Sumo Omni Review and Contest

What would happen if a futon and a bean bag chair mated? Well, I discovered the answer when I received my Sumo Omni in the mail the other day. Yes, full disclosure, the Sumo was free. These are the perks of being a blogger. But I fully intend to write an honest assessment of the product. In fact, I solicited friends and family members to weigh in to ensure an honest review.

How would I describe the Sumo Omni?
It’s a large (4.5 by 5.5 feet) nylon sack filled with what feels like bean bag material that can be molded into different configurations. You can lay on it flat, fold it into a futon-like position, squish it into typical beanbag chair formation, etc. See for yourself at the website. If you can get past the cheesy, soft-core pornish image of a model giving a “come hither” look while suggestively straddling the Omni on the home page, the pictures are instructive on how to use the thing.

Sumo Omni BabeSo, what did I think of it?
It really is surprisingly comfortable. I was a bit hesitant at first, as the rip- and stain-resistant fabric didn’t initially strike me as luxurious. But once I sat on it, I was hooked. Although you can make it into a variety of shapes, we seem to like it as is, laying it flat and lounging in front of the TV. The kids treat it as a big toy, alternatively jumping on and climbing all over it. In fact, I set my toddler on it, and turned around a few minutes later to find her asleep. While I would not recommend this as a kid bed for safety reasons, this just goes to show how comfortable it is. It’s large enough for more than one person to enjoy, but can be transformed into an individual seat. It’s perfect for a family/TV room, apartment, teen bedroom, etc. In theory it would be perfect for a dorm room, but since most dorm rooms are slightly smaller than the average closet, the Omni might be too big for it. The shear size of the thing could be a drawback for those with limited space. Also, the $129 price tag may scare some away. However, after a cursory look online for similar items, I was surprised that this price is actually cheaper than comparable items. For example, I saw some “extra large” bean bag cushions advertised for more than $200.

The bottom line is that I would highly recommend the Sumo Omni, although I must warn you that it promotes extreme laziness and lack of productivity. Not necesarily a bad thing for value investors waiting for a fat pitch.

If the Sumo Omni sounds like the thing for you, I’m actually giving one away for free.  The generous folks at Sumo Lounge International offered me the opportunity to give away one free Sumo Omni to a reader of Fat Pitch Financials. You can win your very own Sumo Omni by leaving a comment below that discusses your favorite place to relax and your preferred Sumo Omni color.  Be sure your comment includes a valid email address and the word “relax” so I can ensure that your comment doesn’t get screened out by my spam filter.  This free Sumo Omni prize can only be shipped to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. I will select one random comment on Sunday, November 11th at 5:00 PM. Your odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries I receive. Good luck.

12 thoughts on “Sumo Omni Review and Contest

  • November 9, 2007 at 11:22 am

    My favorite place to relax is in bed with just the nightstand lamp on and a good, engaging fantasy book. I only read a fantasy series about once every 2 years, and it’s always the same 2-3 series I already own. All my other reading seems to be personal finance blogs and textbooks for my classes.

    Not sure what colors are available as I’ll wait till I get home from work to view the options. I would think something less gawdy would be appropriate for our area.

  • November 9, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Favourite place to relax is on the backyard deck, with a nice scotch and cigar. But that’s not an option in the winter months, so the sumo might come in handy.

    Midnight blue looks quite nice.

  • November 9, 2007 at 11:42 am

    My favorite place to relax is in my kitchen with some pretzels and a beer on Saturday afternoons while reading Barron’s and watching either college fotball or golf. My dog would probably love the Sumo as he has already gone through a couple of beanie bags. My favoite color is Pure White.

  • November 9, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Those look extremely comfortable! My favorite place to relax is my recliner. It’s agreat place to watch a movie or get lost in a book.

    But I’ve got a perfect place to put a Sumo Omni! I think the midnight blue is the perfect color for my place. :)

  • November 9, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Favorite place to relax in on my bed. Color would be midnight blue!

  • November 9, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    My favorite place to relax would be in my bed asleep. The rest of my day is all school and homework. Color would be midnight blue! matches with my blue bed. =D

  • November 9, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    This might sound contradicting but my favorite place to relax is actually in front of my work bench after a hard days work where i can do some of my blogging online.

  • November 10, 2007 at 9:59 am

    My favorite place to really relax is on the guest bed. The mattress is smaller than the master bed, but it’s sooo comfortable!

    The color would be midnight blue.

  • November 10, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    My favorite place to relax is where-ever my friends are! Cheesy, but true – it’s not really a place for me, so much as company. My preferred color would be midnight blue.

  • November 10, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    My favorite place to relax is on my couch with the tv on mute to some sporting event, and my laptop or book open and reading. My favorite color would be platinum.

  • November 11, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Comment #3 is the randomly selected winner of the Sumo Omni chair. Morning Son selected the pure white Sumo Omni as his prize. I hope he and his dog enjoy it as much as my family has.

    That’s it for the giveaway. Thank you for your participation. Feel free to continue commenting about the Sumo Omni below, but please no more contest entries.

  • November 13, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite place to relax would be the Sumo Omni chair – if I had one!
    Throw in a book and a cup of tea and your set.


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