The 6x6x6 cube came out much later then the 2x2x2 cube, 3x3x3 cube, 4x4x4 cube and 5x5x5 cube. For even numbered layer puzzles, the mechanism is much more complicated sacrificing performance for functionality which is really apparent on 6×6 speed cubes.
**Table updated on April 8 2015**
|Turning||Corner Cutting||Pops||Lock Ups||Price|
|Very fast and hint of smoothness||Decent||May pop||Lock ups due to misalignment||$29.20|
|Very Smooth||Decent||May pop||Tends to lock up||$17.55|
|Clicky (layers snap into place)||Good||May pop||Lock ups, inner misalignment||$41.95|
There are only 3 6×6 speed cubes that are really suited for speed cubing. These 3 speed cubes are the V-Cube 6, Shengshou 6 and the Moyu Aoshi.
The V-cube 6 have layers that snap into place making turning very “clicky”. It does have corner cutting abilities and is can be fast only after it is fully broken in. Aside from normal lock ups the inner mechanism may get misaligned which is even worse. This puzzle comes very tight, so pops are not a problem but turning layers takes quite a bit of effort. The v-cube 6 cannot be adjusted so it will only get looser through breaking in.
The Shenshou 6×6 has excellent turning and is very smooth. It has decent corner cutting and is fast right out of the box. Lock ups and pops can happen and sometimes may totally lock up, but with all puzzles lock ups can be minimized by getting more used to the puzzle. This puzzle may pop but again, with more control and familiarity of the cube, this can be minimized.
The Moyu Aoshi is the latest to come out from the list and has been highly anticipated since the Moyu company has a good repuation of coming out with really good speed cubes. The Moyu Aoshi has fast turning layers with a hint of smoothness. This speed is somehow supplemented by the actual weight of the cube and it’s layers which gives assistance to layer turns. Corner cutting barely passes, it’s not good but not horrible either. The feel of the Aoshi is a bit loose when combined with not too good corner cutting you will get lock ups that are a bit intense.
The Moyu Aoshi clearly takes takes first place for the title of the best 6×6 speed cube. The Aoshi’s problem of getting stuck is quite major, lockups takes so much effort to fix and will add up to 10 seconds to your time at worst. Although the speed of the Moyu Aoshi is really something that trumps it’s competitors. The hint of smoothness gives you some control and after a while of using the Aoshi you will get used to it which will minimize catching and lockups.
The Moyu Aoshi still needs a bit of work but right now it’s performance and speed is enough to be the best 6×6 speed cube.