Vaporizers can be a little intimidating. There’s a large and sophisticated world out there which includes anything from $10 vapes to $1000 vapes. People have no idea where to start.
A question we hear lots is, “I tried my friends vape, do you have the exact same one?” While yes, we probably do, it’s better for you to have a general understanding of vaporizers and what you’re after. Maybe your friends vape is good, but you can probably find one more tailored to you that’s better.
The first question you need to ask yourself is:
What are you going to be smoking out of your vape? Do you like concentrates, dry herb, or both?
Some vaporizers exclusively smoke dry herb, while others exclusively smoke concentrates and some do both. A vaporizer that smokes both may seem like the best option, but will you actually use all of the features? If not, consider going with a vape that works exclusively with what you smoke most. Also, do you want a portable vape for on the go sessions, or a desktop vape for the home?
Dry Herb Vaporizers - Portable
Dry herb vaporizers are relatively new to the industry. This doesn’t mean that they’re bad. There are many unique and incredible dry herb vapes at all different price ranges. Let’s start with the portable choices. Portable dry herb vapes are the most popular options out there.
Pax Labs – PAX 3
The PAX 3 is an incredible little vape. Widely referred to as the apple of vaporizer products, this vape is sleek, clean, and smokes both dry herb and concentrates. We recommend mostly dry herb with this vaporizer. The PAX 3 falls on the more expensive side of the portable dry herb vapes. This is something for true connoisseurs who need something reliable for multiple sessions, and heavy everyday use.
DaVinci – IQ & Miqro
DaVinci is probably Pax’s best direct competitor and the look is very similar with its contemporary design. The IQ is the flagship model from DaVinci. This is a dry herb vaporizer packed full of features. The Miqro is simply a smaller version of the IQ, not intended for as much heavy use. DaVinci products are tried and true and while they are cheaper than Pax Labs products, they are still on the pricier side.
Storz & Bickel – Mighty & Crafty+
If you’re looking for the Rolls Royce of portable dry herb vaporizers, you just found it. Storz & Bickel is a fantastic German company that makes some of the most complete and amazing vaporizers in the industry. These are the most expensive options you have but they are worth looking into if you are serious about having the best vape around.
Now enough of the expensive brands, let’s talk about the more affordable options out there. Now a days, these affordable options are really impressive. They continue to grow in features with each release and are starting to give these expensive brands something to worry about. Reliable, sturdy, and relatively cheap. Consider some of these options if you want a daily vape that won’t break the bank.
Arizer – Solo 2, Air 2, ArGO
Arizer is a solid brand. One of our favourites, it doesn’t get much better when it comes to bang for your buck than Arizer. They offer a vaporizer for everyone’s needs, at a good price point. Arizer isn’t the cheapest around but some of their products could easily be more expensive than what they are. Our favourite portable dry herb vapes from Arizer are the Solo 2, Air 2, and ArGo. Give all of these a look if you’re in the market for dry herb vaporizers. Each vape is unique and offers a little something different that the other ones don’t.
Yocan – Hit
Yocan is starting to garner some traction in the industry. Well known for their incredible concentrate vaporizers, they have now dipped their toes into the dry herb game. The Yocan Hit is an example of another great product from Yocan. This is the most affordable vaporizer on our list. While lacking in some features compared to the other vaporizers on this list, the Yocan Hit is the perfect entry level vape to the dry herb world. If you’re on a budget, we highly recommend the Yocan Hit.
Dry Herb Vaporizers - Desktop
That’s it for the portable dry herb vapes. There are definitely more brands and vaporizers out there, but this list pretty much covers every price point and has a great selection. Use this as a basis for your own research. Now, let’s move onto the topic of desktop vapes. Desktop vapes can be a little archaic at times and the technology hasn’t changed that much over the years, but there’s good reason to that. Why fix something that isn’t broken? A desktop vaporizer is never a bad choice.
Storz & Bickel – Volcano
The grandaddy of desktop vaporizers. If you are versed in the vaporizer world, you will probably recognize this name. The Volcano is the original desktop vaporizer. It has recently been updated and is now offered in a more modern digital option. However, the original Volcano is still amazing and widely regarded as the best desktop vaporizer around. Storz & Bickel is known for quality so this vaporizer will set you back a pretty penny.
Arizer – Extreme Q
“The more affordable Volcano”. Arizer has really gone out and created this awe inducing product. A truly great desktop vaporizer at a fraction of the price of a Volcano. It has less features and its reliability over extreme lengths of time is still yet to be known. If you are dipping your toes into the desktop vaporizer world, this is the perfect choice.
Concentrate Vaporizers – Portable
Concentrate vaporizers are the more commonly known vaporizers. These are what you’ve probably seen or tried from your friends. They make smoking concentrates a breeze. No need to deal with torches or waiting around for your banger to heat up. A lot of these vaporizers have temperature controls to reach your exact specifications.
Pax 3 - DaVinci IQ
A familiar name on this list. The PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ also offer concentrate capabilities although they’re not necessarily known for their concentrate duties. These vapes are still a great option if you’re looking to run both dry herb and concentrates.
Yocan – Evolve Plus & Evolve Plus XL
Probably the best concentrate vaporizer around. It may not be as high tech or sleek as some other options currently floating around but it certainly packs a punch. The reliability and function are top notch. A tank of a vaporizer and a household name in the concentrate world, you can never go wrong with the Evolve Plus XL.
All in all, the world of vaporizers is an ever-expanding market. There are new names coming into the industry every day with products that continue to blow our expectations away. This is just a list of vaporizers that we recommend for new users who don’t want to do a ton of research. All of the vaporizers on this list are available at Kustom Kulture. You can’t go wrong with buying one of these for yourself or buying these to stock your store with.