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Summary of Ratings

Overall Score = 3.58

  • Based on 4 ratings: Grinder, Storage, Longevity, Price
  • How to get it: Conducting a weighted average. Multiple each rating by my personal weight and summarize them.
    • Grinder = 3.1 x 15% =0.611
    • Storage = 2.3 x 25% =0.781
    • Longevity = 3.5 x 30% = 0.930
    • Price = 4.5 x 30% = 1.260
    • Overall Score =0.611 + 0.781 + 0.930 + 1.260 = 3.58

1) Grinder = 4.1

  • Based on 3 subcategories: Grind Capacity, Grind Speed, Grind Consistency
  • % of overall rating = 15%
  • What is it: From unground into ground product
  • How did it do: Can handle a lot of product and cuts through it easily
a) Grind Capacity = 4.0
  • % of Grinder Rating = 30%
  • What is it: How much product can you fit in there during the grinding stage?
  • How did it do: 2.5 inches and not over crowding the grind teeth allows for you to put at least 1g in without any issue.
b) Grind Speed = 3.8
  • % of Grinder Rating = 40%
  • What is it: How fast can you grind up XX product that falls into storage area?
  • How did it do: Torn through grind speed test, outperforming the other two grinders tested so far.
c) Grind Consistency = 4.5
  • % of Grinder Rating = 30%
  • What is it: How little variance will your ground bud be from one another?
  • How did it do: The holes are the right size where you get a good final product but it also doesn’t get stuck up in the

2) Storage = 3.1

  • Based on 4 subcategories: Storage Capacity, Dispense Speed, Kief Catch, Portability
  • % of overall rating = 25%
  • What is it: From ground product into consumption device
  • How did it do: HUGE storage capacity but the higher walls can make to get out of the grinder.
a) Storage Capacity = 5.0
  • % of Storage Rating = 40%
  • What is it: How much ground product can you fit in here.
  • How did it do: 2.5 inch + storage section that is taller than the other 3 pieces involved… like you can fit over a quarter (7g) of ground product.
b) Dispense Speed = 1.5
  • % of Storage Rating = 40%
  • What is it: How fast can you get your “product” from ground state to consumption device
  • How did it do: The higher walls make it hard to pinch out. If you just go straight for the dump approach, then it should be great for you.
c) Kief Catch = 3.0
  • % of Storage Rating = 5%
  • What is it: Does it have one and how good is it at collecting kief?
  • How did it do: Easy to open, at least compared to the golden bell.
d) Portability = 3.0
  • % of Storage Rating = 5%
  • What is it: Can I bring this thing with me anywhere I want? Do I need a separate bag to bring it?
  • How did it do: It has a ‘portable’ mode but then puts your ground product mixed in with your kief. The higher walls on the storage part does make it more protected.

3) Longevity = 3.5

  • Based on 4 subcategories: Durability, Ease of Use, Cleaning Frequency, Ease of Cleaning
  • % of overall rating = 30%
  • What is it: How long will this product last you? How frequent will you use it within your stash collection? This will apply to ALL product categories we go over.
  • How did it do: Standard grinder where the build quality begs for more, but the lifetime warranty is huge.
a) Ease of Use = 2.5
  • % of Longevity Rating = 30%
  • What is it: Initial operation combined with once you have it all figured out, how easy is it?
  • How did it do: No learning curve but the higher storage walls makes it hard for me to use for how I use grinders. If you are just dumping it straight out, then it should be good for you.
b) Cleaning Frequency = 3.0
  • % of Longevity Rating = 5%
  • What is it: How long till I have to clean it? Can you get around cleaning it?
  • How did it do: You can grind through any issues. Pretty standard grinder
c) Ease of Cleaning = 3.0
  • % of Longevity Rating = 25%
  • What is it: Once I have to clean it, how long does it take to clean?
  • How did it do: Little bigger but shouldn’t be an issue. Still conducting research on how this will be affected by using isopropyl alcohol.
d) Durability = 3.5
  • % of Longevity Rating = 30%
  • What is it: How long will this thing last and ability to withstand the elements
  • How did it do: Lifetime warranty but the build quality begs for more. It feels cheaps when it was squeaking out of the gate.
e) Customer Service = 2.5
  • % of Longevity Rating = 10%
  • What is it: How easy and is it to solve a customer support problem?
  • How did it do: They have a website and will handle your claims personally. I ordered from Amazon and now noticed it wasn’t from them personally.

4) Price = 4.5

  • % of overall rating = 20%
  • What is it: How is it priced relatively to other options on the market?
  • How did it do: Priced very competitively for the quality you are getting, our top pick thus far.

As with the Golden Bell, it is a great value grinder but don’t be surprised when it loses functionality as time goes on.

An analytical view on the top selling grinder on Amazon.

Zip Grinders Review

Zip Grinder Specs

2.5 Inch Diameter

Anodized Aluminum

Made in China

4.2 Ounces

Rounded Kief Catcher

Yes

Replaceable Filtering Screen

No

Number of Teeth

Varies

Zip Grinder Review

One of the more popular herb grinder brands to hit the world of e-commerce is Zip Grinders. Zip Grinders focuses on producing a lot of different types of grinders so that there is a Zip Grinder to match everyone’s style.

Mega Crusher Grinder

Some of Zip’s more popular grinders include their “Mega Crusher” grinder, which is a four-piece grinder that has a clear extra-large storage chamber. According to Zip Grinders, the Mega Grinder holds up to six tablespoons of herb. If you are someone looking for a grinder that can act as a storage container and can hold a ton of herb, then the Mega Grinder is a great option.

Pagoda Tower Grinder

One of Zip Grinder’s more unique grinder designs is the Pagoda Tower Grinder. The Pagoda Tower Grinder brings an Oriental fusion and feel to the world of herb grinders. It is a four-piece grinder that is made from aerospace aluminum. On the negative side, the Pagoda Tower Grinder has fewer teeth than our top-rated grinders, so we fear that the grinder may not be as fine as some of the better weed grinders out there.

When it comes to color options, the Pagoda Tower Grinder comes in black and gold. So, if you are a Steelers fan like me then you are in luck. If you are aren’t then that’s just too bad, isn’t it? Ha!

Designer Grinders

Moving beyond these two grinders, Zip Grinders also has a ton of different generic four-piece aluminum grinders with designs on the top. These vary from designs with wolves, owls, fractals, hearts, and other psychedelic images.

Zip Grinders with designs on the top tend to be 2.25″ wide and made from either zinc or aluminum. We would recommend these to smokers who want a grinder with a more unique look without giving up much in terms of quality.

Pricing on the design grinders is also very reasonable coming in at around $20.

Zip Grinder Quality

The silver section with the grinder teeth show that this grinder uses two-piece separate pieces of aluminum.

On top of the incredible variety of grinders that Zip Grinders have, they all come with a limited lifetime warranty. If you register your grinder with Zip Grinders then you are covered if your grinder is defective or breaks due to normal wear and tear.

From a quality standpoint Zip Grinders are decent, but not at the elite level of our top rated grinders. Zip Grinders are good in that they are made from quality aluminum or zinc. You can be sure that these grinders are well put together and will get the job done for most recreational smokers.

On the other hand there are a few things that we wish Zip Grinders would do to make their products better. The teeth designs on many of their grinders is lacking in terms of the number of teeth and set up. To get the optimal grind for your herb you’ll want a grinder with more teeth.

Also, most Zip Grinders use two-pieces of aluminum. You can tell because the teeth are a different color than the outer shell. This means the section of the grinder with the teeth was glued onto the shell of the grinder, meaning it could separate after using over time. Because of this we generally recommend herb grinders used with a single piece of aluminum like Black Tie Grinders or Space Case.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it. Zip Grinders has one of the widest and deepest product lines for any herb grinder company out there. Their grinders are quality, but not in the elite class of weed grinders. Pricing for these grinders is reasonable and pretty much anyone can afford to pick one up.

If you like the designs of Zip Grinders then you should buy one. On the other hand, if you care most about quality and performance over looks and design then go with one of our top three herb grinder choices.

The Final Grind

Zip Grinders focuses on having a large variety of low cost average quality grinders.

The grinders offered by Zip certainly get the job done, but at the end of day provide nothing special. If you want a decent cheap grinder, then Zip is a fine choice. If you are willing to spend a bit more for an increase in quality and features then we recommend looking elsewhere.

Zip Grinders is an herb grinder brand that prides itself in providing variety and affordability. In this review we discuss all the features of Zip Grinders.