Changes from 2009-now : yoyos are actually good now
Changes from 2013-now : yoyos are a lot cheaper since everyone is manufacturing in China now. Also almost every yoyo on the market nowadays is a good yoyo(better than 95% of the market in 2009) since understanding of good yoyo design has been developed, perfected, and become common knowledge.
YYJ is no longer a company. YYF and OD are still big names like in 2013, however CLYW has kind of fallen off a bit and doesn’t have quite the reputation it used to. SF and G2 have taken their place as very popular “small” companies. YYR Draupnir is still highly regarded but it’s not as clear cut “the best yoyo” like it was in 2013, other yoyos have caught up to it, but many still consider it the best yoyo even today. Other than the Draupnir and Sleipnir though, the company doesn’t have as much prestige as it did in the early ‘10s; their newer models since 2013 don’t have as much popularity or interest as their monometals pre-2013.
If there’s any other companies you remember and want to know about I can see if I can help. I don’t think ILYY makes yoyos anymore or if they do it’s not very frequent.
What’s your price range? Also I would recommend getting a full sized yoyo. There’s not too many undersized yoyos nowadays for a reason; we’ve discovered they don’t have the same stability or performance as full sized yoyos. Full sized and rim weighted = good yoyo