I decided to make a thread which has all the best cubes (or at least, the most popular ones since there isn't one single best cube out there) in one place. This question comes up a lot so I thought it'd be easier to just direct people to a thread rather than answer one question a hundred times.
I'll start off the cubes that I like the most. If there is better stuff, post it, I'll include it here. I'm thinking about putting in some review links and all as well.
My Opinion: This is the BEST speed cube out there. It has exceptional corner cutting (45 degrees or more, depending on tension), is very smooth and hardly pops (if ever, again, depending on tension). The sticker quality is really good. I've had it for a little over a month now and it has never disappointed me. Due to it's reverse corner cutting ability (about 20 degrees or so, depending on tension) it makes a very good cube for OH. The pointy edges are a little uncomfortable for me though.
Reviews: Camcuber's Review, KylerV's Review
Black / White, Stickerless (Competition Illegal)
My Opinion: I'm still waiting for mine to arrive, so no reviews as yet. i do expect this cube to be amazing though, as it is the next installment from DaYan (who have a reputation for making some of the best cubes ever). A key feature of this cube is that it has "sausage" or "torpedo" like attachments on the edges making it VERY hard to pop. At fairly tight tensions, it is pretty much up-popable.
Reviews: TheRealJCube's Review, nat4sail's Review
Black, White, Black [DIY], White [DIY]
My Opinion: Supposedly an upgrade to the GuHong, the LingYun disappointed me quite a bit. It is fast, no doubt; but too much so. A single U flick resulted in a U2. I couldn't really control this cube too well. Besides, it pops quite a bit if you abuse a cube like I do. For me, the cube just explodes. If you like clicky feeling cubes that cut well, this would be a good choice. But only if you are an accurate turner and are gentle with cubes. This thing can't handle rough usage.
Reviews: Camcuber's Review & Comparison to the GuHong, lilboombastix's Review
Buy it Here: Black / White
Type A - V
My Opinion: I haven't really used this cube, so I can't give you a first hand opinion. However, It's supposed to be a really good cube, specially with the HaiYan Memory Mod.
Reviews: Thrawst's Review, PestVic's Review
Black DIY, Black NIB, White DIY, White NIB
Type F - II (Sheng En)
My Opinion: One of the best cubes I have used. Though it doesn't compare to the GuHong, this is still a VERY good cube. It cuts corners very well, is very smooth and never pops (depends on the tension though). I like the round edges that it has. It makes the cube quite comfortable. However it has 2 big flaws:
- The caps ALWAYS fall off, which means that you'll have to glue them on to the pieces using PVA glue or something like Blue Tac (Unless you want to use the cube to smuggle drugs :P)
- The sticker quality is downright HORRID! The stickers on mine went completely WHITE in about a week of moderate to heavy use. If you get this cube, do pick up a set of stickers as well. You can get them at LighTake or Cubesmith.
Reviews: PestVic's Review, LubeTheCube's Review
Ghost Hand - I (Gui Shou)
My Opinion: This is one of the best "low budget" cubes I have used. It turns well and has a decent cutting ability. The stickers have a weird (but great) feel to them. They have a matte finish which eliminates glare, making spotting colours slightly easier. This cube, as compared to the Ghost Hand - II is much more balanced in terms of Speed : Cutting ability. Fir me, it locks up far less than the Ghost Hand - II. And it comes with a free pouch haha! I would recommend this cube for beginners.
Reviews: thebackflipmaster's Review, PatrickHandojo's Review
Buy it Here: Black, White, Purple (?!)
Ghost Hand - II (Gui Shou)
My Opinion: This is a cube i would recommend for beginners. It has a strange, "airy" feel to it. After lubing, it turns almost effortlessly. However, I feel it is imbalanced in terms of Speed:Cutting ability. The cube is much faster than the Ghost Hand - I, but the cutting hasnt been significantly improved which gives rise to quite a lot of lock ups. The matte stickers of the Ghost Hand - I have been replaced by normal stickers as well. The cube pops when it is loose but performs well at moderately tight tensions. Personally, I am not a big fan of this one though I feel it's a good cube to start out with.
Reviews: PestVic's Review, thebackflipmaster's Review
X - Cube 4
My Opinion: It's like a massively buffed (and hyped) 4x4. The small size makes it very comfortable. it cuts very well and IMO is the best possible 4x4 I have personally used. With loose tensions, however, it tends to explode (not pop). Once you get the tensions right, though. It's an amazing cube.
Reviews: masterofthebass's Review, tall50001's Review
Buy it Here: Black, White
DaYan / MF8 4x4
My Opinion: Again, I don't own one, so I can't speak about it. However, from what I've heard, this cube is tops. It is smooth and cuts quite well. However, it is rather heavy and does pop sometimes. I guess it should be a really good cube. I mean, Hey! Didn't Faz use it to set the 4x4 WR?
Reviews: masterofthebass's Review, 0WaM9's Review
My Opinion: This cube is the best possible 4x4 you can get at the price it sells at. It has a decent cutting ability but feels rather cheap. The mechanism is similar to that of a V and X Cube. At factory tensions, it doesn't pop too much but it does lock up now and then. The outer layers, for me are too clicky and "rough". THe inner ones, unlike the X Cube are surprisingly smooth. There is a MOD, however, to get rid of most of the bumpiness...
Reviews: Camcuber's Review, tall5001's Review
My Opinion: I do not have one of these and so, I cannot give you a first hand opinion. However, this cube is supposed to the the one of the better 4x4s out there. It is a little pricey though. I've heard about quite a few misalignment issues with the core and centers, so you might want to think twice before buying it. However, it comes with a cool stand and some Lube!
Reviews: Thrawst's Review, MonkeyDude's Review
My Opinion: This cube is good. It's very comfortable due to it's size. Unlike all the other 4x4s (which make your hands feel tiny) this one is just 3 mm bigger than a normal 3x3 making it really nice to cube with. It is really smooth and turns very well but requires a LOT of breaking in. Mine took about a day or two. The sad part is, It doesn't cut very well. If you try too hard, you might break the core (like I broke mine!). There is an entire thread HERE about how fragile this cube is. It comes with frosted stickers that give it a nice feel.
Reviews: DanielDude's Review, ecuber11's Review
Buy it Here: Black, White
My Opinion: IMO, there are only 2 2x2s out there that are really good. This one, and the Ghost Hand 2x2. Both turn pretty well, have decent cutting and are nice and smooth. I'd recommend getting both of them. They aren't all that expensive anyway.
Reviews: PestVic's Review, gingerman's Review
Ghost Hand 2x2
My Opinion: Like I said before, this one and the LanLan 2x2 are the best ones out there. Get either, or get both.
Reviews: PestVic's Review, AvidCuber's Review
Buy it Here: Black, White
My Opinion: I have never used an Eastsheen before (and frankly, after the LanLan I don't think I'll try it and all) so I can't really say much about it. Check out the reviews and what other members have to say. I found a little Mod you might want to try (Though I don't know how effective or necessary it is).
More Opinions: rubixluver123's Review, xXdaveXsuperstarXx's Review
If anyone has this cube, please do make a GOOD review of it.
Buy It here: Black, White
V - Cube 5
My Opinion: I don't really solve a 5x5 yet, but as far as I know, V - Cubes re the best big cubes. They do require a Mod I think. But yeah, this is the best you could get.
Reviews: Thrawst's Review, DanielDude's Review
V - Cube 6
My Opinion: V Cubes are the way to go for anything bigger than a 5x5x5. That is all. You might want to consider this Mod.
Reviews: Thrawst's Review, MeMyselfandPi's Review
Buy it: HERE
V - Cube 7
My Opinion: V Cubes are the way to go for anything bigger than a 5x5x5. That is all.
Reviews: RobH0629's Review, rubixluver123's Review
Buy it: HERE
My Opinion:I love the QJ Pyraminx. It turns really well and it's cheaper then the Meffert's. I prefer the one with the frosted stickers to the tiled one. It takes a TON of breaking in though. Right out of the box, It's practically horrible! But once you lube it and break it in enough it's smooth like gelato!
Reviews: 0V3RWR173D's Review, Cube Depot's Review
My Opinion: I don't have one of these so I can't really give you an opinion.
Reviews: SmithSolver's Review, blizzardkb's Review