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Nugget Couch vs. Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

Considering a Nugget couch or a Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa for your kids? Let’s compare them side by side to see which is best for your family.

Everyone is always looking for a Nugget knock off! Most of them are more expensive, and many aren’t even readily available, but Sam’s Club actually recently released a cheaper option! Let’s take a look at it.

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Note: I own a Nugget but not an Explorer, but I have nothing against the Explorer! Click here for my full Nugget review.

Nugget vs Sam's Club Member’s Mark Kids' Explorer Sofa comparison

What are the differences between a Nugget and a Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa?

The Sam’s Club Explore kid’s sofa looks like a pretty straight knock off to the Nugget. If you have a Sam’s membership, it’s actually cheaper than a Nugget. You just have to catch it when it’s in stock!

The biggest difference that I have seen is that people say that the Sam’s club cushions are softer and more for sitting on and not as stable for building.

I will say, Sam’s Club has a very nice return policy, so I’d think its low risk to buy one!

Cover Material

The material on these kids couches is similar, plus the Nugget covers fit Sam’s Club couches.


The Nugget is made of microsuede that is soft and comfortable.

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

It is said that the Explorer has fabric very similar to the Nugget double brushed microsuede.

Do Sam’s Club Explorer Kids Sofas fit in Nugget Covers?

YES, you can fit a Sam’s Explorer kid’s couch in a Nugget cover. The rectangles fit perfectly.

The Sam’s triangles are more pointy than the rounded Nugget ones, but they still fit the covers. Leave the Sam’s original cover on the triangle under the Nugget cover for a tighter fit!

Nugget cover flat on ground


Both of these couches have washable covers.


Nugget covers are machine washable, hang to dry.

Here’s my guide on how to wash a Nugget cover.

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

Explorer also has zipper covers that are machine washable.

big triangle nugget build


Nugget comes in more colors compared to the Sam’s Club couch. Plus, if you are buying in a Sam’s store, you are limited to whatever is in stock.


Nugget comes in 3 permanent colors – black, gray, and navy – and a rotating slate of seasonal colors. There are currently 15 limited edition colors!

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

The explorer comes in 6 colors: sidewalk (gray), flamingo (pink), denim (blue), emerald (green), meteorite (dark gray), ocean (royal blue).

mayberry nugget in natural light
mayberry nugget in natural light


These couches are identical in size.


Rectangular cushions are 33″ x 66″.

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

  • Base Layer: 66″ x 33″ x 5.75″ 
  • Comfort Layer: 66″ x 33″ x 3″ 
  • Triangles: 16″W x 13.85″H x 22″L
Nugget stack set up

Ease of purchase & delivery time

If you can find a Sam’s couch, it is instantly available. Nugget has some wait time, more around the holidays.


Nuggets are now available and ready to ship!

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

The Explorer sofa is currently available online AND in store at Sam’s Clubs.


Sam’s Club explorer is cheaper than Nugget.


Nugget sells for $249 with free shipping in the USA. Click here to shop for Nuggets!

Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa

The explorer runs $180 – but you have to be a Sam’s Club member to get it.

Nugget steps and slide

Summary of differences

Here are all of the differences summarized in a handy table!

NuggetSam’s Club Member’s Mark Kids’ Explorer Sofa
Cover MaterialMicro suedeMicro suede
WashabilityMachine washableMachine washable
Colors18 colors6 colors
Size33″ x 66″33″ x 66″
Delivery TimeImmediateimmediate

See my comparison of all of the Nugget knock offs here!

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Saturday 9th of October 2021

Shipping IS available on the Sam's club explorer sofa. It's included for plus members and takes less than a week


Saturday 9th of October 2021

Thanks for pinging me on this! It was sold out when I originally wrote the post but I've updated it to reflect that it's available!!

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