Storz & Bickel Volcano
Storz & Bickel started it all, back at the turn of the millennium, with a convection bag blower that is still considered to be one of the best vaporizers on the market, almost 20 years later. The Volcano simply gets it done right, every time, with a consistent fan speed and solid temperature stability. Its perfect valve system lets you blow up a bag and take it anywhere, somewhat making up for being tied to an outlet. Your biggest decision here will be whether to get the Classic or Digit model.
The Plenty by Storz & Bickel
In 2008, Storz & Bickel answered the call for a top-shelf vaporizer with direct-draw, instead of bags. The Plenty vaporizer uses a heater similar to the Volcano’s, but in a hand-held form-factor that’s easy to pass around on the couch, albeit with clunky controls. The vapor will taste better at the beginning of a session, and worse at the end, compared to a bag that blends the session’s vapor into one taste.
Arizer Extreme Q
Arizer’s Extreme Q is a do-it-all vaporizer at a budget price. With bags and direct draw, it’s perfect for beginners that want to try a little of everything, and the vapor is anything but cheap. The Extreme Q has a ceramic heater and lots of glass parts that bring out the natural flavor of your herbs. If you like tons of features, this vape is unmatched, with a remote control and mood lighting on the bottom. The Q doesn’t have a bag valve system, needs a decent amount of counter space, and its temperature stability is subject to wide swings, so consider the Volcano if these are deal-breakers for you.
The Arizer V-Tower is perfect for the budget-shopper that only wants a direct-draw desktop vaporizer. It has the same heating system as the Extreme Q, but without all the bells and whistles, and without a fan, so it doesn’t blow bags. The V-Tower is a great way to step up to tasty, thick vapor without dipping into your savings.