Review: A week with the Sumosac Gigantor

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The Sumo XXL Gigantor is a comfy bag that spreads out to cover about 40 square feet. I have been lounging on it and my conclusions follow.

• It’s enormous, adequately constructed and significantly cheaper than the equivalent Love Sac. These are the three main points that you’re probably looking for. Voila.

• The covers, available in four colors, are a basic faux-suede. Not as fancy as the Love Sac options.

• Getting the cover on is an an epic task. It’s like putting a condom on a melon: not impossible, but you wouldn’t want to have to do it for money. You’ll need at least two people, so don’t buy one if you have no friends.

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• It’s delivered in a relatively small container, and expands to full size when you take it out. I should have realized this when the exploded cardboard box it came in was clearly held together solely by its nylon straps. So don’t take it out in the entry way, folks, if you plan on taking it to the third floor, unless you like dragging massive styrofoam Shoggoths up stairs.

• The shredded foam inside is surprisingly, but not amazingly, comfortable. It holds its form much better than oldschool beanbags. It’s a bit lumpy, but it didn’t bother me.

• I tried sleeping on it, because it was so big. I woke up a few hours later, after having a nightmare in which I had to escape my house, but there were snipers outside. My dogs had joined me on it at some point during the night. I went to bed.

• Don’t get it in black if you have dogs and their hair is not black.

• This item is haunted by the same problems as other giant beanbag-like items: the lack of horizontal surfaces means that books, keyboards, scotch, etc., don’t stay put, but the sheer size means that exterior reality is always beyond arm’s reach.

• Unless you have a big room to put it in, don’t.

The Sumo Gigantor is $400, shipped.

Product Page [Sumosac]

Disclosure: It’s our policy to send send review stuff back or give it to readers, but this thing basically isn’t going anywhere. So it will remain here for the time being, the comfortable syrofoam shoggoth of reviewer corruption.

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17 Responses to Review: A week with the Sumosac Gigantor

  1. cinemajay says:

    “You’ll need at least two people, so don’t buy one if you have no friends.”

    This applies to so many things in life.

  2. toxonix says:

    I missed the part in the review where it said whether or not you could enjoy sex on it.

  3. invictus says:

    I have a similarly-sized Cordaroys King size. All of the above applies (though I didn’t compare exact sizes), except that the Cordaroys cover can be taken off and does fit in a standard-size washing machine. The insides of a King couch are made up of two King-size matresses, for when company comes over. I’m about to splurge on two extra Queen-size chair covers, to convert the (huge) couch into two (reasonably-sized, or nearly so) beanbag chairs.

    Plus, if you subscribe to their advertising emails, they tend to offer a 20% off sale on most major holidays. Price point is about the same as the Sumosac, $400 (+$50 if you opt for the suede cover instead of denim or corduroy)

  4. Tom says:

    Is that Red Sox starting shortstop Nick green in the promo pick? Where is that image from?!

  5. twofedoras says:

    I have been looking at getting a comfysack which is another option for Lovesac equivalents. I got some fabric samples and they look like they would be durable. anyone else try these?

  6. Rob Beschizza says:

    Well, I have to leave something for the Consumer Reports people to do.

  7. Rob Beschizza says:

    It’s from the product page.

  8. cinemajay says:

    “Well, I have to leave something for the Consumer Reports people to do.”

    This leads me to believe that there will be tests? Is there a sign up sheet?

  9. RedShirt77 says:

    I assume it doesn’t fit in a washing machine.

  10. Rob Beschizza says:

    Unless your washing machine is the size of Albert Finney’s liver, no.

  11. Rob Beschizza says:

    It’s actually cylindrical. It sinks into vaguely different shapes depending on how you place it relative to its seams.

  12. phisrow says:

    Nice looking dog you have there.

  13. kaosmonkey says:

    I have one of the giant ones that Jaxx makes. It took up most of my bedroom and it was a headache to navigate around but I loved it. The main drawback and reason it’s now sitting over at my brother’s house is the torturous lack of back support. I bought it to serve as my dedicated gaming chair, but after a few months my lower back was screaming. If you’re still a teenager, this is most likely not a problem. I still think they’re great, but I can’t afford the chiropractic bills.

  14. scandor says:

    Thanks for the review!! I have been doing some personal research for alternatives to the typical living room furniture. I was looking into the gigantor as an option but couldn’t find any reviews on the sumolounge.com page. All of the reviews I have looked at so far have been for the omni which looks great for gaming, but not for anything involving more than one person. This review has helped answer a lot of my questions about the gigantor. Thanks again!!

  15. S2k says:

    I own the one size smaller sumo sac, it is twice the depth (wall to front) of a couch and takes up a lot of room when “flattened” (once you sit on it for a while it’ll stay in a certain shape untill you fluff and rotate it for a bit)

    anyways, all the other answers are here, so re: sex

    yes, quite quite good for sex, I can imagine the gigantor is even better.

  16. Brandon West says:

    The last point is important. .I’ve got a 6ft Love Sac… in my garage, because I moved to a smaller house and have no place to put it. Makes me sad.

  17. Narual says:

    Is it round or rectangular?

    If it’s round I could put it in the tower of my Queen Anne. That’d rock. :D

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