The Best Bongs To Buy In 2020
With the growth of the marijuana industry and wider acceptance of marijuana in society, bongs have evolved from a traditional straight tube with a removable bowl into works of modern art. Now one can go into any smoke shop and find high-end bongs shaped like animals, or coral reefs, with embedded jewels to boot. However, all good bongs can be traced back to a very simple and effective design.
What Makes A Bong Great?
Bongs are a ubiquitous smoking tool found the world over. Basically a bong consists of a tube, preferably glass, with one end closed off for water, with a removable bowl piece near the bottom closed off portion. Water is poured into the tube until it covers the stem, a separate tube that extends from the removable bowl piece to the bottom of the main tube. Marijuana is loaded into the bowl and lit, the user inhales from the open end of the bong and the water filters smoke particulate out, catching it, as well as reducing the smoke’s overall temperature. Bong users love the smooth and cool hits that accompany a well-made bong. Another advantage of the bong is that one can taste unique strain flavors better due to the cooler temperatures and cleaner smoke.
Different Types of Bongs
There are a wide variety of iterations of bongs, but most top glass bongs adhere to general frameworks that have been around for decades. There is the common straight cylinder bong which can be found in every head shop. And for those who want more water to help reduce the smoke’s temperature, there are beaker-shaped bongs. A beaker bong looks a lot like a science tool, with a straight cylinder tapering outwards towards the bottom quarter of the tube to allow for a greater volume of water. These bongs also tend to be more stable as they are wider towards their base and also can carry more water. This makes them a little heavier, so beware when picking one up.
Another type of quality glass bong is a percolated bong. These tend to be a little more expensive, but come with the added benefit of having a percolation system at the bottom that filters the smoke into smaller bubbles which then travel through the water. The advantage of a percolator bong is that the smoke is broken up, increasing the surface area exposed to water, making the hit even smoother and cooler than a beaker bong. Percolated bongs tend to look more complex and can be an interesting conversation piece as well as a functional smoking tool.
Although these are the three main categories of bongs, there are countless iterations that get ever more extravagant. From triple percolated bongs to bongs with ice catching features to bongs with multiple bowls, the design of a bong is limited only by the imagination of the creator.
The best quality bongs are traditionally American-made from glass or Pyrex. Although durable silicone bongs have made a splash in recent years, glass is still considered the best material for a bong due to its aesthetic nature and high-temperature resistance, giving the user a guarantee that their smoke will be undiluted by particulate from the bong itself.
There are endless amounts of bongs and companies marketing themselves as “the best bong for weed”, so here is a top 10 guide to navigate marketing claims and help find the best bongs on the market.
The Top 10 Bongs of 2020
#10 Bushmaster Glass. Rank – 7/10
At number 10 the Bushmaster Recliner bong is a great introductory bong. Designed to be smoked from a reclining position, this bong is perfect for after-work sessions when relaxation is of the utmost priority. A low price tag, with bongs starting around $30, makes this a perfect introductory bong for the after-work smoker.
#9 Tsunami Bongs. Rank – 7.5/10
These quality glass bongs are made from high-quality borosilicate glass. They are extremely durable and made in the USA. Tsunami makes a wide variety of bongs from percolator bongs to beaker bottom bongs, all of which we recommend. The beaker base ice catcher bong is a simple yet sturdy bong costing an economical $68.
#8 Toro Glass. Rank – 8/10
These are incredibly high-quality and expensive bongs made under the supervision of master glassmaker JP Toro. Toro Bongs are exquisite pieces of functional art. For those looking for a high-quality glass art piece, these bongs are a great choice. Every piece is inspected by JP Toro to ensure that only the best pieces make it to their website to be sold. Prices range from $300-700
#7 Diamond Glass. Rank – 8.5/10
We love Diamond Glass bongs for their great style and lower price-point. Their bongs are well percolated and easier to clean than some other options of equal complexity, and most are small enough to transport without worry of breaking it or being obtrusive. Prices range from $65-$300.
#6 The China Glass. Rank – 9/10
Why have a simple, ugly bong when you can have a piece of art? We love The China Glass for their sleek and artistic designs that can be displayed in our house for all to see. More than just decoration, you can also be sure you’ll get a good hit from these high-quality pieces made in China.
#5 Blaze Percolator Bong. Rank – 9/10
Blaze Glass is a reputable European company known for their quality of glass. The percolator series can be bought in either a straight or beaker bottom, and depending on the price one or more percolators will be included. These bongs are a little pricier but are worth the cost. Blaze Glass Bongs start at $200+.
#4 Mountain Jam Glass Co. Rank – 9.2/10
This venerable company is based out of Eugene, Oregon and is one of the oldest glass companies in the U.S. Mountain Jam makes artistic bongs in a variety of styles. The simple 3 hole diffuser Beaker Bottom Glass Bong is a reasonably priced thick-glass bong which is perfect for those the cannabis connoisseur on the go. This is a beautiful piece of glass reminiscent of late-90s glassware with a modern and striking ice catcher. Prices start at $100.
#3 Grav Bong. Rank – 9/10
Grav’s large clear beaker bottom glass bong is a perfect home piece. It’s quite large, so not the best travel bong, but the smoothness and coolness of its hits more than make up for its sedentary nature. This bong provides massive amounts of incredibly smooth smoke. Prices start at $60.
#2 Roor Glass. Rank – 9.3/10
Roor is one of the best glass bong companies, making a wide range of glass products with prices to suit any stoner’s needs. Their official website advertises their higher priced range. The stunning one of a kind sandblasted floral pattern Beaker bottom glass is a wonderful lifetime piece of glass that will never go out of style.
#1 AMG Glass. Rank – 9.8/10
We can’t get enough of AMG Glass. Their simple bongs are classy and provide a reliable hit every time. AMG has been at the top of the bong market for decades, with generations of glass making experience which help them craft some of the best bongs in the game today. Bongs range from $80-$130.
Tips on Buying Your First Bong
With so many companies touting their products as the best glass bongs it can be difficult to decide who to go with. Here are a couple of tips about how to ensure the bong your buying is quality and as economical as possible:
Take a look at the bong in person If possible, buy a bong at the local head shop. This has the dual benefit of supporting a local business but it also allows for a visual and physical inspection of the glass bong. Look for thickness of glass and check for cracks or scuff marks. Basically look it over to make sure it’s a piece that will withstand cleaning, moving, potentially a drop or two.
Avoid super cheap bongs. Yes that $20 price tag looks good, but this an item that needs to withstand repeated heating, cooling and cleaning, not to mention that it’s a vehicle for smoke inhalation. Having a higher quality piece is worth the peace of mind that the bong being bought was made in a sanitary facility and made with care, not to mention it will provide a more enjoyable smoke.
When buying a bong online, avoid unknown companies. They may have great deals but the quality and origin is unknown, making it easier for scammers to advertise one product and ship another. Online sales make it too easy for scammers to sell poor quality glass bongs that may also be dangerous to use. Industrially manufactured smoking products, and bongs in particular, run the risk of being made with dangerous chemicals and materials. If you want to support lesser-known companies and artists, go to a real storefront and see what the local glass blower is making.
Look for deals! Bong companies frequently have sales and specials and many offer online coupons that one can find with a simple search engine search.
What’s your favorite bong style? What’s your go-to glass company? Tell us in the comments below!With the growth of the marijuana industry and wider acceptance of marijuana in society, bongs have evolved from a traditional straight tube with a removable bowl into works of modern art. Now one can go into any smoke shop and find high-end bongs shaped like animals, or coral reefs, with embedded jewels to boot. However, all good bongs can be trace
11 Best Glass Bongs in the World Right Now – every budget covered!
If you’re on the hunt for your new favorite glass water pipe, or maybe even your first glass bong, then this list is for you! Let us be your filter as you start your search for the sort of glass that best fits you.
Here at Weed Republic we are true believers that having proper glass is a must have for any type of smoker. Glass is great! It enhances the flavour and burns cleaner. Bongs also provide you with a much better hit that won’t bring you to tears with a coughing fit. With there being so many amazing glassworks out there, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. This list is full of cool glass bongs though, so just scroll on down and you’ll find some of the best glass water pipes for sale on the market right now.
For those of you who need some higher education on cannabis smoking devices and their accessories, click here to learn more about bongs and bubblers.
You’ll also want to keep your glass safe. Click here to learn more about bags and accessories that will keep your precious pieces safe and sound.
If you find the perfect glass, but want to change the bowl, click here to learn more about which bowls are best. Oh! And thanks to technology, you can also enjoy your herb with an electric bong.
For a first timer, purchasing a glass bong might be a bit challenging and some of them are quite costly too. Do you want or need a carb hole? Why are there bongs that look like “girl bongs”? How much money should be spent? What types of accessories can I buy to elevate my sessions? Inline percolators, scientific glass, quartz bangers, male vs. female joints – it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Fret not, for we are here to assure you that bongs are a great investment, ensuring the ultimate toking experience. Below you’ll find a selection of the best bongs on the market right now. Before we get there though, let us first get to know more about bong features and how they operate.
Different parts and their functions
Below are five parts that nearly every bong has and every stoner needs to know about. Whether your bong is made of scientific glass, acrylic, or something else altogether, it will always have the following parts.
This is the small bowl-like attachment just above the downstem. It is the place where you put your dried pot flowers to burn. This feature is always removable, thus can work as a pull or slide carburetor.
If you take a close look, you will find a small hole just on the side of your glass. This is what you use to clear the smoke out of the chamber to complete a toke. Glass bongs usually have a pull or slide carburetor.
This is the small tube that allows smoke to travel down to the base straight from the bowl. There it percolates, or filters, through the water.
This is simply the bottom of the bong. You’ll see bases in all different shapes and styles. Often times, a beaker- or bubble-shaped base is used to help create space where the smoke will be able to pass through the water, lower in temperature, making for a smoother inhale.
After the smoke percolates through the water, it will then fill the tube that leads straight to the mouthpiece. This is where you access the smoke from. The design of the tube sometimes features elements like an ice pinch, where you can place ice cubes to cool your toke down (just pay attention! If the ice melts the water in your base will increase, meaning you may experience backsplash, which isn’t fun for anyone). The tube in some cases might be long, hence you may see something like a shorter acrylic ice bong.
How a bong works
How a bong operates is very simple and straightforward. The main idea is simply that your piece will cool the smoke you’re inhaling. This is usually done by letting the smoke pass through a chamber filled with either ice or water. This is why there are different large, small and even ice bongs that you can use. You can also go for something with glycerin, where freezable glass coils replace ice cubes, if you want a better smoking experience.
How to clean a percolator bong
No one wants to take hits from dirty glass. In fact, your friends might even judge you for it! If you want to make sure your percolator glass bong is clean from any resins, you will need to have a cleaning solvent and a brush meant to do the job.
To get started, pour the solvent into the bong and let it stay there for a while so it can pull all the resins off. If you haven’t been cleaning regularly, you should consider shaking the bong with the solvent inside, then use the brush for scrubbing for maximum cleaning.
Worth noting are the different types of joints that your bong will have if it breaks down. Be aware that your rig may have a male or female joint. Any time you’re buying new accessories you should keep this in the back of your head.
Okay! Now that the basics are out of the way, let us check out a selection of some of the best weed bongs you can use to enjoy your Mary Jane from a variety of brands found online.
TANK GLASS – Mini – $119
This lean machine is great if you’re prone to dropping your bong
The Tank Mini is 8 Inches of pure beast! What this little bong may lack in height, it more than makes up for in thickness and in function. It’s made from high-quality 9-millimeter borosilicate glass and is handblown by a select team of Tank Glass Artists in the USA! They take pride in their pieces being simple, sturdy and straightforward. And if you check out their Instagram (@tankglassusa) you can see a multitude of videos showing off its incredible strength. This piece is the real deal!
- Made of incredibly dense 9mm Glass
- Easy to Use and Clean
- Small and Portable
- Ice Catcher
- Free bong bag with purchase
- Lifetime warranty
- Free shipping in the USA
- Fairly Basic
- Only Available in Clear Glass
Best Glass for Oil
Black Leaf Microperc Oil Bong with Shower-head Diffuser – $39.20
We love this hand-sized mini-perc from Black Leaf! Photo: @glass_city_pipes
From the name, you can already tell this piece is specifically designed for oil-based extracts like BHO (want to know how to make your own? We’ve got you covered!). Unlike other glass bongs, this one uses a nail instead of a bowl since you won’t be using any dry cannabis flowers.
Featuring a sleek design, you’ll find it available in different colours, making it one of the cooler options on the market. For convenience, a flared mouthpiece at its head and a built in shower-head diffuser are featured, allowing you to enjoy more potent hits. It also comes with a dabber, so you only need to add oil. It is also quite affordable.
- Easy to clean
- Made of a thick glass material
- Change things up with this oil rig
G-spot Glass Beaker Ice Bong – $188.00
This G-Spot bong can definitely hit the spot. Photo: @johann.anderson
Resembling a beaker, the G-Spot Glass Beaker Ice Bong isn’t your run-of-the-mill, delicate piece. This serious number is made of borosilicate glass, making it quite durable. In addition to its strength, it comes with a funnel bowl and a diffuser downstream. Want more? Take some notches to cool down your hit. You’ll have a hard time finding a better ice bong on the market right now!
Featured on our list for its durability and unique design, you’ll definitely want to check this rig out.
- Offers great, cooler hits as it features a catch
- Has a wider base, making for great stability
- Quite durable
- High filtration results in easy tokes
- If you prefer unbranded glass, you may not love the golden logo
Grace Glass Straight Ice Bong – $79.20
Those coils aren’t just for looks! Photo: @bongo24_pl
If you’ve been perusing many reviews, you may have already noticed that the catch is one of toker’s favorite features. This is because the chance to use frozen water cubes to cool your hit makes for a more enjoyable smoking experience during which your herbs are properly honoured.
This beautiful Grace Glass Straight Bong features a slitted diffuser downstem, a carb hole and also comes with a stopper. This bong is relatively inexpensive compared to the oil bong, but lower prices don’t mean you can’t still get a close to perfect smoking experience.
- Drag goes through strenuous filtration
- Easy to clean
- Made using a thick glass material
- Produces loud noise when the water bubbles.
- Comes with a large bowl hole which some people are not quite happy with.
Best Glass Mini for Sale
Blowjob Glass Mini – $23.99
Small but mighty, the Blowjob mini glass bong is a great addition! Photo: Grass City
With this little wonder multiple benefits are featured. Among them is, of course, a fantastic toke! In addition, unlike massive bongs that take up tons of space, it’s easy to find a home for and you don’t need to spend more money on accessories to fully enjoy this glass.
Given that the price tag sits at just about $20, it really is a little ball of wonder. It’s easy to maintain and keep clean, especially if you change the water regularly. It features a slightly bent mouthpiece, a carb, round base, a downstem and also a WS logo branded on the tube. This is one of the most affordable glass options you may ever find.
- Quite durable
- Produces strong hits for something its size
The downstem and the bowl aren’t separated
WS Messias Illusion Single Percolator – $99.99
This is one of the more elegant bongs you’ll find. Photo: @Grasscity
If you are looking for great glass with a tree perc, then this rig is should be considered. A percolator is simply what helps diffuse the smoke further inside your glass; percolators come in many varieties with the most common ones being waterfall, honeycomb (check out our review of the best Honeycomb bongs here!) and tree.
Tree percs have anywhere from 4 to 6 arms thus helping to provide good, smooth hits. You should know that the more arms, the smoother your hits will be, making it a great way to enjoy your cannabis when smoking.
With 5 arms, a carb hole, bi-stable joint, and notches for your cubes or snow, there’s really no secret code to enjoying your sessions. It also comes with a large slide bowl and a slit hole diffuser for a better experience. Retailing at a relatively higher price, the service you’ll get with glassworks like this is directly inline with what we call a great life decision.
- Produces smooth hits
- Notches for further cooling
- Quite worthy of the price
- The tree perc has 5 arms
- A carb hole
Glass Ice Bong – $399
Looking to add a little color to your bong collection? Photo: @Grasscity
Like a work of art, this pretty glass is a fantastic choice for someone looking to add a quality piece to their collection. It’s also great if you’re prone to misplacing things, as the image of it won’t leave your head any time soon. It’s crafted by local artists in Oregon and typically made upon special order, so they’re truly one of a kind.
This artwork usually stands at about 17 inches tall and also has notches for cooling. Don’t be fooled by the base, as it is quite stable. If you’ve got a little bit of extra money to put towards a unique piece for your collection, then this beauty is what you need!
- Easy to clean
- Provides smooth hits
- Quite unique
- Tough on the wallet
- Can be tough to order online, as most orders are custom