Trimming your buds from a fresh crop is a satisfying process, but it’s also time consuming and messy if you do it by hand. What's the best bud trimming machine for weed? It depends on how much weed you have to trim and how much you money have to spend.
Weed trimming machines basically fall into 3 categories: bowl trimmers, handheld bud trimmers and electric tumble trimmers. We’ve researched and reviewed the best options from each category and compiled this list to help you pick the best cannabis trimming machine for you.
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Product comparison table
Click the product links below to read our detailed reviews.
|iPower 19-Inch Bowl Trimmer||Bowl Trimmer||Amazon|
|Clean Cut M-9000s Bowl Trimmer||Bowl Trimmer||Amazon|
|‘The Magic Trimmer’ precision electric bud trimmer||Hand Trimmer||Amazon|
|Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip||Hand Trimmer||Amazon|
|Tom’s tumble trimmer TTT 1900||Tumble Trimmer||Amazon|
|Trimpro Rotor||Tumble Trimmer||Amazon|
|Centurion Pro Tabletop Pro Trimmer||Tumble Trimmer||Amazon|
These are a great option for the home grower and we highly recommend them. They’re fast, efficient and super easy to use.
iPower 19-Inch Bowl Trimmer
The iPower 19 inch is the best bud trimming machine for weed and the best bowl trimmer we reviewed. A 16 inch version is also available if you want something a little more compact. It comes with both a wire blade and a straight knife blade that's sharp on both sides so you can flip it around before you need to sharpen. 2 replacement knife blades are also included.
Here’s a cool cat demonstrating it in action:
Clean Cut M-9000S Series Bowl Trimmer
The Clean Cut M9000s is also a high quality unit that will do the same job as the iPower. This one is only available in 19 inch size though so if that's too big have a look at the 16 inch iPower trimmer above. It can be a little more expensive than the iPower but for the extra money you get an 18 month warranty and the cutting blade is adjustable for a longer or shorted cut.
Handheld bud trimmers
These are a good option if you want to trim by hand but also want to speed up the process a little. We recommend using these in combination with a good pair of scissors to get the smoothest result.
‘The Magic Trimmer’ precision handheld bud trimmer
Compared to some other bonsai trimmers the magic trimmer is actually pretty cheap, but only really consider this one if you have cash to burn. The reviews on Amazon are pretty harsh and we think it works well but it does take some getting used to so that you don't make a mess. They offer a 1 year warranty if anything goes wrong.
Here’s a video showing the magic trimmer in action.
Scissors and pruning shears
If you enjoy the process of trimming your buds by hand then the best bud trimming machine for weed might not be a machine at all! Handheld scissors are the easiest, cheapest and most precise way to trim your buds. It’s also by far the slowest 🙂
Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
The Fiskars Softgrip snips are the best scissors for trimming cannabis. They're cheap, sharp and have a perfect shaped blade for pruning buds. The handles are spring loaded to make it easier on your hands and they one an award from the arthritis foundation for ease of use! This hopefully makes them also easy to use after a few big cones...
Electric tumble trimmers
An electric tumble trimmer is the best bud trimming machine for weed if you're processing a huge amount of buds. For home growers, it's rare that you'd need such a serious machine.
Tom’s tumble trimmer TTT 1900
Tom’s tumble trimmer has a unique bladeless design that is gentle on your weed. It’s also much cheaper than other commercial grade trimmers on the market and is very light so can be easily moved around by one person. This trimmer is designed for dry buds only.
Here’s a video of the even larger model in action.
The trimpro rotor is also very reasonably priced for a powered trimmer and is fast, gentle on your buds and super easy to use.
Centurion Pro Tabletop Pro Trimmer
The cool looking centurion pro tabletop is the smallest and most efficient tumble trimmer in the world. It can trim 2-3 lbs of dry buds per hour (8-13 lbs wet) and comes with leaf collector and tool kit. We think this is the best dry trimmer money can buy.
Why should you trim your buds?
- Smoking leaf is harsh and unpleasant on the throat. Removing as much leaf matter from your weed as possible will make it smoother and taste much better.
- Trimmed buds look way more appealing, but this comes down to personal opinion. Some folks like a less manicured look because it feels more natural. For us the look of clean, well trimmed buds is a sign of a grower who cares about quality weed.
- The leaves of your plants contain much less THC and CBD, so removing as much as possible will make your yield stronger.
What are the advantages of using a marijuana trimming machine?
The biggest advantage to using a marijuana trimming machine is efficiency and speed. Trimming by hand is a long and slow process. Some people find it relaxing to carefully trim their buds for hours, but we’d rather be smoking than trimming.
Using a machine to trim will result in you losing a little more smokable bud as the outside of the buds are trimmed. However, we think it’s worth it for awesome smooth buds and you can easily recover the trimmings to smoke or even cook with!
Should you wet or dry trim?
Every grower has an opinion on whether you should trim your buds when they're wet or dry. Wet trimming simply means that you trim the buds straight after harvest and before you dry them. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods and we suggest you find what works for you.
You can learn more about drying your buds in our beginners guide to growing weed indoors.
Advantages of wet trimming
- The leaves are more swollen when the branch is freshly cut which makes it easier to remove the sugar leaves
- Wet trimmed buds take up less space when drying
- The buds dry faster because there is less mass to dry (wet trimming can reduce drying time to as little as 3 days in the right conditions)
Disadvantages of wet trimming
- Wet trimming can increase your chance of developing mould when drying
- Even though your buds dry faster, if they dry too quickly the smoke can be harsh and your weed can taste bad and smell like cat piss. Expert growers avoid these issues by slowly and carefully drying and curing their buds after wet trimming.
Advantages of dry trimming
- The smell and flavor of your weed is preserved because the leaves act as mini humidors while your buds dry
- You can trim your buds ‘on demand’ as you want to smoke them for optimal smell and flavor
Disadvantages of try trimming
- The curled up dry leaves can be harder to trim - but they do break off more easily