Bong Guide – Everything You Need to Know About Bongs

bong guide

What is a Bong?

A bong is a device that is used for smoking dry herbs. They are sometimes referred to as “water bongs” because they are a type of water pipe. The device filters the smoke that is produced when the herb is heated by diffusing it through water. Bongs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all have a basic anatomy in common. They are comprised of a bowl (where the herb being smoked goes), a stem (a tube down which the smoke travels after herb has been heated), a water chamber and a mouthpiece (the part you inhale the steam from).

As long as all of these basic components are present, the shape and size of bongs can differ greatly. Some are very basic and non-descript, others look more like works of art than smoking devices. Some have extra features, like percolators, which further filter and cool smoke. There are many different types/styles of percolators, which we will look at more closely in the section entitled “Types of Bongs.”

bong

How To Use A Bong Video

A Brief History of the Bong

The bong is one of the oldest types of smoking devices on the planet, preceded only by the pipe (and its many derivations). Its true origin is a much-debated topic among historians. The widely-accepted story of the origin of the bong is that it came from Thailand. This belief is strongly held by the masses mainly because the word “bong” comes from the Thai word “baung,” a type of smoking device made of bamboo.

wood bong

Others contend that, while the bong may have gotten its name from the Thai culture, the bong actually originated in Africa long before it emerged in Asia. This conclusion is based on archaeological evidence uncovered in Africa dated somewhere between 1100 and 1400 CE. Nevertheless, the device has also been used by several Asian cultures for many centuries. Regardless of which culture is actually responsible for its invention, it’s safe to say that the bong has been around for many, many centuries and has, in some way or another, touched every culture in the world in some way.

Types of Bongs- Materials

Of all the different types of smoking devices, bongs are the most varied when it comes to shape, size, design and composition. Let’s start with composition, and by this we mean the different types of materials that water bongs can be made made out of. Today’s most preferred material by smokers for making bongs is glass. The reason for this is twofold. First, glass tends to provide the best performance, considering a bong is subjected to extreme heat and moisture over and over again. Glass doesn’t split, crack, warp or bend under these conditions, even after long-term use. Second, glass doesn’t alter the flavor of the herb being smoked as other materials (like wood) do. When you smoke from a glass bong, all you taste is herb.

glass bong

The biggest drawback to glass as a bong material is that it’s breakable. Users must be careful how they handle their device to prevent breakage. In order to mitigate this, however, manufacturers typically use lab-quality glass between 3mm and 5mm thick, which makes it more resistant to breakage.

However, there are other materials suited for bong-making that some smokers actually prefer. Wood, as already mentioned, is one such material. In fact, wood is a more traditional material for construction of bongs. Many of the world’s oldest bongs were made from wood. The best contemporary wood bongs are those made from hardwoods. Rosewood, oak, maple and walnut are common. Wooden bongs can’t help but leach their own unique flavors into smoke, and this flavor mix is what the wooden bong fan is looking for.

wood bongs

Bamboo bongs are also still used in modern times, particularly in places like Thailand where bamboo is cheap and plentiful. Bamboo isn’t actually wood, but a grass that, when dried completely, has the feel of wood. As far as flavor goes, bamboo bongs fall somewhere between wooden and glass bongs. They don’t produce as clean and unadulterated smoke as a glass bong, but definitely don’t leach as much as wooden bongs do. Many smokers like the unique taste of herb smoked from a bamboo bong.

Plastic/acrylic is another common bong material. Acrylic bongs have a couple of distinct advantages over glass bongs. For one thing, they don’t break. For another, they are significantly cheaper than glass bongs, much more affordable to the economically-challenged smoker. Plastic bongs can be great starter bongs, giving you experience and practice before moving into a glass one.

plastic bong

Obviously, you can’t apply a flame to plastic. For this reason, acrylic bongs must have metal bowls. However, it’s easy to get carried away with your torch and accidentally overheat the plastic. Too much of this can melt, scorch or warp it. Plus, the metal bowl tends to alter the flavor of your herb and may make it come out tasting harsh or slightly metallic.

Another issue with plastic bongs is that they are more difficult to thoroughly clean. Over time, a plastic bong will start to retain all kinds of funky flavors: residue from past use, the taste of whatever you clean your bong with, stale water and even the taste of the plastic itself. You may have to replace a plastic bong more frequently for this reason. Then again, they’re cheap enough that this may not amount to a big problem.

Metal bongs are another popular choice with contemporary smokers. Metal bongs may be made from aluminum or stainless steel. Metal bongs look really cool and can be very stylized and artistic-looking. In terms of its construction, metal has its own set of advantages over both glass and plastic. Obviously a big one is that metal bongs don’t break when dropped (great news for the clumsy smoker). Metal bongs are also cheaper than glass, approximately on par with or slightly more expensive than plastic bongs, making them an excellent option for the broke smoker.

metal bong

A big disadvantage with metal bongs is that they tend to alter the flavor of whatever herb you’re smoking, giving it a harsh, metallic taste that some smokers are turned off by. Another drawback is the fact that metal, being a conductor of heat, can cause your bong to get very hot to the touch. You must be extra careful when lighting your bowl that you keep the flame away from the body of the bong and that you don’t overheat it.

Finally, ceramic is one more modern material for bongs, although probably one of the least favored by today’s smokers. In terms of price and performance, they fall somewhere between plastic and glass device. They’re more expensive than plastic but typically cheaper than glass. They produce a smoke flavor that is usually more preferred than plastic bongs, but not as clean and smooth a flavor as with glass bongs.

ceramic bong

Like plastic bongs, ceramic ones have metal bowls. Ceramic does heat up fairly easily, but doesn’t retain or conduct heat well, so it’s not a very conducive material for heating up herb. The metal bowl does add a bit of metallic taste to the smoke, which some smokers may find to be a turn-off. (On the other hand, the ceramic contributes a flavor of its own that many smokers are smitten with.) Another drawback is that ceramic, like glass, is breakable. It may not shatter into a hundred pieces, but you’ll still have reason to cry if you drop it on the floor.

Bong Styles

Bongs come in different shapes and types. Most will fall into one of these categories:

Tube-style: This type of bong looks like a tall, straight glass tube/cylinder. One end is closed and the bowl will be sticking out of the side of the tube.

tube bong

Beaker style: This type looks just like the beakers used by chemists, but in essence they are much like tube bongs, except the bottom is flared. Otherwise they perform basically the same as a tube. Their big advantage over tube-style bongs is that they are more stable when placed on a flat surface. If you consider yourself a klutz, go for a beaker bong.

beaker bong

Round-base: This type consists of a tube that rounds out at the base, basically into a sphere except for its flat bottom so that it can rest on a table top. Otherwise, it works just like a tube bong or beaker bong.

round base bong

Percolator or "bubbler": This type can come in different shapes. What defines it as a “percolator” and not a bubbler is that it has a part inside that dissipates the smoke and then sends it through the water in the chamber. This causes the water to “bubble” or “percolate.” This added process provides extra filtration and also has a cooling effect on the smoke.

El Niño Glass Bubbler with Showerhead Diffuser

Gravity style: As the name suggests, this type of bong harnesses the power of gravity, or, more specifically, the vacuum that is created when water exits an enclosed space. The vacuum pulls in smoke from the bowl which is then inhaled. A gravity bong can be either “bucket” or “waterfall” style, but the basic science behind the operation is the same.

gravity bong

In a bong with no percolator, the smoke gets filtered through the water in the water chamber before the smoker inhales it. This process eliminates most of the debris and cools the smoke down. In a device with a percolator, the smoke goes through the percolator after making its way through the water chamber. The percolator removes even more debris and further cools the smoke, resulting in a hit that is cool rather than warm or hot and feels much smoother.

There are lots of different styles of percolators on bongs:

Diffused downstem (“straight”): A straight tube that has slits at its base (typically between three and six) that goes under the water.

downstem

Dome: As its name suggests, this percolator is shaped like a dome. It has holes or slits at the bottom.

dome perc

Tree: A bong with a tree-style percolator will have “arms” coming out of it. Each further diffuses the smoke. Arms can have an open or closed bottom, and both types have slits on the sides.

bong tree

Inline: This perc style features a horizontal tube with holes or slits cut into it.

inline perc bong

Drum: Named for its drum-shape, this type of perc has lots of slits to help diffuse smoke.

drum perc bong

Sprinkler: As its name suggests, this type of percolator works like a sprinkler, the same type you would use on your lawn. It actually shoots water and generates tons of tiny bubbles, resulting in an amazingly smooth hit.

bong sprinkler

UFO: As you might have imagined, this is another type of percolator that is named for its shape. It literally looks like a tiny space shape has landed inside your bong. It functions similarly to a showerhead perc, but has more slits for even more percolation.

ufo bong

Honeycomb: This style features a disc-shaped “honeycomb” with lots of small holes. The holes break up the smoke.

honeycomb perc bong

Showerhead: This style of percolator acts like… you guessed it… a showerhead. It is a vertical tube that is flared at the bottom and features slits or holes, just like the showerhead in your bathroom.

showerhead perc bong

Matrix/stereo matrix: Picture a round “puck” with matrix lines cut into it and full of little smoke-diffusing holes. Stack one matrix on top of the other and you get a stereo matrix.

matrix perc bong

Swiss: So-called because it looks a little like Swiss cheese, this is a vertical-style percolator. Its holes pass all the way through so that smoke is diffused around them, rather than through them as with other types of percolators.

swiss perc bong

Reti: This percolator is designed as two tubes, one with a slightly smaller circumference than the other. The smaller tube fits inside the bigger one. Both tubes have opposite diagonal slits, and smoke passes through them and gets diffused through the slits in both tubes.

reti perc bong

Turbine/Cyclone: This percolator might remind you of the old “tornado in a bottle” science experiment, except it’s a much cooler grown-up version. It consists of a disc with angled slits in the side. This forces the water to spin like a tornado inside the bong and is pretty hypnotizing to watch.

turbine perc bong

Helix: This percolator style features a tube that spirals up the bong chamber. This style can also consist of two spiralling tubes, known as a “double helix.”

helix perc bong

To Perc or Not to Perc?

As earlier noted, some (but not all) bongs have percolators. Older generations (pre-Keurig and up) might actually think of “coffee” when they think of percolators. This is not far from the truth. Percolators in bongs function on a similar principle as percs in old-style coffee makers; that is, they facilitate an interaction between water and another substance. In a coffee maker, that substance is ground coffee. In a bong, the substance is dry herb. Essentially, all percolators serve the same function, regardless of their style (although the various styles provide slightly different and unique experiences).

In a bong with no percolator, the smoke passes through the water once. With a percolator, it passes through twice. This process further cools the smoke and also filters out debris. Ultimately, it produces a hit that is cool and much smoother than a bong with no percolator. Percolator bongs tend to be slightly to significantly more expensive than the non-perc kind, but a majority of contemporary smokers prefer the percolated kind and don’t mind paying a bit more for a cool, smooth, velvety hit. But everyone is different, so if you’re able, try both and see what your own preference is.

More About Bongs

Bongs of any type or material may have a carburetor. Just like the carburetor on a vehicle’s engine, the carburetor on a bong (which is essentially just a strategically-placed hole) controls the flow of air. It allows fresh air to enter the bong near the mouthpiece so that the last bit of smoke doesn’t taste stale. Not all bongs have carburetors, and whether or not you choose one with a carburetor is a matter of personal preference.

carburetor on bong

A bong may also be designed with ice notches, which are indentations or ridges in the tube portion of the bong. These notches hold ice cubes which, as you’ve probably guessed by now, further cool your smoke right before it reaches the mouthpiece. Again, whether or not to use ice is a matter of preference, and something you will come to understand about yourself as you become a more experienced smoker.

bong with ice notches

What to Look for in a High Quality Bong

There are a few different factors to consider when choosing a bong, with price and material type being the most important. We’ve touched on some of these already, but will re-visit them here so that you can make a fully-informed choice:

Plastic/acrylic bongs: These are the typically the least expensive because plastic readily available and plentiful. Always be sure that any plastic bong you buy is PVC-free and is made from food grade plastic. Food grade plastic is resistant to heat (although you should always avoid pointing the flame of your torch directly at the plastic parts) and leaching, making it safer for smoking. (If you’re not sure what kind of plastic a specific bong is made from, ask the dealer.)

Wood: Look for bongs made from hardwoods. Softwood bongs may look cool, but they will get soggy with regular use and may not tolerate heat well.

Bamboo: It’s hard to go wrong with bamboo. It’s sturdy, strong and water-resistant. Although not as heat-resistant as glass, you should get a good long run from a bamboo bong. Just make sure that the one you purchase is watertight and free of splits or cracks.

Metal: Look for bongs made from aluminum or stainless steel. Stay away from metal bongs that feel like soft drink cans: they won’t be very sturdy. Look for thicker, heavier metal.

Ceramic: Ceramic is usually a reliable bong material. Just make sure that you look closely at any ceramic bong you are thinking of purchasing. Make sure it is free of cracks (they can sometimes be hard to see so inspect it carefully) and isn’t overly-porous (you shouldn’t be able to easily see its pores with the naked eye).

Glass: Type is everything when it comes to glass. Opt for high-quality, heat-tolerant, scientific glass whenever possible. (It’s the same stuff they make beakers and bakeware out of.) Besides “scientific,” other buzzwords to look for are “lab-quality” glass or “borosilicate” glass.

Cost of a Bong

Fortunately, there are bongs for every budget, from less than $15 to hundreds of dollars for a hand-made blown glass bong that is worthy of fine art. Bongs that are art-worthy are more collector’s items than devices you would use for everyday smoking, so don’t worry that you’ll have to put out two or three hundred dollars for a decent bong.

There are two major factors that contribute to the price of any given bong: the type of material it is made of and the complexity of its design. Generally speaking, price correlates with quality. However, this isn’t necessarily always true. A highly stylized glass bong might have a high price tag, but if it’s made of cheap glass it may not last very long without breaking or perform optimally, or, you might find two glass bongs that are relatively plain and similar in design, but one costs more than the other because it’s made from higher-quality glass.

In short, it’s possible to get a reliable, durable, high-performance bong for a decent price, as long as you’re not picky about design and you look for a quality material. On average, you should expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $25 for an average plastic/acrylic bong and between $50 and $200 for a good bong made of ceramic, wood, metal or glass.

Top Ten Bong Recommendations

Looking for some suggestions? Whether it’s your first bong or you’ve been a toker for years, this list is designed to give you an idea of some of the better bongs out there and may help you make your choice:

1

Little Sista 3.2mm White & Red

Little Sista bong

Designed and manufactured by German glassmaker RooR, the Little Sista is classic in its looks and precision in its workmanship. Like many of RooR’s smoking devices, the beaker-style Little Sista is made by hand. It’s profile may be understated, but make no mistake: a whole lot of attention was given to the details of its design. With its thick, scientific glass and bistable joints (containing 40 percent more glass), this water bong can withstand more roughhousing than the average glass bong. This no-diffuser, no carb beaker with sliding funnel bowl delivers a powerful hit that’s not for the timid smoker. By the way, it comes with a 3-point glass screen that’s every bit as quality-made as the bong itself. Because every piece is handmade, each one may vary slightly in size and shape.

GREAT FOR

Experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored thick, scientific glass.

Height: 35 cm / 13.8 inches.

Non-diffuser down tube.

No carburetor.

No ice notches.

Glass funnel bowl and rollstopper.

Available in 14.5mm or 18.8mm joint size.

Super-strong bistable joints.

Hand made.

Includes free glass screen.

OVERALL RATING

2

Black Leaf Ice Bong with HoneyComb Disc & 22-Arm Tree Percolator

Black Leaf Ice Bong with HoneyComb Disc

Elegant simplicity defines this tube-style bong, which is outfitted with a honeycomb disc diffuser, 14-arm percolator and ice notches for ultra-cooling. This gives this model super diffusion and percolation capabilities, ultimately producing an uber-smooth, cool and clean hit with mellow flavor and a zippy finish. Made from unusually-thick glass and with its reinforced downstem, this bong is tough under pressure and can take the heat. Decorative beads at the mouthpiece add depth and character to this unpretentious bong.

GREAT FOR

Regular smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear, high-quality borosilicate glass.

Extra-thick glass (5mm).

Height: 60 cm / 23.6 inches.

18mm female joint.

Honeycomb disc perc.

14 arm perc.

Ice notches.

Built in downstem.

No carburetor.

OVERALL RATING

3

Beaker Base Bong - Clear Basic -
5.0mm - Ice Notches

Beaker Base Bong - Clear Basic

This “basic” beaker may not be flashy, but it’s worth every penny of its $149 price tag (prices may change or vary). Forget mass-produced: the glass artists at Mountain Jam Glass make every single one of these by hand out of scientific-grade borosilicate glass. At 5mm thick, this bong is as durable as they come and will stand up over time to heat and can even handle a certain degree of jostling without breaking. Ice notches let you conveniently add ice cubes so your smoke goes down nice and cool. This is an ideal bong for frequent use and should last for years with attentive care.

GREAT FOR

Beginners to experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of high-quality borosilicate glass.

Hand blown.

Height: 36 cm / 14 inch.

Beaker-style.

5-hole diffuser downtube.

Firs 18.8mm > 14.5mm joints.

Ice notches.

No carburetor.

OVERALL RATING

4

Grace Glass Beaker Vapor Ice Bong with Spiral Perc Complete Set

Grace Glass Beaker Vapor Ice Bong

This kit may fall into the “high” price category, but with everything that you get for the price, it’s packed with value. The bong and all of its accessories are made of borosilicate glass, and the bong itself has extra-thick walls, so you can count on it to be durable. The blue glass spiral percolator looks cool inside of its clear glass tube. This versatile kit breaks all the barriers because, with a simple change of pieces, you can smoke herbs, oils and waxes all with this one device. There’s a carb hole for those who want it, and a carb hole stopper for smokers who don’t. There isn’t much about this kit not to like; it has something for everyone.

GREAT FOR

Serious smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Complete kit in lockable leather case. Includes glass bong, flower bowl, vapor dome, glass female-to-male adapter, carb hole stopper and detachable slitted diffuser.

Made of scientific quality thick clear and blue borosilicate glass.

Straight mouthpiece.

Ice notches.

Height: 35 cm / 13.8 inch.

18mm joint.

Carburetor.

For use with dry herb, oils or concentrates.

OVERALL RATING

5

Black Leaf - Glass Bong
with Double Drum Perc

Black Leaf - Glass Bong with Double Drum Perc

The Glass Bong with Double Drum Perc is representative of the quality workmanship that smokers have come to expect and appreciate from the artists at Black Leaf Glass. It has not one, but two drum percs inside of separate, stacked chambers. Double percs = double filtering and double cooling, resulting in smoke that goes down almost fluidly. This bong is constructed with heavy-duty borosilicate glass and thicker-than-average walls so you can count on your monetary investment going a long way.

GREAT FOR

Regular to experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear and black extra thick borosilicate glass.

Double drum percolators.

Built in downstem.

Flared mouthpiece with black glass rim.

Splash guard dome.

14.5mm male joint.

Outfitted with an integrated screen.Wide base, black glass.

Height: 30 cm / 11.8 inches.

OVERALL RATING

6

Black Leaf - HoneyComb Perc
Stemless Glass Bong With UFO Perc

Black Leaf - HoneyComb Perc Stemless Glass Bong With UFO Perc

Here is a seemingly “basic” tube-style bong that steps up its game, accessorizing itself with parts usually reserved for fancier bongs. With two honeycomb percs and a UFO perc, your smoke gets triple-filtered and you get a hit that will blast your head into outer space. You get this, plus a splash guard and ice notches all from a low-profile bong. Not only that, but with lab-quality glass and thick walls, you won’t have to worry about your bong breaking or cracking within a few months. It is ideal for everyday use and, although a bit pricey, you get excellent value per dollar spent.

GREAT FOR

Regular to experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of scientific quality, extra-thick, clear borosilicate glass.

Double honeycomb perc and UFO perc.

Ice notches.

Splash guard.

No carburetor.

Height: 50 cm / 19.7 inches.

18mm joint.

OVERALL RATING

7

Blaze Glass - Beaker Base 5-arm Tree Percolator Ice Bong

Blaze Glass - Beaker Base 5-arm Tree Percolator Ice Bong

If there is one word that could be singularly applied to this bong, it would be “options.” For starters, this basic beaker-style bong has a carburetor hole, but also comes with a carb-stopper, so you can either slide the bowl or use the hole for fresh air. The downstem, which is designed with inside-cut slits, also doubles as an adapter and can be attached to any 14.5mm bowl with the 18.8mm joint. Use this bong with water alone, or drop ice cubes onto the notches for an even cooler toke. The bowl on this piece has been constructed with roll-stopping marbles, just in case it tries to get away from you when placed on a flat surface.

GREAT FOR

Regular to experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear thick borosilicate (“Pyrex”) glass.

Height: 48 cm / 18.9 inch.

Joint Size: 18.8 mm / 14.5 mm.

5-arm tree perc.

Carb hole plus free carb stopper.

Ice notches.

Inside-cut slitted diffuser/adapter downstem, bowl, and Keck clip.

OVERALL RATING

8

18" Skull Pattern Water Pipe

18" Skull Pattern Water Pipe

Undoubtedly, the first thing people will notice about this bong is the intricate and complex skull design that covers the entire cylinder of this tube-style bong. However, it’s not until you’re up close that you truly appreciate just how detailed the artwork and how skilled its artist really are. However, this is more than just a pretty smoking device. This bong offers solid durability and performance, too, with its super-thick borosilicate glass and removable diffused downstem. This no-fuss bong makes an excellent device for everyday use.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear, extra-thick borosilicate glass.

Skull artwork on tube.

Wide, flared base.

Lo-Pro diffused removable downstem.

14mm female joint.

Ice notches.

Height: 18 inches.

OVERALL RATING

9

Weed Star Old School Color-Line Ice Bong with Triple HoneyComb Disc Perc

Weed Star Old School Color-Line Ice Bong with Triple HoneyComb Disc Perc

It may be basic in shape, but its looks belie the complex workings inside the Weed Star Old School Color-Line Ice Bong with Triple HoneyComb Disc Perc. After you place your herb in the slide bowl, the smoke travels through the double disc inline downstem for initial diffusion. When it reaches the water chamber, it gets pulled up through a series of three colorful glass honeycomb discs for even more diffusion. If you add ice, your super-diffused smoke travels through it, thoroughly cooling it just before you inhale. For a device that is relatively simple, you get incredible performance, all for a very reasonable price.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

Mid-range to high.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored borosilicate glass.

Triple honeycomb perc.

Ice notches.

18mm female joint.

Clear glass slide bowl.

Round base.

Inline double disc diffuser.

Height: 56cm / 22 inches.

OVERALL RATING

10

16" Beaker Bong with Removable Downstem

16" Beaker Bong with Removable Downstem

This beaker-style bong is an ideal size: not too big, not too small. We wouldn’t recommend throwing it around, but you can get a little rough with this bong without breaking it, since it’s made of extra-thick scientific-grade glass. The showerhead perc diffuses and cools your smoke to perfection. If you like it even cooler, convenient ice notches hold your cubes in place for a final cooling of your smoke before you inhale. This bong has a removable downstem, which it makes it really easy to clean, something we think makes this bong a winning pick.

GREAT FOR

All users.

PRICE RANGE

High.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored scientific glass.

Reinforced joints.

14mm female joint.

Funnel bowl.

Removable downstem with showerhead perc.

Ice notches.

Wide base.

Height: 16 inches.

OVERALL RATING

Top 10 Cheap Bongs

Think you’re too broke to smoke? Then you’ll want to check out this list of ten of our favorite cheap water bongs:

1

Black Leaf ELITE Beaker
Base 6-Arm Perc Ice Bong

Black Leaf ELITE Beaker Base 6-Arm Perc Ice Bong

It may be a simple beaker style bong, but its performance is anything but. For less than one hundred dollars, you get a bong with a six-arm slitted tree percolator that facilitates thorough diffusion of smoke before it makes its way to the mouthpiece and slides neatly and coolly into your lungs. If you like your smoke super-chill, drop ice into the tube. This bong is made of lab-grade borosilicate glass that’s as thick as they come, a great deal for such an inexpensive water bong.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of high quality, thick, clear borosilicate glass.

Height: 38 cm / 14.9 inch.

Inside-cut 18.8mm > 14.5mm slitted diffuser downstem.

Wide base.

6-arm slitted tree percolator.Funnel bowl with roll stopper.Ice notches.

No carburetor.

OVERALL RATING

2

Black Leaf ELITE Cylinder 6-arm Perc Ice Bong

Black Leaf ELITE Cylinder 6-arm Perc Ice Bong

This particular bong is just like the previous one, except without the beaker bottom. She may be the plainer sister, but she performs just as well with her six-arm tree percolator, and she costs a little less too. Even though she’s cheaper, she’s still made from thick, lab-quality borosilicate glass. In terms of bang for your buck, you can’t go wrong.It makes an excellent starter bong and is perfect for everyday use.

GREAT FOR

Beginners to experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of high quality, thick, clear borosilicate glass.

Height: 39 cm / 15.3 inches.

Inside-cut 18.8mm > 14.5mm slitted diffuser downstem.

6-arm slitted tree percolator.

Funnel bowl with roll stopper.

Ice notches.

No carburetor.

OVERALL RATING

3

Triple Honeycomb Perc Stemless Water Pipe

Triple Honeycomb Perc Stemless Water Pipe

At 10 inches tall, the Triple Honeycomb Perc Stemless Water Pipe falls somewhere between a regular and a mini bong, making it ideal for both everyday use and for travel. For a small and relatively basic tube-style bong, this device gives you extra bang for your buck, due in large part to its three honeycomb disc percolators that triple diffuse your smoke. While the bong itself is clear glass, the perc discs are colored (choose from blue, black or green), giving it extra aesthetic appeal. What REALLY makes this water pipe economical is that you can smoke not just herb, but also oils, waxes or concentrates if you purchase the dome AND the bowl and nail. It’s hard to find this kind of versatility for such a low price!

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored scientific glass.

Triple honeycomb percs.

Wide base.

Choose from dome, bowl and nail, or both.

14mm female joint.

Height: 10 inches.

OVERALL RATING

4

Black Leaf 4-arm Perc Bong with Ash Catcher

Black Leaf 4-arm Perc Bong with Ash Catcher

This two-tone beauty with its voluptuous curves proves that you don’t have to sacrifice looks when you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a bong. The Black Leaf 4-arm Perc Bong with Ash Catcher features a cobalt-blue glass beaker-style base, hourglass ash catcher and mouthpiece that really stands out against the clear tube. The 4-arm tree percolator inside the tube looks just as eye-catching, but also performs exceptionally to diffuse and cool your smoke. If you like things REALLY cool, drop in some ice for your smoke’s final passage before it hits your lips with its silky sweetness. Overall, the value that this bong delivers for your investment is well worth it.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored, quality borosilicate glass.

Slitted 4-arm tree percolator.

Ice notches.

No carburetor.

Inside-cut 18.8mm > 14.5mm diffuser downstem.

Ash catcher.

Height: 30 cm / 11.8 inch.

OVERALL RATING

5

Bent Neck Double
Honeycomb Perc Water Pipe

Bent Neck Double Honeycomb Perc Water Pipe

For those who like to smoke more than just herb, the Bent Neck Double Honeycomb Perc Water Pipe satisfies all of your cravings. Simply opt to purchase both the bowl and the dome/nail and interchange them whenever the mood strikes. The extra-wide base on this tube-style bong gives it excellent stability when resting on a flat surface so it won’t tip over easily. Your smoke gets doubly-filtered after moving through the water chamber, thanks to the two honeycomb discs inside the tube. The percolators come in your choice of clear (like the rest of the bong) or (if you prefer contrast) green, blue or black. The bent neck on this device makes it extra-comfortable to use.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear and colored scientific glass.

18mm female joint.

Choose bowl, dome and nail, or both.

Height: 14 inches.

Dual honeycomb percolators.

Bent neck.

90 degree fixed downstem.

OVERALL RATING

6

10” Twist Water Pipe

10” Twist Water Pipe

We were drawn to this water pipe for a few different reasons. First, it has a low profile, but is not plain or boring by any means. The tube “twists” like a cyclone in the center. Not only does this give it aesthetic appeal, it also helps to diffuse the smoke inside. At 10 inches high, it’s not quite a mini bong, but is smaller than a “regular” size bong, so users get the best of both worlds, so to speak. Finally, since it’s made of scientific glass, it’s small but mighty. For a pipe that’s just $54.99 (when purchased from Dankstop.com. Prices may change.) you get incredible value and a bong that will last for awhile.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear scientific glass.

Height: 10 inches.

Flared base.

Comes with slide.

Deep bowl.

Fixed downstem.

Flared mouthpiece.

Rubber grommet.

Each pipe comes with randomly-selected decal on the side.

OVERALL RATING

7

Amsterdam Straight Cylinder Glass Bong

Amsterdam Straight Cylinder Glass Bong

This unique bong is a real head-turner. Made of clear borosilicate glass with red base and red trim around the mouthpiece, it stands over two and a half feet tall and is anything but shy in a crowd. Adorned with an Amsterdam decal, it gives a nod to the smoking capital. The two-piece system is designed with a chillum and funnel bowl and a carb hole.The hit that you get from this bong is big and bold, just like its design.

GREAT FOR

Experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear borosilicate glass.

Red trim.

Features Amsterdam Coat of Arms decal.

Height: Height: 74 cm / 29 inches.

Tube-style with round base.

Glass on glass joint.

18.8mm chillum with funnel bowl.

Carburetor.

14.5 cm downstem.

OVERALL RATING

8

Black Leaf - Glass Bong with Double HoneyComb Disc Perc

Black Leaf - Glass Bong with Double HoneyComb Disc Perc

The variety and the sheer number of features that you get with this bong for less than 100 dollars is why we had to add it to this list. It’s a stemless design with a sliding bowl and handle, a rare characteristic. The handle gives you something to hang onto when the rest of the glass is too hot. The integrated screen provides convenient filtering, and the two honeycomb discs really break up your smoke so you get a smooth, clean hit. Plus, the discs are made of blue glass and give depth and visual interest to the clear glass tube.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear, thick borosilicate glass.

Blue glass trim and handle.

Height: 32 cm / 12.6 inches.

18.8mm joint.

Stemless.

Integrated screen.

Round base.

Dual honeycomb disc perc.

OVERALL RATING

9

Black Leaf - Glass Bong
with Double Turbine Disc Perc

Black Leaf - Glass Bong with Double Turbine Disc Perc

Sound familiar? That’s because this bong is the turbine-cousin of the previous bong (Black Leaf - Glass Bong with Double HoneyComb Disc Perc). The basic shape and design of this bong is the same, but instead of honeycomb discs, it is outfitted with two turbine percs. Each disc has five turbine blades. When smoke passes through the turbines it undergoes massive diffusion and also creates a miniature tornado that is mesmerizing. Although this bong is similar to the previous one, the turbine percs give you an entirely different experience that you have to see and taste for yourself.

GREAT FOR

All smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Blue glass trim and handle.

Height: 32 cm / 12.6 inches.

18.8mm joint.

Stemless.

Integrated screen.

Round base.

Dual turbine disc perc.

OVERALL RATING

10

Mini Tornado Cyclone Water Pipe

Mini Tornado Cyclone Bong

If you like the idea of a tornado inside your bong, the Mini Tornado Cyclone Water Pipe is another excellent choice. The turbine percolator will spin your smoke and probably your head too. The spinning action is more than a junior high science trick. The spinning action super-diffuses the smoke, cooling and mellowing it before it hits you with its silky smooth flavor. The rounded water chamber and extra-wide base not only make this water bong look unique, it also provides tremendous stability when you rest your bong on a flat surface. One extra advantage that this device has over a typical bong is that you can swap out the bowl for a dome and nail and use it to smoke oils, concentrates and waxes instead of dry herb, should the mood strike you.

GREAT FOR

Experienced smokers.

PRICE RANGE

Economy.

SPECS

Made of clear scientific glass.

Height: 9 inches.

Choose bowl, dome and nail or both.

Turbine disc perc.

14mm female joint.

Flared mouthpiece.

Extra wide 4 inch base.

OVERALL RATING

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