If you want more relaxation (or sloth) in your life, a memory foam bean bag chair will make it happen. People fall in love with these memory foam bean bag chairs, fight with their pets over who it belongs to (you know it’s comfortable when the dog and cat want to claim it) and some people prefer sleeping in their bean bag furniture over going to bed.
The resurgence of popularity for bean bag chairs is fueled by new designs that are easier to clean and more comfortable than bean-filled chairs. The sticky plasticky vinyl feel of old bean bags that made you sweat and got hard the longer you lounged in them are consigned to history. Today’s best bean bag chairs are made with memory foam and other high-quality foams, the fabrics are breathable, the covers are washable, and the inner covers of some are water-resistant. In sizes that are perfect for everyone from your kindergartener to sofa size bean bag chairs the whole family can pile onto, you can find comfortable, unconventional furniture for every room in your home.
Covers that are stain-resistant, washable, and designs that come with free in-home trials and warranties are some of the latest innovations in this versatile furniture option.
8 Best Memory Foam Bean Bag Chairs 2020
1. Bundle – Best Overall
Bundle memory foam bean bag is from a company with a good reputation for providing quality products. We were surprised to learn that the foam in their bean bag chair isn’t CertiPUR-US Certified but we love their Forever warranty!
Filling Type: recycled eco-conscious memory foam
Size: 48” x 48” x 48”
Weight: 65 pounds
In-home trial? Yes, 60-days
Color choices: Blue, Grey, or Mocha
Fabric: Brushed-twill polyester
Seating for: Two adults or one adult and two small children, or an adult and a Great Dane
The outer cover is made from a brushed twill fabric that feels silky and soft but provides durability that is backed by a Forever warranty. With a warranty like that, you know they expect their product to last. The cover’s water and stain resistant properties will keep it looking great. You can also remove it and toss it into the wash.
In addition to the Forever warranty, you’ll have a 60-day in-home trial to decide if you are 100% satisfied. If you’re not, returns (including shipping) are free and you’ll receive a full refund.
Seating for: 1 – 4 people, depending on style selected
Lovesacs can be expensive depending on the size and cover you select but they are dreamy additions that make your home or office feel cozy and comfortable. Most of the fabrics are machine washable but a few can only be spot cleaned or dry cleaned. The phurs are machine washable so you can care for them properly to avoid buildup of dust mites. Made in the USA and China.
Pros: 60-day home trial; lifetime warranty on inside, amazing selection of covers, most are washable, inner lining
Cons: High price, Not CertiPUR-US or GreenGuard certified
T & N foam has certifications that let you know it is safe for every member of your family and won’t emit dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The certifications are based on recommendations from public health officials. This is truly a no-risk option.
Seating for: Two adults or one adult and two small children, or one adult and a Saint Bernard
T & N provides the perfect soft and squishy seating to cuddle with your children and read to them, teach them to read, as well as a place for adults to cuddle after the kids are tucked safely in bed.
T & N Memory Foam Bean Bag chairs have the certifications mattresses must have to be safe for babies and toddlers, so you know the materials are safe! Most of the stuffing is the same foam T & N uses in its award-winning mattresses with polyester fiber added to keep the foam pieces from sticking together and clumping.
The cover is made of a durable and washable polypropylene fabric that is soft and comfy. Roll it around to keep it fluffy and you’re all set with a comfortable place to spend your afternoon. The washable cover can also go in the dryer on low heat unlike some covers that must be hung to dry.
The zipper locks to keep curious little ones from trying to eat the stuffing or spreading it all over the room.
Pros: CertiPur-US, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, and UL GREENGUARD Gold certifications, washable, inner lining, 100-Day in-home trial, and 3-year warranty
If you want a lot of seating for adults at an inexpensive price, Big Joe fits the bill. Offering memory foam bean bag chairs in a variety of sizes and color options, this basic model doesn’t have an inner lining so washing it requires you to empty the foam into large garbage bags for storage while you wash the outer cover.
Filling Type: Ahhsome Foam
Size: 7-feet wide, 45” deep
Weight: 55 pounds
Warranty: Available for $35
In-home trial? No
Color choices: 16 colors
Fabric: Fake suede and microfiber options
Seating for: Up to 3 adults
Rolling it over a bit keeps it fluffy. Part of the manufacturing process is done in the USA. If you want casual seating to give your place a relaxing vibe, Big Joe brings it home. Great for movie night or watching the game with friends. Comfy place to study in your dorm but no guarantees that you won’t sleep when you should be studying.
Pros: It’s huge, provides seating for 3 adults, inexpensive, Zero Landfill Certified Facility, they donate 10% of profits to charity
Cons: No inner lining, many customers report a lingering smell and that cats like to pee on it (which ruins it); no CertiPUR-US certifications
Ultimate Sack 6000 6-foot diameter; 34” – 38” high
Ultimate Sack 5000 5-foot diameter; 30” – 34” high
Ultimate Sack 4000 4-foot diameter; 24” – 28” high
Ultimate Sack corner 56” x 56” x 72”
Ultimate Sack Kids Sack 30-inch diameter
Ultimate Sack Pillow 52” x 63” x 20”
Weight: 20 – 75 pounds
In-home trial? No
Color choices: 25 options
Fabric: Low loft faux fur and suede
Seating for: Up to two adults or one adult and two children
If you want a specific color, the Ultimate Sack Bean Bag chair will have one to match your décor. While it might be too firm for someone recovering from traumatic whole-body injuries, most people will enjoy the comfort of this foam-filled bean bag style chair. A child safety lock keeps curious little ones from spilling the beans (foam) out of the chair.
Pros: Washable cover with an inner lining, don’t have to add the foam (it’s already done), value priced
Cons: Not CertiPUR-US certified, some customers experienced a smell but not as many as some other similarly priced products
Color choices: 15 colors; several bright colors (e.g. lime, tangerine)
Seating for: 2 kids, a parent and child, or a single man or woman
Sofa Sac is large and covered in soft fabric but washing the cover would be difficult because there’s no lining and you’d have to put over 75 pounds of stuffing into garbage bags so you could wash the cover. The fabric should hold up well if you don’t mind not being able to clean it. The color choices make it great for dorm rooms and teen bedrooms. Very large at 6-foot diameter. Some people sleep on theirs.
Pros: Double stitched seams, budget priced, the foam is already in the bag when you receive it
Cons: No inner lining, not CertiPUR-US or Greenguard Certified, difficult to clean
Warranty: 20% restocking and shipping cost for returns
In-home trial? No
Color choices: 8 colors
Fabric: Micro suede
Seating for: Up to a whole family, depending on size
With a washable cover and inner lining, this easy-care bean bag chair comes in sizes for everyone in the family and even a size that can seat the whole family or give a tall Dad a nice spot for a nap. Quality micro suede cover is well made and should last a long time. Be sure to make sure it will fit before ordering as returns can be costly.
Pros: Outer cover is washable, inner lining, good customer service
Bean bags were once associated with teenagers and dorm rooms, but they’ve gone mainstream. The variety of sizes, shapes, fabrics, colors, and styles has exploded. However, read the reviews carefully before you decide. We had to cut the original list of products we wanted to recommend down by over half after reading reviews. Some of them use random scraps, which is essentially manufacturing waste, as stuffing.
This brief guide will let you know what to consider when you buy your bean bag chair (or collection of chairs).
One of the fastest ways to waste your money is to buy something that can’t be washed. No matter which size you get, make sure you can remove the cover and pop it into the washing machine.
There are three factors involved in safety.
Are the ingredients safe and non-toxic?
Will the product be a magnet for dust mites or pet dander?
Don’t leave young babies or toddlers unsupervised
Foams can be made from petroleum byproducts that give off toxic fumes, volatile organic compounds, and contain other unhealthy ingredients. Also, one customer found a piece of metal in the foam that could have been dangerous if someone jumped on it the wrong way. Although you may be tempted to buy a cheap brand that doesn’t disclose the exact ingredients in the foam, we advise against it. Look for assurances that the product meets current safety guidelines such as not containing any of California’s Prop 65 warnings, CertiPUR-US or GreenGuard certification, and specific information about the contents.
The ability to wash the cover is important for controlling dust mites and pet dander.
Finally, it is important not to leave your baby alone on a bean bag chair or to fall asleep with them while you’re in one. If your baby ends up face down, the chair could conform to the shape of their face and inhibit their ability to breathe. If you’re nursing in a memory foam bean bag chair, make sure you stay awake.
The zipper should have a safety lock.
Quality and Durability
An inner cover that contains the filling when you remove the outer cover for washing is one of the most important features. If the inner cover is waterproof or water resistant, that’s even better. Memory foam and liquids aren’t friends.
The seams should be double stitched. It’s too much fun to flop down into these chairs to assume that they’ll be treated delicately.
Consider whether the fabric is durable and stain resistant.
If you opt for furry covers, velvet, or corduroy you’ll have a comfy feel, but you’ll need to wash them more often because they’ll attract dust, dust mites, and pet dander. They may be worth it. Some of the furry covers are divine.
Value and Warranty
Prices vary considerably. The differences reflect durability, ease of cleaning differences, brand name, and differences in the materials used in constructing the bag. Cheap memory foam bean bags will not have much of a warranty.
Sizes range from small bags that are suitable for a kindergartener to massive sofa-size bags that are as large as a sectional couch.
When choosing the size, think about how and where you want to use it. The number of people you want the chair to hold will guide your decision. Chairs for one adult should be at least 36-inches. Chairs for one adult and two smallish children should be at least 48-inches. The 48-inch will hold a couple that’s looking for cuddling time but if you want to each do your own thing, look for a slightly bigger size.
Once you know how many people you want using the chair at the same time and where you want it, get out your tape measure and measure the space available in the room where you want to use the chair. You want to be sure you have the space. Many new customers are shocked at the tremendous size of some of these bean bag furniture options.
Comfort depends mostly on the type of stuffing in the chair, how much stuffing is in the chair, and the tactile feel of the cover as well as whether it causes your clothing or hair to have static electricity as some polyester covers do.
Memory foam bean bag chairs are the most comfortable stuffing you can find. Other foams won’t return to their shape as easily as memory foam and polystyrene beads create a harder surface.
The traditional big bag is very popular but the variations in styles are amazing. There are gaming chairs, chairs that have the shape of an upholstered chair, and an assortment of other styles.
Before you choose your memory foam bean bag chair, consider your space, how you want to use it, a realistic assessment of whether you’ll wash it often (opt for a surface that is easy to keep clean if your life doesn’t have room for one more chore). Tossing a soft, furry or chenille throw blanket on the more practical chair may give you the tactile feel with less work.
Keep in mind that you’ll want seating that will accommodate mobility impaired guests. If you will have older relatives visiting or a friend who was injured in the war, make sure you have a chair they can use. If the bean bag chair is too close to the ground, an older or mobility impaired person might have difficulty getting back up. They also may feel unwelcome if there isn’t a comfortable chair for them. A kitchen chair may be much better for them than a memory foam bean bag chair. A bean bag foot stool can give them a real sense of welcome.
Most memory foam bean bag chairs require a small amount of assembly. The stuffing is sometimes packaged separately. The bags fluff better if you break up the foam pieces by hand.