Whether you are a newbie or an experienced smoker, you have probably used or own a bong. However, are you familiar with a percolator? Chances are you have heard the term, but you still might be wondering exactly what is a percolator? Taking a hit from a bong should be a smooth experience. A percolator effectively guarantees smoothness by cooling the smoke down even further. However, there are different types of percolators and each one varies in effect.
A percolator acts as a diffuser. The water from the bong cools the smoke. The percolator is an intermediary process that diffuses the smoke right before it hits the water. The design of the percolator, such as how many holes, placement, size, and shape will determine how much smoke comes into contact with the water to cool. Some percolators work better than others as a bong diffuser. In addition to slowing and diffusing the hit, a well-designed perk moisturizes and filters the smoke even further.
If you are shopping for a bong, then you are going to want to focus on purchasing a high-end percolator bong to truly enjoy your smoking experience. Here is a list of the eleven best percolator bongs currently on the market.
You can't go wrong with this Tree Perc Bong! Photo: @Badass Glass
When you are looking for a top-shelf bong then you definitely want to consider Tree Perc Bongs. The Tree Perc Glass Bong has been designed with ten arms to its perc to further filter the smoke prior to inhaling. It comes equipped with a splash guard to prevent water from coming up the tower of the bong and reaching your mouth. The splash guard also doubles as a three pinch ice catcher. Place ice cubes into the ice catcher to further cool each hit so it becomes an icy delight. With this lovely bong, you can say goodbye to harsh hits and relish each drag off the mouthpiece. In addition, to the well-designed glass percolator, ice holder, and splashguard, the Tree Perc Glass Bong has also been fashioned from durable, clear glass. The large 5-inch beaker base helps prevent accidental tip-overs. Within the beaker base is the removable diffused downstem. With the interchangeable downstem, you can easily light up concentrates or dry herbs.
Dainty but mighty, we love this mini barrel! Photo: @Dankstop
Who says that good things don’t come in small packages? The Mini Barrel to Swiss Perk Water Pipe might be dainty but it is mighty when it comes to Swiss percs. Constructed of clear, durable glass, you can watch the smoke travel through the well-engineered dual percs and out the bent neck. This double perc bong is an outstanding specimen of design. It stands 8 inches tall and has a 90 degree 14 mm female joint with a dewar’s joint, which only increases the reinforcement of the entire device. The barrel perc has numerous slits through which it cleanses the smoke. Above the circ perc sits the Swiss perc. The interesting design makes the smoke pattern fascinating to watch as it passes through the many holes. This water pipe has been designed to use concentrates, dry herbs, or combine both for an even greater experience.
If you are seeking double chambered bongs then you will want to take a look at the Black Leaf - Twister Glass Bong with Double Chamber Percolator. Fashioned from premium borosilicate glass, this bong has a double chamber percolator to break the smoke into fine particles. The fine particles further cool down the smoke so each hit is like silk and packed with flavor. This small percolator is undoubtedly a great choice. It measures only 8.5 inches in height. The red and white Black Leaf Twister logo is located on the bong’s main chamber. It then narrows down to a smaller black tube that features a flared black mouthpiece. There is a 14.5mm male joint and it also comes with a female 14.5mm borosilicate glass herb bowl that has a transparent handle/rollstopper. Also, the bong comes in a nice decorative foam box for safe transport and storage.
For some of the smoothest hits, check out this bad boy! Photo: @420 Science
When it comes to triple perc bongs, the HiSi 14in Beaker - Triple Bell Perc v2.0 stands out. Hisi focuses on a scientific approach to both smoking and vaping. Compared to other bong percolator types this one is truly upscale. It eliminates unpleasantly hot, dry hits. This beauty has two bell-shaped percs that have engineered holes to maintain small bubbles. There is also a bell-shaped splashguard under the ice catch. With each drag, the ice helps cool things down. This outstanding, made in Cali, piece stands 14 inches tall with a nice, stable 4-inch base. It has a 4 inch Swiss diffused downstem and a 14mm male bowl. The lovely etched HiSi logo is also a nice touch on this item. If you are looking for a 3 chamber bong then this might be the perfect choice.
Who wouldn't want a smooth hit from this Perc bong? Photo: @Toker Supply
If you enjoy a smooth and robust rip then you are going to instantly fall head over heels in love with the Inline Perc to Stereo Matrix Perc Bong. When it comes to inline percolator bongs, this beauty is a real ‘must-have.'
Within the bottom chamber, there is an upside-down, inline percolator that provides maximum diffusion of dry herbs. Then the smoke passes into the top chamber that boasts a stereo matrix percolator. The two percs offer nice, cool hits. The glass perc bong stands 12 inches tall with a slightly bent neck to guarantee no water ever reaches up to your mouth. Also, another nice bonus is that this piece comes in three colors. When it comes to water pipe percolators, this one fits nicely in your hand and feels firm with its heavy glass and thick base. It has a 18mm female joint with an 18mm male flower bowl.
Inexpensive but potent, we love this option! Photo: @Glasscity
Glasscity has developed a top quality item that is often categorized as one of their cheap percolator bongs. However, don’t be fooled by the affordable price, because this bong is very nice. The 6 chamber bong has a 6-arm tree percolator with a slitted showerhead diffuser. The splash guard also has ice notches. When compared to other bongs with an ice catcher and percolators, this one has a very nice design. As you inhale, the smoke passes through the fixed downstem to the slitted showerhead diffuser. This showerhead perc bong has perfect slits to break the smoke into particles to increase the surface area. The smoke starts to cool down. It then moves up to the second percolator and the 6-arm tree percolator for even more filtration. When comparing percolator filters, this one does not disappoint. The smoke then passes into the slitted splashguard. You can add a few pieces of ice into the ice notches in the tube to even further cool and refresh your rip. As a multi-chamber bong, this one has many nice features and looks outstanding. It comes with black accents and a matching black Glasscity decal on the tube and handle of the bowl.
Effective and affordable, what more could you ask for? Photo: @Smoke Cartel
If you are thinking about purchasing a cyclone bong, then the Turbine Cyclone Perc Water Pipe - Smokenado might be the perfect choice. Not a small percolator, it measures 10.5 inches, but it is still not too large and will comfortably fit into your hand. In addition, when it comes to bong prices, this beauty is affordable. The bubbler with perc is fashioned from highly durable boro glass. Considered a spiral bong, it has turbine perc that effectively spins the smoke and water like a tornado for maximum diffusion. This is definitely a spiral bong that you are going to want to try. It has a bent neck mouthpiece, fixed meniscus downstem, nicely rounded base, and a ground 18mm F joint. Also, the matching glass funnel herb slide with handle is included. When it comes to fancy bongs, this is a terrific choice that won’t break the bank.
Known as a top-shelf bong world-wide, show off with this purchase! Photo: @Aqua Lab Tehcnologies
This waffle perc bong by Stone Glass Works is top-shelf all the way. Most weed connoisseurs would consider it a true work of art. If you collect crazy bongs because you admire their beauty, engineering, and style then this is a must-have to add to your collection. The unique multi chamber bong provides you with twice the volume of water and additional waffler perc due to the added chamber. Also, the stemless design comes with a compatible 18mm funnel slide that has been fashioned from extra thick glass. This glass perc bong also boasts the black and white Stone label emblazoned on the side of the double chamber.
Thank goodness Crystal is willing to share her amazing bong! Photo: @everythingfor420
Crystal Bongs have fashioned a truly lovely honeycomb perc bong. The small percolator functions wonderfully thanks to its design. A honeycomb perc has dozens of small perforations that filter and diffuse each hit. This bong measures 13 inches tall and has a wide, sturdy base.
With so many chambers there's no way you're taking a sticky hit from this bong! Photo: @everythingfor420
A 4 chamber bong / quad percolator bong is all about making bubbles to cool the hit into an icy cold experience. This 17” Quad Octo percolator is also fashioned from borosilicate glass which makes it a crazy glass bong for optimum durability. Another nice feature is the massive base, which ensures that you don’t have to worry about tipping this beauty over. It comes with a traditional neck for easy-to-hold capacity. The bong includes a built-in ice catcher to create a refreshing vapor that packs a punch.
If you are seeking a glass pineapple bong with the classic pineapple percolator then this might be a good option. Affordable and basic, it offers efficient cool hits. No, this is not some fancy 5 percolator bong fashioned from technicali glass, but it is not a bad perc water pipe. Many people like a return to the basics, so a legacy bongs that is somewhat traditional like this one holds appeal. Fashioned from acrylic, you don’t have to worry about breaking this item.
Anyone who enjoys a bong knows the importance of a percolator. A nice, cool rip is ideal and any of the above bongs with percs will provide you with the refreshing blast that you are seeking. From our top choice: The Tree Perc Glass Bong down the list, you are going to find the perfect item to fit your budget and needs These percolator bongs - every budget covered - definitely stand out from the crowd.
Have your own favorite percolator bong, or questions about one that's on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by: Kimberly Sharpe | Primary image: @Grav
Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer who was born and raised in Oregon where she became a strong advocate for the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana. Now, living in the Sunshine State of Florida, she continues to push for nationwide cannabis changes and federal legalization. She strives to educate and enlighten readers about the marijuana plant and its many uses.