Many seek the top kratom vendors as a way of ensuring that they consistently get a high-quality product. So, we decided to look at and honestly review the top 5 kratom vendors for 2019.
Honesty and transparency are two of our main values. Quality of information is another. And that’s the perspective that we chose to approach it from. Therefore, we won’t only highlight the good things about these vendors, but also the ones that aren’t as positive.
We chose to name this list “top kratom vendors” instead of “best kratom vendors” because the most popularity does not automatically equate to the highest quality. It may, but not always.
We also know quite a few less-known vendors who offer excellent kratom. We’ll make sure to build a list of those as well, so stay tuned for that.
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How We Reviewed the Top Kratom Vendors
We looked up who the top kratom vendors were by general consensus. Then, we went online and gathered some more information about them.
But we didn’t just stop there.
We placed orders with each and every one of them and evaluated their services. We also took their products as well as assessing their quality.
To make sure that we treat all of these companies equally, we placed our orders with them almost simultaneously before noon on a Monday.
The strains that we purchased were Red Maeng Da and White Maeng Da. (With the exception of PurKratom. They were out of White Maeng Da, so we ordered White Borneo instead.)
Red Maeng Da and White Maeng Da is our personal favorite combination to keep productivity levels high throughout the day. It also helps us deal with the aches and stress without making us feel drowsy.
We take Red Maeng Da in the morning with our morning coffee. Then, White Maeng Da in the afternoon. It helps us get through the afternoon slump, finish off the workday, and complete our evening workout.
Why not the other way around?
Why not White Maeng Da in the morning and Red Maeng Da later in the afternoon?
That’s a personal preference. The energetic red strains on their own are not enough for us. However, if we consume coffee too late in the day, we’ll have a hard time falling asleep.
Red Maeng Da with coffee in the morning gives us the energy and focus to perform during the day as well as calms us down. White Maeng Da provides the same results in the afternoon. Yet, it does not affect our ability to fall asleep.
And now, let’s get to our findings.
Top Kratom Vendors for 2019
Happy Hippo Herbals
Happy Hippo Herbals is our first pick for top kratom vendors. It offers a wide selection of strains. Many users describe their kratom as high-quality. Thus, you would need a lower dose than when taking other vendors’ kratom.
If you place an order with them before 5 PM, they ship the same day.
Happy Hippo Herbals ship internationally as well. However, you need to pay more for the option.
They offer a 10% discount for eCheck payments and a 20% discount for cryptocurrency payments.
You need to be 21 or older to buy from them. This may be inconvenient for those users who live in states that allow kratom from the age of 18.
On the flip side, Happy Hippo does not offer free shipping within the US. Their prices are also rather high, which may deter certain people from buying from them. Users even describe Happy Hippo as overpriced. Yet, it may not be as bad considering the fact that their kratom is strong.
Their website looks very basic and even childish. For those unfamiliar with the brand, it may come across as fake or a scam.
Our Experience with Happy Hippo Herbals
We paid with eCheck and received a 10% eCheck discount. This was rather pleasant because of their higher prices.
We paid $8 for shipping, and the package arrived 3 days later. The packaging was completely discreet.
Both Red Maeng Da and White Maeng Da were smooth, tasteless, and has a pleasant smell. The onset was rather fast, 6 to 10 minutes, respectively. We experienced the full effects of both after 40 minutes.
Red Maeng Da increased our focus and provided relaxation without making us feel drowsy or affecting our mood or well-being. The effects tapered off during the second hour and wore off completely during the third.
White Maeng Da slightly increased our energy levels and focus. We also felt a slight mood improvement when full effects took place.
The effects of White Maeng Da began to taper off after 4 hours and were gone after 5.
PurKratom is another company that frequently features among top kratom vendors. It sells kratom powder and 20 different kinds of kratom capsules.
If orders are placed before 3 PM, they ship on the same day. Free First Class Mail shipping is available for all orders regardless of their cost. Yet, you can also pay for Priority or Priority Express shipping options.
PurKratom places a strong emphasis on lab-testing their kratom and says that they test each batch that they receive. They also offer an unconditional 30-day return policy.
Users refer to their products as high-quality, yet expensive.
Our Experience with PurKratom
PurKratom was the only company of the five that we chose for this list that accepted debit card payments.
We chose free shipping with First Class Mail. The order was shipped on the same day and took 4 days to arrive. The package was completely discrete.
Their Red Maeng Da powder was smooth and fresh. It has a faint tea-like scent and a slightly bitter taste. Yet, it wasn’t very strong, so there was no need to mask it. The onset happened in 5 minutes, and we experienced slight uplift in mood and relaxation 20 minutes in. There was no feeling of drowsiness.
We started experiencing full effects in an hour. They began wearing off after 3 hours and were gone at the 4-hour mark.
Since PurKratom was out of White Maeng Da, we purchased White Borneo instead. The powder was smooth and fresh, yet it smelled like sawdust and had a tangy bitter taste.
We felt the onset of the effects 5 minutes in. Then, there was a slight uplift in mood, energy, and focus, and full effects took place after 35 minutes. White Borneo provided mild pain relief and improvement of mood as well as a moderate boost of energy and focus. 3 and a half hours later, the effects started tapering off and were completely gone after 4 and a half hours.
Coastline Kratom offers kratom powder and capsules for sale. They also sell live kratom plants, which you can grow on your own.
They guarantee free shipping for orders over $75, and a 100% money-back guarantee. We cannot, however, provide any comments on the effectiveness of their return policy.
They offer combination packs for new users as well as an affiliate program.
Users refer to their products as high-quality, yet expensive.
Nonetheless, Coastline Kratom raises our concern when it comes to its advertising efforts. We have, on multiple occasions, seen their ads on Instagram. Advertising kratom on Facebook is not allowed, and since Instagram belongs to Facebook, the same rules apply.
As a result, it leads us to believe that their ads on Instagram aren’t actually legal. While this may bring in more customers, it can eventually create bad fame around kratom and contribute to its ban.
Another negative aspect that we see is the way Coastline Kratom portrays its kratom powder. The colors of kratom powder on their website look enhanced with photo editing software. This may serve as grounds for suspicion and concerns about how natural their products are and whether any colorants or other substances are being used.
Our Experience with Coastline Kratom
While we paid for our Coastline Kratom order with eCheck, they did not offer a discount as Happy Hippo did.
They charged $4.99 for First Class Mail. Their package shipped the next day and arrived 3 days after the order was placed. Its packaging was discrete.
Both Red Maeng Da and White Maeng Da were on the dry side and slightly coarse. Both smelled like sawdust and had an unpleasant taste.
With Red Da, the onset happened after 12 minutes. We also experienced slight uneasiness in the stomach, which we did not have with kratom from the other brands. A slight increase in focus, euphoria, and relaxation followed. Then, we experienced the full effects within an hour.
Red Maeng Da provided moderate focus, and relaxation, as well as slight euphoria and pain relief. We did not feel drowsy, though. At the 3-hour mark, the effects started tapering off and were gone after 4.
With White Maeng Da, the onset happened in 5 minutes. Then, slight stimulation, euphoria, and an increase in focus followed.
We felt full effects after 40 minutes, along with slight pain relief, as well as a moderate increase in mood, stimulation, and focus. The effects began tapering off after 5 hours and were gone after 6.
Krabot offers over 30 different strains for sale. Some of them are very rare. They sell both kratom powder and capsules, yet their products are rather expensive.
They also have welcome and variety packs. However, those are more expensive than what other vendors offer.
Krabot has a discount available for the military. Both veterans and those in active duty can take advantage of it, and so can their dependents.
Krabot also offers a 100% money-back guarantee. Nevertheless, it only applies to unopened packs. So, if the kratom you receive is lower quality than usual, you aren’t likely to get your money back.
Orders need to be placed before 10 AM to be shipped on the same day. Otherwise, they will ship on the following day. This may mean an extra day for your order to arrive.
There is not much valuable information on their website, and it is hard to find information on their shipping and pricing.
Our Experience with Krabot
Krabot shipped the next day, and the order arrived 3 days later. It was placed in discreet packaging, yet it had the company name on its shipping label.
Their Red Maeng Da was slightly on the dry side and smelled like sawdust. Its taste was odd, yet not necessarily awful. On the other hand, their White Maeng Da was smooth and fresh. It also had a pleasant smell and was tasteless.
The full effects kicked in an hour later and were stronger than those of the other brands. The effects began tapering off after 4 hours and were gone at the 5-hour mark.
We experienced the onset of White Maeng Da after 5 minutes. It provided a slight increase in focus, energy, and pain relief. Full effects took place within 30 minutes. We felt slight pain relief, a moderate increase in energy, and a strong increase in focus.
Like Red Maeng Da, White Maeng Da was also the strongest. Its effects began to taper off after 4 hours and were gone after 5.
Gaia Ethnobotanical / MitraGaia
Gaia Ethnobotanical has recently rebranded, and its name is MitraGaia now. We’ll refer to it as simply Gaia.
Gaia offers its own blends and welcome samples for new customers. They also have an affiliate program that allows kratom lovers to earn some money too.
Orders placed before 2 PM EDT ship on the same day.
Gaia refers to itself as the “#1 rated kratom company online”. Many users call it one of the top kratom vendors, and it’s mainly due to its affordable prices. Users often recommend the company because of that.
Nonetheless, Gaia was involved in the 2018 Salmonella issue. The FDA listed them as one of the companies selling Salmonella-contaminated kratom.
Kraken Kratom was another popular company that was involved in the issue, which is the reason we chose to exclude it from this list. We included Gaia, however, because it is still very popular among users because of its affordable process. Though, we by no means condone them selling contaminated kratom.
Another complaint that we frequently came across was instances of lower quality. When users voiced their complaints, the company didn’t even respond to their emails.
These two points are prime examples of why popularity does not necessarily mean quality. So, even if the brand is popular, you should still watch out for any caveats.
Our Experiences with Gaia
Gaia did not offer any discounts at the moment of us purchasing their products. However, their prices are lower than those of the other vendors.
They charged $7.95 for Priority Mail and shipped the package on the same day. It arrived 3 days later. The order was in a discreet package with the company logo on the shipping label.
Gaia’s Red Maeng Da powder had a pleasant smell and was smooth, fresh, and tasteless. The onset happened in 5 minutes, and we experienced slight euphoria, relaxation, focus, and pain relief.
Full effects kicked in within an hour. We experienced mild focus, mild to moderate relaxation, and pain relief at times. However, the euphoria was gone, and we felt slightly drowsy. We felt tempted to increase our dose and take another gram but didn’t do it to keep our kratom tolerance low.
The effects were rather inconsistent as they came and went. They began wearing off after 2 hours and were gone after 3.
Gaia’s White Maeng Da powder had a pleasant smell and was smooth and tasteless, yet slightly dry. The onset happened in 7 minutes and resulted in slight stimulation, focus, and better mood.
We experienced the full effects within 1 hour. White Maeng Da provided mild focus, stimulation, and moderate mood lift. Once more, we resisted the temptation to take another gram.
Gaia’s White Maeng Da was weaker in terms of focus and stimulation. Yet, the mood lift provided resulted in a great workout. We were able to do a little more in the gym than usual. Its effects tapered off after 3 and a half hours and were gone after 4 and a half hours.
All in all, we experienced that higher-priced companies did indeed offer stronger, higher quality, and more pleasant kratom.
Gaia’s prices were the lowest, yet their kratom wasn’t as strong and consistent as that of other brands. So, you would need to take more of it to get stronger effects.
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