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
Different Types of Bongs and Their Benefits Explained
There are so many ways to get your THC or CBD fix these days—blunts, joints, thai sticks, edibles, wax, oil, the list goes on and on. Despite many of these new and novel approaches to cannabis use, one thing remains constant: the bong is the go-to choice for marijuana smoking. But just as there are many different ways to consume cannabis products, there are many different types of bongs to choose from.
Here at Honest Marijuana, we want you to be an informed consumer. We want you to know the difference between a blunt and joint. We want you to know all the weed terms. And we want you to know the difference between a percolator bong and a gravity bong. That’s why we’ve created this guide to the types of bongs available for your smoking pleasure.
Let’s start by discussing the various materials from which bongs are made so you can see the benefits and drawbacks of each. After that, we’ll move into the numerous bong designs you have to choose from.
Glass is the most popular material used to build bongs. It provides a clean, pure taste because the glass doesn’t affect the flavor of the smoke. Glass is very easy to monitor for resin buildup because it’s transparent. It’s also very easy to clean when the buildup becomes a problem. Because of these factors, glass bongs are often more expensive than bongs made from other materials.
Plastic is probably the second-most popular material for making bongs because it is extremely durable. You can drop a plastic bong during a coughing fit and the only damage done will be the water stain on your carpet. Plastic bongs are also fairly cheap when compared with other materials. Bongs made from plastic are great for traveling because they are difficult to break and don’t shatter or crack like glass or ceramic. The only downside of plastic bongs is that they might affect the taste of your smoke slightly.
Ceramic bongs tend to be heavier and more robust when compared to the other materials on this list. For that reason, and their general fragility, ceramic bongs don’t usually travel well. They do, however, come in all sorts of novelty shapes, sizes, and colors thanks to the fact that clay is extremely malleable and easy to work with. Ceramic bongs are usually a bit more expensive than plastic bongs because of the work that goes into making them. Though a ceramic bong might not be your daily smoker, they are certainly great for special occasions or to display in a cabinet or on a shelf.
Bamboo is another popular material from which bongs are made. Bamboo bongs can range from pretty basic—just a tube of bamboo sealed at the bottom—to fancy and ornate with metal, varnish, and paint incorporated into the design. Bamboo is also very durable meaning that your bamboo bong will pretty much last forever if you treat it right.
Metal is also used to make bongs although the practice is not as common as glass or plastic. Metal is very durable and long-lasting. It’s also pretty cheap. The downside of metal bongs is that they can affect the taste of your smoke and you never really know when it’s time to clean them.
Now that we’ve discussed the materials from which bongs can be made, we’ll move to the bong design. Each of the bongs below could could be built from any of the materials above, although some materials are more common than others thanks to their ease of use.
1. Carburetor Bongs
Your bong will either have a hole in the middle somewhere, or it won’t. If your bong does have a hole, it’s a carburetor bong. If there is not hole, it’s not a carburetor bong. Pretty simple, no? Carburetors are not necessary to the design of the bong, but many feel that carburetor bongs produce a much more intense hit. This is because, when you release your finger, the carburetor hole allows fresh air into the pipe. This fresh air forces the smoke into your lungs more rapidly and makes it easier to inhale all the contents of the pipe.
2. Straight-Tube Bong
Straight-tube bongs are the simplest design available. They consist of a simple tube sealed at one end with a stem and a bowl poking out of the side. You pour a bit of water in the tube, place your ganja in the bowl, and go. It’s simple, straight-forward smoking at it’s best.
3. Beaker-Shaped Bong
The beaker-shaped bong is similar to the straight-tube bong except that the bottom is flared into a cone shape that looks like a beaker. Hence the name. Beaker bongs are more stable than straight-tube bongs because they have a larger base. The smoking process is the same: just add water, cannabis, and fire and you’re good to go.
4. Round-Base Bongs
Round-base bongs are similar to beaker bongs in that the base is wider than the tube and the mouthpiece. Round-base bongs, as the name suggests, have a sphere-shaped water chamber with a flat base. They are more stable than straight-tube bongs, but slightly-less stable than beaker bongs because the flat surface is smaller. Regardless of the shape—straight, beaker, or round—the basic mechanics of using them are the same.
5. Multi-Chamber Bong
A multi-chamber bong, sometimes called a recycler bong, is a variation of the straight-tube bong (although the chamber can come in various shapes). In a multi-chamber bong, the straight tube is separated into two chambers connected by a tube or third chamber (you can see one of them on the right in the picture above). Both upper and lower chamber hold water so the smoke is filtered twice. This produces a much cooler, much smoother smoke than the straight-tube, beaker, or round-base bong can provide. Because of the complexity, multi-chamber bongs are more difficult to build. That makes them more expensive than the simpler builds on this list. Multi-chamber bongs are also harder to clean.
6. Percolator Bong
A percolator bong, or bubbler bong, can be straight-tube, beaker-shaped, round-base, or pretty much any other shape you can imagine. The thing that makes them unique is that they contain a percolator. The percolator (shown up close below) is a piece of glass that dissipates the smoke before it passes through the water and causes a bubbling effect in the bong. Spreading the smoke out in that way helps to filter it better and cool it faster.
The percolator can be at the bottom of the bong (a single-chamber percolator), in another chamber (a multi-chamber percolator), or both (a multi-chamber, multi percolator). Because of the complexity of this type of bong, they can be difficult to clean, not to mention more expensive.
7. Bucket Gravity Bong
Gravity bongs rely on the vacuum that water leaves behind when it leaves an enclosed space. Gravity bongs come in two types: bucket and waterfall (which we’ll talk about next). The simplest version of the bucket gravity bong uses a plastic bottle and a bucket full of water. This is a fun project to try now and again, but if you use this type of bong regularly, you’ll probably want to purchase a professionally-built model. Check out the link here for detailed build instructions.
Once built and packed, you light the weed in the cap and slowly pull the water bottle out of the water being sure to stop before the bottle comes completely out. Pulling the bottle up creates a vacuum in the enclosed space on top of the water that pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the bottle is full of smokey goodness, remove the cap and inhale the contents.
8. Waterfall Gravity Bong
The waterfall gravity bong is similar to the bucket gravity bong but instead of pulling the bottle up to create the vacuum, you drain the water out the bottom. Again, you can get detailed build instructions here.
When everything is assembled, light your cannabis and let the water drain from the bottle. As the water leaves, it pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the water has completely drained, plug the hole with your finger or tape, remove the cap from the top, and inhale to your heart’s (or lung’s) content. As with the bucket gravity bong, you can make a waterfall gravity bong from household materials. But if you want to use it regularly, purchase a professionally-built glass or plastic model.
9. Homemade Bong
The gravity bongs discussed above make a nice segue into the wonderful world of homemade bongs. If you’re without your prized multi-chamber, multi-percolator, beaker-shaped glass bong, you can construct a simple substitute from everyday materials like fruit, water bottles, candy, building blocks, and even snow. They may not look as pretty as your colored-glass bong, but they’ll get the job done in a pinch.
Try Them All And See Which One You Like Best
Cannabis consumption is all about enjoying yourself. There’s no need to make smoking marijuana any more complicated than it has to be…unless you want to. That’s why we recommend trying all the different types of bongs we’ve discussed above. You’ll have fun doing it and you’ll find the bong that fits your needs just right.
Discover nine types of bongs for your smoking pleasure and learn the benefits of each design so your next toke session goes off without a hitch.