The GriGri+ is the best assisted braking belay device for most climbers and feels very familiar to anybody who has used a GriGri before. It offers several new features that many will see as improvements on the GriGri 2, including an anti-panic handle, top rope and lead modes, and compatibility with a wider range of rope diameters. These additional features are largely helpful to climbers with little experience using assisted braking belay devices. The anti-panic handle was our favorite upgrade because it adds an unparalleled level of safety when the device is in the hands of a belayer who was still learning how to smoothly lower a climber.
At $100, the GriGri 2 is the next best option if you want an assisted braking device but don't want to dish out $150 for the GriGri+. Check out our Best Buy award winner, the Black Diamond ATC Guide, if you're seeking a durable and simple belay device on a tight budget.