Whether you’re an experienced smoker who is looking to step up to a more substantial smoking method, or you’re new to smoking and you’re interested in starting with the smooth hits of a water pipe, you might be wondering how to buy the best bong.
Consider this your quick crash course in bong buying.
How to Buy the Best Bong
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking to buy a bong:
Bongs come in all shapes and sizes, but for all practical purposes you have three types to choose from: a standard tube shaped bong, a bubbler, or a multi-hose hookah. Hookahs are great but only useful for multiple people. You most likely want a bubbler (which is usually a more compact, portable variety) or a good old fashioned bong.
Water pipes tend to have one “chamber” (or vessel of water through which smoke passes), but they can have two, three, or in very rare cases even more. The theory is that the more chambers, the smoother and more impactful the hit, although this is up for debate. Starting out you probably just want a single chamber.
Bongs can range in price from very, very cheap to very, very expensive. Have a budget in mind when you’re going in to buy one.
The size of a bong’s tube determines how much smoke it can hold, and therefore how big a hit you can take. Bong sizes range from small, hand-sized pieces that are just a few inches long to massive, six-foot monsters. Big bongs might look impressive, but if you’re new to smoking you probably don’t need anything longer than a foot or so.
Bongs can be extremely ornate works of art. They can also be plain and utilitarian. If you want your bong to look great you’ll have no trouble finding beautiful options, but keep in mind that the more decorative a bong is the more it tends to cost.
That’s all there is to it. Determine your needs based upon these five considerations, then go into your local dispensary or pipe store and tell an employee what you’re looking for. They’re the experts who will point you in the right direction.