Rope hammocks conjure up images of palm trees and white sand beaches. While you don't need a beach or even trees to enjoy relaxing on a rope hammock, you do need a sturdy stand and materials that can hold up well to outdoor elements. These hammocks will give you plenty of comfort that will last for years.
1. Large Original DuraCord Rope Hammock
Securing a spot on Gear Patrol's 5 Best Hammocks as well as a similar list from Hi Consumption, the Large Original DuraCord Rope Hammock by Pawleys Island Hammocks is an excellent option. This hammock has more to offer than just classic good looks. The DuraCord rope is made to withstand rain, sleet, snow and sun, as it is resistant to rot, abrasion, mold and mildew. The solution-dyed rope is also stain and fade resistant and the wooden spreader bars are treated with multiple coats of marine varnish. Roomy enough for two, the hammock can hold up to 450 lbs. The steel stand is sold separately.
Price: around $180
2. Island Bay XL Rope Hammock
According to Galt Technology, one of the longest running product review and buying guide websites, the top selling rope hammock is the Island Bay XL Rope Hammock. A best-seller for the last six years running, the set includes your choice of a cotton or polyester hammock, a powder coated steel stand and a large pillow covered in outdoor fabric. The hammock has a 4.4 star rating, with 93% of reviewers saying they would recommend this product. This all-inclusive set is a good mid-range value and is backed by a two year warranty on the hammock and one year warranty on the stand.
Price: just over $200
3. Oversized Cotton Rope Hammock
The Oversized Cotton Rope Hammock from Brookstone made it onto Apartment Therapy's list of Best Summer Hammocks. This comfy, 60-inch wide hammock can easily accomodate two and holds up to 450 pounds. It comes with hanging hardware rather than a stand, which makes it an affordable choice. Apartment Therapy recommends cotton rope hammocks for use on covered porches or in areas like the Midwest where the sun is less intense.
Price: under $100
4. Deluxe DuraCord Rope Hammock
Quality materials and craftsmanship speak for themselves, as demonstrated by this top-notch hammock on the Gear Patrol list. Hatteras' Deluxe DuraCord Rope Hammock was tested and recommended for ultimate relaxation in the back yard. This high quality rope hammock uses a synthetic rope that has the soft, comforting feel of cotton without the high maintenance. Hatteras also uses large, heavyweight steel rings and chains coated in zinc for durable hanging strength that won't rust. Two tree hooks are included with the hammock or a wood or metal stand can be purchased separately.
Price: around $190
5. Deluxe Oatmeal DuraCord Hammock
When handmade rope hammocks get featured in The New York Times and 50,000 are sold annually, they must be something special. The Deluxe Oatmeal DuraCord Hammock is a best-seller at The Original Hammock Shop of Pawleys Island. The oatmeal color resembles the original cotton hammocks inspired by 19th century riverboat captain Joshua John Ward. In need of a cool, comfortable bed, Ward designed the first cotton rope hammock, built so well that the design has remained the same for over a century. Also available in forest green and antique brown, this weather resistant hammock comfortably fits two and holds up to 450 pounds.
Price: about $180
6. Small Hammock
Readers at Apartment Therapy named the Small Hammock by Nags Head Hammocks as their one of their favorites. Its popularity is a no-brainer considering its durable construction. Made with twice the rope of most other single sized hammocks, it is so strong it can hold 450 pounds, a rating usually designated for double sized hammocks. The slimmer profile makes it perfect for long, narrow spaces. Choose from five bold colors including garnet (red) mocha, meadow, tan and coastal blue.
Price: just under $160
7. Double Cotton Rope Hammock
The Double Cotton Rope Hammock by Hammock Universe received a favorable review by Rachel at Emily Reviews. She noted how roomy the hammock is and enjoyed feeling the cool breeze circulating through the breathable twisted cotton ropes. She also reported that the spreader bars make it easy to get in and out of the hammock. The one downfall of this hammock is its tendency to mildew if it gets wet, so it should be stored inside when not in use. Note that the retailer, Hammock Universe, is located in Canada, but offers free shipping to US addresses on orders over $25.
Price: about $100
8. Caribbean Rope Hammock
Offbeat Home and Life christened the Caribbean Rope Hammock in Mocha as the Caribbean dream hammock on their "13 awesome hammocks that are just begging for the best nap ever" list. Made from soft spun polyester, the rich mocha color won't fade from sun exposure or cleaning and also resists mold and mildew. If mocha isn't your color, there are 10 other shades available to chose from.
Price: around $90