Metal or Plastic? Top 3 Metal Spinners vs. Top 3 Plastic Spinners

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Metal vs Plastic fidget spinners

A fidget spinner is a toy that consists of a bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with little effort.

Fidget spinners became popular toys in 2017, although similar devices had already been invented as early as 1993. Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer by training, was initially credited by some news stories to have been the inventor of the fidget spinner, including by media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, and the New York Post. Hettinger filed a patent application for a “spinning toy” in 1993 and a patent was issued, but Hettinger allowed the patent to lapse in 2005 after she could not find a commercial partner. A May 2017 Bloomberg News article showed that Hettinger was not the inventor of the fidget spinner, and Hettinger agreed. The toy became popular among schoolchildren and consequently some schools banned the spinners for being a distraction, while other schools allowed the toy to be used discreetly.

A basic fidget spinner consists of a two or three pronged design with a bearing in its center circular pad. A person holds the center pad while the toy spins. They are made from various materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper, aluminium, and plastic. The bearings are generally ceramic, metal (stainless steel or chrome), and some are hybrids—such as ceramic balls with stainless races and cages.

Do you want a cheap and very good fidget spinner?

Here are some:

The cool one

This is a very cool Metal Spinner, it is fun to play with it has a perfect size suitable for Adults and kids too, simple and easy to carry.

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Fidget Spinner Toy Relieve Stress High Speed Focus Toy for Killing Time (2 A A Rainbow)
  • Material: titanium alloy.
  • It's fun and interesting, also effective for focus and deep thought. Especially helpful to relax effectively when you are all nerves.
  • Great for anxiety, focusing, adhd, autism, quitting bad habits, staying awake.
  • Perfect size suitable for adults and kids, simple, easy to carry.
  • A magical gift for adult, child, student, worker, release their stress and pain.

The cheap one

This is a very cheap spinner with a beautiful Camouflage Color, which looks very nice and beautiful. It has a  High Speed Hybrid Ceramic ball in the center to ensure the smoothest rotation and consistency.

D-JOY Tri-Spinner Fidget Toy Hand Spinner Camouflage, Stress Reducer Relieve Anxiety and Boredom Camo (Starry sky)
  • Camouflage Color, looks very nice and beautiful. We have many camo colors for your options, if you need more please choose from our shop
  • FUNCTION:High Speed Hybrid Ceramic ball in the center to ensure the smoothest rotation and consistency. 3 Steel 608 counterweight bearing
  • weights to increase centripetal force and spin time.
  • Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice
  • No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought These are perfect pocket pieces for people wanting something small, simple, discrete and fun-also effective for focus, stress relief and deep thought.

The long spinning one

This fidget spinners has an 5 minute average spin time and it is great for fidgety hands. It has also a great bearing, Ceramic center bearing, SLA technology, laser industrial molding technology, resin materials, accompany you year by year.

Mmrm Light ADHD Anxiety Autism Stress Reducer Fidget Hand Five Quinary Spinner EDC Toy (gold)
  • No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought
  • Fidget hand spinner: 1-3 minute average spins great for fidgety hands, add & ADHD sufferers helps relieve stress
  • Great bearing: Ceramic center bearing, SLA technology, laser industrial molding technology, resin materials, accompany you year by year
  • Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice
  • Misc.

The Glowing one

This Spinner is Fluorescence, perfect for a night spent with friends. Its weights inscrease centripetal force and spin time.

Balai Fidget Spinner Toy Glow in the Dark Hand Spinner Fluorescence, Stress Reducer Relieve Anxiety and Boredom
  • Camouflage Color, looks very nice and beautiful. We have many camo colors for your options, if you need more please choose from our shop
  • FUNCTION:High Speed Hybrid Ceramic ball in the center to ensure the smoothest rotation and consistency. 3 Steel 608 counterweight bearing
  • weights to increase centripetal force and spin time.
  • Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice
  • No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought These are perfect pocket pieces for people wanting something small, simple, discrete and fun-also effective for focus, stress relief and deep thought.

The Marvel lover one

This Metal spinner is perfect for Comics lover. It has a cool Captain America’s Shield looking. You can hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice.

The emoji one

This Spinner is for chatty friends who use many emojies. It is made from metal and is easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought. If you are not safistied of this spinner you can get a cashback in the next 60 days.

Bolayu Cool Newest Cheap Emoji Hand Spinner Tri Fidget Spinner Desk Focus EDC Toy (A2)
  • Good choice for Killing Time, compact and light weight, perfect size suitable for adults and kids.
  • Great bearing: Ceramic center bearing, SLA technology, laser industrial molding technology, resin materials, accompany you year by year.
  • No big noise: Easy to carry, small, simple, discrete and fun, also effective for focus and deep thought
  • Hold spinner in one hand and use the other hand to spin it rapidly using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely with practice
  • Warranty: All the purchases of Bolayu Fidget Spinners are guaranteed with money back in 60 days warranty!

Plastic vs. Metal

Talking about from what are they made, let’s talk about metal spinners versus plastic spinners. Do you know the difference? Here are some differences between metal and plastic spinners:

1.DURABILITY

That is not to say, however, that all metal spinners are durable. Bronze and brass dent and scratch easily. That also means they develop a gorgeous patina that some spinner fans love so much. Copper is better and steel and titanium are best for durability. Most metal spinners nowadays use decent quality bearings. Moreover, they have removable bearings, so if something happens to the bearing you can just pop in a new one. That’s a plus for how long the spinner will last.

Plastic spinners that are 3d printed are just not good. They will snap easily and are often not balanced. For well-made molded plastic models, durability can be great. However, well-made plastic models are scarce. That should be clear from the average price for these – often under $10 or even $5 for a fidget spinner. That means the bearings aren’t great and is a good indication that the manufacturer was not particularly concerned with quality control.

2.PRICE

Plastic fidget spinners are cheaper as compare to the metal fidget spinners. However, there is no value in them if you compare them to metal spinners.

3.LOOK & FEEL

This is a subjective judgment, but we believe metal looks and feels better than plastic. We’re also pretty confident than anyone who has tried a bunch of hand spinners would agree with this judgment.

On a more objective note, plastic is not often shiny enough to create some of the nice optical illusions you get with metal spinners. Also plastic tends to come in only the one classic tri-spinner design. Metal spinners come in all kinds of cool shapes and sizes.

4.TRICKS

If tricks are your thing, you may want to go plastic. Obviously metal is harder and can break things like glass or do some damage to a human being if it’s tossed around in the wrong way. Also plastic is cheaper so you can destroy the thing and get another for 5 bucks.

5.QUIETNESS

Both plastic and metal can be quiet. But metal tends to be quieter because it is better made – ie the manufacturer puts more time and effort into making a well balanced model. Note that full ceramic bearings will always be louder than other types of bearings regardless of the spinner body material.

And the most important:

6.SPIN TIME

Generally speaking, metal spinners are heavier and therefore spin for longer than plastic spinners. It’s possible to have plastic spinners with metal weights that are heavier than aluminum body fidget spinners, but anything made of steel, copper, brass or bronze will spin for a lot longer than plastic (all else equal).

Most plastic models use 608 bearings which are the largest bearings used in fidget spinners. The larger the bearing, the higher the friction and the lower the spin time. Metal spinners increasingly use smaller bearings like the famed R188 which is significantly smaller than the 608 and spins for A LOT longer.

Let’s talk fidget spinners

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Let’s face it: fidget spinners are the new craze, and love them or hate them we’re gonna see much more of them in the weeks and months to come. I wrote this to give some perspective on the whole fidget spinner situation – when they appeared, how they grew, who loves and hates them and why. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below! 

A brief history of fidget spinners

How it all started

Time credits a woman named Catherine Hettinger for inventing fidget spinners in 2006, including their most popular design nowadays:

D-JOY New Style Premium Tri-Spinner Fidget Toy With Premium Hybrid Ceramic Bearing - Como (Galaxy Purple)
  • Round Corner and Soomth Surface - Protect your fingers from scratching.
  • A Good Choice for Killing Time, Having Fun, Helping Relieve Stress, Keep Focusing.
  • User-friendly - Portable, No Repair, Oil, Maintenance Needed! Use it directly out of box.
  • Great for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Quit Smoking, Staying Awake On Long Car Drives, Etc
  • DESIGNED:Designed with for Fidgeters! We made sure that the EDC Spinner felt satisfying, as well as provide a smooth functional spin. Giving you the satisfaction you're looking for in a Fidget EDC Spinner!

But most of us are probably more acquainted with other designs from manufacturers like Rotablade or ZeroFeud, who started to appear on our newsfeeds in EDC groups last year. I first learned about fidget spinners a couple of months ago, apparently shortly after they came to market. When I first launched the site, they were the topic of my first real post, and as I would later learn, they are by far the most popular type of fidget toy for the members of our small community.

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9 New (to me) Fidget Toy designs

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Fidget toy designs

Hey! It’s been a while. The last two months have been pretty hectic for me on the home front, with some big changes in all aspects of my life. As always, when you’re running low on time it’s your hobbies that take the hit, so I’ve been quite absent from EDC Toys – both the toys, and the website.

But now things have settled, I’ve settled into a new routine so much that I’ve started to browse the web to add some more stuff to my collection, and I was surprised to find that during the time when I wasn’t glued to fidget news, a lot of new toy designs have come out. I’ll get straight into it, here are 9 fidget toys that I liked that I hadn’t seen before:

#1: The Fidget Cube Spinner

It’s not exactly a fidget cube, and it’s not quite a spinner. This Braindeefstudio creation is a little of both, and unfortunately it’s not available right now. Keep your eyes on the creator’s Etsy page though, and you might just be able to grab one when they come back in stock.

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Spinetic Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on our Spinetic giveaway! Reading all your comments was really fun, and it shows why many of you were so passionate about these spinners. Without further ado, here’s the giveaway draw:

Congratulations to Leo Villanueva! You’ll be getting a Spinetic Spinner of your choosing – either an X or an Y! Here’s why Leo likes Spinetic products:spinetic spinners

Again, a big thanks for everyone who participated and I can’t wait to do this all again next time! 🙂

 

16 Unusual fidget toys to inspire you

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16 unusual fidget toys

In the month and a bit since I launched this website I’ve seen fidget toys blossom and grow in numbers in a way I didn’t predict and wouldn’t have believed. And they’re getting more and more popular, too: I’ve got a fidget spinner or the fidget cube with me for a couple of months now, and fewer people are surprised about them or didn’t know about them before.

Up until now, on EDC Toys we’ve covered fidget spinners extensively, so I decided to make a post to bring some of the lesser known fidget toys in the spotlight. The 17 toys below are all from Amazon, because going outside of it would’ve made this post hundreds of toys long. Some of them have been featured here before, most have not, but they’re all making my fingers twitch. I’ve left their original descriptions from Amazon, and tried to explain them, or at least their presence here.

Without further ado, here are the…

17 unusual fidget toys

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Meet your Makers #2: Spinetic

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Almost a month ago I premiered the interview series called Meet your Makers, where I try to show you a bit of the behind the scenes of a fidget toy maker’s life. In the time since then I tried to get in touch with more manufacturers, and to my surprise and delight more of them have agreed to take part in my small interview series.

In today’s episode I teamed up with Joshua, the owner and creator behind Spinetic Spinners, some of the most popular fidget toys out there and definitely the most popular on EDC Toys. Every time I ask you for recommendations the top ones I get are Spinetic spinners. And his website, https://spinetic-spinners.com/, is probably on top of everyone’s daily bookmarks, just to see if any spinners are back in stock.

Not only was Joshua kind enough to sit down with me and answer my questions, but he agreed to host a giveaway for one lucky reader. So keep reading until the very end, when I’ll tell you all about this giveaway.

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Welcome to the March Race

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February’s contest ended this week and I for one had fun organizing it. I’m sure at least one of you guys also liked it!

In March we’re doing things differently. It’s going to be more complex, with a few more rules, but overall I think we’re gonna have more fun this month. Introducing…

The March Race

This March we’re kicking it into high gear. I know you love spinners and I know many of you have one at home, and I’ve seen many of you brag about your spin times. So let’s race!

To win this month’s contest and the $50 prize that comes with it by having the longest spin time on your spinner. You must be able to prove this with video – the standard photo showing your time won’t be enough, or else I’m sure someone will win with a time of ten hours.

And that’s it! Enter the contest by leaving a comment below, and remember to link to the video of your spinner actually spinning for the time you say it does. I’ll be posting updates when the number one spot has been overtaken, so subscribing to the newsletter won’t hurt if you want to be up to date with the race.

Bonus round: the fastest ten spinners will enter a draw to win another $50 prize! So you can win a $50 fidget toy (or cash equivalent) by:

  • having the best time on your spinner
  • having a top 10 time and being lucky.

Based on the feedback I received so far I want to level the playing field so that everyone has a fair chance. I’m open to suggestions on how to make the rules fair for everyone, but so far the number one rule is:

The only “spin” that’s accepted is the natural one. No using compressed air cans, magnets or other contraptions that would aritficially drive up your spin time.

And… we’re off! Good luck and have fun!

Edit: many of you pointed out that the contest in its current form will give some spinner owners an unfair advantage. After thinking it over, you’re right. I’m open to all suggestions to level the playing field, but without outright banning any spinner. I’m thinking of adding an extra prize and having one prize for low cost spinners, one for more expensive ones and the draw where the top times from each category would enter. What are your thoughts?

Congratulations to our first contest winner!

A little under a month ago I launched EDC Toys’ first contest – I invited you to tell me what your favorite EDC toy is, and 45 of you took me up on my offer! I won’t drag this along, so without further ado here’s how I randomly extracted the winner:

Congratulations to Steven, who won with the comment below. I’ll be in contact in just a few minutes so we can get you your very own FlyAwayToys Falcon.

edc toys winner

Stay tuned – the next contest will be here soon!

Fidget Cube review – all your questions answered

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After months of waiting, my fidget cube finally arrived at my doorstep – both of them, actually. Thanks to the slightly delayed arrival you probably know all the details about the cube by now, but I’m going to try to give you my two cents nevertheless. I tried to answer what I thought were the most relevant questions about the toy – if you have any other questions leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

How big is the Fidget Cube?

fidget cube size

The cube is just big enough for me to carry it around with a closed fist. Its size is comfortable in the hand, and it’s easy to carry around in your pocket. I’m fairly happy with its size, and the cube fit in most places I used to carry it around, except one. It doesn’t fit inside your jeans’ pocket, at least it didn’t fit comfortably in most of mine. Comfort aside, you’d walk around with a big bulge in your pocket and that’s gonna draw some attention.

I’ve got average-to-large hands and I can reach all the gizmos on all the Fidget Cube’s faces, regardless of the position I’m holding it in.

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