The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing Water Pipes

If you’ve ever owned or used a water pipe in the past, you know how overwhelming the purchase process is. There’s a sh*t ton of information out in the wild to process. It’s not easy for everyone to research correct glass sizes, parts, style, and so on.

Apart from that, based on our chat log on @jiju.official and @jijuwholesale, we recently figured that some of the potential clients and customers aren’t well aware of the options when it comes to JIJU water pipes and bongs.

At Jiju, we pride ourselves in making and distributing premium quality water pipes and other smoking accessories. So, we believe we have to jot down a comprehensive guide for beginners and pros alike.

Water Pipe Breakdown

This section is for newbies. Pros can skip to the buying guide right away.

Despite the design choices, most water papers consist of a mouthpiece, neck, bowl/slide, downstem, water chamber, and base.

Mouthpiece: The opening neck at the top is called a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece design can vary according to brands and styles. A mouthpiece that comes flared offers better suction.

Neck: The neck can come in various styles and designs also. And it won’t be limited to being a straight tube all the time.

Bowl or Slide: The most essential part of a water pipe. It is often a removable attachment where you place dry legal cannabis to be ignited.

Downstem: It is the tube in the base that’s connected to the water source. This tube carries the smoke to the chamber. The water pipe may have a removable downstem and a percolator at the bottom to break up the smoke.

Percolator: It helps maintain more of an enjoyable and smoother process, while also cooling down the smoke even more.

Water Chamber: The chamber can be in different shapes and sizes. Larger chambers with more surface area provide better cooling of the smoke.

Base: The base of the water pipe is often thick and heavy, offering more stability to the entire rig. The wider the base, the less likely your water pipe will be accidentally tipped over.

Few Types of Water Pipes

It’s best to understand the type of water pipes before going to the next phase. Here are some of the mainstream water pipe types available in the market.


A bubbler is a water piper that falls under the category of the widely used bongs. However, bubblers have their own unique set of features when compared to traditional bongs.

Even though it looks a bit like a bong, bubblers feature a bowl, mouthpiece, and a stem with a chamber to hold the water and let the smoker travel smoothly. This somewhat promises better cooling and allows faster clearing of the smoke.

Bubblers are quite small and handy, and thus it’s opted over a traditional bong if you are always on the go. Plus it’s ideal for newbies to handle.

Chambered Mouthpiece Matrix Barrel Bubbler


Bongs are the frontiers of smoking culture and it represents a tradition. Water bongs have been around for more than hundred of thousands of years.

Bongs have been in use by the Hmong in Laos and Thailand, as well all over Africa, for centuries. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word in the West is in the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary, published in 1944, which describes one of the meanings of a bong in the Thai language as, ” a bamboo water pipe for smoking kancha, tree, hashish, or the hemp-plant.”

At Jiju, we sell variety of bongs ranging from acrylic bongs, silicone bongs, e-rigs, and bong parts in our shop. Feel free to browse your heart’s content, select a few, and chat with us before placing the order.

Blue Tree Perc Beaker Bong

Portable Dab Rigs:

In this fast-paced world, Millenials and gen-z folks prefer electronic rigs that are easier and more intuitive to use compared to the traditional dab rig arrangement that requires several extra pieces. This led to the development and production of various dab rigs/e-rigs such as Jiju’s own SOC-Electric Dab-Rig Portable Starter Kit.

> Buy Jiju SOC-Electric Dab-Rig Portable Starter Kit

Things to Consider Before Making The Purchase

The purchase decision varies according to your preferences. To be fair, there are limitless options available for everyone. To give you a basic perspective, let’s list down major things to consider:

Water Pipe Size

It’s quite important for everyone. Some folks prefer traditional rigs at their comfort space and then some folks travel often and need something handy.

But guess what? there’s a perfect solution for everyone!

For example, at JIJU, we recommend bubblers and e-rigs for starters. Which is quite compact and easy to use. But for pros and beginners who want the ultimate smoking experience, we always recommend the traditional water pipes and bongs.

Water Pipe Material

Water pipes come in all types of styles and materials. Borosilicate glass is one of the most basic materials that’s used in the production of bongs and water pipes. But your options don’t end there, there are acrylic bongs, ceramic water pipes, silicone bongs, and various other creative combinations to choose from.

But in layman’s terms, nothing beats the quality of smoke when you are using a ceramic or glass water pipe. Yes, it’s a scientifically proven fact!

Water Pipe Bowl

Bowls come in small, large, and party sizes. Each serving its purpose. and it’s self-explanatory.

Small bowls are perfect for folks who want to chill at their home at their homie’s place. It’s a good choice for solo and couple plans.

Large bowls and recommended for longer sessions. They offer sky-high sessions and you can save something for later.

Party sizes are for the entire gang. It’s the best choice when you and all your homies binge-watch trailer park boys at your place. It won’t go wrong. Trust us!

Blue Shore Color Bottom Female Bucket Banger

Wrapping Up

While it looks easy for some, choosing a water pipe isn’t rocket science but it needs proper education and research. You wouldn’t want to purchase something that isn’t fit for you.

In short, you need to understand the basic features of all the water pipes before in the market before adding them to the cart. You’ve to learn what’s best for your budget and your personality.

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