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.