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Transformer Patio Conversion Set Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Modular outdoor patio set

Transformer Patio Conversion Set

Transformer Patio Conversion Set

The Transformer Patio Conversion Set is a modular outdoor patio set that has multiple color and size options. The various pieces of the set can be fit together in various seating configurations. In our testing, the seats were comfortable, durable, and supportive.

Pros

  • Highly customizable and configurable, lots of seating options
  • Easily stores excess chairs and cushions within the furniture itself
  • Made of weather resistant materials (survived 3 severe thunderstorms + a Phoenix dust storm during our tests)
  • Has 2 color options & 4 size options

Cons

  • Unboxing and setup time was significant
  • Comes with a lot of packaging you’ll need to discard

Scoring

Outdoor patio set, any way you like it
  • Design - 99%
    99%
  • Performance - 99%
    99%
  • Quality - 98%
    98%
  • Usability - 99%
    99%
  • Value - 96%
    96%
98%

Summary

The Transformer Patio Conversion Set has the perfect seating arrangement all the time. That is due to the highly modular design of the set. Different pieces can be attached together to form couches or individual seats as you need them. It has a highly durable design with the base and cushions being weather resistant. The set is comfortable and highly supportive. Overall, if you want an outdoor set that can fit the occasion, this is a great option.

In This Review

Performance Tests | Assembly | Design | Dimensions | Shipping & Returns | Summary

Performance Tests

At Modern Castle, we took subjective measurements of 5 different performance factors of the Transformer Patio Conversion Set. In the case of this set, it has 3 different types of cushions, seats with arms, seats without arms, and table cushions.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set
Transformer Patio Conversion Set

We’ll make sure to discuss the differences between these cushions when applicable.

Performance Highlights

Bounce

Moderate

Sinkage

Minimal

Pressure Relief

Fair

Support

High

Firmness

Firm

Bounce

Across all 3 cushion types, bounce was moderate. To test this, we bounce a 12-pound medicine ball on the sofa, measuring how deeply the ball compresses into the cushions and rebounds up.

The acrylic fibers of the cover and poly foam cushions create enough bounce to help you move around easily. 

Sinkage

Performance between all cushion types was similar. Sinkage was minimal across all cushions. We placed a 12-pound medicine ball on the cushion and measured the sinkage depth.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion sinkage
Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion sinkage

Only a small amount of the ball sank in, and as you sit on the cushions you can feel they are meant to be firm, durable, and supportive. 

Pressure Relief

Pressure relief across all the Patio Set was fair. The poly foams inside the cushions don’t provide a significant level of pressure relief. You don’t sink into these cushions like you would an indoor couch. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set sitting
Transformer Patio Conversion Set sitting

These cushions are meant to be durable and withstand various weather conditions, including storms. These design choices give the cushions and pillows a more firm and sturdy feel. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set no arm seat
Transformer Patio Conversion Set no arm seat

That said, it is still comfortable for an outdoor furniture set. 

Support

While pressure relief may be lacking, support was not. The frame is incredibly sturdy and the firmer feel of the cushions creates a highly supportive surface to sit on. 

Firmness

With the overall design of the Patio Set focusing on durability, the cushions turned out quite firm. I would rate the firmness at a 7 out of 10, where 10 is the most firm. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set firmness

Assembly

Assembling the Transformer Patio Set took some time. It comes in too large boxes on pallets with a lot of packaging and cardboard. Unpacking the various pieces alone took 21 minutes to complete, and that was before we even assembled the furniture. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set removing bracket
Transformer Patio Conversion Set removing bracket

From there, assembling the furniture took 23 minutes. It started off slow, as we had to figure out how to connect the arms and familiarize ourselves with the pieces. 

In total it took us 44 minutes from boxes to assembled pieces of furniture.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set bottom hook
Transformer Patio Conversion Set bottom hook

That said, as we set up the various pieces we found attaching / detaching pieces was not difficult and fairly intuitive. Simply by leaning the main body of the seat, you can slide the arm piece under and hook it in place. From there, you can attach the bracket to more firmly secure it.  

Modularity

This leads to the Transformer Patio Conversion Set being highly modular. It can be placed in various arrangements to seat different numbers of people.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set
Transformer Patio Conversion Set
Transformer Patio Conversion Set
Transformer Patio Conversion Set

If you don’t need all the seating space, the set can be stored away by inserting the armless seat pieces into the armed seat pieces. This makes it easy to store the unneeded pieces when necessary. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set storing seat
Transformer Patio Conversion Set storing seat

In addition, the table pieces double as ottomans / foot rests by simply placing one of the thinner cushions on top. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set footrest
Transformer Patio Conversion Set footrest

All that to say, the major selling point of this set is the modularity. While the pieces look nice and the seats are comfortable and durable, the customization, modularity, and internal storage are the real reasons to buy.

Design

Regarding the design of the Transformer Patio Set, I would say I am pleased with the final product. The wicker used across the backs, base, and seats has a nice look that is also fairly durable. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set
Transformer Patio Conversion Set

The furniture set we tested has already been through multiple severe thunderstorms storms and an Arizona dust storm and came out the other side unscathed. While some pillows and cushions were blown off with the wind and needed to be retrieved, no lasting damage was done to the seats, tables, or cushions. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion close-up
Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion close-up

This is largely thanks to the materials used in construction. The wicker is a weather and UV resistant high-density polyethylene resin. The cushions and pillows are covered in acrylic fibers that are stain and mildew resistant. Before they ship it off, they are finished with a special coating to enhance water repellency. 

Legs

The legs on the Transformer Patio Set are pretty basic. They really aren’t meant to be seen and allow the furniture to be slightly elevated above the ground. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set legs
Transformer Patio Conversion Set legs

Base

Underneath the wicker is an aluminum frame. This acts as the base for the patio set. In most cases, except when moving the pieces, you won’t see the base.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set base
Transformer Patio Conversion Set base

That said, it is quite sturdy and I have no complaints regarding the base. 

Seat

The seat cushions for the transformer set are well designed. They are covered in a weather resistant fabric and stuffed with poly foam as the comfort layer. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion poly foam
Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion poly foam

The bottom of the cushions have a woven mesh that provides grip for the cushions. When placed on the seat frame, that mesh can help keep the cushions in place. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion bottom
Transformer Patio Conversion Set cushion bottom

When the weather was nice, this weave functioned perfectly. However, during stormy weather, we found some of the cushions were blown away in the wind. It would have been nice to see some way to latch the cushions to the seats if needed. I am considering adding a few double sided pieces of velcro to help keep the seat cushions more securely in place.

Arms

The arms are constructed of the same aluminum framing and wicker covering. They lack any form of cushioning, but considering the modular nature of the furniture and the outdoor setting no cushioning isn’t a big deal. 

Back

As with the seat, the back is constructed of that base material. The difference is they aren’t removable. They lack cushioning, but are still sturdy and supportive. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set arm seat back
Transformer Patio Conversion Set arm seat back

Pillows

Included with the Transformer Outdoor Sofa Set is a number of pillows based on the size you purchased.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set pillow filling
Transformer Patio Conversion Set pillow filling

They are covered in the same weather resistant acrylic as the cushions, and are filled with a poly fiber filling. This gives the pillows a more plush feel that is great for placing as a back cushion. 

Tables / Footrests

The tables are a fantastic addition to the whole set. Not only do they provide a table surface when needed, but they also can act as a footrest.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set table
Transformer Patio Conversion Set table

By simply adding a cushion on top, the table becomes a great place to rest your feet. 

Options & Dimensions

The Transformer Patio Set has various options to choose from when purchasing. It has two different color options that include:

Transformer Patio Conversion Set beige color
Transformer Patio Conversion Set beige color
Transformer Patio Conversion Set grey color
Transformer Patio Conversion Set grey color

In addition, there are 4 different size options to choose from.

  • 3 to 5 piece
  • 6 to 10 piece
  • 9 to 15 piece
  • 12 to 20 piece

The low end number above is the most compact that each respective set can be configured as. While the upper range is the largest configuration available. For example, we tested the 6 to 10 piece patio set.

The smallest configuration is 4 standalone chairs and 2 tables (with 4 armless seats storing into the back of each standalone chair). While the largest configuration is 4 standalone chairs, 4 armless seats, and 2 tables.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set full length
Transformer Patio Conversion Set full length

While the total dimensions of the sofa is dependent on the arrangement of the pieces, the dimensions of each piece are as follows:

LengthWidthHeightSeat Height
Seat with arms31.50″35.75″26.50″19.00″
Seat w/o arms31.50″24.00″26.50″19.00″
Arm rests31.50″4.50″26.50″NA

Shipping & Returns

Shipping can take 5 to 10 business days depending on the delivery location. Shipping is free, as long as your order is over $999 within Canada and the US.

Transformer Patio Conversion Set sitting
Transformer Patio Conversion Set sitting

The set will come in two large boxes on pallets that hold the various pieces. 

Transformer Patio Conversion Set boxes
Transformer Patio Conversion Set boxes

If you are not happy with the product and wish to return it, you will need to pay for shipping and keep the original packaging. After the product arrives in their warehouses, they will inspect the product and give a refunded amount based on the results of that inspection. 

Should you buy the Transformer Patio Conversion Set?

I would recommend the Transformer Patio Conversion Set if you’re looking for the following features:

  • Highly modular: While the seats are comfortable and the set has a good design, the ability to modularly customize the setup is the biggest selling point. Seats can be pushed into other seats, attached / detached together to create full couches, individual seats, armed / armless chairs, tables, ottomans, footstools, and more. Armrests can be removed or attached as needed, and all of this is done relatively easily. 
  • Excellent durability: Overall, we found the durability to be fantastic. Both the wicker and fabric coverings are weather resistant and the aluminum framing is incredibly durable. The whole set has a sturdy feel. Within just a few weeks of testing our set had already been through several severe thunderstorms. It was able to handle the wind, dust, and water with ease. There was no damage and the cushions cleaned up easily.

For more information or to purchase the Transformer Patio Conversion Set click here. 

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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