The Rubik’s Cube is a famous puzzle, that is related to Math and Group Theory. (See this free introduction by MIT on the The Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube)

Recently, I am thinking of buying a new Rubik’s Cube, and searched on the internet on what is the best brand of Rubik’s Cube. For Rubik’s Cube, **smoothness while turning** is really important, because it will simply be easier to turn the edges if the cube is smooth.

After researching online, I came to a very surprising conclusion: **The “made in China” brand Dayan Zhanchi is supposedly much better than the official Rubik’s brand (and also other “Western” brands)!**

Dayan ® ZhanChi 3x3x3 Speed Cube 6-Color Stickerless

This amazing superhuman World Record is set using the Dayan Zhanchi! (2013, Mats Valk)

Other than the Dayan series, another alternative is the V-cube series:

V-CUBE 3 White Multicolor Cube

However, the reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that the **Dayan is superior in both smoothness and price**!

If you have any recommendations on which Rubik’s Cube is best, please write in the comments below!

I will be buying the Dayan Cube soon (hopefully in time for Christmas 2014), and will post new updates! I am most probably buying the stickerless version since I have past experience of stickers falling off from my previous cubes. (Note: Stickerless Rubik’s Cubes are banned from competitions for the ridiculous reason that it is possible to “see what colors are behind through the cracks”, see https://github.com/cubing/wca-documents/issues/177) So if your goal is to enter a competition, you may want to consider the sticker version of the Zhanchi.

For parents, buying a Rubik’s cube for your child is a great investment. Playing with the Rubik’s cube is a major intellectual challenge (it has 43 quintillion permutations, only 1 of which is correct), which will develop the child’s brain for logical thinking, which is especially useful for Math and Science. Most importantly, it is fun!

Dayan ® ZhanChi 3x3x3 Speed Cube 6-Color Stickerless

**Special note for buying Dayan Zhanchi from Singapore:**

If you are buying the Dayan Zhanchi from Singapore, at first it **seems like** the Dayan ZhanChi does not ship to Singapore. It actually does! We just have to **choose the correct seller, Cube Puzl, which ships to Singapore.**

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