Glass vs Metal vs Silicone - Which Bong is The Best For You

by Chris Husong

Glass vs Metal vs Silicone - Which Bong is The Best For YouOut of all the different materials you can choose for a bong – glass vs metal vs silicone – which bong is the best for you? Keep reading to find out!

Silicone Bongs are Indestructible

Glass has a tendency to break, of course. While this might not be an issue for a glass bong that never leaves the coffee table and is always carefully handled, traveling with a glass bong is something else. Silicone bongs are very resilient and will not break. They can be folded up for travel and then pop right back into shape.

Glass Bongs Offer Tastier Puffs

Glass is a nonporous material which means you are getting 100% of the flavor with every hit. Silicone is safe to smoke with, but you will lose some flavor as the smoke flows past silicone portions of your bong.

Metal Bongs Can Be Disassembled

Metal bongs can be made of brass, aluminum, or stainless steel. There are some advantages to metal bongs, namely the fact that certain portions can be disassembled. This is great for scraping resin out of your bong or when cleaning. In addition, metal bongs are very durable and impossible to break.


As noted, it is easier to travel with silicone bongs in comparison to glass bongs. Silicone bongs won’t need to be carried in a special case like glass bongs.

When Should You Choose a Metal Water Pipe?

Metal bongs are used primarily for personal and not group smoking because they tend to heat up quicker than other bongs. Metal bongs are ideal for traveling because they are impossible to break.

Glass Art vs Silicone Utility

Glass bongs can be made into beautiful pieces of art with a high degree of craftsmanship, which means they can also be pricier. Silicone bongs can have cool designs and shapes, but they won’t be crafted into art like a glass bong.

Silicone Bongs Can Also Be Disassembled

Similar to metal bongs, some silicone bongs can be taken apart while glass bongs typically only have one removable piece (the bowl). This makes cleaning silicone bongs much easier. Metal and silicone bongs are also easier to travel with, as you can pack the individual pieces of the bong as you like.

How Glass, Metal & Silicone Bongs are Similar

  • Designed to be Used with Water
    Glass, metal, and silicone bongs all use water as a smoke filtration method. They all have a compartment to hold water to allow your hits to be cooled. They also all need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Require Bong Bowls
    Glass, metal, and silicone bongs need to have bong bowls to hold your cannabis. When you inhale, the smoke travels from the bong bowl into the stem where it is filtered by the water in the body of the bong.
  • Accessories
    Extra attachments are available to add to your bong to enhance your smoking experience, including percolators, ice catchers, and more. Glass, metal, and silicone bongs can accommodate those accessories.

What Type of Bong is Better?

Out of glass, metal and silicone, none of the bong types are better than the other. What is most important is that you may find that you prefer one over the other. If you are looking for the cleanest flavor in a bong that looks like a showpiece, you should go with a glass bong. If you want a bong that is portable, easy to clean, durable, and inexpensive, silicone or metal bongs are good choices for you.

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