The 10 Best Hammocks for Maximum Relaxation This Summer

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You’ve mowed the lawn, watered the garden, and played catch with the kids—it is now time to lounge. But it’s just so damn nice out. Why, when you’ve spent the rest of the day outside, go chill indoors? We have the gift of hammocks, after all. Swaying in the backyard with a beer rested on your chest is an American right, we think. So, depending on what kind of lounger you are, and what kind of backyard you have, we’ve picked the best hammocks for you and your needs.

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  • Best Hammock Overall

    Presidential Duracord Rope Hammock
    Pawleys Island

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  • Best Hammock for Two People

    Bening Double Hammock
    Sand & Stable

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  • Best Hammock for Camping

    DoubleNest Hammock
    Eagles Nest Outfitters

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  • Best Hammock Chair

    Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing
    Y- STOP

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  • Best Hammock for All-Day Lounging

    12 ft Rope Hammock Combo
    Belleze

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Creating the perfect outdoor lounging setup is no easy feat, which is why we went ahead and tested the best options for you. Below, you’ll see our favorite hammocks for every type of setting and why. Sway on.

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Best Hammock Overall

Presidential Duracord Rope Hammock

  • Made with All-Weather DuraCord
  • Looks great for any backyard
  • Overall Dimensions: 156 x 65 inches
  • Bed Length: 82 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 450 lbs

Pawleys Island is the OG American hammock maker. They’ve been building high-quality hammocks out of the Carolinas since 1889. That’s why it has that classic, can-stand-it-all look. You’ll be nestled in history. But that’s not all. The brand’s rope is DuraCord, which makes it perfect for any weather, including rainy days. Plus, it’s big enough to suit one or two people. The only thing we didn’t love about this option is its premium price point.

Best Hammock for Two People

Bening Double Hammock

  • Easy assembly for a stand or trees
  • Affordable
  • Stand and chains not included
  • Dimensions: 135 x 55 inches
  • Bed Length: 74 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 450 lbs

Yeah, you can lounge in a hammock all by yourself, but if you want a buddy to hang around with, this is the hammock for you. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking all this space up for yourself, either. We love the idea of sharing this hammock with a partner—especially since it’s made with a sturdy wooden spreader that’ll keep the tough material flat (which means you don’t have to worry about rolling into each other as you sway). The affordable, under-$77 price point isn’t bad, either.

Best Hammock for Camping

DoubleNest Hammock

  • Lightweight and easy to pack
  • Easy to set up between two trees or poles
  • Ideal for backpacking and camping
  • Dimensions: 112 x 74 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 400 lbs

For the occasional lounger, or one with a fire escape as opposed to a backyard, a camping hammock is ideal in that it stuffs down and stores easily, and is a breeze to assemble (and you can’t deny its versatility). We’re particularly fond of the DoubleNest, which is roomy enough to hold two (or maybe three) people. This editor’s taken it with her for multiple camping trips, and it’s always a hit among the crowd for kicking back and enjoying the views. Plus, depending on how you set it up between two trees, you can use it as a traditional hammock or as a hammock chair.

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Best Hammock Chair

Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing

  • More structured to function like an upright chair
  • Features side pockets big enough to hold a phone, a book, or a drink
  • A little tough to get up from
  • Dimensions: 52 x 40 x 50 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 320 lbs

Okay, maybe it’s a hammock chair. But there are still ropes, it’s still made of fabric, it still hands from a tree, and you can still lounge and swing. Plus, have you tried reading the paper in a traditional hammock? Total nightmare. An upright hammock chair fixes that. Aside from the plush cushions that make this more or less a suspended armchair (sans arms), this thing is easy to sink into. But keep that in mind—it’s a little tougher to get out of than simply rolling onto your two feet.

Best Hammock for All-Day Lounging

12 ft Rope Hammock Combo

  • Features a cup holder, a tablet case, pillow, and pad
  • Stand included
  • Under $200
  • Can’t hold as much weight as others
  • Dimensions: 142× 52 × 46.5 inches
  • Bed Length: 115 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

This is a hammock to make a home of. It comes with its own sturdy wood stand, a pillow and pad to lay over the classic woven rope design, a cup holder (yes, really) and a media case to slide your Kindle into when you being to doze off. There’s really not much to dislike about this option, which seems to have it all—including a stand. It’s even on the more affordable side compared to other versions on this list. The only thing we’re missing is a larger weight capacity—as it can only hold 275 pounds.

Best Quick-Drying Hammock

14 FT Quick Dry Hammock

  • 14 feet long
  • Made with vinyl-coated weather-proof, fabric for easy clean up
  • Affordable
  • Dimensions: 168 x 55 inches
  • Bed Length: 77 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 450 lbs

If you’re going for style points with your warm-weather lounging, opt for a hammock with a patterned, fabric base. This oversized one is quick to dry so if you forget to bring it in during a rainstorm—or if it’s gotten through a light shower—you’ll be able to jump back on in no time.

Best Fabric Hammock

Brisa Tree Hammock

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Minimalist design
  • Stand and tree straps not included
  • Lower weight capacity
  • Dimensions: 138 x 63 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 355 lbs

Sometimes, you just want a simple cloth hammock to add a stylish and bohemian-inspired touch to your setup—whether that’s on your back patio or in your home. This breezy style from La Siesta is sturdy and designed to have more even weight distribution (perfect for those who intend on sharing it). And if you don’t want a cream-colored hammock, it’s available in seven other colors.

Best Cord Hammock

Backyard Duracord 55″ Hammock

  • Made with weatherproof DuraCord
  • Comes with rust-resistant steel hardware
  • Stand not included
  • Pricey

Dimensions: 156 x 55 inches

L.L. Bean’s rope hammock is made with DuraCord, which wicks away moisture (should you be lounging on a hot day and get too sweaty) and is mold and mildew resistant so you can leave it out in the rain. We suggest this hammock—which comes with rust-resistant hardware for installation—for anyone who wants a more rustic look to their backyards and prefers to have minimal upkeep for their outdoor furniture.

Best Hammock with Stand

Beideman Double Classic Hammock with Stand

  • Adjustable stand included
  • Easy to assemble
  • Not as sturdy as other optons
  • Lower weight capacity
  • Dimensions: 158 x 40 x 56 inches
  • Bed Length: 94 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 330 lbs

Hey, look at it roll! If your backyard shade situation changes drastically over the course of a day, a hammock with a roving base is suitable so you can always position it in the most comfortable spot in the yard. The stand, which can be adjusted for width and height, will work with hammocks up to 15 feet long. In other words, you can use this with the hammock included or another favorite, depending on your mood. It’s not the sturdiest of the bunch, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a hammock for two people.

Best Hammock for Families

Quilted Sunbrella Hammock

  • Durable
  • Great for the family
  • Pricey
  • Stand and head pillows not included
  • Dimensions: 156 x 55 inches
  • Bed Length: 82 inches

For a softer, more pillowy summer sway, opt for a quilted hammock with a cushioned surface as opposed to the classic netted look. This one is mildew-resistant and made in the USA. We love the size of this, which is big enough to fit two adults or multiple kids. Plus, the hammock is reversible, with stripes on one side and a solid color on the other. The main downside here is the price. At $379, it’s the most expensive on the list. However, if you’re open to making an investment, you won’t go wrong with this classic.

Whether you’re planning to add a little R&R to your summer afternoons with the help of a soothing nap under the shade of your trees or you want something to add to your weekend camping trips, there’s a hammock for every setting. Of course, finding the best hammock for you is easier said than done—especially when you’re considering when, where, and how you’ll be using it.

Type

First and foremost: Type. While the first image of a hammock that comes to mind may be a simple rope or fabric one, there are a number of different styles out there. Maybe you’re looking for a classic hammock with a stand to keep anywhere in your backyard. Or, perhaps you’re searching for a camping hammock that’ll slip easily into your camping backpack. Regardless, you’ll want to keep the material in mind, too. Do you want rope and cotton for aesthetic purposes, or would you prefer a material that’s not only stylish but also quick-drying?

Measurements

The size of your hammock will depend on how and where you intend to use it. How long do you need it to be to suit you or anyone else who might use it? And remember—the length of the hammock itself will be different from its overall weight. Most of the options we selected were at least 13 feet long, which will work for most adults. If you’re looking for a double hammock for two people, look for styles that are on the wider side, around 55 inches.

The moments spent lounging beneath the summer sun are important—which is why we tested multiple hammocks to see which ones will hold up to your needs. We considered the most popular hammocks with a critical eye towards factors like comfort, stability, durability, style, and price. Along with our own testing, we consulted customer reviews to create a comprehensive list of the best hammocks to use this summer.

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