These days, the bong market seems to be going crazy. There are so many options to choose from that it’s easy to get lost. Today, we’ll talk about one special category of bongs: stemless. What exactly are stemless bongs, what are their pros and cons, and why are they getting so popular lately? These are the questions we will answer in this guide.
What Is a Stemless Bong?
If you’ve never bought a bong before, the many different options can get confusing. What does the ‘stemless’ category even mean? What is it exactly that makes stemless bongs different from other options?
Well, first of all, let us tell you: stemless bongs don’t look all that different from bongs with stems. But what exactly is this ‘stem’. The stem, often also called the downstem, is the glass tube that connects the bowl (the part that holds your herb) to the water chamber of the bong.
In stemmed bongs, this glass tube is removable. Stemless bongs don’t have a removable downstem.
But here is the slightly confusing part: Stemless bongs also technically have a downstem, at least most of the time. The smoke has to go through something, after all. The only difference is that the stem is permanently attached to the bong. This is why stemless and stemmed bongs can actually look quite similar.
Stemless vs. Stemmed Bongs
Knowing what a stemless bong is, you might still be wandering – are those better or worse than bongs with removable stems? The truth is, it all comes down to personal preference.
In terms of the feel when smoking, the main difference between these two types of bongs is the angle at which the smoke enters the water chamber of the bong. With stemmed bongs, the stem always enters the base at a 45 degree angle.
In a stemless bong, the pipe that leads the smoke down is often vertical with a short horizontal connection at the bottom. This allows the smoke to enter the water chamber at a 90 degree angle. The sharper angle leads to better diffusion of the smoke which can lead to a smoother feel.
Now, each type of bong has its advantages. Users of stemmed bongs like the fact that the stem is removable. This allows for more freedom. For example, you can quickly swap your stem with another already prepared stem with more fresh herb. Plus, if you break the stem, you can easily replace it without buying a new bong.
On the other hand, having a removable stem means more tiny parts to deal with and not everyone likes that. Some find that stemless bongs are easier to clean because you don’t have to deal with small parts.
What to Look for in a Stemless Bong
If you are set on buying a stemless bong, there are a couple of things to consider in order to choose the perfect bong for your needs. Here is what to think about:
Glass Thickness of the Stemless Bong
When shopping for a bong, it’s always important to consider the quality and the thickness of the glass. Thicker glass is usually better too, because it makes for a more robust and durable bong.
Molino glass bongs are made with high-quality borosilicate glass. In our shop you’ll find bongs with 5 mm thick and 7 mm thick glass. The 5 mm option is always a good choice: these bongs are thick enough so they are stable and don’t break easily, but not overly heavy. If you are looking for something more robust, though, choose a 7 mm glass bong.
Size of the Stemless Bong
Size is a very important factor when choosing the perfect bong. This is a personal decision and you’ll want to find something that fits your lifestyle.
For example, if you always smoke in your living room and are proud of it, why not get a beautiful large bong to enhance your experience? On the other hand, if you want a bong that’s portable and also more discreet, smaller bongs are a better choice.
Molino sells several beautiful large stemless glass bongs. They are 42 cm high and come in different colors so you can find the one that matches your personality. On the other hand, if you prefer something smaller, you’ll love the Molino collection of mini stemless bongs.
Additional Features of the Stemless Bong
Just like regular bongs, stemless bongs can include a variety of additional features. One of the main additions people often look for in a bog are percolators. Molino Glass offers a couple of stemless percolator bongs with different types of percs to create the smoothest hits.
On the other hand, some Molino Glass bongs come with an additional banger that you can use to smoke concentrate. If you like to dab from time to time too, that’s an important feature to look for.
Finally, there is no shame in thinking about style either. Molino Glass colorful stemless bongs will let your personality shine through!
Stemless Bongs FAQ
How Much Do Stemless Bongs Cost?
For a good large stemless bong, expect to spend at least $100 to up to $200 for some fancier bongs with extra features. The Molino Glass mini stemless bongs are about half the price of their larger counterparts.
Are Stemless Bongs Easy to Clean?
Yes, stemless bongs are fairly easy to clean. In fact, some find them easier to clean than their stemmed counterparts because there are no small parts you have to fiddle with. However, that doesn’t mean cleaning a stemless bong is completely effortless. You’ll need to use some pipe cleaners and be careful about getting into every corner of the pipes. Still, it’s not terribly difficult. Everyone can do this.
Molino Glass Organic Glass Bong Cleaner will make the job of cleaning your stemless bong super easy.
Are Stemless Bongs Easy to Use?
Yes, stemless bongs are quite easy to use. There is really no difference in difficulty when it comes to stemless bongs and regular bongs.
Stemless Bongs: The Final Verdict
Is a stemless bong better than a regular bong? It’s hard to say because there are so many factors involved in every individual bong. However, one thing is for certain: many people love stemless bongs. Once they switch to stemless, some never go back to regular bongs. It’s hard not to love their beautifully simple but effective design.