.That said, I noticed a minuscule hole in the outer after about two weeks of use. To be fair, it might have caught on something from the nearby furniture, or a forgotten bit of metal on the floor, and I can’t with certainty attribute it to Pixel (who still loves it). I also haven’t seen any additional holes in the cover since then, from claws or not. Keep the Yogibo away from any shredded furniture you really should have thrown out months ago, and you should be good.Sumo Lounge is the other big name for bean bag furniture, and a few years ago I tried one out. Specifically, I tried the Sumo Omni. The Omni is a four-by-five-foot, hacky-sack-shaped bean bag chair with a heavy nylon cover. The cover material seemed much more rugged and rip-resistant than the indoor Yogibo cover, but much less comfortable. It was a step above sprawling on a tarp. The Omni also had a very large fringe around the edges of the bag, with an inch or two strip of sealed cover material running around the actual bean-filled area. It made positioning the Omni comfortably as a chair more awkward than the Yogibo Max.To be fair, Sumo has some big, round bean bag chairs that might feel very different from the Omni. To also be fair, Yogibo has a whole line of Zoola outdoor bean bags that might have much sturdier covers. Right now, I can say that the Yogibo’s bean bags are more comfortable, if not actually more sturdy than Sumo’s bean bags, and a viable piece of seating for your apartment. Just don’t expect much dignity when using it, and don’t use it as a full replacement for a couch or futon, either; it’s furniture to consider after your home is equipped with all the standard things you need for it to function.last_img

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