Stoner’s Review: Santa Cruz Shredders

June 10, 2019 By Stoner

When looking for a new grinder, most Stoners look to American made grinders first. In particular, it is important to try and focus on:

  • Price
  • Durability
  • Size
  • Teeth
  • Screen
  • Seal
  • Other features

Santa Cruz Shredders are made in the United States and have been spreading the California love in the Stoner Community since early 2015. These grinders chop up herbs with no problem. They are scratch resistant, sturdy, and long-lasting.

In this Comprehensive Santa Cruz Shredder Grinders Review, we will break down what makes their products great, how they stack up to the competition, and what we like about these high-quality herb grinders. Before we get started, here is a quick article guide:

What Types of Grinders Does Santa Cruz Shredder Offer?

Santa Cruz Shredders come in 3 main varieties:

  • 4-Piece Grinders
  • 3-Piece Grinders
  • 2-Piece Grinders

Let’s break down each one in order to give you an idea of if these Shredders are right for you.

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1. Santa Cruz Shredder 4-Piece Grinder Review

This is the classic 4-Piece grinder, complete with a Kief catch and pollen shovel. It also features:

  • Scratch resistant anodized aluminum coating
  • 1 ⅝” diameter
  • Top lock magnet
  • Easy threading

What We Like About Santa Cruz Shredder 4-Piece Grinders

This is by far the most popular grinder offered by Santa Cruz Shredder, and it is no wonder why. The razor sharp, 31 tooth design is very unique, allowing users to easily grind massive buds in large quantities, with a consistent grind each time.

It is very easy to use and feels smooth in your hand. It has a large chamber for herbs, despite its small diameter, which makes it a very convenient grinder to have for on-the-go smoking.

Overall, it is a bit high in price when compared to some of the other options out there, but the Santa Cruz Shredder 4-Piece Grinder is the real deal. It is made of very durable aluminum, which will last a long time due to its completely scratch resistant outer coating.

On top of that, it comes in a few different sizes in terms of diameter, which allows you to find the best grinder for you. Santa Cruz Shredders also have dozens of color options and designs, which makes them great candidates as collectibles and Stoner Gifts.

One last thing I really like about this grinder is the screen. It is very taught, made with the perfect size stainless steel micron screen, and is very durable compared to many other grinder screens I have used. This is not the type of screen you have to worry about coming loose or becoming deformed over time, even with a few drops.

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2. Santa Cruz Shredder 3-Piece Grinder Review

Their 3-piece grinders are very similar to their 4-piece grinders, with a few exceptions:

  • Tooth count – 15
  • No Kief catch
  • Larger chamber

Because 3-Piece grinders do not have a Kief catch, they are usually shorter. However, Santa Cruz Shredder leaves a bit of extra height in theirs in order to provide a massive chamber for your ground herbs.

What We Like About Santa Cruz Shredder 3-Piece Grinders

Honestly, we aren’t super big fans of 3-piece grinders just because they are subpar to 4-piece grinders. You gotta catch that pollen!

However, if you are a fan of these bad boys, they still make an excellent addition to your collection. Personally, I like the feel of this grinder. It is smooth, super buttery to open and close, has a strong magnet, and a fat section to keep herbs.

On top of that, it shares the same smooth opening, durability, and solid screen as the 4-piece grinders, but at a lower price point. Overall, this is a solid herb grinder that we definitely recommend. It will last a very long time, and always grind evenly and consistently without clogs or breaks.

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3. Santa Cruz Shredder 2-Piece Grinder Review

Alright, let’s be real: no one likes a 2-piece grinder, except for some old school Stoners (to whom we show respect). If faced with the decision, I can’t imagine why you would settle for no chamber to hold your herbs, and no pollen screen.

However, some people make the choice for size reasons, needing a smaller grinder to bring with them, in order to easily carry and conceal it. Others may suffer from wrist pain and need an easier to use grinder. Whether you prefer a 2-piece grinder, or it is just a necessity, Santa Cruz Shredder has some of the best quality 2-piece grinders on the market.

What We Like About Santa Cruz Shredder 2-Piece Grinders

These Shredders are smooth, durable, and have a rigid tooth design in order to shred through herbs in no time at all. Their durable anodized aluminum and easy screw design make using this baby a charm, with a super smooth feel to it. Lastly, this grinder has dozens of color options to choose from.

Santa Cruz Shredder vs. the Competition

Now let’s check how Santa Cruz Shredder Grinders stand up to the competition. In order to do this, we analyzed 7 main factors:













Other Features


When compared to other American made grinders, Santa Cruz Shredders are really only behind a few of the best grinder brands on Earth:

  • Space Case Grinders
  • Sharpstone Grinders
  • Cali Crushers

Other than these 3 brands (which are only better by small margins in our opinion), Santa Cruz Shredders can stand up against almost every grinder on the market that is made in the US.

Sure, they are a bit more expensive as a result of their quality design and materials, however, it is worth it in the long run to have a grinder you can count on to consistently grind well, and withstand daily wear and tear.

Santa Cruz Shredder vs. Space Case Grinders

Alright, so a huge question we get asked often/Stoner war we see on the internet is whether Santa Cruz Shredders are better than Space Case Grinders. In our honest opinion, Space Case takes the W in this battle for a few major reasons:

  • More teeth
  • Better grinding
  • Better warranty

Other than that, their aluminum quality, threads, and pollen screen all stand about even with Santa Cruz Crusher. If you want to learn more about Space Case Grinders, check out our comprehensive review here.

There are also a few things we like more about Santa Cruz Shredders vs. Space Case, such as their wide color and feel in your hand.

Pros & Cons of Santa Cruz Shredder



Made in the USAA bit expensive
WarrantyBeat out by only a few brands
Solid teeth
Scratch proof finish
Large herb chamber
Great screens
Easy, smooth threads
Dozens of design options

When it comes down to it, finding something to complain about when it comes to this grinder is a stretch.

Overall, Santa Cruz Shredder makes a rock solid grinder right here in the USA, with dozens of designs, a strong warranty, great teeth, pollen catch, and magnet all at an affordable price.

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Final Review of Santa Cruz Shredder Grinders: A

Look, at the end of the day, when there are only a few grinders better than your product, you know you are doing something right. Overall, we would likely go with a Space Case or a Cali Crusher over the Santa Cruz Shredder, but that by no means makes it a bad grinder. In fact, we still have it on our Top 10 Grinders List.

We gave this grinder an overall grade of A. There are hardly any complaints we have about it other than the fact it is a bit highly priced compared to some other options, and that just 3 grinder brands really beat it out.

The only thing it is really lacking is a magnetic screen, which is starting to become popular because of their convenience, durability, and cleaning capabilities. Overall, you can’t go wrong choosing a Santa Cruz Shredder to add to your collection.

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