Guide to the Types of Dab Nails and Bangers

Dabbing is rapidly growing in popularity, and with popularity comes choice in the market. A plethora of types of dab nails are available to weed lovers, but which is the one for you? Everyone’s favorite high is unique to them, and the same is true of dabbing nail types.

For some, it’s all about taste. For others, it’s essential to have durability. Some of us will go crazy for the pretty things in life (and Snoop knows it). All are valid.

The primary considerations when making your choice are as follows:

  • Material
  • Durability
  • Impact on flavor
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Practicality
  • Ease of use
  • Aesthetic

Think about which of these matters most to you. Your selection will ultimately come down to the material and style with the different types of dab nails.

Style and Material

You can find most dabbing nail types in almost any material. However, there are good reasons that some styles favor certain materials.

An adjustable nail made of glass would be almost unworkable, for example. Titanium bangers exist, but a major advantage of quartz is that it’s easier to spot residue and clean the banger thoroughly.

The material has a significant impact on dabbing nail types. Everyone’s needs are different, so make sure your choice suits your needs.

Below, you’ll find all the major types of dab nails, along with details about the best materials.

Banger Nails

Bangers are making a name for themselves these days. The popularity is mostly due to their ability to maintain an even heat. It’s the holy grail for dabbers. Of all the types of dab nails, they’re probably the most in vogue right now.

A drawback is that because of their bowl structure, bangers tend to accumulate an acrid residue. That is if you don’t clean them. Bangers typically consist of quartz, which makes it easier to spot build-up. Quartz also provides that clean, flavorful hit, and is far more heat-resistant than glass.

Bangers don’t have the dome shape, so they benefit from the use of a carb cap. The cap helps with maintaining an even heat. 

If you’re up to the task of keeping your equipment in good shape, quartz bangers are excellent for dabbing. They’re also pleasing to the eye.

Thermal Banger

Thermal bangers include an internal chamber that holds the concentrate. This chamber helps with heat retention and keeps the concentrate in one place, which reduces build-up. It does mean that you have to aim more carefully when you apply the concentrate, though!

Honey Bucket

A honey bucket uses a banger attached to a vapor dome by a moveable arm. Trust us—it sounds more complicated than it is. 

These devices are actually one of the more user-friendly dabbing nail types. You can heat the bucket away from the rest of the dab rig, keeping the rig safe from excessive heat. Then, drop the bucket into the dome and enjoy.

Domed Nails

The ‘dome’ is a separate piece of the apparatus. The nail sits in the stem of the rig and the dome, which prevents the smoke from escaping. This set-up intensifies the hit. 

It also makes the ‘domed’ variety one of the best types of dab nails for the less experienced user. If your dabbing technique isn’t a matter of reflex yet, this is a safe bet.

Glass Nail

The glass nail is the ‘basic’ type that is one of the more prevalent types of dab nails. It’s cheap and practical—until it breaks. So we had to invent something better.

Glass nails tend to break for two reasons:

  1. They’re not as resilient to extreme heat or rapid heat changes as other materials.
  2. You get high, drop them, and they smash.

Glass is easy to clean and use, on the plus side. These pieces are good starters, especially as many dab rigs come with a glass nail.

Adjustable Nail

This style pretty much does what it says on the tin. Adjustable nails usually consist of titanium and involve a screw that allows them to fit different sizes of dab rigs. 

Like the glass nail, they require a dome. The nail goes inside the stem of the rig rather than fitting around it.

The major drawback of titanium is that it affects the taste, but more on that in a moment. Titanium adjustable nails are a great utility choice if you’re still experimenting with your set-up, and they’re almost unbreakable.

Other Titanium Nails

Titanium has two advantages over other dabbing nail types and one major disadvantage.

The first advantage is that it heats up quickly and stays hot. The flipside of this is that it’s easy to get titanium too hot. Overheating can lead to a scorched flavor and an unpleasant inhale.

The other advantage is that unlike quartz, ceramic, and glass, titanium won’t break when you drop it. As dabbing is fiddly, this is an important point. If you often find yourself reaching for the dustpan when you dab, a titanium nail might be a good investment.

The disadvantage is that titanium has an impact on flavor. For those who value the taste of a clean hit, this can be a deal-breaker. If you’ve forked out for some high-quality concentrate, you want to experience every part of it.

If you want titanium for its durability, a sound compromise is to get high-grade titanium. This material will impart less flavor and is far less likely to contain potentially toxic compounds.

Universal Nail

The universal nail looks like you could use it to solve an insane math problem with all those rings. It’s a good choice because you can use it with or without a dome, and it fits multiple rig sizes.

Sidearm Nail

Sidearm nails are another decent choice for those just starting with dabs. They keep the heat away from the rig and also the user’s face.

Other Options

Here are a few alternatives, if you’ve not found yours yet:

Electronic Nail

The electronic device is perfect for anyone who struggles to find the optimal heat. If conventional dabbing nail types end up either too hot or too cold, this plug-in version allows you control of the temperature.

Daisy Nail

Many of us cherish the aesthetic of our dab rig set-ups, and the daisy design is pretty as a picture. The ‘petals’ of the daisy nail allow for increased air intake.

Birdhouse Nail

This unconventional design is for those who like unique styles. It looks like a spaceman whose mask has fallen off or one of the creepy broadcast poles from Teletubbies.

Bottom Line

With the various dabbing nail types, the best one for you comes down to picking the one that suits your high the best. 

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