The 9 Best Hammocks of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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Swinging in a hammock is one of the great joys of lazy spring and summer afternoons. But buy the wrong hammock, and you’ll be drowning in fabric or worried about flipping every time you move instead of snoozing the afternoon away.

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight hammock to set up in the park, a camping hammock to sleep in, or one with a stand to leave permanently up on your porch, the best hammocks should be easy to set up, comfortable and durable to lay in, and designed to withstand the elements over time.

That’s why we tested 21 hammocks ourselves to ensure you were spending your money on a design that would deliver relaxation instead of pure frustration. Check out the top nine that made the cut.

Best Overall

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock with Tree Straps

5
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Camping with Tree Straps

Amazon

What We Like
  • It comes in two sizes

  • Affordable

  • Accessories are all attached, so harder to lose

  • Easy to set up

What We Don't Like
  • None

The Wise Owl Camping Hammock proved comfortable and stable enough solo or with two people. Our tester reported it was easy to set up and take down, easy to get in and out of, and that it was well-made and felt like it would last quite a while despite being only $30—which is why we’ve dubbed it the best hammock overall.

To set up the Wise Owl Hammock, you just need two trees, making it ideal for camping and lounging in the backyard. The product comes with two straps, the hammock (you choose either medium or large), and two carabiner clips already attached. Wrap the 9-foot strap around a tree, clip it to the carabiner attached to the end of the hammock, and in under five minutes, you have a comfortable spot to lounge. The single medium hammock can hold up to 400 pounds, while the double large can hold 500 pounds.

The hammock packs down easily into a small attached pocket (which can double as a pocket or drink holder when you’re swinging) and only weighs 16 ounces, making it easy to bring with you on adventures. Our tester was surprised that it felt so durable and sturdy at this lightweight. 

And best of all, all of this comes in at just $30.

Price at time of publication: $30 for medium, $35 for large

Sizes: Medium, Large | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds, 500 pounds | Materials: Nylon | Weight: 16 ounces, 24 ounces

Wise Owl Hammock

TripSavvy / Jodi Espinosa

Best Value

Kootek Camping Hammock

4.8
Kootek Camping Hammock

Amazon

What We Like
  • It comes in two sizes

  • Affordable

  • It comes in many colorways

  • Comfortable solo

What We Don't Like
  • Too heavy for backpacking

  • Nylon gets a bit too hot

  • Not super comfortable for two

During testing, we had multiple people of different shapes and sizes sit in the Kootek Camping Hammock, and all reported that this hammock was comfortable and secure—far more so than its $25 price tag makes you think. 

It’s rated to hold up to 500 pounds and, according to our testing, is comfortable to lay in solo. While it can hold more than one person at once, testers reported it is squished with two people at once. And because it’s nylon, it isn’t super breathable for hot summer days. But getting in and out of this hammock was easy.

It attaches to trees with two included 10-foot adjustable straps, which clip onto carabiners attached to the nylon cocoon. The hammock and straps pack into a pocket attached to the side of the hammock, so your chances of losing accessories are lower.

At 1.6 pounds, it’s a bit heavy for backpacking, but considering it packs down to be about the size of a football, it’s easy to transport for car camping or in a park.

Price at time of publication: $20 to $34 depending on size and color

Weight Capacity: 500 pounds | Materials: Nylon | Weight: 27 ounces

Kootek Hammock

TripSavvy / George Hilton

Best Camping Hammock

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

4.5
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge

Amazon

What We Like
  • Quick to set up

  • Doubles as a ground tent

  • Spacious

  • Breathable

  • Bug-proof and waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Straps sold separately

  • It can hold 275 pounds

This uniquely designed hammock is incredibly comfortable to lay suspended in, has a mesh bug net and attachable rainfly, and you can use it as a tent on the ground if there are no trees around—which is why we've named it the best camping hammock. 

During testing, we found many design features that set this hammock apart: It's very intuitive and a breeze to set up (it took our tester under three minutes the first time), and the hammock itself features tough ripstop nylon. 

The two poled hoops create a structure to lift the bug net off your face and help the bottom lay flat, so you have space by your body instead of being taco'd inside like most designs; this creates a much more comfortable experience sleeping overnight in the hammock and makes for a design wherein you can lay the hammock on the ground and sleep in it like a tent. 

Our tester did find that they tended to slide down into the hammock a bit, but they added it would really only be a problem if you want to keep your backpack inside the hammock tent at your feet.

The materials—from the fabric to the netting to the poles—all feel durable and high-quality. At 4.25 pounds, it's too heavy and bulky to take backpacking. But if you like to hammock camp, the Lawson Blue Ridge design will give you a super comfortable night's sleep while keeping the bugs and water out.

Our only gripes are that the price—$229 at the time of publication—doesn't include straps, which will run you an extra $50, and the hammock isn't compatible with straps other hammocks might come with. However, those straps are ridiculously well designed, with a spreader bar and shock cord for a rock-solid base.

Price at time of publication: $229

Weight Capacity: 275 pounds | Materials: Ripstop nylon and polyester | Weight: 4.25 pounds

Lawson Hammock

TripSavvy / Kady Wohlfarth

Best Backpacking Hammock

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Hammock

4.8
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series

REI

What We Like
  • Secure design

  • Comfortable

  • Spacious for a smaller person

  • Durably constructed

What We Don't Like
  • Still heavy for backpacking

  • It can only hold 250 pounds

  • It can only fit people 6 feet tall

During testing, we found the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Series was easy to carry and fit inside a backpack, easy to set up if you followed the instructions, and incredibly secure as it has multiple attachment points to the tree and ground. Most of all, it was comfortable to recline in for hours on end.

The design, mosquito netting, and rain tarp make this hammock well-rounded enough that you could undoubtedly ditch your tent and just bring this to sleep in. Our tester noted that the design lifts the mosquito net off your face nicely, with plenty of space and room to stretch out.

But there are a few caveats: It can only hold people under 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. And because it has multiple attachment points on the ground and the tree straps, the set-up takes some time and effort, which can be hard after an exhaustive day of backpacking or in bad weather. Also, it's too bulky for ultralight backpackers at nearly 3 pounds and about the size of three Nalgene bottles when packed down.

Price at time of publication: $170

Weight Capacity: 250 pounds | Materials: polyester mesh, oxford nylon, ripstop polyester rainfly | Weight: 2 pounds, 13 ounces

Most Sustainable Hammock

Kammok Mantis All-in-One Hammock Tent

4.6
Kammok Mantis All-in-One Hammock Tent

Kammok

What We Like
  • Made with 100 percent recycled ripstop nylon

  • Durable, easy to set up

  • Integrated insect net

  • Included rainfly and  thoughtful design

  • 500-pound capacity

What We Don't Like
  • Rainfly might not do well in heavy downpours

The Kammok Mantis Hammock is the best sustainable hammock out there. For starters, it features butter-soft, 100 percent recycled ripstop nylon made from pre-consumer waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.

But moreover, it’s an incredibly well-designed hammock with everything you want out of a lounger. It’s super lightweight at just 2 pounds, easy to set up with two straps that wrap around trees and link to the hammock body, and can safely hold up to 500 pounds. The hammock has an integrated insect net and a rainfly that can be strung above it to keep water off without compromising breathability. The stuff sack has two compartments to separate a wet rainfly and dry hammock body for multi-day use.

Our tester found that the setup gets easier the more you use it as you learn how tight and far away the tree straps and rainfly lines should be to keep everything taught and comfortable. But after the learning curve, Kammok says you can set the Mantis up in under 60 seconds.

Our tester noted that despite being made from recycled material, the Kammok Mantis felt incredibly durable and high-quality—enough to justify the high price tag. Between the materials, the easy setup, and the great design, our tester reported this hammock “leaves little to be desired.”

Price at time of publication: $250

Weight Capacity: 500 pounds | Materials: 100 percent Recycled Ripstop Nylon | Weight: 2 pounds without rainfly, 2 pounds, 11.5 ounces with rainfly

Kammock Mantis Hammock

TripSavvy / John Somerall

Best Double Hammock

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock

4.5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock

Amazon

What We Like
  • Packs down small

  • Lightweight

  • Breathable

  • Comfortable for two people

What We Don't Like
  • Straps not included

  • Two people may exceed the 400-pound weight capacity

Our tester found this hammock easy to set up in under two minutes—and the take-down took half that—and comfortable to cuddle with two people inside. The Eno DoubleNest features 70D high-tenacity nylon taffeta, which our tester reported felt sturdy and like it'd withstand the test of time. This material is also breathable and quick-dry.

This double hammock sets up by being strung between two trees and clipped to straps via attached carabiners. The design was easy to get in and out of during testing. However, it's worth noting the straps aren't included and will run you another $30. Also, it can only hold 400 pounds, which might not be enough for some pairs.

Still, at $100 total, this hammock is an excellent value for two people. Plus, it packs down to be the size of a water bottle and weighs just 19 ounces, making it ideal for travel and camping.

Price at time of publication: $60 (without the straps)

Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Materials: Nylon | Weight: 1 pound, 3 ounces

Best Chair Hammock

Y- STOP Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing

4.8
Y-Stop Chair Hammock

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to set up and take down

  • Comfortable to sit in

  • Well-designed

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • It sits you more upright than lounging back

If you want the comfort of a hammock but the convenience of a chair, the Y-Stop Chair Hammock is sturdy and comfortable to swing, rock, and relax in comfortably, according to our tests. It’s easy to set up with an S-hook attached to a spreader bar and included chain that you can affix semi-permanently in your home on a durable ceiling hook or even loop around a tree outside.

Our tester found the design to feel quite secure even with two adults and a toddler (it has a 500-pound weight capacity), and the cotton seat was very comfortable to sit in. You do have to sit more upright than lounging back, but this is ideal if you want to read or sip coffee in the chair. Our tester especially liked the internal pocket for a phone or water bottle.

Price at time of publication: $44

Weight Capacity: 500 pounds | Materials: Polyester, Cotton | Weight: 3.69 pounds

Best Backyard Hammock

Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock

4.8
Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock

Amazon

What We Like
  • Breathable

  • Durable cotton material

  • Comfortably and securely holds two people

  • Portable design

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Some colors don't come with straps or carabiners

This dreamy backyard hammock features durable, breathable cotton to keep you cool on a summer's day. During testing, we found the Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock incredibly comfortable to relax in, with plenty of room for two people to be inside and not feel squished. The cotton also felt incredibly strong to hold two adults (it has a 475-pound weight capacity). 

We love that it comes with everything for an easy set-up, including two straps, two carabiners, and a stuff sack to keep it all together—although double-check because some of the colors at a lower price only include the hammock body. It was easy to set up, flinging the straps around two sturdy trees for a quick set-up.

And for under $50, it's highly affordable.

Price at time of publication: $44

Weight Capacity: 475 pounds | Materials: Cotton | Weight: 3.3 pounds

Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock

TripSavvy / Katrina Cossey

Best Splurge

Vivere Double Sunbrella Hammock

4.5
Vivere Double Sunbrella Hammock

Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable stand

  • Easy to set up

  • Adjustable suspension

  • Fade-resistant fabric

  • Comfortable hammock

What We Don't Like
  • More of a cocoon than a flat lay

  • 450-pound weight capacity may not be enough for two

This hammock may be expensive, but our first-person testing found it to be worth the value: That higher price is thanks mainly to the heavy-duty steel stand, which allows you to put up a hammock without any trees or straps. This is ideal if you want to leave the hammock set up all the time or if you want it on a porch or somewhere without trees. 

The hammock body comes in three fabrics: breathable cotton, fade-resistant woven polyester, and technical Sunbrella Fabric, which is highly weather-resistant as it reflects UV rays and resists fading, so you can leave it out in the elements all year long. 

Our tester could assemble the stand and hammock on her own easily. The hammock body’s suspension is adjustable for a more taut fit, and, once laying on the hammock, our 5-foot, 11-inch tester found the cocoon to have plenty of room to spare once inside. This hammock is technically a double, but it doesn’t have a spreader bar, so it will cocoon you a bit in the fabric, especially if you’re lying in it solo.

Plus, it comes in 39 colors.

Price at time of publication: $190

Weight Capacity: 450 pounds | Materials: Cotton, polyester, or Sunbrella | Weight: Not listed

Vivere Double Hammock

TripSavvy / Bridget Annear

Other Hammocks We Tested

Arlmont & Co. Dorinda Double Classic Hammock With Stand ($150): This hammock is nicely decorative, but the hammock body isn't weather-friendly to be permanently set up outdoors, and it's too heavy to be properly portable for stashing away.

Arlmont & Co. Erika Double Classic Hammock ($200): This chic boho hammock looks lovely and was comfortable to read in during testing. It's a bit pricey, considering it doesn't come with a frame, but it's a solid choice if your main priority is aesthetics.

Best Choice Two-Person Double Hammock ($90): This hammock was frustrating to set up, but our tester found it very comfortable to relax in, even with two people. However, they also noted that the frame will rust over a season outdoors, and the vibrant hammock fabric is not weather-resistant. Also, while this hammock claims to be portable, it took about ten minutes to break down and set up.

Best Choice Two-Person Hammock

TripSavvy / Emma Tollefson

Anyoo Garden Hammock With Tree Straps ($25): During testing, the straps that looped around the tree kept inching down and became less and less secure. The hammock material felt cheap. Overall, it's not worth even your $25.

Lazy Daze Padded Hammock ($90): Our tester really liked the quilted design of the hammock body and found the design comfortable and secure. It doesn't come with a stand, and the included chains are not long enough to fit around the tree, so that's an added expense to consider with this purchase.

Yellow Leaf Woven Hammock ($200): This hammock doesn't come with straps, but it is easy to set up, comfortable to sit in, and durable and sturdy. The material feels like it'll last multiple seasons outside, and we love that it's artisan made. However, it is pricey.

Yellow Leaf Woven Hammock

TripSavvy / Dera Burreson

Sunnydaze Striped Rope Hammock With Stand ($185): This stand hammock was easy to put together and move around and at a reasonable price for an included metal frame. Our small tester found it hard to get into without much weight to hold the hammock down, but bigger people will like the design.

Original Pawley's Island DuraCord Rope Hammock ($270): This hammock is expensive, especially considering it doesn't come with a needed stand, but it's designed beautifully with high-quality craftsmanship and a weather-resistant design. Our testing found it's comfortable and durable to sit in and a good value for the money.

Highwild Hammock Chair ($70): This chair hammock is cushy and so comfortable to sit in, although it took a long time to dry after getting rained on, so it's better for a covered porch or indoors. It's worth noting you have to purchase the hanging chain separately.

Highwild Hammock Chair

TripSavvy / Jessica Fleming

ENO Skyloft ($130): Even though we love most ENO hammocks, our testing found the Skyloft to be very tippy, especially if you try to move around in it. There are better hammocks for the price and purpose, including from ENO itself. 

Easthills Outdoors Jungle Explorer Double Camping Hammock ($66): This camping hammock is well-priced, but the zipper faulted on us during overnight testing in the wind, and the insect netting developed a hole. There are better hammocks for your money.

Tentsile T-Mini 2-Person Double Camping Hammock ($189): This hammock requires three trees for proper set-up, which is hard to find and can be a bit complicated to set up. If you find the sweet spot and can get it to lay taut properly, it's a great design where you can lay flat alongside another person. But a two-tree design will probably be more usable.

Eno Skyloft

TripSavvy / Nathan Allen

How We Tested

The hammocks included on this list and those in our “other hammocks we tested” a group of editors used section for a few weeks. Our testers checked to see how well the hammocks performed in a variety of categories: How easy it is to set up in different scenarios, how sturdy it felt to lay on, how big it is to stretch out fully or fit two people in, how well-made the product seemed, how long it was comfortable to lay in, and how comfortable the material was against the skin (e.g., was it sticky in the heat).

For portable hammocks, like those you’d take backpacking or camping, they also looked for: How easy it is to put away for transport and if it’d be easy to transport short or long distances.

Kammock Mantis Testing

TripSavvy / John Somerall

What to Look for in the Best Hammocks

Size

Hammocks come sized as a single or a double. Sometimes, singles are large enough to fit two people, but if you want to share your hammock regularly, opt for a double out of the gate. Keep in mind that not all doubles will be comfortable, so you want one proven to hold two people without feeling squished together.

If you are tall, ensure the hammock is long enough to fit your whole body comfortably.

Weight Rating

Check that your hammock can hold proper weight. Consider that you might want a dog or a kid to join you in a single or a double. Some single-person hammocks can only hold 200 pounds, while some doubles can only hold 450 pounds collectively.

Material

The best material for a hammock depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re camping or backpacking, you want a hammock made from nylon or polyester so that it dries fast and stays lightweight. Ideally, you want ripstop nylon or polyester to hold up against snags on trees or abuse in your backpack. The downside is both these materials can be uncomfortable against the skin if you’re hot and sweaty.

If you want a hammock that’ll sit on your porch or that you’ll only bring out on nice-weather days, cotton is an excellent option for breathability and comfort against the skin. 

Also, if you’re considering a framed hammock (versus one you hang between trees), make sure the frame is weather-proof or easy to disassemble so you can store it out of the elements between uses.

Packed Size

If you’re planning to backpack or travel with a hammock, you want something that will pack down small and lightweight, as the two aren’t always mutually exclusive.

Eno Skyloft Hammock

TripSavvy / Nathan Allen

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How should I care for and wash my hammock?

    You should always follow the cleaning instructions that come with your hammock. Generally, for camping and backpacking hammocks made from polyester or nylon, as well as for cotton hammocks, most can be machine washed with cool water on a delicate cycle and then hung to dry.

  • What is the best way to travel with a hammock?

    Your hammock will travel best rolled or stuffed inside the included sack. Make sure to take out any ground stakes for camping hammocks if you’re flying.

  • What is the best way to camp or backpack with a hammock?

    Hammock camping can be a fun, easy, and comfortable alternative to lugging a tent on your trip. You want to ensure you set up the hammock properly and securely between two trees. You might want a hammock with a built-in insect net, depending on where you're camping. And you definitely want some type of rainfly; ideally, one that’s easy to set up in case it starts raining in the middle of the night. Unless you’re sleeping in the summer heat, don’t forget to use a sleeping bag inside the hammock, as you’ll be colder suspended with air flowing underneath you.

Kammock Mantis

TripSavvy / John Somerall

Why Trust TripSavvy

Rachael Schultz is a fitness and outdoor product journalist based in Carbondale, Colorado. Growing up in and around cities on the East Coast, she wasn't taught how to backpack or ski as a kid, which means that as she moved West and her passion for the outdoors grew in adulthood, so did her research skills around what exactly one needed to buy to get outside. Now an avid mountain biker, skier, hiker, and camper, she's endlessly fascinated by and knowledgeable about the nuances of materials, performance, and convenience of outdoor gear.

She's lucky to test everything from women's ski bibs to ultralight backpacking gear to camping cocktail kits. Rachael is passionate about making the outdoors just as accessible to those who haven't spent much time under the stars as those who grew up enjoying it, and that includes having the right gear to stay safe, happy, and motivated to head out again as soon as possible.

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