8 Quality Rubik’s Cubes to Buy and Solve in 2023: A Beginner’s Guide

Best Speed Cubes for the Cuber
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Written by Ziggy Samuels

Updated - December 27th, 2022

Video Review by Joshua Allengame / Professional Gadget Reviewer

Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of speed cubes! Now, you might think the humble Rubik’s Cube is a simple 3x3 3D combination puzzle, and you’d be right! But DO NOT underestimate the depth involved in “speedcubing”.

Speedcubing is a highly competitive sport with no shortage of insider knowledge that takes years to master. Do you want magnets or no magnets? Are you after the tried and true 3x3 magic cube or something a little spicier? And, of course, with so many choices on the market (so so many), what is the top speed cube to spend your hard-earned cash on?

I couldn’t say how long I spent in this rabbit hole. I spent way too long in this rabbit hole so you wouldn’t have to. And to save you the hours upon hours of dissecting speed cube writeups, I’ve summarised my scintillating findings right here in this buyer’s guide to the BEST speed cubes your money can buy.

Hold on to your puzzle hat: it’s about to get cubular.

GAN 356 M Magnetic Speed Cube

GAN 356 M 3x3 Magnetic Speed Cube

Our Pick

Benefits

  • Incredible level of quality.
  • With GES tuning and customisability.
  • Magnet-based design.
  • Very fair price point.
  • Holds up in competitive settings.

Drawbacks

  • Customisation and maintenance requirements might be challenging for total beginners.
GoCube Rubiks Cube

GoCube The Connected Electronic Bluetooth Cube

Premium Pick

Benefits

  • Companion app with games and lessons.
  • Tracking functions to monitor your moves and progress.
  • Built-in backlighting.
  • Magnet-based design.
  • Teaches the beginners; loaded on extras for the experts.

Drawbacks

  • Doesn’t maintain the promised 60-hour battery life.
  • Heavier than your standard cube.
  • Not built for competitive cubing.
D-FantiX Cyclone Speed Cube

D-FantiX Cyclone Boys 3x3 Speed Cube

Best Value

Benefits

  • Low price without low quality.
  • Stickerless design.
  • Customisable tensioning.
  • Corner-cutting equipped.
  • Comes lubed and ready for cubing.

Drawbacks

  • The included instructions are very lacklustre.
  • The orange face is actually pink (which can be disorientating with the red face).

1. Our Pick: GAN 356 M 3x3 Magnetic Speed Cube

You’re going to see GANCUBE featured several times on this list and for good reason: they are one of the top manufacturers of speed cubes out there! Having provided continuous innovation and supreme quality in the cube space for nearly 10 years, there’s a reason why GAN cubes are one of the favourite choices for champion speedcubers worldwide.

However, the GAN 356 M is not the flagship model for champions. Rather, it is a speed cube offering premium quality at an accessible price point for casual cubers.

That true GAN quality still well and truly shines through with this speed cube featuring an anti-scratch surface, durable build, and a design equipped for high-speed corner-cutting. The GAN 356 M also features the trademark “GAN Elasticity System” (GES) design with swappable nuts and a fully customisable tensioning system to allow you to optimise the cube for your style. Finally, this speed cube also incorporates 48 magnets total into the construction – magnets being another hot topic of discussion in the cubing world.

Put short, this is the best speed cube for beginners and aspiring cubers looking to break into high-level play. With magnets, customisation, and an incredible level of quality at a very digestible price, there’s no better product to start experimenting with the depth of speedcubing without shattering your bank balance. GAN knows best!

Gadget Features Inspired For You

A fairly priced speed cube with a professional level of quality.

Benefits

  • Incredible level of quality.
  • With GES tuning and customisability.
  • Magnet-based design.
  • Very fair price point.
  • Holds up in competitive settings.

Drawbacks

  • Customisation and maintenance requirements might be challenging for total beginners.

2. Premium Pick: GoCube The Connected Electronic Bluetooth Cube

Conversely, for the big spenders, the GoCube is a pricey entry into the hobby that offers and offers HARD on sweet bonuses and endless hours of shenanigans.

On the design side, the GoCube is a solid speed cube, albeit lacking in the true premium quality of GAN and other market leaders. It’s magnetic, sturdily constructed, and even has slightly curved edges (which may or may not appeal to you contingent on your play style). However, it’s in the extras and innovation department that this gadget really excels.

Featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a companion app, the GoCube offers a plethora of extras not often seen in speed cubes. The app is loaded with tutorials, in-depth lessons, minigames, and online competitions to enable players from all over the world to cube together. Furthermore, using careful tracking capabilities and sensors, the app tracks your moves and progress with the GoCube to further enable a modern cubing experience.

It’s not a cheap speed cube, however, it’s a nifty 21st-century twist on the tried-and-true Rubik’s routine. Between the app and all its gamified extras, tracking capabilities, built-in lights, and extra accessories (like a desktop charging port which I must admit does look really nice on display), it’s a speed cube that offers oodles for the old-school veterans while also capturing the hearts of newcomers and teaching them how to solve the mysteries of the cube.

Gadget Features Inspired For You

A Bluetooth-equipped speed cube with a companion app, cubing lessons, games, and more!

Benefits

  • Companion app with games and lessons.
  • Tracking functions to monitor your moves and progress.
  • Built-in backlighting.
  • Magnet-based design.
  • Teaches the beginners; loaded on extras for the experts.

Drawbacks

  • Doesn’t maintain the promised 60-hour battery life.
  • Heavier than your standard cube.
  • Not built for competitive cubing.

3. Best Value: D-FantiX Cyclone Boys 3x3 Speed Cube

Heading to the other end of the spectrum, the D-FantiX Cyclone Boys Speed Cube brings speedy and smooth cubing for a low price. While it isn’t the cheapest speed cube on the market, it is one of the cheapest that doesn’t offer a budget level of quality.

The D-FantiX Cyclone Boys has customisable tensioning, anti-pop technology to enable corner-cutting capabilities, and a fully stickerless design. (Even at my plebian level of casual cubing, I have a deep disdain for stickered cubes.) About the only thing this speed cube lacks is magnets for that snappy placement.

However, for the price you’re paying, this entry-level cube is a fantastic starting point to speedcubing (and a serious upgrade over basic Rubik’s Cubes). Then, once you catch the bug, you can upgrade to something more heavy-duty!

Gadget Features Inspired For You

A very reasonably priced speed cube that serves as a fantastic entry point into the game.

Benefits

  • Low price without low quality.
  • Stickerless design.
  • Customisable tensioning.
  • Corner-cutting equipped.
  • Comes lubed and ready for cubing.

Drawbacks

  • The included instructions are very lacklustre.
  • The orange face is actually pink (which can be disorientating with the red face).

4. Our Pick But Without Magnets: GAN 356 RS 3x3 Speed Cube

Maybe you belong to the “no magnets” discipline of cubing? Or perhaps you just want to compare the styles? Either way, the GAN 356 RS is our top pick of professional quality speed cubes WITHOUT magnets.

Now, in my research, by far the predominant opinion amongst speedcubers appeared to be that magnetic cubes are the superior choice. However, whether it’s for traditionalism, personal preference, or whatever else, some people prefer the feel of a magnet-less cube design. And in that instance, the GAN steals the show again.

Beyond the wildly unruly debate of cube magnetism, the GAN 356 RS offers everything that there is to love about the GAN 356 M. It’s durable, digestibly priced, and has tension customisability, corner-cutting, and control up the wazoo! Personally, after my endless dives down the rabbit hole, I’d recommend a magnet-based cube, but I wanted to include an alternative choice for the old-school cubers too.

Gadget Features Inspired For You

All the spectacular quality of the GAN 356 M but without magnets.

Benefits

  • No magnets (for those who prefer that style).
  • GAN-level quality speed cube.
  • Very fair price tag.
  • GES tuning system.
  • Frosted surfaces for increased abrasion resistance.

Drawbacks

  • No magnets (for those who prefer to have them).

5. For the Professionals: GAN 11 M Pro 3x3 Magnetic Speed Cube

Ok, now we’re getting into the good stuff. This is GANCUBE’s flagship model: the GAN 11 M Pro Speed Cube! With a price tag that competes with the GoCube but without all the digital extras, it might seem ridiculous to pay this much for a Rubik’s Cube, but please keep in mind that this is a professional speed cube, and a GAN no less. It’s one of the highest-quality speed cubes money can buy.

There is so much magnet tech for improved stability inside this little beast that I couldn’t even begin to break it down! Suffice it to say, GAN has upped the ante and spared no expense in providing the ULTIMATE speedcubing experience. Customisable manual tensioning meets customisable magnet tensioning to enable you to finetune this thing to be the speed cube built for you (with a grand total of 168 configurations!). Plus, it’s ultralight clocking in at only 63 grams (2.2 ounces).

This is a top-quality speed cube built for professionals, competitors, and diehard enthusiasts. If you’re looking for the best of the best in speed cubes, this is it.

Also, I’m gonna demonstrate my true nerdiness here, but I’m simply in love with the provided GAN box for cube protection complete with a one-handed opening system… It’s like a Pokeball for your Rubik’s Cube!

Gadget Features Inspired For You

An incredibly innovative and high-quality speed cube designed for professional play.

Benefits

  • A stability-enhanced magnetic core positioning system.
  • Incredible customisation options (168 configurations total).
  • Very very lightweight.
  • Three choices of surface finish.
  • Heaps of included accessories.

Drawbacks

  • Expensive.

6. Cheapest Speed Cube: YCBABY QiYi Warrior W Speed Cube

Maybe you want to take the cheapest route into the speed cube game just to see what all the fuss is about. In that case, the QiYi Warrior W Speed Cube is the product for you!

It’s a budget speed cube, however, it still meets all the basic necessities to solve with speed. While there’s no futuristic magnet tech, the adjustable tensioning system still allows for some control over the cube’s speed and stability. It’s stickerless, enables mild corner-cutting, and is an overall decent-quality speed cube with the lack of extras to match the price.

But really, these are all just bonus perks. At the end of the day, it’s a speed cube that costs barely more than a fiver. If you’ve just recently been getting into cubing or want to introduce someone else to it but want to buy something with a smoother feel than the OG Rubik’s Cube, then the QiYi Warrior is a cheap and savvy jumping-off point… into the rabbit hole.

Gadget Features Inspired For You

Nothing special - just a basic speed cube in all capacities with the price to match.

Benefits

  • Very cheap.
  • Stickerless design.
  • Adjustable tensioning system.
  • Water-proof and fade-proof.
  • Scratch-resistant surface.

Drawbacks

  • No high-level corner-cutting.
  • Overall quality matches the price.

7. A Speed Cube with a TWIST: CuberSpeed Twist 3x3 Stickerless Speed Cube

Did I put this in the roundup just for the easy pun…? You betcha! However, it’s a surprisingly beloved speed cube alternative too.

Puns aside, it really is a twist on the formula without strictly reinventing anything. For all intents and purposes, it’s still a 3×3 speed cube, albeit one that requires more deliberation to solve. The distorted nature of the puzzle adds just enough diversity and challenge for veteran solvers without requiring a whole new approach like other magic cube variations.

It’s a stretch (or twist, huehuehue) to call it a “speed cube” as it lacks some core features, but this is more due to the twisted design than anything else. There are no tensioning adjustment options, corner-cutting and other shortcut movements are heavily restricted, and the overall construction doesn’t feel as solid as traditional speed cubes.

On the other hand, it’s a stickerless, fade-proof, and overall easy-to-handle cube with a twist! Buy it for the cuber in your life. They’ll appreciate the novelty and extra layers of challenge.

Gadget Features Inspired For You

A traditional 3x3 speed cube with a distorted “twist” variation to the puzzle.

Benefits

  • A neat variation of the Rubik’s Cube.
  • New solving methods.
  • New layers of challenge.
  • Looks pretty gnarly.
  • Smooth movements.

Drawbacks

  • Not as durable as other speed cubes.
  • No corner-cutting.
  • No tension adjustment.

8. The Multi-Pack (for Variety): Coolzon Speed Cube Set

Why stop at one speed cube when you can have five? Or, more specifically, two and three other quirky shapes!

This speed cube set is more of an addition to your existing 3×3 cube rather than a substitute as there’s no 3×3 included. But instead, you get five times the puzzles! Included in this set is a 2×2 and 4×4 magic cube alongside a Megaminx (dodecahedron puzzle), Pyraminx (pyramid puzzle), and 3×3 Fenghuolun (windmill cube puzzle). All of these are fantastic additions to your cubing arsenal in their own right.

Similar to the CuberSpeed Twist Cube, you’re sacrificing some elements of speedcubing for the novelty of all new puzzle formats. There are no magnets, no adjustable tensioning systems, no high-level corner-cutting competitive play, etcetera etcetera. Plus… these puzzles are stickered <shudders internally>.

However, the upside is that you’re five whole puzzles for roughly the price of one mid-range GAN cube! The construction is still sturdy enough to survive a hot-tempered hurl by a five-year-old, and the new variations of the Rubik’s formula will bring hours of entertainment.

Gadget Features Inspired For You

A bundle of five magic cube-styled puzzles for the speedcubing veterans.

Benefits

  • A multi-pack of five “cubes”!
  • Amazing value.
  • Relatively durable.
  • Smooth movements.
  • Five times the fun.

Drawbacks

  • Uses stickers.
  • The Megaminx’s colours are too similar.
  • Some catching issues when rotating.
  • Not built for speed-solving.

Conclusion

And now we’ve come to the roundup of the roundup! One last time, what are the best speed cubes you can buy?

I don’t know about the best but I’m absolutely certain you’ll never be disappointed with a GAN product. If you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg, you can’t go wrong with the GAN 356 M 3×3 Magnetic Speed Cube. It’s got all of that GAN quality (and tasty magnet tech too) for a very accessible price appealing to casual to intermediate speedcubers.

Or, if competitive play and PB-smashing POWER is what you’re after, go for the GAN 11 M Pro 3×3 Magnetic Speed Cube. It’s the flagship model from one of the undeniable leaders (and pioneers) in the speed cube space. You’re paying top buck, but you’re certainly getting maximum bang in return.

GoCube Rubiks Cube

Alternatively, I’d say the fun recommendation (if you have the cash to splash) is the GoCube. It’s certainly not a perfect gadget, and elements of its design will limit its competitive utility, but considering the innovation in its design and all the fun extras offered by the companion app, it has a lot to offer newbie and veteran cubers alike.

But whatever cube you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun time! They don’t call them “magic cubes” for nothing: there’s a little piece of magic in every solve that has kept casual and hardcore puzzlers coming back to the Rubik’s Cube for nearly 50 years.

So get yours now and start solving! It might not be hip to be a square, but it’s certainly cool to be a cuber.

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Ziggy Samuels - Gadget User Author
Ziggy Samuels

Many years, several break-ups, and one university diploma ago, Ziggy hit the road with little more than his trusty uke and 4-coloured pen to chase the dream of the wandering writer. Some years later, now an adept freelancer, travel writer, and editorial lead, he put the backpack down and leaned into the slow life instead, watching the clouds of Tasmania with his partner and wide assortment of hard-earned camping, camera, and travel gadgetry.