Vapers who enjoy sweet, savory sensations can find something for them here on this best-of list. Vapers who enjoy the throat hit and smoky musk of a tobacco e-juice vape will be happy to find something for them here. They also come in a variety of nicotine strengths, as well as different PG/VG ratios in the liquid.
The Best Vape Juice Flavors
The following best e-juice selections of 2019 represent the best that e-liquid makers had to offer this year. They consist of old favorites from recognized vape brands, as well as some new challengers to the number one spot that made a splash in 2019 with vapers for their boldness and originality.
Best Vape Juice Brands
E-Juice-makers rely on a story as much as the quality of their e-juice to get an edge in a crowded market. From the rustic, homeliness behind Black Note’s dedication to pure tobacco flavor or the West Coast-chill of Beard Vape Co.’s enigmatic label, the best brands in the business know that vapers want more than just an e-juice, they want a story. The brands listed here not only put out original, trend-setting flavor combos and create little art objects with their designer labels, they are also the best at setting themselves apart.
#1 Black Note
Tobacco and Tradition
Black Note reaches all the way back into the past to plant its brand in the soil of history. It strives to follow the path set by tobacco growers of the past by infusing their e-juices with only naturally extracted tobacco flavor. They do this in small batches, to preserve the flavor without adding any artificial ingredients. As such, their e-liquids reflect a purity, along with an attention to detail that most other companies cannot match.
Their all-tobacco line stays away from anything colorful or kid-friendly and appeals directly to past smokers. Their product line consists of seven base flavors: Cuban Cigar (Concerto), Cavendish Blend (Sonata), and the above-mentioned Virginia Tobacco (Prelude). Black Note added a new, music-inspired line, the V-Line that features new blends Italian Blend (Rock) and the American Blend (Jazz).
#2 Naked 100 E-Liquid
Pure and Simple
Naked 100 has been making e-juices since 2016. As seen from their name, Naked emphasizes a cleaner, purer vape experience by shedding artificial flavors and additives, so their e-juices are as naked as the day they are born. They have seven product categories that range from Ice, Cream, and Menthol. They are also upfront about what’s inside their products. All their e-juices come with an expiry date, so vapers know when the flavor will start to degrade.
The quality of their products comes in no small part from Naked 100’s partnership with USA Vape Lab. The Vape Lab, based in Southern California, is an e-juice manufacturing facility that has received top marks for their expert knowledge and high standards. That coupled with Naked 100’s creative blends spanning exotic, and traditional flavors such as their Original Fruit or Fusion Line means that what you see is what you get with Naked 100.
#3 VaporFi Grand Reserve
Best Top-Shelf, Multi-Flavored E-Juices
The Grand Reserve (or GRND RSRV) line from VaporFi is an expression of elegance aimed at grabbing the attention of vape juice connoisseurs who prize complex, multi-layered flavors and combinations. VaporFi is a well-known name in the vape game, and they offer a wider selection of regular, e-juices, but GRND RSRV is home to their most unique and one-of-a-kind blends.
There are a total of eight juices in GRND RSRV that span the globe, going from places and flavors such as Havana Beach (a sweet, fruity tobacco-tinged flavor) to Maui Menthol (fruity and minty). The old-world, continental richness of Catch Ya Latte (a creamy, coffee-caramel confection) captures perfectly the flavor and texture of a latte served in a Viennese cafe.
The selection goes back toward the exotic and tropical as rich, fruit-centric flavors such as Pineapple Pow and Island Frost recall the taste of those colorful, oversized beach cocktails with a little papier-mache umbrella. While vapers can still make their e-juice at VaporFi’s DIY juice bar, the GRND RSRV line is for those who want an unforgettable experience.
#4 Jam Monster
Quality, from Start to Finish
The makers of Jam Monster knew from the beginning that premium, high-quality e-juice starts with a pristine, expertly-equipped lab to make it. As a chef needs a five-star kitchen to craft perfect dishes, e-liquid mixers and blenders need to have all the right tools and people at their disposal. The Monster Vape Lab is that place.
The Monster Vape Lab (built-for, and used-only by Jam Monster) is where Jam Monster produces their juices for all seven of their flavor categories, which include the original Jam Monster line, PB & J Monster, Fruit Monster, and Ice Monster. There are also two non-Monster related lines, the Custard Shoppe and the Cream Team.
Located in Orlando, Florida, the Monster Vape Lab is the crown jewel in this brand’s continued success as they continue to incorporate new tastes and flavors, similar to buttered toast into their product line.
#5 Beard Vape Co.
The Beard Vape Co. is one of the best in the vape industry when it comes to creating a mystique around a vape brand to bring in more people. The Beard started in 2014, as the brainchild of two brother’s working in a vape shop in Southern California. They started with over 100 blends and then narrowed it down to just three, which is where the practice of assigning numbers to their vape liquids started.
The best three, No. 05, No. 32 and No. 88. were the first, and the best vape liquids to emerge from that brainstorming session. The Beard Vape Co. now has a product line stretching to only eight with flavors as varied as the funnel-cake inspired No. 32 to the newest one, No. 24 the salted caramel malt flavor that again combines many tastes into one vape liquid.
The Beard Vape Co. offers their e-juices in either a 30ml or 60ml bottle. Nicotine ranges go from 0mg, 3mg, 6mg up to 12mg.
#6 The Milkman
Vaping with a Touch of the Past
Although the Milkman started making e-juices in 2016, the inspiration for the brand’s ethos comes from the bygone era of 1950s America. With their distinctive, pin-stripe label design, and their focus on the most popular treats of the time (pies, milkshakes, custards) Milkman has made a name for themselves as a unique, retro e-juice company. They have four unique lines, the latest being their Milkman Heritage series that focuses on tobacco.
Vapers can still choose from Milkman Classics to find such flavors as Churrios, Milky O’s, or Hazel, which were the original stars in Milkman’s lineup. The Delights selection focus on hard candy, and the mouth-sucking tanginess of taffy. Finally, the Milkman Salts collection infuses their most popular flavors, as well as some new ones including Mango and Sweet Mint with salt nicotine for use in pod and AIO devices.
Best Salt Nicotine E-Juices
Nicotine salt, salt nicotine, nic salts, whatever you want to call them, have broken new ground in the vaping industry. They have become an industry unto themselves with all major e-juices brands crafting their own line of nicotine salt blends to cater to the widely-expanding market. The selections here are only a taste of what the world of nicotine salts can achieve. They are also a good entry point to explore the unique vaping experience these e-juices can offer.
A Guide to E-Juices
For those new to vaping, e-juice can be a mystery. There are so many flavors, styles, and brands that choosing a favorite, or the best, from among a crowded selection can be daunting. Not only are there different flavor profiles and all together different nicotine strengths people are not always sure what ingredients make up e-liquids. This guide is meant to be a quick introduction to the ins and outs of this most vital part of vaping: e-liquid.
Vape Juice Ingredients
E-juice ingredients vary between brands and flavors, even the best ones. There are certain things that are basic for every e-liquid, no matter the flavor, the maker, or the manufacturing process. This look at vape juice ingredients will serve to let people know what exactly they are vaping when they pick up a bottle of their favorite vape liquid.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
Propylene glycol is a water-soluble alcohol that is odourless and colorless. It has a viscous, syrupy texture and has no noticeable taste. It has many uses and is a key ingredient in many common food products, including salad dressings, cake mix, and popcorn.
PG is common to e-liquid because it is a:
- Stabilizing agent (it keeps separate ingredients together)
- Moisture-retainer (keeps products from drying out)
This last property is its best quality, and what’s important to vapers, which is why e-juice with a high PG content will produce better flavor than high VG e-juices. PG also produces a stronger “throat hit”, similar to tobacco smoke that is common to high-PG blends.
VG (vegetable glycerin) is the other key ingredient in vape juice and will be looked at in-depth in the next section. All e-juices have some combination of VG and PG, with a higher or lower content for each producing different results. The differences and explanation of what VG and PG represent will be talked about later.
As PG is a regular ingredient in many consumable, as well as topical products (creams, moisturizers) it is considered safe for human consumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies. Allergies to PG do exist, and vapers who have an adverse reaction to vaping PG should opt to vape low-PG juices or find an appropriate substitute.
Common side-effects to vaping PG e-juice include dry mouth, and mild dehydration. Drinking water regularly when and while vaping should take care of most of these symptoms.
Vegetable glycerin is an all-natural, vegetable oil-based solution that is another key ingredient in vape juice. VG in e-juice produces a thicker, more voluminous vapor cloud, while also delivering less of a throat hit, making high VG-e-juices suitable to sub-ohm vaping. Vegetable glycerin is also found in many everyday food (as a sweetener and sugar substitute) and cosmetic products (toothpaste, shampoo).
The food-grade flavorings in vape juice are what give them their best and most distinguishing feature. Although flavorless e-juices do exist and are not uncommon, all vape juices carry some kind of flavoring in the form of a liquid mixed into the formula when the juice is being made. There has been some controversy surrounding certain flavors (like cinnamon, butter, and cream-based flavors) being worse than others because they rely on chemicals like diacetyl.
Vape juice companies responded to the controversy by removing diacetyl and other chemicals like acetyl propionyl, and acetoin from their recipes. Vape juice makers now state whether their products are free of these chemicals, and vapers should always make sure their e-juices, even the best ones, are also free of them.
Choosing a Nicotine Strength
Liquid nicotine is another common ingredient in e-juice, although not in non-nicotine e-juice. Vape juice makers offer their products with varying strengths of nicotine to give vapers a wide selection. The common range of strengths run from:
The range differs for nicotine salt e-liquid which use a more nicotine-heavy formulation that usually starts at around 20mg and can go as high as 50mg. Depending on their vaping (or smoking) habits, vapers can choose a high-nicotine strength e-juice and then slowly taper off from vaping nicotine all together by going down the scale.
There is also the option to vape non-nicotine e-liquid or nicotine salts e-juice that deliver a higher dose of nicotine with less vapor. Whatever the case, nicotine is not a KEY ingredient, as many vapers use non-nicotine e-juice or use it only in small doses, which is the best for them. Liquid nicotine is an optional component of e-juice that vapers can choose how much they want in their blend.
Differences between VG and PG
There is a scale along which vapers can choose for their PG and VG mixture. The e-liquid can start at a 50/50 blend and then go in either direction from there depending on what a vaper wants from their e-juice and their vape.
- 80/20 VG/PG
- 70/30 VG/PG
- 60/40 VG/PG
- 50/50 VG/PG
- 40/60 VG/PG
- 30/70 VG/PG
- 20/80 VG/PG
There are different formulations with different ratios that are best for each vaper, but these are the most general. A few e-juices go to max-VG or PG, but a full 100% would diminish one or many important aspects like flavor transfer or cloud size.
Cloud-lovers and sub-ohm vapers typically choose high VG e-juices as it is the best for creating giant, nebulous clouds. Good flavor and savory, throat hits are still possible with high-VG e-juices, but they are overshadowed by the main draw, which is cloud-making.
PG-heavy e-juices tend to be the favorite among mouth-to-lung, and pod vapers who prefer the greater flavor transfer, and higher nicotine choices for PG-e-juices. VG and PG ratios also matter when it comes time to choose a nicotine strength.
High-VG e-juices create more vape clouds, more vapor, which means they need lesser amounts of nicotine to produce a noticeable effect. High-PG e-juices make less vape clouds, so a higher nicotine concentration, like from nicotine salts, can be mixed into the juice to deliver more nicotine, but less vapor.
FAQ About E-Juices
How to make vape juice?
Making DIY e-liquid at home is possible, but it requires a few essential tools, patience, and an attention to detail. There are many in-depth guides to making homemade e-juice online, but making e-juice is mostly about mixing and blending the right amount of ingredients.
All the main ingredients of e-liquid (like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, liquid nicotine, etc.) are widely available, especially in bulk quantities, so getting the raw materials is not a problem. Getting the necessary tools like plastic bottles, syringes, dropper bottles, and other important safety equipment like goggles or face masks is the next step.
Knowing how much to use of a certain ingredient is up to the person making the e-juice. If they prefer a high-PG e-juice, then they’ll add more than VG into the blend, and so on. The best thing about making e-juice at home is that you can do whatever you want, and make an e-juice based on only your tastes.
How long does vape juice last?
Vape juices, even the best vape liquids, do have a shelf-life of between one and two years. After that time, the flavorings, nicotine (if present) and other components will degrade leaving the e-juice flat and flavorless. What is in the e-liquid also plays an important factor in how long it lasts. An e-juice with many flavors, or flavor-rich, may last less than a year or two years before the flavor goes.
Premium e-liquid makers often put a best-before date on their bottles to let vapers know when to expect their vape juice to start losing flavor. The way a person stores and keeps their e-juice also plays a role.
Vapers should not:
- Leave their e-liquid in direct sunlight, or expose it to extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Store it with other chemicals or harmful liquids
- Leave it out in the open where small children or pets can reach them
- Keep their e-juices in cool, dry places
- Always make sure they have child-proof caps or are securely closed
- Store e-juice with e-juice and not mix them with other household items
Where to buy vape juice?
Vape juices are available online, via authorized dealers, but vapers can also buy their e-liquid in brick-and-mortar vape shops near them. Online shops are the best choice for the wide selection, the deals, and discounts, as well as the option of buying bundles. Vapers can also choose to subscribe to subscription deals where they get a new batch of e-juices delivered to them every week or every month.
Closing Thoughts on the Best Vape Juices
The best vape juices of 2019 feature many different flavors and cater to many different styles of vaper. They come from a wide array of e-liquid makers that put their twist on each flavor or batch they make, so they stand out from the plethora of choices that vapers have to choose.
A lot of these e-juices reflect a certain brand identity like the tobacco-inspired and classical music image of Black Note or the cool, indifference of a brand like the Beard Vape Co. that also plays a role in how vapers see these companies. Other companies prefer a simpler approach, as they pour resources into state-of-the-art labs and facilities to ensure the highest quality and the best results.