How the test was made
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In the test of fidget spinners, we have included the following parameters:
Gyroscope effect and rotation: How well-balanced and even is the rotation? How satisfying is the gyroscope effect? How long can the spinner rotate?
Design and noise: What's the grip like, and how suitable is the spinner for different sized hands? Is it painful to start or stop the spinner? How noisy is it at different speeds?
Materials and ball bearings: What materials is it made from? What's the construction quality like?
These parameters are then compared to the product price to determine value for money and allocate a score.
The Fidget Spinner Original has a stable construction and the gyroscope effect is good despite the spinner mainly being made of plastic. The spin time is one of the longest in the test. The plastic gives the spinner a soft feeling, which is reinforced when you start it spinning. However, it may take a few attempts before you get the knack of the technique for keeping the speed up. Weights in the three arms give it good balance as it rotates. The arms are relatively long and for people with small hands they can catch on the hand. The ball bearing is also quite noisy. The pad is broad and easy to hold, but quite flat – which means that the spinner is probably a bit more difficult to do tricks with. The model is available in several different strong colours.
Its robust construction makes this the most stable spinner in the test, and it spins for a very very long time. The spinning noise is a faint humming that you can hardly hear, so it won't disturb your fellow student or colleague at the next desk. The pad is nicely dished, which makes it easy and comfortable to hold, and in fact is a bit of a must for balancing the spinner's weight and radius. The drop-shaped arms are modular and can be removed, which is fun because you can vary the spinner's appearance and feel. The drop-like arm shape makes it easy to spin faster with your fingers. The spinner's weight makes it a little challenging to do tricks with, and you really don't want to drop it on your foot. The gyroscope effect is clear and very satisfying, which makes it both fun and easy to tilt as it spins.
This angular fidget spinner is entirely made from aluminium and has a good gyroscope effect and a very long spin time. The metal makes an obvious noise reminiscent of a bicycle wheel scraping against a mudguard. The construction is wobbly and somewhat unbalanced, which is reflected in the spin. To balance it you can hold it with both hands, but that seems a bit pointless as the whole idea of a fidget spinner is that you should be able to spin it one handed. The Fidget Axes doesn't have any weights in the arms – instead the arms themselves are heavier and more angular, and you certainly notice if you catch your fingers as it's spinning. The pad is dished, which makes it easy to hold and even spin with just one finger. However, the pad is very small, which makes it best for smaller fingers.
The Apsung Aluminum has a cool design that creates a fun pattern as it spins. The construction is extremely stable and the pad slightly dished, which makes it comfortable to hold. The spin speed initially gives the impression of being very fast, but it slows down quickly and is one of the first in the test to stop. The light weight of the spinner means the gyroscope effect isn't very powerful. The arms have a slightly concave curve and are easy to spin to keep it going. A disadvantage of this spinner is that it's very noisy – the loudest of the models we tested. It's a scraping, wailing noise, which means that it's not exactly the best choice to take to school or work.
The Fidget Spinner Pro is aesthetically appealing, but other than that rather dull. It's completely made of aluminium, and has fixed weights in the two arms. Because it only has two arms it's easy to start as it's simple to get hold of with your fingers. On the other hand, it's wobbly and easily gets unbalanced, which slows it down. This is one of the models in the test that stops first. The pad is broad and nicely dished, which makes it comfortable to hold. The gyroscope effect is relatively low as it's so small and light. When you tilt it while it's spinning there's hardly any resistance at all. Despite the fact that it's small, this is the loudest spinner in the test. You get a loud warbling noise when it spins.