Best Hammocks

There is nothing like relaxing in a comfortable hammock. But it’s another thing to have a hammock that is uncomfortable — or worse, too weak to stand up to wear and tear. Unfortunately, not all hammocks are created equal.

We put together a guide of our top recommendations for quality, durable hammocks made in the USA. We want to make sure you have a hammock that will last you for years to come, standing up to the outside elements as well as regular use. And of course, we want it to provide many days of relaxing in comfort. Here are the top five hammocks made in America, according to our research.

Our Findings

When it comes to finding a good-quality hammock, there is no shortage of American-made options. The East Coast and the Carolinas are big spots for hammock production, with some companies continuing the same practices after more than a century!

Our top picks include hammock producers that use tried and true production methods, even often making materials by hand. This demonstrates a quality product that is bound to last for many years, even in the outside elements. We’ve divided our findings into quilted hammocks, traditional rope hammocks, hanging chairs, nylon hammocks, and hammock chairs.

Top Recommendations

Best Hammocks Best for:
Nags Head Quilted Hammocks Quilted Hammock
Pawley’s Island Hammocks Rope Hammocks
Cobble Head Hanging Chair Hanging Chairs
Grand Trunk OneMade Nylon Hammock
Crysalis Hammocks Hammock Chair

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are all the details on each of our top picks, including what we liked and didn’t like.

Best Quilted Hammock

Nags Head Quilted Hammocks

Nags Head offers four models of hammocks with a variety of hanging options. All the models use quilted fabric to provide extra protection and weight capacity. This means that they are a great choice to keep hammocks safe from sun and water damage as well as wear and tear.

Nags Head uses special rolled rim grommets and galvanized steel for links and supports to ensure that its hammocks are extra strong and supportive. You can choose between hanging models or standing models with a wood base. With a variety of colors, these beautiful hammocks are definitely built to last.

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Things we like:

  • Quilted fabric is extra durable
  • The fabric has a protective layer for mold, mildew, and sun damage
  • High weight capacity can hold up to 450 lbs.

Things we don’t like:

  • Some limited options
  • Pricier than some other brands

 

Best Rope Hammocks

Pawley’s Island Hammocks

Pawley’s Island offers a large range of classic rope hammocks. You can find both single and double options with a variety of weight, height, and hanging options. These hammocks are the classic woven rope hammocks that you’ve probably seen many times before.

Made by hand in the Carolinas, they’re set to arrive at your home in a short time and in great condition. Pawley uses cotton rope with a specially reinforced weave to make their hammocks extra strong. Wooden frames are made of oak, which has natural rot-resistant properties. Hardware is zinc-coated to ensure rust resistance and long-term stability.

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Things we like:

  • Large range of models, including different mounting options and sizes
  • Reasonably priced
  • Quick shipping
  • Durable

Things we don’t like:

  • Rope weave might be less comfortable than solid fabric.
  • Less durable than some other hammocks

 

Best Hanging Chairs

Cobble Head Hanging Chair

As pleasant as it is to lay down in a hammock, it’s also great to enjoy a hanging chair with a good book. Cobble Head’s hanging chair is made with a blend of nylon and polyester rope and comes with a range of accessories to keep you comfortable.

It has a head and seat cushion as well as an additional footrest option. With a solid, hand-crafted wood frame, Cobble Head’s hanging chair is a sturdy and comfortable option for any porch or yard. Cobble Head also offers hanging chairs for two and reinforced models that can support extra weight.

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Things we like:

  • Handcrafted materials
  • Options for accessories
  • Heavy-duty hanging hardware

Things we don’t like:

  • Lower weight capacity
  • Long shipping times
  • Pricier than some models

 

Best Nylon Hammock

Grand Trunk OneMade

Grand Trunk Onemade hammocks aren’t exactly the classic hammock you’re used to seeing on a lawn. These nylon hammocks are perfect for camping or long-term use.

Made from extra-durable material, they might not look delicate — and they’re certainly made to last. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not light and comfortable.

Grand Trunk’s unique process allows their hammocks to have maximum strength and support while remaining light and breathable. The fabric is reinforced with a “ripstop” design that keeps rips and tears from ruining your hammock. This is the ultimate durable camping hammock that’s also incredibly comfortable.

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Things we like:

  • Extremely durable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to move
  • Supports up to 400 lbs.
  • Reasonably priced

Things we don’t like:

  • It does not come with hanging attachments — these must be ordered separately

 

Best Hammock Chair

Crysalis Hammocks

Crysalis Hammocks provides unique hammock chairs that are made for two things: comfort and durability. These handmade hammock chairs are built from reinforced materials and made with special weaving techniques to make them super-strong.

Crysalis hammock chairs have a reputation for lasting long, not just years but decades. They are also super-comfortable and perfect for people with chronic back pain. Because they are handmade by a small business owner, they also have a unique style that just can’t be found in a factory line. You can even put in a custom order for a hand-dyed hammock to match your other furniture.

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Things we like:

  • Handmade by a small business
  • Unique and custom looks
  • Super durable
  • High-quality materials
  • Chairs are made for sitting upright but can be stretched to allow for laying down
  • Quick shipping

Things we don’t like:

  • Requires regular handwashing (not machine washing) to avoid breaking down
  • Weight capacity depends on how well you hang it and what you hang it from
  • Limited size options

Factors We Considered

Comfort

Obviously, the whole point of a hammock is to provide comfort outdoors. Of course, there are different needs to be considered. For that, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to use the hammock for.

Are you looking for a place to lay down and relax in the shade? Do you want something that lets you sit up and read a good book? Or are you planning on taking the hammock on a camping trip to sleep under the stars? These are all good things to consider to get the most comfortable hammock for your needs.

Mobility

There are different kinds of hammock setups. Some are freestanding, while others are secured to trees or poles. If you attach your hammock to something in your yard, let’s face it: it’s not going to be easy to move it anywhere else. And that’s fine if you want the hammock to stay in one place!

Other people prefer freestanding hammocks that can be moved around a yard, perhaps in and out of the sun as the weather necessitates. Still others want the option to take their hammock on hiking or camping trips, which means that they need to be able to move it and mount it easily from a tree.

Durability

Hammocks are made to stay outside. That means that they need to be made to withstand the elements along with long-term use. The best hammocks are made of materials that are resistant to damage from bugs and moisture. That means fabric that repels water or has other protection against mold and mildew.

The fabric should also be strong enough to resist tears. You should also make sure that the hammock’s support system is made of a sturdy material like galvanized steel, coated aluminum, or wood. It’s also important to know what kind of regular care your hammock needs to stay in top shape (and how much work you’re willing to put in!). Some hammocks need regular hand washing or to be covered in the event of rain.

Weight Capacity

If you’ve ever had a hammock break underneath you, you know what an unpleasant experience it is. Make sure to check the weight capacity of a hammock before you buy it. Remember that hammocks don’t always just hold a single person.

If you anticipate snuggling with a loved one or a pet — or if you have younger family members who are likely to get rowdy on the hammock — make sure that your hammock can withstand the extra weight. Also consider the stretchiness of the fabric.

Accessories

You might just want a regular hammock with no extra frills or accessories. But it’s worth looking into them before you buy. Hammock accessories include things like insect screens, rain covers, and attachable pockets for gear. You might decide that it’s worth the extra investment. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which hammock is right for you!

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