Best Jump Rope of 2020
The Crossrope Get Lean is for those that like to take the fitness game seriously. The feature that sets the Crossrope apart from the rest is its interchangeable ropes. This package includes a ¼ lb as well as a ½ lb cord so that you can step up weights to intensify a workout or keep the lighter one attached to work on endurance. Changing between ropes is a cinch thanks to the fast-clip system on each handle. If you're the type of person who likes coached workouts, you'll love the Crossrope app that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
We found a few drawbacks while testing the Get Lean. It isn't adjustable, so you're going to have to be careful while ordering to ensure that you get the proper length for your height. Also, it's very pricey. If you're searching for a budget model, there are much cheaper options. Despite its flaws, we can't imagine a better jump rope for those that want to maximize the effectiveness of their home workouts.
The Fitness Factor is a solid choice for those that want both performance and simplicity out of their home exercise equipment. We found that cutting the PVC cord to the proper length for the user to be extremely easy — with a few short steps and a pair of scissors, it can be trimmed to size for people 4'9" up to 6'6". The Fitness Factor is incredibly easy to use, especially for those just getting into the world of jump rope thanks to its simple design. As a bonus, this model includes a manual that outlines five workout routines to help you get started.
Although the Fitness Factor has bearings in the handles, we think they didn't spin all that well compared to a few other models in our review. While we wouldn't consider this a deal-breaker, if speed and consistent spinning are determining factors for you, it might make sense to go with a version with higher quality bearings. When it comes to bells and whistles, such as interchangeable cords with different weights or weighted handles, the Fitness Factor offers none of the above. Still, if you're looking for a basic model with an excellent all-around performance, this model is the one for you.
If you're shopping for a jump rope and don't want to break the bank to purchase one, it's hard to top the DEGOL Skipping Rope. We immediately became fans of the memory foam handles with recessed rings for added grip during our assessment. This model comes out of the box at a total length of 9 feet and can be trimmed to any size that you desire. The rope itself consists of a braided steel wire coated with PVC — it's going to take a lot to break.
On that note, cutting the rope to your desired length is no easy task. You're going to need a tool much burlier than scissors to get it done. Also, we weren't thrilled with the performance of the bearings on this model. During our spin timing test, the handles on the DEGOL barely spun for one second. Despite these flaws, the DEGOL is the way to go for those shopping for a jump rope on a budget.
The element which sets the Pulse Weighted Handle apart from the other versions in our review is the weighted handles. After a short time using this model, our testing team felt a noticeable difference in the arm and shoulder burn compared to jump ropes with lighter handles. If you decide you've had enough extra arm work and you just want to go for maximum reps, the weights in the Pulse handles can be removed in a matter of seconds. During our handle spin analysis, we discovered that the Pulse bearings provided a longer rotation than many of the models in our review. The rope on this model comes at a length of ten feet out of the box, but it's easy to trim it down with a pair of scissors.
The Pulse Weighted is far from the most expensive model on the market, but there are many more affordable options. We'd recommend the Pulse to anybody looking for a version with weighted handles despite the cost.
The WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope likes to go fast. If you're looking to increase your endurance or number of reps you can complete in a set amount of time, this model is the way to go. The WOD Nation comes with an extra rope just in case you wear through one, or if you'd like to have two different lengths on hand. If style is your thing, WOD Nation has you covered — this one is available in 9 different colors.
Our testers were not the biggest fan of the handles on the WOD Nation. They're hard plastic with a bit of texture for extra grip, but it doesn't take much sweat to get them slippery. As with other braided cable core ropes, this model requires more than just a pair of scissors to trim to length. Even with its flaws, our team concluded that the WOD Nation is the way to go for the quickest reps.
There are a few things that we like about the YZLSPORTS Professional Adjustable Steel Wire Jump Rope. For one, we appreciate that the handles have an articulated plastic section for your thumb and forefinger, but the rest is foam, which rests nicely in your palm. If you're shopping on a tight budget and aren't picky about bonus features or style, the YZLSPORTS could be the way to go.
One downside to PVC-coated braided steel cable models is that they require wire cutters or an even larger tool to cut to the size you desire. If you want to trim your rope with scissors, you'll need to go with a hollow PVC or rope model. Regrettably, we found that the rotation on the YZLSPORTS has a bit of a gritty feeling to it. If smoothness is important to you, it'd be wise to spend a few extra bucks on a higher quality model. However, if you like this type of grip and don't want to spend too much on your home workout, this one will suit most people's needs.
Who doesn't remember a segmented jump rope from their childhood? The Champion Sports PR9 Plastic Segmented model offers a classic design that brings back memories or helps create new ones. This jump rope is available in an array of sizes ranging from 6 feet for smaller people up to 16 feet in case you have three people or more for group hopping fun. If you're looking for an entertaining way to keep the family active, this is a very affordable way to get it done.
If you're a hardcore fitness enthusiast, this is likely not the model for you. The small plastic handles become slippery with even a tiny bit of sweat, and if you're going for speed, it might only be a matter of time before the string inside the segments wears out and breaks. That said, the PR9 Plastic Segmented is sure to provide endless hours of family fun.
In the realm of cable core jump ropes, we found that the Survival and Cross is relatively average. We like that it comes with extra hardware, as the screws that hold the handles to the rope could be easily misplaced. If you're a fan of skull & crossbones, you're in luck — the Survival and Cross model has them printed on each handle.
When it comes to trimming the length of the rope, we found that the Survival Cross was easy to measure to size, but cutting through the cable was difficult. Be sure to have some sharp wire cutters or another cutting tool available when it's time to make your adjustments — scissors are not going to do the trick. Sadly, we found that the bearings spun at different speeds while testing this model which could end up being quite an annoying problem over time. Lastly, we found that the rope on the Survival Cross Jump was so light that it was more difficult to get a consistent rhythm than other models. However, the light cord weight might make sense if you are looking for an extra challenge.
If you're looking for an easy to use, easy to adjust jump rope, you might want to go with the SPORTBIT. Our testing team found that the weight and feel to the cord helped to get in a good rhythm. If you want to trim your rope down for a smaller person to use, all you'll need is a pair of scissors as the SPORTBIT is made out of PVC.
If you want a rope for speed, a weighted rope, or weighted handles, the SPORTBIT is not the one. The handles are light, small, and lacking bearings. We didn't find the handles especially comfortable or easy to hang on to at all. For anything other than the most basic of uses, we'd recommend going with a more admirable model.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our Lead Tester Austin Palmer and Review Editor Ross Patton hopped right on this review when it came down the line. Ross is a lifelong athlete and has competed in several sports that require rigorous off-season cross-training such as ski racing. In his adulthood, he has spent a decade in winter sports product research and development with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Reno to back it up. Also a lifelong athlete, Austin grew up playing flag football, soccer, tennis and wrestled and can still double under crisscross a jump rope to this day. Having tested hundreds of products for 15 years between the two of them, you can trust that these two are beyond qualified to distinguish well-made products from shoddy ones.
After buying the top jump ropes on the market in 2020, we initiated our extensive test plan. We began by taking several measurements and carefully inspecting each model for design strengths or weaknesses. Then our team of product testers and athletes used each one exhaustively, hopping and skipping for thousands of reps and compared the overall feel and performance of every rope in our review.
Analysis and Test Results
To determine the best models available in 2020, we tested and analyzed each model for overall functionality while thoughtfully considering which features would be better for different applications. We broke our evaluation down into three categories — rope type, adjustability, and grip.
The composition of the rope makes a massive difference in the overall feel while in use. Also, the material can determine overall durability and how susceptible the cord is to tangling, twisting, and kinking.
During our assessment, we found that ropes consisting of a braided steel cable with a PVC coating were the easiest to keep a good rhythm with, were the least likely to tangle, and were the most durable. Our favorite models that use this type of rope are the Crossrope Get Lean, WOD Nation Speed, and the DEGOL Skipping Rope.
Many other modern jump ropes are made out of PVC without the braided steel cable core. This type tends to be a bit lighter and cheaper, which might be a positive thing for you. They're a bit more susceptible to wear and tear as well as tangling than their metal cousins, but we were still very pleased with the overall performance of PVC ropes during our assessment. The best PVC rope models in our review are the Pulse Weighted Handle and the Fitness Factor.
Lastly, some models are simply made out of rope or the classic construction that uses segmented plastic pieces to protect and add weight to a thin rope.
When it comes to jump ropes, the handles can make a surprising amount of difference when it comes to performance. Plastic grips can become slippery with sweat but are generally lighter than foam handles. Foam handles are generally easier to grip but absorb sweat, which makes them heavier and a bit difficult to clean. Some handles have bearings to help the rope spin freely, but we found a large degree of variability in the quality of the bearings. To assess the handles, we gave them a few good spins to time how long they could rotate while hanging freely, then measured the length of each handle. Finally, we paid careful attention to how each model felt during an exercise routine.
If you prefer a more slender plastic handle, it's hard to top the Crossrope Get Lean performance. With a length of 5 ⅞," you'll have plenty of room to position your hands whichever way is most comfortable for you. The Get Lean bearings are some of the best that we've seen — their spin time showed an average of 8 to 10 seconds. The WOD Nation is another option with thin handles, but this model has significantly shorter grips with a measured length of 5 ¼". When we measured the handle rotation time for the WOD Nation we found that they will spin for 4 seconds on average.
As far as memory foam handles go, we are fans of both the Pulse Weighted and DEGOL Skipping Rope designs. Each has a large diameter for those with larger hands or people who want something more to hold onto. The recessed grooves on the handles increase grip, even if they're soaked in sweat. These models have bearings, but we found the Pulse handles spun for 3 or 4 seconds while the DEGOL barely rotated for a second.
Finally, the Fitness Factor handles are a plastic and foam hybrid that allows you to grab a bit of plastic with your thumb and forefinger if you so choose, then the palm grips are foam. These handles are 5 ½" and put up an average time of 2 seconds during our spin analysis.
For many people, adjustability will play a vital role in the decision-making process when purchasing exercise equipment. You may want to cut your cord to a specific custom length or have weight options for the handles or the rope itself.
You are not able to cut the Crossrope Get Lean to a custom length, but Crossrope has a plethora of sizes available for purchase. This model stands out with its quick-release interchangeable ¼ lb and ½ lb braided steel PVC coated ropes. The ¼ lb is excellent for cranking up your skipping speed while the ½ lb is ideal for adding resistance to your workout routine.
The Pulse Weighted is adjustable in two different ways — you can easily cut the PVC rope to a custom length using nothing more than a pair of scissors, and the weights can be removed from the handles by simply unscrewing the caps and sliding them out.
The Fitness Factor, DEGOL Skipping Rope, and WOD Nation can all be cut to a custom length. However, the Fitness Factor is the only one of the three you can cut with scissors. The other two, you'll need some burly wire cutters or another type of tool to get through the braided steel cable.
Deciding which product is the right one for you can be a complicated task, even for something as seemingly simple as a jump rope. We purchased and tested models for all types of applications and at several different price points to determine which are the best for which situations. We hope that having read our review that you now have the confidence to buy the one that matches your needs. Happy hopping!
— Austin Palmer and Ross Patton