As our country’s stance on marijuana continues to change in favorable fashion, more and more people who may not have partaken in the herb in the past are getting on board and enjoying everything Mary Jane has to offer.
However, as it’s no secret the negative impact smoking or ‘combusting’ has on your health, many people are looking for a healthier means of use.
While vaporization is certainly not a new technique, it can be a somewhat confusing subject – as there seems to be a seemingly infinite number of products, all of which claim to be the “best”. If you’ve asked yourself questions like: “What makes one vaporizer different or better than another?” or “How much money do I need to spend for a quality product?” – you’re not alone.
Purchasing a vaporizer can be a somewhat confusing task, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile this list (in no particular order) of some of the highest ranking desktop vaporizers on the market today.
ARIZER EXTREME Q – $239
The name ‘Arizer’ is synonymous with high-quality, long lasting products in the vaporizer community. While widely known for their industry leading portable units such as the ‘Solo’ and the ‘Air’, Arizer also produces one of the most functional desktop vaporizers available, the Extreme Q.
The “Q” is the newest version of the Extreme, which has been redesigned and reengineered to be 77% quieter and 50% more energy efficient than its predecessor. Multiple fan speed settings, precise digital temperature control and automatic power shut-off can be controlled conveniently by way of an industry first remote control activation system.
Utilizing dual-function capability, vapor can be delivered by way of a whip attachment or balloon bag, making the Extreme Q one of the most versatile units around. A clear view LCD display screen, midnight chrome finish and compact design shows that Arizer clearly didn’t overlook aesthetic value when designing the Q.
Priced at under $239, there’s few desktop vaporizers that will give you as much bang for your buck as you’ll get from the Extreme Q.
SILVER SURFER – $269
The Silver Surfer Vaporizer (SSV) was created with the principle of ‘form follows function’ in mind. This uniquely designed whip-style vaporizer is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece. There’s no other unit that offers the amount of customizable color, design and glass options as the Silver Surfer.
Created from high-grade components, including a hand-blown glass knob and unique reverse 90° angle heater cover, quality craftsmanship and attention to detail is what you can expect from the SSV. Colorado based manufacturer 7th Floor has gone to great lengths to ensure each Silver Surfer has is a one-of-a-kind work of art.
In addition to unparalleled aesthetics, we also love how simple this vaporizer is to operate. You won’t find a lot of fancy electronics on the SSV. Simply set your temperature using the rotary knob, place your wand over the heating element and start drawing wonderfully robust and tasty vapor clouds.
Some people think standard whip-style vaporizers are falling out of favor – but as long as the Silver Surfer is around, don’t expect these units to go extinct anytime soon.
ZEPHYR ION – $359
The newest incarnation of the Zephyr Ion features dual capabilities and is able to be used with both whip attachment and balloon bag vapor delivery systems. We give the Ion high marks in the user-friendly category and feel it’s one of the easiest vaporizers to operate right out of the box with virtually no learning curve.
There’s no annoying setup or an excessive number of parts or accessories to tinker with either. The temperature control and heat settings, displayed on an oversized LCD screen, are no-nonsense and intuitive – making this an ideal unit for users who have been interested in vaporizing but have been hesitant or scared off by the sometimes overwhelming technological aspects of vaporization.
Aside from being super-simple to use, the quality of vapor produced by the Ion is second-to-none. Utilizing a custom ceramic heating element and a vapor path constructed of high-quality components, Zephyr guarantees the Ion produces the purest vapor possible.
The Ion can now also be used to vaporize essential oils with the included liquid pad.
VAPIR RISE – $249
As one of the most recognizable names in the industry, Vapir has been developing some of the most innovative vaporizers for over a decade – and the Rise is no exception.
The Vapir Rise is one of the highest-ranking forced air units on the market. It features a precise touch pad temperature control system and ultra-compact design.
While a few different units with dual-functionality appear on our list, there are a couple features the Rise offers that you won’t be able to find on any other unit.
First, while some forced air units only have a few fan speed options (some only offer one), the Rise comes equipped with ten different speed settings – including a fanless option for use with whip inhalation. In addition, the Rise also comes standard with an exclusive multi-user hookah adapter, which gives you the the option to vaporize with up to four people at once.
With its unique, eye-catching design and intuitive functionality, the Vapir Rise is perhaps the most customizable desktop vaporizer ever created.
VOLCANO – $479 (Classic) / $599 (Digital)
Storz & Bickel (manufacturer of Volcano products) have been the leading name in the vaporization industry for over fifteen years. Widely recognized as the “Mercedes Benz” of vaporizers, the Volcano is hands-down the most renowned, advanced and high quality forced air desktop vaporizer on the market – and has been since its inception over a decade ago.
While early generations of the Volcano utilized a rotary dial to adjust temperature setting (now referred to as the ‘Classic’ model), the new Volcano Digital model features a fully customized digital temperature LED display which indicates immediate and precise changes made to the internal temperature anywhere from 226°-446°F.
One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a vaporizer is longevity. Certain products aren’t built very well and simply will not stand the test of time. When you invest in a Volcano, you can rest assured you’ll be reaping the benefits for years and years to come.
While some units have tried and failed to surpass this vaporizer as the highest ranking desktop unit on the market, the Volcano is still seen as the king of the hill by vapor enthusiasts around the world.
You can find all these vaporizers and many more at: www.vapornation.com