October 31, 2008, - 4:30 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Occasionally, I bring you my reviews of some products I’ve tried. In the past, I’ve recommended, for example, Plochman’s Kosciusko Spicy Brown Mustard, but I didn’t like Reese’s Elvis Peanut Butter & Banana Creme Big Cup, which is now, not surprisingly, out of production.
Recently, I reviewed the Sumo Omni, an update modern version of the beanbag. I liked it a lot, but have since tried the Sumo Sac, which I like even better. It’s the most comfortable chair/piece of furniture I’ve ever owned.
The Sumo Sac is like a giant flexible chair/pillow/thick mini-mattress that goes even beyond updating the beanbag. It’s actually a huge chair with a specific shape and it’s sooooooo comfortable and cushy. But it’s not so soft that it loses it’s shape.
The Sumo Sac Sultan is round and measures 54″ x 54″ x 42″, and the Sumo Sac Giganator is 86″ x 60″ x 40″. Both can fit more than one person, especially the bigger sized Sumo Sac (Gigantor). The filling is 100% shredded furniture grade urethane foam, which never decompresses or loses its shape (it’s only compressed to save money on shipping and regains its actual size within 24 hours). It’s covered with an ultrasuede cover (Sumo calls it “microsuede”) that easily unzips for washing.
I’ve had the Sumo Sac for a few months and I’ve tried it out in hot weather and cold. I’ve used it to watch TV and screen DVDs of movies that studios sent me to review. I’ve slept on it (I’m tiny, but it comes in a larger size, too, if you are interested), taken naps on it, and mostly, relaxed on it. I’ve played video games on the Sumo Sac and typed on a laptop, (with the help of a MyPlace adjustable miniature laptop table. It’s worked well for me in each of these scenarios. It is so comfortable that I just never wanted to get up each time I’ve sat on the Sultan.
Mine is Pitch Black, but the ultrasuede cover comes in several other colors, khaki, blue, red, and dark brown. It’s great for a basement game room, for a place to relax in your family room or den or bedroom. It’s also a great gift for a college student to use in a dorm room, as a multifunctional piece. I’ve tried it out in both my bedroom and living room, and it worked well in both. It went well with my contemporary furniture, but would fit in with any kind of decor. I do not own a pet, but I would think a dog would love this, too. And I know that the cover washes off easily from hair.
At $249, it might seem expensive to you (the larger size is $399), but when you see the size of it, you realize that you are getting a lot for your money. The material is densely packed and it is a big chair. Again, it can seat a few people or just one.
Here’s a video from some other people who reviewed it, but I don’t agree with their conclusions. I didn’t experience any problems associated with temperature and never got too hot sitting in it, regardless of whether I was moving around or just sitting relaxing. And I didn’t find that it gave too much unless I deliberately manipulated it. I’m showing you the video so you can get an idea of the size, construction, and possible multiple uses of the Sumo Sac:
The Sumo Sac was designed by entrepreneur and designer Andrew Milligan, owner of Sumo Urban Lounge Gear. He’s got all kinds of cool pieces of comfortable furniture, which are great for college dorm rooms, apartments, and even the most chic homes. I’ve seen dumbed down, less luxe versions of his stuff by imitators at contemporary furniture stores, and those are always more than twice his prices, with puny amounts of stuffing.
Only three words to say about the Sumo Sac: I love it.