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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75 Tri-Spinners to keep you fidgeting

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One of the main reasons I started this site was that I felt there are few places you can get information about fidget toys. I’d Google one of them and only find unrelated or barely reliable information scattered over a dozen results. So for the time being I’m focusing on lists. After last time I focused on Rubik’s Cubes, this post is all about fidget spinners, and tri-spinners in particular.

Why does this list contain 75 tri-spinners, you ask? Because this isn’t a Buzzfeed article and I’m not looking for catchy numbers, and because I started this post with 79 and realized along the way I had some duplicates. I spent a looot of hours over the past few days trying to find as many tri-spinners as I could, then narrowed down the list to avoid including cheap, low quality clones that aren’t worth your money. If you know one that I haven’t included, or if you disagree with one I did include, just drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll do my best to improve this post.

Why tri-spinners, though? Because I want one, and this whole thing started out as research for my next purchase. And five minutes of research turned into about twelve hours of research… And I haven’t even written the post. A quick note about the post: all images are taken directly from their manufacturer’s stores, so the real spinner is credited.

But enough talk, you’re not here for my long intros, you’re here to see some awesome tri-spinners! So let’s get on with it. As before, I’ve ordered these tri-spinners ascending according to price. The cheapest one on my list is under 7 bucks, while the most expensive is $180, so we’re going through the whole range of price, quality and craftsmanship. Enjoy!

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All about EDC Spinners

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TL;DR: If you’ve ever heard of EDC spinners but you’re not quite sure what they are, I put together this guide as a broad overview. Is anything left unclear after reading this post? Did I leave out your favorite gadget? Let me know in the comments below!

EDC spinners are the topic I thought that the first “real” post on the site should try to cover. Ideally, this should put EDC into perspective and analyze the types of products we’re going to be focusing on in more detail. Since I discovered EDC toys relatively recently, these first posts will also recreate my journey to discover what EDC is all about. Hopefully, if you’re just starting out you’re going to find these posts useful.

So, without further ado, here’s a relatively close look into all the different EDC Spinners:

What are EDC Spinners?

This is my first – and so far my only spinner. When I first started to research stress relief gadgets similar to the Fidget Cube, I found that spinners are by far the most wide spread of them all. Basically, every EDC gear list would contain one of these. In essence, these toys consist of a center ball bearing that you hold between your thumb and index finger and some sort of “body” that spins around the center ball bearing.

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