Behold the bean bag chair. It’s an iconic part of gaming rooms stretching back for decades. Frankly, if you didn’t play Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog from the cloudlike cushion of thousands of “beans” — whatever they’re made of — have you really lived?
The point is, gamers and beanbag chairs go together like Taco Bell and desperate, late-night bathroom runs.
Enter the Super Moon Pod, which is basically a beanbag loveseat for two. It should just be a bigger, better version of an already great thing. Right?
Zoom In: Specs
- Beans: High-density beads
- Design: Supportive dual-membrane
- Support: Ergonomic w/ two pods under one cover
- Dimensions: 48″ x 48″ x 56″
- Weight: 24 pounds
My first impressions with the Super Moon Pod were positive. The sizable boxes arrived at my doorstep, and I marveled at the sheer number of beans undoubtedly contained within. Thousands upon thousands of beans, all soon to be supporting my ample frame as I settled in for an evening of gaming.
Upon extracting the components within the box, I was pleased to find that setup was as simple as:
“Line up the pods longways with the zipper on the cover, insert, and zip closed.”
And it really was that easy. All put together, the Super Moon Pod looked elegant, yet utilitarian. A hard combination to get right.
After putting it all together, I wasn’t in a good place with work to break for the night. So I deposited it in the middle of the living room while the rest of the family enjoyed a movie. I think it was The Greatest Showman.
The bean bag was equally as delightful as the dapper Hugh Jackman. Folks jumped on it immediately, and it warmed my heart to see that the Super Moon Pod was already finding a home in our home theater. As I set about my work again, visions of Destiny 2 sessions seen from the Super Moon Pod danced in my mind. I couldn’t wait to give it a try for myself.
Then I glanced over as the movie ended and saw that no one was sitting in the Super Moon Pod. An anomaly, but perhaps they were more comfortable where they were before. Or maybe they could see the TV better elsewhere.
That proved to be a portentous observation.
Everyone headed to bed soon after, so I missed the opportunity to ask their opinion. But when the time came, I grabbed my Xbox controller and plopped down onto the Super Moon Pod.
I promptly sank through the beans until I was just a single, thin layer of support off the floor. Unusual, but not unprecedented.
I experimented with laying across it on both the X and Y axes, as well as diagonal. A little better, perhaps. But nothing to write home about. I tried again and again, wriggling in my seat like an astronaut trying to find comfort in zero-gravity. Once you’re in deep with the Super Moon Pod, it’s like trying to find purchase in space.
Heck, I spent upwards of half an hour trying to “fluff” the bean bag into a shape that would hold me, but nothing worked.
After a disheartening evening of fiddling, I eventually returned to my PC gaming chair to plop down in actual comfort.
Super Moon Pod: Wrapping Up
Look, I tried. I really did. From just about every angle and approach. I even verified that I had put it together as intended, pods placed longways with the cover’s zipper and all. The Super Moon Pod simply did not work for me.
The materials are all high quality as far as I can tell. And laying diagonally across it did provide a small bit of comfort. But in no way did the Super Moon Pod fill the role of theater seat, gaming chair, or anything else that would encourage me to use it regularly.
I’m not about to call the marketing outright lies, but the images on the website illustrate a use case that seems to have other factors involved, which I did not have. And a bean bag chair you have to prop up with something or purchase another $100+ accessory (the crescent pillow) just to get a decent enough angle to game? Suboptimal, to say the least.
Maybe the unit I received was defective in some way. Maybe the pods weren’t filled to spec with glorious moon beans. As it stands, I simply can’t recommend dropping the kind of cash the Super Moon Pod demands when any old beanbag chair will offer all the functionality at less than half the cost.
And maybe any old beanbag chair is all that’s needed.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The Super Moon Pod talks a big game and asks for a price to match. But fails to live up to the promises in a practical way. The material quality is great, but the overall experience is not.
- Great material and build quality
- Relatively comfortable in very specific positions
- The zippered cover makes keeping it clean incredibly easy
- Easy to get stuck in
- Very expensive, even if it works as expected
- Beans either support you, or they don’t. And most often, they don’t.