If you are an advanced toker or a complete beginner and you’re thinking of buying a new piece, you have come to the right place.

Maybe you are sick of cleaning your old bong, have acquired some extra cash and are looking to upgrade or you are buying your first bong.

The purpose of this post is to guide beginner and even advanced tokers through the different types of bongs that are available.

Each type of bong has different benefits, and trust me, there is a lot of different types of bongs to choose from. We will be walking through each type of bong and their benefits. Lets get started!

The Many Different Types of Bongs:


Carburetor Hole

Many bongs will feature a small hole, this will sometimes be referred to as simply a “carb” or “shotty”. The carburetor is located in the chamber across from the stem of the bong.

These are also known but are not limited to, Bubblers which, we will come to later on.

The carburetor is just a hole that the user places their finger over when inhaling. This allows the chamber of the bong to fill up with smoke.

When the user releases their finger from the hole, this releases the vacuum which allows air to flow freely into the chamber. The smoke will then mix with the air which can provide a more intense “hit”.

The reason that this technique is considered to be more intense, is that the air forces cannabis smoke into the lungs rapidly. This is has a much quicker effect compared to normal inhalation.


Slide bongs are bongs that have stems with two pieces. One piece is attached to the bong itself, whilst the other stem (the bowl) slides into the stem that is attached to the bong.

To use, the user simply pulls out the second stem and inhales the smoke.

Ice Bongs

Ice bongs are one of the most common types of bong on the market. Generally made of glass, the user puts an ice cube into the neck, which a twist or notch in the neck holds in place.

Ice bongs are sub categories of Carburetor or Slide bongs.

People use ice cubes because ice has a cooling effect on the smoke when the user inhales.

You can see one of these in action in the video below!


A Bubbler is a small bong. The majority of these bongs are enclosed, with a small hole that acts as a Carburetor and of course the hole that is used to inhale the smoke.

Bubblers are considered to be much nicer to smoke out of than a pipe because the smoke is filtered through the water and also cooled.

Bucket Bong

A Bucket Bong, which is also known as many different names throughout the world, is a bong that uses water to create a constant vacuum. The water doesn’t necessarily filter the smoke.

This method of smoking makes the smoke much denser, meaning that more chemicals are to be absorbed.

Bucket Bongs are known for inducing coughing fits and can be unpleasant to use. Bucket Bongs can allow the user on a limited budget to conserve his or her substance and still get high.

Gravity Bongs

Gravity Bong

Gravity bongs use a more elaborate technique and setup.  Water is drained from a bottle to produce a vacuum.

A hole is cut in the bottom of the bottle, and the bottle is then filled and then drained into a sink or bucket whilst the bowl is lit. This pulls smoke into the bottle.

This type of bong is used in party situations or by users who wish to get the most out of their stash.


Bongs are made from many different materials. Each material gives you a different experience. The use of different materials also will directly effect the price that you pay for a bong.

The main materials that are used when making bongs are the following:

Glass Bongs

Glass Bong

Glass is without a doubt one of the most popular materials that bongs are made from. You will find a huge selection of bongs made from glass.

Glass is used because glass as a material is malleable and reflects heat. This allows you, the user to hold the lighter to the bowl without fear of burning the tips of your fingers (which can be a concern with metallic bongs.)

Unlike other materials, Glass doesn’t change the taste of Marijuana, or add a strange aftertaste.

If you want to smoke in style, a glass bong is for you. Glass bongs come in a wide range of styles, colors and price-ranges.

You must of course be careful with Glass bongs, if you knock them off of a high surface, you can break them!

Check out some of our Glass bong reviews here:

Our 10 Best Glass Bongs

We also have a list of our top rated glass percolator bongs.

Acrylic Bongs

Acrylic bongs are cheaper substitutes than glass. Acrylic is a form of plastic and is almost indestructible, unlike its glass counterpart.

An acrylic bong can offer outstanding results for all users, easy cleaning and a low price for first time buyers.

Of course, experienced tokers who wish to get a cheap but effective piece will also choose to use an acrylic bong.

Check out some of the Acrylic bong reviews we have here:

Our 5 Best Acrylic Bongs

Ceramic Bongs

Ceramic Bong

Ceramic bongs are formed using wet clay and harening them by baking them.

Ceramic bongs will be more intricately designed than glass or acrylic because of the material used.

Generally, ceramic bongs are the least popular type of bong to buy. The reason for this is because the ceramic bong has a small chamber and doesn’t leave a lot of room for smoke to build up.

Ceramic bongs do cost more than acrylic, but are cheaper than glass bongs.


Commercial bongs may limit themselves to the materials above, but there are a lot of homemade bongs that you can make. How about smoking through a pepper or an apple? How about a water bottle?

Within the cannabis culture, people find ways to make bongs out of almost anything. This is because the science behind the bong is incredibly simple and easy to understand.