So, you’ve been standing on the sidelines watching all your friends enjoy their high-quality hammocks in their Australian gardens and homes this summer, and now you want one of your own for next season. But how do you know which type to choose between rope hammocks or fabric hammocks?

No matter which hammock you choose, you’ll always get the promise of comfort and relaxation. However, each has different features and benefits that you should take into consideration before making a decision.


Rope hammocks are made of loosely woven cotton or polyester ropes, thy offer both support and flexibility, and give off a classic tropical, resort look and feel.

They also have spreader bars on each end of the hammock and tend to be more durable and are able to be left outside, at least those made from Polyester.

Rope hammocks are the quintessential beach hammocks and are perfect for ultimate summer relaxation under a couple of palm trees.

Whether you go with a cotton or polyester rope hammock, each has its own advantages.

Cotton rope hammocks tend to be more flexible and comfortable than polyester. However, polyester hammocks are more durable and far less susceptible to humidity, mildew, and mould.


The Mayan hammock is a variation of the rope hammock but does not have spreader bars and has a tighter weave than most.

Mayan hammocks are very cozy as they are made from soft, woven cotton in a diamond weave pattern.

Hammock Outdoor Cotton Caribe

This makes it easy for a Mayan hammocks to conform to the curves of your body, resulting in complete comfort. Since this type of hammock does not include a spreader bar, it easier to pack and transport than other rope hammocks. 

Other main selling points a Mayan hammocks include comfort, durability, aesthetics, and the fact that it can hold a lot of weight.


Similar to Mayan hammocks, Nicaraguan hammocks are also more tightly woven than other rope hammocks and do not have spreader bars. However, Nicaraguan’s are made with double-woven, soft cotton cords, resulting in a thicker, heavier fabric than the Mayan. As a result, this hammock is softer, more luxurious feeling, and cosier.


  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Flexibility
  • Perfect for hot weather
  • Low maintenance
  • Low cost


  • Can leave impressions on the skin
  • Cotton rope hammocks take longer to dry and are susceptible to mold and mildew
  • Not suitable for cooler climates
  • Are not usually strong enough to hold multiple people (With the exception of Mayan and Nicaraguan)
  • Spreader bars make them more difficult to pack and transport


Fabric hammocks tend to be stronger and more durable than rope, and come in many different variations, colours, and materials.

Like rope hammocks, fabric hammocks are incredibly comfortable, but are better suited for cooler weather than rope hammocks as they have a tighter weave and are less breathable.

There are several variations of fabric hammocks, the most popular being quilted, Colombian, and Brazilian hammocks.


With traditional tight Farolito cotton weaving, the Colombian hammock is particularly soft, light, and breathable, making for a truly amazing experience. They do not have spreader bars and often have beautifully woven cords called cadejos.


Brazilian hammocks are similar to Colombian, but have a sturdier and tighter weave. Made from cotton and polyester threads, Brazilian hammocks are comfortable, yet very strong and durable, and can be used as a replacement for a traditional bed. They are also very lightweight and can be easily transported as they do not have spreader bars.

Authentic Brazilian Double Tropical Hammock in Marina product image


Quilted hammocks made from layers of polyester and polyester foam are among the most durable of the fabric hammock variety. However, they are not usually as flexible and easily transportable as other fabric hammocks as they are made from thicker fabric and have spreader bars.

However, quilted hammocks make up for this in strength and comfort. These luxurious hammocks are ideal for relaxation and perfect for outdoor use.


  • Soft, comfortable, and durable
  • Lightweight (with the exception of quilted)
  • Low maintenance
  • Good for travel (Colombian and Brazilian)
  • Can be used in any type of weather


  • Susceptible to mould
  • Not as breathable as rope
  • Certain fabrics may not be as ideal for hot climates


What is a spreader bar?

A spreader bar is a metal or wooden bar that helps keep your hammock’s fabric spread out, flat, and taut.

There are a lot of benefits of spreader bar hammocks, as they are easier to get into, and tend to dry faster than non-spreader bar hammocks as the fabric is pulled tightly. They also look more aesthetically pleasing when on display out in the yard.

A downside is that the spreader bar makes it more difficult to pack the hammock up and take it with you to the beach, cottage, or on a camping trip. They are also less stable and can tip over if you’re not careful.

Also, hammocks without spreader bars tend to be more comfortable, as they have more sag, and allow you to be cocooned by the fabric. Plus, they are more portable and lightweight.

At the end of the day, the decision over fabric, rope, and spreader bars all comes down to personal preference. What one hammock enthusiast loves might not be as appealing for another for a variety of reasons.

But regardless of which type of hammock you choose, we can guarantee you will have an amazingly relaxing experience for many years to come.

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