Ultimate guide to the best speed cube

**Updated on April 4 2016**

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If you are interested in starting speed cubing, a beginner or want to get give a speed cube as a gift, then you have come to the right place. There are hundreds of speed cubes on the market today and for someone who has just started speed cubing or wants to upgrade their old Rubik’s brand cube it is really confusing and tough to determine which is the best speed cube to buy today.

First of all lets start by explaining why you want a speed cube. If you are a beginner or just started speed cubing you may be using a regular store bought Rubik’s cube. Those cubes are fine for learning how to solve a Rubik’s cube but when you start wanting to get your times faster, a good speed cube is what you need.

I have provided an interactive comparison chart to show the absolute best speed cubes available for you today. The chart includes a description of the speed cube based on corner cutting, pops, lockups, and price.

      

Cong's Design Meiying


Cong's Design Meiying
Fast turning layersOkay, just barelyNoneCatching due to misaligned layers

Cong's Design Meiying Amazon Price Check

Dayan Guhong


Dayan Guhong
Very smooth, Quite FastGoodSeldomMinimal to none

Dayan Guhong Amazon Price Check

Gans 356S V2


Gans 356S V2
Very smooth and controllable layer turns.Excellent, one of the best.NoneSmall catches due to looseness in design.

Gans 356S V2 Amazon Price Check

GuoGuan YueXiao


GuoGuan YueXiao
Very fast and light turning layers.Very Good, due to hollow corner pieces.NoneSmall catches due to overshooting.

GuoGuan YueXiao Amazon Price Check

Moyu Aolong GT


Moyu Aolong GT
A perfect combination of fast and smooth layer turning.Good but nothing specialNoneCatches occur due misaligned layers.

Moyu Aolong GT Amazon Price Check

Moyu Weilong GTS


Moyu Weilong GTS
Very fast and lightOkayNoneLikes to catch and lock up

Moyu Weilong GTS Amazon Price Check

Moyu Sulong


Moyu Sulong
Fast and light while being smoothVery little pressure neededNonePractically none

Moyu Sulong Amazon Price Check

Moyu Tanglong


Moyu Tanglong
Blocky and smoothExcellentNoneVery small catches due to inaccurate turns

Moyu Tanglong Amazon Price Check

X-Man Tornado


X-Man Tornado
Super fast and very lightBadNoneLock ups due to overshooting

X-Man Tornado Amazon Price Check

***This Chart only shows 9 puzzles, the full chart contains over 25 puzzles*** 

>> Click here to check out the complete list <<

 

Before we can determine which 3×3 cube is the “best speed cube” we have to understand the features of a good speed cube. The whole point of having a good speed cube is to have a more pleasurable solve which will then lead to more consistent times and eventually a faster solving average. This means a speed cube must avoid popping, lock ups, catches while having smooth or fast layer turns but giving the speed cuber total control. There are also some extras qualities to look for in a speed cube.

Learn More: Qualities to look for in a speed cube

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Here are the top picks from left to right

  • Moyu Aolong GT – “Excellent Feel with a mixture of both fast and smooth.”  See the full review
  • Gans 356S V2 – “Amazing corner cutting abilities with so much control.”  See the full review
  • GuoGuan YueXiao – “Lightning fast speed with a hint of smoothness for control.” See the full review

Here’s why

These speed cubes are three of the highest performing speed cubes you can get today. Either one of them can surely be your main speed cube although one will have better features then the other and of course one speed cube will prefer one over the other. I personally have thoroughly tested all these speed cubes and have made each of them my main speed cube at some point and I can say these three speed cubes are among the best I have every tried. Let’s talk about each one.

Moyu Aolong GT

Moyu_Aolong_GT_7The Moyu Aolong GT has very good turning layers. It has a mix of both fast and smooth which are two features that you have to have a compromise one or the other. The feel and weight of the layers are also very nice which makes a very good speed cube. The corner cutting though wasn’t that good; where you obviously would hear the corner cuts and on extreme cases you would get catching and lock ups.

 

 

>> Click here to check out the Moyu Aolong GT on Amazon <<

 

Gans 356S V2

Gans_356S_V2_7The Gans 356S V2 has amazing corner cutting skills. Corner cuts are quiet and very forgiving and the only time you will notice a corner cut is when it cuts an extreme turn where others would just get stuck. Coupled with very smooth turning the Gans 356S V2 is a great speed cube. The cube itself though feels a little untogether and loose which sometimes leads to little catches.

 

 

>> Click here to check out the Gans 356S V2 on Amazon<<

 

GuoGuan YueXiao

Guo_Guan_YueXiao_5The GuoGuan YueXiao is really fast, thanks to its very light turning layers. Unlike many fast speed cubes this speed cube has some resistance in the form of a scratchiness in the layer turns which gives it the needed control. Combined with pretty good corner cutting abilities this speed cube will fly effortlessly. With very fast turning you will expect some overshooting which will causes small catches although this is a very small percentage of solves.

 

 

>> Click here to check out the GuoGuan YueXiao on Amazon <<

 

The best speed cube is purely subjective and it’s really difficult to label just one speed cube being the best. I have employed my knowledge and skill of speed cubing with the rigorous testing of each speed cube I have come up with what I think the best speed cube is.

Out of the three speed cubes it seems like only one speed cube was being left behind. This 3rd place speed cube would have to be the Moyu Aolong GT. It may be the corner cutting that just can’t compete or the fact that it is limited by being a good fast speed cube and a good smooth speed cube but not being the best of either styles which a really top performing speed cube should be. So the battle is down to the Gans 356S V2 and the GuoGuan YueXiao.

It is quite difficult although the winner of “best speed cube” has to go to the Gans 356S V2. The Gans 356S V2 takes the lead in the corner cutting department. The GuoGuan YueXiao  has really good corner cutting although the Gans 356S V2 has remarkably better corner cutting than any other speed cube out there.

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Turning styles with these two speed cubes are at the end of the spectrum but both are very good. Amazingly fast and amazingly smooth turning speed cubes will get you really fast times but if you had to go for one style it would have to be a smooth style. A fast turning speed cube would only cater to fast solvers while a smooth turning speed cube will cater to both and would actually benefit a speedcuber with a fast turning style. I consider myself to have a fast turning style which made me love the YueXiao at first although from the averages I recorded I found my times were faster on the 356S V2 then the YueXiao.

To top it off the Gans 356S V2 has so much more to offer because of what comes in its package that the GuoGuan YueXiao or any other speed cube fail to offer. There is an advanced version (which is the one I tested) that has half bright stickers but if you want normal shades the standard version has those. Inside the package you also get 3 sets of springs that will actually change the tensions and feel of your 356S V2 which makes for a highly customizable speed cube.

For these reasons the Gans 356S V2 takes the title of the best speed cube.

>> Click here to check out the Gans 356S V2 on Amazon <<

 

What do you think?

Like I mentioned earlier the “best speed cube” is highly subjective and will depend on personal preference. Although I try to address every level of speedcuber and after thorough testing consider every feature, con and pro of every speed cube to try and come up with what I think exactly is the best speed cube as of this time.

I will try to do my best to update this section every 3 months as there are so many new speed cubes being developed today.

 Feel free to like, share and comment! Happy Cubing!

 

168 thoughts on “Ultimate guide to the best speed cube

  1. Beezy Baldy

    Do any of these cubes come “stickerless”? That is my main annoyance when cubing…the stickers beginning to peel off.

    1. Yeah, the dayan guhong and zanchi come in stickerless option.

      1. anonymous

        dayan cubes come stickerless, and you have to look around for them. The only problem with stickerless cubes is that they are competition illegal. if you are okay with that, then get the stickerless ones.

        1. Yes, you are correct they are not legal in competition.

          1. Andrew

            When did that happen?

          2. Slinder

            Is the GANS 356s still the recommended best?

          3. Hey Slinder,
            Yep, still the Gans 356S. WIll be updating again on June so it might change.

            What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts.

            Thanks

      2. Henry Guasgua

        The Moyu Weilong has a stickerless option too and two colour sets.

        1. grant

          yet it looks the same as the sulong

      3. Mitch

        Look for the MoYu Aolong II on speed cube shop and then you can get that one sticker less very fast cube to!

    2. jacky

      Yes most of those come sticker less. the best sticker less cube is the Dayan Guhong sticker less.

    3. Anthony

      Which speed cube would you recommend for a complete beginner (knows how to solve cube but doesn’t memorize how to)

      1. Hi Anthony, I would recommend Shengshou Aurora since it is quite cheap and very smooth, but it would limit you when the time comes that you get faster. The Aolong v2 is also very good while being very smooth for slower solvers it won’t be limited when you reach faster times.

        Hope that helps.

        1. Sumith

          I’m12my average is 40 which cube shall I take

          1. Hi! At your level any speed cube is really fine, since you want to focus on your solving method rather then the actual cube. Although if you really want a good solid speed cube then I would recommend that Moyu Aolong V2.

          2. jeb sheep

            same I’m 12 and my record is 35 seconds when did you start

  2. Cubelover

    I just want to say that the SS Aurora is so awesome! I ordered it about 2 weeks ago, and love the smoothness of it (so much better than my sister’s Rubik’s brand cube). I was deciding to get either the Zanchi, or the Aurora, and ordered the aurora , because I’m a beginner. I would definitely recommend it to anyone whether you’re a beginner or a pro speedcuber.

    1. Great choice, the SS Aurora is an awesome speed cube. I’m updating this section very soon with much newer cubes and new recommendations. Stay tuned for updates. Happy Cubing.

      1. giulio

        Very interesting roundup!

        I look forward to your update.

    2. jacky

      I also bought the SS aroura it is the best cube Ive ever used and I’ve had alot of cubes! It is light fast and controllable.

      1. Mario

        Thanks for that info! I am a speed cuber, but don’t compete. I decided to buy a SS aurora since you suggested it and it has been awesome!!!!!!!!! It is very light and fun to use. BTW whoever wrote this article know their cubes! However they should add SS aurora

        1. Hey Mario, Thanks for the complement, I try to study all the speed cubes available on the market.

          The Shenshou Aurora is a really good cube and great value for money. I’m thinking of making a “Value for Money Speed Cubes” and for sure the Aurora will be on there.

    3. Abhishek Angale

      I want to tell you that SS Aurora is an awesome speedcube earlier . But after 6 months it becomes slow and locks . Its corner cutting also decreases . The greatest thing about it is that when I bought it , It was lubricated with boric powder . I am angry with it . So please don’t purchase this cube . I recommend you the Fangshi Shuang ren because its very smooth and corner cutting is awesome .

  3. shaswat kashyap

    Which one should I buy yj sulong white or black

    1. Hey shaswat. Both white and black cubes are legal in competition and recognition with each doesn’t make a difference once you’re used to a specific color. With that said it’s really up to you which one you get. Regardless of the color the YJ sulong is a great speed cube.

  4. Maanith

    Should I get shengshou aurora or dayan guhong
    I started cubing 2weeks ago and my avg is 50 secs so which should I get

    1. ShengShou Aurora. It’s light, fast, and has no popping. Best for speedcubing.

  5. Sniklac

    My roommate just recently got me into cubing. He had a Rubiks Cube brand one and it felt pretty good at the time. Recently as a bday gift to myself, I bought a Dayan Guhong. I didn’t put that baby down all night the first night it came. In fact it was so good (in my opinion) that I went online and bought my roommate a Dayan as a belated bday gift. Being a rookie, I thought it was another Guhong but it was a Zanchi. Boy that thing is fast! Honestly in pure jealousy, I want a better cube than him. I was leaning towards getting a Fangshi Ren V2 but this site has me questioning the Moyu series. Does anyone have any opinions on this? I’m kind’ve new at this point, averaging 1:10 to solve the 3x3x3. What about DIY for a novice?

    1. Hi sniklac, the feature of the zanchi you were amazed by was probably the fast and light turning speed. this is a really good feature but for beginners it might be limiting your times by decreasing recognition leading to longer pauses between algorithms. the fangshi is bit more similar to the zanchi that it has light turning, so it can be quite fast. moyu cubes are great, in fact I highly recommend the sulong for novices since its great right out of the box.

    2. Henry Guasgua

      I have the Dayan Zhanchi sticker less and Moyu Weilong sticker less, I would consider myself a beginner as I haven’t broken the 1min time yet but getting close.
      For me the Zhanchi clicks a bit and sometimes catches, it is very fast though so you have that advantage – I haven’t made any adjustments and I suspect this is why it pops sometimes as it is very loose at the moment. The Weilong is my preference, the plastic is very smooth so it immediately feels quite nice in my hands, feels like it has a much better construction and finish, with regards to solving, turns are very smooth and controlled and thus on very good solves I can hardly hear any noise which is a nice tell-tale that I am turning accurately. I like it so much I have ordered a sticker version to compare. Where I am, both appear to be priced quite similarly so that hasn’t been a factor for me.

  6. Maanith

    Sup my new avg is 40 seconds with the new Rubik’s cube ( tiles) lubed with oil.
    Should I get the original dayan or the new dayan speedcube?

    1. DanK

      I would say go for the Zhanchi of Guhong.

      1. DanK

        Zhanchi OR Guhong. Sorry.

  7. Crawford Devlin

    hey guys im deciding whether to get a moyu weilong or SS aurora. My preferences are good corner cutting up to at least 45 degrees and a nice light cube. My average right now is a 20 seconds with the zhanchi stickerless, so what should i get to improve?

    1. Hi Crawford. The weilong and the aurora are two different feeling cubes. the weilong is light and fast while the aurora is smooth and a bit slower. the weilong would feel a lot more similar to a zanchi which is your main, the main difference is that the weilong is more controllable so you would tend to overshoot less which can be a problem on the zanchi. if you decide to get an aurora, the slow and smoother turning may force your to focus more on look ahead which can lower your solving times. hope that helped.

  8. anonymous cuber

    i have orderd a shengshou aurora does it pop

    1. Grant Chen

      Yes; it might pop.

  9. Heston

    I have had a shengshou aurora for a couple months now. Recently i took it apart to clean some dirt out of it and im pretty sure i wiped out some of the lube aswell. I dont have any lube so what do you recomend? My ss aurora isnt even close now to what it was. It catches and now i cant hardly corner cut at all. I need some advice on the tensions aswell because i have tried different tensions and i still cant fix my corner cutting problems. Please help.

    1. Hey Heston, the aurora doesn’t really have excellent corner cutting abilities so without lube you can expect horrible corner cutting. I’d recommend you only use silicone lube because oil based lubes would destroy the plastic of your cube, check out this page. Once you have your aurora lubed up then you can go ahead and start adjusting the tension to your liking.

      1. Heston

        Thank you very much!!

        1. no problem. liking or sharing this page would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

  10. Wessel Steyl

    I’m relatively new to cubing. I’m past the beginners method, and is starting on speedcubing using the “Friedich method”. I looked at the comments above and have one question. Why are stickerless cubes illegal in competitions? Surely a cube is a cube?

    1. hey wessel, good job on starting fridrich method, you will really notice faster times with fridrich. Although, I don’t know officially but sticker less cubes may give a speed cuber an advantage with look ahead since whole pieces are colored. So, theoretically a speed cuber may know a piece just by looking at it at a half turn where if a plainly stickered cube would be used the speed cuber would only see black or white since the stickers can only be seen on the faces of the cube. Hope that helped.

    2. Someoneintheuniverse

      Friedrich method is awesome! Also learn: winter variation and COLL.

  11. Marina

    I have to agree that the Moyu Sulong is an excellent cube. Turning and corner cutting is a breeze, and I love how light it feels on my finger tips. I would definitely recommend it!

    1. Hi Marina, thanks for the info. Liking or sharing this page would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  12. Rypu

    Should I get a moyu Weilong or a sulong?
    I average about 40 seconds, and I am learning my PLLs and OLLs.

  13. Matt P

    What cube should i get if I want a cube that is a little clicky and I am an aggressive turner.

    1. Matt P

      oh and i use beginners method and i average about 1 minute 40 seconds

  14. Glenn

    Why in the world would stickerless be “illegal?”
    What the hell difference does it make?

    1. x

      While the layer is turned u can see the colors of other sides of the cube so its easier to solve faster.

      1. Simon

        Then… would a stickerless cube with only the area of where a sticker ‘would’ be coloured in count as legal?

        Basically, only colour in a square, and not the entire piece.

  15. Billy Hammill

    Why isn’t the MoYu Weilong v3 (The MoYu Aolong) mentioned? I have this cube and it is much better than something like the GuHong.

    1. Matthieu

      I agree. I got the Moyu Aolong a few weeks ago and it’s by far the best cube I have.

      1. CuberAg

        I Have a MoYu Aolong and a Dayan GuHong but overall i think MoYu Aolong is the best cube among all of the speedcubes because it has a very good cor.cutting and it is one of the cubes whoch do not need to be tensioned regularly

    2. giulio

      It’s not mentioned because it didn’t exist when this roundup was made.

      However, I have the Sulong, the Weilong, the Shuang Ren and the Aolong (2nd version), and I think the Aolong is the worst of the four.

  16. Andrew Cramer

    I have known how to solve the cube for years now and have only used the official cube. I didn’t start adding about speed until recently and plan to learn different methods soon. I would like to stay name brand for no real reason haha. What are your guy’s opinions on the new rubiks brand speed cube. I’ve seen a few video reviews and it seems good. Also my record time is 1:29 I avg when going for speed about 1:40 I am an inaccurate turner and I feel corner cutting should help. My current cubes are base model non lubed stickered and non adjustable tensions. Any thoughts?

  17. x

    Hello cubers for over 2 months i have been using cheap rubiks cube which was very annoying to play with. Like a week ago i broke one of the corners, that way i am planing to get new one soon. I am really confused because there are so many different speed cubes, I am wondering which one should I buy. I am not planing to take a part in competitions( if you would offer stickerless one) i just want to have much better time cubing. Btw i am not gonna to lube y cube prob so what cube would be the best right out the box. Money is not a big deal( 3x3x3 is cheap enough).
    P.S Sorry for my irregular english, in my country it is not the main language.

    1. Zishan Ahmad

      I Recommend You To Purchase a moyu Aolong Cube Which Is Better to Any Other Cubes.It Is The Third Version Of Weilong V3.I Have This Cube And ITs Is just Amazing Cube.Very Fast and 60 degree corner cutting.
      Happy buying,,,,,,,,

    2. CuberAg

      I suggest by an MoYu AoLong

    3. Someoneintheuniverse

      I suggest a Dayan zhanchi.

  18. Andrew Cramer

    I bought a 42mm zhanchi on accident and still do better times than my poorly modded rubiks brand full size. If anyone wants a cube to throw In their pocket but still solve with moderate speed I recommend to all. Next purchase I read the description and buy a std sized one lol

  19. Danie

    Thanks for your site. My son and I have started training to become speedcubers. I have ordered the Moyu Sulong based on your advice – I will have it soon and get my son one too if I agree with you!

    1. Isagani Esteron

      You’re welcome Danie. Glad to help you guys. check in again in a few weeks, I’m working on an update. Happy Cubing!

  20. Abhishek

    Hi there!

    I have a YJ SULONG with me, my first cube.
    Now that my times are reducing, I would like to switch over to some other ones.

    Can you please review the MOYU AOLONG V1 & V2(LATEST RELEASE after Felix 5.33 fail) and include that in the description?

    Would be highly grateful.

    Thank you

    1. giulio

      Hi,
      I’d like to share my experience.
      I bought the Sulong as my first speedcube too, then the Weilong and the Shuang Ren. I also just received the Aolong version 2 (the enhanced one).
      The Sulong is an awesome cube, it was fast and smooth right out of the box, plus it costs just a few dollars, and that makes for an unbeatable value.
      The Weilong is blocky and noisy, but still fast. The Shuang Ren is super-smooth, and also quite fast. They are all very different, so it’s hard to decide what’s best, because as soon as you start playing with one for a few minutes, you get used to it and when you get back to one of the others they seem strange, because they’re so different.
      The Aolong though is the most disappointing. It feels like a slower Sulong, and blockier. Out of the box it feels like it absolutely needs to be lubed, while none of the others did.
      I still have to lube (and maybe retension) it, and maybe my first impression will change, though for now, I would not recommend it: if your Sulong works well for you, I’d say stick with it.

    2. giulio

      Hi,
      I’d like to share my experience.
      I bought the Sulong as my first speedcube too, then the Weilong and the Shuang Ren. I also just received the Aolong version 2 (the enhanced one).
      The Sulong is an awesome cube, it was fast and smooth right out of the box, plus it costs just a few dollars, and that makes for an unbeatable value.
      The Weilong is blocky and noisy, but still fast. The Shuang Ren is super-smooth, and also quite fast. They are all very different, so it’s hard to decide what’s best, because as soon as you start playing with one for a few minutes, you get used to it and when you get back to one of the others they seem strange, because they’re so different.
      The Aolong though is the most disappointing. It feels like a slower Sulong, and blockier. Out of the box it feels like it absolutely needs to be lubed, while none of the others did.
      I still have to lube (and maybe retension) it, and maybe my first impression will change, though for now, I would not recommend it: if your Sulong works well for you, I’d say stick with it.

  21. Ritik s. Ghanshani

    Which is better yj motu or dayan 5 zhan hi

  22. Utkarsh Bajpai

    Thanks for making the process of getting a speed cube very simple. I have decided to get a Moyu Sulong. I am a beginner and this would be my first speed cube. So am I correct or I should try some other cube first?

    Also, I am an Indian and when I tried to check Moyu Sulong in Indian Amazon site, I got little suspicious because the price of it was very low (about $4.6). So would you check whether it is same one or not?

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/B00L52YWB0/ref=mw_dp_img?is=l&qid=1407172671&sr=8-1

    1. Isagani Esteron

      yeah, the sulong is an awesome speed cube for all sorts of speed cubers and also great for beginners.
      $4 for the sulong is great value. I wouldnt worry too since it is amazon and you can return it if the item isn’ t what it says it was.
      Hope this helped you, a like or a share of the page would be awesome!
      happy cubing!

  23. Tuomo Kämäräinen

    Thanks for the comparison comparison. I wish you added columns:
    * noise level
    * contrast of colors (which ones are good in poor light)
    * allowed in competition

  24. Sadie B

    My daughter enjoys speed cubing and has requested a 5×5 cube for her birthday. Is there a brand of 5×5 cube that is regarded as best for speed cubing? Thanks.

    1. Isagani Esteron

      Hi Sadie, glad to hear your daughter has moved up to the 5×5 cube. I would recommend the Moyu Aochuang. It’s the newest 5×5 speed cube by Moyu, a reputable speed cube company. I heard lots of great things about it, I will try it myself very soon and follow up with an update to the 5×5 section.

      Hope I’ve helped you, Sharing the page would be awesome!
      Thanks!

      1. Sadie B

        Thanks so much!

  25. Someoneintheuniverse

    I’m a speedcuber and can do a 3×3 in about 21 seconds, I got a 4×4 and it’s so bad, what’s a good 4×4?!

    1. Isagani Esteron

      Hello Someoneintheuniverse, looks like you’re getting some pretty good times. For 4×4, I suggest looking into the Moyu Weisu and also the Yuxin 4×4. I myself have to get the Yuxin 4×4 but I hear good things. Come back soon for the updated 4×4 section. Thanks!

  26. NTRO

    Thanks you for the awesome site. I’m really new to any sort of cubing and after the disaster of an original anniversary Rubik’s I got first, this was a great source of information.

    1. Isagani Esteron

      Thanks NTRO.

      Please feel free to share or like the page! It would be greatly appreciated!

      1. NTRO

        Received my cubes today.
        I ended up ordering:
        -YJ MoYu Sulong White (stickers)
        -YJ MoYu Weilong V2 Strengthened Version (stikerless)

        I’m really surprised about the quality and can’t really fathom how these plastic things can turn so smoothly 😀

        As I said I’m really new to this, so I can’t compare them to other speed cubes, but for the price these are amazing.
        Here’s some of my first impressions, keeping in mind I’m not solving these atm in seconds, but minutes:

        Sulong feels more precise, tighter and doesn’t “wobble” as much, but has more friction. Can cut corners, but not as much as the Weilong.

        Weilong is looser and let’t you cut corners A LOT. Can be a bit too loose, at least in the hands of rookie like me. I’ve dropped it few times when accidentally turning one side and losing my grip 😛

  27. Yash Mehta

    True, moyu aolong is THE best cube available.
    Though there’s a correction in the table, its corner cutting (and reverse corner cutting) are way better than in its predecessor weilong.
    Awesome page, has helped a lot! 😉

  28. zook

    When getting into speedcubing would you recommend learning oll or pll first. I just ordered the fangShi Shaung ren V2. I am very exited to get it because my friends all say it is great. Also what lube would you use on the cubes. O am very confused about all of the weights all I want is a smooth and fast cube. Thanks for any help.

    1. Hi Zook! Good for you on your Fanshi Shuang Ren, that’s a great speed cube. I recommend learning PLL first because there are less PLL cases then OLL cases.

      I suggest the Traxxas 50K lube, its the best value for money. Check out the silicone lubrication page for more info.

  29. Aidan V

    I’ve got the moyu aolong v2. I’ve learnt F2L, and about to start learning the other methods. Should i lube/tension it?

  30. Aidan V

    I’ve got a Moyu Aolong V2. I’m about to learn the OLL, since I’ve already learnt the F2L. I’m not sure if I should lube/tension my Aolong. Should I?

    1. Hey Aidan, good choice on the Moyu Aolong V2. I recommend you you tension and lube it to your liking. My Aolong V2 gets quite slow when the lube starts to run dry.

  31. Adrian Panszczyk

    Guys Please Help Me!!! I Don’t Know Is The SS Aurora Competition Legal Because Its 56mm Large! Can Someone Please Reply Quickly Because My Competition Is Coming Up Very Soon!!

    Best Regards,
    Adrian Panszczyk

    1. yes, I believe they are competition legal.

      1. Adrian Panszczyk

        Thanks, so they are competition legal? Awesome!!! So I’m Ordering Right Now 🙂 Also stickerless cubes will be permitted soon and i think they already are so my guhong v2 Stickerless will be my backup! Just To Double Check Where Can I Find For Sure Is The Aurora Competition Legal?

        Thanks
        Best Regards

        Adrian Panszczyk

        1. Adrian Panszczyk

          Also Could U Double Check is The Shengshou Aurora Competition Legal? Also Can U Tell Me Final Answer about is the SS Aurora Competition Legal! Your Help Will Be Greatly Appreciated!

          Best Regards
          Adrian Panszczyk

        2. Hey Adrian. Yes they are competition legal, why wouldn’t they be? Check out Article 3 of WCA Regulations about puzzles.

          New regulations have permitted stickerless cubes soon, effective on july 1. So if you’re competition is before July 1, you wouldn’t be able to use your guhong v2 as your backup.

          There is nothing official stating if the Aurora is Competition legal, but can you find any official statement saying the Zanchi or Weilong is competition legal?

          Hope that Helped.

          1. Adrian Panszczyk

            Thank You So Much!!! The Competition Is On July 10-12 So I Will Be Able To Use My Stickerless Guhong V2 As My Backup! Just Asking Dayan Guhongs V2’s Are Competition Legal Right?
            I’m Asking Because I’m Not Realy Sure. Just So You Know I’m Getting The Aurora Right Now!

            Thank You
            Best Regards
            Adrian Panszczyk

          2. Awesome!

            You gotta stop asking if a specific speed cube is competition legal, because chances are it is. It’s really easier to list speed cubes that are NOT competition legal.

            Thanks,
            Happy Cubing!

          3. Adrian Panszczyk

            Thank You For All Your Help!!

  32. Adrian Panszczyk

    Thank You For All Your Help!

  33. Kristoffer Balintona

    Hey guys! I just wanted to know what cube I should get. I current have the MoYu Weilong (stickerless) and I’m looking to purchase a cube that can at least match its speed. That’s pretty much my entire criteria. I haven’t really found my “type” of cube (snappy, blocky, etc) yet, so i’m open to all suggestions. So far I’ve been looking at the Dayan Zhanchi, MoYu AoLong, and maybe even the MoYu Aurora. I’m a pretty new cuber, only averaging about 40-45 seconds, but I’m pretty serious about getting speeds sub 20 and I’m planning to use my new purchase for quite a while (maybe up to a year even), so take into account my progression. Anyway thanks for giving insight on my question whoever replies <3

  34. Andrea

    I am wondering about durability. The cubes I have bought for my son have all fallen apart in a matter of days. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Andrea, when you say “fall apart” do you mean disassembled? If so, Rubik’s Cubes really do get disassembled if thrown around or intentionally taken apart.

      I suggest really tightening the screws under the center caps which might help it fall apart less.

      Hope that helped.

      1. Andrea

        I have a Rubik’s brands cube that I have had since the 80s and it has never come apart, even when dropped. I purchased four speed cubes of various sizes, not Rubik brand, and with in a week three had come apart. The 2×2 and 3×3 were fairly easily reasembled, but 4×4 is in so many pieces I can’t imaging trying to put it back together. Admittedly the 2×2 was dropped the first time it came apart, but 4×4 fell apart in regular use. I would Harte to see the mess a 5×5 would make! i wondered if there were any brands that were more sturdy. From what I can tell, Rubik only makes a 3×3 speed cube.

        1. Hi Andrea,
          wow, an original 80s rubik’s cube is a gem, you better hold on to that.

          They fall apart because these speed cube are made so that you can adjust the tension with springs under the center cap. Some like it on the loose side so it will move faster, but at this tension they tend to pop. Tightening would eliminate popping but would make the cube slower and harder to turn.

          yes, 5×5 is a nightmare to assemble but still better then a 6×6 or a 7×7, hehe..

          Hope that helped.

  35. Anthony

    What about the aolong v1? Is it better or worse in any ways?

    1. I prefer the V2 over the V1, the V2 feels more “together” then the V1. The V2 simply felt better then the V1.

  36. Anirudh Mahapatro

    Guys plz help me,I wanna buy a speed cube,so which cube u recommend-Yj Chilong or yj sulong..!.! On the basis of speed,smoothness,corner cutting,lock & pop up,turning resistance..!!.& suggest specifically*

  37. rockstar

    Which cube is the fastest? I have mastered fildrich method on my rubiks brand cube.i want to buy a cube that breaks my record of 15.67 secs

    1. wow, congratulations on mastering fridrich method! I would recommend any Moyu cube. Specifically the Aolong V2. It has very smooth turning layers while still being fast.

      Let me tell you that once you get your new speed cube. You’ll smash your 15.67 sec PB.

      Happy Cubing!

      1. Echu Cuber

        Get the Gans 356 it’s so good it’s very smooth and very fast. The corner cutting is no problem and I can’t pop the pieces out so the popping is good corner twisting didn’t happen and I have to put a lot of force to twist it

  38. Björn

    Hey guys
    I had a question
    I doubt between the Dayan Guhong and the V cube 3
    Which do you like better and why?

    1. Hey Björn, I wouldn’t recommend the V-cube 3. The V-cube 4 up to the V-cube 7 were decent speed cubes (though there are plenty of better speed cubes).

      I can’t really comment in detail about the performance of the V-cube 3 since I’ve only tried it a few times many years ago. Many including myself have forgotten and dismissed the V-cube 3. The Guhong on the other hand is quite popular and for good reason – it is an excellent speed cube which trumps the V-cube 3 in all aspects.

      Forget about the V-cube 3 and go for the Guhong.

      Hope that helped.

      1. Björn

        Thank you for the quick response.
        The Guhong has already been ordered 😉

  39. Which to choose friend.moyu shulong or moyu anglong I’m abit confused

  40. jim

    I need a better cube my record is 5.82 seconds recommended one cube pls

    1. Monte

      Probably a moyu

  41. Dave Jones

    I would suggest you include the size and weight of the cubes.
    Also maybe if they are primary/traditional (Dayan?) or more neon-looking (Moyu) colored.
    I practice in low-light conditions and the I’ll take the Dayan colors over the Moyu (yellow vs white) any day.
    Aside from that, thank you for the site.

  42. what speed cube has the least amount of friction

  43. shelley

    Hi Guys, My 11yr old son has just started cubing with a standard 3×3 Rubix cube. He has asked for a shengshou but I have no idea where is best to buy one as i’m worried about fakes- some of them seem so cheap. What would you recommend for a novice who is trying to beat his 70 minute record?

  44. potato

    back in 2013 (i had dayan and fangshi) my average was 25-30s(3x3x3)
    and i want to speedcube again today. pls recommend a good cube for me. thanks

  45. SpeedCuber

    I’m a speed cuber and my average is 56 what method should I use and what should I work now?

  46. SpeedCuber

    I mean what should I work on?

    1. JUSTIN CREATOR PLZZ ANSWER

      I DONT KNOW WHAT METHOD YOU SHOULD USE

      THIS MY TABLE

      SPPEDCUBER 30 SECS OR LESS

      AVERAGE 30 UP 59 DOWN -ME 53 SEC – YOU 56

      STARTER 1MIN UP 2 MIN DOWN

      NOOB 2 MIN UP

    2. JUSTIN CREATOR PLZZ ANSWER

      I DONT KNOW WHAT METHOD YOU SHOULD USE

      THIS MY TABLE

      SPPEDCUBER 30 SECS OR LESS

      AVERAGE 30 UP 59 DOWN -ME 53 SEC – YOU 56

      STARTER 1MIN UP 2 MIN DOWN

      NOOB 2 MIN UP

  47. SpeedCuber

    Is there anything bad about the 55 cube

  48. Mysterious G.

    Hi guys, I started cubing since this school-year(2015), I can say that I’m the 3rd or 4th in the fastest cubers in our town. I want to improve my speed without popping or failing with my cube. I just want to ask a perfect cube. The best and the fastest cube ever made(3x3x3). tnx, I’ll look forward for your comments

  49. gautham

    I just started speedcubing and my average is 40-50 seconds. which speedcube would be best for me.

  50. JUSTIN CREATOR PLZZ ANSWER

    I am a beginner Ive been with the rubiks cube for about a month and know how to solve it my record 53 secs and average 1.20 any tips for solving it faster or a tip on a tutorial and give me ideas for a new cube iwas thinking about the moyu along V 2 please tell me your ideas

    CREATOR ANSWER PLEASE IM DESPREATE
    Creator by the way credit on the website

  51. JUSTIN CREATOR PLZZ ANSWER

    WHY ARE THE STICKERLESS BANNED? AND ARE THEY STILL BANNED????

  52. Nick S

    So I have a rubiks brand speedcube and I want something better. I need one that’s fast, yet smooth and controllable while being reasonably quiet(my dad hates the sound) also I want 0 popping and decent corner cutting

    1. Rithwik Raman

      I good one would be the Qiyi Thunderclap, or the Gans 356S Master Versoin. I highly recommend both of them

  53. RUBIKSCUBER

    I ned a cube and I solve at 1 min 30 secs and should be smooth enoufh cuz im starting f2l. I hope something that isn’t too expensive. Thanks

  54. Luke S

    Hi, I’ve starting cubing recently and I’m getting faster but am limited by a cube that I’ve borrowed that catches very easily and is very slow. So I’m looking for the very best cube I can buy. Any recommendations?

  55. Fear

    Can you review the Qiyi Thunderclap and add it to the list? It’s pretty good and I would like to see your thoughts. Thanks!

    1. Hi, sorry I’ve been quite busy lately. I will be making a major update really soon and the Qiyi Thunderclap review will be in the works.

      Thanks!

      1. Fear

        Can u make an estimate as too when you will release a review? Thanks!

        1. Hi Fear, it’s hard to say now, but be sure to see an update within this month.

          Thanks!

          1. Punpanit

            I think dayan zhanchi are very good its very smooth and dayan zhanchi has very good spring so its good

  56. OldSchool

    Few years ago, I bought Shengshu Aurora and MoYu Weilong largely due to this article. Since then I bought another Shengshu Aurora and two mirror cubes by Shengshu. I also loved Weilong but I thought it was little noisy compared to Aurora. I loved the mirror cubes even more than Auroras by the way. Because of my good experience with Shengshu company, it has become my first choice when it comes to buying any kind of cubes products.
    Just FYI, I’m not a speed cuber but I really enjoy the whole process of solving, so how a cube feels and in my hands and how it looks are more important than how fast it turns per se. Happy cubing and I appreciate this article for helping me find my perfect cube.

    1. Hey! I’m really glad that my articles have helped you.

      Shengshou do make some really good and affordable cubes. Usually casual solvers become speedcubers, so you might find yourself speedcubing soon. Although it’s still awesome that you really just enjoy the process of solving.

      I’m working on an update really soon. Hope you can come back and check it out.

      Happy Cubing!

  57. Donovan

    I am a beginner with fast spinning and use corner cuts as I can’t solve it very fast. I can handle fast cubes and would like one that can last me a while. Which do you reccomend?

  58. Donovan

    I would also like to throw it out there that I can only get the first layer and get luck if I get second layer. Are their any easy to memorize algorithms for the second and third layer? I have also been doing lots of research and watched one video that was very good. I would like to know if there are and other speed cubes out there besides the ones listed? Thanks so much for your time!

    1. Hi Donovan, Good to hear that you are learning as much as you can on speedcubing. It is really very rewarding to get your times down.

      From your description of your level of cubing I would say you still have a little bit more learning to do. Research on Fridrich Method or CFOP (cross, first 2 layer, orientation of last layer, permutation of last layer). Mastering this method you can get your times to as fast as 10 seconds.

      There are a few speed cubes that aren’t listed here and I am working on an update which you can expect to see within this month.

      Happy Cubing!
      Thanks!

  59. Donovan

    Its me again! Well I am having a lot of trouble with the top layer. I recently got the along v2 with high hopes, but it doesn’t fit my inaccurate turning style. I would like one with good reverse corner-cutting. I also need a better/more reliable top layer algorithm. I can’t find any for the situation I am in. Thanks for putting up with me and my struggles!

  60. Logan

    I was looking at the Moyu Sulong cube and it looks pretty good. My PB is 1 minute and 6 seconds, im a beginner, and im only 11, but I’m still looking for a good speedcube. It’s only 6 bucks, and it says its fast and theres almost no catches. Does anybody think this would be a good speedcube for a beginner?

  61. Fear

    Still no thunderclap review?

    1. Hi Fear, I’m afraid so.

      Just recently got started working on the website again.

      I assure you though that more reviews will be coming soon.

      Thanks for the comment!

  62. Roy

    I Have a Yulong Stickerless. But I want a speedcube that not stickerless. My average is 25. Recommend?

  63. DA BOSS

    I strongly recommend the gan’s 356, but i also strongly recommend not to hold while riding a skateboard and then falling off the skateboard.

  64. Rohan

    My average 1m and highest 48s plizz recommend fast

  65. Fear

    I see you’ve done many new reviews. Review of the Guoguan Yuexiao next?

    1. Hi Fear!
      Yep, been working on some new reviews. Don’t know if you’re following the facebook group: facebook.com/bestspeedcube but I gave a little sneak peak of new speed cubes there. Currently working on the MeiYing then after that will be the AolongGT then the Guoguan Yuexiao.

      Stay Tuned,
      Thanks.

  66. Gabby

    Im 11 and im looking for a stickerless 3×3 speedcube… What can you recommend? BTW my PB is 18 secs

  67. Jaden

    Is a Dayan V 5 zhanchi any good

    1. not really, i would recommend the QIYI thunderclap, its cheap but really high quality at the same time and it also comes with a bag.

  68. JT

    Ivery just started cubing, and my time is just under 2 minutes.
    I want something heavier than normal, but can turn exceptionally well. I don’t care if it’s stickerless or not, just something that is a little heavier and still turns awesome to where I can start getting down to 30 seconds or less. Idk if I will find that or if it’s even out there. I just like a little more weight with everything. Or if it’s lighter it has to turn very, VERY well because I have a lot of power behind my fingers while cubing

  69. Jordan

    I have just started cubing and can only solve a 2×2. Looking for a sticker less 3×3 to learn on. Any recommendations?

    1. nick

      Moyu aolong V2 sticker less. best sticker less cube ever.

  70. Avinash

    I bought a moYu aolong v2 enhanched version and i used it few weeks without lube and now my cube has become worst it is very solw now and peices have got some scratches in them what to do please help me

    1. rodrigo

      take the cube apart and wipe of each piece. its perfectly normal don’t worry

  71. Gio

    I recently got into cubing about 5 to 6 months ago, And I’m wondering Which cube to get. I’m leaning towards a Moyu Aolong V2, But I looked over the comments and figured out that The shengshou aurora is a great cube too. Which one should I get?

    1. hey Gio, Shenshou Aurora is a really smooth cube and I would recommend it. If you prefer a smooth speed cube then I should recommend the Gans 356S V2 which is a really smooth turning cube with amazing corner cutting abilities. Check out the update main page to learn more => http://www.bestspeedcube.com

      Thanks,
      Happy Cubing!

  72. Sam

    I need so much help please help me out.

    My personal best of a standard rubicks cube is 1 minute 19 seconds. I know i can slash this time if i get the right cube but ive never bought a speed cube before.

    Which Cube do you reccomend in the long run, so to keep slashing my times.

    Also which ones can i buy to be sent to the UK?

    Thank you so much,

    1. I would recommend the QIYI thunderclap, its cheap but really high quality at the same time and it also comes with a bag.
      Reply

  73. mukta

    Hi!
    I want to gift my brother a 3 by 3 cube. he solves shengshou aurora in about 32 seconds. Which cube will u suggest? i’m pretty confused that people are suggesting manyyyy different cubes here. i’m a girly girl and know nothing about cubes! i’ll be so grateful if you’ll help me out…

    1. Hey Mukta!
      That’s pretty cool that you’re giving your brother a speed cube. I would suggest the Gans 356S speed cube. It is an all around great performing speed cube which he can have so many options for adjustments.

      Hope that helps!

  74. Fear

    tbh gans is too expensive compared to the guoguan so i think that makes the yuexiao better

  75. Aniik Patel

    Hi I would like to be sponsored by you.

    I want to be sponsored by a company that is great like you

    Keep in touch,
    Aniik

    1. Hi Aniik Patel,
      Sorry to inform you that I am not sponsoring any speed cubers as of now.
      Good Luck!

  76. Xavier Smith

    Hi! What Cube is the best for me? I really like solving this types of cubes and my highest is 1 minute and 2 seconds on my fake rubik’s which is really really bad. I’m thinking of buying Shengshou Aurora or MoYu Aolong. Which one should you guys think I should buy? Btw I’m using the beginner’s method and trying to learn time by time the Fridrich Method

    1. Hey Xavier, as you said you are still using beginners method so I think you should focus more on learning fridrich method instead of worrying what speed cube will get you faster. If you’ve mastered fridrich you could probably solve a crappy cube in 20 seconds.

      If you really want the best speed cube I would recommend the Gans 356S advanced, Moyu Aolong GT or the new Moyu Weilong GTS.

      Hope that helped!
      Thanks

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