Water Bong Percolators Explained

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When talking about glass water bongs, the first-time smokers might have noticed that there are a lot of percolators(or percs for short), more than 15 different types actually, many of our customers and friends had sent us emails and PMs asking us the differences in function of these percolators

So on today's Puffing Bird Wiki, we'll be talking about both the cosmetic and function differences of some of the most common percs in percolator bongs on the market and we'll be giving star ratings for drag, look and filtration ability base on our subjective experience to help you make the decision for choosing the best bong for you! 

Swiss Percolator 


Swiss percolators are some of the most unique looking percs on the market, it's also one of the hardest percolator to make, the defective rate in making swiss perc bongs is very high, and the glass needs to be very thick and sturdy for the water bong to work as it suppose to, that's the main reason why swiss perc water bongs are some of the most expensive on the market.

From the filtration ability standpoint, it doesn't generate as many bubbles as the other percs but it sure is a beauty to look at

The working mechanism of a Swiss percolator is both the smoke/vapor and water are sufficiently mixed together on a large surface in between the two glass layers to for filtrating and cooling. 

  • Drag: ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Filtration: ★ ★ ★

Tree Percolator 


Tree perc bongs are very common and easy to find anywhere in both online and local headshops, it's considered to be one the very first percolators that are being used in bongs and it's still one of the most loved percolators on the market. 

Tree percolators might come in many forms but the basics remain the same, it usually features multiple "arms" or"branches" with holes on the bottom, when you inhale, the smoke/vapor and the water will be sucked up from the middle main pipe and diffuses through the holes on the arms.

In this process, the percolator will generate a massive amount of bubbles so a big portion of harmful materials generated from combustions will be filtered and giving you the smoothest hits possible

Most of the tree perc bongs featured more than one tree perc for maximizing the filtration ability, but that would cause more drag when you inhale. You don't want to use the multiple tree perc bongs for dabbing either because with all that filtration you'll lose the flavor and the potency of your concentrates. 

  • Drag: ★ ★ ★ 
  • Looks: ★ ★ ★ 
  • Filtration: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Matrix Percolator 


    Matrix percolators are also referred to as stereo percolator or disc percolator due to its disc shape. If you're into bongs that could stack bubbles like crazy, a matrix glass bong might be the best for you! 

    Matrix perc works similar like tree perc, the main difference being the matrix perc features a lot of holes or openings on the body to diffuse smoke right from bottom to top, so that means the matrix perc cause less drag than the tree perc and it's better for dabbing as well. 

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ ★ 
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★ 
    • Filtration: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

    Honeycomb Percolator


    Honeycomb perc is very easy to recognize, as the name indicates, the flat glass surface is full of small holes that looks just like a honeycomb. 

    One single slap of honeycomb might not filter the smoke sufficiently, so almost all the honeycomb water bongs feature more than 2 slaps of percs, or just one honeycomb perc on the bottom of the bottom for initial diffusion then let the upper perc to do the rest.

    Honeycomb water pipes are very good for dabbing, with the vapor mixed with water you could taste every bit of your sweet concentrates.

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Filtration: ★ ★ ★ 

    Turbine Percolator


    One of the most flamboyant percolators for water bongs for sure. a turbine percolator doesn't mean the perc is shaped like a turbine but the vortex water motion it creates when you inhale! 

    The turbine perc features multiple tilted cut holes forming a circle, when water is being pulled through these cut holes it will create a heady tornado/vortex motion

    From the filtration standpoint, the turbine is not that good but it's sure a hell lot of fun to use and watch!

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★ 
    • Filtration: ★ ★ 

    Straight Downstem


    If you have a beaker bong, there is a big possibility that you're using one of these removable downstems. 

    Technically a downstem should not count as a percolator, it only offers a very limited amount of filtration for whatever you're smoking, the downstem usually features 6 cut holes on the end and as water being pull through it generates a limited amount of bubbles. 

    But what seems to be the downside could be an upside, as we all know that beaker bongs are very easy to clean because it features a removable downstem, and when the downstem is getting very nasty with all the blacken tar covering the inside you could simply buy a new one to replace it.

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Filtration: ★ 

    Inline Diffuser Perc


    The inline diffuser perc will normally be seen located on the bottom half of the water bong for the first round of filtration, it's connected to the joint and placed horizontally. 

    With a line of teeth-like holes the inline diffuser diffuses smoke upwards, just like the honeycomb perc and the downstem, it only provides a limited amount of filtration, so it's not common to see any percolator bong featuring only the inline diffuser perc.

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ 
    • Filtration: ★ ★ 

    Spiral Percolator


    If you like your glass water bong to have more drag, then the spiral perc bong is just right for you! 

    Unlike any other percolators, the spiral coil percolator features only one hole for diffusion, when you inhale you'll see the smoke and the water being tug upwards and eventually diffuses through. 

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★
    • Filtration: ★ ★ 

    Ball Percolator 


    A ball percolator is typically located on the upper half of the glass water bong, it's cover with medium size holes so when you inhale, the air and water will diffuse from these holes and provide just the right amount of filtration and drag! 

    • Drag: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    • Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★
    • Filtration: ★ ★ 

    In Conclusion 

    Water Bongs had always been one of the most popular tools for smoking, unlike dry pipes, water inside the glass bong will provide sufficient cooling and filtration for the smoke generated by the combustion of your favorite buds, smooth and chilled hits is a guarantee when you're using a glass bong, that's why most of us in the cannabis community would always choose a glass bong over a dry pipe when it comes to smoking. Water bongs are so common for smoking indoors it's almost like a basic home appliance for all of us. 

    There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a percolator bong, it's all about the way YOU would like to smoke, a well-crafted glass bong with proper maintenance could last a lifetime! 

    Further Reading: 

    Types Of Glass Bongs

    Difference Between Dab Rigs and Bongs 

    How To Pick The Perfect Bong