What is a Glass Bubbler Pipe?
What is a bubbler you ask? Congratulations, you have officially graduated from Smoker’s Elementary School! The glass bubbler pipe is the hand pipe of the pros, the apparatus of the A-listers, the choice of connoisseurs...Ok, ok, I’ll stop
But seriously, bubblers are the bomb.
What is a glass bubbler pipe?
One cold winter night, a water pipe and a hand pipe were cuddling, watching Disney+. Nine months later, the glass bubbler was born!
The glass bubbler is a pipe small enough to hold easily with one hand, but with a chamber for water that provides the cooling and filtering effects of a water pipe. A hybrid that, done properly, offers the best of both worlds. Portability and ease of use, plus supreme smoke quality. A miniaturized one handed water pipe, essentially.
How to Use a Bubbler Pipe
You put the lime in the coco...nevermind nevermind. Using a bubbler is super straightforward for anyone who’s ever used a water pipe. Basically just add enough water to cover the stem, but not so much that you get a free drink every time you hit it.
Every bubbler will be different, so you’ll just have to find the ideal level. How much water to put in a bubbler is a delicate balance. More water equals better filtration and cooling, but getting contaminated water in your mouth...that’s gag-worthy.
Recent Innovation: The Silicone Bubbler
Silicone is a pleasant material...as many of you already know I’m sure. It’s also really hard to break, which makes it perfect for pipes that have a tendency to follow the law of gravity.
Typically featuring an embedded glass bowl, a silicone herb bubbler improves on three key weaknesses of the glass hand pipe. They’re much harder to break, many times easier to clean, and they’re water-filtered. And with silicone, it’s much easier to make a cheap bubbler pipe. I guess form does follow function, after all…
Smoking from a Bubbler: Benefits
The benefits of using a bubbler really deserve two different perspectives: Bubbler vs. Water Pipe, and Bubbler vs. Hand Pipe. The benefits of using a bubbler versus a water pipe are improved portability and ease of handling. The benefits of using a bubbler versus a hand pipe are improved smoke smoothness, flavor, and healthfulness.
After all, a bubbler is a water pipe, and a bubbler is a hand pipe. So in all reality, you get the combined benefits of both, just in a slightly lesser degree than is possible with either extreme.
Conclusion: Are Bubblers Worth It?
Absofriggin-lutely. Bubblers often aren’t much more expensive than a high-quality hand pipe. You get many of the advantages of a water pipe with few of the drawbacks. If you invest in top shelf smoke, you really should consider investing in something water-cooled. Trust us, you’ll probably be thanking us later.