From Golden Gate Grinders to Phoenician Engineering, BestGrinder.net has done more herb grinder reviews than any site on the web. So we were surprised when we found a prominent grinder brand that seemingly slipped through our grinder reviewing fingers. This is the case when it comes to Masterdam Grinders. Founded in Amsterdam, Masterdam has been putting out quality herb grinders since 2014 and is a well established brand, selling grinders on the Amazon marketplace, Amazon UK, and other online and offline shops around the globe.
Let’s dig deeper and see what exactly Masterdam grinders offer that help them stand out from other herb grinder brands in what has become a very competitive market.
When you really think about an herb grinder, it is different in many ways compared to other weed accessories or tools. In fact, I’d argue that weed grinders most closely resemble a sort of kitchenware. Herb grinders are designed to grind herbs after all!
A brand called SLX Grinders has taken inspiration from other kitchenwares to improve the performance of the standard herb grinder. They’ve done this by using non-stick material ceramic coating over the aluminum four-piece grinder.
As a brand SLX is active in social media and can be found at some industry trade shows promoting the unique benefits provided by their non-stick herb grinders. It is apparent that they are truly committed to their product and making improvements.
With so many grinder brands out there today it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Thankfully, we will help you take the guess work out when it comes to SLX Grinders so you’ll have the information you need to make a well researched purchase.
As mentioned previously, what really sets SLX Grinders apart from the competition is the ceramic non-stick coating that is meant to help prevent herb from sticking to the wall of the grinder, making it more difficult to turn the lid.
What we really like about this non-stick coating is that it does not include any potential toxic substances like teflon or PTFE. There are so many potentially dangerous materials that are secretly found in your cooking and smoking accessories (FYI, the dangers of using aluminum grinders is a myth) it is nice that there is peace of mind when using an SLX Grinder.
On a more disappointing note, the non-stick coating does not work as well as we’d hoped. Not only did we notice this, but other users also have commented that the non-stick coating does not work as advertised. We hope that SLX continues to improve the coating so that in the future it works better.
At the end of the day you may not be completely satisfied if the main reason you are buying an SLX Grinder is for the non-stick coating.
The SLX Grinder has more teeth than any other grinder we’ve reviewed relative to its size. The grinder has a diameter of 2.4 inches and features an amazing 55 teeth! To compare, the top rated 2.5 inch Black Tie Grinder has 50 teeth, which is great on its own, but not up to par with the SLX.
Personally, we don’t love the shape of the teeth on the SLX. They have more of a square shape with sharp edges on one end. Through our testing at BestGrinder we’ve found that diamond shaped teeth tend to perform best at shredding herb.
Other Design Components
Looking a bit closer you will see that the rest of the components found on the SLX Grinder are consistent with other top of the line grinders.
SLX Grinders come with neodymium magnets that work to keep the lid on while grinding herb so that there are no spills.
The aluminum used in SLX Grinders is aircraft grade and made to last a lifetime.
Lastly, the micron screen is the perfect gage to maximize kief production. Not only that but the screen is simply placed in the grinder without having to be screwed in, making the SLX 20% shorter than standard four-piece grinders, which enhances portability.
It is safe to say the features and design of the SLX are in the upper echelon of herb grinders. Due to this you should not be overly surprised that the SLX costs a pretty penny.
In fact, the SLX Grinder is one of the more expensive grinders we’ve ever reviewed, with the home-size coming in at a price point of around $60.
Even with the unique features, it is hard to justify spending this much on the SLX. Outside of the non-stick coating, most of the other features can be found on grinders that run $30. Given that the non-stick coating has not yet been mastered by SLX, it may be worth considering other cheaper options that do not have the non-stick feature.
This isn’t to say that the SLX is a bad grinder by any means. On the contrary, the SLX is a great grinder. It just isn’t the best value.
If you like color and size variety in your herb grinder, then SLX has you covered.
Size-wise, the SLX comes in two versions: the smaller pocket-size (2 inch diameter) and home-size (2.5 inch diameter). If you plan to take this on the road and grind small amounts of herb then consider the pocket. Otherwise, we’d go with the larger home-size as it is still not huge.
If you are like us, you like your world to be a bit more colorful. Having fun colors in your life perks you up and gets you excited for the possibilities of the day.
SLX Grinders must share this mindset as well as they offer their grinders in many different colors. Currently, SLX sells their grinders in the following colors: silver, gray, yellow, purple, green, black, and gold. With all these color options you can get the perfect SLX that fits your personality.
The SLX Grinder performs very well save for the non-stick coating. It is not to say the non-stick doesn’t work, but it just is not significantly better than other grinders.
However, when it comes to grinding herb and collecting kief the SLX is the real deal. The 55 teeth make shredding a breeze, with the finished product being an evenly ground herb.
SLX states on their website that if your grinder is damaged or breaks during normal use that they will send you a replacement part at their discretion.
Note that it would be wise for you to take a look at their replacement policy because SLX is fairly specific about which resellers are considered legit. If you buy from someone outside of these resellers or SLX, then SLX clearly states they will not honor any replacement claims.
The SLX does not come with a ton of extras.
You do get the typical scraper to help you sift through kief. However, you won’t find a carry bag or any fancy gift box with this grinder. Hopefully, they’ll add these in the future as most other grinders at this price point do offer some pretty neat extras.
What We Like About SLX
Non-stick ceramic coating contains no toxic chemicals or ingredients
SLX Grinders come in many different sizes and colors
55 teeth is the most we’ve seen on a standard size grinder
Grinder components are good quality
What We Don’t Like About SLX
Non-stick coating doesn’t work all that well
SLX Grinders are expensive
No extras come with SLX Grinders
The Final Grind
SLX is built on a great concept of developing an herb grinder that is non-stick. As you know many herb grinders get gunk built up over time making them difficult to use and require frequent cleaning.
Unfortunately, SLX has not mastered the technology to create a non-stick herb grinder and what is left is a very overpriced average herb grinder that does not have anything particularly special going for it.
Probably the most important factor to consider once you’ve got the perfect herb grinder is to figure out how to make it last as long as possible. The key to keeping an herb grinder in tip top shape really comes down to regular cleanings.
If you use your grinder on a regular basis like we do, then you know that over time kief and residue can gunk up your grinder in its teeth and grooves. Getting this material off your grinder will get it back to running like new.
With the rise of Amazon and online shopping, new grinder brand have arisen that sell exclusively online. Platinum Grinders is one of these brands that you won’t find in stores, but are available for sale on Amazon.
Due to cutting out the retail middle man, grinders are now cheaper than ever as the brands can sell directly to consumers.
Platinum Grinders takes full advantage of this by being one of the most affordable grinder brands on the market today. And overall their grinders are of decent quality. You won’t be getting any extras with a Platinum Grinder and they do come up a bit short compared to higher priced Black Tie and Space Case Grinders, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad option for those who are short on cash.
The price point and quality balance make the Platinum Grinder very appealing to many folks looking for a quality grinder on the cheap. At the time of this writing you can pick up a 2.5″ Platinum Grinder for only $17.
Most similarly sized grinder will cost you at least $20 a pop. If you want a USA made 2.5″ grinder then you should expect to pay over $50. With that in mind it shouldn’t be a surprise that Platinum Grinder is the best selling good quality grinder brand on Amazon.
There is nothing all that exciting about the design of the Platinum Grinder. It has the standard four piece design and the outside is made from anodized aluminum. The inside is made of another piece of silver aluminum material, which is of lower quality compared to higher priced grinders that are made from a single piece of aluminum.
As with other four piece aluminum grinders, the Platinum Grinder has two pieces with diamond shaped teeth, a second compartment for the ground herb to reside, and then a filtering screen and pollen catcher compartment for kief.
Platinum Grinders only come in one size and color. If you are looking for a specific color or size of a grinder without spending a ton of money we recommend looking into Cali Crusher Grinders.
Platinum Grinders perform well considering there are two separate pieces of aluminum that make up the grinder. The herb is ground up finely by this piece.
However, we are concern about the long-term durability of this grinder due to the two pieces of aluminum that are glued together. Because of this we recommend spending $10 and getting a superior Black Tie Grinder that is made up of a single piece of aluminum.
A strength of Platinum Grinders is that they come with a lifetime warranty. So, if your Platinum Grinder breaks over time during normal use then you can replace it for a new one for free!
It should come as no surprise that as a value grinder the Platinum Grinder does not come with an extras. You will not find any extra scrapper, custom design box, or carry pouch. Platinum Grinders are best for those who simply want a decent grinder and are looking to save some money.
The Final Grind
Platinum Grinder is one of the best selling herb grinders on the Amazon marketplace. From our testing we suggest that the main reason for this is the Platinum Grinder’s affordable price.
In terms of quality, the Platinum Grinder is good, but certainly not up to par with the best herb grinders. If looking for the best grinders in terms of performance look closer at Space Case, Phoenician, and Black Tie.
For those wanting a decent grinder at a really great price then Platinum Grinders are a solid choice.
With so many grinder brands out there it can be hard to know which is right for your herb. At BestGrinder.net we help you see through the haze to find that perfect grinder at the perfect price. Today, we take a closer look at Kannastor Grinders.
Kannastor sells a large number of different grinders that vary in shape, size, and number of chambers. This means that if you decide to buy a Kannastor you’ll have your pick when it comes to the options to you desire in a grinder.
Kannastor has been making their multi-chamber grinders since 2003, so they’ve had time to work out any bugs in the manufacturing process. This experience is priceless when it comes to proper machining techniques and design improvements.
As with most of the brand name grinders Kannastor Grinders are made from anodized aluminum that is aerospace grade. Basically, this thing is tough, but not any tougher than other quality aluminum grinders out there.
The screens again are similar to other grinders out there in that they are made from stainless steel, which protects the screen from rusting. Gaps in the screen are properly sized so that only the perfect ultra filtered kief makes it to the bottom.
Their main grinder is a 2.5″ four-piece, similar to the standard aluminum grinders out there. However, they also have the GR8TR grinder line that is a full eight-piece grinder that has interchangeable screens and grinder plates.
In regard to materials, Kannastor is in line with other high quality aluminum grinder brands.
Kannastor takes their grinder designs very seriously, which shines through in their GR8TR line of herb grinders. As we mentioned previously, these grinders have eight distinct pieces. Not only are the screens removable on these grinders, but also the grinder plates can be changed out to give you the grinder you desire. There is a screw in mechanism that allows you to flip from a finer grinder to a more course grind. This is the only grinder we’ve seen that has this capability.
All of the multi-chamber Kannastor have easy to remove screens, which can be purchased on the Kannastor website. This helps your grinder last longer without needing to purchase a whole new unit.
Kannastor sells a wide variety of grinders including their GR8TR grinder line, four-piece grinders, and single chamber two-piece grinders. Overall, we are really impressed with the variety of grinders they offer.
Kannastor grinders perform very well overall. They grind up your herb in a optimal consistency that is fine but not so fine that it burns out your herb too quickly. However, other name brand aluminum grinders also offer a grind that is as quality as the Kannastor. So, in this way Kannastor is not alone. However, we must say that the two grind settings on the GR8TR grinder is certainly a useful and innovate feature that had to take some serious R&D to develop.
Kannastor offers a limited lifetime warranty on all their grinders. This even includes malfunction that results from normal use. If you have a warranty claim be prepared to show photographic proof and an order number to confirm your purchase and the issue at hand.
Many of the Kannastor grinder are pretty standard designed and easy to operate with the removable screen being the most unique feature.
However, when you start looking closer at the GR8TR grinder, it becomes evident that this is a complex piece of equipment. We feel that for most people just wanting a grinder to grind your herb with proper consistency, the GR8TR grinder might be a bit of overkill.
If you find yourself in the “I’m just looking for a grinder to get the job done well” camp, we would opt for a standard four-piece grinder from Kannastor and pass on the GR8TR.
The Final Grind
It is easy to see that Kannastor focuses on producing great grinders with features not seen on other herb grinders.
The extra spending they do on R&D pays off with an improved pollen filter and removable screen.
On the downside, they have produced a complicated grinder with many parts and is slightly more expensive than other grinders that at the end of the day perform just as well.
It’s time for another grinder review from us here at expertsofherb.com; many weed grinders make up the market, from basic, low-cost models to higher priced, top of the line grinders.
We’re going to take a look here at Phoenician Grinders, a series of weed grinders that sit at the top of the line when it comes to price in the weed grinder market. Phoenician Grinders offer a unique set of features that many other models do not have, and those features are reflected through a higher priced product than most of its competitors.
Phoenician Grinders are one of the few grinder brands made in the USA, and like its competitor Space Case, Phoenician grinders sit at a premium price point due to its domestic manufacturing and its unique features. Let’s take a look at what a Phoenician Grinder can offer you.
Phoenician Grinders are made using American-sourced materials, including an aerospace grade aluminum that is meticulously inspected for top quality. They put their grinders through a de-burring process that ensures removal of any sharp flakes that could end up in your product later on. Not all grinders allow for this de-burring process, but Phoenician prides itself on having a de-burred product that gets expertly inspected afterwards to make sure all possible shreds have been removed.
The magnets used in both the standard and elite models of Phoenician grinders are made of N52 neodymium magnets, which are shown to be the strongest magnet available for this product.
Phoenician Grinders are sold in both 2 piece and 4 piece models, and among their design are some decidedly unique features. On the outside, the grinders have a special knurl-style grip, which allows the user an easier time of opening the grinder to insert and remove your herbs.
This is especially helpful for medical marijuana patients, who may have weakness in opening other brands of grinders. These grinders don’t have threads to screw on, but feature a patent-pending fast-lock system for easier open and close. Also unique in these grinders are the teeth; instead of the higher number of teeth that most grinder brands have, Phoenician Grinders removed 50% of the teeth of an average grinder to allow more room for herb and to reduce friction, increase strength, and allow for a smoother cut.
The teeth don’t rub against each other as much, which helps them to last longer. Along with the different sizes, Phoenician Grinders are available in many different colors, as well as an elite series with grinders coated in premium metals, like chrome and 24k gold.
The stainless steel screens of the Phoenician Grinder is sized to the grinder and not stretched to fit; it can also be removed and replaced, which is a feature that other grinders do not have. Once the screen gets gross, you can either remove it and replace it, or at least give it a rinse and cleaning much easier than you can with other grinder brands. The pollen catcher itself is made in a bowl-like design, so that users can easily collect the pollen from the catcher without leaving a ton of leftovers still in the grinder.
For a premium price, you do get a premium product. The Phoenician grinder is well reviewed, and we found it to be a quality product that gets the job done. The grinder cuts herbs easily, into a fine product, and with ease of use. The unique features are a nice bonus, but the grind quality is similar to lower-priced brands, so you might find that the features are not worth the high price.
Phoenician Grinders offer a lifetime warranty on the function of the grinder; they want their grinder to be the last one you ever buy. The warranty does not cover scratching the finish or denting of the appearance, but they will cover all of the parts and functionality of the grinder with full backing.
Phoenician Grinders offer a variety of unique features, an American-made product, and a wide assortment of sizes and colors. However, the price point of Phoenician Grinders might be enough to cause some customers to look elsewhere.
Phoenician Grinders are at the absolute top when it comes to price point; there are few grinders more expensive on the market. You have many other great grinder options that come at a lower price-point yet still allow for a great quality grind, minus some of the extra features, which many people find they can live without.
Other than the high price, the Phoenician Grinder gives consumers a high quality product that offers a good grinder.
The Final Grind
Phoenician is a great herb grinder brand with an emphasis on quality and patented features that you will not find on any other grinder.
For those with the budget, it is hard to top Phoenician’s mix of quality materials and functionality.
However, if you are on a budget and want a fine grinder without the bells and whistles there are many other options available.
We have reviewed many grinders here at BestGrinder.net. Today, we take a closer look at what may be the best weed grinder brand we’ve ever reviewed: Black Tie Grinders. While most of the grinders we’ve seen have quality features such as CNC aluminum with super sharp teeth, none of these grinders have exuded an aura of class like that of the Black Tie Grinder. It gives off this appearance while still being in a moderate price range that is slightly more expensive than most Chromium Crushers, but significantly less than the premium priced Space Case.
Space Case grinders are one of the best quality American grinders available on the market. What makes their grinders the most premium in the industry is their performance, the high quality material, their superb lids and design. They can last for years and according to many satisfied customers one can hardly find any bad points about Space Case grinders.
You have finally saved enough money to get a new grinder that will be superb in every aspect. What grinder will it be? You can never go wrong with Santa Cruz Shredder herb grinders manufactured in Santa Cruz, California. They are said to be top notch with the best quality materials designed for ultimate performance. The Santa Cruz Shredder is the only medical-grade grinder in the world. This means that it can be used by medical marijuana patients which is why the grinders are ultrasonically cleansed with high -frequency sound waves and medical solution to remove any tiny particles or contaminates from the machining process. Santa Cruz Shredder is a superior grinder concerning its design, material and performance. Continue reading →
Grinders can be found in various sizes, shapes and made of different material. Which one would be the best for your needs depends on how much money you are ready to spend and also on how often you intend to use them. Grinders are made of plastic, wood, acrylic and metal. They can be electric or manual. People say that they collect different amounts of kief with different grinders.