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Best hammocks for relaxing with a good book this summer

Portable, comfortable and supportive with a calm rocking motion; garden hammocks are a great place to lie back and relax at the end of a busy day. Here’s our pick of the best hammocks you can buy today, as recommended by Mumsnet parents

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Aug 9, 2023

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When you think of a hammock you may instantly think of palm trees, tropical islands and sipping on coconut milk straight from the shell, however, don’t be mistaken - the best hammocks aren’t just reserved for luxury trips and exotic holidays. While your kids are kept busy playing in the paddling pool or showing off their best trampoline moves, a hammock is a popular, easy-to-assemble and practical piece of garden equipment among UK Mumsnetters.

Growing hugely in popularity over recent years, particularly since lockdown, these supportive hanging fabric beds can make a welcome addition to your back garden and even a practical alternative to a sleeping bag on a family camping trip. Secured with carabiners between two trees or used with a metal or wooden stand; they’re a great place to settle down with your favourite book, relax in the fresh air or even sneak in a snooze in the late afternoon sunshine before bed.

Whether it's a comfortable 1-person hammock, a double hammock for cosying up with your other half or even a hanging chair for curling up with your book and a glass of sangria, we’ve researched the best hammocks to lounge around all summer long.

Here are the best hammocks you can buy in 2023.

Best hammocks at a glance

  • Best hammock overall: Natalia Double Hammock with Stand | Buy now

  • Best hammock on a budget: COVACURE Camping Hammock | Buy now

  • Best hammock for camping and hiking: ENO Travel Nest Hammocks and Straps Combo | Buy now

  • Best hammock with a stand: Habitat Boho Hammock with Metal Stand | Buy now

  • Best garden hammock: VonHaus 2 Seater Hammock | Buy now

  • Best hammock for two people: Decathlon 2-person hammock | Buy now

  • Best hammock for kids: SoBuy® KMB16-J, Children Kids Rocking Hammock | Buy now

  • Best tree hammock: IKEA Hamnon Hammock | Buy now

  • Best hammock for sleeping: Fatboy Headdemock Hammock with Stand | Buy now

  • Best hanging chair: Sorbus Swing Chair Macrame Hanging Hammock Chair | Buy now

1. Best hammock overall: Natalia Double Hammock with Stand

Natalia Double Hammock with Stand

RRP: £289.99 | Buy now from Wayfair

Key specs:

Size: 105 x 120 x 260cm | Maximum weight limit: 204kg | Stand included: Yes

What we like:

  • Robust stand

  • High weight limit

  • Big enough to share

  • Low to ground making getting in and out a breeze

What we don’t like:

  • Stand requires some (basic) assembly

  • Stand requires significant space

What Mumsnet users say:

“Do it! I bought a wooden framed one from Wayfair and it's brilliant. I'd never bought from Wayfair and was concerned over the quality but it's great, has lasted years and delivery was super quick” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Singleandproud)

We have this one, and we use it regularly” (Recommended by Mumsnet user BertiesLanding)

Our verdict

The Natalia Double Hammock has a traditional design with a solid wooden pine frame, creating a classic look for your garden’s decking, pergola or lawn and blending seamlessly into natural surroundings. The densely woven double cotton material comes in a choice of seven colours including Blue Lagoon, Mimosa, Tropical and Classic White, so whatever your colour scheme, you’re sure to find one to match.

With a weight limit of 204kg, it’s strong enough to accommodate two people (or a rabble of kids desperate who are desperate for a turn) and with adjustable height settings, you can pick a height that feels most comfortable for you. We love the low-to-the-ground setting which makes getting in and out a breeze, while also providing easy access to your book, drinks and snacks.

The Natalia Double Hammock does require some basic assembly and has a large curved design, so you may need a little extra space than some of the hanging hammocks on our list, however, it’s a great place to snuggle up with your partner or have a pre-bedtime cuddle with the kids at the end of a fun-filled day.

2. Best hammock on a budget: COVACURE Camping Hammock

COVACURE Camping Hammock

RRP: £19.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: 270 x 150cm | Maximum weight limit: 150 kg | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Affordable price point

  • Breathable, ultralight nylon fabric that’s easy to clean

  • Can be secured between varying distances

  • Comes with tree straps included

  • Spacious and generously sized

What we don’t like:

  • Not as stylish as some other designs

What Mumsnet users say:

“We ordered a cheapie one from Amazon. It's the best thing ever. Quicker and easier than getting all the patio cushions out and rocking in it is really relaxing! Getting in and out is a knack but it's not difficult!”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Chocolategirl79)

“I have one slung between two trees in the garden and am currently Mumsnetting from it. Mine is a parachute nylon one which cost less than £25 complete with the tree straps and carabiners. It packs up into a small pouch for storage in damper weather.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user bloodywhitecat)

Our verdict

If you’re on a limited budget and can’t justify the high price tag of a hammock with a stand, the Covacure Camping Hammock is a great alternative, with an affordable price tag that offers excellent value for money.

Made from a lightweight yet robust 70 denier fabric, it’s hard-wearing and tear-resistant, easy to clean and quick drying, packing down into an integrated carry pouch for portability should you wish to take it somewhere further afield.

Whilst it may not look as luxurious as some of the hammocks on our list, its fabric is cool and breathable, making it ideal for sunny days or warmer climates. It’s also generously sized, providing a long and spacious lounger to lie back in, even for the tallest of users.

Two strong iron carabiners and nylon straps are included, allowing you to unpack and hang this hammock in minutes. It also offers flexibility over the hanging distance to help you easily find the most comfortable and secure position.

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3. Best hammock for camping and hiking: Eno DN010 Hammock

Eno DN010 Hammock

RRP: £62 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: ‎290 x 192cm | Maximum weight limit: 181kg | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Breathable, fast-drying fabric

  • Integrated carry pouch

  • Generous size

  • Choice of nine colours

What we don’t like:

  • Less luxurious design

  • Atlas straps are sold separately

Our verdict

If you’re off on a camping trip in the great outdoors and fancy sleeping under the stars, you’re going to want a comfortable sleeping hammock that can keep you safe and secure all night long.

The ENO Nest Hammock comes well regarded amongst travel and outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its high-performance 70 denier nylon fabric. Strong and breathable to keep you cool on warmer nights, it’s also super easy to clean and fast drying too.

Whilst this hammock packs away neatly into a small integrated sack, don’t be deceived, it has a substantial length of nine feet - meaning there’s the versatility of space for two to share (subject to the maximum weight limits) or for you to really spread out and get comfortable if you’ve claimed it all to yourself.

The ENO hammock comes with robust stainless steel carabiners, however, the atlas straps are sold separately, so you’ll need to factor this into the overall cost. If you’re camping in the height of summer, you may also want to consider the ENO Guardian Bug Net to prevent those midges from making unwanted contact during the night.

4. Best hammock with a stand: Habitat Boho Hammock with Metal Stand

Habitat Boho Hammock with Metal Stand

RRP: £67 | Buy now from Argos

Key specs:

Size: 130 x 22 x 18cm | Maximum weight limit: 110kg | Stand included: Yes

What we like:

  • Modern, stylish design

  • The metal stand is weather resistant

  • Three adjustable height levels

What we don’t like:

  • Lower maximum weight limit

  • Hammock (fabric) should not be left outside overnight

What Mumsnet users say:

“Mine is from Habitat and comes with a stand. It is great, I am in it now!”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user taxquestiontime)

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a hammock as a stylish addition to your contemporary garden space, this Habitat Boho Hammock with included metal stand is a modern and sophisticated choice.

With a unique blue mosaic style design, this spacious cotton hammock is cosy and soft against your skin, making it the ideal space to lie back and just breathe, even practising some mindfulness techniques to help clear your mind before bed.

Incredibly low maintenance, this easy-to-assemble frame offers three adjustable height levels, with no knots, ties or additional straps required. While it’s recommended you remove the fabric hammock and take it inside overnight, the stand is weather resistant, so you don’t have to panic when unexpected thunderstorms strike. You may want to buy a cover to protect it during the harsher winter months, as this will prolong its life.

Our only critique? Despite its robust stand, this hammock has a relatively low maximum weight, which is something to bear in mind if your children tend to clamber in too.

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5. Best garden hammock: VonHaus 2-Seater Striped Cotton Hammock


RRP: £25.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: 200 x 153cm | Maximum weight limit: 130kg | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Affordable

  • Easy to secure

What we don’t like:

  • Stand sold separately

  • Needs straps to attach between two trees

Our verdict

With a classic and traditional beach-style design, the Von Haus 2-Seater striped hammock is an affordable, convenient and comfortable hammock for use both at home or away, whether you’re reading books, snuggling up with a loved one or simply scrolling through the AIBU posts in the Mumsnet forums.

Made from 100% cotton canvas, with thick, strong ropes, it’s quick and easy to secure between two fixed points such as trees or veranda beams, ideally measuring around three metres apart. Alternatively, you can use this hammock with a metal or wooden stand (sold separately), which can be an easier option when finding the perfect height.

Read our in-depth VonHaus 2-Person Hammock review here

6. Best hammock for two people: Decathlon 2-Person Hammock

Decathlon 2-Person Hammock

RRP: £49.99 | Buy now from Decathlon

Key specs:

Size: 350 x 175 cm | Maximum weight limit: 220kg | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Spacious with a wide and long design suitable for sharing

  • Easy to transport

  • Handy storage pocket

What we don’t like:

  • Can be tricky to get in and out with two people

What Mumsnet users say:

Decathlon sells a brilliant material hammock. We always take ours and find a couple of trees to string it up between - the kids love to swing in it.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz)

Our verdict

The Decathlon 2-person hammock is a great option for those who want to relax in a shared space during a camping trip without feeling restricted or squashed. Generously sized, with an extra long length that allows you to spread out, there’s plenty of room for couples or a parent and kids to jump in and unwind together.

Packing away neatly into the integrated carry pouch, it’s a convenient choice for those switching between their back gardens and outdoor exploits a little further afield, with an easy attachment system that can secure the hammock between two trees or distances of up to six metres.

Made from soft-touch polyester that is lightweight and easy to clean, it’s also surprisingly comfortable and soft against your skin. We love the roomy side storage pocket for stashing your latest chick-lit or thriller, and could also be tempted with the Decathlon Camping pillow (sold separately) for some extra comfort during those afternoon naps.

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7. Best hammock for kids: SoBuy Kids Rocking Hammock

SoBuy Kids Rocking Hammock

RRP: £59.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: 124 x 36cm | Maximum weight limit: 75kg | Stand included: Yes

What we like:

  • Smaller-sized hammock specifically for kids

  • Stand included

  • Safety blocks to prevent toppling

What we don’t like:

  • Child will outgrow relatively quickly

  • Better suited to younger children due to narrow width and max weight limit

Our verdict

Most full-sized hammocks aren’t recommended for young children; but why should they miss out on all the fun?

This super cute hammock has been designed specifically for children, with a gentle rocking motion and removable pillow headrest that provides the perfect place to become  calm and relax before bed.

This comfortable and supportive hammock creates an appealing space for your child to read or listen to audiobooks as part of their bedtime routine. While your child may outgrow this hammock relatively quickly, we love the varnished birch frame and the woven cotton fabric which offer an attractive addition to your child’s bedroom.

8. Best tree hammock: IKEA Hamnoen Hammock

IKEA Hamnoen Hammock

RRP: £40 | Buy now from IKEA

Key specs:

Size: 150 x 265 cm | Maximum weight limit: 120kg | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Affordable

  • Classic design

  • Easy to assemble

What we don’t like:

  • Stand not included

  • Single-use only

What Mumsnet users say:

“I have one that's set up between two trees. It's a big single. It was an IKEA cheapie and is left out in all weather. It's 9 years old and still in really good condition. I was in it today - my children were rocking it and telling me stories. Cheap and cheerful is best.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user womaninatightspot)

Our verdict

IKEA may be known as the home of flat-packed furniture, but their hanging cotton Hamnoen Hammock requires virtually no assembly at all. Suitable for use on a stand or hanging between two trees, it’s recommended for use between distances of 3-3.5 metres and makes the ideal addition to the shady spot at the end of your back garden on a hot summer’s day.

Whilst it’s only big enough for one user, it offers a reasonable width and long length, making it easy to lie back and relax without worrying about toppling off the sides. We love the classic ‘beach’ style design and with durable 90% recycled polyester; it’s an eco-friendly choice too.

It’s worth noting that while we can’t see the compatible hammock stand online at IKEA, the Hamnoen hammock is compatible with other branded hammock stands (sold separately).

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9. Best hammock for sleeping: Fatboy Headdemock Hammock with Stand

Fatboy Headdemock Hammock with Stand

RRP: £469 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: 279.4 x 139.7 x 127 cm | Maximum weight limit: 150kg | Stand included: Yes

What we like:

  • Choice of nine colours

  • Spacious and roomy design

  • Big enough for two to share

  • Foldable for easy storage when not in use

What we don’t like:

  • Significant investment

  • Height is not adjustable

  • Stand is not compatible with any other hammocks

What Mumsnet users say:

“It's a bit more structured than a traditional hammock but I've been wanting the Fatboy hammock since I saw it in a local shop last summer.”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user LtheWife)

“We had a Fatboy hammock that we very sadly had to sell when we moved country. They are AMAZING. We've even had visitors sleep on it”  (Recommended by Mumsnet user Stuckfornamesagain)

Our verdict

If you spend a lot of time in your garden and really want to take relaxation to the next level, the Fatboy Headdemock Hammock with stand comes highly recommended, despite its significant price tag.

Available in a choice of nine colours, you can take your pick from a traditional black, dark blue or grey colour or opt for a more vibrant and striking orange or red if you really want to make a statement. Big enough for two to share, this durable padded polyester hammock is extra cosy and comfortable. Throw in some pillows and a cocktail to sip in the shade and you may never want to leave.

While it’s certainly an investment piece for your garden, this oversized double hammock comes with a (fixed height) sturdy frame that folds up for portability and is easy to store when not in use. Equipped to cope with the unpredictable British weather, It’s also water-repellent and UV resistant. While it’s suitable to use all year round, you may want to buy a cover to keep it looking its best.

10. Best hanging chair: Sorbus Swing Chair Macrame Hanging Hammock Chair

Sorbus Swing Chair Macrame Hanging Hammock Chair

RRP: £147.44 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs:

Size: 80.65 x 62.23 x 137.16 cm | Maximum weight limit: 110kg  | Stand included: No

What we like:

  • Suitable for use indoors and outdoors

  • Comfortable seated position for reading

  • Attractive macrame with fringe tassels

  • Easy to hang

What we don’t like:

  • Single person use only

  • Costly

What Mumsnet users say:

“I can’t get my 13-year-old out of my macrame hanging hammock chair. He is to be found there most of the time, accompanied by the dog”  (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user HasaDigaEebowai)

Our verdict

If the thought of clambering in and out of a swinging hammock is enough to put you off, a hanging chair or swing seat can make a great alternative.

Ideal for reading, resting or simply nestling in to enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings, these stylish and comfortable hammock chairs are suitable for use both indoors and out, whether that’s in your bedroom, on your patio, or in the shady spot under the trees in your garden.

We love the boho chic macrame net pattern with hanging tassels that swing in the breeze as you gently rock back and forth. The challenge? You’ll need to bring it inside if the heavens open and it’s only suitable for one person - so be sure to get out there first!

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How to hang a hammock

All hammocks vary, so how you hang your hammock will depend upon the full specification and whether a stand, ropes and carabiners are included. That said, there are two main ways to hang a hammock.

Use a stand

By far the easiest way to hang a hammock is to use a stand, which ensures the perfect distance between two supports. This way, all the hard work is done for you. In most cases, you may have some small adjustments such as altering the height to suit your needs. If your hammock doesn’t come with a stand and you’re planning on buying one separately, it’s important to check the dimensions to ensure your hammock is compatible.

Hang between two trees or solid supports

Hammocks can be hung between two trees or solid supports such as cemented posts using straps or rope, wrapping around the tree and attaching to the carabiner (adjustable hooks) or hammock loops to hold them securely in place.

Most hammocks come with detailed instructions, providing recommended height and distance as well as maximum weight recommendations - so you will need to check the distance between your trees to ensure there is enough space for your hammock to hang freely.

To get started, secure the heavy-duty straps or rope (often sold separately) around your trees before attaching them to the carabiner hooks at one end. Then, move to the other side, securing the hammock at a height and ‘sag’ that is suitable for you. Bear in mind that the hammock will sag further when weight is applied, so be careful it’s not too low to the ground.

Are hammocks machine washable?

Most hammocks are made from water-resistant materials that dry quickly if exposed to the elements. Many can also be washed by hand or in the machine at cool temperatures. However, washing instructions vary from brand to brand, so it’s important to check the full specifications for each product.

How to choose the best hammock for your family

  • Size - What size hammock do you need? Hammocks can vary considerably in both length and width, so check the dimensions carefully. As a rule of thumb, you should look for a hammock that is around two feet longer than your height. Wider hammocks tend to be more spacious and roomy.

  • Maximum weight limits - Does the hammock have a maximum weight limit? If you’re planning to share your hammock with the kids, your partner or even the dog, ensure that the hammock is suitable for your needs.

  • Single or double? - Most hammocks come as singles, with others made specifically for two. If you’re looking for a hammock to accommodate both you and your partner, you’re going to need the larger size.

  • Fabrics - The 100% cotton hammocks can look more luxurious and insta-worthy in your back garden, but if you’re heading camping or using your hammock away from home, a breathable parachute nylon hammock may be a more suitable alternative. The higher the denier fabric, the more tear resistant it is likely to be and the more hard-wearing it will be.

  • Is a stand included - Not all hammocks come with a stand, but if you’re planning on having your hammock as a permanent fixture in your garden, they may be worth the additional investment. They also make hanging your hammock simple and stress-free, but take up additional space.

  • Do you need any additional accessories? - Does the hammock come with everything you need, or do you need to buy accessories such as carabiners, tying straps or pillows separately. If not included, you may want to factor this into the overall cost of your purchase.

  • How portable is it? - If you’re planning on using your hammock outside of the home, how easy is it to carry? Some hammocks come with integrated carry pouches, making them a lightweight and portable option for camping and outdoor adventures.

What’s the best hammock to buy?

The VonHaus 1-Person Striped Cotton Hammock takes our top spot for the best hammock you can buy in 2023. Affordable and easy to secure, it’s made from a comfortable 100% carton and has a classic design that’ll have you feeling the holiday vibes from the comfort of your own back garden.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users

Mumsnet users love their gardens and spend significant time enjoying their outdoor space. First, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, asking for their feedback on the hammocks that they rate, recommend and use in their own homes.

We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsetters highlighted hammocks that they felt were poor quality, uncomfortable or difficult to install.

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by gardening and travel experts.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best hammocks on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, Argos and John Lewis to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

About the author

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in baby/child product reviews and round-ups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of baby products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help parents make confident purchases that benefit their families.

Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young, going on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard. When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up in the sunshine with her Kindle and the latest thriller,  or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.