9 of the Best Backyard Hammocks To Enjoy a Summer's Night

Your backyard is your sanctuary. It's a place to relax and destress from the weight of the world and enjoy the summer weather. 

One of the best ways to enjoy your yard is with a backyard hammock. 

Backyard hammocks come in many different shapes and forms. Don't have trees? No worries, many of these hammocks don't require trees. 

Here are our picks for the best backyards hammocks to enjoy a summer's evening.

The Best Backyard Hammock Reviews 

  Product Photo Features Cost   
Mock ONE No trees required, portable, light weight. $174.99
Wise Owl Hammock Wise Hammock Low cost high quality hammock. $36.95
Vivere Cotton Hammock & Stand Vivere Hammock Comes with stand & supports two adults. $89.99
Sorbus Hanging Rope Hammock Sorbus Backyard Hammock No assembly, hang indoors & outdoors. $102.52
Sunnydaze Freestanding Hammock Sunny Daze Hammock Comes with stand and spreader bar. $129.00
Hammock Sky Hammock Chair Swing Hammock Sky Comes wiht a lifetime warranty, drink holder and hanging hardware. $69.97
ENO Double Nest Hammock ENO Hammock Lightweight and Portable. 

$69.95

Fatboy Headdemock Hammock Fatboy Hammock Extremely luxurious and comfortable all-in-one design with stand.  $376.48
Christopher Knight Home Hammock Square Hammock Stylish and constructed from top quality materials. $360.46

Mock ONE v2.0 Portable Folding Hammock

This backyard hammock was chosen as our top pick because of its versatile usage, quality, durability, and reasonable price of $174.99.

The Mock ONE is the world's lightest portable folding hammock. Its design allows it to be used as a backyard lounger, a beach hammock, family gatherings, parades and more. 

With no tress required, small packing size and weight, this hammock can literally go anywhere. 

Hammock Highlights

  • No trees necessary for use
  • Includes: stand, sunshade, under basket, and carrying wrap
  • Holds up to 250 pounds
  • Can hold a person up to 6'4” in height
  • Product weight: 14.5 pounds
  • Made with 210T parachute nylon

What I like

The Mock ONE hammock is the prime choice for casual backyard use or take it anywhere due to the portable, lightweight size and the ability to be used without trees. This is a backyard hammock that isn't limited to only to your backyard. 

The basket underneath is perfect for storage of items so that you can easily reach under for what you need instead of having to get up out of the hammock – which we know isn’t always easiest of feats.

The parachute nylon fabric is strong to withstand elements and journeys through the woods.

What I don’t like

One drawback of this backyard hammock is its height limit. According to VeryWellFit.com, the average height of a man in the United States is 5’9” and 5’4” for a woman – not leaving much wiggle room lengthwise. NOTE - I am 6'1" and am still quite comfortable in the hammock. 

The hammock does hold up to 250 pounds, which is above the average man’s weight of 196 pounds but still doesn't accommodate all people. 

Wise Owl Outfitters Double Hammock

Wise Owl Hammock

This backyard hammock came in close with #2 on the list of best backyard hammocks. It comes in 2 different sizes and many colors to choose from. What did it for us was that the price ranges from $26.95 to $36.95, which is low enough for anyone to enjoy. 

Hammock Highlights

  • Available in one-person or two-person
  • One-person size: 9ft long by 4 1/2 ft wide
  • 9 feet long straps included
  • Weight limit: 500 pounds 

What I like

This is another extremely affordable hammock with a high weight limit of 500 pounds.

The straps are 9 feet long and extremely durable.

There are two size options available: The SingleOwl, and DoubleOwl. The difference in price is only about $10, which is awesome. The SingleOwl is lightweight, weighing only about a pound, and compacts down to the size of a grapefruit.

What I don’t like

What I don’t like about this hammock is it is of lower quality, therefore justifying the lower price. It is not an ideal hammock for rough useage and everyday sun exposure.

If you cannot find sturdy enough trees that are close enough together to secure to, you will be out of luck because there is no option to go strapless. 

Vivere Cotton Hammock with Steel Stand

Cotton Hammock With Stand

The Vivere Double Hammock is a great backyard hammock option. It's large, durable, comfortable and comes with its own stand allowing you to place the hammock almost anywhere in your yard. 

Hammock Highlights

  • 2-person
  • Trees not required 
  • Made with quality and durable materials 
  • Weight limit: 450 pounds
  • Multiple color options

What I like

With no trees required, you can use this hammock anywhere in your backyard. However, it is definitely not portable. 

The 450-pound weight limit is also a plus, considering it fits 2 adults. It comes in multiple colors, making a great feature to any backyard décor.

Lastly, the patterns are gender-neutral, so this could make a great gift for anyone. 

What I don’t like

The Vivere has a large footprint, meaning it takes up a lot of backyard space. You will need to dedicate an area of your backyard to this hammock and likely leave the hammock in this one location. 

Sorbus Hanging Rope Hammock Chair

Hanging Rope Hammock

The Sorbus Hanging Rope Hammock has made this best backyard hammock list because of its ability to take up a small amount of space and provide a different hammocking option. 

Hammock Highlights

  • Made with cotton and polyester fabric
  • Trees not NECESSARILY required 
  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors
  • Weight limit: 265 pounds
  • Multiple color/pattern options
  • 2 cushions included

What I like

The best part about this hammock is both the multi-area use, and the numerous patterns to choose from. The option to choose from several patterns allows you to coordinate with already existing patio or indoor furniture.

What I don’t like

This hammock does not allow for vertical relaxation, the angle that you’re restricted to for relaxation is not the most ideal.

This hammock is meant to be used more as seating during social interactions. It also has a low weight limit of 265 lbs. 

Sunnydaze Cotton Rope Freestanding Hammock

Sunnydaze Hammock

If you're ready to enjoy a relaxing afternoon breeze in your backyard, the Sunnydaze Freestanding Hammock offers an impeccable warranty, reasonable price, and stylish classic look.

Hammock Highlights

  • Trees not required 
  • 76” x 52”
  • Freestanding 
  • Weight limit: 275 pounds
  • Multiple color/pattern options
  • Ropes made of 100% tightly woven cotton

What I like

Being it is 76 inches long and 52 inches wide, you COULD fit multiple small people in this hammock – but we are not advising that due to safety reasons.

SunnyDaze offers assembly of the hammock for you, which is a great idea, especially because rope hammocks can be easily entangled with itself. 

What I don’t like

Being the dimensions of this backyard hammock is sufficient to accommodate an adult, the weight limit of 275 pounds is still a bit low.

Another negative is the assembly. According to Sunnydaze own description of "easy assembly" on their website, why do they offer expert assembly for $90?

Hammock Sky Hammock Chair Swing

Hammock Chair

The Hammock Sky Hammock Chair is a perfect blend between the Sorbus Hammock Chair and the Sunnydaze Hammock. You can easily sit or lay back in this comfortable hammock. 

Hammock Highlights

  • 2 colors to choose from
  • 73” long
  • Good for the whole family
  • Weight limit: 330 pounds
  • Free bonus extras

What I like

Everyone likes free extras, even when they are a bit gimmicky, one of the extras offered as a bonus when you purchase this backyard hammock is a drink holder. No more getting up and out to quench that thirst.

This features a weight limit of 330 pounds, which is the highest weight limit of a hammock on our list. 

What I don’t like

One negative is the open weaves. Open weaves can be dangerous, making it potentially unsafe for not only kids, but anyone who is of the less-coordinated.

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

ENO Double Hammock

Even though it’s designed as a camping hammock, the ENO DoubleNest Hammock (the two-person model of their ever-popular ENO SingleNest Hammock) is an excellent backyard hammock for those on a budget. 

Hammock Highlights:

  • 2-Person
  • Hang from Trees or a Stand
  • Weighs Just 19 Ounces
  • High-Strength Materials
  • Takes Just Seconds to Set Up 

What I Like:

The ENO DoubleNest is extremely lightweight and portable. As a camping hammock, it packs down small for easy transportation. 

Despite its small packed size, this hammock is comfortable, even for backyard use. Even though it’s a two-person model, it’s best used for one person for a more comfortable lay. 

This hammock is available in a huge range of colors. It will look great in your backyard. 

What I Don’t Like:

Because it’s a camping hammock, there’s not as much room within the DoubleNest as other backyard hammocks. It’s definitely less spacious and has a narrower, tighter design. 

In addition, the DoubleNest does not come with tree straps or a stand. You must buy the ENO Atlas Suspension System or ENO Nomad Hammock Stand separately, making this once affordable hammock not quite so affordable.

Fatboy Headdemock Hammock

Fatboy Headdomock Hammock

One of the best backyard hammocks for those with money to spend, the Fatboy Headdemock Hammock sure is expensive but, boy, is it comfortable!

Hammock Highlights:

  • Very Comfortable
  • Breathable Cover
  • Weather and Stain Resistant
  • Includes Freestanding Frame
  • Very Durable

What I Like:

The Fatboy Headdemock has a lot going for it. Not only does it come with a freestanding stand for indoor and outdoor use, but it’s also extremely comfortable thanks to its spacious design, quilted fabric, and plush materials. 

According to the manufacturer, this hammock can hold up to 330 pounds. It’s ideal for two people to use at once and is a favorite of families with small children. 

What I Don’t Like:

The high price of nearly $500 is hard to swallow (although you can easily find it for at least $100 less if you shop around). 

Christopher Knight Home Randall Square Hammock

Christopher Knight Square Hammock

If it’s luxury you’re after, it’s luxury that you’ll get in the stylish and modern Christopher Knight Home Randall Square Hammock. 

Hammock Highlights:

  • Spacious Design
  • Mesh for Ventilation 
  • Comes with Frame
  • 4-Point Hang
  • Weather-Resistant Fabric

What I Like:

This Christopher Knight Home hammock has a unique look. It’s very stylish with a wood frame with four hanging points. 

Not only does the 4-point hanging system create a unique look, but it also makes for a very stable laying/sitting surface. In fact, this is one of the most stable hammocks we’ve used. It even feels wholly different to lay in than most backyard hammocks. 

I also like that every component is weather-resistant, from the stand to the mesh fabric itself, so you never have to worry about leaving it outside in inclement weather. 

What I Don’t Like:

This particular backyard hammock is bulky and takes up a lot of space. Once set up, it’s not very convenient to move around, so it’s better to leave it in once place. 

Backyard Hammock Buyer’s Guide

Backyard Rope Hammock

As you can tell from our reviews above, the best backyard hammocks come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Prioritizing your needs and knowing what to look for will help you find the right hammock for you from our list of recommendations above. 

Here’s what you need to know before buying a backyard hammock:

Types of Hammocks 

The most important factor to consider before buying a hammock is type. Backyard hammocks come in several varieties that dictate their best use. Your main options include:

  • Rope Hammocks - Created from rope connected together with a spreader bar at each end. Although they’re stylish and comfortable, they’re not the best choice for families due to the potentially dangerous open weaves. 

  • Quilted Hammocks - These consist of two layers of fabric quilted over an interior lining for increased comfort and cushioning. They are often better used as an indoor hammock as the quilting typically isn’t very water resistant. 

  • Camping Hammocks - Lightweight and portable, these hammocks are usually constructed from high-denier nylon. They’re usually fairly comfortable since they’re designed for overnight use but can feel confining to those new to them.  

  • Remember that there are other options for types of backyard hammocks available but these three are the most common and popular. 

    Size/Weight/Capacity 

    Most backyard hammocks are designed to be used by one person at a time. Some, however, are designed for two users. 

    Whether you prefer a single or double hammock, make sure that it’s maximum weight capacity exceeds your intended maximum weight. 

    In addition to comfortably fitting two people at once, some people prefer a double hammock for themselves thanks to the extra space to stretch out. In fact, laying in a double hammock alone is much better for those that intended to nap or sleep in their model.

    Also important for those intending to sleep in their backyard hammock is length. A longer hammock is ideal for napping or even sleeping overnight. Best of all, larger hammocks give you room to lay sideways (rather than straight) for a much flatter lay. 

    Finally, the overall weight of your hammock largely influences its portability. Naturally, a lighter hammock is more portable and easier to transport and store than a heavier model. 

    Materials & Construction  

    Reading a Book in a Hammock

    The materials and construction of your backyard hammock influence its performance in several ways: 

  • Durability - Look for models made with reinforced or heavy-duty materials to ensure yours lasts for years on end.

  • Weatherproofing - A backyard hammock should be fairly water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about moving it to cover each time it rains. 

  • Breathability - Personally, I prefer a hammock that breathes well, especially for summertime relaxation. Rope hammocks excel at this, although many fabric models breath well too.

  • Although several different materials are used (including rope and quilted fabric), nylon (particularly high-denier parachute-strength nylon) is the overall best. It’s strong, long-lasting, breathable, water-resistant, and lightweight. 

    Ease of Use 

    Some backyard hammocks are much easier to set up than others. 

    For me, easy setup and take down is essential. Not only does this make moving the hammock around your backyard easier, but it means that you can easily take yours camping, to the beach, or to the park without breaking a sweat.

    The best backyard hammocks are simple to use, whether they’re a tree-hanging model or come with a hammock stand. Personally, I want a hammock that I can hang in 5 to 10 minutes or less.

    Additional Features & Accessories 

    Depending on your intended use, it’s beneficial to select a backyard hammock with certain extra features or compatibility with additional accessories.

  • Carry Bag - Makes your hammock easier to transport and store.

  • Stand & Straps - Look for a model that comes with a stand or straps for easier hanging in your backyard.

  • Built-In Pillow - Some models have a built-in pillow for an even more comfortable lay.

  • Pockets - An interior pocket can help you keep personal items, like your smartphone, close at hand. 

  • Accessories - Many of the best backyard hammocks are now compatible with a range of accessories such as bug nets, rainflies, underquilts, and more. 

  • Even though extra features are nice, a simple minimalist backyard hammock might be a better option for you, depending on your individual needs and preferences. 

    Backyard Hammock FAQs

    Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (and answers) about backyard hammocks: 

    Q: Do I need a hammock stand? 

    A: You don’t necessarily need a hammock stand to hang a backyard hammock. Although many models do come with a freestanding stand, others are designed to hang from trees or other sturdy objects. 

    Q: Can I use my backyard hammock indoors?

    A: Most backyard hammocks, especially those with stands, can be used indoors or on a covered patio as space allows. 

    Q: How much space do I need to hang my hammock?

    A: The space required to hang a backyard hammock depends on the size of the hammock itself. Most take up somewhere between 8 and 15 feet depending on the design. 

    Q: Can I sleep overnight in my backyard hammock? 

    A: Some models are more comfortable than others. Look for a backyard hammock that allows for a diagonal lay rather than just a straight lay if you plan to use yours for sleeping overnight or more than just an hour or two at a time. 

    Q: What are spreader bars for a hammock?

    A: Spreader bars are the two bars at each end of some hammock models. Their purpose is to keep the hammock more spread out during use for a more comfortable lay as well as to promote greater stability and prevent the hammock from flipping over during use.

    Final Thoughts

    Gazebo Hammock

    A backyard hammock is the perfect addition to any backyard or patio. 

    Although you have a lot of great options to choose from, my absolute favorite is the Mock ONE Portable Folding Hammock. Not only is it comfortable, stable, and affordable, but it comes with a sturdy stand and is compatible with a wide variety of accessories. Plus, it’s relatively lightweight and easily portable – so you can take it to the beach, park, or even camping!

    Still not sure which is the best backyard hammock for you? Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about finding the perfect model for your home!