The Best Bong for the Money of 2016 | Billowby Education Center
s

Education Center

  • The Best Bong for the Money of 2016
  • David Matthews
  • Best of 2016

The Best Bong for the Money of 2016

The point of this review is to identify the best bong on the market today, but we acknowledge that every user looks at their bong differently. One person may focus mostly on the way the bong looks while another may focus entirely on performance. There are also many medicinal smokers who would consider the best bong the one that produces the purest smoke, eliminating the maximum amount of carcinogens. Compare that to a budget-conscious recreational user focused more on the price tag than purity or durability in design.

Accepting that every user has their own priorities when shopping for a bong, we still believe that there are exceptional bongs that rise to the title of “best bong” for the majority of users. Our number one pick for that title is the Showerhead Upright Bubbler offered by Grav Labs.

Our Choice: The Upright Bubbler By Grav Labs

This upright bubbler is our top recommendation as the best bong because it is designed from durable scientific glass, comes with two mouthpieces and is priced within reason for many smoking aficionados. The showerhead design requires the smoke to pull through an interior chamber filled with water before it reaches your mouth. This is one of the best ways to diffuse the smoke so that it is cooler and hits your throat with smoother, more satisfying impact.

Stability is always an issue because you don’t want your bong toppling over before, during or after your smoke session. The best bong must remain stable, but it should also prove quite durable because you never know when a mishap is going to occur. The Upright Bubbler from Grav Labs passes the test on both of these points. The scientific glass is thick enough to endure normal every day use and the occasional mistake, and the pedestal-style base flares out to ensure it sits tight when placed on a flat surface.

If we had to identify one feature that makes this is the best bong, we would emphasize the inclusion of two mouthpieces. Since every user has their own end game when selecting a bong, offering two mouthpieces ensures that this bong meets the needs of more users. They are both high-quality, functional mouthpieces, so don’t assume that the extra mouthpiece overcompensates for a weakness in the primary mouthpiece.

The first mouthpiece is a standard trumpet design. This is a shape that most experienced users are familiar with, and it’s one of the easiest shapes for beginners learning how to use a bong. It features a straight glass tube with an outward flared end where your mouth meets the glass.

The second is a Helix mouthpiece with a more bulbous shape. The smoke is cooled through the water chamber inside the bong, and then it swirls around in this mouthpiece for an extra touch of cooling. This is an attachment that many users purchase as an accessory, so it adds value to this bong package. You may expect to pay more than $200 for a quality Grav Labs bong that includes this secondary mouthpiece, but the price is surprisingly reasonable. This was a major factor when we decided to name this the best bong available right now.

Standing just 8-inches tall, this is considered a mini bong. While some users prefer a bong over 10-inches in height, there are benefits to going with a smaller unit. The smoke reaches your mouth faster, so you don’t have to worry about taking in stale hits. Many beginners find it easier to learn how to smoke with a water bong when they have a smaller, more compact unit. It’s also much easier to hide smaller bongs if you don’t want to advertise your recreational habit or need for medicinal herb.

Who Should Buy The Upright Bubbler By Grav Labs?

The ideal user for this bong takes their smoking experience seriously, even if it is only for recreational purposes. They don’t necessarily want to pay more than $200 for a bong, but they still expect exceptional quality, superior design, and rewarding throat hit. If that describes you, then this Grav Labs bong is likely to hit your sweet spot. It stays under that $200 line where many users consider the price of a bong prohibitory, yet it still delivers smooth, cooled smoke as a result of the advanced showerhead design. Plus, you get to try out two different mouthpieces without paying for an accessory.

More Info On The Upright Bubbler By Grav Labs


 

While much of this review is focused on the design of this Grav Labs bong and the quality of smoke it produces, we know that appearances are also important. This is an attractive piece made from clear glass with color accents. You can select from three different colors for the logo, giving you an option to customize your bong to your personal preferences. As is expected from a piece ranking for the title of the best bong, this is a product that you can set out on your dresser or living room table knowing that it will stimulate conversation and admiration. You may receive some questions about the small stature of the bong, and that gives you the opportunity to explain that it’s more portable than larger bongs and makes an exceptional travel companion. You may also note that a shorter bong is faster and easier to clean.

Specs

What are you really getting when you purchase the Showerhead Upright Percolator from Grav Labs? These specs will fill you in on the technical details of what we consider the best bong out there today.

  • American made from Austin, Texas
  • Stable pedestal base
  • Includes two mouthpieces: trumpet and Helix
  • Funnel bowl
  • Durable scientific glass
  • Accent color options: red, green, black
  • Height: 8″
  • Compatible with other Grav Labs bowls, ash catchers and other accessories

Drawbacks

No review of the best bong is complete without an honest discussion of the potential shortfalls of the product. The primary criticism launched against this bong is the height. Many users are accustomed to full-sized bongs measuring 18 to 20 inches in height, and there are some bongs that stand even taller. While we have highlighted the many benefits of using a shorter bong earlier in this review, it’s worth mentioning that the smoke travels through less space before reaching your mouth when you use a shorter piece.

This isn’t a problem for many users, and it definitely isn’t enough to knock this Grav Labs percolator from its pedestal as the best bong out there. You just have to keep in mind that the way you drag on any bong will affect the quality of the smoke produced. If you prefer a more expansive bong that allows you to take long, slow drags, then you may decide that the best bong for your needs is a bit taller.

If you like the mini design or simply don’t feel it will impact the quality of your smoking sessions, you may find the price tag on this piece a bit troubling. While it isn’t the most expensive bong on the market, it does fall toward the middle or upper end of the market. It isn’t a cheap bong that a high school student would pick up and hide in their sock drawer. It is designed more for smoking aficionados interested in superior performance or medicinal smokers determined to get maximum value from each hit.

Our Budget Pick: The Upline Bubbler Bong By Grav Labs


 You can save approximately $50 by purchasing the mini version of this Grav Labs bong, but note that you lose the showerhead design and don’t get the Helix mouthpiece. If you really want the second mouthpiece, it’s typically cheaper to purchase our featured best bong rather than springing for a cheaper bong like this one and buying that mouthpiece as a separate accessory.

Some users would still consider this the best bong because it isn’t quite as expensive and still offers the quality expected from Grav Labs. Many also appreciate the slender design of the Upline Bubbler Bong by Grav Labs which gives it an unusual appearance. The tall tube contains air chambers along the spine, so the smoke is diffused all the way up until it hits your throat with satisfying coolness. You still get an impressive American design that can start conversations and a stable base that doesn’t topple over easily.

More Expensive Alternative: Dual Inline Bong By Grav Labs

  Are you interested in purchasing the best bong your money can buy without a limit to your budget? Grav Labs makes a Dual Inline Bong that retails for approximately $250. Aside from your average glass bong that only allows the smoking of dry herbs, the dual action inline has the ability to also be used for concentrates, waxes, and oils! Load the side of the bubbler bong that you wish to use (or both - why not?!) and enjoy one of the best smoking bongs on the planet. 

 Other Runner Ups

There were so many bongs that we wanted to feature in this review, but the title of best bong leaves no room for weakness. If you’re begging for more or just want to do a thorough analysis of the market before investing, consider these three runner ups.

Without Further Ado, They Are:

  • Elevate Accessories Deluxe Bubbler Bong – If you’re looking for a bong suitable for dabbing, this is one of the best out there. It comes with bowl attachments for dry herb as well as wax concentrates, and it has a sophisticated appearance with wooden pedestal on the bottom.

  • Grav Labs Gravitron Gravity Bong – Retailing below $100, this is an excellent budget bong that doesn’t let you down when it comes to quality. The chamber contains the smoke until you want it to release, and the glass is extra thick for durability. This is a simple design that many consider the best beginner bong on the market.

  • Tower Bubbler by Grav Labs – The 90-degree mouthpiece is what makes this simple glass bong stand out. This down stem has an innovative showerhead design like the Showerhead Upright Bubbler, but you can remove the mouthpiece and downstem for easier cleaning. You also get an extra inch of height with this piece making it a bit more comfortable to smoke. Definitely another solid offer from Grav Labs.

Conclusion

It’s difficult to settle on one bong that is likely to satisfy the majority of smokers around the world because there are so many exceptional options hitting the market today. While some bongs impress us for their innovative designs and sleek appearances, we didn’t want to give any bong the title of the “best” unless they performed just as good as they looked. It’s a bit like dating; you can get taken in by looks right away but personality separates the extraordinary from the ordinary.

It wasn’t surprising that we chose a Grav Labs piece to feature as the best bong because this brand consistently produces high-quality products that look great and perform to our high standards. The Showerhead Upright Bubbler hits the sweet spot because it is reasonably priced, comes with two different mouthpieces and has an elegant design that produces cool smoke. We are convinced that most smokers will find the throat hit satisfying, yet it still offers value to those more interested in appearance or unique design features. It may or may not rank as your top pick, but it will rise to the top of the list for a large percentage of medicinal herb smokers.

  • David Matthews
  • Best of 2016