male vs female bong

Male vs Female Bong Bowls: Which is Better

When you shop for a bong bowl, you’ll see a male bowl and a female bong bowl. Ever wonder which one is better for your bong? Let’s take a closer look at your water pipe, and see which bowl will be the best one for you.

Getting the basics

There are several reasons why you’re looking at buying a new bowl for your bong:

  • The standard bowl that came with your bong is too plain.
  • The bowl is too small/too big.
  • It’s broken, and you need a replacement.

Before you browse through our collection of fantastic bong bowls, let’s have a closer look at your bong first. Focus on the joint, which is where you place your bowl to enjoy your favorite herb. The joint determines the gender of your bong, which is why some smokers call their water pipes a “he” or a “she.” Here’s how you can tell the difference.

This Grav Labs 12” Beaker Bong accepts a bowl to go inside the downstem, making it a female bong.

Male bong

A male bong has a tapering tube that extends from the stem of your bong. As a protruding part, you usually place the bong bowl “on” the joint. No matter what joint size a male bong has, it’s difficult for you to insert anything bigger than a pencil through its opening. You’ll have a wider diameter on the outside compared to the hole within the joint. These joints are commonly seen in dab rigs, so it’s really rare for you to see a bong that has a male joint.

Female bong

A female bong, on the other hand, has the opposite characteristics. It’s a hollow cylinder that widens at the lip, allowing you to insert your downstem or your bowl “in” the opening. Compared to a male joint, a female one has a bigger aperture that allows you to insert a dime inside or a small marble inside. Most bongs have female joints, even those that have inline percs such as our Assorted Glass 14mm Female Inline Perc Bong.

Which one should I choose?

Now that we’ve identified your water pipe’s gender, it’s time to choose which bong bowl is best for you. When choosing a bong, think about opposites. Remember what your teacher taught you in anatomy and sex ed? Male goes inside a female, and a female covers the male.

Notice the tapering shaft at the bottom from this Pular Worked Glass Handle 19mm Male Matrix Arm Bong Bowl?

If you have a male bong, or if you want to use your dab rig for flower, you should get a female bong bowl. One example is the Pulsar Rounded Glass 19mm Female bong bowl. It’s a bowl that has a widening chamber at the bottom that will slide over the phalanx of the male joint. Female bowls are like gloves that fit over a male bong. It covers the entire shaft of the male joint, creating a seal that allows the smoke to go through the joint’s opening. You can quickly identify a female bong bowl by comparing its base to the lower half of a traffic cone or a lampshade.

For female water pipes, it will naturally accept a male bong bowl like this Snake Glass 14mm Male Bong Bowl. The bottom is an inverted tapering cone with a narrow opening at the bottom. Think about the tapering bottom of a flower vase or an inverted pillar. The shaft creates a tunnel for the smoke to sink inside the downstem of your bong, making it easy for you to pull down the smoke.

Male vs Female bong bowls

There’s really no difference in terms of function between a male and a female bong bowl. Both have the same functionality when it comes to delivering smoke inside your bong. All you have to do is match the gender of your bong to that of your bowl in order to enjoy your herbs. Just remember the general rule: a male bowl goes in, while a female bowl slides over.

If you happen to see a bong bowl that you absolutely love but have the same gender as your bong, don’t worry about it. You can still use it with the help of an adapter that will convert your bong’s joint to allow you to use that beautiful bowl.

Does a bong bowl’s gender matter when you get a replacement bong? Know when to choose a male or a female bong bowl for your waterpipe.

Bong Joint Size Guide – How To Measure Your Joint Size & Gender

One of the most important things to know when buying a new bong or bong accessories is the joint size and gender. While all of the bongs and dab rigs on our website come with their own bowl or nail, there may come a time when you want to upgrade your bong or rig and buy a new nail or bowl. This is when it’s important to know the joint size and gender you need to make it fit. We put together a quick bong joint size guide for quick reference and will explain in further detail below. This quick guide will show you how to measure your joint size or bowl size using only a dime!

Male Vs Female Joints

The first and most important thing to know when determining the right piece to buy is the joint gender. Bongs, bowls, nails, ash catchers, adapters, dropdowns, and all other bong parts have a gender, male or female. All you need to know is that male pieces go into female joints and female pieces go on top of male joints. So if your bong has a female joint you will need to buy a male jointed bowl or dab nail and vice versa.

What Gender Is My Bong Joint?

The image below shows you how to identify what gender your bowl or bong joint is. This is very simple if your joint is male it will use the same sized female accessories. If your joint is female, it will use the same sized male accessories.

Joint Sizes

Before you go buy a new bong bowl or nail you need to know the joint size of your bong or dab rig. Bong joint sizes come in three different sizes, 10mm, 14mm or 18mm. The most common joint size is 14mm, you will rarely see 10mm joints and 18mm joints are usually only find on the biggest sized bongs. If you see anyone mention 14.5mm or 18.8mm joints don’t get confused these are the same as 14mm and 18mm joints.

10mm Joint

Most often referred to as micro or nano joints, 10mm joints are usually only found on pendant rigs or the smallest dab rigs designed for extreme portability. A 10mm joint is easy to identify because it is extremely small.

14mm Joint

The most common of all joint sizes is 14mm. Almost all small-medium sized bongs and dab rigs have 14mm joints. To find out if your joint is a 14mm all you need is a dime. If the dime is about the same size as your joint its a 14mm. If the dime falls into the joint its an 18mm, and if the joint is much smaller than a dime you have a 10mm joint.

18mm Joint

Another common joint size, 18mm joints are usually only found on the largest bongs. This is to increase airflow since the piece is much larger. If a dime falls into your joint then you have an 18mm joint.

How To Measure Your Bong Joint Size Using A Dime

This is the quickest and easiest way to measure your bong joint size. For almost all bongs and dab rigs you only need to worry about two sizes: 14mm and 18mm. The image below shows you what your joint or bowl will look like compared to a dime. As you can see below the dime falls into the 18mm joint and sits on top of the 14mm joint. Using a dime is the easiest way to measure your bong joint and determine what size your bong joint is.

The image above also helps you determine the bowl size using a dime. A 14mm male bowl piece is about 3/4 of the size of a dime whereas an 18mm male bowl piece is almost the entire size of a dime.

To summarize: whatever gender joint you have, it will use the opposite gender and same sizes for its parts, bowls and accessories. If you make a mistake when buying a bong part you can always buy an adapter to make it work. Adapters are small glass pieces that can change the joint size and gender of your bong or dab rigs. Although, we know after you finish reading this bong joint size guide you will never make that mistake!

This quick guide will show you how to measure your bong joint using only a dime! Knowing the correct bong joint size and gender is crucial when buying new bong accessories, bowls, or dab nails. ]]>