You’ve tricked out your backyard with a sweet grill, a fire pit, and maybe even a set of Adirondack chairs you built yourself. But for a true oasis, nothing quite says relaxation like installing a hammock. People have been hanging around in hammocks for centuries, so it should come as no surprise that there are several designs and materials to choose from. Our list of eight top-rated backyard hammocks includes a variety of styles and prices to make your buying process almost as enjoyable as cracking open a cold one and kicking back.
Types of Hammocks
Most backyard hammocks come in one of two designs: a Brazilian hammock or a spreader bar hammock. The Brazilian model features a fabric sling that gathers together at each end. This style is very packable, making it easy to move among the trees in your yard, store during the winter months, or take along in your day pack. Brazilian hammocks are often competitively priced, so if budget is a concern, this is the way to go.
The stereotypical backyard hammock has a wide, relatively flat design created by the addition of spreader bars. These bars are generally pieces of wood that attach to the hammock between the bed area and the suspension attachment points. The sling itself can be made of fabric, mesh, quilted material that offers a slight cushion, or breathable woven rope. Regardless of the sling material, this design is often more comfortable, especially for two people, than a Brazilian hammock. However, it is prone to tipping, especially when the suspension is taut. Give it some slack and lounge carefully.
It goes without saying that your hammock should be large and strong enough to support you and anyone else in the sling. Most backyard hammocks fit two people and boast a capacity limit north of 400 pounds.
All hammocks have built-in loops or rings that you attach to a suspension system, but most don’t include tree straps or a stand, which you’ll need if your yard doesn’t have appropriately spaced trees. You can buy these items separately, or look for a combination hammock-stand set, which will save you some cash compared to buying the parts individually.
When it comes to extending the life of your hammock, the sling material will make a difference. Cotton fabric or rope is more breathable than some synthetics, but the natural fiber wears more quickly and is slower to dry. Polyester is the most common synthetic fabric, but over time dyed colors will fade. The most weatherproof options are heavy-duty synthetics such as Sunbrella, Textilene, Olefin, and DuraCord. These materials are fast-drying, easy to clean, and UV-resistant so colors won’t fade as quickly. Unless you live in a warm climate, it’s best to store your hammock indoors during the winter or other extended periods when you don’t plan to use it. You can also get a hammock cover to protect it.
How We Selected
We selected the best backyard hammocks by researching the market, talking with product managers, and consulting nearly 46,900 customer reviews on popular retail sites. We considered the capacity, dimensions, materials, features, and cost of 17 models. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, Walmart, Wayfair, The Home Depot, L.L. Bean, and REI. All eight models that earned our recommendation are double hammocks—perfect for lounging with a partner or sprawling out solo while soaking up some rays.
Capacity: 450 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 87 x 54 in. | Consumer Score: 96% give it 4 stars or higher
This Vivere hammock gives you everything you’ll need at a great price to start lounging. The Brazilian-style design fits two people, and the sling—made from your choice of cotton, mesh, polyester, or Sunbrella—is available in more than 40 colors. Suspend it on the included powder-coated steel stand. Although this requires assembly, you won’t need any tools to do it, and customers report it is easy to set up and take down. The Double Hammock with Stand also comes with a case for compact storage.
Capacity: 400 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 96 in. x 55 in. | Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher
A titan in the camping and portable hammock spaces, ENO unveiled its first sling purpose-built for the backyard this spring. The SuperNest ups the ante on comfort. Two extra wide (removable) pillows join the quilted Olefin bed. There’s room to stash a drink along with your phone, a book, or small tech in the dual hanging pocket. ENO departs from the norm by designing the SuperNest’s spreader bars with aluminum. Their slightly curved shape lends greater stability, so you can relax with one less thing to worry about.
Capacity: 450 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 77 x 55 in. | Consumer Score: 86% give it 4 stars or higher
A good pick for variable climates or as a poolside lounge, this 14-foot hammock features a Textilene sling. This vinyl-coated polyester stands up to the sun’s rays, moisture, oil, and dirt, so it will still look brand new years down the line. If you like a firm mattress, you’ll like this hammock, too. The fabric creates a stiffer bed than others, but most customers were still comfortable. Although the hammock comes with steel chain links, you’ll need to get the rest of your suspension system separately.
Capacity: 450 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 74 in. x 55 in. | Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher
Camp out in your yard with this affordable spreader bar hammock from Wayfair’s in-house brand Arlmont & Co. The Cora is a third of the cost of many competitors, yet still includes a removable pillow and steel chain links for hanging. You will need to supply your own stand or straps, though. The polyester fabric is pulled taut but still comfortable according to many customers. The biggest trade-off for your savings is the length. If you’re taller than 6-foot-2, you’ll likely be more comfortable in another hammock.
Capacity: 450 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 82 x 55 in. | Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or higher
For many, Pawleys Island is synonymous with rope hammocks, which the North Carolina company has been producing since the 1890s. The Large Original Hammock accommodates two people on the sizable bed. Pawleys Island constructs the hammock with cotton and polyester rope, but we suggest the DuraCord model for its greater durability.
Capacity: 450 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 76 x 57 in. | Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or higher
Like the Vivere, the 2-Person Brazilian-Style Hammock Set from Best Choice Products comes with a steel stand and a carrying case but at even more of a bargain. In exchange for the savings, the hammock is available only in cotton and with fewer color choices. It’s also shorter, though most people will still be comfortable in the 7-foot-1 sling. Some customers have experienced issues with durability, but on the whole, people say it’s sturdy and comfortable.
Capacity: 475 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 98 x 59 in. | Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or higher
For fuss-free relaxation in your backyard or at the local park, pick Hammock Sky’s Brazilian Double Hammock. The cotton and polyester hammock stuffs down to about the size of a bread loaf and stores neatly in the included carry bag. That means you can move it around your yard or take it with you on day trips. Bring along some tree straps, and you’re ready to go.
Capacity: 400 lb. | Bed Dimensions: 120 in. x 72 in. | Consumer Score: 88% give it 4 stars or higher
Yellow Leaf has earned a following on account of its ultra-soft, hand-woven Signature hammock. The company employs an acrylic performance yarn that’s soft-spun for next-to-skin comfort. The triple-weave construction lends strength, and if you need a higher capacity, choose the family-size model that holds up to 550 pounds. It’s worth noting a few customers reported their hammocks developed snags or tears, but this doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue.