Let’s take a moment of silence for every beautiful bong that has suffered an untimely end at the hands of a butter-fingered stoner — myself included. Like many glass purists, I have watched in horror as my absolute favorite piece hit the ground and shatter – may it now rest in pieces.
To lessen the possibility of broken bongs in the future, consider a silicone bong. Sure, I’ll always keep a nice borosilicate beaker in my collection, but who says you can’t have variety?
Silicone bongs come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, but generally include the same components, and like their glass counterparts, these pieces are pretty intuitive to use and offer a smooth hit. Some silicone options even include percolators or ice pinches, both of which can filter or cool down smoke even more, improving the experience.
Below, find out why silicone bongs are gaining popularity and check out a few of our recommendations.
Why buy a silicone bong?
Silicone bongs are nearly impossible to break with the exception of the bowl itself, which can typically be replaced. A quality silicone bong is made of food-grade silicone that is bendy, durable, and non-toxic. You can drop it and it won’t shatter, which makes it a great choice for chronic bong breakers.
It’s also fantastic for consumers who are always on the move. Some options are small enough to throw in a backpack without fear of destroying it — no need for a fancy protective case. There are even rollable silicone bongs that can be easily transported or stored in small spaces. Whether you’re going on an outdoor adventure or hitting up a party, you’ll be able to take bong rips wherever you go.
Silicone bongs are also super easy to clean thanks to silicone’s natural non-stick properties. It can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and salt, just like a glass piece, or you can use dish soap and warm water. Some pieces are actually dishwasher safe, though each piece should be washed by itself to avoid damage to your other dishes.
Where to buy a silicone bong
It’s important to choose a silicone bong from a reputable brand to ensure that the material is safe for frequent use and will not deteriorate when cleaned. Here are five excellent brands to choose from.
Roll Uh Bowl
Roll Uh Bowl’s silicone bongs are simple, effective, and compact. The pipe itself is foldable for easy storage and transport so it can accompany you on literally any stoney adventure you can imagine.
For a bigger bong that delivers huge hits, Roll Uh Bowl’s Big Model is a larger version of the original with the same foldable body, plus a king-size bowl with a mesh screen and a suction cup at the base.
Eyce is known for selling some of the most rugged, durable silicone bongs on the market. For those looking for something small and discreet, the Eyce Mini Beaker touts many of the same features of the ever-popular Eyce Beaker.
The mini water pipe stands at only 7.25 inches but has ample storage in the base for extra material. It’s also covered by a lifetime warranty. If you break it, tear it, or burn it, Eyce will replace it at no extra cost.
With a huge selection of shapes, styles, and gadgets, Ooze’s silicone smoking products are unmatched. Many of its pieces are a combo of silicone and glass, making it super functional but probably not the best option for on the go. For something unique and versatile, check out the Ooze UFO Silicone Water Pipe and Nectar Collector, which can be used with regular flower, wax, or a vape pen.
With vibrant colors and fun shapes and designs, PieceMaker Gear is the ideal shop for an artistic silicone piece. The brand offers silicone pipes and bongs in a variety of eye-catching colors, plus a couple of character designs, like the unicorn-shaped silicone bong — which is as cute as it is functional — that comes completely apart for easy cleaning.
Waxmaid’s selection of silicone pipes is wide and varied with tons of cool shapes and colors. Its top-notch silicone bowls, bongs, and nectar collector are great for any occasion. The Waxmaid 6.5” Mr. Y Silicone Water Pipe packs a punch and is both cost-effective and portable. It also features a storage container at the base, perfect for stashing your trees on the go.
Ashlee Nolan is an NYC-based freelance journalist who enjoys writing about cannabis, culture, and politics. When not writing, you can probably find her curled up on the couch with coffee, a book, and her cat, Wednesday.