Beginner's Guide to Choosing Your First Bong

Hey Space Fam!  Hope you are all staying healthy and safe!

The day has finally arrived where you decide to take your smoking setup to the next level. You want to buy your first bong, but don’t know where to start.  You want to make sure to get the perfect one, but there are so many sizes, types, and prices, the options are overwhelming!  No need to stress though, we’re here to walk you through everything you need to know before buying your first bong!

First thing’s first, you want to make sure that you’re choosing a bong that’s a good size for you.  Generally, the bigger the bong, the more lung capacity it will take to clear the smoke from it.  If you’ve been smoking from a hand pipe and just want to step it up a notch, a bubbler may be perfect for you!  Bubblers are larger pipes with a small water chamber- kind of a hybrid between a bong and a hand pipe.  The water filtration will cool the smoke, offering a smoother hit.  Thanks to its size, bubblers are also a bit more discreet than bongs.

With all the unique designs and shapes on the market, it’s also important to be realistic about how compatible the bong will be to your lifestyle.  While a bong with a zigzagged neck and narrow base may look epic on your sesh table, it’s also easy to tip or knock over.  For first-time bong purchases, we always recommend the classic beaker bong-you really can’t go wrong!  Made to look like an Erlenmeyer flask, this timeless bong has a place at every stoner sesh.  Its wide, sturdy base makes it harder to knock down, and usually comes with an ice catcher, which you can use to cool down the smoke even more.  Essentially, it has all the basic features you’d want without getting too intricate.

If you want to take your setup to the next level, percolators are great for getting fancy with airflow.  Percolators come in all shapes and sizes, which usually increase the quality of the hit by diffusing the water and smoke in different directions.  However, these do tend to add to the price tag, and make the bong considerably harder to clean.  If you’re looking for your first bong to be relatively low-maintenance, you may want to stick to a design with more simple percolation. 

When it comes to material most stoners opt for glass bongs, though there are several other materials on the market, like ceramic and silicone.  We always recommend looking for thicker glass, as it won’t break quite as easily if it gets knocked over, or if you’re prone to breaking pieces, you may even want to consider a silicone bong!  These bongs are usually made entirely of silicone, except for the bowl and downstem, making it almost impossible to break! Worst case scenario, you’ll find yourself needing to replace a bowl rather than the whole bong.

End of the day, everyone’s different with their bong preferences, so follow your heart!  How about you, what do you personally look for when shopping for a bong? Let us know!