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Bongs vs Pipes: Which Is The Best Option For New Smokers?

As more people come to know the joy of cannabis, a looming question presents itself. Which is better for new smokers; bongs or pipes? Let’s do a breakdown.

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As more people come to know the joy of cannabis, a looming question presents itself. Which is better for new smokers; bongs or pipes? Let’s do a breakdown.

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For simplicity, nothing beats the classic pipe. Pipes are the fastest way to go from bag to buzz – just toss a little piece in and light it up. Pipes are also smaller and more portable in general, and generally have:

  • Lower investment cost
  • More durable materials
  • More portable
  • Easier to conceal

For the budget-conscious, pipes are generally a smaller investment. Like getting one’s first pair of prescription glasses, learning to handle and protect a new accessory takes getting used to. With pipes, at least, the cost of an accidental break is generally far less than replacing a bong.

Perhaps one of the most appealing features in the pipe category is the one-hitter, ideal for beginners with a low tolerance level. The appearance often mimics a cigarette, making it a stealthy option as well as a cheap one.

Higher Quality Pipes

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In the higher-priced category, pipes have a wide range of features, styles, and materials. But if cannabis is going to be a long-term companion, spending a little more can open up a host of options.

Why settle for a hot hit from a pipe when the best of both worlds is available? Mini-bubblers are pipe-sized pieces, perfect for travel, and offer bong-hit smoothness with water filtration. Or if you’re a bit clumsy or carry your pipe around a lot, then an unbreakable pipe is the way to go.

The best pipes not only feature state-of-the-art filtration, but often include features like sealable tops to prevent spills, and built-in tool storage, for easy cleaning.


While bongs, or “water pipes”, as some stores call them to avoid legal issues, may generally lack the ease and portability of an average pipe, they make up for it with so much more. Water filtration makes smoke cooler and smoother on the lungs, something new smokers can certainly appreciate, and generally have:

  • Cooler smoke
  • Filtered hits are easier on the lungs
  • More creative designs
  • Less cramped smoking posture

Bongs generally cost more, but the saying “You get what you pay for” holds true for smoking pieces like anything else. Smoking out of a bong not only feels smoother, but it’s also more visually appealing.

Filling up a chamber of smoke and watching it disappear, what smoker doesn’t enjoy that? Gauging the size of a hit, important as a smoker learns their limits, is much simpler with a bong.

Finding a piece that a consumer can really connect with is important. Like a new car, it’s worth a little extra to find that piece that fits one’s life and style perfectly. For older consumers, especially those with stiff hands, a bong gives a less cramped smoking posture and tabletop stability.

Higher Quality Bongs

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If cool smoke is better, then chilled smoke is the best. Investing in a bong with an ice catcher is absolutely worth it for hits that slide down smooth, especially in the summer heat.

The best feature of a high-quality bong is versatility. Many premium bongs have universal joints and interchangeable pieces. Add a chiller coil, ice catcher, extra percolator, or switch to concentrates without having to purchase an entirely new system.

One of the best new trends is the silicone bong. Unbreakable, foldable, and easily portable, this bong saves money in more ways than one, as many are now fairly inexpensive.

In the end, which type of smoking piece is better depends on the consumer and their needs. If portability and simplicity are the priorities, pipes tend to be the way to go. For filtration and dependability, bongs tend to rank on top.

But there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, with newer designs changing the way people look at both every day. For a selection that showcases all that bongs and pipes have to offer, go to DopeBoo. There, consumers can find their perfect piece, no matter what their needs, and save a bundle.

August 14, 2019 — Last Updated March 31, 2021
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