Want to start vaping in 2023 or looking to quit smoking? Then the best thing you can do is grab one of our top-rated vape kits! Our top 10 includes a collection of reliable vape devices and the latest and most impressive kits. Read the below selection and find your perfect starter vape kit.
The Uwell Caliburn series is the king of easy-to-use and reliable vape pod kits. The first member of the Caliburn series was launched in 2018 and, half a decade later, the G2 represents the best of the original combined with the latest features.
An aluminium alloy body provides a tactile and high-quality feel that isn't easily damaged. The quality is helped by a unique haptic feedback system where the device vibrates to let you know when you’ve taken a long enough draw, amongst other features.
The Caliburn G2 can be both draw-activated and button-activated, making ease of use simple and versatile. Airflow can be easily adjusted once vapers have got used to the basics and a helpful window shows how much e-liquid is left in the pod. A choice of 1.2 or 0.8 ohm coils gives users more choice to customise their vape should they wish. The coil itself is changed easily, simply popping out at the bottom of the pod without fuss.
If you need a vape kit that looks great, feels great and simply gets the job done, then the Caliburn G2 will never disappoint.
Elf Bar has rapidly become a household name due to the staggering success of their disposable vapes in 2022. The success of their disposables is exactly why their impressive pod kit is one of the most sought after devices of 2023.
The Mate 500 is a multi-use vape device which uses Elf Bar P1 pre-filled pods. These pods come in the classic Elf Bar flavours which have proven insanely popular amongst vapers. Better still, these pods are pre-filled meaning that vapers needn't worry about filling their pods with e-liquid from bottles.
Because refilling and coil replacement is not a worry for the Mate 500, it makes for a very easy way to pick up vaping. The device is inhale activated, just like an Elf Bar, making it simple to pick up and use. The Mate 500 is the perfect evolution from cigarettes or disposable devices and offers better flavour and reliability.
If you like Elf Bars or want an even more convenient way to vape, then the Elf Bar Mate 500 could be the perfect way to get into vaping.
The Vaporesso XROS (pronounced ‘cross’) range is another big name in simple, high-performing vape pod kits. The XROS 3 is one of the latest in the range and is perfect for new vapers who still want the best tech in their vape kit.
Firstly, the XROS 3 is a fine looking pod kit and comes in a variety of contemporary finishes. The visuals are made even better by the neon battery indicator that not only looks great, but lets the user know the battery level while they vape.
Inside is a long-lasting 1000mAh battery that powers the advanced AXON chipset which enables unique features. Pulse Mode is a particular highlight that improves flavour intensity without the need for excessive fine tuning. Our own experts particularly love this device for its easy ability for adjustments, even for novice vapers.
Refilling is also a breeze thanks to the top-filling XROS pod, meaning you don’t even have to remove the pod to refill your e-liquid. The pods themselves are compatible with both 0.6 and 1.0 ohm coils, meaning you can choose between thicker or finer clouds of vapour depending on your preference.
Overall, the XROS 3 is the beginner vape kit for people who don’t want to compromise on intelligent features or quality.
The Aspire PockeX AIO is a world-renowned device that has long been a favourite amongst new vapers. AIO stands for ‘All in one’ which is appropriate for this easy-to-pick up kit that gives new vapers everything they could possibly need.
The PockeX AIO uses a vape tank which means more flexibility when compared to pod kits. A range of coil options are available so new vapers can adapt their kit as they gain more experience.Some users have reported that the tank is easy to flood by overfilling. Luckily, this device is easy to take apart and clean so with a little experience the kit is still easy to maintain.
A huge 1500mAh built-in battery provides long battery life superior to similar devices - ideal for those who know they will be vaping throughout the day. An LED battery life indicator helps users keep an eye on battery life so they know when to expect a recharge.
The device can also be ‘locked’ using the activation button, a safety feature hard to find on devices in this price range.
If you want a vape device that's easy to use, but also offers plenty of room for expansion, the PockeX AIO is perfect.
The Vaporesso Barr vape pod kit is one of the easiest ways to pick up vaping, and is perfect for those who are quitting smoking. While it may lack the features of other kits, the Barr is so incredibly simple and easy-to-use, it remains one of the most popular options for new vapers.
The Barr is a super-lightweight pod kit that measures just 13mm in diameter, which isn't much more than a cigarette. The pleasant metallic finish also feels great in the hand and makes for a discreet vaping experience when compared to more outlandish designs.
Barr pods come with a built-in 1.2 ohm coil which provides a fine vapour that suits mouth-to-lung vaping, which is akin to using a cigarette. The lack of coil choice may be a negative for some, but for others it won't matter and makes buying pods even easier.
The pods themselves are very intelligent and can have different airflow depending on how the pod is clicked into the device. Want to increase airflow for more flavour? Just pop out the pod, rotate it and reinsert until you find the setting you enjoy best.
If you need a device that is simple, easy to maintain and a breeze to use, the Vaporesso Barr is the best choice. There simply isn't a more convenient way to start vaping on the market.
The Innokin T18E is one of our favourite starter vape kits. James, one of our resident vape experts with decades of experience, always recommends it to new vapers, saying “it's simply an incredible little starter kit”.
So, why is the Innokin T18E so highly regarded? Simply put: reliability, quality and ease of use. Unlike many other starter kits, the T18E uses a more traditional vape tank. Fortunately this doesn't mean it's much more complicated and only requires basic maintenance and the need to switch the hard-wearing 1.5 ohm coils.
The tank itself provides incredible airflow for maximum flavour and is even top-filling, so you don't have to remove the tank to refill. Pyrex glass ensures the tank is as tough as the rest of the kit and won’t shatter easily.
On the device you will find a handy LED battery indicator, letting you know at all times the current state of your battery. Speaking of batteries, the built in 1000mAh battery holds plenty of power to make sure you can keep vaping for extended periods of time without a recharge. There's no need to worry about device wattage either as the T18E has a fixed wattage of 14 W for consistent power output ideally suited for mouth-to-lung vaping.
For those looking to take up vaping and do so regularly, the T18E is the perfect starting point. This well-built little device is easy to pick up but also shows off the full capabilities of a vape device.
The Vaporesso XROS Nano is another member of the XROS family that makes our best starter kit list. This fantastic looking device offers a super-lightweight and easily stored device that is well suited for beginner vapers.
Like other members of the XROS series, the Nano comes with Pulse mode for amazing flavour that you would expect from a much heavier and more expensive device. The 1000mAh battery is another surprising addition, giving this tiny device surprisingly long battery life.
The built-in coils make device maintenance easy; rather than fiddly coil changes, vapers need only swap out their coil and fill up. Speaking of refilling, the XROS Nano has a top filling pods; just pop off the mouthpiece and refill without the need to remove the pod. Our vape experts especially like the easy-to-read battery indicator that lets you know when you’re due a recharge.
Between incredible usability and some of the most appealing colours on the market (we love the yellow), the XROS Nano is a standout vape device that is sure to make a new vaper very happy indeed.
The Caliburn AK2 gives new vapers the chance to show off with some bold colour and design choices while also being a reliable and impressive device in its own right. Building upon the best-selling KOKO, the AK2 is a stylish kit packed with easy-to-use technology at a great price.
Simplicity is one of the best things about the AK2. This lightweight device uses versatile 0.9 ohm coils that provide all the flavour you need from an MTL kit with a discrete, non-intrusive amount of vapour. The coils are built into the refillable pods, so no need to swap coils out.
The pods are able to deliver consistent flavours thanks to the PRO-FOCS flavour-adjusting tech that automatically optimises the devices vapour production. The much-demanded inclusion of an e-liquid window also means you can monitor vape juice levels so you’re not caught out when it's time to refill.
Draw activation allows the device to have compact dimensions making it both easier to use and carry with you. Users will also be delighted to find the device is made of a tactile aluminium alloy which is both robust and a pleasure to hold.
If you favour simplicity above all else and have a need for a good-looking kit, then Uwells Caliburn AK2 is a fantastic choice.
Unsurprisingly, VOOPOO make another appearance in our best starter kits with their impressive new Argus Pod P1. Like their other vape pod kits, the Argus Pod P1 is full of features that make vaping simple and satisfying.
The standout features of the Argus Pod P1 is the latest GENE AI 1.2 chip which automatically changes the vape output for the most flavoursome and efficient vape. Another handy feature of the Argus Pod P1 is the fast-charging USB C port that can provide a full charge in just 18 minutes.
Our vape experts are big fans of the incredible airflow setup of the Argus. Thanks to a free-flowing 4-hole inlet, the Argus Pod P1 provides super-smooth vapour and big flavours that is similar to a larger, more expensive vape device. The airflow is easily adjusted on the side of the device, so even novice vapers can play with the vapour production to suit their preference.
The Argus Pod P1 has refillable pods with built-in coils which makes essential vape maintenance easy and inexpensive. Vapers can choose between a 0.7 ohm coil or 1.2 ohm coil for more or less vapour production respectively. The mesh coils included in the pods are of the latest design, making flavours punchy and consistent, which is great for users wanting to try out new and exciting e-liquids.
The Argus Pod P1 represents the best of the latest pod kits, so if you want something ultra modern and reliable, the Argus Pod P1 should be top of your list.
The VOOPOO Vinci Q brings high-end quality to an inexpensive and easy to use pod kit. VOOPOO are rightly respected for their impressive high performance vape kits but that doesn't mean their smaller kits are overly complex.
The VOOPOO Vinci Q looks incredible thanks to a dual-polymer construction that sets it apart from the competition and provides a confident, tactile feel in the hand. The exterior promises to be dust-proof, finger-print proof and water resistant. There is even improved wear and fall resistance to keep it going in the likely event of a tumble.
The choice between a 1.2 or 0.8 ohm coil gives vapers some flexibility while the device alters its wattage automatically, making coil switching simple. Both coils use VOOPOO’s unique ITO atomisation for improved flavour. Lastly, VOOPOO’s famous GENE chipset not only makes vaping easier, but also safer.
Like other ergonomic devices, the Vinci Q is also top-filling, meaning that the pod can remain on the device during refills. The pods are also leak proof, giving new users peace of mind should they place their device in a bag or pocket.
If you need a good-looking, inexpensive vape device that's simple to use, then the Vinci Q is a strong choice.