The Best Camping Hammocks for 2020

How to choose the perfect hammock for camping or backpacking.

hammock camping in the mountains

We reviewed dozens of the best camping hammocks to find out which models are the best of the best in 2020.

We break down our top choices by best use, including the best for camping, backpacking, budget camping, ultralight backpacking, and more.

Start with our top hammock reviews – or jump down to our in-depth buyers guide to learn how to make an informed purchase yourself.

Hammock camping is one of the most comfortable and convenient ways to camp – so here’s exactly how to choose the best camping hammock for you.

Index

  1. Best Camping Hammocks
  2. Best Hammock Straps
  3. Best Accessories
  4. Types of Hammocks
  5. Camping Hammock Buyer’s Guide
  6. How to Choose
  7. Alternative Options

10 Best Camping Hammocks for 2020

After reviewing dozens of the best camping hammocks available now, we narrowed down your options to just 10 of the very best. Not only is every model reviewed below lightweight, durable, and easy to use, but we also broke down our top recommendations by their best camping application.

Here are the 10 best camping hammocks for 2020:

1. Best for Camping: Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

Weight: 2 Pounds 13 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 250 Pounds

Suspension Type: Built-In 10-Foot Straps

The Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip is one of the best all-around hammocks for camping.

It’s asymmetrical design makes it possible to lay almost completely flat. This makes it vastly more comfortable than most models. It also makes it a decent option for side sleepers.

In addition to the hammock itself, you get a built-in suspension system, integrated bug net, and included rainfly. These extra accessories, plus the ruggedness of the hammock itself, make the Hennessy a good option for inclement weather.

The downside to this robust design is weight. The Hennessy Expedition is one of the heaviest models we tested. It’s a decent option for backpacking but really shines at car camping.

Hanging an asymmetrical hammock takes a little practice. We recommend practicing hanging your Hennessy before heading out into the field.

What We Like:

  • Rugged Construction
  • Asymmetrical Design for Flat Lay
  • Includes Straps, Bug Net, Rain Fly
  • Great for Inclement Weather
  • Comfortable

What We Don’t Like:

  • Heavier than Most
  • Complicated Set Up

Best Use:

The Hennessy Expedition Asym Zip is best for car camping (not backpacking due to its weight). It’s also one of the best hammocks for cold weather camping.

2. Best for Backpacking: ENO SubLink Shelter System with Sub6

ENO SubLink Shelter System with Sub6

Weight: 5.8 Ounces (2 Pounds 13 Ounces w/ Accessories)

Maximum Capacity: 300 Pounds

Suspension Type: Comes w/ Helios Suspension System

The ENO SubLink Shelter System with Sub6 Hammock is our favorite hammock for backpacking in 2019.

As a complete sleeping shelter, you get a suspension system, bug net, and rainfly. The stuff sack even doubles as a pillow.

But where the SubLink really shines is its lightweight. It comes with the ENO Sub6 Hammock, one of the lightest camping hammocks on the market at just 5.8 ounces.

The SubLink Shelter System is also built to last. Despite the ultralight construction, it will stand up to the rigors of heavy backpacking.

The only real downside is comfort. While not uncomfortable by any means, the thin material used on the Sub6 and its narrow design leave something to be desired in terms of comfort.

What We Like:

  • Lightweight
  • Complete Sleeping Shelter
  • Intuitive to Set Up
  • Includes Suspension, Bug Net, Rain Fly
  • Versatile for All Conditions

What We Don’t Like:

  • Thin Material
  • Not as Comfortable as Larger Models

Best Use:

The ENO SubLink Shelter System is a good choice for backpackers that are willing to accept a small drop in comfort for a huge leap in overall weight savings.

3. Best on a Budget: Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro  

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

Weight: 35 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 400 Pounds

Suspension Type: Comes w/ Ropes (or buy Tree Straps separately to minimize tree damage)

The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro is our top choice for those on a tight budget.

Yet despite its affordable price, this camping hammock doesn’t sacrifice anything in the way of comfort, durability, or ease of use. It even comes with a built-in bug net.

In fact, the Skeeter Beeter Pro is wider than the majority of models in its weight class. The spacious sleeping area gives you more room to move around to get comfortable at night.

Top-quality materials and construction methods, including 70-denier nylon fabric and triple-stitched seams, ensure this camping hammock will last for years on end.

Although it does come with ropes, we recommend investing in an aftermarket suspension system (like Grand Trunk Tree Straps) as old-fashioned ropes are known to cause tree damage.

What We Like:

  • Spacious
  • Built-In Bug Net
  • Durable Construction
  • Easy to Set Up
  • Relatively Light for its Large Size

What We Don’t Like:

  • Can’t Remove Bug Net
  • Included Rope Suspension System Damages Trees

Best Use:

The Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter is perfect for those that want to enjoy hammock camping without breaking the bank!

4. Best for Winter Camping: Warbonnet Blackbird

Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock

Weight: 15.75 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 350 Pounds

Suspension Type: Not Included (Becket Straps or Dynaweave Whoopie sold separately)

The Warbonnet Blackbird is our top choice for the best four-season camping hammock.

It features an asymmetrical design for improved comfort. This allows you to achieve a flatter lay with your head and feet at the same level. The asymmetrical design also creates a little more space for you to move around at night.

Also notable is the rugged and durable construction. The Blackbird is created for expedition use in all weather conditions. 40-denier fabric with a ripstop weave gives it a remarkable strength to weight ratio.

Warbonnet adds in a number of special features that make the Blackbird even more comfortable and convenient. Chief among these are the integrated bug net, large foot box, and storage shelf. Of particular note is the foot box that gives your feet a little extra space while minimizing the risk of the fabric bunching up.

No suspension system is included so you must buy one separately. Two options are currently available: the Becket Tree Traps and the Dynaweave Whoopie Suspension. Both suspension systems have a steep learning curve, so we recommend practicing at home before heading out into the field.

* A slightly heavier yet even more durable double-layer version, the Warbonnet Double Blackbird is also available.

What We Like:

  • Comfortable
  • Foot Box for Extra Space
  • Integrated Bug Net
  • Built-In Storage Shelf
  • Good Ratio of Light Weight and Durability

What We Don’t Like:

  • Suspension System Not Included
  • Steep Learning Curve to Hang Comfortably

Best Use:

The Warbonnet Blackbird is a rugged yet lightweight camping hammock that excels in winter conditions, especially when paired with the Wooki Underquilt

5. Best Double Hammock: Kammok Roo Double  

Kammock Roo Double Hammock

Weight: 1 Pound 7 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 500 Pounds

Suspension Type: Not Included (Kammok Python Straps Sold Separately)

The Kammok Roo Double takes the cake as the best two-person camping hammock in 2019.

First and foremost, the Roo Double is very spacious. Not only does it hold up to 500 pounds, it’s 10 feet long and 5’7” wide at its widest point. It’s also surprisingly lightweight (just 23 ounces) for a double model.

This Kammok hammock is large and durable enough to safely and comfortably hold two people at once. However, our favorite way to use it is solo. The extra material allows you to create a cozy cocoon for an incredibly comfortable night of sleep.

Other highlights include 70-denier ripstop fabric for stellar durability, reinforced gear loops to attach your gear (such as water bottles or headlamps), and a simple set up.

Note that the Roo Double doesn’t come with a suspension system. Kammok does, however, sell several tree straps separately, including our top-rated Kammok Python 15 Straps.

What We Like:

  • Comfortable
  • Spacious
  • High Maximum Capacity
  • Simple Set Up
  • Durable Construction

What We Don’t Like:

  • No Straps Included
  • Relatively Large Packed Size

Best Use:

The Kammok Roo Double shines as one of the best two-person hammocks for both camping and casual lounging.

6. Best for Ultralight: Sea to Summit Ultralight

Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock

Weight: 5.4 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 300 Pounds

Suspension Type: Not Included (Buy the Sea to Summit Tree Straps Separately)

Ultralight backpackers rejoice – the Sea to Summit Ultralight clocks in at just 5.4 ounces.

Although it’s not the most comfortable hammock around, the Ultralight shines bright as one of the best ultralight hammocks for backpackers seriously concerned about reducing weight.

In addition to its lightweight construction, this Sea to Summit hammock packs down small, roughly to the size of 12-ounce soda can. The tradeoff is comfort. Although it’s not uncomfortable, you can’t achieve the same “cocoon” effect as you can with other models.

Other highlights include the breathable moisture-wicking fabric and integrated compression sack. The hammock is also very quick and easy to set up.

The downside to the Sea to Summit Ultralight is a lack of durability. The thin fabric is susceptible to tearing in the field. So pay close attention while setting up and using the hammock to minimize risk of damage. A quality repair kit is included so you can easily patch any rips that might occur.

Also, note that no suspension system is included. However, the aftermarket Sea to Summit Ultralight Suspension Straps Straps adds just 2.7 ounces to your setup.

What We Like:

  • Lightweight
  • Packs Down Very Small
  • Easy to Set Up
  • Breathable Fabric
  • Comes with Patch Kit

What We Don’t Like:

  • Narrow Width
  • No Suspension System Included

Best Use:

The Sea to Summit Ultralight is fantastic for ultralight backpacking. It’s also one of the best hammocks for thru-hiking.

7. Best for Side Sleepers: Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge

Jacks 'R' Better Bear Mountain Bridge

Weight: 39 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 250 Pounds

Suspension Type: Not Included (Buy the Jacks ‘R’ Better Suspension System separately).

Side sleepers often have a difficult time finding a camping hammock that’s comfortable to sleep in.

That’s exactly where the Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge enters the picture. Thanks to its flat lay and spacious design, it’s one of the best hammocks for side sleepers in 2019.

In fact, the Bear Mountain Bridge is notable as one of the only camping models that provides a truly flat lay. Not only does this benefit side sleepers (as well as stomach sleepers), but many back sleepers find it most comfortable as well.

The hammock achieves this flat lay with an innovative suspension system that utilizes “spreader bars” to create a “trough-like” shape. The spreader bars naturally flatten the sleeping platform so that you can lay flat without sleeping at an angle.

The downside to this unique design is weight. At 2.5 pounds, this isn’t one of the lightest models available, although it’s certainly not the heaviest either.

Other highlights of the Bear Mountain Bridge are interior gear pockets, an integrated bug net, and an outside sleeping pad sleeve. Use this hammock with a sleeping pad to stay warm while cold weather camping.

What We Like:

  • Very Comfortable
  • Great for Side Sleepers
  • Built-In Sleeping Pad Sleeve
  • Lightweight for Design
  • Integrated Bug Net

What We Don’t Like:

  • Wobbly to Get Into
  • Doesn’t Pack Down Very Small

Best Use:

Side sleepers rejoice – the Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Ridge provides a truly flat lay (plus a lot of extra space) for side and stomach sleepers.

8. Best Complete Shelter: REI Flash Air  

REI Flash Air Hammock

Weight: 2 Pounds 12 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 250 Pounds

Suspension Type: Built-in

The REI Co-op Flash Air is an expedition-style tent hammock that comes with all the accessories needed for a complete camping shelter.

It comes with a bug net, rainfly, stakes, guy lines, tree straps, and a stuff sack. As an all-in-one package, it’s one of the best value camping hammocks you can find.

The Flash Air excels in almost all categories, including comfort, durability, and weight. It weighs just 44 ounces total and packs down small. Despite this, it’s relatively comfortable and surprisingly spacious. Ripstop fabric and reinforced seams increase overall durability.

The main disadvantage are the built-in tree straps. While lightweight and durable, they’re not very long. Although it’s easy to set up this hammock, the short length of the straps can be a major issue, depending on where you’re camping. Unfortunately, you can’t swap the straps out with a better/longer suspension system.

We also like this REI hammock for just how much protection it offers. Although we wouldn’t use it in winter without an underquilt (try the REI Co-op Hammock Underquilt), the rainfly offers great protection from rain while the bug net keeps mosquitos at bay.

What We Like:

  • Fantastic Value
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to Set Up
  • Relatively Light Weight
  • All-In-One Sleeping Shelter

What We Don’t Like:

  • Straps are Short
  • Maximum Capacity is Relatively Low

Best Use:

As one of the best value complete systems, the REI Co-op Flash Air is an excellent choice for those that want tent-like comfort and protection paired with the versatility of a camping hammock. 

9. Best for Lounging: ENO SingleNest

ENO SingleNest Hammock

Weight: 16 Ounces

Maximum Capacity: 400 Pounds

Suspension Type: Not Included

The ENO SingleNest has reigned as one of the most popular portable hammocks for the past several years.

Not only is it a good entry level model for hammock camping, but it’s also one of the best models for casual daytime use, such as lounging in your backyard or at the park.

The SingleNest is notable for its small, lightweight design. It packs up to smaller than the size of a softball for excellent portability while camping or backpacking. It’s one of the lightest models you can find at this affordable of a price.

Durability is another key benefit of this Eagles Nest Outfitters hammock. It’s constructed from 70-denier parachute nylon with triple interlocking stitching for the utmost in durability.

The only real downside is the narrow width. While not much of an issue for lounging or camping in mild weather, it limits your ability to go camping in the winter due to the lackluster protection.

* A two-person model, the ENO DoubleNest, is also available.

What We Like:

  • Affordable Price
  • Lightweight (16 Ounces)
  • Packs Down to Size of a Softball
  • Durable Construction (70-Denier Fabric)
  • Lots of Available Accessories

What We Don’t Like:

  • Narrow Design
  • Not as Comfortable as Other Models

Best Use:

The Eno SingleNest is one of the best camping hammocks for casual daytime use, although it also excels for overnight use.

10. Best All-In-One: Mock One

Mock One Hammock

Weight: 14.5 Pounds

Maximum Capacity: 250 Pounds

Suspension Type: Built-In Hammock Stand

The Mock One takes the cake not only as one of the best camping hammocks in 2020, but as one of the best new products in 2019.

The unique portable folding hammock boasts an all-in-one design. This means that, unlike most other camping hammocks, it actually comes with a built-in hammock stand. No trees or straps required.

Better yet, the Mock One is quick and easy to set up. Simply spread the legs apart, adjust as needed, and – boom – your hammock is ready to go. Spreader bars at both ends and built-in pillows further increase comfort.

Not only that, but the Mock One is also comfortable and durable. It’s large enough to sleep those up to 6′ (and slightly taller). An XL model is available for taller campers. A variety of accessories are available to make this camp hammock perfect for overnight trips.

The one downside to the Mock One is its weight. It’s quite heavy at 15 pounds. Naturally, this means it’s for car camping only. It doesn’t work for backpacking or camping off the beaten trail. However, considering that the 15 pounds actually includes the hammock stand and the Mock One starts to seem pretty lightweight indeed.

* Look at the Mock One Samsara for an all-in-one package that includes a rainfly, bug net, underquilt, and top quilt in addition to the hammock and stand.

What We Like:

  • Built-In Stand
  • Quick Set Up
  • Comfortable Lay
  • Durable Construction
  • Accessories Are Available

What We Don’t Like:

  • Pretty Heavy
  • Not Ideal for Tall Users

Best Use:

The Mock One is the best portable camping hammock with a built-in stand for camping close to your vehicle.


Best Camping Hammock Straps for 2020

Quality hammock straps are the best way how to hang a hammock while camping. Not only are they durable and purpose built, but they are also fully adjustable, portable, and versatile to improve overall convenience.

Here are 5+ of the best camping hammock straps for 2020:

1. ENO Atlas Straps

ENO Atlas Hammock Straps

Weight: 11 Ounces

Length: 9 Feet  

Maximum Capacity: 400 Pounds

It’s hard to beat ENO Atlas Straps in terms of overall versatility.

Designed for use with all Eagles Nest Outfitters hammocks (but also compatible with many other models), the Atlas suspension system is notable for its durability, ease of use, and reasonable price. 

Multiple adjustment points allow you to achieve the perfect hammock hang while simultaneously improving compatibly with hammock camping accessories like bug nets and rain flies.

The ENO Atlas XL Straps are an extra-long version of these tree straps, clocking in at 13.5 feet (while weighing just 16 ounces).

2. ENO Helios Suspension System

ENO Helios Hammock Suspension System

Weight: 4.1 Ounces

Length: 8 Feet 

Maximum Capacity: 300 Pounds

Instead of traditional straps, the ENO Helios Suspension System utilizes a whoopie sling design.

Most notable about this hammock suspension system is its light weight. At just 4.1 ounces, this whoopie sling system is perfect for backpackers.

Full adjustability makes these straps very easy to use while camping or backpacking. However, a lack of adjustment points makes it slightly more difficult to use accessories, like bug nets and rain flies.

An extra-long version, the ENO Helios XL Suspension System, is 13.5 feet long and weighs just 6.5 ounces.

3. Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps

Hummingbird Ultralight Hammock Tree Straps

Weight: 2.3 Ounces

Length: 100 Inches

Maximum Capacity: 400 Pounds

You’ll be hard-pressed to find better lightweight hammock straps than these Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps.

Even though they weigh in at just 2.3 ounces, these 100% nylon straps are over 8 feet long and can hold up to 400 pounds. They utilize webbing for the tree strap and spectra cord (rated at 1500 pounds tensile strength) for the support strap itself.

Ultralight backpackers need these Hummingbird straps to pair with their ultralight backpacking hammock.

4. Kammok Python Straps

Kammok Python Hammock Straps

Weight: 12 Ounces

Length: 10 Feet

Maximum Capacity: 500 Pounds

The Kammok Python Straps are some of the burliest hammock straps on the market.

Built to hold up to 500 pounds in weight, these tree straps are perfect for two-person hammocks in addition to single-person models.

Additional highlights include incredible durability while simultaneously retaining flexibility. These no-nonsense straps make hammock camping easy.

For a slightly longer version, the Kammok Python 15 Straps bring the length of each strap up to 15 feet each.

5. Grand Trunk Straps

Grand Trunk Camping Hammock Tree Straps

Weight: 12 Ounces

Length: 10 Feet

Maximum Capacity: 400 Pounds

When adjustability is key, you want these Grand Trunk Straps close at hand.

In addition to their length (10 feet each), these straps are notable for their whopping 36 total adjustment points. Not only does this make adjusting the hammock hang easy, but it makes these some of the best hammock straps to pair with camping accessories like bug nets and rainflies.

Although all of our favorite straps are easy to use, this suspension system from Grand Trunk takes the cake.

Other Hammock Suspension Options

Not interested in a buying a dedicated camping hammock suspension system?

Then one of the best alternatives is to use rope or paracord to hang your hammock. You’ll also need carabiners (which are built-in with most hammock models).

The two biggest factors to consider are rope length and maximum capacity. The rope you choose to use must be long enough to suspend your hammock between two trees but also heavy enough to support your total body weight.

You’ll also need to know the best knots for hammock camping to maximize the efficiency of setup while in the field.

Note that while cheap and convenient, hanging a hammock with rope can potentially cause serious damage to the tree, especially if you don’t use a protective barrier. Consider pairing the ropes with nylon webbing to minimize the environmental impact.


Best Hammock Camping Accessories

Camping Hammock in the Wilderness Under Rainfly

Pack the right hammock accessories to make your next camping trip more enjoyable. Some, like a stand, merely make life easier while others, like a rainfly, are all but vital, especially if you’re camping in rain.

Here are the best hammock accessories for camping and backpacking.

1. Rainfly

ENO ProFly Rain Tarp
Our Top-Rated Hammock Rainfly: ENO ProFly Rain Tarp

Most tent hammocks as well as some expedition models have built-in rainflies.

Camping and backpacking hammocks, on the other hand, often come without a built-in rainfly, although most manufacturers do offer them for sale separately.

A hammock rainfly is essential if you’re camping in the rain or otherwise expect inclement weather. Not only that, but they can create a more secure feeling sleeping environment even if you expect good weather on your camping trip.

Most important is to look for a rainfly that is compatible with your hammock. Although a lot of great options are available, the ENO ProFly Rain Tarp and Hennessy Hex Rainfly/Tarp are two of the best of the best.

2. Bug Net

ENO Guardian Bug Net
Our Top-Rated Hammock Bug Net: ENO Guardian Bug Net

A bug net is another must-have hammock accessory for camping.

Like with rainflies, many expedition hammocks come with a built-in bug net to create a complete shelter. For most camping models, you’ll need to buy a bug net separately.

Although you need a bug net that’s compatible with your hammock, the ENO Guardian Bug Net and the Serac Bug Net are two high-quality, versatile options.

3. Underquilt

Eno Ember Underquilt
Our Top-Rated Hammock Underquilt: ENO Ember Underquilt

An underquilt helps keep you warm at night, especially when hammock camping in the winter.

The best underquilts provide an additional layer of insulation underneath your sleeping bag without adding much weight to your overall setup. They even make sleeping more comfortable by providing a little additional loft and cushioning.

Two hammock underquilts that add warmth without much weight are the ENO Ember Underquilt and the ENO Vulcan Underquilt.

4. Sleeping Pad

Klymit V Sleeping Pad
Our Top-Rated Hammock Sleeping Pad: Klymit V Sleeping Pad

Any sleeping pad will add a whole lot of extra comfort to your hammock camping setup.

But certain models are designed specifically to use with a hammock. These have a contoured shape that enables them to more easily fit inside of your hammock.

The benefits of a hammock sleeping pad are numerous. Not only do they provide extra comfort and cushioning, but they noticeably improve warmth and insulation.

Chief among the best models are the Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad and the ENO Air Loft Hammock Mattress.

5. Hammock Stand

ENO Nomad Hammock Stand
Our Top-Rated Camping Hammock Stand: ENO Nomad Stand

The best hammock stand for camping is one that’s lightweight, sturdy, and highly portable.

The ENO Nomad Hammock Stand and the ENO SoloPod Hammock Stand are two fantastic options.

The top benefit of a portable hammock stands is that they allow you to set up your hammock just about anywhere – even in places without many trees.

Of course, these stands are really only good for car camping or at-home use, since they are far too heavy for most backpackers. 


Types of Camping Hammocks

Basic knowledge of what makes a good camping hammock helps greatly in your search for the best model.

Although there are dozens of types of hammocks available, many of these, including rope hammocks and quilted hammocks, are not designed to withstand the heavy outdoor abuse that comes with camping and backpacking.

Here are the three main types of hammocks for camping and backpacking.

1. Camping Hammocks

These hammocks are specifically designed for camping.

Thanks to their overall versatility, they’re also popular for just lounging around in the backyard, at the park, or even indoors.

Notable highlights of camping hammocks are their portability, durability, and ease of use. Most come with intuitive straps that enable you to hang your hammock just about anywhere. They are also some of the thickest models which translates to better insulation for camping in the winter.

Although camping models are typically lightweight and packable, they are noticeably bulkier than backpacking models, especially ultralight models.

A camping hammock works well for car camping as well as bicycle camping, canoe or kayak camping, and other types of camping where weight isn’t a major concern.

2. Backpacking Hammocks

A backpacking hammock is a lighter, more portable version of a camping hammock.

Backpacking models typically have lighter hammock straps and carabiners than their camping counterparts.

Of course, durability is another key feature. You can’t have your sleeping shelter fail in the middle of the backcountry – so most backpacking models use rugged, high-denier materials and reinforced stitching to prevent failure.

A backpacking hammock is a good choice for all types of backpacking, from overnight trips to multi-night forays in the wilderness.

3. Ultralight Hammocks

As you can imagine, an ultralight hammock takes the already lightweight design of a backpacking model and reduces weight even further.

This is the lightest option available. They also typically pack down the smallest, making them the most portable hammocks overall.

However, the downside to this lightweight design is a potential drop in comfort. Many ultralight models provide a tight fit so they’re not the best option for taller or wider people.

The other potential downside is lack of insulation. Ultralight hammocks are often paper thin and provide barely any insulation. You’ll likely need an underquilt or special sleeping pad if you plan to use an ultralight model in colder weather. 

An ultralight hammock is the best choice for ultralight backpacking, long-distance backpacking, and thru-hiking.


Camping Hammock Buyer’s Guide

Person Laying in a Camping Hammock Near the Ocean

Here are the most important factors to consider before buying a hammock for camping or backpacking:

Intended Use

The best hammocks are designed with specific uses in mind.

In addition to camping, backpacking, and ultralight hammocks, there are a host of other models that fill more specific niches.

For example, there are models that are created for cold weather as well as models designed to comfortably accommodate two sleepers at once.

Start your search for the best camping hammock with both its intended use and your preferred style of camping in mind.

This will help you prioritize which features are most important (such as a light weight for backpacking or a comfortable lay for camping).

Dimensions

Not all hammocks are the same size.

In fact, there is surprisingly wide range of variation in terms of both length and width. Both dimensions directly relate to the overall comfort of the hammock.

Most agree that a wider and longer hammock is most comfortable. Not only does the added size make you feel more secure, but it gives you more room to move around at night.

Furthermore, a more spacious hammock allows you to lay diagonally.

Although you might think the best position for sleeping in a hammock is to lay straight, a diagonal lay is typically much more comfortable and efficient (no matter your preferred sleeping position).

Laying diagonally creates the most comfortable angle for your back. It also ensures that your entire body is stretched out yet relaxed so you don’t experience any tension during the night.

The majority of camping hammocks have more than enough room to lay diagonally. Most backpacking hammocks, on the other hand, are too narrow to comfortably lay diagonally.

Especially tall or wide sleepers should look for an XL or even a double model.

Weight

Today’s best camping hammocks are remarkably lightweight.

The majority are well under three pounds with the best ultralight models weighing in at less than 6 ounces total.

Although a little extra weight isn’t a big deal for most car campers, carrying even a few ounces extra can be painfully obvious while backpacking.

Do note that lightweight models are typically more expensive than heavier models.

* Most manufacturer weight specifications are for the hammock only – the weight of the straps or suspension system is separate. 

Maximum Capacity

This relates to how much weight a hammock can safely hold.

All of the camping hammocks reviewed above are able to hold at least 200 pounds – with most models capable of bearing at least 300 pounds in total weight.

The highest capacity hammocks can hold up to 500 pounds.

In addition to total weight-bearing, capacity also relates to size. Most hammocks are built to hold only one sleeper but some are built to hold two.

Always use a (two-person) double hammock for two sleepers to ensure that it’s capable of safely holding both the size and weight of two humans.

Materials and Construction

Quality materials and construction methods directly influence the strength and durability of your hammock.

Most of the best hammocks for camping utilize nylon for the bulk of their construction. Look for a model with a high denier rating (such as the 70-denier ENO SingleNest Hammock).

You should also look for models with double-stitched – or, better yet, triple-stitched – seams for even more strength and durability.

Although the best backpacking hammocks are thin and durable, some low-end models use cheap materials that just aren’t strong enough to stand up to the wear and tear of the outdoors.

For car camping where weight isn’t a big issue, it’s usually better to opt for a hammock that uses thicker materials. Not only are these stronger, but they also provide better insulation.


How to Choose the Best Camping Hammock  

Hammock Camping Near a Lake in the Woods

Now that you have a better idea of which features are most important to you, here are the main factors you need to consider to make sure you select the best camping hammock for you.

Your Intended Use

Start to narrow down the options for the best camping hammock by looking for a model designed for your intended use.

1. Car Camping

Just about any camping hammock works well for car camping. You don’t have to worry much about weight or packable size. In fact, many car campers prefer a thicker, slightly heavier model for the added durability and insulation.

2. Backpacking

The best hammocks for backpacking are super lightweight and portable. Look for a model that packs down small, can be used with accessories (like rainflies and bug nets), and is easy to set up.

3. Winter Camping

Winter hammock camping requires a thick hammock. The extra thickness provides additional insulation so you stay warm at night. Some models, known as double-layer hammocks, even have a separate layer that you can slide a sleeping pad into for even more warmth. Look for a model that’s compatible with an underquilt.

Prioritize Your Needs

Are you on a tight budget? Do you prefer a lightweight model? Or do you want a ‘mock that’s extremely versatile for a wide variety of camping styles?

Taking a few minutes to assess and prioritize your needs will greatly help you choose the best hammock for camping.

Expected Terrain and Weather

Sleeping in a hammock means that it must stand up to the elements.

As your sole source of shelter, your hammock must provide enough warmth and protection to keep you safe and comfortable all night long.

Consider adding in a rainfly for additional protection from wet weather as well as a sleeping pad or underquilt for extra insulation in very cold conditions. A bug net is a must to keep mosquitos away during the summer.

At the same time, remember hammock camping isn’t always your best choice. If you’re camping in a desert, alpine area, or somewhere else without many trees, you’re likely better off tent camping – or bringing a hammock stand with you.

Preferred Sleep Style

The best hammock for side sleepers is different than the best model for back sleepers.

Look for a model that not only matches your preferred sleeping style but that also provides a “flat lay.”

In most hammocks, your feet and head are slightly higher than the rest of your body. While comfortable enough for daytime use, most people prefer their body to be positioned at less of an angle for sleeping.

Luckily, asymmetric hammocks are becoming par for the course. These models utilize an asymmetrical design so that both your feet and head are lower, almost even with the rest of your body.

Although a few designs are specifically created with stomach sleepers in mind, many stomach sleepers are better off avoiding hammocks altogether in favor of tent camping with a top-rated sleeping pad for added comfort.

Body Type

Make sure that your camping hammock is large enough to accommodate your body type.

Specifically, it must be long enough to comfortably lay in. A good rule of thumb is to select a model that’s at least two feet longer than the length of your body. This gives you a little extra room on each end.

Width is equally important. Most single models are around 4 or 5 feet wide which offers plenty of coverage as a hammock shelter. But many campers prefer a slightly wider model for more room to move around.

In the same vein, double hammocks are designed for two people, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used by just one. In fact, many solo campers that aren’t concerned about weight opt for a two-person model to sleep in alone.

At the same time, people that are very small might feel suffocated sleeping alone in a double hammock.

Versatility

Most camping and backpacking hammocks are built with versatility in mind.

Not only are they well suited for camping in decent weather, but they can also hold up to the elements, including rain, wind, and even snow.

Better yet, opt for a model that you can customize with accessories. Certain designs are more compatible with rain flies, bug nets, and underquilts than others.

In fact, many camping-specific models now come with rain flies and other accessories right out of the box. 

For example, the Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Zip comes with a complete hammock camping system, including a rain fly and mosquito net.

Partners, Dogs, and Children

A double hammock makes it “comfortable” for two people to share the same hammock.

Two-person models are around 5 to 6 feet wide (compared to 4 to 5 feet wide for solo models) for extra space. They’re typically able to hold up to and over 500 pounds.

Of course, many people prefer not to sleep in a hammock with someone else. While comfortable enough for lounging, it’s not always the best bet for overnight use.

Even the best two-person models tend to squeeze two sleepers together in the middle of the hammock during the night. This is far from comfortable for most people, especially light sleepers.

A better idea for most is to hang two separate camping hammocks near each other for overnight use.

Hammock camping with a dog, on the other hand, might work for some well-behaved small or medium sized dog breeds. Just be aware of their claws, get your dog used to the hammock before your trip, and don’t fret if your dog just isn’t into it.

Another good option is to set up an area for your dog to sleep directly underneath your hammock. Set up a tarp with their dog bed and a blanket on top. Make sure that your rain fly covers the entirety of their sleeping area.


Alternatives to Hammock Camping

Rooftop Tent on Truck at Campground

Not everyone wants to sleep in a hammock while camping.

Luckily, there are far more camping sleep options than just a hammock – here’s the low-down on five of the most popular alternatives. 

1. Hammock Tent

Tentstile Connect Tent Hammock
Tentsile Connect Tree Tent

One of the most popular alternatives is a hammock tent.

These are very similar to normal camping hammocks except that they typically have a built-in rainfly and bug net to provide additional shelter and protection for overnight use.

The Tentsile Connect Tree Tent is one of the best hammock tents for camping. The ENO Nomad Shelter System is another top-quality option.

2. Tent

REI Kingdom 4 Camping Tent
REI Co-op Kingdom 4 Camping Tent

You can always keep camping old school with a classic tent.

In fact, sometimes camping in a tent versus a hammock is a no brainer. For example, camping in very harsh conditions or in an area with minimal trees for hanging.

Others just prefer to be on the ground and find a normal tent more comfortable. Our tent buyer’s guide will help you choose the perfect tent for camping or backpacking.

3. Bivy Sack

Outdoor Research Alpine Bicy Sack
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Sack

A bivy sack, short for bivouac sack, is a type of minimalist camping shelter.

They are the go-to shelter for extreme ultralight backpackers that want to shed every possible ounce from their camping gear list. Because of their small size, bivy sacks are also popular for solo backpacking, bicycle camping, and big wall climbing.

The Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy is one of the best bivy sacks currently available.

4. Rooftop Tent

Tepui Kukenam Sky 3-Person Backpacking Tent
Tepui Kukenam Sky 3-Person Rooftop Tent

Rooftop tents are an increasingly common sight in campgrounds across the country as of late.

Much of their popularity is due to their quick setup, stylish appearance, robust construction, and elevated position off the ground.

In this way, a rooftop tent is much like a camping hammock – it’s easy to set up in just minutes and keeps you elevated far off the ground.

Of course, the differences are major. A rooftop tent is an expensive investment and must be used with an appropriate vehicle. They are ideal for car camping, especially free camping in remote areas, but obviously can’t be used for backpacking.

Tepui Tents is one of the best rooftop tent manufacturers. Their Tepui Kukenam Sky 3-Person Tent is a popular and top-rated option.

5. Camper Van, Trailer, or RV

RV Camping in the Woods

Honestly, a camping hammock and an RV aren’t really comparable, but an RV, popup camper, or a camper van is still an excellent way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Not only is camping in an RV the epitome of camping in comfort, but it enables you to bring just about anything you want to pack. You even have your own bathroom and the ability to make camping meals in a real kitchen!

Interested in buying an RV of your own? Our guide to buying an RV breaks down everything you need to know to feel confident about your purchase. 

Or check out Outdoorsy or RVshare for some of the best RV rentals in your local area. Our RV rental guide will further help you find the best fit for your needs. 


Need More Help?

Take the time to select the best camping hammock to ensure you land on a model that closely matches your needs, preferences, and favorite style of camping.

And, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any more questions about choosing the perfect model!

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