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Choosing the Right Size Hula Hoop - The Ultimate Guide

November 10, 2016 6 min read 5 Comments

Choosing the right hula hoop size for you.

The most common problem beginner hoopers have is choosing the right hula hoop size for their particular purpose.

If you’re a beginner looking for yourself or another, either adult or child, this hoop chooser will spin you to the most 
purrrfect hula hoop for you! 

After more than a decade of handcrafting thousands of hula hoops, I’ve created for you the ultimate hula hoop buyer’s guide for choosing the right size hula hoop with the right weight.

In 3 easy steps  I will spin you through the hoop selection process to ensure you get your HOOP ON with precision, power and ease.  

Step 1 - Start with your body size.

Step 2 - Match your body size to hoop size as shown in diagram above + below.

Step 3 - Is this hoop for your body, your arms or both?


Adult Weighted Body Hoops 

108cm  Weighted Fitness Hoop (Plus body size)  

100cm  PolyPro Hoops,Weighted Dance Hoops (Average body size)

*95cm  PolyPro Hoops,Weighted Dance Hoops (Petite body size)

*Custom sizes 95cm and smaller in weighted hoops are available on request.

For custom sizing please add a note to your online order form. 


Adult / Kids Lightweight Body + Arm Hoops 

90cm  Featherlight HoopsPolyPro Deluxe 

85cm  Kids Hoops,PolyPro Hoops,Weighted Dance Hoops

*Custom sizes smaller than 85cm in lightweight hoops are available on request.

We recommend lightweight hoops in 75cm for children under 5. 

Find your perfect hoop match

The best hula hoop for you is the hoop that you connect with - this is determined by size, weight & practice.

For beginner hoopers, the general rule of thumb is:

Big weighted hula hoops are best for waist hooping; 

Small lightweight hula hoops are best for learning hula hoop tricks in the hands and for arm hooping.

It’s important to get your hula hoop size and weight right for a successful hooping experience! 

Step 1 - Start with your body size

Average Body Size - adults 167-177cm tall (5ft 5"- 5ft 8”) | sizes 10-14

100cm Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop (365 grams) OR 100cm Weighted Dance Hula Hoop (450 grams) 


 Petite Body Size - adults under 167cm tall (5ft, 5”) | sizes 6-10

95cm* Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop (365 grams) OR 95cm* Weighted Dance Hula Hoop (470 grams) 
* Please make a custom size request in the notes field of your order

Plus Body Size - adults over 170cm tall | sizes 14+ 

108cm Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop (500 grams) 

Step 2 - Match your body size to hoop size


Your on body hula hoop should measure vertically from the floor approximately to your navel or the top of your hip bone. If you have a larger body size you will want a slightly bigger hoop. If you have a smaller body size you will want a slightly smaller hoop. 

The bigger and heavier the hoop, the slower it spins giving you more time to connect with it on your waist. As hula hoops reduce in size, they become more challenging on the body with their faster spin. While a small light weight hoop may not be ideal for waist hooping, it will be your best friend as you learn hula hoop tricks in the hands and on the arms.

Step 3 - Is this hoop for your body, your arms or both?

Say hello to your hoop collection!

Hooping in the hands is easy but it takes practice which means spin time on your delicate hands. Relieve the heaviness of weighted hoops with our super lightweight polypro hula hoops aka Featherlights

Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops
90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes (180 grams)

The best hula hoops for adult beginner hoopers

For total beginners who want to learn hula hoop tricks both on the body and in the hands, I recommend untaped Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops or taped Adult Weighted Hoops in our Dance Hoop or Fitness Hoop options.

Q. What's the difference between untaped Weighted PolyPro Hoops and taped weighted hula hoops?

A. All of our hula hoops are made from the same polypropylene tubing only some are decorated with tape which adds weight to the hoop - the main differences are price, weight and bling factor. 

A taped hoop has extra bling and grip. Because tape makes a hoop heavier - and all of our weighted hoops include grip tape - weighted dance or fitness hoops are wonderful for learning to hoop on the waist with full sparkle and shine however, they can get heavy in the hands.

Most hoopers prefer a selection of hula hoops to choose from for different types of hooping.

Learning hula hoop tricks in the hands and on the arms is best achieved with untaped polypro hula hoops using either Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops or lightweight polypro hula hoops aka Featherlights

Expert choice: what do we recommend?

Your starter hoop is an untaped Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop for average body sizes hooping mostly on the body and a little in the hands. You will find your body size guide above under "Start with Your Body Size."

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops (untaped) - your go-to training hoops.

If you feel like you need that extra bling in your hoop life and your purpose is casual hoop play - go for the Weighted Dance Hoop.

Weighted Dance Hula Hoops - speak to your need for bling with a gripping edge.

If you are plus size or you have difficulty keeping a dance hoop spinning, try a Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop. 

Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop - ideal for your beginner level hula hoop workout for fitness & weight loss hooping mostly on body. Purrrfect plus size hoop!


If you are interested in developing hula hoop tricks on the hands and arms, make your life easier by adding a set of Featherlights to your hoop kit!

Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops
 - purrrfect hoops for adults and kids who want to learn hula hoop tricks in the hands with a lightweight hula hoop!   


Hoop match check list for adult hoopers - what's your purpose?

Hooping for Beginners 

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops 100cm
Featherlight Polypro Hula Hoops
Light weight hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes
Weighted Dance Hula Hoop 100cm 
Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop 108cm


Hooping for Fitness, Exercise and Weight Loss

Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop 108cm
Weighted Dance Hula Hoop 100cm
Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop 100cm

Hooping for Fun

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops 100cm
Weighted Dance Hula Hoops 100cm
Featherlight Polypro Hula Hoops 
Light weight hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes 85cm for petite body sizes

Hoop Dance

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop 100cm, 95cm, 85cm - custom sizing available upon request
Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops
Light weight hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes


Hooping for Performance 

Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops for professional hoopers
Light weight hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes
Featherlight Hoop Diva deluxe bling selection 
Lightweight decorated hoops 90cm for average and plus body sizes | 85cm for petite body sizes in both 16mm (5/8") and 19mm (3/4). 


Hula hoop classes and hoop groups 

Bulk Hula Hoop Packs


Hooping for Kids 

Note - sizes recommended below are for children aged 5-9 with average body size.
If your child is not average body size or outside of these age ranges contact us so we can discuss with you the best hula hoop for your child's body size and purpose. 

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops 85cm
Weighted Dance Hula Hoops 85cm
Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops (ightweight) 85cm*
*Custom size of 75cm is recommended for children under 5


Know your options

There's a hoop for everyone! 

Hoop Empire offers a wide range of hula hoops for adults and kids with a strong commitment to COLOUR. We also aim to provide you with the best hoop for your individual needs. We sell weighted fitness hoops, dance hoops and polypro hula hoops in various size and weight, with tape and without.

Our hoops are perfect for beginner hoopers, intermediate and advanced hoopers, hoop dancers, circus performers, rhythmic gymnasts, movement and visual artists, hoop teachers, community leaders, schools and organisations who wish to share hoop magic!!

See our full hoop collection here

Get Your Hoop ON!

Allow time, experimentation and lots of practice to master the hoop!

Spin into one of our adult hula hoop classes in Sydney or learn online. 

Leave a review on your hoop's product page and on Google so we can keep on making the best hoops for your spinning pleasure :)

Happy Hooping!


5 Responses

Lin Burrows
Lin Burrows

September 27, 2019

I have never hooped before. I’m 5”2” 8 stone age 72 and a size 10 ish. I only want a hoop for exercise and to flatten my tummy. Please can you help with size of hoop. I’m confused!

Jessica Harrington
Jessica Harrington

September 27, 2019

I’m 173cm tall and a size 6. Should I get a 100cm or 95cm hoop?

Connie Glasser
Connie Glasser

September 27, 2019

What is the cost of a beginner’s hoola hoop for an average sized 9 yr old that is not skinny or overweight.

Margaret Stevens
Margaret Stevens

June 11, 2019

I am 5’4 and weigh 11 stone can you give me an idea what size of hoop to get its for waist hooping
Regards Margaret


August 08, 2017

So, I am 5 ft 8.3 inches, 133 lbs with a longish torso. Mostly interested in waist hooping & probably some other hooping once I get the hoop of it. I am a bit confused ….any recs? Many thanks.

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