You are probably reading this article because you want an answer. Which crochet hook is the best?
There really is no such thing as the best crochet hook. They do vary in quality, but there are just too many to nail it down. All things being the same...
The more appropriate question is, which hook is best for this crochet project.
Take the following information and use it to choose a crochet hook. Through trial and error you may find, "the best crochet hook." Hook Sizes
The tapered hook, in the picture above, has a shallow recess with less hook overhang. (Boye Hook)
The lower hook, a Bates, has a body diameter equal to the neck of the hook. A Bates hook is also more symmetrical with sharper edges, and a deeper throat.
Crocheters will take a stance regarding which head shape is better. Some will advocate that their shape doesn't snag, splits= yarn, or give poor control. You will have to experiment to see which type suits you.
The general consensus is that aluminum makes the best starter hook(s).
These hooks are inexpensive, super smooth, and strong.
A little disclaimer, I make would crochet hooks, so I'm a little partial. Wood is not as slippery as aluminum, but it is more slippery than plastic.
Wood is strong but not as strong as Aluminum. If you bend your aluminum hooks through use, then wood hooks are not for you.
What I like about wood is the aesthetic. They are beautiful and they feel wonderful in the hand.
A crafted wood hook is akin to a hand-thrown-clay-cup, or a favorite wooden spoon.
If you are looking to pass something on to your family nothing beats an heirloom quality wood hook.
Wood hooks will work best for you if you do some basic hook maintenance.
Bamboo hooks are inexpensive, and Eco friendly, an inexpensive substitute for wood.
Bamboo tends to be a little tacky, and less smooth than Aluminum.
Bamboo is also warm and lightweight.
There isn't going to be a lot of thought involved in picking a steel hook because they are for a specific kind of crochet.
There aren't really any other options. No other material is strong enough to go this small in diameter.
Steel hooks are normally used with thread for making; doilies, bridal or other intricate works.
When choosing a steel hook you will decide if you want an inline or tapered head, and if you want an ergonomic handle.
Plastic hooks are all over the map when it comes to crocheting characteristics.
The finish on plastic varies widely.
If you choose to purchase a plastic hook, do a little research.
Plastic hooks seem to be used often with really big fiber.
* There are probably other materials but the ones listed in this article are the most common.