Top 10 Best Dab Rigs of 2020
Finding the best concentrate rig should be easy. But with so many options on the table, it can actually be tough.
To simplify things, we made a list of our favorite dab rigs based on design, materials, vapor quality, and ease-of-use. Each has something unique to offer with one thing in common--the ability to extract intense flavor and effects from concentrates while keeping hits smooth.
Looking to elevate your experience? Here is our list of the best dab rigs of 2020.
K.Haring Rig - $130.00
An iconic piece from an iconic artist
- Pure Quartz Banger
- Included Carb Cap
- Strong Diffusion
- Low Draw Resistance
- Compact 6" Height
- Curved Neck
- Hand-Wrapped Haring Accents
- Intergalactic Look
- Borosilicate Glass
Bring a piece of art into your next session with the K.Haring Rig. This dab rig houses a turbine percolator that generates a moisturizing cyclone of water for remarkably cool concentrate draws. In addition to a built-in splashguard, the K.Haring Rig is equipped with a 90-degree downstem and directional carb cap that gives you complete control over airflow.
Heat-resistant designs are hand-applied to the borosilicate glass construction; opposing colors and black, bold lines arrange Haring’s vibrant aesthetic. The K.Haring Rig is completed with Keith Haring’s signature.
Higher Standards Heavy Duty Rig - $180.00
- Premium Design
- Handcrafted in the USA
- Compressed Airpath
- Deep, Drag-Free Chugging
- Extra Thick Build
- Medical-Grade Borosilicate
- 100% Quartz Banger
- Collector's Storage Box with Tools
The Heavy Duty Rig is a sophisticated beast. Featuring thick medical-grade glass, clean joint welds and a sleek refashioning of the classic percolator style, this rig has the look and feel of a premium piece. Sure enough, it produces powerful vapor, the product of a 100% pure quartz nail and compressed air path that delivers hits directly to the lungs before they wane in strength.
Simply put, the Heavy Duty Rig is built to chug. The sealed airway, complete with tight passages and a compressed chamber, creates a drag-free experience that is perfect for concentrates. To promote better moisture-conditioning, a diffused stem features slits cut just the right size to create finer than average bubbles. You'll know after the first draw, this rig delivers flavor-rich vapor with a strong head change and smooth profile.
With an ergonomic design, the Heavy Duty Rig is tailored for straight-forward sessions that are free of pretension. A flared mouthpiece creates an airtight seal against your lips for fuller draws. For added grip, a dimple at the top of the percolator gives your index finger a comfy place to rest while you're ripping. When the rig's resting, a thick flat base keeps it secure. The overall experience is comfortable and functional.
(Higher Standards Supreme Clean Kit maintains the Heavy Duty Rig's crystal clear appearance.)
In a nutshell, the Heavy Duty Rig delivers on its promise of setting a higher standard. And it looks good doing it. The glasswork is clean with a crystalline look that can be maintained using the Higher Standards Supreme Clean Kit. We specifically recommend a combination of their ISO Pure 99% isopropyl alcohol and Salt Rox, a premium rock salt for breaking down tougher residue.
You'll notice Higher Standards puts painstaking detail into their products, including the premium accessories that come stored snugly in the rig's sleek and foamy collector's box. A triangular wax container features four compartments so you can keep your different waxes separate. And the two included tools are made of premium metal with silicone grips and removable caps. They really went the extra mile to give their products and accessories quality that's usually reserved for limited-edition items.
Curated for connoisseurs, the Heavy Duty Rig Kit delivers the highest of highs at a level of sophistication rarely seen in dab rigs.
MJ Arsenal Hydra Mini Rig - $39.99
- Miniature Size
- Spill-Proof Design
- Triple-Hole Percolator
- High-Grade Borosilicate
- Klien Recycler
- Quartz Banger
The Hydra by MJ Arsenal is a miniature concentrate rig with surprisingly big rips. The snakey design sends smoke on a wet and wild ride, which looks cool AND smooths hits out significantly.
I was impressed (and a little taken aback) by the direct hit to the lungs. I can safely say this little guy packs a big punch.
The big question is, where does the vapor quality come from?
Two places: The 100% quartz nail that extracts intense flavor and effects. And the Klein recycler that delivers hits to the lungs super fast before they have time to lose potency.
This is a beautifully designed mini concentrate rig with big personality and performance.
Eyce Rig II - $49.99
- Platinum-Cured Silicone
- Durable and Functional
- Reversible Titanium Nail
- 10mm Borosilicate Glass Collar
- Four Integrated Tool Slots
- Lifetime Warranty
Has someone finally made the only dab rig you'll ever need? It's certainly a possibility with the Eyce Rig 2, a piece that combines the lung-busting vapor production of glass rigs with the rough-and-ready toughness of silicone. Lightweight and practically unbreakable, it'll take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Equipped with a reversible 10mm titanium nail, it extracts immense clouds of flavorful vapor, which it then moisturizes and filters. Travel-ready with excellent vapor quality, there's little left to desire from the Eyce Rig 2.
Dr. Dabber Switch - $399.99
Ceramic induction for herb or wax.
- 25 Temperature Settings
- Dual Herb and Wax Compatible
- Ceramic Induction Heating
- 150 Uses Per Full Charge
- Pass-Through Charging
- Rapid Four Second Heating
- Borosilicate Glass Bubbler
Dr. Dabber Switch is a concentrate rig with dry herb functionality. It handles both materials seamlessly with a ceramic induction heating system. This unique heating style extracts intense flavor with minimal combustion even at higher temperatures. While most electronic dab rigs only offer one or two settings, the Switch has 25. It gives you plenty of leeway for exploring different vapor profiles. Cordless, the Switch offers semi-portable dabbing, and the battery holds 150 uses per full charge. This is a connoisseur's electric dab rig. The vapor quality is amazing. And it handles both herb and wax with the same powerful precision.
MJ Arsenal Atlas Mini Rig - $49.99
The world in your hand.
- Mini Design
- Double Ball Chamber
- Honeycomb Percolator
- 100% Pure Quartz Nail
- Ground Glass Connection
The Atlas is another tiny but mighty mini dab rig by MJ Arsenal. This little big guy gets its name from its double ball design, engineered to moisturize and cool hits while preventing water from entering the air path (and your mouth).
The chamber is a ball within a ball. Here's how it works…
Smoke travels from the nail through the inner ball then up through the honeycomb percolator into an outer ball that acts as a water chamber. The double ball design prevents splashing to keep water filtration clean and efficient.
Sure enough, the hits are quite comfortable and there's no spit back.
Even though the Atlas rig is small enough to fit in your pocket, the hits pack a punch. It's not that they're huge. They're just insanely direct, shooting straight to the lungs.
Here's where that power comes from...
The compressed airpath gives material no time to lose potency and flavor, so each hit is legitimately powerful.
Despite its small size, this is one of the best concentrate rigs I've tried. I can safely recommend it as an addition to your arsenal.
Hyer Big-E - $299.00
Drop the torch and get Hyer.
- Converts Your Glass into a Torchless Rig
- Precise Temperature (320F-852F)
- Adjustable Clamp
- Silicone Traction Grips
- Compatible with 90% of Glass
- 90-Second Heat Up
- LED Function Indicator
- Cordless and Portable
The Hyer Big-E converts almost any flat-base glass into a torchless concentrate rig. Pretty handy, since torches can be clunky, imprecise and a little dangerous. Now you get to choose a precise temperature up to 852F and dab in a semi-portable way without lugging around a torch. This is a one-of-a-kind device that makes dabbing way easier and safer. And the vapor production is top notch.
Featuring a 30W removable heating element made of high-grade ceramic, the Hyer Big-E is able to lock into an exact temperature and stay there throughout your session. Much more precise than torching. The pure quartz nail displays incredible vapor. Heat up takes about 90 seconds, not as fast as a torch but you're sacrificing one minute for precision temperature and much better vapor quality. Not a bad trade-off.
(A removable ceramic heating element fits right under the nail.)
You might be wondering how to hook up the Big-E to your glass pipe. It's really simple. First, you set your rig in the docking station and adjust the clamp so it's holding your glass tight. Attach whichever included nail works with your rig, whether it's male or female. Then plug the heating element into the cup beneath the nail. Now you're ready to rip.
Choosing a temperature is easy with a simple control interface featuring "+" and "-" buttons. You can hold either button down to jump temperatures by sets of ten degrees. Pressing the power button chooses your temperature. Wait 90 seconds and start. The Hyer Big-E will stabilize temperature throughout your session.
Using a heating element is way cleaner and more efficient than torching. For one thing, it doesn't leave as much tough residue in the nail after each session. In fact, you can run a burn off on the highest temp to get rid of any leftover buildup. You can also choose a temperature that is ideal for whatever flavor and potency level you're craving. Plus you don't have to carry a torch around just to take a rip. This unique device is light years ahead of torching, and we wouldn't be surprised if this becomes the new norm.
A few secret features enhance the concentrate experience. A silicone wax container is secreted away on the side of the device so you can keep your concentrates and kit all in the same place. You can also charge your smartphone directly from the Big-E using the micro-USB port on the back.
Overall the Hyer Big-E makes sessions a hell of a lot more convenient, versatile and satisfying.
MJ Arsenal Ursa Mini Rig - $49.00
Reach for the stars.
- Miniature Size
- Classic Rig Design
- Discus Perc
- Pure Borosilicate
- 100% Quartz Banger
- Flared Mouthpiece
Ursa Mini is the most traditional of the MJ Arsenal rigs. It's a mini version of the classic dab rig design with a few subtle differences. The hits are smaller than those of a big rig, but super concentrated.
I noticed the rips were slightly smoother than the rest of the MJA lineup. That's because Ursa Mini has a relatively larger water chamber with a discus percolator that creates very fine bubbles. That makes the hits nice and smooth.
MJA made a few updates to the classic design that they're paying homage to here...
First, the air path between the banger and the perc is built outside the chamber rather than inside. It winds around the rig, which gives it a little more length. Smoke has more time to cool off.
Second, the mouthpiece is nice and flared. I like to think that helps create a seal between the mouthpiece and your lips for stronger suction. The mouthpiece also has a blown out air path at its base, creating a mini tornado that allows the hit to cool off.
This little rig is solid and reliable. The rips catch you off guard, proving that big things can come in small packages.
GRAV SPG Fixed Umbrella Flared Rig- $110.00
A whirlpool water jet sends smoke on a wet and wild ride.
- Fixed Umbrella Perc
- Flexible Waterline
- 14mm Domeless Nail Included
- Heavy Filtering, Limited Drag
- Bent Neck Flute Mouthpiece
- 5mm Glass Thickness
Stephen Pierce's influential designs have played an essential role at Grav and the Umbrella perc provides optimal diffusion for flawless smoothness. With such a compact size your draws will be thick and flavorful. The neck is 90 degrees which keeps water from splashing up into your mouth. Design + function + precision air flow dynamics = the perfect rig. The set up also includes a 14mm domeless quartz nail.
Merlin Recycler Mini-Rig - $39.99
The little concentrate rig that could.
- Custom-Made Quartz Banger
- Recycler Water Filtration System
- Doubles as Joint Bubbler
- Borosilicate Glass
The Merlin Recycler by MJ Arsenal is a small concentrate rig with a magical side. It has dual functionality, doubling as a mini-rig and joint bubbler. And its recycler system keeps water constantly moving as you pull, causing a nice whirlpool effect. The hits are smooth and full-bodied for such a palm-friendly pipe.
This recycler is likely the best concentrate rig of its size. This little guy is seriously compact. You can pass it around or carry it in a protective bag without feeling like you're lugging something around. It's a worthy addition to your stash set if you ever find yourself needing a small dab rig.
The banger is pure quartz, pulling a wider range of flavor notes from your waxes. It's custom-made with a curved stem that tilts the nail slightly toward you for easier draws. A silicone banger clip holds everything in place.
As you're ripping with the Merlin, you'll need to hold the carb so water flows continuously through the recycler. Included is a silicone carb-cap to streamline that for you.
Overall, this mini dab rig is reliable and easy-to-use. Its vapor production is pretty dense for a small concentrate rig. And its versatility accommodates those who flitter from wax to flower. If you're in the mood for a dry herb session, insert a rolled blunt into the female joint and light it up as you inhale.
What Do Dab Rigs Offer?
(The Higher Standards Heavy Duty Rig features an airtight seal for deep chugs.)
Concentrate rigs offer smooth, highly potent rips from concentrates. Designed specifically for wax and oils, these glass water pipes utilize water filtration to tame the powerful rips produced by dabbing.
Using a concentrate rig is fairly simple. The user heats the nail, an attachment that directly vaporizes concentrates, using a torch. A bit of concentrate is then dabbed onto the hot surface of the nail as the user inhales. The smoke is pulled through a water filtration system that transforms it into moisturized, purified vapor. The hits contain fewer particulates and drop to a cooler temperature, making them more comfortable to take in.
Because concentrate rigs require torching, they're not for everyone--especially those who don't like fire. The alternative is an enail, which is in some sense an electronic version of a dab rig. These devices feature temperature control and don't require a torch. They do, however, sometimes require plugin power sources. Dab rigs, on the other hand, are semi-portable, allowing you to dab without a plug-in.
What is a Concentrate Nail?
(A quartz banger nail, one of many concentrate nails available.)
Every concentrate rig features a nail upon which concentrates are heated. This part is essential to the dabbing experience. Nails can come in a variety of styles including:
Standard - One of the most budget-friendly concentrate nails. They feature a cupped plate onto which concentrates are dabbed. After the nail is heated and introduced to concentrates, the user places a dome over the nail to capture the vapor so it doesn't fade away before it's inhaled.
Angled - These concentrate nails feature a cup cut at an angle for easier dabbing.
Daisy - Featuring a bowl with slits cut into it, daisy nails allow you to rip without a dome. The slits promote ample airflow that pulls vapor directly into the air path rather than letting it dissipate.
Banger - With an elbow design that curves away from the concentrate rig, bangers provide easy access to the nail and ensure that heat from your torch doesn't damage your rig over time.
What are Concentrate Nails Made Of?
Nails can also come in a number of different materials. Each material offers a different way to enjoy concentrates, delivering different levels of flavor, potency, density, and more. The most common materials used to make concentrate nails are:
Glass - Many of the best concentrate rigs feature glass nails. This material is more fragile than others, making it prone to cracking and breakage. Still, glass does a fairly good job of extracting flavor and potency.
Quartz - This type of concentrate nail is far more durable than glass. It won't crack as easily, nor will it burn your wax if heated properly. Quartz pulls excellent flavor from waxes. It also ensures smoother hits. Some of the best dab rigs feature quartz nails.
Ceramic - Considered an alternative to quartz, ceramic concentrate nails do not react chemically to heat. This ensures that no unwanted flavors or aromas are rubbed off on your vapor. Ceramic also has high heat retention, so you can enjoy multiple dabs from one heated nail without reheating it each time. These dab nails are less durable than titanium or quartz but deliver intense flavor.
Titanium - The most durable and expensive concentrate nails are titanium. This material is less likely to develop stress cracks over time. The downside is that it will burn your wax if heated improperly. Titanium nails heat very fast so there won't be a long wait to dab.
What Makes the Best Dab Rigs Great?
The best concentrate rigs simply vaporize concentrates better than the rest. Period. You can boil this down to four factors:
Airpath - The airpath needs to be optimal for concentrates. That means the chamber, neck, and pathways should be tight. The more condensed the air path is, the lower the draw resistance, and the better your draws will taste and feel. In general, small concentrate rigs have the best air paths for concentrates. But there are exceptions to every rule. You want to make sure whatever rig you buy has drag-free airflow, no matter what size it is.
Glass - Remember you're going to be torching the nail at very high temperatures. You want a rig made of glass that's durable enough to handle that high heat. It will be able to retain the quality of your vapor without rubbing off any unwanted tastes or odors. And it won't crack or break over time. Borosilicate is the go-to glass for concentrate connoisseurs. It's medical-grade and highly thermal-resistant, meaning it won't change chemically when subjected to heat.
Nail - One of the most essential components is in the nail. The design of your nail will reflect in the flavor, strength, and smoothness of your vapor. This will usually come down to the materials used and the style of the nail, whether it be standard, classic, daisy, angled, or more.
Percolator - A significant aspect of using a concentrate rig is water filtration. This moisturizes and cools off vapor so it's easier to inhale. The percolator of a dab rig is largely responsible for how thoroughly your hits are moisture-conditioned. Percolators come in a variety of styles. In general, you want a percolator with small slits that produce finer bubbles. This will help smoke attach more thoroughly to moisture.
What Size Dab Rig Should I Get?
(Smaller concentrate rigs feature tighter airways that deliver powerful dabs.)
When it comes to choosing the best concentrate rigs, size matters. Small concentrate rigs have tighter passages and chambers, forming a more direct, drag-free pathway for vapor to travel down. This straight blast to the lungs ensures that vapor has little time to dissipate. Instead, a dense, powerful rip is delivered.
A smaller chamber is also conducive to potent, flavor-rich draws. Vapor will attach to moisture for a smoother hit, but the flavor won't get diluted by too much water filtration.
In general, concentrate rigs range between 6" and 9" with chambers sized perfectly for concentrates. That said, larger dab rigs exist, sometimes featuring a purposefully compressed chamber to deliver better dabs despite their bigger sizes.
Did we leave out your favorite concentrate rig? Tell us why it's awesome in the comments below!