NugSmasher - The Complete Review 2020

Nugsmasher - The Complete Review 2020

Within the rosin press industry, there are a lot of brands to choose from, and so many rosin press sizes, capacities, and amounts of smashing power to wade through to find the best rosin press for your particular needs. Good quality rosin presses are some of the most sought after pieces of equipment for indoor plant enthusiasts, growers, and gardeners looking to extract rosin.

When it comes to extracting rosin, quality is of the utmost concern. Low-quality presses from low-quality manufacturers, poorly designed products, or cheaply built home presses can mean a poor final product and terrible yields, taking up your valuable time and resources.
 
Fortunately, our experts have cut through the BS to bring you a review of the Nugsmasher line of rosin presses – one of Rightbud.com’s most popular brands. Nugsmasher, is one of the hottest brands in the rosin pressing industry and without a doubt one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality rosin presses - for every size operation from the commercial grower to the casual home enthusiast. If you’re still having the Nugsmasher Mini vs the Original debate in your head, or are looking for a good Nugsmasher review, our Complete Nugsmasher review is here to help.
 
NugSmasher has quickly become a household name when it comes to high-quality rosin presses. They produce several different models of manual, electric, and pneumatic rosin presses, each with their own strengths and designed uses.
 
Let’s see what our experts say about Nugsmasher’s different rosin presses and see what they each have to offer.

Quick look

  • Nugsmasher Mini: 2.5" x 2.5" plates; extracts up to 3.5 grams of material; 2 tons of pressure
  • Nugsmasher OG: 4" x 4" plates; extracts up to 14 grams of material; 12 tons of pressure
  • Nugsmasher X: 4” x 4” plates; extracts up to 14 grams of material; 3 tons of pressure
  • Nugsmasher XP: 4" x 6" plates; extracts up to 28 grams of material; 12 tons of pressure
  • Nugsmasher Touch: 4" x 6" plates; extracts up to 28 grams of material; 12 tons of pressure
  • Nugsmasher Pro: 7" x 10" plates; extracts up to ¼ lb of material; 20 tons of pressure

2 Tons of Pressure

3.5 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher Mini

• 2 Tons of Pressure
• 3.5 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• Large 2.5" Plates
• Manual Power Lever

Large 2.5” Plates

Manual Power Lever

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher Mini

The Nugsmasher Mini is our experts’ favorite personal, portable, entry-level rosin press from Nugsmasher. This low-cost, yet extremely powerful unit features manual operation like some of its bigger brothers, but comes in a much more compact package that’s great for travel and makes a great counter-top unit that’s perfect for when you have friends over. At just 7” wide and 14” tall, the Nugsmasher Mini is truly a countertop rosin press, but don’t let its small footprint fool you. The NugSmasher Mini is powerful, manually operated machine, with a whopping 2 tons of pressure coupled with dual 70W heating elements and a 2.5” x 2.5” square pressing area which can accommodate up to 5g of material.

This unit comes fully assembled with a lifetime warranty and made in America with features that you would normally expect to find on larger, more expensive commercial rosin presses. Just plug it in, warm it up, and get to smashing. It’s also one of the most affordable, quality presses on the market, making it our experts pick for the best small, manual, and affordable personal rosin press.

Nugsmasher Mini features

  • 2 tons of pressure
  • Press up to 3.5 grams of material per press
  • Made from extremely rugged solid steel
  • Large 2.5" aircraft grade aluminum smash plates
  • 2x 70w heating elements that heat up fast and stay hot
  • Temperature control with pinpoint accuracy
  • Circuit protection for added safety
  • Safe & fast smash plate release lever
  • Manual pump lever
  • Made entirely in the USA
  • Full manufacturer backed lifetime warranty

12 Tons of Pressure

14 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher Original

• 12 Tons of Pressure
• 14 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• Large 4" Plates
• Manual Power Lever

Large 4” Plates

Manual Power Lever

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher Original

This is the OG press that started it all. The Nugsmasher Original, aka Nugsmasher OG, aka Lil Smasher, is an affordable manual, personal rosin press that’s one powerful step up from the Mini. When you’re thinking about the mini vs the original, the Original has 12 tons of smashing pressure - six times the power of the Mini.

The Original also features 4" x 4" squash plates with dual heating elements, allowing you to press up to 14g of material at a time. If you want professional results out of a compact machine, the Nugsmasher original may be the perfect choice for you. With a lifetime warranty and super affordable price, the Nugsmasher Original is one of the best personal rosin presses you can get and one of our top rosin press review recommendations for a manual, personal rosin press.

Nugsmasher OG features

  • 12 tons of pressure
  • Press up to 14 grams of material per press
  • Made from extremely rugged solid steel
  • Large 4" x 4" smash plates
  • 2x 160w heating elements that heat up fast and stay consistently hot
  • Temperature control with pinpoint accuracy
  • Circuit protection for added safety
  • Safe, fast & convenient smash plate release lever
  • Manual pump lever
  • Made entirely in the USA
  • Full manufacturer backed lifetime warranty

4 Tons of Pressure

14 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher X

• 4 Tons of Pressure
• 14 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• Large 4" Plates
• 100% Electric

Large 4” Plates

100% Electric

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher X

Next up in the Nugsmasher lineup is the Nugsmasher X. If you’re tired of cranking down on that handle and want to switch to an electric Nugsmasher press, this unit is the top pick of the company’s personal, electric rosin presses. Since it’s electric, all you have to do is push a button to start extracting with the Nugsmasher X’s full 3 tons of pressure.


Get the exact amount of controlled pressure you need, automatically with no tinkering around or guessing. Its 4” x 4” inch heated extraction plates allow you to easily extract up to 14g of solventless concentrate with the Nugsmasher X’s one touch operation.


Our experts were impressed with the power and capacity of the Nugsmasher X electric rosin press, and considering its low price, it’s one of the best electric rosin press brands we’ve had a chance to use. It comes with a full manufacturer’s lifetime warranty and easy to reach customer service, making it our expert’s pick for an affordable electric rosin press.

Nugsmasher X features

  • One touch automatic operation up and down
  • Accurate Digital Temperature Control NS710
  • Capable of extracting up to 14 grams at once
  • Nugsmasher X bag, One size bag fits all (3g-14g) comes in 4 different micron sizes
  • Pressure to surface area matched for the perfect flower rosin extraction every time (900MPSI)
  • Precision extraction plate alignment rods & bearings
  • Industrial powder coat finish
  • Made out of USA Solid Structural Steel & Aluminum
  • Large 4″ x 4″ Smash Plates
  • Dual Heating Elements (160W ea)
  • 120v/240v   50Hz/60Hz 240v heater options
  • Industrial Rubber machine feet
  • Circuit Protection
  • Made in America
  • Guaranteed for Life

12 Tons of Pressure

28 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher XP

• 12 Tons of Pressure
• 28 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• 6" x 4" Plates
• Manual Power Lever

4" x 6" Plates

Manual Power Lever

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher XP

At first glance, the Nugsmasher XP may look similar to the Nugsmasher Original, but the XP is a significant upgrade from the original with more advanced features for more demanding growers and enthusiasts. The XP in this machine’s name stands for “expert” but, as you’ll see in this review, you don’t have to be an expert to operate this easy-to-use manual rosin press.


The Nugsmasher XP is only 9” wide and 14” tall, but packs a powerful 12 tons of pressure into that relatively small package. While that’s the same pressure capacity as the OG, the XP uses dual heated 4” x 6” smashing plates that allow you to press double the amount of material as the Original so the XP can press up to 1 ounce of material and get higher yeilds without breaking a sweat.


Nugsmasher packed some great upgrades into the XP, like a precision pressure gauge and temperature controls that allow you to get the exact temperature and pressure you need to produce the quality product you have been wanting with no unnecessary tinkering around or guessing. The Nugsmasher XP manual rosin press also comes standard with LED lights, which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but being able to clearly see the product as you are pressing is an advantage we can’t live without now that we’ve been using it! This machine is one of the most precise and easy to use manual rosin presses we’ve found.

Nugsmasher XP features

  • 12 tons of pressure
  • Capable of pressing 28 grams of material at a time
  • Made from extremely ruggest solid steel
  • Oversized 6" x 4" aircraft grade aluminum smash plates
  • Accurate front panel pressure gauge for consistent presses each and every time
  • 4x 160w heating elements that heat up fast and stay consistently hot
  • Temperature control with pinpoint accuracy
  • Led illuminated smash plates for accurate operate
  • Circuit protection for added safety
  • Safe, fast & convenient smash plate release lever
  • Manual pump level
  • Made entirely in the USA
  • Full manufacturer backed lifetime warranty

12 Tons of Pressure

28 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher Touch

• 12 Tons of Pressure
• 28 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• 6" x 4" Plates
• Manual Power Lever

6" x 4" Plates

Manual Power Lever

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher Touch

The Nugsmasher Touch is the most advanced rosin press yet from one of the industry’s leading names in manual rosin press technology. Like some of its predecessors, the Touch comes ready to roll with large 4” x 6” heated pressing plates handling 12 tons of manually controlled pressure with 3 types of precise digital PSI reporting, an automatic extraction timer, and a surface area calculator for target pressure. Like previous units it has those great LED lights to let you see your product as you press and the plug and play system works with 3.5, 7, and 14 gram bags or you can program a custom size surface area for your own special needs. The Nugsmasher Touch has the ability to extract up to two 14 gram bags at once!


But the thing that really sets the Nugsmasher Touch apart from its predecessors and the competition is its “Interactive Extraction Brain.” This innovative technology consists of a powerful, built-in computer with an interactive color touchscreen display (that’s why it’s names the “Touch”) that eliminates all the guesswork by providing you with accurate readings for precise, high-quality extractions. This easy-to-use interface allows you to fully adjust all the press settings so you can customize each and every smash according your needs and extraction style. It does all the math to adjust the PSI for you based on the amount product you’re going to extract – making The Nugsmasher Touch the truly simple and nearly foolproof manual rosin press choice from the Nugsmasher line.

Nugsmasher Touch features

  • 5 Inch Capacitive Touch TFT LCD Display extraction brain
  • Large 6" x 4" Smash Plates
  • Accurate pressure gauge for consistent extractions
  • Quad Heating Elements (160W ea)
  • Accurate Temperature Control display top and bottom
  • Extraction Timer
  • Surface Area Extraction Calculator
  • LED Lights
  • Pressure readout Hydraulic fluid PSI
  • Pressure readout Available PSI
  • Pressure readout Actual surface Area PSI
  • Quick start settings loaded as seen
  • Circuit Protection
  • Fast Retract Plate Release
  • Manual Pump Arm
  • Made out of Solid Steel
  • Made in America
  • Guaranteed for Life

20 Tons of Pressure

114 Gram Capacity

Made in the USA

Nugsmasher Pro

• 20 Tons of Pressure
• 114 Gram Capacity
• Made in the USA
• 7" x 10" Plates
• Pneumatic/Hybrid

7" x 10" Plates

Pneumatic/Hybrid

Rugged Solid Steel

Nugsmasher Pro

For our final Nugsmasher review, we have the Nugsmasher Pro – the granddaddy of the entire Nugsmasher product line. If you could combine all the best things we’ve mentioned in the Nugsmasher Mini review, the Nugsmasher Original review, the Nugsmasher XP review, and the Nugsmasher Touch review, and put them all into one magnificent machine, then add increased capacity, yields AND make it a hybrid press, you would have the Nugsmasher Pro.


The Nugsmasher Pro is the ideal press for anyone who asks a lot from their press and demands a high quality product. It can press more than 112 grams of material per press using 20 tons of smashing power and is customizable with 3 different squash plate configurations; a set of 7" x 10" plates, dual 10" x 2.5" plates or 6 individual 2.5" x 3" plates for a sweet multi pad style setup. But the thing that really sets the Pro apart from the other Nugsmasher rosin presses is that it’s a truly hybrid machine. You have the choice of either operating it manually with its comfortable, ergonomically designed handles, or you can hook it up to an external air compressor, transforming it into a fully automatic pneumatic press. The NugSmasher Pro commercial rosin press is an excellent choice if you need a super powerful, dependable hybrid machine that’s flexible enough to adjust and change to your unique needs.

Nugsmasher Pro features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • 20 tons of pressure
  • Built-in pressure gauge w/ pressure release
  • Custom machined handles for manual operation
  • Solid steel construction
  • 5 to 10 minute heat up time
  • Large 7" x 10" smash plates: or optional dual 2.5" x 10" plates with matched alignment/centering racks
  • Six heating elements: 3 elements of 160 watt each in both the top and bottom plates, for quick heating times of only 5 to 10 minutes
  • Accurate temperature control so you don't burn the material
  • Accurate pressure gauge for consistent extractions
  • Circuit protection to prevent damage from electrical surges
  • Fast retract plate release for safety
  • Manual pump arm - no air compressor needed
  • Simple thumb-operated pneumatic pressure control and/or manual handle control
  • Custom calculator tool at Nugsmasher.com for consistent surface area calculations
  • LED lights to illuminate the work space for easier operation
  • Made in USA
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