The best 4×4 cube varies from person to person, and depending on whether you’re into puzzling, speed cubing, or a beginner, there’s a cube for you. What I’m trying to say is the best 4×4 cube for one may not be the same for another – in my 4×4 cube reviews I’ll break down the criteria to look at when selecting a cube and help you find one based on your needs.
Best 4×4 Cube Reviews: Table Format
Tables are super easy to digest so all of the information in this article is conveniently displayed in this table. For more information on 4×4’s and the individual reviews – keep scrolling!
|4x4 Cubes||The Cube||Our Rating||PuzzleDude's Review||Get it here|
|MoYu Aosu 4x4||(4.5 / 5)||Fast cube, best corner cutting, best 4x4||(paid link)|
|Shengshou 4x4||(3.5 / 5)||Best budget 4x4, decent corner cutting||(paid link)|
|Yuxin 4x4||(4 / 5)||Fast and light cube with great cornering||(paid link)|
|YongJun Guansu||(4 / 5)||Budget 4x4 - solid cube||(paid link)|
How to pick the best 4×4 cube for you
There aren’t too many factors to consider when choosing a 4×4 but let’s go over them:
- Are you a competitive speed cuber? If so, then budget will likely not be of concern as you’ll want a fast cube, no corner catching, no popping, and a high-quality build that will last you well.
- Do you have a budget? If so, I’ll offer up a budget option for those wanting a 4×4 cube for cheap.
- Corner popping – this can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing your cube. I’ll try to keep the list clear of any poppers but I’ll make a note if there are issues
- Corner cutting – Another important feature for a cube to have, I’ll let you know about the corner cutting for the 4×4’s reviewed here
- Speed – Some like blisteringly fast cubes, some like slower cubes – let’s break it down and find a good mix of 4×4’s.
- Clicky, sandy, smooth? – These are terms used to describe how a cube feels when it turns. Some cubers like clicky cubes that click and clack during solving, some like a sandy cube that feels a bit gritty, and some just like a smooth turn.
- Stickered vs stickerless – Now that stickleress cubes are competition legal, some prefer stickered vs stickerless 4×4’s so I’ll present options for both.
Now getting into the best 4×4 speed cube reviews, I’ll break them down into categories based on the criteria above to find a best overall cube, a best 4×4 for speedcubing, and a best budget cube at a minimum.
Best 4×4 Cube Reviews
Look, there are a ton of 4×4 cubes out there so I’ll try to narrow it down to the top brands, well known cubes, and throw in some great budget options. Let’s go!
MoYu Aosu 4×4 Review (4.5 / 5)
It’s no surprise to see a MoYu at the top of the best 4×4 cube list. The Aosu is overall the best 4×4 cube on the list and it doesn’t come in terribly expensive. There are other comparable options on this list but I like the Aosu the best and you probably will too.
- Minimal popping
- Best corner cutting on the list
- Speed is perfect – buttery and crisp feel
- Available in stickered and stickerless
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4.5 / 5) – best 4×4 cube for speed cubing!
If you’re looking for the best 4×4 out there right now, you could honestly get the Aosu and stop going through the list right now. There are other similar cubes but I think that the Aosu has topped them all in terms of limited popping and the best corner cutting out there – plus it’s as smooth as butter.
Shengshou 4×4 Review (3.5 / 5)
Here’s my budget 4×4 pick for the list. Shengshou is well known in the speed cubing community for making decent cubes but they often lack a bit of build quality, and therefore the corner cutting suffers and they pop more frequently than MoYu cubes. However not everyone has the same goals with cubing/puzzling or the same budget and I understand that. For almost half of the price of the Aosu you can have a fully functioning 4×4 cube to start practicing on which is hard to fault. I recommend this for anyone looking to get a 4×4 on a budget.
- Pops sometimes
- Decent corner cutting
- Has a nice clicky/sandy feel that some cubers like
- Available in stickered only
- PuzzleDude’s rating (3.5 / 5) – best budget 4×4 cube!
If you want to get into solving 4×4 you can’t go wrong with a Shengshou and they come at a great price. Overall they’re a decent quality good, and perfect to learn on.
Yuxin 4×4 Review (4 / 5)
The Yuxin is the next cube on this list that will attempt to compete with the MoYu Aosu but I’m not personally sure that it can. The Yuxin is smooth, cuts corners well, doesn’t pop easily, but the inner blocks are not as smooth as the Aosu. This cube would be able to compete with the Aosu if the center was a bit smoother but it’s still a great cube and at a great price point for the quality you get – in the middle of the Shengshou and Aosu for price.
- Minmal popping
- Great corner cutting
- Great speed, fast and light
- Middle blocks are tight and sticky
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4 / 5) – great 4×4 cube for an average price
If you like Yuxin cubes and have used their 3×3’s or 2×2’s then you’ll probably like their 4×4. Some people DO like the Yusin over the Aosu but it’s not for me.
YongJun Guansu Review (4 / 5)
A similar case to the Yuxin vs Aosu here we have the YongJun Guansu. This is another top-tier 4×4 cube that falls just short of the Aosu. It’s even cheaper than the Yuxin so you could say that this is the best value for a viable 4×4 to use in speedcubing competitions.
- YongJun’s “semi-budget” 4×4
- Cuts corners well, not as good as the Aosu
- Great budget option giving you good value for a competition ready 4×4
- Blocky and smoooh feel
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4 / 5) – best performance to value 4×4
Again, cubes are pretty preferential but I haven’t heard anyone say they prefer the Guansu over the Aosu so purchase accordingly.
Picking the right 4×4
I think that since the price difference between the cubes really isn’t that much, it would be wisest to just save up for the Aosu as I think you’ll want one eventually. There’s a bit of debate within the speedcubing community on what kind of cube you should start with, and I’m on the side of always starting with the best cube possible. If you look at people’s cube collections they end up with tons of 3×3’s, 4×4’s and more – why not just pick up what’s secured as the best 4×4 cube and call it a day?
If you still need some help deciding between the 4×4 cubes available today, here’s some further guidance.
- The MoYu Aosu is the best 4×4 speed cube right now – get it if you can
- If budget is a concern, the Shengshou 4×4 is the cheapest one right now
- The Guansu and Yuxin are both great cubes priced between the best and cheapest cube, some people prefer them. Go for these cubes if you have a specific reason to want a Yuxin or the new Guansu.
Getting into 4×4 solving
History of the “Rubik’s Revenge”
If you’re new to speed cubing, and more specifically 4×4 then this section will serve to educate you a bit on the history of the “Rubik’s Revenge” and how to go about learning the puzzle.
The Rubik’s Revenge aka Master Cube – more commonly known as the 4×4 is a 4x4x4 version of the Rubik’s Cube released in 1981. It was invented by Péter Sebestény and was almost named the Sebestény Cube until they decided to call it the Rubik’s Revenge to target the already built fan base of the Rubik’s cube, which was probably a good move.
The 4×4 basics
Solving a 4×4 involves solving the centers, solving the outside edges, and then it can be solved using the same techniques as the 3×3 with some additional algorithms.
There are 8 corners, 24 edges, and 24 centres, and any permutation of the corners is possible. There are a total number of:
Possible permutations. This number is 7401 septillion! That’s a lot.
Learning to solve your 4×4
I can solve my 4×4, but I’m not going to claim to be an expert at the algorithms and instructions, I’ll leave that to the pros. Here are some extremely credible resources that I’ve personally used to learn how to solve cubes of all sorts – here are their 4×4 sections.
If you need more info than this, YouTube will serve you well.
4×4 Rubik’s Cube World Records
The world record single fastest time was set by Feliks Zemdegs at 21.54 seconds. The World record for an average of five solves is held by Sebastian Weyer with an average of 26.03 – he set that one in 2014. Someone even solved it in 2 minutes blindfolded in 2015!
Best 4×4 Cube Review Conclusion
The 4×4 is a really great puzzle and probably the most common second puzzle someone will get after solving the 3×3 (other than more 3×3 speed cubes!). Whether you get the best 4×4 cube or not, they’ll all work and be able to be solved which is the most important thing when it comes to getting a puzzle for the first time. However if you’re an experienced puzzler looking for the best 4×4 speed cube then look no further than the Aosu.
Great article, good job! I have a Moyu Aosu myself, Never experienced a lockup during a solve (I got it yesterday). By the way your purchase links for amazon at the top of the page do not work for some reason. Anyway, thanks for writing this, peace!
Puzzle Dude says
Thanks for reading 🙂 lockups can happen when speed solving, but it also depends on how aggressive you are with your cornering. I fixed the links that were broken, thanks for the heads up and I hope you enjoy your cube!