Fidget spinner Best in test

Fidget spinner: 5 models tested

Last updated May 2017

A fidget spinner is a little gadget that falls into a number of categories. It's a toy to do tricks with, a tool to increase concentration and a modern interpretation of the stress ball. This means that the target group is broad, and age limits largely irrelevant.

The fidget spinner is a simple item. It's essentially a small spinning top consisting of a ball bearing and some arms. It's small and light and available in a number of versions in terms of material, shape and colour. The original model is made of plastic and metal, has a ball bearing in the middle and three arms. To spin it, you hold it between your index finger and thumb and spin the arms.

To keep the fidget spinner spinning, there are weights located at the ends of the arms. These weights help to balance the spinner so that it can keep its speed up and spin evenly. With the right technique, you can get the spinner to keep spinning for a couple of minutes.

The most common technique is to hold the spinner between your fingers and tap the arms to keep the speed up. But once it's spinning you can also do tricks with it, for example by throwing it from finger to finger. The growing interest in fidget spinners has led to an increasing number of instructional videos on YouTube that show you how to do tricks.

The idea behind the fidget spinner is that if you have something in your hands it's easier to focus on what you're doing, whether you're sitting in a school classroom or trying to figure something out at work. Regardless of whether the fidget spinner is used for tricks or stress management, it's an interesting gadget that has quickly attracted a lot of attention.

Curiosity and interest are increasing and it has become increasingly common to see fidget spinners in both schools and offices. But which model is best? Which ball bearings are the best and which spins best?

Products tested

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.

Fidget Spinner Original

Stable construction with good gyroscope effect, available in lots of different colours

Material: Plastic and metal Ball bearing: 7 balls Number of arms: 3 Radius: 4.2 cm Weight: 51 g Spin time: Long

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.

+Good gyroscope effect, available in lots of colours, stable construction
Flat pad, not so good for smaller hands
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King Kong Modular

Incredibly stable construction with good grip and almost silent spinning

Material: Metal Ball bearing: 8 balls Number of arms: 6 Radius: 3.5 cm Weight: 126 g Spin time: Long

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.

+Long spin time, stable rotation, almost entirely silent, good grip
Relatively heavy
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Fidget Axes

Attractive spinner with a good gyroscope effect and incredibly long spin time

Material: Aluminium Ball bearing: 8 balls Number of arms: 3 Radius: 3.5 cm Weight: 68 g Spin time: Long

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.

+Good gyroscope effect, very long spin time
Scraping rotation noise, not very good to use with just one hand
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3.5 of 5

Apsung Aluminium

Good grip and a cool design that creates attractive patterns as it spin

Material: Aluminium Ball bearing: 8 balls Number of arms: 3 Radius: 3.3 cm Weight: 30 g Spin time: Short

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.

+Good dishing on the pad, attractive spin pattern
Poor gyroscope effect, very loud
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Fidget Spinner Pro

Small two-armed aesthetically appealing spinner

Material: Aluminium Ball bearing: 8 balls Number of arms: 2 Radius: 3.4 cm Weight: 34 g Spin time: Medium

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.

+Aesthetically appealing
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