The easiest way to choose your next bong is to prioritize two essential elements: the substance you would be smoking and how you intend to use the water pipe. This is not to simplify the process of comparing dozens of bongs, with all their variants, and the fact that there are nearly half a dozen types of materials that are used to manufacture water pipes these days. Let us start with a few easy steps.


Decide what you wish to smoke. Is it herb, which in most cases is dry, or a legal concentrate? Most of the affordable bongs out there are not compatible with both legal concentrates and dry herbs. You will need to use an adapter, usually a quartz banger attachment, if you wish to switch from one to the other. Your choice between dry herbs and concentrates will lead to you distinct shortlists.  


Decide the size of the bong, which will also influence the form or design, and other features, including the angle. Bongs can have a forty five degrees or ninety degrees angle if the designs are strictly for dry herbs, including tobacco. Concentrates require stems at a nine degrees angle. Forty five degrees don’t work. Larger bongs are more expensive, but they last longer and can be durable. A problem with large bongs is their fragility. If they are made of breakable materials, then passing such bongs amongst a group of friends can be risky. Smaller to medium sized bongs are always best, whether or not you want a portable water pipe.


Choose a material you prefer, but do consider the relevant pros and cons. The most commonly and widely used materials for bongs are glass, ceramic, plastic, bamboo, and metal. Some designs use a combination of these materials. Finally, choose among the design or style of bong, which shall also determine the features. The common variants are carburetor, straight tube, beaker shaped, round base, multi chamber, percolator, bucket gravity, and waterfall gravity.