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Choosing the Right Size Hula Hoop - The Ultimate Guide

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Choosing the right hula hoop size for you.

Weighted hula hoops and lightweight hoops are both great for different people and purposes. But which is the right hula hoop 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 - what is your height and clothing size?

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

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


QUICK GUIDE

Adult Weighted Hula Hoops for Body Hooping

108cm (42")  Weighted Fitness Hoop | Glam Hoop - ideal for curvy or plus body sizes and tall hoopers; adults over 177cm tall (5ft, 8") or, who wear Large or X-Large clothing sizes. 

100cm (39") 
Weighted PolyPro Hoops | Weighted Dance Hoops | Glam Hoop - suited to average body sizes; adults between 167cm-176 tall (5ft,5"-5ft7") | clothing size - Medium.

95cm (37") Glam Hoop - perfect for petite body sizes; adults or teenagers under 167cm tall | clothing size - Small/Medium.

* PRO TIP for beginners - the bigger the hoop, the easier it is to spin! 

Adult / Kids Lightweight Hula Hoops for Body + Off-Body (Arms + Hands)

90cm (35") Featherlight PolyPro Hoops | Glam Hoop - for kids age 9+ | petite adults | arms + hands (off-body).

85cm (33") Featherlight PolyPro Hoops | Weighted PolyPro Hoops | Weighted Dance Hoops | Glam Hoop - for kids age 6+ | petite adults | off-body.

75cm (29") Glam Hoop | Mini Glam Hoops - for kids under 5 or off-body ninja hooping.

* Featherlight hoops are ideal for the arms and hands! See hula hoop styles and weights below.

NEW GLAM HOOPS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN ALL SIZES HERE

Glam Hula Hoops

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


Plus body size: adults over 177cm tall (5ft, 8") tall or, who wear Large or X-Large clothing sizes. 

108cm (42")  
Weighted Fitness Hoop (500gm/1.1lb) | Glam Hoop (500gm/1.1lb)

 

Average body size: adults between 167cm-176 tall (5ft,5"-5ft7") | clothing size - Medium.

100cm (39") 
Weighted PolyPro Hoops (365gm/0/8lb) | Weighted Dance Hoops (450gm/0.99lb) | Glam Hoop (450gm/0.99lb)

   

 



Petite body size: adults or tween and teenagers under 167cm tall | clothing size - Small/Medium.

95cm (37") 
Glam Hoop (450gm/0.99lb)


Kids age 9+ | petite adults | arms + hands (off-body)

90cm (35") 
Featherlight PolyPro Hoops (180gm/0.4lb) | Glam Hoop (200gm/0.44lb)

 

Kids age 6+ | petite adults | off-body

85cm (33")
Featherlight PolyPro Hoops (180gm/0.4lb) Glam Hoop (200gm/0.44lb) 
Weighted PolyPro Hoops (365gm/0/8lb) | Weighted Dance Hoops (450gm/0.99lb)

  

 

Kids under 5 or off-body ninja hooping

75cm (29") 
Glam Hoop (200gm/0.44lb) 
OR Enjoy 50% OFF our Sample Collection of Mini Glam Hoops

 


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 (35") for average and plus body sizes | 85cm (33") 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 Hula 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 (except for our LED hoop) are made from polypro tubing. Some hoops are decorated with tape, which adds weight. The main differences between taped and untaped hoops 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 but 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 (39")
Featherlight Polypro Hula Hoops
Light weight hoops 90cm (35") for average and plus body sizes | 85cm (33") for petite body sizes
Weighted Dance Hula Hoop 100cm (39")
Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop 108cm (42")        

Hooping for Fitness, Exercise and Weight Loss

Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop 108cm (42")
Weighted Dance Hula Hoop 100cm (39")
Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop 100cm (39")

Hooping for Fun

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoops 100cm (39")
Weighted Dance Hula Hoops 100cm (39")
Featherlight Polypro Hula Hoops 
Light weight hoops 90cm (35") for average and plus body sizes 85cm (33") for petite body sizes. 

Hoop Dance

Weighted PolyPro Hula Hoop 100cm (39"), 95cm (37"), 85cm (33") - custom sizing available upon request
Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops
Light weight hoops 90cm (35") for average and plus body sizes | 85cm (33") 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 (35") for average and plus body sizes | 85cm (33")  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 (33")
Weighted Dance Hula Hoops 85cm (33") 
Featherlight PolyPro Hula Hoops (ightweight) 85cm*
*Custom size of 75cm (29") 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 Sydney adult hula hoop classes 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!