How to choose a Hammock

How to Choose a Hammock

You know how difficult it can be to decide on a sleeping system for anyone who has gone camping, hiking, or backpacking before.

The ground is hard and sometimes wet or cold, and the air gets chilly at night.

A hammock provides an alternative to these conditions with its soft fabric that insulates against the elements and provides comfort for your body.

It also offers a sense of security because you are elevated off the ground and less likely to have something creepy crawl up from below (or sneak up on you).

So, How to choose a hammock?

However, not all hammocks are created equal. There’s a lot to consider when purchasing one, so this article will give you some helpful tips to make an informed purchase decision!

Hammock Size: How to Choose a Hammock Size?

Size is important when it comes to hammocks.

How much space you have available for hanging your hammock will dictate the size of the best hammock for your needs and how many people can comfortably fit in a given size, and if there’s any weight limit on that particular model.

Single Hammock

Single Hammock

Single hammocks are ideal for those who want an easy-to-carry, single-person resting place that they can move around with easily and without the use of much space.

They’re also good for couples who want to cuddle while lying in a hammock together.

However, while this type of hammock is great for one person, it’s not so great when a couple wants to lay in the hammock together.

Many single hammocks have a weight capacity of about 150 pounds.

This is enough to securely support adult men and women, though it may not be able to hold the weight of two adults that weigh more than 250 pounds combined.

Double Hammock

Double Hammock

Double hammocks are better suited for couples or families with no more than two people who want a larger resting space that won’t take up too much room in their backyard.

This type of hammock is also great for those who want to lay in the hammock while reading since it’s possible to see what you’re doing without having a hard time seeing.

Double hammocks are for those who want space and comfort but don’t need much mobility from their resting place.

Double hammocks can support more than one person at once and often have a weight capacity of about 400 pounds.

This means that they can hold the combined weight of two adults who weigh 250 to 450 pounds, or even three adults at once!

Length: How to Choose a Hammock Length?

Hammock Length

Hammocks come in various lengths, with some being more suitable for one person and others that are large enough to hold two people.

A hammock should be at least eight feet long if it’s meant to hold one adult.

This is because an adult must have headroom equal to their height, and the hammock should be long enough to allow them to lay on their back with a little extra space.

Hammock Fabric: How to Choose a Hammock Fabric?

Hammock Fabric

There are a wide variety of fabrics that hammocks can be made from. The two most popular materials for the actual fabric in hammocks are cotton and nylon, with nylon being more durable than cotton and able to withstand higher temperatures without stretching.

  • Cotton

Hammocks made from cotton are generally softer and more comfortable to sleep in than nylon hammocks, but they can’t be used at high temperatures without the risk of stretching out over time.

Cotton can be soft, but it’s not meant for wet weather because water will cause the material to rot.

If you’re looking for a hammock that will be used in dry weather, cotton is the better option because it’s softer and more breathable than nylon.

  • Nylon

On the other hand, Nylon hammocks provide a firmer sleeping surface that is also less likely to stretch, more durable, and withstand moisture. Still, it doesn’t offer as much comfort or breathability.

If you’re looking for a hammock used in wet weather, then waterproof nylon would work best because cotton will get soggy and ultimately rot.

Hammock Accessories

Hammock Accessories

Suspension System

A hammock’s suspension system is one of the most important aspects to consider when buying a new hammock.

The suspension system is what hangs the hammock from limbs, posts, hooks, or other structures. This allows you to easily hang your hammock up on a tree branch without having to tie it in place!

The best way to go about this is by selecting three different types of suspenders: rope, chain, and carabiners.

  • Rope straps: Rope straps are made with natural fiber cords that have been woven together in order for them not to fray. They are a popular choice among campers and backpackers because of their lightweight, packable nature.
  • Chain straps: Chain straps will be made with either galvanized steel or stainless steel chain links that have been woven together to create the strap length between anchor points. The advantages here lie in their durability, as they can hold up against any weather condition and even rough treatment from backpackers.
  • Carabiner straps: Carabiner straps are the most popular among hammock campers since they’re quick to install and can be used with any anchor point. The advantage here is that carabiners never have to touch the ground, which means your hammock will always stay clean!

Bug Net

Hammock bug net

The Bug Net is one of the most important features you should consider when choosing a hammock.

When setting up camp, it’s not just about sleeping in your tent. It’s also about keeping those pesky bugs away! Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from:

  • A closed-cell foam pad that acts as an insulator and also prevents bugs from getting in.
  • An all-inclusive bug netting system that encircles the entire hammock, keeping pesky critters away.
  • A fabric screen (like a window mosquito cover) hangs between two trees to form a protective barrier for your hammock.

Rain Tarp

Hammock Rain Tarp

If you’re camping in an area with inclement weather, it’s important to have a rain tarp that can be set up over your hammock. There are three options on the market:

  • A traditional ground cloth (made of polyethylene).
  • An ultralight waterproof cover made from ripstop nylon that is super-lightweight.
  • A rainfly that attaches to the top of your hammock, which is a great option if you’re using it in an area with high winds.

All three are excellent choices, and each has its advantages! What will work best for you depends on where and when you plan to camp.


Hammock Underquilt

An underquilt is a quilted or similarly layered fabric that provides insulation so you can use your hammock in colder climates.

When buying an underquilt, it’s important to ensure the hammock’s total weight capacity will not be exceeded. This usually ranges from 100 lbs. for most camping-style designs to 400+ lbs. for more hardcore winter-style hammocks.

There are two types of underquilts: closed and open-cell foam pads (the latter is a popular choice among cold-weather campers).

  • Closed-cell insulation will be lightweight but thin, so it’s not the best option if you’re camping in humid or wet conditions because it doesn’t provide much in the way of moisture protection.
  • On the other hand, open-cell insulation is thicker and more insulated, great for camping in colder climates or conditions! Be sure to check out both options before making your purchase decision!

Final Thought

You can see that there are many factors to consider when choosing a hammock. With this guide, we hope you can find the perfect hammock for your needs. We hope this article has been helpful in your journey of finding the perfect piece for you, and we encourage you to share it on social media if it was!