Bubblers are popular portable water pipes because most of them are pocket-sized all-in-one pieces that don’t require purchasing extra accessories and bowls.
The great thing about glass water bubblers is that they act as coolant to your smoke before you take the hit. This is helpful because it doesn’t feel so harsh on your throat and lungs.
Are you looking for a new hand pipe? We’ve done the hard work and researched five of the best bubblers so you don’t have to!
If this is your first bubbler, these are the features that you should look out for;
How type of percolator does the bubber have and is it diffusing smoke?
Bubblers are available in a variety of styles including sherlock bubblers, hammer bubblers and all different kinds inbetween.
- Bowl Size
Will the depth and shape of the bowl suit your smoking habits?
From a selection of thousands we chose and reviewed 5 of the best bubblers of the year, here’s what we found;
WS - Clear Glass Inline Perc Vapor Bubbler
The Clear Glass Inline Perc Vapor Bubble is the perfect starter option if you want to try a handheld glass bubbler for smoking concentrates and BHO but aren’t ready to break the bank on a high-end piece.
This piece is just over nine inches tall and weighs just under one pound without water. This bubbler makes a fantastic little introduction to smoking concentrates.
The 18.8mm glass-on-glass male joint comes equipped with a clear glass top-load vapor dome and a glass concentrate nail.
The inline percolator is slitted to break your toke up into luscious bubbles for a smooth smoke. Plus, the multiple marias ensure a safer grip and add decoration.
- Slitted inline perc with over 15 openings
- Glass concentrate nail
- Great quality borosilicate glass concentrate
- Budget friendly
- Perfect beginner’s starter bubbler for smoking concentrate
- No carb hole
Grace Glass Blue Duck Vapor Bubbler
The Blue Duck Grace Bubbler is made from high-quality and heat resistant borosilicate glass and measures 11.8 inches in height.
This bubbler has a built-in 6-arm Tree Percolator that shoots bubbles in every direction, breaking up your tokes into a bubbling mass of diffusion and water filtration.
This unique water filtration process and long mouthpiece results in a cooler and cleaner hit that’s easy on the throat and lungs.
The Blue Duck Grace Bubbler has an 18.8mm male joint that arrives complete with an 18.8mm female flower bow, an 18.8mm female vapor dome, and a blue glass nail. The handles on the bowl make it easier to remove the bowl for a refill and acts as the perfect roll stopper.
- Great quality borosilicate glass
- Built-in 6-arm Tree Percolator
- Disc mouthpiece
- Great for passing around
- Long mouthpiece for cooler smoke
- Great for smoking flower
- This bubbler may be too subtle if you prefer eye-catching glass
Grace Glass - Limited Edition Bubbler
The Grace Glass – Limited Edition Bubbler is an eye-catching bubbler that has an 18.8mm joint and an 18.8mm male flower bowl.
This limited edition bubbler is constructed of heat resistant borosilicate glass and is decorated with matching pink detail on the mouthpiece and rim of the food.
There’s also a built-in screen and pink handles that make it a lot easier to remove the bowl and act as a great roll stopper.
The fixed downstem has a drum diffuser that breaks the smoke into smaller particles before it travels through the HoneyComb percolator.
This step filters the smoke into smaller bubbles which significantly cools it down. The cooling provides a flavorful hit that’s packed with flavor and easy on the throat and lungs.
Lastly, this classy Grace Glass piece has a flared mouthpiece and limited edition logo. The flared mouthpiece offers a strong grip for a better smoking experience.
- Honeycomb disc
- High-quality borosilicate glass
- Male 18.8m flower bowl
- Pink handle
- Great for herbs
- The pink highlights may not be to everyone's taste
- Not budget friendly
Cheech & Chong’s Anthony Vapor Bubbler
The Cheech & Chong Anthony Vapor Bubbler is perfect for vaping your favorite essential oils and concentrates thanks to the heat-resistant borosilicate glass.
The bubbler has a laid-back bent neck for easy smoking through the comfortable, flared mouthpiece.
Additionally, this bubbler is equipped with a reinforced downstem that connects to the double-tier showerhead percolator for maximum filtration.
When you inhale, the vapor is pulled down the fixed downstem and through the submerged slits in the double-tier showerhead percolator. Here, it’s filtered and cooled by the water.
The team at THC was impressed with the glass concentrate nail – included in your purchase – that slides in the joint perfectly. The vapor dome with female joint seamlessly connects with the male joint.
The Cheech & Chong Anthony Vapor Bubbler has a thick base that provides stability and the vapor dome comes with two side handles for easy removal that as an excellent roll stopper.
Apple green colored glass accents can be seen on the handles, the rim of the foot, the rim of the mouthpiece and on the reinforced downstems joint. A green Cheech & Chong’s design is placed on the front of the vapor bubblers’ body.
- Glass nail included
- Double-tier showerhead percolator
- Reinforced fixed downstem
- Stable circular foot
- Apple green accents
- Great for concentrates and oils
- Not designed for use with flower
Black Leaf Glass Mushroom Dab Rig
The Black Leaf Glass Mushroom Dab Rig is adorned with a glass mushroom marble and several mushroom ornaments coated on the hourglass-shaped body. Additionally, this bubbler is made from the finest borosilicate glass.
As you inhale, smoke travels through the diffuser downstem. The holes in the diffuser break the smoke down into bubbles for a cool and clean rip.
This Black Leaf Glass Mushroom Dab Rig comes with a glass banger and a glass herb bowl with a handle for easy lifting.
The rim of the mouthpiece, the rim of the joint and the rim of the diffuser downstem come in a light green color that beautifully matches the color of the mushrooms.
The mouthpiece on this portable bubbler is slightly bent backward which allows you to kick back, relax and smoke it in a comfortable laid back position.
- Curved mouthpiece
- Glass herb bowl
- Mushroom ornaments throughout
- Light green accents on mouthpiece, diffuser and joint
- Diffuser downstem
- High quality borosilicate glass
- Mushroom design may not suit all tastes
How to Find the Best Bubbler
Bubblers are popular because they offer the benefits of water filtration and silky smooth hits without the need for bowls or stems.
If you’re a stay-at-home couch smoker, bubblers are perfect. But, they’re not solely restricted to the home, their small size makes them portable for smoking on the go.
Here are some of the main qualities to look for when shopping for a bubbler;
The shape of the bubbler has a huge effect on how it smokes. Everybody has different preferences, therefore, manufacturers develop pieces in different shapes.
- Sidecar is great for preventing water splashback
- Hammer rests on the table without rolling
- Pendant is perfect for portability
Percolators provide an additional layer of filtration for the smoke which provides an enjoyable and smooth smoking experience.
Different percolators achieve this in different ways and contribute a different aesthetic appeal to each piece. These are the most recognizable styles of percolator;
The shape of the honeycomb percs provides the functionality that’s needed to filter smoke efficiently. The round discs at the bottom of the bong are great for diffusing the smoke without slowing down the smoking process.
This occurs when within the tube of the bong, there’s a collection of rods that resemble tree limbs with a few slits each, providing plenty of diffusion.
Considering that the man reason for buying a water pipe over a dry pipe is for filtration, you should consider;
- What kind of percolator does the bubbler have?
- How is the smoke defused?
- How big is the chamber? The bigger the chamber, the more water for filtration
You need to think about your smoking preferences and need to decide on the appropriate bowl size, shape and depth.
How often do you smoke and how long are your sessions? These are two important questions that will help you choose your size of bowl.
Best Way to Clean a Bubbler
If you’re a casual smoker, you should thoroughly clean your bubbler every three to six months. If you’re a regular smoker, you should clean it at least once a month/.
Cleaning your bubbler is important because it fights bacteria, eliminates resin build-up makes your bubbler last longer.
Over time, bacteria and mold build up over any moist surface. The intricate inner parts of a bubbler can become so clogged with resin that it can weaken them or even cause them to break.
You Will Need;
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Plastic bags
- Rubber bands
- Pipe cleaners
- Running water
Once you have all of the supplies, it’s time to get cleaning;
- Use 16oz of Isopropyl alcohol and put it in your container. Mix in ¼ cup of salt and let it sit. Alternatively, fill your bubbler with the solution and use plastic bags to cover the holes. Next, wrap rubber bands around them to keep them secure.
- Soak your bubbler in the container you’re using to clean or let it soak with the liquid inside. Leave to soak for about 30-60 minutes.
- Once you’ve let your bubbler soak for a while, remove the cleaning solution and rinse with warm water.
- Take your water pipe and scrub as needed until the debris is gone. For really dirty bubblers, a second soak may be the only solution.
- Rinsing is important in order to get rid of any alcohol and solution from cleaning, which can be dangerous if smoked. Drying is important for keeping herbs dry and reducing bacterial growth.
If you don’t have any cleaning alcohol or prefer not to use chemicals, you can use;
- Salt & Vinegar
- Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Lemon Water
Lemon water is the most natural way to clean your bubbler, but as a result it takes the longest to work. We recommend you soak your bubbler for 2-3 hours for the best results.
Bubblers are one of the best forms of pipes for smokers because it combines the cool, smooth rips that are provided by a bong with the convenience of a portable hand pipe.
The pipes that we identified as the best bubblers in 2020 meet our criteria of high-quality construction, reasonable price and an excellent smoking experience.
Most importantly, they’re pipes that we’d smoke ourselves.
Because everyone’s smoking style is different, we’ve chosen our favorite vape bubbler as well as the best bubbler overall.
The best vape bubbler is Cheech & Chong’s Anthony Vapor Bubbler. We at THC enjoy its thick base that offers great stability as well as laid-back bent neck for laid-back and chilled smoking.
Plus, the double-tier showerhead percolator offers maximum filtration for filtered and cooled water.
We’ve chosen the Grace Glass Blue Duck Vapor Bubble as the best bubbler overall.
This bubbler is fun to watch as the 6-arm tree percolator shoots bubbles in every direction to break up your tokes into a mass of diffusion.
The Blue Duck Vapor Bubbler is great for sharing with friends because the long mouthpiece provides easy, cool tokes plus the bubbles make this piece entertaining to smoke! Additionally, the handles prevent any mindless accidents!
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