It’s no surprise that bongs and water pipes are among the most popular ways to consume cannabis today. People have used bongs for thousands of years because they are among the most reliable smoking devices available. A bong is one of the optimal ways to consume cannabis whether you’re new to it or an expert consumer.
Bongs and traditional pipes differ in one critical way: bongs provide water filtration. Both devices hold the dry herb in a bowl, but that is where the similarities end.
From there, the bong becomes more complex, with several working parts. The bowl itself is usually removable, and the downstem creates a path between the user and the bong’s base. The smoke travels this channel after percolating in the water in the base, and exits the bong through the mouthpiece and/or carb hole, depending on the user.
It is the water filtration system that really sets the bong experience apart. The water filters and cools down the smoke so it is easier on the throat and lungs. This means you get an unmatched level of comfort that enables a more potent experience overall.
Modern bongs have evolved to feature percolators and other cutting edge technology. These kinds of bongs are designed specifically to prevent those lung-searing inhales that no one wants.
Check out the wide variety of bongs for sale in our online head shop. This range offers every smoker exactly the right bong. There is something we love about each one of these high-quality, affordable glass bongs and water pipes.
Why Use a Bong?
We’ve all been there: you take a nice, deep hit from your hand pipe or joint, only to feel your throat burning. Hot smoke against the delicate mucosal membrane on the back of your throat does that, because the smoke doesn’t have time to cool down before going right from the bowl, which is literally burning hot.
Bongs and water pipes filter smoke through water before the user inhales it back up through the neck. This way, it cools down, unlike the direct, unfiltered hit from a dry pipe. This contact with water drops the temperature of the smoke by 40 to 50 degrees instantly.
Some bongs use percolators or diffused downstems to further force or diffuse the smoke through the water. The percolator holes break the single, large stream of smoke up into numerous small bubbles. This cools the smoke even more thanks to more contact with the water.
What Are the Main Parts of a Bong?
Bowl. Grind the dry herb for a good, even burn and place it in the bowl. Depending on the bong or water pipe you use, you might want or need to upgrade or replace your bowl, especially for glass bowls.
Joint. The connection between the downstem and a dab nail, glass bowl, or bong. When you see joint gender or joint size on a dab rig, bong, or glass attachment, pay attention. That’s letting you know whether the product can create an airtight connection with your existing equipment. There are both male and female varieties of popular joint sizes, including 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm.
Make sure what you’re ordering is compatible. Remember, you should be able to insert the bowl into the downstem joint, and the downstem into the bong joint.
Downstem. This long, glass tube directs smoke into the water chamber of the bong from the bowl. Downstems can be removable or fixed, and most diffuse the smoke in some fashion.
Remember, there are compatibility issues with downstems. Know how to measure your properly in case you ever need to replace it.
Water Chamber. This is simply where your bong holds its water.
Neck. This is the portion of the bong where the cooled smoke travels to the mouthpiece.
Ice Catcher. Some high-end bongs feature ice catchers, glass divots that are both beautiful and functional. By placing ice into the catcher, you cool down your smoke even more for an unbelievably smooth hit.
Mouthpiece. You inhale from the mouthpiece, and ideally you want an airtight seal. This is why preference is so important, and we offer a range of different shapes and styles for every face.
What Are the Types of Bongs?
Whether you’re a tekkie who wants the latest in recyclers or modular bongs or an old-school stoner who loves the classic beaker bongs, we’ve got all the details right here. There is a reason each of these categories is still pretty much near the top of the list when it comes to bongs for sale, and we have some recommendations for each of these.
Classic Beaker Bongs
Cautious noobs and OGs alike love beaker bongs. The are among the most popular bong style worldwide, and here’s why. They are more stable, thanks to a wide base that doesn’t knock over easily. They also hold more water thanks to that wide base, which makes for improved percolation and the smoother, tastier hits you expect.
Higher Standards Heavy Duty Beaker
A classic design in tough borosilicate glass. The 14.25” size is ideal, and Higher Standards is a reliable maker. We like this one as a sturdy standby.
Eyce Mini Beaker
This little silicone beaker combines the classic stable shape of the beaker bong and the sturdy portability of silicone. It’s just as cheap as you’d expect, too! It’s a little smaller at 7.25” tall, but for many users this is actually a bonus.
Straight Tube Bongs
Although they are not really quite as popular as beaker bongs, straight tubes are still really common—especially in the movies and on television, for some reason. Beyond that, though, straight tubes are easy to use and effective, and they work basically the same way. (But be careful not to tip them over.)
Diamond Glass Classic 13” Straight Tube
Made from 5mm thick borosilicate glass, this is one you can rely on over time, and it’s a good handy size. The 5″ removable diffuser downstem makes for easy cleaning.
Tank Glass Straight Tube Bong
Another reliable standby—in fact, it’s billed as one of the most reliable pieces you will ever own, and we tend to agree with this. As unbreakable as a glass bong can be, this piece boasts a a thick tank joint and reinforced base, stands 12” inches tall, and places the tank downstem.
Snoop Pounds Rocketship Water Pipe
We love this one because it’s actually designed for ice cooling, which is a great feature. It’s also made with borosilicate glass and has an extra thick, sturdy base.
If you love the classic straight acrylic bong but you need something sturdier—or you just want something really cool looking at a relatively budget price—silicone bongs may be your new go-to. Portable and unbreakable, silicone bongs open up the options.
EYCE Beaker Silicone Water Pipe
Use this one just like a beaker bong, only it is colorful, unbreakable silicone!
Roll-Uh-Bowl 12-inch Silicone Bong with Eject-a-Bowl
This is so easy to use. You can literally fold this bong up and take it with you on the go.
Silicone Seahorse Water Pipe
This 6 inch little bright green seahorse is adorable, and you can add on a quartz banger and/or ceramic nail easily to round out the package.
Themed Bongs and E-Bongs
If form is just as important as function in your book, you’re in luck. Themed glass art and modern technology both find homes in the bong marketplace. Here are some of our favorites.
K. Haring Water Pipe
Super cool looking and colorful!
Psychedelic Pineapple Beaker Bong
If you’d like to stare at a rainbow colored psychedelic pineapple while you smoke, this is the bong for you.
Triple Coil Glycerin Tube Set
Extravagant? Definitely. But if you have the money laying around, can you really say you don’t want to experience using a glycerin coil to smoke out with your two best friends.
Empire Glassworks Fruity Detox Bong
I love a bong that claims to detox you, first of all. But more than that, this is adorable and beautifully made, and a legitimate art glass piece.
Perc bongs, short for percolators, use percolators inside the device to break up the smoke into tiny bubbles. This cools, filters, and diffuses the smoke even more, allowing for smoother, easier, more powerful rips.
Dr. Dabber Switch Black Glass Percolator
For use with the Dr. Dabber Switch, one of our favorites overall, this is among the best percolators on the market. Tough and reliable, you’ll get years of smooth hits from this percolator.
Customize Your Bong With Accessories
One of the reasons so many experienced cannabis users love bongs is that you can customize them to meet your own needs and create your own experience. Whatever your smoking preferences are, there’s a line of bong accessories out there that can personalize or upgrade your bong so it’s ideal for you.
A new bowl allows you enjoy longer sessions—or makes up for a careless moment. An ash catcher makes the cleaning process much easier, keeping debris out of the base water chamber.
And speaking of cleaning, that whole part of your lifestyle is many times simpler with premium cleaning supplies. Keeping your bong in top condition should be a priority anyway, because that keeps you healthy and your latest sessions as tasty as your first.
We like the Higher Standards Cleaning Kit, and not just for their products:
What Kind of Bong is Right For You?
Even our hunter-gatherer relatives used water pipes, but the modern range available are created using materials and techniques they never could have imagined. There are countless options out there when it comes to choosing a new bong.
That means it’s a lot of fun! But it’s also challenging—no one wants to waste their money. Today’s bongs are much more advanced, on the whole, although you can go simpler if that’s your style.
In general, more chambers and percs in a bong means more filtration, and, in turn, cooler smoke and a less harsh, more pleasant hit. If you love a velvety, ice-cold smoke, an ice catcher can cool your smoke down even more, delivering those hits.
The “Liftoff” Domed UFO Stereo Perc Beaker Base With Ice Punch
We love this super tall beaker base bong with ice catcher:
With percolator bongs, you may have some tradeoffs to face as you make decisions. Glass water pipes are generally easy to clean because you can partially dismantle them. However, in general, smoother hits mean an increase in drag, and depending on how intricate the perc is, it might be more difficult to clean. Pieces with removable downstems and tree percs, for example, are usually easier to clean.
On the other hand, perc bongs with more intricate pieces might be harder to clean—although they are totally worth it if you’re chasing smoother hits:
“Demetra” Fab Egg Beaker With Cube Perc
Might this one be a little more difficult to clean? Sure—but wow, are you going to love how this hits and performs.
If you’re still wondering what type of bong is best for you, think about the features that change from piece to piece:
- Shape of the water pipe
- Fixed downstem/removable downstem
- Perc yes or no
- Ice catch yes or no
- Splash guards, yes or no
- Water line markers, yes or no
- Compatibility with existing parts or pieces
Typically, bong joint sizes are 10mm, 14mm, or 19mm. This means if you’re shopping for parts or accessories such as ash-catchers or bowls you need to know what size your bong is.
You also need to know what kind of angle your downstem joint has. Although many inline perc pieces and straight tubes have a 90º joint angle, most beakers have 45º fittings.
The advantage of glass bongs, other than being easier to clean, is that there is nothing that negatively impacts the taste of your smoke. And when you keep this kind of bong clean, it lasts pretty much forever. Borosilicate glass bongs are tough, just like your mom’s cooking dishes.
Marley Natural Smoked Glass Water Pipe
This tough borosilicate glass bong is easy to clean and durable. Plus, it really looks elegant and holds a lot of water for huge clouds.
Factors to Consider When You Buy a Bong Online
Dry herbs or concentrates? If you only smoke dry herb, a classic beaker or straight tube bong will never fail you. Most bongs come standard with the glass bowl attachment you’ll need to hold the flower as you light it up.
If concentrates are your thing and you think your bong might be used for dabbing, you’ll also need a dab nail in place of the bowl. Try a dab rig or quartz banger if you really love high end concentrates and want to preserve their terpene and flavor profiles.
Portable or at home? If you really only need your bong at home, a complex, art glass rig is fine for you.
Empire Glass “Sriracha Sauce” Bong
Does it look just like a bottle of Sriracha sauce rendered in stunning glass? Yes. Yes it does. Not something you carry in your pocket! Something you show off on display.
Pulsar Rok Electronic Dab Rig
You love the percolator bongs but also crave the laser focus of an e-rig with three heat settings? Here you go—but again, not always something you want in your back pocket.
For on the go users, an unbreakable, portable silicone bong might be a smarter buy. If you’re serious about being on the go, check this out.
Use this like you’re making popsicles with a silicone mold, only you’re making a fully functional water pipe.
“Kettle” Portable Silicone Bubbler Bong
We love this one, it comes with both a bowl and a banger and is indestructible.
How much do you smoke? If you’re a daily user, realize you’ll need to be cleaning a lot, and that accidents will happen. Plan accordingly, based on what you know about yourself and your habits.
How Much Do Bongs Sell For Online?
Prices for bongs range from about $30 to hundreds. Silicone bongs tend to be affordable, between $30 and $70, with prices for glass bongs as follows: small bongs – $40 to $100, large bongs – $100 and up.
Can You Buy Bongs?
With federal law constantly changing, this is a great question. However, bongs are not just for cannabis—although they are for adults only. So long as you are at least 18 years old, you are in the clear to order any of our bongs and other products online.
Our online headshop offers dab rigs, bongs, vapes, glass pipes, and accessories intended for aromatherapy blends, medical use, tobacco, and legal concentrates only.
Are water pipes bongs?
The water pipe is a type of pipe that includes some kind of water filtration. This category of pipe does include bubblers and bongs.
How are bongs manufactured?
Glass bongs begin in liquid form, at a temperature of up to 1163°C. The craftsperson shapes the molten glass into a bubble with a hollowed steel blowpipe or rod by blowing to create a round shape.
How Do I Dab With My Bong?
To use bong for dabbing, you need a quartz banger or other dab nail for your bong. This is because concentrates need a really hot surface before they will turn into vapor. Remember, you’ll need to make sure it’s compatible. For example, here’s a Male Hillside Glass Thermal Quartz Banger
Look for a dedicated dab rig if you’re a concentrate fan, because it improves flavor and performance, making your concentrates go further.
We also love the Higher Standards Heavy Duty Rig
This rig is a great size, comes with a 100% quartz nail, and lasts forever with some care.
Are Silicone Bongs Safe?
Yes! All of our silicone bongs are made with 100 percent Medical Grade Silicone.