Glass Vs. Plastic Pipes

Glass Vs. Plastic (Acrylic) Pipes

So a lot of you out there are probably thinking about buying a new water pipe and wanna get it for a low price right? Well when deciding between plastic and glass, plastic is definitely the cheaper route. I remember the first acrylic bong I bought was only $17, and it was well worth the money. It was a tiny blue pipe that hit like a champ, however sometimes cheaper means less quality.

If you are considering buying a plastic bong, there are some key things you should know. The reason most people prefer glass over plastic is that although acrylic pipes are still transparent, you can’t really clean them properly. Now they do have a special cleaner that you can use to clean your bong but in my experiences with it, you just end up smearing the resin around instead of actually cleaning it off. And if you try to use alcohol and salt to clean it (standard cleaning method), then the plastic material will start to fade away. Once you accept the fact that it can’t really be cleaned and just change out the bong water on a regular, over time you’ll start to see that changing the water doesn’t really help as much. The downside to this is that you’re basically hitting out of a dirty pipe, and the dirtier the pipe is, the harsher the hit is.


While this is a big downside, there are some ways to get around the hit being so harsh. If you want to make your hit smoother, I would suggest getting a plastic pipe that has an ice catcher. An ice catcher is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It’s just a notch or notches in the tube, which allows ice to sit above the water making it much cooler and smoother to hit.

Like I said before, I owed a plastic pipe a few years ago so I’m not anti-plastic or anything, and there are more benefits to plastic bongs then just their transparency of course. Their size makes them very suitable to travel with, they’re also very light and very durable. Other than cleaning it with alcohol constantly, they’re almost impossible to break so that’s always a plus as well.


Lastly, even with all the benefits of plastic pipes, I’d still highly recommend choosing glass over plastic to smoke out of. Glass bongs come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, as well as giving off the cleanest hit you can get from a water pipe. Not only is it a lot better alone without additional attachments, but if you add some percs to your pipe, then the debate is simply out of the question.



6 thoughts on “Glass Vs. Plastic Pipes

  1. Hello,

    Very interesting article and product you are sharing today, I never heard of glass pipes before today? Where I live we all use the plastic pipes, they seem to work very well and have lasted a very long time with no major problems.

    Glass pipes would be cool since you can see inside of them for any potential problems, where would you purchase such pipes? Are these available in the USA, I have never seen them in my area so not sure if you can even purchase theme here?

    1. Yes you can purchase them from pretty much any online shop(amazon,bongoutlet,dhgate, etc..). You can also purchase them from about 95% of all smoke shops in the USA,and there’s plenty over here!

  2. Thanks for the info! I had no idea that plastic pipes existed. Considering that it may be an investment to buy a glass pipe, a plastic one may be worth it for the cash, and it seems to still do the job.

    I found it informative as well to that there is such a thing as ice catchers, to make the hits smoother. Something to look into.

    But I still feel skeptical about plastic and if it’s safe.

  3. Oh definitely man, there’s plenty of benefits to plastic pipes like you say, but clearly you have to go glass if you want the best. But personally I always have plastic one for travelling because as you point out they are way more durable.

    But personally I prefer smoking joints to using bongs and pipes, but I still use them every now and then 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this bro!

    1. Yeah tbh I go back and forth. Sometimes I go weeks of just taking straight bong rips all day every day and nothing else and that’s enough for me. Other weeks I prefer blunts majority of the time but it’s good to mix it up every now and then. Besides, you save a lot when you smoke from a bong or pipe..

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