Which Rosin Press is Best for Your Unique Setup
Welcome to Gutenberg’s best rosin presses guide to finding the perfect rosin press for your solventless production setup. We have all the information you will need to choose the best press for you. Whether you are looking for the best rosin press for home use or for a commercial rosin press, we have you covered with everything you need to know.
Rosin presses apply both heat and pressure to your starting material (whether that be flower, kief, or hash) to squish out the sweet, sweet rosin. When the heat and pressure are applied, rosin bags hold in unwanted plant material while allowing the rosin to flow through the very fine nylon mesh.
The pressure from a rosin press can be applied in a number of ways including manually, hydraulically, pneumatically, or electrically. There is a lot to consider when you first ask yourself, “How do I find the best rosin presses”, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know. We will also make some suggestions as to what we, at Gutenberg’s Dank Pressing Co., believe the best rosin presses to be.
Best Rosin Presses Buying Guide of 2022
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Rosin Press
Personal or Commercial Pressing
An important factor to consider is whether you are pressing large scale (commercial) or personally at home. Commercial presses can run you thousands of dollars and are a bit overkill if you are only pressing for personal use at home. Many personal presses use manual or hydraulic pressure. Commercial presses will most likely use high pressure hydraulic or pneumatic pressure.
You can find manual hand presses for as little as $300. On the other end of the spectrum, pneumatic commercial rosin presses can get upwards of $10,000. Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve with your rosin press and how large your budget is. For at home use, you can find quality presses under $1000. Then there is a step up in the several thousand dollar range. These presses may still be used for some at home users, but also for smaller commercial setups. Then we have the large scale commercial presses that really get up there in price.
Amount of Pressure Produced
You may be wondering, “How much pressure do I need to press rosin”. Well, the ideal pressure for pressing rosin is between about 300-1500psi (pounds per square inch). This can be achieved with a press that can produce between 3 tons and 10 tons. Of course, some presses can produce much, much more pressure than that (upwards of 100 tons).
When pressing rosin, more pressure generally means higher yields. Higher yields may come with a tradeoff of quality though. You may end up squishing out some plant material when you get up to the higher pressures. Flower generally requires higher pressure than hash for max yield while maintaining quality.
How the Pressure is Applied (Manual, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Hybrid, Electric)
How the pressure is delivered to the rosin press will affect the price, size, portability, and processing power of your rosin press. It will also affect how much labor you need to put in and how much time it takes to process. The best rosin press is the one that works for your unique needs. This might mean you are searching for the best hydraulic press, or the best hybrid rosin press, or the best manual press.
Manual presses require you to put in the hard work. You will literally be hand cranking/pumping to produce the pressure. This will be relatively more work than other types of presses. You will also not be able to achieve the higher pressures (above about 5 tons).
Hydraulic presses still require a bit of manual labor via a crank or hand/foot pump, but you are assisted by the work of a hydraulic pump. Hydraulic pumps use fluid to create high pressure build ups.
Pneumatic presses work in a similar way to hydraulic ones, but the pressure is created with air instead of fluid. This means you will need an air compressor to work these. That can add to your cost, size, and noise output. The good part is that you can work these presses with the press of a button. No manual pumping needed!
Electric presses are newer to the rosin market. As you may have guessed, they use electricity to produce pressure. Like pneumatic presses, all it takes is the click of a button. Some electric presses do not achieve the higher pressures achieved with hydraulic and pneumatic presses.
Which is Best
The answer to this question is really dependent on your unique needs and budget. Large scale operations should without a doubt go with pneumatic presses. High pressure and automation make it ideal for the lab environment.
The best priced rosin press and the best beginner rosin press is probably a manual rosin presses can be an excellent choice for those of you who are just getting started, looking to not spend much, or running the press at home. They allow exact control over the pressure applied and this can be highly beneficial for smaller presses. If you want to step up pressure a bit, a hydraulic press would be perfect for you.
Is Pneumatic or Hydraulic Better for Pressing Rosin
Pneumatic rosin presses use an air compressor to produce pressure rather than the fluids of a hydraulic press. Therefore, pneumatic presses provide more consistent results because the pressure is more reliable. The ease of use is also in favor of pneumatic presses. Maintenance and upkeep are also relatively easier with pneumatic presses than with hydraulic ones.
Hydraulic presses generally cost a decent bit less than pneumatic presses. They are also generally more customizable than pneumatic presses. You can mix and match plates and pumps with hydraulic presses. Pneumatic ones usually come as a complete set.
So which one is best? That question is best answered by addressing what your goals and needs are. If you are looking for consistency and ease of use and have a good budget, maybe a pneumatic press is for you. If you want to customize your press or have less of a budget, maybe a hydraulic press is for you.
How Much Material You Work With
The amount of material you are pressing is another important factor to consider when purchasing a rosin press. If you are pressing a lot everyday, that is a lot of energy used to operate the hand pump on hydraulic or manual presses. So, maybe a pneumatic or electric press is best for you. Even if you are not pressing too often, but when you do press, it is with a lot of material, a pneumatic press can help you reach higher pressure points which may help to increase your yields. Smaller quantities of starting material can do well with a manual or hydraulic press so there is no need to spend the extra money on a pneumatic or electric press.
The amount of material you are working with can also influence the size of the plates on your rosin press. For example, 3×6 inch plates should not be used with rosin bags any larger than 2.5×5.5 inches. Gutenberg’s Dank Pressing Co. 2.5×4.5 inch rosin bags can fit around 10 grams of flower or 35 grams of hash. Check out our blog for how much material other rosin bag sizes can fit. So 3×6 inch plates can press about 10-15 grams of flower at a time or about 35-45 grams of hash. Your specific max quantities may vary.
Sizing and Portability
Size should definitely be a consideration when choosing which rosin press to purchase. Some rosin presses are hand held, some fit on a table top, others are pretty darn big and heavy and not easy to move. Then if you need to add in any sort of air compressor for pneumatic presses, you are really taking up space. Consider the space where your rosin press will be set up. If you are going to be moving the rosin press from place to place, it may be best to go with a smaller table top option.
Where You are Pressing
Where you press should also be considered before you buy a rosin press. For example, some presses are pretty loud. Pneumatic presses use an air compressor which can create a good bit of noise. Even hydraulic hand pump presses can create a good amount of noise. If you are pressing in an apartment with neighbors, maybe consider the manual press to reduce your noise output.
Best Rosin Presses: Best Manual Rosin Presses
The NugSmasher Mini is one of the highest rated at-home manual rosin presses. It is small, relatively lightweight, portable, affordable, and can produce 2 tons of pressure. You can fit this bad boy right on your kitchen counter. The 2.5×2.5 inch steel plates heat with high precision. You can press about 3.5 grams of flower or 7 grams of hash at a time with the Mini. NugSmasher presses are made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty. NugSmasher Mini’s retail for around $420.
The NugSmasher Original is a step up from the Mini. It produces 12 tons of pressure and is fitted with 4×4 inch plates so you can press around 14 grams of flower or 30 grams of hash at a time. This press is one of the most popular home presses on the market. Professional results all in one compact press in the comfort of your own home. Just like the mini, the original is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty. You can get a NugSmasher Original for about $900 retail.
If you are wondering what “XP” stands for, it’s “expert”. This rosin press can produce professional quality material just like the NugSmasher Original. Also like the Original, it produces 12 tons of pressure. The 4×6 inch plates are a bit bigger than the original and this allows you to press about twice as much.
This press comes with a lifetime warranty and is made in the USA. Additionally, the XP is fitted with an accurate pressure gauge so you can really take control of your press. LEDs light up the press plates so you can get a better view of what you are working with. The XP retails for around $1400.
The DM800 from Dulytek is one of the most affordable rosin presses out there. Its small size and lightweight frame make it ideal for the at home presser or anyone just getting into pressing rosin. The 2×3 inch plates can press about 3.5 grams of flower or 7 grams of hash at a time. The DM800 produces around 850 pounds of pressure which is relatively less than many other presses. You can buy a Dulytek DM800 for just $199.
Ju1ce Box is maybe the most affordable quality rosin press you are going to find. It is handheld so you can easily store it on a closet shelf when not in use. This press is a wonderful place to begin your rosin pressing journey. It can squish about 2 grams of flower or 4 grams of hash on the 1.5×1 inch plates. The pressure produced is entirely powered by your own hands clamping. Ju1ce Box costs just $99.
Pure Pressure Helix
The Helix by Pure Pressure is another high quality rosin press that can produce professional material right in your own home. The 2.5×4.5 inch plates can squish with around 3 tons of pressure. It can easily handle about 6 grams of flower or 10 grams of hash. Pure Pressure is known for ultra high quality presses, and the price reflects that.
You can buy a Helix press for around $3200. There is an LCD display on the press that you can use to preset up to 29 recipes of ease of use and reproducible results. They are built in the USA. This is definitely a press someone with experience pressing and a smaller operation might consider.
Best Rosin Presses: Best Hydraulic Rosin Presses
Sasquash is a pretty well known brand in the rosin press game. In fact, we are going to talk about some of their other presses later in this article. The Sasquash V2 can produce a respectable 15 tons of force. The aluminum plates are 8.5×5 inch so you can work with a good amount of material. Squish up to 2 ounces of flower or 4 ounces of hash at a time.
The press works with either a pneumatic foot pump, a hand pump, or an electronic pump. These may add to the overall cost of the press. The press itself is about $4500. The electric pump will cost $1200. All Sasquash rosin presses come with a lifetime warranty. This press is great for operations that are looking to produce large quantities, but want to retain top quality.
The Sasquash M1 rosin press is one of the more popular hydraulic presses used amongst small to medium sized operations. Like all other Sasquash presses, it comes with a lifetime warranty. It can produce 10 tons of pressure which is applied across 3.5×4.5 inch aluminum plates. This equates to about 14 grams of flower or 30 grams of hash per press.
The M1 is relatively lightweight at only 64 lbs so you can move it where it needs to go. The press comes with a manual foot or hand pump so there is no additional cost to the base price of about $3300. You will not be disappointed with the function of this press. You may consider a press with larger plates if you are working with larger quantities of starting material.
Sasquash 10 Ton Yeti
Sasquash came in hot with the Yeti Pro Series. This press produces a respectable 10 tons of pressure across 4×8 inch plates. It is capable of pressing about 30 grams of flower or 60 grams of hash at a time! Like other Sasquash presses, it also comes with a lifetime warranty. The coolest part of this press is the interactive screen. This allows you to set and store temperature, pressure, and time settings so you can create reproducible results.
The Sasquash 10 Ton Yeti costs $6700. It comes with a manual hand or foot pump, but you can add an electronic pump for $2300. This press is for those who want a press that is a step up in sophistication from standard hydraulic presses. Reproducible results can greatly benefit your operation.
If you feel like 10 tons is not enough, check out the 55 ton ($17,500) or the 200 ton Heavy Yeti ($130,000).
LowTemp Plates V2
LowTemp Plates have quickly become one of the highest rated rosin press manufacturers out there. Their presses are known for ultra high quality, ease of use, and customizability. The LowTemp Plates V2 rosin press series allows you to choose between 3×5 inch and 4×7 inch plates. This means you can squish around 20-30 grams of flower or 40-60 grams of hash at a time. Both presses produce up to 20 tons of pressure so you can really get squishing. LowTemp Plate presses come with a lifetime warranty.
These presses are pretty customizable as well. You can purchase just the cage or just the plates. You can buy the press without a controller or without any pump (you would have to add your own pump which can be done for as little as $65). The press setup with no controller or pump is about $1200. The controller would add $200 to the cost.
Depending which pump you choose, this will also add about $1000 to $2500 to the total price. LowTemp Plates V2 rosin press is perfect for any size operation. You can work multiple presses with just one pump so if you ever want to scale up your operation, you can in a low cost way.
Triminator TRP Stack
The Triminator TRP Stack is a pretty unique rosin press. It actually has 3 press plates; a top, bottom, and middle plate. This means you have twice as much surface area to work with! Each aluminum plate is 6×10 inches and can fit a whopping 250 grams of flower or a pound of hash. Because of the stacked plates, this means you can press around a pound of flower or two pounds of hash at a time.
This thing is an absolute beast. It produces 25 tons of pressure so you can squeeze every last drop of rosin from your starting material. These presses are made in the USA and come with a 2 year warranty. You can purchase a Triminator TRP Stack for about $4600. If you do not want the triple plate stack, you can get a press for around $3200.You will also need to purchase a hand pump to operate the press. This will cost you about $700 extra.
NugSmasher is a pretty popular brand in the rosin press market. Their presses are durable and come with a lifetime warranty. The NugSmasher touch produces 12 tons of pressure across 4×6 inch plates. It is capable of pressing about an ounce of flower or two ounces of hash at a time. Maybe the coolest part of the press is the touchscreen display which can be used to set and store temperatures, pressures, and times. This means reproducible results.
You can get a NugSmasher touch for $2799. This press is perfect for at home operations and small commercial grows. It produces enough pressure for all of your pressing needs and the touch screen makes your perfect press as easy as the touch of a button.
Best Rosin Presses: Best Pneumatic Rosin Presses
Pure Pressure Pikes Peak V2
Pure Pressure’s Pikes Peak V2 pneumatic rosin press is an incredibly sturdy device capable of producing top quality commercial rosin. You can really push your output limits with this guy. It produces 5 tons of pressure across 10×2.5 inch plates. This allows production of around 20 grams of flower or 40 grams of hash at a time. You can use the touch screen display to set and store temperature, pressure, and time settings. This means reproducible results.
The press can be operated horizontally or vertically depending on your unique set up. All of this is done simply with the touch of a button. No manual work required! It is important to note that this press requires an air compressor to operate. It must have a 30 gallon tank and be rated up to 145psi. You can purchase a Pikes Peak V2 for between $7000 and $9000 (with automated control). This press is perfect for commercial operations looking to produce a large output with consistent results.
Pure Pressure Longs Peak
The Long Peaks by Pure Pressure is one of the most popular pneumatic rosin presses on the market. It produces 8 tons of pressure so you can get that high quality rosin. The aluminum plates are 10×3 inches so you can press up to about 35 grams of flower or 70 grams of hash at a time. It also features a touch screen display that can be used to set and store times, temperatures, and pressures.
With 30 different presets, you can lock in all sorts of reproducible results. Like the Pikes Peak V2, it can be operated horizontally or vertically. All of this done at the touch of a button. No manual work required. The Long Peaks required an air compressor with a 30 gallon tank and 145psi to operate. You can buy a Long Peaks press today for between $8000 and $10000 (comes with automated control). For commercial setups, this press is hard to beat.
NugSmasher Pro 20 Ton Touch
NugSmasher has come out with yet another impressive press. This time they have gone with pneumatic pressure to create the NugSmasher Pro Touch. It produces a whopping 20 tons of pressure applied across 7×10 inch plates. Press up to about ¼ pound of flower or ½ pound of hash at a time! All with the simple press of a button to activate the pneumatic pressure. To operate with pneumatic pressure, an air compressor is required. You can also operate this press manually if you do not have an air compressor (although this is not the most ideal).
The Pro Touch from NugSmasher comes with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry. A digital touch screen allows users to set and store times, temperatures, and pressures so you can easily revisist settings that work for you. This press can be purchased for $7000. It is a great press for commercial setups that want a large output per press.
If you do not want the touch screen, you can purchase the NugSmasher Pro for just $3500.
Best Rosin Presses: Best Electric Rosin Presses
It should be noted that the Sasquash V2 can be used with an electric pump as well. You can read more about that in the hydraulic section above.
When it comes to electric rosin presses, the NugSmasher X is one of the top contenders for best electric rosin press. It is simply operated with the touch of a button. Three tons of pressure can be applied across 4×4 inch plates. This means 20 grams of flower or 40 grams of hash can be pressed at a time.
This press comes with a lifetime warranty and can be purchased for just $1400. It is an ideal press for smaller operations looking for extreme ease of use. If you are looking for more control over pressure, an electric press may not be for you.
The RosinBomb Rocket is small and compact enough that you can easily store it away on a closet shelf when not in use. It weighs just 13 lbs but can pack up to 1500 lbs of pressure. The 3.2×2.8 inch plates can press about 5 grams of flower or 10 grams of hash at time. All of this with just the press of a button! This press is on the relatively cheap side at only $479. It can be the perfect press for at home users looking for ease of use and portability.
The M60 rosin press by RosinBomb can press a good amount of material pretty darn quickly. This electric press can run up to about 30 presses in an hour without you having to collect in between. The 3.75×3.75 inch plates can press about 15 grams of flower or 30 grams of hash at a time. This press produces 3 tons of pressure all just with the press of a button. It can be purchased for $1500. This press is perfect for those of you looking for higher quantity output and ease of use.
Gutenberg’s Dank Pressing Co. Favorites of Best Rosin Presses
#1 Manual Rosin Press
Our favorite manual rosin press is the NugSmasher Original. This press is relatively cheap at only $899. It is also lightweight and easily portable so you can work on a countertop and then store in a closet when not in use. It can produce 12 tons of pressure which is enough for any pressing you may do. The 4×4 inch plates can handle around a half ounce of flower or an ounce of hash at a time. For at home use, this is most likely more than enough capability for you.
#1 Hydraulic Rosin Press
The LowTemp Plates V2 rosin press is our favorite hydraulic press. It not only is priced well, provides a lot of pressure (20 tons), and can handle a good amount of material (30 grams of flower or 60 grams of hash), but it has customizable options that make upgrades easy and relatively cheap to do. You can scale up your operation without too much cost because multiple presses (up to five) can run on a single pump.
#1 Pneumatic Rosin Press
Pure Pressure’s Pikes Peak V2 is our favorite pneumatic rosin press. It has all the key features that make it perfect for commercial setups looking to output large quantities of high quality rosin. It can produce 5 tons of pressure via an air compressor. This is applied across 10×2.5 inch plates that can press 20 grams of flower or 40 grams of hash at a time. It is also priced pretty reasonably at about $7000. We like this press over the NugSmasher Pro because of the smaller plates which we feel allow for better quality end product.
#1 Electric Rosin Press
Our favorite electric rosin press is the NugSmasher X. This press comes with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry. Like other electric presses, it is operated with just the push of a button. It can handle relatively large quantities (20g flower / 40g hash) at a time. The 3 tons of pressure produced should be enough to handle any of your pressing needs. The price point is just shy of $1400, making it one of the cheaper presses on the market.