If you are familiar with cannabis, you probably know your way around a bong – you may even have a few in your collection. Bongs are a party piece, aesthetically pleasing and a smooth rolling, fun way to smoke your favorite herbs. However, do not get it twisted – smoking anything through a bong does not make it safer; it is designed to make it smoother.
According to the CDC, “Smoke from marijuana contains many of the same toxins, irritants, and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.” And although the best bong filtration removes some toxins, it is still smoke that you are inhaling, and smoke is terrible for your lungs.
|Top Rated||Medical Glass Beaker Ice Bong with Showerhead Perc|
|Editor’s Choice||Mermaid Water Pipe|
|Budget Pick||Ooze Glyco Glycerin Chilled Glass Bong|
5 Best Bongs for 2021
Now for the goodies. These five best bongs range from affordable to maybe a little pricey, but not thousands of dollars pricey. They each have a uniqueness about them that makes them shine through the other gazillion on the market. From sleek to mystical, there is a nice piece worth checking out below.
When we say uniqueness, this is the standard – no two are the same. Each one is hand blown for you for delivery. Medical is made in the USA at the Medicali “modern flame factory” in Southern California. Each piece is made by artists with a true passion for the glass blowing art.
This is what’s in your “almost fine art” water pipe:
- Lab-grade borosilicate glass
- Beaker base design
- Ice notches
- Pull carb
- Rimmed mouthpiece
- Showerhead percolator
- 14.5 clear hourglass bowl with roll stopper
- 18.8mm > 14.5mm slitted diffuser downstem
It has a double chamber and a fire smoothed out joint for a nice smooth pull. Also, Medical always scones with a hologram decal to prove authenticity. This is on the beaker base, and the tube has various script or block scripts as well for validation.
Best Bongs for Your Smoke Collection
The Mermaid Water Pipe is a gorgeous piece with a unique design. This bong is a true work of art and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Mystical, majestic, a true piece of art; this pipe is so beautiful and isn’t just a flashy piece. The Mermaid Water Pipe by My Bud Vase is a highlight to its already interesting pieces. It calls to the smoker, drawing them in, a siren. The dripped crackle glazed finish over the ceramic base is a sweet touch and gives a really cool look. But this is more than a pretty piece of glass.
The features include:
- Glass Bubble Bowl
- 45 Degree Joint for easy mouth contact
- Grommet Joint
- Matching Dry Herb Bowl
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Discrete packing
- Stellar product support
It also comes with some accessories to enhance the aesthetic. It has a hemp wick that connects an African cowrie shell. The poker is made from coral and has a decorative flower, too. It is a simple piece with a beautiful design and goes great in any smoker’s collection, making it one of the best bongs on our list.
Ooze always makes fun, well-made pieces. This Ooze Chilled glass bong comes in many different colors. They have to be one of the most versatile and best bong makers on the market. They are affordable and have a slew of other designs too, but we like the classic fun look of this one – and so do buyers. What makes this one really stand out is the liquid glycerine that freezes and helps make the whole smoke experience that much better – less harsh on your throat, as they put it.
Some other features it has include:
- 6.5″ high strong borosilicate glass
- 14mm glycerin-filled, screened glass bowl
- Downstem Glass percolator
- Can add a 14 mm banger
They do have some pro tips I feel I should share. Due to the bong’s makeup, they suggest not adding water pre-freeze, which should be common sense – it will burst any bong. They also share that due to the glycerin inside and how it freezes, torch lighters can damage the bong. Extreme heat on extreme cold is never good. Take your time, Light a hemp wick and let the good times roll. You will never be disappointed with ooze products, and they are affordable.
Best Bongs for Your Smoke Collection
The Snoop Dog Pounds LAX Beaker Bong is a bong that offers smooth hits, an ergonomic design, and is made with glass that is heat resistant.
Snoop, that is all I need to say. If anyone knows how to smoke, I’d say he does and Willy Nelson – two people that I would throw down with any day. Snoop Dog Pounds LAX Beaker is a modern twist on an old beaker design, and we love it. It is ergonomic, the design allows for maximum cooling, and is made of heat resistant glass. This is just the beginning; LAX has many great features that make a smooth smoking experience.
- Upside down beaker base design
- 14.5mm female joint
- Stable round foot
- Slightly tilted mouthpiece
- High-quality borosilicate glass
- Fixed showerhead percolator
- Male 14.5mm herb bowl with handle
- Colored accents on foot, perc, mouthpiece, and bowl
It comes in three colors – purple, white, and black with matching decals on the body. It sits about 11-in high and feels nice in hand. The upside-down beaker design adds a nice swirl to the pull; add that to the filtration, it’s a super cool experience – no crispy hits here.
Ok, so this is not as unique but more classic; it’s an effortless, clean design. It looks classy. The glass is extra thick and hard to break – 9mm, to be exact. What makes the straight down tube such a huge hit – no pun intended– is the smoothness of the hit it offers. You can also fit a fair amount of ice in there.
Some of the other features include:
- Three Pinch Ice Catcher
- Clear scientific glass
- 18mm Female Joint
- Removable Diffused Downstem Perc
- 14mm Male Bowl
- 14mm Male Downstem
You can choose from a 12-, 14-, 18-in tall pipe. I personally love the classic designs, and they are always the go-to when you have a group of people. The simplicity makes the smoke sesh much more inviting, and you don’t have to present a scientific report to get everyone on the same toke.
Bong History: From Bamboo to Silicone
Bongs are water pipes that are used to smoke all sorts of different substances, and they have been around for millenniums. Bongs became popular in the 16th century in China during the Ming Dynasty. They traveled the Silk Road, gaining popularity, being used as a cooler way – literally- to smoke cannabis, opium, hashish, and other magical ancient herbs.
The word bong comes from the Thai word “baung” and translates to the bamboo stem. They most certainly have evolved over those millennia moving from that traditional jungly stem style to plastic, glass, and most recently, silicone. In 2013, Russian construction workers unearthed the tomb of ancient Scythian tribal chiefs buried with 2400-year-old gold bongs — a collection for the Gods.
The best bongs are now used worldwide and can be found in almost all stoner’s homes. There are even water pipe collectors. Glass blowers have especially turned to the bong and glass pipe-making business, making majestic one of a kind piece for those collectors, some even ending up in Museums.
These pieces’ costs can range up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, like some Stoner Fine Art Collection– like some sort of Pipe-casos or Dabber Dali. However, what we got here won’t break the bank. We want to make sure the best bongs for 2021 are obtainable to the public because most of us want a sweet piece we can bubble on and get medicated.
Now that we have finished bong theory let’s step into Bong 101. If you already know this stuff, feel free to jump to the list. Here, we have a short on the basic anatomy of a bong and how to use it. We do not like to assume that all of you are experts because at one point, everyone is a novice, and that is ok!
This is the stable part that holds the water. It is the bottom part of the bong and comes in many different styles and shapes. It is sometimes called the bubbler.
This is the tube part that fills with smoke from the pull. This part sometimes offers ice cavities for an even smoother, chiller smoke. It is connected to the nozzle.
These are typically detachable and where you pack the marijuana or other substance for smoking. When you light what’s inside and suck on the mouthpiece on the neck, you pull the smoke in.
This is your down stem that pulls out so you can inhale the smoke. It can also be a hole in the back of the bong above the water that you can place your thumb over when you are pulling. When you remove your thumb from the hole, it allows the smoke to rise and enter your lungs.
Also known as a down stem, this part pulls the smoke from the bowl into the base. I personally like watching it go in.
When these parts combine, you get a bong and a superior clean filtering cooling system to save your lungs from the heat a straight hit has.
Bongs are always a fun go-to when you want to impress a new smoke buddy or outshine your BFF’s collection, and any of the above would be a great addition. Keeping up with the market is crazy these days with all the 3D printing and silicone parts now available.
The bong game is ridiculous. I enjoyed going through and finding out all the new styles, but as you can see, classics always come out on top – it’s why they are classics. What makes them even more remarkable, they are all affordable, for the most part.