The 5 Best Backyard Hammocks: A Mini Buyers Guide

photo of girl in hammock

If you’ve ever vacationed in the tropics, chances are you’ve spent more than one lazy afternoon in a hammock. If you want to bring that laid-back vibe to your home, the good news is that there are plenty of options. Of course, there are some things to look out for before you make a purchase, such as size, weight capacity, and whether or not it needs a stand.

The Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock is one of the best backyard hammocks around. It has a maximum weight capacity of 500lb (226.8kg) but is also lightweight, dirt-resistant, and has adjustable tree-friendly straps. Moreover, since it is made of 210 nylon threads, it’s very durable. 

The instances in which I would not recommend the Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock include: 

This article will discuss what you need to consider when buying a backyard hammock. I will also analyze the features that make the Kootek hammock the best choice and look at the features of the alternative hammocks you should consider. 

What To Look For When Buying a Hammock

Hammocks come in different styles, colors, and fabrics. Unfortunately, you can easily pick the wrong one if you don’t analyze the reasons behind your purchase and the suitability of the hammock. 

When buying one, you need to consider: 


When buying a hammock, the size is critical because you need to know that it can fit in the space you have in mind. For example, do you want a single or double hammock? 

Keep in mind that the size of the hammock is directly linked to your weight, too. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Most single hammocks hold a maximum weight of 300-400 lbs (136.8 – 181.4 kg). 
  • Most double hammocks have a weight limit of 400-500 lbs (181.4 kg – 226.8 kg). 
  • Single hammocks have a width of 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m).
  • Double hammocks are usually 5-6 ft (1.5 – 1.8 m). 

If you buy a hammock that cannot carry your weight, it is bound to wear out faster and eventually crash from the strain. 

Moreover, if you think you’ll be sharing the hammock with a partner or kids, you need to decide if the collective weight will add up to more than 300-400 pounds. Even some larger dogs can add quite a bit of extra weight and strain.

Let’s take a look at the dimensions and weight capacity of the five hammocks we’ll be reviewing today:



Maximum Weight

Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock118”L x 78”W
3 m (L) x 1.98 m (W) 

500lb (226.8 kg)

MalloMe Double & Single Hammock112’’ L x 55’’ W
2.8 m (L) x 1.4 m (W)

500lb (226.8 kg)

Patio Watcher 11ft Bamboo Wood Spreader Hammock75’’ L x 55’’ W
1.9 m (L) x 1.4 m (W)
 400lb (181.4 kg)

Hammock Sky Brazilian Double98” L  x 59” W
2.5 m (L) x 1.5  (W)

450lb (204 kg)

Y-Stop Chair Hanging Hammock59” L x 47” W x 56” H
1.5 m (L) x1.2m (W) x 1.4 m (H)

330lb (149.7 kg)


As you can see, the Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock is both the largest and can hold the most weight. 


Just like weight, when buying a hammock, you need one long enough to fit your whole body onto. The last thing you want is to have your legs dangling off the end.

You will be more comfortable if the hammock is at least 2 feet (0.61 meters) longer than your height. Fortunately, most hammocks have a length of between 9-14 feet ( 2.74 – 4.26 meters), so you should have any trouble finding the right one for you. 

Related: Hammocks: 5 Common Mistakes & How To Fix Them

This video is a great supplemental guide on what you should know when choosing a hammock: 

Fabric or Rope Hammocks

The hammock’s fabric is important because it will affect your comfort. It also reflects the durability of the hammock, especially if it will be under the sun for long hours. 

When looking at the fabric, you first need to decide if you want a rope or cloth. 

Rope hammocks are made of woven cotton or polyester, and the open spaces allow for air circulation. They’re perfect for keeping you cool on hot days. 

In contrast, fabric hammocks are usually made from: 

  • Cotton is popular in both fabric and rope hammocks. It is stretchy, cheap, colorful, and easily absorbs moisture. Unfortunately, when left outdoors for long, it wears out quickly. 
  • Polyester is another popular fabric. It tends to be more weather resistant and durable than cotton. It dries quickly and stretches well. Unfortunately, polyester discolors easily. 
  • Nylon is more expensive than polyester, so hammocks made of nylon are rare. It is durable, but it takes longer to dry since it absorbs more water than polyester. 
  • Silk hammocks are smooth, lightweight, dry quickly, and are compact. The downside is it costs more than other fabrics. 
  • Canvas is thicker than the other fabrics. As a result, you will be warmer in this hammock on a cold day. In addition, canvas is UV-resistant, so it retains its color for a long time. The disadvantage is it takes a long time to dry out, so it is vulnerable to mold. 


When choosing a hammock, you need to know if it comes with a stand or a suspension system. 

Do you think you will be more comfortable lying in a quilt attached to stands, or do you prefer tying straps to the trees in your backyard? 

The way you suspend the hammock will depend on your preference and comfort. If you don’t have trees or a support structure to tie the hammock on both ends, then it is best to buy a hammock that comes with a stand. 

Other accessories to look out for include the under-quilt, a tarp to protect the hammock from the rain, and a net to keep the bugs away. 

Winner: Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock

Kootek Camping Hammock Double & Single Portable Hammocks with 2 Tree Straps, Lightweight Nylon Parachute Hammocks for Backpacking, Travel, Beach, Backyard, Patio, Hiking (Blue & Sky Blue, Large)

The Kootek Single & Double Portable Hammock works for single or double use, depending on your preference and the combined weight of both users. 


  • It has a maximum weight limit of 500lbs (226.8 kg).
  • It is made of Nylon, which is more durable than polyester. 
  • The 210T feature is one of its best-selling because this boosts its resistance to fraying and tearing. 
  • Each strap is 10 meters (32.8 ft) long. 
  • The straps support the hammock using the 18+1 loops that adjust to the perfect height and comfort level. 
  • It can also work as a tent, sleeping bag, swing, cradle, or ground mat. 
  • It costs less than $30, giving you great value for money. 

Best for Greater Weight Resistance: MalloMe Double & Single Hammock

MalloMe Hammock - Camping Hammocks - Portable Hammock Kids Hammock Outdoor Hammock - Hamaca Double Hammock - 2 Person Hammock Tree Hammock - Hamock Travel Hammock - Backpacking Hammocks for Outside

The MalloMe Double & Single Hammock is an excellent alternative if you want a hammock with better weight resistance. 


  • Although this hammock has a recommended weight limit of 500lb (226.8 kg), its straps are super strong, each with a resistance of 500lb (226.8 kg). 
  • It is available in at least 20 different colors. 
  • It is made from a lightweight and can easily fit in a stuff sack. 
  • The compact 210T nylon fabric is strong and sturdy. 
  • It is easy to set up, both for a beginner and a seasoned hammock user.  


  • The hammock’s fabric is enormous and can be a little overwhelming to claustrophobic people. 

Best Flat Hammock: Patio Watcher 11ft (3.35m) Bamboo Wood Spreader Hammock

SUNCREAT Hammocks 15 FT Quick Dry Hammock Double Size with Hardwood Spreader Bar, 2 Person Hammock for Outdoor Patio Yard Poolside, 450 lbs Capacity, Blue

This hammock has 55″ (1.4 m) bamboo spreader bars on both ends to provide support so you can lay flat. It is an outstanding option if you feel overwhelmed by the fabric in the other hammocks. 


  • The Patio Watcher Hammock can hold two people, with a maximum weight of 400lb (181.4 kg). 
  • The total length, loop to loop, is 11 feet (3.35 m).
    • If you count the steel chain links, it increases to 14 feet (4.27m). 
    • The bed resting area is 75’’x 55″ (1.9m x 1.4m).
  • The fabric, Textilene and Olefin, is comfortable, breathable, oil-proof, and weatherproof. 
  • The rope is sturdy and is held in place with 13″ (0.33m) chains. 


  • The price of this hammock does not include a stand. 

Best Cotton Polyester Blend Hammock: Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock

Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock Two Person Bed with 2 Tree Straps for Backyard, Porch, Outdoor and Indoor Use - Soft Woven Cotton Fabric (Natural)

The Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock is 65% natural cotton and 35% polyester. 


  • This hammock is cool on the skin. 
  • It offers great value for money. 
  • Hammock sky offers a lifetime warranty. 
  • The bed rest area is 98″ L X 59″ W (2.49m x 1.5m), so it comfortably fits two adults.
  • It has a weight capacity of 450lb (204.12kg)
  • It is child and pet-friendly. 
  • It comes with a free carry bag which makes it portable. 


  • It is not weatherproof. 

Best Chair Hanging Hammock: Y-Stop Chair Hanging Hammock

Y- STOP Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing, Max 320 Lbs, 2 Seat Cushions Included, Quality Cotton Weave for Superior Comfort, Durability (Light Grey)

If you prefer to sit and read a book in your backyard, the Y-Stop Chair Hanging Hammock is a great alternative.


  • It is spongy and comfortable, so you will enjoy sitting in your backyard all day. 
  • It is large with a sitting area of 40’’ long and 50” high (1.01m x 1.27m). 
    • The pillows are 18” x 18” (45.72cm x 45.72cm). 
    • Besides sitting, you can also lie down. 
  • It is made of canvas, which conforms to the body and is strong enough to support a weight of 330lb (149.7kg). 
  • It has side pockets that can hold your book, phone, iPad, drinks, and other items you need as you sit in the backyard. 


  • It doesn’t come with a stand. 
  • You may need more pillows for back support. 

Hammock vs. Hammock Swing: A Mini Guide

photo of hammock vs chair

The hammock has many variations, with the hammock swing being one of the most popular. 

The hammock swing will support you while sitting down, and in some cases, when lying down, depending on your size and the type of hammock swing. 

On the other hand, the hammock is ideal for resting in a sleeping position. 

When choosing between a hammock and a hammock swing, you need to consider:

  • Space. If you don’t have enough room for the hammock, go for a swing, which doesn’t need as much area. 
  • Your preference. Do you want a hammock to lie down in or to sit in? If you prefer sitting, then you should go for the swing. 
  • Physical limitations. Getting into and out of a hammock is a challenge for someone who experiences chronic back pain. However, if you need back support, the hammock swing is ideal. 

Best Hammock for Different Scenarios 

When choosing hammocks, you want one that will be comfortable enough to keep you in your backyard for a long time. 

That said, the construction of the hammock will vary depending on the intended use: 

  • Quilted hammocks are great in areas with cool climates where you might want to relax in your backyard during autumn or early spring.
  • Rope hammocks are ideal for warm and hot climates. 
  • Fabric hammocks are fantastic for colder areas and can even improve your backyard’s appearance. 
  • Hammock swings are ideal for people in apartments with less room.


Hammocks are comfy and fun, and if you have the space, I highly recommend you invest in one. Whether you only have a little room on your balcony or a huge backyard, there is a hammock for your needs. 

Keep in mind that the weight capacity isn’t just for you but also for whomever you might want to share the hammock with. A small cockapoo wouldn’t take up too much room, but if you have a needy Golden in the house, you should be ready to move over and share the space.

Michael Carpenter

Hi, I'm Mike. I grew up in North Carolina having a blast on trampolines, go-karts, and just sitting on the porch with my friends. I have since moved to Las Vegas with my wife, 2 children, and 3 dogs. When I'm not chasing the kids around the house, I am probably chasing them around the backyard!

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