While they're a gentler way of smoking, vaporizers have traditionally been associated with guys in college who eat Cheez-Its while listening to "YYZ" on repeat. But thanks to more-precise heating elements, sleeker designs, and the addition of rechargeable batteries, the devices — which use conductive heating elements to warm dried herbs to temperatures hot enough to extract the active ingredients via smoke-free vapor — are easier to operate and travel with.
Some you charge via USB, like a phone, others require fuel, but all require very little effort: Load your herb of choice, press a button, and inhale as you would from a pipe. While not technically a healthier way of toking up, vaporizers are free of the harshness that accompanies conventional ways of smoking. We scoured the market, and here are the best options.
Iolite Wispr 2
The Wispr 2 doesn't have a battery and runs on butane. Once it's fueled, you simply click a side lever to engage the 400-degree heating element. While they bemoaned having to add fuel, testers thought the Wispr 2 more often than not produced a strong vapor. They also loved its compact, easily-pocketable shape and foldable silicone pipe. [$170; iolite.com]