Best Responsive Yo-Yo for Kids?

I was a child of the 90s boom and just recently got back into yo-yoing. My girlfriend’s twin nephews (7-year-olds) have been watching me do tricks and want to get into yo-yoing. Their mom asked me what’s a good starter yo-yo for them. I realized I have no idea, since I only know 90s throws and my only modern responsive is a Deep State, which doesn’t seem like a good stater. So…

What’s a good responsive yo-yo for 7-year-olds to start with?

I searched the forum but couldn’t find a thread. Feel free to link one if I missed it.

Thank you!

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First base all the way!

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C3 Speedaholic is good too and a little cheaper

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Duncan Butterfly XT or a YoYoFactory Whip

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Awesome. I think they’ll really dig the dinosaurs on the sides and the price is great too. Thank you!

Wow are those inexpensive! Thanks!

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I didn’t know they made a responsive. I’ve heard great things about the XX, so this just made the decision difficult, lol. Regardless, thank you!

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I think she will be really happy with either of those choices.

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Here’s the thing, those little rascals are not gonna have the skill or power to throw a normal yoyo. People are giving you the normal starter yoyo answers. I’d say find something light and easy to learn how to throw the correct way with enough power to retract back to the hand. Find something cheap and easy then once they learn how to throw and catch, they can be upgrade with something better. Like a reward… idk thats my opinion.

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It’s a good opinion. Even though they’re relatively cheap, I don’t think I should “break the bank” with a Recess, because I can totally see them getting frustrated with it and then stopping, which would be a waste. Food for thought for sure.

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The spinstar is pretty great, and inexpensive.

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You should just grab a butterfly xt at target.

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Get a Duncan Butterfly and an Xt. Go nuts, get some extra string or pads for yourself. Shop here, of course, support the yoyoexperts that support the forum.

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If the kid is very young or never thrown at all, get a regular butterfly. If they’re a little older or are ready for more than a sleeper, imho there is only one answer: YYF Whip! I’d say that or the Spinstar or the Butterfly XT are all fine and similar…but, since you did say “best” in the title…Whip it is. I’m not sure why the Whip is my favorite of all the low cost plastic responsives, but probably because it has pads rather than starbust response. It just played more reliably for me and got me through the trick ladder up to where I needed to learn to bind.

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You can grab the YYF Whip at a Hobby Lobby. This is my choice for give away yo-yos. $7.

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I love the Whip. I always wondered why Duncan didn’t make a Butterfly with pads instead of a starburst response.

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Starburst works and probably saves a ton of money/labor when you’re making thousands and thousands of pieces. YYF uses it on some great yoyos, too (Loops). But after using the Whip for a few weeks I actually wondered why YYF bothered with pads and made such a great yoyo for $6. So few people probably really appreciate that. I’m glad they did though.

Looking back at the OP, I see that the age of the kid is 7. I’d say get the Whip and if they don’t take to yo-yo, you’ll enjoy it probably more than most other throws at that price.

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Funny you say that because to be honest they are kids that give up pretty easy on things, so in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “Which yo-yos would I like if they give up on it?”

Haha. That’s terrible.

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Unfortunately, it’s food that I end up being the backstop on most of the time.

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If they r 7 year olds I would recommend yotricks Fizz. Coz its super responsive and its actually aimed at that age group. Also really cheap too.

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