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Brazilian hammocks are the most popular type of gathered end hammock as they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They are designed to be hung with a deep sag and low center of gravity. As with most hammocks, the occupant is supposed to lie at a diagonal angle in order to get a flat lay.
In this guide, I’ll run through the key things to look for when buying a Brazilian hammock and share my top recommended hammocks in my experience.
Here are our my top three Brazilian-style hammock recommendations:
What is a Brazilian Hammock?
A Brazilian style hammock is usually made out of thick cotton fabric with exposed suspension strings at either end. They are a type of gathered end hammock which don’t have a wooden bar (known as a spreader bar).
A Brazilian Hammock is meant to have a deep sag and low center of gravity which makes them very well balanced and makes them hard to fall out of. For this reason, they are the go-to hammock for anyone looking to replace their bed with a hammock.
They are very similar to Columbian hammocks which have an open loop at the end rather than a closed loop and have braided suspension strings called cadejos.
Best Brazilian Hammocks
These are my top recommended Brazilian hammocks:
- Best Overall: Vivere Brazilian Double
- Sustainable Pick: Novica Maritime
- Premium Pick: La Siesta Flora
- Budget Pick: Best Choice Products
- Best for Families: RISEON Brazilian Hammock
Below you’ll find my detailed review of each hammock with the pros and cons, key features and where to buy them.
Vivere Brazilian Double
|Bed Size||7’11ft x 5’3ft|
The great thing about Vivere is that they offer a huge choice of colours, patterns and styles. The above design is one that I personally like, but if you look on their amazon page, you’ll find over 30 choices to choose between, including stripes, checked and some with traditional looking tassels on.
This is a double sized hammock with a weight capacity of 450lbs, so you could fit 2 adults plus children in. Personally, I enjoy a double hammock to myself as the material wraps around you providing a lot of support and comfort.
These hammocks are very comfortable thanks to the 100% cotton material which clings to your body and provides support to your pressure points.
You can also get some really good deals with a hammock stand included that has been sized to perfectly fit the hammock. Everything comes with a 12-month warranty from the manufacturer.
Novica ‘Maritime Brazil’ Hammock
|Bed Size||Single (7ft x 4ft)|
Novica is a marketplace that brings together artisan makers of products with buyers. These hammocks are handmade in a small village in Mexico and come bundled with a back story, so you know exactly here it came from. All novice products are fair trade too so you can guarantee the maker was paid fairly.
The hammock itself is a single size with a weight capacity of 300lbs which is much lower than the previous Vivere hammock so you’ll only be able to lounge solo.
It has a fun maritime feel that would look great on a boat or next to a pool. It’s a total of 10’5ft long with a bed size of 7ft x 4’8ft. Being made from cotton it is soft and stretchy although shouldn’t be left out in bad weather.
As these products are handmade, the sizes can vary, and they also go out of stock quite quickly as they are not made in bulk. If this product is out of stock, I recommend searching for ‘Novica Hammocks’ and you’ll see the current range.
La Siesta Flora
|Bed Size||Family (8ft x 5’11ft)|
Technically, this is a Colombian-style hammock which is evident from the open loop and the plaits (known as cadejos) on the suspension strings, but I include it here because these are very similar styles. Being Columbian, you’ll benefit from a much better balance provided by the open loop and durability from the cadejos. You can find out more about the differences in my guide to types of hammocks.
Back to the hammock, this is a family size, and with a 440lb capacity, you’ll have no problem with two adults plus kids in here. It’s made from 100% organic cotton which is my favorite material for a hammock, not only is it sustainable, but is known for being more comfortable as the fibers do not get damaged when the cotton is handpicked as it does when a machine is used.
The total hammock length is a mammoth 13ft so you’ll need a large space to hang it. The size of the bed area is 8ft x 5’11ft, It’s hand-made in Columbia where the style originates, and with 9 patterns to choose from you are sure to find one you love.
Best Choice Products Brazilian Hammock
|Bed Size||Double (4’11ft wide)|
My budget pick is this Best Choice Products (BCP) hammock. They are a major home and garden brand that sell all manner of products, they are known for affordable prices and good customer service.
This hammock is made for two people at 4’11ft wide and with a total length of 8ft. It’s made in a Brazilian style using cotton throughout, and although it’s not been reinforced, it’s still strong and has a 450lb weight capacity which should be more than adequate.
There are 8 different styles to choose between which includes the sunset pattern show here, rainbow and ocean blue stripes, although the product isn’t quite as vibrant as some of the other hammocks shared here.
BCP also make budget hammock stands so you can buy them together and be fully confident the hammock will fit. The hammocks also come with a really nice carry case that matches the pattern on the hammock.
RISEON Brazilian Hammock with Fringe
|Bed Size||Double (8ft x 4’11ft)|
|Material||Cotton and Polyester|
The beautiful design is what attracted me, with a beige color and a fringe that gives it a traditional feel without being too in-your-face.
The bohemian style fringe would look great with your interior decor, or the hammock is also suitable for use outdoors. It’s made from predominately cotton, but with 20% polyester that helps give the hammock strength, something that is needed when it is so big and will be holding two or more people.
This is a well sized hammock at 10’6ft long with a bed size of 8ft x 4’11ft that will accommodate more than one person, this is helped by the 450lbs capacity. It comes with a handy carrying case for transporting or storing the hammock.
Below is a comparison chart to show the specs of each Brazilian hammock side-by-side:
|Key Specs||Vivere Brazilian Hammock||Novica Maritime Brazil||La Siesta Flora||Best Choice Brazilian Hammock||Riseon Hammock with Fringe|
|Bed Size||Double (7’11ft x 5’3ft)||Single (7ft x 4ft)||Family (8ft x 5'11ft)||Double (4'11ft wide)||Double (8ft x 4'11ft)|
|Material||100% Cotton||100% Cotton||Organic Cotton||Cotton||Cotton and Polyester|
How do you hang a Brazilian hammock?
Being a traditional gathered-end type of hammock, the best way to hang a Brazilian hammock is using ropes or straps between two trees. You should aim for a sag of around 30 degrees and be about 18 inches from the ground.
Can you sleep on your side or stomach in a Brazilian hammock?
No, a Brazilian hammock is designed with back sleepers in mind. You should find a comfortable position diagonally across the hammock, not parallel with the posts or trees. If you are a back or stomach sleeper, I would recommend checking out a spreader bar style hammock that is more similar to a bed.
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