How do I choose a hula hoop size?

The Spinsterz Guide to Choosing Your Hula Hoop Size


If you have 30 seconds, read the below synopsis of how to choose a hoop size. Should you have more time, please keep reading 👍


  • The hoop when standing vertically on the ground should reach between your hip bone and 3″ above your navel.
  • The larger and heavier the hoop, the easier it will be to learn with.*
  • Most adults start with a hoop between 38″ – 42″ diameter.
  • The diameter of the hoop is the distance from one edge of the hoop straight across to the other edge.
  • Most beginner hula hoops are made from Polyethylene plastic, similar to what you might find at a hardware store.
  • Most hula hoopers end up having several hoops, one for each style of hula hooping they learn.

* This is only true to a certain point, we suggest NOT getting one of those 3.5 pounds or heavier hoops as they are actually bad for your spine and can do harm to you. Sticking with a hoop no bigger than 42″ is recommended. 


Common Questions We Hear

These questions and more we get on a daily basis from people just like yourself looking for help in picking out the optimal size hoop. The problem with this is that there really is no magic formula as it all depends on what your height, weight, size, and what your hoop goals are. 


We'd like to help alleviate some of the frustration with hoop selection, so we created this handy guide that should help you in your hooping adventure. 


Size of Hula Hoop

The Spinsterz Hula Hoop Size


There are a few methods for choosing a size floating around the internet that I will mention below.

I'm a beginning hooper, how do I figure out what size to get?

The most general rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to your belly button and add 2-3 inches to that number. 


I'm still a beginner, but I've got a few moves down and want to progress, what size should I get?

A very simple measurement if you fall into this category would be to take your height in inches and divide by two. I like this method, and still feel that adding 1-2 inches to that number would serve you well.


I'm looking for a beginner exercise/fitness hoop, what would you recommend?


Here's a more detailed hula hoop size chart.


Beginner Hoop Sizing Guide

Under 5′

5’0″ – 5’5″

5’5″ – 5’10”

5’10” +


the spinsterz beginner hula hoop size chart

Now that you've got your size figured out, let's talk a little bit about the different weighted hula hoop options that you have. 


If you are tired of reading, want to get on with your day and have a beginner hoop arrive at your door in a few days, then click the image below, set your size to Large 40" Diameter and choose your color. BOOM DONE!


The Spinsterz Beginner Hula Hoop 


You are still reading! I see you want to know even more about choosing the right weighted hula hoop. 


On with the show!


Most weighted hoops are made from polyethylene tubing and range in size from 3/4" to 1" in outside diameter. Another way to think of it is how thick the hoop is, the thicker the hoop, the heavier it will be. 


We have three types of weighted hoops for you to pick from; 1.1LB, 1.4LB, and 1.7LB


Dance Hula Hoop

Choose a Dance Hula Hoop if you:

This hoop is best for someone that is either already familiar with waist hooping or that falls into the category of a small-medium waist, 5'5" or smaller and under 120 pounds. We really like our Glitter Hoops in a Dance Hoop weight.


Exercise Hula Hoop

Choose an Exercise Hoop if you:

This hoop is a little heavier and will, in general, be easier to hoop with if you are an absolute beginner. This hoop is best for someone that is looking for a good workout and looking to lose weight. It bridges the gap between the lighter 1 LB and heavier 1.7LB hoops. This is best for someone with an average build, 5'4" or taller and under 220 pounds. Check out our entire selection of these weighted hoops


Resistance Hula Hoop

Choose a Resistance Hoop if you:

This hoop is a big one and honestly feels really nice as it is rolling around your body. This hoop feels like it is massaging your internal organs and your belly, which is actually a good thing and helps to get the blood moving as well as detoxify your body. This hoop is best for someone with a Medium - large waist, 5'6" or taller and upwards of 155 pounds. 

Check out our favorite Heavier Weighted Hoop!


 If you have any questions at all, please shoot us an email or leave a comment below, we'd LOVE to help you out 😀