Glass, Silicone, Ceramic, And Acrylic Bongs: What’s The Difference?
Bongs are made from a variety of materials, including glass, acrylic, ceramic, and silicone. In this article, we take a look at the features that make each bong unique, as well as their pros and cons.
If you’re shopping for a bong, arguably the most difficult part of the process is actually choosing which one to purchase. Not only do bongs come in all shapes, colours, and sizes—from small and portable to gigantic bong monsters for your coffee table—they also vary by material and fabrication. What’s the difference between bongs made from glass, silicone, ceramic, and acrylic? And moreover, what are the pros and cons of each? Let’s take a closer look!
Acrylic, also known as plexiglass, is a type of plastic that is often used as an alternative for glass. As acrylic can easily be formed into all kinds of shapes, acrylic bongs can be mass-produced, which makes them the cheapest option. Because of their low price point, they are great if you don’t want to spend a lot, and they also make decent beginner bongs.
Acrylic is a rather durable material that doesn’t break easily, so these bongs can tolerate some wear and tear. That said, they’re not unbreakable. Because they are relatively sturdy and don’t weigh much, they are great bongs to take with you on your travels, and they’re perfect for parties. Even if you should break your acrylic bong, a new one will only cost a few bucks.
So, what’s the disadvantage of acrylic bongs? Easy: They have the worst taste compared to the alternatives. The reason for this is that the plastic material can give off unpleasant odours when heated, which can adversely affect the taste of your weed. Worse, cheaply made acrylic bongs from overseas could possibly contain harmful substances.
ACRYLIC BONG ADVANTAGES
• Sturdy and durable
• Good for travelling
• Available in many different shapes, sizes, and colours
ACRYLIC BONG DISADVANTAGES
• Bad taste compared to bongs made from other materials
• “Cheap” look
• Low-quality acrylic may contain harmful substances
Bongs made from ceramic combine some of the pros and cons of glass and acrylic pieces. You can find them in all sorts of shapes and styles, and the artistry and design behind these pieces makes them something special to behold. For that reason, ceramic bongs are often considered collector’s items. You can certainly find ceramic bongs in the classic shape with a bowl and downstem, though you can also find them in the shape of figurines, sculptures, and pipe-style bubblers. An artsy ceramic bong with a cool or fun shape also makes a great conversation piece when you’re smoking with friends. Since some ceramic bongs look like a collectible your grandma might buy on her trip to a foreign country, they won’t raise too much suspicion on your shelf.
The big advantage of ceramic bongs, apart from the lower price compared to glass, is that they have a neutral flavour and provide a smooth smoke. This makes them almost as good as glass when it comes to taste. The main disadvantage is that ceramic bongs are perhaps the most breakable of the bunch. For this reason, they don’t always travel well, and might not last through a rave without meeting an untimely demise.
CERAMIC BONG ADVANTAGES
• Middle-of-the-road expense
• Good, pure flavour
• Available in many cool shapes
• Can make good stealth bongs
• Aesthetically pleasing and collectible
CERAMIC BONG DISADVANTAGES
• Don’t travel well
• Not as versatile as a quality glass bong
Silicone bongs are kind of in a league of their own, and are made from the same material as those flexible silicone baking moulds. They are soft and squishy, much like rubber, but have the advantage that nothing sticks to them. For that reason, silicone has already been quite popular in the cannabis industry as a material for resin containers. Recently, however, there has been an insurgence of silicone bongs on the market.
The biggest advantage of silicone bongs is their neutral taste. As silicone bongs are made from the same food-grade material as cooking supplies, this also means they are safe to use near a flame and won’t give off unpleasant odours. Some cannabis users swear by silicone bongs, claiming that the flavour is just as good as glass. Another big plus is that a squishy silicone bong is pretty much unbreakable. They make great, lightweight travel bongs that you can even fold and squeeze into a small bag. For parties or any occasion where there may be some crazy blazing action going on, silicone bongs are ideal.
So, what are the cons of silicone bongs? One is that they are not transparent like glass bongs, so you won’t see the buildup of resin happening inside unless you take a good peak from above. On the other hand, silicone bongs are very easy to clean, and you can even throw most of them in your dishwasher.
Where silicone bongs will likely not win any prizes is in the beauty department. Compared to stylish glass and ceramic bongs, silicone bongs are not exactly the centrepiece you’d go for to impress your stoner buddies. They also have a “toyish” sort of look that makes them stick out, and because the material is soft and squishy, these bongs usually don’t come with any flashy features like percolators.
In this post, you will discover the differences between acrylic, glass, silicone, and ceramic bongs, as well as their pros and cons!