Without even thinking about pipes, chillums, steam rollers, vaporizers, or any other devices used for smoking, shopping for bongs can be overwhelming. There are so many varieties to choose from including glass and acrylic.
Glass is classic, of course, and it’s a material that is hard to go wrong with. Plastic bongs cost the least, and are still effective. While you can find alternative materials such as ceramic and bamboo bongs, buying a bong is a simple matter of your own personal preference. Gaining all the knowledge of the existing options can take years of experience and exposure. My goal here is to help you in a way where you can have a better grasp or a better idea of what type, and there are many, of bong that you are looking for. That special piece that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling before you even spark up your favorite strain.
The first question you should ask yourself is what will this bong be used for? Are you going to be smoking concentrates or herb? We all know the obvious answer, but more specifically: what will be the bong’s environment? Are you going to use it once a week or three times a day? Are you going to use it as a personal piece or pass it around when people are around hanging out? Are you going to take it with you on road trips? Are technicalities important to you? How often (be honest with your lazy selves) are you going to clean it? All of these factors should contribute to your decision making process when it comes time for you to choose the best bong for smoking weed. Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth bong, there are a lot to choose from on the market. It is best to be informed./
If this is your first bong, be mindful of your lung capacity. If you buy a bong with too many percs or one that is too tall for you to clear nicely, you won’t be satisfied. If you never fill the chamber in your bong with smoke, you’re not maximizing the potential of your piece. On the other hand, if you fill the chamber but are unable to clear it in one hit, you are left with less-than-fresh smoke, which can make for a stale tasting second hit.
The measurements of the chamber and mouthpiece also impact how the bong smokes. Bongs that change diameter along the length of the chamber are difficult to clean, especially if the bong narrows towards the top. Too wide of a mouthpiece or chamber will also inhibit control of your hit, so make sure before buying that you are comfortable with your bong. It’s been said over and over that “bigger isn’t always better,” and that remains true in the world of bongs.
RooR can be classified as one of the best bong companies on the market. With a large fan base that includes celebrities like System of a Down, Howard Marks, and B-Real among others, bongs from these guys ensure a premium toking experience. The materials and workmanship combined with decades of experience with glass and the arts, the artisan Martin Birzle became the master of his craft. This brand has won the High-Times-Cup four times, which they view as a way in staying motivated to remain true to their roots. They promise a first class smoking experience with every piece and exchange mass production, for customized excellence tailored to each individual smoker and your needs.
“No Frills No Problems: High-tech for the high life.” UPC glass pretty much sums what it takes to be a great bong brand up in that statement right there. Minimalist. They are easy and work great. The company has been on scene for over a decade now. Created in California, every piece ships from their US based warehouse in Georgia. If you simply want to smoke with no fuss, no headaches, no attachments, no problems, and you want your smoke to be heavy, crisp, tasty and high-quality, then be sure to have at least one UPC piece in your collection. They take pride in their work and provide a very reasonable price point encouraging everyone to get smoking.
GRAV is well on the way of being a reputable household name on the glass bong market. They are a dedicated family who aim at perfecting the craft of the best pieces that are personalized for each and every type of smoker.
No matter who you are, how much you earn, where you’re from, or what you do, the team at GRAV has worked tirelessly to build great relationships with other like minded folks across the globe to deliver a superior and affordable piece for every single one of us. Forging their way and creating a large fan base in their wake, when you smoke your herb out of a GRAV bong it is easy to see why.
Illadelph Glass is a US made product line built in Philadelphia, PA. Giving us one of the most reliable and functional glass bongs that are readily available, Illadelph lays heavy emphasis on high end line of pieces that have aesthetics and the latest technologies in mind. With a perfect harmony of artistic imagination and the refined skill of scientific glassblowing, these guys consistently set the bar higher in the realm of functional glass bongs.
If you are looking for creative or functional, look to Illadelph to provide a high-quality piece. Some of the technical mechanisms they have brought to the bong table are heat want with hot-hit bowl designs made specifically for the explosion in concentrates consumption we have seen lately.
Purr prides itself on being a brand for the people. Making pieces that are affordable and high end. A piece that has the quality of a $600 piece and delivering it for a fraction of the cost. Why? Because we deserve it.
High-quality and handcrafted in America are some of the things that make Purr one of the best bong makes on the market. They are setting industry standards and are paving the way for bongs to be functional, high-quality, and affordable. Their goal is to evolve and honor their mission of being the brand that is built for us.
There are many options, each with details that have been scrutinized to an intense level. Never willing to compromise, choosing to always provide a bong that has long lasting, pure value to whomever chooses to use it.
HTGW is a company based in California and, as its name proclaims, they are very innovative when it comes to their product line.
Bringing top of the line tech and infusing it with the latest trends, these guys make great pieces and are being discussed more frequently in the bong scene. Weather its an artistic heady piece, or a minimalistic piece based on functionality alone, HTGW has something.
They are bridging that gap between high tech and artistic glass and modernizing it. Making quality pieces available right away that would normally take a single artist a long time to make.
The designs that Empire uses have been influenced by the people like us who buy their bongs. With skilled team of glassblowers, a process called lampworking, and a kiln heated at over one thousand degrees Fahrenheit, Empires pieces are true works of art that are insanely beautiful, and enhance your high because of their unique characteristics.
The glass they use nothing short of the best and their coloring is a custom process. Yes, these pieces are not cost effective, but it costs to be beautiful. When you mix the soothing sensation of the terpenes combined with the euphoric visual these pieces have, you’re left with one of the best pieces for sale today.
This family owned and operated business is nestled in lovely Northern California. They have developed their tight-tolerance technical blowing skills over the last forty years and they bring a more scientific approach to the world of vaping and smoking.
Their goal is to reduce the health risks that is associated with smoke inhalation.
Their percolator is unique and is designed to max-out moisture and cooling conditions to ensure your toke or vape is delivered to you crisply and cleanly. HiSi brand has proven to be a big player when it comes to high-quality durability and draw abilities. Smooth inhalations are guaranteed every time
Grog Glass’ Greg LeFevre is a true artist. Not only does he handcraft insanely gougers glass pieces, he makes pendants, dabbers and jewelry as well. Through his work it would seem fair to say he has a pretty colorful perspective of life.
His insight into beautiful heady glass pieces combined with heady color saturation and flower designs make his pieces exceptional. Anyone who has one is a very proud owner.
You will always find flowers in the aesthetic design of these bongs. The glass sculptures that have been worked on top of the glass are beautiful, and when you stop to think of the time it took to make something so precious, it makes you proud.
This awesome bong makes it the best for a few reasons. For one, the price-point is on the mark. Coming in at under $50 and in a variety of colours, a lot of people have nice things to say about this functional bong. Secondly, you can take it with you for social sessions. Last but certainly not least, you will find a nicer hit and a more flavorful smoke. This bong is only eight inches tall and suits any collection.
Hand blown in Placentia California, this a beautiful bong that is a working piece of artwork and it ain’t cheap! The glass is pulled by hand-spun colors that have glowing phrases that react under UV black light. This is one of the best bongs when you want a functional conversation piece for your collection.
The percolator sits low and provides the perfect give and exceptional filtration. Any time smoke has a chance to cool and mix with air, you get an all around more comfortable experience, and Bioluminescent Wonderland delivers just that. The bong is durable, so if you’re feeling creative you can customize your piece with their additional drop downs and ash catchers.
I have used a lot of bongs in my life and this bong truly has the best toke compared to bongs both large and small, expensive and cost-effective. Compared to bongs similar on the market, this one has the best price tag. Coming it at under $140 it’s worth taking a look at. With a standard 18.8 mm joint and standing at a staggering 16 inches, The Gauntlet is everything you could want and need in a bong for an extremely exceptional price.
A feel good deal indeed. You get the best of everything you could ask for-all the goodies. When it comes to scientific glass, there are a few standard features like the different style of peculators that a typical bong has, this bong has combined a stereo perk at the base, a honeycomb perk in the middle, and a dome perk-style splashguard completed with an ice pinch to top it all off. Your hit is smooth without the use of ice, although the mouthpiece is wide enough to fill. This will easily become your go to piece.
This bong is handmade in Austin Texas by Grav Labs, who have a great reputation on for making solid, bottom-heavy pieces that will certainly be the talk of your fellow smokers. They won’t be talking for all the normal reasons like art, price point, or attachments, but because of how great the quality of the piece is and for the cost. For just over $100 this bong is great for people who have two left feet, or have clumsy friends around.
This is a simple bong and it gets the job done every single day. If for some unfortunate reason you have to go without it, you will find yourself having a hard time. It has a great feel to it. Not too heavy and not too light. If you enjoy tasting the terpenes in your herb much like I do, this bong brings out flavors with ease. Weather it’s berry, citrus or earth, so long as you aren’t over filling the bottom of your bong, your hits will be enhanced and smooth as ice-even without it.
For $200, which is a lot less than a typical piece from High Tech Glassworks you can be the proud owner of this little gem! The Perk-a-Cola original known for it’s ability to aide you in any zombie fighting you may engage in, but it was not cheap to buy. So these awesome guys from Los Angeles California made a great decision and made this guy. Standing at only 11 inches tall, this little guy packs a big punch. It comes complete with a custom HTGW bowl as well. This bong is the best and it has an intricate little diffused downstem and work like a larger bong in a more compact size.
This bong is made by Sesh Supply, a prominent and reputable bong brand on the market. Standing a mere eight and half inches tall, Orpheus the bong is still very mighty. According to Greek mythology Orpheus could charm anyone and any living being with his music, this bong is just as enthralling and easy to enjoy as you lay back and ponder the world and all it’s beauty.
The propeller style perc gives this bong a human feeling, a force, much like the real Orpheus had when he dove into the underworld in hopes of saving his wife.
The crooked neck is that way on purpose. No matter how hard you haul, water will never splash up at you. The joint is 14.5mm female and is 90 degrees, which ensures your flower or concentrates will stay put. If you want more than a bong, but a piece that has a bit of life to it, then the Orpheus or anything by Sesh Supply for that matter may be your perfect choice.
This bong is made from BoroTech and comes with their glass decal. This bong comes complete with a 14.5mm male joint and flower bowl included. It is simple style meets classic beaker meets typical perc. If being laid back, getting the job done with little thought or fuss, and smoking to enhance your life, then this might be your pick.
It is just under $60 to purchase and from what I have read ships quite fast. The percolator is a standard shower head but it filters and cools your smoke for a great toke every time. The neck is bent to prevent splash back, even if you are laying back lounging on your course. This affordable piece deserves a place on any bong lovers shelf.
Much like your favorite choice of smoke, this playful prehistoric piece of glass will plaster a smile on your face. It boasts a diffused downstem, thick scientific glass and a bent neck to prevent water splashing back. Although quite petite in stature, this guy has a dino-sized mouthpiece in the shape of the head of a dinosaur which allows the smoke to come to you.
He comes in different colours and has a standard 14.5mm female shiny joint in the rear. It’s a great steal of a deal, and much like the dinosaur this bong is based on, they will be extinct when their stock runs out.
There is an endless amount of adverbs and adjectives I can use to describe this bong by UPC.
Smooth, sturdy, gorgeous, strong, classic, are just a few that come to mind. Not many of us can afford an Empire Glass price point, so if you want a functional piece of art in your bong then the Classically Worked by UPC is your piece. It is designed and made in Toluca Lake California, and at its price there is no reason to add it to your collection.
Standing at one foot in height, this is a thick and sturdy behemoth that delivers a tender and clean hit each and every time. The percolation is exquisite, which means the filtration is wonderful, which means your session is outstanding. As UPC is known for using different sizing for their downstems, it is best that you know the correct sizing of your downstem or it may not fit your bong properly. There have a lot of knowledge and information so finding the right gear should be a breeze.
This mighty midget has a classic stereo matrix percolator with a female joint and a glass slide. What a steal of a price coming in at under $70, this is the go-to everyday bong of choice. A very simplistic design, yet the bong tokes like most of the heavy-hitting, more costly competitors on the market.
This bong is built to last, and as it name implies, will encourage you to smoke out of it daily. While you may have a special artsy bong for special occasions, or an 18 inch bong for socializing, the daily driver is made with your constant toking in mind. The base is wide and sturdy, and the bong is made of thick glass. Because of the bent neck, there is no water splashback and any herb you smoke will have a crisp and deep flavor. You can pull as hard as you want, which is hard because this bong chugs like a beast, and you will never get water in your mouth.
The answer to that question truly lies within yourself. So I highly suggest grabbing your favorite bong, a big bag of your favorite strain, and pondering on it. You may be there for a while. Just like we don’t really know why we smoke pot, who makes the best bong in the world is just one of those questions left unanswered, or it has too many answers to list. Pick one.
One thing is for sure the companies that are dominating the market do make the best bongs for weed or for concentrates. These days you can get a high quality piece that would once cost you over $500 for less than $100. Once you get bitten by the bong bug, I wouldn’t be shocked to find out you are the proud owner of more than one of the bonds listed above.
Now that you are more aware of your bong-buying options, the second question you should ask yourself is how much money you are willing to spend. Bongs can quickly get expensive, but if you know what attributes you are looking for, then finding the perfect one within your price range is much easier. Thirdly, decide where you plan on buying your bong.
Is there a hemp-fest coming up next month? Are you planning on checking out a bunch of head shops after you get paid this Friday? Or are you able to head to your local smoke shop this afternoon? Once that’s taken care of, the only thing left to decide is who’s loading the first bowl!
This doesn’t mean that if you find something else not on the list it isn’t a good bong. Au contraire my friend you found yourself the top bong for you, and that is what’s most important. Finding something you love and want to smoke from, that sense of happiness and pride when you take a hit from your piece. Cypress Hill says it best: Pick it, pack it, fire it up, come along.
And take a hit from the bong!
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