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Unlike a tent which acts as a barrier to stop mosquitos and other bugs from biting you at night, a camping hammock is much more open so you need to consider ways to keep the bugs away.
The best way to do this is using a bug net for your hammock, however, with so many to choose from that all seemingly look the same, it can be hard to know which one is best.
That’s where I come in. In this article, I’ll share the best hammock bug nets currently available and share some insight into the differences between them to help with your decision.
- Quick Summary
- Should I Get a Hammock with Bug Net or a Separate Bug Net?
- Best Hammock Bug Nets
- Comparison Table
- Related Questions
In a rush? Here are my top three bug nets for your hammock. Find the full list below.
- Innovative design with integrated spreader bar
- Does not make contact with your body
- Dual J-zipper doors for easy opening
- High-quality build with lifetime guarantee
- Quick and easy to put up
- Internal gear loops
- Very lightweight
- Compact and very portable
- Integrated ridgeline makes it simple to use
Should I Get a Hammock with Bug Net or a Separate Bug Net?
You have two choices when it comes to bug nets, either a separate net which you place around your hammock or you can use a hammock with a built-in bug net. Each has pros and cons.
A separate bug net gives you the versatility to use the hammock with or without the net. It also makes it easier to reach pockets on the outside of the hammock, however, it’s an extra piece of gear to carry and takes longer to set up.
On the other hand, a built-in bug net is fast to set up and more lightweight, but you can only use the hammock with the bug net and it may feel more claustrophobic than a separate one as you can’t sit upright whilst it is zippered.
Best Hammock Bug Nets
The best bug nets for a hammock are:
- Best Overall: ENO Guardian DX
- Premium Pick: Kammok Dragonfly
- Best Lightweight Bug Net: Grand Trunk Mozzy Lite
- Budget Pick: Bear Butt
- Best Large Bug Net: Wise Owl SnugNet
- Best for ENO: ENO Guardian
- Best Built-in Bug Net: ENO JungleNest
Keep reading for images and full reviews of each recommendation.
At the end of the article, you’ll find a comparison table with all of the specs for each bug net laid out side-by-side.
Best Overall: ENO Guardian DX
The ENO Guardian DX is the best hammock bug net for its excellent design which uses an integrated spreader bar to increase the amount of space in the hammock.
The design also prevents the net from making contact with your body which is common with many styles of bug net and reduces their effectiveness.
Unlike the standard Eno Guardian net (see later in the article), the DX has dual J-zipper doors so you can choose to get out on either side and it has the signature ENO zipper pulls which make it quick and simple to open the zipper, even in the dark.
Despite the inclusion of the spreader bar, the Guardian DX bug net is still super lightweight and weighs less than the normal Guardian net which doesn’t have the bar. This is because it uses their latest SkyWeave™ Lite Mesh material which is thin but effective.
The net is sized for ENO hammocks which are generally some of the shorter hammocks on the market. Whilst most hammocks 11ft or shorter can be accommodated, if you have a larger hammock or one with spreader bars then you may need a larger net.
This is one of the more expensive nets on the market, but it’s well worth the price for an innovative design that’s sure to last.
Premium Pick: Kammok Dragonfly
Kammok have done an excellent job at the little features on this hammock which improves the overall experience, for example, there are 3 gear loops inside to hook your belongings and the knotless design is simple to hang.
I’m a big fan of the netting which is very effective whilst remaining near-invisible so you’ll get a much better view of your surroundings during the day. It does come in slightly heavier than the advertised weight of 9.9oz when you account for the suspension lines and stuff sack, although it’s still a very reasonable weight for a bug net.
As you’d expect from a Kammok product, the price is on the high side so it is best suited to those who are serious about hammock camping.
If you do splash out on it, you won’t be disappointed by the high-quality design. Kammok are one of the few hammock gear manufacturers that still offer a lifetime guarantee on their products so you can be sure you’re getting something that will last.
Whilst the solid YKK zipper is durable and easy to grab hold of in the dark, I’m not a fan of the horizontal style because it means you have to lie a certain way in the hammock or the zipper will be near your feet.
Best Lightweight Bug Net: Grand Trunk Mozzy Lite
If you’ll be carrying your bug net with you in your backpack, it’s important to choose one that’s both lightweight and compact, this is where the Mozzy Lite mosquito net from Grand Trunk comes in.
It’s made from 20D mono-mesh nylon and weighs just 10oz which is one of the lightest in this guide, just on par with the more expensive Kammok Dragonfly which took the runner-up spot earlier.
It has an integrated ridgeline and is really simple to set up with a simple hook and adjustable loop that removes the need to tie any knots.
Despite being one of the lightest bug nets, it’s also one of the widest at 5ft and with their ‘bathtub bottom’ you don’t need to worry about it making contact with your body. The net is suitable for hammocks up to 11ft and it comes with an attached stuff sack which can also double up as a pocket on the outside should you need one.
Similar to the ENO Guardian DX in my top spot, this one also makes use of J-zipper doors for easy entry and exit which is aided at night by the reflective zipper, although the Grand Trunk only has a single door rather than dual like the ENO.
The build quality isn’t up to the same standard as the ENO and Kammok nets shared earlier due to a thinner material and single stitched seams. However, it’s still a great purchase.
Budget Pick: Bear Butt
Some of the bug nets here have incredible features but can quickly add up in price. If you’re looking to keep the cost down, you don’t need to compromise on the quality of the net thanks to the Bear Butt net.
It has everything you’d expect from a mosquito net with high-quality stitching, an easy-to-use zipper, and cinch cords on each end to tighten it to the hammock.
It uses polyester rather than nylon-like many of the other products although this shouldn’t make much difference with a bug net. Overall, the weight and portability comes in about average compare to other products.
The BearButt takes longer to set up than the previous three bug nets because the ridgeline is not integrated so you first need to hang this then clip on the bug net.
Except for the ENO Guardian DX which uses an innovative design, the Beat Butt is the narrowest bug net which means there is more chance of it making contact with your body.
Best Large Bug Net: Wise Owl
If you’ve got yourself one of the larger camping hammocks for tall people or just enjoy as much space as possible, the Wise Owl Snugnet is the biggest bug net at 11ft x 4’6ft so can provide bug protection for almost any hammock including those with spreader bars.
There’s a reason why this is one of the bestselling nets because Wise Owl offer similar high-quality materials as big-name brands but with a much lower price tag. The Snugnet uses ripstop nylon similar to ENO and Kammok.
It has a vertical zipper which I tend to prefer to the horizontal ones found in some products. The opening is on one side only.
Being the largest bug net on the market means it is also one of the heaviest at 20oz so it’s not ideal if you’re trying to keep the weight and space in your backpack as compact as possible.
Similar to the Bear Butt above, the ridgeline isn’t integrated so setup takes a little longer than the better hammock bug nets earlier in the article.
Best for ENO: ENO Guardian
I’ve already shared the premium DX version of this hammock as my top pick, but if you’d rather save a few bucks, the standard ENO Guardian is still a great bug net for ENO hammocks at a mid-range price.
Similar to the previous two bug nets, the standard ENO Guardian requires you to first set up a ridgeline and attach the net.
However, ENO have made this process very simple with innovative clips that snap into place on your strap to keep the net in place rather than the standard clips on the Bear Butt and Wise Owl nets.
The Guardian is slightly heavier than the DX version because it uses their original SkyWeave™ Mesh rather than the newer lite version. At 16oz, it’s one of the heavier nets in this review.
Best Built-in Bug Net: ENO JungleNest
Rather than having two separate products, you might want to consider an all-in-one hammock with a built-in bug net.
Similar to their SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks, the JungleNest is also made from 210D ripstop nylon taffeta which is durable, lightweight, and soft against your skin. It uses the newer SkyWeave Lite mesh similar to the Guardian DX which I placed in the top spot. The total weight of the product is 27oz which isn’t too bad when you consider that it includes both the hammock and bug net.
It’s a single-width hammock with a 400lb weight limit. The zipper is full length which makes it super easy to get in and out of compared to most of the separate bug nets.
There are some downsides to an all-in-one product, for example, you don‘t have the choice of using the hammock without the bug net and the external pocket is only accessible by unzipping the bug net. ENO have tried to compensate for the second point by including an internal pocket too.
As with all ENO products, it’s a premium product with an above-average price. If you want a cheaper alternative, I can also recommend the Covacure camping hammock with bug net although keep in mind that it’s much heavier and less compact than the JungleNest.
Here is a side-by-side comparison table with the key specs for each bug net recommendation:
Can Mosquitos Bite Through Hammocks?
Yes, if you have a thin, single-layer hammock, mosquitos will be able to bite through this due to their longer proboscis (mouth), especially out in the backcountry.
However, you can take steps to limit their ability to bike through hammock such as using a bug net and ensuring your sleep with a layer of clothing on, more on this below.
How to Mosquito-Proof Your Hammock?
Here are some tips to mosquito-proof your hammock:
- Use a bug net (obvious if you’ve been reading this article).
- Use a thicker material hammock or one with dual/triple layers of material to limit mosquitos.
- Wear clothes to sleep, the extra layer will provide protection although your arms and head may still be exposed.
- Apply permethrin to the bottom of your hammock which kills any bugs that come into contact with it.
What is a Jungle Hammock?
A jungle hammock is designed for use in jungles or rainforests where the climate is very wet and there are lots of bugs. They use a double layer of material and usually have a built-in bug net for ease of use. See the ENO JungleNest recommended above for a good pick.