Best Speed Cubes

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2020
Speed cubes are offering every benefit that a Rubik's Cube can provide but without the original's downsides. Aside from an improved construction, the best speed cubes are usually stickerless, preventing cheating and making them more durable. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
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PROS

The Honeycomb texture has been upgraded, incorporating smooth groove tracks that feature uniform lubing and increase its lifespan as well as decrease abrasion. The joints come equipped with locked clips, which makes them pretty much unbreakable. 

CONS

The cube is a little unstable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Coogam GAN356RS Speed Cube is what they use at the highest-level competitions. Adopting precise numeral nuts as well as wing-shaped IPG, the cube offers improved perpendicularity and excellent verticality.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3x3x3 speed cube, gift box 

Materials

High-strength plastic, steel (screws)

Extras

Numeral precise nuts and wing-shaped numerical IPG, Seamless contact-surface design, Circular-square corner design, Adjustable tension

Dimensions

2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The cubes do not pop easily yet are not difficult to control. The rounded internal cubes make the turns quick as well as less stubborn. The embedded spring adds flexibility and offers a more pleasant hand feel.

CONS

The cubes are fragile.

OUR VERDICT

The Roxenda Pyramid Cube Bundle makes an awesome gift for children and adults who like puzzles alike. The 2x2x2 cube will let them learn the basics, the 3x3x3 cube will let them train, and the pyramid cube will prove challenging even for experienced solvers.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

2x2x2 speed cube, 3x3x3 speed cube, pyramid cube, gift box

Materials

High-strength plastic, steel (screws)

Extras

Improved anti-pop technology, Smooth corner-cutting design, Adjustable tension

Dimensions

2x2x2: 1.97" x 1.97" x 1.97"

3x3x3: 2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2"

Pyramid: 3.74" x 3.74" x 3.74"

Warranty

Lifetime

PROS

The cube arrives pre-lubricated. The high-grade plastic that the cube's made from regulates core friction so that even high-speed rotations do not produce popping. When the tension's adjusted, this speed cube cuts at a 45-degree angle. 

CONS

Not very smooth straight from the box. 

OUR VERDICT

The CreativeLine SpeedRipper Cube delivers buttery-smooth turning, upgrading the mechanism that turns the blocks. The cube accelerates movement, improves corner-cutting, and minimizes pops, twisting with almost ridiculous ease.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3x3x3 speed cube, gift box

Materials

High-strength plastic, steel (screws)

Extras

Improved anti-pop technology, anti-corner twist feature, Upgraded triple-edge feet, Adjustable tension

Dimensions

2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The cube quickly cuts corners. Ditching standard stickers, this one paints separate blocks, with high-quality paintwork that should not start fading or chipping away withing the first few years. The supplied instructions will help with tension adjustment.

CONS

The turn mechanisms are relatively loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The D-FantiX Cyclone Boys refines the speed cube formula, with its decreased weight and great fault tolerance improving the solving experience. The cube rotates with above-average smoothness. Plus, you can adjust its tension.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3x3x3 speed cube, gift box

Materials

High-strength plastic, steel (screws)

Extras

Improved anti-pop technology, Adjustable tension

Dimensions

2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The edges have been reinforced, making separate blocks as well as the entire construction impact resistant. Despite the affordable price, the gift box that comes with the cube is more than presentable.

CONS

The surface is scratchy. 

OUR VERDICT

The D-FantiX Qiyi Warrior is the cheapest speed cube you can find that's not made from shoddy materials and that does not twist, pop, or lock up every time you turn it. Plus, the cube replaces stickers that always peel off with durable paintwork.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3x3x3 speed cube, gift box

Materials

High-strength plastic, steel (screws)

Extras

Improved anti-pop technology, Anti-stick design, Adjustable tension

Dimensions

2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Coogam GAN 356 R S

Improvements Across the Board

The Coogam GAN356RS Speed Cube is more than a simple Rubik's Cube. No, with its numeral precise nuts and wing-shaped numerical IPG, this cube improves perpendicularity and verticality. Between these two, the integrated axle and the wing-shaped bracing design make the blocks more lightweight yet as stable and strong as standard blocks, maybe even more so.

Meanwhile, the seamless contact-surface design, using an upgraded Honeycomb texture with improved groove tracks, prolongs the lubrication's lifespan and decreases abrasion. What's more, the joints are using locked clips, making them practically unbreakable. Besides that, we can highlight the firm circle-square corner feet and the triple-edge feet, ensuring excellent performance with tough angles. Because the cubes integrate all of these solutions, they also become a little unstable but this is inevitable when you're adding so many changes to the original formula.

You can also choose between 55-degree corner-cutting and 30-degree reverse corner-cutting but this is something that the previous installments were also offering. Even without taking about its predecessors' achievements, the Coogam GAN356RS Speed Cube easily lands among the best speed cubes out there.

Review of Coogam GAN 356 R S Speed Cube

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Roxenda Pyramid Cube Bundle

Smooth and Flexible Motion

The Roxenda Pyramid Cube Bundle is a 3-piece set that ships you a 2x2x2 speed cube, 3x3x3 speed cube, and pyramid cube. Of course, the bundle also includes a gift box, making this set an excellent gift. The one thing that we don't like about these cubes is that, despite the company claiming that they're made from high-strength ABS plastic, the cubes are not necessarily as robust and durable as you'd expect. No, they're impact-resistant and, more often than not, should not deform when you drop or apply significant pressure but the blocks can also prove easily breakable at times.

The product is offering many more upsides though, offsetting this small issue across the board. First, the cubes provide smooth corner-cutting. They're not easy to pop yet easy to control. Separate blocks are stable and the internal cubes have been rounded, making the turns quick and less stubborn. The integrated spring also makes these cubes more flexible and gives you an improved hand feel. Last but not least, the axis distance here has been increased so that the modules do not drop and clash during rotation.

In short, the Roxenda Pyramid Cube Bundle is the best gift that you can buy for someone with a curious and inquisitive mind, someone who loves puzzles despite their age.

Review of Roxenda Pyramid Cube Bundle Speed Cube Set

 

CreativeLine SpeedRipper Cube

Built for Competition

The CreativeLine SpeedRipper Cube banks on its buttery smooth turning, hence the title above. Upgrading the turning mechanism, the cube has been able to accelerate its movement, improve corner-cutting, and minimize pops. Even though separate blocks can be twisted with ease, this speed cube offers a grip that's firm yet not excessively tight, with the cube arriving pre-lubricated and fine-tuned, so you can start solving it right away. Well, at least, that's the claim they're making but some cubes can be a little stubborn straight from the box and will sometimes require tension adjustment to make them as smooth as they can be.

From a construction perspective, the high-grade injected ABS plastic will regulate core friction during high-speed rotations, making sure that that the blocks do not start popping even during competitions. Assuming that the tension is adjusted and the blocks are endowed with sufficient lubrication, the cube will be able to cut at a 45-degree angle.

Wrapping an already attractive product is the non-fading stickers that present vivid colors, accommodating not just pros but also kids. In other words, though built for competition, the CreativeLine SpeedRipper Cube will prove a pretty good gift for children as well.

Review of CreativeLine SpeedRipper Cube Buttery Smooth Turning

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D-FantiX Cyclone Boys 3x3

Fully Customizable

The D-FantiX Cyclone Boys is a standard 3x3x3 speed cube, not really bringing anything new to the table but also refining the formula to a tee. First, the cube comes without stickers and the paintwork that separates the blocks will not start chipping or fading anytime soon. Performance-wise, its fault tolerance is pretty impressive and the tension is fully customizable, so you can make the cube's movement as unique as you want. To add more, the instructions that come with the package will let even inexperienced solvers adjust the tension with relative ease.

The one thing that you cannot adjust is the turning mechanism being somewhat loud, which is unfortunate but not too concerning. Plus, despite being loud, the cube rotates smoothly, minimizing popping and quickly cutting corners. Finally, measuring 2.2" x 2.2" x 2.2", what we have here is, again, a standard speed cube, except that this one weighs just 3 ounces, something that kids will appreciate.

All things considered (including the gift box), the D-FantiX Cyclone Boys will be able to improve concentration, hand-eye coordination, spatial thinking, and overall cognitive ability, which is not a bad deal considering that the toy costs ~10 bucks, right?

Review of D-FantiX Cyclone Boys 3x3 Speed Cube

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D-FantiX Qiyi Warrior W 3x3

Cheating Won't Fly Here

The D-FantiX Qiyi Warrior is dirt cheap. The original price (7 bucks) was cheap but, right now, they're selling the cube for 4 bucks, which is quite awesome considering that this is an excellent speed cube and not some cheap Rubik's cube made with toxic and fragile materials. Sure, the high-strength plastic that this cube's made from is not quite as scratch-resistant as the cubes that cost around and above 15 bucks but, setting this little mishap aside, this model is as good as its less affordable peers. Its tension is also adjustable. The company's anti-pop tech has not gone anywhere, minimizing pops and ensuring that the blocks do not twist or lock up especially frequently.

There are people that 'solve' these cubes by peeling the stickers off. This method will not fly here. Painting the blocks, the D-FantiX speed cubes ditch stickers, preventing cheating and also making sure that the cubes do not become useless the moment the stickers peel off themselves. Closing the review is a pretty elegant gift box that comes with the cube, a nice surprise considering that the product is already plenty inexpensive, so we were expecting a cheap-looking box that we would not be able to describe as presentable.

Review of D-FantiX Qiyi Warrior W 3x3 Speed Cube

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What Are Speed Cubes?

3D combinations puzzles have been around for quite some time but none have been able to reach the Rubik's Cube commercial success, not even close. Improving hand-eye coordination, concentration, spatial thinking, cognitive skills, and more, the cube that was originally invented by Ernő Rubik is an excellent puzzle, no doubt about that. The issue here is that people in the know can solve this puzzle in seconds and orthodox Rubik's Cubes just cannot handle such expediency without popping, twisting, or locking up every second rotation.

Cue speed cubes, the same cubes that replicate the satisfying crunchy feel that old Rubik's Cubes were offering but accelerating the movement, smoothing out turns, minimizing pops, and improving corner-cutting. In a nutshell, what we're describing here is essentially Rubik's Cubes 2.0, leaving everything that made the original cubes as fun as they were but removing the shortcomings that 40-year-old toys will always have.

Needless to say, speed cubes can challenge kids as well as adults, not unlike these puzzles for adults and 3D wooden puzzles that we've reviewed earlier.

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Publish Date: 2020-09-04 14:05:34