Have you ever seen a Rubik’s Cube and wondered what the nicest/most expensive one is? Most people’s experience with a Rubik’s Cube-type puzzle is with a cheap and poorly performing cube that is hard to even turn. It makes you wonder how speed cubers are able to spin the puzzle so fast!? Well, the reason they can turn their puzzle so fast is because they’re using a high-quality speed cube that costs perhaps more than you might think.
You don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a good cube these days, but if you want to go all-out and buy the best cube(s) available, it’s going to cost ya. Here’s a list of some of the most expensive Rubik’s Cube-type puzzles on the market. (Note, none of them are actual Rubik’s Cube brands or “smart cubes”).
VALK 3 ELITE M: $44.99
The Valk line of speed cubes has been a favorite for countless cubers and at one time they were the go-to brand for speed cubes. The high-quality materials and ability to customize the puzzle is what makes this puzzle so expensive. It comes with a total of 3 different spring sets, which allows you to change how tight the puzzle feels, and 3 different center cap sets, which allows you to change the magnet strength quickly and easily.
Puzzle tension and magnet strength are something you probably never thought of when looking at a Rubik’s Cube, but changing these on your puzzle makes a huge difference. This is something that most modern speed cubes have in common.
GAN 356 AIR M: $46.99
This is one of GAN’s most popular speed cubes. It still remains one of the best 3x3s after its release in 2020. (Hint: most of the best and most expensive speed cubes are currently from GAN). This puzzle comes with an adjustment tool that you use to change the elasticity of the puzzle. Now, instead of having to deal with tons of different springs, you can just turn a nob under the center caps and you’re done!
GAN 356 XS: $49.99
Yep, it’s another GAN cube on our list! This one is an upgraded version of the 356 X puzzle. It’s lighter than before and features the same elasticity tensioning tool as the Air M and also has adjustable magnets and spring tensioning nuts that can be adjusted all by hand.
We’re seeing a trend here. Lots of magnets and customization features equals a better and more expensive puzzle.
GAN 11 M Pro: $64.99
Coming in at #2 on our top 5 most expensive Rubik’s Cube type puzzles list is yet another GAN cube. This is their latest flagship 3×3. You may be asking “What’s so different? It looks the same as the previous one.” And you’d be right! However, this puzzle features adjustable magnets that are attached to the core of the puzzle and reach out to the bottom of the corner pieces. This is the first puzzle to have this feature and it can be felt while turning.
It may look the same on the outside as the other GAN cubes, but it’s what’s on the inside that makes all the difference!
The Masterpiece Cube: $2.5 million
In 1995, the CEO and founder of Diamond Cutters International, Fred Cueller, put together one of the most beautiful puzzles ever created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube. The fully function 3×3 puzzle took thousands of hours to complete and is made up of 18-karat yellow gold and over 185-carats of various gemstones. We doubt the puzzle turns as well as the other cubes on this list, but it’s definitely got the cool factor!