Which juggling balls are best?

I am often asked which juggling balls are best. I will review various types of balls to answer as thoroughly as possible:

1) MMX balls – Rubber balls filled with birdseed and closed with a small plug. Comes in 3 sizes. These are like a compromise between rubber balls and beanbags, and are very popular with jugglers. While not my favorite, these are generally good to juggle with and have virtually no bounce. A few times while juggling with them, the plug almost came out of one of the balls. Luckily, pushing the plug back in deeper than before has resolved this. Very durable and pretty squeezable.

2) Sil-X balls – Rubber balls injected with liquid silicon, and has a plug similar to the MMX balls. Popular with many jugglers, these are fine but sometimes feel a bit awkward in my hands. They seem to have a little bit of bounce to them. They wobble a little bit. Durable, and my preferred joggling ball when weather conditions are very wet. The plugs on these things has never come lose. Mine have taken a real beating while joggling outside and seem very durable. They are moderately squeezable.

3) Beanbags – By far the best. This is what I joggle with the most. Often made from leather or imitation leather, sewn together and stuffed with birdseed. They have no bounce and feel perfect in my hands and their weight is just right. Unfortunately, not as durable as the other types of balls and not good to joggle with in wet weather. Very squeezable.

4) Lacrosse balls – Used by some jugglers and jogglers, they have a lot of bounce and are slightly heavy. I don’t recommend them for juggling or joggling. Due to their bounciness some bounce jugglers will use them as cheaper alternatives to more expensive silicon balls. Not squeezable.

5) Hockey balls – Too light to be used for juggling or joggling. Made from very firm plastic and not squeezable at all.

6) Tennis balls – Though they are the right size for most adults, they are too light and bouncy for most forms of juggling. However, you can make a slit in one and stuff it with pennies or birdseed to add some weight to it.  Doing this to tennis balls can make them excellent for juggling.(To the right is a photo of a tennis ball stuffed with pennies and covered in duct tape. It weights about 1 lb and is used to help build arm endurance during indoor juggling exercise rather that outside joggling).

I have no connection to any of the manufacturers or sellers of these balls. I didn’t receive any of them for free, I paid for them with my own money.

12 responses to “Which juggling balls are best?

  1. Healthy Lifestyle_Healthy body

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to create a superb article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  2. Thank you, I appreciate it! And have a Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks, I learnt a lot from this post.

    • You’re welcome. Glad you found it useful. All too often, one of the biggest impediments when it comes to learning how to juggle is not having the right kind of balls. I hope this cleared up why some balls are better than others.

  4. As an alternative juggling ball I have been using tee-ball baseballs. The are a little shy of 3″ making them bigger than either a tennis ball or a lacrosse ball. They have a fairly dead ‘bounce’. Six of them cost me $12 I stretch 3 balloons around them to finish them off, otherwise they are too slick. They are solid so no need to fill them, and they are plenty heavy without any filling I don’t know their weight. But they are heavier than a tennis ball filled with rice or bird seed. Because of their size and weight they are not a good choice for a beginner.

  5. I weighed the T-ball. It weighs 150gm making it about the size and weight of the 78mm Play SIL-X

  6. And a tennis ball full with rice weighs 120gm. This puts the filled tennis ball and the tee-ball very similar in weight to commercially available balls of the same size.

    I hope people find this info helpful

  7. Interesting comparison. Do you juggle different balls for joggling and just regular juggling?

    • I use the same balls for both. Sil-X. I’ve used bean bags on and off but I often joggle near water. I don’t want my beanbags getting soaked and ruined. The rubber Sil-X can stand the abuse.

  8. I’ve seen several guides on making with tennis balls and pennies, I haven’t tried them yet. are they practically good? have you tried them before?

    • This is what I use. I enjoy them and think they work quite well but I’ve only been juggling for about a month and haven’t tried anything else.

  9. Kevin Delaney

    Can anyone recommend a fairly good quality beanbag set of balls? Thanks.

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