I think we can all agree that fidget spinners are pretty lame. But YoYos are timeless. They’re the second oldest toy in the world, in fact.* Way more fun. Way more interesting. Modern yoyos also take actual skill to use and per the video, you can put on a real show.
And there is a glut of pretty awesome inexpensive chinese clone yoyos on the market these days, like every other toy, so a savings is you.
The first thing you need to know is responsive versus unresponsive yoyos.
Responsive is old timey style. You spin the yoyo, snap your hand, and it will bind and come back to you.
Unresponsive is the modern style. You spin the yoyo, and it will hang and spin forever, but getting it to come back requires learning a (relatively) simple bind trick. This is preferred so that you can do more tricks while the yoyo is spinning.
They’re also cool to look at:
So. If you want to try this out, and who wouldn’t because it’s freakin’ awesome, I have some inexpensive Amazon recommendations to start with:
I ended up giving this model to a poor kid in India, but for 12 bucks you can’t beat the price. It is a great aluminum yoyo. Yes it is a clone, but that price! There is also a green and black version if you prefer other colors. It is unresponsive, but you should start with unresponsive anyways.
There are a handful of things you should know with your first yoyo, and this video covers it well:
If you like that yoyo, get heavily into it and want more choices, check out this 2017 buyer’s guide. I personally recommend the bimetal yoyos, that have steel on the outer edges. A really nice feel.
* guess what the oldest toy in the world is?