With so many grinders on today’s market, a lot of focus is placed on all the different features and functions each one tries to outdo the next with. But seldom do you see a good perspective on the varying sizes, and just how greatly the shorter or longer diameters can really make or break the ultimate value of your own personal investment.
So bearing all this in mind, let’s examine the entire range of sizes, and see if we can’t find one that fits best with your lifestyle and day-to-day needs.
First up we have the “small” category of grinders. These usually are about 40-50mm in diameter which equates to 1.5-2 inches across, and I’ve even seen a tinier one than that put out by Magic Flight which measures only a single inch from end to end and would fall into the sub-category of “mini.”
Now that may be pushing it for some, but for others, it will fit the bill perfectly, and that’s because smaller grinders offer you the functionality while also giving you an extreme level of both discretion and portability. Even an average-sized grinder is a somewhat bulbous item to stick in your pocket, and by taking the dimensions down to the bare minimum, they are no longer cumbersome to transport in a pocket and can go “poof” in the blink of an eye.
The downside is of course that, they can only handle a small amount of material per single pack, but if you’re on the go, how much are you really looking to break up? Keeping all of the above in mind, it’s a safe bet that a mini to small-size grinder will be best suited for those who consume smaller amounts and do not travel by automobile.
The next size category is one that falls right between both ends of the spectrum and it of course is the “medium” size grinders. These are usually seen in a 62-70mm, which is about 2.5-3 inches, and if you see the smaller 50mm somewhere also being referred to as medium, that’s because every manufacturer decides for themselves what constitutes small, medium and large.
For the purposes of this article however, we will approach the terminology in a linear manner, and therefore move up in diameter as we continue on in larger size. These middle-of-the-road grinders are always the perennial favorite, and that’s because they are a colliding of both worlds, and offer a still-decent level of mobility while also being able to handle a fairly hearty load of dried herb to make short work of.
These are just right for those folks who mix it up in their lifestyles, and never can be quite sure of what lies around the corner the following day. If you travel sometimes, though not all the time, if you usually have a decent stash of organics, but only rarely a monstrous supply, then these should fit the bill nicely, and of course it goes without saying that if you use a grinder very often, a bigger size is most likely going to last you longer as well.
The final category can only be the “large” size grinders, and for the purposes of this article we’re going to put that range from 76mm or 3 inches, and top out at the “jumbo” size of 95mm, which equals a staggering 3.75 inches in diameter. Santa Cruz puts this model out, and you need to be mindful when using it so you don’t lose a finger or two inside there to those gigantic gnashing teeth.
I’m kidding of course, but the reality of this size grinder is that it’s not going travel as well or as easily as the two former sizes will, but on the plus side, it can handle just about an entire forest of greenery betwixt its recesses should the need arise. And that’s the real question to ask yourself: will the need arise? How often? If the answer is both, “yes” and “often”, then the large category is really going to be the only one to handily get the job done, and seriously cut down on your time spent twisting and turning.
Today’s lesson is that there is a size for everyone when it comes to an herb grinder, and in order to make the informed buying decision that you want to, it really all comes down to looking in the mirror and asking yourself: What practical aspects will I consistently need in a grinder specifically for me?