Rotorheads can be classified into 3 main types:
An articulated rotorhead system is one where the individual blades are free to flap, lag and change pitch. This is done by mounting the blades on flapping and lagging hinges and pitch change bearings.
A semi-rigid rotorhead does not have individual flapping or drag hinges but provides for flapping and lag motion through gimbal mounting.  A common example of a semi-rigid rotor is a teetering rotorhead found on the Robinson family of helicopters.
A rigid rotorhead has no flapping or lag hinges but does have pitch change bearings. The flapping and lagging movement is accommodated by flexible sections (commonly elastomeric bearings) at the blade root or blade attachment. When using composite blades, the blades can also flex to provide a flapping motion.
Benefits of rigid rotor system are:
- Less control response lag
- Reduced maintenance
- Pallett, "Automatic Flight Control, 2nd Ed, p.55. Granada, 1983
- W.Z. Stepniewski, C.N Keys, "Rotory-Wing Aerodynamics, Dover, 1984