In the March/April issue we reviewed Rizla's
Automatic Rolling Box. We suggest you click here to
read that review first before preceding with this one.
Now that you've been very good and read the review from March on the Rizla Rolling Box, we must first tell you that while it is similar in most ways to the Gizeh reviewed this time, there are some differences worth noting. In fact, we find that in side by side comparison, the Gizeh to be superior in a couple of important ways. The table below describes how the box works but read this part first ('cause we say so). It is the same diagram used for the Rizla and the operation is identical. However, the biggest difference we noted between the two was that the Gizeh box enabled us to roll larger diameter sticks. The blanket on the Gizeh had more texture and although it is made of a lighter nylon-like material, it seems to grab the paper more efficiently, allowing more freedom in the amount of tobacco we could use. In fact, the roll was so consistently perfect that we scanned one of the sticks for you to look at (at right).
We also noted that the finish on the Gizeh box was superior with much smoother rounded corners and a "softer" more luxurious feel overall (see graphics in the table below). As you can see from the pictures of each box in the opened position, they do differ significantly in design. Either one will roll a good smoke and both are easier to use than conventional hand rollers. We have been told the price is about the same (street price in the $15 neighborhood) and at this time, the Rizla may be easier to find. Nonetheless, we think the Gizeh box is worth looking a little extra for. Performance-wise the Gizeh is clearly superior and it also looks like it will last somewhat longer as the internals guides, brackets and stud fasteners appear to be a little heavier duty. If you want a thinner stick, the Rizla is your best bet. If you want a thicker (more like the diameter of an unfiltered Camel for instance) the Gizeh is the one. The table below shows a comparison of the top view of each box and below that are the instructions on how to use either box. I use them daily for one or two sticks of Turkish blend tobacco though as you know I prefer filtered cigarettes for the most part. These little guys make great gifts for the smoking enthusiast in your circle and can use up to 72mm long papers. Filters designed specifically for hand and box rollers can be obtained from most any tobacco outlet and work in the box about as well as they function in more traditional rollers, which is to say that the finished product ain't pretty but does serve to filter the smoke.
Gizeh also makes a rather unique hand roller (at left) that has a lid that clamps down after the tobacco is placed between the rollers which makes use of this hand roller a bit easier. Clearly, another innovation from Gizeh as we have not seen a similar design anywhere else. It has the same limitation as to paper length, but really does make rolling easier with a near perfect result every time.
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