#1 Shape & Type
The first thing to consider when looking for a new bong is the bong shape and type. The two most common bong shapes are beakers and straight tubes. Beaker bongs are inspired from scientific beakers, while straight tubes are completely straight from the base to the mouthpiece. The most popular type of bongs are scientific glass bongs, which are typically all clear glass, thick, and highly functional usually containing percolators for diffusion and filtration.
#2 Bowl Piece & Slide
The next important part of a bong is the bowl piece or slide. There are several different style bowls you can buy for your bong, different colors, designs, shapes, etc. but they all serve the same purpose which is to hold your dry herbs. The next important thing to look for when purchasing a new bowl piece is the joint size and type. All bongs will have a 10mm, 14mm, or 18mm joint that is male or female. A male bowl goes into the joint on a female bong, while a female bowl goes over the joint on a male bong. No matter your style or type of bong we have the perfect bowl for you, just make sure you select the correct size and gender.
Many bongs require a downstem, which is a glass piece that connects the bowl to the water in the bottom chamber. This allows for diffusion and filtration of your dry herbs. However, in recent years many bongs are being made without the need for a downstem and are referred to as stemless bongs. Stemless bongs are easier to clean and often smoother. Downstems even come in a variety of styles and percolators types. When buying a new downstem be sure you get the right size or it will not fit in your bong.
In recent years bongs have become much more sophisticated and include some incredible percolators. Percolators are the part of a bong that makes smoking more smooth and enjoyable. Percs cool down and filter the smoke before you inhale it, making for a more pleasant smoking session. Percs is short for percolators and they come in a wide variety of styles all that have different functions and filtering. Some bongs also have ice catchers that allow you to add ice to your bong to help cool down your smoke. If you really want to upgrade your bong you can add an ashcatcher for extra filtration and also helps keep your bong clean by trapping the ash before it enters your bong.