There is no greater feeling than getting a new speed cube to add to your collection. The mystery of the new mechanism, the discovery of how it turns and cuts corners, and the feeling when you solve it is uncomparable to any other part of speed cubing.

However, there does come a challenge of finding the perfect speed cube that works for each of us individually. How do we know if it is the right cube? Will it meet all of our needs to be the fastest we can be? With all the questions we ask ourselves, it can become quite daunting.

I find myself in the same situation more often than not, and I try to go through a process that will help me discover the next best cube. I would like to show you what I do to help pick the best one for me, and hopefully it’ll help you too.

Getting The Right Speed Cube

What Is Your Style?

To the non-cuber, it can seem like there is nothing different from one cube to another, but we know very well that isn’t the case. Each cuber has their preferred style that they like to gravitate towards, but it’s hard to put a finger on what those particular preferences are. To resolve this, let’s first go over some basics.

To discover what you like in a cube, you should really analyze not just your solves, but HOW you solve. Do you tend to over-rotate or under-rotate? Do you find that heavier cubes slow you down? Does a smoother rotation help you glide with ease or does a clicky sound help you know where you are? Do you feel like a smaller-sized cube would be better for handling?

These are all things you should think about as you are going through your daily solves. Try to find what you like and don’t like about your cube, and figure out WHY you do or don’t like it. This is the first step to discovering your perfect speed cube.

One thing I would like to note is that you should never compare your perfect 3×3 to one of the top speed cubers. They may get really good solves with the cube that they use, but they use what is perfect for them, and their experience and knowledge is what gives them their times. The top cubers may use a Valk 3 or a Gans Air UM, but it is because it best suites them. Although those cubes may be perfect for you as well, don’t think that their cubes are the only ones you should choose from, because there may be a cube that works better for you.

With that said, here are the different features of a cube that you may want to look into while you are trying to decide.

Heavy or Light Cubes

This is one of the more noticeable features that you will have a pretty good understanding during the first few solves. Heavy 3×3’s typically are less noisy and allow you to have more control of the rotations while lighter cubes can be quite loud while giving a faster rotation.

The top cubers may use a Valk 3 or a Gans Air UM, but it is because it best suites them.

If you feel that your cube may be a little too easy to turn and causes you to over rotate, then you may want to go to a heavier puzzle. Also, if you want a 3×3 that isn’t quite so noisy, then you’ll definitely want a heavy speed cube. The heavy cubes have more material and makes it harder to make noise.

If you are thinking that your speed cube is becoming too hard to solve after some time solving it, then you may be leaning towards something that is a little lighter than what you already have. Lighter cubes work well as they typically rotate faster than their heavier counterpart, but the thin material does create a noisier puzzle (and that can be annoying at times).

They both work well in their particular fields. I struggle with this, because I love the feel of heavier cubes, but my personal best was done with a much lighter 3×3. The struggle is too real, right? Either way, your decision will be a great choice with the high quality cubes that are out there for both areas.

Strong Corner Cutting (or Not)

Corner cutting was a huge issue several years ago. Every cuber said the more corner cutting, the better, and that was true back then. Now every speed cube has great corner cutting, and you don’t have to worry about the pieces popping out as much. We have almost perfected the ability to corner cut 3×3’s.

The question now comes into play for just exactly how much corner cutting you really need. Do you have a hard time lining up your rotations well for the next move, or do you seem to be pretty accurate during your solves?

If you end up locking up or getting slowed down because of rotations, then you may want something that has a really good corner cutting ability. Otherwise, you may not need to worry about how much corner cutting it can actually do.

If you do lock up, you can practice to improve your rotation ability, but if there is a speed cube that can work in your favor, why work on it? Most cubes, however, already to an amazing job, so this may be an area that you don’t even need to worry about.

Smooth Or Crisp

Just because you have a cube preference, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice smoothness or crispness.

If you wish that your speed cube was a little sleeker in its rotations, then you may want to get a cube that a nice, smooth feeling. These are nice, as they end up typically spinning faster, but there are some that are too smooth and can over rotate way too much. It’s all about finding a balance and what you want.

Likewise, if you are finding that your cube over rotates and you find yourself rotating it back, then you are probably going to want to find something that is a little crisper in its rotation. These are nice, as they can help you get a better feel of the cube and know where to stop during a rotation. You don’t want something that stops your normal feel of a rotation, though. Again, it’s all about finding a good balance.

Just because you have a cube preference, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice smoothness or crispness.

Magnetic Or Not

This is a very new field in the realm of speed cubing, but definitely something that needs to be addressed because of its popularity.

Magnetic speed cubes are 3×3’s or whatever cube of choice is lined on the inside with magnets that help ensure the puzzle is correctly lined up before moving to the next rotation. Many cubers have sung its praise for how well it has improved their times and solves.

Magnetic cubes will definitely help with rotation, whether crisp or smooth, to line up practically perfect every time. This will cut down on your need to worry about over or under rotating. However, before it sounds too perfect and to magnetize every speed cube you own, take heed for one detail.

Magnetized cubes are much much heavier than without the magnets. I mean you are putting in 48 magnets in a 3×3 alone. That is a lot of added weight. You may want to find a lighter cube to put the magnets in, unless you think you will really enjoy a super heavy speed cube. Either way, magnetic cubes are a great option to consider for your next 3×3.

There are so many different variations, but they all help create the perfect speed cube that you will love and enjoy for many solves to come. Keep at it, and continue to strive for greatness!

What do you look for in a speed cube? Let us know in the comments!