If you are looking for a new smoking accessory, so many options are available in the market. Once you buy one, have no fear – filling up this magical object with some ice and weed can be as easy as 1-2-3! You will have to decide whether or not it is worth investing in a water pipe for you and your smoking buddies.

Water pipes are one such tool that comes in different sizes, designs, materials, as well as functionality. Some work great as novelty items that look cool on your shelves, while others enhance the overall smoking experience. Picking a proper design can help maximize its effectiveness and make each hit truly enjoyable. Check out these tips if you want to learn more about choosing the best water pipe for you.

What to Look For When Buying a Water Pipe?

Percs, or percolators, are an additional feature you should consider when buying a water pipe. The most common types are tree, turbine, and matrix percs. Tree perc is made of multiple slits stacked on each other, resembling a tree’s branches.

Turbine perc consists of many small it’s placed around the tube in a vertical position. This design results in great diffusion because it increases surface area by splitting smoke into smaller particles that have more contact with the surrounding water. It is perfect for people who prefer cooling hits compared to direct lung inhalation due to its ability to cool down the smoke before reaching your lungs.

Finally, the matrix perc has slits stacked on top of each other in a honeycomb shape. This type is another common choice due to its fantastic filtration properties and smoother hits compared to most designs out there.

Water Pipes Are Still Worth the Investment

Water pipes offer more than just diffused vapor; they also let you experience a whole new set of sensations that you would not get from a regular bong or a dab rig. While you can pick one for your personal preferences and smoking needs, it is important to know what makes them different to make the best choice.

Bongs are typically bigger than water pipes, and they tend to be more expensive because they hold more water. The design is quite simple: the main tube with an ice catcher at the top and a bowl at the bottom.

This way, you can add ice cubes to cool down smoke while it travels through water using gravity rather than blowing directly into the bong’s mouthpiece. There is also a possibility of adding extra filtration through perc attachments such as ash catchers and honeycombs.


On the other hand, Dab rigs are more compact and have a male joint instead of a female one to attach a dome and nail. In addition to that, water pipes for concentrates tend to feature nails with electric or manual torches as their heating source instead of traditional butane lighters.

Moreover, both bongs and dab rigs have different glass joints, which can be confusing when shopping for your first piece. You will need to check out what size bongs or dab rigs you can connect conveniently depending on how much money you want to spend on each item to avoid ending up with incompatible pieces later on.

Now that you know the difference between bongs and dab rigs, here is how to choose the best water pipe.

Choosing a Material: Pyrex vs. Glass vs. Acrylic

Most water pipes are made of glass, but there are other options available on the market. For instance, pyrex is a very durable material that can also make hand pipes and bowls instead of classic borosilicate or quartz glass materials.

On the other hand, one thing to keep in mind when choosing a pyrex piece is that it breaks easier than traditional glass so try not to drop it all too often! Clear glass can work just fine depending on what kind of filtration system you want your water pipe to have, and if you’re looking for something more affordable, acrylic might be the option for you. It is also perfect if you want to change its color regularly.

Choosing the Perc: Tree, Showerhead, and Honeycomb

Showerheads are very common in water pipe designs because of their incredible diffusion properties at a lower cost than most other percolators found on the market. These pieces usually have six or eight arms with slits stacked vertically. As they provide great filtration without too much drag, combining this percolator with a dome and nail setup is a good idea.

Tree and honeycomb percs are more expensive but they provide the best diffusion in the business, providing an airy experience without getting too much water in your mouth when you hit it.

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