There has been no better time than right now to buy a cube. From extremely well thought out designs and new innovations, to sheer quality, speed cubes have come a long way within just the last decade. New manufacturers have entered the game and there are a lot more options now to consider while buying a cube, to the point it is overwhelming.
With this blog article, I'm trying to make your decision as streamlined as possible so you can buy the best cube to get started. If you've ever opened a Puzzle Store's website and have felt astounded by the choice you're presented with, this article will help you. With this speed cube buying guide you will be able to buy a perfect cube for you.
Most cubes have magnets nowadays to assist with turning accuracy and have become the norm in the last 3 years. You've to decide if you want magnets in your cubes and if you do, depending on your budget, there are cubes with static magnets and also others that allow you to change the strength to your liking. I personally prefer cubes with medium magnetic strength and fortunately, my cube allows me to tweak it so I have the magnetic strength I prefer. This particular feature isn't extremely important, but it's there if you want it. So don't feel like you're missing out on a feature if you decide to buy a magnetic cube with static magnets. Maglev cubes are up and coming as well.
Stickered vs. Sticker less Cubes
This one is fairly straightforward, ever since WCA decided to make sticker less cubes legal, the entire community has steadily shifted to using sticker less cubes as it is easy to maintain as you don't have to worry about damaged stickers and adhesiveness. If you're considering stickered cubes for any personal reason(s), you will usually have the option to do that.
Depending on your turning accuracy, corner-cutting might be an important thing to consider while you're looking for a cube. Corner cutting is the ability for a cube to do a turn while another layer is misaligned. You'll find cube reviews on YouTube determining the corner-cutting of a cube by offsetting the U layer by 45 degrees and trying to do an R (corner cut) and reducing the U layer offset and trying to do an R'(reverse corner cut). Most budget cubes are fairly limited when it comes to the ability to corner cut.
Most of the cubes are assigned with a certain speed-related adjective by the community. Usually, the faster cubes are attributed to being unstable while the slower cubes are attributed to being stable. Thus, depending on your preference, you can choose cubes. Fortunately, my cube also allows me to customize this by giving me the ability to change the compression of the springs. At a higher spring compression setting, the cube will become more stable but becomes slower, and at a lower spring compression setting, the cube will become less stable but becomes faster. Depending on your budget, you can decide if this is an important factor for you while you consider buying a gan smart cube, a budget option, allow you to do exactly this while being a budget cube.
I hope these cube buying tips above would narrow down your options and help you buy your cube. There is a very popular and corny saying in the community - 'it's the cuber, not the cube', and for good reason. If you're looking to buy a cube that will magically make you faster then buy from gancube.com, it probably wouldn't. Look for what exactly you need in a cube and make a decision based on the criteria that are important to you.