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The Best Cubing Timer - Which one should you buy?

There are several cube timers available on the market, ranging from basic digital timers to more advanced options with additional features. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a timer:

Accuracy: A timer with high accuracy is essential for competitive speedcubing. You'll want a timer that can accurately measure your solve time down to the hundredth of a second.

Size and portability: If you plan on taking your timer with you to competitions, you'll want a timer that is compact and easy to transport.

Durability: A timer that is durable and can withstand being transported and used frequently is important.

Additional features: Some timers come with additional features such as the ability to store your solve times, or the ability to connect to a computer or phone for data analysis.

Price: The cost of a timer is also an important factor to consider. Some timers can be expensive, so you'll want to choose a timer that fits within your budget.

Our Top 3 Best Speedcubing Timers

Based on these factors, here are the top 3 timers that we would recommend:


The Stackmat G5 timer: This is the most popular timer used in WCA speedcubing competitions. If you want to imitate the competition experience at home then the Stackmat Gen 5 timer is the one to get. It is accurate, durable, and portable, making it a great option for cubers of all levels. It is compatible with Speedstacks external displays and can also be plugged into your computer with the help of a special audio port.

Price - $43.99 CAD (~$32 USD)


The QiYi timer: This is our best selling timer due to its incredibly affordable price point. It has a built-in rechargeable battery (unlike the Stackmat G5 which uses 2x AAAs) that can last for up to 10 hours of continuous use. The QiYi timer has a sleek and compact design that makes it easy to carry around and it also comes with a protective case to keep it safe while you are traveling. This timer is a great option for speedcubers of all levels, from beginners to advanced solvers.

Price - $14.99 CAD (~$11 USD)


The GAN Halo timer: This is a very high end timer and while you won’t find them used in official competitions, this timer comes with a whole suite of features. It’s bluetooth, stores up to 10,000 solves in offline mode, can connect to your phone or computer, has a USB C rechargeable battery, and is compatible with the CubeStation Mobile App so you can analyze your solves.

Price - $59.99 CAD (~$44 USD)

Ultimately, the choice of timer will depend on your personal preferences and budget. It's a good idea to try out a few different timers from your friends or at competitions to see which one works best for you.

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