Collecting off a ton of papers after using a hair straightener really is a pain in the ass if you are squeezing sappy low temp goodness. It's really the ease of use that sells it. I could make some head stash fire flower rosin with the right hair straightener and a bench vise, but it's quirky and takes a long time. Never used a Nugsmasher but have used arbor presses and hydraulic presses and the ease of use is totally worth it. I don't have room for a big setup though, so I love the idea of being able to just squeeze a fresh 8th with the NS Mini.