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The UK weather is not the best in the world, but when summer comes, it is a very beautiful place to be. The sun is shining, you have your friends around, and all is well with the world! It’s often quite a short season, so it pays to make the most of it while it is here! Of course, everybody likes to get out in the garden when the sun is shining, and whether you are pulling up those pesky weeds or simply settling back with a cup of coffee, you need somewhere comfortable to enjoy your rest.
Garden furniture is a must if you are to make use of your outdoor areas to the full. Whether you have a large garden or just a small space, you can still have somewhere to sit; perhaps a table and chairs, or – as per the subject of this review – the best swing hammocks where several people can sit in comfort. These wonderfully enjoyable seats make all the difference, and will get a lot of use from the family. They are not expensive either, so you will certainly find one that you can afford within your budget.
The beauty of a swing hammock is that it is perfect for relaxing, chatting or enjoying quality time alone reading a book, and also, it does not take up much space so can be installed in even the smallest of areas. That’s why we thought we would look at a list of the top 10 for you so that you can choose the one that suits you best! You’ll find a variety of designs here, all on the same theme, so before we bring you the list, let’s have a look at what they do, and how they work.
|1. Oustsunny Swinging 3-Seater||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|2. Outsunny Swing Chair||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|3. Deuba Swing Bench||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|4. Oypla 3-seat Swing||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
|5. Amanka XXL Hanging Cloth Chair||VIEW ON AMAZON →Read Customer Reviews|
Best Garden Hammocks
The basic concept of the swing hammock is pretty firmly set: you need a frame, a seat that is suspended from the frame, and a cover that is adjustable to shade from the sun when it is at its hottest. That’s the basics, but this one from Outsunny – an appropriate name – takes the design a little further, and the result is a very attractive item of furniture that will look the part in any garden. It’s a stylish model that really does appeal in many ways, and one that has proven very popular.
The metal frame is styled in a way that is clearly influenced by Art Deco design, so is a long way from the basic designs you may find elsewhere. It comes with a wonderfully comfortable, ergonomically designed seat for added comfort, plus cushions for complete satisfaction. You also get trays for drinks, which is a neat touch. The seat can also be laid down as a bed, so it’s handy if you want to take a nap outdoors, and it is a well-made and very impressive model all-round. A water-resistant canopy completes the set, and while it is not the cheapest at around £170, this one is certainly a top quality and very attractive choice.
This is another model from Outsunny, who have a wide variety of these swing chairs. While the one above can be considered a luxury model, this could be best described as their basic offering – but that is not to put it down in any way. This is a good all-round swing hammock, and will meet with many buyers, for very good reasons. It is a simple design – imaging your average garden hammock and this is what you get – but there’s no real reason to be elaborate on what is a practical item.
The frame is strong and sturdy tubular stainless steel; the canopy is waterproof polyester that will last a long time when exposed to the UK weather. It is easy to put together and take apart, so can be stored away when needed, and the seat and back cushion are suitably thick so it is very comfortable. It will easily seat three people in comfort, and is a very nice chair indeed. Perhaps the best bit is this: you can buy one and get change from £60, which is simply amazing value.
We are beginning to get the impression that some of these descriptions will be remarkably similar. This happens when reviewing items that tend to take a set course – such as furniture – and it is evident here. The design of this one, for example, is very similar to that above. It is the standard style of frame and looks the part in powder coated silver finish, is easy to put together and take apart, and does what one of these is designed to do.
That may sound basic, but actually this one is quite stylish. The seat and back cushion are very comfortable and, as they are polyester covered, will last a long time in the UK weather. You can also detach them easily so they can be stored away when it rains, should you wish. There is ample room for three people in comfort, and it is finished in a rather nice burgundy colour that will look great in your garden or yard. This one is also good value at around £65, so well worth adding to your list.
The garden swing hammock is perhaps one of the most popular of all garden adornments, and with so many models to choose from it can be difficult to decide which one to go for. If you are on a limited budget this model – from Oypla – is certainly worth a look, as it is very cheap at a little more than £50, and also quite stylish and practical. It comes with the usual, simple to assemble stainless steel frame that is durable and strong, and you can take the waterproof canopy off if you want the full effect of the sun.
The seat is nicely padded with a foam filled back cushion, too, and is finished in a stripy design that gives it a rather seaside feel. This may not be to everyone’s liking, however, so it is worthy of careful consideration. Overall, this is a simple design that will make a very comfortable garden hammock for up to three people, without taking up much space. At the price, we recommend you check it out, if you like the striped finish.
In our introduction, we said that we are talking not about traditional hammocks, but about swinging garden chairs. Well, we’ve made an exception with this one, which is a traditional hammock! It’s also a very big one that will easily fit two people. This is a great item that we particularly like, and as the hammock itself is made from cotton, it is easy to wash and very durable. The multi-coloured finish is also impressive, and as the chair itself is suspended from a pole, you get the full benefit of soft swinging if you want.
The sheer size of this hammock means that it can easily fit two people – or more if they are children – and it is suitable for use both in and outside the home, so you can bring it in for relaxing fun in winter. There’s something rather fun and invigorating about this high-quality product, and the hammock is very comfortable, so if you want one of these as opposed to a garden chair, at not much more than £25 you can’t go wrong.
This model, from Deuba who have a nice line in these items, is a simple and sturdy one in the style we have come to expect. The design of this one, for example, is very similar to many of the others, but that is to be expected. It is the standard style of frame and looks the part in powder coated silver finish, is easy to put together and take apart, and does what one of these is designed to do.
That may sound basic, but actually this one is quite stylish. The seat and back cushion are very comfortable and, as they are polyester covered, will last a long time in the UK weather. You can also detach them easily so they can be stored away when it rains, should you wish. There is ample room for three people in comfort, and it is finished in black so may not be to everybody’s taste. This one is around £75, so well worth adding to your list, although there are some that are cheaper.
In our introduction we said that we are talking not about traditional hammocks, but about swinging garden chairs. Well, we’ve made an exception with this one, which is a traditional hammock! It’s also a very big one that will easily fit two people. This is a great item that we particularly like, and as the hammock itself is made from cotton, it is easy to wash and very durable. The beige finish is also impressive, and as the chair itself is suspended from a pole, you get the full benefit of soft swinging if you want.
The sheer size of this hammock means that it can easily fit two people – or more if they are children – and it is suitable for use both in and outside the home, so you can bring it in for relaxing fun in winter. There’s something rather fun and invigorating about this high-quality product, and the hammock is very comfortable, so if you want one of these as opposed to a garden chair, at not less than £20 you can’t go wrong.
This one is a truly luxurious version of the standard swing seat, and takes the concept to a new level. It is large, beautifully made and supremely comfortable. The thick foam inner of the cushions means that you will always get the very best level of comfort, and you will find the same applies to the back cushions. The covers are polyester for easy cleaning and have a water-resistant coating, although you might want to take them indoors in heavy or prolonged rain.
The fully water-resistant canopy provides excellent shade from the sun, and protection in light rain showers, and is adjustable for added practicality. It is finished in a nice and appropriate green with neat trimming, and is very stylish indeed. You also get three luxurious cushions with this package, but we do think it worth reminding you that this is one of the biggest models here. It’s also the most expensive, at not much under £300, but it is of a quality that none of the rest can match.
We’re sure you will find one of the above swing hammocks to your liking, and within your budget, so before we go on to sum things up, let’s have a little reminder of what you need to consider when buying one of these.
Important Features to Consider
A garden swing hammock is a great addition to even the smallest of spaces, and can be a decorative addition as well as one of the most practical and usable of all garden items. There are many to choose from here, so you have plenty of options, so let’s remind ourselves of what you need to look for when you are making your decision.
Size – you want one that can seat three people, as this is the norm, so check the size of your chosen model before you settle on a decision.
Style – do you want a swing chair or a hammock? There are plenty of each to choose from, so you may want to consider your options. You also have the choice of the stylish and unique helicopter chair, which is a different concept altogether.
Durability – your swing hammock will spend most of its life outside, so you need it to be able to withstand the elements. You also want to be able to take it apart easily for storage in the winter months, if that is what you want to do.
Comfort – as you are going to spend a lot of time on your swing hammock, you want it to be as comfortable as possible, so look for one with padded cushions and base.
Budget – you need to set your budget carefully, as the price of these ranges from around £20 – for a basic hammock – to almost £300 for the most luxurious model.
That’s our list of important features, and we are sure you may have your own, so all that remains now is to wrap things up.
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How It Works
So, a swing hammock: this is not a hammock as you imagine – strung between two palm trees on a beach in Hawaii – but a more solid and permanent item of furniture. They follow a set pattern – a metal frame with a swing seat hung beneath it, sturdy enough to stand on the lawn or patio – and they are beloved by children, who find them great fun! They are also supremely comfortable, and there are many to choose from.
The basic design is a standard one, but we found some very innovative ideas across the ten we reviewed. They take the concept of the hammock as mentioned, and put it together with a garden seat, and lo and behold, you get the perfect outdoor furniture, with a covered hood to shade you from the sun. We would go into some detail about who invented these wonderful things, but nobody seems to know.
So, for want of some more words – it’s not really worth us going on much more as you get the picture – let’s get our teeth into the top 10 swing hammocks on the market right now, and see how you can have a brilliant item of garden furniture that will get plenty of use, and for very little cost.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
So, you now know you want a swing hammock – or perhaps a hammock – bit which one do you choose? If it is a simple hammock you want, you could choose the excellent plain one, number 8 on our list, at £20. If it’s a garden swing you want, you have a lot of choice!
In all honesty, the Garden Roma model, at number 9, is the best of these by a long way in terms of luxury and comfort, but it is the most expensive by a long way. For a budget model, check out the pair from Deuba, which are sensibly priced and comfortable. Read through again and make your choice – the summer is here, and you need to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts!