Help me buy a hammock!
November 10, 2012 7:59 AM   Subscribe

Help me buy a hammock!

I would like to buy my husband a hammock and hammock stand for Christmas. I'd like to do it online, preferably on Amazon. I know diddly squat about hammocks.

Are there certain brands that are particularly well-respected? Do you have a durable and comfortable hammock to recommend and/or a hammock stand?

My only requirement is that it have a 400 pound weight capacity (so that two people can use it at once).
posted by amro to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I received as a gift, and very much enjoy, the quilted hammock from Outer Banks Hammocks. They also make polyester rope hammocks (on the same site), and hammock stands. I think they're generally well-reputed and well-reviewed. They meet your weight limits as well.
posted by willbaude at 8:11 AM on November 10, 2012

Thanks willbaude. You have reminded me, that hammock contains some other elements that I want that I should have specified - it's quilted and has spreader bars.
posted by amro at 8:17 AM on November 10, 2012

I think Twin Oaks is pretty much the coin of the realm. Hand made. My brother still has one from like 35 years ago.
posted by timsteil at 8:19 AM on November 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

I inherited my dad's Hatteras Hammock from the 70's and it is fantastic. About four years ago, we bought a second one, this time a quilted hammock, and the quality is just as good. We do take them in during the winter, but the rest of the year they just live outdoors. They're a little bit more expensive, but so very worth it.
posted by Nickel Pickle at 8:23 AM on November 10, 2012

We love our Pawleys Island Hammock. It is very comfortable and has held up well for many years. Ours is a polyester rope hammock hung from posts on our deck, but their website shows several options, sizes and stands. They may be available for less from resellers.
posted by The Architect at 8:24 AM on November 10, 2012

One thing I know about hammocks: you don't want one with spreader bars if you want to actually use it without slipping out. I know it sounds crazy, but there it is.

You better head over to Reddit and check out the hammock information over there. And no, I'm not kidding.
posted by claytonius maximus at 9:16 AM on November 10, 2012

Agreed - Twin Oaks is great! I think they are maybe the only hammock-manufacturer whose product is entirely made in the U.S.
posted by staboo at 9:58 AM on November 10, 2012

I have an Amazonas one that I like a lot. No spreader bars on mine, although I believe they make ones with 'em (I don't use a stand either, but this one is pretty neat-looking.)
posted by box at 11:40 AM on November 10, 2012

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