The Best Bongs To Buy In 2020
With the growth of the marijuana industry and wider acceptance of marijuana in society, bongs have evolved from a traditional straight tube with a removable bowl into works of modern art. Now one can go into any smoke shop and find high-end bongs shaped like animals, or coral reefs, with embedded jewels to boot. However, all good bongs can be traced back to a very simple and effective design.
What Makes A Bong Great?
Bongs are a ubiquitous smoking tool found the world over. Basically a bong consists of a tube, preferably glass, with one end closed off for water, with a removable bowl piece near the bottom closed off portion. Water is poured into the tube until it covers the stem, a separate tube that extends from the removable bowl piece to the bottom of the main tube. Marijuana is loaded into the bowl and lit, the user inhales from the open end of the bong and the water filters smoke particulate out, catching it, as well as reducing the smoke’s overall temperature. Bong users love the smooth and cool hits that accompany a well-made bong. Another advantage of the bong is that one can taste unique strain flavors better due to the cooler temperatures and cleaner smoke.
Different Types of Bongs
There are a wide variety of iterations of bongs, but most top glass bongs adhere to general frameworks that have been around for decades. There is the common straight cylinder bong which can be found in every head shop. And for those who want more water to help reduce the smoke’s temperature, there are beaker-shaped bongs. A beaker bong looks a lot like a science tool, with a straight cylinder tapering outwards towards the bottom quarter of the tube to allow for a greater volume of water. These bongs also tend to be more stable as they are wider towards their base and also can carry more water. This makes them a little heavier, so beware when picking one up.
Another type of quality glass bong is a percolated bong. These tend to be a little more expensive, but come with the added benefit of having a percolation system at the bottom that filters the smoke into smaller bubbles which then travel through the water. The advantage of a percolator bong is that the smoke is broken up, increasing the surface area exposed to water, making the hit even smoother and cooler than a beaker bong. Percolated bongs tend to look more complex and can be an interesting conversation piece as well as a functional smoking tool.
Although these are the three main categories of bongs, there are countless iterations that get ever more extravagant. From triple percolated bongs to bongs with ice catching features to bongs with multiple bowls, the design of a bong is limited only by the imagination of the creator.
The best quality bongs are traditionally American-made from glass or Pyrex. Although durable silicone bongs have made a splash in recent years, glass is still considered the best material for a bong due to its aesthetic nature and high-temperature resistance, giving the user a guarantee that their smoke will be undiluted by particulate from the bong itself.
There are endless amounts of bongs and companies marketing themselves as “the best bong for weed”, so here is a top 10 guide to navigate marketing claims and help find the best bongs on the market.
The Top 10 Bongs of 2020
#10 Bushmaster Glass. Rank – 7/10
At number 10 the Bushmaster Recliner bong is a great introductory bong. Designed to be smoked from a reclining position, this bong is perfect for after-work sessions when relaxation is of the utmost priority. A low price tag, with bongs starting around $30, makes this a perfect introductory bong for the after-work smoker.
#9 Tsunami Bongs. Rank – 7.5/10
These quality glass bongs are made from high-quality borosilicate glass. They are extremely durable and made in the USA. Tsunami makes a wide variety of bongs from percolator bongs to beaker bottom bongs, all of which we recommend. The beaker base ice catcher bong is a simple yet sturdy bong costing an economical $68.
#8 Toro Glass. Rank – 8/10
These are incredibly high-quality and expensive bongs made under the supervision of master glassmaker JP Toro. Toro Bongs are exquisite pieces of functional art. For those looking for a high-quality glass art piece, these bongs are a great choice. Every piece is inspected by JP Toro to ensure that only the best pieces make it to their website to be sold. Prices range from $300-700
#7 Diamond Glass. Rank – 8.5/10
We love Diamond Glass bongs for their great style and lower price-point. Their bongs are well percolated and easier to clean than some other options of equal complexity, and most are small enough to transport without worry of breaking it or being obtrusive. Prices range from $65-$300.
#6 The China Glass. Rank – 9/10
Why have a simple, ugly bong when you can have a piece of art? We love The China Glass for their sleek and artistic designs that can be displayed in our house for all to see. More than just decoration, you can also be sure you’ll get a good hit from these high-quality pieces made in China.
#5 Blaze Percolator Bong. Rank – 9/10
Blaze Glass is a reputable European company known for their quality of glass. The percolator series can be bought in either a straight or beaker bottom, and depending on the price one or more percolators will be included. These bongs are a little pricier but are worth the cost. Blaze Glass Bongs start at $200+.
#4 Mountain Jam Glass Co. Rank – 9.2/10
This venerable company is based out of Eugene, Oregon and is one of the oldest glass companies in the U.S. Mountain Jam makes artistic bongs in a variety of styles. The simple 3 hole diffuser Beaker Bottom Glass Bong is a reasonably priced thick-glass bong which is perfect for those the cannabis connoisseur on the go. This is a beautiful piece of glass reminiscent of late-90s glassware with a modern and striking ice catcher. Prices start at $100.
#3 Grav Bong. Rank – 9/10
Grav’s large clear beaker bottom glass bong is a perfect home piece. It’s quite large, so not the best travel bong, but the smoothness and coolness of its hits more than make up for its sedentary nature. This bong provides massive amounts of incredibly smooth smoke. Prices start at $60.
#2 Roor Glass. Rank – 9.3/10
Roor is one of the best glass bong companies, making a wide range of glass products with prices to suit any stoner’s needs. Their official website advertises their higher priced range. The stunning one of a kind sandblasted floral pattern Beaker bottom glass is a wonderful lifetime piece of glass that will never go out of style.
#1 AMG Glass. Rank – 9.8/10
We can’t get enough of AMG Glass. Their simple bongs are classy and provide a reliable hit every time. AMG has been at the top of the bong market for decades, with generations of glass making experience which help them craft some of the best bongs in the game today. Bongs range from $80-$130.
Tips on Buying Your First Bong
With so many companies touting their products as the best glass bongs it can be difficult to decide who to go with. Here are a couple of tips about how to ensure the bong your buying is quality and as economical as possible:
Take a look at the bong in person If possible, buy a bong at the local head shop. This has the dual benefit of supporting a local business but it also allows for a visual and physical inspection of the glass bong. Look for thickness of glass and check for cracks or scuff marks. Basically look it over to make sure it’s a piece that will withstand cleaning, moving, potentially a drop or two.
Avoid super cheap bongs. Yes that $20 price tag looks good, but this an item that needs to withstand repeated heating, cooling and cleaning, not to mention that it’s a vehicle for smoke inhalation. Having a higher quality piece is worth the peace of mind that the bong being bought was made in a sanitary facility and made with care, not to mention it will provide a more enjoyable smoke.
When buying a bong online, avoid unknown companies. They may have great deals but the quality and origin is unknown, making it easier for scammers to advertise one product and ship another. Online sales make it too easy for scammers to sell poor quality glass bongs that may also be dangerous to use. Industrially manufactured smoking products, and bongs in particular, run the risk of being made with dangerous chemicals and materials. If you want to support lesser-known companies and artists, go to a real storefront and see what the local glass blower is making.
Look for deals! Bong companies frequently have sales and specials and many offer online coupons that one can find with a simple search engine search.
What’s your favorite bong style? What’s your go-to glass company? Tell us in the comments below!
With the growth of the marijuana industry and wider acceptance of marijuana in society, bongs have evolved from a traditional straight tube with a removable bowl into works of modern art. Now one can go into any smoke shop and find high-end bongs shaped like animals, or coral reefs, with embedded jewels to boot. However, all good bongs can be trace
How to Choose the Right Bong for You
Buying a bong for the first time or even the 100 th time can be daunting. There are so many different styles, percolators, designs, glass thickness it’s hard to know where to start. This quick guide will help you narrow your search down so you can be smoking in no time. Let’s start with the style or look of the bong that you would prefer. The main types to choose from are straight tube, beaker bongs, and recycler. Straight tubes have dense smoke and clear quick. Beaker bongs have more volume and less dense smoke, harder to clear but bigger rips. We have a guide on the difference between beaker bongs and straight tubes if you would like more information. Recyclers are mostly used for smoking concentrates, which recycles the water. As a beginner I would stick with either a straight tube or beaker bong.
Glass thickness is very important because it decides on how long your bong lasts. The thicker the better obviously but also try to take into account the environment the bong is going to be in. If it’s going to be safe and stay in only one room, don’t worry about thickness as much. If you plan on bringing it with you everywhere or have clumsy friends, try to get the thickest glass. The thinnest glass starts at 2-3mm then moves up to 3-5mm is your average thickness. Then glass 5-7mm is pretty darn thick and hard to break. Choose anywhere above 3.5mm glass thickness and you should be fine.
Percolators is a hot topic because there are no clear winners of which one is the best, everyone just has a favorite and sticks with it. There are two things you look for in a percolator the smoothness it provides from filtration and the amount of drag it gives from pulling smoking through the tiny holes. If you are new to bongs and smoke you do not need a percolator but they are nice to have. Try not to buy a bong with to many percolators, it may seem like a good idea but the drag from all the percolators will be hard to clear the chamber. If you would like more information check out our percolators blog.
Here is a brief rating of popular percolators.
Honeycombs: Great filtration and very minimal drag. Very popular choice.
Tree: Great filtration and very minimal drag. Another popular choice.
Shower heads: produces mediocre filtration and smoothness and provide very minimal drag.
Inlines: Pretty good filtration and average drag. Great for dab rigs.
Turbines: produce mediocre filtration and have a bit more drag than shower heads.
Clean Your Bong
You need to take into account of cleaning your new bong. Eventually your bong is going to get dirty and filled with tar and smoke residue all over the glass. If you choose a simple bong with no percolators cleaning will be simple. If you choose a bong with a percolator with even 2 or 3 of them cleaning will not be so easy. If you do want to buy a bong with percolators, get an ashcatcher. Its much easier cleaning an ashcatcher instead of your bong.
Joints (not the kind you roll) come in two common sizes 14mm and 18mm. There are a few other sizes which we cover in our joint sizes blog so check that out. Try to buy a bong with the same size joints as this will make your life easier because if you break a slide or downstem you can mix and match and they will all fit together.
Add-ons – buying a bong with these are a plus but not needed.
Splashguard– Blocks dirty bong water from getting into your mouth
Ice pinch– holds ice to cool the smoke down
Ash catcher– another level of filtration. Catches all of the ash.
Percolator – cools the smoke for a less harsh hit.
Looking to buy a bong? Start with something simple like these:
This is a simple beaker bong with a tree percolator and ice pinch. Has great filtration and large volume for huge hits. This Grav Labs straight tube is another great starter bong to buy because of the high quality thick glass. Cleaning for these bongs is very easy. These both have ice pinches to cool down the smoke.
Not enough fire power for you? Check out these: This Grav Labs Stax kit comes with a large beaker base and diffused downstem. It connects to a coil percolator and a three prong ice pinch. The bong on the right also has a large beaker base for great filtration and volume to hold huge hits. It comes with a Helix top which creates an amazing swirl effect for extra cooling and filtration. Helix is one of the most popular designs for a reason. Both of these bongs are made with extra thick glass to prevent any breaking.
This is a simplified guide, with the help and knowledge from the best online headshop, to help you buy a bong that will best suite your needs. You can dive a little deeper into our blog for more information or ask us anytime by email, chat or phone. Check out our bongs, bubblers and dab rigs.
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This quick guide will help you narrow your search down so you can be smoking in no time.