Bongs Vs. Bubblers: The Differences & Advantages Of Each Type Of Device

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When shopping for water pipes you are likely to come across many different types of products, including bongs and bubblers. While bongs and bubblers are both smoking devices typically made of glass that use water to filter the smoke, there are many differences between these two.

In this article we will explore these differences. We will also explore the benefits of both types of pieces. Each is great in its own ways, but they serve different purposes and different needs. 

What Are The Benefits Of Glass Bubblers?

In terms of size, bubblers are closer to a hand pipe than they are to a bong. They are often designed with a smaller bowl and less substantial mouthpiece than a bong, making them easy to operate with one hand. This smaller size makes bubblers more transportable and easier to store, and many smokers like this convenience. One key difference between bongs and bubblers is that bubblers are often ONLY available with fixed downstems (versus bongs, which typically have a downstem that can be removed, which makes them easier to clean).

Glass bubblers are a very handy addition to your smoking collection, and they offer the following advantages:

Durability: Bubblers tend to be more durable than bongs as they are made of thicker glass.

Stealth: If discretion is important to you then adding a bubbler to your water pipe collection is a good idea. Bubblers can be stowed away easily because of their smaller build. Bubblers also hit more quietly than bongs, making it easier to be quiet when smoking around others.

Taste: Bubblers produce a better tasting smoke than dry pipes, as the smoke is filtered through water before it reaches your lips.

Ease of Use: If you’re looking for something that is a step up from dry pipes, but not quite as big as a bong, a bubbler is a great middle ground piece. The smoke they produce is stronger and smoother than a dry pipe, but still not as strong as a bong hit.  This makes bubblers a perfect piece for beginner smokers.

Versatility: A bubbler can still easily function as a dry pipe if there is no water available or if you’re on the go. Simply empty the water from the basin, pack the bowl, and smoke!

Simplicity: Unlike a bong, a bubbler doesn’t require any extra pieces, like a downstem or bowl.

What Are The Benefits Of Bongs?

Bongs are typically larger and more customizable than bubblers.  This increased size allows bongs to be offer more filtration because they can have percolators and diffusers. While the main goal of using a bubbler is quick and easy water filtered smoke, bongs are designed to offer the smoothest, coolest hits possible.

Bongs are one of the most popular smoking devices in the world, and for good reason.  They offer the following benefits:

Stronger Hits: The size of most bongs, and the methods used to cool the smoke, allow the user to take a bigger hit than with a dry pipe or bubbler.

Easier To Maintain: The removable pieces in a bong allow for easier and more thorough cleaning.

More Variety: Not only do water bongs come with a variety of functions, they are often customizable. You can always find a bong that matches your personal style.

Longer Sessions: The bowls in water pipes are generally larger than in dry pipes and bubblers. This makes bongs ideal for smoking in larger groups, as you can add as much flower as needed.


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