hammocks, hammock chairs, hammock stands

How to select the right hammock

Thinking of buying a hammock? With so many hammocks offered discover the pros and cons of different types of hammocks and which hammock will be best for you.

First, we divide the selection into 2 groups, with or without spreader bars. People might think that spreader bars add comfort, but in fact it is the other way around. Hammocks without spreader bars are more comfortable, because they wrap around your body better. On the other hand, spreader bar hammocks are easier to get in and out and are great looking.

You will also have to choose the right material according to your needs or how you want to use your hammock. Generally speaking cotton is softer and more comfortable while nylon or polyester will better resist humidity. Then you have to select the size of your hammock and, finally, its color(s).

*** The smaller the string the more comfortable it is, but easier to damage.
*** Cotton is more comfortable then nylon but it has to be protected from rain.
*** Nylon or polyester resist mildew but can dry out if overexposed to the sun.

  Cotton MAYAN hammocks

are the most comfortable on Earth and are for adults who will take good care of them. This means keeping it away from bad weather and making sure it is always completely dry before storing. The fine string that makes it so comfy is easier to damage so beware of sharp objects, jewels and buttons. This hammock is the best choice for interior usage and warmer climate. If properly taken care of it will last from 5 to 10 years. The thick cord hammock is a very good alternative if you want more resistance.



  Nylon MAYAN hammocks

are not nearly as comfortable as the cotton ones. By the nature of its fibre it will resist humidity. This makes this hammock a good choice for warm and humid climate.The yarn is very strong but still can be cut by sharp objects. Nylon as also a tendency to stick to Velcro. Overexposed to the sun the yarn will dry and loose its colour intensity. Otherwise this hammock will also last many years



  Fabric hammocks

are made of tightly weave cotton cloth or waterproof material. These hammocks are especially great for families with children because the bed of the hammock is solid with no gap. This also means there is no air flow through the hammock so they are most comfortable when used in cooler climates. Cotton hammocks will take long time to dry if left out in the rain so it is recommended to store them after usage. Waterproof material can stay outside although any fabric will fade if overexposed to sun. This hammock is also easy to carry with you. These are the type of hammocks encountered in South-America.



  Traditional ROPE hammocks
Were the most popular in North-America. All rope hammocks include spreader bars that separate the sides of the hammock, keeping it open when not in use. This way they look good in the garden. Rope hammocks are generally made of cotton, polyester or Olefin. Cotton rope absorbs moisture which makes it more susceptible to mildew. Polyester is more durable and withstands high humidity making it less susceptible to mold and mildew. Olefin is colourfast. Mayan and Caribbean rope hammocks have a tighter weave and are much more comfortable then the regular rope hammock.

Deluxe Caribbean hammocks
Top quality Jumbo Caribbean Hammocks are hand woven from weather resistant soft-spun polyester. The intricate micro-weave provides 8 times the support of traditional rope hammocks for a floating on air sensation. Tropical hardwood spreader bars are 55 inches wide and have multiple coats of marine varnish for protection against the elements. Sized to hold a small family. Jumbo Caribbean Hammocks are available in over 10 colours. A stylish, very strong and extremely comfortable hammock.







also include spreader bars. They also look nice since they remain open. Synthetic fabrics are mildew resistant and will therefore withstand bad weather. Since there are no holes nor gaps they are better then rope hammocks for the family but they are less stable. Quilted hammocks have a polyester filling for more comfort. Quick dry hammocks are made from Textilene or a better Sunbrella fabric.


  Camping or travel hammocks

are made with parachute nylon. These hammocks are very light and easy to care. They are perfect to take with you camping, trekking, cycling, biking, or sailing. The best parachute nylon come from Indonesia.






SO !

  • You want a hammock to be installed inside ? You will install it outside but are ready to store it after usage ? Comfort is the most important thing of all ? No doubt that the cotton Mayan hammock will give you the most satisfaction. Furthermore they are the biggest and some can hold the whole family. If you worry about the thin yarn because of the kids or heavy usage, consider the XL thick cord Mayan hammock or a cloth (fabric) hammock like the Colombian hammocks. You want to leave it outside all summer long ? No doubt that you will love the Deluxe Caribbean hammock or the La Siesta hammocks made with Hamactex.
  • You want your hammock or chair to be really kid friendly ? Your best pick then is a fabric hammock like the Colombian or Brazilian ones.
  • You want a nice looking hammock that will stay put all summer long and that will upgrade your backyard or terrace ? Spreader bar hammocks offer that special look. The more comfortable rope hammock is the Deluxe CARIBBEAN spreader bar hammocks. Its micro weave produce the tightest weave of all avoiding skin marks and burns. The soft spun polyester is as soft as cotton but will last 5 times longer.
  • Your goal is to take your hammock with you (camping, trekking, cycling, travelling, etc) ? You want a kid friendly hammock that is machine washable ? you do not have the necessary 11' to 13' to hang other types of hammocks ? The parachute nylon hammock is your best choice. TREK Hamaca hammocks are the best.