Sans a decent grinder, you might as well chop an entire gram in two, clumsily crumble one half with into a rolling paper with your sweaty fingers, then chuck the other half down the garbage disposal. What a waste. With a decent grinder, however, you’re getting the best smoking (or baking, decarboxylating, etc.) experience. Those teeth will slice and dice the dry herb into a fluffy mound of powder, that mesh screen will sift out the chunks and preserve the extra-potent pollen, and that storage compartment will ensure not an eighth is wasted. No dirty smoke, no lost product.
You can seriously invest in this kind of accessory if you want, opting for a stainless steel grinder, or one with a brushed bronze exterior to place with pride on the coffee table amongst your other high-end weed accessories. You can also find some solid, inexpensive options made from zinc alloy with enough teeth and chambers to serve your purposes. The following 18 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. Elevate them, even.
Now, we’ll take the opportunity to pair this guide with an always-crucial reminder to smoke responsibly. We don’t mean legally; we’re no sticklers for the word of the law, especially when the law itself is outdated and unjustly enforced. Besides, with Joe Biden in the Oval Office, nationwide decriminalization isn’t quite the pipe dream it once was. We mean, support grassroots legalization and social justice efforts in the cannabis industry, and buy from BIPOC-owned dispensaries or companies that give back to communities when possible. It’s an easy choice to make. Do it for the culture.
Now, onto the grinders. These are the best, from budget-conscious to all class.
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iRainy 2.1-Inch 5-Piece Grinder
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.
Best Crank Grinder
DCOU Hand-Cranked 2.2-Inch 4-Piece Grinder
For a more tactile option, get DCOU’s hand-crank grinder. A spin of the handle operates blades that chop up weed and filter it through a mesh screen. The clear lid allows you to monitor the entire operation.
Best Large Grinder
Kingtop 3-Inch 4-Piece Grinder
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 discreet. 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.
Golden Gate 2.5-Inch 4-Piece Grinder
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 that’ll keep gliding through many a grind.
Mendo Mulcher 1.75-Inch 2-Piece Grinder
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.
Best Dual-Purpose Grinder
Studio A-OK Medtainer Grinder
Looking like a pharmacy bottle for medicine that may or may not be prescribed, the Medtainer is airtight, water-tight, and scent-trapping, with a grinder built into the cap. Studio A-OK made it fancy with a marbled design.
Apothecarry 3-Chamber Grinder
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 top-grade flower. Go all out and get an Apothecarry case for all your cannabis accouterments while you’re at it.
Coolest Budget Grinder
Aerospaced by Higher Standards 4-Piece Toothless Grinder
Instead of teeth, this grinder has razor-sharp blades, which pulverize weed into a fine powder. And instead of a predictable design, it looks like it belongs to the engine of a 1961 Jaguar E-Type.
Most Portable Grinder
Zam Modular Pocket Grinder
Speaking of unpredictable design. Zam’s grinder philosophy is make it pocketable and make it modular—as well as make it graspable, magnetic, and load-bearing (as in, it’ll store enough weed for a day out).
Most Giftable Grinder
Papers + Ink 4-Chamber Grinder
Papers + Ink celebrates the brash, indiscreet nature of today’s weed accessories with its iridescent, oil slick of a color palette. Grinders ought to broadcast some personality. Too loud, though? Papers + Ink sells a shimmery black grinder, too. For yourself, or the marijuana enthusiast in your life.
Most Customizable Grinder
Kannastör GR8TR V2 Grinder
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 grater (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.
Cloudious9 Tectonic9 Grinder with Dispenser
The large 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.
Simple Accessories Grinder and Dispenser Pen
A pen shape better lends itself to traveling light. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on this pen while planted firmly on the couch. It’ll manually grind and store three grams of herb, and when you’re ready to put that herb to good use, the electric dispenser at the tip will evenly dole it out.
Quant Premium Electric Grinder
Why move your wrists at all? Quant engineered an electric grinder, made from stainless steel, that blitzes through bud in 10 seconds, dispenses it neatly, and stores whatever’s left over.
Best Pro-Level Grinder
Santa Cruz Shredder 2.1-inch 4-Piece Grinder
You get into spoil-yourself territory with the Santa Cruz Shredder. 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.
Most Stylish Grinder
Sackville & Co. 3-Tier Gilded Grinder
The Gilded grinder wasn’t built to be shoved into 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.
Most Durable Grinder
Iaso 1.75-Inch 4-Piece Grinder
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 last a lifetime of grinds. Iaso also uses a special labyrinth seal design intended to prevent annoying binding or sticking. It’s a luxe option for sure.
OTTO by Banana Bros Electric Grinder
Here’s where things get wild: a smart 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 maintenance—charging, storage, cleaning, all that. Nevertheless, it’s a cool gadget.
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