There are many different types of hammocks offered on the market today, but all of them can be sorted in three main groups according to the used material: fabric, string and rope hammocks. Each one of these materials has its own pros and cons.
When speaking about hammocks, people usually first think of the rope ones. Keeping their traditional look, these hammocks are usually made of cotton or polyester rope. Among their durability, low price and easy maintenance, one of their biggest qualities is they allow the body to comfortably breathe. On the other side, the rope hammocks can leave impressions on our skin when we lie on them, so it would be better to look for hammocks with smaller spaces in between.
The fabric hammocks are also very comfortable. They can be quilted, or made of cotton, or mesh. While they are soft, durable and don't require much maintenance, on the downside, the fabric doesn't provide the needed ventilation for the body, which can be a bit tricky, especially on the hotter days.
The strings, or Mayan hammocks are the most decorative ones. They are hand woven in tight webs made of fine cotton, and most of them come from Mexico. These hammocks are light-weight and extremely comfortable, providing good ventilation and without the body prints, but, they are not that durable because the strings can easily get damaged by any sharper object.
Knowing these pros and cons of each hammock material will help you make a good buying decision selecting the best option for you.