Whether a tent replacement or a supplement to one, a hammock is a great addition to any camping or backpacking trip. They're lightweight, easy to pack, and comfortable for sleeping—all while avoiding the natural hazards of sleeping on the ground.
Depending on your needs, hammocks can also be downright inexpensive, but they don't have to be. Here are a few options to consider if you're looking to elevate your camping experience.
as the "the hammock you can take anywhere," and noted that it had them "sleeping soundly no matter how nasty the weather or bugs were."
ENO's DoubleNest and SingleNest hammocks are two widely popular choices that hit the sweet spot for many campers. They're durable and comfortable, and come with a pair of carabiners for easy setup and a compression sack for packing it down to a backpack-friendly size. You can also choose from a nearly endless range of color combinations, and add a pair of suspension straps .
Another popular choice for an all-purpose camping hammock, Kammok's Roo promises a bit more durability and extra 100 pounds capacity than the ENO DoubleNest, while still remaining lightweight and easy to pack. The hammock especially in their testing, and their reviewer found it to be incredibly easy to setup as well as "rugged and capable" in its construction.
$240 (and up)
If you're really looking to go all out and be prepared for any situation, you may want to consider a complete hammock sleep system like this one from ENO. It's available in a range of configurations with different hammocks, but all will give you both a bug net and a rain tarp, along with other key accessories.
Camping hammocks don't get much more affordable than Grand Trunk Ultralight model, but it may be all you need to spend depending on your needs. While they note that it's not the most durable hammock, recommends the hammock as a budget pick for anyone interested in trying out hammock camping, or even for experienced campers who are just looking for a inexpensive and lightweight option.
Both also include a pair of carabiners and set of nautical ropes, though may be a good investment if you want a quicker setup.
$39 (and up)
for its durability and small footprint, which they say make it ideal for backpacking or long day trips. As a bonus, the integrated pocket that packs the hammock can also double as a tablet or e-reader holder when the hammock is set up.
It's not cheap, but if you're looking for a hammock that'll hold up in a range of different conditions and keep you comfortable at the same time the Warbonnet Blackbird won't disappoint. It's been a repeat Editor's Choice pick by , praising the hammock's "amazing design," which includes a bug net and a suspension system that promises easy setup and adjustments.