Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our large beanbag test 2021. Here we present all the beanbags we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best beanbag for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a beanbag.




Summary

  • A beanbag is easy to store and transport. Weighing between 1 and 5 kg. it can be placed anywhere in the house, wherever you want to sit.
  • With so many different uses and such a wide range of style options, it's easy to see why a comfortable beanbag is often the favourite seat in the whole house.
  • As comfortable as they are, beanbags do require a little care to make them last longer. They tend to be very durable and only flatten out when not used properly. However, this can be remedied with a change of filling over the years. A good quality beanbag should last about 3-4 years without changing the filling.

The Best Beanbag: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a beanbag chair

What is a beanbag?

Beanbags are now one of the increasingly popular room accessories. A beanbag is a piece of furniture for sitting or relaxing.

They are popular in both residential and commercial settings.

They provide a supple seat that takes the shape of your posture and are made up of three components:

  • Outer pocket or removable cover made of wear-resistant materials
  • Inner pocket - holds the filling material
  • Filling (usually in the form of fine-grained foam balls)

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Beanbags can be used like a sofa or lounge.
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How much does a beanbag cost?

Although comfort is the main reason for the popularity of the beanbag, price also plays an important role. Especially because well-known and proven brands like Smoothy, Fatboy, Lumaland or Outbag naturally cost a bit more.

However, many beanbags can also be found at low prices, especially online.

In the following table, however, we have summarised the price range for you. Of course, there are no limits to the price, as there are also designer items here.

Type Price
Indoor- Beanbag from approx. 20 €
Outdoor- Beanbag from approx. 30 €
XXL- Beanbag from approx. 30 €

Indoor be anbags at a lower price are very easy to find, as they do not have a special waterproof material and are usually in the classic teardrop shape.

The cheapest model offers just as for the outdoor beanbag only a simple colour, in the classic shape of a teardrop or rectangle, but with a special material for the cover.

However, we recommend that you always check the components of the beanbags before buying and also check the reviews of other customers if possible.

Who is a beanbag suitable for?

Manufacturers offer interesting and diverse models with different functions for both adults and children.

Beanbags can be used by people of all sizes and ages and are especially comfortable when you want to watch TV, relax or read.

You can rest and relax in such a piece of furniture as it takes the shape of your body and can lead to a reduction in muscle tension. Even for children, these are easy to move from one place to another.

Is a beanbag suitable for a pet household?

Every member of the family can enjoy such furniture and pets are no exception. You can even buy your pet its own beanbag, made especially for it.

Apart from that, you should also know what materials to choose for your beanbag so that your pet doesn't play with it and destroy it.

Microfibre fabrics: These are usually made of polyester, polyacrylic or polyamide and are known for their durability. They are almost resistant to the formation of fluff, are very easy to clean and animals cannot get their claws through them.

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It is well known that pets like to nibble and scratch furniture. That's why you have to choose the right material for your beanbag so that it lasts longer.
(Image source: pexels.com / Jodie DS)

What is the allergy risk?

Depending on the allergy you are worried about, there are a few things you can consider.

Organic beanbag covers (pesticide-free cotton or hemp, free of harmful chemicals or textile dyes) are often hypoallergenic and can reduce the risk of allergies.

Beanbags usually have a washable cover. Washing the cover regularly can prevent allergens and bacteria from accumulating in the fabric.

Even if you are sensitive to pollen and house dust, cleaning the cover is the most important criterion. Also, the thicker the entire cover, the less dust can escape from the beanbag.

Finally, hypoallergenic fillers are also important, especially for asthmatics or allergy sufferers. Polyester, for example, is the most popular and cheapest material that does not cause allergies.

What are the alternatives to a beanbag?

Beanbags themselves are meant to be comfortable alternative furniture at affordable prices that can replace traditional armchairs or sofas. Here are some alternative suggestions for you, besides the one mentioned above:

  • Seat cushion

If you prefer to sit on the floor for various activities - eating, meditating, reading and more - a beanbag chair can be elegant and also very simple in your home.

  • The ottoman

It is a versatile piece of furniture that can function as a low backless seat. It is used for different purposes depending on the design and materials used and comes in many shapes, sizes and configurations.

Decision: What types of beanbags are there and which is the right one for me?

Beanbags are differentiated by various features, but we mainly distinguish between indoor and outdoor beanbags. The most important factor here is of course the intended use, which will later determine the material.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a beanbag?

Beanbags are a great option for many different needs, but may not always be the most suitable seating choice for you. So it's important to know what the general advantages and disadvantages of beanbags are.

Advantages
  • Ease of care
  • Universality of use
  • Comfort and convenience
  • Lightweight, compact and can be used anywhere, as the case may be
  • Wide range of models
Disadvantages
  • Can be difficult to dispose of
  • Hard to get up from
  • Possible need to refill after a while
  • Larger models can be heavy and don't fit everywhere

What makes an indoor beanbag stand out and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Regardless of how you plan to use your beanbag (e.g. gaming, yoga, reading, lounging) indoor beanbags make great furniture that can contribute to a cosy feeling in your home.

Advantages
  • More material and filling options
  • More design, shape and size options
  • Less expensive than outdoor models
Disadvantages
  • No UV protection - colours may fade
  • Cannot be exposed to harsh weather

What distinguishes an outdoor beanbag and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You also have the option of taking the comfort of a beanbag outside.

An outdoor beanbag is not only suitable for your garden or patio. You can also turn this piece of furniture into a relaxation station that you can take camping or to the beach.

Advantages
  • Weatherproof
  • Light resistant
  • Increased tear resistance - as inside coated with PVC
  • Removable and machine washable covers
Disadvantages
  • Not as air-permeable
  • Fits worse
  • Heats up faster in the sun
  • More expensive

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At the beach, using beanbags is a very good alternative to lying on a towel or hard surface lounge for long periods of time.
(Image source: all-free-download.com / Petr Kratochvil)

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate beanbags based on these factors

With a wide range of beanbags to choose from, it is important to check some basic features to make an informed purchase. Like the material of the beanbag cover, the size and shape or the type of filler.

For this, we present you with some selection criteria and recommendations that can help you make your decision.

Size

Among the characteristics of beanbags, it is worth noting that they are selected according to the weight of a person and divided into appropriate dimensions.

To have an idea, you can use the following general sizes as a guide (height x diameter):

  • S: 95 x 75 cm, the filling volume is approx. 170 litres
  • M: 130 x 85 cm - 280-300 L.
  • L: 140 x 90 cm - 360 L.
  • XL: 145 x 95 cm - 430 L.
  • XXL: 145 x 105 cm - 520 L.
  • XXXL: 140 x 120 cm - 550 L.

However, the data presented are conditional, as each manufacturer determines the range of dimensions according to its own parameter.

Cover fabric

The fabric is very important and must be durable, otherwise it should be replaced very often. Choose a dense, durable fabric, otherwise the beanbag will quickly lose its appeal and comfort.

Material Properties
Cotton (like satin, calico) Very soft and warm. For the inside cover of the you can use a more flexible cotton-based fabric, but for the outside (decorative) it is better to use a dense, durable material.
Faux leather Looks expensive and elegant and is also extremely easy to wipe clean.
Luxury chenille A soft, smooth fabric that is lint-free and easy to clean.
Designer Velvet Soft and velvety upholstery fabric that gives the beanbag a luxurious look.
Velour Similar to velvet.
Faux fur Fashionable and luxurious.
Nylon It is one of the strongest fibres and can be used for both indoor and outdoor furniture.
Polyester Similar to nylon, it is strong, durable, water repellent and cost effective.

Filling material

The filling for beanbags usually consists of polystyrene balls that lose their shape over time, so the filling should be renewed to maintain comfort.

For the beanbag to be comfortable, the filling material must be able to move freely. By the way, too much filling can make the beanbag uncomfortable.

Here are the most common fillings you will find:

  • Styrofoam balls/foam polystyrene- EPS. Light and stable, they retain their shape for a long time and are also heat and moisture resistant. EPS beads consist of 98% air and have a diameter of 3-5 mm. EPS is not biodegradable but can be recycled and reused in many ways.
  • Compressed foam or memory foam. Very light.
  • Beans, rice and other natural fillers. Natural fillers do not lose their filling capacity quickly over time. But they can attract pests and are much heavier.

For safety reasons, we recommend buying a beanbag with a secure zip or flap so children can't easily open it.

Colour and shapes

The colour options are many and almost unlimited. You can choose from discreet natural tones like brown, beige, grey or black, to turquoise, mint, red, yellow or knitted and printed models.

The same applies to the choice of shape. Beanbags can vary greatly in shape and besides the infamous sack, there are also interesting and unusual models, some even with pre-shaped back and armrests.

  • Drop
  • Ball
  • Floor cushions - rectangular, round, triangular
  • Seat cube
  • Armchair
  • Sofa
  • Animal shape (e.g. unicorn, elephant, dragon, shark, zebra etc.)
  • Hanging

The hanging beanbag combines the functionality of a hammock with the comfort of a beanbag. Robust metal rings and chains ensure a secure hold on the ceiling.

Facts worth knowing about beanbags

How do I clean the beanbag?

You can wipe the spot with a damp cloth soaked in a mild soap solution. Then rub it in a circle on the stain and wipe it off with a clean cloth.

What to look for in the different materials:

  • TEXTILE MATERIAL

If the dirt is deeper or on a larger surface, you can remove the outer cover and wash it in the washing machine.

Washing in the washing machine should be done in the programme for delicates, at a maximum of 30°C without spinning. Dry naturally, but not in direct sunlight.

  • POLYESTER, FUR AND LEATHER

For these materials, it is not recommended to wash the cover in the washing machine.
However, if your beanbag is too dirty to use, the filling must be transferred to a separate container. Only then can you wash the cover by hand.

If you accidentally spill water on the filling, leave the beanbag outside with the zip open so that the water can evaporate.

Where can I dispose of the beanbag?

Like other pieces of furniture, the beanbag also belongs in the bulky waste.

Another option would be to disassemble the individual parts and recycle them.

Since the usual beanbag filling made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) can be recycled, you can pack the beads in a plastic bag and put them in the yellow bag. All other parts of the beanbag belong in the residual waste.

How can I make a beanbag myself?

Depending on the shape, the fabric materials and whether you work with or without a pattern, there are many ways to sew your own beanbag. Therefore, we will only show you which materials you absolutely need and what you have to consider.

At the end of this section we have included a video to help you on your way to making a beanbag.

First you need to think about the following:

  • Size
  • Type of filling. Pay attention to the size and quality of the granules, small balls lead to higher strength.
  • Type of material. The ideal inner bag is a dense fabric with waterproof properties.
  • Number of covers - one or two. The best choice would be a beanbag with one inner bag and one outer cover.

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