If you are a real cannabis enthusiast – You know that using scissors to cut your buds or just grinding them with your fingers is not only disrespectful to the holy plant itself – but also… It’s bad for the quality of your smoke! Good thing, there are so many different herb grinder options in the market – actually, there are so many contrasting grinder options in the market, that… Well, how the hell you actually choose the perfect weed grinder?
Cannabis grinder price?
Some would put the price to the end of this list, but here at Smartific, we believe that budgeting is the first step to success. So start by evaluating how much you are planning to spend. Think in terms between 5 to 100 €/$.
Two main grinder pricing categories should be ~15-25 €/$ for a casual grinder and 40-60 €/$ for a high-quality grinder. We recommend choosing a more casual price tag if you smoke cannabis rarely (a couple of times a month) and considering a higher quality grinder if you are a daily smoker.
Weed grinder materials?
Before you actually start looking for that perfect grinder, it’s nice to know what material you will be looking for! Using some exotic materials might not be the right solution, but here are the main materials and features that grinders can have:
- Wooden weed grinder – usually hand made, they are the old-school way of grinding weed. Some smokers love them, but in our opinion, they are not very durable, hard to clean, and could work only for those who are real fans of organic materials.
- Metal weed grinder – probably the best choice for all. Most of the metal cannabis grinders in the market are aluminum or sometimes even stainless steel, but if you invest well you might even score a titanium option. Easy to clean, sturdy, and will stay with you for a long time, so choose responsibly.
- Acryl (plastic) weed grinder – most affordable and usually gets the job done, but not recommended if you are smoking cannabis on a more regular base.
- Gold grinder – if you have a 1500€/$ or more money to spend and are looking for the most prestigious solution there is… go gold!
Lastly, it’s not the material that makes this a unique category but the different grinding method –
- Electric weed grinder – if for some reason you have to grind loads of cannabis, you can always choose an electric mill grinder (similar to home kitchen electric coffee grinder)
To sum up, what material you should choose, the answer is… It’s metal! Well, it’s most likely metal. Grab a cheaper plastic (acryl) grinder if you just need to use it a couple of times (a trip-vacation or similar situation). Grab a wooden one if you are chasing that organic, old-school vibe. Grab an electric weed grinder if you are running some sort of high-scale grinding operation or just hate twisting grinder with your hands. And grab a golden weed grinder if you just got to have a conversation starter before you lit that joint with your buddies. In almost all other cases, having a quality metal grinder is the best way you can go.
How many chambers your grinder should have?
In most cases, plastic and wooden grinders are 2 part or single-chamber (compartment), but most metal grinders are also classified by how many parts or chambers they have.
- 2 part grinder (1 chamber) – simple, do only what you want it to do primarily… grind your buds. nothing less, nothing more.
- 3 part grinder (2 chambers) – the main (top) grinding chamber has holes in the bottom part, meaning your ground herb pieces will fall through the holes while you are grinding your buds. This allows the grinder to keep a more stable size of all the ground parts as the bigger chunks will not fall through the holes and stay in the first chamber.
- 4 part grinder (3 chambers) – it does what a 3 part grinder does and because it has one extra chamber in the bottom, 4 part grinders also collect kief (high potency THC “dust”) that falls through a metal mesh in the second chamber. This allows you to slowly collect a super-strong form of “powder dust THC” known as trichomes, or just – kief.
To know which grinder set-up you should choose, the main reasoning could be based on how often you actually smoke cannabis. If you smoke weed every day – a 4 part grinder will allow you to savor every single piece of the buds you buy as you will eventually have enough kief to roll something stronger than usual.
If you smoke weed very rarely and just would like to have a grinder for convenience of rolling, a 2-part grinder or a 3-part grinder can be options based on if you are planning to carry it around with you or not.
Weed grinder size?
Choosing the right diameter for your perfect cannabis grinder should be based on two factors – how portable your grinder has to be and… well, how much weed you have to grind. Most weed grinders come in diameters that are 4-6cm.
If you are not a heavy smoker and/or if you are looking for a very portable grinder, choosing a small 4cm grinder diameter could be the right thing.
If you are always smoking with others and/or am a really heavy smoker, a bigger 5-6cm grinder diameter should be the right option for you.
If you are a super heavy smoker that rolls multiple joints at once, or you have to grind large batches of weed – look for an XXL sized grinder that has a 7-8cm diameter. Just remember, that this kind of grinder will weight a lot and most likely this will not be the portable grinder that you like to carry with you.
The design of the grinder comes in two parts – the practical design and the overall looks of your cannabis grinder. Let’s start with practical design features.
Even though casual manual weed grinder should be the way to go (especially if this is your first grinder), there can be some extra features that grinders can have. These can be:
- Magnetic – most metal grinder top chamber has magnets that allow you to easily grind your weed without accidentally opening the grinder in the process. This became an industry standard and should be expected for almost any product.
- Handle/crank – there is a special type of “hand mill” weed grinder, that changes the actual process of grinding your buds. Not very common in the grinder market.
- Metal card grinders – imagine a tiny cheese grater that is the size of a credit card and fits comfortably in your wallet. If this is something that intrigues You – look for the most portable and easy way to grind your buds on the run.
- Tight-vac or simple stash box – some grinders can have a vacuum-sealable box (or just a simple compartment) on the side, making it the ultimate way to carry everything you need in one convenient bundle.
- Other – the ingenuity of the cannabis industry is growing every day and new improvements/breakthroughs are being made to even as simple things as a grinder, so always keep a lookout on what new features grinders might have
The second part of the design discusses… The actual looks of Your grinder! Even though more expensive, high-quality grinders are usually more focused on top quality features and stick to the most minimal design possible – the mid to low range grinders tend to be made to grab your attention with interesting design and color choices. Think anything from pokeballs, tiny death stars, rainbow-colored jewel-encrusted ones, to almost any artistic shape you can think of… Think about any possible color as well.
Buying Your weed grinder!
To summarize all this info up – choosing the right grinder to buy for yourself can be best done in a simple set of steps:
- Set a budget based oh how often you smoke weed and how much of the weed you usually need to grind
- Choose the material (best just stick to classics and choose a metal grinder)
- Pick the size and chamber count of your grinder based on your smoking patterns
- Look for the colors and designs you like – the grinder will stay with you for quite some time, so make sure you find the most pleasant one for you!
Grind and blaze, folks! ?