The 10 Best Hammocks for Lounging, Camping, and Everything in Between
When it comes to spending time outdoors, nothing quite compares to the comfort and relaxation that a hammock offers. It's the perfect spot to enjoy a good book on a sunny day or an inviting place to relax on a camping trip, and most options are versatile enough to use in a variety of settings.
Whether you're setting up camp, finalizing your backyard patio, or looking for ways to bring the outside into your own home, there are tons of different hammock options to fit your exact needs.
Hammocks come in different sizes, materials, and weight capacities to fit different purposes. The best hammock for you depends on where you will place it. Outdoor hammocks must be able to stand up to the elements, says Joe Demin, CEO of Yellow Leaf Hammocks.
"[Look for hammocks that are] made to take a beating from the sun without fading and won't get moldy or mildew in a humid climate," Demin says. "[Someone buying an indoor hammock] will want to choose something that's beautiful, reflects your personal style, and adds some texture to the space."
We've identified the 10 best hammocks for camping, reading, or simply lounging around the backyard. Our pick for the best overall hammock is the Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Family Size Hammock because of its durable yet stylish design that allows it to work on camping trips, in your backyard, and even as a statement piece in your home.
Keep reading to find our full list of recommendations.
- Best Overall: Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Family Size Hammock
- Best with Stand: Arlmont & Co. Harrington Double Hammock
- Best Hammock Chair: Y-Stop Hammock Chair
- Best for Camping: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
- Best Portable: Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single+ Hammock
- Best Hammock Swing: Langley Street Chair Hammock
- Best for Indoors: Anthropologie Saratoga Hammock
- Best Hammock Bed: Lazy Daze Hammocks Double Quilted Fabric Hammock
- Best Hammock Tent: Easthills Outdoors Jungle Explorer Camping Hammock
- Best Rope Hammock: Pawleys Island Duracord Rope Hammock
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Family Size Hammock
Best with Stand: Arlmont & Co. Harrington Double Hammock
Best Hammock Chair: Y-Stop Hammock Chair
Best for Camping: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
Best Portable: Hummingbird Hammocks Ultralight Single+ Hammock
Best Hammock Swing: Langley Street Chair Hammock
Best for Indoors: Anthropologie Saratoga Hammock
Best Hammock Bed: Lazy Daze Hammocks Double Quilted Fabric Hammock
Best Hammock Tent: Easthills Outdoors Jungle Explorer Camping Hammock
Best Rope Hammock: Pawleys Island Duracord Rope Hammock
Overall, when selecting the best hammock for you, it's important to consider what purposes you'd like that hammock to serve. Our pick for the best overall hammock is the Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Family Size Hammock due to its versatility in a variety of contexts, including camping, backyard use, and even inside the house.
We also love the high-quality materials and wide range of color options to fit your design tastes. If you're looking for a lightweight camping hammock, the ENO DoubleNest Hammock is an extremely durable option while still remaining small enough to carry in your backpack with the rest of your camping gear.
What to Know About Hammocks Before Shopping
Different hammocks can serve a wide variety of purposes, whether you want to use it for camping, setting up the perfect outdoor patio, or even to replace your own bed. However, some types of hammocks are better suited for one purpose over another.
If you're looking for an outdoor hammock that's portable for camping trips or hiking excursions, you'll want to find a hammock with water-resistant fabric, compact storage capabilities, and possibly even an added mosquito net with a rain cover.
Someone searching for a backyard hammock may prefer a flat-laying rope hammock that can withstand rain and harsh sunlight without fading or getting rusty. And users who want to add a hammock inside their home will want to find a hammock that combines functionality with an aesthetically pleasing design and features like bright colors, crocheted tassels, and plush cushions.
Hammocks are built for relaxation, so it only makes sense that you'd want to purchase a hammock that's comfortable to lie in for hours at a time. Since hammocks come in a variety of materials, including rope, nylon, and yarn, you'll want to consider which option works best with your intended use and climate
"Material choice is important for durability," Demin says "Cotton is too delicate to be left out in the elements for long and nylon tends to fade rapidly in the sun, [while] a softspun acrylic performance yarn … will stay strong and vibrant even if it's left out in the sunshine all summer."
However, if you're planning to install your hammock indoors, comfort and aesthetics may be more important to you. In this case, Demin recommends choosing a hammock that matches your unique design style while remaining functional.
Another important feature to consider when selecting the best hammock for yourself is its size and weight capacity. Many people choose to buy a double hammock over a single, even if they don't plan on sharing, because the added fabric can prevent you from feeling too cramped. You'll also want to find a hammock capable of holding you up without tearing.
Most hammocks are capable of holding between 250 and 600 pounds at a time, depending on the type of hammock you choose, so be sure to consult the product specifications before buying. Whether you're hammocking solo or planning to share the space with a friend, you'll need enough length to fit your entire body and enough width to keep you securely in place.
Different types of hammocks will offer different levels of portability, and it's useful to consider where and how often you'd like to use your new hammock before buying one. If you're planning to bring your hammock on a hike or a camping trip, you'll want to find a lightweight option that can easily fold up to fit inside a backpack.
Since some hammocks need a metal stand or installation into your home's walls or ceiling in order to hang properly, these options are better suited for a more permanent location, like inside the house or in the backyard.
Your Questions, Answered
How do you hang a hammock?
Depending on the type of hammock you choose, there are a variety of ways your hammock can be hung. Camping hammocks typically rely on a rope or strap suspension system that can be tied or clipped to your hammock using a carabiner, then wrapped around nearby trees. However, you can also use a metal stand to suspend most hammocks or have a professional hang your hammocks from the ceiling inside your home using heavy duty screw hooks.
"When you hang a hammock, the most important thing is to have a nice arc between the two ends," Demin says. "If it's strung up too tightly, you won't be able to sink in and relax. But if it's hung up too loosely (with the ends too close together), you'll end up on the ground when you sit down. You want a nice gentle curve, kind of like a smiley face emoji."
What is the most comfortable hammock material?
While cotton tends to be the most comfortable hammock material for lounging in, it's less weather-resistant than other types. Polyester hammocks are a great option for outdoor hammocks, as they're still comfortable to lie in but offer added durability against rust, rain, and the sun. However, even rope hammocks can be made more comfortable if they include a removable cushion or pad to cover the crisscrossing rope design.
Who We Are
Samantha Jones is a commerce home editor at Better Homes & Gardens, covering a wide range of topics including vacuums, window air conditioners, and patio furniture. For this story, she spent several hours researching camping hammocks, indoor hammocks, hammock chairs, and more by comparing product specifications, intended uses, and customer reviews. She also consulted Joe Demin, the CEO of Yellow Leaf Hammocks, to learn more about hammock materials and designs.