Staff Picks: The Best Hammocks of 2020

Score some hang time in our favorite models for every occasion.

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No better time for hanging than the present. Set up your hammock off the trail or at camp, in your backyard or in your living room, and get busy lounging.

Start here with our tips for choosing the perfect hammock for you. Once you know how you plan to use it, check out our team’s four favorite hammocks available at the co-op. We’ve picked one for solo artists, one for ultralight aficionados, one for adventure partners and one for campers, but they’re all just about perfect for readers and nappers. It’s time to hang.


ENO SingleNest

Best value hammock

ENO SingleNest

  •     Capacity: 400 lbs.
  •     Weight (without suspension system): 1 lb.
  •     Recommended suspension systemENO Atlas ($29.95) or ENO Atlas XL ($39.95)
  •     Price: $49.95

The Toyota of hammocks—that’s what you get with the SingleNest. This one-person sling first popped into the scene more than a decade ago, and it remains one of the most beloved options at REI for its reliability, durability and price point.

The ENO SingleNest, which stuffs into an included softball-size sack, is made with a 70-denier nylon taffeta that feels soft next to skin and breathes well, but is durable enough for trail time and regular use. One editor on our team has had the same SingleNest for seven years, using it everywhere from her apartment to far-flung alpine lakes. (Another writer on our team keeps the SingleNest in her handbag for “emergency use” whenever the mood to hang strikes.) Deploying the hammock is intuitive with the Atlas straps from ENO, which tension the hammock in place via multi-adjustment daisy chains. Buy here.


Kammok Roo Single UL

Best lightweight hammock

Kammok Roo Single UL

  •     Capacity: 300 lbs.
  •     Weight (without suspension system): 5.6 oz.
  •     Recommended suspension systemKammok Python 10 UL ($39)
  •     Price: $89

This hammock weighs less than an apple. Pair it with Kammok’s featherlight Python 10 Ultralight straps, and the whole system is just a hair over half a pound. That’s good news backpackers, ultralight hammock campers and anyone trying to shave grams.

The Roo Single UL tallies most of its weight savings from its barely-there, 20-denier nylon ripstop fabric, which feels paper thin. (Although it’s less durable than the burlier nylon used in other hammocks here, our staffer says she’s never had an issue with snagging, tearing or pilling. “I treat it the way I want to be treated,” she adds.) The Roo Single UL also slices ounces with its toggle-and-loop connection points, which are lighter and smaller than the standard carabiners used in most hammocks.

“Now I never have to question whether or not it’s worth it to bring my hammock,” another staffer says. “Even if I’m moving fast and far in the mountains and abandoning all luxury items, this piece of gear stays.” Buy here.


ENO DoubleNest

Best two-person hammock

ENO DoubleNest

  •     Capacity: 400 lbs.
  •     Weight (without suspension system): 1 lb. 3 oz.
  •     Recommended suspension systemENO Atlas ($29.95) or ENO Atlas XL ($39.95)
  •     Price: $69.95

The only thing better than hammocking is hammocking with a friend. Enter: the ENO DoubleNest, a palatial, 74-inch-wide sling built for a pair. Nineteen inches wider than the SingleNest, this hammock minimizes the taco effect when you’re hanging with a pal. (The walls are taller if you hang alone, though.) Egress is a little more complicated than with a single hammock—you have to get in one at a time, then the person who’s already in has to disperse their weight evenly to prevent a flip when the other enters, much like in a canoe.

Other than that, the DoubleNest boasts all the hallmarks folks have come to associate with ENO hammocks: the 70-denier nylon taffeta body, intuitive setup, aluminum carabiners and easy storage. “The only problem you’ll have with the DoubleNest is deciding what color combination to choose,” our director says. “I’ve seen this product work as faux studio apartment couch, city park siesta swing and backpacking tent alternative.” The DoubleNest packs away into an included stuff sack that’s about the size of a small cantaloupe. Buy here.


REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air

Best hammock tent

REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air

  •     Capacity: 250 lbs.
  •     Weight: 3 lbs. 8 oz.
  •     Recommended suspension system: This hammock includes a suspension system.
  •     Price: $199.95

Take REI Co-op’s beloved Quarter Dome tent, make it float and, boom, the Quarter Dome Air hammock tent. That’s the gist anyway. A one-person shelter, the Quarter Dome Air comes rigged with hammock straps on either end that you lash around tree trunks. The mesh tent body provides privacy and bug protection, and the hammock tent has a removable rainfly. Nice touch: Since the Quarter Dome Air doesn’t touch the ground, keeping it clean is a cinch.

There are a few considerations with hammock tents like this, however. First, though the Quarter Dome Air has spreader bars at the head and foot to prevent the taco effect when you’re hanging, it lacks additional structure. That means you can’t set it up on the ground like a regular freestanding tent, so you need to be confident that there are trees where you’re headed. Second, it’s pretty heavy for a single-person shelter. The Quarter Dome Air is more novelty than necessity, but “there’s nothing better than snoozing with the birds if you can,” one tester says, adding that “the Swiss Family Robinson would have loved this hammock tent.” Buy here.


ENO Deluxe Hammock Hanging Kit

Best hammock straps for indoor use

ENO Deluxe Hammock Hanging Kit

  •     Capacity: 250 lbs.
  •     Weight: 8 oz.
  •     Price: $29.95

Without sturdy trees, hammocking in your living room might seem like it’s out of the question. That’s where the ENO Deluxe Hammock Hanging Kit comes in. Install the two anchors to sufficient wooden studs in your home that are about as far apart as a couple of trees you might hang on. (The anchors, which have adjustable strap loops, look relatively clean and sleek.) Then, the next time you want to lounge, read or nap at home, all you have to do is clip in. Buy here.

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Buying Advice

When choosing a hammock, consider the following factors.

Size

Hammocks don’t vary a lot in length. The main thing to decide is if you want to be able to accommodate a second person or not. If you do, opt for a two-person hammock like the ENO DoubleNest. You can always hang solo in a double hammock (though the walls will be taller).

Use

If you plan on backpacking with your hammock, consider a lightweight model like the Kammok Roo Single UL. If you plan on sleeping in your hammock, however, you may want a more durable model like the ENO SingleNest or even a tent hammock with bug net and rainfly like the REI Co-op Quarter Dome Air.

Any of these hammocks work great for lazy lounging, so if you’re just looking for a recreational rig, price isn’t a bad deciding factor.

Accessories

Hammocks rarely come with anything more than the sling itself, and unfortunately, they’re all but useless without straps. We’ve included a recommend suspension system for each model here.

Beyond the straps, there are a handful of extras you can try. Get a bug net if you plan on swinging in skeeter season or a rainfly if you plan on camping with your hammock. To that end, there are a whole bunch of accessories for overnighters like gear slings, organizers and underquilts.

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Methodology

We asked our REI Co-op editorial staff and crew of member-testers what their favorite hammocks are on shelves at REI. They reported back with their top picks for swinging alone, together, on the trail and at camp. These four hammocks are their can’t-go-wrong choices.

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