Acrylic Vs. Glass Bongs: The Pros and Cons

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Acrylic Vs. Glass Bongs: The Pros and Cons

Buying a bong can be tricky, so here are some main differences between the two main types of material they are made out of – glass vs acrylic.

Chilling at home while taking a rip from your bong is a classic past-time, and one enjoyed by many the world over. Yet if you don’t have one, choosing a bong can be quite a daunting task; there are all kinds of bongs out there, all doing slightly different things. Today, we are going to look at one of the major core distinctions: acrylic vs glass bongs.

So what is all the fuss about? Does the material a bong is made out of really make a difference? To answer simply, yes, the material makes a huge difference, and which you choose will depend on your circumstances and budget. The main difference is a question of practicality vs quality.


Acrylic bongs are made from mass produced plastic, keeping costs down while offering superior durability. As such, they tend to suit most casual cannabis users, offering a bong solution that doesn’t break the bank and can be used again and again without much thought for care (although you always want to keep you bong clean no matter what it is made of!). The main drawback with acrylic bongs is the quality of smoke. Sure, it is not going to be terrible, but it does tend to be harsher than a glass bong – especially if your acrylic bong is big.

The main advantages of acrylic bongs:

- Cheaper than glass bongs

- Durable, making them pretty much unbreakable and excellent for travel

- They tend to look more interesting than glass bongs

- Often easier to clean than a glass bong

The main disadvantages of acrylic bongs:

- They often feel cheap and of lower quality than a glass bong

- They produce a much harsher smoke than a glass bong


Glass bongs are all about quality over convenience. They are often expensive, fragile, and occasionally, hard to clean. But they make up for it in the sheer smoothness in their smoke, and the smug feeling of knowing you have a superior glass bong. They can make an excellent centre piece to a smoking session as the experience will be more enjoyable for everyone.

The advantages of glass bongs:

- They are cool, without a doubt

- Feel higher quality in the hand

- Produce a much smoother smoke than their plastic counterparts

- May or may not impress friends

The disadvantages of glass bongs:

- They are expensive

- They are fragile, as such they are not great for traveling unless you have a special case

- They can be harder to clean

So there you go; at the end of the day, it all comes down to what you want out of your bong. If you want cheap, easy convenience, then acrylic is the way to go. If you are uncompromising and want the best smoke you can get, whether it for personal use or with friends, then you should look into buying a glass bong.