Updated: Jan 14
When it comes to choosing a new bong there are two types of people in the world. Those that are looking for aesthetics and those that look for function. I would like to say, why not both? Many pieces on the market today are not only easy on the eyes but are capable of producing tons of flavor, cooling your hits and creating the ultimate experience. We’re going to explore some of the different types of bongs available on the market today and rack up a list of pros and cons for each style.
In the words of someone relatively famous in my small nerd world “It's time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do you want?” For many of us this is a serious question. Are you the type of person who is looking for everything in one or maybe you’re looking for something that is functional and durable. This list is going to cover many different kinds of bongs, but in the end you know what is going to work best for you.
Now before we dive in let’s cover the different types of materials that your new piece could be made of. There are going to be materials I don’t add onto this list because honestly… if I did this would be a novel that George R.R. Martin would be jealous of. Water Pipes (Bongs) are generally made out of these materials: glass, ceramic, silicone and acrylic. There’s also always the possibility of a combination of these materials as well, so don’t expect that all of these are just one trick ponies.
We’re going to start with Acrylic bongs. Now, from experience, these are not a particular favorite of mine. They by far have the cheapest price tag on this list, but that is really where I feel the pro’s end. Yes, they come in a massive array of sizes and colors but there’s no accessories, and after a while they don’t seem to get clean, and can break easily. If you are looking for something that will help you ease into using the family of water pipes, then it is a contender, but Silicone is only slightly more expensive with way more options.
Now if you have been following the Get Your Wax On blog then you’ve possibly read the article that I wrote on silicone bongs
, but let's do a short recap. Pros; durable, heat resistant, made in a wide range of styles, and very easy to clean. Many will talk about the lack of size possibilities and the lack of percs in a silicone. I would agree with not being able to buy a 6ft tall silicone but the range of sizes is larger than one would expect. We carry anything from 4” to 16” high here at the shop and online and the variation of styles within that is considerable. When we talk about percs in silicone you’re not going to get the variety or towering magnitude that you will get in glass, but it is still possible. There are many pieces on the market now that have glass percs that come with your silicone piece. My main cons when it comes to silicone amount to two; the rubbery taste that can be present when your piece is new, and the fact that silicone does not assist in cooling your hits down.
When it comes to ceramic, we’re traveling back in time. Ceramic was the OG before glass became the industry hard hitter. One of the main pros of ceramic is how unique and artistic they can be (with the ability to make something highly-detailed). This medium takes the crown in those terms. They are also good in the arena when it comes to actual use; they provide good hits and only bow down to glass in this area. They are also generally on the larger scale, although there are pieces available in almost any size you desire. Now the cons of ceramic are usually what makes people move on to glass. They are difficult to accessorize and are not see through, so if you do not make a habit of cleaning it regularly then you are running the risk of having some nasty water without realizing it.
Personally, when I think of bongs, I think of glass, which can be pinnacles of artistic and technical ingenuity. That may sound a little biased, but the popularity for the past 50 years speaks for itself. Every other piece on this list cannot match glass when it comes to cooling your hits. Percolators of various types are abundant now in glass, from showerheads to diamond percs and everything in between, many times in one piece alone. This is not even considering recyclers that pull your hit through multiple chambers or ice catchers. Glass, as mentioned above, is also capable of being astonishingly beautiful. There are many pros associated with buying a glass piece, but there are a few cons as well. As far as affordability per size it is generally more expensive than silicone or some ceramics. They can also be fragile; though now I do have to mention that thick glass pieces can take more hits than you would think. There are also many brands that are considered unbreakable and will back that up with lifetime warranties. If you end up with a massive glass piece you better be ready to clean it, glass has the potential to be harder to clean so doing so regularly will keep your piece in tip top shape. Overall it isn’t difficult to see why it runs the industry.
With the different types of bongs discussed, we hope we have helped you in your journey to a new piece. We have now discussed many aspects of all these mediums and the rest is up to you. How do you want to elevate your experience?
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