The great bongs vs. bowls debate is thousands of years old.

One of the first pipes ever uncovered by archeologists was used to smoke marijuana way back in 1320 CE in Ethiopia. And we have evidence to show that tribal leaders used bongs to smoke cannabis during ceremonies almost 2,400 years ago in Europe.

But which method of smoking is better: bowls vs. bongs? In this short guide, we’ll help you answer that question. So read on!


In the bongs vs. pipes debate, pipes are a popular choice for a few reasons. One is their size; pipes are typically smaller making them convenient for travel and concealing. Another reason is they are often cheaper than bongs.

Beyond their size and cost, pipes are generally easier to use for beginner smokers. This is because they are easy to hold in one hand while lighting the bowl with the other. They can, however, be a bit more challenging to clean than bongs are.

There are many different styles of pipes like Sherlocks, spoons, and one-hitters. They can also be made from various materials, including glass, metal, stone, and silicon (for the more clumsy crowd). You can even find novelty pipes or dug-out systems for further ease to conceal them.


Bongs can provide an excellent smoke sesh while you’re at home relaxing on the couch. Marijuana bongs allow users to take bigger, more potent hits than possible with bowls. Bongs can also give users a less harsh feeling and better taste while smoking.

These devices can be challenging to handle while smoking since you need to cradle a bong. However, their bigger size gives them the advantage of several moving parts.

These moving parts include ash catchers that help to keep your water clean. Percolators to help filter the smoke (giving you a smoother hit). Downstems and water chambers help cool down the smoke, giving it a better taste than bowls.

When it comes to bongs vs. bubblers, bongs are usually more expensive than bowls. This is primarily due to their size and optional additions like screens and extra percolators.

You can get bongs in other materials, such as silicone and acrylic. They can also come in various styles, making it easy to find the best water pipes for you.

Bongs vs. Bowls: The Debate Explained

Depending on how you like to consume cannabis, either choice could be good.

If you’re a more experienced smoker and prefer to smoke at home by yourself, weed bongs could work best for you. On the other hand, if you travel a lot, need to conceal your piece, or aren’t comfortable holding the more significant objects, a pipe might work better for your needs.

We hope this short bongs vs. bowls guide helps you discover which device is best for you.

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By Manali