So you’re thinking about purchasing a hammock. Maybe this isn’t your first hammock; you might already have one or even two of your own, but you want to see what else is out there. Perhaps you’re a hammock newbie and have no idea what you’re looking for. Either way, we’ve got good news for you; while there are plenty of options available, this guide will break down the many different types of hammocks and help you find the perfect one that will fit your hammocking needs.
Not everyone is going to select a hammock in the same way. Maybe you’re particular about the material of a hammock or about how many people it will hold. Or perhaps you are looking for the best hammock for ultralight camping. This guide will help break down hammocks for different types of shoppers to help guide you through the selection process, no matter how you plan to shop for a hammock. First we’ll break down the types of hammocks, then go deeper into the right hammock for specific activities, and finally, talk about the sizes of hammocks.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HAMMOCKS?
Photo by Cherisa Hawkins (top) and Ally Hardgrave (bottom)
Also known as gathered end hammocks — because the ends are gathered and a rope is either sewed in between or wrapped around the ends. That rope also serves as the loop that the suspension system hooks into. While gathered end hammocks can be made out of a variety of materials, ENO uses a proprietary Nylon fabric that keeps them lightweight, breathable and durable. Our classic hammocks made of lightweight fabric are often referred to as parachute hammocks or travel hammocks because they stuff down easily into a stuff sack or storage bag, and are the most common type of hammock you’ll see strung across college campuses or at campgrounds. ENO’s version of gathered end hammocks come in two sizes: the SingleNest® ,which holds one person, and our best selling hammock, the DoubleNest®, which can hold two people.
Our iconic DoubleNest® and SingleNest® hammocks were inspired by the designs that began in South America, hundreds and maybe even thousands of years ago. There are dozens of sub-styles of South American and Central American hammocks that exist today, most being specific to a region or country with different features and colorful patterns that make them unique. Today, these hammocks are still used in Latin America as beds, a trend that continues to grow around the world.
Portable Spreader Bar Hammocks
Also known as bridge hammocks, are one of the greatest innovations in hammocks. ENO has found a way to reimagine the traditional spreader hammock so that it is more stable and allows the hammock to lay down into a bed for a better sleeping experience.
Traditional spreader bar designs are known for flipping over and dumping out the contents in the process. The instability in traditional spreader bar hammocks is because the elevation of the suspension is the same as the elevation of the hammocker. While the spreader bars themselves offer a utility because they can spread out and flatten into a bed, the trick is lowering the hammocker.
This is why we innovated on these designs to combine the benefits of a spreader bar with the steadiness of a gathered end hammock. It’s exciting to see the original spreader bar designs evolve into a hammock with improved safety and comfort.
The SkyLoft and SkyLite are ideal bed replacements because of the steadiness of the hammock but also because of the flat surface. The bed is dropped down below the spreader bar making the entire system stable from tipping over. Further, because the bed is flat, it allows the hammocker to lay sideways so sleeping is as comfortable as in your own bed. These options are packable and easy to bring along on your next adventure.
Backyard Spreader Bar Hammock
If you are looking for a backyard staple to recharge between adventures, look no further than our SuperNest Hammock. Crafted to withstand the elements, this durable, yet extremely comfortable hammock is designed to live seasonally outdoors. The SuperNest’s quilted body features a plush Olefin fabric upper, with fade resistance to UV light, and breathable mesh lining to ensure quick drying after rain. The SuperNest’s 3D-contoured design, optional tether system, and spreader bars make it extremely stable, resulting in a better user experience.
The modern aesthetic, premium materials, and down-to-earth color palette guarantees this hammock will look right at home, wherever you hang it. The SuperNest pairs perfectly with our SoloPod XL Hammock Stand or our Apollo Hammock Straps.
Hammock chairs are becoming increasingly popular as more people study and work from home. Not only do they offer the ability to sit upright and sway while cranking out a paper or working toward a project deadline, there’s a good amount of evidence that shows that the swaying motion of a hammock improves focus and concentration. Who wouldn’t want that while working?
One of the problems that the ENO Lounger Hanging Chair solves is what to do with your feet. It comes with a footrest that makes it easy to perch up a laptop in an ergonomic and comfortable position. On top of that, the Lounger Hanging Chair is designed to distribute pressure points from all over the body so it’s not all resting on your rump.
HAMMOCK BY ACTIVITY
What’s the best hammock for camping or ultralight camping?
It really depends on what kind of camping you’re doing. If you’re car camping, we suggest the SkyLite. The SkyLite will flatten out, keeping pressure from mounting on your back and booty and essentially, making the hammock sleeping as comfortable as sleeping in a bed. Or maybe you’re through-hiking the Appalachian Trail and every ounce matters, in which case the Sub6 Ultralight Hammock is the way to go. At 5.8 ounces, it packs down impossibly small and weighs a fraction of a tent.
What’s the best hammock for indoors?
The answer to this depends on how much space you have and how you plan to mount your hammock. If you’re limited on vertical space but have access to ceiling joists, the Lounger Hanging Chair is the way to go. The Lounger has many of the benefits of a hammock but has a small footprint, and of course, unclips out of the way when needed.
If you have space to mount between two studs (you’ll need a minimum of 10-14 feet which will depend on the length of your hammock, how high the anchors are placed, and how high off the ground you would like to hang), we recommend DoubleNest®. It’s not much bulker than the SingleNest® but gives you enough space in case you want to have a partner join in on the fun.
If you’re looking for a bed replacement, the SkyLoft or SkyLite is the ideal option. These hammocks have a dropped bed that allows you to lay flat like you would in a normal bed, except that you can sway back and forth into slumber.
What’s the best hammock for a porch?
Our favorite porch hanger is the DoubleNest®. There’s plenty of space to sprawl out and sway, lay down, sit down (if you need to work or study) and relax, and it includes room for two.
What’s the best hammock for hunting?
Without a doubt, the ENO JungleNest Hammock is the right hammock for the occasion. With the attached bug net that’s stowable (as shown below), setup is made easy after a hard day’s work. Pair the JungleNest with a bottom and top quilt for a warm, restful night’s sleep.
Sizes of Hammocks
Hammocks come in pretty standard sizes with single or double being the most common. The single and double options refer to the number of people that can comfortably fit in the hammock. Both single and double hammocks will hold 250 to 400 pounds depending on the model. Some ENO hammocks come in different lengths that range from 7 feet to 10 feet long.
A single, hammock simply put, is built for one person. But we get the question all the time; what about one person and one small dog? Our SingleNest® hammock has a load capacity of 400 pounds (same as the DoubleNest®). So, does your dog fit into the weight capacity of this hammock? If so, then heck yeah, a small dog will fit into a single hammock with you!
A double hammock is for two people. Our DoubleNest® is the most popular hammock we make and quite possibly, the most popular hammock available (at least that’s what our fans tell us). And rightly so with its 400-pound weight capacity and 19-ounce weight; plus, it compresses down to the size of a large grapefruit and sets up in seconds. It’ll let you sway in the most beautiful places on earth, all while safely enjoying the company of a partner.