When you want to enjoy a session with your favorite vaporizer, bong or pipe, or even roll your own cigarette, it’s important to have a tool by your side that can turn your herbs into the right consistency to get the job done right. Some of you might be thinking that scissors and a piece of  folded up paper are more than enough to get the job done, but we here at vapesterdam.com have come to tell you that it isn’t. Even the wood grinders you see in a lot of head shops aren’t good enough. Most importantly for this post, neither are the plastic and acrylic grinders you might find for a great price in your local head shop. It’s that price for a reason, and in this post on plastic and acrylic grinders, we’ll let you know exactly what the reasons are!

The Teeth

To start out, the teeth are usually just not the kind of teeth that will get you the best results. The teeth are often what we referred to as pyramid teeth in our post on What Makes A Good Herb Grinder. These teeth are pointed at their tips, but they’re not really sharp anywhere else. This makes is really hard to grind up your herb and usually doesn’t yield a great grind in the end. These teeth do more smashing of your herb than actual grinding which is not ideal.

The PiecesPlastic and Acrylic Grinders - Inside The Grinder

More often than not, these grinders aren’t much more than 2 piece grinders. As a result, you can very easily grind a bunch of your herb way more than it needs to be ground up. It will also make it even harder to turn the grinder, as if the teeth weren’t making it hard enough! Worse still, you won’t be able to save the smaller particles for use at a later time maybe in a butter or an oil for another recipe.

The Material

The best part about a metal grinder is after you’ve harvested the smaller particles that fall off your herb while grinding, the rest of the grinder can be cleaned by tossing it into come cleaning solution and letting it soak. With plastic and acrylic grinders, that’s a great way to destroy the grinder. More harsh cleaning solutions will only end up wearing down the material really quickly, which will drastically shorten the lifespan of your grinder.

They may seem like a great idea, but in the end, you’ll be served better by a quality metal grinder, preferably a 4 piece grinder. Next time you’re local head shop and you’re looking through their products, pick up a quality metal grinder if you don’t already have one. It will serve you well for many sessions.

Thanks for reading our Plastic and Acrylic Grinders post!  Reminder! Don’t forget to leave a leave a comment!

About The Author

Senior Content Specialist

Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

2 Responses

  1. BEN Diamond

    Hi Dan, Iv’e had a plastic grinder for a while now. The teeth are not as sharp anymore, so i’m worrying that overtime plastic shavings have got on the weed that i’m smoking. Is it likely that this has happened? i haven’t noticed anything unusual while smoking my joints, no weird taste etc. Cheers


    • Dan C

      I certainly don’t recommend using plastic grinders, yes there are little shavings of plastic coming off which may not taste like anything but I would not want to take the risk. Invest in a decent grinder, it will be well worth it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.