Whether you want somewhere comfy to sleep while camping, a place to perch by the pool, or a better bed for your back, hammocks provide a wonderful, comfortable place to rest and relax.
‘No time for reading? Here are our picks for the best hammocks.’
The benefits that hammocks can provide and the situations they work well in greatly varies from model to model. To help you choose the best hammock for you, this guide includes in depth-reviews of the 10 best hammocks along with pro buyer tips.
With a strong steel stand and tightly woven cotton material, this Vivere Double Cotton Hammock is all about comfort and convenience.
This hammock’s handy carrying case allows you to take it anywhere, while its stand allows you to set it up in any spot- no need to find the two perfect trees.
Not to mention, this hassle-free hammock requires little work for assembly, it should take you only a few minutes and no tools to set up.
After setting it up you can lay back and relax, enjoying its colorful cozy fabric and wide width. While this hammock has more than enough room for one or two people to be comfortable, it won’t monopolize your backyard, with a space-saving 9-foot long stand.
This hammock will save you space and money, however, its low cost is reflected in some of its parts being cheaply made. Overall though this bargain Brazilian hammock is a steal.
- Holds 450 pounds
- 100% cotton
- 130 inches long
- 63 inches wide
- 9-foot stand
- Comes with stand
- Comfortable, tightly woven cotton material
- Beautiful Brazilian hammock
- Some cheaply made parts
Perfect for camping or hanging out in your backyard, this high-quality hammock is comfortably spacious with a 9-foot length and 4.5-foot width.
Don’t let its large size fool you, this portable hammock folds down to the size of a grapefruit, neatly fitting into the carrying bag that comes with it. At only 15 ounces, this is one of the most lightweight hammocks on this list, making it a great option for backpackers.
It also comes with carabiners and tree straps with 5 different adjustment loops so you can easily find the perfect height for you.
With a 210 thread count parachute nylon material, this hammock is soft and breathable. However, while its more than comfortable enough to relax in, if you plan on sleeping in it you may want to line it with something to make it a bit cozier.
- 210 thread count parachute nylon
- 9 feet long
- 4.5 Feet Wide
- Weighs 16 oz.
- Holds 500 pounds
- Comes with carabiners and tree straps
- Not the best for sleeping
- Heavy carabiners
One of the most recognizable names in hammocks is ENO, and for good reason, they create incredible, high-quality hammocks.
This DoubleNest hammock is a prime example of their superior craftsmanship with 70D high tenacity nylon taffeta that is simultaneously durable enough to withstand the elements and comfortable enough to sleep on.
With a length of over 9 feet and a width of over 6 feet, this hammock has more than enough room to fit two people comfortably.
Even with such a large size, this hammock impressively only weighs 19 ounces. While that’s fairly lightweight, if you are planning on taking your hammock on a backpacking journey, you’ll probably want to look at some of the lighter options on this list.
This hammock is extremely portable though, neatly fitting in its attached 5-inch by 5-inch storage bag. It also includes high- quality aluminum wire gate carabiners.
- Weighs 19 ounces
- 9 feet 4 inches long
- 6 feet 2 inches wide
- Supports up to 400 pounds
- Made from 70D high tenacity nylon taffeta
- Durable, comfortable fabric
- Includes high-quality carabiners
- Wide enough to fit 2 people
- Heavy for a camping hammock
This fuss-free Brazilian double hammock is perfect for relaxing in your backyard, by the beach, or at your local park. This fun, colorful hammock isn’t just beautiful though, it’s also durable, with an impressive lifetime warranty.
Take it anywhere with you by simply stuffing it down into its complementary carrying bag. It becomes about the size of a bread loaf, which is fairly small considering the size of the hammock, but also much bigger than the other portable hammocks on this list become.
Tightly woven in a style inspired by that of native artisans in Brazil, this is one of the most comfortable hammocks you’ll encounter with a texture similar to a soft sponge.
This hammock easily fits two people- at least after a couple of weeks of use. It needs time to stretch to reach its true wide width and long length.
- Holds 475 pounds
- 144 inches long
- 59 inches wide
- Cotton and Polyester Material
- Comfortable tightly woven Brazilian construction
- Colorful, beautiful design
- Needs a couple of weeks to stretch out
- Bulky in storage bag
The Bear Butt brand has really made a name for itself in the hammock industry with excellent customer service, quality hammocks, and affordable prices.
This extra big hammock is 10 feet long and 6 feet wide so you’ll have more than enough room for yourself or a couple of friends.
With specially formulated 210T 75D nylon taffeta, this hammock uses some of the strongest, most durable material available. That nylon taffeta paired with reinforced triple stitching makes this one of the safest hammocks you can buy.
Conveniently, this hammock comes with a carrying bag, carabiners, and hammock straps. Not so conveniently, those hammock straps and carabiners are low quality, so if you really want to test this hammocks’ 500-pound weight limit, purchase some better ones.
- Made with 210T 75D nylon taffeta
- 10 feet long
- 6 feet wide
- 24 ounces with straps and carabiners
- Holds up to 500 pounds
- Incredible customer service
- Super strong material
- Includes carrying bag, straps, carabiners
- Low-quality carabiners
- Hard-to-use rope straps
For all the avid backpackers out there looking for a lightweight hammock that doesn’t compromise quality, this Hummingbird Ultralight Hammock is here to answer your prayers.
This hammock only weighs an astonishing 5.2 ounces, which is far below what most of the hammocks on this list weigh in at, and about 30% less than the average camping hammock on the market.
Despite its light weight, this hammock has strength, with a military-grade build quality and the capability to hold up to 350 pounds.
Of course, that’s much less than many of the other hammocks on this list, so if you’re looking for a hammock that can hold a couple of people or a bigger person, this is probably not the option for you. Also, with a fairly high price tag, this isn’t a great hammock for bargain-hunters.
If you are a backpacker though, this lightweight hammock, which folds into a bag so small it can fit in your hand, is a miracle product.
- Supports up to 350 pounds
- Weighs 5.2 ounces
- 100% nylon
- 8.7 feet long
- 4 feet wide
- Extremely lightweight
- Folds down super small
- Quality nylon
- Low weight limit
Anyone who has camped in a hammock knows that one hammock accessory reigns supreme over all others in importance: a mosquito net.
Trust me, you’ll only make the mistake of camping without one in a bug-infested area once. That’s why I’m a huge fan of this innovative hammock incorporating a mosquito net into its design so you can’t forget to bring one.
For including a hammock, straps, carabiners, and a mosquito net this hammock is as lightweight as it could possibly be. With adjustable straps and everything you need to set up your hammock included, this hammock is completely hassle-free. No need to worry about setting up, dealing with bugs, or having an uncomfortable sleep.
My only complaints are the lack of options for colors, which is, I know, a very surface-level problem. Also, while most of this hammock is high quality, some small parts, like the zipper, could have been better made.
Otherwise, this hammock is perfectly suited for outdoor sleeping, protecting you while you snooze.
- Made of 210T parachute nylon
- 2.4 pounds with hammock and net
- Supports 500 pounds
- 106 inches long
- 55 inches wide
- Mosquito net included
- Comes with carabiners and straps
- Durable, comfortable material
- Lack of color options
- Poorly made zipper
With a lightweight design, quality nylon material, and strong triple-stitched seams, this Grand Trunk Nano 7 Single Hammock has everything you could want in a hammock.
Whether you plan on using this hammock to hang out on the park or to sleep in while you are backpacking, it will do the job.
One of the best things about it is its revolutionarily lightweight build that only weighs in at a clean 7.4 ounces. The hammock itself packs down to the size of the softball so you can easily find space for it in your pack.
It comes with bent wire carabiners that are compatible with any tree straps and a handy carrying compression bag.
The major downsides of this hammock are its low weight capacity, it only bears up to 300 pounds of weight and its expensive price tag. However, this durable hammock is supposed to last you a lifetime, with an impressive well-backed lifetime warranty, so its well worth the price.
- Weighs 7.4 ounces
- 108 inches long
- 48 inches wide
- Can hold up to 300 pounds
- 100% parachute nylon
- Lifetime warranty
- Super lightweight
- Strong nylon material and triple stitching
- Low weight capacity
If you’re looking for a super relaxing hammock to lounge on in your backyard, look no farther than this Sunnydaze Cotton Rope Freestanding Hammock.
This hammock is a bit pricey, but it also comes with a lot more accessories than rope hammocks typically do, like a quilted pad for maximum comfort, a pillow to rest your head on, and a stand to hang the hammock on.
Just because this hammock is comfort-oriented doesn’t mean it’s not strong, on the contrary, this durable hammock is weatherproof, its stand is rust-resistant, and its pillow and pad are quick-drying, so feel free to leave this hammock outside.
Lastly, this hammock comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can customize your hammock to match your backyard’s color scheme.
The only downside of this incredible hammock is that the wooden spreaders on its ends are somewhat cheaply made, so if your not gentle with them, they can be prone to breaking.
- 144 inches long
- 36 inches wide
- Weighs 25 pounds
- Can hold 275 pounds
- Made from durable rope cords
- Extremely comfortable
- Comes with a pillow and padding
- Weatherproof and rust-resistant
- Cheaply made wooden spreaders.
One of the best rope hammocks you’ll find online is the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.
It’s woven with Dura-Cord rope in a lattice design to ensure that weight is evenly distributed throughout it and it stays strong. Even the wooden bars are built to last with a marine-resistant finish that keeps them looking great no matter what weather they endure.
This hammock is completely weatherproof and resistant to rot and abrasion so you can leave it up in your backyard for as long as you would like to.
This hammock is long and wide, with a 13-foot length and a 55-inch width. Keep in mind that when you first get the hammock it may look short. That’s because it needs some time and use to really stretch out.
Two of the downsides of this hammock are that is very expensive, which makes sense considering its quality, and that because its a rope hammock it can be dangerous for kids. Otherwise, this is a wonderful, top-notch backyard hammock.
- 13 feet long
- 55 inches wide
- Can hold up to 450 pounds
- Made with Dura Cord rope
- Weighs 12 pounds
- Weatherproof dura cord and marine-resistant wood
- Stable lattice design
- Long and wide multi-person hammock
- Dangerous for small kids
I know, all of the above hammocks are absolutely incredible.
How are you supposed to choose just one?
To help make your choice easier, below are some tips on hammock types, features, and everything else you need to know before buying a hammock.
Types of Hammocks
Rope hammocks are one of the most classic types of hammocks. They are made from knotted and twisted ropes and often have a wooden spreader bar to give them a flat shape.
These hammocks are typically put up in backyards or attached to hammock stands. Often they are used for relaxing and are especially fun to lounge on after a swim.
They aren’t as sturdy as other hammock varieties and are dangerous for small children because they pose a strangulation risk.
As the years go on, camping hammocks become more and more popular, providing a lightweight compact method to sleep under the stars.
They are typically made of nylon material and come with hammock straps so you can hang them on trees or other natural objects.
While they are cozy to sleep in during the warmer months, they don’t provide much protection from the elements so don’t get a lot of use in the winter.
Mayan hammocks are the colorful cousins of rope hammocks.
They are typically crafted in the traditional Mayan style with thin threads that are woven together to create a durable hammock perfect for lounging in.
Although they may look delicate, they can hold a surprising amount of weight. However, constant use and the elements can take their toll on Mayan hammocks.
You have definitely seen Brazilian hammocks hanging around. These colorful cloth creations typically are used in backyards and parks. Brazillian hammocks normally feature a fabric sling that comes together at each end with ropes.
This style is portable, but because it’s not lightweight or that durable, is typically used for more leisurely activities than camping. They are one of the cheapest hammock styles so if you are looking for a bargain hammock, a Brazilian one is the way to go.
To see some other hammock styles and options check out this video:
Hammock Features to Consider
What material your hammock is made from will largely depend on what type of hammock you purchase. Hammocks can be made of cotton, rope, fabric, nylon, and so on. Obviously, it’s best to choose a hammock fabric that’s lightweight, breathable, and weatherproof.
Hammocks typically come in two different shapes, they are either flat because they have a wooden spreader bar, or curved like a cocoon because they don’t.
A spreader bar is the wooden bar on the end of rope hammocks that spreads out the rope giving it a flat shape. It keeps the hammock taut so it won’t cocoon around you.
Whether you want a cocoon hammock or flat one depends on what hammock shape you find more comfortable.
Some hammocks come with stands while others come with tree straps.
The benefit of stands is that they allow you to put up hammocks in spaces without trees. However, because stands aren’t that portable, they can limit where you put your hammock.
Hammocks with tree straps are much more portable, but do rely on their being two anchor points the ideal distance apart for you to put up your hammock.
Hammocks can be single, double, or even family-sized.
How many people your hammock can hold is typically reflected in how wide it is, with double hammocks being around 6 feet wide while singles are closer to 4 feet.
Single hammocks will also be a little bit shorter than doubles
Before sitting in your hammock with friends, be sure to check what its weight capacity is. Most hammocks list a weight capacity of around or lower than 500 pounds. If your hammock has a really low weight capacity, like in the 300-pound range, you’ll have to be super careful about who you let in it.
Hammock prices range greatly, from $10 cheap Brazilian hammock to $100 lightweight camping hammocks. Most hammocks will be in the $30 – $60 range. Decide what you’re willing to pay before you look.
Frequently Asked Hammock Questions
How Do I Hang a Hammock?
How you hang your hammock depends on whether you are using tree straps or a stand.
If you are using a stand you must first assemble the stand. Once your stand is built, attach its clips to your hammock and you should be good to hang.
If you are using tree straps you have to find two anchor points that your straps, when attached to your hammock, can reach. When you find the perfect spot, wind your straps around the trees and pull them tight at a 30-degree angle. Attach your carabiner to your hammock, and then to the strap loop that will suspend you at your preferred height.
There are of course other ways to hang hammocks, like from wall mounts or with a rope. To learn how to hang a hammock with a rope, check out the video below.
What’s the Perfect Sized Space to Hang My Hammock?
The perfect sized space to hang your hammock is around 2 – 3 feet plus the total length of your hammock. This provides you with enough freedom to adjust your straps to your tautness preferences.
How Many People Can a Hammock Hold?
How many people your hammock can hold will depend on its maximum weight capacity and your strap’s strength.
Hammocks typically list a weight below 500 pounds as their maximum weight capacity to be safe. Straps, however, may list weight capacities that are much higher.
Check your hammocks information on its instructions sheet to make sure you don’t surpass the weight limit.
Of course, some hammocks specifically say whether they can fit one or two people.
Listen to how many people your hammock says it can fit.
As tempting as it may be to fit all your friends into your hammock, falling unexpectedly from a few feet in the air can lead to some nasty injuries.
Whether you were looking for a backyard hammock to hang in next to your pool, a camping hammock to go on a month-long backpacking adventure with, or a Brazilian hammock to lounge in at the park, this list had a hammock for you.
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