When it comes to enjoying a great smoke, you can choose many different options. You could make a joint, make a blunt, smoke a bong or go for a bubbler.
Bubblers can be extremely useful and due to their size, they can easily be transported and cleaned too.
However, much like pipes and bongs (see also "How To Use A Bong"), there are so many different bubblers on the market that it can be difficult to know what exactly you should be looking for and what constitutes making the best bubbler .
Luckily though, we’ve done all the hard work for you. We’ve done extensive research and tried and tested plenty of different bubblers in order to write this comprehensive guide.
We’re going to look at our picks for the best bubblers along with their pros and cons, provide a buyer’s guide for the top things to look out for and give you some of the most frequently asked questions.
So, if you’re ready to learn a heck of a lot more about bubblers - then read on and discover what you need to know with us!
Let’s kick off our guide now by looking at some of our picks of the best bubblers on the market!
OUR TOP PICK
Without a doubt, this bubbler is the most well rounded bubbler you could possibly buy on the market today.
Not only does it look amazing, but the size and shape is perfect for pretty much any smoker.
Its name is due to the fact that it has a removable glycerin chamber which you can put in the freezer for an hour before you pack your bowl.
What this provides is the cleanest, smoothest and most perfect hit you could possibly wish for.
Indeed, there is very little to find in terms of flaws with this bubbler. No mess, great size, great hit.
- Removable chamber
- Easy to use
- Great experience
- The shape means it’s not quite small enough to be discreetly transported
GRAV is one of the best brands out there when it comes to bubblers.
They make high quality products that are difficult to break, and the shape of this particular bubble shows exactly that.
Not only does it have reinforced materials, but the circular stand means it won’t fall off the side of the table due to a gust of wind!
Fantastic attention to detail here, it’s certainly a bubbler that you should consider purchasing, great for newbies and experienced smokers alike.
- Strong and durable
- Awesome, smart shape
- Good for any smoker level
- Could be difficult to clean due to its shape
If you’re looking for a great bubbler of high quality on a budget - then you cannot find a bubbler better than this one. It has a super cool skull shape with a cone mouthpiece.
The base is circular, allowing for a stable placement for home - but it’s also small enough to carry around with you, if you’re looking for a bubbler that is perfect for transportation at the same time!
Indeed, this is a very budget friendly, versatile and high quality bubbler that will be extremely difficult to match with other products like it on the market.
- Budget friendly
- High quality
- Great shape and size
Pretty basic, but worth the price
Of course, there’s going to be so many different considerations you need to bear in mind before you make your final purchasing decision.
So, we’ve got all the top thoughts to pay attention to below.
Bubbler Or Bong?
Anybody who has ever used a bong (see also "How To Clean Silicone Bongs") will know how great they can be for enjoying a fantastic smoke.
Not only do you get a great hit from a bong, but you can easily stretch out how much weed you have - and it’s a great way to socialize when you’re smoking.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks with bongs is their size.
Whilst it’s true that not all bongs are the same size, generally speaking bongs are large - too large to put in your bag or even in your pocket.
Bubblers on the other hand can easily be transported and some are small enough to fit easily into your pocket.
They are very much an individual product to enjoy your smoke - and due to their size, they’re easier to clean and you’re less likely to break them.
In other words, bubblers are arguably much more versatile than bongs, and many people, especially newbies to weed smoking, are better off using bubblers than using bongs.
This is not to say that bongs aren’t good though - but there’s slightly more pros to a bubbler than a bong!
Bubblers come in all different shapes and sizes. Whilst, as our last point says, bubblers can be small enough for you to carry in your pocket - other bubblers are not shaped like that.
Depending on which bubbler you are looking at, there are some that are shaped like a large bowl, some shaped like a large cone, some that look like half-sized bongs and some even look like vapes.
The fact is, when you are making your decision, you’re going to have to think about your own personal preferences in terms of how you like to hold a bubbler, if you want to take it with you etc.
Whilst the shape can affect your smoking experience, one of the largest considerations to make when it comes to the shape is how easy it is going to be to clean the bubbler when you’re finished.
It’s extremely important to clean the bubbler after every finished session. Some chambers are pretty easy to clean, whereas others are going to be very tricky.
The best thing to do here is to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for their recommendations.
Many, if not the majority of bubblers, will be made primarily of glass. However, this does not mean that all of them are. Some are made with a mixture of metal and plastic.
You’re always going to be better off opting for a glass material.
Not only does this make for a much better smoke, but it’s much easier to clean and it certainly looks much better objectively speaking.
Of course though, you’re going to need to be careful, especially if you take your bubbler out with you a lot.
As with other glass products, bubblers can easily break if you drop them, so if you’re going to carry your bubbler out with you, be sure to cover it with bubble wrap etc.
Now, the design of a bubbler is not exactly going to be the predominant consideration you make when you’re buying it - however, it is certainly something you should bear in mind anyway.
There are tons of different designs for bubblers out there, and of course it is going to come down to you and your own personal preference as to what design you are looking for and what you finally purchase.
The one thing you should think about though is any colored glass. As we mentioned earlier, some designs are difficult to clean based on their color, like a dark blue or dark green for instance.
Therefore, unless you really want those colors - then it’s probably best to opt for a different color if possible.
As with any great product on the market, there are so many brands of bubbler you could choose from.
However, there are some brands that are considered much better than others. Some of these include:
- Marley Natural
- Snoop Dogg Pounds
- Higher Standards
- Boo Glass
Of course though, where there are fantastic brands to choose from, there are also some not-so-great brands too.
Generally speaking, brands you find online that are not highly reviewed or have limited purchase history are often of lower quality.
This is not to say that this is always the case though, but if you are looking for peace of mind with your purchase and you absolutely want quality - then the brands above are going to be your best bet.
This point sort of feeds into the previous one, as the top brands generally will include all of the additional components that you need when you are buying a bubbler.
However, if you find a bubbler - you are going to need to check this.
Bubblers require a downstem, a grommet and a bowl piece. Some sellers do not supply these as you can buy them separately as replacements etc.
Of course though, in order to use your bubbler, you are going to need these components.
It can often work out cheaper to buy them separately if you know what you are doing, but if you are new to a bubbler or you don’t really know what to look for, you’re much better off buying the whole kit when you make your purchase.
Does It Come With A Warranty?
With any purchase you make, especially ones that are breakable or functional, you are always advised to find the product that has a warranty.
You might be thinking to yourself, well, what’s the point in having a warranty with a bubbler?
The thing is, bubblers have many areas where they could be broken or could become broken during transit when you’re getting it delivered for instance.
You do not want to be stuck in a situation where you have purchased something defective.
Not only this, but you would then need to buy extra components or even a brand new bubbler when you did not need to. So, to avoid all of these added potential problems, ensure that your bubbler comes with a warranty!
When it comes to making your final decision, one of the largest considerations you will make will be regarding your budget.
As you can imagine, some of the best brands - and indeed, bubblers with better and more materials are going to cost more.
However, we would say that you should probably avoid the urge to underspend when it comes to something like a bubbler.
You can often see a price that seems very reasonable, but you could end up with a product that is significantly lacking in quality.
One of the best ways to decipher how much money you should spend is by setting a maximum price for yourself and then looking at the average price of bubblers on the market. From there, keep to the middle ground and try not to go any higher than this.
Aside from the components, there are going to be some things that you should consider buying along with your bubbler.
Below, we’re going to look at some of the most essential purchases to make on top of your bubbler!
Isopropyl Alcohol And Cleaning Equipment
The same liquid that is used for rubbing alcohol, you can purchase a spray or dipping bottle which is one of the best things to use when you are cleaning your bubbler.
Remember, it’s essential to clean your bubbler regularly to keep it functional and avoid sickness.
It’s worth buying some Q-tips as well and dry paper towels after you have soaked your bubbler in warm water. Doing all of these steps will ensure you keep your bubbler clean and safe for as long as possible!
You are definitely going to want to buy a very good quality lighter. Depending on the shape and size of your bubbler, your choice of lighter might differ too.
The one thing we would say here is to avoid the urge to buy a gas lighter.
This is because lighters such as Zippo brand can affect the aroma and taste of your smoke - and they can often be a pain when they run out or do not spark as they should do!
Instead, think about using a butane lighter with a large tip. These are much better as the flame can be more concentrated in the bowl.
Bubble Wrap/Carry Bag
If you’re the type of person who is planning to take their bubbler to different places from time to time, you’re going to want to buy a carry bag. They are often black with plenty of pockets for great discretion.
Of course though, it’s highly advised that you get some bubble wrap too in order to ensure the safety of your bubbler.
You do not want to smash it when you’re taking it out with you now, do you?
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s normal for people to have plenty more questions after this guide, so we’ve got some of the most common questions below!
Should I Opt For The Big Name Brands?
As we mentioned earlier, while other brands may be cheaper, it can often be a false economy because they could either be missing parts, or the product’s quality could be seriously affected.
If you are a newbie to bubblers, it’s definitely a good idea to stick to the confirmed brands that we know have a high quality and include everything you are looking for, including all components and a warranty.
Does Size Really Make A Difference?
Larger bubblers produce much more smoke and as a result, they provide a much more intense smoking experience.
However, smaller bubblers are easier to conceal and transport around with you - which makes them far more discrete.
It really depends on you. If you’re not much of a smoker, then smaller bubblers are better. Similarly, if you’re going to travel a lot with your bubbler, then smaller ones are better.
However, if you’re going to stay at home with it and you’re experienced with weed - then larger is 100% better for a supreme smoking experience.
Can I Use Concentrates In A Bubbler?
It depends on the bubbler because some will only handle dry herbs. You will need to look out for a concentrate nail which will tell you if the bubbler can withstand both or not.
Always follow the manufacturer’s notes with things like this so you don’t prematurely break it!
Do Double Chambers Make A Difference?
Much like how the size will make a difference to the intensity of your smoke, the amount of chambers will also play a huge role.
If you are not particularly experienced with smoking, we would advise that you stick to just one.
If however, you’re looking to add more intensity to your smoke or you’re with some highly experienced friends looking for a challenge - then look towards the bubblers that have between two and four chambers.
Surprisingly, you will find plenty on the market that have multiple chambers, but of course, the more chambers you have - the less likely you are to be able to transport it.
Bubblers are among the most useful and beneficial smoking platforms that you could choose from, but of course - there are plenty out there to consider.
So, we hope that we’ve been able to clear up any of your concerns and questions.
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