What is the best rosin press on the market in 2019? 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.
Top 5 Rosin Presses
Electric Heat Press
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MyPress GEN 2
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Rosin Press Reviews
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 consistent level.
Based on these rating criteria and more, 5 of the best rosin presses have been identified and chosen for review.
1. Dulytek DW6000 Hands-Free Electric Heat Press (Best Rosin Press Under $1000)
The Dulytek DW6000 3-ton Heat Press is our top choice Rosin Press for under 1000 for good reason.
And being an fully electrical model, the convenience of flicking a button to operate the press rather than turning a hand-crank or wheel is well worth the higher price point.
Let’s take a closer look.
First off, the DW6000 exudes quality in the build alone. This is a sturdy beast using a solid steel construction.
The robust dual aluminium heat plates are 2.5” x 5” in size, giving you ample area to press. The plates can handle some pressure too. With a Maximum Pressing Force Up To 6000 lb / 3 Ton, the Dulytek packs a punch.
It’s no good having this power if there’s little in the way of control however. Here the DW6000 delivers with the convenient addition of touchscreen temperature/timer controls, (including Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scale Options), as well as a stop-at-any-time release button.
LED work area lights are built into the unit, and the plug and play nature of the DW6000 means you will be up and running as soon as you have plugged the unit in.
The press also features an ergonomic handle design for smooth operation, as well as handy suction cups on the base to hold everything in position as you work.
Finally, if you buy the machine online it comes with discreet packaging and accessories to get you started.
The Dulytek DW6000 is a high quality electric rosin press that strikes an excellent balance between price point, power and features.
3 ton pressure, with a touch screen display and patented plug and play operation it is hard to fault this unit. If your budget stretches to it, the DW6000 is easily one of the best rosin presses for home use on the market today.
As one user review so aptly states, this is a “Medical cannabis patient and caregivers must have!”
2. MyPress GEN 2 Deluxe Package (Best Rosin Press Under $500)
Our top pick for the under the $500 category of rosin press is the MyPress Gen 2 (Deluxe Package). An upgrade from the standard pack, this comes with everything you need to start pressing.
Portable and lightweight, ease of operation is the name of the game here, (unlike other rosin presses available at this price point, there’s no need for an additional air compressor or bulky hand pump to achieve the pressure you need).
Designed and engineered in Colorado, the custom 3 x 3 stainless steel, Axiom plates provide a versatile heat range, (100°F to 250°F (~38°C – 121°C), and are constructed with durability in mind.
The MyPress features a very good user interface too. The easy to read, LCD operating screen gives full control over the heat and pressure functions.
There is also a front facing count-up timer. This automatically halts counting when opened, and resets from zero when closed.
Other features allow you to efficiently monitor the pressing process, giving you the ability to fine-tune adjustments as you experiment in creating the best yield from your material.
The same functionality allows you to record your settings for later repetition.
The MyPress is our number one pick because it provides everyone a high-quality way to create their own desired results at an unbeatable price.
Considered the industry standard for personal, small-batch application, the amount of control and high level of results you can achieve with this unit is difficult to beat.
3. Hydraulic Jack Heat Press Kit, 6 ton (Best Hydraulic Rosin Press)
Our favourite hydraulic rosin press is this powerful, 6 ton Jack Heat Press kit from the highly reputable DabPress.
Upgradable to 8 ton if you need, this unit is the daddy of hydraulic presses in the sub $500 range.
The unit features a heavy-duty spring that is safely installed into the main steel bulk frame. The press provides easy access to the hydraulic bottle jack for simple replacement.
Long working life is all but guaranteed with the robust heating rods providing more than 6,000 hours of service time.
The user interface is also good, with reliable temperature detection built in. These sensors help ensure that accurate temperatures are delivered each and every time you press.
The dual plates have inbuilt, high quality heat insulation performance. Able to achieve 200 F in 5 minutes the build quality here helps protect the unit from inefficient heat-drain.
The unit also features anodized food-grade working surfaces that are nice and easy to clean after use.
As a heads up, the manufacturers recommend the use of 1-10g materials in pressing, with 2×3″, 2×4″, 2.5×4.5″ being the suggested filters for use. The 6 ton hydraulic jack is able to deliver above 1,000 PSI while pressing 13sq/in.
Overall this is a top quality 6 ton hydraulic rosin press that does what you would expect without failure.
The pressure is good and consistent and you can even upgrade to 8 ton if you need. Robust in design with quality heat insulation performance, if you are after a hydraulic press for under $500 this comes highly recommended.
4. VEVOR (2.4″ x 4.7″) Hand Crank Heat Press Machine
The Vevor 2.4” x 4.7” Heat Press is a great option for those looking for a hand crank unit.
Featuring dual independently controlled heat plates allowing for flexible heating control, the machine allows the user to allocate desired heat press duration via a digital display and timer alert notification.
This type of interface stems from the machines versatile application for a wide range of heat pressing tasks, (the Vevor is designed to press textiles, printing paper, tiles as well as oil).
The heat and temperature gauge is microprocessor controlled giving the ability to adjust your settings, however the hand crank aspect does make it difficult to create repeatable results, (this becomes dependant on how hard you physically press).
The pressure can be easily facilitated by integrating the unit with a standard shop press, as many users successfully do to achieve tonnage force.
The Vevor is also light-weight and easily portable, and features non-stick heating elements (coated with Teflon), that are easy to clean.
Overall this is a quality plug and play unit, that is very easy to set up even when integrated with a standard shop press.
As a versatile manual rosin press option at a very affordable price the Vevor comes highly recommended.
5. Rosineer RNR-MV2 Manual Rosin Press Machine
The Rosineer RNR-MV2 is another manual hydraulic heat press machine that takes a controversial place in our of our top 5, (more on that in a moment).
Designed specifically for pressing plant extraction oil, it features Dual 3″ x 4″, food-grade, element aluminum heating plates complete with protective stainless steel covers for superior heat insulation, (which also help protect the user from burns).
The plates are capable of delivering 300-650Lbs pressure for high quality pressing results.
Operation is nice and easy here with two PID temperature controllers and an adjustable timer. The bottom platen height is also fully adjustable.
The heavy duty build quality will ensure that the RNR-MV2 will keep on pressing for years, the main body of the machine is made from iron with the robust backbone made forged from stainless steel and iron.
So why the controversy? The fact is, on more than one occasion users have complained that the unit does not function as it should. Issues vary from the distance of the plates being too far apart, to sub-par construction to not working at all.
It seems Rosineer may have manufacturing problems with faulty presses leaving the factory. Those that received correctly working machines have been more than happy with the results however.
It is very much a case of buyer be warned.
Overall, the Rosineer RNR-MV2 is a good manual hydraulic heat press, with some great features capable of pleasing results.
However, the fact the company suffers from manufacturing issues with faulty models leaving the factory, does provide food for thought.
Get a correctly working machine and you will be satisfied. If you’re unlucky, you might end up wishing you had spent your money elsewhere.
Rosin Press Buyer’s Guide
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.
Issues to Consider when Buying a Rosin Press
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 available
First of all, it is important to understand the different types of rosin presses you could potentially buy. These are the DIY rosin press, pneumatic press, hydraulic and hand crank presses.
Let’s take a closer look at these.
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 6, 8 or 12 ton shop presses, (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 electrical or 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 not worth doing.
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- Book: Rosin – And The Art Of The Squish; by
- RosinPlateKit.com: DIY Rosin Press Kits
- WeedMaps.com: How rosin is made and how to make it at home
- Cultivate Podcast: How To Get a Great Yield on Your Rosin Press