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Best garden hammocks to buy in 2021

What could be more relaxing than chilling out in a hammock with a good book and a cool drink? We’ve rounded up the best garden hammocks to buy. Palm trees optional.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 29, 2021

Woman laying in hammock in garden

Create a stylish sanctuary in your garden by investing in a hammock and kick back after a long day of back-to-back Zoom calls. A garden hammock can instantly add a laid-back vibe to any outdoor space, offering somewhere to curl up and read a good book, have a cheeky snooze in the shade or a cocktail in the sun. 

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And you don’t need to have trees or even a great deal of space to add one to your backyard; there are plenty of freestanding and portable options to consider. 

Whether you want a portable hammock to take on your travels, a traditional hammock to hang between two trees or one with a stand that can be moved around your garden, our list has it covered.

Here are the best garden hammocks to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall garden hammock: VonHaus Single Hammock with Metal Frame Standing Swinging Hammock

VonHaus hammock

Price: £60 | Buy now from VonHaus

For those sunny laid-back days (and nights) this comfortable and stylish hammock is just the ticket. It gets top marks for comfort because of its high-quality 100% breathable cotton and there’s no need to find the perfect tree to attach it to as it comes with its own stand so you can just build it and go. The fabric features a nautical blue-and-white stripe pattern and it comes with detailed assembly instructions as well as a two-year warranty.

Key specs

  • Size: 290 x 93 x 112cm
  • Material: Cotton
  • Weight limit: 120kg
  • Stand included: Yes

2. Best budget garden hammock: Aldi Adventuridge Portable Hammock

Aldi garden hammock

Price: £40 | Buy now from Aldi

“We have one on a stand from Aldi. It gets a lot of use and is very easy to get in and out of” - CMOTDibbler

This hammock is great for outdoor adventurers that want to kick back and take a load off after a hard day’s walking or want to take five after setting up the tent with the kids! It comes with everything you need to assemble, even a detachable pillow and a drink’s holder, so you really can just lay back and enjoy chilling. And it’s just as comfy in your garden too. It comes with a mat, a magazine compartment and a carry bag for storage and transportation. And if you’re not happy with it for any reason, it comes with a three-year warranty.

Key specs

  • Size: 270 x 85 x 83cm (closed: 110.6 x 13 x 20.1cm)
  • Material: not specified
  • Weight limit: 135kg
  • Stand included: Yes

3. Best garden hammock with a stand: Wayfair Natalia Double Hammock with Stand

Natalia double hammock

Price: £336.99 | Buy now from Wayfair

“We have this one, and we use it regularly” - BertiesLanding

Not everyone will have trees in their garden and certainly not ones big enough to hang a hammock between. So step forward the garden hammock with a stand. This eye-catching hammock with a solid wood frame, rugged design and range of colourful fabrics will add a bit of style to anyone’s garden. It’s made from a densely woven double cotton material making it super sturdy when you climb in and out, and has adjustable hooks to allow you to decide how low or high you want to lay. It’s easy to clean too – just wipe it down with a damp, clean cloth.

Key specs

  • Size: 105 x 120 x 260cm
  • Material: Wood and cotton
  • Weight limit: 204kg
  • Stand included: Yes

4. Best tree hammock: Amazonas Barbados Natura Hammock

Amazonas hammock

Price: £83 | Buy now from Amazon

“Ours is an Amazonas, Brazilian made and it's really thick cotton” - mrsnec

This super-simple, traditional hammock gets good reviews from Mumsnetters and across the wider web for its quality, with many saying it’s the best purchase they’ve made for the garden this year. You can roll yourself into it like a banana if you want or lay diagonally flat. Whatever takes your fancy! It comes in four different patterns. No fixing kit is included but you can use most types of rope or buy a kit fairly cheaply.

Key specs

  • Size: 230 x 150cm
  • Material: Cotton
  • Weight limit: 200kg
  • Stand included: No

5. Best double hammock: TecTake Wooden Double Hammock

TecTake wooden double hammock

Price: £199 | Buy now from Amazon

For those wanting to snuggle up in a hammock with a partner or the kids, a double hammock is a must. And this XXL garden hammock can comfortably fit two adults. It’s the largest on this list and can handle up to a 200kg load. The wooden struts ensure it has maximum stability and durability, and the suspension cables are made from stainless steel and can be adjusted in length to change the height of the hammock.

Key specs

  • Size: 415 x 150 x 124cm
  • Material: 65% cotton, 35% polyester
  • Weight limit: 200kg
  • Stand included: Yes

6. Best comfy hammock: Argos Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Stand - Tropical

Argos Vivere hammock

Price: £140 | Buy now from Argos

This mid-range garden hammock is rated one of the comfiest due to it being made from 100% tightly woven cotton. It comfortably fits two adults and comes with a space-saving 8-foot stand constructed of heavy-duty steel making it super sturdy. It assembles in minutes without having to use any tools and it comes with a carry case. You’ll get a one-year warranty with this purchase. 

Key specs

  • Size: 105 x 250 x 110cm.
  • Material: Cotton
  • Weight limit: Not specified
  • Stand included: Yes

7. Best hammock chair: ADVOKAIR Hammock Chair Hanging Swing

ADVOKAIR hammock chair

Price: £88 | Buy now from Amazon

For those short on space, this hammock chair is a great option and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s super easy to install and its sturdy steel spreader bar makes the hammock swing stable. And just because it’s smaller than a regular hammock, it doesn’t mean it can’t take a decent weight; it can hold up to 226kg. The best thing about this hammock chair is that it can be easily moved about to your chosen spot. Simply find a safe spot in your bedroom or on your patio, balcony or garden and you’re good to go. It comes in a variety of colours including beige, and nautical blue and white. 

Key specs

  • Size: 130cm (without hanging rope)
  • Material: Polyester
  • Weight limit: 226kg
  • Stand included: No 

8. Best lightweight garden hammock: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock

Wise Owl hammock

Price: £55 | Buy now from Amazon 

This is the lightest hammock on our list at just 680 grams and it folds to the size of an aubergine. It comes with 2.7-metre-long tree straps and carabiners, and features five separate loops so you can adjust it to the perfect height. It comes in sizes that fit either one or two people and there are lots of different colours and patterns to choose from. Rated No. 1 on Amazon’s best garden hammocks list, it receives rave reviews online. 

Key specs

  • Size: 274 x 137cm
  • Material: Nylon
  • Weight limit: 226kg
  • Stand included: No

How to buy the best garden hammock

There are a few things to consider before buying a hammock.

  1. Where are you going to hang it? Tree to tree, tree to wall or wall to ceiling? Alternatively, you can buy a freestanding hammock complete with a stand. There’s a handy guide here on how to choose the best hammock for your space.
  2. How big do you want the hammock to be? Is it just for you or do you want to relax with your partner or child/ren? If it’s just you, a single hammock will be fine. If not, you’ll need either a double or a family-sized hammock. Check out the dimensions before you buy.
  3. Will it be left outside on a regular basis? If so, you’ll want to look for hard-wearing materials and waterproof fabrics. It could look very old, very quickly otherwise.
  4. What style and colour do you want? This just comes down to personal taste and how you want it to look in your garden. Hammocks come in all shapes and sizes with loads of colours to choose from. Some come with pretty bohemian fringes for that festival feel or nautical stripes so you can pretend you’re at the seaside. It really is up to you!

What material is best for hammocks?

Cotton hammocks are comfortable and will dry quickly if they get wet. Weatherproof hammocks are obviously designed to use all-year-round so they’re more durable and hassle-free as you don’t need to keep taking it down when not in use. Silk hammocks are normally quite tear-proof, breathable and super lightweight so they’re perfect for camping or taking out and about. 

How can you attach a hammock to a tree?

To hang a hammock to a tree you need rope for each end of the hammock which should be included with your purchase but might not be. Choose two sturdy trees about four to five metres apart. Tie on the tree straps according to the instructions and attach the hammock's ends to the tree straps. Always follow the instructions for your individual hammock. 

What is the best garden hammock to buy?

Our best buy is the VonHaus single hammock. Not only does it look good and have great reviews for its comfortable feel, it’s also a great price. 

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what garden hammocks were being recommended.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at what garden hammocks had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best garden hammocks online at the moment. 

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