WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING THE BEST ROSIN PRESS
A rosin press is a techy but practical alternative to extracting resin from plant materials, and definitely worth checking into if you’re big into rosin extraction, since the quality can’t be beat when compared with low-tech methods like hair straighteners. So what to consider when buying the best rosin press?
The first thing to ask yourself is, Do I really need a rosin press? If you’re extracting resin regularly or even for a small business, then the answer is most definitely yes. Especially if you care about quality. Not only is the rosin higher in quality when extracted from a press, you waste less material, which is better for your bottom line, if you intend to make a profit.
Consider your needs when buying a rosin press. For home use, simpler devices are the way to go. With rosin presses in general, there is a sort of quality over quantity thing happening. That may change when technology, methods and manufacturing improve, but as of now, a lot of the most well-liked presses tend to have smaller yields.
That said, if you’re going to be doing a lot of pressing, a larger press with a higher PSI, capable of larger yields might be the way to go. But depending on a variety of factors, the resin, on balance, might be lower in quality upon extraction.
Because of this quality vs. quantity thing, it’s super important go with the press that meets your needs. After all, if you live alone and you’re a coffee lover, you’re not going to buy a coffee maker designed for use in a diner, are you? No, you’re going to buy a smaller coffee maker that’s better designed to fit your tastes.
Speaking of tastes/needs, consider doing a lot of research before you buying the best rosin press. Don’t fall into the hype. Make an informed decision.
Tips on how to choose the best rosin press for your needs
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best rosin press for your needs. Consider the following:
- Factor in quality vs. quantity—don’t be tempted to go huge if your needs don’t demand it, because you’ll have better quality control on a smaller press, generally speaking.
- Some rosin presses require an air compressor. If you don’t already own one, it’s important to know that a lot of quality rosin presses don’t require an air compressor, so research those before you go running to the hardware store.
- The main three types of rosin presses are manual, pneumatic and hydraulic. Each has their own benefits. Most of the newer ones don’t need air compressors, either. What you choose really comes down to your needs, which is why doing your own research is so important.
- Always go for a rosin press that has dual temperature plates, meaning you can set the temperatures independently from one another—this improves quality.
- Remember that some temperature ranges are in Celsius and others are in Fahrenheit—always read the fine print. Don’t be intimidated if the temperature measurement unit isn’t what you’re used to: online conversions are super easy and readily available via the search engine of your choice.
- Search for a rosin press made with ultradurable components. These things operate with heat and pressure—flimsy parts just won’t do.
The top 5 best rosin press on the market today.
Rosineer RNR-MV2 Manual Rosin Press Machine
The Rosineer RNR-MV2 is a manual rosin press machine, which means the press is operated via a lever. Unlike other manual machines, however, it doesn’t require constant pressure, making it easy to use. Plus, you don’t need an air compressor or any extra equipment, which means you can start using it straightaway without extra parts.
Dual temperature controls
There are two separate temperature control mechanisms for the upper and lower plate, allowing for a customizable, needs-based user experience. The max temperature is 399 degrees Celsius, which translates to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.
Up to 650lbs of pressure
The Rosineer MV2 Manual Rosin Press delivers a pressure range of 300lbs to 650lbs of pressure, which is equivalent to roughly a maximum of 150 PSI. The manufacturer states that this pressure range is ideal for 5g to 7g of plant material.
The Rosineer’s durable construction is one of its major highlights. The plates are made from food grade aluminum, so not only do they withstand the heat, they won’t have any negative impact on the rosin they produce; the heating elements are additionally protected by stainless steel covering to improve insulation. The body of the machine is made from a combination of stainless steel and iron for strength and reliability.
Easy to maintain
The Rosineer features modular components, which means they’re designed to be easily taken apart for cleaning and maintenance.
What to like about the Rosineer RNR-MV2 Manual Rosin Press Machine:
- Easy manual operation; no additional equipment necessary
- Separate temp controls for each plate
- Temperature max of 399 degrees Celsius (750 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 300lbs to 650lbs of pressure (roughly max PSI of 150)
- Food grade aluminum plates
- Stainless steel heat element coverings for improved heat distribution
- Stainless steel and iron body for durability
- Modular construction makes cleanup and maintenance a breeze
- Instruction manual and tools are included with purchase
- Excellent customer service
What to consider:
- The temperature controls are set to Celsius, which can be a drag if you’re used to using only Fahrenheit. Fortunately, with the internet and smartphones being everywhere, temperature conversion is a lot easier than it used to be, so this isn’t a huge issue—you just might want to keep a conversion chart handy, if you’re unfamiliar with Celsius.
LilSmasher – Rosin Press
Plug n’ play
The LilSmasher Rosin Press from NugSmasher features plug n’ play technology, which means you simply plug in the press and you can start pressing rosin from that moment forward, making it great for beginners. All you have to be able to do is set the temperature and operate the press’s manual arm pump.
The secret behind the plug n’ play aspect of this rosin press is the internal 12-ton hydraulic unit, which operates semi-automatically once you plug it in and program your settings.
Thanks to the 12-ton hydraulic unit action, the LilSmasher is capable of an impressive 6500 PSI. (PSI means pounds per square inch—a unit of measurement for pressure). This makes it a great choice for heavier duty applications.
Dual temperature plates
The 300W dual temperature plates can be set independently from each other for optimal efficiency.
The body of the LilSmasher is made from stainless steel for ultimate durability.
What to like about the LilSmasher – Rosin Press:
- Plug n’ play—no extra equipment required
- 300W dual temperature plates
- Stainless steel construction
- 6500 PSI
- 12-ton hydraulic unit
- Made in the USA
What to consider:
- The LilSmasher from NugCrusher is, overall, a very well-liked rosin press. The main downside with it, though, is quality control at the manufacturing level. Some units simply arrive damaged. Luckily, NugCrusher offers a lifetime warranty for the LilSmasher, so they’ll replace it, and the good news is, when the unit isn’t damaged, most people love it, so it’s not a huge risk, if you decide this is the press for you.
The Rosineer RNR-PV2 is a pneumatic rosin press with easy to program controls and an emergency stop button that packs a powerful 1000lbs of pressure for extracting quality rosin every time.
Dual element heating plates
The dual heating elements are made from food-grade aluminum with stainless steel coating for a combination of safety and even heating distribution.
Dual temperature controls
Each plate can be set to its own temperature independently, offering you, the operator, ultimate control. The max temperature is 300 degrees Celsius (750 degrees Fahrenheit).
Like other Rosineer presses, the PV2 features a modular design, which allows you better ease of access for cleaning and maintaining the press.
The body of the Rosineer RNR-PV2 is made from a combination of iron and stainless steel that work together to provide the ultimate durability it takes to withstand and apply the impressive 1000lbs of pressure this machine is capable of.
What to like about the Rosineer RNR-PV2 Pneumatic Rosin Press Machine:
- 1000lbs pressure
- Pneumatic action for easy usage
- Dual temperature controls
- Dual temperature plates
- Max temp 399 degrees Celsius (750 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Iron and stainless-steel construction for durability
- Plates made from food-safe aluminum and stainless steel
- Modular design allows for easy cleaning and maintenance
- Instruction manual and tools included
What to consider:
- Like other Rosineer presses, temperatures are measured in Celsius and aren’t automatically converted to Fahrenheit, so if you live in a country (like the USA) that primarily uses Fahrenheit, you’re going to want to have a conversion table handy. Luckily, this is easy to look up on your smartphone or computer.
The Electric Hydraulic Rosin Press is aptly named, because it uses electric-powered hydraulics to apply an astounding 15,000 PSI—one of the highest PSI ratings on a rosin press intended for home and/or small business use.
6 x 8 dual heated plates
The roomy 6 x 8 plates are great for larger rosin press applications, and they’re dual heating, giving you ultimate control of your output.
485 degrees Fahrenheit max temperature
The max temperature on the Electric Hydraulic Rosin Press is 485 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than enough for the most common rosin press applications.
What to like about the Electric Hydraulic Rosin Press:
- Hydraulic action
- 15,000 PSI
- 485 degrees Fahrenheit max temperature
- 6 x 8 plates
- Dual heated plates
- Works without an air compressor—plug n’ play
What to consider:
- Some units have shipped without instructions, which obviously isn’t great, considering this is a pretty advanced rosin press, which requires more than just a general knowledge to use. The simplest fix is to contact customer service and have them send you a manual.
- The max temperature isn’t as high as a lot of the other popular rosin presses out there, but it’s still high enough for most applications, so this isn’t a big problem.
The CA Rosin Press uses a pneumatic cylinder to deliver 5000 PSI pressing capabilities.
8in x 6in plates
The large 8in x 6in plates allow you to get more pressing done in less time.
Dual temperature control
Each plate has independent temperature control with a maximum of 500 degrees Fahrenheit for ultimate versatility.
Heat-resistant gloves included
The CA Rosin Press comes with heat-resistant gloves to help protect your hands from the hot plates, which can be a bit intimidating until you become used to them.
What to about the CA Rosin Press 8″ x 6″ Pneumatic Rosin Heat Press Dual Element Heating:
- 1-year warranty
- Dual temperature controls for each plate
- Maximum 500 degrees Fahrenheit
- Pneumatic cylinder operation
- 8in x 6in plates
- Heat-resistant gloves included
What to consider:
- This unit requires an air compressor, which is obviously a downer if you don’t already own one. If you otherwise like this unit, there are a lot of air compressors available both online and in local stores in a variety of price ranges and capabilities, and they’re very simple to use, so it’s not a huge burden.
The winner of this best rosin press roundup may surprise you, but if you’ve been paying close attention, it was really very obvious: The Rosineer MV2. Not only does the Rosineer MV2 feature extreme durability, food-grade aluminum plates, and robust temperature settings, it’s also a quality machine. Compared to competitors, it has very few manufacturing issues. And when you add in how easy it is to you, choosing the Rosineer MV2 as the roundup winner was actually a very easy choice to make.