Cheap vs. Expensive Grinder - What's the Difference?

Cheap vs Expensive Grinders

Grinders are one of the most indispensable parts of any herb fan’s kit. No matter what your favorite method of consumption is, you need a grinder. The reason for this comes down to efficiency. Regardless of the method, the gold standard for your herb experience is that you get a nice, even pack.

Grinders assure this by breaking down your cannabis into an even consistency. For bongs and pipes this is important because you can evenly pack your bowl. When it comes to vaporizers, a good grind means that the electronic heating systems can more evenly heat your herb, leading to more potent and flavorful herb.

We’ve established that you need a grinder, but how much do you need to invest into one? Is a cheap grinder the ideal or is it better to spend your money wisely? Let’s take a look.


The Cheap Grinder

The Dried Product Mill XL Acrylic Grinder is a piece dedicated to cutting costs in order to deliver the best grinder for the lowest price. One way it does this is by slashing the naming budget, obviously they just went with the cheaper direct description.

It may surprise you to find that this grinder is actually from Storz & Bickel, the premier vape company renowned for their luxury vaporizers. No matter how expensive your vape is you won’t be getting the most out of it without a grinder.

This Grinder has a simple two-part construction, to use it you simply pull apart the two sides and drop your herb in. Then you twist it repeatedly, until your herb is broken down and chopped up. Its teeth are extra sharp to ensure a decent cut.

It is made of plastic and the two halves are held together with friction. When you want to use your herb you simply open the grinder and tip it into your bowl or chamber.

Dried Product Mill XL Acrylic Grinder

The Expensive Grinder

The Santa Cruz Shredder is a 3 piece grinder made out of medical-grade aluminum and features high quality grinding teeth and a handy screw-off compartment that catches your herb for easy access.The two halves of the grinding part are held together with a magnet, this means that you can freely spin it without risking it popping apart.

This grinder features a unique tooth design that overlap and perfectly chop your herb into a fine and thorough grind. All the threading on the vaporizer is specifically designed for ease of use, and the exterior is textured to help with grip.

Santa Cruz Shredder - 3 Part Medium Grinder

Which is Better?

With many things, a binary choice usually comes down to a matter of preference. However, both of these products do the exact same thing. So what do you go with?

Well, the Storz & Bickel grinder is nearly $40 cheaper than the Santa Cruz Shredder. This is a huge plus, because, c’mon, $40. On the other hand a cheap plastic grinder will never last anywhere as long as a decent metal grinder. Sooner or later you may find yourself with a cracked grinder. Also, a two part grinder doesn’t have the same ease of use as a three part with a dedicated herb catcher.

The Santa Cruz Shredder is without shadow of a doubt a fantastic grinder, but it’s also $56. While you can’t argue with the results, the price of the grinder is simply too good to be ignored. If you’re a serious herb fan then you may consider picking this luxury item up.

So Which do I Buy?

Well, luckily, we stock more than two grinders, we have a whole spectrum of grinders! You can easily find your own balance between features and price. Just remember while we went to the two extremes, there’s no right answer, as long as your grinder grinds herb, then it works. Everything else is window dressing and preference.