Best Desktop Vaporizers 2017

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Digital Volcano Review

9.0
Score

Volcano Digital

The Volcano has been an icon in the industry for years. Early adopters of this vaporizers paid as much as $1500 to have one, but that did not stop Storz & Bickel from growing. We visited the facility of this manufacturer and can say with confidence that it lives up to the standards of German engineering and quality control.


Classic Volcano Vaporizer Review

8.7
Score

Classic Volcano

The Classic Volcano set the standard for the vaporizer industry way back in its infancy. These units are expertly made in Germany to the highest quality manufacturing standards. The vapor quality out of the volcano is still the gold standard to which every other unit is compared to today. If you are looking for the best look no further than Storz & Bickel and the Volcano.


VapirRise Vaporizer Review

8.5
Score

VapirRise 2.0

The VapirRise 2.0 is an excellent intermediate desktop unit. What we like most about the VapirRise 2.0 is that despite the price difference to higher end desktops this unit has amazing vapor quality and is able almost instantly produce large clouds of vapor. The VapirRise 2.0 uses a combination of metal and plastic components much like the Volcano making it more durable than others in the same price range. What this unit does offer that the Volcano does not is the option to use either a single whip, multiple whips or balloons. This gives the VapirRise a versatility that is missing in the volcano. The Rise accommodates for a large percentage of users needs in a stationary unit all with great vapor quality.


Aromed Vaporizer Review

8.1
Score

AroMed

Another product of German engineering, the Aromed by Research & Experience takes a unique approach to vaporizing with their halogen light heating system (also known as phyto inhalation technology). Rather than using traditional ceramic or stainless steel heating chambers, the AroMed uses the power of light to cook your herbs in the cleanest way possible. Couple that with a water filtration system and you have some of the purest smoothest vapor possible. The only drawback to this unit is the amount of glass that is used. If any piece breaks on it the device loses its functionality.


Arizer Extreme Q Review

8.0
Score

ExtremeQ

The flagship Desktop vaporizer from Canadian Manufacturer Arizer is easily a fan favourite and best seller. Arizer is known for its pure flavor through the use of handblown glass components and the Extreme Q is no exception. The all glass vapor pathway provides smooth flavorful vapor from start to finish. The Extreme Q also has excellent versatility by including both whip and balloon options. Another notable feature is the inclusion of a remote controller, which seems gimmicky at first but in practice comes in handy more often than not. The one big drawback to this unit is that there is a lot of glass which can be very fragile once heated. Users should expect to replace parts over the devices lifespan, which is the trade-off to such pure tasting vapor.


plenty

7.4
Score

Plenty

Designed by Storz and Bickel, the Plenty is a handheld desktop unit that puts the power of the volcano in the palm of your hand. It features a large stainless steel heating chamber, convection heating and a stainless steel cooling coil providing exceptional vapor quality. It is geared towards users who want the signature Volcano vapor quality Storz & Bickel are known for but are not interested in dealing with constructing and inflating balloons. The Plenty is a little more straightforward and user friendly in this regard and can provide vapor quickly and efficiently.


vtower

7.1
Score

Arizer V-Tower

The Arizer V-Tower is similar to the Extreme Q but is missing an internal fan and thus can only be used with whips. It is a very straight forward unit and marketed towards those who want to keep things simple. The V-Tower, like all Arizer units, features an all glass vapor pathway to provide some of the purest tasting vapor on the market. The only drawback to this unit is the multiple glass parts that require extra care to keep them from breaking during use. With units like this broken glass is inevitable so be prepared to purchase replacement pieces.


silversurfer

7.1
Score

Silver Surfer

One of the original desktops on the market, the Silver Surfer by 7th Floor is a tried, tested and true unit. However a lack of updates has made these units a bit stale when compared to newer units available. There is no precise temperature control and if turned up too high the unit can combust your herbs. As well the only option is a whip as your inhale method. While a solid and straightforward unit there are other vaporizers available with more features at a better price.


dabuddha

6.9
Score

DaBuddha

Another unit by 7th Floor and fairly similar to the Silver Surfer, the Da Buddha suffers from the same lack of innovation as the Silver Surfer. At the core the unit works well to provide good quality vapor, however it lacks some finer details like precise temperature control that is found standard on newer units.


VapeExhale Vaporizer

6.8
Score

VapeExhale Cloud EVO

The VapeExhale Cloud EVO is a unique stationary vaporizer that is designed to be used with water-pipes. The unit comes stock with an 18mm ground glass adapter and can be used either with the included glass mouthpiece attachment or a compatible 18mm downstem waterpipe. When this unit is coupled with a water pipe it truly shines, producing abundant and smooth clouds of vapor. The downside to this unit is it is a little large and depending on how your water pipe is designed it could be prone to tipping over. As well after your initial session the heating chamber becomes very hot and cannot be emptied out and repacked until it’s cooled down.


h-alizer

6.6
Score

Herbalizer

Designed by former NASA engineers, the Herbalizer gained a lot of attention when it was first released. It features halogen heating technology, both whip and balloon option and a futuristic design. While vapor quality on this unit is excellent we did not love the amount of plastic and a few manufacturing oversights which made the unit feel cheap overall and certainly not worth the high price tag they are asking.


vivap

6.5
Score

ViVape

In 2012 the ViVape gained a lot attention being touted as the next best desktop stationary. It features both balloon and whip options and an all glass vapor pathway. The unit does a decent job at producing vapor however there are a few design flaws that make this unit fall short of the mark, especially for the price. We did not love the touch screen functionality, the vertical heating chamber, or the use of plastic throughout the device. When you consider the overall cost of the unit there are far better units for a better price tag.


deluxedaddy

6.3
Score

Deluxe Daddy

The Deluxe Daddy by Vapor Daddy is a box style vaporizer, a design that was popular at the inception of vaporizers but has since fallen out of fashion. Unfortunately this unit lacks precise temperature control which makes finding the “sweet spot” for vaporizing a little more difficult than it should be. On setting 7 we could get no visible vapor but on 8, 9, or 10 we experienced combustion, leaving us scratching our heads where to set the dial. While the device on the whole is easy to use, vapor quality is lacking, which one would argue is the most important part of a vaporizer. We hope future iterations will involve some sort of precise temperature control.


Sublimator Vaporizer

6.1
Score

Sublimator

Science experiment meets vaporizer is how we would describe the Sublimator. The manufacturer claims it vaporizes your herbs using a process called ‘bimolecular gasification’ by combining 3 different heat methods at once; thermal injection, radiation, and induction. All of this sounds fancy and while we found vapor quality was quite good, the overall ease of use leaves a lot to be desired when using this unit. There are a ton of moving parts and a steep learning curve which will immediately detract users who prefer a much simpler intake method. We hope future iterations will be more polished and simplified.


life-saber-vaporizer-main

6.0
Score

Life Saber

Another 7th Floor creation, this handheld stationary unit may not be the vaporizer you are looking for. The unit is large, awkward to use, and reminds us of an oversized non-portable Arizer Solo. We really do not see much benefit in this design over more traditional desktop vaporizer designs besides the fact that it looks like a sci-fi prop.


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Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

14 Comments

  1. For me I think I would like the Extreme Q. First of all its Canadian, it looks cool and can be used as a balloon of whip style vaporizer. As said in the review you get “the most bang for your buck”….sign me up!!…lol

  2. jason douthwright on

    Classic volcano!! Best vapour imo. Great flavour. Dont like the digi because they always break….

  3. curt hungerford on

    Best stationary one in my opinion is the Arizer Xtreme. Used one for years , still works. Very Reliable

  4. I really would like the Aromed because of the cool vapour it produces through the water filtration and it knows when your taking draws..

    I dropped in yesterday to see you guys, I like the new mouth piece.. thx.

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