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6 Most Popular Types of Glass Pipes

6 Most Popular Types of Glass Pipes

Whether you’re a beginner in the smoke world or a long-time veteran, figuring out your ideal smoke method is always a process. Glass pipes are one of the most common ways to consume grass and are noted for their smooth hits, ideal size, and easy portability. 

Glass pipes come in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes to provide different kinds of smoke hits for the optimal session and every smoker. 

Glass shops are filled with pipes of many sizes, colors, and styles. Sometimes this can get overwhelming, so we've broken it down into the most common types you'll encounter.

Types of Glass Pipes

Depending on the kind of pieces you’re looking for, there are numerous kinds of glass pipes to choose from.

Below are 6 of the most common types of glass pipes you will find in a headshop and the benefits of each.

1. Spoon Pipe

Spoon pipes are one of the most popular kinds of pipes on the market. They come in both glass and silicone, and chances are you have either seen one of these or even smoked out of one before.

Loved for their beginner-friendly simple design, easy hits, and portability, spoon pipes smoke effortlessly and can easily be passed around during a smoke session.

There are many different bowl sizes you can get with a spoon pipe depending on the amount and frequency of product you consume.

They are easily available at head shops, tobacco stores and online headshops. This is a piece that is always good to have as part of your collection as it is simple and has numerous benefits.


  • Easy to clean
  • Portable
  • Does not need water
  • Timeless, simple

2. Sherlock / Gandalf Pipe

Designed after the iconic pipe of Sherlock Holmes, these pipes are classy, elegant and a perfect piece for an after-dinner smoke session.

They are easily recognizable with a long-curved neck and mouthpiece, giving them a very unique aesthetic compared to other pipes.

The bowls of Sherlock pipes tend to be a bit larger making them ideal for large smoke sessions.

They aren’t as portable as some of the others on this list but are very versatile and make great tobacco pipes too!

Folks looking to up their smoke game will enjoy the look and timeless design of a sherlock or gandalf pipe


  • Large bowl and mouthpiece
  • Unique design
  • Cooler hits
  • Can also be used for tobacco

3. Bubbler Pipe

A fan favorite of glass pipes as bubblers act like the mix between a mini bong and standard glass pipe.

Bubbler pipes are great at filtering smoke and providing people with clean, smoother hits than an average glass pipe.

They can be smoked with or without water although it is recommended for smoother hits to use water.

Bubblers are great for smokers who enjoy bong hits but would like something more portable and discreet.


  • Smoother hits than an average glass pipe
  • Easy to clean
  • Extremely portable

4. Steamroller Pipe

Although not as common as some of the others on this list, steamroller pipes are extremely efficient for on-the-go smoke sessions and being discreet.

They are small enough to fit easily in one hand and perfect for clearing hits quick and fast, providing large doses of concentrated smoke so you get the full effects of your product.

They feature a cylindrical design and have a carb on the end of the pipe rather than the side of the bowl like other common glass pipes.

Smokers usually enjoy steamrollers which allow air to travel more easily through the pipe and into the lungs.


  • Cooler smoke hits
  • Portable
  • Discreet

5. Chillum / One Hitter Pipe

One-hitter pipes are ideal for single hits, portability, and passing the session around with friends.

Chillums are ideal for on-the-go use as they can mimic the same shape and even design as a cigarette or one-hitter tobacco pipe.

These pipes are extremely efficient and will provide a much cleaner hit than the average glass pipe.

Due to their short stems, much more smoke will make it into the lungs than average glass such as a spoon pipe.


  • Cleaner smoke
  • Extremely portable
  • Large doses of smoke in every hit

6. Hammer Pipe

Although not as common as some of the others on this list, hammer pipes are an ideal way to get large hits without the fear of ash falling through your bowl.

Shaped and designed to look like a hammer, the T-style pipes are ideal for catching ash and preventing resin from getting into the lungs.

Perfect for smokers who want to partake in flower without the extra stress on the lungs.

They tend to have a decently wide bowl for large hits, and a flat bottom that sits gently on any surface to prevent falling.


  • Long handle for ease of use
  • Large bowl for optimal smoke sessions
  • Flat surface

Best Types of Glass Pipes?

Overall, figuring out the best hand pipe to use is based on your individual smoke needs such as portability, size of the bowl, and the design you are looking for.

Glass pipes are timeless and one of the most popular ways of smoking for a reason.

Although each type has their own benefits for smokers, you can never go wrong with a spoon pipe and we recommend every smoker has this piece as part of their collection.

It is simple, easy to use, portable and provides smooth, decent sized hits.

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