Hammock Ratings – Trying Them All and Living to Tell the Tale

Ratings for hammock comfort and aesthetics by their very nature are going to be a bit subjective, or even a lot subjective. Our reviewer is a North American male, 6’4″ tall, weighing in at around 220 lbs. Size and capacity are important facets of his review criteria. The ratings are listed on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the best possible. We are reviewing for all around comfort, for durability within the expected use category, and aesthetics.

First up, we consider the Mayan hammock. This hammock has a light airy feel that many believe qualifies it to be considered the most comfortable hammock in the world. It expands effortlessly to support the user in any position. While it is very strong in its weight handling capacity, in the cotton, which is the most comfortable, snagging on buttons and belt loops can be a problem. Aesthetically it is simple and unadorned

Mayan Cotton Hammock

  • Comfort–10
  • Durability–7
  • Aesthetics –8

The Mayan Nylon Hammocks have a firmer feel than the cotton. The difference is similar to that between a firm mattress and a pillow top mattress. They are strong in the shade, but prone to deterioration in the sunshine. These are best chosen for damp environments.

Mayan Nylon Hammock

  • Comfort– 7
  • Durability– 8
  • Aesthetics– 9

The Mayan style heavy cord hammocks, whether cotton or nylon, rate 10 for comfort and durability, 8/9 for aesthetics.

Brazilian Hammocks are hand loomed of 100% cotton, into rich, strong bedding that combines rugged durability with extreme comfort. Brazilian families by the millions use hammocks for sleeping. Consequently these hammocks are very comfortable, extremely durable, and gorgeous. Because of their all cotton fabric construction, they are best kept out of the rain–at least if you are planning to use them.

Brazilian Hammocks

  • Comfort–10
  • Durability–9/10
  • Aesthetics–10

The Nicaraguan style hammock has a cozier and sturdier feel that the Mayan. It is preferred by many for its solid comfort, durability, and good looks. It is longer and springier feeling than the Mayan hammock and is the interior decorator’s hammock of choice.

The Nicaraguan Hammock

  • Comfort–9
  • Durability–9
  • Aesthetics –10

Last in our considerations is the rope hammock. It has finally dawned on this reviewer that when a lot of nice folks are looking for a hammock they are looking for something with wooden bars on each end and a lattice work of rope in between. Hammocks of this style lie festering unused in the front yards of many American homes, promising rest and relaxation that, alas, they cannot deliver. Many times this reviewer in the past innocence of inexperience has become excited by the sight of a rope hammock swaying invitingly under a couple of trees or in a stand on the deck of some summer resort. Then the truth hits–five minutes in, one is sagging, being dumped out, or developing waffle marks on the back and limbs. Not to be too cruel here, the best of the rope hammocks are not all that bad. But compared to a true hammock they just don’t rate very high. But they can linger on for years.

The Rope-a Dope

  • Comfort-4
  • Durability–10
  • Aesthetics–7