In my best 7×7 cube reviews I’m going to cover the top options when it comes to this size of the Rubik’s cube. It’s logical as you collect and gain more experience as a puzzler to get more and more puzzles, and get larger and harder puzzles too. The 7×7 is the largest cube that has a category in speed solving competitions, so you could say this is the end of the road.
Best 7×7 Cube Reviews: The Table
|7x7 Cubes||The Cube||Our Rating||PuzzleDude's Review||Get it here|
|MoYu Aofu 7x7||(4.5 / 5)||Best 7x7 hands down||(paid link)|
|V Cube 7x7||(2.5 / 5)||Cheap, locks up, hard to speedsolve.||(paid link)|
|ShengShou 7x7||(3.5 / 5)||Best budget 7x7||(paid link)|
Best 7×7 Cube Individual Reviews
MoYu Aofu 7×7 Review (4.5 / 5)
The MoYu Aofu is my go-to from the 7×7 cubes available. It comes in two versions, square and pillowed. I really like the pillowed version as it catches less and is way more comfortable to handle with my hand size. Either way, the square version or the pillowed version are both in my opinion great 7×7 cubes and you should probably choose between them if you can. They aren’t super expensive at around $50 considering the amount of cube you’re getting.
- Available in square and pillowed
- Get white stickered, black stickered, or stickerless
- Minimal popping, pillowed has the least locking
- Very fast outter layers, inner layers move well too
- PuzzleDude’s rating (4.5 / 5) – best 7×7 cube for speed cubing
If you want to get into 7×7 cubing, get a MoYu Aofu – right now there are no other cubes that can compete with it.
V Cube 7×7 Review (2.5 / 5)
The V Cube 7×7 and other V Cube products continue to disappoint with their poor quality of the stickers, and mechanics that make solving this cube at any respectable speed a nightmare. Again, I recommend staying away from V Cubes especially when the Aofu is far superior at the same price, and the Shengshou at a lower price is even superior. I’ll review the ShengShou 7×7 next.
- Stickers come off easily
- Pops and locks frequently
- Hard to solve quickly
- MoYu has released a pillowed version which makes this cube 100% obsolete.
- PuzzleDude’s rating (2.5 / 5) – worst 7×7 cube
ShengShou 7×7 Review (3.5 / 5)
Ah ShengShou, the gold standard of budget speed cubes that are actually really solid. ShengShou has that distinct ultra-fast and clacky feel that some people love, and anyone on a budget will love as well. Considering that you can get a ShengShou 7×7 cube for half of the price of the MoYu and it’s still a great cube that people use in competition to this date shows huge value.
- Well built 7×7
- Optional 69mm mini version
- Minimal popping, some locking
- Super fast outer layers, inner layers are not as smooth as the MoYu’s
- WORLD RECORD is current held by Feliks Zemdegs using a ShengShou mini 7×7
- PuzzleDude’s rating (3.5 / 5) – best budget 7×7 speed cube!
I recommend the ShengShou 7×7 for anyone wanting to get a 7×7 on a budget, or if you specifically like the feel of ShengShou puzzles then you’ll like this as well. ShengShou also released a smaller version 69mm 7×7 that can be used as an alternative to the pillowed version for easier handling. This is the only mini-sized 7×7 that I’m aware of at the date of publishing this article.
How to pick the best 7×7 for you
There are only really a few options when it comes to 7×7’s so I can’t go into too much detail here, but the main things you want to look for in a speed cube are:
- Popping – Minimal popping and locking is essential for a cube to be fast. If it locks on you, your solve times will suffer. However, some puzzler’s styles make them more prone to popping on certain cubes. Overall you can’t go wrong with the MoYu 7×7 pillowed version which I think is the smoothest cube on this list.
- Price – It’s always a concern to stay within your budget when buying these addictive puzzles. Considering budget, purchasing the ShengShou for half of the price of the MoYu could net you 2-3 additional puzzles in the money you save (depending on the size).
- Stickered or stickerless – With the new laws allowing stickerless puzzles in competition, the attractive stickerless puzzles are gaining traction. I personally like the look, feel, and long-lasting stickerless puzzles that never change in appearance and can easily be cleaned with solvents.
- Size – We all have different hands, so using a square vs pillowed 7×7 can make a world of difference. ShengShou also offers a mini 7×7 cube which could be a great purchase for those with smaller hands that have a hard time handlging the standard size 7×7.
Learning About the 7×7
I always like to end my cube review articles with some more information on the cube at hand. Lets’s go over the history of the 7×7, some good resources to learn how to solve the cube, and finally go over fun facts and the current world records!
7×7 Cube History
Like the 5×5, the V Cube 7 was previously patented by Verdes Innovations and until recently no other companies could produce cubes of this size. This was very upsetting to the speed cubing and puzzling communities as the V Cube was a poor performing cube and also very expensive. Now that other companies are able to make larger cubes like this 7×7, V Cube basically has no hold on the market as no one would choose theirs over a MoYu or ShengShou.
Solving the 7×7
The 7×7 is big, consisting of 218 cubies! The 7×7 is the only speed cubing competition category that allows the use of a pillowed cube – another strike against V Cube. With so many pieces and arrangements possible via the 7×7, there are 1.95×10^160 permutations possible – way too many to type the full number out here.
Solving the 7×7 involves grouping the centers into all thesame colors, and then grouping the edges. Finally with that in check, 3×3 algorithms can be used to solve the cube. Parity restrictions also come into play when solving the 7×7 which require special algorithms. Here are the resources that I used to solve my 7×7 – I’ve included a video resource and a text resource so you can choose one based on your learning style.
As a foreword, most of these tutorials assume you have some knowledge of 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, etc. cubes because the solutions build on each other. I think this is a fair assumption because those looking for a 7×7 usually own at least a 3×3 cube and usually all of the cubes leading up.
7×7 World Records
Time for the best section, the 7×7 world record review! Would you be surprised if I told you that Feliks Zemdegs held both the single and average of 3 solve world record? Good because he does! He holds the single at 2 minutes and 23.55 seconds, and the average of three at 2 minutes and 30.14 seconds. He set both of these records in 2015 at two different competitions.
He set the record using a mini ShengShou 7×7 for reference.
Best 7×7 Cube Reviews Conclusion
I always have a fun time reviewing cubes, sharing their history, and reviewing the world records. I find that this article style is great as an intro to the cube and anyone interested in purchasing one. In conclusion, the MoYu 7×7’s are the best in my opinion. the ShengShou is a close second, and you could argue that the ShengShou is the best cube due to the world record being set with it – I can’t debate that too heavily.
The best 7×7 cube is the one that you can afford, and one that doesn’t limit your solve speed. Saying that, you’re choosing between MoYu or ShengShou with a few sub-options between them like the ShengShou mini, or pilowed MoYu.
The V-Cube 7 is an amazing piece!
Puzzle Dude says
From someone who works at a company who distributes V-Cubes – why is the V-Cube better than any 7×7 on the list?