So I am going to stick to larger brands or else this becomes almost impossbile.
One Drop. High quality throws at a fantastic price. A solid variety of models across many different shapes and styles. Side effects are a fun customizing option. Oh and they make the Top Deck, a top 5 throw for me.
CLYW. So many fun throws, and a level of quality that I never have to question. Many grail models, and my favorite colorway of all time in Delirium Dive.
Yoyofactory. I go in and out with yoyofactory not all designs really stike a chord with me, but I dont think that is really a negative, more a testament to them for a large and diverese release schedule. Many all time great yoyos, and my favorite loopers hands down.
Turning Point. I love TP, while some of the designs feel copy pasted, the level of quality and performance is hard to beat. They have hit my wallet hard over the years.
Yoyojam. My throwback favorite. In my younger years anything JD was working with was a must own for me, so naturally I gravitated to yoyojam. To this day they get considerable throw time.
The vast majority of my collection is onedrop, monkey finger, and G2. Then I also have some CLYWs along with a hand full random brand.
G2s play amazing and you can’t beat monkey finger ano jobs. Onedrop is just a good company all around.
Mowl, YYR, Damian Puckett
These are the all-timers for me:
CLYW, Yoyorecreation, A-RT
I’m more in to the boutique brands because I find they provide more than just a product; there might be videos on updates of what’s coming, life updates and such.
It feels more like you’re supporting the creator directly rather than just a brand.
G2 - high quality high performing yo-yos, great branding, very personable and I like the lotteries, pre-orders, streams, AMAs, etc.
RSO - best titanium in the business, unique designs and incredible packaging and write ups of models
MonkeyfingeR - Ray must have done a deal with the devil to be able to do the colours he does.
that’s a tough one. i love all my throws.
I have all 4 Dressel Design releases. They are all different and all incredible performers.
C3 makes some amazing throws.
Reticulated Return Tops remains one of my favorites as well. They aren’t all that well known but the 4 throws I have from them are all beasts in terms of performance.
Really, you will have a hard time finding a bad throw these days. There are so many companies making quality YoYos that if it’s not up to industry standards, they simply won’t last. The smaller “boutique” shops like G Squared, Zero Gravity, One Drop, Mark 1 and Monkey Finger turn out amazing amazing throws with every (limited) release.
It’s a really good time to be in this hobby. So many choices, so many quality throws.
Check out the BST thread here. There are always great throws looking for new homes. Trader feedback tread is awesome to ease any concerns about bad deals.
Enjoy the throw my friends
I recently got back into Yo-Yos. Figured I would make a chart. My collection has a few Yo-yo’s that I have had for years plus some new purchases.
The pie chart on the left are all my throws. Warning many I purchased at an offer I could not refuse price. For example, I don’t throw unresponsive but I bought a new Duncan Racer for $8 at a discount store. I also bought 10 Loop360 for $3 each.
What I throw regularly are the manufacturers on the right pie chart. So My top three are YYF, Duncan and a big tie for third.
I wanted to make a pie chart too. Based on this it’s still Japan Tech and CLYW as the top two, with a three way tie for third. Shoutout to Spinworthy for making my favorite fixies in the game. Although I do need to add Tom Kuhn to this chart eventually. One day I’ll pick up a No-Jive.
Thanks now I want pie after dinner
I am a big fan of
My honorable mentions
This includes pretty much my entire collection
Here’s my list in no particular order…
Tons of great, affordable throws. Amazing selection.
Great finishes, and everything they release is of the highest quality.
These guys have never released a bad throw, I own at least one of every model they have ever made. They just keep releasing bangers.
Wow love the pie charts. Hard to pick love all brands but the ones i love is
But will always try differrent stuff got a outlier2 coming soon
So Duncan yoyofactory are the top companies for USA. Gotta love Duncan tho they have really good affordable competitive throws. GTR GRASSHOPPER GTX HAYMAKERX are the best from them
I like the chart idea and I’ve been keeping my collection data base updated, so it was easy to make one, thanks for the idea, Pie Charts are so underrated
Looks like my top 3 are Duncan, YYF and TMBR as far as collection data goes.
My top 3 yoyo brands are Duncan, YYF, OneDrop. Runner up Mowl (got the obsession a couple days ago and I haven’t been able to put it down)