Whether you’re new to Kratom and looking for a first time source or a veteran user that’s already loyal to a particular vendor, you’re probably always curious when you find a new place that sells this amazing compound. And if you’re here reading this, you’ve obviously at some point come across the Kratom vendor that is, Happy Hippo Herbals.
So, what’s the deal? Maybe you stumbled across them yourself or saw them recommended on a forum, or were recommended by Chris from the self improvement site GoodLookingLoser (the guy that owns Happy Hippo) and want an outside opinion on them.
Well, that’s what I’m going to do. Located in Boise, Idaho, Happy Hippo is a relatively young company so I’ve noticed it doesn’t get much exposure as of yet in the online Kratom community, so hopefully you find my thoughts helpful. I’ve tried a number of Kratom vendors over the years and have a number of experiences with Happy Hippo, so I think I’m in a pretty good position to make an honest review of the company.
My Happy Hippo Herbals Review
Lets get to it, shall we? I guess the best way to review Happy Hippo is to consider what the most important qualities of a Kratom vendor are, specifically: quality of the product, quality of service, price, ease of making an order and the selection of strains available.
So, How Good is Happy Hippo Kratom?
The most important factor when considering a Kratom vendor is obviously the quality of the Kratom itself! I don’t care how cheap it is, how fancy the website is or how good the company says it it, the proof is in the pudding! There’s a World of difference between good and bad Kratom.
I’d tried Kratom from a number of different suppliers over the years (some good, some bad) and decided to give Happy Hippo a try in 2013. And at first, it sucked. For my first few burns, I always got a slight “heady” or drowsy feeling synonymous with using too much even though I was “only” burning about 5g. “What the hell?”, I thought at the time, “5g is a pretty low dose and I feel like this? This is crap!”
Even for good vendors I’d used in the past, 5g was a pretty low starting point. After giving it some thought and reflecting on the initial few experiences, however, I indeed identified the effects I was getting as signs of a slight overdose.
A little skeptical, I tried Hippo again, this time with a very low dose burn of around 2g (as per my Kratom dosing guide) and worked my way up from there. The difference was enormous! I was surprised that even at around 2g – 3g I would feel the slightest positive effects. That small a dose with other vendors I’d used just wasn’t even worth considering; it would be pointless.
I worked my way up to find my sweet spot at around 3.5g – 4g and that’s when the Happy Hippo really started showing me some love. Now we’re talking! Happy Hippo Kratom is pretty damn potent and even to this day, 3.5g – 4g is all I really need of most strains, if burned on an empty stomach.
I consistently get high quality aromas from Happy Hippo with half the amount of Kratom I would require from other suppliers. And compared to straight up low quality Kratom (the type you find in headshops) frankly, there is no comparison. This is real Kratom.
Aside from clearly having a very good source, I would say Happy Hippo’s Kratom is most definitely very fresh. They probably have a high enough turnover of the product to always have fresh batches in stock and this makes a World of difference.
So as far as product quality is concerned, Happy Hippo Herbals gets a big thumbs up from me. In my personal experience, it’s the best Kratom I’ve tried; potent at a low dose and seemingly very fresh.
So the Kratom itself is good, but what about everything else?
What is Their Service Like?
Another important factor when buying anything online is obviously the help and support on offer, should you need it. In my experience, Happy Hippo Herbal’s customer service is top notch. Before making my first purchase, I sent in a couple of emails enquiring about delivery and my questions were answered fast and in a friendly manner.
I’ve always received a little personalised, handwritten note with my order which is always a nice touch too. I’m sure everyone who buys their Kratom gets one but it’s still nice to see and requires effort on their part.
More significantly, Happy Hippo never fail to over deliver with their orders. Their Kratom is sold in 1 oz and 4 oz bags but if you weigh them when they’re full, there’s actually a bit more in them! What’s more, I always get a free sample or two of other Kratom strains in with my order. I’m not kidding! If you’ve read other Happy Hippo Herbals reviews, you’ll see this is a recurring theme.
As yet, I can’t fault Happy Hippo on service. Emails have always been answered promptly, care is clearly taken with each order and you always get a little bit more than you paid for :).
Happy Hippo Kratom Looks Expensive! Why?
Now, let’s talk about price. Happy Hippo is actually a little more pricey than alternatives both online and offline. Not drastically and not always but you can certainly find Kratom elsewhere for less money.
For me, this is almost irrelevant. If you compare Hippo Kratom to other vendors, in most cases you’re not actually making a fair comparison. You’re not comparing apples to apples. Happy Hippo Kratom is so much better that it’s on another level.
Besides, when you consider the fact you will require a smaller dose in comparison to other brands, I’m pretty sure the price of Happy Hippo works out equal, if not cheaper! You require less so what you have lasts longer.
Additionally, you can currently get a huge 20% discount off your order if you pay using Bitcoin. This is legit so I would absolutely encourage you to take advantage because it probably won’t last forever. Here’s how to pay with Bitcoin at Happy Hippo, even if you’ve never used Bitcoin before.
Is it Easy to Buy From Happy Hippo Herbals?
I think another good criteria to judge a supplier on is the ease of making an order and the overall user experience when it comes to purchasing on their website. Some stores are just a pain to use and with Kratom essentially being a drug, sometimes the ordering process isn’t always straight forward. Despite being legal, vendors of these types of products often find it hard to get payment processors and can’t use the likes of Paypal.
In the not so distant past, Happy Hippo Herbals was actually a little inconvenient to buy from for this very fact. They didn’t have the ability to pay by credit card on the site so the main option was Dwolla (similar to Paypal) which required you creating an account with them and sending the money that way. And that wasn’t an option for International customers. It was all a little archaic given the current technology and expectations we have for buying online these days.
Thankfully, Happy Hippo Herbals now has the ability to accept credit cards like a regular online store and Bitcoin, as mentioned above, so is now more than adequate in this department. The website isn’t the fanciest in the World but it’s clear, easy to navigate and will accept coupon codes. 🙂 They do still offer Dwolla, incidentally, if you’d prefer.
Do They Offer Many Kratom Strains?
As you should know, there are many different types of Kratom with different potential effects. Different strains are great for different purposes so you’ll want to have a good selection to choose from. What’s more, if you are or intend to be a daily burner, you want to rotate strains everyday and ideally have a week between burning the same strain to avoid a tolerance. So that’s at least 7 strains required!
You’ll be pleased to know that Happy Hippo Herbals have a great variety of slow, moderate and fast Kratom strains so they’ve got you covered. At the time of writing this, there are about 15 options in their inventory so you’re guaranteed to find a good variety that work for you.
Here’s a table to show you which category each strain belongs to:
Hopefully up until this point, I’ve given you a good overview on what I think you would agree are the most important factors when looking to buy kratom online. Here’s a summary of my Happy Hippo Herbals review:
- Without doubt Happy Hippo Herbals offers the highest quality Kratom I have tried as of yet. If I find a better alternative, I’ll let you know.
- You will require less compared to other Kratom sources. This stuff is fresh!
- Excellent customer support. My communication with Happy Hippo has always been fast, friendly and helpful.
- They always over deliver. There’s actually more in a bag than they say there is and they always provide free samples to try!
- The buying process is easy. Their website is simple enough to use and you can pay by credit card like a regular store or even Bitcoin for a 20% discount.
- They offer an excellent variety of Kratom strains in all categories: slow, moderate and fast. Whether you’re a daily or infrequent burner, there are as many strains as you will need.
- Price is seemingly quite high. As I explain above, this is actually a non-issue considering it’s hard to compare Happy Hippo Kratom directly with other vendors (it’s that much better) and it certainly beats the quality generally found in headshops. A little goes a long way.
- Their website is a little clunky. I’m looking pretty hard for negatives here so this is pretty unfair but compared to some online stores, Happy Hippo is a little on the clunky side. Decide for yourself.
- Happy Hippo is located in the United States! If you’re not, you’ll have to pay more to get it shipped internationally. Booo! 😉
So, What Are You Waiting For?
As you can see, it’s pretty hard to fault Happy Hippo Herbals and believe me, I’ve tried. At the end of the day, I’m only interested in getting the highest quality Kratom possible and hopefully via an easy and pleasant transaction. The day any of this changes with Happy Hippo is the day I look elsewhere but as it stands, this is currently the best place to buy Kratom in my opinion and a vendor I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Agree? Disagree? Have any questions or concerns about Happy Hippo? Let me know in the comments below…
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