Dab Rigs – The Ultimate Guide To Dab Rigs & Dabbing

dab rigs

What are Dab Rigs?

Dab rigs are devices used to “smoke” a variety of different substances, including natural oils, concentrates or extracts. The word “smoke” has been denoted with parentheses because the user is not actually, directly smoking the product, in the traditional sense. Instead, the process of consuming the product (known as “dabbing”) is actually vapor-based. No combustion occurs with dabbing and, therefore, there is no smoke inhalation.

dab rigs & dabbing

Dab rigs (also sometimes known as “oil rigs” or “dab bongs”) are glass devices that resemble bongs, except they are generally smaller than bongs. The method used for heating and transforming the product (the “dab”) is different from that of a bong. The central working component of any dab rig is the “nail” (named as such because it somewhat resembles a carpenter’s nail). The nail rests on a glass joint within or on the rig.

The process begins by using a hand-torch to heat up the nail. The nail ultimately reaches a very high temperature (typically between 350 and 400 degrees). When the desired temperature is achieved (it doesn’t take long), the product is “dabbed” onto the heated nail, triggering a flash that transforms the product into vapor, which is then inhaled.

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A Brief History of Dab Rigs

The origin and development of the “dab rig” is difficult to confirm. However, a significant number of sources point back to a Canadian entrepreneur and inventor. He was looking for a better, purer vaporizing experience. After some experimentation, somewhere between 2005 and 2009, he came up with a prototype of the glass bowl and nail contraption that dabbers know today. It’s not clear whether he actually patented his device, but if he didn’t, he should have. Suddenly users had another option for dabbing besides glass dab pipes, and a much more effective one at that. The use of dab rigs spread quickly, particularly in California, Colorado, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

The earliest dab rigs were somewhat basic and even crude. However, manufacturers quickly integrated style and artisanry into their devices. Today, users can find dab rigs that are also beautiful works of art in blown glass, as well as novelty devices in various shapes and resembling animals, flowers and popular characters.​

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The Benefits of Using Dab Rigs

Bongs are designed for smoking dried herb, while dab rigs are for smoking dabs, or concentrated oils and waxes (which are sometimes made from herbs). So let’s say that you have the choice to smoke your choice of herbs dried from a bong or in the form of an oil or wax from a dab rig? Which is better?

Users who have tried both tend to agree that dab rigs provide a better, quicker and more efficient user experience. This is because the vapors that are created by dab rigs are more concentrated than those created by a bong. You get more bang for your buck, so to speak, with dab rigs. Just a little bit of product provides you with the flavor and experience you crave with better delivery. Plus, there is the convenience factor: you don’t need water (although, if you like, there are water models available) and your product volume will be much smaller. Additionally, you have greater control over temperature (which is important when it comes to the quality of the vapor that is produced) when using dab rigs.​

What To Look For In Quality Dab Rigs

dab nail

To find the answer to this question, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the different components of the dab rig itself, as well as the extraneous dab accessories and supplies (like the torch and the dabs). The most crucial part of the device, by far, is the nail, the piece which is responsible for vaporizing the product.

Dab rig nails can be made from a variety of different materials. The type of material used can have an effect on the dab smoking experience, the overall quality of the device, how quickly the dab nail heats up and how long it is able to retain heat. And, as you may have already guessed, the type of material will affect the overall price of the device.

Nails can be made from glass, ceramic, quartz or titanium. Here we will talk about the pros and cons of each type of nail material:

Glass Nails

glass nail

PROS

Glass nails are among the least expensive types of nails.

CONS

Glass nails are the easiest type to break, which means you will most likely have to replace them more frequently than other types, unless you are really, really careful and gentle with your rig. Glass does not retain heat as well as other types of materials used to make nails. For some types of product, glass nails will work just fine. For other types of dabs, glass nails may not get hot enough or stay hot enough long enough to do the job.

Ceramic Nails

ceramic nails

PROS

Ceramic nails are also relatively inexpensive when compared to nails made from other materials. Ceramic is a good heat retainer.

CONS

Ceramic, like glass, is breakable. You may find yourself having to replace ceramic nails more often.

Quartz Nails

quartz nail

PROS

Quartz is very durable, so you can worry less about breaking and having to replace a quartz nail. Quartz does not tend to get overly hot so your risk of burning your product is reduced.

CONS

Quartz, like glass, has trouble retaining heat over a period of time.

Titanium Nails

dab nail

PROS

Titanium is super strong and durable, plus it’s very light weight. (In other words, it has a desirable strength-to-weight ratio.) Since titanium is practically indestructible, you can count on a titanium nail to last for a long time, maybe even longer than the device itself. Titanium also heats up quickly and retains it longer than glass, ceramic and quartz nails. Titanium tends to be the most popular choice among experienced dab smokers.

CONS

It’s easy to overheat a titanium nail. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to work with a titanium nail and not burn your product. Titanium nails are more expensive (but since they last much longer than other types, this point may be moot).

Electronic Nails ("E-nails")

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You may also find models that are designed to accommodate electronic nails (“e-nails”). This type of device doesn’t require lighting with a torch but, rather, heats the dab using regular electricity. E-nail models are convenient, particularly if you are a frequent dabber, because they heat up quickly. Plus, you have total control over temperature and can customize it to the type of dab you are consuming. The biggest downside is the need to be close to a power source to use the device. That being said, smoking purists sometimes grimace in chagrin at the very idea of the e-nail, claiming that the torching is a crucial part of the overall dabbing experience. At the end of the day, the type of nail that you choose really comes down to personal preference, and you may only discover what your preference is after trying out different types.

More About Dab Rig Nails

Nails can be “domed” or “domeless.” These, too, have pros and cons:

Domed Nails

domed nail

PROS

Domed nails are usually nicer-looking, aesthetically speaking. Domed nails hold in more vapor than domeless nails. They are smaller, so they heat up faster. They are also safer to use than domeless.

CONS

They are a little bit fussier to use than domeless.

Domeless Nails

dab nail

PROS

Easier to use than domed nails.

CONS

May be less aesthetically-pleasing; more industrial-looking than domed nails.

Additionally, the nail may be “male” or “female.” In other words, a “male” nail is inserted inside of the intake tube. A “female” nail is applied to the outside of the intake. Some users claim that there is a difference, experience-wise, between the two types. Others say that the experience is the same whether you use a device with a male or female nail. All it really comes down to is personal preference. However, the majority of dab rigs use male nails.

Other Components Of A Dab Rig

The rest of the dab rig consists of the glass piece or pieces that makes up the rest of the device. Some may come as a single piece, others may have removable parts. As already noted, the glass part can be stylized into different, artistic shapes. Some users say that they feel certain shapes (for example, round versus oval or oblong bowls) deliver more concentrated vapor; others feel that shape doesn’t really make a difference. What really matters is that the device is small enough to deliver the product effectively but not so small that it is difficult or unwieldy to use.

Dabbers

dabber

Some dab rigs come with dabbers, a pen-like device for dabbing the product onto the nail. Dabbers can also be purchased separately, and some users don’t even bother with a dabber and simply dab the product directly from its bottle or wax form onto the nail.

Torch

torch

The torch is also essential to dabbing, but since this is a separate piece, it may or may not be sold along with the actual device. You can find a variety of different “dab kits” on the market. A “dab kit” usually contains all the items and dab accessories you’ll need to get started, which may include a torch. However, torches are also sold separately, and many users would rather choose and purchase their own torch separately from the actual glass rig.

Cost Of Dab Rigs

As far as price goes, a dab rig can range from $29.99 for a cheap model to $1000 or more for a high-quality or finely-stylized or artisan device. The wide price range can be confusing, but try to think of it the way you would think of buying something like a car. First, you get what you pay for. If you spend $29.99 for a dab rig, it will perform like something that’s worth $29.99. On the other hand, if you’re just starting out as a dabber, purchasing a cheap model as a means of trying it out just to get the feel of using the device might not be a bad thing. Just don’t expect it to last, and make sure that it’s going to be safe to use.

When you’ve settled on a preference in terms of nail type, shape, etc. and you want to move on to a more permanent device for long-term, regular use, you should expect to pay somewhere between $60 and $150. The difference between the lower and the higher end of that range is going to depend largely on the type of nail and the style of the rig itself.

The Top 12 Dab Rigs - BEST DAB RIGS ON THE MARKET

With so many different things to consider, and so many styles and types available, it may be hard to choose the right glass rig for you. We’ve chosen 12 of our favorites here in a variety of styles in an effort to inspire you as you consider your purchase of your own rig:

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Silika Glass - Hourglass Dab Rig

Silika Glass - Hourglass Dab Rig

Heads up, elite smokers. This provocative dab rig really makes a statement about your taste for the finer things in life. The glass itself is no ordinary glass: it’s borosilicate engineered and manufactured by German-based, world-renowned Schott glassmakers. This premium-quality, scientific lab glass can withstand high temperatures and perform optimally for years with proper care. The sleek hourglass shape is surrounded by three glass tube pillars, giving it an elegant and sophisticated appearance. The Hourglass Dab Rig is outfitted with a fixed, two-hole stem and 14 mm joint. A rig as seasoned and cultured as this wouldn’t come with anything less than a titanium nail for high performance and extreme durability even under intense heat.

The sophisticated hourglass shape of the Hourglass Dab Rig was made for the classy smoker. Sitting on a shelf, it will look like a refined piece of glass art, but we’re certain it won’t stay on your shelf. It’s the premium-quality German lab glass construction that makes this rig one of the pricier ones on our list, but its durability, along with its titanium nail, makes it worth the $400 to $450 price tag. The bent neck design provides a more comfortable smoking experience. You may just find yourself invited into the circles of the smoking elite with this cultured device.

GREAT FOR

Experienced users, art lovers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Clear glass.

Comes with 14mm titanium nail and dome.

Two-hole diffuser.

Fixed stem.

Bent neck.

11” high.

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Twincycler Dual Chamber
Inline Perc Recycler

“Twincycler” Dual Chamber Inline Perc Recycler

This rig made our list for more than one reason. For one thing, we were drawn to the dual chamber system that filters smoke twice for a clean, smooth hit. We also love the flexibility of this piece in that it can be used with dry herb OR oils, concentrates and waxes, OR all of the above, if you choose to. Simply purchase both the bowl AND the dome and nail. The bent neck is another cool design feature that attracted us. This helps to prevent splash-back, so all you get is pure, light vapor when you inhale, not water. Made from high quality scientific glass, this rig will hold up well under heat. It comes with a glass dome and nail, but we recommend springing for the ceramic or titanium nail that fits this rig if you can afford it.

GREAT FOR

Experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored scientific glass.

Your choice of black or clear glass lip wrap.

Choose from bowl or dome and nail.

Flared mouthpiece.

Height - 8.5 inches.

Choose bowl, dome and nail, or both.

14mm male joint.

Inline perc.

Built in dish.

Bent neck.

Double chamber recycler.

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G-Spot Dab Rig

gspot dab rig

This rig is ideal for the frequent and experienced dabber. The G-Spot is a full-size oil rig with removable mouthpiece for easy cleaning. The bent mouthpiece makes consuming easier, and its thick, heavy base provides stability. The G-Spot comes with a titanium nail that will last for years. We feel that this rig provides super-reliable, quality performance for a device that is under $200 and is excellent for everyday use. As dab rigs go, it is actually considered a mid-priced model, and one of the less expensive titanium nail devices on the market. If you care for it properly, you can expect to get your money’s worth from this oil rig because it should last for a long time and perform well.

GREAT FOR

More experienced smokers, frequent dabbers.

PRICE RANGE

Mid-range.

SPECS

Female 18.8mm titanium nail (domeless).

29.2mm ground joint.

Made from clear borosilicate glass.

Slitted diffuser.

Removable mouthpiece with female connection joint.

14 inches high.

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4

Fire and Ice 3 PC

fire and ice dab rig

Okay, so this is not your everyday rig. Nevertheless, smokers who also have a love affair with handcrafted art will want this piece simply for its artistic beauty and the care with which it was made. At almost $1,000, this device isn’t going to find its way onto the shelves of most dabbers out there. Nevertheless, we’ve included it on our list for its sheer beauty as a work of glass art, and for the matching extras that come with it. This exquisitely-designed oil rig will appeal to the finest of dabbers who are also art connoisseurs. Plus, you can wear the matching pendant.

The abstract fire-and-ice design features bright blues and oranges against a black background. Made by the renowned Baker the Glass Maker Studio in Oregon, this dab rig is meant to be displayed. We love that it comes with a wearable pendant necklace which is, in itself, a gorgeous, eye-catching work of art. We appreciate the fact that this device and its accessory pieces come shipped in a Pelican case, trusted in the marketplace for safely storing and delivering delicate and fragile cargo.

GREAT FOR

Experienced, frequent users with cash to spare and a taste for fine art.

PRICE RANGE

Luxury.

SPECS

Made from hand blown and painted glass.

Incredible detail work.

Comes with glass domed female nail.

Also comes with matching wearable pendant and matching cotton swab holder.

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5

Helix Nano Clear Straight Tube

helix dab rig

If you’re a serious dabber who is looking to step up from a starter rig to something more permanent and long-lasting, the Helix Nano Clear Straight Tube is a worthy candidate. Borosilicate glass is scientific lab-quality. Not only that, but this oil rig is made from the highest grade of Borosilicate available. This means that it’s going to stand up to high temperatures. (In other words, if you accidentally overheat, it won’t shatter.) It will also clean up easier than cheaper glass. In fact, this particular rig has a couple of removable parts, so it will be much easier to achieve a thorough cleaning than with rigs that are all one piece.

We also added this one to our list because of its “helix” design chamber. This feature does more than create a cool “cyclone” effect. It actually contains multiple minute, upward-pointing holes. This causes the smoke to mix with the air in the chamber. This mixing results in a “cyclone” that ultimately results in a distinctively-smooth taste you don’t get with other rig styles, plus it cools your smoke too. Additionally, the downstem is outfitted with X-cut holes for greater diffusion. This rig even comes with a removable. The Helix Nano Clear Straight Tube is not only worth its price tag, you’ll get your money’s worth where performance and durability is concerned.

GREAT FOR

Experienced dabbers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made from highest quality Borosilicate clear glass.

Straight tube water pipe.

14 mm female joint.

Helix design “cyclone” chamber.

Comes with removable glass bowl.

Removable diffused downstem.

Flared mouthpiece.

Extra-wide base.

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6

“The Corkscrew” Inline Perc Recycler

“The Corkscrew” Inline Perc Recycler

Who says good looks and intelligence can’t go hand-in-hand? This rig is proof that looks and smarts can co-exist. You can’t help but notice “The Corkscrew” with its glass spiral tubing. It connects the main chamber of the rig to the recycling chamber and is really fun to watch as vapor enters the coil and travels the entire circuit before making its way out the mouthpiece. Your hit will be smooth, clean and sweet after all of this traveling and diffusing, including making its way through two separate chambers. This impressive rig can be used with either dry herb OR waxes/oils/concentrates (or both) since it has an optional bowl as well as dome and nail. If you’re getting a nail, we recommend upgrading to a ceramic or titanium one rather than the glass one that’ comes with the rig.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear scientific glass.

Height - 10 inches.

14mm male joint.

Choose from bowl or dome and nail.

Dual chamber recycler.

Angle cut dome.

Inline perc.

Spiral coil glass tubing.

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7

Dual Use Mini Beaker

dual use mini beaker oil rig

The Dual Use Mini Beaker from Dankstop.com is a super-versatile device with little bit of everything that’s great about smoking devices. Its diminutive size makes it ideal for traveling. Plus, it can be used as both a bong and a dab rig. We suggest purchasing both the nail and the bowl if you enjoy smoking a variety of forms of product, eliminating the need for two different devices. Even though this model is more than $150 if you were to purchase both the nail and the bowl, it’s still a great deal. Don’t mistake it for cheap, though. The Dual Use Mini Beaker is made from lab-grade glass as long as you’re careful and care for it properly, it should last awhile. The flared mouthpiece is really comfortable to use, and the angled slits precisely guide the airflow so you get the best diffusion.

GREAT FOR

New and experienced users, frequent travelers, people who like to smoke both oils/waxes and dried herb.

PRICE RANGE

Low to mid range.

SPECS

Clear glass.

Comes with a domeless quartz nail or 14mm female bowl.

Flared mouthpiece.

Three slit design.

7” high.

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8

Barrel Perc Vortex Recycler

Barrel Perc Vortex Recycler

Here’s another super-cool rig that you can use either for smoking dry herbs (buy the bowl) or for use with waxes, oils and concentrates (purchase the dome and nail), or both (get both pieces). This model uses a barrel-style percolator to percolate and diffuse your smoke, which creates a mesmerizing vortex effect, like the old “tornado in a bottle” experiment you did in elementary school. Except this tornado ends with a wickedly sweet and smooth hit.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

Mid-range to high.

SPECS

Made of clear scientific glass.

14mm male joint.

Angled neck.

Flared mouthpiece.

Barrel style perc with vortex effect.

Choose from bowl or dome and nail.

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9

Double Barrel Hammerhead Recycler

Double Barrel Hammerhead Recycler dab rig

This rig comes out shooting with both barrels. The Double Barrel Hammerhead Recycler was designed with exceptional filtration and diffusion in mind. The hammerhead, double barrel percolator does just that. The resulting hit is smooth like silk and super-chill. Of course, the fact that you can smoke dry herb or oils, concentrates and waxes from just this single rig is very appealing. Buy both the bowl and the dome/nail and switch back and forth, whatever your mood or cravings dictate.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

Mid-range to high.

SPECS

Made from clear, thick, quality scientific glass.

Double ended inline percolator (hammerhead).

Dual chambers.

Choose from bowl or dome and nail.

Bent neck.

Barrel perc.

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10

"Pokeflute” Themed Sidecar Dab Rig

Pokeflute dab rig

Seriously, a Pokemon-themed dab rig. Smokers who are anime fans will love this fun design from Kings-Pipe.com and created by Empire Glass, which has been carefully constructed out of lab-quality glass to be a reliable, practical, everyday use rig. Even without the Pokemon artwork, this dab rig would be a quality device that can be counted on to deliver an excellent user experience and last for a long time. The fun artwork is just the icing on the cake. If you’re obsessed with catching them all, you gotta catch this one.

GREAT FOR

Regular users, Pokemon and anime fans.

PRICE RANGE

Mid to high.

SPECS

Clear glass with painted features.

Pokeflute mouthpiece, Pokeball embellishment and Snorlax character toper figurine.

Comes with quartz banger nail.

14mm female joint.

Inline diffused hole perc.

5” high.





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Blaze Glass Concentrate Oil Bubbler

blaze dab rig

The Blaze Glass Concentrate Oil Bubbler with Showerhead Diffuser from Grasscity.com has a simple yet classy and eye-catching design. The clear glass device features a set of colored, decorative horns that make this rig unique. We picked this one for both its striking understated looks as well as for its showerhead diffuser, which provides the user with a very different smoking experience from a typical inline perc with slits: bubbles in every direction. At less than $100, it’s we feel confident recommending this rig to all types of users from those new to smoking to the frequent dabber.

GREAT FOR

Newbies and experienced users.

PRICE RANGE

Low to Medium.

SPECS

Made from clear borosilicate glass with choice of blue or amber colored decorative horns.

Comes with quartz nail.

Showerhead diffuser.

Circular mouthpiece

19.5” high.

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Tornado Cyclone Vapor Rig

tornado dab rig

You can’t help but be mesmerized by the tornado action of the Tornado Cyclone Vapor Rig with Turbine Perc from DankStop.com, which is why we’ve added it to our top ten dab rigs picks. The disc percolator combined with its saucer-shape is what transforms your product into vapor that spins and swirls its way through the chamber. Bring it to your next party and you’ll make new friends fast! Not only is it a cool conversation-starter, we appreciate its well-constructed, quality workmanship too. However, we would recommend purchasing a ceramic or quartz nail on the side for just a small extra cost.

GREAT FOR

Newbies and experienced users.

PRICE RANGE

Low to mid range.

SPECS

Comes with glass domed male nail.

Clear glass with black accent.

18mm male joint.

Turbine disc percolator.

Flared mouthpiece.

Tornado-action smoke.

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Top Ten Dabs Rigs Under $100

Dabbing and dab products are a growing market. Consequently, there are exponentially more dab concentrate and oil rigs to choose from that there were even just a few years ago. Not only that, but they are much more sophisticated than their early predecessors. The upside is that there really is a dab rig to suit everyone’s taste. The only thing that might be considered a “downside” to this is that it sometimes makes choosing a rig more complicated.

To help you make a more informed selection, we’ve researched and chosen our favorite top ten dab rigs under $100. We firmly believe that dabbing isn’t just for the elite or the wealthy, and because the competition in this market has grown so quickly, more manufacturers are focusing on unique design, higher quality and more affordable pricing.

Here are some cheap dab rigs you can buy with less than $100 in your wallet:​

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Up In Smoke Jade East Dab Rig

Smoke Jade East Dab Rig

Why we chose the Up In Smoke Jade East Dab Rig: This rig will have broad appeal to a variety of different personalities and dab preferences. The bottle-like design is simple yet attractive, unisex and practical, plus it’s not too big and not too small. We like the extra-wide base which gives this oil rig extra stability, keeping it from toppling when you set it on a flat surface: no crying over a broken rig! The double showerhead feature provides superb taste with products that require less diffusion for optimal taste. For a straight-up, no-nonsense rig, this model delivers noteworthy value for dollars spent.

By the way, Cheech and Chong ™ Glass really is named for the comedy/singing/acting duo, who actually own the company. Possibly the most famous smokers in modern history, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong personally endorse every rig their company produces.​

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Height: 7.5 inches.

14 mm joint.

Double showerhead percolation.

Made of clear glass.

Available in green or black detail.

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All Quartz Beaker Vapor Rig

All Quartz Beaker Vapor Rig

Why we chose the All Quartz Beaker Vapor Rig: When you are first experimenting with dabbing, you shouldn’t spend a ton of money on a dab rig with fancy bells and whistles. The best way to get a genuine feel for the dabbing experience and determine your own personal preferences is to start with something simple. On the other hand, you don’t want something that would qualify as “cheap” that might underperform or break within weeks. That’s why we like this model. It’s made entirely of quartz (including the nail). Although it is still potentially breakable, quartz is stronger and more durable than glass. Quartz also infuses a subtle but desirable taste that even many experienced dabbers are sold out to. We like that this rig provides all of this, plus is available at a very reasonable price that even beginner smokers can afford.

GREAT FOR

Newbie dabbers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of scientific quality quartz clear glass.

Includes built-in domeless quartz nail.

Flared, bent-neck mouthpiece.

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3

Glass Concentrate Oil Recycler Bubbler

Glass Concentrate oil rig

The Black Leaf Glass Concentrate Oil Recycler Bubbler with Diffused Downstem addresses the problem of a hit that’s too hot. This cool rig features a built-in water recycler. This system is designed with three holes which filter smoke, breaking it up into bubbles. From the diffuser, the smoke travels into recycler for re-filtering. By the time it reaches the mouthpiece and gets pulled through the narrow opening, it’s super-chill and ultra-smooth and flavorful. Just a word of caution: with this rig, be careful to only heat the nail on the top. Otherwise, you run the risk of breaking the glass. Because of this, we recommend this rig only for users who have had some practice heating nails and have a good feel for how it’s done. As long as you can exercise restraint when heating, this rig will give you a quality hit but won’t hit you in the wallet.

GREAT FOR

Experienced and regular users.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made from lab-quality clear Borosilicate glass.

Comes with glass nail.

Outfitted with built-in recycler.

Rounded, stylized mouthpiece with 4 mm opening.

Female 14.5mm glass vapor dome.

Built-in three-hole diffuser downstem.

15 cm high.

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4

Banger Hanger Mini Oil Rig

Banger Hanger Mini Dab Rig

She’s a real looker: the Banger Hanger Mini Oil Rig with Color Accent had been hand-blown and is much art as functional piece. She’s curvaceous and sexy with your choice of blue or green accents that leave just enough to the imagination. Smokers who swear by the banger nail will appreciate this design with its two-hole diffuser to percolate your vapor so it comes out perfect both temperature and flavor-wise. All of this sexiness and functionality is packed into a small but powerful body, great for everyday use and the ideal size for traveling.

GREAT FOR

New and experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made from lab-quality clear, hand-blown Borosilicate glass with transparent colored accents.

Available in blue or green accents.

Hand-blown artisanry.

Mini rig – 6 inches high.

Bent neck.

Fixed stem.

14 mm female joint.

Comes with male banger nail.

Two-hole diffused percolator.

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5

Purr2Go Flower and Concentrate Combo

Purr2Go Flower Rig

We can’t say enough about the versatile and advantageous Purr2Go Flower and Concentrate Combo. If you like to travel and smoke, this super-convenient rig comes with a travel case and it disassembles and stores snugly inside. The ability to take this rig apart also makes it super-easy to clean. The polycarbonate construction makes it durable and conducive to traveling because it is able to withstand jostling (although this rig does have some glass parts so you’ll still have to be careful). Not only is this design ideal for traveling, it is ultra-flexible functionality-wise because you can smoke a variety of product with it: herbs, flowers, oils and concentrates. If you’re a frequent traveler and a serious smoker, this is a must-have.

GREAT FOR

Experienced and serious smokers, frequent travelers, smokers who like to use both dry herb and concentrate.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Injection-molded travel bubbler.

Made from lab-grade, shatter-resistant polycarbonate.

Contains no BPAs.

Can be used with either dry herb/flower or oils and concentrates.

Available with a 14 mm or 18 mm glass removable showerhead downstem.

9 inches long.

High-heat resistant.

Comes with travel case.

Comes apart for easy cleaning, storing and carrying.

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6

The Swisscycler

Swisscycler

Humble and perhaps a bit understated, the “The Swisscycler” Honeycomb to Swiss Perc Recycler is beautiful in its simplicity. The honeycomb design lends visual interest to the piece, but also serves a very important function. Outfitted with 30 small holes, smoke gets filtered as it passes through without creating drag for a smooth flavor and experience. The dual-use recycler features multiple chambers which gives you optimal, perfectly diffused and filtered hits. One user states that “you can’t get any water to come up no matter how hard you hit it.” This particular model has excellent reviews and a user-generated rating of 4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars. We recommend spending the extra five to fifteen dollars for an upgraded nail for best results and an optimal experience.

GREAT FOR

Regular smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of scientific clear glass.

Bent neck with flared mouthpiece.

Dual-use recycler design.

Honeycomb to Swiss perc.

14 mm male joint.

Comes with female glass nail and dome.

Optional female pinch bowl, ceramic domeless female nail, quartz banger female nail or titanium female nail available for small extra cost.

Choice of bowl, dome and nail or both.

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7

Concentrate Oil Recycler Bubbler Pink

pink blaze rig

This simple rig is somewhat standard as far as looks go, but the pink accents really make it stand out. This mini of mini rigs is fun as well as functional. The three-hole diffuser breaks up bubbles and then sends the vapor to the recycler chamber for further filtering. The result is a cooler vapor that is easy on the lungs but flavorful nonetheless. For such a tiny device, this quality oil and concentrate rig packs a big and powerful punch!

GREAT FOR

Regular dabbers, anyone who loves the color pink!

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Mini rig.

Made of lab-quality Borosilicate clear glass with pink accents.

Female 10 mm glass vapor dome.

Comes with glass nail.

Built-in recycler and three-hole diffuser downstem.

Bent mouthpiece.

11 cm high.

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8

Glass Mini Dab Rig

mini dab rig

The rounded and flared shape of the Monark Glass Mini Dab Rig is eye-catching and fun, but this mini rig offers more than good looks. What sets it apart from other rigs in the same price range is the no-splash design. The three-hole percolator breaks up and diffuses vapor before hitting your lungs with top-notch flavor and smooth delivery. The wide, flared base gives the Glass Mini Dab Rig a bit of extra stability when placed on a table or other flat surface. Its slightly diminutive size gives it a low profile and makes it easy to take with you just about anywhere.

GREAT FOR

Regular users.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear glass.

Wide base.

Three-hole perc.

14 mm joint.

No-splash design.

6.5 inches tall.

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9

Inline to Turbine Perc Straight Dab Rig

turbine rig

This no-nonsense, entry-level dab rig is an excellent, affordable choice for the smoker who is just starting out with dabbing. It features sleek, straight lines and a simple but functional design. The turbine perc whips up the water (just as you would imagine a turbine to do), creating a whirlpool type of effect. The turbine (sometimes called “cyclone” or “vortex” percs) perc provides less diffusion that other types of percolators. This helps to hold in more of the elements that contribute to the overall flavor of the product you are smoking. Plus, the tornado effect is just really cool to watch!

GREAT FOR

Beginners and newbies.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear glass.

14 mm female joint.

Inline percolation.

Turbine percolator.

Straight neck.

Flared mouthpiece.

9 inches tall.

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10

Nano Inline Perc Oil Rig

Nano Inline Perc dab rig

This model is on our list because it's an excellent starter rig. If you’re new to dabbing, travel a lot and want something that will travel with you conveniently, can’t afford to spend hundreds on a rig, the Nano Inline Perc Oil Rig is an excellent choice you won’t regret making. At $40 to $60 (depending on where you purchase it), it’s not a huge investment and, therefore, won’t be a big setback if you decide down the road that you want to move up to a full-size, or higher-end model. It’s also an ideal way for newbies to get the feel of using a dab rig and to try out different types of nails to determine your own personal preference. This piece has a user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

GREAT FOR

Newbies, frequent travelers, smokers who can’t spend a ton of money but want something that won’t break or fail within a couple of months.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Comes with glass dome and nail, with option to purchase ceramic or quartz nail separately.

Bent neck.

10 mm male joint.

5” high.

Flared mouthpiece.

Can chamber.

Available in clear, pink, blue or green glass.

Multi-slit inline perc.

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As you can see, you don’t have to have to be made of money to enjoy the dabbing experience (although there are certainly many elite and expensive dab rigs out there if you fancy yourself something of a show-off). This list proves that you can get a reliable, functional and even sexy-looking cheap oil rigs under 100 dollars. In fact, you can even find dab rigs under 50 dollars and still get the kind of design, percolation and other varied features that you like.

CONCLUSION

As far as brands go, not all of them are created equal. Even cheap dab rigs should last long enough for you to get a good feel for how they work and what type of nail you are drawn to.

Our favorite brands include:

Dankstop, Silika Glass, Grasscity Products, Maverick Glass, Brothers with Glass Products & Empire Glassworks

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