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If you’re in the market for desktop vaporizers you have quite a few, very good options to choose from and they all deliver superior vapor.
Unlike portable weed vapes, desktop vaporizers are mains-connected, meaning they plug into the wall, so you don’t need batteries.
You can read about our favorite devices in detail below or, if you want a quick look, check out our table of the Top Vaporizers below instead…
In the table, you’ll find the best overall vaporizer for performance, the best for value for money, and the best for portability despite still being a mains-connected device.
Best Desktop Vaporizer
Which Desktop Vaporizer Should You Buy?
The great thing about a desktop vaporizer – AKA a table top vaporizer – is that, unlike a portable weed vape, like the PAX 3 or Davinci IQ2, you never need to worry about battery life, as they’re mains-connected. You also get WAY MORE performance out of these types of devices.
And when I say, performance, what I mean is vapor quantity – desktop vaporizers, thanks to their larger heating elements, produce MASSES of vapor. Enough to fill a large room.
But not all of the desktop vaporizers listed above are equal.
They all work much the same but the difference in quality – whether build materials or their internal components – varies massively by price.
The Volcano Hybrid is the best option overall for performance and vapor quality. But it is also the most expensive at $699.
For overall performance, heat-up times, and the sheer volume of vapor produced, as well as reliability, the Volcano Hybrid is in a league of its own.
And the Volcano has been in this league for the best part of three decades now. It is the industry benchmark by which all other desktop vaporizers are measured by.
You do need to keep in mind, however, that vaporizers like this will almost certainly last you the rest of your life. Plenty of people still have the OG Volcano, for instance, and that first arrived in the early-1990s.
- Unbeatable Performance & Build Quality
- Produces Astonishing Amount of Vapor
- Excellent Flavor
- Rapid Heat-Up Times
- Life-Time Guarantee
My favorite option for those on a budget of $300 or less, the Plenty Vaporizer, offers all the performance of the Volcano, although in whip-format, in a much less expensive and compact design.
It’s one of the most efficient, reliable and user-friendly units on the market with its ergonomic design, simple operation and complete control over temperature.
The chamber size is larger than most vaporizers, so you’re able to get more out of each session. The heating element is specially designed to quickly reach optimal temperatures in just a few minutes and maintain it consistently throughout your session.
It also includes a heat exchanger which helps cool down the heated air as it’s drawn through the device for an even smoother flavor and improved potency.
Basically, it is freaking amazing in every possible way.
- Cool, tasty vapor
- Medical-grade components
- Unrivalled, desktop power
- Massive oven
- Efficient hybrid heating
Arizer Extreme Q
Of course, if you’re on a stricter budget and you cannot spare $400 to $700 for a desktop vaporizer, you still have an excellent option in the form of the Arizer Extreme Q – it’s a fully functional whip/balloon-style desktop vaporizer with all the performance and functionality you’ll need.
Why is it so cheap? Build materials, for one. You see, the Arizer Extreme Q is made from plastics – at least on its exterior – and this is cheaper to buy in bulk and cheaper to manufacture than metal or other, more premium materials as you’ll find used on the Volcano and/or the Dr Dabber SWITCH.
- Potent, Tasty vapor
- Quick Heat-Up Time (< 5 mins)
- Does whip or bag
- Programmable remote control
- Innovative LED Light system
Dr Dabber Hybrid
If you’re more into concentrates and oils, the Dr Dabber Switch is going to be more up your street. The Switch will still do dry herb but it REALLY comes into its own with concentrates and oils, so if that’s more your bag, go with the Dr Dabber Switch – it is an incredible desktop vaporizer.
It also has a self-cleaning mode that makes maintenance easy and efficient.
Additionally, the Dr. Dabber SWITCH utilizes induction heating as a clever solution to many of the most common issues affecting vaporizers, such as uneven heating and inconsistent results.
With its ergonomic design and ability to switch between waxes and herbs with just the flip of a switch, the Dr. Dabber SWITCH is a joy to use for any one that’s a fan of concentrates.
- Uses induction heating
- Dry herb & concentrates support
- 25 different heat settings
- Heats up within seconds
- Awesome design
- Great bubbler attachment
- Simple to maintain
- Immense battery life
- 25 ambient light settings
- Brilliant Draw
- Loads of upgrades available
What Do We Recommend?
To recap, here’s a breakdown of what we recommend for the best desktop vaporizers for 2023:
- If funds allow, go with either the Volcano Hybrid ($699.99) or the Plenty Vaporizer if you plan on using dry herbs. These two are the best options by a considerable margin in this context.
- The Dr Dabber SWITCH ($399.99) is the best option for anyone that prefers to use concentrates but also likes to dabble with dry herbs and greens.
- If you’re on a tight budget – or don’t want to spend more than $300 – go with the Arizer Extreme Q, it is the cheapest option on this list and is very, very competitive with respect to overall features and performance.
And if you need something more portable, check out our guide to the best portable weed vaporizers from the last 12 months…
What Is A Desktop Vaporizer
Unlike portable weed vapes, a desktop vaporizer is ALL about power and performance.
They aren’t very portable but what they lack in mobility they more than makeup for in terms of overall performance.
The top desktop vaporizers we recommend are all mains-operated, meaning they plug directly into your wall sockets.
This means ZERO worries about batteries or battery life.
Prices vary considerably for tabletop vaporizers, as they’re also known, so you should expect to pay more for one of these than, say, a standard portable vaporizer like the PAX 3 or DaVinci IQ.
Within the desktop vaporizer market, you have a couple of styles to consider, which brings us to our next point…
Whip Style Vaporizers vs Forced Air Vaporizers
These are the two main styles of desktop vaporizers. And how they differ is fairly simple:
- Whip Style Vaporizers: In these types of vaporizer, you take direct hits from the device; so, it heats up the herbs and when it is done you simply use the mouthpiece to inhale the vapor.
- Forced Air Vaporizers: In this kind of vaporizer, which happens to be my preferred style, the vaporized materials are heated up and sent to a balloon or other storage vehicle, where you can hit it at your leisure.
Which is best?
That depends on your needs. Me personally, I like the forced air-style vaporizers because you can make a full ballon and then pass it around amongst friends, sealing it off when you’re done.
Benefits of Desktop Vaporizers
- They’re super-fast; heating happens quickly and efficiently
- They produce more vapor
- They deliver better flavor
- They’re ideal for sessions with friends
- You don’t have to worry about battery life
- They come with BIG warranties (2-3 years)
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