The Best Nectar Collector of 2021 and Why You Need It

3 of the Best Nectar Collectors That Are Easy To Use

(We Tested 10 Dab Straws to Find Which Was The Best)

Dear dab rig, we loved you in 2010 but I’ve recently met someone new.

I found a nice nectar collector who doesn’t take forever to get ready, doesn’t make a mess, and it actually can go places with me in life. Sorry rig but nectar collectors are my new favorite way to dab!

If you are looking to find the best dab straw you are in the right place! After more than 40 hours of testing industry leading honey straws our top 3 picks for best nectar collector are:

Pulsar V3

Best Overall
Nectar Collector

Freeze Pipe

Best Premium
Nectar Collector

Reclaim Catcher

Best Budget
Nectar Collector

A Great Nectar Collector is like a Dab Rig that Doesn't Suck

Here at Cannassentials, we test cannabis products only from trusted online headshops. How did we test to find these top 3 nectar collectors?

  • We Reviewed over 30 Nectar Collectors
  • We Bought 10 of the industries leading dab straws.
  • We Tested the 10 honey straws to find out which ones were the best.
  • We Contacted previous customers to ask how the product was doing.
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We tested 10 nectar collectors of various types from borosilicate, quartz, ceramic, and titanium nectar collectors. We measured the butane torch to nail heating efficiency and also how well the additional attachments helped with filtration, reclaim, and cooling. 

If you are new to the vertical vaporizer world, then we recommend you skip below to learn: what is a nectar collector so you can learn the basics and make the best decision when purchasing.

Pro-tip: This article is equipped with Quick Skip function so you can save time and navigate to what section is most helpful. Click here to skip below and get started and find out which nectar collectors we felt was worth the spend. 

Constant Variables: testing nectar collectors was indeed fun. Laila, our primary concentrates expert has many years of experience with nectar collectors when they first hit the market, so she was over joyed to take on the task. We tested with West Coast Cure Gorilla Glue Rosin 71.5% pure concentrate .11% CBD on all the dab straws and made sure to test each on individual days so she could get a clear scope on how well each one hit as far as the high was concerned.

Finding the best nectar collector really comes down to personal needs. For the sake of simplicity we decided not to test any silicone nectar collectors or electric nectar collectors as we did a separate test with those models of dab straws.

Take a look at the results for best vertical vaporizers of 2021 and make sure to check out the research behind the testing so you can find out for yourself just which dab straw is right for you!

Best Nectar Collector Index

Best Nectar Collector of 2021

For a nectar collector to function properly the nail must be heated to around 425 degrees. You then place the nail (the tip end of the nectar collector) into the dish holding the concentrates. The heat will then vaporize the dab’s and you inhale the vapor (not smoke). Since it is vapor it is much less harsh then burned dry herbs. Check out our recommendations for 2021 best nectar collector. If you have another recommendation please feel free to contact us so we can test.

Best All Around Nectar Collector for Daily Use

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Vapor Vessel V3

5/5

The Pulsar Vapor Vessel was an awesome choice for a high quality nectar collector. The nail (the end in which you heat with a butane torch) is made from high quality quartz which is able to heat much faster and more efficiently compared to the other ceramic and borosilicate glass nails.  Skip below to see our research on this nectar collector.

Best Dab Straw on a Budget with High Quality

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Nectar Collector with Silicone Reclaim Catcher

4/5

The Glass Nectar with silicone reclaim catcher was a great budget choice honey straw. The nail was high quality titanium and setting this thing up was a breeze. Skip below to see our research on this dab straw

Best Premium Honey Straw with Freeze Cool Technology

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Freeze Pipe Nectar Collector

5/5

The Smoke Cartel Pulsar Vapor Vessel was an awesome choice for a high quality nectar collector. The quartz nail (the end in which you heat with a butane torch) is made from high quality quartz which is able to heat much faster and more efficiently compared to the other ceramic and borosilicate glass nails.  Skip below to see our research on this premium nectar collector.

Research Behind Pulsar Vapor Vessel V3: Best Honey Straw

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  • Easiest to use because the entire product was built as one structure.
  • Entire product made from quartz material (butane torch resistant/high quality)
  • Water filtration smoked very cool
  • Pricing was very reasonable
  • Shipping arrived on time and packaging quality was great
  • All previous customers were happy
  • Filtration System with bubbler you had to pull a bit
  • Must take extra precautions to travel with this item

It was a tough call to make between the 10 nectar collectors tested but the reason the Pulsar Vapor Vessel V3 shined was because of the quality material in which the entire structure from top to bottom was made with high quality heat resistant quartz. We reached out to past customers via social media and video comments to find out just how much people really liked the Pulsar.

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A Nectar Collector That is Spill Proof

"I've had it for maybe three months now. I don't use it every day but it still works great. Haven't used a rig since I got this. One thing is that it's much cleaner than using a dab rig thats for sure"

Dean W.

Some of the nectar collectors we tested claimed spill proof percolation chambers but we found that if we tilted it certain ways it was not quite so spill proof. We loved that this dab straw was not made from multiple separate pieces, making it a very simple and functional design. The water stayed put no matter what angle we moved it and set up was extremely easy because in reality there was zero setup! So if you want a no stress high quality nectar collector then this is it guys.

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A High Quality Quartz Nail Banger

The magic behind a nectar collector is all in the heating of the nail. When you heat the dab nail to around 425 degrees you can then place the heated nail up to the rosin and the cannabinoids begin to vaporize, allowing you to inhale all that precious THC. The issue with the other nectar collectors we tested was the quality in the nail. Ceramic and even some of the borosilicate nails you had to be much gentler in the heating process because over time it can’t withstand the punishment. The Pulsar Vapor V3 we just took the torch and stuck the nail in without any issues. Titanium nails and quartz nails are usually of high quality so you can just crank that heat up and not worry about the integrity of your nectar collector. Quality was an absolute winner with the Pulsar

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Extremely Portable and Efficient Honey Straw

Some of the nectar collectors we tested claimed spill proof percolation chambers but we found that if we tilted it certain ways it was not quite so spill proof. We loved that this dab straw was not made from multiple separate pieces, making it a very simple and functional design. The water stayed put no matter what angle we moved it and set up was extremely easy because in reality there was zero setup! So if you want a no stress high quality nectar collector then this is it guys.

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How Well Did The Pulsar Dab Straw Smoke?

"As far as smoking it hits really smooth. The water chamber is really nice for cooling and filtering. I love this thing so far"

David T.

Well what can we say, when Laila tested this pipe because of the larger percolation chamber the smoke from this vertical vaporizer was easily cooled delivering a smooth and powerful hit. We recommend you tap the straw into the rosin dish while you are inhaling as to prevent melted concentrates from being pulled into your percolation chamber. All in all the Pulsar delivered a powerful punch, with cool smoke, and amazing flavor.

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Why The Reclaim Catcher Dab Straw was the Best Budget Pick

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  • Easiest to use
  • High-Quality Nail with Keck clip
  • Silicone Relcaim Catcher
  • Pricing was Great
  • Shipping arrived on time and packaging quality was great
  • All previous customers were happy
  • Filtration System with bubbler you had to pull a bit
  • Must take extra precautions to travel with this item

We tested a few budget nectar collectors. What we loved about this reclaim catcher was that it had the reclaim catcher feature that most of our premium honey straws didn’t offer. Not only that this thing smoked surprisingly smooth and was just really very simple to use. Let’s dive into the highlighted features.

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Reclaim Catcher Function

"Yes, the reclaim catcher is a nice feature. It works pretty well so you definitely get the most out of your concentrates with this thing."

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Our team really loved how this budget nectar collector had an amazing reclaim catcher. At first we thought it wouldn’t matter as much since it was a budget honey straw but turns out this little reclaim catcher worked very well. After three uses we were able to have enough for a solid smoke, which means if you are on a budget this reclaim catcher will save you money in the long run as well!

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Beginner Friendly Nectar Collector

If simplicity is key then you will love this beginner friendly dab straw. With a simple design and no extra fancy features besides the reclaim catcher this was really a very easy to use pipe. There isn’t as much cooling features but like we said this was a budget pick and we feel you really get a very reliable and easy to use weed pipe here.

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Affordable Honey Straw that Out Performs

"Price-wise this thing is the best but as far as quality it's not really pay for what you get because it works well. It's just a great-priced product that has some nice features. "

Patricia C.

We tested a total of 4 lower price tiered concentrate straws and to be honest they all smoked fairly well and were easy to use. We just loved that this budget pipe had the clip and the reclaim catcher. These are generally more premium features that were found in a budget dab straw. It was a no brainer to recommend this product to all the frugal cannabis buyers. This cannabis dab straw even outperformed many of the best overall nectar collectors we were testing against. If you are looking for a great priced piece with really great performance this is the dab straw for you!

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Research Behind Best Premium Honey Straw: Freeze Pipe

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  • Glycerin Freeze Coils.
  • Double Perc (sprinkler and inline)
  • Coolest Smoke Ever
  • High Quality Build
  • Water filtration is amazing
  • Pricing was very reasonable
  • Shipping arrived on time and packaging quality was great
  • All previous customers were happy
  • Have to remember to freeze the coils if you want the coolness effect.

I love everything that Freeze Pipe makes. If X-men’s Ice Man was dabbing he would definitely use this pipe, it’s pure genius. Let’s not spoil all the research and go ahead and dive into the best notable features of this premium dab straw.

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Let's Talk About the Freeze Chamber

"This is the baddest honey straw there is out on the market. If mines ever breaks I'm buying another one. I love this thing. "

Mike K.

The glycerin coils are amazing. You freeze them and the vapor from the concentrates is forced to travel through the frozen coils before entering into your lungs. Not only that they increased the size of the coils so the pull was extremely smooth. We absolutely predict Freeze Pipe will be the future of smoking. High quality crafted cannabis smoking devices at very fair prices. Just a warning, the smoke was so smooth it makes you think at times you did not hit enough, don’t be mistaken. Just wait a moment and you will absolutely feel it.

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Bubbler Filtration in a Nectar Collector

When we purchased this pipe we did notice in the pictures they had some sort of bubbler filtration. We had no idea there was dual layer bubbling action from a sprinkler perc and an inline perc. When I say this thing bubbles up it puts some of the bubblers we tested to shame. We even tested smoking this honey straw without the coils frozen and the bubbler filtration made the smoke extremely smooth with great filtration. I could go on and on about this product we absolutely love it. The hardest choice was deciding who on the team got to keep the pipe. #lifedecisions

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The Smoothest, Strongest, and Coolest Hit with a Dab Straw

"The cooling coils on this is the bread and butter. It smokes so smooth and so cool that sometimes you forget you're actually smoking. This straw was worth every dollar"

Christian C.

If you have the money we recommend you skip all the fuss and buy a few of these pipes. You will never need another dab rig or dab straw if you have the Freeze Pipe nectar collector. We noticed a few of the customers we reached out to bought another one just on reserve incase they were ever to drop and break their current Freeze Pipe. That is saying a lot!

There are some great Youtube such as Dope as Yola smoking the Freeze Pipe and you can just see how amazing this pipe is. It’s actually through his video in how we found this pipe and were able to test it and recommend it to our awesome readers. 

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What is a Nectar Collector?

A nectar collector also known as a dab straw or a honey straw is a much more portable and convenient version of a dab rig. It is used to smoke concentrates such as wax, rosin, live resin, badder, budder, and shatter.

How to Use a Nectar Collector

Using a nectar collector is very simple:

  1. Take the dish and place the concentrate inside.
  2. Light the nail with a butane torch and light until nail turns red (it’s ok to stop right before it turns red as well)
  3. Place heated nail into the dish with concentrates and inhale the vapor

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How to Clean a Nectar Collector

Cleaning a nectar collector is simple, just simply get a safe cleaning solution like Resolution Ooze and pour the gel inside the pipe. Use the rubber carb caps to cover all holes and shake the pipe for 30 seconds and rinse out with warm water. For any smaller pieces to your honey straw just place directly inside the Resolution Ooze pouch and remove after 30 seconds and rinse off.

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What Makes a High Quality Honey Straw?

There are a lot of poorly made and cheap nectar collectors out there. It’s best practice to learn what makes a high quality concentrate straw. If you did not like any of our recommendations this section will help you to know what to look for so you can find the best purchase for you!

Functionality and Design

Sometimes less is more and in our opinion we love pipes that don’t have too many pieces. If the nectar collector does have a lot of pieces we love when the dish and other parts are already built in. The more pieces the more complicated and also the more easier it is for you to lose or break any individual piece.

Quality Dab Nail is Important for Dab Straw Longevity

The dab nail has to be of high quality. It will be taking a regular beating with the butane torch so it’s best practice to buy titanium or quartz concentrate nails. If you are using borosilicate glass it will still work but you will notice that you need to not put the pipe directly into the butane torch but bounce the flame in and out to protect the nail. So skip the headache and only buy dab straws with high quality quartz or titanium nails.

Filtration and Other Attachments for Enhanced Cooling and Flavor

Extra features are great as long as it doesn’t complicate the system. If it has a lot of extra parts and features you want to make sure it’s worth it. Filtration is always amazing and especially if you can combine water filtration with ice cooling features. The better the water filtration the smoother and tastier your hits will be! Reclaim catcher is another great option to look for. 

Why Trust Our Research on Finding the Best Nectar Collector

As your researcher I have over 14 years of experience in the cannabis industry. I have curated and researched cannabis products for some of the most trusted cannabis companies such as Mooselabs, The DART, and Daily High Club. Laila, our concentrates expert, has tested all these pipes and have given her expert opinion to try to find you the best possible dab straw for the best price.

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