How We Rate and Review Vaporizers

vape reviews ratings criteria

In order to provide informative vape reviews that are both authentic and unbiased, we’ve developed a set of standard rating factors that we consider for every single review.

While a portion of each review is based on subjective experience, things like taste, flavor and high effect, we’ve establish a set of objective criteria to rate products. We aim for consistency in our reviews to best inform our readers.

Unlike other vape review sites, here at Cannabis Vape Reviews, we review both vaporizers and the cannabis products that pair with them. So, depending on the type of product being reviewed, the rating criteria can vary.

For example, you can judge how well a dry herb vaporizer or e-rig transfers flavor versus smoking the same flower or how fast one battery-powered vaporizer heats up versus another.

However, when reviewing a cannabis product like a wax concentrate or cannabis oil vape cartridge, we’d instead focus on factors like the high effect and potency. So different product types will inherently have different ratings factors to measure.

Here’s the criteria we use for rating and reviewing vape products:

Vaporizer Rating Factors

What qualifies as a vaporizer?

The term “vaporizer” is used to describe any device that’s used for the purpose of vaporizing cannabis.

Vaporizers typically have a power source, most commonly a rechargeable battery, and are used to vaporize the active ingredients in cannabis like THC. The active ingredients are inhaled through the mouth and into the lungs to produce desired effects.

We typically rate vaporizers based on the following criteria:

DesignAesthetic appeal
Quality of materials
Functionality (useful features, practicality, etc.)
Portability (travels easy, fits in pocket, etc.)
Versatility (vapes different types of cannabis, custom heat settings, etc.)
Ease of Use (intuitive to use, steep learning curve, etc.)
Maintenance (easy to clean, parts disassemble, cleaning frequency, etc.)
BatteryBattery life
Charging speed
Charging options
Vapor QualityAirflow
Flavor transfer
Vapor Density
Vapor size
PriceCost versus similar vapes

Why do vape reviews have different rating factors?

Not are vapes are created equal. Vaporizers like the DynaVap M and the Stache RIO are both vaporizers that are not battery-powered and they both require external heat sources like being lit with a butane torch. In this case, rating the battery life is not applicable. However, factors like design, vapor quality, and price will still apply.

Cannabis Rating Factors

How is a cannabis product different from a vaporizer?

The term “cannabis product” for our use refers to any product that contains cannabis, as opposed to a vaporizer device or piece of hardware, which may not contain cannabis.

Cannabis products typically include wax for dabbing, vape cartridges and cannabis oils, syringe applicators, live resin, and other cannabis concentrates

We also consider some products to be hybrid cannabis products because they can include BOTH cannabis as well as the vape hardware sold as one product. These product reviews may have a mix of rating criteria.

Hybrid cannabis products, by our definition, would be products such as disposable vape pens for example. Disposable vape pens like the STIIIZY vape pen is an all-in-one vaporizer device that comes pre-filled with cannabis oil. In this case, we may be reviewing both the vape’s hardware as well as the quality of the cannabis oil it contains.

We typically rate cannabis products on the following criteria:

HardwareDesign
Quality of materials
Reliability
Prone to leaks
Compatibility (510-threaded, specific pod system, etc.)
Taste & FlavorAroma
Flavor
Vapor QualityFlavor transfer
Airflow
Vapor Density
Vapor size
High EffectPotency
Mental clarity
Desired effect
PriceCost versus similar cannabis products

Obviously, we can’t rate a wax concentrate based factors like hardware, so some factors aren’t applicable.

Accessory Product Rating Factors

What qualifies as an accessory product for smoking and vaping?

We consider any vaping or smoking “accessory product” to include equipment and tools that enhance your smoking experience. This includes products like grinders, lighters, air coolers, vape-to-bong adapters, protective cases, etc.

Accessory products for cannabis are in a whole class of their own along with their own set of criteria. Accessory products may not play a direct role in directly affecting factors like transfer of flavor or vape quality. Since they are not cannabis containing products, obviously they do not have a high effect to be rated either.

We generally rate accessory products on the following criteria:

HardwareDesign
Quality of materials
Reliability
DesignAesthetic appeal
Functionality (useful features, practicality, etc.)
Portability (travels easy, fits in pocket, etc.)
Ease of Use (intuitive to use, steep learning curve, etc.)
Maintenance (easy to clean, parts disassemble, cleaning frequency, etc.)
PriceCost versus similar cannabis products

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