Quality + Durability
You know that good things aren’t cheap, but don’t conflate price with quality. There’s many markers to find quality bongs, and we’ll share them with you. The biggest indicator of quality is 100% the thickness of the water pipe’s glass. This is not the time to be buying something with fine, intricate detail; you want something that can really take a hit (like you) and stand to be knocked over a few times. Try to find bongs that are marked with extra thick glass, or American made glass. These will last you much longer.
Since you’re looking for glass, you also want to find bongs made of borosilicate glass. This is a type of glass that is the absolute best for smoking: it’s high-quality, completely non-toxic, and extra durable (i.e. the perfect thing to smoke from). Snoop Dogg’s POUNDS collection is a fantastic example of excellent, thick glass. Other brands with great, thick glass include GRAV Labs and Nucleus. Worried that these beautiful pipes might break the bank? That’s why we carry a full line of our own Boo Glass: super thick and super affordable. Find Boo Glass in a variety of pipes so that you can afford any style, from water pipes to hand pipes and accessories.
Now, you might have seen some fancier bongs with intricate details, especially those from Empire Glassworks (check out their story, it’s pretty cool). Are these bad pipes? Not at all! We love the high-quality, American-made glass bongs from Empire Glassworks, but they’re much more of a special occasion piece that you need to be extra careful with. With their high price tags and delicate glasswork, you’ll want to make sure you also have something that’s more heavy duty for everyday use.
If you’re somebody who’s constantly on the go or happens to go backpacking frequently, you might even want to try out a silicone water pipe. These silicone pipes are easy to roll up, and all you have to do is carry around a glass nail with you. Add some water and herb and you’re good to go!
Lastly for quality, we want to emphasize that size doesn’t count. While you might have heard of those 6 foot tall bongs, we would love to see somebody actually use and clean those every day. Size doesn’t mean better hits; rather, size is more of a choice depending on your need for portability and length of inhale. You’ll find quality bongs at any size, so it’s up to you to decide what can fit in your apartment or house.