Whether you’re looking for your first or replacing an old one, buying a bong can be a little overwhelming in the sea of options available today.
Not all bongs are created equal. You want to find one that’s affordable, but you also want one that will last and reflect your personal sense of style.
If you’re not sure what to look for in a bong, keep reading for our bong buying guide with our top five tips!
1. What’s Your Budget?
Bongs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Most bongs are priced between $60 and $150. The best bongs will generally be those priced over the $100 mark, with some upwards of $500.
Decide on your price point first so you can narrow search results to those within your budget. This will help narrow the playing field as you consider the rest of your criteria.
2. Size Does Matter
Where do you plan to use your bong? Are you looking for one of the tabletop showstoppers that are two feet tall, or do you need a bong that can travel with you?
For normal use, a bong that is between eight and twelve inches is your best bet. You’ll be able to get a nice, long hit but won’t have to worry about packing an extra suitcase just for your bong should you need to travel.
3. Wet or Dry?
Do you prefer to smoke dry herbs or are you more of a concentrate person? Herbs require a bowl, while concentrates, also known as dabbing, need a nail, a kind of stem with a 90-degree angle.
If you’re not sure, or you want to be able to do both, make sure to get a glass bong that can be adapted with an attachment. That way you have options to branch out without buying another new piece.
4. Percolation Thoughts
Do you want a bong that will percolate? The combustion created by burning dry herbs isn’t ideal for your health. A diffuser helps filter out toxins and deliver a cleaner smoking experience.
Some bongs have built-in diffusers. You can also buy a diffuser as an accessory, but if you’re in the market for a new bong anyway, consider buying one that has either a honeycomb or tree percolator.
5. Your Personal Style
Bongs can be made from a variety of materials. Acrylic and plastic pipes are cheaper and travel well, but they aren’t super stylish and typically can’t be modified in any way.
Ceramic bongs are less expensive than glass and more stylish than plastic, but they are harder to clean, which causes their lifespan to be shorter than their glass counterparts.
Bamboo and silicone bongs are sturdy and last for a long time, and they hold up to travel well.
Glass bongs are the gold standard. They have many modifications and add-ons available, are durable, and come in a variety of styles and colors.
Buying a Bong, Simplified
Buying a bong doesn’t have to be an overwhelming choice. It’s a simple matter of knowing your needs, how it will be used, and what you want to spend.
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