The best steamroller pipes for sinking into the couch
Don’t be fooled. These devices offer the kind of rich, milky hits that stoners dream about.
Steamrollers often have an unassuming look to them, but don’t be fooled. These simple, classic smoking devices offer the kind of rich, milky hits that stoners dream about. Steamrollers are still among the most effective smoking devices available for a reason. If you’re used to vapor, keep in mind that this is real smoke. It can have a harsh impact on the throat and lungs (translation: it can make you cough your ass off).
Steamrollers are typically made with glass. But it’s also possible to get them in wood, bamboo, and even clay, albeit rarely. If you’re scoping out the market for the best steamrollers, remember that borosilicate glass is more durable than regular glass. Another characteristic to consider is glass feet. You don’t want to shop steamrollers that will to roll off the table and break the first time you get high.
Average steamrollers have a large bowl and are open at both ends. You simply light the bowl, cover one end, and puff from the other end. Once the chamber’s full of smoke, remove your hand from the carb end and inhale all that delicious herb.
While steamrollers may resemble submarines, their simple design was reportedly inspired by ceremonial Native American peace pipes. Let’s look at the best modern iterations of this time-honored classic.
Dragon Head Glass Steamroller
This 12-inch borosilicate glass steamroller is fumed and decorated with color work and clear magnifiers, creating a striking visual effect. The center of this piece features a glass dragon head, making the pipe stand out. A clear glass marble under the bowl serves as a stabilizing roll stopper. It’s made in and ships from the USA by All American Glass Works. $180.80
Grav Labs 18″ Steamroller
This piece is no joke. It’s an 18-inch monster with feet to hold it upright and a removable bowl/downstem. It also has a huge end carb and is made of very thick scientific borosilicate glass. This, my friends, is a steamroller-lover’s steamroller. $87.99
The Marley Natural Large Steamroller combines the classic design with Marley Natural’s 2-piece appearance. It’s made of hand-blown clear borosilicate glass with a rounded American Black Walnut mouthpiece. It’s 6.75 inches long and comes with a curved wooden stand for display. $72.00
STORM Push-Button Aircraft Aluminum Steamroller
This 10-inch machine aircraft aluminum piece is one of the best steamrollers for techie smokers. The STORM is “the world’s first high-tech steamroller pipe,” according to manufacturers Grav Labs. It features a patented induction unit. To use, unscrew the cap off the bowl, fill it, screw the cap back, and light through the hole as you inhale. The push-button action opens a valve, forcing cool air to mix with hot smoke in a cyclonic action. You’ll get huge hits. The titanium anodized finish gives the STORM a sleek look, and its flat bottom will keep it where you put it. $56.00
Jane West (design) and Grav Labs (manufacture) came together to bring you this cobalt blue steamroller. With well-placed finger rests, this piece feels substantial. Made of 2.5 mm borosilicate glass, it has a medium funnel bowl, reinforced mouthpiece, and built-in roll stop. $45.00.
This high quality 8-inch American made piece from Chameleon Glass offers massive hits. Chameleon has distinguished themselves with high-quality glass since 1991. Available in Green, Blue, or Color Change, this highly effective steamroller pipe is well-named. $43.39
UNDURCUVUR STEAM Rubber-Encased Glass Steamroller
This unique piece is a steamroller pipe wrapped in shock-absorbing rubber skin. The STEAM is made of borosilicate glass. The skin is made of a hand-picked proprietary blend of rubber polymers with the goal of eliminating gas permeability (which is how odor is transported through polymers like silicone). $34.99
Roor Steamroller, Large
Roor, known for making some of the finest bongs in the world, also makes steamrollers. As with their bongs, the German company uses high quality borosilicate glass. This 10-inch piece has feet to hold it upright, and sports a generous built-in clear bowl. $27.99.
Grab Labs’ Mini Steamroller is hand blown from 19 mm of clear tubing. It features feet so that it doesn’t roll off the table. It also has a built-in ash catcher to keep the ashes out of your mouth. This thick scientific glass piece is American made and distributed by Grav Labs of Austin, Texas. $14.99
8″ Tinted Steamroller Pipe
The color of this piece changes from clear to a faint rainbow tint when viewed at different angles. This steamroller pipe features eight cobalt blue nubs on the lower base, and a “Coke bottled” upper neck with a bottle nosed tip. $14.99