The 2x2x2 cube is a layer equivalent of the 3x3x3 cube. It is basically a 3x3x3 cube without the edge pieces and consist of only 8 corner pieces. This puzzle is quite fun to speed solve with times that are very fast compared to 3×3. There are not much 2×2 speed cubes on the market and early designs were not very good. Many great 2×2 speed cubes have recently hit the market and are really great for speed cubing. Here are the 2×2 speed cubes available on the market.
|Dayan Zhanchi 2x2x2 Puzzle||Very Fast||Excellent||None||None||$14.85|
|Eastsheen Black 2x2x2 Puzzle||Very Fast||No corner cutting||None||Frequent lock ups||$5.99|
|Lanlan 2x2x2 Puzzle||Fast||Decent||Known to pop||Tends to lock up||$4.99|
|QJ 2x2x2 Puzzle||Fast||Bad||May pop||Tends to lock up||$4.80|
|Shengshou 2x2x2 Puzzle||Fast||Okay||None||May lock up||$4.48|
|V-Cube 2x2x2 Puzzle||Very Fast||Very good||May pop||May lock up||$12.05|
|WitTwo Type C 2x2x2 Puzzle||Very Fast||Excellent||None||None||$13.99|
Most of the 2x2x2 cubes found on the chart are old designs and may be great speed cubes a few years ago, but don’t quite make 2×2 speed cubes today. Here are the three 2x2x2 cubes that have found its way on top.
The V-cube 2×2 is a good 2×2 speed cube. The turning on the V-cube 2 is very smooth and effortless. It also has good corner cutting abilities which previous puzzles did not really manage well. They do come in the normal square cube shape and also in the pillowed shape. There is not difference between the performance of the two shapes, but the pillowed version might affect grip. Its main drawback is that its pieces tend to catch which leads to small lock ups which can disrupt solves.
WitTwo Type C
The WitTwo was known to be the best 2×2 speed cube for a while. It has really great corner cutting abilities, which is done effortlessly. It’s great ability to cut corners means that there is practically no lock ups, which makes for consistent solving. Turning on the cube is quite fast, although it does have a scratchy crispy feeling.
Dayan Zanchi 2×2
The Dayan Zanchi 2×2 is based off of the Dayan Zanchi 3×3, which is known to be one of the best speed cubes. It took the great Zanchi design and incorporated it in it’s 2×2 puzzle. It has absolutely no problems with corner cutting and lock up are non existent. The best feature of the Dayan Zanchi 2×2 is its turning. Turning on the Dayan Zanchi 2×2 is very smooth and fast which allows for great solves and fast times.
The V-cube 2×2 is a good speed cube but because of the problems of locking up, it falls behind on performance compared to the WitTwo and the Dayan Zanchi 2×2. The WitTwo and the Dayan Zanchi 2×2 share the same performance in terms of corner cutting and lock ups. Although the differences are found in the turning. Both are very fast but the WitTwo has a very scratchy feel while the Dayan Zanchi 2×2 is very smooth, because of this the Dayan Zanchi 2×2 takes earns the crown for the best 2×2 speed cube.