**Update on March 14 2016**
5×5 speed cubes are tons of fun and some enjoy 5×5 speed more then 4×4 speed cubing. There are more parts necessary in the construction of a 5×5 speed cube so a bad design makes for a really bad performing speed cube. Here are the top 5×5 speed cubes currently on the market.
**table update on April 10 2016**
Out of the 6 5×5 speed cubes on the chart there are only 3 that you should really consider if you want a 5×5 speed cube. These three tare the Shenshou 5×5, Moyu Aochuang and the Yuxin 5×5.
The Shengshou 5×5 is a very popular 5×5 speed cube. Unlike other 5×5 speed cubes it turns well right from out of the box. With proper tensions and lubrication it becomes smoother and faster. It does have corner cutting abilities but it is not the best. It’s drawbacks are that it tends to pop often and lock up and catch pieces quite a bit. It is a manageable however you may sacrifice turning speed during solves which limits your times.
The Moyu Aochuang is a very new 5×5 speed cube and is quite refreshing since the Shengshou 5×5 has become a popular main 5×5 speed cube. It comes from the Moyu company which have been making very good speed cubes quite recently. The Aochuang is very strange in that out of the box it is terrible. It is slow and is over lubed which makes it disgusting to handle. Although once it is broken in and you get used to it is an excellent 5×5 speed cube. What stands out in the Moyu Aochuang is it’s turning. It has a very smooth turning feel with a combination of speed. This might be the fasted 5×5 speed cube on the market. It has good corner cutting abilities although this sometimes can be a problem. It corner cuts a decent amount to the point where it will lock up.
The Yuxin 5×5 is the newest (as of now) 5×5 that came into the market. Yuxin has made a decent 3×3 and a 4×4 that needs a bit of work. The Yuxin company decided that it’s 5×5 speed cube needed one important ingredient which is – smoothness. The Yuxin 5×5 is smooth… very smooth. There is no doubt that layer turns on the Yuxin 5×5 is one of the smoothest found on a speed cube puzzle. The smoothness allows for smooth solving with practically no lock ups and catches. The smoothness also contributes to the very good corner cutting on this speed cube. This speed cube also comes with a plastic hard case which can be used as a piggy bank or protect your cube because it fits perfectly inside.
Which one should you get?
Before the Yuxin 5×5 came out, deciding the better performing 5×5 speed cube was a bit difficult. The Shengshou 5×5 and the Aochuang really had close to equal performance. Both the Shengshou and the Aochuang had good but not the best corner cutting. The Shengshou had the problem of popping pieces while the Aochuang had the problem of back lock ups.
Now it’s a different story. The Yuxin 5×5 is an amazing 5×5 speed cube. It ties the Shengshou and Aochuang in the corner cutting department but probably beats them a little because corner cutting is so effortless and unnoticeable. With the smoothness of the Yuxin 5×5 it runs away with first prize by a mile. Smoothness beats fast and light turning with big cubes because there are too many pieces that can catch and lockup. If you want the best 5×5 speed cube, the Yuxin 5×5 is the one for you.