Different grinders serve different needs. Understanding those differences is the key to figuring out which type of herb grinder is best to meet your needs!
Grinders come in a wide range of styles, from the most basic kind that most resembles Wingfield and Balding’s patented version, to much newer multi-function electric models. Hand grinders are easy to use, extremely portable, and will keep working even if you decide to take up the off-grid lifestyle. Electric grinders are great for at-home use, grinding up a lot of herb, and are more accessible for anyone with reduced hand and wrist mobility.
The various types of grinders also offer different cuts and consistency to your herb, from coarse grinds that work best for blunts and bowls, to finer Stoner girl accessories grinds that are perfect for vaporizers and infusions. And we can’t forget about style – from minimalist wood and glass to high-tech gadget wizardry, there’s something for everyone.
Let’s take a look at what types of grinders are out there, their basic functions and features, and a few of our favorites in each category.
Manual herb grinders, commonly known as hand grinders, are the most common type of grinder and can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, stone, metal, and plastic. They have at least two pieces with a set of teeth, but higher piece counts are more popular.
Regardless of piece count or diameter, hand grinders are operated with a back-and-forth twisting or 360 rotating motion, which grinds and shreds your herb for easier packing and smoking. Higher piece count grinders may also have a view window so you can make sure you’re getting the consistency you want. Different brands or styles may have different shapes, sizes, and counts of teeth, all of which affect the size and consistency of the ground herb.