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Denver Weed Shops Weigh In on How to Choose the Perfect Bubbler

April 3, 2020

When you think of fun ways to smoke pot, your first thought is likely the standard and portable pipe. While pipes are definitely some of the most popular ways to use cannabis, they’re far from the only option. Joints, vaporizers, dab rigs, and bongs are all wonderful ways to get high. If you’re looking for the cleanest hits from a portable device, a bubbler is your best option. Here are a few tips from your favorite dispensary in Denver to help you find the best one for your needs.

Decide How Complex You Want It to Be
Basic bubblers are similar to incredibly scaled down water bongs. They filter the pot and let you take reliable and consistent hits without scorching your lungs or having to cope with choking on embers that the pipe spits back at you. Some bubblers, though, can be incredibly complex, featuring multiple filtration elements to give you a smoother and cooler hit. The more filtration elements you add, the more expensive the bubbler will be.

Find the Right Materials
Glass is the gold-standard for bubblers of all types. They’re durable, easy to clean, and will last for years. But many manufacturers have started getting creative about the types of materials they use. Silicone, wood, and hybrid models are all great options. 

As a general rule, glass will give you the cleanest hits, but silicon provides a similar smoking experience and has the added benefit of being highly impact-resistant. IF you’re planning on using your bubbler in your travel kit, choose one that has a silicone base or at least a silicone wrap to pad otherwise fragile components.

Prioritize Ease of Cleaning
No, your bubbler might not be the germiest thing you touch all day, but it can and will get dirty quickly. You need to clean it regularly to keep the quality of your hits high and to preserve the look of your bubbler for years to come. Unfortunately, some bubblers are incredibly difficult to clean, making them less ideal for regular users. Look for a bubbler that is easy to scrub out or can be dismantled to make cleaning easier. 

Think About the Type of Statement You Want to Make
Though most bubblers are designed to be easy to travel with and are great for discreet use, others can make quite the statement. Before you decide on a bubbler, think about what you want to accomplish with the piece. Are you looking for something you can grab on the way out of the house or do you want something you can leave out on the mantle as a decorative piece of glass art? There is no right answer here. And some smokers choose to invest in multiple bubblers so they can have one for travel and one for home use. 

The Best Bubbler Is the One You’ll Use
Every smoker is different and the best bubbler for your needs is a matter of personal preference. No matter what type you choose, make sure it’s one you’ll use. When you’re ready to load it up, stop by Altitude and pick up some fresh bud for your stash.