Buying a bong for the first time can be extremely intimidating. There’s so much to learn about how to find the right one!
Your first step is to commit to spending a little bit of money on a good one. In this case, buying quality is much better than trying to save a little bit of money. Not only will it provide you with a more enjoyable experience, it will actually end up saving you money because you won’t have to keep replacing it.
After you establish your budget, then what should you look for? Here are a few of the basics that are perfect for first-time bong buyers.
The most obvious differences you’ll notice between bongs is their overall style. Choosing a style is partly a personal choice, but it can also affect your smoking experience.
A few different popular bong styles include:
- Beaker bongs provide large rips and less dense smoke
- Straight tubes offer dense smoke that clears the bong quickly
- Recyclers are used most often when smoking concentrates because they recycle the water
That’s not all you have to think about. Bongs come in many different sizes, colors, and even materials, but these types of choices usually won’t affect the smoking experience too much. Finding a style that you like is the most fun part of finding a bong!
Although silicone bongs do exist, glass is still the best way to go, but not all glass is created equal.
Glass bongs come in different thicknesses. In general, thicker glass is better, but it isn’t always necessary. For example, if the bong will be staying in your home, a thinner glass is fine. If you plan on traveling with it, thicker glass is best.
No matter how or where you use your bong, choose one with glass that is at least 3.5mm thick or thicker.
You have probably heard of coffee percolators, but did you know you can use this technology in a bong?
Percolators aren’t a must, but they can greatly enhance the smoking experience. One isn’t necessarily better than the other. Instead, it’s more about which one you like the best. That means you might have to try a few before you find one and stick with it.
A few of your choices include:
- Shower heads
Next to choosing a style, the most fun about picking out a bong for the first time is considering your add-on choices. These things aren’t necessary, but they can make a good bong great.
A splashguard can keep dirty water from getting into your mouth, while an ash catcher adds another level of filtration to ensure all the ash is caught.
These tips provide you with a good starting point, but don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Smokers are usually more than happy to provide you with recommendations. By asking for advice, you may even get to try a few different bongs so you can see what you like.