No matter if you prefer enjoying dry herb in a vaporizer, a bong, a water pipe, an old-style hitter or a joint, you most definitely understand the importance of a good grinder.
A good herb grinder will allow you to enjoy your dry herb in an easier, more efficient way, without having to worry about personally perfecting your dry herb and getting it to the perfect ‘consistency’. A grinder is definitely a piece of equipment that's considered a must-have item for any herb lovers collection.
You will use it enough so why not get the best, see what makes a good herb grinder
In this blog, we will be talking about the most important qualities that should be found in a high-quality, well-made grinder. At the end of this blog, we are confident that you will be able to find the perfect unit that is ideal for your needs, preferences, and wallet.
The materials of a grinder might not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for the perfect unit, however, it is more than important. The quality of materials used to create a grinder will determine the quality of its functionality, and the results that it will offer the user.
There are a large variety of different grinder materials, and each comes at a different price, a different size, a different texture, and a different price point. These are the most widely used materials for herb grinders;
Wood – Wood grinders are known to be the most inexpensive and simple units. Of course, you can sometimes find a fancy wood grinder that has been hand engraved with a name or a design, but usually, wood grinders are simple and cheap.
Many prefer wood grinders due to the fact that they have a more natural, down-to-earth feel that some people find very enjoyable.
One of the things that make wood grinders not so recommendable is the fact that they're extremely complicated to clean. Almost all types of material that are placed into wood grinders usually stick to the wood itself and are very hard to remove.
Another small problem that users find with wood grinders, is that they tend to have very dull teeth that do not grind the materials efficiently. However, if you have been looking for a cheap and easy to use grinder, a unit made of wood might be your best option.
Acrylic - Grinders that are made of acrylic are very similar to wood grinders, the only thing that makes these two different are their materials. Although acrylic grinders might be slightly more pricey when compared to wooden grinders, they really don't offer much more quality or functionality.
Their teeth are also usually dull and not sharp enough to efficiently grind materials. However, if you are looking for a cheap option that is still slightly better than wood grinders, acrylic grinders are for you.
Metal - When it comes to durability there is nothing better than a metal grinder. Metal grinders are known to be some of the best options on the market.
They're commonly made of aluminium and have sharp strong teeth that efficiently grind herbs and allow the user to have an easier time perfecting their dry herbs.
Like any other product, the quality of a metal grinder depends greatly on the brand, but it is definitely not complicated to find a high-quality well-made metal grinder.
Another great thing about metal grinder is that they can be clean with almost any type of solution. Unlike wood grinders, you can basically throw your metal grinder into a cup of alcohol, come back 5 minutes later and it's as good as new.
Although there’s a lot of good things to say about metal grinders, the only problem with these units is their price. Metal grinders tend to be more expensive and can reach impressive prices depending on the brand and quality of the product.
However, if you have been looking for the perfect grinder that will withstand years of use and efficiently grind your herb, a metal grinder is definitely your best option.
Sharp & Durable Teeth
When I say teeth, I don’t mean a good smile or a visit to the dentist. I am referring to the small pieces that have sharp edges, and are found in all grinders.
These teeth are what make your herb be pulled apart and perfected with their sharp edges. Although it may not sound super important, the quality of the teeth found in the grinder will determine the functionality and ease-of-use that it will offer.
So, just like the materials used in the grinder itself, the teeth also play a big part in what makes a good grinder.
There are four types of teeth that are commonly found in grinders, these include nail teeth, pyramid teeth, diamond teeth and blades. Nail teeth are found in wood grinders and ceramic grinders and are considered the least effective.
Pyramid teeth are usually found in acrylic grinders and don't do the best job at grinding herbs efficiently either. Diamond teeth are probably the best for a well-made grinder. They have sharp edges and efficiently cut through all types of herb.
Blades are not found in normal grinders. They're usually found in electric grinders and could be dangerous if used manually. Of course, blades are considered the best type of teeth, but they are usually found only in electric grinders, and these units are the priciest on the market.
If you are up for investment, however, and would like to get one of the best types of grinders, an electric grinder is perfect for you.
Size & Portability
The size, portability, and durability of a grinder will determine not only the ease of use of the unit but also the quality. Why is this? Well, no one really likes to carry around a big, bulky grinder that is not discrete, that sticks out, and that is hard to take on the go.
This is why a well-sized portable grinder will simply make your life easy and your dry herb experience enjoyable. There are a wide variety of sizes so you can choose what is perfect for you, but keep in mind to look at the specification of the product before buying it, because you might just be surprised when you receive your package and see that it's a big bulky unit.
Choose What Grinder Is Perfect for You!
Although there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when looking for the perfect grinder, the last decision depends completely on your tastes and preferences.
Not everyone is looking for the same unit, and not everyone can have the same favourite. However, now that you know a little bit more about what to look for in a high-quality, well-made grinder, you can easily find the perfect unit for you and your needs.
Due to the fact that there are a wide variety of options in the market, it is more than easy to find something that is perfect for your tastes, preferences, and price range.
No matter if a cheap, small, and portable grinder is what you're looking for, or a more pricey, high-tech unit is what you want, you will be able to find the perfect unit.
Before this blog comes to an end, we would like to give a small list of honourable mentions and recommendations of some of the best herb grinders on the market.
Due to their price, quality and the smooth efficient functionality they offer, there is no doubt that they are some of the best examples of what a real, well-made grinder should look like. If you have been searching for the perfect grinder and still haven't found what you need, take a look at this list! We are confident that you will find what you’re looking for.