An Honest Review of the Nugget Play Couch (Plus, Shop 11 of the Best Alternatives!)

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nugget play couch review

If you’re a parent, you’re likely familiar with the Nugget play couch that so many parents swear by for keeping kids entertained at home. Partially fueled by pandemic popularity, the Nugget has sold out multiple times, even with its $229 price tag. If you’re not familiar with it, the Nugget is an “infinitely configurable play couch” that’s made up of four foam pieces: a foldable base, foldable cushion, and two triangle pillows. It’s covered in microsuede fabric that comes in a range of beautiful colors from pastels to neutrals to vibrant hues.

Maybe you have one, or maybe you’ve asked yourself, “Is the Nugget couch worth it?” For many parents, the answer is yes. But knowing it can be hard to get your hands on one, we’ve also tracked down similar options. Read on for an honest review of the Nugget Couch, plus shop 11 of the best Nugget couch alternatives.

 

The Nugget Play Couch: An Honest Review

With two kids who love to climb and jump on any and all furniture and surfaces, I was willing to look past the Nugget’s price tag for the sake of my kids’ safety and also my couch cushions’ longevity. I’m a big fan of fewer, bigger gifts that will last (instead of getting tossed aside within a few days for holidays and birthdays). So the Nugget was the perfect Christmas gift in our household last year.

 

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The Nugget held up to my expectations for quality in a $200+ item. Its microsuede fabric cover is easy to remove and to clean, and it is thick and durable—so kids can jump and play without fear of ripping it. The foam insert is substantial (actually much heavier than I expected), yet soft. My kids use it for everything from building forts and tents to cuddling up for movie night. We’ve also used it for sleeping when a little one makes their way into our room overnight.

Nugget

The Nugget

The original Nugget play couch comes in 18 gorgeous colors. Perfect for kids who love climbing and building forts or cuddling up with a book or for family movie night.

 

Best Nugget Play Couch Dupes

Pottery Barn Kids

Foamnasium Blocksy Kids Couch

This is the closest alternative to the Nugget we could find, though it still rings up at $249.

Available in 6 colors and from other retailers.

Shenanigan Kids

The Figgy

Tried and true by another one of our editors, we can stand by The Figgy as a solid alternative to the Nugget (just don't expect to save money on this option at $329).

Available in 4 colors.

Cushy Couch

The Cushy Couch

Made up of four pieces, the Cushy Couch is similar to the Nugget, but is still an investment at $319.

Available in 8 colors.

Brentwood Home

Play Couch

For an greener option, this play couch is made by using BioFoam and fabrics made from recycled plastics.

Its price ($279) is comparable to the Nugget, but it includes 6 pieces compared to 4. Available in 6 colors.

 

Best Mini Play Couches

Wayfair

Foamnasium Blocksy Mini Kids Couch

Sometimes you don't have room to add a giant play couch to your home, and the Foamnasium Blocksy Mini is a great solution to that at $159.

Available in 6 colors and from other retailers.

Amazon

Jaxx Zipline Convertible Kids Loveseat

Another smaller option at $174.99 is the Jaxx loveseat and ottomans.

Available in 8 colors and from other retailers.

Walmart

Critter Sitters Modular Sofa

For parents who want a true couch that can also convert for play, this is a great option at $199.99.

Available in 4 colors and from other retailers.

Buy Buy Baby

Design Skins Transformable Play Furniture Cake Sofa

This convertible chair is great for the smallest of spaces and rings up at $199.99.

Available in 2 colors and from other retailers.

 

Best Budget-Friendly Play Couches

Walmart

Deslit Toddler Couch

At $77.99, this fold out foam couch is a budget-friendly answer to the Nugget.

Available in 7 colors and from other retailers.

Amazon

Serta Perfect Sleeper Extra Wide Convertible Sofa

We love this wallet-friendly option at jut $55.

Available in 2 colors and from other retailers.

Amazon

Delta Children's Cozee Flip-Out Chair

At $49.99, the Delta Cozee Flip-Out Chair wins for most budget-friendly.

Available in 5 colors and from other retailers.