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Glass vs. Silicone Pipes

by Corey Majeske on Sep 22, 2021

There are two main types of pipe materials that are widely available on the market–glass and silicone. Glass pipes have stood the test of time, and there’s evidence that it’s been used for thousands of years. Silicone is a newer addition to the pipe market, but it’s proving to be extremely valuable in many ways.

Which Material is the Better Choice?

Well, that all depends on what you’re looking for. There are some clear differences between each one that need to be considered before settling on the perfect pipe for you.

Durability

Durability is important, especially among the clumsier herbal enthusiasts out there. Handling pipes several times a day greatly increases the chances of dropping or knocking them over. It goes without saying that glass isn’t the most durable material of all time. Although quality glass pipes use a thicker and sturdier type of glass, it’s still capable of shattering, chipping, or cracking.

Silicone easily beats out glass in the durability department. Silicone doesn’t chip or shatter. Cracking only happen under extremely circumstances, like twisting the pipe beyond its capability. You can drop silicone and not worry about the repercussions, other than the mess of herb and bong water.

Travel-Friendliness

While there are portable versions of both glass and silicone pipes, it’s easier to travel with silicone because you don’t need to be as cautious about protecting it. With glass pipes, you have to wrap them beforehand and store them in a secure spot where they won’t get knocked around and risk breaking. A silicone pipe can just be thrown in a bag without worry. And, while it’s not good to bend or twist silicone pipes on a regular basis, it’s flexible enough to shove in smaller spaces.

Cleaning

Both silicone and glass are relatively easy to clean, especially when compared to other materials used to make pipes, like ceramic. They’re both nonporous, which means you don’t have to scrub like crazy to get resin out of the nooks and crannies. But, because silicone is dishwasher-safe, it does come with an advantage over glass. However, ultimately, the process of cleaning is the same if you opt for a dishwasher-free method.

Flavor

Many say glass is the best material for preserving the flavor of the flower because its compounds don’t leech into the smoke. Some argue that silicone slightly alters the taste of flower due to its chemical compounds. So, if flavor is your number one priority, a glass pipe is a safer bet.

Storage

Ultimately, easy storage mostly depends on the pipe’s size and shape, but durability factors into play here once again. Silicone water pipes are easier to store because you can keep them in spaces where glass pipes would ultimately smash onto the floor.

Heat

The biggest question is, “which of the two materials is better equipped to handle the heat?” Well, the answer is both. These two materials can both adequately manage the heat of smoking without any issues.

Glass or Silicone: The Choice is Simply Yours

Neither glass nor silicone is the objectively superior option. They each offer their own unique advantages over the other, and both can be used interchangeably. So, instead of figuring out which is better, just determine your smoking preferences.

  • If its durability and portability, silicone is the way to go.
  • If it’s flavor and aesthetics, go with glass.

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