Whether you’re heading to a campsite, park, mountain, or beach, a hammock can make your day that much more relaxing. We spent more than 35 hours testing and researching lightweight, packable hammocks and decided that for everything from an afternoon catnap to an early morning sway with coffee in hand, ENO’s SingleNest Hammock is the best camping hammock for most people. It’s extremely comfortable, easy to use, durable, lightweight, and stylish.
ENO SingleNest Hammock
Available in 26 colors, this breathable, quick-drying nylon hammock is small enough to take anywhere but durable enough to last for years.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.
Weighing just 1 pound and folding out to a reassuring cocoon of 9 feet, 4 inches long by 4 feet, 7 inches wide, the SingleNest Hammock from ENO is light enough to be used while hiking or camping in the backcountry but comfortable enough for everyday backyard use, too. Made from stretch nylon material and reinforced with triple stitching at the seams, the ENO SingleNest Hammock has a stable yet silky feel that our testers identified as the most comfortable option in our lineup. Its attached compression sack works flawlessly, smooshing the hammock down to the size of a softball when closed and acting as a pouch for a phone or a book when the hammock is open. The SingleNest also comes with strong wire gate carabiners and a nautical-grade line to hang the hammock, allowing it to safely and securely support up to 400 pounds. To top it all off, this hammock comes in 26 color schemes. Like with nearly all of the models we tested, you’ll need to buy hanging straps separately.
Sea to Summit Ultralight
The Sea to Summit hammock packs down to the size of a soda can and weighs only 5.4 ounces.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $86.
At 5.4 ounces, the Sea to Summit Ultralight is one of the lightest hammocks on the market. While most day hikers and campers won’t need a hammock this light, this pick is great for people who are planning to embark on long outings where weight is key. Sold at a slightly higher price than our other picks, this Sea to Summit hammock is made with highly breathable monofilament fabric that keeps you cool in warmer weather and allows it to dry more quickly in damper conditions, too. Unlike most other packable hammocks, this model requires that you use specific Sea to Summit Suspension Straps and Tree Protectors, each sold separately.
Grand Trunk Ultralight
At an affordable price, this durable, ultralight option makes a great starter hammock.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $46.
If you’re looking for an affordable, starter camping hammock, we recommend the Ultralight Hammock from Grand Trunk. It weighs 12 ounces and measures 9.5 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. Unlike our other test models, this one will hold only up to 200 pounds, so it’s a bit more limited in terms of who can use it. On the plus side, though, it is made of polyester material, which repels water better than the traditional nylon.