Updated: May 9, 2015

Hammock Reviews:

We've all seen pictures of hammocks hanging between two palm trees in some exotic locale right by the water. I've had the pleasure of actually sitting in a hammock that was in the perfect setting (in Fiji overlooking crystal clear waters and a sandy beach). Hammocks are relaxing and there is something calming that happens when you sit in one. Just getting into a hammock can be hard. The less stable ones can flip you right out the other side if you are not careful. Hammocks come in a variety of styles: rope (most traditional, include spreader bars, usually hung between trees or placed on outdoor stands, made of cotton or polyester, not suitable for kids), quilted (comfortable, great for cool climates, good fit for families), Mayan (made of thin string, hand woven, flexible, most are non-spreader bar style, good for campers or backpackers, lightweight, less durable than rope or quilted hammocks, can hold up to 600 lbs.), Brazilian (made from cotton fibers, safe for little kids, best in cooler climates, most are non-spreader bar sytle), Nicaraguan (very durable weave patterns, great in all climates, Poolside (most durable of all hammocks, fade resistant, quick drying), Camping (light, portable, great for outdoorsman). Below we go into which hammock is the best buy in each category.


Per Hammocks.com, we were able to find the best hammock in each available style. The top selling rope hammock is the Island Bay XL Rope Hammock ($99-$109) - fits 2 comfortably, double thickness rope. The Deluxe XXL Mazatlan Mayan Hammock ($89.98) is the best Mayan hammock for comfort and warmer climates. For a Brazilian hammock go with the XXL Family Size Brazilian Fabric Hammock w/fringe ($99.98) - stretchy cotton fabric, can fit whole family. The XXL Grand Caribbean Fringe Hammock ($119.98) is the top rated Nicaraguan hammock style and the Pawleys Island Paradise Grove Fabric Hammock ($139.98) is the best poolside hammock that is quick drying and looks great. A good basic camping hammock is the Deluxe Portable Hammock ($99.98) that is freestanding and easy to pack. Other popular hammocks are the XXL Multicolored Mazatlan Mayan Thick String Hammock ($104.98), Duracord Rio Quilted Hammock ($199.98), Serenity Package -Hammock, Stand & Pillow ($229.99), and the Island Bay Sands Quilted Hammock with Metal Stand ($189.98). Hammock Jungle is another great online hammock store where you can buy hammocks at discounted prices. They specialize in Mayan hammocks and hammock chairs and have an excellent section on hanging tips and hammock care. You can view their entire selection on the Internet at Hammockjungle.com. Some other top brand names not mentioned in the reviews were Hatteras Hammocks (HatterasHammocks.com) and Hennessy Hammocks at Hennessyhammock.com. You can browse the top selling hammocks online here.


Hammock Chairs

Hammock chairs are made from the same materials as hammocks - rope and woven chairs, quilted fabric, designer fabric. In owner reviews, the best value hammock chair is the Classic Air Chair w/ Color Options ($64.98), the most comfortable is the Soft Comfort Swing Hanging Chair ($64.99), and the all around favorite is the Deluxe Mayan Hammock Chair ($69.99). Other top models are the Grand Caribbean Lounge Hammock Chair ($64.98-$69.98), Island Bay Sands Quilted Hammock Chair ($64.98), Island Bay Single Rope Swing ($99.99) and the Mayan Hammock Chair ($59.99). Keep in mind that many of these chairs do not come with the necessary hardware (usually $20 or less). You can get hammock add-ons like pillows and blankets and hanging kits online. Make sure they match what your hammock is meant for. A good tip for buying hammocks is purchase them in the off-season (October or January thru March) when prices should be cheaper than during peak summer season or Christmas. See all the top rated hammock chairs here.


Hammock Stands:

Hammocks are great to have around the yard and can be very relaxing, but often finding a place to hang them is the difficult part. Hammock stands allow you to place them virtually anywhere and you don't have to have 2 perfectly situated trees for it to go up properly. There are metal stands, wood stands, hanging kits, hammock posts, and chair stands. Prices ranges from under $50 to $250 and up. Metal hammock stands are the most popular being both cheap and durable. They are also simple to assemble and take down in a hurry. Stainless steel hammock stands never rust and are better suited for wet weather climates or where hammocks are placed on decks or porches and rust would stain the surface. Wood hammock stands are generally the hardiest of all and the Roman Arc (made of cypress) is the best. A portable hammock stand gives you both the flexibility and versatility to take them to the beach, on vacation, or by a pool. The best selling hammock stands are the Classic 15 Ft. Hammock Stand ($99.98), Hampton Cypress Arc Hammock Stand-4 Ply ($399.99), and the The 15 Foot Curved Metal Arc Stand ($127.99). Other top hammock brands per reviewers ratings are the Vario Stand ($119.99), 15 Ft. Stainless Steel Center Beam Stand ($229.99), C-Frame Hammock Chair Stand ($249.99), and the Tri-Beam Wood Hammock Stand ($269.99). You can find all these hammock stands and many more at Hammocks.com. Be sure to check if the hammock stand you choose is compatible with a spreader bar (some are not).