What's The Best Rosin Press? The Ultimate Rosin Press Buying Guide

So, you've read about all the benefits of rosin tech and now find yourself in the market for a rosin press. With a growing number of options out in the market today, we've decided to write a comprehensive guide on the different things you'd want to consider and ask yourself before buying one.

However, before diving deep into rosin presses, let's first take a step back and consider the quality and yields of each of the material that we're pressing.

 

Starting Material

 

Flower vs. Hash vs. Kief

Let me preface by saying that each strain you're pressing will give you different yields, tastes, and results. Some strains are known for producing good rosin, while some are not.

That being said, pressing flowers will give you the best quality but not necessarily the best yields. When pressing flowers, less is more. Smaller nugs create more surface area, more surface area means more travel for the rosin while being pressed.

Pressing kief or hash will give you great quality and decent yields.

It's also recommended that you kief your product first before pressing (including the flower).

• Trim: 3% - 8%
• Shake: 8% - 15%
• Flower: 15% - 30%
• Kief / Dry Sift: 30% - 60%+
• Bubble Hash / Hash: 30% - 70%+

rosin press yields


Ideal Temperature

 

Temperature is key to making good rosin! A good rule of thumb to remember is:

• Lower temperatures (150°F- 220°F) = more flavor/terpenes, less yield, end material is more stable (butter-like/honey consistency)

• Higher temperatures (220°F- 250°F) = less flavor/terpenes, more yield, end material is less stable (sap-like consistency)

Bearing these in mind, if your press is more than capable of delivering the right pressure, we don't recommend you going higher than 300°F

Temperature x Time by Material

Material Temperature Time
Flower 190°F-220°F 15-60 seconds
Good Quality Sift/Bubble 150°F-190°F 30-90 seconds
Average to Low Quality Sift/Bubble 180°F-220°F 30-90 seconds

Pressure

 

There is no magic number for how much you need to press but most people use the formula of press pounds/plate surface area.

For example:

A 10-ton press = 20,000 lbs. If you have a 3"x5" plate = 15 square inch.
Hence, 20,000/15 = 1,333 PSI

Note: These numbers serve as a guide only. Results will always vary depending on temperature and material as well the press you choose.

Now that we've got those out of the way, let's get on to the good stuff.

 

What is the Best Rosin Press?

 

More and more rosin presses are emerging in the market as this segment grows. However, these are the most presses in the marketplace today: DIY presses, manual presses, hydraulic presses, pneumatic presses, electric rosin presses and hybrid presses.

What goes on to choosing the best rosin press will depend on your needs and your demands out of the press. Here are a few questions to help you decide on which rosin press is best for you.

  • Is it for personal or commercial use?
  • How many hours a day/week do you intend on using the rosin press?
  • How much material will you need to press each time?
  • How important is space to you?
  • Are you an environment that can tolerate noise for several hours during the day? 

 

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