The best 5×5 cube depends on if you’re new to 5×5, or an experienced puzzler looking for a competitive speed cube. In these reviews of some of the top 5×5 cubes I’ll cover the basics of speed cube criteria, and give options for the beginner, speed cuber, and budget minded individual.
Best 5×5 Cubes Review Table
|5x5 Cubes||The Cube||Our Review||PuzzleDude's Rating||Get it Here|
|MoYu Huachuang 5x5||Best 5x5 overall||(4.5 / 5)||Get it Here|
|MoYu Aochuang 5x5||Great 5x5, looser feel than the Huachuang, comparable cube||(4 / 5)||Get it Here|
|Shengshou 5x5||Good budget 5x5||(3.5 / 5)||Get it Here|
|Cyclone Boys 5x5||Best budget 5x5, awesome cube for a great price||(4 / 5)||Get it Here|
|Yuxin 5x5||World record holding 5x5, takes some setting up but excellent cube||(4 / 5)||Get it Here|
How to pick the best 5×5 cube
I always recommend starting off with the best 5×5 cube you can afford when first starting out so you don’t outgrow your cube. If you’ve ever used the Rubik’s brand 3×3 you know what I’m talking about. The cube can simply not handle fast inputs and locks up like a little bugger. The same thing happens when you buy cheap 4×4, and even 5×5 cubes. So buy the best cube you can – no cube is too “fast” or “good” for a beginner just starting out. The cuber simply needs to adjust to the cube. With that out of the way, let’s go over some criteria to consider when choosing a good 5×5:
- Budget and build quality – This was touched on in the previous paragraph, generally when it comes to cubing you get what you pay for. Every 5×5 on this list can be solved, but at what speed, corner cutting, and will it catch? Those are the features you’re paying for with more expensive cubes.
- Corner cutting – With more pieces to catch on, 5×5 cube builds are more complex than 4×4’s. Corner cutting is very important for solving this cube quickly so invest wisely and buy a good cube if you have any concern with speed cubing.
- Popping – Again, with so many pieces and popping being a concern – you want to buy a cube with minimal popping.
- Speed – Speed is important, especially in the outer edges.
- Feel – Do you want crisp, clicky, sandy, buttery, controllable, etc.? These are all descriptions of cubes that I’ll hope to use in this review to help you choose the best 5×5 speed cube for you
- Stickers – With the new rules legalizing stickerless in competition, if the cube comes in a stickerless version then it’s important to note.
Best 5×5 Cube Reviews
With some pre-article info out of the way, let’s get into the best 5×5 cube reviews including options for beginners, speed cubers, budget puzzlers, and everyone in between.
Moyu Huachuang Review (4.5 / 5)
MoYu’s recent release of the Huachuang may have overthrown the Aochuang as the best 5×5 cube on the market right now. It costs about $5 more than the Aochuang and has a few upgrades to reduce popping which can certainly be worth it. However, if you already own an Aochuang it’s probably not worth the upgrade. I’m adding this to the list first because I think it’s the best 5×5 cube for speed cubing and beginners as well – if you have the dough for this cube you should start with it.
- Very smooth and quick cube
- Feels light and controlled
- Improved corner cutting over the Aochuang
- Least lockups out of all the 5×5’s on this list
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4.5 / 5) – best 5×5 cube on the market right now
MoYu Aochuang Review (4 / 5)
The previous king of the castle, the MoYu Aochuang is still a great 5×5 cube. Coming in slightly cheaper than the Huachuang is the Aochuang that is said to pop and lock up at a slightly higher frequency due to the over corner cutting. I personally have a very precise turning style so I don’t lock up with most 5×5’s so it’s hard for me to say if these upgrades and extra dollars are worth it. Overall, the Aochuang is the second best 5×5 on this list in my opinion and if you already have it, there’s really no need to upgrade to the Huachuang.
- Smooth and fast cube
- Loose/fast feel
- Can over turn on corner cuts
- Slightly more prone to popping than the Huachaung
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4 / 5) – really a great 5×5 cube, comparable to the Huachuang with a bit looser/faster feel
Some people will still prefer the feel of the Aochuang over the Huachuang especially if they’re already used to it. The Aochuang offers a really loose/fast feel that’s appealing to some of the fastest cubers in the world.
ShengShou 5×5 Review (3.5 / 5)
What kind of cube review page would this be without a budget ShengShou thrown into the mix? Here’s one of the best budget 5×5’s on the list with Shengshou. Shengshou cubes are fast, buttery, and a bit clicky. You can set them up different and they’re a great baseline for all cube styles and friendly on the wallet.
- Reliable ShengShou quality
- Fast and clicky
- Outsides are fast, interior pieces are a bit slower
- Some locking and popping
- PuzzleDude’s rating (3.5 / 5) – good 5×5 cube on a budget!
I recommend this cube for anyone on a budget looking to get into solving 5×5 cubes. Solve it 1000 times and it’ll still work, and it’s about 1/3 of the price in comparison to the other options on this list.
Cyclone Boys 5×5 Reivew (4 / 5)
This cube kind of took me by surprise when I first used it. Normally on my review lists I stick with Shengshou for the budget cube but I can’t pass this one up. I actually recommend the Cyclone Boys 5×5 as the best 5×5 cube on a budget over the ShengShou because it turns smoother, and the inner layers turn wayyyy better. This thing is close to being on par with the MoYu cubes for less than half the price which is insane.
- Very stable feel
- Cuts corners easily
- Fast/scratchy turning
- On par with the MoYu cubes for a great price
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4 / 5) – best budget 5×5 cube, the value on this cube is insane!
In this one special case I would recommend this for a beginner cube over going with the MoYu options since you get such good value for the price. The MoYu cubes are almost twice as much and really not 2x better. This is a great beginner 5×5 cube.
Yuxin 5×5 Review (4 / 5)
This inclusion in the list is for preference. I know that a lot of cubers really like the Yuxin brand, and this cube is on par with the MoYu cubes once properly set up so I’ll include it, but I don’t think it’s as good out of the box.
- Very fast and controlled cube
- Quiet 5×5
- Good corner cutting, minimal popping
- Currently the world record is with this cube
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4 / 5) – great cube, but takes a bit of set up out of the box
The Yuxin is a very fast and controlled cube. Yuxin has made a great name for themselves, and if you have other Yuxin 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 cubes then you’ll probably like their 5×5.
How to pick the best 5×5 cube for you
With some previous information, and the top 5 cubes reviewed – let’s go over exactly who these cubes are for.
- For the speed cuber – Go with the Huachaung, it’s hands down the best 5×5 speed cube on this list. If you already have the Aochuang don’t worry about upgrading
- For the budget speed cuber – The cyclone boys 5×5 is on par with MoYu and Yuxin and comes in at an amazing price. It’s hard to beat this value for a competition ready cube
- For the budget beginner or general beginner – Cyclone boys again, the value is just unmatched and the Cyclone Boys 5×5 is way better than the ShengShou.
Learning about your 5×5
Now that we’ve covered the basis of picking a 5×5, let’s go over learning to solve your 5×5 and I want to share some cool facts as well.
5×5 Cube History “The Professor’s Cube”
The Professor’s Cube more commonly known as the 5×5 has similar qualities to the 3×3 and 4×4 and knowing those algorithms and basis can certainly help you solve it. There’s not a lot of information on who invented or released the 5×5 first, but it is a commonly solved cube and present in speed solving competitions.
Solving Your 5×5 Cube
Like I said, if you know the 3×3 and 4×4 drills then learning how to solve your 5×5 will be a breeze. If you have preferred websites or forums you use to learn algorithms and read guides on puzzles, check those out first. Here are the resources I used to learn how to solve my 5×5:
5×5 Fun Facts
Fun facts time! There are:
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Possible permutations of the 5×5 cube. That’s a huge number! I had to make a line just to house it. Speed cubers use a method where they group similar edge pieces into solid strips and centers into one-colored blocks to basically turn the cube into a 3×3. From there, they can use the algorithm they know for 3×3 and the only remaining challenge is handling the cube without popping it.
5×5 Speed Cubing World Records
The moment you’ve all been waiting for, 5×5 world records! Guess who, none other than your favorite cuber Feliks Zemdegs holds the world record single at 44.83 seconds, AND the average of 5 world record at 50.15 seconds. Check it out below – FYI he’s using the Yuxin 5×5….!
Best 5×5 Cube Review Conclusion
That was a fun article, and a long one too. If you made it this far, thanks I appreciate you reading all the way through! The best 5×5 cube for a beginner is definitely the Cyclone Boys but at the top level for speed cubers it’s still up in the air. A lot of people love the MoYu cubes, but Feliks likes the Yuxin and has the world record with it, so it’s hard to argue with that. Anyways if you have any questions be sure to comment below, or let me know what 5×5 you’re using!
Happy puzzling :)!