Is there any other feeling better than feeling like you’re floating on a cloud? Or perhaps just lightly swinging through the air? We all have some daydream where nothing holds us down, but it doesn’t have to remain a dream.

Welcome to reality where we have wonderful products like hammocks and even better, hammock chairs. They are the ultimate relaxation piece for any home, inside or out.

Hammocks naturally cradle the body and relieve stress. Hammock chairs can relieve back pain and improve posture. But the main question for any person seeking rest and relaxation is which is better?

Stay with us as we explore the best of each and compare their benefits and differences. Hopefully, by the end, you’ve found your perfect match.

The benefits

Let’s begin with hammocks, the summertime favorite for camping and outdoor relaxation. Hammocks are generally used for sleep. It’s easy to when gentle, warm breezes are blowing across your face and you’re cuddled in a cocoon of soft netting.

Hammocks provide some of the best sleep. Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Steven Park says that the head should be slightly elevated, 10-30% and that people should lay on their backs. Hammocks naturally do this job for us, providing relief and pressure where it’s needed most.

Hammocks have also been proven to make you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and cure some cases of insomnia.

Hammock chairs, on the other hand, are less for sleep and more for reading, and awake relaxation including meditation, prayer, and just being with one’s self. Hammock chairs are also really great for posture.

Since a hammock chair never sits completely still, the netting will apply pressure all over the back and relieve the stress, almost like a massage would.

The netting also conforms to your body so it can help relieve back and neck pain. Hammock chairs are known for improving flexibility, balance, and core strength. Plus, they’re naturally comfortable.

Hammocks Hammock Chairs
  • Natural sleep position
  • Better deeper sleep
  • Helps with insomnia
  • Provides stress relief
  • Good for restful moments
  • Corrects posture
  • Relieve neck and back pain
  • Helps with focus
  • Good for stress relief
  • Excellent for reading, meditation and prayer

When to Use

This is a very simple question with a very simple answer. Quite plainly it’s whenever you want to just be stress-free and relaxed.

Hammocks are generally used for sleeping and occasional afternoon naps. They can also be used for general stress relief and full-body pressure.

Hammock chairs are for when you’d like to sit up and relax, such as reading, meditation, prayer or when you have neck and back pain. Hammock chairs are for the awake and upright. Hammocks are for those who wish to relax and sleep.

Our Top Picks

Hammocks and hammock chairs may have different types of usage, but in the end, it’s all for relaxation. So which should you choose?

Luckily for you, we’ve gathered our top three finalists for each category. The bronze, silver, and gold awards, as it were.

3. Lazy Daze Hammock

Just by the name, you know this hammock was meant for sleep and comfort. The Lazy Daze Hammock is double quilted polyester fabric with inner padding and an attached pillow.

The end cords are thick and strong, while the ropes are also polyester, not only durable, but provides balance, authenticity, and character. The Lazy Daze Hammock is 78 x 55 inches and can hold up to 450 pounds.

It’s big enough to hold two people or even the whole family.

The spreader bar is coated with powder under a finished oil to prevent mold, mildew, and rot, while also making the hammock more stable and durable. The only downside is that the stand is sold separately.

3. Showpin Hammock Chair

This macrame hammock chair is stylish and can fit in anywhere. It’s made from polyester cotton, which isn’t easy to break and is also hand washable. The circle frame is made of high-quality stainless steel and the bottom of the hammock chair is strong and stable.

The size is about 31.5″L x 23.6″ W x 47.2 “H and the Showpin Hammock Chair can handle up to 330 pounds. That’s 49 times the weight of the swing itself, 6.7 pounds.

It’s good both indoors and out.

The big drawback is that it is more expensive than other hammock chairs, but it is high-quality and well worth the cost.

Lazy Daze Hammock Showpin Hammock Chair
  • Double quilted w/pillow
  • Durable and balanced
  • Holds 450 pounds
  • Resistant to rot, mold and mildew
  • Can fit two or more
  • Stand is sold separately
  • Stronger polyester cotton
  • Durable and washable
  • Frame – stainless steel
  • Holds 330 pounds
  • Fit for one
  • More expensive

2. Gold Armour Camping Hammock

Made from premium 210T nylon fabric the Gold Armour Camping Hammock is strong, durable and can hold up to 500 pounds. It also comes with a stuff sack, attached right to the hammock to prevent losing it.

Heavy duty carabiners and hammock tree-friendly straps keep the hammock afloat. The seams are also triple-stitched to prevent ripping or breaking.

The Gold Armour Camping Hammock comfortably fits two or more people and comes in many colors. The price is also very reasonable and won’t kill your budget.

This hammock is strong, durable, and great for the outdoors.

2. CCTRO Hammock Chair

Made of polyester cotton and high-quality stitching, the CCTRO Hammock Chair is steady, strong, and durable. It was meant for both the indoors and the outdoors.

The ropes are made of thick cotton making it easy to hang from anywhere. The CCTRO Hammock Chair supports up to 260 pounds and comes with additional cushions for extra comfort at no additional cost.

Unfortunately, a hanging stand, which is not necessarily needed and extra hardware are not included.

But this piece is great for everyone in the home and is very affordable for any family.

1. ENO Hammock

Made from 70D High Tenacity Nylon Taffeta it remains durable and breathable. Aluminum Wiregate Carabiners and nautical grade line with stainless-steel snap links allow you to put it up virtually anywhere.

The ENO Hammock’s construction is high-quality and can hold up to 400 pounds.

ENO Hammocks also try to reduce the waste of fabric and use every piece in their designs so there are no leftovers to hurt the environment.

The only thing not so relaxing about the ENO Hammock is the cost. This is by far, the most expensive of the three hammocks listed and the price is doubled. But, it’s well worth it for the high-quality work.

1. SUNMERIT Hammock Chair

Sturdy polyester cotton makes the SUNMERIT Hammock Chair soft, sturdy, lint-free, and fading- and tear-resistant.

A stainless steel metal hook and wooden crossbeams support this chair, allowing it to hold up to 275 pounds. The SUNMERIT Hammock Chair also comes with two plush cushions and is incredibly lightweight.

The one downside is if you decide this one isn’t for you, you’ve only got thirty days to send it back, while others provided a much longer trial period.

But overall the SUNMERIT Hammock Chair is sturdy, and comfortable outside and in.

ENO Hammock SUNMERIT Hammock Chair
  • 70D High Tenacity Nylon Taffeta
  • Durable and strong
  • Holds 400 pounds
  • Good for the environment
  • Can fit two
  • Quite expensive
  • Stronger polyester cotton
  • Durable indoor and outdoor
  • Metal hook and wooden support
  • Holds 275 pounds
  • Fit for one
  • Short trial period


Overall there are many benefits to both hammocks and hammock chairs. One is great for sleep and resting and the other is great for pain relief.

And while they may seem the same at first, a closer look shows that they differ in many unique ways. Make sure to check out the differences before buying or you may end up with the wrong one.

In the end, we all just wish you peace and relaxation in your new hammock or hammock chair.

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