In this article, you’ll learn all about jump ropes: which type is the best for beginners, intermediate, and experts, what types things to look for when purchasing a jump rope, and which jump rope you should buy.
If you want to skip ahead, here are the sections:
- Different Types of Jump Ropes
- What to Look for When Purchasing a Jump Rope
- Best Jump Ropes to Buy
- BONUS: How to Size a Jump Rope
There are mainly 6 six different types of jump ropes used: beaded, speed, leather, cloth, double dutch, and weighted. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Beaded Jump Rope
The beaded jump rope is made up of a nylon inner cord, covered by 1.5-inch plastic segments. The plastic segments are usually 2-3 different colors. The main benefit of the beaded rope is that the rope doesn’t tangle as often because of the beads.
Speed Jump Rope
Made from a vinyl cord, the speed jump ropes are just like they sound…fast. These jump ropes are very thin, which is partly why they’re so light-weighted.
Leather Jump Rope
The leather jump rope is similar to the speed rope, but it has a few differences (the leather, obviously, being one of them). It’s slightly heavier than the speed rope and it doesn’t tangle as often. It also usually comes with wooden handles.
Cloth Jump Rope
Cloth jump ropes are quiet and don’t have much bounce on the floor. Like you might imagine, however, they get dirty easily, being made out of cloth and all. The cloth ropes can also easily be affected by wind, as they are lighter than some of the others.
Double Dutch Jump Rope
Double dutch jump ropes are long and come in pairs (hence, “double” dutch rope). These can come in three different kinds: beaded, cloth, and licorice.
Weighted Jump Rope
With weighted ropes, you can either add weight to your handles or to the rope itself. This is done mostly to increase the intensity of a workout.
What to Look for in Jump Ropes
The material of the jump ropes is very important. It can tell you whether or not you should use them indoors, how much it will hurt when you get hit by the rope, and it can give you an idea of the weight of the rope.
That brings us to the weight of the rope itself. This is important when talking about the speed, balance, and rhythm when jumping rope. Additional weight can be added to the handles and rope itself to give you a more intensified workout.
If you’re an expert rope jumper, the price won’t matter as much to you. If you’re just looking to begin jumping rope, it may affect your purchasing decision.
The chart below gives you rough estimates of the characteristics of each type of jump rope (not true in all circumstances).
Best Jump Ropes on the Market
BONUS: How to Adjust Jump Rope Height
There are commonly 2 ways to size a jump rope. Everyone is a little different so it’s best to play around and see what works best for you.
With 2 feet: While stepping on the rope with two feet and the handles pulled up, the handles should be about 6 inches below your collarbone.
With 1 foot: While stepping on the rope with one foot and the handles pulled up, the handles should be about 1-2 inches below your armpits.
This graphic from Jump Rope Atlas should give a little more insight on how to size up your jump rope:
Did I miss anything? Are there any other popular jump ropes on the market I should know about?