I have never tried a hammock. I don't want to spend loads to try one only to find it is just not for me. I sleep on my front normally so I have my doubts if it will work for me. what is a low cost way to try one out
The important thing is to realise that the hammock itself is just a small part of the setup. Think of it as the inner tent, but comfier, you wouldn't go camping with nothing but the inner tent. You will need insulation underneath, a cell foam mat or partially inflated thermarest works well too start with (sleeping in a sleeping bag only and you will experience CBS - cold butt syndrome, as the filling is compressed between you and the hammock). You will also need a tarp for wind and rain protection- a long enough basha on a paracord ridge line is fine.
Finally the suspension can be as basic or as high-tech as you want it to be. But as long as you use tree huggers to protect the bark and remember that you'll generate a lot of force so don't skimp on strength, you'll be good.
Dd hammocks do a scout hammo for 15 quid including postage but if you're over 5ft8 n a wide chap you'd struggle to fit but they do a larger one just a camping hammock for about 25 quid they're good quality