Last updated: April 13, 2021
Sometimes a pair of scissors just won’t cut it, and a weed grinder is the only tool for the job. A good-quality weed grinder is often a smoker’s best friend, turning rough and resin-filled buds into easily rollable and smokable finer particles. Using traditional methods to process cannabis can be messy and can leave your hands sticky, making it difficult and almost impossible to roll your joint.
Weed grinders are useful in more ways than one: They are highly portable and easy to use and make rolling a joint a fast and mess-free process. Cannabis connoisseurs the world over often deem it as a necessity rather than a luxury, as without one, it can be almost impossible to turn your dank, sticky buds into a smokable joint. Weed grinders come in all shapes and sizes and are built from everything from plastic to stainless steel.
If you are need of a quality weed grinder but are on a budget, have no fear! We have created this list of in-depth reviews to help you find the best cheap weed grinder to suit your unique needs.
|Best Overall||Kozo 117361 Herb Grinder||
|Golden Bell Spice Herb Grinder||
|SURVIVOR Herb Grinder||
|Chromium Crusher 70083 Tobacco Grinder||
|iRainy YC0078 Spice Herb Grinder||
This grinder from Kozo is everything you could want in a weed grinder. It features a deep, mesh screen specifically designed to hold more weed. This not only allows you to grind larger amounts of weed at once but also helps prevent them from spilling when opening the top. Its ultra-sharp grinding teeth are designed to grind the densest cannabis buds with a few small twists, resulting in an ultra-fine grind and smoother smoking experience. It also has a strong magnetic lid to further prevent spilling, and its ergonomic top and bottom grips are comfortable to hold and grind with.
The Kozo is crafted from heavy-duty aluminum alloy, which makes each chamber open and close smoothly, keeps the grinding teeth nice and sharp, and makes it easy to clean. This is a grinder built to last you for years of happy smoking. Some users report the grinder gumming up with resin fairly quickly, but this is to be expected depending on the bud you’re grinding.
This stylish grinder from Golden Bell is our choice for the best cheap weed grinder for the money. It is crafted with heavy-duty zinc alloy for premium strength and grinding capability and has a magnetized lid to prevent spilling. The mesh screen and multi-chamber design will filter out seeds and stems, and it comes with a scraper to get off any sticky residue. The sharp diamond-shaped teeth are sure to grind even the dankest of buds. It is a small and compact grinder that will fit easily into your pocket.
The customer service from Golden Bell is unsurpassed, and they will quickly replace the grinder should you have any issues. Some users report that the paint grinds and chips off into your weed, which of course, nobody wants to smoke. That, and its smaller size, keep it from the top position.
This futuristic-looking grinder from VIVOSUN wouldn’t look out of place aboard the Starship Enterprise from “Star Trek.” It is priced slightly higher than the other grinders listed here, but its premium quality could easily go for a higher price. It has a superior aluminum alloy construction with a strong magnetic lid to prevent spillage. It includes a scraper to get rid of sticky residue on its mesh screen. The ultra-sharp teeth will grind even the densest buds with just a few small twists and are rugged and easy to clean. It also features a unique wave grip at the top and bottom of the grinder, making it comfortable to hold and easy to grind.
The sections all screw off with ease and make cleaning it a breeze. Some users report paint chipping off and even metal shavings, which is obviously dangerous to inhale. That, and the higher price, keep it from the top two positions.
This weed grinder from Chromium, is a four-piece, high-quality aluminum-alloy crusher. It includes a scraper to get rid of any sticky residue on the mesh screen and a durable O-ring for long-lasting grinding capability. The top compartment can hold around 2 grams of weed, and the sharp alloy teeth will grind it down to a perfect, smokable powder. The bottom collection section also has a nice grip to keep your hands comfortable when grinding. Its small size makes it the perfect travel buddy for smokers.
As with many smaller grinders, very sticky bud can quickly get clogged up in the grinding teeth, and you’ll need to clean it out after almost every use. Some users also report metal shavings inside the ground material! The top chamber is a great size, but the middle chamber is far too small relative to the bottom chamber. This means you’ll need to empty the middle chamber before you’ve finished grinding all the weed at the top.
The YC0078 five-piece grinder from iRainy has four separate chambers and two different sized mesh screens for finer powder grinding. It’s built from durable zinc alloy metal, making it lightweight and easy to clean. The five-piece design disassembles easily, and the lid has a strong magnet to prevent spilling your precious bud. It has ultra-sharp, curved diamond teeth for superior grinding and includes a small scraper to remove any sticky residue from the screen or any bud stuck in the grinding mechanism. The adaptable mechanism allows you to use one or two screens at a time, so you can customize your smoking grind.
The mesh on this grinder is very fine — maybe too fine. It will take a fair amount of grinding to get usable keif from it. Users report a slippery grip, which makes the already hard-to-twist mechanism difficult to move. The top compartment is small and only able to hold a small amount of bud.
This weed grinder from DCOU features a hand-cranked grinding mechanism, which is both efficient and easy on your hands. It is made from super durable, aircraft-grade anodized aluminum with CNC machines, to make sure you have a perfect, tight-fitting thread. It measures in with a 2.2-inch diameter and 2-inch height, so you can grind a large amount of weed at a time. The handle design makes grinding effortless and smooth, and the strong neodymium magnetic lid means little risk of spillage. DCOU claims that the handle is unbreakable, due to its unique one-piece design that will grind weed at twice the speed of traditional grinders. It has an O-ring to reduce heat and friction when grinding, and the diamond-shaped, ultra-sharp teeth will ensure a complete grind every time.
It turns out the “unbreakable” crank is very much breakable, with several users reporting it breaking. The high-power magnet is also not that high powered and will often result in the top flying off during usage.
This grinding kit from 9to5 grinders is everything you need to grind your weed, including a resin scraper, removable steel screen, and a travel bag. All of this grinder’s military-grade aluminum parts are chemically bathed and anodized, so you can be sure of an impurity- and chemical-free smoke. One unique aspect of this grinder is the ability to remove the clear middle section, thus reducing its size and turning it into a smaller travel grinder.
It features a deeper herb compartment than some other grinders, so you can get more finished product from each grind, and the removable mesh screen makes keeping it clean and resin free a quick and easy process. The inside of the grinder is unique in that it has curved corners, so you can easily remove leftover cannabis with your fingers and negates the need for a scraper to clean it.
The height of this grinder affects its ease of use, as it doesn’t have the torque needed to grind dense buds efficiently. The top section is hard to twist, and the threads squeak loudly, even after cleaning. Eventually, it becomes so hard to turn, it is unusable. Even when it does turn properly, you’ll have to turn it more to get the bud ground up sufficiently.
The “Tobacco Shredder” from TSS is an electronically powered grinder, so while it may not need any muscle power to grind, it is ideal for home use only. It has a removable lid with an operating button and is made for heavy-duty grinding. After grinding, you simply remove the lid and tip it over to get your ground weed out. It can grind around ten grams at a time, and its sharp grinding teeth will do so quickly and easily too.
This is purely a grinder, as there is no screen included to catch any keif, and the grind cut size cannot be adjusted. If you hold down the button a second or two too long, your weed will be reduced to fine powder if it’s dry enough. Any slightly moist or resin-filled bud is likely to stick and almost be blended rather than ground. Also, this machine is reported to get hot very quickly and even smoke eventually.
The Volcano grinder from Stortz & Bickle is about as simple as it gets. It is a simple three-piece design made from transparent plastic, with a knurled-edge grip and a built-in stash case. Its tiny size makes it easy to stash in your pocket. Even though they are plastic, the teeth are hard and sharp to grind even the densest buds. It is easy to clean and an affordable option for an on-the-go grinder.
Plastic teeth eventually break with repeated use, and this grinder is no different. Some users report broken teeth after only a few grinds, and finding shards of plastic in their ground weed. The teeth also tear your weed rather than cut it, and the turning operation is scratchy and hard to twist.
This funky-looking, four-piece grinder from Ben Yan’s Store is made from aluminum and has a purple lightning-patterned, clear top that gives it points for extra style. It has incorporated magnets and metal grinding teeth for easy yet effective grinding. It also comes apart for easy weed removal and cleaning, and its small size makes it perfect for stashing in your pocket on the go.
Its funky looks are all that it has going for it, though. It gums up with sticky resin quickly, and you’ll have to stop mid-grind to clean it. If you fill it to capacity with weed, it will be difficult to turn, as the bud will clog it up easily due to its poor design. Users also report the teeth bending and even breaking after only light use. The threads strip easily, so you may have to use a screwdriver to pry out your weed. Be sure to take out any stems or seeds from your cannabis before grinding, as even the smallest stem can bend the flimsy grinding teeth.
Choosing the right grinder is an important decision. You’ll likely be using it every day, so you’ll want a grinder that is comfortable, durable, and easy to clean and will grind your weed up properly. Here are a few important factors to look out for:
The construction material of your grinder needs to be durable in order to withstand daily use. It should also be non-toxic, as you’ll be combusting and inhaling weed that comes out of it. Plastic and acrylic grinders can chip and break, so you may be getting particles in your weed that you cannot even see. Aluminum is best, but if it is coated, that coating can also eventually end up inside your smoking mix.
A simple grinder has two compartments, one for the weed and one for the ground material, and will get the job done, but produce inconsistent sizes and no kief. A three-piece or four-piece grinder allows for more size consistency and will have a separate compartment with a mesh screen for kief (hashish).
The size of the grinder you purchase will come down to your unique needs. You may need a portable grinder that you can slip in your pocket or a slightly bigger one that offers better performance but will take up more space. There are also electronic grinders available, which will grind your weed quickly but are not suited for traveling with.
According to our tests, the best cheap weed grinder is the Bozo 117361. Its heavy-duty aluminum alloy construction and deep compartment designed to hold more weed make it durable, portable, and a great option for long-lasting quality.
The best cheap weed grinder for the money is the Golden Bell. It is made from heavy-duty zinc alloy and has a multi-chamber design to filter out stems and provide you with high-quality keif.
Navigating the huge array of weed grinders on the market can be confusing. Hopefully, we’ve helped you find the right grinder to suit your unique needs.
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