Because bongs are so different there is no one average cost for this apparatus. This apparatus has been around for hundreds of years, and with its current popularity a customer has hundreds of options. Some are so small they fit into a pocket. Others are large enough for a session with a group of friends. You can find choices in acrylic, plastic, glass, metal, or ceramic. Complex bongs and very simple pipes are also available for the choosing. Naturally, prices for all of these possibilities vary widely.
The Smallest of the Small
Just because something take up little space doesn’t mean this item isn’t a complicated design, attractive, or durable. Plenty of well-known names offer smaller water pipes including Roor. A sharp-eyed shopper can find a small glass bong from this manufacturer for less than $10 in the U.S.
If glass or a traditional look isn’t what you are hoping to find the Bukket a unique and heavy-duty type of bong could fit the bill at a little less than $30.
Heavy Duty and Unique
Amazing glass bongs with distinctive designs, and above average features are on the market, but for can be a splurge for those on a budge. The 4.0 Glass Bongs by Eric Ross for example are found at just under $1,500. Well worth the money for those who have this is the design bong for those who want to have a party in style.
The Easier to Find
The regular bubble bong is found in most head shops, and ranges in prices from $5 to $20. These are standard type water pips with a base, carb hole, and minimal decoration. This doesn’t mean many aren’t attractive. Variations are found in color, height, and width. Some are glass, but most are acrylic or hard plastic. Prices will be higher for medium size or larger apparatus. Other factors can affect prices such as the device having a larger mouth, or being adaptable for percs.
Many of the ceramic bongs are low in price, but high in remarkable and intricate artwork. From sitting cobras to the grim reaper these are made to occupy a special place in someone’s home. The prices are among the most reasonable for a water pipe often at less than $20 for a medium sized piece. Some of the more detailed and artistic made by recognized artists can also go up in price.
The Modular Option
The modular bong allows you to start out with a few items and build your own water pipe. Each piece comes ready to attach to another piece so while you have the parts for a working apparatus you can eventually build exactly what you want starting with the base. Prices vary greatly per part so it’s difficult to know if any money is truly saved using this method, but those who have tried to have a deep sense of satisfaction.
Hard Working Percolators
The percolator bong uses an additional smaller chamber passing the smoke through water at least twice. Some percolators are very elaborate, so of course these are a bit more expensive than a regular water pipe. Most of the midsized models will cost at least $80 or more. Given many who use this type of apparatus fall in love with them this higher price seems vindicated.
The Incredibowl models such as the i420 have caught the attention of those who love to combine science with recreation. These use up to 13 carbholes, and the laws of nature to offer the same purer smoke found with percolators in a small, compact apparatus. Newer innovations for this apparatus allows the user to smoke one handed. These are even offered in pocket sizes. Smaller models start at under $30, while midrange devices sell for $100 and over.
What to Look for in Savings at a Shop
Not all deals are created equally as any shopper knows. When shopping at a neighborhood head shop look carefully at the materials a device is made with, as some might not be worth the price asked. For example, thin glass bongs are often problematic, and plastic shouldn’t cost the same as well-made glass. Checking an item over before believing a price is truly discounted can prevent disappointment later.
The portable table, and the cardboard sign always promise discounts, but again you can’t be sure you are getting what you pay someone who likely won’t appear in the neighborhood again. These are good place to buy to anything, and this includes water pipes.
The Best Deal Possible
While the legal issues affecting those who make water pipes, bongs and smokers is often a problem, many manufacturers and sellers take pride in offering quality merchandize. When possible check to see if a purchase is a true bargain.