What Is Fidget Bit?
Fidget Bit is a stress reducing hand gizmo that gives you eight ways to fidget, including a plunger, chain, snap, rubber band snapper, spinner, switch, crank, and several different buttons.
This way, the manufacturer claims Fidget Bit can satisfy any restless urges, impulses, and cravings, which might help relieve stress, improve productivity and concentration, and reduce boredom.
In addition, the website claims that many psychologists believe fidgeting can even help with coping. And all of this without bothering others.
If you closely following the crowdfunding world, you might have watched the recent runaway—and perhaps surprising—success of similar fidgeting devices. But will Fidget Bit deliver more fidgeting value for your money than these other options?
Go ahead and click, tap, twitter, fiddle, and twiddle while we walk you through everything we learned during our research, starting with price.
How Much Does Fidget Bit Cost?
One Fidget Bit device will cost you $9.99 plus $4.99 S&H. If you choose, you can purchase a second device at checkout for an additional $4.99 S&H.
Regardless of the number you order, Tristar Products provides a 60-day money back guarantee on all Fidget Bit purchase, less S&H. This means that if you placed a BOGO order, you'd probably lose more in S&H charges (especially by the time you send them back to the company) than you’ll get back as a refund.
Still interested in requesting a refund? Customer support can be reached at 973-287-5198.
How does this price compare?
Fidget Bit vs. Fidget Cube & Other Similar Fidgeting Devices
Fidget Cube: The Original
While there are currently many different options, including ASOTV versions like Fidget Bit, the original fidgeting device was Antsy Labs’ Fidget Cube, which raised nearly $6 million on an original goal of just $15K during October 2016. Currently, the devices are set to ship in late March 2017.
While both Fidget Bit and Fidget Cube boast the same cube-based design, they deliver some meaningfully different features.
For example, Fidget Bit provides eight different options: a plunging button, chain, snap button attachment, rubber band snapper, spinner, switch, crank (which doubles as a top for spinning), and a couple of different miscellaneous buttons.
Described as a “desk toy,” Fidget Cube also offers a rotating joystick button and a single V-switch. But it adds a roller ball, three rolling dials, and a panel of five round buttons (similar to dice). Three of these buttons click, while the remaining two are softer, without a clicking noise.
Together, Fidget Cube offers 11 different fidgeting options, compared to Fidget Bit’s eight.
However, one Fidget Cube will cost you $22 plus shipping. So, for about the same price, you can get two Fidget Bits for the cost of one Fidget Cube. Again, though, keep in mind that you’ll lose more than half of this should you decide to request a refund on your Fidget Bit.
Another important factor to consider is that Fidget Cube won’t be released until late March 2017, while Fidget Bit will be delivered to your door within seven to ten days of ordering.
Newcomers to the World of Fidgeting Devices
Clearly, Fidget Cube was a runaway crowdfunding success, which is likely why options like Fidget Bit are quickly making their way to market.
Searching online for “fidgeting device,” we found many other similar (some, nearly identical) options during our research, including:
- toyofmine Fidget Cube
- OMG Fidget Cube
- Tagital Fidget Cube
- Coolingup Fidget Cube
Most of these options ranged in price between $8 and $17, plus shipping.
Outside of this specific design, searching online for “fidgeting device,” you’ll find dozens of other options that might suit your needs equally well.
Clearly, Fidget Bit is up against a lot of competition. But regardless of the manufacturer and price, is there any clinical evidence to support the claims that fidgeting can help relieve stress, improve productivity and concentration, reduce boredom, and help with coping?
Are There Any Clinically Proven Health Benefits to Fidgeting?
The short answer to the question is: While the research is early and fairly limited, there do seem to be several health benefits related to fidgeting. However, it’s important to put these benefits into the proper perspective.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the University of Missouri, Columbia, lower leg fidgeting can improve blood flow to the legs, boost arterial functioning, and reduce shear stress (drag force produced by blood moving across the artery’s surface).
Another 2016 conducted by the University of California, Sacramento found that children with ADHD who fidget with their legs tend to concentrate much better than those who don’t. Basically, it re-channels their hyperactivity.
WebMD also tells us about a large 2015 British study that indicated fidgeting might reduce chances of premature death as much as being physically active. And there have been many studies conducted indicating that fidgeting can burn hundreds of extra calories per day.
But does fidgeting reduce stress? What about improvement in coping? And do any of these studies reference specific devices like Fidget Bit?
According to BBC’s Science Focus:
“Research at the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 found that fidgeting improved performance in memory tests and this might be because it lowers the level of cortisol, a stress hormone that interferes with learning. Boredom fidgeting such as drumming your fingers or pen spinning gives your brain something to focus on. This is soothing and reduces the amount of other, less directed, fidgeting.”
In other words, while there doesn’t seem to be any evidence specifically for devices like Fidget Bit, fidgeting, in general, might help us cope with boredom and thereby improve our focus on the primary task at hand. The Atlantic concludes by summarizing:
“So, even though there haven’t been any conclusive studies on whether fidget widgets can be said to relieve workplace stress, it at least seems like they could be a helpful tool.”
With so many different cube-based fidgeting devices out there, can we learn anything from their customer reviews that might relate to Fidget Bit?
Where Are All the Fidget Bit Reviews?
Fidget Bit was too new at the time of our research to have received any customer feedback.
Although this is a completely different product from a different manufacturer than Fidget Bit, there are a couple of applicable takeaways.
First, when watching the video, you probably noticed that some features were louder than others, although most of them certainly make audible noises. As a result, unless Fidget Bit utilizes a different design process, you might expect the same—which could annoy your co-workers.
Second, in one of shadowm3ld’s follow up videos, he noted that you could click on Fidget Cube’s ball, which brings its number of functions up to 12—or 33% more than Fidget Bit.
For some additional perspective, Tristar Products is one of the largest ASOTV manufacturers in existence, who’s responsible for popular options like Copper Chef, Clear TV, and Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Among hundreds of HighYa reader reviews, these products tend to come with average ratings hovering somewhere around 2.5 stars. While many claimed to have been satisfied with their purchases, like products from most ASOTV companies, common complaints often cited less-than-stellar quality and functionality.
Taken together, there’s obviously no way to know if you’ll experience any of the same with Fidget Bit. But we think this information certainly provides you with a clearer overall picture of the situation.
Our Final Thoughts About Fidget Bit
As more and more unique products make their way to market after finding crowdfunding success, it has become popular for some third-party manufacturers to create meaningfully similar products—or ones based on the same basic concept—often releasing in advance of the pioneering originals. A recent January 2017 CNBC article outlines this increasingly profitable trend.
Take, as but a couple examples (in addition to all the Fidget Cube examples from earlier):
- The original Fatboy Lamzac vs. dozens of third-party “inflatable loungers”
- The original STIKBOX vs. other selfie stick smartphone cases
- The original Pressy Button vs. third-party Android smart buttons
Is Fidget Bit one of these knock-offs, though? It doesn’t necessarily appear to be. Why?
While the award for the original concepts goes to the folks over at Fidget Cube, based on its commercial, Fidget Bit appears to deliver (again, we didn’t test it ourselves) a meaningfully different design, with fidgeting features that you won’t currently find with competing products.
But will these different features, along with the fact that you can purchase two for the price of one of the original, provide a meaningfully better value?
Ultimately, the only way to know for sure is by giving it a try. In fact, as reinforced in the CNBC article above, if you order soon, you might even be able to have it in your hands before Fidget Cube’s backers receive theirs.
However, it’s important to remember that you’ll be putting a decent chunk of change on the line in non-refundable S&H charges, should you find yourself dissatisfied with Fidget Bit’s fidget-busting power.
But whether you go with Fidget Bit or the stiff competition, based on the sounds they make, these devices might annoy your co-workers even more so than your current pen clicking or leg shaking.