The 2×2 speedcubes are really fun to solve and thanks to their simple design, it is not that difficult to construct a proper one. In this buying guide I will take you through what makes a best 2×2 cube and will cover the best options you can get today.
Even if they are not as demanding as speedcubes of higher dimensions, there are still 2×2 cubes on the market which are far from good because not all manufacturers have your best cubing experience in mind.
The 2×2 cubes have far faster solving times than 3×3 cubes or those of higher dimensions so you will want your 2×2 speedcube to be of high quality so that you can actually get those fast times.
You don’t want your 2x2x2 to get stuck or worse popup.
In this guide below, I will go through the most important characteristics that you should keep in mind when choosing your 2×2 speedcube.
Table of Contents
- The most important characteristics:
- Secondary characteristics:
- Reviews of the best 2×2 speed cubes
The most important characteristics:
These characteristics will have the largest impact on your cubing experience with 2×2 cubes. If you are an experienced cuber, then you probably know these as they are similar to those on 3×3 speed cubes.
But please, if you are going to read anything other than the best 2×2 speedcubes reviews below, then I highly advise you to read this part of the buying guide.
Speedcubes in general can be separated into two categories when it comes to turning style.
Fast turning or smooth turning speedcubes.
Fast ones are optimized for speed and they have little friction between their layers which makes them extremely fast. But on another hand, the lack of friction leads to the lack of control and this can result in overshooting.
But since this cube has only 8 cubies, the danger of overshooting and messing up the layers because of lack of friction between them is far smaller than when compared with speedcubes like 3×3, 4×4 and so on.
Smooth turning cubes are meant to give you more control and reduce the overshooting. They have more contact between the layers which gives them that smooth feeling when layers are gliding one over another. But the additional friction slows it down.
You may be wondering which is better
The truth is that there is no better between the two.
In most cases, you will look for a good ratio of speed and smoothness. In the 2×2 case, it is usually better to go with more speed because they are harder to mess up and more fun to speed solve.
In the end, you have to decide what kind of 2×2 cube you will like. The one with more speed or the one with a more smooth and controlled experience.
But you should know that not all fast cubes are good and not all smooth cubes are good either.
The fast turning 2×2 speed cube is not good if the cube does not have any control at all because it will be frustrating to try and control the layers who are simply flying around.
The bad smooth turning 2×2 cube is too hard to turn and will get you tired and will beat the purpose of control by not giving you any speed.
Corner cutting is the cubes ability to make a turn even if the vertical face is not completely aligned and it is going to make or break your experience with 2×2 speedcubes.
You definitely don’t want your 2×2 rubik’s cube to have poor corner cutting because the individual cubies on 2×2 are quite big when compared to 3×3 for an example. This means that if the cube doesn’t have good corner cutting it will need more precision to make an unaligned turn because the surface area between the two cubies that need to align is bigger.
And using those stiff, old 2×2 rubik’s cubes is very frustrating. It even hurts to watch someone do it, not to mention doing it yourself.
Luckily for us, there are 2×2 speedcubes which have awesome corner cutting because of their simplicity of the design. You will want a 2×2 puzzle with proper corner cutting if you wish a stress free speedsolving.
2×2 Speedcube Stability
Your speedcubes stability will dictate how flexible is it, does it deform and most importantly its pop up resistance.
You shouldn’t really experience popups with modern 2×2 speedcubes but if you are a very rough speed cuber than you may experience a case here and there.
Related: If you are interested in checking out the best 3×3 speed cubes click here.
These characteristics will influence your cubing experience but on a smaller scale when compared to the ones above. However, you should still read about them and understand them.
The best 2×2 speedcube for you will also depend on its size.
The 2×2 cubes are the smallest there are when it comes to layers count but they range in their dimensions and the typical sizes are 55mm, 50mm and 46mm sizes. (3×3 Speedcubes range from 57mm to 42mm).
Depending on what you are used to from other speedcubes and your hand’s size you should decide on the size of your 2×2.
My main 2×2 puzzle is 50mm one and I find that to be the best size for me. My main 3×3 is 55mm and you can use that as a reference but that is me and is not necessarily going to work for you.
Stickered or Stickerless 2×2 cube?
This, of course, comes down to personal preference but it is something you should think about.
Stickered speedcubes have their advantage of customization because you can replace the color and the shade of the stickers if they are too bright or too dim for you. But they can peel and scratch so depending on how often you cube you will need to replace them at some point.
Stickers on cubes are made in shades ranging from half bright shades to full bright shades.
Stickerless cubes do not peel and chip because their plastic is colored and you won’t need to replace anything, but if you somehow make a scratch over the surface of the cube you will not be able to fix this or at least not in any simple way.
Stickerless cubes have a slight advantage when it comes to color recognition in the speed of the moment because the colored surface area is a bit bigger when compared to stickered cubes or at least this is something I have noticed from my personal experience. But this “advantage” is so small that it shouldn’t be the only reason you opt for a stickerless 2×2 speedcube.
Reviews of the best 2×2 speed cubes
The 2×2 cubes below are currently the best on the market and any of them will be a great choice but you should read about them and see which one fits you the most.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced speed cuber you will do great with the choices below. Pick your sweet little 2×2 and don’t stop until you set the new world record!
1. The DaYan 2×2
This 2×2 speedcube was used to set the world records for both, the single and the average solve.
The DaYan is widely appreciated in the speedcubing community and for a good reason. This speedcube offers blazing fast speeds, followed by proper control and amazing corner and reverse corner cutting.
This is definitely one of the best 2×2 cubes ever made and this is further proven by being the 2×2 used by a lot of speed cubers today.
The DaYan has a quiet touch to it and is not clicky so if you need a quiet 2×2 for classes or work it is also a good choice. (Not that I encourage you to speedcube during your duties or anything like that).
When it comes to popping this one takes a fall because it is known to happen. Not very often and definitely depending on how rough you are but pops can happen.
2. Moyu WeiPo
The WeiPo is the best 2×2 speedcube from Moyu and it is one of the best 2×2 cubes in general.
When it comes to performance it is very similar to the DaYan above if not even better but this is rather a subjective thing.
Moyu WeiPo is going to give you insane speeds with a smooth touch providing you with enough control. But the thing that other cubers and I love the most is its unparalleled corner cutting. The WeiPo will easily corner cut even when going above 45 degrees with the top layer.
You should not expect any frequent pops on this 2×2 but they can happen in some cases.
This is an all rounder best 2×2 you can get today because it combines both lighting speeds and reliability. WeiPo will not need any adjustments right out of the box or at least not in most cases. After you break it in you should lube it accordingly but be aware this one eats lube for breakfast.
3. Moyu Guoguan Xinghen
This is a very good 2×2 cube and it comes from a well known brand in the cubing world.
Xinghen will provide you with excellent speed but it has a bit of an unstable feel to it because this one has a hard time staying in the cube shape. This 2×2 has a very smooth feeling and it is quite controllable when speedsolving.
This 2×2 will need adjusting out of the box or at least after you break it in. You should apply some lube to it because it has a dry feeling originally.
The corner cutting is amazing and it is on par with those above like DaYan and WeiPo. It will provide you with excellent fast cubing experience.
One bad thing about this cube is popping. This 2×2 will pop more than other speedcubes described here but if you do not loosen the tensions too much and if you are not a very rough cuber this shouldn’t be a reason not to go with this one if you like it.
4. Gan 249 V2 2×2
This is a new 2×2 cube from Gan and I decided to include it in this review because I think it is one of the great options and especially for the beginners because of its amazing control.
This 2×2 will provide you with speed and a lot of control. The smoothness is amazing and the feel of this speedcube is quite unique.
Corner cutting of this cube is quite good almost full 45 degrees while the pops should not happen unless you get too rough with it.
The most unique thing about this one is its smooth feel and the matte finish of the plastic.
Overall this is a great 2×2 speedcube but it will work best in the beginner’s hands because it will provide you with the best control so you should not experience any overshooting.
5. QiYi QiDi S
This is a new 2×2 speedcube from QiYi and it is a best budget 2×2 cube I have ever used.
If you are looking for something cheaper but with excellent performance then I believe that this one will be your choice.
QiDi S has great speed with a beautiful smooth feel to it providing you with enough control. I especially like how layers can lock in their position which adds to the control of the cube.
The colors are unique with their bright but soft colors and I personally bought one just because of the colors but as it turned out the performance of this 2x2x2 was worth every cent and more.
The QiDi has a new anti pop design and from my experience, I haven’t experienced any pops which is a great relief since I usually get those with 2×2 cubes.
The one down side is its corner cutting which is less than average of all other choices in this article. However, it is on very rare occasions that it will throw you off balance and break your algorithm execution.
I think that this is one of the best budget 2×2 rubik’s cubes and if you go with it you won’t make a mistake.
If you are still not sure which 2×2 is best for you then think about your experiences with other speedcubes if you have any and then try to decide which of these could work.
But if you are a beginner then I highly suggest either the Gan or the QiDi. Others will do you great as well, but these are more orientated to beginners.