The units here have dual-use functioning as they can vape herbs and solid or liquid concentrates. The models here also feature either preset temperatures or precise temperature control via their either digital or analog controls.

What Is a Desktop Vaporizer?

A desktop vaporizer is a large, advanced and powerful device with an internal heating chamber that vaporizes several types of materials. These vaping mediums include, but are not limited to, dry herbs, and solid or liquid extracts.

Desktop or stationary vaporizers have a convection heating style, or sometimes a hybrid of both convection and conduction. They apply the right amount of heat to release the active ingredients in plant or solid concentrate materials. Convection is more common to desktops though, as portable vaporizers mostly use only conduction because of their smaller size.

Inhalation methods vary between devices, with many models adopting a whip-style or a balloon-style that makes uses of bags that capture the vapor so it can then be inhaled.

The Top Picks for Desktop Vaporizers in 2019

1 The Volcano Vaporizer

Best Unbeatable Vaporizer for Dry Herbs

storz & bickel volcano

9.6

$479.0
Brand:
Storz & Bickel
Heat up Time:
3 minutes
Temperature Control:
266F - 439F
Dimensions:
20 х 18 х 20 cm
Filling Chamber:
6.5 cm³
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs

The Volcano Vaporizer from Storz and Bickel is a high-end, convection-style desktop dry herb vaporizer that can also vape solid extracts. The Volcano Digital version (there is an analog version as well) features an LED display for precise temperature control. Users can set their temperature in between the range of 104F and 446F (the analog version has a smaller range).

The Volcano Vaporizer uses an internal convection heater to vape dry herb material or liquid concentrates with a special steel wool pad. The Volcano uses an all-ceramic heating element. The exterior is quite large and heavy-duty as it is all stainless steel.

The Digital Volcano vaporizer makes use of a balloon-inhalation style. The unit comes with five medical-grade silicone collection bags and two optional valve systems. The Volcano Easy Valve system supports the pre-cut balloons in the kit, while the Solid Valve system lets users choose the size of their balloon.

We Like

  • Digital version has a wider temperature range
  • Good, efficient use of herb or extract material
  • Excellent vapor production
  • High-quality vapor flavor

We Don`t Like

  • Long heat-up time
  • Makes a lot of noise

2 The Arizer Extreme Q

A Versatile, High-Performing Desktop Vaporizer

-15%
Arizer Extreme Q

9.5

$169.99 $199.99
Brand:
Arizer
Dimensions:
15.2 x 22.6 x 5.0 cm
Heating Method:
Convection
Heat up Time:
1-3 minutes
Temperature Control:
50 - 260°C
Build Material:
Ceramic, Glass, Stainless steel with chrome finish
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs

The Arizer Extreme Q features two inhalation methods, balloon, and whip-style, for vaping dry herb materials. The Extreme has precise temperature control and has a temperature range of between 122F and 500F. It has a front-facing LCD with a four-button control panel for turning on the vaporizer and setting the right mode.

The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer also uses a remote control, so users can set the temperature or fan speed at a distance.
The Extreme Q has a ceramic heating element with an adjustable fan speed that users can set for easy, forced-air inhalation or turn off completely for a quieter vape. The 3-inch pipe that fits over the heating element can swivel so the airflow is never interrupted.

The Arizer Extreme Q remembers the last set temperature and begins heating instantly when activated. Users need only fill their Glass Cyclone bowl with fresh materials and then insert over the heating element. Once the vaporizer is ready, users need only attach either the whip or balloon-adapters to the bowl and inhale via the mouthpiece.

We Like

  • Solid, reliable performance
  • Compatible with remote control
  • Well-made with high-quality materials

We Don`t Like

  • No concentrates vaping

3 The Dr. Dabber Switch

A Unique, and Powerful Desktop Vaporizer

-20%
dr dabber switch image

9.5

$399.99 $499.99
Brand:
Dr.Dabber
Wattage:
120W
Battery Capacity:
33.3 Watt-hours
Temperature Control:
300 - 800+°F
Heat up Time:
5 Second
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs
  • Compatibility: wax

The Dr. Dabber Switch uses an induction-heating method, rather than a conduction or convection style, which is supposed to heat-up faster than those standard methods. The Switch is also dual-use, so vapers can use either their herb or concentrates material.

The Switch has five, front-facing LED lights that indicate both the temperature level and battery life. The Switch uses five preset settings rather than relying on precision temperature control.

The Dr. Dabber Switch lives up to its name, as vapers can easily switch between different vaping materials with the button on the front. This button lets users adjust the settings of the vaporizer according to the material being vaped like herbs or extracts.

The kit comes with two, different-colored ceramic ovens. The white one is for extracts, while the black chamber is for dry herb material. The Switch has a maximum power output of 120W and even has a self-cleaning option.

We Like

  • Features pass-through charging
  • New, and improved induction heating-style
  • Simple controls and user friendly

We Don`t Like

  • A bit heavy and delicate

4 The Plenty

A One-of-a-Kind, Analog-Style Desktop Vape

plenty-vaporizers-image

9.3

$249.0
Brand:
Storz & Bickel
Dimensions:
20 x 15 x 6cm
Temperature Control:
130 - 202°C
Heat up Time:
1-3 minutes
Build Material:
Stainless steel / Aluminium / High Quality Thermoplastic
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs
  • Compatibility: oil

The Plenty, from renowned vape makers Storz and Bickel, functions both as a desktop as well as a hand-held vaporizer. Its unique form factor lends it to both portable and stationary vaping, as it has an ergonomic exterior, shaped like a heavy-duty power tool. But it can only travel so far as it is a plug-in vaporizer and has no external power source.

Along with its dual functioning, the Plenty can also vape two materials, dry herbs and concentrates. The Plenty is full-analog, as it uses an adjustable knob to let users adjust their temperature. The Plenty, like other Storz and Bickel vaporizers, uses a stainless steel heating chamber and element.

As there is no LED or LCD readout for vapers to choose their temperature, users have to choose from among the vaporizer’s numbered controls from 1-7. Once the material chamber is full, users then pump the handle to start the heating process.

We Like

  • Large, material chamber
  • Unique form-factor and functioning
  • High-quality build and construction
  • Analog controls fun-to-use

We Don`t Like

  • Difficult to maintain
  • No external power source

5 Arizer V-Tower Vaporizer

Best Sturdy, No-Nonsense Vaporizer

-14%
arizer-v-tower-vaporizer-image

9.2

$119.99 $139.99
Brand:
Arizer
Dimensions:
6 x 6 x 7.5 inches
Heat up Time:
1-3 minutes
Heating Method:
Convection
Temperature Control:
122 - 500 F
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs

The Arizer V-Tower vaporizer features a ceramic heating element and whip-style inhalation for use with herbs. The vaporizer features adjustable heating via its front-facing LED display and its four-button control panel. The unit has a temperature range that extends from 122F and goes as high as 500F.

The whip-style tubes that come with the V-Tower feature glass-on-glass components, making for purer vapor output. The V-Tower works much in the same way as the Arizer Extreme Q only it has just one inhalation style. The V-Tower also features the glass Cyclone bowl where users load their material. They then insert the bowl into the chamber so they can be heated by the hot air flowing from inside the vaporizer. The Arizer V-Tower kit also includes an all-glass aromatherapy dish so vapers can insert botanical materials to create dense potpourri.

We Like

  • Very easy-to-use
  • Great vapor production
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Well-built from quality materials

We Don`t Like

  • Only vapes herbs

6 The Silver Surfer

Best Convection Dry Herb Vaporizer

silver-surfer-vaporizer-image

9.1

$269.95
Heat up Time:
3-5 minutes
Heating Method:
Convection
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs

The Silver Surfer is a single-use, whip-style inhalation desktop vaporizer. It has a knob on its front that lets users choose between several temperature levels. The readings are not precise, and the temperatures are not exact.

The Silver Surfer has a ceramic heating element within its build that pairs with a convection heating style to produce vapor. Its outer, stainless steel chassis features glass elements, which are hand-blown. The temperature knob is one of these hand-blown glass pieces, and each one is unique, so no two devices are alike in that aspect.

The Silver Surfer offers only whip-style inhalation. The tubes are made from food-grade vinyl and high-quality glass. Users can buy other accessories so they can use the Surfer as an e-nail so they can vape solid or liquid concentrates. The e-nail kit uses a titanium heating element rather than a ceramic one.

We Like

  • Ceramic heating element
  • Angled construction creates better vapor
  • Lightweight and portable

We Don`t Like

  • No precision temperature control
  • A little fragile

7 The Da Buddha

A Simple, No-Frills Desktop Vaporizer

da buddha black

9.1

$199.95
Heat up Time:
1-3 minutes
Filling Chamber:
0.2 grams
Dimensions:
7.85" x 11.75" x 13.25"
Heating Method:
Convection
Temperature Control:
100 - 260°C
Build Material:
Aluminum / Ceramic
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: herbs
  • Compatibility: wax

The Da Buddha features a sturdy, aluminum exterior that houses an internal ceramic heating element. Unlike its brand-mate, the Silver Surfer, da Buddha has a straight, vertical build, as opposed to the angled design of the Silver Surfer.

Da Buddha is a plug-in unit that also uses a convection heating-style. The Buddha also uses only whip-style inhalation, which is done via the glass wand included in the kit. Users load their material into the chamber and then affix the wand to inhale the vapor.

As Da Buddha is a simple, easy-to-use vaporizer it uses a dial in the front to allow users to control their temperature. The heat-up time for Da Buddha is between 2-3 minutes, at which time the vapor should be ready to inhale. The glass wand also features a glass mouthpiece at the end, so the vaporizer has a clear, isolated airpath, so the vapor comes out pure and unsullied.

We Like

  • Very easy-to-use
  • Built with high-quality materials
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable, aluminum exterior

We Don`t Like

  • Glass parts can get hot

How Do Desktop Vaporizers Work?

Desktop vaporizers use convection heating to pass hot air through a plant or extract material in a chamber or oven that then produces vapor with all the active ingredients within those materials. As tabletop dry herb vaporizers use an AC power supply, vapers can use them endlessly without having to recharge batteries. Vapers can inhale the vapor from a desktop unit via two methods:

Whip-style, which consists of silicone, vinyl or plastic tubes that let users inhale the vapor from the chamber; a unit can have several “whips” for use with multiple users
Balloon-style is another form of inhalation, wherein uses attach a heat-resistant balloon over the chamber, where it fills with the vapor so vapers can then inhale directly from the balloon.

What to Look for in Best Desktop Vaporizer

There are many things to look at before choosing a non-portable vaporizer. As many modern desktop devices vape both plant material as well as extracts, what kind of material a vaper uses does not matter as much. There are exceptions, however. A vaporizer like Da Buddha or the Silver Surfer only works with plants.

Things like battery life, performance, vapor production, and portability are also things that do not apply to desktops. They have a limitless power source, create incredible vapor, and are not built to be portable, so those considerations are moot.

One important thing to look at when thinking about buying a desktop is price. Desktop vaporizers are much more sophisticated than simple, hand-held devices and therefore more expensive. Budget vaporizers can range anywhere between $100 and $200.

They employ simple, analog controls to adjust the temperature, and typically use whip-style inhalation or glass, water-bubbler attachments. Expensive, high-end vapes are larger, as they use a forced-air system that requires more hardware (motors, fans, etc.) and electronics to perform a wide variety of functions.

Different Styles of Tabletop Vaporizers

The difference between budget, affordable desktops and the high-end, more expensive ones is not only expressed in their price but their inhalation styles as well. The reason that models with a whip-style of inhalation cost less is because they do not have as many moving parts and engineering as balloon-style or “forced-air” devices.

Whip-Style Inhalation

With whip-style vapes, vapers load material into a chamber and then attach it to the base vaporizing unit. The hot air from the unit blows through the material in the chamber, and when the user inhales, vapor comes out through the “whip” or “tube.” This function does not require a lot of moving parts or heavy-duty technology as the airflow is user-created when they inhale from the mouthpiece.

Forced-Air Inhalation

Forced-air devices are much more advanced because of the internal fans, and motors that propel the vapor out at a steady, consistent pace. The vapor from these devices collects in the appropriate vessel, like a balloon or other capture device without the user having to inhale or draw air from the chamber. With forced air machines, users need only load their material, turn on the vaporizer, and let it heat up. When the vaporizer is ready, vapor will start coming out.

Not all tabletop models use only one or the other, in terms of inhalation style. Some units feature both ways to inhale, just as they can vape both herbs and concentrates.

How Does Temperature Control Work on Desktop Vapes

Portable vaporizers have one of two temperature control options: preset or precise. The preset devices have two, three, or four settings loaded onto the vaporizer that users can select. Precise temperature control requires an LED or LCD and adjustment buttons so users can choose their preferred setting.

Desktop vapes divide along different lines when it comes to temperature control. They do not have presets and precision necessarily because few tabletop vaporizers have preset settings. They offer precision temperature control but via one of two styles: analog or digital.

Analog

Analog means that the vaporizer has a switch, knob, or dial on its build. Users can then set the temperature higher or lower like one would with a volume knob for a stereo. The exact temperature they set it at is unknown but falls within the working capacity of the vaporizer.

Digital

Digital temperature controls offer the opposite. A user can set their temperature via the LCD or LED and the control buttons on the device’s exterior, or, as in some fancier models, via a smartphone and a unit’s Bluetooth connection. This way, users know the exact temperature of the vaporizer while they are using it.

The Best Desktop Vaporizers of 2019: The Final Word

Top desktop vaporizers offer a higher-quality vaping experience for herbs and extracts than portable vaporizers. They are on a different level from portable vapes. They never run out of battery power; they create more flavorful and more bountiful clouds and can be used by many people at the same time. Desktop vaporizers are not cheap, though. Even budget devices start at around $100 (similar to portable vapes) and go up from there, so it is a big purchase. But the vapor quality speaks for itself.

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