Camping is one of those things that most people absolutely love to do. Whether you like being outside, love fishing, hiking, or anything in between, or you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, camping is a great summer outdoor activity. Now, with that being said, you can’t just hop in your car, drive into the woods, and hope to do fine without any equipment. Camping might be a blast, but there is quite a bit that goes into it, especially when it comes to gear and equipment.
One of the things you always have to think about when you go camping is where you are going to be sleeping. A tent works just fine, but they can be difficult to set up, and often not all that portable or useful. Sleeping under the stars is fun until you realize that you are being bombarded by rain and mosquitoes.
For this reason, many people choose to go with a camping hammock, with many being great for a nap, and some even being ideal for a full night’s sleep. However, you do have to find the right camping hammock, which is what we are here for today. Let’s get right to it and help you find the best camping hammock for your needs.
Rating the Best Camping Hammocks
If you are looking for a high-quality, comfortable, durable, and affordable camping hammock for a single person, the Ridge Outdoor Gear Camping Hammock is probably a good option for you. Yes, it is made only for a single person, but sometimes sleeping alone is better, especially when you are with people that toss and turn, or even snore like a Harley Davidson. Who knows, maybe you’re just camping solo in your bid to commune with nature.
Either way, this hammock is designed to hold one person with ease. It also comes in two different sizes, one standing at 120 x 250 cm and being 1.6lbs in weight, and the larger being at 145 x 290cm and around 2lbs in weight. Now, it is spacious enough for one large person, but don’t expect to fit anybody else in it — even two small people will have trouble fitting.
All of that being said, the Ridge Outdoor Gear Camping Hammock is made out of high-quality parachute-grade ripstop nylon, so we’re pretty sure that it’s not going to rip or tear under your weight, plus it should be able to withstand getting snagged. What we really like about the Ridge Outdoor Gear Camping Hammock is that it comes with a mosquito net included, so you don’t have to suffer from mosquitoes all night. However, the mosquito net is not the most durable component of the setup, but as long as you don’t go after it with your camping knife, it should be just fine. Also, if you were looking to camp in an area that is known for its humid weather, rethink your decision, as the Dynalon fabric that it is made out of gets pretty sticky.
Of course, the Ridge Outdoor Gear Camping Hammock comes with all of the straps, loops, hooks, and carabiners needed for setup, and for the most part, they are actually quite durable, not to mention easily adjustable. What is great about it is that you will need no more than a few minutes to set up this knot-free hammock. Just like the other options we looked at, the Ridge Outdoor Gear Camping Hammock is fairly lightweight, and when folded down and put in its carrying case, is very easy to transport.
With an effective customer service support to address your issues, buying from a trusted brand like Ridge is a great long-term investment!
- Lightweight and portable
- Durable bottom
- High weight capacity
- Fairly easy to set up and adjust
- Comes with a mosquito net
- Mosquito net could be more durable
- Fabric gets very sticky in humid conditions
When it comes down to it, on our list today, the Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent is by far the most expensive product, but with that being said, it also brings a lot of comfort, functionality, and overall durability to the table. Perhaps the most important aspect to note is that this is not a regular hammock in the sense that it has only a single rope in the middle which attaches to trees. This is not the best because it usually means that the middle of the hammock collapses into itself, especially with a heavier person in it.
However, the Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent is designed with a special multi-rope suspension system which is made to keep the base relatively flat. So instead of laying inside of a bag with the walls collapsing in on you, it is more like a flat-bed bottom, which is more comfortable than most other hammocks. You can lay inside of this thing without hanging through the middle or having the walls collapse on you, and therefore this is why this item is referred to as a combination hammock and tent because it can be used as both.
The Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent is made with a combination of ripstop nylon and polyester, so you can rest assured that it is quite durable. It should not tear or rip, even when it gets snagged on something, which is important when you are out in the great outdoors. Now, with that being said, this thing has a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds, which is not nearly as much as some other single person hammocks, but then again, if you haven’t been eating too much candy and chocolate, it should probably be more than fine.
Something else which stands out about the Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent is that it comes with a tear-resistant mosquito net, so you can actually enjoy your time outdoors without being eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs. Moreover, the Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent also includes a rainfly, so even if it rains a bit during your camping trip, you won’t get soaked while you sleep. That said, as is often the case with rainflies and rain, there is only so much rain which the rainfly can keep out.
What needs to be said is that the Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and Tent are not the lightest nor the most portable option around. All of the accessories, plus its suspension design, add a bit of weight to the mix, so it’s not exactly super portable. It’s not the worst in the world, but there are some more portable options here on our list today.
- Very comfortable bed-like bottom – suspension design
- Included rain fly and mosquito net
- Very durable design overall
- Great for a single person
- Combination tent and hammock
- A bit heavy and not as portable as other options
- Rainfly only goes so far
- Setup is not the easiest in the world
This is a large hammock which has been designed to hold two people. However, as is the case with many double hammocks, the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock can hold two average-size people with ease, but you probably won’t be fitting two overly large people in it, but on the other hand, it could probably easily fit three small children.
What is important to note is that the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock is made of durable ripstop nylon, parachute-grade nylon which is designed to stay in one piece even with fully grown men going skydiving. This hammock can hold up to 700 pounds of humanity between two trees, so you can rest assured that it’s not going to rip or tear out from under you. Now, this camping hammock is designed to be fairly soft, so it should be comfortable enough, although when it is humid out, it can get very sticky and uncomfortable, especially with two people inside it, so there is that to take into consideration.
Here you get all of the necessary straps, carabiners, and other gear needed for setup, plus it’s all highly adjustable, so as long as the tree isn’t too far apart, you should be able to set up the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock up with relative ease. We like how the straps and other components are fairly thick and designed with longevity and repeated use in mind.
What we also like is how it is fairly lightweight for its size. It may not be as light as a single-person hammock, but it is more than light enough to be considered portable, not to mention that it comes with its own carrying case. However, with that being said, folding it down, and fitting it into the bag, along with all of the extras, maybe a bit of a challenge.
On the bright side, the Easthills Outdoors Double Camping Hammock comes with a rainfly, so you can sleep without getting wet, even in some fairly heavy rains. Although, as is usually the case, there is only so much moisture which the rainfly can keep out in heavy rains. Moreover, this thing also comes with a mosquito net, and although it is not the most durable or tear resistant, while it is whole, it a great job at keeping the critters away. We appreciate when camping hammocks come with protection against the elements.
- Very durable bottom
- High weight capacity
- Fits 2 people with ease
- Included rain fly and mosquito net
- High quality and adjustable setup equipment
- Fairly portable
- Getting everything into the carrying case could be easier
- Rainfly only goes so far
- Mosquito net could be a bit more durable
This is a camping hammock that is more than twice the cost of any of the others we have looked at so far, but it comes with some major features and benefits. Just to be clear, the Lost Valley Camping Hammock is a single person camping hammock and it can hold a fairly large person with ease, but not two fully grown adults. That being said, you could probably jam two kids into it when it’s time for them to take a nap.
The Lost Valley Camping Hammock is made with heavy-duty nylon, so there should be no problems there. It’s made of the same material that parachutes are made of, and if skydivers can trust this material hurtling towards the ground, you should be able to trust it to hold you suspended between two trees. This is ultra-strong and tear-resistant nylon, with the Lost Valley Camping Hammock being rated to hold up to 350 pounds, so it should be able to hold you up with ease.
What really stands out about the Lost Valley Camping Hammock is that it comes complete with both a mosquito net and a rainfly. Being out in the woods means dealing with those relentless little bloodsuckers, so being able to get a few hours of sleep without being attacked by hundreds of mosquitos is essential.
At the same time, Mother Nature can be temperamental, and if she decides to rain down on you, there’s not much you can do, but at least the Lost Valley Camping Hammock comes with a rainfly to keep you dry. That being said, even this high-quality rainfly probably won’t keep you totally dry in a torrential downpour.
What’s also cool about the Lost Valley Camping Hammock is that everything, including all setup gear, only weighs around 4 pounds, so you don’t have to lug too much extra weight. The included straps and setup equipment are durable enough, although we personally would recommend being careful with them, as the setup gear is not the best in the world in terms of longevity. The Lost Valley Camping Hammock folds into a compact package and it comes with a standard carrying case.
- Included rainfly
- Included mosquito net
- Very durable, good weight capacity, tear resistant
- Lightweight and easily portable
- Can hold 1 large person with ease
- Rainfly is not always 100% waterproof
- A mosquito net may tear if snagged
This is currently one of the most trusted brand names when it comes to camping equipment, as well as one of the most highly rated hammocks out on the market. Something about the Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock is that it comes in both a single and double size. Both sizes are more than roomy enough to fit their designated number of people.
Looking at the dimensions, this double size hammock stands at 10 x 6 1/2 ft (length x width) once you set it out, and 8 x 5 inches when it is packed. It weighs only 26 oz, which is quite light for camping equipment of this kind. Additionally, the maximum weight capacity is a very sturdy 500lbs. While you won’t fit two very large people onto it, two average-size people should fit just fine.
The Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock is made out of heavy duty 210T parachute nylon, which is about as tough as it gets. You can rest assured that this camping hammock is not going to rip or tear, even when it gets caught on something, and it has more than enough durability to stand up to some fairly heavy people.
While this material is very durable, it is also made to be soft enough so that you can lay down on it and be very comfortable, even for a full night’s sleep. Whether you are using the Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock for naps or for a full night’s sleep, it’s going to be quite comfortable.
The Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock is very easy to set up as well. It comes with 9-foot straps as well as the necessary carabiners, and the setup only takes a few minutes.
As you might be able to tell, this hammock is designed so you don’t have to waste too much time setting it up, so you can get to swimming, fishing, and whatever else you went out into the woods to do. It can also be adjusted for height and tension. The other thing worth noting about the Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock is that it’s designed to be very lightweight, and when it is folded up, it’s also very compact, especially inside of the included carrying case.
Still, like any other product, there are a few concerns related to this hammock. It wouldn’t hurt if the tree straps were a little thicker, as that would ensure maximum stability and safety once you set it up. Also, as mentioned before, it barely fits two average adults, so there is not much space for anything or anyone else. Other than that, this hammock is a great example of a compact and reliable product as with a few of these, your camping crew is good to go!
- Very durable
- Soft and comfy
- Lightweight and portable
- Easy to set up
- Tree straps are a little thin
This is another good hammock, and like the one we just reviewed, it is also quite affordable. In terms of the size, the Bear Butt Camping Hammock is a 2-person camping hammock. Although, what we do want to note here is that just like with the previous option, fitting two large people are not going to be easy, but two average-size people, or even three smaller kids, should be able to fit just fine.
Similar to the previously mentioned hammock, this one stands at 10 x 6 ft., and can fit two adults or three average-sized children with ease. What is quite impressive is that the Bear Butt Camping Hammock is more than strong enough to hold up to a full 700 pounds.
The Bear Butt Camping Hammock is made of heavy-duty nylon parachute material, and it if it’s strong enough to keep somebody from crashing to the ground from 10,000 feet in the air, it’s also more than strong enough to hold you up between two trees. It’s designed so it won’t rip or tear, and even getting it snagged on something should not be a huge deal. This parachute nylon is comfortable enough to nap in as well, and it’s covered in taffeta for a bit of extra softness.
Of course, the Bear Butt Camping Hammock comes with all of the carabiners and straps you need to set it up, and speaking of the straps, they are around 10 feet long, so they are easy enough to manipulate, so you can set up and adjust your camping hammock with relative ease. Not to forget, as it doesn’t require any special equipment to be set up, you can put it to use in less than 10 minutes. It’s also a nice option because it’s quite lightweight, and you can easily fold it down into a compact package, and then store it in the little carrying bag that comes included. Also, the Bear Butt Camping Hammock is highly portable and convenient.
While it is affordable and features a happy customer policy, we still think that the material that the straps and cords are made out of should have been sturdier, especially if you will be camping out in rainy conditions. Apart from that, this product holds great value, and is as such a solid choice for a camping duo!
- Extremely durable
- Ideal for 2 or 3 smaller people
- Lightweight and portable
- Fairly comfortable
- Easy to set up
- Straps and cords have limited durability
As you can probably tell from the name of it, this is a fairly large camping hammock designed for two people. Now, it can hold two people, but as seems to be the case with double hammocks, those two people need to be of average size, or even three kids would be able to fit in it. However, you probably aren’t going to fit two large men into it. It just does not have that much space. However, the material used in the construction of the Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock is strong enough to hold up to 500 pounds.
The Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock is made of heavy-duty nylon parachute material, so you know that it is tough, durable, and built to last. It’s not about to rip and send you careening onto the sticks and rocks below. It is fairly soft, so it should be more than comfortable enough to lay on for a prolonged period of time, but do keep in mind that it nothing to wick away moisture, so it can get a little moist and damp at times.
What we really like about the Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock is that it features a lightweight design, so you won’t feel like you are lugging around a brick when you travel with it. Being so lightweight also comes with the advantage that it’s easy to set up, and yes, all of the necessary carabiners, straps, and other items for setup come included. However, the straps look a little thin, but they should be able to hold up for quite some time.
Going back to the size and weight, the Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock can be folded down into a compact package and stored in the included carrying case, just to make carrying and storage a little easier. On a side note, this hammock comes in over a dozen different colors, which may not be too important, but your kids might appreciate it.
- Several color combinations
- All setup materials included
- Fairly comfortable
- Extremely durable
- Portable with included carrying case
- Holds moisture
- Straps could be a bit thicker
Best Camping Hammock Buying Guide
Investing in a hammock can go a long way if you plan to spend your weekends out camping and you want to ensure the best situation. It should be affordable, comfortable, and trusted to withstand heavy weather conditions. If you go out and just buy the very first camping hammock that catches your eye, you might have some trouble when it comes to using it. For this reason, we want to provide you with a brief camping hammock buying guide, so you know what to look for when making a purchase.
Hammock Material and Durability
One of the very most important things that you need to look for when purchasing a camping hammock is what material it is made of. Generally speaking, camping hammocks will be made out of polyester, nylon, or a combination of both. Polyester is fine, but it ends there — it’s just fine, not great.
We would recommend going with one that is made out of a durable ripstop parachute-grade nylon. If it’s strong enough for a parachute, you can be sure that it’s strong enough to hold you in a hammock. It’s important that it be tear-resistant nylon, so it doesn’t rip in the event that it gets snagged on something.
Size and Capacity Rating
The next thing that you want when buying a camping hammock is for how many people it is built. You will find that some hammocks are advertised as being for a single person, but may actually fit two people, or be advertised as a three-person hammock, but only fit two people. The point here is that you do want to pay close attention to the measurements of the hammock, and also consider the size of the people, and the number of people, you plan on fitting into it. For the most part, hammocks for camping are not quite as roomy as they are advertised. On that same note, you also need to pay attention to the weight capacity, and the more pounds it can hold, the better off you will be.
Hammock Weight and Portability
A durable and strong camping hammock doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be very heavy. You can often find two-person camping hammocks, with everything included, that only weigh 5 or 6 pounds. If you are just taking it out of your car and setting it up right there, then weight may not be a big deal for you, but if you have to carry it through the woods to your camping spot of choice, you will want something that is not going to weigh you down too much.
On that same note, being able to fold the camping hammock down into a neat package, and being able to fit it into an included carrying case with relative ease, are both important factors to consider as well.
Ease of Setup – Straps and Carabiners
Next, you do want to make sure that all of the straps, hooks, carabiners, or whatever other setup gear is included, is durable and easy to manipulate. All too often, these things will come with subpar setup gear that makes it very hard to set up a camping hammock, and often the straps are not very thick or durable.
Remember, it’s not only the hammock itself that needs to be durable but the setup gear as well. In terms of the straps, make sure that they are adjustable because you will have to make the appropriate adjustments based on tree spacing.
Comfort of Camping Hammock
You want to make sure that the camping hammock is also very comfortable. Some come with something like taffeta to keep you comfy. A big problem that many hammocks suffer from is that they get sticky and hold onto moisture, so if you can find an option that comes with moisture-wicking properties, you are moving in the right direction. Moreover, something that won’t suffer from the banana effect is nice too.
Accessories – Rainflies and Mosquito Nets
Finally, while it might be nice weather today, with few mosquitos flying around, you never know what nature is going to throw your way. So, for one, a durable and tear-resistant mosquito net is a bonus, so you don’t get bitten all night by little winged critters. Also, a decent rainfly that can keep you dry in the event of rain is a bonus as well.
The Best Camping Hammocks
As you can see, there are plenty of good options when it comes to high-quality camping hammocks. Now it is up to you to keep our main buying considerations in mind, and then make your choice based on those. We would recommend going with the Lawson Blue Ridge, as it is without a doubt one of the best camping hammock options out there.
We have done our best to provide you with a good selection including single and double camping hammocks, very basic ones with just the hammock itself, as well as double hammocks that come with rain-flies and mosquito nets, and even one that is more like a hanging tent than anything else. They’re some cool hammocks, and now you just have to make the choice that suits you the most.