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Before I start this review, let me say that this is NOT a paid review of any sort. I'm giving an open, honest evaluation of this product without any financial incentive. Though I'd be open to a financial incentive if anyone wanted to offer me one. ;-)
I'd seen that the people at Somo had been giving their products to many bloggers to try. So I contacted them and they sent me a free Sumo Omni to use and review. That was a couple weeks ago, the results are now in, and I can report that the item has been a HUGE hit in our house.
But before I get to that, let me describe what this is. (You can click the link above if you want to see for yourself -- they have pictures and even demos.) It's basically a large (4.5' x 5.5') bag filled with Sumo "beads." To me, it's a huge, upper end bean bag chair. It's made with rip-proof nylon, so no need to worry about breaking, and it comes in 10 different colors. Best of all, you can make it into almost any shape, so you can sit on it, recline on it, sit on it -- you name it.
I'd say that it works best in either a rec room or an entertainment room. We have it in our living room, which is a place that won't work for many people. But since our living room is such a hodge podge of furniture anyway, it's fine there. It would work in the living room of a younger person -- either single or couple -- that's designed in a bit trendier fashion.
Why has it been such a hit with us? Three words: kids...video...games. My son loves to use the Sumo Omni to relax and play his video games (I still have to use the chair.) We had thought about getting him one of those video game chairs for Christmas, but he likes the Sumo Omni better (we asked him -- he's used the other chairs at friends' houses.) It's also a hit with my daughter, but she doesn't get to use it nearly as much since my son is on it all the time.
The only "issue" with the item is the cost -- it's $129. I think you can look at this two ways. First, you can say "wow, that's a lot for a bean bag chair -- even an upper end one." Or you could compare it to other furniture you might buy in its place -- a video game chair, lounge chair, etc. The Sumo people have a "competitor's price" on their site of $229. I'm not sure how realistic that price is, but if it's even close, then $129 is a bargain.
But for you, dear Free Money Finance reader, you can get a Sumo Omni for FREE. Here's how:
1. Leave a comment below -- any comment.
2. Sometime later this week, I'll stop by the post, stop the submissions, and name the winner (picked at random).
3. It will be that person's responsibility to check back to see if they are a winner and then email me their contact information.
4. I'll send the winner's info to the Sumo people, and they'll send him/her a Sumo Omni.
A few rules for these giveaways:
1. I will be the complete and final judge.
2. Legal disclaimer: I can not guarantee safe delivery of the items. The Sumo people have been great to work with (they sent me my chair with no problem) and I'm sure all will be fine, but since I can't control the product being shipped and delivered, I won't be held accountable if there's a mess up.
3. If you win something and do not contact me within a week of winning, I reserve the right to give your prize away to another winner. Note again: I won't track down the winners -- it's your responsibility to come back and see if you won.
4. Local laws, rules, and regulations apply.
Good luck! Post a comment below for your chance to win!