Tested: The Best Hammocks of 2021

Whether you’re looking to put up your feet in the local park or camp in the trees, score some hang time in our favorite hammocks for every adventure.

40 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars
A surfer hangs in the Kammok Roo Single Ultralight hammock.

No better time for hanging than the present. Free yourself from the constraints of gravity and set up your hammock off the trail or at camp, in your backyard or in your living room, and get busy lounging.

Of course, the number of choices you have when it comes to selecting the perfect sling for you is surprisingly big. Hammocks range in size and materials and intended uses. There are lightweight rigs that disappear inside a pack and burlier setups designed to keep bugs and precip at bay. Some are at home at camp and others do a good impression of backyard furniture. Knowing exactly which one is best can be tricky.

To make it easier, we sent each of the hammocks available at REI out to a dozen co-op member-testers for an old-fashioned throwdown. Our testers kicked their feet up across the country, evaluating each sling’s comfort, packability, setup and breakdown, durability and features, relative to its intended use. Below, find their favorites for every type of tree swinger. It’s time to hang.

 

Test Results

 

Other Top Performers

 

ENO DoubleNest

Best All-Around Hammock

Score: 85

ENO DoubleNest

  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 2 adults
  • Material: 70-denier nylon taffeta
  • Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
  • Price: $69.95
  • Required accessories (not included): Straps like the ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System ($29.95)

Test Results: The do-it-all-hammock—that’s what you get with the venerable ENO DoubleNest, the most versatile sling in test. Take it to the park or the campground. Set it up in your backyard if you’d like or toss it in your pack. The DoubleNest does it all.

It starts with an easy-breezy setup. Attach the straps (not included) to a couple of healthy tree trunks with a slip knot, then clip the DoubleNest to each with the affixed carabiners. Zhuzh the tension to your liking, then you’re good to go in a matter of minutes. Not bad for a hammock that stuffs down to the size of an ice cream quart.

Of course, the only thing better than hammocking is hammocking with a friend, and the DoubleNest has the most generous dimensions in our test. At 74 inches wide, this palatial sling fits a pair comfortably—and those XL dimensions also make the DoubleNest a bit more luxurious if you’re hanging solo. If so, lie down diagonally across the thing to minimize the taco effect from the taller walls (it’s 19 inches wider than the SingleNest) or try our testers’ favorite position: perpendicular across the middle with your feet dangling off the side, like a captain’s seat. “The taller wall gives you a perfect headrest,” says one tester. 

Other than that, the DoubleNest boasts all the hallmarks folks have come to associate with ENO hammocks: ultrabreathable 70-denier nylon taffeta, sturdy aluminum carabiners and easy storage. “The only problem you’ll have with the DoubleNest is deciding what color combination to choose,” another tester says. “I’ve seen this product work as faux studio apartment couch, city park siesta swing and backpacking tent alternative.” Buy here.

 

Bottom Line: The portable ENO DoubleNest is suitable for any adventure, but you don’t have to sacrifice comfort—it’s big enough for two.

 

Testing stats:

  • Days out: 34
  • Testing states: California, Colorado, Georgia and Washington
  • Best testing story: Our Savannah, Georgia-based tester enjoyed relaxing in his backyard in the DoubleNest with “a book, a beer and a friend.” When hanging alone, he discovered two important things: You can use the extra material to create a sunshade, and the attached stuff sack makes for an ideal “snack or ice cream holder.”

 

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

Best Hammock for Camping

Score: 83

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 1 adult
  • Materials: 70-denier nylon taffeta (body), 30-denier polyester mesh (canopy) and 70-denier polyurethane-coated polyester ripstop nylon (rainfly)
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 13 oz.
  • Price: $159.95

Test Results: Sleep in the air with the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip. Like a one-person shelter that hangs off the ground, this portable treehouse includes a hammock, integrated mesh canopy and separate rainfly. Combine all that protection with the Expedition’s superior comfort, and our testers deemed it the best option for campers looking to get off the ground.

The Expedition owes its plus sleepability to a unique asymmetrical shape that allows the sleeper to lie flat when diagonal across the sling. (“No taco’ing,” declares our tester.) A structural ridgeline in the hammock helps it maintain its flat bottom, no matter the distance between the trees, while tie-down points on each side of the hammock function like guylines, keeping it taut. “It’s wide enough to relax in and have a margarita or read a book without feeling like you’re in a cocoon,” our tester says. Still, the mesh isn’t removable, so this hammock isn’t the best option on our list for more social lounging.

The whole system (with the fly and included straps and rigging system) packs into a stuff sack the size of a bag of flour (considerably lighter, though). That means ambitious backpackers could certainly consider toting it on remote adventures, but practice rigging it before you venture out (setup requires tying knots). Also, though the fly protects against light precip, it’s too small to create a fully enclosed, tentlike fortress. Sideways rain is a problem. Buy here.

 

Bottom Line: Staying out? Camp inside the Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip, which has an integrated mesh canopy, a rainfly and an innovative design that keeps your sleep surface flat.

 

Testing stats:

  • Days out: 15
  • Testing states: California, Maine and New Hampshire
  • Best testing story: Our Maine-based tester camped in the Expedition on a trip along the West Branch Penobscot River. He arranged the fly to create a sort of tailgate-like shade that kept his cook station dry when an afternoon storm rolled in.

 

Kammok Roo Single Ultralight

Best Hammock for Backpacking

Score: 88

Kammok Roo Single Ultralight

  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 1 adult
  • Material: 20-denier ripstop nylon
  • Weight: 5.6 oz.
  • Price: $89
  • Required accessories (not included): Straps like the Kammok Python 10 Ultralight Hammock Straps ($39)

Test Results: 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 Ultralight 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 Ultralight also slices ounces with its toggle-and-loop connection points, which are lighter and smaller than the standard carabiners used in other hammocks. This all makes the Roo Single Ultralight more compact than other hammocks here as well—the thing can fit inside a pack’s hipbelt pocket. 

If you do plan to overnight in the Roo Single Ultralight, pack a tarp to deploy in case of rain, and consider Kammok’s other accessories like a gear sling to get your stuff off the ground. At this weight, features are sparse. The stuff sack hangs from the hammock and doubles as a small storage pouch, and tie-down points let you hang some of your gear. Buy here.

 

Bottom Line: The Kammok Roo Single Ultralight will vanish inside your pack—perfect for toting on overnight adventures or ultralight trips where getting off the ground is an option.

 

Testing stats:

  • Days out: 55
  • Testing states: California, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming
  • Best testing story: When one of our testers took her stand up paddle board to a tiny island on Montana’s Hungry Horse Reservoir, she was limited to only what she could strap to her SUP. “The Roo Single Ultralight was a no-brainer for a lakeside nap.”

 

Other Top Performers

 

ENO SingleNest

Score: 84

ENO SingleNest

  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 1 adult
  • Material: 70-denier nylon taffeta
  • Weight: 1 lb.
  • Price: $49.95
  • Required accessories (not included): Straps like the ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System ($29.95)

Test Results: 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.

 

ENO SkyLite

Score: 81

ENO SkyLite

  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 1 adult
  • Materials: 40-denier nylon (body) and polyester mesh (canopy)
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Price: $169.95
  • Required accessories (not included): Straps like the ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System ($29.95)

Test Results: The ENO SkyLite is the hammock that feels most like your bed. Rather than the standard “bundled end” hammock design, it has flat ends held apart by spreader bars, which creates a flatter, more even surface without necessitating diagonal sleeping. That all makes it the hammock of choice for folks who have a hard time sleeping in a standard hammock (like side sleepers). Note that the downside of spreader bars is egress—the SkyLite feels tippy.

An integrated bug net with a tentlike door means you can snooze away from bugs, but the SkyLite is not compact. It takes up more space than a single-person tent when bundled with straps and a tarp or fly (both sold separately), so limit it to car-accessed hangouts. Buy here.

 

Kammok Mantis All-In-One Hammock Tent

Score: 82

Kammok Mantis All-In-One Hammock Tent

  • Weight capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 1 adult
  • Materials: 40-denier ripstop nylon (body), polyester mesh (canopy) and 15-denier polyurethane-coated polyester ripstop nylon (rainfly)
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz.
  • Price: $239

Test Results: For the solo tent camper that wants just about everything, except for the constraint of gravity, we present to you the Kammok Mantis. The system includes a hammock, mesh canopy, rainfly and straps, plus a bevvy of features targeted to overnighters like internal pockets, guy-out points and tent stakes. It even has a tie-back design that lets you fold back the rainfly for stargazing. While backpacking outside Buena Vista, Colorado, our tester called the hammock’s setup easy enough with its pre-rigged straps. She also noted that the “silky-smooth nylon” was surprisingly breathable in 90°F weather.

As for downsides, for one, the Mantis is pricey—the most expensive portable sling in our roundup. Secondly, confines are tight. Our tester says sleeping diagonally is tough, and when she tried to read, her book kept scraping the bug netting. Buy here.

 

Kammok Sunda 2.0 Hammock Tent

Score: 81

Kammok Sunda 2.0 Hammock Tent

  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 2 adults
  • Materials: 40-denier ripstop nylon (body), polyester mesh (canopy) and 20-denier polyurethane-coated polyester ripstop nylon (rainfly)
  • Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
  • Price: $420

Test Results: Think of the Kammok Sunda 2.0 more like a freestanding backpacking tent than a hammock. Three arch poles and a ridge pole prop it up, and with a nearly 35-square-foot floor plan and steep sidewalls—plus a pair of doors—it sleeps two comfortably. Interior gear loops and side pockets allow campers to stay organized, and it comes with a footprint. Boom, camping.

When it’s time for liftoff, you lash the included straps to a couple of trees, cinch some cords on the body, perform some wizardry and attach the cords to the straps. Boom, hammocking. Note that while two can camp in the Sunda 2.0 on the ground, only one can sleep in it when it’s airborne. Buy here.

 

ENO SuperNest

Score: 79

ENO SuperNest

  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Sleeping capacity: 2 adults
  • Materials: Olefin (body), polyester (lining and trims) and anodized aluminum and stainless steel (hardware)
  • Weight: 19 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Price: $299.95
  • Required accessories (not included): Straps like the ENO Apollo Suspension System ($49.95) or a stand like the ENO SoloPod XL ($349.95)

Test Results: If you could hang your couch in a tree, it might do a good impression of the ENO SuperNest. A massive rectangular design (seriously, it’s 8 by 4 and a half feet) is twin-bed wide, thanks to permanent spreader bars. The plush body is cushioned and contoured with a next-level-soft quilted olefin fabric and a couple of pillows at each end for good measure. Marine-grade hardware and an all-weather build ensure you won’t need to take it down before a storm (good, considering it’s nearly 20 pounds and not packable). Hang it in a tree or on a stand for ultimate backyard lap-of-luxury lounging. Buy here.

 

Buying Advice

ENO DoubleNest

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 Ultralight (in mild weather) or the Kammok Mantis All-In-One Hammock Tent (in spicier weather). If you plan on sleeping in your hammock, consider a tent hammock with bug net and rainfly.

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 recommended suspension system for each model here that doesn’t include one.

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.

 

Methodology

ENO SingleNest

We sent 12 co-op member-testers into local parks, forests, remote wilds and, yes, their backyards to try out the best hammocks sold at REI. They hung out in the hardwoods on overnight fishing trips in Maine, defied gravity in Montana’s Beartooth Range, went solo slinging in Wyoming’s Wind River Range and snoozed in California’s redwoods to zero in on the best hammock for every tree swinger. After testing each hammock in as many different configurations, uses and locations as possible, each tester graded every hammock lounged in on its comfort, packability, setup and breakdown, durability and features, relative to its intended use. We averaged those scores to give each hammock an overall grade out of 100.

At the end of our test, the ENO DoubleNest, Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip and Kammok Roo Single Ultralight scored the best within their respective subcategories. The ENO SingleNest, ENO SkyLite, Kammok Mantis All-In-One Hammock Tent, Kammok Sunda 2.0 Hammock Tent and ENO SuperNest each scored high in some—but not all—metrics. They are ideal options for specific users.


Article by Ryan Wichelns, with additional reporting by Maren Horjus. Ryan is a freelance journalist and climber. His favorite climbs are the random, unaesthetic snow- and ice-covered heaps in the middle of nowhere that require a weeklong scree-choked slog to maybe climb. Don’t ask him why. REI member since 2017.

Maren Horjus is an at-large editor for REI’s Co-op Journal, Expert Advice and Uncommon Path, presently chasing powder and a humidity-free lifestyle in Boulder, Colorado. She worked as an editor at Backpacker magazine for six years and wrote some books before joining the squad. She thinks winter camping is underrated. REI member since 2012.

Photography by Joel Hopkins.