The 15 Best Grinders That’ll Prevent You From Ruining Your Good Weed
There’s no sense in holding onto a crummy grinder when there are plenty of better options out there.
Sans a decent grinder, you might as well chop an entire gram in two, stuff one half as is into a rolling paper, and throw the other half into the garbage. Good grinder blades will seamlessly cut through your dry herb, sifting out the bad chunks and preserving the extra-potent pollen. They’ll create a little mound of fine, fluffy weed to roll, vape, or hell, bake into a cake. No dirty smoke, no lost product, not a bit of that eighth wasted.
You can seriously invest in this kind of accessory if you want, but you can also find some solid, inexpensive options. These 15 weed grinders—many of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—each have their own strengths. One ought to suit your cannabis-consuming ways. And we’ll take the opportunity now to pair this guide with an always-timely reminder to smoke responsibly. We don’t mean legally (we’re no sticklers for the word of the law when that law itself is outdated and discriminatory). We mean, choose to support grassroots legalization and social justice efforts in the cannabis industry, and buy from dispensaries owned by minorities and companies that give back to communities when possible. Now, onto the grinders.
Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s crap. This zinc alloy grinder comes with five pieces—including two mesh screens to sift pollen from your weed, and a little scraper to use for the catch tray so not a speck is wasted—with sharp teeth and a magnetic seal. If it seems too large, then remove a mesh screen to shorten it.
Only 1.5 inches across, this grinder is an inexpensive and downright tiny means of readying cannabis bud to smoke. It’s not what we’d call “heavy-duty,” but it’s a decent grinder to have for traveling, in addition to a sturdier grinder for regular, at-home use.
The Kingtop grinder is nearly as big as the palm of your hand, great for when you have a considerable amount of bud and don’t need to be discrete. Its four pieces include a magnetically sealed cap, a grinder, a mesh screen, and a catch tray—a big one, at that—and its 45 teeth ensure smooth grinding.
Mendo Mulcher makes some tough grinders—all out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum—but this one might be the most useful. At only 1.75 inches across, it’s best for travel, and its extra-grippy construction ensures you won’t slip up while using it despite its small size. With only two pieces, you’re short a mesh filter. But it does have a cool, hardware quality to it.
This grinder has a lotta happy customers. Makes sense. It grinds weed evenly and with precision, it’s built like a tank, it has a mesh screen and strong magnetic seal, and it hovers around 20 bucks. It’s a workhorse, built from materials that’ll keep it gliding through many a grind.
For a more tactile option, get Aerospaced’s grinder. The hand crank operates a set of blades, which chop up weed and filter it through a mesh screen. The clear lid allows you to monitor the entire operation.
If you’d call your personal style minimalist and refined, then here’s a grinder to match it. Made from aluminum alloy and unmarked with labels and logos, it is an accessory worthy of a high-class vape and top-grade flower.
Magic Flight’s grinder is part of its wooden Launch Box vape kit, fitting snugly over the opening of the vape so you can transfer freshly ground bud without a mess. If you’re looking for a beautifully carved, non-aluminum grinder (the grate is made from stainless steel) that’s part of a matched set—hell of a flex, right?—opt for this.
Phoenician medical-grade grinders get you a medium sheer on your weed—not too fine or too chunky. But more importantly, their grippy sides and deep bowls are intended to help users with arthritis (or folks with clumsy hands).
The Tectonic9 leans to the Inspector Gadget side of things. You put the weed into the chamber and grind it up, standard procedure. But accessing it is what is pretty damn nifty: That silver dispenser flips up from underneath the grinder and fits over a hole (which you manually open and close). Tip, and freshly ground herb neatly falls out.
The Pillar wasn’t built to be shoved in a junk drawer or lost under the couch. It glimmers, it is gold. Or rather, brushed brass. It’s a statement grinder if we’ve ever seen one. Besides aluminum grinding teeth and a scraper, the catch compartment is impressively spacious.
You get into spoil-yourself territory with the Santa Cruz Schredder. Known for its unique tooth design, it churns out perfectly ground, fluffy weed into a canister sealed with extra-strong magnets. You buy it once, then never have to worry about buying a grinder again.
Kannastör’s grinder is a mix-and-match marvel with extra storage options, two removable screens, and the option to break it down into a more portable size. Better yet, it comes with two interchangeable graters (hence the name) plates so you can pick your coarseness—fine or medium. Made with hardened aluminum in a matte design that looks real nice, it’ll last you.
Instead of aluminum or zinc alloy like most cheaper grinders, Iaso’s grinder is constructed out of stainless steel. That means the canister and its teeth will stay strong. Iaso also uses a special labyrinth seal design intended to prevent annoying binding or sticking. It’s a luxe option for sure.
Here’s where things get wild: an electric grinder. Eliminate user error altogether. The Otto automatically adjusts to the herb, sensing exactly what grind is required for the best results. Then, it funnels what it grinds directly into a paper cone for easy rolling (you can skip this step). Of course, then you’re stuck with machine error—charging, storage, maintenance, all that. Nevertheless, it’s a cool toy.
These 15 best weed grinders—most of them with four pieces to grind marijuana bud, sift pollen, and store the results—are available online and fit any budget.
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The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is the grinder of choice vaping and smoking professionals. If what you’re looking for is a superb grinder that can provide you with top-level results, the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is a must.
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Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is both durable and light on the pocket. It’s a travel-friendly device – weight wise – which allows you to pack a 5-piece tank with superb grinding power without the unnecessary mass.
Aircraft construction is regarded as one of the most demanding and advanced industries to date. This is true especially in terms of the requirements set in the manufacturing and production of aircrafts. The qualities and properties of aircraft-grade aluminum makes good sense when applied in grinders. They are lighter and are more durable even when compared to mild steel. It’s a combination of attributes that take herb grinders to the next level. The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder consists of 5 lightweight steel components that have various functionalities. All bear the same “to hell and back” reliability and durability while remaining easy and lightweight. This makes the issue of portability almost irrelevant. The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder weighs only 5.00 ounces without any ground botanicals in it. It’s just about as heavy as a baseball, that’s how light the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is. You can pack it inside your bag and you won’t even notice it’s there. It’s the true lightweight grinder that’s sure as tough as nails. The aircraft-grade aluminum that’s used in the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is further treated through anodization to increase the overall integrity of the grinder. Anodization makes the aluminum passive, which means that it’s less affected by the environment around it. Anodization thickens the natural oxide of the aluminum especially the exterior layers making it extremely resistant to corrosion and minor deformation. Not only will be the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder be a durable tool but it will also retain its stylish looks for years to come.
Exceptional 5-Piece Design
The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder boasts an exceptional 5-piece grinder design. From top to bottom, all the components are made with the best raw materials the industry has to offer. Not only are the components built using the finest parts but they’re also assembled with the best engineering available to our generation. The top grinding section is outfitted with thin poly rings to prevent friction from affecting the torque and the momentum in the grinding section. This innovation not only smoothens the grinding motion but it also helps in easing the strain on your wrists. Consumers who often grind their herbs often run into the problem of stressing out the vulnerable joints in their carpal area. The top part of the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is solid aluminum that has textured edges to assist you in grinding even the most rigid and stiff botanicals. You can hack through soft twigs with ease. The bottom part where the teeth are found are precision cut using CNC machine, all grinding teeth are even and causing the herbs to come out evenly ground. This means that the herbs will have uniform sizes so they will burn evenly should you be smoking a rolled joint. Your ground materials will be vaporized evenly without even reaching the point of combustion.
A layer lower you’d find a high-quality screen to catch the herbs. The screens are made with high-quality stainless steel to ensure that the herbs are efficiently sifted and the integrity of the screen is maximized at the same time. Stainless steel is the best material for grinder screen filters since they allow manufacturing of the product in different micron counts while ensuring that the screen itself remains strong and resistant to corrosion even after arduous use. The screens are also easy to clean and maintain, they won’t easily let residue and material buildup accumulate on the surface of the screen so you won’t have to deal and worry about your materials getting spoiled. Bacteria and other harmful unicellular microorganisms that may contaminate your ground herbs won’t easily proliferate as stainless steel is a safe and a harmless variety of metal that’s why you’ll find a lot of stainless steels being used in kitchen wares and in tools and utensils used in the food industry. Stainless steel contains nontoxic metals that won’t easily migrate to your food, let alone to the herbs and the botanicals it come into contact with. The same can be said for the screen found on the fourth layer that have smaller micron count for the ultimate pollen control. You can collect kief from the herbs you’ve milled and maximize the material you have. Keif can be a valuable byproduct of grinding your herbs unlike cutting your buds the conventional way. Collected kief or pollen can be sprinkled on the herbs and can be used in making edibles as well. The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder comes with a pollen scraper which can be used to scoop up pollen so it won’t go to waste nor will it have to stick to your fingers. The lowet and the last layer holds the pollen receptacle where you can scrape off the pollen you’ve collected.
The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder is the ultimate grinding tool you never knew was out there.
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Grinder Tips and Tricks
Using an herb grinder is pretty straightforward. However, some experts have developed their own ways that they believe could improve your overall grinding experience. So, without further ado, here are some of the best tips and tricks used by grinding professionals and connoisseurs to improve their yield.
1. Do not overfill your grinder
Every grinder has a maximum loading capacity. While it’s tempting to maximize the loading capacity of your grinder, it may cause the herbs not to be milled properly. This happens because the grinder will get clogged and the grinding action will get affected because of the tight packing of the herbs.
Grinders have holes located at the bottom of the grinding section; a fully packed grinder will cause the contents to push the herbs to fall off from the holes since the herbs will push each other off and you will most likely achieve a coarse grind. This can be counterproductive to when you grind your herbs when using them for vaping or when you want to pack your bowl. Overpacking your grinder will not only cause stress on your hands because the herbs may be too much to grind but it will also have an effect on the overall quality and density of the herbs after they’re milled.
2. Grind your herbs thoroughly
Another tip to maximize and improve your yield is to grind your herbs thoroughly. Having a fine grind will allow the herbs to take up more space when you pack your vaporizer or when you fill your bowls or when you roll your joints. That’s because they allow more herbs to vaporize or burn easily which means more of the active ingredients are consumed and are mixed with the vapor or the smoke when you consume it. More herbs make contact to a heated surface area when you’re vaping or smoking your herbs. Grinding and saying that you’ve achieved a perfect grind may be a no brainer, however, here’s a tip to make sure that your herbs are finely ground even when using the SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder.
The SharpStone Hard Top 5 Piece Herb Grinder has an opaque cover that will not allow you to see the consistency of the herbs unlike the clear top models in SharpStone’s line of clear top grinders. It’s all about feeling the herb they say. Coarse herbs will have some form of resistance when you grind them, finely ground herbs on the other hand will be smooth and will offer no resistance whatsoever.
3. Turn your grinder upside down
While we’re in the topic of finely ground herbs, here’s another tip that professionals use to make sure that their herbs are milled to the finest consistency. Remember when we discussed that grinders have holes where herbs drop to when they reach a smaller size. A way to prevent the herbs from falling off the holes when you grind your herbs is by turning the grinder upside down. When you turn your herbs upside down, the herbs won’t fall off and will stay in the grinding section till it’s finely ground. This will allow you to achieve a finer outcome when you grind.
How to Collect Kief Or Pollen
Kief or pollen is collected from the herbs as you grind it using a grinder. This is one of the reasons why a lot of consumers use grinders instead of just breaking the herbs using their hands. They find that investing on a grinder helps them save kief of pollen instead of having them just end up getting on the table and wasting precious pollen. Here’s how you do it.
1. Use a grinder with a pollen catcher
One of the best ways to collect pollen is by using a grinder with a pollen catcher. Grind your herbs as usual. Give the grinder a few taps so that pollen still stuck on the herbs may fall off on the strainer. Do this for several grinding sessions and wait until substantial amount of pollen is collected.
2. Place a coin inside the sifting compartment
Take a coin and put in in the layer where pollen is screened. After you’ve ground your materials gently shake and turn the grinder in a circular motion. The coin will push more pollen into the sifting screen and you’ll end up with more pollen.
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