Unveiling the Ultimate Selection: The Best Grinder for Kief Revealed

Looking to get the most out of your herbal experience? Look no further! In this article, we have curated a list of the best grinders for kief, guaranteed to take your herb game to new heights. From the Brilliant Cut Grinder to the Santa Cruz Shredder, we've handpicked a selection of top-notch grinders that will make your grind smoother than ever before. So, whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or just getting started, get ready to discover the ultimate tool for extracting the potent kief from your favorite herbs. Get ready to grind like never before!

Brilliant Cut Grinder

The Brilliant Cut Grinder is highly recommended for its smooth operation and innovative design features that prevent jams. It is made of durable 7075 aluminum alloy, offering a sturdy feel without being too bulky. The magnetized, threadless pieces fit snugly together and stay in place, even if dropped on a linoleum floor.

Before loading the grinder, the pieces spin smoothly and effortlessly. This smoothness is partly due to the ring that fits between the spinning pieces, which feels like teflon, and not just the 'centering cylinder' design. The teeth surrounding the center post keep everything in place and prevent the sidewalls from rubbing together during grinding. This significantly reduces the surface area where the buds can get squished.

The Brilliant Cut Grinder features a middle plate with more holes on the outside edges instead of in the middle. This allows for a consistent grind, although some dense buds may result in chunkier pieces. The medium plate generally produces a slightly finer consistency compared to the others. It is not recommended to turn the grinder upside down for a finer grind due to how the top piece fits inside the middle piece. This can cause a mess and result in buds getting stuck between the two pieces. To achieve different bud consistencies, it is advisable to purchase multiple plates.

One downside is that the Brilliant Cut Grinder does not have a kief screen. However, the design effectively prevents a significant amount of kief from accumulating in the grinder, ensuring it makes its way down to the bottom compartment instead of getting stuck.

Due to its sturdy yet lightweight design, the Brilliant Cut Grinder is highly recommended for on-the-go users. For those who prefer a fine consistency for vaping, this grinder delivers excellent results. It is important to note that upside-down grinding is not suitable for this grinder.

Capacity: Medium

Strength: Requires more effort than stainless steel options but less prone to jams

Materials and construction: Durable construction with anodized aluminum that may wear over time

Ease of cleaning: Relatively easy to clean with less residue accumulation

Pieces: Does not include a kief screen

The Cali Crusher

Next on our list is the Cali Crusher, which offers customizable options and even the option for custom etching. Impressive! However, the praises stop there. Compared to other options, the Cali Crusher feels cheaply made despite its initial lightweight construction. A closer look reveals the truth behind its low quality.

cali crusher weed grinder disassembled photo

While it boasts one of the largest capacities among standard weed grinders, it requires more effort to grind 1.5 grams of dense buds compared to other grinders. The "quicklock technology" without threads initially works well, but the use of threads to hold the grinder together may eventually lead to clogs and make it harder to open and close.

This grinder lacks o-rings to seal in freshness and aroma, and the magnets are not strong enough to keep it securely closed in a bag or backpack. Moreover, the kief screen seems poorly constructed, resembling an oversized window screen that bends easily and allows leaf and plant matter to pass through. Considering its price point, this compromises the overall value.

Consistency: Medium-fine consistency suitable for most uses

Capacity: Medium large (grinds 2.5 grams)

Strength: Underwhelming compared to premium options

Materials/Construction: Poor quality considering the price

Cleaning: Easy to clean with wide space teeth

Pieces/Screen: Four-piece grinder with a low-quality screen that can be used as a three-piece

Unless the custom logo is a priority, the Cali Crusher is not recommended due to its high price and low build quality.

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The Herb Ripper

The Herb Ripper is a compact and remarkably sturdy grinder made entirely of stainless steel. Although it is expensive, its sleek and elegant design stands out, devoid of the gaudiness commonly found in "high-end" cannabis products. The Herb Ripper would fit perfectly in a limousine beside a bottle of chilled champagne.

herb ripper weed grinder disassembled

My main concern with the Herb Ripper was its size – could it handle the 2.5 grams I wanted to grind and test? As it turns out, my worries were unfounded. This little stainless steel cylinder effortlessly tore through all the weed, even when slightly overfilled. Surprisingly, it was smoother and easier to twist compared to larger grinders.

Additionally, the middle compartment for holding buds is surprisingly spacious, and the kief compartment provides ample space as well. The magnet used is the strongest among the products we reviewed, and rubber o-rings on both the top and bottom pieces ensure a secure closure, even during movement. However, it is worth noting that the Herb Ripper is quite heavy, so caution must be taken when carrying it to avoid any mishaps.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the Herb Ripper comes with a stainless steel ball for shaking kief off your buds, and a custom guitar pick designed for scraping kief, which is a nice added bonus!

Consistency: Standard plate offers medium-fine consistency, with coarse and fine plates available as options

Capacity: Medium-low (grinds up to 1.5 grams, but with a large collection chamber)

Strength: Makes up for its lower capacity with effortless, strong grinding

Materials/Construction: Beautiful polished steel with excellent build quality

Cleaning: Relatively easy to clean with small teeth

Pieces/Screen: Works as a three or four-piece grinder with a high-quality kief screen

The Herb Ripper is recommended for its superb materials, build quality, and elegant appearance.

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Androck Vintage Nut Grinder

After searching through listings on eBay, I discovered that many of these nut grinders are vintage, showing signs of fading, rust, and overall unappealing appearances. While a little rust in your salad may not be harmful, it is essential to consider the potential metal contamination in these older models. After all, in the early 1900s, doctors prescribed arsenic and mercury for various conditions, indicating a lack of concern for metal contamination in consumer products. Furthermore, let's not forget that this time, we'll be smoking our salad. Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

To ensure clean buds, I made sure to find a nut grinder in excellent condition that won't deteriorate and contaminate my herbs. After carefully inspecting my choice, which cost just over $20 including shipping, I was satisfied with its overall condition. Upon unpacking the grinder, I was charmed by its cute glass jar and crank handle. However, I remained skeptical about its performance. Surprisingly, I found a little surprise inside the metal teeth – some ground-up nuts that had lodged there. While it was reassuring to know that my device was rust-free, it was challenging to scrape off the nut residue from the metal teeth (...why is that so funny?). I eventually settled for "close enough" and moved on to the fun part!

androck nut grinder teeth clogged

As you can see, the Androck Nut Grinder easily holds the 1.5 grams we used to test each grinder and still has room for more. The receptacle at the bottom is even larger, allowing you to grind about 10 grams, add more, and continue until you have ground well over an ounce of bud. When you load it and turn the handle, you can't help but crack a smile as you watch the flat metal teeth squash and tear apart the weed, dropping it into the container below. While grinding through large chunks of weed requires some effort, the lack of sharp, pointy edges makes it easier than you might expect. According to my understanding, spinning it one way is supposed to result in a finer grind, while spinning it the other way produces a coarser grind. However, I was too busy enjoying the process to notice much difference.

Except for a jumbo-sized coffee grinder, there is no other grinder on the market that makes it as effortless to prepare for a party, festival, or any other serious smoke session. If you've ever tried using a coffee grinder, you're probably familiar with the disappointment of ending up with a mixture of weed dust and large chunks. This is where the Androck Nut Grinder truly excels.

For blunt and joint smokers, the mixed consistency of medium and larger pieces closely resembles the texture achieved when using your fingers. This may not seem trivial at first, but larger chunks reduce the amount of air that enters the ember, resulting in lower, safer, and more flavorful temperatures. With enough small pieces to fill in all the gaps, you can achieve a slow-burning blunt or joint with minimal pinching, even with the largest chunks.

Consistency: Large consistency suitable for rolling, but less suitable for vaping

Capacity: Huge capacity (grinds and collects an ounce or more in minutes)

Strength: Requires some effort

Materials/Construction: Well-built, although specific materials are unknown

Cleaning: Relatively easy to clean, but not suitable for washing

Pieces/Screen: Does not include a kief screen

The Androck Nut Grinder is recommended for heavy smokers who prefer joints, blunts, or fat bowls with chunky nugs. It is not recommended for infrequent users, vapers, or those making edibles.

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Boomers Stainless Steel Grinder

For those who embrace the mantra of 'less is more,' the Boomers Stainless Steel Grinder is the perfect choice. Its solid stainless steel pieces have an unexpectedly elegant finish, complete with a beautifully etched logo and criss-cross scoring on the edges. While its design may be reminiscent of acrylic grinders commonly found these days, the use of stainless steel ensures there is no risk of plastic residue contaminating your herb.

This grinder lacks a kief screen, magnets, or plates with various hole sizes. Instead, it consists of two solid metal pieces with sharp teeth that effortlessly sink into large nugs and tear them apart. This grinder could even grind a bag of nails if you wanted it to, opening up possibilities beyond grinding weed. For example, I threw in some almonds and cashews for fun, and within seconds, I was able to top off a salad or noodle dish.

The Boomers grinder may not be the most portable option due to its weight and the absence of threads or magnets to keep it together during movement. Moreover, it lacks a collection chamber, making it challenging to pre-grind weed for a show or event.

One advantage of the two-piece design is the ability to achieve the desired consistency by adjusting the amount of pressure applied when grinding. Light pressure results in a very fine consistency, while increased pressure pushes larger pieces through the blades before they are chopped up.

One notable feature of this grinder is its dishwasher-safe nature. While this applies to any stainless steel grinder, most grinders have parts that could potentially trap soap and water. The Boomers grinder has none of these components, eliminating the need for delicate and time-consuming washing or drying processes.

Ultimately, the Boomer Stainless Steel Grinder is best suited for all-around home use. Unless misplaced, this grinder will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.

Capacity: Medium (fits approximately two grams without squishing or overflowing)

Strength: Effortlessly grinds herb

Materials and construction: Exceptionally tough

Ease of cleaning: Some residue accumulation, but easily scraped or soaked out

Pieces: No screen or collection chamber

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The Herb Mill

For an affordable option that also doubles as a kitchen tool, we have The Herb Mill from Microplane. This nifty gadget is perfect for preparing cilantro on Taco Tuesday. Although it may not be the most well-built option, it is significantly cheaper than premium alternatives. However, its aluminum 'teeth' might not withstand dense herbs and the occasional stray stem for an extended period.

herb mill grinder blades photo

Unlike other grinders, The Herb Mill requires significant pressure while twisting the handle to push the ingredients into the blades. While this may be considered a drawback, it allows for on-the-fly adjustments from fine to coarse grading and vice versa. Light pressure yields a fine consistency, while more pressure pushes larger pieces through the blades before they are chopped up.

Admittedly, using The Herb Mill is not as enjoyable as using the Androck Nut Grinder, and the control is not as precise. Consequently, regardless of how careful you are, you may end up with a mix of consistencies. Another downside is the lack of a receptacle for the ground herb, necessitating holding the grinder over a jar or container to collect the ground herb. While this is not a significant issue, it can be inconvenient when most grinders double as a container.

herb mill grinder weed loaded

I must admit that The Herb Mill may not be the most useful option on the market. However, it is not entirely useless either. The main reasons to be cautious are the need for a separate container and durability concerns. It is difficult to imagine that the blades won't get clogged over time, unless the grinder is cleaned after every use. Let's be honest, nobody wants to go through that process repetitively. In summary, The Herb Mill offers an amusing way to make grinding weed feel like cooking. However, for making edibles or conduction vaping, a coffee grinder may be a more suitable option.

Consistency: Adjustable, capable of achieving very fine grinding

Capacity: Huge

Strength: Requires some effort

Materials/Construction: Somewhat cheap, but also more affordable

Cleaning: Not enjoyable after repeated use, but soaking should work

Pieces/Screen: Does not include a kief screen OR container for ground herb

The Herb Mill is a budget-friendly backup option that can quickly break down a large amount of bud into different consistencies. However, it is expected that the blades will dull fairly quickly, making it more challenging to clean and maintain.

Santa Cruz Shredder

Made from medical-grade anodized aluminum, the Santa Cruz Shredder boasts an exceptional exterior design. Its unique threading pattern, friction ring, and textured grip make every twist and grind effortless. The magnetized lid keeps your herb securely inside, while the ultrasonically cleaned teeth ensure a contamination-free interior, making it a top choice for medical patients.

The innovative and patented tooth design allows for efficient grinding. After years of testing, this tooth design has proven to slice through herb cleanly and effectively, resulting in the fluffiest, most trichome-rich form possible. This makes it the perfect grinder for cannabis consumers who prefer using dry herb vaporizers. The teeth on Santa Cruz Shredder grinders are guaranteed for life, ensuring long-lasting performance without the need for replacement.

The stainless steel filter simplifies cleaning and effectively separates the kief, collecting it in the plate below.


The KLIP from HOJ is a grinder equipped with blades that effortlessly slice through your flower. It produces a fluffier consistency that smokes well and burns evenly. With four magnetic pieces (top, blades, flower chamber, and kief chamber), it is incredibly easy to clean. Simply pull all the pieces apart and soak them in alcohol.

I understand that you might be hesitant about its $150 price tag, and I won't pressure you into making a decision. However, I can confirm that this grinder works exceptionally well and is sure to impress others when you take it out.

If you enjoy making a statement, the KLIP may be worth the price purely for its aesthetics.

Price: $150

Black Tie

Black Tie grinders are meticulously designed to deliver the perfect grind every time you twist the lid. Made with premium, lightweight aluminum, these grinders are built to last. The anodized coating adds durability and prevents chipping. Inside the grinder, a magnetic lid keeps your herb securely in place. With just a few twists, the fifty diamond-shaped, razor-sharp teeth go to work, ensuring that your bud is ground to the perfect consistency. The filtering screen, reinforced with metal, effectively collects kief and is more durable than plastic screens. The curved base of the pollen catcher makes it easy to scrape out your pollen for use. Black Tie even provides an extra pollen scraper and carry pouch for convenience on the go.

The Flower Mill Standard Edition

The Flower Mill is a game-changer for grinding weed. Instead of "grinding," it uses a milling system that preserves the trichomes of the flower and allows for a higher capacity compared to traditional grinders. The flower is pressed down, rather than twisted from side to side, reducing the likelihood of the grinder getting stuck. This means less frequent cleaning. Although the Standard Edition comes with three pieces, the Premium Edition includes a mesh screen that transforms the flower chamber into a kief chamber for those looking to enhance their experience.

Price: .99 - .99

Santa Cruz Shredder 4-piece grinder

Santa Cruz Shredder is a well-known grinder brand with a reputation for excellence. Its patented tooth design ensures a consistent grind without compromising the trichomes of the flower. The 4-piece grinders, made of anodized aluminum, come in a variety of colors with gloss or matte finishes. A NASA engineer played a key role in developing the unique tooth design, setting Santa Cruz Shredder apart from other brands.

Price: $54.50

Kozo Herb Grinder

The Kozo Herb Grinder stands out for its compact design and magnetic connections that prevent spills. Its cap features indentations for better grip, allowing for easy grinding. The trapezoidal teeth efficiently grind the herb and push the processed pieces into the collection chamber. The non-stick surface of the grinding chamber makes cleaning a breeze, and the kief effortlessly falls into the collection chamber.

These are PotGuide's top six grinders for kief collection. Once you have your kief, there are numerous options for using it, including adding it to your coffee, mixing it into a joint, or pressing it into hash. The possibilities are endless!

If you're wondering how to get more kief in your grinder or why your grinder stopped producing kief, consider adding a grinder coin. Quarters or nickels are popular choices, but any coin will do. Just make sure to wash the coin before adding it to avoid smoking any bacteria.

CoinAdding a coin to your grinder can help you collect more kief. Photo credit Simply place a clean coin in the ground flower chamber and shake it to encourage trichomes to fall into the kief catcher. The coin can also dislodge any caked-on trichomes that might be blocking the kief from passing through the screen. If a coin doesn't solve the issue, it's time to clean your grinder or consider replacing the filtering screen.

After collecting kief, you have various options for using it. Sprinkle it on top of a bowl, use it in homemade edibles, or press it into rosin or other hash preparations. Store your kief in a cool, dry, and dark place to maintain its potency.

Do you use a grinder to collect kief? Share your favorite grinder and your experiences in the comments below.

Zeus Bolt 2

When it comes to chasing kief, the Zeus Bolt 2 is one of the best grinders available. This 4-piece grinder features three chambers and an airtight, magnetic top. Made of aluminum and equipped with diamond-shaped teeth, the Zeus Bolt 2 effortlessly grinds your buds. Adding a coin to the grinder can significantly increase kief production. With its affordable price and exceptional durability, the Zeus Bolt 2 is a top choice for kief enthusiasts.

Price: $24.99

Lift Innovations

The Lift Innovations weed grinder is a revolutionary product. Unlike traditional grinders that use teeth to tear apart the herb, the Lift Innovations grinder shreds the product with a set of swirling blades, similar to a food processor or coffee grinder. Loading the grinder is slightly different, as it has three compartments. It can hold up to 2.5 grams of herb and provides a fluffy and consistent grind. While some bits of bud may get attached to the swirling blade, cleaning is easy with the included ashtray tool. The Lift Innovations grinder is well-crafted and durable, with a fine-grade kief screen for optimal performance.

Consistency: Medium-large, fluffy

Capacity: Medium (fits about 2 grams)

Strength: Shreds dense material easily

Materials/Construction: Well-crafted, lightweight aluminum

Cleaning: Easily disassembles for cleaning

Pieces/Screen: Works as 3 or 4 piece with high quality kief screen

The Lift Innovations grinder is an excellent choice for those looking for a versatile and high-quality grinder. It may be challenging to find one at the moment, and there have been some concerns about customer service, but it remains a popular option.

Banana Bros OTTO Go

For those seeking a fancy grinder, the Banana Bros OTTO Go is a fantastic choice. This electronic grinder utilizes a mill system to break down your buds. The technology behind the Banana Bros OTTO allows it to adapt to any cannabis condition, ensuring a consistent grind without crushing the bud too finely. The grinder is spring-loaded, preventing excessive pressure and preserving the integrity of the weed. The OG Otto version even includes a cone-packing system for automated pre-rolling. With its sleek design and reliable performance, the Banana Bros OTTO Go is a standout option.

Price: .99

These are just a few of the top contenders when it comes to finding the best grinder for kief. Each one offers its own unique features and benefits, ensuring that you'll find the perfect option to suit your needs. Whether you're a casual user or a seasoned connoisseur, investing in a high-quality grinder will undoubtedly enhance your kief collecting experience. So, say goodbye to sticky fingers and hello to a world of finely ground, powdery goodness. Your herbs deserve nothing less than the best, and with one of these grinders by your side, you're guaranteed to achieve the ultimate kief consistency every time.

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