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Whether you want a comfy space to snuggle up with your other half or a slouchy seat option where the kids can relax with a book or tablet, bean bags are fast becoming a fashionable and practical seating option for a modern home. From movie nights to gaming, they work for a whole host of purposes too.
Gone are the days of cheap fabric bags which leak polystyrene balls whenever you change your seating position; bean bags have really evolved over the years and are now available in a huge range of sizes, fabrics and designs to suit a wide range of seating needs.
Bean bags are also no longer restricted to indoor use. Many modern bean bags are made from hard-wearing, waterproof fabrics that can even be used outside - perfect for dragging out onto your patio at the end of a busy day.
How we chose our recommendations
Recommendations from real Mumsnet users
With a wealth of knowledge between them, our first stop was to seek out the trusted opinions of our Mumsnet users, many of whom have bean bags of their own or have purchased one for friends and family. We gathered their feedback on their favourite bean bag brands and the products that they really rate, recommend or have used in their own home. We looked for their advice on fabrics, design and age suitability, as well as their opinions on products that they considered to be overpriced or poor quality.
Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded by home decoration websites.
Authentic consumer reviews
Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best bean bags on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, Argos and John Lewis to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.
Whether it’s a high-backed gaming bean bag, something for a nursery, a comfortable option for adults or an outdoor chair for your garden, here’s our round-up of the best bean bags you can buy today.
1. Best overall bean bag: rucomfy Squarbie Bean Bags
Price: £39.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“We have a couple from rucomfy. We have large Squarbie ones which the kids love and are big enough for a grown-up to sit on. Not cheap but really good quality.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user RNBrie)
“We’ve had a couple from rucomfy - loads of choice and they come pre-beaned.” (Rated by Mumsnet user SomethingNastyInTheBallPool)
With a lot of love for the rucomfy brand on the Mumsnet forums and a positive reputation across retailer sites, Squarbie Bean Bags are a versatile choice the whole family can enjoy.
Available in a choice of 10 bright colours, this large square-shaped bean bag can be used in six different ways, from a large floor cushion to a high-backed seat or even a boat-style lounger for chilling at the end of a busy day.
Lightweight and portable, the Squarbie Bean Bags are made from a strong durable fabric that is both water and UV resistant, meaning they can easily be lifted outside and enjoyed in the garden too.
They come filled and ready to use and even have a clever safety zip to ensure your kids' curious hands don’t accidentally release the filling.
Suitable for the whole family
Can be used both indoors and outdoors
Safety zip to prevent accidental release of filling
A larger size may not fit every environment
Material: UV and water-resistant fabric
2. Best budget bean bag: Argos Home Fabric Bean Bag
Price: £30 | Buy now from Argos
If you’re trying to create a reading nook or overhaul your kids’ bedroom on a budget, these smaller-sized fabric bean bags from Argos are a practical yet budget-friendly choice for children.
Available in a choice of four colours, with some neutral options as well as splashes of colour, the Argos Home Fabric Bean Bag is made from a wipe-clean polyester material, which is reassuring if your child is inclined to spill their drinks or leave sticky fingerprints wherever they sit.
Reviewers report that these bean bags are on the firmer side, so whilst they are possibly more suited to a seat for reading or using a tablet than slouching around, they have a handy incorporated carry loop which gives your children the freedom to pick it up and move around their bedroom as desired.
Lightweight and portable
Firmer bean bag is not as comfortable as some
3. Best bean bag for kids: Great Little Trading Company Washable Beanbags
Price: £52 | Buy now from GLTC
Unlike most bean bags, the GLTC (Great Little Trading Co.) Washable Bean Bags come in a unique pyramid design, naturally curving around your child’s back as they sit down and offering the ideal combination of comfort and support.
These bean bags come in a choice of six adorable designs including Grey Stardust, Dinosaur, Rainbow and our personal favourite Buzzy Blooms - a subtle floral design with a muted colour palette. GLTC even has a coordinating range of curtains and rugs, which can help create a brand new theme or aesthetic for your child’s bedroom.
With a removable cover made from 100% cotton, you can regularly wash and refresh these bean bags as required, whilst the concealed zip and carry tag make these a practical and portable option for children.
Attractive muted designs for modern homes
Unique pyramid shape
On the firmer side (some reviewers felt the bean bag was too full)
Material: 100% cotton
4. Best bean bag for adults: Beanbag Bazzaar High Back Recliner Chair
Price: £43.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Beanbag Bazaar do lovely bean bags. Great quality, have just bought another for my son.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user roonetta)
If you’re looking for a bean bag big enough to cater for adults, Beanbag Bazzaar’s High Back Recliner Chairs come with a curved and tapered shape, a large bucket seat and a supportive backrest, making them an ideal choice for gaming, watching a movie, reading, or simply chilling whilst scrolling through social media before bed.
Available in a choice of 12 vibrant and on-trend colours, these bean bag chairs are made from soft and durable water-resistant fabric. It’s resistant to stains and can be easily wiped clean if you accidentally spill your drink too.
Even better, it can be taken outside on sunnier days, making a practical addition for garden parties and barbecues if you’re short on traditional seating.
Can be used both indoors and outside
More suitable for upright sitting than lying/lounging
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5. Best bean bag chair with a footstool: Loft 25 Adult Highback Bean Bag Chair
Price: £69.97 | Buy now from Amazon
If your bean bag is likely to become your seating of choice for Netflix rallies or reading, you’re going to need one that offers some decent support.
The Loft 25 Adult Highback Bean Bag Chair can be purchased as a stand-alone bean bag or as a set with a portable footstool included. Ergonomically designed, its shape easily moulds and adapts to the user, whilst the large back support improves your posture whilst sitting.
Available in a choice of nine colours in a textured corduroy fabric that is soft to the touch, the Loft 25 is suitable for indoor use only but is lightweight and easy to move around your home as required.
Pre-filled with fire-retardant polystyrene balls, the Loft 25 also has the benefit of an internal liner so it's far less likely to release balls, even after prolonged use.
Ergonomic back support
Super soft corduroy fabric
Indoor use only
6. Best oversized bean bag: Big Bertha Original XL Giant Size
Price: £69.90 | Buy now from Amazon
“We got one from Big Bertha last year. It’s fab.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Carrie76)
“I have been eyeing up Big Bertha ones for a long time.” (On Mumsnet user MistakenAgain’s wishlist)
If you want to take your lounging to a whole new level, the Big Bertha Original XL Giant Size bean bags are some of the biggest bean bags we’ve seen, measuring a substantial 160 x 140 x 58 centimetres.
Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, these giant bean bags are made from tough and durable SmartCanvas - a technical fabric that is 100% water and stain resistant - making it super easy to clean.
With a safety locking zip that prevents accidental releasing of the filling, these versatile bean bags are suitable for everyday use and can be adjusted into a range of seating and lying positions as required.
They also come in a huge range of colours - everything from subtle grey, black and brown to more vivid and bright choices such as yellow, lime and cerise.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Wide range of colours
Safety locking zip
Wipe-down fabric isn’t as soft as cotton or corduroy
Material: SmartCanvas technical fabric
Sizes: Extra large
Read next: Best cot beds for babies and toddlers
7. Best outdoor bean bag: Fatboy Buggle-Up Bean Bag Chair
Price: £329 | Buy now from Amazon
“I know someone who has one of these and it's insanely good. Ludicrous money though. But apparently some of the best there are and, having tried my friend's, they are amazingly comfortable.” (Reviewed by Mumsnet user OnceUponAThread)
“The Fatboy ones are great - they are very expensive but probably worth it as they last!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user JacquelineCarlyle)
When it comes to outdoor bean bags, despite their eye-watering price tag, Fatboy comes with a great reputation.
These extra-large bean bags are a versatile choice that can be rapidly switched between lounging and seating using its innovative built-in straps - simply clipping them on and off as required. Measuring 185 x 132 cm, it’s big enough to create a relaxing two-person sofa for use both indoors and outside.
Made from high-quality water-resistant and dirt-repellent fabric, the Fatboy Buggle-Up comes in a choice of seven bright colours that will add a splash of colour to your garden and is easy to clean with a wet towel and soap.
Versatile - easy to change from seating to lounging
Dirt-repellent and water-resistant fabric
Large size big enough for even adults to share
Sizes: Extra large
8. Best bean bag gamer chair: rucomfy rugame Gamer Indoor and Outdoor Beanbag Chair
Price: £100 | Buy now from John Lewis
“rucomfy do a specific gaming bean bag chair. We've had giant bean bags from them and been super happy with them.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user ritzbiscuits)
If your child or teen is into their PS4, Xbox One or online gaming with friends, they may be hoping for a gaming chair to add to their bedroom.
Traditional gaming chairs, whilst ergonomically designed, aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing, so a gaming bean bag can be a great alternative.
Sitting lower to the floor than a traditional gaming chair, the rucomfy ‘rugame’ chair moulds to the shape of your body to offer hours of comfort and support.
It comes with several handy, deep side pockets for storing all your child’s gaming essentials from drinks bottles to headsets and is made from a hardwearing wipe-down fabric that protects against spills.
Side pockets for storage
Low to the ground gaming comfort
More expensive than other bean bags
Only two colour choices
9. Most comfortable bean bag: Great Bean Bags Corduroy Retro Classic Bean Bag
Price: From £66.99 | Buy now from Great Bean Bags
“Delighted with the quality and delivery of this bag. Being able to choose from a range of sizes was good. AND it came pre-filled!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user emsmum79)
“My tall 11-year-old loves his corduroy beanbag from Great Bean Bags. It's huge and very comfy.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user ShoesJerry)
Is comfort high up on your list of bean bag requirements?
Whilst suitable for indoor use only, these elegant and retro style corduroy chairs from Great Bean Bags are super comfortable and soft to the touch, with a cosy yet supportive bucket design that is ideal for relaxation.
Available in a choice of eight colours including both neutral and classic shades, the Classic Bean Bag comes in a wide range of sizes – from a small size suitable for children through to the XXL, which is best for spacious adult lounging.
With an integrated carry handle, these bean bags can be easily be moved around your home and offer an elegant and classic look.
Wide range of sizes
Super soft and comfortable
Spot clean only
Sizes: Small through to XXL
10. Best bean bag for style: Nobodinoz Oasis Beanbag
Price: £109.95 | Buy now from Scandiborn
“Nobodinoz ones, have them in both DDs' rooms and they are lovely. Big triangular one for the 12yo and smaller, round one for the 10yo (with the smaller room).” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user Zinnia)
“We have two of these. They’re really comfortable and well made.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user jaundicedoutlook)
If you’re looking to embrace Scandi and Montessori vibes in your child’s nursery or bedroom, Nobodinoz were a really popular eco brand on the Mumsnet forums. Coming in a range of natural and muted colour designs, they offer both style and comfort for any modern nursery.
These high-quality bean bags are lightweight and portable, coming with an integrated faux leather carry handle to easily move around the room as required. With a removable organic cotton lining for easy cleaning, they can be used to create a comfortable nook for reading, playing or snuggling up with your child before bed.
Neutral, classic designs
Material: Organic Cotton
What to look for in a bean bag chair?
There are loads of bean bags to choose from, so here are some factors to consider when making your choice:
Where are you planning to use it? - Are you looking to use your bean bag inside, outside or a combination of both? Where you can use your bean bag will depend on the fabric, so if you intend to use it outside, look out for bean bags that are made from water-resistant and hardwearing technical fabrics.
Who is using it? - Are you looking for a bean bag chair for a toddler or child, a teen or even adults? The size of bean bags can vary considerably, so check out the full product dimensions to ensure it is comfortable for the planned user.
What fabric is it made from? - Some bean bags are made from super soft cotton or corduroy which, whilst comfortable, can be less stain resistant or spot clean only. Materials such as polyester or technical fabrics can be more hardwearing and are often water resistant, making them far more capable of coping with spills.
Seating positions - Some more versatile bean bags offer a wide range of seating and lying positions, where you can simply reshape the bag to suit your needs. Others are more fixed in shape, such as high-backed bean bag seats or loungers.
Is it safe? - Particularly if using a bean bag with children, you need to consider the safety features of your bean bag. Some bean bags have internal liners to avoid losing balls, while others have a safety locking zip that prevents children from opening the bag and releasing the filling.
Cost - The cost variations are significant, so your purchase decision may ultimately be determined by how much you want to spend. While some bean bags come with significant price tags, our research has shown that you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a high-quality bean bag that meets your needs.
What is the best material for a bean bag?
For comfort alone, fabrics such as cotton, linen corduroy or nylon tend to be softest to the touch, and feel more cosy and comforting against your skin.
That said, they tend to be harder to clean, so if you are using a bean bag with children or hoping to take your bean bag outside, you may find those materials are less practical for everyday use.
Polyester and water-resistant fabrics are better suited to outdoor environments, or settings where you want to easily wipe down the bag to clean. They do tend to feel less luxurious and stylish as a result.
Which shape of bean bag is best?
The shape of bean bag you purchase should be based on how you intend to use it. Are you hoping to lie and relax with a book, use it for an online gaming session with friends, or as an outdoor lounger in the summer? Depending on your requirements, some bean bags offer higher backs or more support which are better suited to sitting.
The most versatile bean bag shape is the ‘pear’ which can normally be adjusted to suit a variety of sitting and lounging positions.
Are bean bag chairs bad for your back?
Unlike traditional seating that is in a fixed position, bean bags can allow the user to adjust their seating position whilst the bag moulds to their shape, meaning for many they can be far more comfortable.
That said, if you are using a bean bag for prolonged use, you may want to choose wisely and opt for one that has a firmer filling and a high back for support. This will offer a more ergonomic seating position and improve your posture.
Can bean bag chairs be washed?
The cleaning instructions for bean bags vary from one brand to the next. Many bean bags are water resistant and can be wiped down with a damp cloth and soap. Others have removable covers which can be washed by hand or in the washing machine. More luxurious fabrics such as corduroy or suede tend to be spot clean only - so keep that wine glass out of reach!
Do bean bag chairs go flat?
This will depend on the brand, many bean bags can be reshaped between flat lounging cushions and more upright ‘bucket style’ seats, whereas others come in a more fixed seat shape with fixed back support.
How do you restuff bean bag chairs?
Bean bags can reduce in support over time, with beans compressing inside the bag after prolonged use. Most brands sell refill bags that can be used to boost the contents of your bean bag, but you should expect a good quality bean bag to last at least a few years before this is required.
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