What could be better than combining comfort of a hammock and the refreshment of a day at the pool or on the lake? Now you can do just that! Summer is fast approaching, and in the spirit of long, sunny days on the water, here is a comparison of a few floating hammocks that won’t break the bank.
The first is the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock. It features a body of classic mesh construction, allowing your body to be submerged somewhat in the water, while the inflatable rim is designed to keep you securely afloat and the convenient pillow cradles your neck for ultimate support. Inflated, it measures 66″ x 40″. It is light to carry, hangs to dry, and folds for easy storage in its own carry case, complete with handle.
Also the plus side, since it’s inflatable, it’s easily portable. The outer ring and pillow are made of nylon for easy cleaning and durability. These two pieces inflate separately, but this doesn’t take as long to do as you might assume, since the body itself is mesh. The package lists a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs., although users over 175 lbs. might experience a bit more displacement and become more submerged than is comfortable.
If you prefer to lie on your stomach, you’ll likely be less comfortable than if you lie on your back in this hammock, but the same can be said for standard hammocks. On the plus side, it is relatively easy to get into and out of this hammock, unlike many other types of personal flotation devices. Steering is a bit of an issue, as this can only really be accomplished by using your arms, and you’ll naturally have a bit of drifting, especially on a lake, where there might be waves from boats and swimmers. Expect to pay about $25 for the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock.
Another comparable model of floating hammock is the Premium Water Hammock Pool Float, by Swimline. Unlike the Kelsyus model, this one does not have a mesh body. It features durable nylon construction and ergonomically designed inflatable foot and head rests. It, too, is light to carry and easy to store.
It is easy to inflate as long as the inflatable inserts are placed into the unit first. Like the Kelsyus hammock, this one is not designed for use lying on your stomach. The measurements may not be quite what the package states, and air valves don’t always stay closed once the unit is inflated. It sells for $20.00.
A third option is the Cozy Days Water Hammock Inflatable Pool Lounger. The body of this hammock is fabric, while the head and leg rests inflate. Like the other models, it inflates easily, takes little space to store once rolled up, and is easily portable. This hammock has a weight capacity of 250 lbs. This unit sells for $29, making it a bit pricier than the other two.
Altogether, the best value for your dollar is still the Kelsyus Floating Water Hammock. Treat yourself to long-lasting, cool comfort this summer for under $30. And at this price, treat your family, too.