Glasscity Bubbler with Drum Perc Review
Build Quality60%
Smoke Quality70%
Look & Feel40%
Ease of Maintenance30%
50%Overall Score

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Vapesterdam! Today we’re taking a look at another piece that comes to us courtesy of Grasscity. Older smokers may be surprised to hear that name in reference to hardware. Those in the know will tell you that Grasscity had been making affordable smoking rigs for years. There a lot of potential downsides to buying a piece from a supplier who does not specialize in smoking hardware, but there are a lot of collaborations and sponsored equipment that are really worth the cost. In the end, what it came down to was money. Grasscity’s prices are just too good to pass up. So, in the spirit of research, I ordered the most outlandish color (Tropicana Neon) and put it through its paces. You know, for science.

Product Pros

  • Solid Construction
  • Great filtration

Product Cons

  • Thin glass

 

Glasscity Bubbler with Drum Perc Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

Dab rigs represent a very particular niche when it comes to smoking technology. They may look similar to your bubbler or water pipe, but a veteran smoker will tell you that the way they are used differs quite a bit.

When you’re dealing with dabs, a rig needs to be sturdy, without necessarily being designed to be passed around. This is certainly a table-sturdy piece. I set it up in a social situation and had no problems with it. The glass is a little thin, but unlike a similarly sized bubbler or water pipe, this is a piece, I don’t anticipate it breaking. This silver lining disappears with the vapor chamber. The thin glass and lack of roll stop virtually ensures that it will break in fairly short order.

Smoke Quality

Smoke Quality

Smoke quality is one of the only places where this piece really shines. I got big, thick clouds from every hit. The opacity of the glass meant that every hit with a bit of a risk, but lots of less experienced smokers who used the piece still got a lot of pleasure out of it.

The amount of filtration and diffusion you get at this price point just can’t be beat. The design of the chamber seems to further cool to smoke, leaving to hit that are smooth, cool, and easy to inhale. My only issue with the smoke quality is the size of the chamber. You give up a lot of volume for percs and diffusion, so even small hits seem to take forever.

Design

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

This piece doesn’t come in transparent glass, so I ordered the loudest color combination that they had. Tropicana Neon is delightful, but this rig suffers from the same issues that every colored piece of glass suffers from. It is difficult to see the interior of the chamber, making it nearly impossible to gauge the size of a hit before inhalation.

This is just an irritation to veteran smokers, but for those with less experience, this is likely to result in a poor smoking experience. Sometimes, inexpensive glass will still feel high quality. This is not an example of that. The glass is thin, and it feels cheap. Dab pieces tend to be less mobile than water pipes or bubblers, which means this thin glass is far less likely to be fatal. Still this piece is cheap, it isn’t free, and there are plenty of seemingly high-end options at similar price points.

Ease of Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance

This is not an easy piece to own. Look, we all understand that Tropicana Neon (you’ve never heard a better name for a color in your life, and you know it) is a great color scheme for a dab rig. Some might say it’s the only logical color scheme. Fine. That doesn’t make an opaque rig any easier to deal with. Regular cleanings aren’t just a way for snobby stoners to show superiority, they’re essential to a long-lasting rig that functions as designed.

How do you know when it’s time to clean this particular piece of equipment? You guess. That’s how. To add insult to injury, cleaning this piece is going to be expensive. Salt and isopropyl alcohol simply won’t do the job here. This inexpensive piece is going to require that you invest in some rather expensive foaming cleansers. Often. No cash? Fill the whole thing up with alcohol. Wait for the alcohol to turn a murky brown color. Does it smell like death? Perfect. Fill it up again and repeat until the piece is clean. Don’t worry. It should only take you about a week.

Conclusion

The main selling point for this piece remains its price point. No matter the downsides, there’s no denying the fact that it is priced incredibly reasonably. Quite frankly, if you’re short on cash, there are a lot of justifications you can make to make this purchase. That doesn’t make it a good idea, and that doesn’t make this piece of good deal. Many will argue the merits of buying a cheap piece which won’t last long. I am not one of them. Your smoking equipment is an investment in both your health and pleasure. Search Grasscity’s website, and you will find that they sell several pieces of varying quality at exactly this price point.  What you don’t want to do is spend money on a discounted piece you won’t love and can’t return. Is this piece okay? Sure it’s okay. But who wants to spend money on ‘okay’?

If you want to see some bongs by big names check out the Snoop Dogg’s Pounds Collection, you can read about the Pounds Mothership here. If are looking for something high quality that does not come with the brand inflated price tag check out the Jane West Beaker.

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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