Different Brands of Yo-Yos

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Different Brands of Yo-Yos
Yo-yos are an inexpensive and entertaining toy. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Yo-yos have been around since the 1920s. Yo-yos come in various shapes including the classic imperial shape, butterfly and modified. Yo-yos are used to do all sorts of tricks. The World Yo-Yo contest is hosted each year in Orlando, Fla., where contestants do yo-yo tricks to compete for titles. Yo-yos are made by several different manufacturers.

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The name Duncan and yo-yo may seem synonymous. The Duncan company was started by Donald Duncan. Although yo-yos were invented in the late 1800s, they did not become notable until the 1920s when Duncan worked to promote them. Flambeau Incorporated purchased Duncan in the 1960s, but the company still makes yo-yos to this day. Duncan sells classic yo-yos for beginners as well as all sizes and shapes of advanced yo-yos that can be used to do competitive tricks.


Yomega makes a series of yo-yos and other toys. Yomega designs different yo-yos with each style intended to be used for different kinds of tricks. Yomega made its mark in the yo-yo world in the 1980s when it introduced a yo-yo where the string automatically came back to the starting position. This feature is a great tool for helping youngsters learn how to use a yo-yo. This specific type of yo-yo even has a switch so that the automated feature can be turned off once the yo-yo user becomes more comfortable doing tricks.


Henry's is a German yo-yo company known for making yo-yos with bright coloured rubber around the edges. These edges stop yo-yos from cracking when they accidentally hit the ground or a wall too hard. The rubber edges are available in a large variety of colours ranging from black to purple to glow in the dark. Henry's is also known for making a line of juggling equipment.

Other Yo-Yo Innovations

Children of the late 80s and early 90s were the first to enjoy the Yo-Yo Ball, a yo-yo that never needed winding up. Yo-Yo Balls are completely round with an elastic string. Variations of the Yo-Yo Ball still exist, but their fad phase has come and gone. The 2000s brought about the water yo-yo. Water yo-yos are soft and filled with liquid. The product remains controversial with parents who worry the water yo-yos will pop and the fluid will leak onto their children.

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