Silicone vs. Glass Nectar Collector: Pros and Cons

January 29, 2019 Nectar Collectors

Silicone vs. Glass Nectar Collector: Pros and Cons

Nectar collectors are great for doing dabs on the go. They come in different shapes and designs, as well as body material. They are popular among dabbers because aside from portability, nectar collectors helps you save on concentrates. You can take dabs straight from your glass or silicone container. But what are the differences between a silicone nectar collector and glass nectar collector?


Silicone nectar collectors are better in terms of durability compared to glass nectar collectors. Silicone nectar collectors are made from quality food-grade silicone material. They are thick and can withstand rough handling. You can put in your bag or luggage and won’t have to worry about it breaking.

Glass nectar collectors are made with high-grade borosilicate glass, although there are cheap ones out in the market. The thinner and the lower the grade of glass used, the more fragile your nectar collector gets. There are some thick-glass nectar collectors available that can withstand a little bit heavier handling, but they can still break if used too roughly.


You have to find silicone nectar collectors that are made from high-quality food grade silicone. There are a lot cheap silicone nectar collectors available, but their material is questionable. Getting low-quality silicone nectar collectors exposes you to health risk. Plastic releases harmful toxins when exposed to heat and smoke. Make sure you buy silicone nectar collectors from reputable head shops.

Glass nectar collectors pose no problems when it comes with smoking. You get all the essence of your dabs without the added toxins. Glass is stable and won’t react with smoke or release harmful compounds that can hurt your lungs.

Ease of use

Depending on the design, both silicone and glass nectar collectors are easy to use. It can be difficult to gauge the water level for opaque silicone nectar collectors or glass nectar collectors with dark colors. Other than that, ease of use and function are the same.


Silicone nectar collector slightly affects the taste of dabs, especially if you happen to get a cheap one from your local gas station. Most dabbers still prefer the clean taste of dabs that they get from glass nectar collectors.

However, silicone collectors have an upside against glass collectors. You can place silicone nectar collectors inside a freezer to cool down the material before using. Once you’re ready to start dabbing, take it out of the freezer and use it as usual. The cold temperature of the semi-frozen silicone will cool your dabs significantly.


Cleaning a silicone nectar collector is easier compared to glass nectar collectors. All you have to do is remove the titanium tip and place the nectar collector in the freezer overnight. Take it out and crunch it to clean and remove the reclaim.

For glass nectar collectors, you have to soak it in cleaning solution overnight before rinsing it with hot water.
Getting reclaim is a bit more complicated involving alcohol or sweeping the nail very carefully with a torch.

If you haven’t tried out dabbing with a nectar collector, we have nectar collectors in stock for you to try. They are all easy to use and portable. No ceremonies, just pure dab enjoyment. Already got nectar collectors? Which nectar collector is your favorite and why? Share them at the comment section and let’s compare notes!


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