Everything You Need to Know About Rosin & What Kind of Rosin Press to Buy (Updated for 2020)

Everything You Need to Know About Rosin & What Kind of Rosin Press to Buy

Perhaps you've heard or read about the hot, new concentrate on the block called rosin and wanted to find out if rosin is for you whether you're looking to consume or produce it.

Well, look no further as we'll go over everything there is to know about rosin: what it is, how to produce it, the kind of equipment you need, advance tips on dialing the right temperatures for different materials, and finally, we'll show you how can make a rosin press and the best machines available at different price points. 


First of all...


What is Rosin?

Rosin is a type of solventless concentrate that's derived by pressing cannabis flower, kief, or trim between two heat-controlled plates, typically made from stainless steel or aluminum, to produce an extract that's terpene-rich, sappy in texture, and fairly translucent in color.

Some people also call rosin as solventless shatter. With the key term in being solventless.


It's solventless


The huge upside about rosin is that there are only three elements needed to produce it— heat, pressure, and time. That means throughout the process of making rosin, you won't be introducing harmful solvents such as butane hash oil or BHO, CO2, alcohol, propane, or the likes. That means the end-result, rosin, is the purest form of cannabis extract there is as it retains the flavor, aroma, and terpene profile of the material being pressed.


What Can You Make Rosin From?


Starting material

Flower vs. Hash vs. Kief

Let me preface by saying that each strain you're pressing will give you different yields, tastes, and results. Some strains are known for producing good rosin, while some are not.

That being said, pressing flowers will give you the best quality but not necessarily the best yields. When pressing flowers, less is more. Smaller nugs create more surface area, more surface area means more travel for the rosin while being pressed.

Pressing kief or hash will give you great quality and decent yields.

It's also recommended that you kief your product first before pressing (including the flower).

• Trim: 3% - 8%
• Shake: 8% - 15%
• Flower: 15% - 30%
• Kief / Dry Sift: 30% - 60%+
• Bubble Hash / Hash: 30% - 70%+

rosin press yields

What's the Best Temperature to Use for Pressing Rosin?

Temperature is key to making good rosin! A good rule of thumb to remember is:

• Lower temperatures (150°F- 220°F) = more flavor/terpenes, less yield, end material is more stable (butter-like/honey consistency)

• Higher temperatures (220°F- 250°F) = less flavor/terpenes, more yield, end material is less stable (sap-like consistency)

Bearing these in mind, if your press is more than capable of delivering the right pressure, we don't recommend you going higher than 300°F

Ideal temperatures to use by material & length of each press

Material Temperature Time
Flower 190°F-220°F 15-60 seconds
Good Quality Sift/Bubble 150°F-190°F 30-90 seconds
Average to Low Quality Sift/Bubble 180°F-220°F 30-90 seconds

How Much Pressure is Needed to Make Rosin?

There is no magic number for how much you need to press but most people use the formula of press pounds/plate surface area.

For example:

A 10-ton press = 20,000 lbs. If you have a 3"x5" plate = 15 square inch.
Hence, 20,000/15 = 1,333 PSI

Note: These numbers serve as a guide only. Results will always vary depending on temperature and material as well the press you choose.

Now that we've got those out of the way, let's get on to the good stuff.


How to Build a Rosin Press for Under $500

If you're more of a DIY kind of person and looking for a step-by-step guide on how to put together your own rosin press, we've written an entire article devoted to that topic here

In the article, we go over all the equipment you'll need as we look at different price points for every equipment needed, and provide you with build sheets on different rosin presses you can put together for as low as $300. 

We recommend that you check out the article here

What is the Best Rosin Press?

More and more rosin presses are emerging in the market as this segment grows. However, these are the most presses in the marketplace today: DIY presses, manual presses, hydraulic presses, pneumatic presses, electric rosin presses, and hybrid presses.

What goes on to choosing the best rosin press will depend on your needs and your demands out of the press. Here are a few questions to help you decide on which rosin press is best for you.

  • Is it for personal or commercial use?
  • How many hours a day/week do you intend on using the rosin press?
  • How much material will you need to press each time?
  • How important is space for you?
  • Are you an environment that can tolerate noise for several hours during the day? 


Portable Rosin Press

For someone looking for the basics of the basics, there are very portable hand-held presses that can do the job. These are travel-friendly and can fit in any bag or luggage.


Rosinbud M1

• 1000+ PSI of pressing power
• Weighs less than 4 lbs
• Has an infuser

Manual Rosin Press

Manual rosin presses are a portable, low-cost extraction solution that's ideal for home users and personal consumption. They come in a smaller form factor which makes them portable and easy to lug around. These units typically involve a hand crank or a twist-style mechanism to apply force onto your material.



NugSmasher Original

• 12-ton squishing capacity (good for up to 20g of material)
• Large 4" x 4" plates
• Lifetime warranty 


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 NugSmasher Mini

2-ton squishing capacity (3-5 grams)
• 2.5" x 2.5" plates
• Ultra-portable tabletop unit
• Lifetime warranty 



Hydraulic Rosin Press

Hydraulic rosin presses use hydraulic pressure to generate the force needed to produce rosin. The force is generated typically through the use of a hand pump. It's typical to find presses in the 10-ton (20,000 lb) hydraulic presses, although more and more you can find ones in the 20 and 30-ton range. Moreover, hydraulic presses are less intrusive to being used in smaller environments because unlike pneumatic presses that require an air compressor and are noisy to operate, they just require some elbow grease to get you clean rosin. Though one downside with hydraulically powered presses is the chance of leaking hydraulic oil from the cylinder.



Dulytek DHP7 7 Ton Hydraulic Rosin Heat Press

• 7-ton squish capacity
• 6"x 2.5" solid aluminum heating plates


Variable-hydraulic Rosin Press

These presses are predominantly hydraulic rosin presses on the inside but instead of being stuck using a hand pump for the entirety of your press, they're cleverly engineered in such a way that a simple switch of a pump attachment allows you to control these presses either pneumatically, electronically or using a hand pump to suit any type of extraction demands.


Sasquash V2 15 Ton Rosin Press

• 15-ton squishing capacity
• Large 8.5" x 5" plates
• Lifetime warranty


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Triminator TRP Stack 25 Ton Rosin Press

• Highest output rosin press (3/4 lbs per squeeze)
• 25-ton capacity
• 3 platen design
• Largest plates in the industry at 7" x 10"
• Plates pivot, preventing the rosin from burning


Pneumatic Rosin Press

A pneumatic rosin press pretty much has the same features as a hydraulic one, except instead of being powered by a hydraulic cylinder, there's an air chamber that's being powered by an air compressor.

That, however, means, no hand pumping. This is especially useful if you're extracting a couple of batches at a time. Another beauty of a pneumatic rosin press is in the ease of controlling and changing the pressure as you press your product--it's literally as simple as pushing a button and you can do it in small but precise increments.




Pure Pressure Pikes Peak V2 5 Ton Rosin Press

• 5-ton capacity (20g of flower or 35g of kief/hash at a time)
• Fully programmable control system
• Automated pressure control system for fewer blowouts
• 10" x 3" plates


Electric Rosin Press

Electric rosin presses, on the other hand, are fairly new to the market but are gaining rapid adoption and popularity. It's obvious to see why because electric rosin presses don't require any compressors or external pumps to function. All you need is an electrical outlet to plug these in to and you're good for extraction.

Furthermore, while the idea of 10-ton or 20-ton rosin presses sounds nice (especially for large batches), if you're simply extracting small batches, all you really need is one or two tons of force; electric rosin presses are specced to deliver between 6500 - 7000 lbs of pure electric power while capable of pressing up to 15g of flower.



Rosinbomb M60 Electric Rosin Press

• State of the art, fully electric rosin press
• 3.75" x 3.75" plates
• 6,000+ lb squish capacity (15g at a time)
• Flow channel technology


Rosinbomb Rocket Electric Rosin Press

• State of the art, fully electric rosin press
• 3.2" x 2.8" plates
• 1,500+ lb squish capacity (5g at a time)
• Ultra-portable


So, there you have it! We've covered everything from material, temperature, pressure, as well as all the available types of presses in the market today. Now that you've read up until this part, you should be a pro now! If not you can certainly reach out to us and our team will happily assist you with any questions you have about pressing rosin.

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What are the top-rated rosin presses for personal and commercial uses?

For our picks on the best rosin press for personal and commercial applications, check out our article here.