Like any other product, you get what you pay for. In other words, there are lots of cheap dab nails out there that won’t break your wallet. However, they might not last long, either, and their performance may be sub-par. That being said, it’s not entirely necessary to purchase a high-end dab nail, either. You can find high-performance, quality nails in the mid price range (between $75 and $150).
Experts and frequent dabbers overwhelmingly agree on one important point: glass nails are the worst. They’re breakable and destined for a short life, and they are prone to overheating. True, they are cheap, but you might have to replace it so frequently that it would have been better to choose a better material.
In fact, if you are new to dabbing, we recommend trying out quartz or ceramic nails to start with, or, if you can spring for a bit more cash, a lower-end titanium nail. You’ll want to use each type several times in order to get an accurate feel and taste. Later, when you’ve settled on a preferred type, set out some real cash and invest in a higher-end nail in the material of your choice.
We also recommend purchasing US-made nails and avoid those coming out of Asia. US manufacturers adhere to higher standards of production, and the last thing you want to do is put a hot torch to a cheap device and have it explode. You also want to avoid having strange and potentially noxious or poisonous chemicals leaching into your product. This is much more likely to happen with products coming out of Asia.
We also highly recommend that you choose a proven brand name. Specifically, we like the following popular dab nail brands & suppliers for their high quality workmanship and dedication to the consumer experience:
Dank Tools, Dankstop, King’s Pipe, Grasscity, Black Leaf, Grace Glass, G-Spot, Dabinator, Hive EHLE, Highly Educated, Grav Labs, Honey Supply, Silika Glass