Best Hammock for Camping & Backyard
The Ultimate Review


girl in garden hammock

If you are looking for the best hammock for camping or lounging in the backyard then this review will help you select the model that suits you the best. If you have never lounged in a hammock before then you really don't know what you have been missing! There is nothing more peaceful and comfortable then the gentle swing of a hammock in your backyard, by the beach or at your favorite family campsite. Hammocks have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years and for good reason. THEY ARE FUN! They are also relatively inexpensive and are very lightweight and portable. They are the ultimate go anywhere item of furniture and if have never tried one then you really must. If you are looking for a backpacking hammock then read our full guide, Best Backpacking Hammocks - The Ultimate Review. If you want more information on hammock straps then read our Hammock Strap Review.


Hammocks Reviewed


How to Choose the Best Hammock for Camping or the Backyard


Hammock Type

There are many different styles or types of hammock available, but for occasional camping or the backyard then an "open" style of hammock is the most suitable. This is the most basic of hammock styles with no attached features such as bug nets, tarps or ridge lines. This is probably the most common style of hammock available and also the least expensive. If you want to use it for sleeping in then you may want to add a bug net or tarp depending upon the time of year and climate.

Hammock length

The length of a hammock depends upon whether it is designed for one person, a single hammock, or for two people, a double hammock. The single hammocks tend to be around 9 feet in length but this does depend upon the brand. The double hammocks are slightly longer and are typically 10 feet or longer. Please note that this is the "laid flat" length of the hammock measured as it is laying flat along the ground. When the hammock is hung the ends of the hammock will be closer than this full length.

Hammock Width

The hammock width displays the greatest difference between the single and double hammock versions. The single hammocks tend to be about 4' 6" in width which is fine for an adult or two kids to lounge in. The double hammocks are naturally wider at approximately 6' 6" in width. This extra width will allow two adults to lie together comfortably during the day but are not really suitable for sleeping two persons.

Hammock Style

If you first thought of hammocks was tan, green and boring then think again. Modern hammocks owe their style more to the brightly colored ancestors from Latin America rather than their seafaring grandparents. If you can imagine a color or pattern then you can probably find a hammock to match!

Maximum Weight capacity

The majority of the hammocks in this review are capable of supporting at least 400 lbs. This should provide  safe and secure lounging for most adults and kids. There are some hammocks below this capacity at 200 lbs so please just check the specifications of any hammock to ensure that it is suitable for your intended use.

Disclaimer:  I have never seen a supplier quote the exact test method used to determine the load bearing capacity so please ensure your own safety by getting into your hammock gently and never jump in!

Weight of Hammock

The weight of the hammock is not likely to be an issue to most backyard campers or anyone car camping. If you do a lot of backpacking or travelling and need an ultralight hammock then these hammocks may not be suitable. But be aware they will be much lighter than any tent on the market!

Hammock Material

Most hammocks are constructed from a parachute type of material which is both light and strong.

Hammock Suspension

You will need some method of attaching your hammock to a pair of trees or other suitable support.  The most common methods include hammock straps, whoopie slings or rope. Some hammocks come with straps and some don't so please check the description of any item to see what it comes with before purchase. Please see the Best Hammock Straps Review for more information.

Carabiners

By far the easiest method of attaching your hammock to the hammock straps are carabiners. This avoids the need to try ANY knots so this is popular with most people except maybe the toughest of ultra light weight backpackers. Some hammock brands like ENO and Kammok come with carabiners and others come with the straps so please check.


ENO SingleNest Hammock


The ENO SingleNest is one of the most popular hammocks available. As it's name suggests this is a single person hammock. But, if you have 2 young kids then they can both lounge in it. My two boys are 7 and 11 and can just about lie comfortably. For older kids or 2 adults then you will need the DoubleNest. If one hammock is responsible for the modern hammock boom then is it probably this one. I may be biased as this was the first hammock I ever bought but if you only ever buy one hammock then make it this one. You will love it just like I love mine. The quality of this hammock is excellent and it is very comfortable. It comes in a multitude of fun colors to suit both the stealth camper who wants to blend in just as well as the extrovert who wants to shout "look at me!"

Length & Width

The length of the SingleNest is 9' 4" and the width is 4' 7". Just remember these are the dimensions of the hammock stretched out on the ground. When it is hung the ends will be closer but it will still accommodate an adult over 6 foot in height.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs so it should be more than strong enough for most, if not all, campers.

Weight

The weight of the SingleNest is quoted as 16 oz. I doubt if you would even notice the weight of this hammock along with the straps in your bag.

Material

All ENO  hammocks are constructed from breathable, quick drying nylon with heavy duty triple stitched seams. This material should give you years of service.

Color

The ENO SingleNest is available in over 25 color combinations. So there should be a color to suit every taste.
ENO Hammock Colors

Straps

This hammock does not come with any straps. There are many suitable straps on the market you can purchase but I suggest sticking with ENO and going for the ENO Atlas Suspension System. See the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners.

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ENO DoubleNest Hammock


The ENO DoubleNest is one of the most popular 2 person hammocks from the well known and respected brand of Eagle Nest Outfitters of Ashville, NC.

Length & Width

The length of the DoubleNest is 9' 4" and the width is 6' 2". This is enough room for two adults to lie comfortably together, but probably not suitable for both people to sleep overnight.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs for the combined weight of two people. 

Weight

The weight of the DoubleNest is quoted as 19 oz. This is the weight of the hammock and the supplied carabiners.

Material

All ENO  hammocks are constructed from breathable, quick drying nylon with heavy duty triple stitched seams. This material should give you years of service.

Color

The ENO DoubleNest is available in over 50 color combinations! Not every color may be in stock at a given time.
ENO hammock colors

Straps

This hammock does not come with any straps. There are many suitable straps on the market you can purchase but I suggest sticking with ENO and going for the ENO Atlas Suspension System. See the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners.

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  • None



Kammok Wallaby


The Kammok Wallaby is a single hammock from the respected brand of Kammok of Austin, TX. This brand also supplies a number of hammock accessories.

Length & Width

The length of the Wallaby is 8' 4" and the width is 4' 2". This is both shorter and narrower than the ENO SingleNest, but it is a lighter hammock,  so may suit the smaller adult who wants to keep weight to a minimum.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs, this should be sufficient for most campers.

Weight

The weight of the Wallaby is quoted as 10 oz. This is the lightest hammock in this review and certainly makes it very suitable if you want to go backpacking as well as lounge in your yard.

Material

The hammock is constructed from 40 denier diamond ripstop Gravitas fabric. This is a light but yet strong material which should give you years of service.

Color

The Kammok Wallaby is available in 7  colors. The hammock material is a single color unlike many other hammocks like the ENO which have two or more contrasting colors. So if you want a more subtle color then this may be the perfect hammock for you.
kammok wallaby hammock colors

Straps

This hammock does not come with any straps. There are many suitable straps on the market you can purchase but I suggest sticking with Kammok and going for the Python Straps. See the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners.

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Kammok Roo 


The Roo is a double hammock from Kammok.

Length & Width

The length of the Roo is 10' and the width is 5' 7". This is almost 12" narrower than some of the other hammocks in this review but is eno​​​​ugh room for two adults to lie comfortably together. But for a good night's sleep it is probably best to sleep solo.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs for the combined weight of two people. 

Weight

The weight of the Roo is quoted as 24 oz. This is the weight of the hammock and the supplied carabiners. This is heavier than the ENO DoubleNest.

Material

The hammock is constructed from 70 denier LunarWave diamond ripstop nylon. This is a light but yet strong material which should give you years of service.

Color

The Roo is available in a choice of 6 different colors. The hammock material is a single color unlike many other hammocks like the ENO which have two or more contrasting colors. So if you want a more subtle color then this may be the perfect hammock for you.
Kammock Roo Hammock colors

Straps

This hammock does not come with any straps. There are many suitable straps on the market you can purchase but I suggest sticking with Kammok and going for the Python Straps. See the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners.

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  • None



Legit Camping 


This is a double hammock from Legit Camping

Length & Width

The length of this hammock is 10' and the width is 6'. This is 6" narrower than some of the other double hammocks in this review but is enough room for two adults to lie comfortably together. But for a good night's sleep, as always, it is probably best to sleep solo.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs for the combined weight of two people. 

Weight

The weight of  this hammock is quoted as 18 oz. This is just 1 oz lighter than the equivalent ENO DoubleNest.

Material

The hammock is constructed from 210T nylon fabric.

Color

The Legit Camping Hammock is available in a choice of 13 different colors, with a contrasting color along the edge of the hammock.

Straps

This hammock is supplied with basic straps but you may wish to replace these with longer straps with more adjustment. See the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with simple carabiners, but the quality does not appear as high as some other well known brands

  • Supplied with straps
  • Supplied with carabiners
  • Price
  • Straps and carabiners are very "basic"



Winner Outfitters 


Winner Outfitters produce both a single and a double hammock.

Length & Width

The length of the single hammock is 9' and the width is 4' 7". The length of the double is 9' 10" with a width of 6' 6".  

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 500 lbs.

Weight

The weight of the single hammock is quoted as 33 oz and the double hammock is 40 oz. This may seem heavy compared with some of the other quoted weights but I believe this includes the weight of the straps and carabiners. For comparison the total weight of the ENO SingleNest with Atlas straps would be 27 oz.

Material

The hammock is constructed from 210T nylon fabric to be light yet strong.

Color

The single hammock is available in a choice of  3 different colors, and the double  in 4 colors, however all colors may not be available. The hammocks have a contrasting color along the edge of the hammock.

Straps

This hammock is supplied with basic straps if you wish to purchase replacement straps with more adjustment loops then see the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with wiregate carabiners.

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  • Supplied with carabiners
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  • Basic straps



Honest Outfitters 


Honest Outfitters supply both a single and a double hammock.

Length & Width

The length of the single hammock is 9' and the width is 4' 7". The length of the double is 9' 10" with a width of 6' 6".  These are the same dimensions as the Winner Outfitters hammocks.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 500 lbs.

Weight

There is no weight quoted for these hammocks but I believe they are similar to the Winner Outfitters. So I estimate the single hammock as 33 oz and the double hammock as 40 oz. I believe this includes the weight of the straps and carabiners. For comparison the total weight of the ENO SingleNest with Atlas straps would be 27 oz.

Material

The hammock is constructed from 210T nylon fabric to be light yet strong.

Color

The single hammock is available in a choice of  3 different colors, and the double  in 4 colors, however all colors may not be available. The hammocks have a contrasting color along the edge of the hammock.

Straps

This hammock is supplied with basic straps if you wish to purchase replacement straps with more adjustment loops then see the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with wiregate carabiners.

  • Supplied with straps
  • Supplied with carabiners
  • Price
  • Basic straps



Grand Trunk Double  


Grand Trunk supply a number of different hammocks. This is their double hammock which is available in either a plain color or a patterned version.

Length & Width

The length of the double  hammock is 10' 6" and the width is 6' 6". This is the longest hammock in the review by 6" and possibly the most suitable for 2 people.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 400 lbs.

Weight

There quoted weight for this hammock is 28 oz. 

Material

The hammock is constructed from 100% parachute nylon and hence is lightweight and strong.

Color

This hammock is available in a choice of over 20 colors, and 15 different patterns!
grand trunk hammock colors
grand trunk hammock patterns

Straps

This hammock is supplied with a "starter rope kit" so you will probably want to purchase replacement straps with more adjustment loops then see the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with carabiners.

  • Supplied with straps
  • Supplied with carabiners
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  • Basic rope straps



Grand Trunk Ultralight
 Starter Hammock  


This is a "no frills" basic single hammock with a low price to match!

Length & Width

The length of the  hammock is 9' 6" and the width is 4' 6". This is the narrowest hammock in the review.

Max Capacity

The maximum weight capacity of this hammock is 200 lbs so 

Weight

There quoted weight for this hammock is 12 oz. 

Material

The hammock is constructed from 100% polyester so is not likely to be as strong as the other materials in this review.

Color

This hammock is available in a basic choice of 2 colors.
Grand Trunk Hammock Colors

Straps

This hammock is not supplied with straps so you will need to purchase straps or use some alternative suspension method see the hammock strap guide here.

Carabiners

This hammock comes with S hooks NOT carabiners, but you could add carabiners for increased safety.

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Best Camping Hammock

Kammok Wallaby


I believe there is one winner for the best camping hammock from this review and that is the Kammok Wallaby.  Although the ENO SingleNest is a close second. The Wallaby wins because it is just so much lighter than the ENO and packs down small into 5.5" x 3.5" stuff sack which is sewn into the edge of the hammock. It is well constructed and the UV resistant material should stay looking good and tear free for many years. The fabric is treated with a water repellant to make the hammock water resistant. Kammok also supply a number of accessories including: Python straps, bug net and tarp which can be matched to this hammock to make for a great overnight camping hammock.

Best Backyard Hammock

ENO DoubleNest


Most of the hammocks in this review would be suitable for the backyard. But I have chosen the ENO DoubleNest as my number one choice. This hammock will do all you need and more and whilst there are certainly cheaper hammocks available the ENO really is bullet proof and will provide you and your family with many happy days of hammock enjoyment! It is available in a wide range of colors and the quality of the fabric, stitching and the carabiners really make this a top hammock.

Best Budget Hammock

Honest Outfitters Double


I found it difficult to select a Budget hammock which I would be happy to recommend because the majority of the cheaper hammocks all have to cut costs somewhere to keep the price low. But I think the Honest Outfitters Double hammock is the best of the less expensive models and does get good reviews. This hammock comes with everything you need as the straps and carabiners are supplied. But it really wins over some of the other similar hammocks because it is supplied with proper hammock straps and not the very basic rope than some other cheap hammocks come with.