The 10 Best Hammocks

Updated April 18, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

10 Best Hammocks
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We spent 36 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. The image of a hammock strung between two palm trees on a beach has inspired countless trips to tropical locations. With something from our selection, you can enjoy the same relaxing swaying motion in your own backyard. We've included options that travel well along with some best for permanent installation on a deck or in a garden. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best hammock on Amazon.

10. Best Choice Double Size

Any one of the seven striped, colorful styles of the Best Choice Double Size would complement most yards. Though its colors may fade, its heavy-duty cotton fabric will safely support up to 450 pounds and stand up to the weather for many seasons to come.
  • comfortable quilted material
  • includes a detachable pillow
  • tends to soak up water
Brand Best Choice Products
Model SKY1408
Weight 12.9 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Sunnydaze Combo

The Sunnydaze Combo consists of a classic cotton rope bed as well as a soft quilted cotton pad for added comfort when you want it. It also includes a 12-foot steel stand and the hardware necessary for keeping it up and swinging all season long.
  • comes with a matching pillow
  • easy to take apart for storage
  • spreader bars are prone to snapping
Brand Sunnydaze Decor
Model DL-DSRH-Combo
Weight 43.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Vivere Double Sunbrella

Constructed with a solution-dyed, weather-resistant fabric, the Brazilian-style Vivere Double Sunbrella is both soft and easy to maintain. Its 9-foot steel stand assembles quickly without the need for any additional tools and is built to last.
  • good size for two people
  • includes a carrying case
  • tends to be noisy when it sways
Brand Vivere
Model C9SUNC
Weight 31.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Giantex Swing and Stand Set

The timeless curved wooden base of the Giantex Swing and Stand Set will complement both classic and modern outdoor furniture, so you won't have to worry about it blending in. Its bed is made of a rugged polyester-cotton blend, with no net holes for you to get caught up in.
  • available in three sizes
  • strong hardwood spreader bars
  • can be tough to get into and out of
Brand Giantex
Model OP3120
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. XXL Chair Swing

If you love the concept of a hammock but prefer to sit upright, consider the XXL Chair Swing, which combines the best of both worlds. It's suspended from a single sturdy wooden bar and can be installed indoors or out, wherever you like to relax.
  • easy to hang from a tree branch
  • comes with a hanging cupholder
  • included hardware is a bit cheap
Brand Hammock Sky
Model pending
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Trek Light Single

While the Trek Light Single can hold up to 400 pounds, it weighs in at just 16 ounces, making it a great choice for hiking trips where the weight of your gear really matters. It's backed by a three-year warranty and is a good pick for outdoors enthusiasts of all sorts.
  • made of durable nylon
  • quick drying and easy to clean
  • includes hardware and a stuff sack
Brand Trek Light Gear
Model 817067010329
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Sky Brazilian Double

The Sky Brazilian Double is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and offers superb relaxation for a single person or a couple. Its resting area measures a spacious 98 by 59 inches, so its occupants will have ample room to recline.
  • available in three styles
  • comfortable cotton-polyester blend
  • backed by a lifetime warranty
Brand Hammock Sky
Model Brazilian Hammock
Weight 3.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

3. Rada Yucatan

For a large option that feels more like a soft, enveloping blanket, look no further than the Rada Yucatan. It is hand-woven by artisans on its namesake peninsula in Mexico, and its lightweight netting provides great airflow, making it a good choice for summer naps.
  • available in natural or two blues
  • can support up to 550 pounds
  • works with most mounting hardware
Brand Hammocks Rada
Model Matrimonial size natura
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest

The Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest provides a convenient place to sleep while on a camping trip. It's not the largest option, but it does include a pair of strong aluminum carabiners, allowing you to secure it easily to trees or poles.
  • compresses into a small stuff sack
  • comes with nautical-grade ropes
  • weighs just one pound
Brand Eagles Nest Outfitters
Model SH020
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

1. Pawleys Island 13DC

Sleep like royalty with the Pawleys Island 13DC, which can hold up to 450 pounds, making it a great choice for couples. It measures an impressive 82 inches long by 55 inches wide, and is made of woven DuraCord 3-ply rope for superior stability.
  • zinc-plated steel hardware
  • varnished solid oak spreader bars
  • double-latched for added strength
Brand Hammock Source
Model 13DCG
Weight 13.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Getting Yourself A Great Hammock

The hammock may be the quintessential symbol of summertime relaxation, but the hammock need not be a staple of the summer months alone: when hung in the right spot, a hammock can be enjoyed all year long, whether suspended near a fire pit, accompanied by blankets or, of course, if the hammock is hung indoors.

Choosing the right hammock, therefore, means considering not only where you will use it, but when. Start by considering the weather the hammock will have to face. Many hammocks are made with materials designed to resist fading and fraying that can result from long-term exposure to sunshine, but these same hammocks might not resist damage caused by rain and snow. Also, consider the durability of the non-fabric hardware that accompanies your hammock.

Look for spreader bars made from rust-resistant metals or for woods varnished to resist water damage if your hammock will indeed face such climate-related challenges. Alternatively, you could consider a hammock compact and portable enough that you can easily remove it when bad weather threatens and then rehang it when fair weather returns. This approach is certainly more hands on, but it helps to ensure that your hammock will last for years.

It's relatively easy to find a hammock that is suitable for comfortable use by one person, but it can be a bit harder to find a hammock suitable for shared use. If you and your significant other want to be able to share the hammock, or if you want a hammock kids can pile into, make sure you check the rated weight capacity of a prospective hammock, as well as its width. Look for a hammock that is at least 48 inches (or four feet) wide if two adults intend to share it.

As for weight capacity, many hammocks can safely support more than 500 pounds. Still others are rated at more than 800 pounds of support capability. In fact, often enough it's not the actual hammock you must worry about when considering payload, but the trees, beams, or stand to which the hammock is anchored.

Finally, know that at the higher price range, hammocks often come with stands, which help to make sense of their cost (and which certainly help you set your hammock up wherever you want). Lower-priced hammocks normally arrive without support hardware.

A Few Hacks For Hammock Mounting

If your hammock comes with a stand, then hanging it up is a rather easy affair. Simply follow the steps included with the unit, making sure that you construct the stand properly, and then hang and enjoy your hammock. If the process necessitates a do it yourself approach, then a bit more careful thought and effort will be needed. No one who has ever had a hammock collapse beneath himself or herself wishes to repeat the experience, so make sure you properly hang your hammock the first time.

If you are hanging your hammock in the classic style, namely between a pair of trees, then first make sure the trees in question are in good health and are of a sufficient size and strength to support the weight and tension you and your hammock will create. Try to use hanging hardware that won't permanently damage the tree, avoiding screwing bolts or hooks into the tree if possible. If you use a chain to wrap around the tree, consider encasing the links in rubber or wrapping a heavy cloth such as canvas or burlap, around the section of the chain that will be pressed against the tree trunk.

Using ratchet straps is a great idea whether you are hanging a hammock between trees or securing it to the beams of a porch or deck. These straps are strong, yet won't cut into wood, they are easily adjusted, and they allow you to quickly remove your hammock when it is not needed and then rehang it later.

You can make an ad hoc hammock stand with nothing more than a metal post, a bucket, and a bag of concrete mix. Dig a hole that will allow the bucket to sit several inches below the ground, then fill the bucket with the concrete mix and proper amount of water. Slide the post down into the center of the mixture and prop it upright while the concrete sets. Then bury the bucket (or buckets), pack down the earth around it, and let the land settle for several days.

If you want to hang a hammock inside, you absolutely must locate solid studs in your walls. Use a stud finder to verify that you have identified a solid wooden beam and then use a drill to create a guide hole for the hooks you'll soon be mounting. Make sure the drill bit you use to create the hole is narrower than the thickness of the hardware you'll twist into place, and be certain to use large hooks with wide threads intended for use in wood.

The History Of The Word Hammock

Hammocks have been used around the globe for untold thousands of years. In some regions, they are used as comfortable spots for rest and relaxation. In others, they are the primary spot for sleep. Hammocks have been used on tropical beaches, in dense jungles, in the holds of ships, and everywhere in between.

The simple design of a hammock and the wide range of materials suitable for their construction -- from wool to modern synthetics -- has made the hammock a perennially popular item.

Europeans came into contact with hammocks in the first years of the so-called Age of Exploration. None other than Christopher Columbus himself noted the unique hamacas in which many natives slept.

The name was derived from the Hamack Tree, which provided the bark often used to make these suspended beds. And the name stuck. It was no large jump from hamacas to the word we still use today in English: hammock.

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Last updated on April 18, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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