With summer approaching, one can’t help but
look forward to lazy days lounging outside in a hammock with a good book and a
glass of chilled lemonade. If you’re going to make that happen, you’ll need to
take care of one vital element – the hammock. Not all hammocks are the same and
some may not provide as much comfort as you anticipated.
So if you want to set up the perfect relaxation session, you need to invest in the perfect hammock that’s sturdy and comfortable. There’s a lot that needs to be considered when making a hammock purchase, and this post will provide you with some tips to make the best choice.
Buying Guide: Things to Consider
Although hammocks may seem like simple
products, there are a lot of things that could go wrong if you’re not careful
during the purchase process. As mentioned earlier, not all hammocks are made
equally. You’ll need to consider factors like size, weight capacity, material,
portability, ease of setup, and more to choose one that perfectly fits your
Here’s a brief idea of some of things to
look for in a hammock so you can make the right decision:
Size and Weight – Single hammocks are about 4 to 5 feet wide and are more lightweight than double hammocks. So they’re perfect for backpackers and campers for whom portability is a big concern. Double hammocks are usually between 5 and 6 feet wide so there’s plenty of room for two people to sleep in, but they’re heavier as well. Length is another important size consideration. While a lot of hammocks are around 6 feet in length, the actual sleeping space may be much smaller. So they may be too short for taller adults to really stretch out and relax.
Weight Capacity – Single hammocks tend to have a lower weight capacity, since they’re built to carry just one person. Ultra light ones may only be able to carry up to 250 pounds, while most single hammocks have a weight capacity of 300 to 400 pounds. Double hammocks, of course, have a much higher weight capacity since they’re made to sustain two people. They can carry around 400 to 500 pounds on average, but some ultra light models have a weight capacity of about 350 pounds.
Purpose – What are you going to use the hammock for? If you’re mainly going to take it camping or backpacking, your main concern is weight and portability. Is it easy to fold up and pack away? Is it light enough to carry in your backpack with other necessities? For lounging outside in the backyard, durability and comfort would be your main concern.
Setup Difficulty – One of the biggest considerations to make is the setup difficulty. You don’t want to spend half the day trying to set up your hammock when you could be spending that precious time relaxing. Most hammock sellers would claim “quick setup” as a product feature, but that may not always be an authentic claim. It’s better to read hammock reviews to get a realistic idea of how easy it is to set up for an average person.
Material – Another factor to consider is the material. Hammocks typically come in three types of material – fabric, polyester, and woven rope. Fabric tends to offer the most comfort especially if it’s made from natural material like cotton. If not made well, however, it may not be as sturdy as polyester, which is extremely durable and easy to maintain. Woven ropes need to be extremely well-made to be equally comfortable and sturdy.
Hammocks for Sleeping
If you’ve ever tried shopping around for
hammocks, you must have noticed the abundance of options. It’s easy to get
confused and overwhelmed reading all the hammock reviews and product
descriptions. So we’ve put together a list of the best hammocks to simplify and
narrow down your search. Here are the nine best hammocks for sleeping:
Sky Large Brazilian Hammock Chair
Our top pick is the Brazilian-style hammock
from Hammock Sky. At approximately 2 feet long and 1.5 feet wide, it can
comfortably accommodate one person of average height. It’s made of durable
colorfast cotton thread to provide maximum support and comfort, and has a
weight capacity of 300 pounds. It is also the most affordable option on this
This hammock is one of the most lightweight
models, weighing just 4 pounds. So it’s extremely easy to carry around whether
you need to go camping or you want to hang it up in your backyard. It even
comes with a matching bag where you can neatly fold up and store the hammock.
In spite of being lightweight, the heavy
duty material provides sufficient support so you can sleep in comfort. There’s
also the fact that it’s very easy to set up as it comes with woven end hoops at
each end, so you can just hang it on a tree limb or any sturdy, overhanging
It’s important to note that other than the
bag, this hammock does not come with any other accessories or extra hanging hardware.
So if you need to set it up at a place with no overhanging beam, you’ll need to
get additional accessories to hang it. The hammock is also slightly short and
may be too small for taller adults.
Second on the list is another model from Hammock Sky, but this time, slightly larger at 6 feet long and 5 feet wide. It’s a great option if you think the first one is too small. It even has a higher weight capacity at 330 pounds. The main reason why it comes second is because it’s slightly more expensive than our top pick. That said, a few extra bucks won’t hurt when comfort is your main priority.
What We Like
The best thing about this hammock is that its extra length allows you to really stretch out and relax just like you’ve always wanted. The solid fabric bed gives you tons of support for added comfort while you sleep and can support up to 330 pounds. If aesthetics is a major concern, you can even choose from three color options – khaki (iced coffee), limpet shell (aquamarine), and peach echo (orange).
To top it all off, this hammock comes with added accessories that add a lot of value to your purchase. You’ll get the complete hanging hardware so you can easily set up your hammock anywhere. Plus, there’s a detachable hammock drink holder where you can set down that glass of chilled lemonade we talked about earlier.
The rope, though durable, tends to stretch out a bit and you might have to make adjustments by tying it up to get the right height. There’s also the fact that the hanging hardware is slightly flimsy, and there have been a few instances of breakage. Some owners also report fraying in the woven end hoops where you hang the hammock.
Next up is the double hammock from Vivere, which comes in highly attractive colors and includes a steel stand so you can easily set it up. It’s much bigger than the previous two options, but is also slightly more expensive. At the same time, the extra cost isn’t too problematic for people who prioritize comfort over anything else.
What We Like
It’s extremely spacious, measuring 7 feet long and 5 feet wide so two adults can comfortably fit into it. It also supports up to 450 pounds, making it one of the sturdiest models on this list. Another highlight is the fabric option, which isn’t usually available with other manufacturers. You get to choose from three materials – cotton, polyester, and sunbrella.
The cotton hammock is made of 100% cotton, which adds to the comfort level during hot summer days because it’s so breathable. The polyester option, on the other hand, is very durable and can resist rot and mildew. As for the sunbrella, it carries the benefit of both cotton and polyester. It’s as breathable as cotton and as durable and easy to clean as polyester.
One of the best parts about the Vivere double hammock is that it comes with a space-saving steel stand so you can easily set it up anywhere – whether it’s on the patio, balcony, or deck. You won’t have to go out in search of two perfect trees from which to hang your hammock. To top it all off, you can choose from over 20 color options, which is a major highlight for those of you whose main concern is aesthetics.
With the inclusion of steel stands, this hammock is much heavier than the other hammocks on our list. So there is limited portability with this option and it wouldn’t be ideal for backpackers. The stands are also a bit difficult to set up on your own, as you have to struggle to align the poles with the holes.
If you get the cotton fabric, you’ll face some issues with longevity as well as it doesn’t hold up too well over time. Besides this, the hammock wraps you up like a cocoon, which may be very comforting to some people but doesn’t appeal to everyone.
Extensive color options
Extremely spacious and
Fits 2 adults
Sturdy enough to support up to
Comes with steel stands to set
Stands are difficult to set up
Heavier than most hammocks
(because of the steel stands)
This cotton rope hammock from Algoma checks
off all the boxes, aside from the fact that it’s slightly pricier than the
other options. It’s 11 feet long and 3 feet wide, having enough length to
accommodate adults that are taller than average. So even if the 7-foot hammock
from before is still too short for you, this would be an excellent alternative.
What’s great about this hammock is that
it’s much longer than regular hammocks. This gives you ample space to stretch
out even if you’re a bit taller than most folks. It also comes with a metal
stand so you can easily set it up anywhere you like – whether it’s in the yard
or the porch.
Besides the 100% cotton rope, there’s a
polyester pad and pillow that’s very easy to clean and maintain. The pad adds
extra cushion and support to give you more comfort while you lounge. It even
comes with a drink and iPad holder, so you can safely store your things without
the risk of dropping them by accident.
Combined with the steel stands, this
hammock weighs around 47 pounds. So it’s much heavier than the other hammocks
on this list and wouldn’t be easy to transport beyond your yard. There’s also
the fact that it has a lower weight capacity at 275 pounds.
Besides this, the hammock sometimes flips
over or leans to one side unless you’re positioned correctly. So although the
padding offers extra comfort, you’ll have to be slightly strategic when
positioning your body. Being made of cotton, the rope tends to unravel over
time and the wooden frame is prone to rotting.
Extra length to accommodate
Comes with a metal frame
Easy to set up
Comes with easy-to-clean
polyester padding and pillow
Includes a cup and iPad holder
Heavier than most hammocks
(because of metal stands)
Lower weight capacity
Prone to flipping over and
leaning to one side
Rope unravels over time
Wooden frame rots over time
when exposed to the elements
This cotton rope hammock from Sunnydaze measures 10 feet long and comes with a hammock bed that’s 6 feet long. So it offers ample space for you to curl up with a good book in hand. In terms of pricing, this one costs slightly less than the previous one, although it’s still pricier than the first few options.
What We Like
This hammock comes with a 12-foot long steel stand, which makes setup possible no matter where you are. You don’t need to find tree branches or sturdy poles to hang it up. It also comes with a polyester sleeping pad and pillow. This extra padding adds to your comfort and helps you relax much more easily than you would on a rope hammock.
In addition to the inner poly quilting, the padding has a weather-resistant acrylic fabric cover. This makes it extremely durable and resistant to all kinds of weather conditions, so this hammock can last much longer than most models. To top it all off, you can choose from nine different designs – a big plus if aesthetics area huge concern for you.
Like the previous model, this hammock too is prone to flipping over if your body isn’t positioned correctly. So in spite of being very comfortable, you do need to lie down in just the right position to get maximum comfort. With a weight capacity of 275 pounds, it doesn’t hold as much weight as the other models.
At 36 pounds, it’s slightly lighter than the previous option but is still substantially heavier than most hammocks. This means portability will be an issue. In addition, the rope is a bit flimsy and is prone to fraying over time.
Spacious and comfortable
Hammock padding offers extra
material for easy cleaning and maintenance
One of the most durable models on the list
is the double hammock from Lazy Daze. At 7 feet long and 5 feet wide, it has
ample space for two adults to snuggle up comfortably. It has a much higher
weight capacity than the other models on the list, holding up to 450 pounds.
Plus, it comes with several accessories that make it worth the money.
The best part about this hammock is that
it’s very versatile. It comes with a space-saving steel stand, which you can
use to set up the hammock in case there’s no other support. If you need to take
it camping, you can easily break it down into five pieces and fold it into the
carrying case that comes with your purchase. Plus, you get to choose from 10
Since it’s made from breathable canvas, it
has both the comfort of cotton and the durability of polyester. So you’ll be
investing in a hammock that lasts for years through different kinds of weather
conditions. It even comes with a head pillow to provide better support and
comfort for your neck, making it perfect for stress management as well.
While the stand is supposed to make it
easier to hang your hammock, the setup is quite complicated. So rather than
being an advantage, it’s a bit of a setback unless you can find alternative
support. The construction of the frame itself is a bit subpar, with the
occasional loose connections between poles. The hammock strings are also prone
to fraying and breaking.
High weight capacity
Spacious and comfortable
Breaks apart into 5 pieces for
Comes with head pillow for
Comes with carrying bag for
10 design options
Breathable canvas for a
combination of comfort and durability
Next on the list is the pillow top hammock
from AmazonBasics – one of the most affordable options on the list. While it’s
affordable, that doesn’t mean you’ll be sacrificing quality or size. This
hammock is 10 feet long and 4.5 feet wide, providing ample space to really
stretch out and relax. It has a weight capacity of 396.8 pounds, which means
two adults can sleep in it at the same time.
This pillow top hammock is built for
comfort with sufficient space and support for your body. As the name suggests,
it even has a pillow top insert so you can rest your neck as you lounge. So if
comfort is your main concern, this would be the perfect option.
Though it’s sturdy, that doesn’t mean it’s
bulky and difficult to transport. At 9.6 pounds, it’s not as light as our top
pick but it is one of the lightest options on our list. This gives it more
portability in case you want to take it camping. Plus, it comes with a carrying
bag so it’s even easier to pack up and carry with you.
It does not come with hanging hardware,
which could complicate the setup process if you don’t have them handy. Since it
doesn’t come with poles, you might have to invest in a separate hammock stand
if you don’t have any other form of support. There’s also the fact that the
ropes are a bit soft and flimsy, so they might not hold up too well over the
Spacious even for 2 adults
Pillow top insert adds comfort
Soft and comfortable material
Lightweight and easy to carry
Comes with free carrying bag
for added portability
No hanging hardware included;
setup can be a bit complicated
If you want an alternative to the AmazonBasics
hammock, this double hammock from Sunnydaze is a great option. The bed measures
6 feet long and 4.5 feet wide, so there’s plenty of room for two people. At 11
pounds, it’s slightly heavier than the previous option, but it’s still portable
enough to take on a camping trip.
With a weight capacity of 450 pounds, it’s
much sturdier than most of the hammocks on this list. Combined with the extra
width, this hammock is perfect for two people to comfortably sleep in it at the
same time. It even comes with a detachable pillow, which adds even more comfort
and makes it perfect for stress management.
The material is dye-treated polyester,
built for UV-resistance so it can withstand exposure to the elements and last
much longer. Plus, it’s easy to clean and maintain, which is an added bonus. You
even get to choose from 10 stylish color options. Setup isn’t too much trouble
since it comes with hanging hardware such as chains and S-hooks.
Although this hammock has ample space in
terms of width, it may be too short for taller adults over 6 feet. That’s a big
concern if you want to really stretch your legs while lounging outside. Besides
this, the color is prone to fading and bleeding because of the dye treatment
process. The ropes holding up the hammock are soft and tend to fray over time,
so that’s another point to take into consideration.
Holds weight of up to 450
Spacious enough to hold 2
Detachable pillow for added
10 stylish color options
UV-resistant material for
longevity and ease of maintenance
Choice Products Woven Cotton Rope Double Hammock
If none of these options work and you want
the good old traditional hammock that you used to sleep in when you were a kid,
this rope hammock from Best Choice Products is a great pick. This is just like
the woven rope hammocks that you’re used to, without all the extra padding and
This hammock is one of the most affordable
options on the list, almost as affordable as our top pick. So if cost is your
main concern but you’re not too sold on the first option, this would make a
great alternative. It’s made of heavy-duty cotton to provide stability and
comfort. In fact, its sturdiness compares to the strongest hammocks on this
list, with a weight capacity of 450 pounds.
At 6.6 feet long and 5 feet wide, it even
provides more space that most of the other options here. It weighs about 13
pounds, making it one of the more lightweight options on this list. If you want
to go camping or backpacking, it also comes with a carrying bag so you can
easily carry it with you.
One thing to note about this hammock is
that it doesn’t come with straps or strings to tie it up. So setup can be a bit
challenging unless you already have them handy. It does come with metal rings
to make the setup easier, but these rings are bit flimsy and are prone to
There’s also the fact that the ropes are
loosely woven, so they may unravel over time. Although the hammock is 6.6 feet
long, some people may find this a bit too short to really sprawl out and relax.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider
when you’re buying a new hammock. Each of these options comes with its own pros
and cons, which you’ll need to assess based on your needs and preferences. If
portability is your main concern, the lightweight options are your best bet
especially if they come with a carrying bag.
If you’re looking for a hammock for two,
you’ll need to go for the ones with more width and higher weight capacity. There’s
a hammock for everyone across all price ranges on this list. You’ll just need
to consider your personal requirements and priorities to make the right choice.
Jacqueline Zote is a professional content writer with a focus area on lifestyle, recreational games, and all things fun. In her free time, she likes to go on food adventures and explore new recreational activities in the city.