We Look at the Best RDAs and RTA’s So Far This Year Judged By Our Reviewers
So as winter approaches we thought we’d take a look at what our reviewers think have been the best RDAs and RTA’s released so far this year.
This year we’ve seen a real surge of RDAs and RTAs released in conjunction with YouTube reviewers and many of these have been well received.
However for this exercise we’ll look at only the ones reviewed by us and there is at least one designed by a vape famous dude.
The below ‘best of’ list is taken from atomizers we’ve used, reviewed and thought worthy of your hard earned cash.
What is interesting looking back at our reviews is that flavour seems key to recent releases with cloud production taking a back seat which in my opinion is a move in the right direction.
Do let me know your thoughts on that statement in the comments below – Flavour or Clouds or Both 😉
You might want to bookmark this article as I’ll endeavour to update as and when more RBAs are reviewed and/or released.
Best RDA’s and RTA’s for Flavour in 2019
Let’s face it most of us in vaping put flavour front and centre when it comes to a good RBA.
Sure clouds are fun but what really is the point of vaping what is pretty much fresh air!
Let me know your take on ones that manage to combine both flavour and vapour – the holy grail of RBAs – in the comments below!
OK so let’s see which ones have tickled our reviewer’s taste buds.
The Wotofo Recurve RDA
Dean the Devil Vaper is a tough taskmaster especially when it comes to RDAs so to see him score the Wotofo Recurve RDA and Mike Vapes collaboration so highly should make you all sit up and listen!
He loved the individual look of this and especially the half pipe deck design that is easy to build on.
However it was the amount of clean flavour he was getting that impressed him the most as he said in his review, for him, it is one of the best RDA’s for flavour he has used:
Perfect in more ways than one and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new flavour orientated RDA!
High praise indeed and definitely a flavour chasing RDA to consider adding to your armoury.
Vandy Vape Mesh RDA
This RDA is a little different from most others on the list with it’s use of mesh rather than your conventional coil builds. In our recent review it hit full marks for flavour which is no mean feat!
It features an interesting build deck made to accommodate the mesh (and standard coils) and thankfully it’s a breeze to build on. Add to this a top quality all around build we are sure this will appeal to vapers wanting to add that something different to their dripper collection.
The Worthing Vaper absolutely loved this RDA saying:
I love the Vandy Vape Mesh RDA. Since it entered my life 2 or 3 weeks ago it has become my favourite RDA so far. Very easy for experienced and novice vapers to coil and use!
Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA
I’m more an RTA than RDA vaper and the Serpent Elevate RTA ticks the flavour box in our testing. Designed in collaboration with Youtube vape reviewer Suck My Mod the Elevate follows on from the excellent Serpent SMM RTA.
Featuring an easy top fill, top adjustable airflow and a narrower chimney this is designed for flavour chasers. This is a single coil RTA that can take a little time to wick correctly to experience the full performance this is capable of. So, if you are new to building/wicking then you need to have a little patience if you go for this tank.
It’s also one of the best (in our eyes) designed tanks currently available. Highly recommended for all you flavour hunters.
Digiflavor Aura RDA
A joint project between Digiflavour and Daniel from DJLSB Vapes this has had reviewers and vapers enjoying superb clouds and flavour since its release in late summer.
It’s a good looking RDA with an easy build stepped clamp style deck and a unique airflow which our reviewer Laura-ann couldn’t praise highly enough calling it a ‘must have RDA’:
DJLSB Vapes and Digiflavor did what they set out to do, create a flavor chasing RDA with innovative airflow and an almost leak free system.
I think this RDA is very well designed; the bottom airflow makes an incredible difference, as does the domed top cap. This is must-have RDA for flavour junkie intermediate and experienced vapers and I highly recommend it.
Geekvape Loop RDA
This RDA is making an appearance in two categories, cloud and flavour. For good reason.
The flavour produced byt the Loop RDA scored top marks by Laura Ann making this one of her go to RDA’s.
Everything from the ease of build and quality to the flavour and cloud produced impressed. The 24mm dripper will look the part on most mods and the addition of a deep 5mm juice well rounds things off very nicely indeed.
Safe to say this should be on your shopping lit if you are looking for a flavour RDA.
Digiflavour Themis RTA
A stunning RTA (albeit on the big side), the Themis offers both single and dual coil builds. We found the flavour in the single coil mode to be just OK but popping a dual coil build in there and the flavour seriously comes to life.
The Themis offers the ability to pull deck out through the base of the tank so no juice emptying when changing the coil or re-wicking. It also gives us an easy top fill mechanism.
Here is a little snippet of what our reviewer Kevin Jeffrey was blown away by the flavour this little cutie gave:
The Digiflavor Themis RTA is most definitely guilty of giving off great flavour and it would be criminal for you to not free this one from your favourite vape shop cupboard.
Best RDA and RTA for Clouds 2019
Next to flavour I guess cloud production is important to many vapers.
However there is of course a hard-core bunch known as cloud chasers who can accept a dimming of flavour if that means they can create a sub-climate wherever they go!
So this is a list of the best cloud chucking RBAs we’ve reviewed so far this year!
Geekvape Loop RDA
This RDA received full marks across the board including cloud production.
The flavour off this scored max points too making this one of the best overall RDAs reviewed by us to date!
It has a chunky W shaped build deck with airflow posts allowing air to flow under the coils and up the other side of each coil, maximizing flavour and cloud.
Laura-ann absolutely loved the way this RDA performed saying:
Airflow layout is phenomenal, hitting the coil at the lower side and rushing around the bottom to fill your lungs with delicious flavour and endless cloud. The surround airflow ring is a revelation and works smoothly and effectively.
Druga RDA by Augvape
I actually scored this sexy looking and relatively expensive RDA quite low at 4.3 out of 5 but gave it max points for cloud production.
It features a stunning design with a two post deck described as CSS (Clamp Snag System) which Augvape says makes for easy building.
I tended to disagree with that and even now and more experienced in building I still believe that – it’s fiddly and those posts can’t take much pressure if I’m honest.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a great RDA for cloud production this blew my mind, also no slouch in the flavour department:
It’s going to be one of those ‘almost a great piece of kit’ reviews I’m afraid. The Augvape Druga RDA looks very smart with superb flavour and truly wondrous cloud production.
Best MTL RBAs 2019
To be honest it’s been a quiet year for MTL rebuildables however we’ve seen two stand out tanks in the Berserker MTL RTA by Vandy Vape and the Siren 2 from Digiflavour.
Geekvape Ammit MTL RTA
The Ammit line up of tanks are excellent so the release of the Ammit MTL RTA was a welcome one. Good news is it doesn’t disappoint.
The Ammit ticks all the boxes in a tank. Build quality, ease of wicking, zero leaking and great design are all checked off. Oh.. and the flavour is superb.
- 24mm Diameter
- Leak proof design
- 12 airflow adjustments
- 2 drip tips with different diameters
Digiflavor Siren 2 GTA
A superb mouth to lung performance with the added bonus of a top quality build. The Siren 2 GTA is a tank that needs to be looked at for all the MTL (RBA) vapers out there.
The 2nd edition has ironed out any short falls from the first and includes the added top fill for ease of use. To go with this the deck is also simple to build on.
The tank is available in 22mm and 24mm versions featuring 2ml (TPD complaint) and 4.5ml capacity respectively.
A welcome and much needed addition to the MTL vape tank world.
- Superb flavour
- Top notch build quality
- Two versions available – TPD 22mm diameter (2ml) and 24mm (4ml)
- Top Fill tank
Vandy Vape Berserker RTA
The other contender on the MTL RBA circuit is the Berserker by Vandy Vape. Different in the visuals department to the Siren 2 and available in both the Mini 22mm and standard 24mm versions. The Berserker provides a true MTL vape with superb flavour.
An easy deck to build on and the top fill make this a MTL tank to go on your shortlist.
The tank is available in 22mm (2ml capacity) and 24mm (4.5ml capacity) versions with the former for the European market that complies with TPD regulations.
Another top addition to MTL RBA’s.
- Excellent flavour
- Available in Berserker Mini 22mm diameter (TPD Version) and 24mm
- Great airflow for MTL
- Top Fill
Best RBAs for Beginners (Easiest RBA’s to Build On))
I am now a very happy builder and have broken free from the chains of stock coils!
I really have found that RTAs in particular have given my vaping experience a whole new level of enjoyment and I highly recommend anyone considering going down the self-build route to give it a go!
As I said in the piece How to Build Vape Coils for Beginners – it might seem daunting but in all honesty it’s pretty easy especially with all those simple and exotic pre-made coils on the market.
So let’s look at a couple of RBAs that our far more experienced than me reviewers highlighted as being an easy introduction for newbies.
Wotofo Serpent SMM RTA
There’s a reason why this tank is in a couple of categories, it’s simply one of the best RTA’s we’ve used to date.
Dean the Devil Vaper describes this as:
This is a thing of beauty and unlike anything I have seen before. It has a two post design and has two slots on each post to allow left handed and right handed wrapped coils to be installed with ease.
The posts are easy to build on and the way the wicking is designed means this is pretty much a leak free RTA – definitely one newcomers should consider!
WonderVape RDA by CigPet
This one almost made into the flavour chasing and cloud chucking section however Laura-ann says this is the perfect RDA for beginners to build on.
It features a huge deck with plenty of space to get your coils in as well as an easy wicking set up and one that more advanced builders will enjoy too:
This is the perfect deck for a beginner to the RDA game but also a great option for extreme coilers who need that extra terminal space. Extremely quick on the change, nothing is so small that it’s fiddly.
Kaees Solomon RTA
Another RBA that has really impressed me.
Amazing flavour and decent clouds and given the deck is a very simple dual velocity style this RTA is a breeze to build on so perfect for beginners.
Look Kaees hasn’t done anything spectacular with this – they’ve kept it simple and it works like a charm:
Building and wicking on this is about as easy as it gets with generous sized post and wicking holes and they are solid posts and screws.
Geekvape Ammit 25mm RTA
I wasn’t that impressed by the Ammit at first but it has grown on me over the summer.
However for sheer simplicity to build on it’s a single coil and as I said in the review:
The deck is probably the easiest I’ve ever built on with that one open and one closed post hole making it a dream work with – it will take some big old coils too.
It’s definitely a newcomers to building tank and one as I said has grown on me the more I’ve used it.
Summing Up the RDA and RTA Releases
As I said at the start looking back at the standout RBAs released this year has certainly shown much more emphasis on flavour rather than cloud production.
The use of famous vapers to design or just stick their names on products could have become a bit gimmicky however certainly the ones we’ve reviewed have been very good indeed.
The Ammit MTL RTA, the Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA and the Geekvape Loop RDA have been the standouts but it’s hard to go wrong with any of the above.
Let us know in the comments below what your top rated RDA’s/RTA’s for clouds, flavour and ease of use are!