We purchased the Big Joe Milano Bean Bag Chair so our reviewer could thoroughly test it with her three children and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.
From virtual learning to increased stream time to hanging out as a family, kids are spending most of their time at home these days. With supreme lounging on the rise during this extended downtime, bean bag chairs have become a natural seating option at home for my family. Instead of plopping on the couch day after day to work, learn, and relax, bean bag chairs are a cool and extra-comfy alternative that my kids are obsessing over.
While bean bag chairs are far from a new invention, they have certainly evolved from the shapeless versions of my childhood. Modern versions of these classic comfy cushions are made of upgraded materials like expandable foam, lux covers, and a variety of shapes and sizes. From my three kids all virtual learning to our collective family movie and television series marathons, leaving our home isn’t really on our agenda, and bean bag chairs make staying put way comfier.
To take our lounging and at-home learning to a new, more comfortable level, my little testers and I put this revived bean bag chair trend to the test, starting with the Big Joe Milano chair.
Based on their size, bean bag chairs naturally come in extra-large cardboard boxes (making for a ton of recycling). From the moment it was delivered to my doorstep, I immediately noticed that the packaging was unexpectedly unique. Instead of being just a cumbersome lump of packaging that had to be disposed of right away, the box is designed to be transformed into a cool cardboard castle. While a small detail, it was an intentional addition that me and my kiddos appreciated.
Once we opened the box, the Big Joe Milano easily came out of its packaging and was ready for action. Compared to other bean bag chairs, the Big Joe Milano slid out with little effort on my part. Immediately we all noticed that the chair was free of odd or foul odors that are common with bean bag chairs. My kids had zero issues snuggling into it and didn’t have to avoid the seat while it acclimated to our house or "off-gassed" as some of the other foam bean bag chairs required.
Space, Size, and Portability
The chair measures 32 x 28 x 25 inches, so it easily fits in my kid’s room, without overwhelming the space. The small footprint is a great feature. The Big Joe is well-sized and comfortably fits my 3, 7, and 10-year-old kids. I don’t think they could all fit comfortably together, but that won’t stop them from trying to all smoosh on the seat. I'm 5 foot, 5 inches in height, with a slightly curvy athletic build, and I can comfortably sit in it and actually find it a cozy spot for work or reading. This bean bag chair provides a more structured sitting experience, and the back support is appreciated and makes it the most useful chair we tested.
Another great bonus is that the Big Joe Milano weighs only 4.75 pounds and has a built-in handle on the seat’s back, so it’s super simple for kids or adults to move the seat from room to room or even up and down the stairs. Because of its lightweight design and handy features that make it easy to move, my kids take it upon themselves to transport this bean bag chair from their rooms upstairs on the third floor to our living room on the second floor (and back again).
The Big Joe Milano is ready to sit in right out of the box. Unlike some of the other foam-based bean bag chairs that need extensive (and exhausting) fluffing and manual expanding, this one is ready to go without any extra effort. There is no additional cover to wrestle on, foam to expand, or any other work required.
The chair is very comfortable for both kids and adults. “Big Joe” as the seat is affectionately known in my house, is more structured than other shapeless bean bag seats. Outfitted with a true back cushion and seat, there is stitching to make sure the foam beans stay where they need to be.For me and my crew, this structure is the key to the seat and a major plus. It makes the Big Joe Milano a very usable and attractive chair. Unlike other seats that don't offer the same kind of structure, I actually don’t mind looking at this one in my living room, and it easily suits the decor in my son’s bedroom.
We noticed that the styrofoam beans in the Big Joe do make a bit of noise if you move around while sitting in it. The light crunchy sound of the styrofoam beads swishing around as you readjust is easy to ignore or get used to as it isn't disturbingly loud, although it could be a subtle sound that super-sensitive ears will hate. While soft, this seat's cover is not fuzzy, furry, or snuggly like some other options.If blue isn't your flavor, the chair is available in six additional colors.
If you or your kids are looking for an unstructured bean bag chair to just flop into, lay on, or lounge on, this might not be the best choice. It really is made for sitting up, so Big Joe won’t be a good option for kids who love to lay down as they would on a sectional, chaise lounge, or recliner.
We have yet to spill on the Big Joe Milano, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon. According to the brand, the material should be spot cleaned rather than tossed in the wash. While this can be a drawback for some families, the fabric feels like it will be easy to spot clean. Made of soft polyester, the material is durable, which is a plus for a household of three kids. Due to the nature of the polyester fabric, it doesn’t seem like this cover will get pills, worn, or stained very easily. The seat is well stuffed and has a Safety Locking Zipper Head on the underside of the seat, which prevents kids from accessing it. It definitely takes effort and an unfolded paper clip to get the zipper open.
Big Joe sells replacement stuffing, but from our experience, this would only be necessary after a very long and extended period of owning this seat. Another bonus of the chair is that it doesn’t sink in or lose its shape easily. Even after sitting in the chair for extended periods of time, you don’t sink in, lose the support, or flatten the foam beans. My 7-year-old son sat in it for an hour at a time while in virtual school or playing video games. Even after getting up for breaks to do other things, he happily migrated back to the chair. As an adult, I comfortably sat in the Big Joe Milano for over an hour for work or just hanging out with the kids. Once you get up, the seat looks and feels just as it was, and another kid can quickly plop down and enjoy the seat without needing to reshape it, move it around, or redistribute the foam beans.
The Big Joe Milano seat provides incredible bang for your buck. It’s affordable and comes in a nice array of colors that can easily brighten up a kid’s bedroom or play place. If you have a playroom, putting in two or three of the Big Joe Milano chairs seems like a cozy alternative to a full couch—and an easy way to provide portable seating. I’m even considering purchasing a few more to eliminate the Big Joe arguments and provide easy to maneuver seats for all three of my kids.
“I call Big Joe!” is said over and over again in my house. While testing bean bag chairs is fun, this one is the clear winner with both myself and my kids. The chair is supportive enough to use while in virtual school, doing work (I’m literally typing from it now), watching tv, or playing video games. The seat is also attractive, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and is easy for me or my kids to move from room to room or up and down the stairs in my house.
For families looking for a giant bean bag cushion or something that is more of a flexible lounging spot, this isn’t the right choice for you. While those types are fun for kids, as a parent I find them less versatile, less attractive, and much more difficult to move around the house.
While I'd heard about this brand before, I'd never looked into their products. Big Joe makes a number of ridiculously comfortable products, including less structured traditional bean bag chairs, dorm chairs with built-in pockets, plush shag covers for their seats, and a wide variety of unique and plush-looking pool floats. Based on our great experience with the Big Joe Milano, I would definitely be open to other Big Joe products.
Resounding yes! The Big Joe Milano is the most useful, structured, attractive, comfortable, and affordable bean bag chair we tested. My kids have affectionately given this bean bag chair multiple nicknames, from “Joey” to the very formal “Mr. Big Joe Milano” and affectionately invite him into their room. When inanimate objects get formal names from kids, it’s pretty safe to say they are well-loved and will hang around the house for a long time to come.
Why Trust Verywell Family
Maya Poltonis a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. All three kids, plus Maya and her husband, tested the bean bag chairs for four weeks. It was a full family adventure to open all the bags, set them up, and move them around the house from the living room, kids’ bedrooms, and basement playroom to test them for usefulness, maneuverability, sturdiness, comfort, and more.
Big Joe bean bags are filled with proprietary 'Megahh Beans' or softer foam. With both classic bean bags that are more spherical and chair shaped options, their bean bags fit a variety of living spaces and use cases -- from lounging, sleeping, and entertainment.Can you wash Big Joe? ›
PRODUCTS WITH REMOVABLE COVERS
Big Joe products marketed as having removable and washable covers may be laundered as needed. (Washing covers not marketed as removable and washable may void the product's warranty.)
On the other hand, the lack of form on bean bags can cause imbalance and difficulty standing up for pregnant women and older people. But for full-grown adults, it is perfectly safe to sleep on bean bags should you so wish.What material is Big Joe made of? ›
In the two decades since, Big Joe Bean Bags have developed two types of shredded memory foam or polystyrene beans to replace old beans and plastic pellets.What is weight limit on Big Joe chairs? ›
Each bean bag in peat black is filled with the perfect amount of soft, fluffy bean filling for a comfy seat. It is a favorite for playrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and dens. Weight Capacity: 150lb.How much weight can a big Joe chair hold? ›
Our patented shredded foam filling never-goes flat and comes with a removable machine-washable cover, which means you can refresh and enjoy your Fuf for years to come! Weight Capacity: 600lb.Are Big Joe bean bags waterproof? ›
It's made from a tough material that is resistant to stains. In addition, this lounging big bean bag is waterproof and easy to clean. The Big Joe Bean Bag is big enough for two persons and ideal for all age groups.How often should you refill your bean bag? ›
We highly recommend that you top up your bean bag with our beads to maintain the quality of your bean bag. As a rule of thumb, you will need about 100 litres of beads refill per year of use. So if you've been using your bean bag for 2 years, you may need 200 litres refill.How long do bean bags last? ›
Some manufacturers and retailers purport that their bean bags will last a lifetime. However, even the best bean bag chairs will have a finite lifespan. According to experts, you can expect bean bag furniture to last an average of four years.What are the disadvantages of bean bag? ›
The filling inside bean bags does flatten over time and will eventually need replacing. The covers are also often not as durable as upholstery on other furniture. So in most cases, bean bags won't last for decades as a good quality couch or armchair might.
Bean bags help prevent and reduce back pain and tension by improving poor posture and providing you with the support your muscles and joints need to realign themselves. They also adapt to any body shape, weight, size or height, so you can sit in comfort and relax, all the while providing your back the care it requires.What size bean bag is good for adults? ›
37" wide large size
This is the size that most people get for kids and adults. About 90% of our bean bags sold are in the 37" premium size.
A:Bean bag comes filled with beans which can be comfortably used by a 90-100kg weight person.Can dogs sleep in bean bags? ›
A common question we are asked is: Are bean bags good for dogs? Yes, the height of a bean bag makes it easier for your dog to stand after a rest. It can be the perfect bed for your dog, as it is more comfortable and far more durable than other types of beds.What is the difference between classic Joe and Big Joe? ›
Don't let yourself get hung up on the Classic or Big Joe size right now. The only difference in those models is the cooking surface size. Both sized models come with the same features. The quality and consistency of the ceramics is also the same for each version.Are Big Joe chairs comfortable? ›
The chair is very comfortable for both kids and adults. “Big Joe” as the seat is affectionately known in my house, is more structured than other shapeless bean bag seats. Outfitted with a true back cushion and seat, there is stitching to make sure the foam beans stay where they need to be.Where Are Big Joe products made? ›
Opened Third Manufacturing Facility
With the goal of getting absurdly awesome products in your hands even faster, Big Joe opened its third manufacturing facility in Tremonton, UT.
The perfect companion for adventure travel, the Big Joe carries it all and does it with rugged style. Tarmac waterproofing means there's no need to stress over spills and late night arrival drizzles.Can you take the cover off a Big Joe bean bag? ›
The cover of this product is designed to be removed and washed as needed. To clean, unzip and remove the cover using a paperclip. Brush off loose dirt, then launder with mild detergent on the gentle cycle. Allow to air dry.What is inside Big Joe's chair? ›
Not your average Joe.
Our patented bean filled bean bag chairs are perfect for individual use and come in a wide range of styles and shapes. These lightweight chairs are filled with small polystyrene beads that hug you, providing ultimate comfort, yet stiff to support you where it's needed.
Each bag contains 75 liters of rejuvenating beans. The amount of beans you need will depend on the size of your chair and how flat it is: small chairs may need 1-2 bags, while larger chairs may need 2-3.How do you store Big Joe? ›
To help prolong the life of your Big Joe pool float, allow it to drain the water and dry completely after use before storing it in a dry environment out of the sun. While it may look under filled, this product is filled with the perfect amount of patented buoyant Big Joe beans to support epic floating sessions.How much fill is in a big Joe bean bag chair? ›
SUPER SOFT: Each bag contains 100 liters of fluffy virgin polystyrene beans that are recyclable.What is bean bag filling made of? ›
Traditionally bean bags are filled with EPS Beans (expanded polystyrene). EPS is a hard-celled plastic very similar to Styrofoam, which is extruded polystyrene (Styrofoam is actually a trademarked brand and the correct term is EPS).What are throwing bean bags filled with? ›
A bean bag (also beanbag) is a sealed bag containing dried beans, PVC pellets, expanded polystyrene, or expanded polypropylene. The bags are commonly used for throwing games, but they have various other applications.What are Big Joe beans made of? ›
SUPER SOFT: Each bag contains 100 liters of fluffy virgin polystyrene beans that are recyclable. LONG LASTING: All well-loved bean bags go flat with use, but our beans are longer-lasting than the competition.What are the best bean bag fillers? ›
EPS/EPP Beans: Long lasting, cheap, light-weight, comfortable, resists moisture & heat – there's a reason why most bean bags are filled with EPS beans! Shredded Foam: A good alternative to EPS beans, or can be used together with EPS beans.Why are bean bag beans so expensive? ›
It's not just a matter of stuffing a sack with foam pebbles and then flogging it on the market. Beanbags are just as subject to the laws of economics as everything else. The cost of labour, development and materials soon adds up. So while the price might not be quite as high as regular seating, it is still significant.Why bean bags are expensive? ›
The main factor in the quality of bean bags comes down to the fabric it is made from. There are various fabrics used for bean bag covers, such as cotton, leather, nylon etc. Silk and leather fabrics look nice and suite indoor bean bag chairs, but they are very high in cost.Is there a trick to filling bean bags? ›
Make a funnel
Removing the closed end will create a funnel so you can pour the bean bag filling quickly. Using a paper clip or corn cob holder, undo the safety zipper on the inner liner bag. Insert the funnel into the hole and tighten the zipper around the funnel.
They're a great option for additional seating when you have guests as you can keep them stored away and just bring them out whenever you need some extra places to sit. As they're light and soft, bean bags are easy for even children to move and won't damage your flooring.Are Big Joes waterproof? ›
The perfect companion for adventure travel, the Big Joe carries it all and does it with rugged style. Tarmac waterproofing means there's no need to stress over spills and late night arrival drizzles.What are the meatiest beans? ›
The largest and meatiest of all white beans, cannellinis are perfect for main dishes. They hold up well to cooking while adding a nutty flavor and creamy texture to stews, skillets, casseroles and pasta.
A: Our chairs do not include any flame retardants as is specified on the law label.