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In this article I’ll be reviewing one of the most popular hammock and stand combos currently on the market, the Vivere Double Cotton Hammock and Space Saving Stand.
Both the hammock and stand are available separately, but I was able to get a great deal by purchasing them together. I’ve been using the duo for a few weeks now and I’ve laid out my unbiased thoughts below.
After using the Vivere Double Hammock and Stand for a few weeks, I’ve been very impressed by the overall quality given how affordable it is which is why I’ve rated it as one of the best hammocks to buy in [current_date format=”Y”].
I opted for the cotton version and although it wasn’t as soft as I would like, it became less stiff over time and the denim-like material felt very durable. The size is perfect for one person and could happily fit two if required. In my testing, it stood up to its 450lb weight limit and I’d bet my money this will last a long time.
With a bit of practice, the stand can be put together and taken down very quickly and comes with a carry case that will easily fit in any trunk for taking on your adventures. However, it’s not very light so I’d avoid carrying it too far once you reach your destination.
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Vivere Hammock and Stand Review
The hammock and stand arrived with all pieces neatly boxed and wrapped in bubble wrap for security. Included was the hammock itself, all the pieces to build the stand, and a carry case for the stand. There was no separate carry case for the hammock itself which was disappointing as all of my other hammocks have one.
I opted for the tropical design with multicolored stripes. The colors seem just as vibrant in real life as they did in the image. I have not owned the hammock for long enough to determine if it will
Unboxing and Set-Up
It took me exactly 14 minutes to put it together on the first attempt from opening the box to lying in my hammock. It’s very easy to do and manageable for one person although two would be ideal.
The only instructions provided were a single photo that showed where all the pieces went, so there was a bit of trial and error on the first try.
A few tips so you don’t make the same mistakes as me:
- Attach and screw in the bottom bar before the side arms to reduce any difficulty.
- The poles required a bit of force to put together initially but I found that twisting them helped with this. If you have some WD40 to hand this may also help ease them on.
- The instructions show the hammock on the very top two hooks, but this result in me sat on the floor. I have it set up with both hooks on the second hole down.
I have provided more detailed instructions at the end of the article.
On subsequent attempts, I have been able to put the stand together in less than 4 minutes now that I know what I’m doing.
I opted for the cotton hammock although there is also mesh, polyester, and Sunbrella (see the end of the article for a breakdown of what these are).
The material feels like denim rather than the type of cotton you might have on your bed, this is similar to other Brazilian hammocks I own.
The material isn’t as soft or stretchy as I would have liked, but overall it’s comfortable to lie in, and after using it a couple of times I felt like the initial stiffness of the fabric has worked its way out. The only thing missing is a small pillow to rest your head on whilst lounging.
The biggest selling point of the hammock for me is its size. It’s a double-width hammock which I measured to be 58” wide, the excess material made it easy to get a comfortable lying position when using it by myself.
We briefly shared the hammock to test its strength and you can fit two people in it, however, I don’t enjoy sharing hammocks in the slightest as the center of gravity pushes you together so I tend to use it solo.
As with all double hammocks, the excess material obscures your view of the surroundings although I did still get a nice view of the sky which was perfect on a sunny day.
Ease of Use
I have the stand set up in the backyard although you could easily use it indoors, the space-saving design means that it occupies a small footprint. I measured the footprint of the stand to be 44” x 99” and 40” tall.
There are 6 holes down each arm of the stand that allow you to adjust the position of the hooks. As mentioned before, I have the hooks on the second hole down, however, it’s very easy to adjust if you want to use other hammocks on the stand.
I have tried it with some of my camping hammocks and these fit in easily. I doubt you will ever need to use the bottom two holes as your hammock would need to be enormous.
The Vivere space-saving stand isn’t suitable for use with spreader bar hammocks due to its design.
Unfortunately, there is no pocket on the hammock to put your belongings in whilst you lie in it, this is a feature found in many camping hammocks such as my ENO Singlenest but never seems to be a feature in Brazilian hammocks, there’s definitely a gap in the market there.
Both the hammock and stand seem very durable and are rated up to 450lbs. I’m a 150lb man and the whole thing felt very stable as I used it.
To put it to the test, I loaded two of us and a large backpack in the hammock (we couldn’t find a third person), this was close to 300lbs and everything seemed fine, albeit a squeeze.
The hammock has a closed loop on each end true to the Brazilian style and it’s reinforced with a metal ring which I assume is to prevent any fraying on the rope over time.
As for protection against the elements, the stand is made from powder-coated steel tubing. Powder coating is a dry coating that is applied to make metal more resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, it’s not as lightweight as some aluminum stands like the Kammok Swiftlet, however, using steel has ensured the Vivere hammock and stand is far more affordable.
With it being so easy to assemble and disassemble, there’s no reason why you’d need to leave it out in the rain. In fact, the instructions make it clear that it may rust if left out during the winter so I’d recommend avoiding this.
However, to see how it fares, that’s exactly what I did and after several heavy days of rain, it’s had no impact. Of course, only time will tell but I’ve also looked through customer reviews on Amazon and they all speak highly of the stand’s durability over time so there is no cause for concern.
The stand can easily be put up and down in around 4 minutes with practice and the addition of the carry case makes it very easy to move around.
You could easily fit it in your trunk for a day at the beach or car camping. However, it’s too large and heavy to carry very far and you definitely won’t be able to take it backpacking. I recommend the ENO Nomad stand if you want something that’s even more portable.
Here is a photo of me holding the stand when packed away to give you an idea of the size.
Value for Money
At the time I purchased the hammock for review, it cost $120, however, it’s often on sale for around $100 or so which puts it around the middle of the market for similar metal stand and hammock combos.
There are cheaper options such as the Amazon Basics Hammock and Stand, however, you’ll notice that this particular product doesn’t have a space-saving design or the ability to use different length hammocks by adjusting the height of the hooks.
Overall, I think $120 is very reasonable for this product and provides good value for money given the materials used and the features.
Having purchased the Vivere Double Hammock and Stand and testing it out for a few weeks, I think it performs very well, especially in the area of value for money.
The stand lives up to its portability claims, being fast to put together and take down. When packed away in the included carry case it fits nicely in the trunk of my small car with no problems.
I like that the stand can easily be used with a variety of different hammocks as well as the included hammock by adjusting the hooks. I’ve used it with my ENO and Covacure camping hammocks too.
I was slightly disappointed at how soft the cotton hammock was, although it did become less stiff with more use. If you look at other stands on the market, you’ll notice some that also have a chair mode (see Kammok Swiftlet) or are made from lighter aluminum materials, however, these also tend to be more expensive so it seems like a fair compromise.
If you’re looking for a nice middle-of-the-market hammock and stand combo that offers a good balance between price and functionality, this is a great buy.
Is the Space Saving Steel Stand Any Good?
The Vivere Space Saving Stand that comes bundled with the hammock is very good and one of the best portable hammock stands. It is strong, durable, and I was able to put it together or take it down in around 4 minutes.
The downside to the design is that it can only be used with gathered-end hammocks, if you have a spreader bar hammock, the Y-shaped arms won’t allow you to hang it successfully.
Which Hammock Material Should I Choose?
The Vivere Hammock and Stand comes in a choice of four different hammock materials, these are cotton, mesh, polyester, and Sunbrella. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between them:
- Most Popular: Cotton – Cotton is the traditional material for a Brazilian hammock so this is what I ended up going for. It’s a canvas-like cotton material that feels very strong. It’s comfortable to lie in, although the material isn’t as soft as I would have liked.
- Best for Warm Climates: Mesh – The next option is mesh. This is a thinner cotton material that tends to be used in Mayan-style hammocks than Brazilian-style. Mesh material tends to cling to the shape of your body better and dries much faster, although you will feel more wind chill when lying in it.
- More Durable: Polyester – Vivere also offer a polyester option, this is much stronger than cotton and provides better protection against the weather since it doesn’t absorb as much water as cotton. This makes it resistant to mold and mildew, although in my experience with polyester hammocks they aren’t as comfy as cotton ones.
- Super Durable: Sunbrella – The final option is Sunbrella material. If you’re unsure what this is then you’re not alone. It’s made from solution-dyed acrylic which makes it more weather resistant than cotton. If you’re looking for a stronger material, I’d advise you opt for polyester which is very similar and doesn’t come with the premium price for a brand name.
How Do You Put the Vivere Hammock Stand Together?
The instructions provided with the stand aren’t very clear as it just consists of a single image. So, here are some instructions for building the Vivere stand:
- Connect the two sets of legs together with the single bar. You might need to gently twist the bar from side to side to get it on or you can use WD40. Use the screw knobs to secure it in place.
- Attach each arm and fix with screw knobs. Again, twist the bar to get it into place.
- Next, attach the hooks to each arm using the second holder from the top. The hooks must face outwards as shown in the below image.
- Finally, hang your hammock and relax.
How Do You Clean a Vivere Hammock?
You won’t need to clean your hammock too often. To give the hammock a light clean, you should wipe it with a sponge and warm soapy water. You shouldn’t use a scourer or any abrasive chemical cleaners.
If the hammock gets very dirty, you can put it in the washing machine on a medium spin without any washing detergent.