Finding a good fidget spinner can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and even improve your attention span. For adults and kids who have ADHD, fidget toys are already well-known. However, many of these fidget toys are making their way into the mainstream population. They not only help to reduce stress, bad habits like nail biting, and nervousness, they’re fun to play with as well.
For me, they’re a way to get rid of the bored energy that continually builds up between each sentence. As someone who sits and writes all day, you can imagine how easy it is to get sidetracked. It’s not that I don’t like what I do, I just have trouble concentrating.
So, rather than pick up my phone and play a round of Clash Royale or watch a YouTube video I simply spin while I think of how I want a particular article to come out. When I’m finally ready to write the next paragraph, I set it down. This saves me more time than I’d like to admit.
So, if you’re like me and need a distraction while you sit and think, here are a few spinners I think you’ll like. We’ll start with the more readily available budget options and then get into the more serious collector options. If you’re not sure whether you’re serious about collecting or simply want a good fidget spinner for one of your kids, the first part of this list is a good place to start.
6 Good Budget Kid-Friendly Spinner Toys for Focus and Stress Relief in 2017
While there are a lot of fidget toys on the market (dice, tangles, chains, and pull and stretch balls to name a few), the fidget spinner is the one that I feel is the most fun to play with and collect. There are many unique designs and spinners that cost over the $100 mark. However, these next few options are for all budgets.
If you’re looking for a good and cheap spinner that’s built well, I highly recommend the Holisouse Tri-Spinner. No, it’s certainly not the cheapest you can buy. However, at $13 it’s still inexpensive, of better quality, and has 1-2 day shipping rather than the multiple months wait we’re seeing from orders from China.
This particular spinner is available in black and white and is made of ABS plastic. It uses a durable hybrid ceramic bearing that gives you around 3-minute spins out of the box. In addition, this one is quieter than some cheaper options I’ve purchased.
The middle bearing can be swapped out for those who want to oil, tweak, or change out the bearing.
Overall, this is a spinner that’s fairly plain but of a good quality that spins for a long time. It’s worth spending $10 to $13 rather than $5 here for a product that is likely to last you a long time. Here’s a look at some other cheap fidget spinners I’ve come across.
Tyzest Fidget Spinner
At around $30, the Tyzest model is more expensive than the one above although still cheap compared to the higher-end models that run $100 to $200.
What you get for spending a bit more here is 3-8 minute spins, a 100% red copper design, as well as ceramic stainless steel hybrid bearings. As they’re stainless, they won’t rust over time like cheaper steel bearings.
If you’re into switching bearings, I found this one easy to replace. In addition, this fidget spinner has a bit more weight to it than most designs you come across. Those coming from plastic designs may find it to be a bit more satisfying.
Overall, you get a decent copper spinner with a long spin time out of the box with this Tyzest model.
Cshidworld Fidget EDC Hand Spinner
Available in 7 different shapes and various colors, this fidget spinner from Cshidworld offers a lot of value for its $13 price. Out of the box it should give you a 1-5 minute spin time. If it’s on the lower side, properly cleaning easily increase it.
The design of this one is a bit smaller than the ABS plastic ones and therefore it’s a bit easier to spin. The material is aluminum so it’s lightweight and the speed brass bearing gives it a smooth ride. The pads are made of metal as well and can be removed along with the bearing for replacement.
Overall, this spinner is well-designed, spins a long time, and is lightweight. That weight is either a good or bad thing depending on your personal preference. It comes in a nice case which should allow you to prevent scratches over time.
Victorem EDC Metal Hand Fidget Spinner
Here’s another compact design that looks and feels fantastic in your hand. It’s smooth, has a ceramic R188 bearing, and spins around 5 minutes out of the box and up to ten minutes based on feedback I’ve gotten from others.
Even though it’s smaller than some of the other models on this list, the weight of the Victorem EDC Spinner is substantial. It’s made of copper and brass. This, along with its ceramic bearings, make it a fantastic option for just $15.
There is a bit of noise on this one due to the bearings clinking around; however, this wasn’t a problem for me. If it is for you, you can always replace it with a caged 606 bearing.
Overall, this spinner has a lot of what I like for just $15. The ceramic bearings, copper design, and overall weight are desirable. For the money, it’s ideal for someone wanting a good option without paying $100 for an alternative option.
Ahutoru Brass Metal Spinner
There are a lot of spinners with this type of two end design. While this certainly isn’t your only option, it’s a good one for the money you pay. Out of the box, you should be able to get 4-7 minute spin times.
The design of the Ahutoru Brass Spinner is brass metal with a size 606 ceramic bearing with 9 ceramic beads. There is some hand machining on it so it’s not perfectly polished but that’s a tradeoff you face when you pay a lower price. Overall, it’s still very attractive. It still spins as well as models 2 to 3 times the price.
The noise on this model is minimal and it’s one of the quieter models I’ve used. If that’s a priority for you, I highly recommend you check it out.
Dimensions for this model are 2.7 x 1.1 x .59 inches with a weight of around 3.85 ounces. It comes with a protective box and is a good value overall.
Star Spinners Premium R188
With a stainless steel bearing and a double spinner option, the Star Spinners Double Fidget is one of the most unique I’ve come across. The double spinner design is super fun to use and offers a few different options for spinning when compared to a single design.
Star Spinners also makes a basic plastic model that works well at a budget price of around $10.
How to Clean a Fidget Spinner
Cleaning out your spinner can add additional spin time as well as decrease the noise. The best way to do this is to remove the cap and clean it with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Oil, in general, is not to be used as it attracts lint and dust to the middle.
Canned air can also be used to clean out dust. This needs to be routinely done in order to maintain your spin time.
Here’s a video with some additional tips:
Our 3 Top Rated Fidget Spinners for Adult Collectors in 2017
So, you’ve tried the more budget-friendly option and want something that not only will last a long time, but also be part of a collection. Here are a few higher-end options to consider in 2017.
Fidknu Brass and Steel Polished Spinner
If you’re ready to make the jump to more serious spinners, you can find quite a few options on the EFdesign page. The one we recommend is this brass polished one.
It comes with one of the best hybrid ceramic bearings you can buy or an equivalent ABEC 11 bearing. There’s quite a lot of weight to this one, and yes, it technically could serve as a brass knuckle option as well.
Overall, this is a well-polished and carefully made spinner that’s for serious collectors.
While you’re on the EF design page also be sure to check out the Benjamin Antique Brass and steel spinner with the Dollar design.
Instagram Pozdnyakoff Designs
If you’re looking for a handcrafted option that’s nearly one of a kind, try out Instagram user Pozdnyakoff. The artist makes some very unique designs that you won’t find elsewhere. He only makes 20 to 50 of these at a time and orders as well as prices are handled through direct messaging on Instagram.
It’s a premium and unique design, so it might take a while to get what you’re looking.
Good things come to those who wait.
Overall, these are worth it for the serious collector. We wish the seller had an online store that made the process simpler, but if you want one, that’s the route you have to take.
Steam Punk Phat Boy Eclipse
If you’re looking for a solid spinner to do tricks with, we recommend the Phat Boy Eclipse from Steam Punk Spinners. At around $100 it’s about half of the price of a Torqbar but, in my opinion, more fun to play with.
The design for this spinner is a bit larger which makes it easier to do tricks. The middle button, for example, allows you to use two fingers rather than just one. This is what makes it easy to switch from one hand to another.
As this design is larger, we recommend the aluminum version of it rather than the copper. This makes it a bit easier to hold.
Overall, you get good spin times, a unique design, and a fun spinner for your collection.
Clearly, we can’t cover all premium models of spinners and since the weight, design, and feel of a fidget spinner is all personal preference it’s worth looking for the perfect option. So, if you’re an avid collector, be sure to check out the Torqbar, Hyperstone, Spinnercraft, Real Gear Spinners, as well as other great brands and options.
With all the growth we’ve seen in the spinner industry, there will certainly be more options in the year to come. Be sure to check back here as more fidget spinners make our list.
Changing out Your Fidget Spinner’s Bearings
If you’ve gotten this far into my spinner article, you might want to know what else there is to know about spinners. One option is to change the middle bearing. This can increase spin times and give you a different feel overall.
The best bearings for getting a long spin time is actually debatable. Some prefer a full ceramic bearing while others prefer an SKF bearing. Here’s a look at the most common bearings used for hand fidget spinners. Clearly, there are many other options you can use, but this is a good guide to start from.
Guide to the Most Common Types of Hand Fidget Spinner Bearings
Steel Bearing 608
Your typical inexpensive bearing is a budget skateboard steel one. These don’t spin as fast but are affordable for your just about anyone.
Ceramic bearings have ceramic balls that don’t rust. That being said, you want an option for the inside and outer rings of the balls that is stainless steel. The rings on ceramic bearings can rust if they’re simply made of steel.
The R188 bearing has a bearing locking system that requires you to take off the outer ring to look at it. It’s smaller than your 608 or ceramic bearing but it’s completely stainless steel (some cheaper options may have steel on the inside as well).
If you’re looking for quality, find something that’s made of all stainless or a stainless ceramic hybrid. Models that use steel may rust and not last as long. Have a favorite type of bearing or spinner? Be sure to leave us a comment to let our reader’s know.