The 6×6 Rubik’s cube is essentially an expansion of the original 3×3 speed cube making a more difficult to solve cube. But don’t worry! There are a ton of great resources out there to help you solve your cube, and I’m here to help you find the best 6×6 cube with my reviews of the top options.
In this review article I’ll show you the best 6×6 speed cubes, give you some history on the 6×6 Rubik’s cube, share resources on how to solve this puzzle, and show you the world record holder! Let’s start off with a review table including all of the 6×6 cubes in this review!
Best 6×6 Cubes Review Table
|6x6 Cubes||The Cube||Our Rating||PuzzleDude's Review||Get it here|
|MoYu Aoshi 6x6||(4.5 / 5)||Smooth and fast cube - great 6x6||(paid link)|
|ShengShou 6x6||(3.5 / 5)||Best budget 6x6||(paid link)|
|V-Cube 6x6||(2.5 / 5)||Overrated 6x6 cube||(paid link)|
Best 6×6 Cube Reviews
MoYu Aoshi 6×6 Review (4.5 / 5)
This is going to be another one fo those reviews where we can end it right here – another MoYu cube taking the top spot is no surprise to me. This 6×6 Aoshi is not terribly expensive at around $20-30 and it’s the best 6×6 speed cube out there right now. You can get it in white and black stickered, and sticklerless as well. The outside edges turn quickly, there’s minimal popping, and it has that fast and buttery MoYu feel. Hard to go wrong with this one – the 6×6 world record was attained using this exact cube.
- Great corner cutting, easy to adjust
- Smooth and fast/controlled cube
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4.5 / 5) – best 6×6 cube hands down
ShengShou 6×6 Review (3.5 / 5)
ShengShou is my standard budget speed cube to resort to when money is a concern. You can have a fully functioning 6×6 cube from ShengShou for $10-15 which is around half the price of the king Aoshi. ShengShou does have an appealing feel, the outside edges are really fast, but the middle will catch more frequently than say the MoYu Aoshi.
- Solid 6×6, decent corner cutting
- Very fast, not as easy to control
- Clicky feel
- PuzzleDude’s rating (3.5 / 5) – best budget 6×6 speed cube!
V-Cube 6×6 Review (2.5 / 5)
For a long time the V-Cube 6×6 was the only commercially available 6×6 due to copyright laws, and to be honest it was really sad to see because this is an awful cube out of the box. With some modifications people were able to get it to be a workable cube but I think that’s unacceptable from a cubing manufacturer that’s producing puzzles to be solved out of the mix. The V-Cube does have some appeal with the tapered pillow design but other than that at a higher price than the Aoshi there’s absolutely no reason to get it.
- Poor speed and handling
- Bad corner cutting
- Overpriced for what you get
- Patented for a long time and was the only 6×6 in production (sadly)
- PuzzleDude’s rating (2.5 / 5)
How to pick the best 6×6 for you
Since we only have a few options when it comes to 6×6 speed cubes there’s not too much to say. Since they are larger cubes and have more pieces to get caught on, the larger the cube the more popping/catching there will be. The ShengShou catches sometimes, and the Aoshi catches as well but not as much.
If you have no budget or are buying this 6×6 as a gift for someone, go with the MoYu Aoshi hands down. If you have any budget requirements or just want to get into solving 6×6 for fun without speed cubing then the ShengShou is a suitable cube.
Ideally when picking a speed cube you want to look for the following characteristics:
- Corner cutting – You want at least 45 degree corner cutting, any more can be harder to control but it is desirable to some speed cubers.
- Speed – You want a cube that doesn’t slow you down, but also isn’t too fast for your hand movements.
- Stickered or stickerless – With stickerless cubes now being legal, you can have your choice between stickers or no stickers – tough choice!
- Ready out of the box? Sometimes I review cubes that require some lubing, proper tension, and set up out of the box. If you’re new to cubing or need a competition ready cube quickly then you might want to do some research beforehand.
- Feel – Cubes can be smooth and quiet, clicky, easy to control, hard to control (because of speed), and even feel a bit sandy. This sort of tactile response is important to some cubers who prefer a certain style and feel of cube.
- Build quality – Generally when buying cubes, if it’s more expensive you’re paying for high-quality plastics, and a good product that’s been tested and may even hold world records.
Let’s continue this 6×6 speed cube mega guide with some history and fun facts, and finally ending with the current 6×6 world records and how to solve your new cube!
6×6 Speed Cube History
The V-Cube or 6×6 is a 6x6x6 version of the Rubik’s cube that has no fixed faces. IT was invented by Panagiotis Verdes and was patented to only be produced by the Greek company Verdes Innovations for a long time. This was a sad case as the V-Cube really isn’t that great of a cube in comparison to the now available MoYu Aoshi.
The 6×6 consists of 152 cube faces to be solved from 1.57X10^115 possible permutations. A common way to solve this type of cube is to group the center pieces, and edge pieces together so that the cube resembles a 3×3 and similar solutions can be used to complete the cube.
With a cube like this, certain “parity errors” may occur which require different algorithms to solve (these errors can’t occur on a 3×3). For example two edges could be inverted which makes the solution incorrect.
6×6 World Records
As of 2016 the world record for a single 6×6 solve is held by Kevin Hays from the US using the MoYu Aoshi reviewed in this article. The record for best average of three solves is held by, yep you guessed it, Feliks Zemdegs who averaged 1m43.83s in Melbourne last year. Talk about fast! He also hit his world record with the Aoshi (hint the MoYu Aoshi is the best 6×6 cube…).
Learning to Solve Your 6×6
In this final section I’m going to share how to solve your 6×6 the way I learned to solve mine.
First off, I checked out this forum thread with video guides on how to solve the 6×6. I also used this supporting guide which is text/image based to help me learn a bit more. Pick whichever style of either images/text or video learning is applicable to you.
Best 6×6 Cube Reviews Conclusion
Well that was another fun cubing review article – I hope you liked it. It wasn’t quite as long as the others because not as many people are into 6×6, and 7×7 as they are the smaller options like 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5. I think past 5×5 is when there aren’t as many cube manufacturers competing either. Anyways, hopefully my reviews of the best 6×6 cube options was helpful!
V Cubes says
I personally think the V-Cube 6 is the clear winner.
Puzzle Dude says
From someone who works at a company who distributes V-Cubes – why is the V-Cube better than any 6×6 on the list?