If you have ever had one of those days when you feel like just lounging around all day, you will appreciate a nice portable hammock. A portable hammock allows you to literally take relaxation anywhere and everywhere and is the closest you can get to having a portable full-size bed right now.
As portable hammocks become more and more popular, so do the number of models and options to choose from. If you are currently looking for one, take the time to look through our list of the best portable hammocks in 2017 for camping and home use below.
#1. Kammok Roo Double Camping Hammock
The Kammok Roo is easily one of the largest portable hammocks we have seen recently. One of the best things that you will love about it is that it forms a deep “pocket” or sag if you hang it at an angle of about 45 degrees. That will work as long as you have good side coverage. Otherwise, you will want to hang it at just about 30 degrees or so.
One thing we noticed about it, though, is that it is a little on the heavier side for a portable hammock. However, the weight can also be attributed to the high-grade materials that make it up. For example, the fabric is thick, durable, high quality ripstop. Such materials do tend to be a little heavy most of the time. If you have to hand carry it over a short distance, the weight should not bother you at all.
Also, if you pull it too tight, it will end up creating that bathtub-like effect because of its large size. That effect is when the sides of the hammock are too tight and the center is left forming a deep, sagging pocket. This is common among big hammocks, though, and should not be an issue if you hang it just right.
Overall, we can say the Kammok Roo is relatively more expensive than many other portable hammocks for a very good reason. Not only is it made of high quality material, it also has a very premium look and feel. The stitching alone is beautiful. You can tell it is definitely not cheaply made.
#2. Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest Tree Style Hanging Hammock
The CamoNest, a portable hammock from ENO, is roomy enough for two people. The hammock itself is made of nylon, which is known for its strength and durability. ENO went ahead and made it even better by making it more breathable and quick-drying so you can use and handle it with ease when camping out.
As its name suggests, it has a camouflage print design, which makes you blend right in when using it in wooded areas. The last thing you want as you snooze away in some mountain is to attract unwanted attention.
It is also very easy to set up. The long Atlas straps and the extra strong wiregate carabiners help a lot. You simply wrap the straps around even large trees and adjust for comfort. They are adjustable in six-inch increments. Also, the ridgeline is structured in such a way that takes most of the work out of setting it all up.
All in all, we love the roomy structure of the CamoNest and how it gives you a lot of leg room regardless of how you hang it. The only thing you may not like about this portable hammock is the loose fabric that tends to flap against the sides and even come into contact with your face while you are in the hammock. But then again, that may just be because it is an XL version.
#3. Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe
The weight of the Hammock Explorer Deluxe from Hennessy is somewhere in the middle range. Do not expect it to be ultra lightweight when you travel and do not even attempt to transport it yourself when traveling long distances.
The first thing we believe you will notice with this portable hammock is the strength and durability of the material and its overall construction. It looks very well-made and built to last even when used in the rough outdoors.
Hennessy went ahead and put some small customizable options on the hammock. For example, you can choose between a Velcro and a zipper fastening model. It also comes with tree-hugger straps that protect the trees they are tied against, a tarpaulin cover for sun, wind, and rain protection, pegs, and a neat ripstop sack.
These add-ons make the hammock very versatile. They can be easily attached, removed, and adjusted. The hammock itself can be set up several ways. You can even turn it into a chair using the pegs.
#4. Hammock Bliss Double – Extra Large Portable Hammock
ice, the material definitely does not feel cheap. In fact, it is very soft and does not irritate the skin or leave ugly marks.
It is the perfect hammock for those times you just want to lie down under the trees and sleep all your exhaustion away. As we said, the Double XL portable hammock is easy to set up. It should not take you longer than four minutes especially if you are used to working with hammocks.
We just noticed two disadvantages to this model, though. First, the material tends to trap heat, which is good news only if you are in a particularly cool area. Second, you will have to make several adjustments to how you set it up because its stretching will start to make your sleep uncomfortable after just several minutes.
Other than those two, we have not noticed anything else that could bother you with this hammock. For the price, it definitely is a bargain.
#5. Sunnydaze Decor Bar Hammock
Sunnydaze Decor’s bright and colorful bar hammock is the perfect companion at the beach. That is not only because of the design. This bar hammock is very easy and quick to set up. Nobody wants to spend several minutes fumbling with a hammock at the beach when everyone else is relaxing!
Another thing we love about this is the cotton fabric. Cotton is a natural fiber that is very comfortable, breathable, and skin-friendly. This is great news for people who are prone to allergies and are sensitive to synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester, which are also commonly used for hammocks.
Its playful design is a good match not only for us adults but also for our bigger children. Anyway, this bar hammock can accommodate weights of up to 300 pounds. Also, it is a gathered-end hammock, which is quite popular because it offers ease of use, stability, and comfort.
What we do not like about this model is the length, which cannot be adjusted. Also, the reinforced hammock ends are too big for the hooks. Although no accident has happened so far because of them, we fear that they may be unsafe or unstable.
#6. Guide Gear Portable Folding Hammock
Guide Gear’s take on portable hammocks may look thin and flimsy, but it is anything but those. The steel frame is actually quite strong and stable. Both the frame and the hammock itself should be enough to give you a good and sound sleep be it in your yard, in the woods, or elsewhere.
What you will like even more about it is that setting it up takes literally just seconds. It comes already put together. The only things left for you to do are to put the pins in to secure the hammock. There is no point in stressing over assembling something you were hoping to use to de-stress!
We noticed, though, that the mounting points are made of plastic. Although we have not had any serious issues with it, we think it would be a whole lot better if they were made of metal.
Overall, this portable folding hammock from Guide Gear is a must-have for beach trips, afternoon naps, and everything else in between. For its low price, it is not reasonable to expect so many extras, but it does manage to give a lot of value for the money.
#7. Great Home Hammock
This portable hammock from Great Home looks like a colorful sarong from a distance and has a very playful summer aura. It is not only designed for use at the beach, though. It is made of strong parachute nylon, which is durable and rugged enough for use in rougher areas.
Although this hammock is single-layered and appears thin at first look, you will be glad to know that it can actually support up to 500 pounds of total weight. The fabric is not the only thing the manufacturer paid a lot of attention to. Even the ropes and clamps that come with the hammock are solid and obviously high grade.
We also love how the bag that it comes packed in is attached to one side of the hammock. That way, you can use the bag to keep your valuables in as you sleep. Another good news is that this model comes with straps, not cords, which is good news for those who are not used to making secure knots.
The only thing we noticed is that the parachute nylon fabric sometimes makes a funny screech-like sound when you turn. It does not happen frequently but may get irritating. Also, there are many other hammocks with the same material but do not make that sound.
#8. Sunnydaze Decor Brazilian Cotton Double Hammock with Stand
The Brazilian Double Hammock is a little more pricey than the average portable hammock but there is a good reason behind that. The materials are of good quality and are put together so well that it will be impossible to doubt the security and support offered by this hammock.
In fact, the Brazilian Cotton Double Hammock will stay in good shape even after months of daily use. It is the type you can just leave tied to your favorite trees in your yard so you can just return to it whenever you feel like cocooning on a lazy day.
Also, this model can support more than the advertised weight. We do not recommend it, but it is nice to know that this portable hammock is designed to over deliver. It is not as spacious as many other hammocks in the same price range, though. Whereas other models can fit two average-sized adults, this portable hammock can accommodate probably one adult and a child.
Another disadvantage that we noticed about it is the assembly required. It does not require tools to be put together, but even an experienced camper can take up to 10 minutes just putting this together. We know of other hammocks that take less than 5 minutes to set up!
#9. Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
Although this list is dedicated to portable hammocks, we decided to squeeze this in anyway just in case you are a tent person who has not quite gotten over your old favorite yet. Lawson’s product is a tent and a hammock in one.
In true tent fashion, the Blue Ridge camping hammock comes fitted with a bug netting and a rainfly. You do not have to find more trees or branches just to put them up. Spend just a few minutes setting up the hammock-tent, and snooze away free from mosquitos and the harsh elements.
Lawson has made the sleeping pad removable for added comfort when using the item as a hammock. Of course, you can always choose to remove the sleeping pad even when using this model as a tent, but that will hurt.
Stability is not an issue, as the hammock’s design allows you to twist, turn, stretch, and reach out for your things nearby every now and then without the slightest danger of falling out.
The only complaint we have about this great 2-in-1 product is that it comes with plastic mounting rings. We have seen other hammocks in the same price range but with high quality metal rings. Plastic can be unsafe and unstable and may lead to accidents.
#10. 4002529 Snugpak Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net in Olive
Snugpak’s portable hammock is one of the best things to bring out in the woods if you want to sleep for hours undisturbed.
First, it comes with a built-in bug netting so you do not accidentally get woken up by strange insects and anything else that is not supposed to be crawling on your face. The said netting is stitched into the hammock itself. If you want to use it without the netting, simply turn the hammock over and you are good to go.
Second, it comes in an olive green color, which blends very easily with the greenery. You can sleep in peace and not attract the attention of people who have no business going near you.
One of the Jungle Hammock’s nice qualities is its very lightweight construction and portability. You should be able to carry it in your backpack over moderate distances without any problem at all.
You should know, though, that these come with paracords that can hurt the trees they are tied to. If you want, you can buy some of those straps with protective material for trees.