The 6 Best Electric Grinders to Evenly Cut and Dispense Weed
Electric weed grinders aren’t as common as manual grinders, but they’re handy as hell.
Manual weed grinders are a dime a dozen. Some of them are pretty crappy, some of them are nearly perfect, and all of them require you to physically move your wrists and hands in a twisting fashion to activate the blades. Human error worms its way into the process. And for some, that dexterity just isn’t possible. The electric weed grinder category is more niche, and it isn’t exactly abounding with options (unless you want to sacrifice your coffee grinder or actual herb grinder to the cause, and get it sticky with resin in the process). But it leaves less room for mishap and can be easier to use. Besides, the weed itself will grind more uniformly.
There are three crucial features to keep in mind when looking for a good electric grinder: its energy source, its storage capacity, and its shape. Below, you’ll find six grinders that are all great, but that are also all tailored to a slightly different need. Pens are more subtle, rechargeable batteries ensure longevity, more expensive grinders have smarter blades, larger storage chambers keep you supplied for more sessions, and so on. But once you pick one, smoking, vaping, or otherwise ingesting weed becomes all the more enjoyable.
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This is an inexpensive and tactile grinder that you’ll be able to operate with one hand—slicing and finely dicing the weed, dispensing it neatly, then storing the extra for a later session. Though it is technically portable, the shape and the required 9V battery might be detractors when it comes to going mobile.
Bear with us. Though it’s technically a tobacco shredder, it’s gotten praise for shredding weed too, particularly from medical marijuana users or users with less hand dexterity than they used to have. It’s basic, much like a small coffee grinder, but it gets the job done.
This is the best, budget-pleasing, pen-shaped electric grinder you’ll find. The blades are strong, sharp stainless steel (you can watch them work through the window in the pen’s cap). After grinding, the pen stores excess and dispenses it when you need it through a narrow nozzle. A rechargeable battery seals the deal.
A twofer of a grinder, this pen features a manual grinder on one end—so yes, you’ll have to move your wrists—and a storage container on the the other. Take it with you, and when you want to partake in some ground weed, press the (electric) dispenser button. It’ll deposit just enough. It’s also modular, transforming into bigger or smaller pens to suit the day’s needs.
Made from stainless steel, this pen-style grinder has some heft to it, but it’ll last a good, long while. The blades thresh through dry herb at the push of a button, and the cap unscrews to reveal a spout for dispensing the final product. It also stores enough for more than one session. All around, it’s a high-tech device with all the features you’ll need. (It comes in matte black, too.)
As close to machine learning as the cannabis industry has come, Otto is a smart grinder that automatically determines the speed, direction, and power required to grind based on readings of what’s in its chamber, then deposits what it mills into a pre-roll cone. It’s not made for storing ground weed. It’s made for smoking freshly cut marijuana.
Here you'll find six best electric weed grinders and pens that are all great, and that are also all tailored to a slightly different cannabis-ingesting need.
Best Weed Grinders of 2020
The SLX was already the best grinder around, and the V2.5 (Released early 2020) makes it even better. It retains all the positives of the original while improving the build quality. It has a smooth grinding action that does not require any effort, it grinds the herbs to a perfectly fluffy consistency, and it never needs to be cleaned. So, regardless of which kind of vaporizer you have, the SLX will be the perfect companion for it.
Zeus Bolt 2 Grinder
The Zeus Bolt 2 is an appealing choice for vapers that are looking for a low-cost grinder. It has a smooth grinding action and shreds down the herbs consistently. The scoop and the carrying bag are nice additional features that can be useful especially if you’re traveling. However, this grinder needs to be cleaned more often than other manual grinders.
The Tectonic9 is a manual grinder with an electronic dispensing action that makes it easy to use while keeping it portable-friendly. The grind consistency was good, and you can drop the herbs directly into your vaporizer. However, the additional complications involved with operating this grinder, plus the fact that it needs to be charged, means that it is not for everyone.
Space Case Grinder
Space Case grinders have a solid reputation because of their build quality and durability. They do an excellent job of grinding down dry herb, but you’ll need to clean out the grinder afterward, which can be a hassle. They’re also on the expensive side, and if you can afford it, then this grinder can serve you for years.
Santa Cruz Shredder
The Santa Cruz Shredder is one of the better grinders I’ve used because of how simple it is to use and how efficient the grind is. It’s pretty expensive, though, and it involves more cleaning than I like. Despite those problems, it’s easy to admire how well-engineered this grinder is when you use it. It turns super smooth, and the consistency is perfect for vaping.
Herb/Weed Grinders Buying Guide
What are Herb/Weed Grinders?
Herb grinders, aka weed grinders, do exactly as they say, they grind up the herb into a vaporizer-friendly consistency. This is necessary since large nugs won’t fit into most vaporizers and even if they could, they won’t get vaporized completely. Grinders can be either manual or electric, each of which has their pros and cons that we’ll get into later. However, I can tell you now that the grinder is the most important accessory to any vaporizer because you can’t use the vaporizer without it. So, now that you know that, let’s take a closer look at herb grinders.
Why Is It Important To Use a Good Grinder?
A grinder will break down the herb and give it a greater surface area so that it better fills the oven of the vaporizer. This allows the oven to evenly heat the herb, which improves the flavor and vapor production of the herb. Thoroughly ground herb also provides a better high because the terpenes and cannabinoids present in the herb are released more efficiently. Well ground herb also improves the airflow of the vaporizer and makes it easier to access the vapor because the heated air can pass through the ground-up herb more easily.
Manual VS Electric Grinders
Manual or electric is the main concern here since they are the two types of weed grinders from which to choose . Manual grinders require some elbow grease of course, but they are pretty easy to use and they have a few advantages:
- You never have to worry if they are charged or not
- They include their own receptacle to catch and distribute the ground herb
- The good ones rarely, if ever, need cleaning
- Most of them include kief catchers to collect some of the most potent parts of the herb
- They are more portable-friendly than electric grinders
Electric grinders are not as popular as manual grinders since they don’t perform as many of the same functions as manual grinders do. Plus they are more high-maintenance since they need to be cleaned and charged regularly. Still, they do have a few advantages over manual grinders:
- Can be easily used by anyone
- It’s a little easier to calibrate the consistency of the grind
Overall, manual grinders are the way to go, even for newbie vapers. Electric grinders should only be used by people who have trouble using manual grinders.
We've been asked by our readers to list the 10 best Weed and Herb Grinders of 2020 to use with a vaporizer- and here they are!