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    So I notice people talking about all kinds of Yoyos what are the top brands? All I have ever heard of is Duncan, really. I mean I know the name YoMega but I don't know how good they are.
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    In terms of quality, there isn't really a top brand or handful of brands. There are a few bigger mass market brands that produce a wide variety of yoyos, including Duncan, Yoyofactory, and Yomega, and then a lot of smaller boutique brands that mostly produce machined aluminum yoyos in smaller runs. As long as you stay away from cheap generic stuff you might find in Walmart, most of them are good quality (disclaimer: some Walmarts or other local retailers might also have decent yoyos, but at least make sure it has a bearing, and probably most stuff under $10 will be no good). What people prefer mostly comes down to personal preference and how much they want to spend. As a rule of thumb, you can check when a yoyo first came out and check for some recent reviews online. If it came out within the last five or so years and people aren't complaining about it, it's probably fine for its price range. There are also plenty of excellent yoyos that are older than that, but looking for more recent stuff can help you avoid picking up old overstocked stuff that never sold or picking up an old design that was good in the 90s or early 2000s but has become a bit dated with the advances in design since then.

    Duncan specifically is kind of a special case because they have some cheap low-end stuff (mostly older designs like Imperials and Butterflies) that isn't that good, but their mid- to high-end stuff that is more aimed at serious yoyoers is good. Yomega is kind of in that boat as well where they have cheap stuff marketed at the general public that you want to avoid as well as some more recent stuff designed for yoyoers. I think Duncan generally has a better reputation among experienced yoyoers than Yomega, for whatever that's worth.

    Rather than looking for specific brands, it's generally more important to decide how much you want to spend and whether you want to look for a plastic or metal yoyo. Once you decide that, you can narrow down your search and go from there.
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    Thank you for the advice. I have picked up a few yoyos at a Duncan store in Disney for my son (7) and I. I had gotten a Mickey Mouse yoyo for him he doesn't do tricks and 1 with a brain to auto-return and for me I got a ProZ a few trips back and got a Metal Drifter this past trip. I also have a yoyo that claims to be for looping but can't think of the name right now. But I really just use it when I'm board to do gravity pulls!
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    The last yoyo I bought was a Duncan Hornet. I really want to learn 1A and 5A eventually. But I did grab the hornet because my ProZ could be used as either a butterfly or imperial yoyo so I figured I could mess around with 2A as well with minimal cost.
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    Looping is tricky but pretty fun once you start to get it down. Since modern yoyos aren't designed to handle both string tricks and looping at the same time, it is nice to have a dedicated looping yoyo or two around, especially since they are much cheaper compared to high end string trick yoyos.
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    Yeah it was nice and cheap which was also great lol
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    I'm new here myself and there have been some great answers already, but I'll tell you what I told folks at the guitar store I used to work at--if everybody thought the same one was best, they'd only make one kind. And unlike guitars, you can get decent yoyos for $20-$30 all day long. Try several! :)
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    That is really great advice! I plan on buying a bunch. Was just hoping to figure what companies make quality products so I don't get taken ordering online.
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    There are yoyo companies out there which are so cool, I've never heard of them--but if you're an intermediate player, you probably don't need anything precision-machined out of space-age alloys by an aircraft company...although you CAN get those. And even within brands, there are beginner (budget) models, intermediate, and advanced models. Duncan, Yomega and YoyoFactory come to mind as recognizable brand names to me, def some of the biggest in the market. I'm not saying that the super-boutique yoyos are a ripoff or anything like that, but I think for the casual player who isn't competing, it doesn't matter if your yoyo has a 20-minute sleep time or a 22-minute sleep time.

    I'd recommend deciding on a model you'd like to try and then just comparison-shopping that particular model for the best price. Don't forget extra strings! Good luck!
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