The 8 Best Looms

Updated October 21, 2017 by Melissa Harr

8 Best Looms
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We spent 15 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. In today's hyper-technological world, it's easy to forget the simple pleasure of using one's hands to create useful and lasting items. These looms are not only capable of making all sorts of things, including hats, scarves, pot holders, and tapestries, but they also supply you with a marvelous way to unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best loom on Amazon.

8. Rainbow Loom Bands

You can get kids interested in textile and woven handicrafts with the Rainbow Loom Bands with metal hook, which has a rubber band loom and over 600 bands of various colors for creating all the pretty bracelets and accessories you could wish for.
  • fun birthday present
  • appropriate for all budgets
  • choking hazard for younger kids
Brand Rainbow Loom
Model R0001
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Melissa & Doug Multi-Craft

The Melissa & Doug Multi-Craft offers an effortless set up and an oversized wooden frame and needle, making it perfect for your young weavers. The provided instructions give directions for four projects, including a scarf, a drawstring pouch, a coaster, and a carry-all.
  • comfortable-to-grip knobs
  • appropriate for various skill levels
  • some issues with tangling
Brand Melissa & Doug
Model 9381
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

6. Harrisville Designs Lap Loom

You’ll be able to create stunning tapestries measuring 9 inches by 15 inches with the Harrisville Designs Lap Loom, a hardwood model that is wonderful for smaller projects and beginning crafters. It’s appropriate for use in schools with children aged 7 and up.
  • can be used on the floor or a table
  • wool weft yarn and cotton string
  • shed sticks are a bit flimsy
Brand Harrisville Designs
Model F376-AZ
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Darice Set of 4 Round Knitting

Technically, the Darice Set of 4 Round Knitting looms won’t make traditional woven items, but if you'd like some handcrafting fun, it might be just the ticket. You’ll be able to make hats, scarves, and other garments, all without picking up any needles.
  • plastic carrying case
  • bright neon is hard to misplace
  • pegs aren't terribly durable
Brand Darice
Model 1171-58
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Schacht Cricket Loom

You might best describe the Schacht Cricket Loom as compact, since it comes in both 10- and 15-inch widths that travel with you easily, especially since they weigh around 4 and 6 pounds, respectively. You’ll even get two balls of yarn with either one you choose.
  • hard maple and apple plywoods
  • eight-dent reed
  • instructions could be better
Brand Schacht
Model SCH-10
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Harrisville Designs Potholder Deluxe Kit

The Harrisville Designs Potholder Deluxe Kit is designed to create — wait for it — potholders, and in fact, it comes with all the materials necessary for creating six of these handy kitchen items. Each one, when finished, measures 6 inches square.
  • 100 percent cotton loops
  • bright and varied colors
  • weaving and finishing hooks included
Brand Harrisville Designs
Model F552-AZ
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Beka Weaving Frame With Stand

Beginning weavers might check out the Beka Weaving Frame With Stand. This 20-inch by 23-inch model arrives with all the tools you need to get started, except yarn, and is made to be comfortable when used both flat and upright, at any angle you wish.
  • flexible and lightweight
  • robust plastic teeth
  • hassle-free assembly
Brand Beka
Model 07006
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Ashford Weaving Rigid Heddle

While it’s true that the Ashford Weaving Rigid Heddle has a lofty price tag, the old saying is appropriate here -- You get what you pay for. This offering, from a company known for excellent quality looms and accessories, is sturdy, beautiful, and a breeze to operate.
  • crafted from unfinished hardwood
  • comes with clear instructions
  • great for newbies or the experienced
Brand Ashford
Model pending
Weight 10.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on October 21, 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.

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