As is usual, weigh in your priorities before buying any vape – do you value portability and stealth or vapor quality more? Are you in need of a desktop or portable, or maybe one of each? Make a quick checklist and see how you stack up before investing the cash on a unit you’ll have for a while. Without further ado, here’s the Top 10 Dry Herb Vaporizers of 2018 (in our opinion)!
Though some think the Volcano is a touch overprice or over-hyped, we feel the cult following doesn’t come without merit! Perhaps the most iconic vape of all time, it comes in two formats – the Volcano Classic and the Volcano Digit. Not much separates the two aside from precise temperature control, aesthetic, and price.
The Volcano excels at group sessions and for medical patients. Easy to use while delivering concrete results, there’s a good reason it’s such a well-known unit. Storz & Bickel has thorough quality control checks and it’s not uncommon to hear of Volcanoes lasting for over 10 years!
Not to mention a solid warranty coming from an overall terrific company with a rock solid reputation. If you have the cash and want to splurge on one of the best vaporizers around, the Volcano might be your best choice.
Do get the Volcano if: You want the cream of the crop for balloon vaporizers.
Don’t get the Volcano if: You’re on a budget or want to use a whip/direct draw/bubbler.
The Ghost MV1 is a relatively new device, and the first device made by Ghost Vapes. It has a unique yet attractive design housing some fascinating technology. Though it’s larger than most portable units, it’s best used a household portable or for stowing away into a bag or protective pouch when on the go.
The powerful convection heating system delivers mind-blowing hits while the very elaborate and effective cooling system smooth’s the vapor out perfectly allowing for little lung irritation. The strong battery life lets you get nearly a dozen chambers out before needing to be charged up again, and is swappable if you’re willing to splurge on a second battery.
The MV1 also works very well with concentrates, and the crucibles can be swapped out in a pinch if you pick up some spares and pre-load them before going out. The smartphone app allows for plenty of versatility in terms of temperature settings and so forth, allowing you to dial in your ideal experience.
Do get the Ghost MV1 if: You want the best possible vapor quality out of a portable unit.
Don’t get the Ghost MV1 if: You are looking for a pocket-friendly, stealthy device.
A vaporizer by the well-respected Canadian manufacturer Arizer, the Extreme Q is a large part of their strong reputation, also for good reason. It offers features from more expensive units at a fraction of the cost while not sacrificing much in terms of build or vapor quality.
With the ability to use it with a whip, balloons, direct-draw or water bubbler, the EQ really gives you the best of all worlds while not being mediocre in any aspect. For those who like to customize and modify, there DDave Arizer EQ mod set also exists to take it to the next level.
Though it’s not the prettiest unit around, you definitely won’t care once you take a few hits from it and melt into the couch. For those who don’t need balloon or remote control functionality and want to save a little more, the Arizer V Tower offers a very similar experience to the Extreme Q, just with a smaller price tag.
Do get the Arizer EQ if: You want versatility and performance at a low cost
Don’t get the Arizer EQ if: You want an aesthetic centerpiece for your table.
The Firefly 2 is a very unique vaporizer. It needs a certain draw technique in order to get the best results and it’s not the best ultraportable, however the flavor and vapor quality is next to none, and it’s really best suited for the cannasseurs. If you like to have a nice sit down and really focus on the flavor of the specific strain, the Firefly 2 is practically unmatched.
The Firefly 2 has a powerful, convection heating method with rapid heat-up times. It’s also compatible with concentrates however is not compatible with a water pipe. As one of the portables with the absolute best vapor quality around, it lands a position on our Top 10 of 2018 for a good reason.
Do get the Firefly 2 if: You want the tastiest, smoothest vapor possible and great use with concentrates.
Don’t get the Firefly 2 if: You share with groups or value ease of use.
Another unique and intuitive vaporizer, the Davinci IQ brings a lot to the table. In such a compact package you get great vapor quality and plenty of neat tech features to give you a great experience. To top it off, there’s a ‘flavor chamber’ built in that you can load up with other botanicals to really add to the experience.
The IQ uses a conduction oven in a session style, and also has a built-in 10mm WPA with okay performance with concentrates. The large bowl helps deliver heavy, powerful hits and the integrated ‘Smart Paths’ are terrific!
Do get the DaVinci IQ if: You want an ultraportable, unique vaporizer with great performance.
Don’t get the DaVinci IQ if: You want the best efficiency and heaviest hits possible.
Sure, it was designed by ex-NASA engineers – but is it any good? Of course it is if it’s on this list, but what makes it so? To start, it has plenty of versatility to change up the experience. While the Arizer EQ has the same in terms of versatility, the Herbalizer just does it all better.
Faster heat-up time, better temperature control, nice design, simple to use, amazing flavor, and so forth! It’s like someone took the Arizer EQ but sent it to space for some serious overhauls. Evidently, all that engineering and effort costs money, and the Herbalizer is among the most expensive units out there.
NOTE: Unfortunately, Herbalizer as a company has shut its doors and no longer produces them, so act fast if you’re looking to buy one!
Do get the Herbalizer if: You want the best of the best multi-function vaporizer for whip, direct draw and bags.
Don’t get the Herbalizer if: Budget is a concern
The widely successful Pax is a great discreet vaporizer. Dubbed the ‘iPhone of vapes’, the Pax has excellent form and function. Though it does sacrifice some vapor quality in the quest for being tiny, there are few that can match the size and style.
To add to that, it also has a Bluetooth app and incredible battery life that adds to the experience. The Pax 3 does emit a considerable amount of odor while in use though, so keep that in mind if you’re trying to be discreet.
The Pax 3 uses a conduction oven in a session style, though the relatively large chamber helps produce strong effects and decent clouds.
Do get the Pax 3 if: You want a stylish, ultraportable vaporizer with terrific battery life.
Don’t get the Pax 3 if: You want above average vapor quality or use with a water pipe.
Another top notch vaporizer by the German giants Storz & Bickel, the Plenty is a bit different than the rest in a variety of ways. Not only does it look something like an industrial mosquito fogger, but it could probably knock out an elephant too. The party sized filling chamber can fill about 1.5 grams worth of herb, which is far more than most units on the market.
That basically means it’s ready for large groups in a single fill, and a second one will certainly knock someone out. On the other hand, it’s not exactly ideal for personal sessions unless you use an optional chamber reducer, unless you have a really high tolerance.
Do get the Plenty if: You want huge & heavy hits or for group sessions in a compact package.
Don’t get the Plenty if: You care about aesthetics or require easy maintenance.
While balloon vaporizers are commonly used for large group sessions, the Vapir Rise 2.0 switches it up and allows you to connect up to 4 whips at the same time, allowing for the most seamless group vaporizer experience possible. Not only is this the first vaporizer to even do this, it works quite well too thanks to the relatively large chamber.
While it works well with small loads, it performs much better when the chamber is nearly fully filled. The full temperature control and variable fan speed let you finely tune the experience to however you like most. It’s quite simple to use, making it a good candidate for medical patients or those with mobility issues.
Do get the Vapir Rise if: You have group sessions frequently or don’t like whips/balloons.
Don’t get the Vapir Rise if: You’re mostly a solo user
The Fury 2 is a bite-sized pocket vape with big performance. At a pretty low price, you’re given a powerful hybrid heater bundled into a cute package with an OLED display to dial in the perfect temperature. The Fury 2 is just solid performance in a small package at a reasonable cost, making it a widely successful and popular unit!
The Fury 2 uses a strong hybrid heating system, and the WPA takes the Fury 2 to the next level. The Fury also performs reasonably well with concentrates, and is a strong all-rounder!
Do get the Fury 2 if: You want an entry-level, pocket friendly vaporizer with great performance.
Don’t get the Fury 2 if: Relatively short battery life is a concern.