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The hammock is a time-honored outdoor lounge apparatus. Whether you want to sit and read, or listen to music with earbuds, or take a nap, the hammock is ready and able. It’s a simple idea: sling up some sort of fabric or other stretchable material between two points to create a kind of suspended bed.
Being simple, it’s also old: the earliest hammocks go back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. They were especially valuable in the time before modern air conditioning, as having open space underneath you can create a bit of airflow, but they’re still a nice luxury today, especially when the weather isn’t especially hot or cold.
Some years ago, we purchased a travel hammock for camping. We liked it enough that we added a second, and both of those have held up well when we plant our tent in a state park. The problem is, those travel hammocks require two trees of appropriate diameter and distance (unless you purchase a separate freestanding hammock stand, which we’ve never seen Aldi sell). We thought it might be nice to have a hammock just for our backyard, but our backyard doesn’t fit the tree bill.
When we saw Aldi was selling a portable hammock with its own stand, we decided to give it a try.
The Adventuridge Portable Hammock With Stand is an Aldi Find. That means you can only find it in stores for a limited time. Once it’s sold out, you won’t be able to find it again until it comes back into stores, whenever that might be. If you can’t find it at your local Aldi, you’re probably out of luck and you won’t be able to order it online.
At the time of this post, the hammock cost $49.99. That’s on the low end of stand hammocks that I could find either on Amazon or at Walmart. What’s more, many of the hammocks around the Aldi hammock’s price point are simpler, with a less-reinforced frame. By all appearances, that makes this Aldi hammock a pretty good value. Better yet, it comes with a 3-year warranty backed by 801service.net, or Eurocentra (Wuensche USA), a common Aldi after-sales service provider.
According to the packaging, the hammock and stand weigh 21.2 pounds. Fully open, it measures 103.9 inches long, 32.7 inches wide, and 32.3 inches tall, and it has a lying surface of 92.5 inches long by 33.5 inches wide. The hammock supports a maximum weight limit of 298 pounds. Folded, the storage bag is 43.5 inches by 5.1 inches by 7.9 inches.
Side note: this hammock stand is not compatible with the travel hammocks Aldi sometimes sells. We tried putting our Aldi travel hammock on this stand, and the travel hammock is too long.
The hammock with stand comes with the following:
- A carry bag
- The hammock
- The frame
- Plastic caps for the feet
- A pillow
- A storage net
- A manual
- A warranty card
Our particular carry bag had some damage, which we did not notice in the store. My guess is that it was torn a little in transit. Our damage wasn’t a deal-breaker, though, as our bag was still functional and the hammock itself appeared undamaged.
It took me about 20-25 minutes to assemble the hammock for the first time. I suspect it will be a lot faster when I have to assemble it in the future. It does take a few minutes, though, especially as there are some support bars you need to string through the hammock itself before hanging it on the stand, and that takes a little finagling. You also have to put some pins in the base to keep it open, and you have to tug a bit to get the hammock over the end hooks.
There were a couple of small irritants during assembly. One, the ground caps don’t fit securely on the feet. If I lift up the stand to move it, the caps fall off. This isn’t a problem once the stand is assembled and you put it where you want it. It was an irritation while I was trying to get it situated, though. I found it was best to put the caps on last, but that can be a problem if the stand is going on a patio surface, since pavement could scratch the metal legs. On grass, it’s maybe less of an issue.
Two, we could not get the large storage net under the hammock taut. In theory, it should attach to the legs by way of Velcro loops, but the storage net just slides down the legs to the bottom of the stand. When I tried to slide it up farther, the Velcro would just come undone. I’m not sure the storage net is all that useful.
The hammock itself, though, feels fine. It has more structure and doesn’t fold or give quite the way a travel hammock does, so I feel more like I’m lying on top of it rather than being enveloped inside of it. Also, while it swings a little, it doesn’t swing much, so if you like that feel of swinging back and forth in a tree hammock, this won’t do it. It’s comfortable enough, though, and it feels stable. The pillow it comes with isn’t exactly luxury, but it feels durable enough for the outdoors. The cup holder and magazine holder, which are embedded in the hammock, are small bonuses. The cup holder doesn’t look like it will hold large cups, but it’s fine for anything with a circumference similar to a soda can.
It’s hard to know how this thing will hold up over time. It will almost certainly last longer if it can be brought in when it rains or when winter sets in, and as a portable hammock it’s designed for that. It takes enough time to assemble and disassemble, though, that I probably would prefer to set it and forget it when possible.
The Adventuridge Portable Hammock With Stand feels sturdy and stable. It takes a little time to set up the first time, and it has some nits — the storage net isn’t very useful — but the hammock itself makes for a nice hangout spot in the backyard or wherever you want to put it. Also, the price is very competitive, especially given the 3-year warranty.