If you are anything like me, you grew up with every camping trip starting out something like this; Dad struggles to set up a tent that may or may not be missing a piece, while mom critiques his work and laments him for not using the directions. Nostalgia aside, I don’t miss that aspect of camping very much. I do miss those trips, though. Hiking trails and napping in hammocks during the day, and camp fires and s’mores at night.
Seriously, is there anything better than sleeping in a rope hammock?
Well yes, yes there is. We are at a point in time where camping and hiking enthusiasts alike are choosing to ditch the tent, leave the rope hammock at home, and instead, tote Portable Camping Hammocks with them on their trips. That’s right, a hammock/bed and a tent/sleeping quarters all in one, what a time to be alive.
Once we saw how big the industry of portable camping hammocks was getting, we knew it was time to check out some of the most popular products on the market, pour through some portable hammock reviews, and get to the bottom of who the major players of this industry are.
Finding the Best Portable Hammock for Camping & Backpacking
*Jump to Our Top 10 Picks
Characteristics to Consider When Shopping for a Portable Hammock
Anytime you are in the market for a product in which you are unfamiliar with, it’s a good idea to gain a understanding of what differentiates one option from the next. There are a ton of options out there, but if you compare and contrast using the following, you will be able to greatly simplify the process.
Size and Weight
Sounds simple enough, and for the most part it is, but there is more to consider than you might have realized. Portable camping hammocks vary a good amount in width and length. Most of them will land somewhere between 48 and 102 inches wide, with a bit more variance in length. You will want to consider whether you will be sleeping alone or with a partner, in addition to factoring in your own size. In general, you will want 60 inches to be comfortable solo, and closer to 84 if sleeping as a pair. Length is a bit less of a consideration, but a simple guideline is to try to find a tent that is four feet longer than its tallest occupant’s height in a two person camping hammock, and three feet longer in a single.
While the dimensions of the tent are important because you need to fit comfortably inside, the weight can be important for those who are traveling by foot. Hikers and backpackers enjoy the added freedom a portable camping hammock provides. If you are someone who enjoys packing ultralight, make sure to check exact weight (including accessories) upfront, as this will like qualify/disqualify many of the prospects.
Weight Capacity and Suspension
The typical camping hammocks are a suited to handle between 200 and 1000 pounds, depending on the model. Make sure to check specifications, estimate the weight of its occupants, and then account for additional pounds of pressure due to bouncing or shifting weight.
The weight bearing capabilities vary from one portable camping hammock to the next, and one of the reasons for this is for the varying suspension systems. We have found that whether the unit uses nylon ropes, webbing straps, or synthetic slings, are all suitable if made with quality materials. The suspension accessories are not always included with the hammock, so make sure to take that into account. Lastly, one of the keys to suspension strength and flexibility is the number of attachment points; the greater the better, so make sure you take that into consideration when making your decision.
Protection Against Nature (Weather and Bugs)
Being immersed in nature is a beautiful thing, but it leaves you vulnerable to elements that are out of your control. What you can control is how you prepare for these elements; arming yourself with quality equipment it how you do that. Some portable camping hammocks have tent like designs that zip-up to offer maximum protection, while other will come with a tarp than can be hung over your hammock, to provide an additional covering. Both excellent features.
Furthermore, while bugs are an unavoidable part of the camping experience, many portable camping hammocks takes steps to fend them off. The two most common methods of this are either through the inclusion of an interior insect screen, or by applying a permethrin treatment to your hammock. These kinds of features are how the top tier portable camping hammocks set themselves apart.
Here’s The Top 10 Portable Camping Hammocks on The Market
With so many portable hammocks on the market, we knew it would be difficult to find the best portable hammock, but it didn’t stop us from trying. We have narrowed it down to ten of the most popular and most durable camping hammocks available, and so without further adieu, let’s do this.
Top Selling Portable Folding Hammock
The MalloMe is one of the most popular, and more durable camping hammocks on the market. Where it sets itself apart is in its simple yet unique suspension system, which utilizes nylon straps to support twice the weight as most competitors. Despite its strength and durability, the MalloMe two person portable hammock remains ultra lightweight and compact enough to fit in even the smallest of backpacks. Despite their quality and popularity, the MalloMe Camping Backpacks are among the most affordable on the market. Available in a wide range of colors, you won’t have to sacrifice aesthetic for value and performance.
- Light Weight; just 1 pound
- Comfortable 125 x 75 inch dimensions
- Capable of supporting 1000 pounds
- Available in 27 colors
- Competitively priced
This portable camping hammock by the team at Wise Owl Outfitters is arguably the most durable camping hammock on the market. That’s right, this hammock is composed of the same, ultra strong, soft material used by skydivers. You hammock comes complete with carabiners attached to 8 foot ropes. The Wise Owl Portable Hammock comes in a two toned design, and is available in a variety of color combinations, so you can be both comfortable and stylish. Although this model does not include a bug net or rain tarp, Wise Owl Outfitters does have each of these accessories available for purchase.
- Weighs Just 1 pound
- Dimensions of 54 x 108 inch
- Made using ultra strong 210T parachute nylon
- Compact design, roughly the size of a 5 x 5 inch ball
- Includes 8 foot nylon ropes
The team at Bear Butt are relatively new to the industry, but by taking pride in being American made and providing exceptional customer service, they are quickly making a name for themselves. Well, that, and the fact that they are utilizing only the very best materials.
Bear Butt’s super durable portable hammocks are made using a waterproof yet breathable 75D nylon taffeta with a 210 thread count. Reinforced with nylon straps, you simply thread the included 10 foot long, tactical grade ropes through the straps at each end of the camping hammock and you are done. Available in twelve colors, with a variety of compatible accessories available for purchase, there is a lot to like about Bear Butt Camping Hammocks
- Weighs just 1.5 pounds
- Spacious 120 x 72 inch design
- Made using unique 75D nylon
- Comes with generous 10 foot ropes
- Includes 7 x 4 x 4 inch Stuff Sack, for compact transport
The DoubleNest Camping Hammock by Eagles Nest Outfitters is a quality two person camping hammock.. Manufactured using 70D high tenacity nylon taffeta, this breathable, quick drying nylon supports up to 400 pounds. Eagles Nest Outfitters offer a variety of straps, however they are NOT included with the DoubleNest portable hammock. Plenty spacious enough for two adults, this durable hammock is still capable of being stuffed into it’s attached 5 x 5 storage pouch. For those who like to be color coordinated. Eagles Nest has your back, as they provide as many color options as anyone else in the industry.
- Weighs just 19 ounces
- Comfortable dimensions of 112 x 74 inch
- Available in an impressive 43 colors
- Straps NOT included
It is no mystery as to why the Double Nest Parachute Portable Camping Hammock by Cutequeen, is one of the more popular camping hammocks on the market. Cutequeen utilizes high quality parachute nylon fabric, paired with steel carabiners and nautical grade line, to create these durable camping hammocks. Able to hold up to 600 pounds, and longer than most two person camping hammocks on the market, the Double Nest by Cutequeen is suitable for adults of all sizes. The units come in a variety of unique colors, and include the durable tree straps. Based on all of this, one might expect the Double Nest might be a pricey option, but it’s quite the opposite. The Cute Tree Double Nest is not just among the most durable portable hammock on the market, it among the least expensive as well.
- Weighs just 18 ounces
- Spacious 130 x 79 inch dimensions
- Straps, carabiners, and storage tote included
- Constructed with 210T nylon parachute fabric
- Priced to sell
The team over at Honest Outfitters have an exceptional reputation for manufacturing high quality single and double camping hammocks. Constructed using 210T parachute nylon fabric, by employing high grade triple interlocked stitches, Honest Outfitters have perfected the process of putting together a durable portable hammock. Available in a variety of highlight colors to accompany their signature grey fabric. Honest Outfitters might have made a name for themselves by producing high quality, durable camping hammocks at an affordable price, but it’s their exceptional customer service that has begun to set them apart, as they stand by their already affordable products with an instant cash back guarantee.
- Weighs just 18 ounces
- 118 x 78 inch dimensions
- Even the single person hammock can handle 400 pounds
- Top-of-the-line Carabiners
- Quality GUARANTEED, or you will be refunded within 5 hours!
This portable camping hammock is perfect for a single hiker or camper. Manufactured using lightweight Ripstop parachute fabric, the team over at Camp Is Easy got this right. Ripstop fabric takes the ultra tough nylon traditionally utilized and reinforced it using a proprietary technique. Camp Is Easy opted to bypass spending too much time on aesthetic considerations, as this durable portable hammock comes in just a blue and grey color combination, and instead dedicated those resources in increasing durability. This camping hammock is highly unlikely to defect during its lifetime, but if for some reason it does, Camp Is Easy camping hammocks come with a five year warranty!
- Weighs just 19 ounces
- 55 x 106 inch dimensions
- Made with reinforced Ripstop parachute fabric
- Holds 400 pounds
- Comes with a FIVE year warranty
Momo outdoors makes some of the best camping hammocks on the market. This double, ultra durable portable hammock is made using the 210T ripstop nylon that has become popular among the biggest players in the market, where the team at Momo gains an advantage is through their attention to detail. Each multi-loop strap is stitched SIX times, twice as many as most competitors. They don’t slack with the carabiners, either, as they are made with aluminum, giving them the added advantages of being lighter and having larger openings. Available in three different color combinations, Momo Outdoors camping hammocks are certainly worth consideration.
- Weighs 2 pounds
- 118 x 78 inch dimensions
- Super fast, 2 minute set-up, due to adjustable multi loop straps
- Aluminum carabiners
- Comes with a Survival Guide
The Skeeter Beeter by Grand Trunk is an exceptional, high-end portable camping hammock. The team at Grand Trunk may not be able to spell, but they make one heck of a portable hammock. The Skeeter BeEter includes a separate bug net that attaches via a double sided zipper, making it THE single person camping hammock for those with a strong aversion to little critters. The Skeeter Beeter is manufactured using 70D nylon, and comes complete with nautical grade carabiners, rope kit, and a net suspension kit. Even with the addition of the net, the Skeeter Beeter is palatial in terms of a single person camping hammock. Available in earth tones such as forest green, khaki, and camo; camp in style while blending in with your surrounds.
- Weighs 26.45 ounces
- Palatial single hammock dimensions of 126 x 60 inches
- 400 pound weight capacity
- Mosquito Proof
- Machine Washable
If you are looking for a portable camping hammock that will protect you from mosquitoes, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, this portable, foldable camping hammock manufactured by G4Free might bring an end to your search. Made out of quick drying parachute nylon, this durable camping hammock has a weight capacity of 440 pounds. Fantastic for camping in mosquito ridden areas, its potential doesn’t stop there, though. G4Free suggest you flip the mosquito net to the bottom if you are in need of a traditional hammock, and set it up on the ground if you’re looking for a sleeping bag. A bug-free sleeping bag! Includes carabiners, as well as roping, and comes available in three color combinations.
- Weighs 28 ounces
- 110 x 50 inch dimensions
- Built-in mosquito mesh
- Mildew and rot resistant
Benefits of Portable Camping Hammocks vs. Tent Camping
Let’s touch on why portable camping hammocks are superior to tent camping. First off I would like to distinguish that we will solely be discussing Gathered-end camping hammocks, today, as opposed to Bridge camping hammocks. The Bridge portable hammock utilizes spreader bars, similar to a traditional backyard hammock. Although this type of hammock has it’s benefits, they are significantly heavier and more difficult to transport, due primarily to the aforementioned spreader bars. For this reason, we will stick to discussing the much more portable, banana-shaped, Gathered-end camping hammocks.
This list could be a long one, but I am just going to focus on the four primary advantages that portable camping hammocks have over tents: Flexibility, Comfort, Time Efficiency, and Cost Efficiency. How you prioritize these will vary, based on preferences and intended use.
When tent camping, you need to find a flat, dry, rock free surface, to set up camp. When using a portable camping hammock you don’t even need a surface. The fact the you are elevated in the air, and the terrain below doesn’t matter, provides you with significantly more options when searching for a place to sleep. Also, since a portable camping hammocks are so compact, and they have no actual footprint, you are able to comfortably accommodate large groups of people into relatively small camps.
Being suspended in the air is easier on the back than sleeping on the hard ground, even if you do find a clean and flat surface, nevermind a rough terrain. It’s not just that, though, as you will also enjoy a more consistent climate, in a portable camping hammock. Since you are elevated off the ground, you will enjoy an increased air flow during those summer months, and during the cooler months, it is nice to escape the chill of the cold ground.
It was a lot of fun watching dad struggle with that old tent, but it’d be a lot less fun to be the one trying to erect the tent. This is what makes these durable camping hammocks a no-brainer to me, the fast and easy set up. After taking a little time to familiarize yourself with your hammock, you’re going to save valuable camping time, as well as some embarrassment and frustration (if you’re anything like dad).
This one might surprise you. A portable hammock is serving as both a sleeping quarters, providing an escape from the elements, as well as a bed, eliminating the need for a cot or a sleeping mat. Yet, the cost of one of these durable camping hammocks is oftentime less than a tent
Earlier on we went over the various characteristics we want to consider when shopping for a portable hammock. The truth is, how you prioritize these characteristics is going to vary from person to person, depending on how you intend to use your hammock.
That said, declaring an overall “best’ can be a difficult task.
However, taking everything into consideration: dimensions, durability, weight capacity, accessories included, and aesthetics we were able to narrow it down to two portable camping hammocks.
The first of which is what we would suggest if you are operating without a budget, and that hammock is the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter. The inclusion of a mosquito net coupled with top of the line materials and ultra durable construction is what makes this camping hammock stand out. Near the high end of the market in regards to price, with the Skeeter Beeter you get what you pay for.
Best Overall Value
To wrap this up we will leave you with what we believe to be the overall best value in the world of folding camping hammocks, and that is the MalloMe Double Portable Hammock. The same can be said for their single camping hammock, but for the miniscule price difference, it’s probably worth it to pay for the extra space. In addition to being among the lightest and most durable camping hammocks on the market, it also has the greatest weight capacity. However, it doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics to gain these advantages in functionality.
MalloMe’s Double Camping Hammock is ultra sleek and available in an impressive 27 different colors. There is A LOT to like about this portable hammock. Well, I think that about wraps it up. While there are things to like about every camping hammock we reviewed, the Skeeter Beeter and the MalloMe Double are where we would put our money. Happy camping!