A few weeks ago, one of our writers noticed something odd. Walmart.com, the online arm of the world’s largest retailer, was selling a rosin press for a measly $299.
For a store that doesn’t seem to carry a single bong, Walmart was surprisingly open about the fact it was hawking a cannabis contraption. The item description called the Rosineer NRN-MV1 a “manual rosin press dab machine” that’s “especially suitable [for] flowers or buds.”
So we did what any cannabis fans with access to a company credit card would do: We bought one.
When it arrived, Leafly cannabis expert Will Hyde and I met up to give it a spin. Here’s how it went:
Overall, the Rosineer NRN-MV1 is an affordable alternative to most DIY rosin-making methods. It squished out considerably more concentrate than other at-home options and was way less exhausting than using a hair straightener. If you’ve got access to an abundance of high-quality flower and want to make solventless (and delicious!) extracts at home, it’s a worthwhile option to consider.
That said, it’s not the right choice for everyone. While the yields were higher than the hair-straightener method, the Rosineer didn’t produce as much concentrate as we would’ve liked. The plates fluctuated in temperature, didn’t line up perfectly flush with one another, and could only apply so much pressure. (More expensive presses are pneumatic, but those can run upward of $1,000.)
Ultimately, the Rosineer NRN-MV1’s $299 price tag might seem like a bargain, but given the high cost of good flower—and the fact that low-quality flower produces hardly any rosin at all—it probably makes more financial sense to pony up for a more professional model.