In our estimation, Titanium is strongest, but probably not worth the cost tradeoff for the average consumer – anodized aluminum tends to be the “sweet spot” in terms of best quality at best price.
In this article, we explore the various options to help you choose the right grinder. If you want to skip the details and get right to our best, recommended grinders simply scroll to the end. There, you will find our top picks on devices that provide a excellent grind and best value for your hard earned money.
Titanium grinders tend to be the most expensive option because they have the highest quality material and weigh less than aluminum. They are also highly durable, so you won’t have to worry about metal shavings ending up in your lungs. But you pay a premium for Titanium.
Aluminum grinders are one of the best options due to their durability and affordable price points. They come in 2-, 3- and 4-chamber styles and are made from plated or anodized aluminum. Always choose anodized aluminum, which is also scratch and rust resistant. Non-anodized grinders will gum up more easily and need more frequent cleanings to ensure a smooth grind. Additionally, anodizing an aluminum grinder means that the grinder metal IS the color you see – it’s not plated, so it’s not going to flake off. And anodizing a grinder not only colorizes it, but it also makes the metal stronger (this is why anodized aluminum pans are so popular for cookware too). Only Titanium and Aluminum can be anodized. You cannot anodize zinc or steel, only plate them.
Plastic and acrylic grinders are the least expensive of all circular options, which tends to be their main selling point, but you get what you pay for — they never last, and the teeth break pretty quickly. These are suitable for situations in which you’re more likely to misplace one, such as while traveling or outdoors. Due to their material, they are less durable, so if you happen to drop one it has a greater chance of cracking and will typically wear out more quickly than one made of metal. These grinders tend to have only one chamber, which means kief cannot be collected. In addition, after regular use, the herbs oftentimes get stuck to the grinder’s teeth and become difficult to remove. These are generally “crap” and Green Goddess Supply doesn’t even bother with these.
By Aimee Accinno and Eric Robichaud.
The most basic grinders have a single chamber for the “teeth”, with two pieces that fit together, and most often use a magnet in the center to hold them together and allow them to spin freely. We usually refer to these as “grind and dump” since the herb has nowhere to go – you grind it up, then dump it back out – it’s that simple. These are super basic. They’re great if they’re smaller and used to just grind one nug at a time. But they aren’t very useful for grinding larger quantities, and single chamber units do not allow you to collect kief, which is a highly desired pollen-like material containing concentrated levels of THC, cannabinoids and terpenes.
Circular grinders are built with 1, 2 or 3 chambers.
The grinders are made of five pieces: a magnetized lid, grinding deck, flower catch chamber with built in sifting screen, and a bottom catch chamber with a kief/pollen scraper. There is also a teflon ring on the grinding deck, which allows the lid to glide smoothly. The first chamber has a perfect balance of diamond shaped teeth and holes. With other models, the holes are sometimes too small or there aren’t enough of them, which causes the ground up herb to remain stuck. Our Green Goddess Supply grinders allow the freshly ground material to fall out of the way into the bottom catch chamber so that the teeth can continue working on the remaining larger pieces.
Choosing a Grinder for Best Value and Function Posted on May 24 2019 By Aimee Accinno and Eric Robichaud. In a previous blog post, we produced a video that explains what a grinder is