Imagine a long hot drive to a remote campsite – one where you arrive and don’t see another soul. All you see is a gorgeous lake that is sparkling, trees everywhere, and there is so much fresh air, your lungs can’t even believe it. You are elated and refreshed to be at this little picture of paradise, but you are also exhausted after the long drive. It’s time to set up your tent and cooking station, but first, it’s time to relax for a hot minute. What’s the best way to unwind after the long trek with minimal effort? A hammock, of course.
Nowadays, hammocks come in small compact cases and can be set up within seconds; that is if you can find two adjacent trees that will cooperate. So how to go about choosing the hammock of your siesta dreams? Well, to save you time and get you that much closer to relaxing, we have done the research for you. We have listed the top ten hammocks and explained why they are the best of the best on the market, so sit back and find a hammock to relax in with ease.
- WISE OWL OUTFITTERS
- Possibility for a refund
- BEAR BUTT HAMMOCKS
- Great capacity
- WINNER OUTFITTERS HAMMOCK
- Steel carabiners
10 Best Hammocks
WISE OWL OUTFITTERS
With an extra-soft, yet durable 210T parachute nylon makeup the hammock is extremely comfortable and stable. In addition, the triple interlocking stitching ensures you will not fall through.
Everything you need to set up this hammock is included and is extremely simple to use. This includes two 8-foot ropes and attached carabiners. Also, the company will send you instructions after your purchase.
There are two versions available and both are lightweight and compact. The SingleOwl will fold up to the size of a grapefruit, while the DoubleOwl will resemble the size of an eggplant when folded.
Both versions, while one is designed for one, are built to withstand up to 400 pounds.
There are several available including navy blue and light blue, crimson red and charcoal, black and gray, and blue and gray.
There are tons of color options available, the price is fairly cheap, the design is impeccable, it is extremely easy to use and it will hold for most people. Do not think you could ask for much more.
- Everything is included to set-up the hammock
- If you are not satisfied, you can contact the manufacturer for a refund or replacement
- The included ropes could have been more useful
BEAR BUTT DOUBLE HAMMOCKS
With triple stitching and a 75D nylon taffeta, this hammock is as soft as a five-star hotel’s bed sheets and durable enough to support a lot of mass.
All the essentials are here for an easy set-up including two carabiners, two tactical-grade ropes, and nylon end straps.
An included attached stuff sack makes it unbelievably easy to pack and unpack the hammock.
It legally holds up to 500 pounds but has been tested for 900.
Quite a few including red and gray, orange and black, sky blue, pink and white (all together), and lime green and gray.
To be honest, you could flip a coin with the top two choices on this list. It is a shame one of them had to sit at number two!
- Up to 500 pounds of capacity
- Anytime during your ownership, you can request a full refund or replacement
- The straps fit awkwardly in the carabiners
WINNER OUTFITTERS DOUBLE HAMMOCK
Being a double-designed hammock, it accommodates for two people. The 210T parachute nylon fabric ensures it will hold strongly.
Right from the get-go, you have everything you need. Using the ropes, strips, and carabiners, it takes less than five minutes to set it up.
Though it excels in durable, it does not do so by being overbearingly heavy. Instead, it is a lightweight hammock and can easily be stored in the accompanying storage bag.
Comfortably supports up to 500 pounds.
Not too many, but there are options for dark green and green, khaki and gray, sky blue and blue, and red and charcoal.
The slightly above-average price and lack of color options prevent this from being any higher. But, everything else is practically impeccable.
- Includes two steel carabiners, two ropes, and two straps
- Can contact the seller to receive an instant refund while keeping the hammock
- The steel carabiners are quite heavy
LEGIT CAMPING DOUBLE HAMMOCK
As most have been, it is constructed from a military-grade 210T nylon fabric making it excel in durability and comfort.
In no time at all, you will have this hammock set up. All the goods are included (carabiners, ropes and straps).
No extra bag is needed for transport as this hammock will easily stuff into the attached sack.
A recommended weight capacity of 400 pounds.
There are quite a few for you to choose from (bronze and black, dark green and brown, red and gray, charcoal and red, etc.)
It is difficult to come up with reasons to justify this model only being the fifth best. Tells you a lot about the competition, huh?
- Both ultralight and incredibly sturdy and durable
- Lifetime warranty included
- Sharp carabiners can cause the ropes to fray over time.
ENO EAGLES NEST OUTFITTERS
With triple interlocking stitching and high-tenacity 70D nylon taffeta, the ENO is both durable and comfortable.
For a quick and safe set-up, aluminum carabiners and a nautical-grade line are included to allow you to secure it to poles, trees, and even walls. But, you must buy the straps separately.
Although it is big enough to fit two people, it is still simple to store it into the attached compressions sack.
It is recommended to not exceed 400 pounds.
With plenty of color options available, navy and olive, khaki and black, orange and violet, Patriot, red and charcoal, etc; there is bound to be something for everyone.
If not for the steep price, the ENO could easily have made the top of the heap. As it sits, a terrific hammock with a little too steep of a price (as compared to its competitors).
- Ideal for hiking, camping, boating, traveling and back-yarding
- Attached compressions sack makes storing it a breeze
- A little pricier than other models
With safety in mind, TNH built their double version (a single one is also available) with reflective stitching. Plus, a thick taffeta finish provides enhanced quality.
To save you from being lost when setting up, all the needed accessories are included. With them, it will take you mere minutes to set up the hammock.
It can easily be folded up into a small package and stored inside the included bag.
It can hold 400 pounds, but, in reality, can weigh more as TNH does this to err on the side of caution.
Forest green and navy blue are the only colors available for you to choose from.
Typically, this far down you should be able to find a few notable issues, but not with hammocks. Seriously, the terrific options are nearly infinite and this specific hammock will work great for anyone.
- Guaranteed refund or replacement
- Tremendous attention to detail
- Only two colors
- Included carabiners could be suspect to last for a long time
MALLOME XL DOUBLE PARACHUTE
This double parachute hammock properly holds two people; while the material is made from 210T nylon rip stop fabric.
In mere seconds, it unfolds from its pack and is simple enough for novice users to set-up (with high-strength carabiners and a rope).
Conveniently sewn into the hammock itself, the attached sack stores it when not in use. When done, it will be the size of a volleyball.
A breaking strength of 1000 pounds.
Not too many, just purple and white and sky blue and gold.
The lack of color options really hurts this model, as the options available are very limited. But, the incredible capacity of 1000 pounds may make it perfect for heavier people.
- Tear-resistant rip stop nylon fabric
- 1000-pound weight limit
- Longer ropes would have been nice
- Lack of color options at your disposal
PROVENTURE DOUBLE CAMPING HAMMOCK
Per the norm, it is made from a quick-drying 210T nylon fabric. While the heavy-duty triple interlocking stitching adds to the overall durability.
As with the ones that have preceded it, all the necessities are included to provide the easiest set-up possible (carabiners, straps, and ropes).
Not only will the hammock itself fit into the attached drawstring sack but all the accessories will as well.
Up to 400 pounds for two people.
There is a decent amount; among them include black and bronze, green and gray, red and gray, khaki and green, and gray and blue.
Completely fantastic is the best way to describe this hammock. It is only thanks to the competition that it is as low as it is on this list.
- Included instructions for making the most of your hammock and straps
- Company offers a guarantee that they will do everything in their power to fix any issues you have
- The hooks are a little sharp and can prove problematic when dismantling the hammock
- Edges start to fray near the carabiners
YISCOR CAMPING HAMMOCK
Built with soft, breathable, and mildew-resistant nylon material, it is easy to clean and will dry quickly. To hold up for years, triple interlocking stitching has been implemented.
For quick and easy set-up, two steel carabiners and two nautical-grade hang ropes are included.
It is lightweight enough to hold in your backpack and the attached sack ensures a simple storage method.
Will hold up to 400 pounds of mass.
There are only a few: bronze and black, yellow and blue, and gray and light green.
Whew, this is a tough list! The YISCOR Hammock is beyond impressive and is ideal for nearly everyone.
- Integrated stuff sack makes it fast and simple to assemble and disassemble
- Constructed from high-strength nylon
- Only a few color options to select from
LAZY MONK DOUBLE CAMPING HAMMOCK
This hammock is both waterproof and windproof. It is constructed from heavy-duty 210T rip stop parachute nylon.
Even a novice can set-up within minutes. The included nautical-grade ropes, stainless steel carabiners, and tree-friendly straps only assist the simplicity.
It is both small and lightweight, thus fitting easily into the included waterproof compression sack.
Will carry up to 500 pounds.
Only two: green and black and blue and black.
As great as this hammock is, it does not quite possess the popularity of other models. But, again, the competition is beyond fierce and it is still an elite model.
- Strong and durable
- Compact with easy setup
- Versatile uses
- No instructions
Here’s What We Looked For
How Well the Hammock is Constructed
No matter what product you are investing in, the overall quality and design will always play as important role as any. For hammocks, without a great quality, they are essentially useless. After all, their entire purpose is to hold people (or animals) up above the ground. How can it achieve that if the overall construction of it is sub-par and only lasts a few years? Simply, it can’t and it is not a coincidence that every single entry on this list excels in the hammock construction.
For proper design, there are two main attributes that manufacturers have to shoot for and that is durability and comfort. One without the other will simply not suffice, as an uncomfortable hammock is just as detrimental as one that will not last. As you may have noticed throughout the entirety of this list, many designers achieve this through one material. Most, not all, will construct the hammock from military-grade 210T parachute nylon or 75D nylon taffeta. This material enables hammocks to last for years withstanding several hundred pounds, while also ensuring they are as comfortable as the sheets on the beds of five-star hotels.
Another key way most manufacturers achieve the most sufficient quality possible is by triple stitching the threads of the hammock. As opposed to a single stitch, a triple stitch (which is also called a stretch stitch) will triple the thickness of each stitch. Basically, there are three lines of thread stitched throughout the entire surface.
Then, there is the question of whether you intend to have multiple people lay on it at one given time. While every single entry on this list has a weight capacity that exceeds 400 (or technically 399), it does not mean that they all accommodate for two people. Technically, you could fit multiple people on any hammock you wanted to. But, if you want it to be comfortable and adequate enough for two people to lay down with proper space, ensure it is designed to do so.
How Simple It Is to Set-Up
Most people will use a hammock for a multitude of different situations. Whether this is on a camping trip, in a hike through the woods, or at a friend’s house you will most likely want to take it with you on various occasions. Thus, because it probably is not going to stay in one spot very long, it is important that it is simple to set-up and dismantle. Hanging up a hammock is not rocket science, but it is a heck of a lot easier when manufacturers include the materials you will need to achieve it.
These materials often consist of carabiners, ropes and nylon end straps. With these in your possession, it should take you less than ten minutes to set up the hammock. Obviously, a hammock is not going to float in the air so you will need to locate an area where you can tie it down. This could be in-between two trees, which will probably be the easiest, two very-sturdy poles or within any two structures that can adequately hold multiple hundreds of pounds.
Once you have found this place, pull out one of the straps (or rope) and wrap it around the base of the structure; adjusting it to your preferred height setting. Do the exact same thing on the other structure and then connect the hammock with the attached carabiners. Do not worry too much as you should not run into any issues. But, if you insist, find two trees in your backyard and see if you can handle constructing it by yourself.
If you still end up having some trouble, some sellers will answer any questions you have and may explain why you are having these issues.
The Ease of Storing and Transporting It
This section plays right along with the last one; one in which is really important if you plan on taking your hammock with you on various occasions. It is important for hammocks to be simple in nature, but it is just as crucial for them to be user-friendly in terms of storage and transportation. Cause, do you really want to spend excess energy packing up and storing away items when you are already exhausted and ready to go home?
Thankfully, hammocks are not a piece of furniture that tend to be difficult in this compartment. This is thanks in large part to their lightweight nature, but the attached compression sacks and storage bags also play a role. When you are ready to pack away your hammock, for most models, it could not be simpler to do. The models that have a compression sack, which is attached to the hammock itself, are extremely useful because it literally wraps up into itself. Then, the accompanying storage bag will hold it (and if large enough) and all the accessories that go with it.
Single-sized hammocks, ones that are made for only one person, typically fold up to the size of a grapefruit; while double-sized versions do not tend to be much larger. For transporting it, all you need to do is find a small section of space in your vehicle. When going for a hike, you can easily place it in your backpack and it will not weigh it down. If there is one aspect that most hammocks will have in common, it is their ease of storage.
There is no need to explain why this is a criterion, as it goes without saying. But, the weight capacity can be judged differently depending on what type of hammock you invest in. In other words, if you intend to buy it for multiple people to lay on it at once. If the intent is to only use it yourself, your options will be wide open as most will accommodate for at least 400 pounds of mass. But, when two people are on it at the same time 400 pounds can add up very quickly.
In specific, the entries on this list were typically either 400 or 500 pounds (with one rare model holding up to 1000 pounds). This will hold up adequately for most people and some manufacturers will intentionally list a smaller capacity than what they tested. This allows them to err on the side of caution, so if you are just slightly beyond the capacity you should still be fine. Because not many are designed for more than two people, it is not really necessary for designers to go beyond 500 pounds.
This is essentially why the one model that adapted for up to 1000 pounds of mass did not gain priority over the others. Weight capacity is important, but 400-500 pounds will suffice for the average person.
This could be meant with a decent amount of controversy. Only you can answer the question, is the exterior color design important when deciding between multiple products? Honestly, it should be and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Having a “cool” color does not have to be a necessity to impress your family and friends, but visual appeal is always a nice feature (especially with furniture). Even if you do not want to admit it, when someone strolls along and compliments something of yours because of the color palette it is an invigorating feeling.
Most hammocks you will come across online, and most of the entries on this list will have a variety of colors for you to choose from. For some, there really is a great taste for everyone. This can range from khaki, grey, blue, white, black, crimson, turquoise, and the list goes on and on. Whatever combination you can think of, the chances are there is a hammock that has it as an option. But, then there are the ones that are limited in this compartment. So, if you do not like the design of the two (for example) that are available, you either have to deal with it or look elsewhere.
As you observed throughout this list, the placements were extremely close and often times decided by the smallest attribute. There were even times that specific hammocks were lower strictly because they offered a minuscule amount of color options. In hindsight, it may not seem like a factor that would provide much weight in the decision process. But, when the models available on the market are so close, how much you appreciate the color combination can sway your final decision.
A Little More To Think About
While it was not a specific factor when it came to ranking the best hammocks, the seller’s warranty (or lack thereof) can also play an important role in the one you end up investing in. It was a recurring theme with most of the entries as they included some sort of warranty to provide you with a sense of gratification in the instance where you feel the need to request a replacement or refund. Some, not all, are very generous in their warranty package offering a refund or replacement during any time of your ownership, a means to contact the seller to receive an instant refund while keeping the hammock, or a promise that they will do everything in their power to fix the issues you are having.
However, with some of them, you should not try to take advantage of it. In other words, make up a farce issue after one-year of use to receive a brand-new one. Even if you do this, manufacturers will most likely double-check you to ensure you are providing them with accurate information. Just be a good soul and use it for legitimate situations only.
Q: How do you wash a hammock?
Eventually, your hammock is going to succumb to dirt and mildew. With it constantly being vulnerable to the nature that surrounds it, this will happen more frequently than not. When your hammock does reach this point of filth, it is very simple to restore it to its original cleanliness. You can achieve this one of two ways, via a hand cleaning or machine wash. If you intend to machine wash the hammock, then be sure to keep these tips in mind.
One, remove the carabiners that are attached on each end of the hammock. No need for aluminum or steel to be smashing around in your washer causing damage to the hammock and the washer itself. Second, wash it on the delicate cycle and only use a mild detergent. This is the simplest way to wash them, but they can be hand washed. To do so, follow the same steps listed above but instead of placing it in the washing machine place it in either a sink or bathtub. Then, take a rag or scrub to manually wash it with a mild detergent.
When the hammock is finally fully-washed, be sure to hang it up to dry it. It is not recommended to run them in the dryer.
Q: Can you sleep in a hammock?
Have you ever heard of hammock camping? If not, it is a form of camping that people partake in that requires them to use their hammock as a tent or camper. Thus, they must sleep in it when nightfall hits. Not only is this a comfortable way to sleep but it may even be better than the alternative (sleeping on a mattress). Outside of the fabric being immensely soft and comfortable on hammocks made from nylon, the sleeping position is more optimal than that of a mattress.
As Dr. Steven Park of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine states, the ideal posture for proper human sleep is lying on one’s back with the head slightly elevated (around 10-30 percent). With most beds, you will not be able to achieve this slight elevation. With a hammock, they are constructed so you slightly sink in the middle. Thus, this will elevate your head to approximately the elevation Dr. Park alluded to.
A hammock basically forces you to sleep in an optimal position. Pretty crazy how sleeping in a hammock is actually superior to a mattress, huh?
Q: How do you hang two hammocks next to each other?
When you are camping with your friends, there is a possibility that you will all prefer having your own hammocks. Sure, you can invest in double-sized versions that will easily fit two people. But, sometimes space is a necessity. However, you may want to enjoy some conversations. To combine the best of both worlds, you can set-up multiple hammocks next to one another. There is a bit of strategy and observation to doing so, though.
There are a few ways you can go about this, but the easiest is the bunk-bed method. This will work best with two trees and all you need to do is construct the hammocks one on top of the other. Give the bottom hammock adequate space, though, as the people on the bottom need some air. At the same time, do not set the upper hammock too high; which could prevent easy access. If this is not your style, you could create a “V”. If there are two trees directly side-by-side and another tree across from them, you can pull this off. Basically, set up the first hammock as you normally would (wrap it around the two trees across from one another). Then, take the second hammock and wrap it around the tree across from the other two, and then to the tree adjacent to the first one.
Q: How can I hang a hammock up inside?
There is nothing in the hammock “rule book” that states they must be assembled outdoors. As you now know how tremendous they are to sleep in, you may want to hang it up in your room. Although it is not difficult to do so, it does take a little work on your part. If there is no kit included with your hammock that allows for indoor hanging, you can still achieve it. Here is how:
Firstly, measure the distance of the walls in your room to see if it will adequately hold. Generally, you want at least nine foot of distance between surfaces. For exact measurements, and to determine the ideal hang point, you can actually use an online Hammock Hang Calculator. Once you have chosen the walls you will use, it is time to find some studs. Simply take a stud finder and place it on the wall until it finds a stud. Once you find two, that are adequately spaced out, drill out the holes. If there is no hardware that comes with your purchase for this, you can buy a couple of eye bolts.
Once the eye bolts, or other hardware, are securely placed you can connect the carabiners to them. Then, you are ready to sit back and relax on your indoor hammock.
Q: How can I deflect bugs while in my hammock?
There is a huge downside to laying on a hammock or sleeping on it outdoors. In the middle of nature, this is, of course, dealing with bugs and mosquitos. Depending on the location, they can prove to be unbearable. Thankfully, there are remedies to this issue and they are well within reason. To completely eliminate them, consider setting up a mosquito net over the top of your hammock. This will completely encapsulate over the hammock and prevent any bugs from touching you.
However, this prevents you from sleeping under the starry skies at night as you will be staring directly at a net. If you can get ahold of some permethrin, which is a great synthetic that will repel all insects and even kill mosquitos and ticks if they come in contact with it, you can ditch the net. If that is out of reach, spray some general bug and mosquito repellant on yourself and the surrounding area of the hammock.
Q: How high should I hang my hammock?
You essentially are aware of everything you need to know when it comes to hammocks. But, through it all, you may not know how high you should hang it up. Truthfully, it is a matter of personal preference but you should have it at least high enough so it is not touching the ground. A few pointers, if you are having trouble determining how high you want it, could assist you. In general, set it up to ensure it is easy to get in and out of it. Also, if you plan on sitting on it, place it high enough so your feet sit comfortably on the ground.
Overall, you should not worry about height too much and you can always adjust it if you are unsettled with the current setting.
Do you think you are ready to make a final decision? You now possess all the information you need to make the best choice possible. However, if you are having trouble picking between a few models, prioritize the factors that are most important to you. This could be the price if one has a color combination that the other one does not or the weight capacity. Whatever it may be, the only one that needs to be satisfied is you.