The 15 Best Bongs to Buy in 2020 (In-Depth Reviews)

As a veteran cannabis user, I’ve owned my fair share of bongs.

Some were good and some were downright amazing, however, before I could start writing this piece I needed to decide what separates good bongs from bad ones.

Well, these five are a good start:

  1. Is the glass thick?
  2. Does it look sturdy?
  3. Does it have very few moving parts?
  4. Does it clean easily?
  5. Does it have a decent volume?

There are other things to look for in a bong, such as airflow restriction and smoke diffusion, but you won’t really know the airflow until you’ve used it for a few times.

The first three on the list are very important as they will determine the longevity of your glass if you are careful with it. If you throw your bong around, no amount of sturdiness will save it.

If you are clumsy, you’ll want your bong to have as few moving parts as possible. Parts that stick out far from the core of the bong also contribute to them being easily breakable, so you might want to keep that in mind while shopping as well.

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What are the different types of bongs?

Bongs come in various shapes, but three of the most popular are tubes, beakers, and bubblers.

Tube bong

Tube bongs are what most people imagine in their head when you mention a bong.

They usually have a cylindrical neck which goes all the way down to the bottom of the bong and ends with a disc, which gives tube bongs the stability they so lack.

There’s nothing wrong with tube bongs, in fact, they offer a lot of variety. Tube bongs often have percolators and other parts that make them visually attractive.

They are usually very easy to clean and the smoke clears pretty fast because of the simple shape.

Beaker bong

Beaker bongs are similar to tube bongs in the sense that they also have a long neck. However, at the bottom of the neck, the bong doesn’t end, as it would with tube bongs.

At the end of the neck in beaker bongs, you’ll find a chamber that is added for extra smoke. This gives beaker bongs a bigger volume and bigger hit potential.

Beaker bongs get their name from looking somewhat like beakers used for chemistry and such. The extra space on the bottom is filled with more water than in tube bongs. This gives them extra stability.

Bubbler

The age-old question that many cannabis enthusiasts like to argue about is whether you should get a bong or a quality bubbler?

Bubblers are much smaller than regular bongs. They are often referred to as water pipes.

The main difference between the two boils down to size and volume.

Bubblers are usually meant for one person, while bongs are more apt for sharing as you can get bigger hits.

The volume of the bong is also very important as it will determine how much smoke you can take in. Human lungs have a volume of 6 liters on average, which is 200 Oz fluid, or 1.5 gallons.

Don’t buy cheap (Chinese) glass

In the last couple of years there’s been a huge increase in the number of websites selling bongs and other smoking utensils.

Some of these websites offer American-made glass, and a select few offer Canadian-made glass.

The overwhelming majority of these websites almost exclusively sell bongs made in China.

These bongs are usually lower in quality than those made on this side of the pond. They aren’t as thick and resilient to breaking.

Sure, there are cases where they might last, but my experience has proven otherwise.

My friends and I ordered dozens of Chinese-made bongs from these websites only to see them break in record time.

Don’t be afraid to spend more than $50 bucks on a glass bong, it will be totally worth it.

Best bongs under $100 USD

Bongs that are under $100 are usually not branded. They are either mass-produced and then shipped to distribution centers in the US and Canada or drop-shipped to your address.

However, there are also several companies across the US making great bongs for those on a tight budget.

Here’s a list of 5 bongs that are under $100 and provide a great experience:

  1. Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler
  2. K.Haring Bubbler 
  3. Mini Bent Neck Honeycomb Perc Water Pipe
  4. The “Flavor Tube” Mini Beaker Water Pipe
  5. AMG 10-inch wide base

Honorable mention: Purr Glass Decanter Glass Vaporizer Rig is a vaporizer rig that can be a bong too. The shape is really beautiful, it has a nice volume for big hits, and it is easy to clean.

Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler

Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler with Gold Stripe Decal

You might be familiar with the Marley Natural brand — a classic glass company founded by Bob Marley himself.

So here we’re taking a look at my #1 pick around the $100 mark — the Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler. This piece is a part of the “Smoked Glass” line, which in my opinion makes it perfect for the wake & bake sessions.

By purchasing the Marley Natural Bubbler you will also be contributing to the social impact initiative created to address the injustices of cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs.

The Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler has a carb, which means there aren’t any moving parts to it. This also means that taking care of your smoking utensil will be relatively easy – just fill it up with warm water, and leave to sit.

After a couple of minutes, empty the water, add the cleaning solution (isopropyl alcohol and salt) and shake vigorously while holding the holes on it closed until all the residue is removed. Fill it up with warm water again and rinse.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Marley Natural Smoked Glass Bubbler:

     USBloomgroove

     EuropeVapor.com

     CanadaBloomgroove

K. Haring Bubbler

K. Haring Bubbler

The K. Haring Bubbler is a glass piece which will have you completely hooked onto smoking with water. It comes in two color: Black & White and Multi Yellow.

In order to make sure you get only the optimal hits, it was designed with an 8-Slit Showerhead Percolator and a Bell-Shaped Construction.

This bubbler has a fixed downstem which ends in a wide and sturdy base, making it rather hard to get simply knocked over by a stray cat or something of that sort. It’s also made from borosilicate glass — adding to its already enviable toughness.

The K. Haring Bubbler comes packaged in a very durable box that’s coated with Haring’s signature and dynamic imagery.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the K. Haring Bubbler:

     USBloomgroove

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

Mini Bent Neck

mini bent neck

The Mini Bent Neck is a really good piece for those who are just starting to explore the world of glass. It is made of borosilicate glass with colored accents and it comes in 4 colors: Blue, green, pink and clear.

It is just seven inches tall (17.8 cm), and it has a bent neck for ease of access, thus its name.

It also features a 90˚ 14mm male joint with an additional stem joint for added stability. Trust me, that stem isn’t going to break easily.

This bong can also be quickly turned into an oil rig with the quartz banger and a carb cap which are both offered as a part of the add-on package.

If you are worried that it might easily flip over due to the stem which does somewhat stick out, this bong has a disk base which helps with the stability.

The flower female joint which comes with the bong has a nice glass bar on the side, which hugely helps when making a drag or clearing it through.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Mini Bent Neck:

     USToker Supply

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

The “Flavor Tube” Mini Beaker

mini beaker

Flavor Tube is another bong that is great for those looking for their first piece and those who like smoking alone. This small piece is made out of thick borosilicate and slime green glass.

It is 8″ tall (20 cm) and has a glass disk on the bottom of the beaker. The primary role of the beaker is to create more volume and provide stability.

So, with the added disk at the bottom, only a direct hit at the top of the neck will knock over The Flavor Tube.

It has a 14mm female joint and a diffusion percolator which is set at an angle to prevent splash back. It is incredibly easy to clean as it literally has no moving parts other than the slider.

The slider can be replaced with a quartz banger and a carb to easily transform The Flavor Tube into an oil rig for added flavors.

A small downside to this bong is that it doesn’t have a bent neck so you’ll have to take hits at an awkward angle or tilt the bong.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Flavor Tube Mini Beaker: 

     USToker Supply

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

AMG 10-inch Wide Base

10 inch wide base

AMG stands for American Made Glass, which stands behind thick, nearly indestructible bongs that you’ll fall in love with.

The AMG 10-inch has a wide base which offers additional stability for its tall stature since it is 10 inches (25 cm) tall.

It is made with super thick borosilicate glass, on American soil using American resources. It’s a real American bong. Que the white eagle.

This AMG bong comes with a diffused male stem which significantly helps with the cooling effect water makes.

It comes in teal, Black & Mint, black, and blue colors. It is extremely easy to clean due to the simple shape, its lack of percolators and the easily detachable male stem.

The AMG 10-inch wide base glass bong usually comes in at around $80 USD. For this price tag, you’ll get a very good bong which will last you a while, and provide smooth hits as long as you clean it.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the AMG Wide Base: 

     USGlass City Pipes

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

Best Bongs Under $200 USD

This is where we start getting into really quality bongs. Bongs that are in the $100-200 range.

This price range will guarantee that you have a very pleasant experience, combined with durable, high-quality glass. Let’s check out the top 5:

  1. Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler
  2. Higher Standards Beaker Water Pipe
  3. The “Double Trouble” Double Stereo Fat Can Water Pipe
  4. Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb Glass Water Bong
  5. 12″ GRAV® Straight Base w/ Disc – Clear

Honorable mention: 9mm Thick Beaker Bong by Diamond Glass is an upgrade from the Tank Breaker as it’s somewhat bigger, but also a bit more expensive.

Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler

Marley Natural Bubbler

The Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler is just a thing of beauty. Made from all natural materials — black walnut wood and borosilicate glass, it is a great gift for those looking for a balance of beauty and utility.

The Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler weighs in at 400 grams, a bit more than other bubblers from the same brand.

It’s most unique function is that this bubbler can also be used as a regular pipe as well as a water pipe. Its hybrid design makes it very unique in that sense.

This bubbler has only two parts, the handle which is connected to a rather large water chamber, and the removable bowl. This makes it extremely easy to clean and maintain.

The Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler comes with a cotton drawstring carrying case, which means you can easily carry it with yourself without having everyone around know you’re about to have a mean session.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Marley Natural Black Walnut Bubbler: 

     USBloomgroove

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Bloomgroove

Higher Standards Beaker Water Pipe

Higher Standards Beaker Package

If you’re ready to spend a bit over $100 USD for a bong, then you should look no further than the Higher Standards Beaker.

This bong comes in a package with the Higher Standards Ice Mold, which means you won’t have any trouble stuffing it with ice for a cold and smooth hit.

The Higher Standards bong is a 36.2cm tall beaker which is handcrafted from durable medical-grade borosilicate glass. It is completely transparent in color.

It comes packed in a reusable collector’s case made for safe storage and transportation, so that you don’t break it on accident while on the go.

This beaker bong features extra-thin slits on the downstem which generate fine bubbles and maximize the contact between smoke and moisture for a smoother draw.

In order to keep its crystal-clear look throughout the years of constant use, make sure you wash it with the Higher Standards ISO Pure and Salt Rox for best results!

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Higher Standards Beaker Water Pipe: 

     USBloomgroove

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Bloomgroove

The “Double Trouble”

double trouble

You know what you are getting into when your bong is named The Double Trouble. It is very tall with the mouthpiece sitting at 16 inches above the desk.

It has a straight tube with a disk at the bottom, two stereo percolators embedded in the tube which offer high-grade filtration, and a 18.8mm female joint which fits a large male bowl.

However, what sets apart The Double Trouble from the “under $100 bongs” group are its unique features, not its awesome percolators.

The Double Trouble has an Ice Pinch and a Splash Guard, which help you get much cleaner hits.

The Ice Pinch serves as to catch the ice and hold it above the water line, and the splash guard prevents water from coming up to your mouth.

The Double Trouble is primarily made for flower consumption, although retailers claim that it can also be safely used for cannabis extracts simply by swapping out the bowl for a quartz banger.

Users report this bong to be extremely sturdy as the downstem has an additional joint tying it to the body. They also say that it is relatively easy to clean, given its massive size and the double percolators.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Double Trouble: 

     USSmoke Cartel

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb

purr glass swiss honeycomb

The Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb bong is perhaps the most beautiful bong on this list. You can order this beauty in Dichro, Slyme and Pink Slyme colors.

This bong features a handcrafted honeycomb drum percolator which makes the smoke cooler and smoother. This percolator works by diffusing the smoke through 19 different points in the honeycomb disc.

You can further cool down the smoke with its several ice pinchers. They also serve as water stoppers so that it doesn’t get to your mouth. Its bent neck makes accessing the bong a lot easier.

The Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb is 9 inches tall, with a 4-inch base. It has a 14mm female joint that fits all sorts of male accessories, however, a 90° design is recommended if applicable.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Double Trouble: 

     USPurr Smoking

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

12″ GRAV® Straight Base

12 inch grav straight base

The 12″ Grav® Straight Base bong is a serious tool. This thing will get you higher than you could ever imagine.

Its straight 12-inch tube provides users with a huge amount of volume which can be filled up with a lot of milky smoke. Aside from that, you can also pack it with some ice to improve the quality of the hit.

The 14mm female stem is connected with two very sturdy joints to the tube. Along with the base disc it provides a very robust sense given its size

You can order this bong online, in black, white, blue, green, red, purple, yellow, orange, or etch. The hits you’ll take from this 12-incher will be essentially smooth and cool.

The percolator near the bottom of the base should be covered with about 1-2 cm of water for the utmost diffusion and perfect taste.

The 12″ GRAV® Straight Base bong goes for a reasonable $112, and it comes with a 14mm funnel bowl.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the GRAV® Straight Base: 

     USSmokea

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

Best Bongs Over $200 USD

Ballers only section.

Fair warning—don’t spend over $200 on a bong if you’re a beginner. You will likely break it quicker than you expect, and that’s usually the rule for the first few bongs.

That is why if you plan on spending a large amount on a bong, you should buy a bong that’s worth the cash. Here’s the list:

Honorable mention: Canada Releafed by Roor is a great bong which was designed as a release for the legalization in Canada. Its aesthetics and the monster hits it offers are truly out of this world.

K. Haring Water Pipe

K. Haring Water Pipe

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to have the peak bong experience? Well, now you don’t have to, if you can afford spending $220 on the K. Haring Water Pipe.

The K. Haring Water Pipe is a beaker bong made of borosilicate glass, and it stands approximately 12.4-inches tall, or 31.4 cm to be exact.

The main features of this marvelous bong are the removable diffused downstem, along with the incredible seven-slit showerhead percolator which will give you the cleanest hits you’ve ever had.

Other features include the fat-lipped mouthpiece, a built-in ice catcher, and a splash guard which ought to keep everything dry, because the last thing you want is to get some of that bong water in your mouth.

It comes in 2 color schemes – Black & White, and Yellow, but if I were you I wouldn’t think too much about it because that’s the last thing you’ll need to worry about after you’ve taken the first few hits from this bong.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the K.Haring Water Pipe: 

     USBloomgroove

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

The Berkeley

the berkeley

Made by Maverick Glass, The Berkeley is a part of the CALILIFE line which is becoming a huge hit all over the West Coast.

This piece is another crazy design, which you may notice is starting to become a trend with these expensive bongs.

Of course, for this kind of money, you would expect impeccable design along with above-board functionality. That is exactly what The Berkeley will provide you with.

The Berkeley is available in a variety of colors combined with a holographic opal glass marble for added bling.

It has double uptake, two separated chambers and a recycler, a vortex drain, a bent neck, and a rather small 10mm female joint which comes with a flower bowl.

Its most unique feature is perhaps the 4-point donut percolator which is found in the chamber with the stem. This percolator splits the smoke and sends it into two separate chambers.

Its two tubes clearly stick out and they seem somewhat prone to breaking. I find that to be the major flaw in its design, but aside from that, everything is at a formidable level.

Note: I couldn’t find the Berkeley anywhere on sale currently, so I’ll keep you guys posted if it’s been discontinued. In the meantime, I invite you to check out everything from the Mav Glass beaker bongs line.

16″ Diamond Heisman

16 nch diamond heisman

This huge handcrafted piece stands at 16-inches (40cm) tall and has a double filtration system in which the smoke goes from a matrix percolator to a gridded showerhead percolator.

The matrix percolator is found in the base of the bong, and the gridded showerhead is in the upper chamber. These percolators combine to giver the users a very bubbly hit with an easy pull.

The Heisman comes with a 18mm female joint and an 18mm male bowl. It is primarily used for flowers, but it can easily be repurposed into an oil rig simply by swapping the bowl for a quartz nail.

The glass is very thick and sturdy. Diamond Glass as a company is known for delivering trustworthy pieces with the most immaculate of designs.

The Heisman usually goes for $350 but it can also be found for $300. If you’re looking for a piece you’ll be able to put your weed and oils in, the Heisman won’t disappoint.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Diamond Heisman: 

     USDankGeek

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

10″ Microscope Recycler by Maverick Glass

10 inch microscope recycler by maverick glass

This beautiful piece is also my dream piece as I’ve been wanting a Microscope Recycler for a while now. Just look at all those percolators and tubes.

It has a built-in splash-guard and 4 percolators at the bottom of the chamber which diffuse the smoke to a whole ‘nother level of airy.

It is only 7″ inches (18 cm) tall but the volume is definitely there as it is quite wide and it has several tubes that provide additional volume.

It comes with a female 14mm joint and a quartz nail, seeing how it is primarily meant for oil consumption. The glass is made in the US from 5mm thick Borosilicate.

The Microscope Recycler features a double-arm with a widened chamber which eliminates any possible splashes that appear. However, those arms also pose a threat of breaking as they do stick out somewhat, but that’s a trade-off you have to make for such a beautiful design.

At the top of the bong, you’ll find that it mouthpiece is flared outwards to conform better to your lips. This way it also creates a nice airtight seal which makes the Microscope Recycler comfortable and easy to use.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Microscope Recycler: 

     USBadass Glass

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

Bioluminescent Cactus

bioluminescent cactus

Did you ever think that you’ll need a cactus within your bong to improve your smoking experience? Not just any cactus, but like, a bioluminescent cactus, of all things?

The Bioluminescent Cactus made by Empire Glassworks is a one-of-a-kind bong that features a showerhead percolators underneath a sculpted glass cactus in the central chamber.

The rest of the bong is made out of thick clear borosilicate glass and the whole bong is actually UV reactive, meaning that it changes color under UV lighting.

The Bioluminescent Cactus stands at a formidable 12″ (30cm) tall. It has a 14mm female joint that comes with a 14mm male flower bowl.

Empire Glassworks are known for incredible designs that are very sturdy and long-lasting.

The Bioluminescent Cactus falls right into that category as I haven’t yet heard of anyone complaining about the sturdiness or their bong breaking.

Click the button below to go to the best deal for the Bioluminescent Cactus:

     USSmoke Cartel

     Europe — Not available

     Canada — Not available

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1 thought on “The 15 Best Bongs to Buy in 2020 (In-Depth Reviews)”

  1. Hi Alex,

    Thank you for your review!
    I have a quick question. Haven’t you seen any information on the volume of the smoking accessories market? (I am especially interested in bongs))

    Thank you,
    Tanya

    Reply

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