The Best (and Worst) Crochet Hooks for Amigurumi

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What are the best (and worst) crochet hooks for amigurumi? I tested eight of the most popular crochet hooks and rated them for suitability for crocheting toys. You’ll also find a handy-dandy comparison chart for all of the pros, cons and prices of each hook.

I’ve had a favorite crochet hook for amigurumi for quite some time.

Recently I began to wonder if my love for this particular crochet hook was because of their brilliant marketing plan, or because it actually was the best crochet hook for amigurumi.

So I did what any good crochet blogger would do. I put my favorite hook to the test.

Best and worst crochet hooks for amigurumi.

The Best (and Worst) Crochet Hooks for Amigurumi

Crochet hooks are a lot like people and come in lots of different shapes and sizes.

Some of them are better suited for crocheting toys and that’s the question I wanted to answer: Which crochet hook is the BEST for amigurumi?

But I wasn’t expecting to find crochet hooks that were terrible for crocheting amigurumi.

The following list is in order of the best crochet hooks for amigurumi down to the worst (and trust me there’s a worst).

Watch the Best (and Worst) Crochet Hooks for Amigurumi Video

The Best (and Worst Crochet Hooks for Amigurumi

You’ll also find the video where you can see the entire experiment with my real-time reactions and get a closer look at the hooks themselves.

Finally, here’s a chart with all the information gathered together.

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Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook

I discovered Furls crochet hooks when I developed tendinitis in my right elbow. While getting physical therapy, I discovered that crocheting was the main contributor to my pain.

Check out my post: 10 Ways to Stop Pain from Crocheting and Knitting

After doing a little research, I decided that an ergonomic crochet hook was worth a try. I found Furls crochet hooks right away and after the shock of the price, I purchased a few.

Immediately, I loved how the hook felt in my hand. It’s a hefty tool and is much heavier than any other crochet hook I’ve ever used before or after.

Furls Crochet Hook

I also noticed that the metal was much smoother than my previous hook. It slipped in and out of tight amigurumi stitches with ease.

The pointed head made making invisible decreases much easier as well.

I’ve been using Furls crochet hooks ever since, but I began to wonder if it truly was the best one for crocheting amigurumi.

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Is Furls Still the Best Crochet Hook for Amigurumi?

After performing my super-scientific experiment, I have to admit that Furls is still my favorite crochet hook for amigurumi.

What I love:

  • Smoothest metal hook
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Pointed head

Only negative:

  • Price

The only downside to these hooks is the price. At $36, it’s the most expensive crochet hook that I know of. They are worth the investment for me, but I understand that it might not be in everyone’s budget.

The next hook is a close second and at a 1/3 of the cost, it’s a worthy alternative.

Testing the best and worst crochet hooks for amigurumi
All the Crochet Hooks I Tested

Clover Amour Crochet Hook

I’ve had a set of Clover Amour Crochet hooks for quite a while and they are my favorite for crocheting granny squares.

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During my experiment I discovered many things I love about these hooks for crocheting amigurumi:

  • Rubbery hook handle
  • Pointed head
  • Good price
Clover Amour Crochet Hook

The only two things that I didn’t like as much were:

  • Metal isn’t as smooth as the Furls
  • Handle is thin (I like the feel of a wider hook handle)

This crochet hook, may not be my number one favorite for crocheting amigurumi, but it is a very close second.

Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook

I’ve heard some really great things about the Tulip Etimo hook. It definitely has some great features like:

  • Rubbery handle
  • Pointed head
  • Long neck
Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook

The biggest negative for this hook is that the metal hook is not as smooth as the Furls or Clover Amour hooks.

  • Rougher metal

While comparative in price to the Clover Amour hook, its inferior metal makes this hook number three on my list.

Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook

The name of this hook led me to believe that it was going to have a very squishy handle. But after taking it out of the package, I wonder if the department who named the hook actually ever touched it.

The handle is anything but soft. It’s hard and flat.

But there are some positives like:

  • Good price
  • Long neck
Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook

Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives for me:

  • Not soft
  • Flat, small handle
  • Rough metal

Addi Comfort Grip

Addi is one of my favorite brands of knitting needles, so I was curious what their crochet hooks would be like.

This hook is definitely a good hook for crochet for these reasons:

  • Pointed head
  • Grippy handle
  • Long neck

The pointed head and grippy handle are two really big positives. But there’s one negative that makes the Addi Comfort Grip hook number five on my list.

  • Narrow handle

This hook has a long, skinny handle. I personally prefer something with a little more width, but if you don’t mind thin, this is a great hook.

Addi Swing Crochet Hook

I wanted to love this hook. I wanted it to take the place of my Furls hook.

The sleek and unique handle had me very excited to try it….

But the minute I started using the hook, I knew it was a bust.

The positives are:

  • Unique, ergonomic handle
  • Pointed head

The negatives are BIG negatives for me:

  • Very short neck
  • Draggy, rough metal hook (you can actually hear it squeaking in the video)

This was the biggest disappointment by far. If Addi gave this hook a longer neck and a smoother metal finish, it could become a favorite.

Boye Crochet Hook

While this is the cheapest hook, it’s not the worst. It’s close, but there’s one even worse.

I wasn’t expecting this hook to “wow” me. But I wanted to give it a try since it is a widely available crochet hook.

After testing this against the other hooks, I cannot recommend this hook at all.

I found this hook extremely difficult to work with. If you are using this hook, you are likely having a lot of issues making amigurumi. It’s not you, it’s the hook.

The only two positives are:

  • The price (it was only $1.38)
  • Tapered neck

But there are lots and lots of negatives:

  • Cheap, rough metal
  • Thin handle
  • Very difficult to work with

Susan Bates Crochet Hook

This is the worst crochet hook I have ever used for amigurumi.

If you are using this hook, you are making crocheting amigurumi much more difficult for yourself.

And at $5.57, it is extremely expensive for the quality. The price is comparable to the Clover Soft Touch, which is a far superior hook.

Positives:

  • None

Negatives:

  • In-ine neck (the neck is as wide as the hook head – no tapering)
  • Thin handle
  • Cheap, grippy metal
  • Extremely difficult to work with

The Best (and Worst) Crochet Hooks for Amigurumi

My hope is that I haven’t offended you and blasted your favorite hook.

At the outset of this experiment, I didn’t think there would be such a big difference in quality of crochet hooks, especially for amigurumi.

I want you all to know that there is a difference and if you’re frustrated with your amigurumi, it might not be you, but your hook.

Let me know what your favorite crochet is and if you agree with me or not!

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