Nugget Couch Review: Should you get one?

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The Nugget is currently one of the hottest kids’ products on the market.  It appeals to all ages – babies, toddlers, younger and older kids, and even adults.  It became so popular, that it spent most of 2020 sold out.  Every time it would come back in stock it would sell out in seconds (which prompted us to write an article about Nugget couch alternatives).  But we’re here today with our official Nugget couch review.

Personally, we own two Nuggets at home, so we’re prepared to give you both the good and the bad, from first hand experience.  We’ve also been connected with dozens of parents who own the Nugget and have seen how different families use it.

We’ll start with this – the hype is real and it’s there for a good reason. But there are still a few things you should know before deciding to get one.

Let’s get into it.

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Nugget Couch Review: Everything you need to know

We’re going to talk about what exactly the Nugget is, what it comes with, how you can play with it, and how we think it compares to other products on the market.

What is the Nugget?

In simple terms, the Nugget is a play couch.  It’s a set of 4 cushions – a thick rectangular cushion, a thinner rectangular cushion, and two triangle pillows.  

What makes the Nugget special (in our opinion) is that the cushion covers are very high quality and come in a wide variety colors.  No matter what your play room, living room, bedroom, or whatever room you plan to put it in looks like, there’s probably a Nugget couch color that fits in well.

And if you want more colors to choose from, check out our post about custom Nugget covers.

In its most basic form, the Nugget kind of looks like a mini couch that you can sit or lay down on.  But that’s barely scratching the surface of what you can do with it – there are literally hundreds of configurations you can do with the Nugget (more on that below).

What can you do with the Nugget?

We touched on this above, but there are so many things you can do with the Nugget – we won’t be able to describe all the possibilities here. 

Here is a great image that shows you several different configurations you do with one Nugget:

Source: @gibbymommadesigns (Instagram link)

These are really just some of the configurations, and these don’t involve any outside products. 

In our house, we’ve used the Nugget in conjunction with our regular couch to create a massive fort (by setting up the Nugget next to the couch and draping blankets over everything).  

There are tons of Nugget couch accessories you can buy as well (these aren’t from the same company, but they are imaginative play products that people have found go really well with the Nugget). 

Some of our favorites include:

All of these products allow you to use the Nugget in different ways add to the fun that your kids can have by playing with it.

Kids just love this thing.

So, we’ve talked a little bit about what the Nugget is and how it can be configured, but let’s get to the bottom line: kids love playing with it regardless of how you have it set up.

If you’ve seen the Nugget on social media, you’ll notice that Nugget is often used as a prop in a playroom, or configured in a fun way with kids just sitting/laying on it, posing for the picture. Yeah, it’s a nice product to showcase on Instagram.

But when kids actually play with it, it becomes a free-for-all jungle gym.  Jumping from cushion to cushion, rolling down inclined cushions, running through forts, using it with their dolls and cars, etc.  

It may be less Instagram-worthy, but that’s how our kids have fun with it, and they love it.  

Adults love it too.

We probably use this thing as much as our kids do.  

I’m one of those people who gets really uncomfortable sitting on the floor for any extended period of time (I guess I’m getting old?).  The Nugget has allowed me to play on floor with my kids for an extended period of time by giving me a slightly raised and cushy platform to sit on.

I also use the triangle pillows to put my feet on while sitting on our normal couch.

I also sit on it when changing my 1 year old’s diaper.

And late at night, I’ve definitely fallen asleep on it while watching TV.

TWO Nuggets?!

It’s hard enough to get one Nugget, given they are often sold out or have long wait times on backorder.  But once you get one, you quickly realize that having two could be even better.

So, yeah, we got a second one.

The best part about having two (aside from making it easier for your kids to share if you have more than one kid), is that it greatly multiplies the number of configurations you can build.  Bigger forts. Larger play areas. More ways for kids to use their imaginations.

Here’s are some builds for two Nuggets:

Source: @gibbymommadesigns (Instagram link)

Nugget Couch Review: What else is out there besides the Nugget?

If you can’t get your hands on the Nugget, you might be interested in our review of the best Nugget alternatives.  Here is a quick summary:

These are all great options, but if you can get your hands on the Nugget, that’s our preference.

Nugget Couch Review: What’s the bottom line?

In case you can’t tell, we’re kind of obsessed with the Nugget and highly recommend it to just about anyone – especially parents with young kids.  (And no, we’re not getting paid to recommend this.)

It’s such a versatile piece of play equipment, but also has plenty of functional uses that are appealing to adults.  And most importantly, it’s a super fun time for kids.  That should be the only Nugget couch review you need. 🙂

Do you have the Nugget? What’s been your experience? Leave a comment below!

Nugget Couch Review: We've taken a deep look at the Nugget couch and will tell you all you need to know to decide if you should get one!

About Eric and Tiffany Matthews

We're Eric and Tiffany, the parents behind Cynical Parent. We're just normal parents who are navigating parenthood with both eyes wide open (probably because there's a kid yelling nearby). And of course, we're pretty cynical. Don't believe everything you read or hear, whether it's on the internet, or from a close family or friend (or even from us!). Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Sometimes you just need to try and see for yourself. :)

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