It’s exciting to shop for a water bong, but it can also become overwhelming because of all the options and brands available. After spending so much time researching, you don’t want to be stuck with a poor quality import pipe that won’t work or worse, fails before you even use it. How do you make the right choice to choose the best bong?
We can help you make informed purchasing decisions, whether you are a novice, an expert or a collector. We understands that glass is an investment. There are a few companies that can blow glass in-house. Some can also make custom glass and can repair other brands. Some even have decades of experience in helping customers, shops, and many big-name brands with their glass needs.
Where Do I Start?
Let’s first determine what type of smoker you are. An 18” Beaker Bong is not the best choice for someone who has sensitive lungs and limited glass storage. Start by asking yourself which features are most beneficial to your lifestyle and smoking habits.
- Are you new to smoking?
- Are you a smoker?
- Are you a bowl smoker, a dabs user, or both?
- Are you limited in glass storage?
- Are you more comfortable with small or large pieces of furniture?
- Is your pipe travel-friendly?
- Do you have a sensitive reaction to coughing?
Mini Bongs-Best for Portability
Because of their small size, mini bongs can be a fun piece to have. These bongs are light-weight and discreet, making them ideal for anyone who wants to smoke discreetly. You can also find mini bongs
A smaller glass piece has two disadvantages. Less airflow and more severe hits. These bongs have very little space and do not allow for efficient air circulation. This results in harsher hits as the smoke is not properly filtered.
Medium bongs – Perfect for Daily Use
Because it is what the name suggests, medium bongs are more popular. They fall somewhere in between small and large. A mini bong is still a good option, but you can also enjoy the benefits of big-hitter bongs. A medium-sized bong can be anywhere from 10-14 inches high.
Although it isn’t as big as a larger bong, it is still much bigger than a smaller one. This makes it more discreet and even easier to travel with. These are all important things to remember when purchasing a bong.
Large bongs – Ideal for Home Use
Although large bongs are best for experienced smokers, they can also be used by beginners. Because they are larger and more discreet, these bongs are great for home use. This bong is ideal for home use and allows smoke filtration. Smoother hits are a result, which decreases irritation to the throat and lungs compared with small and medium bongs.
We Would Recommend a Glass Bong
Glass bongs offer water filtration, which is why they are better than combustible pipes or cigarettes. Water filtration is a key feature of bongs. As the water passes through, tar and other contaminants are trapped. Water acts as a natural filter, drawing out harmful substances so you have the best possible smoking experience. Some of the harmful chemicals found in dried tobacco and herbs can be removed by bongs. The coolness of bongs before inhaling the smoke helps reduce irritation.
Many people who smoke pipes or cigarettes fear that switching to bongs will affect their taste and quality. However, many smokers have found that glass bongs in Orlando actually enhance the experience due to the water filter. Smoking bongs create clear, clean vapor which is smooth and easy to inhale. You can also purchase a bubbler, which is portable and easy to carry. It has the same benefits as a regular bong.
Bong maintenance is important due to all the benefits of water filtering. Your bong’s water will eventually get contaminated by all the contaminants it traps. It is important to keep it clean and change it often. It’s a smart idea to seek out advice and guidance from someone who is familiar with bongs. They can help you maintain your bong and provide advice on how to care for it.
Things to Consider When Buying a Glass Bong
The glass thickness of your bong is crucial as it determines how long it lasts. While thicker is better, it’s important to consider the environment in which the bong will be placed. Don’t worry too much about the thickness if it will be safe and only stay in one room. The thickest glass is recommended for those who plan to take it everywhere with them or are friends who tend to be clumsy. Start at 2-3mm, then move up to 3-5mm. This is your average thickness. Glass between 5-7mm and 7.5mm are very thick and difficult to break. You should choose glass thicknesses greater than 3.5mm.
Because there aren’t any clear winners, percolators are a hot topic. Everyone has their favorite and stays with it. Two things to look for in percolators are smoothness from filtering and drag from pulling smoke through the small holes. A percolator is not necessary if you’re new to smoking and bongs. However, they can be useful. It is a bad idea to purchase a bong that has too many percolators. Although it might seem like a good idea, the heavy drag from all of the percolators will make it difficult to clean the chamber.
This is a quick rating of the most popular percolators
- Honeycombs Excellent filtration with very little drag This is a very popular choice.
- Tree Excellent filtration with very little drag Another popular choice.
- Showerheads shower heads provide mediocre filtration, smoothness, and very little drag.
- In-lines Excellent filtration and average drag. Great for dab rigs.
Turbines are mediocre in filtration, and they have a little more drag than showerheads.
Clean Your Bong
Cleaning your bong is something you should consider. Your bong will eventually get stained and full of smoke residue. It will be easy to clean a bong that has no percolators. Cleaning a bong that has more than one percolator will be difficult. An Ashcatcher is a good option if you want to purchase a bong that has percolators. An ashcatcher is easier to clean than a bong.
Common sizes for joints (not the ones you roll) are 14mm and 18mm. We also cover other sizes in our blog on joint sizes. It is a good idea to purchase a bong that has the same size joints. This will allow you to mix and match your pieces if you have a slide or downstem.
There are many ways to smoke bongs. If you plan to smoke a bong only once in a while, then opt for a glass that is pretty and looks great on your coffee table.
Disclaimer: This article is for reference only. No type of smoking is completely safe regardless of the smoking instrument used. Please do your own due-diligence before taking up or participating any type of recreational smoking.