A quintessential prop strung between two bending palms in pirate movies since the earliest days of cinema, hammocks surely don’t have a role in modern travel do they? Actually, they do, with modern portable versions of the Caribbean invention (it’s called hamaka in Taíno) rapidly becoming a popular alternative for tents, chairs, and beach blankets.
What’s with this change of heart from campers and lovers of the great outdoors? For one thing, the best portable hammocks do not suffer the main problem with tents – lumpy, uneven, and sloping ground, giving users a better night’s sleep. But portable hammocks are also lightweight and can be used wherever you can find a couple of trees or other supports – which is nearly everywhere!
What are you waiting for then? Check out our pick of the crop of the best portable hammocks!
Table of Contents
- Quick Answer: The Best Portable Hammocks
- Top Pick Best Portable Hammock
- Best Lightweight Portable Hammock
- Best Portable Hammock for Two
- Best portable hammock with stand
- Best portable beach hammock
- Best portable hammock for camping
- Best portable hammock with mosquito net
- Best portable hammock for backpacking
- Best portable hammock chair
- Best of the rest
- How to Choose the Best Portable Hammock
- The best portable hammock for you!
Quick Answer: The Best Portable Hammocks
- Top pick best portable hammock – Active Roots Double Hammock
- Best lightweight portable hammock – Wise Owl Outfitters SingleOwl
- Best potable hammock for two – ENO DoubleNest
- Best portable hammock with stand – Campart Travel Folding Portable Hammock
- Best portable beach hammock – YSBER Double Hammock
- Best portable hammock for camping – Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock
- Best portable hammock with mosquito net – Hennessey Expedition Hammock
- Best portable hammock for backpacking – Terra Hiker Camping Hammock
- Best portable hammock chair – LYL-Swings Nordic Style Deluxe Chair Hammock
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Top Pick Best Portable Hammock
What makes this double hammock by Active Roots the best portable hammock around? For one thing, it’s super lightweight, hitting the scales at only two pounds or thereabouts. Coming with its own stuff sack, and everything you need to get going: including tree straps and carabiners, this parachute-style hammock can be set up in as little as three minutes. Taking the traditional bowed banana shape you’ll be used to in hammocks, the Active Roots Double Hammock has a capacity of 500 lbs, meaning there’s enough support and space for two. There’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and promise that 5% of revenue goes to elephant conservation in South East Asia too!
- Ready in just 3 minutes
- Comes complete with everything needed
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Parachute style hammock
- Constructed from nylon
- Lacks an integrated mosquito net
- Has no rain cover
Is the Active Roots Double Hammock for me?
You really can’t go wrong with the Active Roots Double Hammock, whether travelling alone or as a pair. Lightweight, and coming with all you need to head straight out into the wilds, this hammock can be set up in as little as three minutes as well.
Best Lightweight Portable Hammock
Are you heading out with a backpack on your shoulders? In that case, weight is probably going to be your major concern and you’re going to want the lightest portable hammock you can find. The US-based company Wise Owl Outfitters produces the SingleOwl, a portable hammock with a weight of little more a 1 lb! But more than that, the SingleOwl portable hammock comes with a pair of carabiners that have been specifically weight tested, and a loop of nautical-grade rope too, meaning that like the Active Roots Double Hammock, you have all you need to enjoy a night out as soon as your package arrives!
- Very lightweight
- Respectable US brand
- Single portable hammock
- Everything you need provided
- Carabiners rather than hammock straps
- Lacks a mosquito net
- No internal pockets
- Made from nylon
Is the Wise Owl Outfitters SingleOwl for me?
When weight is of primary concern, how can you overlook the SingleOwl by Wise Owl Outfitters, given its superb weight of roughly 1 lb? As well as being lightweight, the SingleOwl is also easy to set up and comes with all the equipment you need straight from the packet.
Best Portable Hammock for Two
There are an increasing number of double hammocks on the market, leaving no need to erect two separate single hammocks and offering a warm and cosy night’s sleep for two, or enough space for a single camper to stretch out. Despite the extra nylon material required, the ENO DoubleNest still manages to come in at 19 oz! It also shrinks from its hung size of 9 x 6 feet to being packed into a stuff sack of just 5 x 5 inches. It has a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs, and promises structural integrity through its use of nautical-grade line, aluminium carabiners, and snap linkers of stainless steel. Straps are sold separately, which is good and bad: you’ve got to order those, but you’re not tied down to using Eno brand straps.
- Weight of 19 oz
- Packs down to 5 x 5 inches
- 400 lb maximum capacity
- High-quality attachments
- Straps sold separately
- Relatively low maximum weight for a double hammock
- Can get chilly for single users
- No mosquito net included
Is the ENO DoubleNest for me?
Using really high-grade materials from the hammock itself to its carabiners and other attachments, the ENO DoubleNest is sure to survive more than just a couple of nights of use. Lightweight and packing down to a small size, this is a very good option for a couple looking for a portable hammock for two.
Best portable hammock with stand
No trees or other supports for a traditional portable hammock? No worries! The Campart Travel Folding Portable Hammock comes with its own stand! Its tri-form stand simply and easily folds down for transportation, carrying, and storage when not in use. Made from powder-coated steel, it is both protected from the elements and infinitely washable to keep clean. The dimensions of the hammock itself are 280 x 87 x 76 cm, making it generously proportioned compared to many of its competitors. What’s more, the Campart Travel Folding Portable Hammock has a unique locking feature to ensure there’s no risk of collapse when you slip into its comfy cloth.
- Doesn’t require external supports
- Easily transportable and storable
- Quick to keep clean
- Good dimensions
- Heavy compared to standard portable hammocks
- Maximum weight capacity of 150kg
- Single-person hammock
- Not for camping adventures
Is the Campart Travel Folding Portable Hammock for me?
If you’re looking for a comfortable and well dimensioned portable hammock that has its own stand and therefore doesn’t require any external support structures, we think the Campart Travel Folding Portable Hammock is a great option. Easy to transport and keep clean, it promises simple relaxation wherever you may be!
Best portable beach hammock
That idyllic image of a hammock slung effortlessly between two palms can be yours with the Ysber Double Hammock! This stress free portable beach hammock not only comes with all you need to head straight to the beach – including carabiners, rope, and stuff sack – but also a refund or replace option, making it free from worry. This double hammock also offers a good capacity of 300 kg, yet has a shipping weight of under 400g! There’s an exterior pocket, which is a further useful addition, and has a reputation for being extremely simple to put up and take down – ideal for a day by the beach!
- Includes all you need
- Refund and replace option
- Shipping weight of just 400g
- Perfect for a day at the beach
- Maximum capacity of 300kg
- Not a single person hammock
- No internal pocket
- Lacks rain proofing as intended as day hammock
Is the Ysber Double Hammock for me?
A portable hammock adds great freedom to a day on the beach, and the Ysber double hammock is no exception to this. Ready to use straight out of the packet, it weighs less than 400g and is very easy to set up. It also boasts an external pocket, a useful addition for storing all those little extras you need while enjoying the sands.
Best portable hammock for camping
Hardcore campers will be looking for a little extra from any portable hammock they buy, which is why we recommend the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock! It has two long tree straps with 16 adjustable loops, all the equipment required, an integrated mosquito net, and an optional rainfly cover too! The hammock itself is composed of high strength yet breathable 210T taffeta parachute material with triple stitched seams for extra sturdiness. As a double camping hammock, it is obviously designed with enough space for two adults to occupy the hammock together and has a maximum capacity of 700 lbs. Two internal gear pockets seal the deal!
- Designed for camping
- Integrated mosquito net
- Optional rainfly
- Triple stitched seams
- Double person hammock
- Weightier than single person hammock
- Attached stuff sack
- Asymmetric style
Is the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock for me?
Looking for the best portable hammock for camping? Not any longer! Specifically designed for camping, the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock has all you need for a successful few nights under the stars, from carabiners to mosquito net and rainfly! What’s more, as a double hammock, there’s plenty of space for one or enough space for two campers to share!
Best portable hammock with mosquito net
We’ve already brought you one portable hammock with an integrated mosquito net – the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock – and here’s another! Not any old portable hammock, the Hennessey Expedition Hammock lays claim to being the hammock that started the turn away from tents. The Hennessey is another all-in-one portable hammock and is made from a high-density bottom of nylon, a ripstop polyester rainfly, and an integrated mosquito net. It also has a unique way of entry – through a self-sealing Velcro bottom. Despite all these extras, it remains lightweight at roughly 3 lbs, can be set up in the time it takes to make a cup of tea, and has a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs.
- All-in-one portable hammock
- Integrated mosquito net
- Quick to put up
- Middle-range weight
- Single-person hammock
- Bottom entry
- A little claustrophobic for some users
Is the Hennessy Expedition Hammock for me?
Hennessey has been making outdoor equipment for more than 40 years, and it shows! Incredibly strong and durable thanks to its high-density nylon and ripstop polyester combination construction, it also has that all-important ‘no see ‘em’ mosquito net, which stops even the smallest of bugs from enjoying a free meal!
Best portable hammock for backpacking
Ideal for backpacking – when both space and weight are always at their premium – the Terra Hiker Camping Hammock is extremely compact in size and lightweight to boot. As with many of the portable hammocks we have reviewed up to this point, this hammock by Terra Hiker is an all-in-one, meaning everything you need to successfully camp is included in this one bundle. The hammock also comes with a handy external pocket, while weighing just over 800g. Constructed from high grade, breathable, and quick-drying nylon, it has three-step quilted seams and a maximum weight capacity of 300 kg. Even so, this camping hammock still manages to pack down to a compact size, as we’ve already mentioned!
- Compact in size
- All-in-one hammock
- Quick-drying nylon
- Pocket doubles as stuff sack
- No integrated mosquito net
- Single person hammock
- Lacks a rainfly cover
Is the Terra Hiker Camping Hammock for me?
While the lack of a rainfly may well put some backpackers off, if you’re heading off to somewhere warm and dry, the Terra Hiker Camping Hammock offers all you could need in a portable hammock for backpacking. It’s compact in size and lightweight, fitting into its own stuff sack and coming with all you need to enjoy your time without rushing around camping stores looking for those missing extras.
Best portable hammock chair
Not convinced by a traditional lie-in hammock? How about a portable hammock chair instead? With a fun design, the LYL-Swings Nordic Style Deluxe Chair Hammock is suitable for anyone from the age of three and up, making it a great option for families. Taking the form of a single hanging seat, it is both comfortable enough to relax on and breathable for those warmer days. Designed to be robust and long-lasting it has a good weight capacity and strong rope supports. It’s easy to keep clean by washing, and simple to dry should it get wet in an unexpected rain shower.
- Fun style
- Single person seat
- Not meant for wilderness camping or sleeping
- Long delivery time
- No rainfly
Is the LYL-Swings Nordic Style Deluxe Chair Hammock for me?
A great alternative to a standard lie-down portable hammock, the LYL-Swings Nordic Style Deluxe Chair Hammock is a clever choice for families looking for child-friendly seating for the outdoors. Not only does it look good, but it is durable, breathable, and – most importantly perhaps – comfortable to use too!
Best of the rest
The Eastshinings Portable Hammock is a good alternative portable hammock to the Terra Hiker Camping Hammock we have already reviewed. It has a good introductory price point and is made from durable and waterproof parachute nylon which has a maximum weight capacity of just under 700 lbs. Triple-needle stitching ensures the seams will hold without issue. Lightweight, this portable hammock has a total weight of around 600g, and is resistant to mildew and rot. It is also quick drying, and breathable, and easy to clean to keep in tip-top condition from season to season. With an approximate area of 270 x 140 cm, this portable hammock is also capable of supporting two adults and has an easy setup thanks to the inclusion of straps rather than ropes.
- Made with waterproof nylon
- Weight capacity of 700 lbs
- Big enough for two
- Large for a single user
- No integrated mosquito net
- Not as light as some hammocks we’ve reviewed
- Not ideal for wilderness camping
Is the Eastshinings Portable Hammock for me?
This brilliantly priced portable hammock from Eastshinings is an ideal introduction into the world of camping with hammocks. Made with durable weather and condition resistant materials, it’s large enough for two adults while lightweight and compact enough to suit almost anyone’s travel plans!
This symmetrically-styled portable hammock incorporates highly durable materials and heavy duty double zips on the integrated fold-down mosquito net. The hammock and all its required pieces of equipment are not only included as an all-in-one package but also comes in at a total weight of just 760g. Having a maximum capacity of 300kg, NatureFun claims its Ultralight Travel Camping Hammock is one of the strongest on the market, with support ropes that have been tested to the weight of three adults, and a main body comprising military grade 210T parachute nylon.
- Symmetrical style
- Durable and heavy duty
- Mosquito net not fully detachable
- No rainfly
- Middle-range in weight
- Maximum capacity of 300kg
Is the NatureFun Ultralight Travel Camping Hammock for me?
Incorporating many of the finest features of the best portable hammocks around at present, the NatureFun Ultralight Travel Camping Hammock includes a fold-down integrated mosquito net in its durable and heavy duty design. Coming with all you need to head from day one, it is also a good lightweight example of a portable hammock!
How to Choose the Best Portable Hammock
Before you make your final choice of portable hammock, here are a few tips to keep in consideration to find the best for you and your specific needs.
What do you want it for?
As you will already have realised, these days there are a whole range of different styles of portable hammock on the market. Our review covers all the main styles, so to determine which will be the best portable hammock for you, you need to ask what you’re most often going to use your hammock for.
If you’re planning to use your portable hammock for relaxing in the sun during the day, on the beach or in your garden, you’re going to want to opt for a very different hammock than if you’re planning to head out into the wilderness for a few days of adventure camping. Will you need a mosquito net, and rainfly cover, or are you looking for a simple place to lie your head? In either case, the weight will also play a part in your final decision!
Single or double?
Portable hammocks come as both single- and double-person hammocks. If you travel alone, you’ve still got to decide between the two; it’s common to go for the double just to have that extra space. But if you’re travelling with a partner, do you want two single-person hammocks, or perhaps a double-person hammock instead, or even TWO double-person hammocks? It’s well worth carefully considering the potential positives and negatives of both sizes.
Where are you going to use it?
An odd question perhaps, but another worth considering. If you’re heading out into the desert or another area without any trees or other external supports, for example, you’re probably going to want a portable hammock that has its own stand and support!
If you’re not worried about mosquitoes, skip the net. If you won’t be hammocking in the rain, skip the tarp (though we really wouldn’t).
The best portable hammock for you!
Found your portable hammock? You must have after checking out our review of the best portable hammocks around! Our tips are meant to find the best portable hammock for you. Start planning your next adventure with the ideal gear!
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Ralph is a former manager in the hospitality industry turned wild child. With a desire to experience all things unconventional, Ralph enjoys visiting the lesser-known landscapes of the world and has ended up in some pretty strange and wonderful places. Recently, he spent eight months travelling around Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, spending as much time as possible in the wilderness and doing everything to avoid the crowds.