(Mainly transcript from video)
In the past year the amount of Speed Cubes on the market has exploded. There are a lot of new cubes on the market, so let’s compare them and see what is best for you. Now this comparison is being done in the spring of 2015. Within a few months there will most likely be another great cube on the market, and by next year we will most likely have to do a whole new video and comparison.
Before we go through these cubes I want to note that you can be a sub-10 second solver with any of these cubes. None of them will give you a huge jump in times unless you are using anything that would not be considered a “speed cube.”
Most of the cubes have had their stickers replaced with my own shades from TheCubicle (Link down in the description) so I can properly test the cubes. I want to give a big thank you to TheCubicle for donating some of these cubes and allowing me to do this. Stop by their store and use discount code: SpeedCubeReview for 5% off your order.
We are going to go over
1. Some cubes that are still relevant will not be in my final comparison
2. Quick comparison cubes by the same company
3. Overall comparison of all top cubes on the market today
The first cube will be the DaYan Zhanchi. The Zhanchi revolutionized the way cubes are made and is partially responsible for many of the great cubes that are available today. It was the cube that held the previous world record of 5.55 seconds by Mats Valk. It is a great cube but compared to the newer ones on the market it is a bit catchy.
Another cube that is relatively good, but most likely wont be seen as a main for most speedcubers is the Shengshou Aurora. It is incredibly smooth and quite. This is a great cube for those getting into speedcubing because of how controllable it is. For faster solvers it has a tendency to lock up with inaccurate turning. It does boast a low price tag which a slight bonus.
Rubik’s came out with a speedcube and has some very nice tiles. This cube is very fast and corner-cutting is just below 45°. Reverse corner-cutting is where this cube faulters. Again you will most likely not see many speedcubers using this as their main, but if you would like a speedcube and want to support the Rubik’s brand this is not a bad cube to get.
We are not going to include the AoLong Version 1 in this comparison. it is an amazing cube, but it is no longer produced. We will be including the Version 2 though.
Now, lets look at some cubes my MoYu. MoYu has really paved the way for the cubing industry in 2014. The three big cubes available today are the WeiLong, the AoLong, and the recently released HuaLong. The WeiLong came first and has a quite block-y feeling to it. It is very smooth but can catch a bit. Tho AoLong is a bit more bubbly, and can flex a bit more. It has a similar feel as far as speed goes. It is less catchy than then WeiLong, but has a much higher tendency to corner twist at similar tensions. The new HuaLong is said to be an enhanced version of the WeiLong. It is very fast and flexes a ton. It corner cuts as well as the AoLong but without the corner twisting. The WeiLong and AoLong feel a bit similar in terms of weight and speed, while the HauLong cranks it up feeling very airy, light and fast.
Another cube made by the same company but under the YJ name is the GuanLong. The GuanLong’s claim to fame is its low price tag. You can pick it up for under $5 and is extremely cheap if bought in bulk. It is light and airy, almost like the HuaLong but more so and also without being as fast or flexible. Corner cutting is not as good as other cubes on this list but will still work well for most cubers.
Earlier this year MoYu released a new company for one of it’s designers. The Cong’s Design YueYing is a very interesting cube. It is a tad smaller than the standard 57mm size. The corners have holes in them allowing for amazing corner cutting in both directions. It is not a super speedy cube, but not sluggish my any means. and holds a cubic shape very well, not able to flex very much. This is a very flat feeling 3x3 and if you like that cubic shape this is perfect. Because of the holes in the corner pieces this cube is very loud.
Now, lets take a look at Gans cubes. The two main ones out today are the 357 and newly released 356. The 357 is light, airy, and fast. It also can flex a lot. It is quite similar to the HuaLong. The difference would be in the feeling of the pieces. The Gans 357 has much sharper edges and corners while the HuaLong feel more rounded. The shape of the pieces allows for incredible corner cutting in both direction. As far as the 356 goes, it is quickly becoming many people’s mains. It has a similar shape to the 357 but is heavier, more stable, and not as fast. The internal structure is a bit different with most notably a metal core and pieces that can have weights added to them. I made a video testing that which you should check out if you are interested. A major issue with the 356 is catching on the corner pieces. Normally they slide off the center pieces fine, but if the center pieces twist at all they tend to lock up very easily. This was a major problem on mine and I had to do a lot of sanding to the underside of the corner pieces to resolve the issue. It still can catch, but most of the time pushes through it. Now although some have said they get the catches as well others have said they do not get any.
Yuxin released a new 3x3 and 4x4 in the past year. It’s shape of the 3x3 resembles a Gans but internals are more similar to an AoLong. It is not too fast of a cube, but corner cuts very well. Although can flex in place, it is not as much as the Gans 357 or HuaLong. This is a great feeling cube and most notably has a price tag below $10.
Fangshi released the GuangYing. It’s former flagship cube was the Shuangren. The Shrengren was fast for it’s time, but the Guangying pumps that up a bit more. The Shrengren was known for being very scratchy. The Guangying has a bit of that, but it is not as prominent. Although the cube is very fast it can not corner cut as well as some of the other on this list.
Lastely we have the QiYi Bullfight, also known as the New Island Phoenix. It has an AoLong shape to it, but is a bit lighter and scratchier. This cube boasts a low price tag through QiYi at under $10. Corner cutting is on par with many cubes on this list. Nothing extraordinary, but more than most people will need.
Once again, you can be sub-10 seconds with any of these cubes. Any of these cubes would be a good purchase. What matters is what feeling you like. For example, there is no cube that a majority of people all use for their main.
Felik’s Zemdeg’s current main cube is the Gans 357 and was using the MoYu AoLong for quite some time. Collin Burns who recently broke the world record with a 5.25 second solve did it with the Yuxin 3x3, but says his regular main is the MoYu HuaLong. The Former World Record by Mats Valk was with the DaYan Zhanchi. As far as other YouTube channels, both CrazyBadCuber and the Cubeologist recently switched to the Gans 356, and JR Cuber recently mentioned that the QiYi Bullfight was his main.
To help organize them all of the cubes I’ve mentioned today I have put them in to speed groups.
Right now the GuangYing, Gans 357, and HuaLong are all 5-star rated for speed on SpeedCubeReview.com. The Guangying is the most stable in my opinion followed by the HuaLong and the Gans 357 being the most flexible. Feliks has said that he likes the Gans 357 because it fits his rough turning style and I’m sure the flexibility has to do with that.
In the Medium speed column we have the MoYu AoLong, Cong’s Design YueYing, Gans 356, Yuxin 3x3, and the QiYi Bullfight. The MoYu AoLong is a very good middle of the road cube that would fit many people’s turning style. The YueYing has amazing corning cutting and is nearly impossible to corner twist. The Gans 356 is also nearly impossible to corner twist and is the quietest cube I have used, but it can have some catching issues. The Yuxin corner cuts very well and feels like an AoLong clone but with a low price tag. The Bullfight is a bit scratchier than some of the other ones out of the box and also boasts a low price point.
Here are some of my final thoughts to keep in mind if you are looking for something to fit your style:
Loudest cube: Cong’s Design YueYing
Quietest cube: Gans 356
Least Corner twists: Gans 356, 357 and Cong’s Design YueYing
Fastest out of the box: Gans 357, MoYu HuaLong, Fangshi GuangYing
Least Catchy out of the box: Gans 357, MoYu HuaLong
Most Cubic: Cong’s Design YueYing
Most flexible: Gans 357, MoYu HuaLong
Cheapest Cube: YJ GuanLong
Of course any of these you can also alter with different lubes. The three I have in front of me do a pretty good job of slowing cubes down, speeding them up, or just making a nice gummy feeling to the pieces. If you are looking for the best cheap cube on the market I would go for the YJ GuanLong. at around $4 it is a steal. If you have no idea what to get the MoYu AoLong would be a good middle of the road cube that currently has the most posted reviews on the site.
Now,I apologize if this comparison seems very vague. It is currently impossible to say that one cube is definitively better than another. On every cube shown in this video my averages are within one second of each other. So, if you are using one of these and feel like you are stuck, a new cube will not make a sudden drop in your times.
If you would like to let me know what your favorite speedcube is or have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will try to answer as many as possible.
5/11/2015 04:34:42 pm
8/9/2015 07:49:04 am
Just ordered yueying what do you think which is faster yueying or yuxin?
8/9/2015 08:42:32 am
Both can be equally as fast. The Yuxin is a lot lighter and may feel faster because of less initial force needed to move each piece.
10/3/2015 02:14:44 am
I want a fast cube but with less catches. I have a light turning style. What should I get?
10/3/2015 05:11:36 am
10/18/2015 03:06:29 pm
I want something fast but has good control and corner cutting which one would you recommend?
12/21/2015 11:24:22 am
MOYU Aolong v2 or an Aolong GT or a dayan zanchi
3/15/2016 12:48:01 am
Moyu aolong or weilong
1/10/2016 01:14:08 pm
if you looking for a light, smooth, fast but controllable and not to flexy, and doesnt corner cut much would the yuxin be better of a choice than the 356 and moyu aolong v2? i have both the aol2 and the g356. the aol seems to pop almost (if i havent tried it in a while) but doesnt and also is a bumpy/gritty sort of slow cube(its also the cubicle premium verison and im looking to clean it out and put in cubicle silicone weight 4 lube and some maru lube). and the g356 is super airy and fast but catches and is super flexible, whats the best cube for me to get, especially to improve
1/10/2016 02:28:41 pm
Well, neither of those cubes should slow you down at all since they both have been used to get sub 6 second solves in competitions. There are new caps for the 356 if you don't have those already. The Yuxin is quite flex-y. I'm confused why you would want one that "doesn't corner cut much." I've never been a big fan of the Yuxin. It was a bit too light and cheap feeling for my tastes. If you are looking for something like the AoLong but lighter and maybe faster the QiYi Thunderclap would be my suggestion.
1/19/2016 05:31:26 am
I got a Moyu Aolong V2 Enhanced Version( 785 Indian rupees ) & also a Moyu Dianma( 400 Indian rupees ) but the aolong doesn't have the feeling of a speed cube & it is not as smooth as the Dianma so I prefer Dianma instead of Aolong
1/19/2016 06:04:34 am
Use whatever you enjoy using. Neither will hold you back from improving. With some lube and breaking in the AoLong smooths out a lot. There was a reason Lucas Etters used it for his 4.9 second world record.
2/1/2016 06:19:40 am
Hey,so I just bought the yuxin and I heard that it can be improved with the maru soft springs .so I bought that too .is it true that it will become as fast as the Gans?
2/1/2016 07:01:14 am
No, it will not "Improve" it. The speed is slightly faster but nothing that is really that noticeable. I compared the cube with the springs here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pipn78AjdQ). You can make the cube whatever speed you want with tensioning and lube. The 357 Gans is fast, but the 356 is not as much. On that same note speed does not mean faster times so I would not worry about that. Test out the Maru springs, but I did not keep mine in after trying it. There is minimal difference and it did not make the cube "better."
2/2/2016 06:53:08 am
Thanks for the info.
2/2/2016 07:59:59 am
Neither is better. The AoLong and Yuxin have both been used to break world records with around 5 second solves. I like the weight of the AoLong myself but it's personal preference.
2/18/2016 06:03:55 pm
My Moyu Weilong V2 just broke recently in a tragic accident. I was going to order a new one, but then I started thinking maybe I want so,etching different. Like an upgrade. What do you think would be best for my level? I have about a 25 second average and would really like to increase it. Thanks!
2/18/2016 06:29:34 pm
Your current speed does not matter. You can easily be a sub-6 second solver with a Weilong. If you want something light and fast I suggest the MeiYing. Something more controllable would be the TangLong. Something bubbly and light would be the Thunderclap, or something smooth and flexible would be the Gans356. I just did a newer comparison on my YouTube channel if you want to check that out. There is also a link on the top right of the blog webpage.
2/22/2016 03:25:45 pm
Ok- thanks! I also wanted to ask, do you have an opinion on the aolong GT?
2/22/2016 04:36:15 pm
The GT feels nice but is a bit heavier than the WeiLong. I have that in the 2016 comparison. I like it but I tend to use lighter cubes like the MeiYing.
3/14/2016 07:09:26 am
This review help me a lot. i want to buy a new cube that can do corner cuts very well, flexible, fast, but not too expensive. Please give me your recommendation. Thanks!
3/14/2016 07:45:38 am
Check out the newer comparison (http://www.speedcubereview.com/blog/3x3-mega-comparison-2016-edition)
3/24/2016 04:59:31 am
I have an aolong v2. my friend also has same. but my cube is more slow then his. he has lubricated his cube well and I lube it first with wd40 then I gave my cube to him to lubricate. but now my cube is very slow. can u fix my problem
3/24/2016 06:43:04 am
Never lube a cube with WD40. It can break down the plastic. Take it apart and wipe it clean. Cubes don't need lube and are often faster without it. Just keep the it clean. For my AoLong I don't use like ba but just wipe it with a paper towel to clean it once a month. If you do use line only use silocone based like Traxxas and Factory Team. But also it is often used to slow cubes down. Check out my video on how to lube a cube.
3/24/2016 08:25:52 pm
I had wiped my cube two times and it is very slow. my cube is about nine months old and now it is not so speedy it was very fast when it was new but now it is old and slow. many speedcubers advised me to lube the cube with silicone lube weight 5 in the core and weight 1 in edges and with maru lube. may I use all of them???
3/25/2016 06:04:48 am
Only using Maru on pieces will speed it up most. I use FactoryTeam 25k and 50k which is similar to the Cubicle when I want to slow down a cube. Putting some heavier weights may slow down a cube like weight 5 but is good on springs and core to reduce noise. I feel Maru works best without mixing it with something like weight 1 or anything else.
3/28/2016 09:03:17 am
I was reading through this to try to find a review of a cube i want to buy (guoguan yuexiao) and i didnt see it. can someone direct me to a place that does review it(aside from youtube)? thanks!
3/28/2016 09:23:20 am
The Review is on the front page of this site currently http://www.speedcubereview.com/blog/guoguan-yuexiao-review
3/30/2016 03:12:16 pm
Does anyone know a reputable website to by speed cubes in the uk?
4/3/2016 01:33:20 am
My average time to solve a cube is 50 sec, which cube might I get
4/3/2016 04:48:59 am
Your solve time does not matter. Check out my newer comparison to see some of the more recent cubes on the market. http://www.speedcubereview.com/blog/3x3-mega-comparison-2016-edition
4/3/2016 11:16:39 pm
Hey Shawn now i want another best speed cube i have a aolong v2 and one yuxin please suggest me the best. is gans 357 ultimate better then 357.
4/4/2016 04:32:33 am
There is no "best" but I will say that I like the metal core of the Ultimate edition 357 better than the regular plastic one.
4/11/2016 08:19:57 pm
What's a good cube for starting and introducing myself to speedcubing?
4/11/2016 09:08:53 pm
There is no "best" cube and all of them would be good. I send a lot of people to get the MoYu TangLong (Which although not in this list is in the 2016 comparison - http://www.speedcubereview.com/blog/3x3-mega-comparison-2016-edition)
4/19/2016 11:31:54 pm
4/20/2016 03:32:22 am
Pretty much all current cubes have "good corner cutting, less to no catches, no popping is worth mentionable i think. Speed should be between Very good to AWESOME!"
5/21/2016 12:46:34 pm
Looking for a very fast speed cube. I can't decide between the hualong and the 357. Which one is faster?
5/21/2016 06:34:37 pm
Technically the 357 has a very very slight advantage over the HuaLong on the site's rating average. Both are fast. The WeiLong GTS was very very fast for me out of the box and I would say faster than the 357. The fastest cube is the FangShi GuangYing you can see (http://www.speedcubereview.com/top-rated-cubes.html) but the corner cutting does not compare as much as the other cubes on this list (Although it wouldn't hold you back from getting better).
6/12/2016 06:28:40 pm
HI. Currently, my main is the Moyu Aolong V2. I am going to get a new Moyu cube. Should I get a Weilong GTS or a Tanglong? Can you list which one you would prefer and why? thanks for the help
6/13/2016 10:20:55 am
It depends on what you like or dislike about the AoLong. They are both around the same wight (Being lighter than the AoLong). The TangLong is more controllable, smooth and stable feeling. The GTS is faster, much more flexible, and scratchy. My times are equal on all three cubes and one is not way better than the other (Currently the fastest times at competitions are on an AoLong with 4.9 seconds and TangLong with 5.09 seconds but many people are picking up a GTS now).
7/20/2016 02:57:50 am
I have a moyu aolong v2. I wanna a buy a new cube better then aolong v2. What's everybody's suggestion?
7/20/2016 04:52:36 am
It depends on what you like in a cube.
8/17/2016 09:36:36 am
8/17/2016 12:30:42 pm
You can definitely be a sub-20 second solver with a Rubik's brand. Pretty much any of the ones that I show in this video would work a bit more easily than the one you have though. There really is no completely wrong option here.
8/22/2016 11:57:58 pm
Hi, im lisa
8/23/2016 05:07:16 am
Your solve times don't matter. The mini WeiLong is a stable cube.
10/12/2016 07:03:35 am
Is a cyclone boys speed cloud good?
11/11/2016 11:49:12 am
Yes. Very similar to a WeiLong in fee.
10/16/2016 04:36:58 am
What is the best smooth and heavy cube? Although I have a Moyu Weilong but I don't kind of like it because it is kind of tight
11/11/2016 11:49:36 am
If you want heavy the AoLong GT is one of the heaviest newer cubes on the market.
3/1/2017 11:56:02 am
Should I get 356 or 357 for quiet but fast cubing.
3/2/2017 04:20:44 am
The 356 will be much quieter than the 357.
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