The Best Portable Hammocks for 2020

You’ve tried a hammock once and you’re hooked. Or, maybe you’re just enchanted by the gentle swaying and would like to try it yourself. You might even be a long-time hammock user looking to add a comfortable new model to your collection.

Whatever your reason for a buying a portable hammock, rest assured that the best models provide ample comfort in a lightweight package. Portable hammocks are also among the most versatile models available. They're perfect for use in a variety of settings, including while camping, at the beach, and at home. 

Here are our picks for the best portable hammocks available in 2020.

Top Portable Hammocks Comparison Chart

Product

Image

Key Feature

Cost

Mock One

 Mock One Hammock

Built-In Stand

$174.99

Hennessy Explorer Deluxe

 Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe

Asymmetrical Design

$199.95

ENO SingleNest

ENO SingleNest Hammock 

Simple to Use

$49.95

Hennessy Explorer Ultralight

 Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight

Lightweight

$269.95

Warbonnet Blackbird

 Warbonnet Blackbird

4-Season Ready

$155.00

REI Quarter Dome Air

 REI Quarter Dome Air Hammock

Wide Sleeping Area

$199.95

Sea to Summit Ultralight

 Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock

Very Lightweight

$109.95

Best Portable Hammocks Reviews

Here are our choices for the 7 best portable hammocks for 2020:

1. Mock One

The Mock One is our top choice for the best portable hammock thanks largely in part to its all-in-one design.

Right out of the box, it comes with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing day of hammocking, including an innovative built-in stand which enables you to use this hammock anywhere – even if there isn’t a single tree in sight.

In addition to its overall portability, the Mock One is notable for its comfort, durability, versatility, and affordable price of $174.99.

Highlights:

  • Built-In Stand
  • All-In-One Design
  • No Trees Required

What We Like:

The Mock One is built to last. It utilizes 210T parachute nylon and a durable-coated steel frame for the utmost in durability. With integrated pillows and spreader bars, it’s comfortable enough to take a nap in or sleep in overnight. But best of all is its built-in stand which enables you to seamlessly use it anywhere and anywhere, no trees required.

What We Don’t Like:

This is the heaviest hammock on this list – but it’s also the only model with a built-in hammock stand. The Mock One won’t work for backpacking but it’s a fantastic choice for any other type of use, including car camping (ultralight model coming soon!).

2. Hennessy Explorer Deluxe Asym Zip

Henessy Hammock

The Hennessy Explorer Deluxe Asym Zip is ideal for both camping and backpacking.

This lightweight portable hammock clocks in at just 3 lbs 3 oz total. Plus, it packs down to just 5 inches by 8 inches by 12 inches. It will take up minimal space in your backpack.

The Explorer Deluxe is also notable for its asymmetrical design. Like all Hennessy Hammocks, this unique construction allows for a flatter lay and increased comfort throughout the night.

Highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Asymmetrical Design
  • Integrated Bug Net

What We Like:

The Hennessy Explorer Deluxe is incredibly lightweight and portable. It packs down very small making it perfect for backpacking. It’s also spacious and comfortable. Plus, it comes with a rainfly and has an integrated bug net.

What We Don’t Like:

This hammock can be difficult to set up. It requires you to use webbing straps to hang from trees (or similar objects). Luckily, setup and takedown get easier after you get familiar with the process.

3. ENO SingleNest

ENO Hammock

The ENO SingleNest is a lightweight portable camping hammock most notable for its simple, straightforward design.

The hammock packs down to roughly the size of a softball with a packed weigh to just one pound. Note that this weight does not include the required hammock tree straps. Its lightweight construction makes it ideal for backcountry use.

This portable hammock works just as well for casual use, such as relaxing in your backyard, at a festival, or at the beach. It has a comfortable design so you won’t get sore with extended use.

Highlights:

  • Affordable
  • Packs Down Very Small
  • Lots of Color Options

What We Like:

I love how simple the ENO SingleNest is to use. It’s easy to hang from two trees. It’s also easy to find a comfortable lay. It doesn’t come with many bells and whistles but the tradeoff is its simplicity.

What We Don’t Like:

The SingleNest is on the narrower side. Although it supports up to 400 pounds of weight, laying in it feels quite confined. If you’re claustrophobic, a more spacious hammock is your best bet.

4. Hennessy Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip

Hennessy Hammock

Another top-quality portable hammock from Hennessy Hammock, the Explorer Ultralight is designed specifically for backpacking.

It takes the already lightweight design of the Explorer Deluxe and lightens it even more. This hammock clocks in at just 2 lbs 4 oz total. Other than the reduced weight, it retains many similarities with the Explorer Deluxe, including the asymmetrical design, integrated bug net, and included rainfly.

The Hennessy Explorer Ultralight is perhaps one of the most portable hammocks we’ve seen yet. Throw it in your backpack and forget about it until it’s time to set up at night.

Highlights:

  • Very Lightweight
  • Asymmetrical Design
  • Comes with Bug Net & Rainfly

What We Like:

Like all Hennessy Hammocks, the Explorer Ultralight has an asymmetrical design which provides a more comfortable flat lay at night. This hammock is very lightweight and packs down quite small for extreme portability.

What We Don’t Like:

Because of its very lightweight design, the Explorer Ultralight is a little less spacious than the Explorer Deluxe. This can make it feel slightly more claustrophobic, especially since it has a built-in bug net. Like all the portable hammocks on this list, aside from the Mock One, you must hang it with trees or you’re out of luck.

5. Warbonnet Blackbird

Warbonnet Blackbird

The Warbonnet Blackbird makes our list of the best portable hammocks thanks to its incredibly comfortable design.

It’s also notable for its rugged construction. This hammock is very durable. It’s built to withstand all the wear and tear that frequent backcountry camping throws its way.

But where the Blackbird really excels is in terms of weather resistance. It’s the best four-season camping hammock on our list. It also boasts a built-in mosquito net and comes with a full-coverage rainfly right out of the box.

Highlights:

  • Comfortable
  • Rugged Construction
  • 4-Season Ready

What We Like:

This Warbonnet hammock shines in terms of comfort. Not only does it utilize an asymmetrical design to better help you achieve a flat lay, but it also features a special foot box for even more space at your feet.

What We Don’t Like:

The suspension system is sold separately. No hammock straps come with the Warbonnet Blackbird and have to hang it from trees. Setting up the hammock also has a somewhat steep learning curve once you do buy the straps.

6. REI Quarter Dome Air

REI Quarter Dome Air

The REI Quarter Dome Air has a unique design which provides a wide sleeping area.

The hammock is minimalist and lightweight. It’s readily portable thanks not only to its light weight, but also its small packed size.

Compared to the majority of camping hammocks, this REI hammock feels most like a normal tent. It has ample interior sleeping space with a wide and flat lay. It doesn't squeeze you into a “banana” or “taco” shape like many portable hammocks are apt to do.

Highlights:

  • Wide Sleeping Area
  • Lots of Interior Space
  • Comes with Bug Net & Rainfly

What We Like:

The big highlight of the Quarter Dome Air is its wide sleeping platform. A unique hammock design that utilizes lightweight spreader bars creates a spacious sleeping area that’s both wide and flat. This hammock is ideal for those that feel claustrophobic in a normal camping hammock.

What We Don’t Like:

The only real disadvantages to this REI portable hammock are the small rainfly (doesn’t provide enough coverage in heavy rain) and the fact that it requires trees to hang it.

7. Sea to Summit Ultralight

Sea to Summit Ultralight

The Sea to Summit Ultralight is, as its name implies, a featherweight hammock perfect for ultralight backpacking.

It weighs in at a surprisingly low 5.4 ounces total. Not only that, but it packs down to the size of a 12oz can of soda. You can’t get much more portable than this when it comes to backpacking!

This Sea to Summit hammock is also notable for its breathable fabric, integrated compression sack, and quick set up.

Highlights:

  • Very Lightweight
  • Integrated Compression Sack
  • Easy to Set Up

What We Like:

The best thing about this hammock is its light weight. It’s incredibly portable. It’s one of the best options for ultralight backpackers looking to shave off every ounce of weight possible.

What We Don’t Like:

This is undoubtedly the most uncomfortable hammock on our list. The downside to its lightweight construction is a lack of comfort. Much of this has to do with a lack of excess material that enables you to wrap yourself in the hammock like you’re able to with most other models.

Portable Hammock Buyer’s Guide

Now that we’ve gone through the best portable hammocks for 2020, let’s take a look at a few of the most important factors that influence a hammock’s performance, so you feel confident that you’re selecting the best model for you.

Intended Use

The best portable hammock depends on your intended use.

Certain hammocks are specifically designed for camping and backpacking while others are better suited for casual use at home, at the park, and at the beach.

Backpacking hammocks are the most portable of all. They are the most lightweight and pack down very small. Unfortunately, this extreme portability often translates to a relative lack of comfort.

Camping hammocks are usually slightly larger and heavier but are still quite portable. They are too heavy for backpacking but work perfectly for car camping. The benefit of this added weight is more comfort and insulation. Some of the best camping hammocks come with a built-in or included hammock stand for the best ease of use.

Other portable hammocks are built with just lounging, rather than sleeping overnight in a hammock in mind. Typically, these are the largest and heaviest, but many of the best models are still quite portable.

Just remember to assess your needs and preferences before starting your search so you know what specific type of hammock to look for.

Size & Weight

Since you’re looking for a portable hammock, size and weight are naturally huge factors.

As far as weight goes, the hammock must be light enough to carry from at least the trunk of your car to the place where you’ll hang it. For backpacking, the hammock must weigh no more than a few pounds at most.

Size here refers to the packed size of the hammock. Most portable models come with some type of a stuff sack or carrying bag. Once again, the ideal size depends mostly on your intended use.

Another relevant consideration is maximum capacity. In other words, how much weight can the hammock hold overall? Naturally, the hammock must be capable of supporting the weight of the user.

Materials and Construction

The materials a hammock is made out of directly influence its comfort, durability, and insulation.

Most portable hammocks use nylon as the primary material. Look for a hammock made out of high-denier parachute-strength nylon or the ultimate in durability.

Nylon hammocks are also comfortable and well-insulated. At the same time, however, that they retain heat, they also remain breathable. This makes them a good option for both cold weather and warm weather use.

Materials and construction also relate directly to the overall weight of the hammock (which, as mentioned above, is a huge factor towards portability).

Important Portable Hammock Accessories

Your hammock itself is only one piece of the overall package. Especially if you plan to use your hammock for camping, it’s important to invest in additional accessories. The most important accessories to consider include:

  • Tree Straps – Webbing straps enable you to hang your hammock from trees.
  • Hammock Stand – No trees? Hang your hammock from a portable hammock stand, no matter where you want to use it.
  • Rainfly – A rainfly keeps rain, snow, and other elements at bay during use.
  • Bug Net – Keep creepy-crawlies out of your hammock with a bug net. The best camping hammocks have integrated bug nets.
  • Underquilt – Add an underquilt to your hammock camping gear list to provide extra insulation and warmth on cold nights.

A camping-specific model of our top-ranked Mock One, the Samsara Folding Portable Camping Hammock, comes stock with pretty much everything you need for camping, including a stand, rainfly, bug net, underquilt, top quilt, and carrying bag.

Portable Hammocks FAQ

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

Q: Do I need a hammock stand?

A: Most portable hammocks require a stand or webbing straps. If you’re using it somewhere without trees, a hammock stand comes in very handy. 

Q: Can I take my portable hammock backpacking?

A: Many portable hammocks are perfect for backpacking. Look for a lightweight model that weighs only a few pounds at most to keep your backpack light.

Q: Can I sleep overnight in a portable hammock?

A: Most portable hammocks are designed for overnight use. A camping-specific model is the best bet in terms of comfort.

Final Thoughts

We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect portable hammock for your needs.

Remember that there’s no one single model that’s better than the rest. The best portable hammock for you depends largely on your primary intended use, whether that’s camping, backpacking, beachgoing, or just relaxing in the backyard.

If you have any more questions on how to select the best hammock for you, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below!

 

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