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 a chart below to show the best speed cubes you can buy on the market today. The chart includes a description of the speed cube based on corner cutting, pops, lockups, and price.
|Alpha V (Type A) 3x3 Speed Cube||Crispy Feel, loud, Fast||Good||Pops sometimes||Locks up sometimes||$12.50|
|Dayan Guhong V2 3x3 Speed Cube||Very smooth Very Fast||Good||Seldom||Minimal to none||$11.79|
|Dayan PanShi 3x3 DIY 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Smooth and Clicky||Very Good||Known to pop||With torpedoes||$13.98|
|Dayan ZhanChi 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Snappy and Fast||Very Good||May pop||May lock if inaccurate||$11.50|
|FangShi Shuang Ren 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Very fluid, smooth and Fast||Very Good||No pops||May lock if inaccurate||$14.99|
|MoYu HuanYing 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Light, crispy and Fast||Effortless||No pops||Minimal to none||$13.99|
|Shengshou Aurora ( Jiguang ) 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Very extremely smooth and fast||Very Good||No pops||Minimal to none||$8.99|
|Witlong Type C 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Crispy and Fast||Very Good||No pops||Tends to lock up||$11.50|
|V-Cube 3 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Very crispy||Good||Tends to pop||Small lock up||$15.95|
The chart is sorted alphabetically and does not try to show any order of best to worst.
All the speed cubes in the chart above are very good, and far better then the store bought rubik’s cube brand. Although here are the top 3 cubes that came on top.
Many may disagree and have their own opinions but this not only my opinion but also the opinions of others who have expressed their thoughts on the different speed cubes.
This cube is the new kid on the block and has a several great features that many love. It’s greatest feature is it’s ability to corner cut, it’s competitors have good corner cutting as well, but what makes the Huanying stand out is how effortless it can do it. The Huanying can corner cut with less effort then it would take then on the Zanchi or Shuang Ren. Like the Shuang Ren there is no popping and because of its effortless corner cutting, it doesn’t lock up as much. It shares the Shuang Rens problem though of corner twisting during solves, which is less severe then popping but still very annoying. It has a light and crispy feel and it is fast however it is very loud and clicky.
Fangshi Shuang Ren
This speedcube entered the market with ambitious goals which was to be better or just as good as the Dayan Zanchi, has it reached it’s goal? lets see. The Fangshi beats the Zanchi on several factors. First that it has a very good and unique mechanism which is completely new and different from other designs. This really helps against popping so it won’t pop unlike the Zanchi. It also has better corner cutting ability then the Zanchi. However, it still fall behind to the Zanchi. The corners of the Fangshi twists very easily and the cube catches and locks up more compared to the Zanchi, which is a major drawback as a speed cube. Also it has a different feel, where the Zanchi has a really fast feel the Fangshi doesn’t feel as fast however it is more controllable, which some may like better. This speed cube is still a very good cube and would definitely be better beginner speed cube then the Zanchi because of its more controllable turning and its ability to not pop.
The Dayan Zanchi is absolutely the most famous speed cube on the market today. It has been the main speed cube or many speed cubers and is the cube responsible for breaking many official world records. Many speed cubers claim that the Dayan Zanchi is the “best speed cube” and with good reason. It possesses extremely fast turning movement, it has very good corner cutting and manageable locks and pops. So is this the best speed cube? It may be for many speed cubers, and it may be true with you, but it most certainly won’t be for all. If you are a beginner this cube might not work for you. It’s extremely fast movement may sound very attractive, but beginners would tend to overshoot turns on cubes that are too fast leading to lock ups and pops and it also tends to pop more then it’s competitors. This cube is the best speed cube might be for more advanced speed cubers or cubers who like really fast but very accurate turning.
This speed cube is totally under rated and should be given more credit. This is a really great speed cube. It’s greatest feature is that it is a super smooth turning speed cube. This is the feature that makes it stand out the most. It’s smoothness gives it very accurate and precise turning. This leads to no overshooting of turning which minimizes lock ups and pops. Corner cutting on this cube is really good as well. It can corner cut just as well than the Dayan Zanchi and other top speed cubes. It feels like a Dayan Zanchi and many who like the Zanchi tend to like this cube as well. All this said plus being the cheapest speed cube on the list, it would be perfect for beginner speed cubers.
The Dayan Zanchi stands tall being and may be regarded as the “best speed cube” today, it has many world records under it’s belt and is the main speed cube of lots of speed cubers. It’s best feature is it’s amazingly fast turning that some love, but some dislike because it’s easy to overturn leading to lock ups or pops.
The Moyu Huanying and the Fanghi Shuang Ren are the promising young bucks trying to chase the Dayan Zanchi with the Fanghshi Shuang Rens ingenious and unique mechanism, and the Moyu Huanyings effortless ability to corner cut. However they can’t quite cut it with their corner twisting problems and little chinks in their armor.
Meanwhile the Shengshou Aurora is the dark horse who lies under the radar with it’s Zanchi like feel but with a more smoother and precise turning. It’s good features such as no lockups, no pops and great corner cutting is all due to its silky smooth turning. This simple formula to success leaves its competitors in the dust. The Shengshou Aurora is the best speed cube for beginners and it might just be the best speed cube.