What is the best rosin press on the market in 2018? That’s exactly what we will look at today. The industry has exploded in recent years, with a number of brands releasing products of varying quality.
In this top 5 review round up we have brought together a selection of rosin presses and put them through their paces.
For our findings at a glance just head to the table below. For in depth reviews of each press, plus a dedicated buyer’s guide, keep on reading.
Best Rosin Press Top 5
|ROSIN PRESS||NAME||DETAILS||OUR RATING|
|TOP PICK:LilSmasherRosin Press||PneumaticPlug and PlayPress, 6500 PSI|
|WeselltechRosin Press 6061||Double holeheating aluminumplate system|
|Honey-HabitRosin Press||Hydraulic15000 PSI|
|Tuopuke Quick Clamps Rosin Press||Clamshell RosinPress|
What is a Rosin Press?
A rosin press is used to produce solvent-free cannabis concentrate.
It uses a solvent-less technique to create cannabis rosin. This eliminates any solvent contamination of the cannabis end-product.
It also removes the need for the dab enthusiast to clean the machine of solvent impurities.
Heat & Pressure – The Core Principles
This solvent-less technique relies on two mechanisms to produce solvent-free rosin; high pressure and controlled heat.
In the solvent-based chemical extraction method, solvents are used to extract cannabis compounds from raw cannabis.
Essentially, these two compounds give the cannabis concentrate its flavor, color, and potency.
However, most of the solvents used were hydrocarbon-based and in almost all instances, residual solvent was detected in the final cannabis concentrate.
To avoid such contamination, there was a need to produce cannabis concentrate from raw cannabis without introducing any other ingredient to the production process.
This led to the invention of a mechanical solvent-less extraction technique which is the basis of how today’s rosin presses work.
Best Press For Rosin – Our Top 5 Picks
A high-quality rosin press is durable, long-lasting, and can also generate high pressures while keeping the temperatures between its press plates at a reasonably low level.
Based on these rating criteria, 5 of the best rosin presses have been identified and chosen for review.
1) TOP PICK: LilSmasher Rosin Press
This is a high-quality pneumatic rosin press purposely built for high-volume production of high-grade cannabis concentrates.
It is designed, manufactured, and tested by NugSmasher, a reputable U.S-based maker of top-of-the-line rosin presses.
U.S-made rosin presses are generally of high quality, partly due to the fact that users can easily get to the manufacturers when their presses develop an issue.
Also, U.S-made presses are made of high quality materials and components, and the same also applies to the LilSmasher Rosin Press.
The LilSmasher is made of T6-6061 high-grade steel-reinforced aluminum. It also features high-grade steel components.
This makes it a durable, high-quality machine that has a long life-span. However, it is not only the longevity and material quality that matters with a rosin press; the yield and quality of the cannabis concentrates matter too.
The press weighs about 65.6 pounds, and this makes it relatively portable as two people can easily move it around the house.
It is designed as a personal in-house use rosin press. In fact, it is built as a plug-and-play machine. This means that the user does not need to tweak it or perform any assembly duties as the machine is shipped in a ready-to-use state.
It just needs to be plugged into a power outlet, and the pressure settings adjusted before the raw cannabis placed between the top and bottom press plates can be crushed. This simplicity allows home users to utilize this press for making high-grade cannabis concentrates.
The LilSmasher rosin press features dual element heating. This means that each press plate has a heating element that heats it up.
A properly heated press plate causes the thick oil being squeezed from raw cannabis to liquefy and flow easily.
Without heating, the raw cannabis squished by LilSmasher would produce very thick oil that can solidify, or even crystallize while in the press plates.
This press comes equipped with a digital thermometer and thermostat. The thermostat allows the user to select the precise temperature for oil extraction.
This rosin press can generate pressures of up-to 6,500 psi (pounds per square-inch), which translates to 468 tonnes per square-foot. Such a high pressure can squish almost all the cannabis oil from the cannabis material placed between the press plates.
The raw cannabis needs to be placed inside a parchment paper, which is then folded before it is placed on the bottom press plate (also called the smash plate).
Generally, the LilSmasher can press all the oil out of the cannabis within 1 minute or so. The parchment paper also allows the impurities-free oil to be of food-grade quality.
LilSmasher rosin press comes equipped with large rectangular-shaped smashing plates, each measuring 4 inches by 3.5 inches.
The use of rectangular smash plates instead of the ordinary square plates does advantage the user because the oil travels a shorter distance across width as compared to the length, unlike square plates where the oil has to travel the same distance to any of its four edges before it can be collected properly.
The longer the distance the oil travel, the more it has to stay on a heated plate, and this leads to evaporation of the volatile terpenes hence reducing the overall flavor and yield of the cannabis concentrate.
Therefore, a rectangular plate allows oil to travel a shorter distance across the width of the plate, and this not only improves the yield, but also preserves the terpene content of the hash oil.
The smashing plates are built from high-quality metal that allows them to quickly distribute and dissipate heat. This allows the oil between the plates to conserve their terpene content.
The top smashing plate is fixed, while the bottom smashing plate is movable. Their is a conveniently placed hand-dial that allows the user to position the bottom smashing plate.
To press the two plates together, one needs to use the manual arm pump. Once the two plates are pressed tightly against the cannabis material, they are left to stand so as to allow the oil to exudate.
Afterwards, the bottom plate is retracted down. Furthermore, this rosin press features a fast-retract plate release, which is used to quickly alleviate the pressure on the plates. The manual arm features an ergonomic handle.
The press also features circuit protection to protect its internal circuitry from damage.
The LilSmasher rosin press comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Lilsmasher rosin press is a complete rosin extraction system designed to perform both concentrate extraction and purging processes, while producing large volumes of high-grade cannabis concentrates.
It features a dual element heating which aid its rectangular-shaped press plates to increase the yield of hash oil.
The ability to produce high yields of premier connoisseur-grade cannabis concentrate, easy-to-use features, and exceptional cost-performance ratio makes the LilSmasher Rosin Press the top pick in our best rosin press round up.
This is an aluminum plates kit that comes equipped with a high-quality heating rod and precision-driven controller.
Normally, this kit is shipped by DHL, and the user can receive it in 5 days. Its fast delivery is due to its compact design and lightweight nature which allows the shipping agent to move it alongside other lightweight packages. This kit is designed, manufactured, and tested by Weselltech.
Unlike the LilSmasher rosin press, this Wesselltech kit is not a complete resin extraction system as it lacks the frame onto which the press plates is fitted. It is therefore shipped as an incomplete resin press.
However, this allows the user to use this aluminum kit with any rosin press that the kit can fit into.
The press plates are 5 inches long, and 3 inches wide. Each plate is 30mm thick. Therefore, this kit uses rectangular smash plates that allow the cannabis oil to travel a shorter distance across its width as compared to the length.
As mentioned in the review above (and within the buyer’s guide), rectangular plates help produce a higher yield of hash oil, as well as preserve the terpene content.
The smashing plates are built from high-quality aluminum. The use of aluminum plates gives this kit a unique advantage over those that come equipped with steel press plates.
Aluminum press plates can quickly distribute heat across their surface, which also promotes optimal heat dissipation hence preventing the parchment paper from charring or being burnt up.
Unlike the LilSmasher rosin press which features dual element heating, the Weselltech Rosin Press 6061 Kit comes with 2 heating rods, one for the top plate and the other for the bottom plate. Each heating rod measures 115mm in length and has a diameter of 9.5 inches.
The rod is fitted securely into a cylindrical hole in the press plate. This allows the rods to properly heat the press plate, which in turn causes the thick oil being squeezed from raw cannabis to liquefy and flow easily.
This 6061 Kit comes with an electrically-powered temperature control box. The heating rods are attached to this control box via flexible coated hoses which enclose electric cables that relay electricity from the control box to the heating rods.
The control rod incorporates a thermostat that allows the user to select the precise temperature for oil extraction.
This 6061 kit is shipped alongside an M8 wrench and 6 pieces of M8 screw. It also comes with a double PID controller and a power cord. The double PID (proportional–integral–derivative) controller serves to improve the heating precision of the two heating rods.
This kit comes with a 12-months guarantee.
The Weselltech Rosin Press 6061 Kit is an aluminum plates kit that comes equipped with a high-quality heating rods. If you can brave the setup procedure this is an interesting option for the extraction enthusiast.
This is a high-quality pneumatic rosin press purposely built for production of high-grade cannabis concentrates.
It is designed, manufactured, and tested by Mr.Rosin, a U.S-based manufacturer of top-of-the-range rosin presses. This press model is classified as belonging to the IDAB edition, and this means that it is designed to used as a table-top personal-use rosin press.
Just like the LilSmasher rosin press, this U.S-made rosin press is made of high quality materials, and Mr.Rosin provides after-sales services.
The necessary addresses are provided to the users so that they can easily get to the manufacturer when their presses develop an issue.
The Mr.Rosin IDAB edition is made of high-grade stainless steel and also features high-grade steel components..
This lightweight press can be easily moved about in the house. Just like the LilSmasher rosin press, Mr.Rosin IDAB Edition is designed as a personal in-house use rosin press, which is built as a plug-and-play machine.
Therefore, the user does not need to tweak it, or perform any assembly as the machine is shipped in a ready-to-use state. It just needs to be plugged into a power outlet, and the pressure settings adjusted before the raw cannabis is placed between the smash plates to be crushed.
Its compact-design and easy-to-use features allow novices, dab enthusiasts, hash aficionados, and even ordinary home users to utilize this press for making high-grade cannabis concentrates.
The IDAB press has a power rating of 300 watts, and it works with 110volts power supply.
This table-top press features a strong pneumatic cylinder and an air filter; along with an up-and-down lever and a heater control box.
The air filter ensures that the air that gets into the pneumatic system is free of particulate matter, which can cause the moving parts of the air-pressure system to get stuck or wear out quickly.
Just like the LilSmasher, the IDAB Edition is a complete rosin extraction system that features heated press plates.
However, unlike LilSmasher which has rectangular press plates, Mr.Rosin IDAB uses cylindrical smashing plates. These plates measure 3.5 inches in diameter. The heater control box regulates the heating of the press plates.
This rosin press can generate pressures of up-to 1,140 psi (pounds per square-inch). This pressure rating is lower than that of the LilSmasher press.
Still, this is a high pressure that can squish almost all the cannabis oil from the cannabis material placed between the press plates.
The raw cannabis needs to be placed inside a parchment paper, which is then folded before it is placed on the bottom press plate. This allows oil free of particulate impurities to flow from the squished cannabis.
The yield of cannabis oil is dependent on how long the squished cannabis was held in place under high pressure between the smash plates.
Just like the LilSmasher, Mr.Rosin IDAB can press all the oil out of the cannabis within 1 minute or so.
Likewise, the use of parchment paper allows for the production food-grade cannabis oil that can be consumed immediately.
Mr.Rosin IDAB Edition is a high-quality pneumatic rosin extraction system purposely built for production of high-grade cannabis concentrates. It features heated circular smash plates that improve the yield of hash oil. Highly recommended.
This is an electrically-powered hydraulic rosin press purposely built for production of high-grade cannabis concentrates. It is designed, manufactured, and tested by Honey-Habit, a U.S-based manufacturer of rosin presses.
Just like the LilSmasher and Mr.Rosin IDAB rosin presses, this U.S-made rosin press is made of high quality materials, and the manufacturers also provide after-sales services.
This hydraulic press is made of high-grade corrosion-resistant materials, and also features high-grade steel components. It is therefore a durable, high-quality machine with a long life-span. Likewise, it is designed to maximize the yield and quality of cannabis concentrates.
It features a C-shaped frame that holds the press plates. It measures 17.5 inches wide and 18.7 inches long. Its height is 20.5 inches.
This electric press weighs about 77 pounds, and this makes it a relatively portable rosin press.
As with the other presses reviewed above, the Honey-Habit rosin press is designed for personal in-house use and for this reason it is built as a plug-and-play machine.
This means that it comes fully-assembled in a ready-to-use state. The user just needs to plug it into a power outlet, and the pressure settings adjusted before the raw cannabis can be crushed.
Its compact design and easy-to-use features give it an attribute of simplicity that endears it to home users who aspire to make high-grade cannabis concentrates.
The Honey-Habit rosin press can generate pressures of up-to 15,000psi. Even though a hydraulic rosin press can generate higher pressure as compared to a pneumatic rosin press, it also suffers from one main disadvantage.
This relates to its hydraulic system. The hydraulic fluid inside the system can seep out if there is breakage in any of the components that make up this system.
The fluid that seeps out not only causes the system to lose its pressure and reduce the amount of pressure that drive the plates, but the cannabis material risk being contaminated by aerosolized particles coming from the seeping machine oil.
Even so, the Honey-Habit hydraulic press has attempted to address this issue by eliminating the compressor.
This means that in case there is a leak in the system, the machine oil cannot seep out in large quantities because it lack a compressor which would have otherwise continued to pump pressurized fluid regardless of any leaks.
This hydraulic press features rectangular press plates, each measuring 6 inches by inches. Its press plates are therefore larger than those of LilSmasher and Mr.Rosin IDAB presses.
Even so, its press plates are also heated just like those of LilSmasher and Mr.Rosin IDAB presses. The operating temperature range of its smash plates is between 1 and 485 degrees Fahrenheit.
The very high pressure rating of this hydraulic press allows it to squish all the cannabis oil from the cannabis material placed between the press plates.
Still, the raw cannabis needs to be placed inside a parchment paper, which is then folded before it is placed on the bottom press plate. This allows particulate-free oil to flow from the squished cannabis.
The use of parchment paper also allows for the production food-grade cannabis concentrates.
The Honey-Habit hydraulic rosin press is an electrically-powered complete rosin extraction system purposely built for extraction of high-grade cannabis concentrates. It can generate pressures of up-to 15,000psi utilising hydraulic power. If hydraulic is the way you wish to go, this is the unit to buy.
The Quick Clamps is a clamshell heat press that features a simple skeletal design. It is designed to extract cannabis concentrate from raw cannabis. Its skeletal design features two heated plates, a digital temperature control, and a manual arm pump.
This extractor pressure machine also comes with an easy-to-follow instruction guidebook. It is designed, manufactured, and tested by Tuopuke, a U.S-based manufacturer of rosin presses.
Just like other U.S-made rosin presses, the Tuopuke Quick Clamps is made of high quality materials, and Tuopuke provides after-sales services.
The necessary addresses are provided to the users so that they can easily contact the manufacturer if necessary.
This clamshell heat press is made of high-grade stain-resistant materials, and also features high-grade components.
This black-colored extractor machine weighs about 33.8 pounds. It is therefore lighter than the LilSmasher rosin press, and this also makes it a portable machine.
Its compact design also allows it to be used a table-top cannabis oil extractor. However, unlike all the four rosin presses reviewed above, the Quick Clamps comes with square press plates.
Its smash plates measure 5 inches by 5 inches, and are coated with non-stick material. This is necessary as square plates tend to be stained by slow-flowing cannabis extract.
These plates are heated, and their temperature is closely regulated by the digital temperature controller that is housed in the control box. The operational temperature range of these plates is 1 to 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
Quick Clamps also comes with a digital automatic timer. This timer helps to ensure that the cannabis materials do not stay for long between the clamped press plates.
This is because cannabis oil flows poorly on square plates, and it can solidify while the press plates are clamped. For this reason, the digital timer automatic engages a release mechanism that disengages the clamp so that the bottom press plate can descend down.
The press is designed to work with 110-120 volts power sources. It also features a time control which indicates when a set press cycle is complete.
Power levels are okay with the press being able to generate pressures of up-to 1200psi. This pressure rating is almost equivalent to that of Mr.Rosin IDAB.
The raw cannabis needs to be placed inside a parchment paper as this allows particulate-free oil to flow from the squished cannabis.
The yield of cannabis oil is dependent on how long the squished cannabis was held in place under high pressure between the smash plates. Normally, 60 – 90 seconds is enough.
The Tuopuke Quick Clamps is a clamshell manually-operated heat press that has a simple skeletal design. That features dual heat plates, digital temperature control, and a manual arm pump. It is designed to extract cannabis concentrate from raw cannabis.
Best Rosin Press Buyer’s Guide
The rosin press has developed with a mixture of innovation and the adaptation of technology from other industries. This has resulted in a competitive market of some very good brands and products.
This can make buying a rosin press a bit of a mine field. In the following guide we will look at some of things you should consider when buying a new rosin press.
The different types of Rosin Press
First of all, a dab enthusiast needs to understand that there 4 different types of rosin presses. These are the DIY rosin press, modified hat press, pneumatic press and hydraulic press.
The DIY Rosin Press
The DIY rosin press uses a clamped hair straightener to generate pressure, but this also causes it to heat up quickly hence creating some rather bland (flavor-less) cannabis concentrate.
Modified T-Shirt Press
The modified T-Shirt press uses the ordinary press plates of a normal T-Shirt press, however both the top and bottom press plates are heated.
Sometimes the press plates need to be heated to such a high level that they degrade the terpenes in the cannabis concentrate, thus causing it to lose some of its aroma and flavors.
The Pneumatic Press
The technology has developed to a stage were the pneumatic rosin press is now compact and affordable. This type of press has proven exceptionally popular.
Naturally, the press gets its pressure from compressed air. A good unit will be capable of reaching over 2000 psi (pound per square inch).
You also have a lot of control with a pneumatic press. Heat levels can be selected with ease and with the correct settings you can create quality extracts in mere seconds.
The cost of a good pneumatic press can be quite high, however the advanced technology and efficient performance do make for very reliable extraction.
If you want no fuss resin production for the home this is the type to go for.
Hydraulic Rosin Press
Another option is the hydraulic rosin press. This type is recommended when you need higher levels of psi. Also known as H-frame presses, a unit of this style is powered via a hydraulic cylinder.
Another benefit of the hydraulic press is the larger surface area available for pressing. This means more product can be produced at the same time.
They are often cheaper than the pneumatic options too. This is because the hydraulic press is normally created from readily available components.
The DIY setup involves buying a small 12 ton shop press, (available for as little as $150) and adding a few additional parts to create the necessary heat.
Both the components and the plans are easily available online.
In our opinion the best rosin press to buy is the pneumatic type. The higher price point translates into a much more reliable system that works more efficiently and yields better quality results.
The homemade hydraulic press can provide a cheap way of beginning production, however they are prone to breaking down, they work less efficiently and in some instances trace amounts of machine oil can be released which will end up contaminating your resin.
Yes you may save a few dollars to begin with, but it will end up costing you in the long run.
The type of heat plate
Long, narrow heat plates are the best kind to get. This type will help ensure you get the highest yield possible from each production run.
This shape means that your rosin oil is able to quickly escape your heat plates. Every press is efficiently maximized so that your concentrate is preserved with a fully terpene-rich aroma.
We recommend that you look out for aluminium plates too. These allow for better heat distribution when compared to stainless steel
(We also recommend that you cover the pates in with parchment paper so you’re your product can meet FDA food-grade standards).
Overall build quality
There are a number of USA built rosin presses that are definitely worth the money. Not only are you helping home-grown business, you will also benefit from higher quality components in the build of the press.
Buying the best rosin press is an investment. Don’t be swayed by a cheap Chinese machine that is nothing more than a modified t-shirt press, (which are available on the market).
Just do the math. The extra, better quality resin that you get using a more sophisticated pneumatic press actually makes them the more cost effective option over time.
Quality and yield is what it is all about when rosin pressing. Cutting corners on these two variables is simply shooting yourself in the foot.