Ultimate guide to the best speed cube

**Updated on April 4 2016**

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There are dozens upon dozens of different brands and models of speed cubes available now on the market. There is no doubt that many are not too good but some are quite exceptional.

Before looking at the vast array of available speed cubes, it’s important that you understand what features a speed cube should have for it to be considered “good” or even the “best seed cube”

The chart below will analyze each speed cube based on “Turning” and “Corner Cutting” which are the main features of a speed cube. The third feature is “Catching and Lockups” which is an indicator of the first two main features. So a good combination of Turning and Corner Cutting will generally mean a speed cube will handle Catching and Lockups very well. The last feature in the chart is “Actual Solving” which is not a direct score from the first three features but the true feeling of a speed cube during what actually matters.

Learn More: Qualities to look for in a speed cube

 

Interactive Speed Cube Chart:

**Table updated on Feb 1  2016**

TurningCorner CuttingCatching and LockupsActual SolvingRating
9/10
7/10
7.5/10
8/10
7.75/10
9/10
7.5/10
7.5/10
9.5/10
8.00/10
9.5/10
9.5/10
8/10
9/10
8.75/10
9.5/10
9/10
8.5/10
9.5/10
8.75/10
9.5/10
7/10
8/10
9/10
8.25/10
7.5/10
8.5/10
8.5/10
9/10
8.00/10
8.5/10
6.5/10
6/10
9/10
7.25/10
8.5/10
7/10
7/10
9/10
7.75/10
8.5/10
6.5/10
6.5/10
8/10
7.00/10
9/10
7/10
6.5/10
8/10
7.50/10
7/10
6/10
6/10
7/10
6.50/10
***This Chart only shows 11 puzzles, the full chart contains over 25 puzzles*** 
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Gans 356S V2 GuoGuan YueXiao Moyu Aolong GT
Turning 9.5 9.5 9.5
Corner Cutting 9.5 9 7
Catching and Lock Ups 8 8.5 8
Actual Solving 9 9.5 9
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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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