Vapes and rolling papers are all but useless if you don’t have the right grind on your marijuana bud. A quality weed grinder will seamlessly cut through your product, sifting out the bad chunks and preserving the extra-potent kief (or pollen) for an optimal smoking experience. Meaning: no dirty smoke, no wasted product. You can seriously invest in this accessory if you want, but you can also find some solid, inexpensive options. These 10 best weed grinders—most of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—are available online and fit any budget.
Phoenician medical-grade grinders gets you a good, medium sheer on your weed—not too fine or too chunky. Better yet, their grippy sides and deep bowls are great for clumsier users, or users with arthritis.
While the iRainy and Kingtop grinders are made from zinc alloy, Masterdam is the cheapest grinder on this list made from hardier aluminium. Its teeth are different too: Their curved diamond shape grinds out super-fine dust. It’s a solid, inexpensive option for everyday use.
Mendo Mulcher makes some exceptional grinders—all out of aircraft-grade billet aluminum—but this one might be the most useful. At only 1.75 inches, it’s best for travel, and its extra-grippy construction ensures you won’t slip up while using it despite its small size. With only two pieces though, it doesn’t have a mesh filter.
For a more tactile option, get Aerospaced’s grinder. The hand crank operates a large set of blades, which chop up weed and filter it through a mesh screen. The clear lid allows you to monitor the entire operation.
You get into spoil-yourself territory with the Santa Cruz Schredder. Known for its unique tooth design, it churns out perfectly ground, fluffy weed into a canister sealed with extra-strong magnets. If black is too boring for you, choose one of 10 other color options.
The Kingtop grinder is nearly as big as the palm of your hand, great for when you have large amounts of bud and you don’t need to be discrete. Its four pieces include a magnetically sealed cap, a grinder, a mesh screen, and a catch tray, and its 45 teeth ensure smooth grinding.
Kannastör’s grinder is a mix-and-match marvel with extra storage options and an easy-to-remove screen. Best of all, it has two interchangeable grater plates so you can choose your coarseness. Made with hardened aluminum in a stylish, matte design, it’ll last you for ages.
Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s basic. This grinder comes with five pieces—including two mesh screens to sift pollen from your weed, and a little scraper to use for the catch tray so not a grain is wasted—with sharp teeth and a magnetic seal. If it seems too large, then remove a mesh screen or two to shorten it.
These 10 best weed grinders—most of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—are available online and fit any budget.
Some people like to put a weight in the kief chamber to help knock resin from the screen into the bottom dish. A cleaned penny or nickel works perfectly for this.
Above the screen, you’ll find the grinding chamber with “teeth,” or the blades that do all the work. The lid of the grinder attaches to this part, and metal grinders typically have a magnet to help keep things secure as you grind.
A kief catcher refers to the bottom chamber below the screen that gathers all the potent crystal kief knocked off the buds in the grinding process. You can scoop the kief out and add it to the top of your bowl, or use it later to press your own hash or cook edibles.
- Rub the sticky grinder parts with isopropyl alcohol and salt. This is a go-to cleaning method for pipes and bongs, but it works just as well for getting rid of the stickiness on grinder pieces.
- Use a small brush (e.g. a stiff-bristled paintbrush, or a clean beard brush or toothbrush) to knock kief loose from the screen.
- Freezing your grinder makes it harder for kief to stick to surfaces. Consider putting your grinder in the freezer before cleaning up the kiefy mess if it’s being particularly stubborn.
- For really irredeemably sticky grinders, sometimes it’s best to just replace the thing altogether, especially if it’s a cheap grinder.
Step 1: Take off the top lid. Use your fingers to break bigger buds up and place them in between the grinder’s teeth. Don’t bother putting any bud in the direct center–this is where the magnet pivots, so nothing in the center will get shredded.
As you might have guessed, a grinder is the tool you use to break your cannabis up into small bits for smoother-hitting bowls or for wrapping in rolling papers and blunt wraps. There are a number of ways to grind cannabis if you don’t have a grinder, but grinders speed up the process and offer perks like kief catchers.
Step 4: Once you’ve collected some kief in the bottom chamber, scrape some out with a piece of paper or the scraping tool provided (not all grinder purchases will include one, but they’re definitely handy). Again, you can sprinkle kief onto a bowl to make it more potent, or save it for something else. Be careful with metal scrapers, as they can scrape aluminum particulates along with your kief!
Step 2: Replace the top of the grinder and give it about 10 rotations, until all the bud has fallen through the holes. You can remove the top and tap it against the grinder’s side to help loosen up any sticky pieces stuck in the teeth.
Step 3: Unscrew the chamber with the teeth to find the basket layer holding all your freshly ground cannabis. Load it into your pipe, joint, or blunt and enjoy!
Learn about all the basics of a cannabis grinder, how to use it to grind your buds, and how to clean it when it gets too sticky from kief.