The Best Glycerin Bong – Was it Better than Using Ice?

The Best Glycerin Bong - Was it Better Than Using Ice?

(Learn Why a Glycerin Bong Delivers the Coolest Smoke Possible)

Is a glycerin bong worth the hype?

And even if it is, why not just use an old-fashioned ice bong?

We tested to find the best glycerin coil bong and not only that we tested against some of the best ice-bongs and the results were very interesting.

  • Learn why a glycerin coil freezes twice as fast as ice and stays colder longer.
  • Learn why ice can lower the THC transfer to your body but why a glycerin coil won’t.
  • Learn what a glycerin coil is and if it safe or not for cannabis consumption.

See Best Glycerin Bongs | Glycerin Bong or Ice Bong? | Are Glycering Coil Bongs Worth the Price?

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Glycerin Klein Dual

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A Glycerin Bong Makes an Ice-Bong Seem Warm

Here at Cannassentials, we test cannabis products only from trusted online headshops. How did we test to find these top 3 spiral bongs?

  • We Reviewed over 15 coil condenser bongs
  • We Bought 10 of the best glycerin coil water pipes.
  • We Tested the 10 ice coil bongs to find out which was the top 3.
  • We Contacted previous customers to see how well their glycerin chiller bongs lasted.
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In our research, we tested 10 of the best glycerin bongs (also known as spiral bong, coil condenser bong, freezer coil bong, ice coil bong, and freezer bong). We tested all glycerin coil bongs with the same cannabis strain (Ice Cream Cake 28% THC from Takoma Wellness Dispensary).

We Tested to find the best freezer bong by first judging how smooth each of the bongs tested was. We analyzed the function of honeycomb percolator, UFO percolators, filtration system, ease of glycerin coil detachment, and efficiency of glycerin chiller. We then tested against three different sizes of ice-bongs against smoothness as the top variable. The THC transfer rate was secondary as all water pipes need some form of water for filtration.

Testing was based on our expert’s individual viewpoints. If you have a glycerin bong you would like for us to test please contact us and ship your product so we can test against the top three recommended products.

Glycerin Coil Bong Index

Best Glycerin Bongs of 2021

We tested quite a few glycerin coil bongs, and we thought it would be fun to throw in a few of the fancier ones (recyclers, duals, and extended). We were absolutely stunned at how much more efficient, smoother, and powerful the premium products were compared to the standard glycerin coil bong. So here are our top 3 picks for glycerin bongs that will deliver the smoothest hit of cannabis you ever had – and your lungs will thank you tremendously!

The Best Voted Spiral Bong Tested by Our Experts

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Recycler Glycerin Bong

5/5

We loved this glycerin coil bong!

The hits were so smooth your initial reaction will be, “did I even hit it?” and to answer that question: yes you did. I don’t know how they did it but I’ve also never seen any bong let alone a spiral bong bubble up with that much filtration. It’s like a vortex inside of the chamber.

By the time the smoke is done traveling it still has to go through the glycerin chiller which is detachable! It delivers such a smooth hit it literally feels like you inhaled air. Don’t take our word for it skip below to see our research on this cannabis mask. 

A Bong with Glycerin Coil with an Unbeatable Price

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Smoothest Glycerin Coil Bong

5/5

I know what you are thinking. THis thing looks like a sci-fi shot gun right?

We were laughing when we assembled it, because we believed it would be standard to recommend the normal looking glycerin bong. But boy how this thing smokes is absolutely amazing. If filtration and smoothness is your top priority this has a triple filtration and a triple cooling system.

This was hands down the smoothest smoke we ever experienced out of the hundreds of products we tested. Your smoke travels first through a showerhead perc which looks like a mini tornado, and then it goes through a UFO perf, and finally through the frozen glycerin chamber.

It is completely detachable so you can customize your experience and create a standard glycerin bong out of this as well.

 Skip below to see our research on this Glycerin Coil Bong

The Best Premium Glycerin Bong on the Market

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Dual Glycerin Coil Terpines

5/5

For the true glycerin coil water pipe connoisseur.

If you want to dab this spiral bong can do it. If you want to smoke flowers this coil bong has got it.

 Filtration, smoothness, are all included. What this bad boy is shining in is that it relies on less water, but does not lack filtration. This is meant to focus on terpenes, which means all your hits are rich with flavor and also you get the max THC transfer rate.

This is a three in one powerhouse of a glycerin coil bong and glycerin coil dab rig, plus recycler, plus terpenes enhancer. What is the point in buying all the strains if you can’t taste them either? Growers work hard to preserve the taste and you want a freezer coil bong that delivers that.

 Skip below to see our research on the best premium ice coil bong.

Is a Glycerin Coil Bong Better than an Ice-Bong?

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This is a very easy answer. Glycerin coil bongs are much better than ice bongs for numerous reasons. We mixed a little bit of science and a bit of research to reveal just why a glycerin chiller bong is the ultimate solution for smooth hits. Keeep reading to learn more.

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A Glycerin Bong Freezes Much Faster than an Ice Bong

Now don’t get me wrong, I love ice-bongs! I still use them to this day but when we look at all the data a glycerin chiller is the superior cooling method when compared to an ice-bong.

Science can prove this very quickly:

Glycerin freezes at 17 degrees celsius which is 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water freezes a 0 degrees celsius which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit

That means your Glycerin bong will freeze twice as fast as water would freeze into an ice cube. I know what you’re thinking “well I have an ice machine, so what’s the point?”.

Did you know that an ice cube will actually affect your THC transfer rate? Let’s dig a bit deeper on this.

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Putting Ice in Your Bong Affects the THC Transfer Rate.

MAPS and NORML spent nearly $20,000 to study what the effects of THC transfer rate using different cannabis devices and methods of smoking. They found that 60-80% of the THC smoked by blunts, joints, and water pipes was lost. This means you are only getting about 40-20% of the THC you smoke (Fact by Dale Gieringer Ph.D)

The research also found that an unfiltered joint scored the highest in THC transfer. So a bong with water actually filters more THC than it does tar and resin. This doesn’t take the fact away that you still can’t get super high from a bong. What we can learn from this research is that more water is not better!

The more water there is the lower the THC transfer rate will be and this ultimately means the less high you will get. So by adding ice cubes every few hours in your bong increases the water volume and that ultimately lowers your THC transfer rate.

Not only that, the ice cube is still H20 and when the smoke travels over the ice you are still lowering your THC transfer rate.

The glycerin coil in your bong is frozen but encompassed by the glass. So there is no filtration happening which means no THC is sacrificed allowing you to get more high than you would by using and ice bong.

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The Viscosity of a Glycerin Coil Allows it to Stay Frozen Longer

Viscosity is a fun word. A very easy way to think of it is that shampoo, syrup, vape juice, all have a higher viscosity (thickness) than water.

All of the above are thicker because they have glycerin inside of them!

Because water is much thinner, when you compare a frozen glycerin coil and an ice cube, a glycerin coil will stay frozen much longer.

Not only that, an ice cube doesn’t just unfreeze it melts! So if you were to smoke a freezer coil bong and your friend were to smoke an ice bong, by the time you are ready for the second bong rip an hour later the coil bong will still be cold but a ice cube will melt.

So we have confirmed now that a glycerin chiller in a coil bong freezes twice as fast, lasts twice as long, and gets you more THC per marijuana burn.

A glycerin bong is the undisputed champion when it comes to the smoothest and coolest hits for a bong rip.

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So is a Glycerin Bong Worth it Or Not?

So Glycerin is amazing but that doesn’t mean that a Glycerin Bong is worth the money, right? Let’s find out what our cannabis experts had to say after one week of using this product in their daily lives. Was it practical, did it smoke better than premium ice-bongs, learn all this and more below.

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So How Does a Spiral Bong Smoke Compared to an Ice Bong?

We tested three different glycerin bongs and we can tell you right now they smoke ultra smooth. The issue in our test was that all the ice bongs were giving us very different levels of coolness.

An ice bong is only as effective as how many ice cubes you can place in the ice pinch. So if you have a short “bong neck” on your ice bong like we had for one of our test products, we could only put once ice cube in. The smoke was still fairly harsh! In our juggernaut bong XL we were able to place about three ice cubes in and we had a fairly smooth smoke.

For all of our glycerin bongs every test we did our cannabis experts reported an ultra smooth smoke! If you want the same smoothness with an ice bong you are going to want to buy a much larger bong.

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How Practical is it to Remember to Freeze Your Glycerin Bong?

I love the idea of a glycerin bong but how practical is it? If you’re like me you are going to forget to freeze your pipe, right? So when you are ready to smoke and you forgot to freeze in most cases you will just smoke your glycerin bong without the coils frozen, which is a bit pointless.

So this is the only downfall but on the upside one of our researches did a modified test where they purchased 2 glycerin coils for their glycerin bong. This made things super easy and very simple. When you are done smoking you can walk away and when you are ready you just run to the freezer and grab the coil and replace the unfrozen with the frozen glycerin coil.

Pro-Tip: Make sure you purchase a glycerin bong where the glycerin portion is removable and you can buy a second. That way you can alternate back and forth and never forget to freeze your coils. The more glycerin coils the better!

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What is Glycerin and are Glycerin Coils Even Safe?

Glycerine or “Glycerol” is an FDA-approved polyol compound.

It is a viscous liquid (thicker than water) and in its original state is colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and has a bit of a sweet taste to it.

Glycerin is absolutely safe and our body has zero issues processing it, but in some cases, it is possible to have a glycerin allergy. In the case of a glycerin coil bong, the Glycerin is a syrupy-like liquid trapped inside of a glass-shaped coil. This means that the glycerin never interacts with you physically. So as far as even allergies are concerned you are 100% safe with having glycerin in your bong as long as it is encased properly by the glass.

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What is Glycerin Commonly Produced In?

You may be very surprised to learn that the same ingredient in your coil bong is used in so many other products.

Glycerol is used in hair gel, soaps, hair care, sugar alcohols, toothpaste, perfumes, vape juice, and even some of the most popular skin care products.

In the food industry, we use glycerin as a sweetener, preservative, and thickening agent! So rest assured it’s completely safe inside of your coil bong!

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How to Use a Glycerin Coil Bong

The first time you see a glycerin bong you don’t know quite what to call it, right? You may hear freezer bong or spiral bong but no matter what you call it they all work the same.

They are not complicated at all and when you understand that all that is inside of the coils is a syrupy like substance called glycerin it makes the process much easier.

Learn below

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The Anatomy of a Glycering Bong

We tested three different glycerin bongs and we can tell you right now they smoke ultra smooth. The issue in our test was that all the ice bongs were giving us very different levels of coolness.

An ice bong is only as effective as how many ice cubes you can place in the ice pinch. So if you have a short “bong neck” on your ice bong like we had for one of our test products, we could only put once ice cube in. The smoke was still fairly harsh! In our juggernaut bong XL we were able to place about three ice cubes in and we had a fairly smooth smoke.

For all of our glycerin bongs every test we did our cannabis experts reported an ultra smooth smoke! If you want the same smoothness with an ice bong you are going to want to buy a much larger bong.

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How Practical is it to Freeze Your Glycerin Bong?

I love the idea of a glycerin bong but how practical is it? If you’re like me you are going to forget to freeze your pipe, right? So when you are ready to smoke and you forgot to freeze in most cases you will just smoke your glycerin bong without the coils frozen, which is a bit pointless.

So this is the only downfall but on the upside one of our researches did a modified test where they purchased 2 glycerin coils for their glycerin bong. This made things super easy and very simple. When you are done smoking you can walk away and when you are ready you just run to the freezer and grab the coil and replace the unfrozen with the frozen glycerin coil.

Pro-Tip: Make sure you purchase a glycerin bong where the glycerin portion is removable and you can buy a second. That way you can alternate back and forth and never forget to freeze your coils. The more glycerin coils the better!

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A Recycing, Double Filtration, Freezer Bong - Oh My

glycerin water pipe

It was a tough call, but none of the actual freezer coil bongs even made it to our top picks. It’s because products like this hybrid glycerin coil bong just outshined way too much.

If you are going to spend the extra money on a glycerin bong, you want to make sure that the hit is much smoother than an actual ice-bong, right?

Let’s dive into what it was actually like testing this product for 10 days with our experts in the mad lab.

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Best Percolation and Flavor in a Glycerin Chiller Bong

"I never thought I would be able to take huge bong rips with my asthma! Even when I use the hollow tube, the hits are super smooth! Can’t wait to scoop the ash catcher! :)"

US Reviewer (verified)

Our experts loved this product. The weight of the borosilicate glass was solid proof that this thing was built to last. There is nothing cheaply made about this product. The truth is most the glass you see on big name brands are ordered from China. 

Don’t hate, 80% of the bongs you see in America are made in China. Quality is not up to par when it comes to true borisilcate glass and this glycerin bong is made with the highest standard quality.

The percolator was “laser cut” and we had no idea what that meant until we smoked the damn thing. A few words to describe the perc in action is: vortex, tornado, hurricane, and you almost don’t want to call it bubbles it’s almost like foam in there it was so powerful.

So the filtration was awesome, and the air flow was crazy, but once you re ready to pull this thing somehow they figured out how to keep the flavor profile intact with terpenes. This was a huge conundrum as there was so much filtration. We would like to think that the entire water chamber was bubbling so there was less water to cut the THC transfer rate and more “cooling surface area” instead of from bubbles so that allowed for higher profile tasting.

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A Spiral Bong that Makes You Forget Your Smoking

It’s powerful! But is it smooth?

We tested all the hybrid models last and started with the ice-bongs and the standard freezer glycerin bongs. Once we got to this product, we were shocked at how smooth the hits were.

It’s deceptively smooth. Meaning you question if you put enough flower in, you hit it and because there is zero irritation to your throat and lungs, you forget if you even hit it or not. Then the high kicks in and you think “holy crap this thing is smooth”.

So if you are willing to spend the money, this is a sound investment! A glycerin bong that has the most powerful filtration system, you can literally leave smoke in the chamber and hit it later if you want. Powerful stuff here.

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A Glycerin Bong That Made our #1 Smoothest Hit

coil condensor bong

This thing is tall.

Like really tall. If this glycerin coil bong played basketball it would be the Yao Ming of coil bongs.

We laughed, we poked, but once we smoked it made us true believers.

Let’s dive into what our experts had to say about this freezer bong.

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Double Laser Cut Percolation and a Glycerin Chiller

Great bong, I have asthma and haven't been able to take bong tokes without choking and coughing for years. Now I can take BIG rips. Smooth, Ice cold almost no coughing, also love the design. The black glass accents look dope and there is a lot of care and detail that went into the design and manufacturing, If I didn't need to freeze this thing I would leave it out on display! The packaging is also excellent, my only complaint would be that I wish you could order replacements for the plastic clips I'm definitely losing those at some point. 5 stars!"

J.C

If you are suffering from issues with coughing and asthma, you are going to love this thing.

We found so many people reporting that they could not smoke flowers or any dry herbs even with a fully stacked ice-bong, and that this was the glycerin bong that saved the day.

When we say “laser cut” what we mean is that they found a way to get more and more holes into their percolator. That means that when this thing bubbles up it’s not like typical water pipes, it’s like a tsunami inside the water chamber. This freezer bong has two of these chambers the smoke has to travel through!

Then after the smoke has made its way through all of that it needs to spiral through the ice-cold glycerin coils. 

I kid you not, the phrase repeated all day was, “this was like smoking air”. This glycerin bong has officially made it’s way as our #1 smoothest water pipe on the market.

Another bonus here is that the UFO percolator in the center is a highly sought-after perc not found in many water pipes. They are much easier to clean and have very little drag to your hits. Meaning you don’t have to pull as hard for the filtration process. Premium stuff here guys.

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Wait This is a Two in One Glycerin Bong?

Don’t let the height of this thing intimidate you. This thing actually breaks down into three pieces that make it very travel-friendly.

Think about it. When has an extra-large water pipe let alone a glycerin water pipe ever come apart in three pieces?

On top of that, you can assemble this as a standard glycerin bong, or the extra tall triple filtration glycerin coil bong.

We thought this was an extremely nice feature for those of you weighing in on the height and practicality.

Assemble it as a standard glycerin bong, and when guests come that cry about flower being too harsh whip out the the second chamber. It’s 2021 and it’s ok to be the ultimate stoner host.

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A Dual Glycerin Coil Bong and Glycerin Chiller Rig

freezer coil bong

Oh, it’s definitely our premium pick. If you have the money it’s a sound investment.

It’s sitting in the center of our shelf like a prized trophy. If you want to buy the perfect present for a stoner but don’t quite know their smoking habits this glycerin water pipe covers it all!

Let’s see what our experts had to say about how this thing smoked after testing it for the last 10 days. 

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Terpene Enhancing System in a Glycerin Bong

"This mask is actually really nice. It doesn't work like a standard mask bc I bought the standard. The pipe goes under the mask so there's more smoke exhaling which makes the smoking experience a lot more comfortable. And this is also the only one that you can light by yourself easily so it's a win if you cope it"

Fred D.

Growers spend so much time mastering their craft.

Back in the day, all cannabis tasted about the same. Now you can taste the rich history of flowers because of terpene-focused growing methods. Why spend the money on premium organic terpenes enriched flowers if you can’t taste the damn thing?

This glycerin bong was designed to keep water levels minimal (which increases THC transfer rate) and depend heavily upon the frozen glycerin chamber to do the cooling.

Fancy talk, but did it really work? We had Laila our terpenes queen put this to the test and comparing it to a standard water bong, this premium glycerin coil bong truly did enhance flavor profiles.

Cannabis culture is starting to become more refined. If you aren’t taking the time to enjoy the taste of your cannabis, it’s kind of like chugging wine glasses top to bottom. Not going to lie, I do that sometimes.

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Wait You can Smoke Concentrates and Flower?

This freezer coil bong is also a glycerin coil rig.

YOu know how some companies design a water pipe, and then just throw a quartz banger in the mix? This is not the case.

The designer designed everything with terpines in mind to make sure that when you smoked concentrated or flower, you would have the optimal experience.

Low-level water system helps truly push up the flavor profiles in dabs, and offsetting the lack of water with the glycerin coil truly was a perfect balance.

The price is well worth it knowing that if you bought a rig, a water pipe, and a recycler separately it would cost way more and take up way too much space. 

Not to mention this thing is made from the highest quality borosilicate glass possible. So it may be the premium option but honestly, it’s a steal when you consider all that you get.

Oh yeah, you also get cozy to put around the glycerin chiller. That makes this freezer bong stay colder that much longer.

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What Makes a High Quality Glycerin Coil Bong?

It was a real bummber to test all these amazing glycerin bongs and then have to go back to testing pipes and regular bongs.

Glycerin is the future of cannabis smoking and we think everyone should own one. But there are hundreds of glycerin chiller bongs on the market and how do you know what to look for?

Easy peezy. If you didn’t like any of our recommendations this section is here to help you pick the best quality product so you aren’t left with the snicklefritz.

A Glycerin Bong Should Be High Quality Borisiclate Glass

Borosilicate glass is the same glass that is used for pyrex equipment. The reason bong manufacturers use borosilicate glass is that it can withstand very high heat. 

Every bought a glass set on amazon and put hot coffee in it? Throughout the weeks you start to see cracks in the glass? It’s because it was cheaply made. 

Many manufactures claim they use borisicate glass but they use just enough to get your glycerin bong by for the first few weeks.

Glass cracks not because of the heat, but because of the expansion of going from hot to cold. And think about what is going on in a glycerin bong.

There is a mixture of hot and cold combusting inside of the freezer bong. You want to find the highest borosilicate glass to really withstand the temperature fluctuations. Contact the manufacturers, I bet you they won’t answer this question.

We know this because we already did! That’s why we only recommended a certain brand because they used the highest procedures possible for glass work.

A Freezer Coil Bong Should Have a Generous Amount of Glycerin Coils

Glycerin is very easy to make. And can be made very cheaply. So what does it say when you buy a glycerin bong and the coils are looking a little thin?

You can’t imagine the rest of the coil bong to be made in very high standards.

Look for glycerin coil bongs with very fat coils. The fatter and longer the better. We want to see sprials in our sprial bong!

Why Trust Our Research on Finding the Best Glycerin Bong

First of all, we were very excited to test glycerin chiller bongs. Every month we kept saying this was the month. Well now that we finally did the test, you better believe we put our all into it. Not only did we test to find the best glycerin coil bong, but we also researched everything we could about glycerin the actual compound component. Then we tested ice-bongs in comparison to a glycerin bong. We had a lot of fun because a spiral bong is pretty new to the market and we wanted everyone to understand just how it works, what it is, and why a freezer bong is awesome. If you have a glycerin coil water pipe that you would like us to test, please reach out to us to send your product. Do you have what it takes to take the top 3 spots? We are excited to see.

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