When people first start smoking they will usually gravitate toward a smaller glass hand pipe. After smoking for a while they want to upgrade to a pipe with water filtration. Going straight to an expensive bong from a cheaper glass pipe can be intimidating for some. This is where water bubblers come into play. You get the water filtration like a water pipe or bong, but in a much smaller footprint at a substantially cheaper price.
Bubblers are a step up from glass pipes as they have built-in water filtration. Like water pipes and bongs, you put water into a bubbler to help filter the smoke to make for a smoother smoking experience. When smoking out of standard glass pipes the smoke will be harsher, and feel stronger on your throat. With a water bubbler your smoke seshes will be more pleasant and you will be able to take larger hits of your flowers.
Bubblers tend to be more compact than a water pipe, and cheaper than a bong. This makes them good choices for people that need to store their smoking pipes when not in use. Not everyone wants a giant bong sitting on their coffee table. Bongs can be very expensive depending on how much work, and how intricate they are. Standard sherlock bubblers are a cheaper budget option that won't break the bank.
For portability water bubblers win hands down over water pipes. Taking a big bong camping, canoeing, rafting, biking, hiking, or to a concert or festival isn't very practical. A water bubbler can be put into a backpack, or a padded pouch, and when you want to smoke you can use a small amount of water from your water bottle to have a wonderful smooth smoke anywhere anytime. Once you are done you can dump the water out, and carry on with your activities.
Most of the bubblers we carry will be priced well below a comparable water pipe. You get the benefits of water filtration but without the high cost of the water pipe. In the unfortunate event that you drop your bubbler, and break it you won't feel quite as bad as if you dropped a $300 bong.
There are many different styles and designs of water bubbler pipes. The pipes we sell are all made of pyrex glass that is hand-blown one at a time by a skilled artisan. They use a torch to heat up the glass tube and mold it into the final product. These glass artists use many different techniques, and glass styles to make the finished water bubblers. Some use inside out techniques where they blow the glass tube out and put the artwork on the inside of the tube, while others use outside techniques where they mold the glass tubes into a bubbler shape and add the artwork on the outside of the glass tube. Some more basic bubblers are made of colored glass tube with no additional artwork added.
There are a multitude of materials used to make glass bubblers. They are all mostly made of pyrex glass. , with some being made of a thicker tube that can be designed inside out. Scientific lab glass bubblers are rising in popularity. Helix by grav labs and Marley Naturals makes bubblers out of clear scientific lab glass.
The most popular style of water bubbler is a Sherlock style pipe. The sherlock pipe stands up on the flat base and is usually made of two parts. It gets its name from looking like a sherlock holmes style dry pipe. The neck of the pipe angles back and makes for a much easier smoking experience. Newer styles of sherlock bubblers have multiple water chambers. With up to five different chambers of water the filtration makes for one of the smoothest smokes for the price.
Hammer bubblers get their name from the shape of the pipe. They literally look like a hammer you would use to hammer nails. The Water reservoir is usually a cylindrical shape, and the tube coming off goes into a tapered mouthpiece. Where Sherlock bubblers have an S-shaped tube for the mouthpiece a hammer bubbler is typically a straight tube of glass. Hammer bubblers are more stable when they are set down than sherlock style bubblers.
Sidecar bubblers are similar to hammers but the bowl and the water reservoir are turned to the side. They function pretty much like a hammer, but some smokers like having the bowl more to the side than out in front.
Scientific water bubblers are made of scientific-grade clear lab glass. They can have attributed more like a water pipe, but still, be considered a bubbler. They may have removable bowls that are either glass on glass or standard slide bowls that fit into a grommeted down stem. Lab glass bubblers will usually have built in percolators like bongs. They can come with tree percs, showerhead percs, inline percs, or a combination of many different percs. Some of these bubblers end up being as intricate as a water pipe but instead of standing up they lay down like a bubbler.
For water-cooled perfection while smoking your favorite flowers choosing a water bubbler is a great choice.