Even if you’re more the joint or THC gummy type, there’s a lot to love about dabbing. It may not be the method of choice for beginners, but it provides some of the strongest and purest hits of cannabis, without all the smoke.
And getting the right gear to start dabbing shouldn’t set you back much at all. If you’re looking for a great set up for less than $100, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a closer look at the best dab rigs under $100:
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The best glass dab rigs under $100
- Multi-slit fission diffuser percolator
- Glow in the dark
- Perfectly portable size
Best for: The perfect conversation starter to pull out at your next Halloween party/dab session
Coolest feature: The design and the frosted, glow in the dark ghost body
If you’re looking for the spookiest dab rig on the market, look no further.
The Hemper Ghost Rig is a short, sturdy frosted glass rig shaped like a ghost. But it gets cooler. The rig also glows in the dark, so it’s extremely easy to picture setting it on the table at your next Halloween party, or really anytime you want to take in some deep dabs and see what type of paranormal activities take place.
But it’s not just good looks with this specter/spectacle of a dab rig – it also hits great, thanks to its multi-slit fission diffuser percolator.
- 3 diffusion holes to produce bigger vapor bubbles
- Transparent medallion mouthpiece
- Remarkably cool design
Best for: Having an all purpose, sturdy glass rig that also looks cool and produces very smooth vapor hits
Coolest feature: The medallion mouthpiece coupled with the curved neck produces a great dabbing experience
The Diamond Glass Scope is the type of dab that will have you thinking a bit differently about how the standard rig should look. It features a unique medallion mouthpiece and a curved neck that helps keep the vapor cool and smooth.
With a very sturdy build, it also includes a fixed stem perc and three diffusion holes that help it produce big vapor bubbles.
The rig also has a real heft to it and is definitely built to last.
- Eye catching, unique Jaws-inspired glass work
- Solidly built
- Easy to clean
Best for: Having a dab rig that is also a guaranteed conversation starter
Coolest feature: The way the bubbles combine with the shark sculpture when you inhale
“You’re gonna need a bigger couch”
There’s nothing to fear about wrapping your jaws around the Hemper Shark Rig, though you may find it’s more of a conversation starter than you expected. The rig is 7 inches tall and features an eye-catching homage to the Jaws poster across the blue glass body, including a glass great white shark attacking from the bubbles below.
But beyond the one-of-a-kind appearance, the rig is solidly built and users say it is easy to use and a cinch to clean. The rig also comes with a 14mm bowl for smoking flower.
- Unique pyramid shape
- Sidecar mouthpiece
- Excellent circulation for great hits
Best for: Getting in touch with your inner pharoah with a sturdy, very effective dab rig
Coolest feature: The design and the functionality
Dab like a pharoah with this pyramid-shaped rig from Hemper. The unique design is clearly built to last but it also features a sidecar mouthpiece and an inline percolator that works just right.
Hemper states that the pyramid rig is perfect for those who love “maximum flavor potency” and that the unique shape of the rig actually helps it produce “cool rips and serious style.”
The best mini dab rigs under $100
- Specially-designed to cool down your vapor
- Disc percolation
- Only 4.5 inches tall
Best for: Getting really big hits in a small package
Coolest feature: The big face top chamber that boosts the flavor and stacks bubbles
Good things come in small packages — and that goes for dab rigs too.
The Big Face Mini Rig is “the OF of the Goody Mini Rig Collection,” according to Hemper, and it sticks out mainly because of its “Big Face” top chamber which provides great flavor and brilliant pulls.
The rig stands only 4.5 inches tall and it has a very well built body and comes with a quartz banger, cuddle carb cap, and mini dab tool included.
- Showerhead percolator
- Incycler for smoother hits
- Easy to use and easy to clean
Best for: Anyone looking for a very versatile mini rig that makes extra smooth hits
Coolest feature: The incyclear that recycles and cools smoke and vapor
This mini dab right will have you singing Inhale to the Chief in no time. Standing less than six inches tall, the Chief is the largest of the four mini rigs produced by Goody Glass. It features a showerhead percolator and an incycler that recycles smoke and water if you use it for flower.
The chief also comes with a set of dab tools and wherever you take it, you can count on smooth, powerful dabs.
- Fab-egg percolation
- Double uptake recycler
- Cools down in seconds
Best for: Those looking for high performance rig in a small package
Coolest feature: Fab-egg + Swiss percolator design
The MJ Arsenal Infinity Mini Rig comes with more twists and turns than a spaghetti intersection, but don’t let that intimidate you — this is a rig that you will love having around the house.
Prized for its “Fab-egg” (from Faberge egg) design, this fits in the palm of your hand right has a chamber for percolation and one for recycling, helping keep the vapor moving, and as cool, smooth, and tasty as can be. Coupled with the Swiss percolator and double uptake recycler, it provides some of the most reliable hits of any dab rig.
It also has a built-in reclaim chamber that catches bits of concentrate that didn’t get vaporized, so they don’t go to waste.
The best silicone dab rigs under $100
- Virtually indestructible silicone build
- Adjustable neck
- Built-in concentrate container
Best for: When you want a durable rig to take on the road
Coolest feature: Built-in stash jar
Have rig, will travel. And if you do, then you better make sure you have a rig like the EYCE sidecar silicone rig.
Built of highly durable silicone, this is no fragile rig you’ll want to keep sheltered on a bookshelf. It is highly heat resistant, and comes with an adjustable neck to make things a bit customizable.
It also comes with a built-in concentrate container and four tool slots in the base, which makes it the perfect to-go rig.
And it also hits hard and is quite easy to keep clean (without worrying that it’s going to shatter).
- Encased in platinum-cured silicone
- Battery powered white LED light
- Dry herb bowl and hidden storage included
Best for: Anybody who wants a small, very durable and very effective dab rig that easily switches between concentrates and dry herb.
Coolest feature: the built-in white LED light to light up even the darkest dab session
Durability and versatility are two words that come to mind when talking about the Eyce Spark Proteck. Short in stature, this glass rig is encased in a platinum-cured silicone case that makes it very hard to break and should give you more peace of mind in your next session.
The rig comes with a battery-powered LED light which would be great fun inside your tent on a camping trip or at a back porch dab session on a moonless night. Another cool feature is the hidden stash compartment on the bottom, because really, if you can’t find your concentrate, what’s the point of a dab rig?
The rig is also very easy to clean and is easily removed from the silicon case for deep cleaning.
- Easy to take apart for cleaning
- Disc style percolator
- Satisfaction guaranteed
Best for: Having a small, discrete rig that combines silicone and glass
Coolest feature: Hybrid style gives best of both worlds (silicone and glass)
The Silicone and Glass Rig Bubbler is a pint-sized silicone and glass rig that combines the durability and practicality of silicone with the flavor, smoothness, and “hey watch the bubbles” of glass.
It stands only five inches tall and has a disc style percolator to cool down the vapor even more. The rig also comes apart for easy cleaning.
It also has a lanyard loop in the event you want to wear it around your neck. Wherever you take (or wear) the rig though, it does come with a satisfaction guarantee.
Are dab rigs illegal?
It’s an understandable question: if I can get a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, then how can companies legally sell that paraphernalia to begin with?
As anyone who has been admonished by the cashier at a head shop for calling a bong “a bong” (“it’s a water pipe!”) can tell you, technically, head shops are selling water pipes and other novelty items. This is why they put stickers on bongs that say “for tobacco use only,” even when the bong has a giant green cannabis leaf sculpted onto its chamber.
Such items only become drug paraphernalia after they are used for consuming illegal drugs (unless of course you live in an area where cannabis paraphernalia is legal).
What a dab rig contains – or should contain
A big part of getting into the world of dabbing is learning the terminology. Your basic tools for dabbing are:
- Dab rig
- Dab nail
- Carb cap
But what actually makes up a dab rig? Dab rigs are typically made of glass or silicone (or a mix of both) and often very closely resemble traditional bongs. The rig is basically a platform for holding the dab nail, which is like the bowl on a bong.
Dab nails, bangers, and carb caps explained
Dab nails look more or less like the bowl on a bong and it is the spot that you heat up with a blow torch, and where you place your concentrate so it can turn into vapor. They are made of a variety of materials including quartz, titanium, glass, and ceramics, among others.
- What is a banger?
The banger is a very popular form of dab nail, and likely the one you think of when you picture a dab rig. Bangers are flat-bottomed and curve away from your face at the end.
- What is a carb cap?
A carb cab is a small tool you place over the nail/banger after you’ve heated the concentrate in order to keep the vapor from escaping before you can hit it.
- What to look for in a portable dab rig?
“Best” is a very subjective concept, but when it comes to portable dab rigs, you should look for a number of attributes:
- Silicone components Silicone dab rigs are more durable and much less likely to break after a fall, so taking them on the road is a bit more worry free.
- A sturdy build: Dab rigs that have a sturdy build with thick glass and not too many thin or winding stems and chambers are also a bit easier to transport without worrying about breaking them.
- Somewhere to put your stash: Many dab rigs also include chambers for holding concentrate and dabbing tools, which can make them perfectly suited for when you need to box up your gear and head out.
What makes small dab rigs great
- The taste and the sensation: Small dab rigs are often described as providing a tastier, more full-bodied vapor hit, as the vapor moves through less water and air on its way to the user.
- Easier to clear the hit: As anyone who has hit a three-foot bong can tell you, having a bigger chamber can mean that the smoke (or vapor) can’t be cleared in one inhale, and instead gets stale and a bit harsh before it’s cleared.
- Easier for travel: Small dab rigs can also be much more convenient for travel and are also more discrete in the event you tend to keep your rig out in the open in your living room.
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