There is a LOT of resistance when you push the handle down to spin it- which is good since my son has weakness on one side and I bought this to augment his therapy but it's a bit too much. Second, even if I push it down it isn't smooth and most of time doesn't spin well at all. Third, it need to stop spinning and come all the way up in order to push it down again. I was looking for something that he could continuously push and make it go faster with each push. He loses interest in it right away and I don't blame him. I'd return it but I'm terrible at returns and it's not expensive enough to be worth the effort. I don't even know why I keep it to be honest. I should try to donate it or just toss it in recycling. My son's therapist brings a VTech spin and learn top and it spins very well. Of course the sounds and lights help keep his interest but mainly it has a much better spinning mechanism. I guess for this type of toy you really need to go to a store. Wish I did.