(Last Updated On: July 8, 2016)

This is the moment to savor the best flavors from your dry herbs, concentrates or whatever vaping material you have. This year, we’re thrilled to unveil the topnotch desktop vaporizers, plus a detailed guide for each device to help you do the right choice.

But why choose desktop vapes?

We all know that tabletop vaping devices do not follow any standard design, and they’re not portable. Ultimately, companies take advantage of the large size of desktop models and create diverse shapes, sizes and functionalities just to get your attention.

The result is nothing short of amazing:

You get the most features, the best performance, the most outstanding vapor quality and just the best vaping experience with desktop vapes! The downside though of this greater diversity is the confusion that we often experience when faced with so many options.

So in this articlee, we’ve broken down the list according to your budget. And for each set, we share with you the best qualities of each desktop vape and why they’re placed in their respective ranking. Here they are:

Let’s take a look at the high-end vaporizers for 2016.

#1: VOLCANO VAPORIZER

Price: $599.95

Best For: Dry Herb and Concentrates 

Volcano Vaporizer Complete package

And the first place for the high-end option still goes to the undisputed Volcano Vaporizer by Storz and Bickel. Yes, we’ve heard how awesome and excellent the Herbalizer is (which claims the second spot). But we also factor in the price of the unit in our rankings for the overall category. Why spend more than $729 for the best vaporizer when at a few hundred dollar’s difference, you can get an almost equally good vape with the Volcano?

The Volcano Vaporizer comes in a rather unique physical design. The conical shape and the metallic finish make this device look more like a space-age kitchen appliance than a vaporizer. The physical buttons outside allow you to choose your specific temperature setting, accurate by one degree. For the classic model, a rotary dial comes in equally handy.

The volcano vaporizer features an aluminum heating core. This metallic heating element makes way for even distribution of heat. Aluminum also has a very high melting point, which means that this element is stable even when set at the highest programmed temperature setting. This explains why vapor quality with the Volcano is just superb.

The volcano vaporizer is primarily intended to inflate a balloon or plastic bag to store your vapor. This results in cooler vapor temperatures. However, if you wish to use a whip, you can buy it separately because the kit by default does not include the tube.

Overall, the biggest selling point of the volcano vaporizer is the excellent vapor quality. However, it comes second in that regard when compared with the Herbalizer.

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#2: THE HERBALIZER VAPORIZER 

Price: $729.00

Best For: Dry Herb and Concentrates

Herbalizer vaporizer

If price is not an issue, this clamshell-shaped desktop vaporizer is all that you’d ever need. Designed by ex-NASA engineers, the Herbalizer sports cutting-edge designs in every way.

Let’s start with the halogen-bulb heating element, which offers simply incomparable vapor quality. But what’s really impressive with this unique contraption is the quickest heating time we’ve never seen in a desktop vapes so far. Imagine a vape this size reaching 380 degrees in just three to five seconds! Now this performance dwarfs that of every desktop vaporizer out there. And because the halogen bulb means the dry herb or concentrate is vaporized from a distance (no direct contact), expect only the purest flavors from your vaping materials.

The Herbalizer desktop vaporizer kit comes with a balloon and a whip. The forced air system not only makes the use of balloon possible, but also offers aromatherapy function. Choose this mode and let the vapor nozzle of the device spread your favorite scent with the internal fan forcing the vapors out from the chamber.

The mezzanine storage section is another clever design found only in the Herbalizer. The top section can open up and reveal a compact space where you can keep your containers for your dry herbs and concentrates. You can even neatly wrap the whip around the inner section of the device. Everything about the Herbalizer just screams well-thought-of design and excellent vapor quality.

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#3: AROMED 4.0 VAPORIZER

Price: $439.99

Best For: Dry Herb 

THE AROMED VAPORIZER

The Aromed is another German-made desktop vaporizer that’s known for its cool and clean vapors with its special filters and an energy-efficient heating element.

The Aromed 4.0 vaporizer is marketed as a very precise desktop vaping device. With this device, you can choose the temperature to your favorite setting with an accuracy of one degree. Also, this unit makes use of a halogen bulb to heat up your vaporizer. Compared with metallic heating elements, the halogen bulb results in very fast heating time and accurate temperature controls. But the greatest advantage perhaps is that there is no direct contact with your botanicals, making sure that your vapors are not contaminated in any way.

The Aromed 4.0 desktop vaporizer sports a water filter to cool down the vapor a bit. This part also filters out any possible impurities before vapor reaches your mouth. The longer whip also helps reduce the vapor temperature even further, making your vaping sessions cool and comfortable.

Never mind the physical appearance of the Aromed 4.0. Yes, it looks more like a medical apparatus than a vaporizer. But perhaps, the device’s appearance is a statement from its manufacturers that this device produces vapors so clean and pure, it can be used for medical purposes too.

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TOP VAPORIZERS FROM $200 – $400

#1: ARIZER EXTREME Q VAPORIZER

Price: $239.00

Best For: Dry Herbs 

Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer

It is the only desktop vaporizer with a remote control. Not that such fancy add-on is essential, but that means vaporizer companies go to great lengths just to catch the attention of even the most sophisticated connoisseur. Let’s get down to the most important features of the Arizer Extreme Q and why we placed it at the third spot — among the best midrange desktop vaporizers this year.

At just $239 — just a fraction of the cost of Volcano and Herbalizer — the Arizer Extreme Q offers the same functionality and versatility as what its more expensive counterpart features.  The kit comes with a balloon and a whip, which means the extreme Q vaporizer comes with a forced-air system that pushes vapor out and can inflate the plastic bag.

The Extreme Q vaporizer comes with a glass bowl for aromatherapy. Just place the bowl on top of the nozzle of the device, and you can fill it with your favorite blend of dried flowers to freshen up your room.

The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer also comes with a user-friendly interface. The LCD display provides accurate temperature readings. And you can adjust the temperature to a specific degree.

Here’s the most intriguing part: the remote control.

When will you ever find the need to use this piece of accessory? Well, this could prove handy when using the unit is an aromatherapy device. When you happen to be in a very spacious living room, you won’t have to go near your vaporizer to adjust the settings when using the glass bowl for your potpourri.

Given the extended functionality of the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer, this device is indeed most versatile desktop vaporizers in the market.

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#2: VAPIR RISE VAPORIZER 

Price: $249.95

Best For: Dry Herbs 

Vapirrise 1

Another Desktop vaporizer to reckon with for its extended functionality and competitive vapor quality is the Vapir Rise 2.0 vaporizer. This device features a ceramic heating element and a stainless steel vapor pathway, ensuring that you get only the flavors you need. In other words, there is no plastic smell and impurities coming from the herb chamber.

But what makes the Vapir Rise 2.0 stand out from the rest? And why did we include it in the list? For one, this is the only desktop vaporizer that comes with a HEPA filter. So, for those with lung conditions and are allergic to pollens, for example, the filter proves very useful. It makes sure that you get clean air used for vaping your botanicals.

In addition, the multi-user adapter is another feature that we could hardly find elsewhere. This specialized nozzle allows up to four whip connections. So, in a social setting, you can have up to four vape users drawing vapors from the same device simultaneously. How cool is that?

The 2.0 version of the original Vapir Rise vaporizer now gives you the option to turn the fan off completely. This prevents any wasted vapor when attaching the whip to the device. With the previous model, the fan just keeps forcing the vapor out even when not taking a draw, wasting those precious vapors into the air.

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#3: PLENTY VAPORIZER

Price: $349.99

Best For: Dry Herb and Concentrates

Plenty Vaporizer

Another noteworthy desktop vaporizer by Storz and Bickel (maker of the Volcano) is the Plenty. Now, at first glance, this device is not built to be aesthetically pleasing. In other words, do not buy it for its beauty because there are a lot of vaporizers out there that are better good looking with all those finishing touches. But we must tell you that this is probably the best whip-style or non-forced air desktop vaporizer. It is because of its excellent very poor quality, just the right before density, and very smooth flavors.

So how does the Plenty vaporizer achieve this impressive profile?

First, the Plenty makes use of a convection type heating process, allowing hot air to vaporizer the herb inside the chamber. Second, you’ll notice that the heating chamber is just larger as compared to that of other vaporizers. So there is plenty of room for the hot air to circulate and that there is more surface area of the ground herbs exposed to the heat. The result? Pure bliss.

Another unique feature of the plenty desktop vaporizer is the coil shaped whip of the device. This metal-coated contraption allows vapor coming straight from the chamber to be cooled down more efficiently before it reaches your mouth. That means you only enjoy cooler vapor. Even during longer vaping sessions, the coil is just as efficient as it is the first time you use it.

You can use the plenty vaporizer for all types of materials. For concentrates, a metallic pad comes in handy, into which you put a few drops of your oil or a few dabs of your waxes.


#4: SILVER SURFER VAPORIZER

Price: $269.99

Best For: Dry Herbs 

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The Silver Surfer vaporizer by 7th floor is another convection-type desktop vaporizer that offers really good quality vapor despite its very simple craftsmanship. This device, although still supporting temperature adjustment through a dial, is a static type. In other words, you can’t use a balloon because there is no forced air system inside the unit. Thus, the slightly lower price.

But what catches your attention is there a 90-degree angle of the heating element to the wand attachment. For the makers of the SSV, this is important because the design separates the ceramic heating element away from the electronics inside the device. That said, expect only clean vapor with the SSV.

So, the moment you inhale, air from the outside the unit gets heated as it goes through the heating element. It is the super heated air that vaporizes your ground materials. To place your herbs inside, just remove the wand from the device and easily tap the chamber to remove the used herbs, and replace it with new ones. Then connect it back to the heating element.

One of the downsides of the Silver Surfer vaporizer is the analog temperature controller. If you’re not familiar with the dial and your sweet spot, you can choose the recommended temperature. Set the dial to the 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock position as this range gives you the most ideal heat setting for your dry, ground herbs.

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TOP LOW-END VAPORIZERS WORTH THE TRY ($199 AND BELWO)

#1: ARIZER V-TOWER

Price: $189.99

Best For: Dry Herb 

Taking The Arizer V-Tower Advantage

This Canadian-made vaporizer by Arizer, makers of the Solo and the Air portables, May be cheaper than the plenty vaporizer in the whip only category, but it does compete in terms of smoothness of a poor and overall performance. The Arizer V-Tower vaporizer is simple to use. It has an accurate digital temperature display. Plus the buttons allow you to choose your desired temperature by one degree.

This device, looks like its high-end sister, the high riser extreme Q. But this unit does not come with an internal forced air heating system, making this compatible only with lips. However, it also comes with the cyclone dish or the glass bowl, making it possible for you to diffuse your favorite flowers when not vaping.

So, if you are not really into using balloons and other bells and whistles Crescent in in vaporizers, the Arizer V tower is one good choice for a price range below $200.

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#2: DA BUDDHA VAPORIZER 

Price: $189.99

Best For: Dry Herb 

Dabuddha vape

From the makers of Silver Surfer vaporizer comes the Da Buddha desktop vape. Both vaporizers, which are made by 7th Floor, belong to the desktop category. But the Da Buddha comes in a simpler design that makes it relatively inexpensive to own.

The Da Buddha vape sports a high-quality ceramic heating element for better vapor quality.

Despite its rather uncomplicated design, it still manages to pull-off a reliable temperature dial that allows you to choose your preferred heat setting. And to make sure superheated air that flows through the vape does not get contaminated with any foreign materials, the heating element sits comfortably away from the electronics.

For greater convenience, the ground glass connector allows hands-free vaping. So, all in all, this device can give you really good vapor quality without being too expensive for its category of desktop vaporizers. Should you buy the Da Buddha? If you’re into whip vaping at home only, then there’s no doubt you should.

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SUMMARY

The world of desktop vaporizers is just full of diversity and some surprises. From costing just more than a hundred dollars to having a price tag as high as an iPhone, desktop vapes become more expensive as more features are added and better performance is guaranteed. But we must say that desktop vaporizers are indeed worth the buy, whether you happen to be a beginner or a seasoned vaper.

Have you found your favorite desktop vape yet? Let us know!

Written by The Smokazon Team
Smokazon is a group of enthusiasts, advocates and connoisseurs of the digital age. We’re here to help you achieve that ultra-lifestyle with our product reviews, feature articles and anything you need to know in the vaping world. But enough about us. Let’s talk about you. We’re here to make your vaping experience a little bit better.