You may have never given your grinder a second thought, but there’s a big industry surrounding the design and manufacture of grinders for cannabis flower. Running the gamut from Chinese scrap to gold-plated, here are the 12 best, brightest, or just coolest weed grinders the internet has to offer:

1. TOP-PERFORMER: Kannastör Gr8tr V2 Grinder

  • Score: 4.5
  • Diameter: 2.75”
  • Colors: 2 color options
  • Best feature: Unique storage design
  • Good for: Taking weed on the go
  • Ideal user: People who have always wanted to put weed in a thermos
  • Price: $50

About the product

Whether it’s cars or grinders, there’s just something superior about German engineering. The Kannastör Gr8tr V2 Grinder looks something like a thermos, and it grinds differently than anything you’ve used before.

2. MOST TEETH: Beamer Acrylic Grinder

  • Score: 4
  • Diameter: 3.4 
  • Colors: Dozens
  • Best feature: Less than $10
  • Good for: Throwaway grinding at parties
  • Ideal user: Plastered bros
  • Price: $6

About the product

54 is the maximum amount of teeth grinders appear to have. It’s not clear whether more teeth really help or not, but some weed enthusiasts swear by the precision results that high tooth-density offers in grinders.

3. BEST PRICE: Platinum Grinders Herb Grinder

  • Score: 4.2
  • Diameter: 2.5”
  • Colors: Black
  • Best feature: Magnetically closes
  • Good for: Feeling like you have a more expensive grinder
  • Ideal user: Slightly snootier Amazon shoppers
  • Price: $20

About the product

Don’t want to spend a lot on a grinder? This low-priced model from Platinum Grinders will get the job done cheaply without leaving you abjectly disgusted with the results.

4. COOLEST DESIGN: Cali Crusher Homegrown Grinder

  • Score: 4.7
  • Diameter: 2.35”
  • Colors: 10 color options
  • Best feature: Removable screen
  • Good for: The dankest of nugs
  • Ideal user: Humboldt County OGs
  • Price: $90

About the product

With only 12 blades, the Cali Crusher does things a little bit differently from competitors. Maybe the makers of this minimalist grinder have discovered some long-lost sacred geometry of weed-grinding.

5. THE BADASS: Santa Cruz Shredder Medium Grinder

  • Score: 4.5
  • Diameter: 2.25”
  • Colors: Black
  • Best feature: Extra-deep grinding tray
  • Good for: Grinding entire eighths
  • Ideal user: Any Cali cannabis lover
  • Price: $75

About the product

Gunmetal black and just taller enough than normal to indicate good hardware, it may be one of the more expensive grinders on the market, but nobody will ever accuse you of messing around with smoking weed when you show up with the Santa Cruz Shredder. 

6. PRECISION-CUT: SharpStone V2 Grinder

  • Score: 4.5
  • Diameter: 2.2” or 2.5”
  • Colors: 8 color options
  • Best feature: High-quality components for a reasonable price
  • Good for: Grinding up mid-tier weed for daily consumption
  • Ideal user: Frugally minded cannabisionados
  • Price: $35

About the product

The SharpStone is well-known as a medium-priced grinder that delivers similarly medium-tier results. With the V2, the SharpStone has become more effective and less sticky.

7. AMAZON CRAP: Golden Bell Grinder

  • Score: 3
  • Diameter: 2”
  • Colors: 8 color options
  • Best feature: Lots of reviews
  • Good for: Weed grinding with minimal thought investment
  • Ideal user: Cannabis newbies
  • Price: $10

About the product

Want to spend less than $10 on a grinder? Here it is. As nearly 30,000 reviews tell, this is one of the internet’s most popular grinders. Whether it’s the most reliable or long-lasting as well, we’re not so sure.

8. MADE IN USA: Space Case Grinder

  • Score: 5
  • Diameter: 2.5” or 3.5”
  • Colors: Steel, gray
  • Best feature: American steel components
  • Good for: Treating your herb with respect
  • Ideal user: Flag-wavers
  • Price: $70 – $160

About the product

Yes, the vast majority of weed grinders are made in China, and yes, you might want to pursue other options. One such option is Space Case, which makes excellent (albeit expensive) grinders in San Clemente, CA.

9. AIRCRAFT-GRADE: Mendo Mulcher Grinder

  • Score: 5
  • Diameter: 1.75”
  • Colors: Stainless steel
  • Best feature: Cool, all-American design
  • Good for: Grinding weed with your lawyer
  • Ideal user: Libertarians
  • Price: $20

About the product

Also made in the USA, this mini-grinder looks like something you’d buy at Home Depot. This discreet design might be a good thing, though, if you’re the type of guy who can’t help carrying weed onto the Jobsite.

10. HAND-CARVED: Magic Flight Launch Box Grinder

  • Score: 4.5
  • Diameter: 3.2”
  • Colors: Natural wood
  • Best feature: Wooden construction
  • Good for: Grinding trees around real trees
  • Ideal user: Eco-terrorists
  • Price: $35

About the product

This is one of the only grinders you can get that isn’t made of plastic or metal. It’s part of a vaporizer set, and if you get the whole set, the Magic Flight Grinder dumps flower right into the vape bowl.

11. WOAH MAN: Nomatiq Hex Grinder

  • Score: 4
  • Diameter: 2”
  • Colors: Is “Groovy” a color yet, Crayola?
  • Best feature: Trippy colors, dude
  • Good for: Staring at your weed while you try to grind it
  • Ideal user: Psilocybin enthusiasts
  • Price: $50

About the product

If that mother-of-pearl, the zinc-alloy color scheme is making you trip out, it isn’t the weed… or maybe it is? Whatever, man, all we know is this grinder looks totally different.

12. THE KINGPIN: Phoenician Large Grinder

  • Score: 4.8
  • Diameter: 3.25”
  • Colors: 5 color options
  • Best feature: Unique, ergonomic design
  • Good for: Putting on your flashy coffee table
  • Ideal user: Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express
  • Price: $125

About the product

From the same people who brought you the world’s first $1,500 grinder, we present the Phoenecian Large. At $125, this grinder isn’t quite the most expensive on our list, but Phoenecian clearly hopes you’ll upgrade to their Opulent collection.

Best cannabis grinder FAQ

What is the best brand of grinder?

Kannastör is widely regarded as the king of the weed grinder game. Featuring the highest-quality steel and intricate German engineering, any Kannastör grinder will do a cannabis enthusiast proud.

What is the most expensive weed grinder?

As far as we’re aware, the Phoenician Opulent Grinder is the most expensive weed grinder in the world. All models are currently out of stock, but we hear tell that this gold-plated grinder goes for around $1,500 new.

Do you have to be 18 to buy a grinder?

That depends on where you buy it. In most cases, grinders are only available in smoke shops or online, and you need to be 18 years old to make a purchase in both cases.

All a cannabis grinder is, though, is an ordinary dry herb grinder with the word “weed” tacked onto the front. It won’t deliver the type of cannabis-specific experience you’re looking for, but any grinder purchased from a kitchen specialty shop will do in a pinch.

Are grinders good for weed?

No, grinders aren’t especially good for weed. They trap terpenes, cannabinoids, and other components of cannabis resin in their teeth, reducing the potency of the ground-up plant matter.

Grinders are good for you, though, because they allow you to use cannabis flower much more easily. High-end grinders often come with mechanisms you can use to reclaim the resin and kief that is lost during the weed-grinding process.