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Embroidery hoops can be… finicky, to say the least. It can seem like there’s a “trick” to using all of the different types out there. Maybe some keep fabric taught but aren’t comfortable to hold; maybe some feel great to hold but don’t look the best.
No matter your preference, there are embroidery hoops out there that will work for you. It’s just a matter of finding them.
That’s why I’ve gone ahead and collected five of the best embroidery hoops I could find. I’ll take you through all the minute details of each set, so you can make the best decision possible.
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Our Rating: 4.3 / 5
Product: Bamboo Embroidery Hoops Pros:
Caydo offers a remarkable beginner’s set for new embroiderers. The set comes with not just five wooden hoops, but a wide variety of colored thread and needle pack 30+ strong. You’ll be able to jump into those cross stitch projects right off the bat.
I love that this set comes with a variety of different sized hoops. Especially if you’re new to embroidery or cross stitching, you may not know what you like. If you prefer to churn out small projects, or really put the time into a larger piece.
Bamboo is also a great, versatile material for embroidery hoops. It’s got a natural, earthy, and substantial feel to it. The color is pleasant on the eyes, and it feels natural in the hands. The hoops range from 6.1 inches in diameter on the low end, up to 10.2 inches. This is enough to cover just about any project for the beginner embroider.
This set includes 100 skeins of brightly colored thread—enough variety to jump right into the world of hand embroidery. The threads are six strand thread, and have the color codes to match so you won’t lose track of which is which. The threads are made entirely of polyester.
That’s not all:
Caydo also sets you up with a generous variety of needles. In total they include 30 needles: 10x size 22; 10x size 24; 10x size 26.
Unfortunately, this set isn’t totally plug and play…
…as it doesn’t come with needlework fabric, which you’ll have to purchase separately. This set is so close to being a complete experience, and it’s a little bit of a bummer that they didn’t include the fabric.
But here’s the thing:
Many hoops for embroidery and cross stitching frames don’t come with needles or skeins of colored thread. Caydo didn’t have to include them by any means. But they did, and the gesture really goes a long way.
This set from Caydo is a great place to start. It’s got five bamboo wooden hoops of various sizes. They even threw in more needles than you’ll ever use as well as 100 colors to get started right away.
Our Rating: 4.5 / 5
Product: 6 Piece Embroidery Hoop Set
Another set from Caydo, this time without the extra thread and needles. A barebones embroidery hoop set, these are almost exactly how they appear on the surface. They fill a function, and don’t come with too much attention to detail.
Though lead paint is pretty much a thing of the past, you can never be too careful. Bamboo is a great material because it’s totally healthy for your hands. It doesn’t matter if you sweat on it, wear it down, or chip it. Some plastics (especially cheap plastic goods) can have lead paint or other harmful substances. It doesn’t hurt to be careful, and bamboo keeps concerns at bay.
Like the previous Caydo set, this lightweight set comes with a variety of hoop options ranging from 4 inches to 10 inches in diameter. That’s enough to cover whatever your creativity desires.
The stainless steel screws on these embroidery hoops are equipped with an anti-slip surface. They also unscrew all the way, so you can open up the hoops nice and wide before screwing them back together. The screws are sure to keep your projects held nice and tight in the embroidery hoop.
The outer sides are rounded for extra comfort. Make sure to check the hoops for chips or fibers though, as the manufacturing process can leave behind an undesirable surface in some cases.
This could be a case of “you get what you pay for”. There’s definitely a tradeoff with these hoops. I love that they’re lightweight, feel good in my hand, and the price is right.
The quality can vary quite a bit. Sometimes they come misshapen or rough, and need light sanding to make them usable. In my opinion, this isn’t too much of a setback, but if you’re looking something that will work better out of the box, there are going to be some better options out there.
These Caydo hoops are sold almost exclusively on their price. They’re bamboo which is great, and having a number of different sizes frees up room for creativity. That being said, the quality isn’t the highest. Don’t expect a fully smooth, polished, or straight set of embroidery hoops here. If you’re okay with doing a little sanding and don’t want to break the bank, then these should suit you just fine.
Our Rating: 4.7 / 5
Product: Embroidery Hoop Set
An aesthetic set of rustic embroidery hoops with brass hanging rings, these hoops look great and feel great too. I’d personally recommend the set for hanging your crafts, as the frame does add a sense of artisanal “oomph” to embroidery stitching.
The first thing that stands out about these embroidery hoops is the way they look.
And they are hoops of beauty.
Though they’re not made of real wood, the dark wooden texture gives them a rustic, timeless feel. These aren’t just embroidery hoops: they’re frames for your art. They also include a brass ring reminiscent of a horseshoe for hanging your projects on the wall. Honestly, I’m sold on these hoops on looks alone.
These embroidery hoops sure look impressive, but how are they to actually hold and use?
Well, they’re made out of heavy-duty rubber, and won’t slip easily. The rubber is easy to grip, and will stay in your hands even if they get sweaty. These don’t hold the fabric with screws—rather, they use a ring-in-ring system to hold your fabric secure. This is great for anyone with arthritis, or who have trouble manipulating small parts with their fingers.
Four hoops included, but…
…they’re not all circular. The biggest hoop is an oval, about seven-and-a-half inches wide. The smallest ring is just shy of four inches in diameter. The price is comparable to the Caydo bamboo set above.
With this set, you get one less embroidery hoop, and they’re smaller on average. But the quality, look, and feel of these hoops is worth it if it’s what you’re looking for. If you’re a beginner, then it might be nice to have more, lower-quality hoops to play around with. But if you’re looking to seriously display your stitching, then consider this embroidery hoop set.
This is still a ~$10 set of embroidery hoops. They’re not super high quality, and can come with some warping or other defects. But other than that, there’s one thing to keep in mind if you choose this set.
The biggest hoop is an oval. Not a circle.
This has tripped up a bunch of people expecting a much larger embroidery hoop than they got.
Some people prefer the classic look for their hand embroidery hoops, and that’s great. It works. Personally, I love the look of these hoops. If you’re not sold on them by their looks, then you still might like them based on their feel and grip. But of course keep in mind that these are still plastic hoops—they aren’t magic or anything!
Our Rating: 4.9 / 5
Product: 6 Piece Plastic Embroidery Hoops
Similane has given each of the six included embroidery hoops its own color. I appreciate this feature as I get my embroidery hoops mixed up somewhat frequently. Especially with bamboo hoops, it can be difficult to tell which size is which. Apart from this functional benefit, the colors can be great for kids.
These hoops are very lightweight and would be easy for just about anyone to use. The plastic-tipped adjustable screw allows you to tighten the hoop with ease. The hoop does tighten better than I originally expected, and the outer and inner rings come together to hold the stitching fabric well. Honestly I expected less quality from a set of plastic embroidery hoops but this set was a pleasant surprise.
The hoops themselves range from 3.4 inches all the way up to 10.2 inches, so you get a wide range of size options to choose from. They’ve got a groove that helps keep the fabric locked into place, which can be finicky to get the fabric into. You’ll get the hang of it with a few tries, so just keep that in mind!
…but that’s kind of what you’d expect from a set of plastic embroidery hoops. I don’t think anyone would look at these hoops and find them perfect for an expert crafter. The best embroidery hoops will cost a bit more as well, and probably wouldn’t be made out of plastic.
For what they are, these embroidery hoops can’t be beat. They offer a perfect, introductory option for those taking their first steps into hand stitching.
Choose these plastic hoops for someone very new to arts and crafts, and they’ll return in spades. Tightening is easy, they’re comfortable in the hands. The colors can help with organizing projects or just add a splash of fun, and the various sizes add plenty of versatility.
Our Rating: 4.7 / 5
Product: Rectangular Plastic Embroidery Hoops
Personally, I haven’t seen many embroidery hoops like these. They’re not your typical circles, they’re not even ovals. They’re sort of a hybrid between rectangles and ovals. This is a great design for if you’re looking to make crafts that are more horizontal or vertically aligned. Things like trees (vertical) or names/quotes (horizontal) come to mind off the top of my head.
These are embroidery hoops that possibly serve a more niche function. They may not be for everybody, but if you’re looking to make specific shapes, you might want to check if these would be best for you.
Like the last set of plastic embroidery hoops, each one is a different color.
The outer rings and inner rings are both made of plastic, and the brass adjustment screw is tightened either by hand or with a screwdriver. Having the screwdriver option is quite nice since you can get a much tighter fit than if you just used your hand. Apart from that, the hoops feel good in the hand.
…the usual ones do apply here as well. Since this is relatively cheap plastic, there is possibility of the hoops warping during the manufacturing process. That’s definitely something to check for. Even the best embroidery hoops risk this if they’re made of plastic.
This is an interesting product and would be best suited for beginners to intermediate users. Someone looking for a more interesting shape than your average circle. The colors add a playful touch!
Out of all the embroidery hoops on this list, we have to give the prize to the Caydo set with the needle pack and 100 skeins of colored thread included. There are plenty of usable hoops on this list, but none of them come as turnkey as that one. Being able to whip out your needle and thread the moment you receive your embroidery hoops is probably one of the best feelings in the world. Though it should be mentioned, the set doesn’t come with fabric so make sure to pick up some before you get started.