Last updated: April 7, 2021
Sloppy joints are such a waste. Yes, learning to handroll is ideal and you can make some very beautiful creations, yet there’s nothing quite like a tight machine roll.
With a ton of them on the market these days, it can get kind of difficult to figure out which joint rollers are the best.
The reviews online can help, but they tend to be made by people that just finished using them and they can be a little biased.
We’ve taken a look at some of the best joint rollers on the market, so here are our picks:
|Best Overall||Top-O-Matic Cigarette Rolling Machine||
|Best Value||RAW R79114 Hemp Plastic Rolling Machine||
|Premium Choice||Powermatic 2 PLUS Roller||
|Cone Artist 84712 Cone Roller||
|Zig-Zag 1- ZZ Rolling Machine||
Very much a classic and for good reason. Top-O-Matic technically makes this machine for their brand of Tabacco, but it works just as well for finely ground Cannabis. It’s an efficient and satisfying machine to use. Load the papers, load the herb, and turn the crank.
There’s an adjustable switch on it to change the size depending on how big of a joint you’re looking for. Cannabis needs to be finely ground for this to work, though, and it should be cleaned every-so-often as resin can gum up its inner machinery fairly easily.
Still, a well-maintained Top-O-Matic will last years and years.
As a joint roller’s first machine, there isn’t a better simple device than the RAW roller.
Part educational, part effective this is a great device to get into joint rolling. It’s also very sturdy compared to other cheap rollers out there, which tend to break along the plastic joints. They use a hemp-plastic compound, which is quite sturdy compared to lesser brands.
To get a perfect roll, a bit of skill is still required compared to full-on machines, but it’s easy to get the hang of. It’s the go-to choice for a cheap, reliable way to roll on a budget. Definitely the best joint roller for the money in this category.
This only works with one size of papers, 1¼-inch, anything bigger or smaller won’t work right on the rollers.
The Cadillac of rollers, this is a super-efficient and fast machine that will last and last. This allows the user to load up the intake of the machine and make multiple rolls back to back. Which is a great way to get going quickly if you have a long day ahead.
Cannabis needs to be ground fairly well for this to work, as it’s not a grinder in itself, and cleaning is a must as the resin will gum up the gears after some time. This being said, there’s not a better bulk rolling machine on the market.
Cone rolls take a very skilled hand to create, or they can just use one of these. This is an excellent all-in-one tool for cone smokers to pack and fill very quickly, or on the go.
It’s not going to last forever, so purchasing a few at a time as replacements may be a good idea. Also, it’s meant for king cones and will not fit smaller ones. Still, it’s pretty neat and does the job nicely compared to trying to get a cone together by hand.
A smooth fabric roller that works nicely, while it lasts. Compared to the RAW roller, Zig-Zag’s is a bit easier to get a roll out on. There’s something about the material they are using that rolls very smoothly, which is a big plus when rolling up a couple of joints.
However, the plastic stand it sits on tends to be a failure point and the pressure put on them causes this one to fail after about a month or so of use. It’s an easy to use, budget roller and isn’t a bad pick for someone in a hurry.
Another fabric roller, though this one comes with a couple packs of papers. It stands up well against most gas station brands of rollers, but not much out sticks out besides that.
The papers it comes with are pretty middle of the road, nothing special at all, though they have a nice magnetic enclosure which adds a bit of style to the ensemble. It works fairly smoothly and pops 1¼ rolls out quickly. The legs here are the weak point again, as is the case with so many of these rollers.
With careful use and not too much pressure on the legs, it seems to last for quite a while but we ended up breaking one on a table pretty soon after getting it.
Your mileage may vary of course! this isn’t a bad product, just not a great one.
Nice, quick loader for cones that is well-built but doesn’t offer much for people looking for smaller joints. This will only work on king size rolls that are already filled, but not packed. It’s a springloaded tamper that works much better and quicker than hand tamping.
Ideally, the RAW Cone Shooter is best served for people who have trouble tamping themselves as it doesn’t change the game as much as previous entries to the list but can be seriously beneficial for specific circumstances.
Also, this one doesn’t work very well with non-king size cones and will mostly just make a mess if a smaller one is used.
We were pretty excited to try this one out. It’s a cool looking roller for a really good price, but the actual construction of the machine leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, it is a budget roller and will work for a bit. However, this fell apart for us after only a couple of weeks of use.
The GStar fairly odd to make such an appealing looking roller and then completely skimp entirely on build quality, but here we are. It has a niche in a collection, and it’s pretty satisfying to use when it works but is not reliable enough to be a mainstay.
There are a few factors to be on the lookout for when considering a good joint roller, especially when keeping one as a mainstay in your paraphernalia arsenal.
Think about how often you’ll end up using a joint rolling device, and how often you’ll want to replace it. Every one of these are all going to last a certain number of rolls before something goes wrong. With the higher-end machines, this number is very large but with small, cheap devices they may only last a month or two.
You need to consider how much it costs versus how much use it is going to get. A machine is cool and all, but if it’s left to collect dust was it really worth the price tag?
On the other side of that are rollers that are cheap, but get frequent use. They tend to break often and the money spent on a nicer product may actually end up saving money in the long run. Paying more for a machine designed for everyday use of multiple rolls may be the better choice if that’s how often it is going to be used.
For a lot of cannabis users, a roller is an easy way to get their medicine every day. Because of this the practicality of daily, sometimes multiple times a day, use needs to be accounted for before purchasing.
This is especially important for those with disabilities that can’t consistently roll for themselves, as a roller not meant for constant use may leave a patient in pain until a replacement can be purchased.
There’s a lot of lesser rollers on the market that will put out a few joints, but day-in-day-out only the best quality products are going to work for these users. We try to consider this sort of use on this list here, and if this sounds like you definitely consider a more premium roller just for safety’s sake.
There’s also a style factor to consider. Joints are great, but they’re not quite as luxurious as a good cone roll.
Do you actually want to be using a crank machine to pump out consistent joints? Or are you looking for a more personal experience? Joints that have little, beautiful imperfections have just as much merit as a perfect tight roll every time.
Machines will create consistent tightly-packed rolls, while fabric cloth rollers depend on the skill of the user. Cone packers are only useful for people who consistently purchase cones, and don’t give much use for joint smokers.
There’s a reason to use each of these types, dependent on the user, but take some time to consider your favorite method of delivery and packing before purchasing a machine that won’t get much use.
A machine that will reliably work is an awesome purchase to make. After dealing with fiddly devices that don’t cost much, but can break at a moment’s notice, a durable rolling machine is a great investment.
If you’ve ever had a cheap tobacco store roller break on its 10th joint or so, then you’ll understand this thought process. The legs on those common fabric rollers tend to be weak points, and once those fail the whole thing is trash. It’s a lot of sharp garbage that can mess a whole day up. It can even mess up the bud, depending on how bad the break is.
Being said, with durability comes a price increase and for people who aren’t constantly rolling joints, it might not be worth the extra investment.
There are two joint rollers that we consistently recommend on this list. For those who are rolling a lot, and want an efficient, tight roll then Top-O-Matic’s Cigarette Rolling Machine is a great pick. It’s a brand that’s well-known for quality, and their consumers expect that from them.
For rollers who just want a joint from time-to-time and don’t want to make the investment then something like the RAW R79114 Hemp Plastic Cigarette Rolling Machine is really hard to beat. These small fabric rollers tend to not last very long, but this one stands out as one of the few high-quality ones on the market.
We hope this helped to get through some of the basics of the good rollers on the market. There’s a lot of manufacturers making a lot of products, and telling one from the other can be difficult without some experience.
Featured Image: Powermatic 2 PLUS Roller, Amazon
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