When you begin your journey into the world of dry herb vaporizers, what do you pick up first? Is one dry herb vaporizer better than another? We eliminated a lot of the guesswork and chose five portable and two desktop vaporizers that require little know-how, but provide plenty of vapor. Let’s check them out.
Best vapes for beginners: Quick summary
- Boundless CFX
- POTV ONE
- Arizer Solo 2
- PAX 3
- Volcano Classic
- EpicVape E-Nano
Here’s our list of the best beginner-friendly, high-quality portable vaporizers we carry. They’re all solid performers that emphasize ease of use and can go anywhere, but have different sizes, prices and styles.
The best-selling Mighty+ vaporizer produces top shelf results and is one of the most user-friendly vaporizers on the market. It’s consistent, effective, and has plenty of power to last. Power it on with a single click, and select an exact temperature with its two face buttons and full OLED screen. Use a grinder or stuff it with whole flowers and enjoy a flavorful session with consistent hits. We voted it as the Best Overall Portable Vaporizer of 2022, but it's a bit pricey, so if you want a more budget-friendly option, read on.
The Boundless CFX holds strong as a fantastic alternative to the Mighy+. Boundless vapes lean towards the cloudy side, and the CFX has comfortable airflow and a big oven for strong sessions. Click the power button five times, select your desired temperature with its two face buttons, and be ready to vape from its swivel mouthpiece within 20 seconds. As it stands, the CFX is a no-brainer for those ready to dip their toes into the dry herb vaping scene, but what if you want something more compact and pocketable?
We’ve nailed the simple controls, satisfying sessions, and reasonable price-points, but can we take it even further? That’s our mission with one of the best vape kits out there, the Planet of the Vapes ONE. We took the simplicity and effectiveness of the previous vaporizers and shrunk them down into a palm-sized package. Triple-click, set your temperature, and inhale clouds within 30 to 40 seconds. Charge it anywhere with the included usb cable and never miss a beat. Plus, you’re not anchored to just one type of hit. Instantly go from a solo session to a bubbler with the ONE’s all-in-one Accessory Attachment!
Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 tastes great, heats up quickly, and hits any temperature you want, all at a reasonable price. Load the pure glass stem, turn it on, and enjoy flavorful hits within 30 seconds. What really separates the Solo 2 from the rest, though, is its stellar battery capacity. On a single charge, the Solo 2 can produce rich, tasty clouds for a full three hours. Literally go weeks without a charge. When it’s drained, throw it on the charger and use it within five minutes while it’s plugged in. Another worthy beginner vape for our new vapers out there.
The PAX 3 is one of the simplest vaporizers out there. It minimizes controls down to a single button and four light petals that communicate everything with just a glance. Pack it tightly, click the fire button once, and start your session within 30 seconds. The PAX 3 is stylish, hits are consistent, and multiple temperature control settings are just a few clicks away. Take a few sips, set it down, or pass it around a group of friends with confidence. The PAX 3 also includes a few safety features like a full medical-grade construction and no moving parts or glass pieces for maximum durability. When you’re hungry for more, connect it to your phone for in-depth customizations and a variety of extra features. It's one of the best vape pen starter kits out there.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a couple desktop options. Desktop vaporizers plug directly into the wall for limitless sessions and unrivaled power. These two options are effective, easy to use, and built to last for years.
When it comes to desktop vaporizers, the Volcano Classic stands at the top. Its robust construction, dead simple controls, and easy attach-and-go balloon functionality has continued to produce top-shelf results for both the seasoned pros and vape rookies for over 20 years. It can take a little longer to heat up than other vapes, but is an unrivaled workhorse from there with its superior power output. Fill a balloon with as much or little as you want, walk around the house with it, or pass it around a group of friends. The Volcano Classic could be the only vape you ever need, but if you want something a little cheaper or more discreet, take a look at the EpicVape E-Nano.
You may question the EpicVape E-Nano’s small stature and lack of bells and whistles, but this little desktop vape packs a mean punch, is a breeze to use, and is ready to hit in five to 10 minutes. The full convection vapor from its glass stem and adjustable bowl tastes great, provides a comfortable throat hit, and packs as big a punch as you want, all for less than half the price of a Volcano.
Best vapes for beginners: FAQs
What is the best temperature for a dry herb vaporizer?
That depends on what you’re looking for. Temperature preferences differ from our beginners to our experienced vapers.
360°F/187°C and below is ideal for the flavor chasers. This area produces gentle but tasty vapor that’s rich in herbal accents and smooth from mouth to lungs.
360°F/182°C to 400°F/204°C is perfect for those that want both flavorful hits and dense clouds, without the harshness.
400°F/198°C and above creates the thickest clouds with no regard to taste or smoothness. This area is potent and provides strong effects.
What's the best herbal vaporizer?
It’s hard to declare one vaporizer as the very best. All vape devices aspire to be the number one choice, but we believe there’s a best vape for each person, and everyone’s different. Check out our Best Portable Vapes Guide to see our top picks for each need.
Should I use a grinder?
You can vaporize dry herbs and have a great vaping experience without a grinder, but most vapes prefer ground herbs. With ground herbs, the cook is even, the vapor is potent, and the results are consistent, it’s not required. If you’d like to dive in more, check out our full guide on grinders and how to use them.