Top Vaporizer Brands 2020: My #1 Picks For Performance

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 04/03/20 •  5 min read

Cannabis is now legal in many states in the US, as well as other places around the world, and this has led to a huge spike in demand for vaporizers and weed vapes. But what are the best vaporizer brands to look out for in 2020? Let’s investigate…


As someone that uses (and abuses) vaporizers on a regular basis, as well as tests multiple units every month, I have a pretty good idea about what makes for a good vaporizer. You want solid design, a decent oven, fast heating, and brilliant flavor – these are the essential elements.



You do have to pay a premium, however, to unlock all of these attributes. But the good thing about nearly all of the vaporizer brands listed below is that they offer extended warranties on their products – in some cases up to 10 years. And when you’re dropping $150-$500 on a product, this is the kind of coverage you want.

The #1 Best Vaporizer Brands In 2020 – My #1 Picks For Quality

BRANDDEVICESRATINGWHERE TO BUY?Prices
Storz & BickelDesktop 
Portable 
★★★★★💲💲💲💲💲
DaVinciPortable★★★★★💲💲💲💲
PAXPortable★★★★💲💲💲💲
ArizerDesktop 
Portable
★★★★★💲💲
Puff Co.Desktop 
Portable
Pens
★★★★💲💲💲💲💲
BoundlessPortable★★★★💲

For more information on each of the brands listed in the table, read on. After the next section, I’ll name a few of my favorite vaporizers – desktop and portable – that I think are worth checking out…

What I’m Using Right Now…

#1 – My “Go-To” Portable Vaporizer

I’ve tested a TON of vaporizers inside the last 12 months. Throughout 2019, my go-to portable vaporizer was the PAX 3 – it served me well, delivering excellent performance and great-tasting vapor. In 2020, however, the PAX 3 was replaced by the Davinci IQ 2 which, for me, is a superior device for a few very important reasons.

DaVinci IQ 2 Review

The IQ 2 features a replaceable 18650 battery, for one, so you can hot-swap batteries mid-session and never have to worry about recharging the device, as you do with the PAX which runs a non-removable internal battery. You also DO NOT need a phone to run the Davinci IQ 2, though you can utilize its phone app if you wish (I don’t tend to bother with it though).

And finally, the Davinci IQ 2 has adjustable airflow which means you can adjust how it draws. This might not sound like a big deal but it makes a HUGE difference to the overall vaping experience and is one of the key reasons why I switched out my PAX 3 for this vaporizer once I’d finished testing it. For me, the Davinci IQ 2 is the #1 portable vaporizer you can buy right now. 

#2 – My Preferred Desktop Vaporizer

I’m fortunate enough to have two desktop vaporizers; the Storz & Bickel Volcano Hybrid and the Arizer Extreme Q. The Volcano is a freakin’ monster with respect to performance, power, and vapor quality. But it is VERY expensive. If you can handle the price, the Volcano Hybrid (or even the standard Volcano which is a lot cheaper) is the one to go for – it’s been the #1 leading desktop vaporizer for almost 20 years now.

Top Vaporizer Brands 2020-1

If you cannot afford or don’t want to pay that much for a desktop vaporizer, my second device – the Arizer Extreme Q – is just what the doctor ordered. This desktop vaporizer is utterly brilliant and, given its ultra-low price, it is easily one of the best options on the market right now. I bought mine on a whim a year ago and I have been super-impressed by not only how well it has held up but also by how well it performs in general.

The Arizer Extreme Q is around $600 cheaper than the Volcano Hybrid. That’s a HUGE amount of money and, in my experience, while the Volcano is definitely better with respect to performance, it probably isn’t “$600 better”, so if you’re on a budget and you want a solid desktop vaporizer that can hold its own against the majority of the competition, the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is the one to go for. It won’t break the bank, it comes with a remote control, and it does both whip and ballon-style vaporization.



What more could you want?

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.

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