If you’re a hardcore weed smoker, it’s no secret that the best grinders remain the unsung heroes of your paraphernalia collection. Sure, it’s not totally necessary to own the best grinder that exists, since anybody can break up bud themselves, or even take a pair of scissors to some of that extra-sticky ganja. But, let’s be serious. Does any regular cannabis consumer actually skimp out on a quality grinder?
The answer is an unequivocal no.
A great grinder is a thing of beauty. Just dump your weed in, make a few twists and voila—you have smokeable weed. Without the use of a good grinder, preparing to smoke weed is about as daunting of a task as mowing a 50-acre lawn with a non-motorized lawnmower. Well, that might not be entirely the case, but you get the point.
That being said, not every grinder on the market makes your job exponentially easier. There are obviously some duds and obviously some spectacular products available for your weed-smoking convenience. So we decided to make the process of picking out a grinder just as convenient as the process of grinding up some bud. So without further ado, take a look at some of the best grinders of 2017. You won’t be disappointed.
10. Zip Grinders
The Zip Grinder is perfect for novice and experienced smokers alike. It’s also versatile and great for on-the-go, as you can remove the center chamber and make it a traditional three-part grinder that fits right in your pocket. It also comes complete with a 100-micron mesh screen, a pollen scraper tool and box.
Pros: Small, portable and sharp.
Cons: Doesn’t have any extra capabilities.
Why We Like It: It’s the cheapest for the amount of bud it can grind at once.
9. Black Tie Grinders
The 2.5 inch, four-piece, three-chamber design is compact and more than gets the job done. It contains 50 teeth so your bud will be finely ground. It also comes with a plethora of cool extras, like a carrying pouch, metal reinforcement for the pollen screen and two pollen scrapers.
Pros: Portable, good price, comes with several extras.
Cons: Bud can get stuck in the teeth.
Why We Like It: It has a lot of bells and whistles at a low cost.
8. Golden Bell 4 Piece 2″ Spice Herb Grinder
The Golden Bell four-piece grinder may be small, but it certainly gets the job done. Don’t let its two-inch size fool you, as it’s premium zinc alloy makes it optimal for grinding up buds, and its magnetic lid greatly reduces any spilling. It also comes with a Polly-O ring that greatly reduces friction when grinding your buds.
Pros: Super cheap, durable, comes with a lifetime warranty.
Cons: Small, not 100 percent odor-proof.
Why We Like It: Great bang for your buck, super easy to bring on-the-go.
7. Chromium Crusher 3″ 4 Piece Tobacco Spice Herb Grinder
You can’t go wrong with a Chromium Crusher. It’s a little bigger than the aforementioned grinders, but it has the capacity to hold more bud. The zinc alloy construction makes it a durable piece, so you won’t have to worry about purchasing another grinder anytime soon. If it does break on you, it comes with a lifetime warranty. Additionally, it comes with a pollen scraper to remove some residual kief after consistent use.
Pros: Heavy duty and durable, comes with lifetime warranty.
Cons: Not as portable as other grinders.
Why We Like It: It’s powerful and inexpensive.
6. Compton Grinders
This two-piece Compton Grinder might not contain the bells and whistles of some of the other grinders on the market, but it’s simplistic, yet powerful design makes it one of the most effective, long-lasting products available. It may be a little pricey, but if you prefer a quality grinder, the extra money is well worth it.
Pros: Sharp, portable, made of high-grade aluminum, contains a rare earth Neodymium magnet.
Cons: A bit pricey.
Why We Like It: It’s made of high-quality material to ensure a fine grind, every time.
5. The Space Case
The Space Case is built to last, weighing a dense 4.8 ounces with 3.4 x 3.4 x 3.6-inch dimensions and a titanium finish. It’s a four-piece grinder complete with a sifter and pollen catcher, as well as a magnetized top. It might not come with a lifetime warranty like some of the others, but this thing is essentially indestructible, anyways.
Pros: Heavy duty, great at collecting pollen.
Cons: It’s a bit pricey and doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty.
Why We Like It: It’s basically the OtterBox of grinders that would totally win in outer space.
4. The Cali Crusher Homegrown Grinder
The Cali Crusher Homegrown Grinder’s patented dual-action radial cut teeth makes this grinder one of the most effective on the market. It contains rare earth magnets to ensure a tight closure, and it’s relatively spill-proof. The exterior is bead blasted, so it’s essentially scratch proof. You can get it as a two-piece, pocket-sized, or the classic four-piece.
Pros: Manufactured in the U.S.A., made from aerospace grade aluminum, durable and scratch resistant.
Cons: Sells out fast.
Why We Like It: It’s high quality and comes in several different sizes/styles.
3. Phoenician Grinder
The Phoenician Grinder’s large, four-piece design makes it easily capable of grinding the stickiest of buds into a fine powder. The Phoenician is certified medical-grade, built with aerospace aluminum and complete with exterior load gripping. The lid also incorporates an ashtray and a rolling paper dispenser for your own convenience.
Pros: Efficient, easy to use, sleek design.
Why We Like It: It has a ton of cool features, and caters to medical patients.
2. Santa Cruz Shredder
The Santa Cruz Shredder is, without a doubt, one of the best grinders of 2017. Its seven-catch thread design automatically prevents cross-threading, and its anodized coating makes it durable and scratch-proof. Additionally, its deep knurled grip pattern makes this grinder easy to use for medical patients suffering from any wrist or hand pain. Your purchase also comes with a Cali Crusher press, making this well worth your investment.
Pros: Easy to twist, sleek design, ultra-durable.
Cons: Like the Cali Crusher, this thing sells out quick.
Why We Like: It’s a high-quality, easy-to-use grinder for a reasonable price.
1. Kannastor GR8TR® Jar Grinder
The GR8TR is essentially the gold standard of paraphernalia and our pick for the top spot on this list. The Micro Teeth and Dish Press (MTP) design grinds up your bud like no other grinder on the market and its Interchangeable GR8TR® plates allows you to choose the exact consistency of your grounds, making it the first (and only) customizable grinder out there. It also provides several repository chambers for an unmatched amount of bud storage and can break down into a slimmer, portable model. For just $69, you are certainly getting the most bang for your buck.
Pros: Tons of storage space, low friction, effortless grinding, customizable.
Why We Like It: It’s a good value for all of its incredible features.
Final Hit: 10 Best Grinders of 2017
Obviously, there is a seemingly insurmountable amount of grinders available on the market, but we think the aforementioned products are by far the best grinders of 2017. If you’re looking into factors such as design, functionality and price, these 10 grinders should have it covered. When it comes to cannabis products, it’s obviously all about preference, so determine your budget and what exactly you’re looking for in a grinder. We’re sure at least one of these will be a fit for you. Let us know if we missed anything!