Over the last decade more and more people are turning to silicone bongs for sale online as a mid-price glass alternative to acrylic bongs. Although it’s easy to dismiss the purchases as simply part of a trend or hype, it turns out it is also backed up by much evidence that silicone really might offer a better bong material than acrylic.
Think for a minute, while acrylic is going to survive after being dropped as opposed to glass, break-proof silicone can withstand any number of falls which a distinct advantage is. The only real thing threatening a silicone piece is a holes and puncture wounds, although this can be avoided by not using sharp objects or instruments to clean the bong.
Of course, it is important to note, most silicone pieces have glass components i.e. bowls, down stems and ice catchers, where acrylic bongs tend to only have metal parts. It’s true that glass is more breakable than metal, but any bong enthusiast will understand why the difference in the quality of the two materials makes it worth the risk of a broken-down stem. If If Glass bowls and down stems are cared for by their owner, they can last much longer than plastic or metal ones.
Any bong user will know acrylic is hard to clean and this is a common complaint of acrylic bong owners. It is therefore always best to use specialised acrylic bong cleaner on all of the pieces so as not to compromise the plastic and cause it to break down. This will avoid the leakage of harmful chemicals and this is why most people just leave them dirty or clean very rarely.
The advantage with silicone bongs is you can use the best and simplest cleaning method of them all, one the glass owners swear by: a mix of kosher salt, 90% rubbing alcohol, a simple toothbrush and a few spare minutes. The special added feature of silicone is that it is dishwasher safe, so if you don’t have any cleaner to make your piece look all shiny and new, because like acrylic, silicone can also get dirty very quickly.
Another great advantage of silicone bong is that they are generally a lot more portable, since some bend and some occasionally are designed to be rolled up for ease of transport. So, a cleaned bong or bowl is ideal for camping, or to take to festivals, or on road trips, or just simply to your friend’s house for a gathering. Even the tallest silicone bong can be lightweight too and can be made compact so can easily fit into a backpack, meaning you’ll never have to worry about fragile glass on the move.
Obviously, the glass purists may argue that silicone is not a safe material to make a bong out of. But mostly these days, silicone bongs and bowls are made of FDA-approved, high-quality material that is non-toxic and also BPA-free. What can be harmful with acrylic bongs though, is using the metal bowls. Some people even have said with good reason that the metal and plastic pieces, may and have left behind a particular peculiar taste that glass pieces don’t. And the safety of smoking out of acrylic is still technically up in the air.