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Bongs are an ancient way to enjoy tobacco and legal herbs. Search through the largest selection of bongs online in our online head shop!
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Everything You Should Know About Bongs

Bongs and water pipes have been around for thousands of years. In the last few decades or so, we have begun to make massive improvements on bong designs in order to provide smoother, cooler, and more filtered smoking experiences.

Most water pipes are typically made from glass, ceramic, quartz, or silicone. They come in many shapes and sizes, and can be outfitted with various bong accessories that can help you to customize and improve your smoke sesh.

What is a Bong?

A bong or water pipe is simply a pipe used for smoking that uses water for filtration and percolation. Essentially, bongs work by sucking smoke through water in order to filter it and cool it down. From there, the smoke may be passed through additional percolators or chambers to cool it, or improve the smoothness and remove additional toxins.

Bongs are typically 5” or taller, and have a few main components; the base, a downstem, a bowl, a tube, percolators, and a mouthpiece. They can easily be taken apart in order to be cleaned or packed, and will usually last a long time as long as you keep them clean and out of harm's way.

How Do You Smoke A Bong?

Smoking a bong is actually pretty simple, all you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Put your bong together
  2. Fill it with water
  3. Pack your bowl
  4. Light your bowl
  5. Inhale
  6. Pull the bowl
  7. Take a hit

For even more information on how bongs work and how to smoke a water pipe, check out these resources we’ve made:

Different Types of Bongs

Because bongs have been around for so long, there are literally hundreds of different shapes, sizes, designs, and types of water pipes to choose from. To keep things simple though, most water pipes can be broken down into a few main categories:

Glass Bongs

Glass bongs are by far the most common type of water pipes on the market. This is mostly because they are easy to mass produce with high precision, they are extremely reliable, and they can provide superior smoking experiences compared to the other types of bongs.

For most people, this is the best option. Glass bongs vary in shape, size, and design from small 6” mini bongs with little percolation, all the way to 6’ tall, massive bongs with dozens of percolators and chambers. More or less, whatever your price point, and whatever you’re looking for, there’s probably a glass water pipe out there that fits your needs perfectly.

Silicone Bongs

Silicone bongs are becoming quite popular in the last few years, and it’s really no wonder why. They’re affordable, safe, easy to smoke, dishwasher safe, easy to clean, hardly trap any odor, and are virtually indestructible.

On top of that, there are even some being made right now that have glass chambers for water, percolation, and glass attachments - making your smoking experience nearly identical in taste to a traditional bong, while providing the security of an extremely durable exo-skeleton.

Ceramic Bongs

Ceramic bongs are where everything began thousands of years ago. Until about the 1970’s, this was the only type of water pipe that people really smoked out of, because it was the easiest to make, and more or less the only option available to them.

Ceramic is slightly less durable than glass, and is a bit more susceptible to cracking and fracturing when subjected to rapid temperature change. They are also harder to customize, and do not have as much percolation. The appeal for people who like ceramic water pipes is that they typically come in highly customized designs that are far cheaper than custom glass water pipes.

Other Types of Bongs

Aside from these three major types of bongs, there are also subtypes based on the overall design and function of the water pipe. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Straight Tube Bongs
  • Zig Zag Bongs (Zongs)
  • Percolator Bongs
  • Acrylic Bongs
  • Metal Bongs
  • Beaker Base Bongs
  • Multi-Chamber Bongs
  • Round based Bongs
  • Recycler Bongs
  • Inline Bongs
  • Scientific Bongs

There are plenty more types of bongs to consider. Don’t let it overwhelm you though, for the most part it all depends on the material and the design you prefer. If you’re interested in learning more about the types of water pipes before deciding which one is best for you, check out this comprehensive guide.

What Kind of Bong is Best for You?

It really all depends on what you’re looking for and what you’re looking to spend. If you’re just getting started, and want a bong for less than $100, we strongly recommend a simple glass bong design. The best part is, you can build on your bong over time with different bong accessories that improve the smoothness and percolation of your smoking experience. Things like ashcatchers and percolator attachments drastically improve your bong’s performance without the need to purchase a completely new piece.

If you’re looking for a bong that is super smooth and cool to smoke, you should probably be prepared to spend a bit more money on a high-quality glass bong. Something with a percolator, multiple chambers, an ice pinch, and a diffused downstem is what you should look for.

If you’re looking for a bong that you can’t destroy despite being clumsy, or something that you can easily take on the go with you, a silicone bong or mini bong may be best for you.

Or, if you’re looking for something that is more of a collector’s item that you smoke once in a while, a ceramic, or hand blown glass bong may be best for you.

No matter what you’re looking for, HelpingPot has a large selection of water pipes from some of the best bong brands.

Why You Need A Quality Bong

Who doesn’t like getting the best value for their money? Sure, you might be able to find a lot of cheap bongs out there, but more often than not in the online headshop business, you get what you pay for.

When it comes down to it, you want to make sure that you spend up a bit to get the quality you deserve.

Investing in a quality bong is important for a few main reasons:

  • Dabbing safely
  • Lasts longer
  • Get better value
  • Smoother smoking experience

When it comes down to it, we all want to get the best value for our money - and you definitely want to get a smooth, safe smoking experience from your bong. Investing in a quality water pipe is essential to stay safe, and get the most out of your purchase. Don’t gamble with off-brand, foreign based online headshops - shop right with HelpingPot.

5 Things to Look for in a Quality Water Pipe

Want to find the best bong While looking for your new piece, keep these helpful tips in mind in order to find the right one for your needs.

1. Choose Trusted Brands

The most important thing to remember when looking for the best water pipe is to look for high quality brands that have a history of making reliable, effective, and high-quality bongs. At HelpingPot, we only work with the best bong brands on the market to make sure that you get the most for your money - and the most out of your smoking experience. To learn more about the top bong brands, check out this guide.

2. Select Standard Sizes

Look, there are a lot of bongs out there. As a result, there are tons of sizes that they come in. This isn’t a problem usually, but you want to make sure that you understand joint sizes and how they work. Basically, all you need to know is that the joint is the part of the bong where the downstem goes in. Standard sizes that are super easy to find accessories for are 10mm, 14mm, 18mm, and 20mm in both male and female genders. If you plan on adding new downstems, bowls, or attachments to your bong, try to purchase one with a standard joint size to make your life easier.

3. Thick Tubing & Base

One of the most important things to look for in a bong is thick glass tubing. Usually, we consider anything above 2mm to be thick. Some bongs even come in 5mm and 9mm thick tubing - making them very durable, and long-lasting. To match the thick tubing, you also want to find a thick, durable glass base that is wide enough to support your bong without tipping over.

4. Quality Accessories

Most bongs will come with a glass bowl and a downstem attachment included. While you can always replace them later if you don’t like them, you want to get the most out of your purchase. So, you should look for bongs that have large, quality glass bowl attachments, along with diffused downstems.

5. Focus On Percolation

If you really want to get the smoothest smoking experience from your bong, percolation should be your number one focus. The two main things you should look for are a diffused downstem that is great, and a percolation system that is high quality. Sometimes this can be in the form of a percolator at the base of the bong, or a separate chamber with percolators inside. Another thing to look for that adds a lot of smoothness is an ice pinch.

Bong Accessories You Should Consider

Even if you purchase your dream bong, there are always ways that you can make improvements to your smoking experience. If you’re going to go all out for a new water pipe, you may want to consider some accessories that can make your life easier, and your smoke seshes smoother.

Diffused Downstem

Diffused downstems fit into the joint of your bong and attach to the bowl. They are the primary way that smoke is diffused in most bongs. If your bong just has a regular downstem, upgrading to a diffused one can drastically improve your smoking experience.


Ashcatchers or percolators are small attachments that basically function as mini bongs. They add extra percolation to your bong by filtering the smoke through additional chambers and percolators. Adding one of these little guys to your bong is a cheap alternative to buying a new one if you want a smoother smoke.

Glass Bowl

Having a large glass bowl makes smoking a bit more convenient, and also allows you to add more people to your smoke sesh with ease. On top of that, you can find bowls with brilliant designs - which can help you accentuate your bong and make it entirely your own.

Grips & Mats

Smoking mats and grips are a great way to make smoking your bong slightly more safe. Mats give your bong a grippy, dry, and soft surface to sit on so it won’t tip over or slide off of uneven surfaces. Grips can be wrapped around your bong in order to help you get a better grip on them while smoking.

Res Caps

Res caps make the cleaning process super easy for bongs. They allow you to quickly and easily clean your bong with little to no mess.

3 Bong Tips: Get the Most Out of Water Pipe

If you’re looking to get the most out of your bong, these four quick tips from the experts will help you to enhance your smoking experience.

1. Invest in Borosilicate Glass

If you’re going with a glass bong, you should seriously consider spending a bit more money for a borosilicate glass bong (scientific glass). Put simply, this type of glass is more durable and less susceptible to cracks and fractures from rapid temperature changes.

2. Try to Avoid Rapid Temperature Change

Even with scientific glass, bongs made of glass or ceramic are still quite sensitive to rapid temperature changes. This is how most bongs break - during the cleaning process people try to put hot water in them, then wind up rinsing with cold water, leading to cracks and breaks. If you can, try to only use room temperature water in your bong, and keep it inside where temperature is more stable.

3. Clean Your Bong Often

Cleaning your bong will help you get the smoothest smoking experience, and will also keep your piece in good condition in the long run. Cleaning helps to avoid breaks from clogs.

Bong FAQ: Answers to All Your Questions

Looking for even more information on bongs? Don’t worry, at HelpingPot, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know before making the right purchase. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for here, our blog has hundreds of articles that can help you get answers and find the best bong for you.

Is Smoking from a Bong Safe?

At the end of the day, smoking is dangerous, no matter how you do it. However, smoking from a bong is considered to be one of the cleanest and safest ways to smoke, due to the fact that it removes roughly 98% of particulate.

Are Silicone Bongs Safe?

It depends on what they are made out of. The most important thing to look for when purchasing a silicone bong is that they are BPA-free. BPA is a toxic chemical that can be released by silicone products. That’s why it’s important to purchase silicone water pipes made by trusted brands like the ones found on

What’s the Best Water Pipe?

Honestly it all depends on your preferences. Some bongs are better for travel, while others are better for value, and others are best for percolation and smooth smoking. Depending on what you’re looking for, HelpingPot has everything you’re looking for.

Bongs vs. Dab Rigs: What’s the Difference?

The main differences between bongs and dab rigs are:

  • Design
  • Percolation
  • Function
  • Price

Overall, you can find rigs that are in the same price range as most bongs. You also can turn just about any bong into a dab rig, and vice verse with a few bong or dab rig accessories. But, you’ll find that really high quality dab rigs have far better percolation than most bongs, and they also have far more complex designs to diffuse heat and filter smoke. To learn even more about the difference between dab rigs and bongs, check out this complete guide.

Why Should I Buy A Bong Online?

Buying from an online headshop makes your life a lot easier. You get access to tons more product options, better prices, and thousands of ways to customize your bong to fit your smoking style. At HelpingPot, we offer free shipping on all orders, and have great deals on some of the best water pipes on the market - from only the most trusted glass brands.

What Are the Best Bong Brands?

There are hundreds of bong brands out there that produce high quality and trusted bongs that people love. Some of our favorites are:

  • Empire Glassworks
  • GRAV
  • Diamond Glass
  • China Glass
  • Roor
  • Thick Ass Glass
  • UPC
  • Illadelph
  • Sesh Supply
  • Smoke Cartel
  • Hemper

How Much Do Bongs Cost?

Generally, bongs cost between $50 and $100 for some pretty high quality pieces. You can easily find water pipes under $100 that are high quality and that will last you a long time.

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