The Best Hammocks for Camping and Backyard Lounging
If you’ve read our previous “exposé” on responsible hammocking, you probably realize that there’s a lot more to these suspended nap traps than meets the eye. Following a few helpful guidelines can mean the difference between a peaceful snooze and a tumble with a not-so-soft landing. To add to our careful analysis, we thought we’d dig up a selection of the best hammocks that meet our high standards for gear. There are a lot of different options out there for every scenario, from camping and backpacking to backyard lounging. Our picks run the gamut. Hopefully, you’ll find one that will treat you right.
Top 5 Hammocks for Folks Who Like to Live on the Edge…or Just Relax
Best for overnight sleeping
Blue Ridge Camping Hammock – Lawson Hammock
The original tent hammock and highly recommended by Outside and Backpacker Magazine, Lawson designed a simple and effective hanging sleep solution. Tent-like poles keep the bug netting out of your face and a stringer that holds the hammock open keeps it from flipping over when you roll around in your sleeping bag. At 42 inches wide and 90 inches long, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is big enough to stretch out in. Fitted quilts that offer insulation are also available from Lawson.
Best for river trips
Sub6 Ultralight Hammock – ENO
Crazy light (less than 6 ounces!) and comfy to boot, Eagle’s Nest Outfitters’ Sub6 is the smallest hammock system on the market. It’s perfect for throwing in a dry bag and setting up for a snooze during down time on the river. The rip-stop nylon can support up to 300 pounds and will dry quickly. Keep in mind, you’ll need a good pair of straps to hang the Sub6.
Best for car camping
Supernest – ENO
When you’ve got a little more room to pack, bring the most comfortable hammock you can find. This luxurious insulated monster is nearly the size of a queen bed and comes with plush pillows for each end. Built to withstand heavy weather, the Supernest won’t be ruined if you forget to bring it in during that summer squall. It’s well suited to a backyard hammock stand or a large car campsite, and would likely win an award for least-likely to flip, if that award existed.
Best budget pick
Wise Owl Outfitters SingleOwl Hammock
Wise Owl Outfitter’s base model is by far the most popular option on Amazon. With over 30,000 five-star reviews, it’s comfortable and reliable. The SingleOwl comes with carabiners and nylon straps at a price that’s less than half of more reputable brands. There are more than a dozen color options to match your style and a larger design for those who want a little more room.
Best for multiple people
Stingray – Tentsile
Technically not a hammock, but a “tree tent,” Tentsile’s three-point suspended forts are the coolest way to actually hang out with friends or family. Different models can accommodate up to 6 people for a night under the stars. From sheets to drink holders, Tentstile makes a ton of accessories, so you can truly deck it out. Skip the two-by-fours and wobbly ladders, the Stingray also makes a great treehouse for kids.
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Photos: Blue Ridge Camping Hammock – Lawson Hammocks; ENO Supernest – Ryan Tipton; Tentsile Stingray – Alex Hare