What is the Best Vape Kit Brand?

What is the Best Vape Kit Brand?

Quality is important when it comes to buying vape kits. For the best vape experience possible you want a device that's effective, easy to use and above all, provides a flavourful experience.

With so many brands on the market, it can be hard to find which ones stack up to the hype and which ones should be avoided.

With that in mind, we’ve curated a list of the top vape kit brands that we think deliver consistent quality and performance time and again. We’ve based their reliability on not just one stellar kit but every release they've ever had. We look at the kit's interface (ease of use), how well the coils perform (flavour and lifespan) and how well the devices are made (durability).

All the vape brands in this blog have not only been regularly tested by us but are used by all the members of our team on a daily basis. They’re our go-to brands and we’re going to share them with you.

To make things simple, we’ve broken down each brand by category so you can browse the best vape kit brands based on your style of vaping, its up to you. Let’s go!

#1 The best MTL vape kit brands
#2 The best sub-ohm vape kit brands
#3 What are the best prefilled pod kit brands?
#4 What are the best disposable vape brands?
#5 Conclusion

The best MTL vape kit brands

Beginner pod kits are undoubtedly the most popular refillable vape kits on the market and it's easy to see why. Their straightforward design is easy to get to grips with and provides the most economical way to enjoy vaping. They are ideal for smokers as they replicate the same method you use to puff on a cigarette - this is known as the mouth to lung style (MTL). You can enjoy high doses of nicotine with a sensation that will feel at once familiar and satisfying. These brands consistently create the best MTL pod kits.

1. Vaporesso

Renowned for:
Intuitive vape kits that deliver on flavour.

Leading the way in innovation are Vaporesso, a brand that has consistently satisfied the needs of the demanding vaping community since its inception in 2015. They make pocket friendly kits that can be relied on to perform consistently, are accessible to newcomers and revered by seasoned vapers. This is largely thanks to their focus on simplicity and performance, with innovative SSS leak proof pod designs that ensure a mess free experience. They also push the boundaries of mesh coil technology. Vaporesso’s Corex Heating Tech is famous for delivering rich flavour and outstanding pod lifespan, whilst their Pulse vaping innovation delivers a consistently smooth draw.

If you’re in the market for your first beginner vape kit, you can't go wrong with the XROS 4 a hugely popular MTL device that is about the size of a disposable and as effortless to maintain.

Notable Kits:

XROS 4 Mini Pod Kit by Vaporesso

XROS 4 Mini Pod Kit by Vaporesso Ice Blue
£19.95

Luxe Q2 SE Pod Kit by Vaporesso

£11.95

XROS Cube Pod Kit by Vaporesso

XROS Cube Pod Kit by Vaporesso in bondi blue
£19.95

2. Uwell

Renowned for: Caliburn series reputation, consistency, best draw.

Uwell set the standard for MTL pod vaping with the release of the Caliburn in 2019. Winning the title of ‘Most Flavourful Pod System Worldwide’, this cutting-edge device kicked off the pod vaping revolution with a minimalistic setup focused on user-friendliness and reliability. Additionally, their exclusive Pro-FOCS coil system uses atomisation technology that delivers one of the most authentic and multilayered experiences found in vaping. Uwell are still as popular today because they make straightforward kits that can be relied on to do the job really well. They have since branched out with a wide range of kits in all shapes and sizes that make excellent starter options and upgrades.

If you are intrigued by the Caliburn series, take a look at the compact the Caliburn GK3, the perfect travel vape.

Notable Kits:

Caliburn G3 Pod Kit by Uwell

£19.95

Caliburn A3S Pod Kit by Uwell

£19.95

Crown X Pod Kit by Uwell

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£26.95

3. Geek Vape

Renowned for: Lightweight, great flavour, ease of use.

Geek Vape made a name for themselves by crafting rugged and powerful sub-ohm vape kits that pumped out flavour. Harnessing their expertise in vape kit design, they’ve developed lightweight pod kits with big batteries and easy-to-fill pods that deliver rich and accurate flavour. We love these kits for their stunning build quality that includes useful functions like adjustable airflow whilst maintaining ease of use making them an excellent option for beginners. The flavour and draw is another stand out of the Geek Vape MTL pod kit line, we enjoyed the depth and accuracy and found their pods to be exceptionally long-lasting, easily pushing the two-week mark.

We highly recommend taking a look at the Wenax Q Mini if you are looking for an upgrade or shopping for your first kit.

Notable Kits:

Sonder Q Pod Kit by Geek Vape

£9.95

AQ (Aegis Q) Pod Kit by Geek Vape

AQ (Aegis Q) Pod Kit by Geek Vape in Turquoise
£19.95

Wenax K2 Pod Kit by Geek Vape

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£14.95

4. VooPoo

Renowned for: Stunning kits that perform, excellent build quality, variety of designs.

Voopoo is the sports car brand of vaping. Their kits are high-performance dazzlers wrapped in captivating designs that will make you the envy of those around you. As a market leader in vape chip technology, their Gene AI chipset delivers instant ramp up and smooth functionality. This increase in efficiency has a huge benefit on the lifespan of the battery, meaning you can vape for longer before needing to recharge.

They also offer a wide range of designs from tapered pod kits, compact matchbox builds and rounded pen-shaped kits that give you the option of finding your best fit. Moreover, they deliver outstanding flavour with mesh coil pods that provide an accurate rendering of your e-liquid’s complexity.

Take a look at the stunning Doric E pod kit as an example of what phenomenal aesthetic design and performance looks like.

Notable Kits:

Argus G2 Pod Kit by VooPoo

£26.95

Doric Galaxy Vape Pen Kit by VooPoo

£12.95

VMATE Pro by Voopoo

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£20.95

5. Aspire

Renowned for: Reliability, flavour and a solid build.

Long-standing vaping manufacturer Aspire has established itself as a trusted vaping brand since 2013 with a proven legacy of dependable vape kits. Their focus on build quality and performance has produced time-honoured vape kits like the Pockex which is still a popular seller 8 years after its release - an achievement few other brands can match. Continuous innovation has produced a strong variety of MTL vape kits that cater to every taste, from minimalist pod kits to more traditional mouth to lung box kits with a few more bells and whistles, there is something for everyone.

If you’re after the perfect travel kit the Cyber G won’t disappoint, it’s reliable, looks great and it tastes amazing.

Notable Kits:

Gotek X II Pod Kit by Aspire

Gotek X II Pod Kit by Aspire - Pine Green
£13.95

Flexus AIO Pod Kit by Aspire

£26.95

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire

£17.95

The best sub-ohm vape kit brands

A good sub-ohm vape kit will provide you with one of the best vape experiences possible. Using the direct to lung style (DTL), you inhale deeply into your lungs and exhale thick volumnous clouds of flavour rich vapour. You use e-liquids with a high VG content which require a lot of power to vape. Sub-ohm vape kits offer a level of customisation that far exceeds what you can do with an MTL vape kit. Fine tune your kit to give you exactly the type vape experience you want and experience next level flavour. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the payoff is worth it. These brands make the best DTL vape kits.

1. Geek Vape

Renowned for: Rugged build, intuitive interface, phenomenal flavour

Geek Vape tops the list in the best sub-ohm category because we think they surpass all the criteria needed in a good DTL vape kit. First off, they’re powerful, delivering up to 200W of mighty force which is more than enough for even the most daring. Their mesh coils release all the flavour in thick clouds of vapour beautifully aerated to deliver a phenomenally effortless draw. The brand itself has become synonymous with tough vape kits that can take a few knocks.

Geek Vape kits are often IP-rated for water, dust and shock resistance and they are comfortable to hold with soft silicone and leather grips and ergonomic button firing. Moreover, the AS chipset provides endless ways for you to fine tune your vape - and all this in builds that are surprisingly compact. The Aegis M100 (Mini 2) is a perfect starter kit if you are just getting into sub-ohm vaping.

Notable Kits:

Aegis Legend 3 Vape Kit by Geek Vape

£66.95

H45 Classic Pod Kit By Geek Vape

£29.95

Aegis S100 (Solo 2) Vape Kit by Geek Vape

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£49.95

2. VooPoo

Renowned for: Attractive kits, lots of features, great flavour

Featuring yet again, VooPoo’s impressive range of eye-catching sub-ohm vape kits showcase their trademark style and performance. From grippy and lightweight single battery affairs like the Argus Pro 2 to the gorgeous wood and resin-panelled Drag 4 box kit, their DTL vapes look the business but also have what it takes on the inside to deliver a sublime cloud chasing experience.

Governed by a GENE TT 2.0 Chip, their kits feature multiple vaping presets like RBA Mode, ECO Mode and SMART Mode letting you go into as much detail as you want or set and forget. On top of that, you’ve got VooPoo’s PNP range of coils that feature Thermo-Stable Cotton and Mesh-Distributed Heating that produces less heat, more clouds and a deep level of flavour.

The Argus GTII is a perfect example of VooPoo's ingenuity, a comfortable and stylish beast with loads of customisation features.

Notable Kits:

Argus Pro 2 Pod Kit by VooPoo

£32.95

Drag 4 Vape Kit by VooPoo

£49.95

Drag X2 Pod Kit by Voopoo

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£32.95

3. Vaporesso

Renowned for: Great customisation, amazing flavour, attractive designs.

Founded in 2015, Vaporesso started strong with a release of sub-ohm vape kits that delivered outstanding results. And they’re still leading the way with attractive box kits that showcase outstanding build quality and performance. The cutting-edge AXON chipset in their DTL vape kits is packed with robust safety features and handles all your sub-ohm vaping needs from Curved Wattage to Pulse and F(t) modes.

You can find kits like the GEN 200 which delivers a whopping 220W of power or choose the sleeker Target 100, both of which feature exceptionally detailing that makes them easy on the eye and a joy to hold. You can rely on Vaporesso’s celebrated GTi coils to provide ample flavour and plenty of cloud from your favourite high VG e-juice.

If you're new to sub-ohm vaping, the GEN 80S is an ideal starting point, its easy to navigate and will open you up to a world of customised flavour.

Notable Kits:

GEN 200 (iTank 2) Vape Kit By Vaporesso

£39.95

Armour Max Vape Kit By Vaporesso

£63.95

Target 100 iTank 2 Vape Kit by Vaporesso

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£49.95

4. Aspire

Renowned for: Well made kits, dependable performance, solid flavour.

Whilst Aspire is mostly known for its MTL vape kits, it has put out some excellent DTL vape kits that we think make it a worthy sub-ohm vaping brand. Aspire build quality can be seen right away in their sub-ohm vape kit design. Made of durable aluminium alloy and futuristic see-through PVC that reveals the inner components, Aspire's designs are innovative and push beyond the latest trends, making them unique stand-out options. Their sub-ohm kits feature an intuitive navigation system that makes finer adjustments quick and hassle free. They also provide ample powerful that easily vapes high VG e-juice to deliver a rich and cloudy vape.

Aspire’s experience in coil technology is where these kits really shine. They have over a decade of experience in perfecting coil vaping efficiency and nowhere is this better reflected than in their BP Mesh Coil system. These coils feature groundbreaking G-Mesh technology that delivers a smooth draw that captures all the complexity in your favourite vape juice.

Notable Kits:

Veynom LX Pod Vape Kit by Aspire

RPM 5 Pro Pod Kit by SMOK - Beige White Leather
£34.95

Aspire Zelos 3 Vape Kit

Nord 5 Kit by Smok - 7-Colour Dart
£49.95

Veynom EX Pod Vape Kit by Aspire

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£29.95

5. Smok

Renowned for: Wide variety of coils, easy to use, DTL pod vaping.

Smok is one of the oldest brands in vaping and has been providing vapers with an endlessly evolving range of kits to choose from over the years. They were most well known for their kit designs that featured ergonomic chassis shaped to fit your grip and be fired with your trigger finger. Recently, Smok has carved out a niche for itself by crafting a range of sub-ohm pod kits.

You could say that Smok was the pioneer in building lightweight, pocketable devices that could crank out power and deliver an impressive sub-ohm vape experience without having to be bogged down with a massive box kit. Whilst their kits are perhaps not the most durable, they do beat the competition when it comes to coil variety. Smok coils offer a lot of resistance options as well as variations in coil designs that affect airflow and cloud production. Their DTL pod kits may be fairly straightforward, but it's the coils that really let you tailor your vape to your needs.

Smok is the perfect brand if you are curious about sub-ohm vaping, but don’t want to commit fully to an expensive advanced box it. The Nord 4 pod kit is a fine example of this, an 80W DTL kit for £21.95 is not bad at all.

Notable Kits:

RPM 5 Pro Pod Kit by SMOK

£28.95

Nord 5 Kit by Smok

£24.95

Mag Solo Vape Kit by SMOK

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£44.95

What are the best prefilled pod kit brands?

Prefilled pod kits are a logical step up for those who are fed up with the cost and waste of vaping disposables. They provide kits that are rechargeable and use 2ml pods that are prefilled with e-liquid and nicotine. This is also known as a closed pod system, which means that the pods can be refilled, but don't worry, when your pod runs out you can simply pop in a new one, so they are much easier to use than refillable vape kits. Pre-filled pod kits are ideal for new starters as they don't sacrifice any of the user friendliness of disposables, whilst being far more ecconomical than the throw away design. Most of the top disposable brands are rapidly branching out into this more sustainable concept and these are the best refillable pod kit brands right now.

1. Elf Bar

Renowned for: Flavour, reliability, ease of use.

Topping the list of best pre-filled pod kit brand has to be Elf Bar. They hijacked the vaping world in 2019 with the release of their groundbreaking disposable, the Elf Bar. This kit revolutionised vaping, making pod systems the way of the future. They haven’t stopped there. Disposables have a tarnished reputation because of their wasteful design, but Elf Bar has stepped up with a solution. The Elfa Pro eliminates the need for disposing of the battery, instead using prefilled pods that can be replaced when the liquid runs out. Identical in design to its sister disposable in terms of functionality. It retains the same easy to use inhale activation system, whilst the pods simply slot into the device and are held tight by firm magnetic connection.

Subsequent releases like the amazing Elf Bar EB1200 add further improvements to your experience with a design that includes two 2ml pods to keep you vaping even longer. And of course you have the sublime Elf Bar flavour which has been further enhanced with their latest QUAQ Mesh Coil. If you are tired of disposables, we cannot recommend Elf Bar’s prefilled pod kits enough. They are both economical, highly reliable and of course, super tasty.

Notable Kits:

ELFA Pro Pod Kit by Elf Bar

RPM 5 Pro Pod Kit by SMOK - Beige White Leather
£5.95

Elf Bar EB1200 Pod Kit

Nord 5 Kit by Smok - 7-Colour Dart
£6.95

Elf Bar Mate500 Pod Device

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£7.95

2. Vape Gold

Renowned for: Unique flavours, smoothness, iconic design.

Vape Gold is another disposable brand that has provided a prefilled kit option. Whilst for now they only have one kit available, it is a marvel. The Gold Bar Reload delivers the same sumptuous flavour whilst retaining all of the user friendly features found in the disposable version. Gold Bar excels at flavour, especially in the variety of unique options that break the mould of traditional staples.

Even though their kits are simple, they have a premium build quality that makes them durable and long-lasting. Their coil technology is outstanding, delivering a gratifying smoothness and ensuring that you get the most enjoyment out of each pod that you use. We can’t wait to see what they bring out next.

Notable Kits:

Gold Bar Reload Pod Kit

£5.95

3. Lost Mary

Renowned for: Compact design, taste, flavour options.

These guys are one of the biggest brands in the UK. Since the release of the Lost Mary BM600 disposable, they’ve gone toe-to-toe with sister company Elf Bar for top spot. They make compact vape kits that require virtually no set-up and deliver consistent satisfaction. Their Tappo pre-filled pod kit retains the same beloved design as their famed disposable but with a sleeker, more resilient outer shell that holds 2ml pods and uses a rechargeable battery. Far more economical, without sacrificing flavour or experience, the Tappo is one of the leading pref-filled pod kits on the market today.

Recently they’ve released the Lost Mary 4-in-1, an innovation that is sure to please vapers tired of constantly having to top up their kits or buy another disposable. This ingenious device fits 4 x 2ml pods that provide up to 3200 puffs. It also provides the option of being able to load multiple flavours into your kit so you can switch it up and never get bored. It's easy to understand success of this brand, with each release they innovate and outperform without compromising on the quality of their previous successes.

Notable Kits:

Tappo Pod Kit by Lost Mary

RPM 5 Pro Pod Kit by SMOK - Beige White Leather
£8.95

Lost Mary 4-in-1 Pod Kit

Nord 5 Kit by Smok - 7-Colour Dart
£12.95

4. SKE

Renowned for: Crystal design, durability, flavour.

SKE started in the disposable vape market and quickly became a sought after brand among discerning vapers. SKE’s kits are exceptionally well made, they’re encased in a crystal clear (hence the name) PVC shell, which is attractive but tough and durable enough to take life’s knocks. They are also very tasty and their flavours easily compete with giants like Elf Bar and Lost Mary. They have two prefilled pod kits on the market, the latest is the SKE Crystal 4-in-1 that provides up to 3200 puffs in a compact kit that uses a rotational mouthpiece so you can easily switch between pods.

The SKE Crystal Plus is another highly successful kit, that is nearly identical to SKE’s highly popular disposable but includes a few quality of life additions that make it stand out from the crowd. Firstly there is the addition of an adjustable airflow slider. This feature is a rarity in pre-filled pod kits and a welcome addition that adds a layer of customizability to your vape. Additionally, SKE have provided the option of a refillable pod. This hybrid design transforms the kit into a refillable pod kit in an instant and lets you branch out beyond the limitations of
SKE’s selection of flavours with your favourite premixed bottles from any other brand - hows that for innovation?

Notable Kits:

Crystal Plus Pod Kit Airflow Adjustment Edition by SKE

Crystal Plus Pod Kit by SKE - Aurora Blue
£5.95

Crystal 4 in 1 Pod Kit by SKE

Crystal 4 in 1 Pod Kit by SKE device
£11.95

5. Riot Squad

Renowned for: Punchy flavour, smooth nic salts, wide variety

Even though they only have one pre-filled pod kit on the market, it’s so good that it earns Riot Squad a place on our list. We’re talking about the Riot Squad Connex, a compact device with a clever design that gets top marks for its originality and ease of use. The kit can fit in the palm of your hand and features two components, a prefilled pod, complete with mouth piece that clips magnetically to the battery - it’s tiny it’s snappy, it’s gorgeous.

Riot Squad have been consistently producing premium e-liquids since 2016 and have made a name for themselves by delivering a creative variety of intense flavours. The Riot Squad Connex serves up 7 of their best sellers and there’s even one for the tobacco lovers as well.

Notable Kits:

Connex Pod Kit by Riot Squad

Reload Pod Kit by Gold Bar
£7.95

What are the best disposable vape brands?

Disposables are where you really need to be picky about the brands that you buy. The market is unfortunately flooded with black market vapes and its important to familiarise yourself with the best disposable brands to avoid the risks of vaping something harmful. Of course many of the bigger names are familiar to vapers, our list represents the top 5 disposable brands that will deliver the best vaping experience based on flavour and value. Keep an eye out for the big puff bars that offer even greater value for money.

1. IVG

Renowned for: Next level flavour, innovative design, flavour options.

I Vape Great (IVG) have been making lipsmacking e-liquids from the start of vaping. They’re a UK based company that specialises in a vast range of flavours at affordable prices. Their success is down to the quality of their e-liquids, which are expertly crafter with premium ingredients. So why are we talking about an e-liquid brand in this article? Well, in 2023 IVG revolutionised the vaping industry with the release of not only their first disposable vape, but the UK’s first TPD compliant device that exceeded 600 puffs - the IVG 2400.

This groundbreaking kit uses four 2ml pods in one rechargeable device. The pods are slotted into a chamber that can be intuitively rotated to either swap to a different flavour or switch to a new pod. We’ve reviewed the flavours and they are exceptional. The kit is fitted with a huge 1750mAh battery and their are 58 flavours to choose from. Combined with the release of their latest 5500 puff disposable secures IVG top spot.

Notable Kits:

IVG Smart 5500 Disposable Vape

£12.95

IVG 2400 Disposable Vape

Reload Pod Kit by Gold Bar
£12.95

2. Elf Bar

Renowned for: Intense flavour, innovative design, ease of use.

Of course Elf Bar has to feature in any discussion about best disposable vape brands. As we said earlier, they are the kings of flavour and effortless functionality. Elf Bar’s disposables are beginner friendly, dependable and feature one of the best mesh coils you’ll find in any device. The QUAQ Mesh Technology is built to vaporise your e-liquid as quickly as possible, to achieve this it’s been crafted super thin, with a much larger surface area that ensures rapid heating and a honeycomb mesh structure that heats evenly and avoids hot spots. These innovations not only ensure that you get the best flavour, but also prevent hot spots which cause that annoying burnt taste.

Elf Bar also features a range of 5000 puff bars that somehow remain compact whilst delivering that same Elf Bar flavour and hassle free operation.

Notable Kits:

Elf Bar AF5000 Disposable Vape

RPM 5 Pro Pod Kit by SMOK - Beige White Leather
£12.95

Elf Bar 600 V2 Disposable Vape

Nord 5 Kit by Smok - 7-Colour Dart
£4.95

Elf Bar EV5000 Refillable Rechargeable Disposable Vape

PockeX Pen Kit by Aspire - Black Gradient
£9.95