The Best Bongs To Buy In 2020
Published on Apr 13, 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!