On the hunt for a new grinder or an alternative to break up your weed? Not all tools are equal.
Weed grinders vary in size and material, and your personal preferences should determine which type is right for you.
Consider the features that matter most to you in a grinder so you can choose one that truly elevates your experience. Here are some of the essentials to think about.
What’s a Good Size for a Grinder?
The best grinder size for you depends on your needs.
- Small Grinders are nice if you’re a solo smoker or find yourself frequently on the go. A convenient, portable size (1.5-2 inches in diameter) makes it easy to take along on your next adventure.
- Large Grinders are great if you like sharing with friends. You might want to choose this size (3+ inches in diameter), so you have plenty of bud to refill your smoking apparatus again and again. In the same vein, if you want to roll up a bunch of joints in one sitting, you can use a large grinder to produce a significant amount of bud.
- Medium-Size Grinders are the perfect balance of economical and portable – big enough (2.5-3 inches in diameter) to hold enough bud for a few sessions, but not too heavy to put in your bag and carry around for a hike. The Flower Mill is 2.5 inches, but doesn’t have pesky teeth taking up space, which means you can process more flower than a traditional grinder of the same size.
What’s the Best Material for a Weed Grinder?
Grinding and breaking up weed is imperative for the best airflow when you smoke or vape. Typically, a grinder that’s durable and built to last will be made of high-quality material and produce the best results.
Here are some of the most common materials grinders are made in, including what we recommend as the best material for you.
- Wood: With ornate hand-carved designs, a wood grinder can give you some style.
- Titanium: Sharp teeth and light weight make titanium grinders a popular choice. If you like to grind your weed super fine or simply need an option that’s easy to carry around, this could be for you, but beware the hefty price tag.
- Aluminum: With a low price point, aluminum grinders are ideal for first-time buyers or anyone on a budget. Even better for the novice user – aluminum grinders are a breeze to clean. Our standard mills are made from aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum with an anodized finish and careful design.
- Stainless Steel: If you’re looking for something that’s built to last and won’t quickly dull, get your hands on stainless steel. This grinder material adds extra durability and resilience. Our premium mills have a food grade (304) stainless steel milling chamber (rotor, sleeve, screen, and optional catch) that progressively crumbles the herb where it naturally wants to break apart.
There are also plenty of novelty grinders out there made of plastic and cheap materials. If something fun will make your smoking experience better, do what makes you happy. Just remember that a cheap grinder won’t last nearly as long as a high-quality option made of wood, titanium, aluminum, or stainless steel (our recommendation).
What Should I Look for in a Weed Grinder?
Ideally, get yourself a food-grade stainless steel grinder that’s built to last a lifetime. You deserve a tool that’s simple, flexible, and top quality.
While grinders use teeth that shear and rip apart the bud, consider milling instead, which gently crumbles your bud to a much fluffier consistency. The Flower Mill, which is a mill and not a grinder, is the only option out there with all of these features:
- Fastest on the market
- Change your bud consistency with swappable screens
- Modular design: Swap from 3pc to 4pc, or from premium edition to standard edition
- Low effort to use (if you have arthritis, this is important)
- Large capacity: Since the mill has no teeth, you get nearly 2x the capacity of a similar-sized toothed grinder
- Stainless Steel chamber
- Easy to clean
- Magnetic lid closure
- Lifetime purchase: No significant wear since there’s no cutting
Did you know there haven’t been any revolutionary breakthroughs with the tooth tobacco grinder since the original patent filing in 1905? Our patent-pending grinding alternative is more effective than any toothed grinder.
Our goal is to ensure that you get the best experience and intended quality.