It feels awesome when you reach 18 and realize that you can now be legally allowed to purchase glass pipes from a head shop (online and off). When you do visit a head shop for the first time, it can feel like your a little kid in a candy store, however it can soon become very confusing trying to find good quality glass pipes with such a wide selection of different styles available, especially if it’s your first time selecting a glass smoking piece.
It Sucks Being Duped Into Buying Poor Quality Glass Pipes!
Let me tell you it’s a disappointing feeling when you buy a brand new glass pipe only to find that a piece breaks off of it a few days later. (see my reaction to the right!)
The point of this post is to help you avoid picking out low quality pieces, so be sure to use the following tips whenever looking for good quality glass pipes online. *I do want to note that poor quality isn’t always the reason for broken pipes. Click Here for the most common reasons for broken glass pipes.
If you’re a pipe virgin – first determine what type of smoking you prefer and the devices that will best provide you with the experience you’re looking for. Then you can come back here to help you choose a high quality smoking pipe!
Look for a good Head shop
There are hundreds of head shops out there – both online and physical shops. If you’ve ever been to a few, you can attest that some of them are much more professional and offer better selections of glass pipes than others. Each head shop is different, so to help you save time and money – check online for customer reviews before heading to your local head shop. Choose a head shop that has the most number of good reviews showing the positive experiences others has with that location and you’ll be much more likely to have a good experience with them as well. *If there are no head shops close to where you live or none that have good reviews, search “best head shop online“.
When looking for a good online head shop I look for these characteristics.
They should offer:
A wide selection of styles
Hand pipes: spoons, chillums, sherlocks, gandalfs, taster pipes
Water Pipes: Scientific glass tubes, dab rigs & concentrate rigs, Recyclers
Glass pipe accessories: pipe adapters, drop-downs, downstems, vapor domes
Only carry high end name-brand glass
A good selection of American-made glass
Good customer reviews
Fair prices for the quality
Loyalty or rewards program
BONUS – A nice variety of smoking accessories: concentrate containers, dabbers, rolling papers, lighters, ect.
Browse Their Inventory
Even if you have all intentions of buying a specific piece, the first mission on your mind should be to just browse their collection. This goes for online head shops as well as local store locations. You want to first get an overall feel of the selection they have available. Many head shops often carry more pieces of certain styles based on the smoking methods that are most popular, depending on the location. For example: at the present time, dabbing is all the rage and a lot of head shops are carrying more water pipes like concentrate dab rigs and other vapor pipes versus hand pipes.
Check Your Favorite Model Online First
If you do come across a glass pipe you really like and are interested in buying, first check online to see if you can find the same model available for a cheaper price. You can find all sorts of head shops online. Some of them are well-worth your time, and offer a nice selection of pieces.
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Once you identify one or two head shops that carry a good selection of quality glass pipes that serve the purposes you need, it will be easy to compare the different pieces you come across from there.
Look at the material used
Some people argue that the type of glass used to make the glass pipes matters less, but that is a mus-informed notion. If the glass doesn’t matter, what makes one glass pipe break immediately it is dropped while another can be thrown on the ground and still last for years?! What makes some glass pipes heat up within a minute while another one takes ten minutes? It is because of the type of glass used. Borosilicate glass is by far the best material used to make glass pipes, anything else is probably low quality and fake. Pipes that are double blown or triple blown are also much stronger glass pipes compared to others.
Buy from trusted brands
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When it comes to making glass pipes, anyone can claim to be an expert. Everyone will try to market their brand but the problem isn’t the glass companies – it’s the shady-looking “hole-in-the-wall” head shops that sell fakes. They’ll pay pay a Chinese manufacturing company to create fake knock-off glass pipe name brands. So it’s important to look for glass pipes online from well known companies. If the company is not as poplar as RooR, Illadelph Glass, Zob, Grav Labs, Grace Glass or Health Stone Glass make sure you look at recent reviews from customers who have bought glass pipes from that brand. *PRO TIP – If an online head shop only seems to carry out-dated name brand glass pipe models – best to steer clear and buy direct from the manufacturer.
Avoid super cheap glass pipes
As the saying goes “if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.” This is actually VERY applicable in this scenario. Most good quality glass pipes don’t come at super low prices. Unless you don’t care that the pipe was factory made in China, be careful when you find a nice looking glass pipe that is being sold at a ridiculously cheap prices under $15-20.
People who are already accustomed to using smoking devices & products can still be duped into purchasing poor quality glass depending on where they’re buying, and what types of smoking devices they’re looking to buy. For example: beware of head shops that sell a low selection of average-looking, overpriced water pipes and dab rigs – this is almost a sure sign of knock-off glass pipes. We’ll show you how to spot fake glass pipes in an upcoming post (so subscribe and stay in the loop!)
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