**Updated on March 25 2015**
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 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.
**Table updated on March 24 2015**
|Turning||Corner cutting||Pops||Catches and Lockups||Price|
|Dayan ZhanChi 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Snappy and Very Fast||Good||May pop||May lock if not accurate||$13.99|
|FangShi Shuang Ren 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Very light, smooth and Fast||Effortless||None||May lock if not accurate||$12.80|
|FangShi GuangYing 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Extremely fast turning speed||Okay||None||Small catches due to overshooting||$12.50|
|MARU CX3 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Fast turning, slightly scratchy, loud||Good||None||Small catches may occur||$15.99|
|MoYu AoLong V2 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Very smooth and very fast||Good||None||Small catches due to inaccurate turns||$11.65|
|Moyu Sulong 3x3x3 Speed Cube Puzzle||Fast and light while being smooth||Very little pressure needed||None||Practically none||$6.10|
|Moyu Weilong 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Fast turning Blocky and crunchy||Very Good||None||Little Lock ups due to over shooting||$8.98|
|Shengshou Aurora ( Jiguang ) 3x3x3 Speed Cube||Extremely smooth very controllable||Okay||None||Minimal to none||$4.99|
**The chart is sorted alphabetically and does not try to show any order of best to worst.**
What makes a good Speed Cube:
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 in this article: Qualities to look for in a speed cube
All the speed cubes found in the interactive speed cube chart are great speed cubes and if you are a beginner you can’t go wrong choosing any one of these cubes, but we are looking for the best speed cube and pretty good just won’t do. Here are the top picks.
The Moyu Weilong is very much like the ever so popular Dayan Zanchi, which is the reason it becoming the main 3×3 of many speed cubers. It has all the good characteristics of the Dayan Zanchi while addressing the main problem of the Zanchi which is the lack of control. The Weilong is a very fast and light turning speed cube with a “clacky” feeling. It’s layer turns are very blocky and crunchy and unlike the Zanchi you still have control despite it being fast and light. This means lighting fast layer turn executions while minimizing overshooting and mis aligning. Although it addresses the Zanchis problems the Weilong could still use a little of smoothness since pieces do sometimes catch especially with torpedoes. Overshooting is not entirely gone too which results in occasional lock ups.
The Moyu Sulong has a very unique feel being very smooth but at the same time is quite light. This combination results in a speed cube that has precise and fluid layer turns while also being able to turn fast. This speed cube feels amazing out of the box and feels like it’s already broken in. It has absolutely no problem with locking up and catches and popping doesn’t happen on this speed cube. It handles corner cutting well by allowing the mis aligned layer to slide rather then just forcing it into place. At only $6.10 it is the second cheapest cube on the list which is such a great deal for an all around performing speed cube.
The Moyu Aolong V2 really improves upon the flaws of the first version and is probably a whole different speed cube from successful Moyu Weilong. It seems pretty common for speed cubes to either be a smooth turner or a fast turner, but the Moyu Aolong V2 is both smooth with really fast turning. Small Catches can be noticed because of the blocky feeling but once broken in properly it will become very minimal or completely disappear. Corner cutting is not superb but it really is enough, since the smooth turning will really save it. At a price of $11.65 it is can be found on the cheaper spectrum of speed cubes.
“THE” best speed cube
Labeling a speed cube especially a 3×3 speed cube, “the best” is very difficult and can be a bit controversial. Many will say that there is no real “best” speed cube because preferences change from one cuber to another. I completely agree with this however, with all the many features a speed cube has from it’s pros and cons, I think a verdict can be made.The best speed cube shouldn’t only be great at one thing and must cater to all types of cubers from beginners to the more experience cuber. The Moyu Weilong is lighting fast, which is great for super fast turning. The drawback of super fast turning speeds is overshooting and lockups which is caused by misaligned layers. There is slight smoothness in the Moyu Weilong however it doesn’t really fully address the problem which can occasionally happens.
The best speed cube should then not only be fast but have some smoothness to allow the speed cuber 100% control. It should also cater to a beginner who needs a good cube out of the box and at the same time not limit a sub-20 solver. The Moyu Aolong V2 shines above the Moyu Sulong and takes the first place spot.
Both speed cubes have smoothness on their side which really caters to beginners and catching and lockups due to overshooting is not an issue with these two cubes. The Sulong is a very good value for money speed cube at a very affordable price but when it comes to performance the Moyu Aolong V2 will run circles around the Sulong. The combination of speed and smoothness is really quite rare and very desirable. It gives 100% control while still being able to execute algorithms at lightning speed. The Moyu Aolong V2 with it’s smoothness will result in very consistent times which improves your average times while have the speed means you can smash your single personal best times.
What do you think?
I try my best to address each level of speed cuber with the different styles of cubing taking into consideration each feature, pros and cons of each speed cube to come up with what I believe is the best speed cube. Hopefully I have provided enough information for you to choose a speed cube that would best suit your needs.
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