When it comes to choosing the best vapes, the options are vast. Truthfully, vapor devices are entirely subjective. Therefore, what’s best for one person, is certainly not the best for all. For some, power and performance are all that matters. For others, sleek designs and portability are equally as important as performance.
This comprehensive breakdown of the best vapes available in 2020 includes not only our first-hand opinions but user reviews gathered from everywhere around the web. This includes Vape Shops, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, and anywhere else we could get direct, honest reviews of vaping products.
To help make this article easier to navigate, we have broken down the winners by category. You can either click on the category below to jump to the ‘best of 2020’ winner for that section, or go ahead and scroll through the article to see all of the winners.
Best Box Mods of 2020
Box mod vapes are perfect for users who want the absolute most bang for their buck. Similarly, box mods are among the most economically efficient and highest performing vapes on the market. Importantly, a known drawback is the typically large physical size.
Best Overall MOD for 2020: Geekvape Aegis Solo
- Slim single 18650 platform with 100W of maximum output
- CERBERUS Sub-Ohm Tank
- Great lookin design that is still shock proof, water proof, and dust proof.
- Industry leading internal AS-100 Chipset
- Output range of 5W to 100W, and resistances as low as 0.05ohms.
- User-friendly tank system and coil system compatible with TFV8 Baby Replacement Coils.
The combination of sales and reviews backs up our opinion that the Aegis is the best single 18650 mod on the market today. We were able to find nearly 2,000 unique reviews from verified buyers of the Aegis with an average score of 4.95 out of 5.
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Runner Up: Vaporesso Gen Mod
This MOD is small (146mm by 54mm by 30mm), powerful (Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries), and smart (Axon Chip). We were blown away by this device when we first got our hands on it back in mid-2019, and are happy to see the reviews across the industry are overwhelmingly positive.
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Best Pods of 2020
Vape pods are entry-level, ultra-portable vaping systems that ditch the bulky mod systems for more sleek, attractive devices that are easy to use and easy to maintain. These may be smaller devices, but they are becoming more and more advanced with features like state of the art chipsets and replaceable coils.
Best Pod Winner: SMOK NORD
This device really revolutionized pods as we know it. It looks, feels, and has many of the same safety and user-friendly features you would find in a classic pod system, but performs like a Mod. This includes 3ml Juice Capacity and replaceable coils.
Best Pod Runner Up: Lost Vape Orion
While the Lost Vape Orion does not have the true pod look that you may have come to expect from devices like the NORD, it packs a variety of features that those pods can’t compete with. Don’t let the shape of this device fool you either, the dimensions are 93mm x 37mm x 13.5mm with a weight of just 87 grams… it’s far from the size of a typical mod.
This includes replaceable coils are available in both 0.25-ohm mesh and 0.5-ohm standard coil constructions, adjustable power level (5 options), and an Upgraded Evolv DNA GO Chipset.
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Best Starter Kits of 2020
We have been operating Vapestaff now for about five years and have found that finding the right device is half the battle when it comes to switching from cigarettes to vapor. Starter kits are generally one of the more popular ways to make the move from traditional smoking to vapor.
The right starter kit combines both a high-quality, long-lasting, reliable, and safe device at an affordable price. Over the course of a year, we may test over 100 devices, many of which we receive as a starter kit. Below are two that clearly stood out to us this past year, and are the winners of our Best Vapes Starter Kit award for 2020.
Best Starter Kit Winner: Aspire Tigon
Despite the popularity, the Tigon remains a 5-star product at nearly all retailers including Element Vape, where it has a perfect five-star rating on over 50 reviews.
Priced from $24.99 at VaporDNA, it is also a cost-effective starter kit. The one downside to the Tigon is it’s popularity, as it is sold out in many of the popular ecig shops online.
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Best Starter Kit Runner-Up: VOOPOO Drag Baby Trio
The Drag Baby Trio features a 1500mAh rechargeable battery, PnP Coil Technology, and an advanced GENE.TRIO chipset. The Drag Baby Trio is a one-of-a-kind mini AIO that will fit in your pocket, while still blowing you away with the way that it hits.
A common theme amongst verified buyers was that this device was every bit as good as a large mod but in a much more convenient size. While we wouldn’t go that far, it certainly is one of the better starter kits and overall devices on the market right now.
Best Vapes: Best Atomizers of 2020
Atomizers are often overlooked when discussing the best vaping gear available in 2020. When we refer to an atomizer we are specifically talking about the rebuildable side of vape gear — the tanks where vapors build their own coil. The coils of an atomizer vaporize e-liquid, and yes, some are much better than others.
When we sat down to create this list there was really only one atomizer that stood out from the crowd in our eyes, and the user reviews and industry opinion seem to back that stance up. Here is our pick for the best atomizer of 2020.
Best Atomizer Winner: WOTOFO -- Elder Dragon RDA
Not a traditional-looking atomizer, but the consensus from anyone that has used it is that it packs as much, if not more, flavor than any atomizer out there.
There are plenty of features to discuss here, including a postless build deck, four direct side airflow coil, a removable airflow tube for easy cleaning, and a gold plated 510 pin. The bottom line is that the Elder Dragon is well-built, user-friendly, with great flavor.
One tip that we can give you for shopping atomizers is to comparison shop. Price can fluctuate massively from one store to the next. The cheapest we found the Elder Dragon as of February 1st, 2020 was at Eciggity. Find the current price and additional reviews below.
Best Vapes: Best Tanks of 2020
Buying the right tank is essential to vaping but it can be extremely difficult to find the right tank. We have simplified our list to simply give you our favorite MTL Tank and favorite DTL tank on the market in 2020. Looking for something beyond these picks? Simply comment on the bottom of the article and we would be happy to make a recommendation.
Best Tank Co-Winner: Aspire Tigon Sub-OHM Tank
The Tigon Tank features 3.5 mL capacity, a child-safe top fill system and self-sealing wicking ports during coil installation and changes. The construction itself leaves nothing to be desired, featuring 304 Stainless Steel and quartz glass reinforcement. The Tigon tank can access the 0.4ohm or 1.2ohm coils for eJuice and nicotine salts juice.
Looking for our favorite DTL tank of 2020? Read on.
Best Tank Co-Winner: Mig Vapor WTF
That being said, the MIG Vapor WTF is still the best DTL tank on the market. The WTF features small coils with big e-juice ports that allow for huge airflow. It also has a 3.7 mL capacity, which to us is the perfect volume. Not too bulky, but still a big enough tank that you are not constantly refilling it.
Like the Tigon Tank, the MIG tank is constructed of stainless steel with Pyrex glass, while the coils are constructed of Organic cotton and Kanthal wire coils. This tank lacks nothing and is versatile enough to work for everyone from beginner to seasoned vapors.
For those wondering, our pick for best MTA tank is the Geekvape Zeus X RTA, but for the sake of keeping this section simple, we stuck to the MTL and DTL tanks.
Historic Record of Best Vapes Winners from Prior Years
This list is focused on the latest and greatest products in the vapor industry, but what about the best products from past years? All of our past winners can be found below.
Many of these products, given they have been on the market for more than 2 years in most cases, can be found at a significantly lower price than this year’s group of winners.
SMOK G-Priv 2 Luxe
One of the latest and the greatest designs from SMOK, the G-Priv 2 Luxe is the crème de la crème of box mod vapes. In short, with 230 watts of vaping power, a 2″ Vibrant Display and the TFV12 Prince Sub Ohm 8 mL Tank, this is top of the line vaping.
- Great Weight -- Feels Sturdy & Well Made
- Convenient Large Side Fire Button
- Innovative OLED Touchscreen Display
- Mesh Coil Compatible
- So, purchasing batteries separately is not ideal.
Box Mods: Runners Up
In the past, box mods were the new thing. However, box mod vapes have gone main-stream. There are tons of available options when it comes to this class of vape. Below are a few more of our favorite options in this category.
What’s not to love about an Ironman looking beast of a vape? 230 temperature-controlled watts, TFV12 Prince Sub-Ohm 8 mL Tank and it has Voice Commands.
Vaporesso Ranger X
One of the best selling Vaporesso vapes of all time, the Revenger X is no chump. Likewise, it’s sleek looks, 220 watts, OMNI Chip and Touch Display land it atop our list.
The Speeder isn’t flashy and it doesn’t feature touch technology. However, this humble little box mod is an excellent choice for those who simply love practicality.
Best POD Vape: #1 Rated
POD Vapes have taken the entire vapor scene by storm. Everything was trending in the direction of more settings and more options. Until suddenly, people realized that innovative, compact and high performing is king.
Compact, simple yet innovative, the JUUL is a brilliant vape. In short, there is no other vape on the market that matches JUUL’s performance and sleek size. It couldn’t be easier to operate. You’ll just need to budget for tons of pods.
- Unmatched Sleek Size
- Innovative Magnetic Pods & Charging
- Solid Battery Life
- Surprisingly Durable
- Pod Availability
- Convenient Pod Auto/Delivery Program
- Rapid Charging
- Cost of Replacement Pods.
- Relatively small amount of Pod flavors.
- So, pods are non-refillable.
POD Vapes: Runners Up
Honestly, JUUL dominates this vape category. Therefore, many try to duplicate the elegance and simplicity of the JUUL and few succeed. However, there are some contenders to the JUUL that we’ve found to be more cost-effective.
BO’s fighting for contention in the POD vape sector and it’s doing fairly well. BO PODs hold nearly double the e-liquid to that of JUUL’s and it’s similarly compact.
Vaporesso’s POD candidate, the Zero is a real contender in the category. Similarly, it’s 650 mAh battery brings more power, but also a larger overall size.
The universe wouldn’t be right if SMOK didn’t have a POD offering. Their NOVO is a solid contender, featuring it’s 450 mAh battery and typically huge color variety.
Best Disposable Vape: #1 Rated
Disposable Vapes are the gateway to the vaping world. Subsequently, a disposable vape is the first purchase a potential vapor will make. Importantly, the NJOY Daily is by far and away from the leader in this category.
An actual hard-hitting disposable vape, the NJOY Daily is the best in class. The latest Daily features nicotine salts which create an intense and satisfying throat hit. In short, if you’re ever in a bind (or new to vaping), the NJOY Daily is available nearly everywhere.
- Ultra Compact Design
- Innovative Design that Delivers Plenty of Power
- Amazing Tobacco and Menthol Flavor Options
- Available at a Convenience Store Near You
- Perfect Transition Vape from Tobacco Cigarettes
- So, it’s relatively expensive if relied upon for long periods of time.
Disposable Vapes: Runners Up
Disposable Vapes are the most simple vaping devices available. Due to that simplicity, there isn’t a lot of competition in the marketplace. However, the Fling series by White Cloud is a close contender to the NJOY Daily.
White Cloud Fling
One of the least known vape brands on earth, White Cloud’s Fling is a sleeper pick. An A+ for performance, the only downside to the Fling is it’s rather stout size compared to the Daily.
WTF is an MOJO you ask? Why it’s an exciting new vape brand out of Vegas, we reply. In conclusion, MOJO Disposable is phenomenally innovative and looks sexy.
Naked 100 Disposable
Yes, we see the eyes rolling. ‘They’ are even making Naked 100 disposables. Have you seen some of the chintzy options out there? It’s a dying category, we do our best.
Best Pen Vape: #1 Rated
Pen Vapes is a solid intermediate type vaping option. They’re typically smaller than box mods but deliver more performance than disposables and or POD style vapes.
Eleaf iJust 3
One of Eleaf’s top-selling vapes, iJust 3 is the culmination of pen vape excellence. It’s short yet girthy design provides plenty of power but easily slips into your pocket. In short, powered by a built-in 3,000 mAh battery, this 80-watt vape and 6.5 mL beast of a tank is more than enough to keep you vaping happy.
- Relatively Compact Design
- Feels Well Made -- Heavy Duty
- Comes With 2 Tank Sizes
- Plethora of Color Options
- Machined components could fit together better.
- So, replacement coils aren’t as widely available as we’d like.
Pen Vapes: Runners Up
The Pen Vape category has stagnated a bit. Most of the market is shifting to either pod or box mod types of vapes. With that being said, there are plenty of great options at relatively low prices available.
SMOK Resa Stick
Let’s be honest, the pen vape category is an even field. The SMOK Resa Stick features a giant 7.5 mL tank and 2,000 mAh battery that lend well to its flashy appearance.
Vaporfi VAIO Go
An oldy but goodie, as they say, the VAIO Go has arguably done more than any device to turn people away from cigarettes than 90% of the market. Above all, it’s simplicity wins.
SMOK Stick Prince
When you spend $10 of your last $50 on lotto tickets but know you need an operable vape, the SMOK Stick Prince is waiting for you. It’s grandfathered into our top lists, deal with it.
Best Cigalike Vape: #1 Rated
Cigalike vapes are and have been on their way out of the marketplace for a few years now. Truthfully, their just not an efficient system compared to other options like pod vapes and box mods.
With so much better technology on the market, it’s hard to say why anyone would still want a ‘cigalike’. Nonetheless, if it’s a cigalike vape you desire, the G6 is your answer. In short, it’s simple and does the job. It’s even now available with nicotine salt cartridges.
- Traditional Tobacco Cigarette Look / Size
- Decent Battery Life (for a cigalike)
- Cartridges are relatively expensive over time.
- Not quick charging.
- Cartridges don’t last long.
- So, performance lacks overall.
Cigalike Vapes: Runners Up
If you’re one of the very few consumers who’s seeking a cigalike, despite the fact that better technology is available, below are a few good options.
We have no earthly idea of why or how Vapor4life is keeping such a whopper of a price tag on the Zeus. Cigalikes are a dying breed & there isn’t much to choose from.
So, the Vaporfi Express is far from fancy or powerful. However, it’s always available and has a solid reputation for introducing vapor to smokers.
White Cloud ZFG
A bit of a Frankenstein device, the ZFG is a piece-meal approach to developing a vape in this class. Nonetheless, it exists and it’s above average in power.
Best Mechanical Mod Vape: #1 Rated
Mechanical Mods are among some of the highest performing vapes you’ll find. They also happen to require the most tinkering and ‘know-how’ in order to routinely use/operate.
VGOD Pro Mech 2
A CNC machined copper chassis, Delrin comfort touch and the consistent firing of the TriCon switch, the VGOD Pro Mech 2 is vapor nerdvana. In short, if you happen to be in the market for a tubular mechanical mod, this is one of the best vapes available.
- Perfectly Machined Fittings
- Comfortable and Luxurious Feeling Grip
- High Performance VGOD Elite RDA
- 3 Independent Pin (TriCon) Switch
- Awesome Digital Camouflage Designs
- Battery not included.
- So, it’s for sophisticated / advanced users only.
Mechanical Mods: Runners Up
You won’t find a huge supply of mechanical mods in the marketplace. This is mostly due to the fact that they’re difficult for ‘newbies/novices’ to operate and maintain. Another problem is the associated safety concerns relative to the actual design of most mechanical mods.
VGOD Elite Mech
It’s a bit sad to say, but even mechanical tube mods are becoming a bit relic like. They aren’t ‘user-friendly’, but for vaping experts, everything from VGOD is poetry.
Retailers aren’t stocking mechanical tube mods and it leads to an onslaught of clones and fakes in the space. Therefore, we’d be very surprised if you can even find an original.
When you dumb down a mechanical tube mod vape and make it more user-friendly, it becomes a box mod. May America make tube mech mods great again, please.
Best Mini Mod Vape: #1 Rated
The mini-mod category is one that we expect to hold its ground. Consumers love the performance they get with box mods. They usually just want a smaller version of it. Making the mini vape mod category one that continues to trend upwards.
Vaporesso Revenger Mini
Much like it’s the big brother (the Revenger X), the Revenger Mini is shapely designed and delivers on all counts. In short, a built-in 2,500 mAh battery, 85 temperature-controlled watts, and a clever OMNI 2.2 chipset make this one of the best mini box vape mods available.
- Solid Design -- Sturdy in Hand
- Mini, Small, Sleek, Compact -- All Fitting
- Flawless Mini NRG SE 3.5 mL Tank
- Upgradeable Firmware
- Fantastic Adjustability & Pre-set Modes
- The light display is perhaps over marketed.
- So, not exactly intuitive settings.
Mini Mod Vapes: Runners Up
So, there are plenty of options to choose from in the mini-mod vape category. For instance, SMOK, Vaporesso, and Eleaf have traditionally dominated this market space.
Vaporesso Target Mini
A fun category, the Vaporesso Target Mini packs a built-in 1,400 mAh battery and 40 controllable watts. In short, the 2 mL tank is nearly the height of the trigger mod.
Vaporesso Tarot Mini
A little less fancy than it’s cousin, (the Revenger Series) the Tarot Mini is small and unsophisticated. Most importantly, it’s a fine option for most users searching for simple and powerful.
Eleaf iStick Pico
Eleaf’s iStick Pico is one of the oldest devices on our list. Eleaf was one of the first to offer a powerful option in a small package. One 18650 battery & 75 watts.
Best Squonk Mod Vape: #1 Rated
So, squonk mod vapes are indeed a bit of a fad. However, their edge is practical. Subsequently, squonk mods are essentially box mods with enormous e-liquid capacity. Therefore, for some consumers, squonks are heaven-sent.
Driptech DS Squonk
Like all squonks, the Driptech DS features a beastly tank. At 8 mL, we’re talking roughly 7 days between refills. Additionally, the Driptech DS is available in both aluminum and Stainless Steel chassis. In conclusion, she requires two 18650 batteries and has a 510 thread.
- Solid & Ergonomic Desgin
- Easily Fits in Pocket
- So, the top fire button is exactly well fit or placed.
Squonk Mods: Runners Up
Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of competition in the squonk vape space. With that being said, there are plenty of very solid options to choose from.
What the O-100 SnowWolf squonk misses in tech intuitiveness, it more than makes up for in sheer looks. So, she houses a 7 mL tank and usually carries an RDA tank.
A squonker’s dream come true, the Sigelei Fuchai is adjustable up to 150 watts. In conclusion, it’s capacity is only 5 mL, but the Fuchai is loaded with settings & options.
SnowWolf is quickly making a name for itself, especially in the squonk category. To clarify, it’s not crowded space, but the SnowWolf Chipset is a formidable device.
Important Factors in Choosing Your Vape
So, when trying to decide which vape is best for you, keep a few things in mind. Firstly, always remember that everyone’s preferences are different. Secondly, you’ll be presented with an absolute plethora of options to choose from.
Thirdly, our advice would be to simply buy something that you’ll love and that will last a long time.
While there are a huge number of factors that go into choosing the best vape, below you’ll find what we think are the most important:
This is probably one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. Moreover, it may be a lesson that you have to learn through trial and error frankly. Subsequently, you have three options. Firstly, sacrifice size for performance, secondly, sacrifice performance for size or thirdly find a happy in-between. Importantly, you’ll often times be surprised at the type of performance a small pod vape can deliver.
Moreover, vapes are consistently evolving and will continue to be more innovative and intuitive. For example, cell phones started out as bulky and non-intuitive. In short, we now all walk around with tiny computers in our pockets. Subsequently, vapes will never need to be computers, however, the push is going to be towards high performance, smaller size, and economic efficiency.
Certainly, as of early 2020, JUUL leads the vape device pack. For instance, it’s compact, easy to use and delivers a solid performance. However, it’s quite expensive to use routinely. In other words, JUUL pods are relatively expensive and the typical amount needed on a weekly basis is high. Therefore, if a cost-effective vaping solution is what you’re looking for, consider a box mod.
Conclusion: Nearly Every Vapor Brand Offers a Top Tier Device
To sum up, our current favorite vape right now is simply JUUL. Meanwhile, SMOK, Vaporesso, Wismec, and Kangertech consistently produce top quality vapes in a number of different categories. Practically every day, advancements, enhancements and or improvements are made on vapor devices. Because the market continues to build, this trend will no doubt continue.
In addition, the vapor industry has reached a sort of minimum plateau in terms of best vapor devices. At the very worst, there are extremely efficient, powerful and sleek options available in nearly every single category.
Just like the cell phone and computer markets, for example, vapes will only continue to get better. To date, JUUL is a prime example of sleek, intuitive and compact performance.
For instance, JUUL knocked product design out of the park and is, unfortunately, being stigmatized entirely for underage nicotine use. It’s a whole other story (of which we see both sides), but make no mistake, its success is due to innovative and thoughtful design.
There will always be a market for large mods, squonks and the like. However, the devices that gain the most traction will be those that deliver performance, intuitiveness, and efficiency in a compact design.
For example, we can easily imagine a JUUL 2 or Startup X that is slightly larger than the original JUUL (more performance and battery life) and utilizes refillable pods (less expensive).
In conclusion, your best vape is out there and waiting for you. Above all, it’s simply up to you to decide what type of vapor you want to be and what level of customization you’re comfortable with.