The bean bag market is welcoming a new
competitor with the Moon Pod, a high-end
bean bag chair with a hefty $299 price tag. In addition to branding
themselves as an ergonomic and highly comfortable bean bag chair, Moon Pod also
claims to have mental health benefits, such as relieving stress and anxiety.
Does it live up to its promise? How does a bean bag exactly combat stress?
Check out this review to find out.
The Moon Pod Basics
Off the bat, it is obvious that the Moon
Pod is a comfy chair. The design really fits and conforms to your body,
similar to a mattress with memory foam-like qualities. It is not overly soft
and malleable to the point where you are getting absorbed into the bean bag. It
is firm enough to support your back if you are sitting upright, but also it is
moldable enough to use the bean bag chair in a variety of different positions.
While using the Moon Pod, I tried rotating through different positions, from
sitting at almost ninety degrees to lying down and the bean bag accommodated to
whatever position I was at quite well. It’s safe to say there aren’t many bean
bags or chairs that can do this. The freeform shape and design of Moon Pod
allow it to take on a wide range of roles, from a sitting surface to a sleeping
mat. It’s firm enough to feel like you’re sitting on something with some
substance to it rather than just a sack of loose beads, which has been my experience
with some lower end and cheaper bean bags.
Appearance-wise, the Moon Pod is solid, but
nothing special. Nice, clean design. No fuss, and it comes in a neutral, space
gray color that works with most interiors. It strays from the typical,
neon-colored bean bag look that you usually see in a teen’s bedroom in movies.
It looks modern and stylish. Nothing special or particularly interesting, but
it’s versatile and works well for most types of spaces. Maybe they could have
added some extra designs or colors to give customer’s some more choice, but if
you’re indifferent about the kind of stuff, it’s not a deal-breaker.
Mental Health Benefits?
The Moon Pod websites claim that the
product has stress and anxiety-relieving properties. This comes from their beads,
which the company custom makes, and are “high density” and “mimics the
sensation of Flotation Therapy.” While those are some very lovely claims, it is
still uncertain to me if the bag can really be credited with helping out those
with stress and anxiety. Objectively speaking, it is comfortable but whether or
not the Moon Pod can be said to relieve stress is up to the user. Can a bean
bag really help out with someone’s mental health? And a bean bag priced at $299
at that? I don’t know. It’s a bit of a stretch. It’s not a therapy session or
anything, but if you’re looking for something to relax on, I guess it does the
job. But if you’re looking for an instant stress-relieving product or something
of the like, I would not rely on this. I think it is fair that the company
brands its product as an ergonomically-designed
chair, but to claim that it has stress and anxiety-relieving effects is
kind of pushing, in my opinion. In fact, the $299 might be a little bit
stress-inducing, in all honesty.
That being said, I do think chilling out on
a nice, comfy bean bag after work can definitely be said to help relax someone
after a stressful day. I think there is some correlation, of course, to a
comfortable product helping out with stress, but it might not be as directly
causated as the Moon Pod website makes it out to be.
At the end of the day, the Moon Pod is a
high-quality product that I would recommend to most people who can afford to shell
out a bit more on a nicer bean bag.