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The 16 Best Grinders That’ll Prevent You From Wasting Your Good Weed

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Sans a decent grinder, you might as well chop an entire gram in two, stuff one half as is into a rolling paper, and throw the other half into the garbage. You need good grinder blades to seamlessly cut through your dry herb, sifting out the bad chunks and preserving the extra-potent pollen, without a bit of an eighth wasted. Those blades will create a little mound of fine, fluffy weed to roll, vape, or hell, bake into a cake. No dirty smoke, no lost product.

You can seriously invest in this kind of accessory if you want, but you can also find some solid, inexpensive options. These 16 weed grinders—many of them with four pieces to grind bud, sift pollen, and store the results properly—each have their own strengths. One ought to suit your cannabis-consuming ways. Elevate them, even. Like all home accessories, you can opt for style and grace in a grinder.

Now, we’ll take the opportunity to pair this guide with an always-crucial reminder to smoke responsibly. We don’t mean legally; we’re no sticklers for the word of the law, especially when the law itself is outdated and unjustly enforced. Besides, with Joe Biden in the Oval Office, nationwide legality isn’t quite the pipe dream it once was. We mean, choose to support grassroots legalization and social justice efforts in the cannabis industry, and buy from BIPOC-owned dispensaries or companies that give back to communities when possible. It’s an easy choice to make. Do it for the culture.

Now, onto the grinders.

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iRainy 2.1-Inch 5-Piece Grinder

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$9.99

$8.49 (15% off)

Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s crap. This zinc alloy 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 speck is wasted—with sharp teeth and a magnetic seal. If it seems too large, then remove a mesh screen to shorten it.

Best Budget Grinder

Golden Gate 2.5-Inch 4-Piece Grinder

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$19.95

This grinder has a lotta happy customers. Makes sense. It grinds weed evenly and with precision, it’s built like a tank, it has a mesh screen and strong magnetic seal, and it hovers around 20 bucks. It’s a workhorse that’ll keep gliding through many a grind.

Best Large Grinder

Kingtop 3-Inch 4-Piece Grinder

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$21.99

The Kingtop grinder is nearly as big as the palm of your hand, great for when you have a considerable amount of bud and don’t need to be discrete. Its four pieces include a magnetically sealed cap, a grinder, a mesh screen, and a catch tray—a big one, at that—and its 45 teeth ensure smooth grinding.

Mendo Mulcher 1.75-Inch 2-Piece Grinder

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$23.99

Mendo Mulcher makes some tough grinders—all out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum—but this one might be the most useful. At only 1.75 inches across, 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, you’re short a mesh filter. But it does have a cool, hardware quality to it.

Best Crank Grinder

MasterGrind 2.5-Inch 4-Piece Mill

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$23.47

For a more tactile option, get Masterdam’s hand-crank grinder. A spin of the handle operates blades that chop up weed and filter it through a mesh screen. The clear lid allows you to monitor the entire operation.

Apothecarry 3-Chamber Grinder

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$25.00

If you’d call your personal style minimalist and refined, then here’s a grinder to match it. Made from aluminum alloy and unmarked with labels and logos, it is an accessory worthy of top-grade flower.

Magic Flight Finishing Grinder

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$45.00

Magic Flight’s grinder is part of its wooden Launch Box vape kit, fitting snugly over the opening of the vape so you can transfer freshly ground bud without a mess. If you’re looking for a beautifully carved, non-aluminum grinder (the grate is made from stainless steel) that’s part of a matched set—hell of a flex, right?—opt for this. 

Nomatiq Hex Grinder

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$49.00

If black and steel colorways are making your eyes glaze, Nomatiq’s more, well, colorful take on the grinder is a jolt of energy. Hexagonal in shape, made from zinc alloy, and stacked to four layers, it’s a well-made grinder with some personality to it. It makes a neat marijuana-related gift as well.

Cloudious9 Tectonic9 Grinder with Dispenser

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$58.99

The Tectonic9 leans to the Inspector Gadget side of things. You put the weed into the chamber and grind it up, standard procedure. But accessing it is what is pretty damn nifty: That silver dispenser flips up from underneath the grinder and fits over a hole (which you manually open and close). Tip, and freshly ground herb neatly falls out. 

Best Dual-Purpose Grinder

Simple Accessories Grinder and Dispenser Pen

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$60.00

A pen shape better lends itself to traveling light. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on this pen while planted firmly on the couch. It’ll manually grind and store three grams of herb, and when you’re ready to put that herb to good use, the electric dispenser at the tip will evenly dole it out.

Best Pro-Level Grinder

Santa Cruz 2.1-Inch 4-Piece Shredder

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$69.99

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. You buy it once, then never have to worry about buying a grinder again.

Most Stylish Grinder

Sackville & Co. 3-Tier Pillar Grinder

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$70.00

The Pillar wasn’t built to be shoved in a junk drawer or lost under the couch. It glimmers, it is gold. Or rather, brushed brass. It’s a statement grinder if we’ve ever seen one. Besides aluminum grinding teeth and a scraper, the catch compartment is impressively spacious. 

Quant Premium Electric Grinder

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$75.00

Why move your wrists at all? Quant engineered an electric grinder, made from stainless steel, that blitzes through bud in 10 seconds, dispenses it neatly, and stores whatever’s left over.

Most Customizable Grinder

Kannastör GR8TR V2 Grinder

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$85.00

$59.92 (30% off)

Kannastör’s grinder is a mix-and-match marvel with extra storage options, two removable screens, and the option to break it down into a more portable size. Better yet, it comes with two interchangeable grater (hence the name) plates so you can pick your coarseness—fine or medium. Made with hardened aluminum in a matte design that looks real nice, it’ll last you. 

Most Durable Grinder

Iaso 1.75-Inch 4-Piece Grinder

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$129.99

Instead of aluminum or zinc alloy like most cheaper grinders, Iaso’s grinder is constructed out of stainless steel. That means the canister and its teeth will stay strong. Iaso also uses a special labyrinth seal design intended to prevent annoying binding or sticking. It’s a luxe option for sure.

Smartest Grinder

OTTO by Banana Bros Electric Grinder

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Here’s where things get wild: a smart grinder. Eliminate user error altogether. The Otto automatically adjusts to the herb, sensing exactly what grind is required for the best results. Then, it funnels what it grinds directly into a paper cone for easy rolling (you can skip this step). Of course, then you’re stuck with machine error—charging, storage, maintenance, all that. Nevertheless, it’s a cool gadget. 

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Sarah Rense is the Lifestyle Editor at Esquire, where she covers tech, food, drinks, home, and more. 

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