The 9 Best Hammocks for Lounging Outside
A hammock provides ultimate relaxation outdoors, especially after a long day of working from home indoors (or better yet, working outside). We researched dozens of hammocks, evaluating them on versatility, functionality, and comfort, and found the best options for all purposes, whether you're camping, enjoying a day in the park, or lounging in your backyard.
Our best overall pick, the Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Hammock, stands out for its durable construction, impressive versatility, and stylish design.
Here are the best hammocks to make the most of warmer days and nights.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Hammock: Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Hammock
- Best Budget Hammock: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock
- Best Double Hammock: Lazy Daze Quilted Double Hammock
- Best Portable Hammock: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
- Best Rope Hammock: Dakota Fields Hutchison Double Hammock
- Best Stylish Hammock: Urban Outfitters Boho Fringed Outdoor Hammock
- Best Hammock With Stand: Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Stand
- Best Heavy Duty Hammock: Sunnydaze American Deluxe Hammock
- Best Hammock Chair: Chihee Hammock Chair
Best Overall Hammock: Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Hammock
Best Budget Hammock: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock
Best Double Hammock: Lazy Daze Quilted Double Hammock
Best Portable Hammock: ENO DoubleNest Hammock
Best Rope Hammock: Dakota Fields Hutchison Double Hammock
Best Stylish Hammock: Urban Outfitters Boho Fringed Outdoor Hammock
Best Hammock With Stand: Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Stand
Best Heavy Duty Hammock: Sunnydaze American Deluxe Hammock
Best Hammock Chair: Chihee Hammock Chair
Overall, the Yellow Leaf Hammocks Signature Hammock earns our top spot for its versatility, comfort, and quality. It's on the expensive side though, so for something more affordable, we recommend the Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock. This durable hammock is designed with campers in mind but can be used anywhere from the backyard to the park.
How to Shop for a Hammock Like a Pro
Hammocks can be made from several types of fabrics and materials, although most are either cotton or nylon (or a blend of the two). Deciding which fabric is right for you will depend on how you want to use it, whether or not you want to leave it outdoors, and whether or not you want to travel or camp with it. Nylon hammocks are typically less expensive and more portable than cotton hammocks, especially cotton rope hammocks, but they tend to not be as stylish as cotton varieties.
The material affects the durability or lifespan of the hammock, but this can also vary on usage and maintenance or care. "Durability is a factor to always consider when buying a hammock," says Graham Grieve, founder of My Voyage Scotland. "Nylon hammocks are ideal for camping since they dry easily, are lightweight, and prove to be exceptionally durable."
The function of your hammock is a key factor to consider before deciding to purchase one. A camping hammock, which is almost always made of a weather-resistant fabric, may not function the same as a cotton rope hammock. You'll also want to consider location—hammocks that are left outside all summer need to be made of durable, weather-resistant materials, while hammocks that hang in a covered area or can be brought inside during bad weather can feature more stylish features like fringe.
"Are you planning on camping with this hammock or just relaxing in the park or in your backyard?" says Priscilla Moiseoff, Lead Stylist and Interior Designer of Walker Edison. "Those are probably two very different hammocks so it's important to decide how you want to use it, then go from there."
Size and Weight Capacity
The size and weight capacity of a hammock are of utmost importance, especially if you'll be sharing it with multiple people. Smaller outdoor spaces require a smaller hammock in length (even a hammock chair) and thus a smaller weight capacity, while larger spaces can accommodate a wider hammock, even one with a stand, with a greater weight capacity.
"Check the weight restrictions for the hammock carefully, going up a size if you are close to the limit," says Grieve. "Additionally, a ten-foot hammock can easily accommodate a 5' 5" camper, but anyone taller should opt for an 11-foot hammock."
Questions You Might Ask
What's the best height to hang a hammock?
When it comes to hanging a hammock, dimensions might vary depending on the hammock's size, hanging hardware, and weight capacity. Outdoors, you might need between 10 and 15 feet of distance between two trees or a tree and another support like a beam or pole.
"When outdoors, look for sturdy trees about 12 to 14 feet apart, in a sheltered area, and away from high drops," says Grieve. "Start by securing the webbing straps on each tree at around five feet off the ground, making sure it's centered and adjusted to sit at a correct height. For the most comfortable positioning and the perfect sag, the suspension system should be angled at 30 degrees on either side."
If you're hanging a hammock indoors, particularly on wall or ceiling-mounted studs, it's important to locate the studs and always avoid drywall or plaster. Another simple way to hang a hammock indoors, if space allows it, is on a stand.
What's the best fabric for a hammock?
While technically there is no best fabric, since it's all a matter of preference and other factors, the most common fabric for a hammock is cotton. Other common fabrics are nylon, polyester, cotton blends, yarn, and vinyl. Weather, weight capacity, maintenance, and functionality can help determine which hammock fabric will work best for you.
What's the best way to hang a hammock?
To hang your hammock outdoors in nature, you'll want to find trees that are strong, healthy, and far enough apart so you can feel comfortable lying in the hammock. When hanging your hammock, use tree straps instead of abrasive materials like wire or plastic zip cord, which can damage trees. You should also have a 30 degree angle between the strap and the ground, and hang the hammock between 2-5 feet off the ground.
To hang your hammock indoors or in a backyard, consider securing your hammock between two wood wall studs, ceiling joists, or other solid supports. You should reinforce the tension with ropes, cords, hooks, or carabiners, or use a hammock stand to avoid installation altogether.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by L. Daniela Alvarez, contributing writer for Real Simple with nearly three years experience writing about lifestyle content and product reviews. To compile this list, she spent hours researching hammocks and reading customer reviewers. She also received tips on how to shop for hammocks from Priscilla Moiseoff, Lead Stylist and Interior Designer of Walker Edison and Graham Grieve, founder of My Voyage Scotland.