What are the different types of bongs?
Bongs come in various shapes, but three of the most popular are tubes, beakers, and bubblers.
Tube bongs are what most people imagine in their head when you mention a bong.
They usually have a cylindrical neck which goes all the way down to the bottom of the bong and ends with a disc, which gives tube bongs the stability they so lack.
There’s nothing wrong with tube bongs, in fact, they offer a lot of variety. Tube bongs often have percolators and other parts that make them visually attractive.
They are usually very easy to clean and the smoke clears pretty fast because of the simple shape.
Beaker bongs are similar to tube bongs in the sense that they also have a long neck. However, at the bottom of the neck, the bong doesn’t end, as it would with tube bongs.
At the end of the neck in beaker bongs, you’ll find a chamber that is added for extra smoke. This gives beaker bongs a bigger volume and bigger hit potential.
Beaker bongs get their name from looking somewhat like beakers used for chemistry and such. The extra space on the bottom is filled with more water than in tube bongs. This gives them extra stability.
The age-old question that many cannabis enthusiasts like to argue about is whether you should get a bong or a quality bubbler?
Bubblers are much smaller than regular bongs. They are often referred to as water pipes.
The main difference between the two boils down to size and volume.
Bubblers are usually meant for one person, while bongs are more apt for sharing as you can get bigger hits.
The volume of the bong is also very important as it will determine how much smoke you can take in. Human lungs have a volume of 6 liters on average, which is 200 Oz fluid, or 1.5 gallons.
Don’t buy cheap (Chinese) glass
In the last couple of years there’s been a huge increase in the number of websites selling bongs and other smoking utensils.
Some of these websites offer American-made glass, and a select few offer Canadian-made glass.
The overwhelming majority of these websites almost exclusively sell bongs made in China.
These bongs are usually lower in quality than those made on this side of the pond. They aren’t as thick and resilient to breaking.
Sure, there are cases where they might last, but my experience has proven otherwise.
My friends and I ordered dozens of Chinese-made bongs from these websites only to see them break in record time.
Don’t be afraid to spend more than $50 bucks on a glass bong, it will be totally worth it.
Best bongs under $100 USD
Bongs that are under $100 are usually not branded. They are either mass-produced and then shipped to distribution centers in the US and Canada or drop-shipped to your address.
However, there are also several companies across the US making great bongs for those on a tight budget.
Here’s a list of 5 bongs that are under $100 and provide a great experience: