Choosing a bong can be tough. In the grand scheme of things, it's a pretty low-stakes decision, but you still want to make the right choice.
Glassware can be pricey and you want to know that you'll be satisfied with your purchase.
Do you know what to look for when you're on the hunt for your next piece? Do you know how to choose a bong that's going to be right for you?
Read on for our brief but helpful guide about choosing your next piece of glass. Make the right choice on your next purchase.
Make Sure the Price is Right
As we mentioned, glassware can be pricey. You shouldn't let the cost stand between you and the bong that you have your eye on, but make sure that you're shopping within your budget.
There are a few things to consider here.
First, an expensive bong doesn't mean a good bong. These things might go together, but sometimes brand recognition is all that it takes to drive a price up so high that the piece becomes inaccessible to the average person.
If you see a bong that's overpriced, it's popular that a celebrity or influencer popularized the piece, making it more desirable.
You can awesome and functional bongs without breaking the bank.
That said, don't shop based on price alone. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. When there's an awesome deal that you can't pass up, make sure the quality is there first.
Opt for Good Glass Thickness
Your bong is a functional object so it needs to be able to stand up to a bit of wear and tear.
Sometimes bongs with thin glass look beautiful, but do they fit your lifestyle?
From experience, we know how disappointing it can be to be passing the bong around with friends when all of the sudden a rogue tap or placing it down too abruptly can cause cracks, if not a complete shattering.
Your glass doesn't have to be so thick that the piece is more similar to the average vase than a normal bong, but it should be sturdy enough to withstand regular use.
Choose a Design That Speaks to You
Design isn't everything but there are so many cute and unique bongs available that you can definitely find something that suits your needs.
If you're not in a space where you have to hide your bong, bongs are as decorative as they are functional. Your bong can also be an art piece. Someone made that with glass!
If you're into a more simplistic design, or you care about function far more than form, you can opt for something plain and clear that gets the job done. These pieces are often sturdier and they're easier to transport around as they're less likely to have decorative parts that could break or chip.
If, however, you're into the aesthetic features of a good bong, you don't have to settle. They come in all different shapes and colors and you can find something that suits you or your home perfectly.
Pick a Size That Suits Your Needs
Everyone has seen the giant bongs that are in movies, often in the cars or bedrooms of the "stoner" characters. These look like large flower vases and for most people, they're way too big.
If your bong is only going to be for your own personal use, consider opting for something small. You can choose a different kind of water pipe (like a bubbler) or even a standard bong that's small enough to hide away in a drawer or a shoebox.
If you frequently smoke with friends, a medium or large bong is a great choice. These are easy enough to pass around with enough surface area that they become harder to drop. These typically aren't as easy to hide as the little ones but they can still be stored away between uses.
If you truly want something that stands out and your home tends to be the party house, maybe opt for a larger bong. These bongs can't travel with you, they're too big! But they do make for good conversation starters and you'll be the life of the party,
Look For Extra Features
If you're already used to basic bongs, why not try something with a bit of pizazz? Bongs aren't just glass tubes, some of them have additional features that can enhance your experience.
Some bongs have percolators, or spaces within the bong to hold the smoke and cool it to prevent that harsh and smokey hit. Other ones hold ice for the same overall impact.
Some have extra layers of filtration. Anyone who smokes with a bong knows that there are times where it can be unpleasant and too heavy. Some extra protection helps to soften the blow.
A splash guard will help prevent you from coming in contact with the bong water (gross!) and an ash catcher helps to filter out the ashes.
If any of these options appeal to you, see if you can find a bong that has the features that you're looking for.
Choosing a Bong Can Be Tough
When you're choosing a bong for your next piece it can seem like you have far too many options. How can you pick the right one? Does form matter more, or function?
Are all cute bongs automatically poor quality?
Picking the right bong doesn't have to be hard. Remember, this is a low-stakes decision. Get something that suits your wallet and your aesthetic and it will be the right choice.
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