As Kratom gains more popularity, newcomers to Kratom may be intimidated by the number of choices out there. A simple Google search of “Best Kratom Vendors” can have you reading for hours and getting mixed reviews on multiple companies.
Look no further – after doing my research and trying other kratom vendors, I’m confident the vendors below are a solid choice for anyone wanting to try Kratom.
Kratom is a tree related to the coffee plant. It also goes by its scientific name: Mitragyna speciosa. The evergreen tree grows predominantly in Southeast Asia. Kratom needs tropical conditions to flourish, so it thrives in the rain forests of the tropics. It’s an indigenous species to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and Myanmar. While it grows throughout several nations, almost the entire global supply is exported from only one country: Indonesia. It used to be the only country that provides a legal channel to purchase Kratom, until recently. In more recent news, Thailand started lifting restrictions regarding Kratom. Although it remains highly regulated, approved sources are now allowed to import and export Kratom from the country.
The other countries regulate the plant due to its remedial qualities. But over the years, the native inhabitants of those lands have used it as a natural aid. The two primary alkaloids found in kratom (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) have since then been known to produce a variety of effects once ingested.
Today, plenty of people in the West yearn for a more holistic approach to their well-being. As such, the popularity of Kratom has increased in recent years.
Finding the best Kratom vendor out there could take forever to sample and review every one. If you have the time and finances to do so – go for it! However, it may be better to just read reviews online on reputable websites and make an informed decision on which one may be right for you.
When you find a great vendor, you should really take some time to get to know the company. How they began, their mission, their safety practices, customer service, etc.
Below I have listed my pick for the Best Kratom Vendor I have been using for YEARS, along with a few backups I have tried along the way.
Happy Hippo Herbals has been around for quite some time – however, they’re mostly known through “Word of mouth”. Many of their customers claim to have used them for years – which just shows they’re consistent in their quality.
Luckily, after a very bad experience with gas station Kratom, Happy Hippo Herbals was the first legit company I bought my Kratom from.. Below is my full review of this reputable company.
I am truly convinced you cannot find higher-quality natural Kratom without running into some kind of powder that has been altered to be more potent. To reiterate, Happy Hippo Herbals carries the highest quality kratom powder that is fresh and safe – and it works!
After reading through a sea of reviews online, it seems like many Kratom connoisseurs can agree with me on this one.
It has been debated by the Kratom community that perhaps Kratom strains are a marketing strategy and “all Mitragyna speciosa is created equal”. That is simply not true.
As a huge Happy Hippo fan, I have tried multiple strains they come out with throughout the years and have gotten very different results from them all! They’re very good about selling variety packs, otherwise known as “bundles” every few weeks so customers have a chance to buy multiple strains at once for a cheaper price than buying individually. Their strain descriptions are usually spot on – this is because they do not release any new strain without having the employees test it in house and giving their personal review on it.
Happy Hippo Herbals has 30+ strains to choose from, and mixing and matching these strains can also have a varied effect on the user – it’s fun to experiment!
While most Kratom vendors carry Red vein, White vein, and Green vein Kratom, Happy Hippo goes beyond and has a wide array of Yellow vein Kratom strains. They carry rare strains such as Green Malay and Red Borneo, while also having the highest quality Maeng Da Kratom you can find.
While reading reviews online, it seems as though the main issue people have with Happy Hippo Herbals is their prices. But to remind you again, cheap Kratom is not worth the cheap price!
Happy Hippo Herbals has more sales days throughout the month than any other Kratom vendor. Throughout the years they have had a steady Monday and Wednesday sales day along with throwing the occasional big sale in there for Holidays or special occasions.
At points in the past, I have to admit Happy Hippo’s website was in dire need of an update. Recently however, they launched their brand new website that beats any other Kratom vendor. The bright colors and awesome branding are one thing, but the actual ease of ordering has improved drastically. When you arrive at their site, you’ll know how legit they are. In addition, the Mobile experience has improved tenfold, which makes it that much more convenient for shoppers.
Happy Hippo Herbals also offers a variety of payment methods as well as tacking on an extra discount for each. For example, you can get 20% off EVERY ORDER for using Bitcoin, or 15% when using Mobile Check.
When you get a message from a website saying, “please contact customer service”, do you take a really big sigh and debate if it’s even worth it? This is because other companies have conditioned us to think Customer Service is pointless, and they’ll make you jump through hoops to get help with whatever you need.
Not at Happy Hippo! Whenever I have reached out with order issues or merely a question about Kratom, I have received a response as fast as within a couple of minutes. The latest response I’ve gotten was about 24 hours later, but that was on a weekend.
The best part is, the responses aren’t your basic, “read from a script” answers. I genuinely feel as though the person behind the computer cares about my issue or question and is eager to help. You know a company is doing something right when the Customer Service reps love their job!
Happy Hippo does their Kratom Powder the best, and many Kratom Veterans know sticking with powder is the best way to avoid a tolerance build-up.
Switching up your herbal regime can’t hurt every so often – this is why Happy Hippo offers a wide variety of Kratom capsules, Kratom extracts, Kratom energy shots, and other herbs such as Kava, Akuamma, and Kanna.
A few additional benefits Happy Hippo offers to their customers is their Rewards system, Kratom education, and their Kratom Quiz. This is incredibly valuable to customers who are deeply invested in the Kratom community; it makes the shopping experience more enjoyable for the long term.
Like I said in the beginning, I lucked out and tried Happy Hippo early on. I have heard of people going on long journeys with sketchy vendors before finding the perfect one, but I didn’t have to go through that!
Happy Hippo has been around for years and they’re only going to get better at what they do. They are safe, reliable, and trustworthy.
GMP certification should be the bare minimum requirement a customer has when purchasing Kratom online, and Kraken Kratom was one of the first vendors to be recognized by the AKA!
The actual quality of Kraken Kratom is pretty good – but you do have to consume more to get the same effects as smaller servings from Happy Hippo.
While the selection of actual Kratom strains is smaller, Kraken Kratom does have a decent selection of Kratom extracts and “enhanced” Kratom products.
When shopping on Kraken’s website, I was confused by the overpricing of some items and some other items being lower than most vendors. Therefore, the price is either reasonable or outrageous depending on what you are looking for.
A pro about ordering from Kraken is they offer free shipping on all orders – which can be hard to come by. Unfortunately, this is only on USPS First Class Shipping which can take up to 2 weeks to be delivered, so most end up paying for faster shipping anyway. But if you plan your orders strategically to where you don’t need it immediately, this could be a great option for some customers.
Kraken Kratom’s website is nicely laid out and fairly easy to use, on both desktop and mobile.
A pro about Kraken Kratom’s customer service is they have a phone line you can call if that is what you prefer. 9-5 EST, Monday – Friday!
Kraken Kratom has some unique products in addition to their Kratom powder and capsules. These include a branded pre-workout supplement, tea tablets and softgels.
While these products are very interesting in theory, they are quite spendy, so they may be considered more of a delicacy than an everyday pick-me-up.
A basic quality assessment on Kraken Kratom would be that their Kratom was okay for the price it was sold at, but it didn’t blow me out of the water like Happy Hippo’s Kratom did.
While the quality is clean and safe, there have been reports of Golden Monk being inconsistent with their Kratom. When you purchase lower priced Kratom that is of higher-quality – it’s great! But when you receive your order and it just doesn’t do the trick… that’s valuable money wasted.
Golden Monk has a wide variety of strains – although they do not carry Yellow vein Kratom strains, and this color of strain is one of my favorites!
This vendor carries White vein, Green vein, and Red vein varieties of the most popular strains. These include:
And many more!
Golden Monk is also certified through the American Kratom Association for GMP standards – and their packaging is clean and very professional looking. The pricing of their Kratom is more affordable than most vendors, as you can get a Kilo for under $100.
However, like I explained above, it’s sort of a gambling game with Golden Monk; you could receive high quality Kratom for a cheaper price, or you could receive an unsatisfactory product. Thankfully, Golden Monk seems to have a lenient Return Policy, but we’ll discuss their Customer Service concerns below.
Something to appreciate about Golden Monk’s website is that it has a very simple navigation bar. It is not crowded with tabs that aren’t relevant to the everyday customer; nonetheless, Golden Monk does not provide any benefits such as Kratom education or a Rewards program.
When searching for additional reviews on this Kratom company it seems as though customers have repeatedly bashed Golden Monk’s customer service. After receiving the wrong package, orders going missing, or packages showing up late and damaged – Golden Monk’s customer service has reportedly been lacking. For me, this is a dealbreaker.
If your goal is to buy Kratom powder or Kratom capsules, Golden Monk is a solid Kratom vendor to choose from. Unfortunately, they do not offer any extracts or alternative herbs on their site, so you would have to shop elsewhere if that is your preference.
Because Golden Monk has gained a decent reputation over the years, you can expect that most of the time you will receive quality Kratom from this vendor. On the other hand, Golden Monk seems to be inadequate in other areas, making it only a stable backup option.
The quality of Kratom Spot’s Kratom is decent – it is actually hard to find a bad review online about this Kratom Company. The Kratom Powder seems to have a more gritty texture than other brands, and taking more per serving is almost necessary to feel the right effects.
Kratom Spot has many strains to choose from in many different forms! However, like Golden Monk, they do not carry yellow vein Kratom strains.
They do have enhanced Kratom powder, which is interesting but also worrisome. They seem to be marketing their higher quality powder as an “extract”, even though it says in the fine print they did not use an extraction method. This either means they have some additive to make it stronger, or it is just plain powder at a higher price.
While the packaging and the presentation of the products is done very well, the prices are extremely high for the only sub-par product they sell. The sample pack they offer is $99.99! Happy Hippo carries sample packs for as low as $10.
Even if the sizes are bigger on Kratom Spot’s Sample Pack, why would you want to order a larger size in something that you are only trying anyway? The chance of not liking that strain is possible, then you’re stuck with a hefty size of Kratom and money forked out that could’ve been used elsewhere.
Kratom Spot’s website is impressive – they seem to have a very professionally built site that is easy to navigate.
A pro about Kratom Spot is they do offer a “100% satisfaction or your money back!” While I’m not sure what this entails, it is very promising.
They also have phone line support for contact so that you can speak with someone directly about your issue, no waiting for an email back!
Kratom Spot has a decent variety of strains, but they lack in extra products. They seem to have the basic items that Kratom customers look for: Kratom Powder, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Capsules, and Kratom Energy Shots.
Unfortunately, this would not be a great vendor to expand and explore other products with.
The quality of Kratom Spot’s powder and extracts are very good nonetheless, however they are more spendy. My favorite item from them is their Kratom Energy Shots, although I treat them more as a novelty than an every day pick-me-up.
All in all, they are a solid backup vendor!
The quality of Kratom Crazy Kratom has been decent in the past, but reviews say they are inconsistent with their product. Others have also reported some nausea after ingesting but that could be attributed to serving size as well.
The variety of strains include popular strains like White Maeng Da as well as the more rare strains, such as Green Kapuas.
Kratom Crazy is a better option for people who prefer to buy in bigger quantities for a lower price – because they do have a minimum purchase size.
Unfortunately, Kratom Crazy had to cease operations recently. There is talk that supposedly they were making claims about their product that was highly unwarranted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
It is possible they will pick back up on operations eventually, as it looks like some changes have been made to their site already. If they do begin production again, they are a reasonable backup option as a Kratom vendor.
When they were open, Customer service was reported to be pretty good at responding to issues.
Like Kratom Spot, they are a decent vendor to get Kratom Capsules or Kratom Powder from, however they do not carry any other great products to try.
Before Kratom Crazy was shut down, they were a reputable vendor that were talked about a lot on sites like Reddit. If it were me, I wouldn’t buy from them again even if they began production – however they are worth mentioning.
For convenience and eagerness to try the product, someone might go to a nearby smoke shop or gas station and pick up some capsules, (we’ve all been there).
The problem with these capsules from ~ insert random supplier~ is they were most likely mass-produced to be readily available for these smoke shops. Cheap Kratom is not hard to come by, so the chances of these capsules containing exactly that are not far-fetched.
The issue with buying cheap, carelessly thrown together Kratom, is that most users have a bad first experience and decide to never give it another try.
Coming from a Kratom Veteran who has gone through the whole process, High-quality Kratom packaged in a GMP-certified lab is well worth your money and the short wait to get it delivered to you. Never again will I resort to gas-station Kratom!
This is the bare minimum, folks.
As mentioned above, finding Kratom that has been sterilized and packaged in a GMP facility is well worth the money. Because Kratom is not regulated by the FDA, there are companies and vendors out there that do not clean or test their Kratom for pathogens before throwing it into a bag and selling it to the public.
This has left the reliable vendors in the Kratom Industry to take it upon themselves and put some Good Manufacturing Practices in place. The American Kratom Association is to thank for this. Out of hundreds of Kratom companies in the world, there are less than 50 vendors on their list of participants.
Everything else that someone may look for in a Kratom vendor is a matter of budget and values. Some people may be turned away from vendors with higher prices, but just remember; high-quality Kratom will NOT come cheap! If it’s cheap in price, chances are it’s cheap in quality too.
Not only is it important to make sure the product you’re purchasing is safe and contaminant free, but you also want to make sure it resonates well!
High quality Kratom will be noticeably high-quality. Never has someone tried a good Kratom vendor and came back to say, “I didn’t feel much.”
Another important rule of thumb is to keep an eye on how much kratom you have to take in a single serving with one vendor versus another. Chances are you will have to take less Kratom to feel the effects you’re seeking if it is high-quality Kratom.
Some Kratom vendors are definitely worth a try because they have all the boxes checked: lab tested, high quality, and more. However, keep in mind it’s preferable to find a one-stop-shop if possible! Why would you want to order Kratom powder from one company, just to have to pay shipping at another company for Kratom extracts?
Not to mention a good selection of Kratom strains is very important if you want to keep your tolerance down as much as possible. Taking the same strains over and over builds up your tolerance and creates a lack of potency after a while, and the best way to combat that is to rotate through as many different strains as possible!
Customer service and support are highly important assets no matter what kratom vendor you decide to buy from. If something goes wrong – checkout issues, missing package, wrong items received – you want to know that there are real, relatable people behind the scenes helping you figure out a solution to your problem.
A big red flag from a company would be if you reach out to them and don’t hear anything back for days, and when you get a response they don’t seem to have a sense of urgency to help you solve the problem.
As mentioned before, high quality Kratom is going to be well worth the money it costs. Reliable Kratom vendors have higher prices because they put their Kratom through batch testing and sterilization processes, which isn’t cheap in itself.
If you find a “cheap” vendor, it’s smart to always second guess whether it is safe or not!
It is very important to note that Kratom is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease. There is no magic strain that will take all your problems away!
Any Kratom vendor that makes Medical Claims should be avoided. Medical claims in general, (i.e. claims to cure depression, relieve anxiety, get rid of chronic pain) are not approved by the FDA for Kratom Vendors to be making.
If a vendor is using these claims, they are not abiding by the FDA’s rules and regulations and they probably think using those claims will bring them more business. If the product is good, they don’t need to be making claims like such! Quality product should sell itself.
As with any company that sells a product you’re interested in, you should always look for reviews on the products and service. A quick google search should give you some decent insight into a Kratom vendor’s reputation and how they value their customers happiness.
Remember, the reviews on a website are usually approved and published by the actual company, so it’s best to find an outside source of information too.
Finding the best Kratom vendor in 2021 can be a long and arduous process – or you could go with a trustworthy vendor right off the bat. Numerous Kratom companies have online Kratom stores, but according to customer testimonials, none of them can compare to Happy Hippo Herbals. Happy Hippo carries Kratom powder in a variety of sizes, Kratom capsules, bundles, extracts, energy shots, alternative herbs, and more! All it takes is one purchase from Happy Hippo, and you’re sure to be a customer for life.
*Disclaimer: Because Kratom remains unregulated by the FDA, the authors of this text would like to note that although this article contains many points regarding the use of Kratom, they should only serve as a piece of information, not medical advice.
Kratom is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.
Make sure to speak to a physician if you have questions before using Kratom.