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The bong is the most popular type of water pipe in the herbal community. Since the invention of the bong thousands of years ago, it has evolved to be more functional and aesthetically pleasing. New technology such as percolators, ice catchers, and various materials have been incorporated to maximize the smoking experience.

Choosing the best material for a bong depends on how it will be used and what is important to the smoker.

We’ve created this article to highlight the pros and cons of each type of bong available in Australia. The factors most important to us when choosing a bong material is:

  • Taste – vapour quality
  • Affordability – what will the bong cost
  • Durability – will the bong survive an accidental fumble?
  • Upkeep – how easy is it to clean the bong

Your Bong Reflects your Lifestyle

The best material for a bong should reflect its purpose. For example, if the bong is stationary and is used with ultra-potent herbs, glass may be the best option. However, if you are looking for a bong to take on camping trips or are kept in the car, you may want to look into more durable options.

Glass Bongs – Quality Over Everything

Glass is the choice if you want the best herbal experience. Connoisseurs in Australia who wish to enjoy the taste of their herb without any sacrifices choose glass bongs. However, glass water pipes can get pricey, and if they won’t survive most drops.

Glass Creates an Unparalleled Taste Experience

The most significant advantage to glass is taste. Legit retailers like Shisha Glass use heat-resistant borosilicate glass that delivers optimal flavour without any chemical residue.

If you take pride in your herb and want to fully enjoy every unique terpene profile, glass is the best option.

A Price Point for All – Glass Bongs at Shisha Glass are Available for Any Budget

Glass bongs vary dramatically in cost. While some glass bongs can cost hundreds of dollars, affordable options still deliver premium taste.

The Disadvantage to Glass – If You Drop Your Glass Bong it Will Shatter

The biggest downside to purchasing a glass bong is durability. Accidents happen, especially during smoke sessions, and most glass bongs won’t survive even a shortfall. Glass bongs are our number one choice, but if you are accident prone or plan on using the bong on the go, glass may not be the best option.

Acrylic Bongs – Best Budget Option

Acrylic bongs are the optimal choice for smokers on a budget in Australia. They are the least expensive option, difficult to break, and can be cleaned by throwing them in the dishwasher.

Acrylic Bongs are Much More Durable than Glass

Unlike glass, acrylic will withstand most accidental bong drops. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are indestructible, but a common accident probably won’t end in tragedy.

Don’t Break the Bank Acrylic is the Most Cost-Effective Option

Acrylic is a durable plastic that is easy to work with and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. The substance is similar to glass but half the weight and much less expensive to produce. Acrylic bongs are the most affordable option available at Shisha Glass bong shop.

Silicone Bongs – The Most Durable Option

Silicone is a type of rubber that is great for crafting unique, durable bongs. The most significant difference between silicone and the other bong materials is it isn’t transparent.

Silicone has Unparalleled Durability – Never Worry About an Accidental Drop Again

Bongs made of silicone are the most durable option. Silicone bongs are the perfect on-the-go choice for adventures.

Easy to Clean – Silicone Can be Cleaned in Minutes

Silicone is also easy to clean. Dish soap and hot water usually do the trick, but if you want to keep your bong in pristine condition, try our bong cleaners.

What’s the Best Material for a bong? – Shisha Glass Picks

Choosing acrylic or silicone will lower the vapour quality but provides a durable and affordable option for those looking to save. Glass is the best option for smokers looking to maximize the herbal experience, but the cost and durability can become an issue, especially if you are consistently shattering bongs.

Below are our favourite picks from each type of material available at the bong shop.

Glass – Optimal quality

Enjoy your herb without sacrificing flavour with Beaker Base Glass Bong with Ice Catcher. The beaker is a classic design and comes with an ice catcher to cool down the smoke.

Acrylic – Best for price

Simple, classic, and effective bong design. No need to worry about breaking the bank or your bong with Acrylic Round Base Bong with Two Colours.

Silicone – Most Durable

Our Silicone Retractable Round Base Bong extends from 26cm to 54cm, perfect for easy storage.

Shop Shisha Glass for Your Next Bong

We have an incredible selection of bongs of all shapes, sizes, capabilities, and materials at the bong shop from Shisha Glass. Browse today for your next bong or smoking accessory.

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