What’s better at letting you kick back and relax on a hot summer day than a hammock? For the past few years, “mocking” (as the teenagers call it) have become a craze. So much so that there are quite a lot of portable hammocks for the average joe and jane to choose from. Because portable hammocks are so versatile (for your backyard, camping trip, or beach vacay), just about anyone would benefit from owning one. However, since the market has an overwhelming number of choices, it’s totally understandable that you might find it difficult to choose which one would work best for you. Fortunately, we like to chill out in hammocks, particularly during the lazy dog days of summer. And we found 10 portable ones that just might be right up in your alley.
Top 10 Hammocks Reviewed in 2017
- Top 10 Hammocks Reviewed in 2017
- 1. Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock
- 2. Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
- 3. Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
- 4. Hummingbird Ultralight Single Hammock
- 5. Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock
- 6. Legit Camping Hammock
- 7. Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock
- 8. ENO JungleNest Hammock
- 9. Bear Butt Double Parachute Hammock
- 10. Serac Classic Camping Hammock
- How to Choose the Best Hammock
- What are you planning to use your hammock for?
- Who’s going to be using the hammock?
- How many people are going to be using the hammock at a time?
- Is the weight of the hammock a consideration for you?
- Do you need straps?
- How much are you willing to spend?
- What’s the warranty, satisfaction guarantee, and return policy?
1. Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest HammockHammock for Couples
This is quite possibly the best hammock we’ve ever had the pleasure to ride, er, use. It’s compact and lightweight but spacious enough to fit two people comfortably. And with as big as it was, it also fit surprisingly well back inside its attached compression stuff sack which, by the way, can serve as a pocket/storage place for your phone or water bottle while you rock yourself to sleep. It’s easy enough to set up, even for newbies to “mocking.” The only thing we didn’t like is the fact that you need to buy the suspension straps separately.
- comes in a variety of colors
- spacious yet sturdy
- comfortable and breathable
- no straps included
- weighs over 1lb which is a bit heavier that what some backpackers prefer
2. Wise Owl Outfitters HammockHammock with Straps
Wise Owl Outfitters’ hammocks are soft but strong, spacious (including the single-sized ‘mock), and is extra safe. The hammocks are constructed out of 210T Nylon fabric, the same kind used in the parachutes of skydivers. The SingleOwl is 9 feet long, 4 1/2 feet wide, weighs 1 pound, and can be packed into a sack the size of a grapefruit. Not only does this hammock come with carabiners, the manufacturers included two 8-feet long ropes to enable you to go ‘mocking’ with it right out of the box.
- comes with hammock straps
- 100% money back guarantee
- very affordable
- compared to higher end models, it’s not as spacious
- some campgrounds ban the use of ropes for hanging hammocks
- ropes require learning how to make knots; not easy to set up
3. Hennessy Hammock Expedition AsymHammock for Camping
If you want an all-in-one package for your hammock, the Hennessy Hammock Expedition is exactly what you’re looking for. Unlike our two top picks which are perfect for the casual ‘mocker or day hiker, this one is more in line for those who do a bit of serious hiking. The hammock has an asymmetrical shape which allows you to lie flat on your back – a more comfortable position that does not place pressure on any point of your body. The built-in bug net allows you to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away from you and the ridge line keeps the bug net out of your face. In addition, it holds a mesh bag that has several pockets for storing some of your stuff. And then there’s the rain fly which ensures to keep you high and dry in the best way possible.
- asymmetrical shape allows you to lie flat on your back
- comes with compartmentalized pockets for storage
- extremely durable
- rain fly is a bit small
- stakes not included
- the ridge line makes sitting up in the hammock uncomfortable
4. Hummingbird Ultralight Single Hammock
Designed by an FAA certified parachute rigger, this hammock is made up of ripstop nylon (reserve parachute material) with soft shackle carabiners made out of a 1500 lb Spectra cord. Aside from being incredibly durable, this hammock also lives up to its Ultralight name. When packed in its sack, the entire thing weighs around a quarter of a pound and around as big as a coffee mug. This is the perfect for those who do quick trips into the woods or the beach. While it is comfortable to lie down in, the single size is not recommended by some campers for sleeping. Fortunately, the Hummingbird comes in the Single+ size to give you that extra space.
- made in the USA
- doesn’t come with tree straps
- straps (if you buy them) can’t be stored inside the sack
5. Winner Outfitters Double Camping HammockHammock for the Money
This double hammock from Winner Outfitters gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It is constructed out of the same material as other high end hammocks on our list – 210T nylon parachute fabric. This hammock can comfortably fit two people. And it comes with 2 solid steel carabiners, two ropes (each over 11 feet long), and two tree straps that are over 4 feet long. All of this for just $27!
- low cost
- great customer service
- triple stitching
- ropes and straps do not fit inside the bag with the hammock; needs to be stored separately
- tree straps are too short for large trees
- some users report that the bag is frayed in spots
6. Legit Camping Hammock
Legit Camping’s hammock is also made up of military-grade 210T nylon fabric and comes with steel carabiners, rope, and tree straps. It’s a double hammock so you know you have enough space for two. And the 400-lb max capacity certainly gives us peace of mind. But all of that is nothing new, right? Well, they do offer two things that made them stand out in our eyes – a lifetime warranty and a 100% money back guarantee. Don’t like it? Get a full refund. Something wrong with your hammock? They’ll give you a replacement real quick. And you only have to shell out $30 for this kind of service.
- lifetime warranty
- 100% money back guarantee
- straps are short
- the hammock has been known to sag/the straps stretch too much
- not easy to set up
7. Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Mosquito Hammock
The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro is a hammock that is perfect for camping overnight because it definitely keeps biting insects out of your face. It comes with a no-see-um bug netting and a bungee suspension system that holds the netting away from your face. What’s great about this is the fact that the strap where you attach the netting to is elastic and so are the loops on the nettings so you never have to worry about ripping it up. And if you don’t want to use the netting, you can just flip the hammock upside down. The hammock also features double-sided zippers for easy access inside and outside. And there are two interior storage pockets for stuff you want to keep with you while you sleep.
- No-See-Um bug netting
- spacious (10’6” x 5’)
- versatile; can be used without the netting and in any terrain
- doesn’t come with tree-friendly straps
- doesn’t come with a rain fly
- interior pockets are too small
8. ENO JungleNest HammockHammock with Mosquito Net
This ENO hammock is another hammock + bug net combo. It also features a No-See-Um bug net that’s attached to the hammock.
The carabiner and rope located at each end of the hammock are sturdy and of good quality, same as the hammock itself. But that’s what you can always expect from ENO. What we really love about the JungleNest is the fact that you can easily adjust the amount of space between your face and the bug net, either outside of the hammock or while you’re inside using an elastic loop attached to the netting. And if you don’t like the net, you can roll the netting aside or flip the hammock upside down. The netting hangs pretty close to the hammock itself which means you can also use it to hold a sleeping pad for added comfort.
- versatile; allows you to flip the
- big storage pocket inside the hammock
- doesn’t come with tree straps
- the cord holding up the bug net is too short
- set up requires a bit of expertise to get just the right amount of sag and space
9. Bear Butt Double Parachute Hammock
Bear Butt is a hammock company that believes that their hammocks can support a grizzly bear without breaking. And they just might be right. If you’re looking for a hammock that would fit a large person easily that would not break, then this is the hammock for you. Constructed from 75D nylon with a 210 thread count, this hammock has been tested for 900 pounds! Legally, it only states a maximum capacity of 500 pounds but that’s also 100 pounds more than what other hammocks offer. The company also backs up their product with a full refund/replacement guarantee that’s in place forever. And when packed, the hammock weighs just over a pound. Pretty lightweight.
- lifetime warranty and guarantee
- allows you to sleep diagonally for better comfort
- comes with ropes, not straps
- some users have reported the rope snapping
- Some users have reported fraying at the seams
10. Serac Classic Camping HammockHammock for Backyard
The Serac Classic Portable Camping Hammock is very similar to our other favorite hammocks in both design and material. But it was the differences that made us check it out. The Serac costs $40 in Amazon which is a pretty good deal. The company offers a 30-day trial with a 100% money back guarantee and free shipping (for the return). The tree straps are much longer than most that come with hammocks – 6 feet each. The 2 carbon steel carabiners included are seriously strong. And then there’s the 5-year unlimited warranty. All of these, by the way, fit inside the sack.
- great customer service
- quick drying
- not for individuals with wide shoulders
- some users have reported frayed threads in the stitched seams
- Some users have reported ripping
While we only listed 10 as our favorite hammocks of all time, there are quite a number of ‘mocks out there that we haven’t had a chance to test yet. Since some of them get really good reviews from experts, you might want to check them out. These are the Grand Trunk Nano 7, the ENO Sub7, the Kammok Roo, the Warbonnet Blackbird, and the ENO SubLink Shelter System.
How to Choose the Best Hammock
Like everything else in life, not all hammocks are created equal (although some of them are a heck of a lot similar). What this means is that you can’t just randomly pick out a hammock on Amazon or whatever store you’re currently in and expect fantastic results. There are several factors you’ll need to consider before you make your purchase. And we’re just the guys to help you figure things out.
What are you planning to use your hammock for?
Are you planning on using it for quick trips to the beach or into the woods? Then you’ll probably want a lightweight hammock like the Hummingbird Ultralight Single Hammock that will do the job. If you’re planning to just chill in your backyard, then the Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock is a good choice. For overnight (or multiple night) camping trips, you might want to consider the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym which already comes with a bug net and a rain fly.
Who’s going to be using the hammock?
This is a delicate question for some… but how much do you weigh? If you’re planning on using your hammock solo, then it’s a safe bet that you’ll be fine with most models offered in the market today since the typical maximum capacity is 400 lbs. But if you’re a somewhat bigger camper, you’ll need to get a hammock that can safely carry your weight. A double hammock is usually bigger and has a higher weight capacity. The Bear Butt Double Parachute Hammock is known to hold up to 900 pounds of weight.
How many people are going to be using the hammock at a time?
If you’re planning on snuggling up with your partner, a double hammock is a good choice such as the Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock. Still, most experts don’t recommended sleeping two people in just one hammock, no matter what the size of it is. This is because most hammocks (even in this size) do not offer enough space. Still, some people like being cocooned inside their hammock so they opt for the larger size.
Is the weight of the hammock a consideration for you?
All of our top picks are lightweight, no heavier than 2 pounds. So, it’s pretty safe to say that you can easily lug it around with you on any trip. However, some backpackers feel that packing a much lighter hammock becomes a necessity during winter camping trips because it gives you more room to carry winter gear. One really light hammock that campers love is the Hummingbird Ultralight Single Hammock because it’s about as big as a coffee mug and weighs around ⅓ of a pound.
Do you need straps?
Now, most of our picks do come with tree-friendly straps. But not all of them are ideal. Some are shorter than they should be, limiting your options when camping. If you plan on buying your own, it might be better for you to buy a hammock that has no straps such as the ENO JungleNest Hammock.
How much are you willing to spend?
A lot of the buyers of high end hammocks are happy campers and for good reason. You do get what you pay for in terms of quality, durability, and ease of use. However, some hammocks that are sold at a fraction of the price are not to be scoffed at either, especially if you’re not planning on abusing it so much in the wilderness. The good thing about hammocks are that you can generally find a good quality hammock for every budget.
What’s the warranty, satisfaction guarantee, and return policy?
While you can generally rely on most experts’ reviews on hammocks, comfort is an extremely subjective topic. What’s good for one is not necessarily good for another. Since you’ll need to try the hammock out for real to know if it’s really right up your alley, it’s best to learn how you can return the hammock if you’re not happy with it. Also, a company that offers a good warranty policy tells you that they’re pretty confident in their product. So make sure that you always give yourself this out. Without it, you just might end up with a hammock you regret.