Big Joe Chair Review

So should you get the immensely popular Big Joe bean bag chair? Here's why we don't recommend this bean bag chair, and what you should get instead.

Bottom Line

So to sum it up, is the Big Joe Mitten Chair worth your money?

Well, if you’re a console gamer, then the Big Joe chair is a decent choice.

Our biggest complaint is that it loses form very quickly so keep that in mind.


Are you looking for office or dorm furniture that looks good and feels comfortable while being reasonably priced? You might be interested in today’s product, the Big Joe Mitten Chair. This chair forgoes the stuffiness of traditional models; instead, it blends the comfort of a beanbag with the back support of an armchair. 

We know, we know: a beanbag? Still, though, we think that if you give this product a chance, you’ll really like it. It’s surprisingly advanced for such a product, and we’ll explain below why it’s worth your time and your money!

Dimensions30″L x 34″W x 28″H
Weight4.65 lbs
ColorsBlack, Cobalt, Cocoa, Fog, Oat

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Let’s start simple: this chair retails for around $99. In regards to the beans, you can expect them to last quite a while; however, they will need to be replaced at some point. Luckily, Big Joe also sells refills, although the size of the bag you’ll need is highly dependent on the chair that you choose.

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When filled, this chair is extremely comfortable. The backrest prevents that age-old beanbag problem: rotating and hitting it to find a position that doesn’t leave you more or less sitting on the floor. The arms are slightly raised too, so you’re not left twiddling your thumbs during a movie.


It comes in a variety of colors, but we all know that bean bags are subject to stresses that traditional seating isn’t. As a result, we recommend choosing one of the darker shades – the light ones look good, but there’s a good chance they’ll get dirty real quick.

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Big Joe manufactures chairs with a fabric called Lenox. We couldn’t find any specifics as to what this is, but it seems to be a stain-resistant and durable blend, likely made from nylon. It is soft and plush, yet resistant to tearing, so you can be sure the Mitten will withstand daily wear and tear.


Compared to most other chairs, the Mitten takes very little time to set up. Just insert the beans, and you’re good to go. You should note that the chair will seem flat at first, but this is just because the beans are compressed initially. Give it a few minutes, and they’ll slowly expand to fill it perfectly.

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You’ll probably also find that the zipper is missing. This is, apparently, intentional and designed to protect children. Big Joe advises looping a paperclip in as a makeshift zipper whenever you need to open the bag. It’s a little strange, but if it keeps your kid safe and prevents them from flooding a room with beans, we’re all for it.


We know that not everyone will consider using a beanbag for day-to-day relaxing, but we believe that the Mitten chair is worth a shot. It’s comfortable, stylish, and pretty cost-effective, so you really don’t have much to lose by trying it out.

We particularly liked that the fabric is durable since beanbags often get put through the wringer by kids. Whether you want your room to have a smart-casual vibe, or you just want something inexpensive to lounge on, the Big Joe Mitten is a decent choice, although it loses its form pretty quick.

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