7 Best Speed Cubes Reviews – Buying a 3X3 Rubik’s Cube Guide 2020

Featured image for the 3x3 speedcubes articleSpeedcubing is becoming more and more popular and now there are more speedcubes available than ever which is why I created this ultimate guide to help you not only choose the best speed cube for you but to help you understand what makes a good cube.

If you are a total beginner then I highly suggest you read the buying guide first and then head on to the actual cubes below.

Choosing your speed cube is going to be very subjective since there is a lot of personal preference in it. However, there are some important characteristics which all 3×3 puzzles share that you need to be aware of in order to make your choice.

This is a cheap hobby since most of the quality cubes are below 20$ and with some rare exceptions which are considered by many to be the highest quality with prices going above 30$ like Gan 356 Air Ultimate which is still not that expensive. Keep this in mind and choose a quality 3×3 for yourself and not some random Chinese rip off at a dollar store because you will ruin your cubing experience.

Pro tip for absolute beginners:
Best cubes for speedcubing today are made by various manufacturers and are usually sold over the internet. The most popular manufacturers for speedcubes are Gan, MoYu, QiYi, Valk and a few others.

Which is the best speed cube for you? This is what to look for:

Everyone has its own preferences when choosing their speed cube and each of them offers the mix of these characteristics below.

As you get more and more familiar with this hobby you will get multiple 3×3’s to suit your needs. For an example, you will have your main (that’s how we call the precious one), another one which is extra quiet and is used in school or other places where noise absence is needed and so on. Once you join the dark side there is no going back.

image of a rubik's cube

Main Characteristics of speedcubes:

These are some of the most important characteristics of the speed cubes and they will dictate the overall quality and the feel the cube has to offer.

Are you ready to have your “cube eye” opened wide?

Turninganimation of a rubik's cube twisting

When it comes to turning speed and feel, cubes can fall into one of these two categories:

Fast turning or Smooth turning.

Fast Turning Speedcubes

Cubes optimised for speed have very little friction between their layers so there is minimal resistance between the layers. This makes the cube very fast, makes it feel light and these require very little effort when turning their sides.

Another distinct thing about fast turning puzzles is their sound and their dry feeling.

Pros – Allows for ultra fast algorithm execution because of minimal resistance between the layers.

Cons – These cubes offer very little control because there is no friction and the speeds are high. Some fast turning cubes may be uncontrollable at first for beginners.

Smooth turning speedcubes

Smooth ones have more friction between their layers and give a nice smooth fluid feeling while also providing precise layer turns. These have a bit more resistance when turning them but this will give you more control over your cube.

They are quiet and they don’t give the dry-scratchy feeling the fast turning ones do.

Pros – Provides you with control and precision when executing algorithms due to their perfect layer gliding along each other.

Cons – It will cost you some speed since friction and resistance are involved.

So which is better?

There is no better. Because it is up to you to decide which turning type you like and need.

Every cuber has their preferences for the turning characteristics of their cube. However, it is important to know how to tell if these two characteristics are poorly integrated when the puzzle was designed.

Fast turning cube is poorly made if it simply provides no control and this results in poor algorithm execution making its speed count for nothing anymore.

While quality fast turning cube will provide you with exceptional speed and will give you enough control.

Smooth turning cube is poorly designed if it requires too much effort to turn the layers and then its control beats the purpose since it costs you too much speed and energy.

On another hand, quality smooth options will give you optimal control with the least amount of speed reduction.

Corner cutting

What is corner cutting you ask?

It is the ability for a cube to make a turn even if the vertical face is not fully aligned because of over shooting while performing algorithms which is something that happens very often while speed cubing so this is an essential factor of the cube.

The video below demonstrates what is corner cutting:

This is where speedcubes outperform the Rubik’s brand cubes because most of the modern cubes allow for 45 degrees corner cutting, meaning that cubes can realign when the top face is turned over 45 degrees forward.

This provides room for error and increases fluidity.

Okay, now you know what corner cutting is but Is every corner cutting good?

Short answer: NO.

Corner cutting is only good if you don’t feel it while cubing. Proper corner cutting is executed effortlessly.

Bad cubes with poor corner cutting will have a very rough corner cuts which will interrupt your algorithm execution. This will distract you and it will slow you down and speedcubing is about speed.

Stability

image of an unsolvable rubiks cube
Rubiks Cube with poor stability can also result in an unsolvable case when one or more corner pieces twists.

Every cuber will want a stable speedcube. This determines if the cube flexes and does it deforms a lot. Less stable cubes tend to pop more often and warp which is not something you want.

If you are a beginner you won’t be doing crazy moves at first like 5-10 moves per second but if you do it later on it is best to get a stable speedcube for it. Just so you know a popped out piece during an official solving competition is an auto disqualification for that round.

Control

Speedcube’s control depends from multiple factors but one being most important of them all is its turning speed. Faster cubes have less control and they tend to overshoot while performing algorithms. However, the new trend of magnetizing cubes has contributed a lot in giving cubers more control.

You can magnetize some speedcubes yourself but it is not easy with all of them because of their inner design.

Today many speedcube manufacturers are selling already magnetized cubes which give you a lot more control when performing algorithms. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for absolute beginners because these 3×3’s feel different and it is good to learn cubing “naturally”. This is just my opinion and you can learn cubing on a magnetic cube but I wouldn’t do it.

Secondary Characteristics

Catching

Catching is a case when a layer of your cube catches on another layer. Most common catching occurs when a corner piece catches on a center piece and when an edge piece catches on another edge piece.

This can disrupt the execution of algorithms and distract you which will result in slower solve. Not to mention eating your nerves. On some speedcubes the catching is minimal thanks to proper design while on others happens way too often, ruining your experience.

Catching is caused by bad corner cutting paired with fast turning cubes.

Lockups

Lockups are a thing of the past when it comes to 3×3 cubes because of how well modern speed cubes are designed. But older Rubik’s cubes will have a case of lockup now and then.

This is more likely to happen to 4×4, 5×5 and higher dimensions because they have more complex insides.

Lockups are directly related to the cube design and the more layers the cube has the more often it will lockup.

Additional things you should know

Now you are almost a master cuber! Or at least you are well on your way.. However, there are still more things a beginner needs to know.

Below are some additional things to think about when choosing your speedcube.

Tensions and lubrication

Ready to get your mind blown one more time?

You can change to a certain extent most of the characteristics discussed above on your speedcube!

This is why we (cubers) like to tweak and lubricate our speedcubes.

Pro tip:
Don’t adjust your 3×3 until after you broke it in. New ones need to be used for a while until their layers smooth out and only then you can judge if you need to adjust the tension or add lube.

Tensions

image of a speedcube without the center caps

Tensions are holding the cube together and by adjusting them you make layers come closer together or give them more room between each other, removing or adding the friction between them.

Since cubes characteristics are a personal preference it is a real pleasure to fine tune it. By adjusting its tension, you can make your speedcube tighter or looser which will affect pretty much all of its characteristics.

I love adjusting my speedcubes because it really feels good when you make rubik’s cube perfect for you!

Some of them come poorly adjusted out of the box and even after they break in you can notice that they have a side which is too loose or tight. Sometimes it happens that a speedcube out of the box has sides which corner cut 45 degrees while others don’t. If you are experiencing such a corner cutting problem with one side, the top side should be loosened.

How do I tension my speedcube?

If you need to adjust the tension of your 3×3 puzzle first you need to remove the caps of each center piece that needs to be adjusted. Note that you can’t do this with Rubik’s brand cubes because they don’t have adjustable screws.

Once the caps are removed all you need to do is take a screwdriver and tighten or loosen the screws beneath the caps surfaces. Its that simple.

Note:
Don’t go crazy here, make a slight adjustment and then check for the effect on corner cutting, speed and the “feel” of it and if you need to adjust more proceed. It is best when adjusting it little by little and that is why I call it fine tuning.

Once you are done just place the caps back on their place and viola your 3×3 now works by your preferences!

But on a side note, not all cubes will need adjusting since sometimes it happens that you like it just the way it is after it breaks in and this goes especially if you are a beginner because you will start tinkering around your cube(s) only after you get hooked to the hobby. Still, it Is my job to let you in on all of the secrets ?

Lubricants

Internal parts of every speed cube are rubbing against each other and this is why it is crucial for you to use lubes. Think of it as adding oil to your car engine. You wouldn’t want engine parts going dry one on another.

You should only use Silicon Type Lube for lubricating your speedcubes and this is pretty straightforward since there are silicon lubes made specifically for this purpose. But you should know that there are various types of lubes and again it comes down to personal preference depending what you want to achieve.

There are lubes that will give you more speed and those that will give you more control. This depends from the viscosity and thickness of the lube.

There is no secret formula for lubing your speedcube because it will depend from cube to cube and from what you want to achieve. You can even mix lubes in order to get specific results to your needs.

You should never lube a brand new speedcube because it will take more time for it to smooth out its pieces. Only after you have broken in your new 3×3 you should add lube to it.

You can check out this great tutorial for 3×3 lubrication:

Stickers

When it comes to stickers for your 3×3 puzzle there are basically three options:

  • Speedcubes with stickers which are the most popular option.
  • Speedcubes with plastic tiles instead of stickers and these are rarely used and seen anymore.
  • Stickerless speedcubes

None of these are “the best” and this is 100% a personal preference because it will determine what you see.

Stickers come in different shades ranging from half bright shades to full bright shades.

When I first started speedsolving I had headaches because I used a full bright stickered one and I was really upset because I couldn’t spam my cube for a long time before a headache would strike me. This is why I started looking into blind speed solving but once I bought a darker stickered cube my headaches were gone.

The best way to tell if you are going to experience something similar as I did is to think if you experience headaches from very bright things like your computer monitor. This can manifest in speed cubing as well, because once you start spinning full bright colors in front of your eyes it could give you headaches but this will only happen once you start going fast like 3+ moves per second. This problem is easily solved by restickering your cube with darker shades.

image of stickerless speedcubeStickerless speed cubes have their plastic colored instead of having stickers. I personally love them because of their looks but that’s just me.

One good thing about stickerless rubiks cubes Is that you don’t have to worry if their stickers will eventually wear off but on another hand, they have their colors and that’s it. Someone may say that it is possible to change their color but the effort needed beats the purpose.

They offer slight advantage over stickered 3×3’s because they don’t have borders between their “stickers” so it is easier to catch a color in the speed of the moment because the area with color is bigger. But this advantage is small and shouldn’t be a sole reason for opting for stickerless option.

Size and weight of Speed cube

Speedcube’s dimensions and its weight can influence the way a cuber is speedsolving depending on their hands size and their preferences.

The standard 3×3 puzzle size is 57x57x57mm (2 1⁄4 in) on each side but there are other sizes available and they range from 57mm and 55mm to 42mm. However, there are of course some extremes which shouldn’t interest you at the moment. Like huge and extra small 3×3 puzzles.

The intuitive way of thinking will tell you that a lighter cube may be better but that is not always the case. Medium weighted cubes are the best speedcubes in most cases.

Top 7 Best Speed Cubes Reviews

List Updated 2020

The cubes listed below are the best currently available in 2020. Any of these choices will be excellent for beginners and professional cubers alike. I encourage you to choose the one which attracts you the most because personal preference is the most important.

If you are a beginner then I welcome you to the cubing world… Below are the tickets for a ride, pick yours and enjoy 🙂

Also, I would like to be transparent with you and let you know that I may earn a small commission if you purchase a cube through the affiliate links below. This helps me to keep the site running and it doesn’t in any way influence which cubes I recommend. These are the best speed cubes you can get today in my opinion.

1. MoYu Weilong WR M 2020

This cube is a successor of the widely popular MoYu WR M version. They may have similar names but the new version is quite different and from my point of view better overall.

MoYu is a brand that never fails to impress and this 3×3 is no exception. In my opinion, this is the best cube you can get today. It has the popular dual adjustment system that MoYu introduced a while ago but the overall design of this cube makes it a fantastic puzzle that will be sitting among the top cubes for a long time.

The cube is unbelievably fast. Probably one of the fastest cubes I ever had a chance to try. However, this doesn’t mean that it is uncontrollable. You get more speed for less control but the ratio between the two feels just right thanks to the strong magnets that really keep it all together.

Adding various lubes after you break in the cube will help you tailor the speed/control ratio to your preferences but the immense speed you get from this puzzle is definitely going to help you solve faster.

Corner cutting is fantastic, I never had it pop up, corner twists are really hard to happen thanks to its squared off corners and you can adjust it a lot to your preferences.

The cube has a very smooth feel with almost muffled like noise. It is complete opposite of its predecessor MoYu WR M which had more high pitched clunky noise.

This puzzle is quite lightweight and of standard size sitting at 55mm in size and about 75grams.

Turning: Fast and light, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Enough control, Catching: Very Rare, SpeedSolving: Perfect

2. GAN 356 XS

Gan is also one of the best manufacturers there are for cubes. They are easily among the top of the industry.

This cube is so undeniably good that it is easily considered the best 3×3 cube today on the market. But it will depend on your preferences the MoYu above or this one.

This is the most adjustable cube there is with up to 72 different configurations you can make considering that there is a dual adjustment system for tension and compression and a standalone adjustment of the magnet strength. That’s right you can modify the magnet strength easily and naturally.

It’s hard to talk about the cube characteristics considering how much you can tailor it to your will. However, I will say that the cube is incredibly fast and very stable. Its movement is precise, smooth with the buttery feel to it and it feels premium as Gan always does.

Corner cutting is of course incredible, it doesn’t pop, corner twists don’t happen and the cube performance is fantastic for speed cubing.

This cube was used by Felix Zemdegs to break the world record for the average 3×3 solve in Australia 2019 competition.

Turning: Fast and smooth, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Good, Catching: Very Rare, SpeedSolving: Perfect

3. QiYi Valk 3 Elite M

First there was the Valk 3 cube, then Valk 3 Power and now we are blessed with the Valk 3 Elite M. The two previous models are still used today and are responsible for many world records. This is a testament to the relevancy of Valk 3 cubes.

The Valk 3 Elite M is an exceptional cube that is loved by the cubing community. It is very customizable and offers a unique center caps magnets feature. These provide additional magnetization between the center and edge pieces. Easily one of the best speed cubes on the market now.

You can also adjust the elasticity of the cube thanks to its changeable center nuts. The puzzle can be adjusted to your preferences and the feel of it will depend on your settings. Generally speaking, this cube feels smooth and precise but it also has a crunchy feel to it.

Turning: Fast and crunchy, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Very good, Catching: Very Rare, SpeedSolving: Excellent

4. MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M

MoYu is one of the most recognizable names in the speedcubing world and for a good reason. They made some of the best speedcubes that ever hit the marketplace and are always there to innovate.

The WeiLong GTS model 3 is still fairly new and it brought a lot of new features. It is a successor to the well known and reviewed below MoYu WeiLong GTS2. The GTS3 is one of the best 3×3’s ever made and the only thing I think that some people will not like are the outer ridges on its edges. These ridges are there to improve the grip and they help when you are doing extremely fast executions.

This puzzle brought an adjustable spring system that is separated from adjusting the screws so that you have more customization options. This dual adjustment system is still used today on new MoYu cubes like WR M.

The GTS3 has excellent speed and now even more than before but this is not something that the beginners will fully enjoy. Luckily the cube comes in the magnetic version which I absolutely recommend and it can easily be adjusted to offer more control.

The MoYu Weilong GTS3 has an amazing corner and reverse corner cutting. This cube will not let you down and the solving is effortless.

Turning: Fast and light, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Enough control, Catching: Very Rare, SpeedSolving: Excellent

5. MoYu WeiLong GTS V2 M (WCA World Record Edition)

MoYu is one of the biggest speedcubes brands today and the GTS V2 is still known as their prime model. It is used by many world class cubers and was used for a few world breaking results.

MoYu WeiLong GTS V2 M has excellent turning speed and it goes to the point of being too fast out of the box for beginner cubers because of the lack of the stability but with the proper lube, you can get more control out of it. Magnets on this WCA version help a lot too. Cubers who love speed can appreciate the WeiLong GTS V2 M WCA.

GTS V2 M has excellent corner cutting which in most cases you won’t even feel and the effortless turning will have you solving without getting your hands tired.

The cubes size is 55.5mm making it more compact and making it a good choice if you have smaller hands.

This cube was used by SeungBeom Cho to break the world record for a single solve of 4.59 seconds. And later it was used by YuSheng Du to set a world record of 3.47 seconds single solve. The GTS M2 combines its speed with magnetic control so it is no wonder it was used to get the best single solve.

Turning: Fast and light, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Enough control, Catching: Very Rare, SpeedSolving: Excellent

6. GAN 354 M V2 Explorer

Gan 354 M V2 Explorer is a fairly new cube from the GAN production. Now, this is a 3×3 that many people love while some people would rather stick with the GAN 356 Air SM. Which is totally fine as the 354M has its advantages over the 356 Air SM and disadvantages.

First off the Gan 354 M V2 is one of the smallest cubes you can find today at 54mm which is a big difference when compared to the 56mm of the Gan Air. This is something that the people with smaller hands will love because it really sits well and can give you great control. Also, it is great for one-handed solving too.

The cube comes with the installed magnets but the GAN always loves to innovate so they introduced the visible magnets. I think that this is great because it really gives the personality to the puzzle but some people find the visible magnets distracting when solving it so depending on how much details you notice in the speed of the moment you may not like it.

The 354 M V2 is a little bit more wobbly and less stable which can mess up your algorithm execution but this is not going to happen once you tension it to your liking.

The corner cutting is excellent as in the 356 Air SM. The speed is phenomenal but this also makes it less controllable. Magnets will help with the control but you will need to find the lube or a combination of them along with the tensioning in order to make it work for you.

Overall this is a phenomenal cube just like GAN Air SM and especially for the people who are looking for a smaller and more compact cube but it will take a bit of adapting to it from your side. However, the newer and reviewed above, GAN 356 XS, is a better model in terms of quality.

Turning: Fast with some smoothness, Corner cutting: Unnoticeable, Control: Enough control, Catching: Extremely Rare, SpeedSolving: Excellent

7. QiYi MS 3×3 Magnetic

I love this cube from QiYi because of its affordability and good value for its price. This is one of the best budget cubes.

This may be the best speedcube for a beginner if he is not looking into spending more. However, generally cubes are not expensive and you shouldn’t pick this one solely because of its price If you don’t like its features.

QiYi MS doesn’t feel cheap and it has a beautiful stickered version color wise, it also comes in stickerless.

The turning of this cube is smooth enough to give you control over it but it is also quite fast making it a great budget cube for speedsolving. This puzzle is controllable but it is also quite loud and clicky. Magnets are on the strong side which help with the precision of the algorithm execution.

Overall for a budget cube the QiYi MS does more than what you pay making it the best cube for the money. This is great for beginners and even some professionals that loved it.

Turning: Fast with smoothness, Corner cutting: Somewhat Noticeable, Control: Great, Catching: Sometimes, SpeedSolving: Very Good

Which cubes do the world record cubers use?

Single fastest 3×3 solve (single solve)
RankNameResultAt the eventCube used
1 Yusheng Du3.47Wuhu Open 2018MoYu Weilong GTS2M
2Feliks Zemdegs4.16Auckland Summer Open 2020Gan 356 XS
3Patrick Ponce4.24Northeast Championship 2019Angstrom Valk M
4Nicolás Sánchez4.38GA Cubers Feet Fest 2019Valk M
8SeungBeom Cho4.59ChicaGhosts 2017MoYu WeiLong GTS2M
Fastest average 3×3 solve (3 out of 5)
RankNameResultAt the eventCube used
1Feliks Zemdegs5.53Odd Day in Sydney 2019GAN 356 XS
2Max Park5.95Houston Winter 2020GAN 356 X
3 Sean Patrick Villanueva5.98Marikina City Open II 2019Angstrom Valk M

Information for records used from www.worldcubeassociation.org

Conclusion

After reading this speed cube buying guide you are well on your way to having a positive speed cubing experience.

It is very important to note that what is the best speed cube for one person it doesn’t have to be the same for you. However, the fact that the speedcubing community and successful cubers are opting for certain cubes over the others is helping you scout through the huge array of options.

You should choose the cube whose features you like the most because that will determine the first few months of this beautiful hobby if you are a beginner. I did my best to present the best speed cubes for various cuber types and budgets.

Keep in mind that you can change the cubes features up to a certain extent so if the cube you liked offered very fast turning with a touch of smoothness you should know that you can give it more smoothness and control using lubes and etc. Cubes are not stuck to their manufactured state.

Wishing you awesome cubing!

48 thoughts on “7 Best Speed Cubes Reviews – Buying a 3X3 Rubik’s Cube Guide 2020”

  1. Thank you for making this huge guide.
    I first started cubing when I was a lot younger and then when I had to dedicate myself to school I quit it.
    Now years later when there are so many quality speedcubes available I am happy to get back in the game but it is a bit overwhelming when you dont know what to look for. Essentially, would you say that corner cutting is the most important aspect when it comes to the ease of solving?

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    • Hi Josh,
      Thank you for finding it helpful and I am very happy that you are speedsolving again.
      I would certainly say that corner cutting is an essential aspect of a speedcube but there are various factors you should also consider when it comes to ease of solving. For an example, you may not like a cube that is too fast now just when you got back because it will be hard to control it and that will not make it any easier to get back in the hobby. But I would highly suggest you get some cube with proper corner cutting because that will make it so much easer to speed solve and generally it will give you much better experience overall.

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  2. Hey Logan, great article! I’m looking to buy a speed cube for under 10$ (preferably under 5$) I’m considering Qiyi Thunderclap v1, Warrior W, Sail, MF3RS, MF3RS2 and Yuxin Little magic (only sticker less).
    So which cube’s sticker less version is the best? Thanks in advance for your reply!
    Regards, Chudar

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    • Hey Chudar,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      In my opinion the Warrior W and Yuxin Little Magic are the best in that price range and they are overall considered best cubes for beginners because of their quality. But I know people who get some crazy PB speeds like sub 10 with them so they will provide you with great cubing experience regardless of their small price.

      I also love stickerless cubes a lot!

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      • Hi Logan!
        Thanks a ton for your suggestion and super fast reply!
        An online cube store is offering an elite version of the Warrior W and little magic for double the price with magnets and custom lubes. Should I go for it or just stick with the vanilla ones? Thanks a ton for your reply in advance!
        Regards, Chudar.

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        • Hi Chundar,

          Well that depends if you are a beginner?
          It will take some time to break in the new cube so you will not need lube for it in the beginning and if you are not familiar with how lubing works maybe you will not like the lube that you get with that elite version. (You can read on my blog about cube lubes too).

          If you are familiar with the cubes and know what you are buying then go for it but if you are unsure for how long will you stick with cubing and if you will like your cube without any lubes or magnets then maybe it will save you some money to go with the vanilla version 🙂

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  3. Hi Logan,
    I am an intermediate cuber so which one is better? Stability is quite important for me so I am considering magnetised ones. Little magic is considered to be better so I am really confused. If you can give a final verdict I would be mighty grateful. I checked out some of your other posts, they were great too!
    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Regards, Chudar

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  4. Hi Logan!
    Ordered the magnetic little magic. I hope that it’s good. Thought I ought to let you know since you gave such valuable feedback. Thanks!
    Regards,
    Chudar.

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  5. I bought the Gan Air magnetic version just recently for my son and he loved it and I think he got even better with it. This is actually a really good way for teens to spend their time. Now I will buy the Weilong for his friend who really can’t afford it but they are both so good at this.. Love how they are finding so much passion in these puzzles

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  6. Hi Logan,

    Great article! Did not see anywhere else this amount of information about 3×3.
    I just recently started speedcubing and was looking for something like this where I could find all of the information on cubes. I think I will go with the Gan Air even if I am a beginner because I feel like I can handle it and I really love how it looks when compared with other options. Plus its cheap (I know how you talked about that one being the most expensive one but lets be real this is dirt cheap as I will probably spend more on my lunch break tomorrow).

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    • Hi Qubit,
      (Love the pun)

      If thats what you feel then go for it and thanks for your kind words!
      This is generally a cheap hobby but over time when cubes get stacked up it can get a bit expensive. I have probably like 200 different puzzles but I am a bit of a fanatic for them

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  7. Hi Logan,
    This is an excellent article! I love Valk cubes because watching Mats Valk introduced me to speedcubing back in the day, the Valk 3 is for me the best one here but I also think that your selection of cubes is really good!

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  8. I just wanted to let you know that I found this article somewhere on Reddit and that it really shined the light on what is actually a speedcube. I hadn’t found this amount of information anywhere and on other sites I noticed a clear intention of selling me something instead of letting me know what to look for. Thanks for that.
    I did make a mistake and bought a random 3×3 in some chinese shop (needless to say it broke after it got stuck and I was a bit too rough) but it didn’t cost me that much at least. Now I will just buy the MoYu Weilong because judging from what I read in your article and my other research that one will be the best for me.

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    • Hi Maximus,
      Thanks for your words!
      I am sure that the Weilong will do you great! And don’t sweat it we all make some mistakes but I am glad that you found my site. Wishing you happy cubing!!

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  9. HI Logan, Thank You so much for all of the amazing info. I am a beginner but looking to the future with hopes of improving. I was wondering what your ideal or dream “set” would be? If you could mix brands or levels? Would love to invest in a set that has a good beginning cube and maybe a more advanced style? Or should I consider a set with a pyramid or Megaminx or Ivy for fun. Thanks in advance for your info!

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    • Hi Ana,

      Thanks for stopping by!
      This is quite a difficult question because it mostly depends on what are your personal preferences.
      If you are asking what I would choose as a beginner cube if I was just getting started with cubing then that would be either Warrior W or Little Magic but I like Warrior W more. When it comes to the more advanced cubes then it really goes into what are your preferences for speed and control. I would probably get both Gan air and MoYu Weilong but probably not at once. Maybe Weilong first because it is cheaper and highly professional cube.
      When it comes to mixing brands I say definitely go for it because you will find that every cube has something specific to itself and you will notice those differences more and more as you get more into the cubing.
      Also if you would like to try right away Pyramid, Megaminx and others then I say go for it!
      In my case it wasn’t after at least 3 months into the cubing that I tried other shapes but that’s probably because I like to thinker around cubes for a long time before moving on

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      • Thanks so much- I know there is so much personal preference- I think I like having lots of options as I learn more and hate to wait.lol- I keep seeing “sets” being sold and just wonder if it’s better to get that or separately- & mix manufacturers?

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        • Hi Ana,
          From my experience it is better to get puzzles separately from different brands.
          The only way the set will make more sense is if you really like a certain brand and you wish to get puzzles from them.
          But it is good to get to know the brands first so I always bought individual puzzles which I liked based on what I heard and read about them.

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  10. Interesting, really. I bought a MF3RS2 a while ago, and I’m really pleased with the manipulations i can have on it (i’m not a speed cuber, since I can’t get below 40’… but I can appreciate a cube more than others). My son has the Weilong GTS v2 magnetic, and i can’t help but notice I don’t like to use it as much as mine, despite the GTS V2 being clearly higher class.
    I feel the RF2 to be much smoother and lighter to use.

    Well, not to dwell on that. I mainly stopped by because I wanted to buy another RF2 and couldn’t find it on my usual stores. (there are about 50 different puzzles at home, so, yes, I ordered quite a few cubes for someone who solved his first cube about 7 months ago :p The whole house went crazy about them). Aaaaand, i looked for a replacement. That’s where your article came handy. Thanks a lot for the advice and the clarifications. I ordered a Qiyi W3 for my niece. I hope she’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoy my RF2.

    Just a suggestion : concerning lockups, you just say it’s something from the past, without detailling what it is exactly. I get it that the bigger the cube, the bigger the risk, but I don’t really understand what it is, and considering the rest of the article is really acurate, I’d enjoy a more detailled explanation.

    Thanks again for the review and advice, see you again on the web !

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    • Hi Melgrin,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your detailed response!

      Some people will just resonate better with different cubes. Higher class cubes don’t necessarily mean that you will enjoy them more.
      They can be better at speedsolving but that also depends on you specifically.
      However there is a reason why the best of the best speedcubers tend to use only the highest order of cubes but this just means that once you are actively competing to become a world champion that you will reap 100% of the benefits of these cubes.
      However, it doesn’t matter if you are competing for the world record or not because you can still benefit a lot from high end cubes but only if you feel as if they are good for you.
      It is best to experiment with brands and try different cubes and that is why naturally everyone who gets involved into this hobby gets whole lot of cubes just like you did.
      I hope your niece will enjoy the QiYi W3! I love that cube!

      Point taken about lockups and I will expand the article about it soon.
      Lockups in cubes generally represent the cubes failure in design which leads to the cube getting stuck in the middle of the move which is the worst of the worst. This then further develops into you trying to get it unstuck every now and then during the solves and could lead to breaking of the cube.. Luckily when it comes to 3×3 cubes we dont get those anymore.

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      • OH ! Thanks a lot for the precision. I don’t remember using a cube that had a lockup, except for the 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 of my son, but the sheer number of moving pieces makes it really hard to create something like corner cutting on them, I believe. I’ll go to bed smarter this evening ;).

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  11. Hi! Thanks for the great review and info. Haven’t been able to cube recently since somebody had stolen my GAN 356 air. Just wondering what you’d prefer from the GTS V2 over the M2 and what the differences are. Thanks for the review!

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    • Hi Irven,

      I am really sorry to hear about your Gan air. I can’t believe such things are happening with our puzzles..

      Gts V2 is a successor of the older model of Weilong and it is one of the best 3×3’s out there but how much it suits you will depend on your style. When it comes to the M2 that is a magnetic version of the Gts2 so they are the same but the m2 is already magnetised and if you are into magnetic cubes then this one would be a good choice.

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  12. Wow I love the guide. I love that you also point out which cube was used to set which record and at what competition.
    I was at some of these competitions. My main is MoYu Weilong which I modded a bit but I love that one. I also use the Gan Air a lot but mostly my MoYu.

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    • Hi Mari,

      I am happy to hear that someone from competitions loved the guide too.
      I wish you all the best! Maybe you win at some competition! Keep cubing and getting better everyday!

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  13. I’m a beginner here i taught myself in about three days to solve the cube with a quick online tutorial. I’m already hooked! I know a bartender that is into this and let me use a speed cube last night so i’ve been looking all day. The feedback here is pretty legit from what i’ve seen so i went with the Warrior W. Thanks for the helpful article!

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  14. This is a great I mean it’s just great.
    It’s so helpful detailed and for any cuber with any skill level or or cube preferences. I started curbing about a couple months and it m getting faster and faster and having more and more fun. None of these cubes are bad and I would have to say that this was well put together. Two questions –
    Do you have brand that you think is most reliable?
    And if you can even answer this what your favorite cube / what is your main?

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    • Hi Payton,
      Thank you for your kind words!
      Happy to hear from another fellow cuber!!
      I would say that all of these brands are reliable but MoYu, Gan and Valk are considered by most cubers the most reliable. I switched many cubes as my main over time but currently my main is MoYu Weilong GTS3 because it just fits me so well. But then there are all the other cubes so I switch between them a lot because I don’t like getting too comfortable with a specific cube.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Hi Logan
    I am relatively new to cubing and have only been doing it for about a month. Despite this, I would like to get a speed cube so I can learn more complex/faster ways of solving the cube. I am looking for a cube that is less than $20 with great control, speed and corner-cutting if possible. I don’t know much about breaking and lubing cubes so I would prefer one that does not require these service. If possible I would like a magnetic cube since it will help me until I can cube with more control. A stickerless cube would also be great. Which cube do you think would be the best for me? I greatly appreciate that you took the time to make a guide this detailed and accurate guide, and hope you have a great new year.

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    • Hi there,
      Thank you for your kind words!

      I think you can look into MoYu Weilong GTS 2M and check out if you can find it in that price range. Breaking in of the cube will happen on its own so you don’t have to worry about it. Eventually if you get more in the hobby you will try out lubes too but they are not essential for cubing 🙂

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  16. Hi Logan
    Thank you for your quick reply and detailed response. What are some good speed cube options for me, if my only necessity is a cube under $20? Just a nice reliable cube that can go fast and cut decent corners (I would prefer the cube to not be too cheap). Also are there any magnetic cubes in my price range or is that a non-feasible feature.
    Thanks for your hard work!

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    • Maybe you can find a magnetic valk cube in that budget. But any of the cheaper but quality cubes will be great for an average cuber like QiYi Warrior W or Little Magic.

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  17. Hey Logan
    Would you have any advice on cubes for people with larger than average hands. I still have the Rubik brand cube that I bought many years ago and I havent been able to improve very much because of it. I am looking to step up my skill now and have decided to buy another cube, i’m just wondering if you had any recommendations of larger cubes.
    Cheers

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    • Hi Kalaish,
      A lot of the modern cubes have gone with the smaller sizes like 55mm but I think that the Gan Air 356 would do you good with its 56mm size. Many people that I know with larger hands don’t really have a problem with that cube. 354 is more compact and better for smaller hands while 356 is better for larger hands.
      Thanks for stopping by on the blog! I hope I helped you!

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  18. Hey Logan
    Do magnetic cubes have any really bad downsides. Also, price is not a concern to me but I am looking for a really good sticker less non-magnetic 3×3 speed cube and I would like to hear if you had any recommendations for that.
    Thank you so much.

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    • Magnetic puzzles have no downsides they are just different but they are better because they offer more control.
      Moyu Weilong GTS 3 is an excellent option or even GTS 2

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  19. Thank you for the article. I’m 32 yrs old now but I remember having Rubik’s cubes growing up and only knowing how to solve just one side of the puzzle. Recently my 10 year old niece got a Rubik’s cube and I said to myself that I was finally going to learn how to solve the cube. I looked up some cfop tutorials online and I quickly learned how to solve it. Right now I’m right around the 1 minute mark and I’m pretty addicted. I have the original Rubik’s cube and also the Rubik’s speed cube which felt much better. The magnetic versions seem interesting and after reading your article, I decided on giving the MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M a try. I’m about 2 months into the addiction and this will be my 3rd cube and I’m sure with more on the way!

    Side question, how would you rate the Rubik’s speed cube? I thought maybe it would have been on your list.

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    • Hi Carlos and welcome back to the game!
      You will get significantly better in time you will see!
      GTS3 M is a fantastic cube and a huge step up.
      Rubik’s option is still quite limited in my view because of the poor corner cutting although it’s nice that they made create something better and improved when compared to a regular Rubiks.

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  20. Great evaluation of the cubes. Most people are incredibly biased on particular brands, yet you told me exactly what about the cubes are good and bad. I’ll look out for other things you write 👍

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  21. Hi Logan
    I got my qiyi Sali 3x3x when I started speedcubing around 7 moths but the cube is not that suits for me can u suggest me a 3×3 cube under 5$ must me be a sticker less one thanks for the guide I totally helped me .

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