Hookah Bowl Breakdown - Best Hookah Bowls
Ask any hookah smoker what the first bowl they smoked out of was and chances are they'll tell you that it was a traditional Egyptian Clay Bowl. These bowls are what most handmade Egyptian style hookahs such as Khalil Mamoon come with and are also extremely popular in many hookah lounges as well.
Due to their design of having the air intake holes at the bottom of the dish these bowls are excellent for smoking traditional shisha tobaccos such as Al-Fakher, Nakhla, and Al Waha that do not have a large amount of excess flavoring molasses.
However, these traditional bowls may not be ideal for smoking juicy shisha tobaccos as the tobacco can clog the air intakes and the excess flavoring juice can drip down through the air intakes in to your hookah.
Today we're going to give you a breakdown on several great options for modern hookah bowls that work well with a variety of different types of shisha.
Types Of Hookah Bowls
When comparing hookah bowls you'll come across several types or styles of designs, so let's go over each style of bowl first.
Glazed: Glazed bowls are made from ceramic or clay and will have a glaze that coats the entire bowl. This means that the shisha flavoring molasses will not be able to soak in to the pores of the clay making it easy to rinse out the bowl without any flavors being cooked or "ghosted" in to the bowl. These bowls are ideal for smokers who switch flavors regularly.
Unglazed: Unglazed bowls are made from ceramic or clay but will not have a glaze coating. This means that the flavoring molasses of the shisha is able to soak in to the pores of the bowl allowing to the bowl to absorb the flavor that you are smoking. These are ideal for smokers who primarily smoke a single flavor such as Double Apple or Mint.
Traditional: Traditional or classic bowls, such as the Egyptian Clay Bowl above, will have multiple small air intake holes at the bottom of the dish and the shisha tobacco will sit on top of the holes.
Vortex: Vortex bowls will have a spire that rises up in the middle of the bowl with multiple small air intake holes punched around the spire. This allows the air intakes to sit above the shisha.
Phunnel: Phunnel bowls will have a spire that rises up in the middle of the bowl with a single large air intake at the top of the spire. This allows the air intake to sit above the shisha with a wider gauge air intake than most other styles of bowls. These are also the most common types of bowls on the market today due to how well they perform, so we'll see quite a few of them on this list.
Alright, now that the homework is out of the way let's get down to the fun stuff!
The Best Hookah Bowls Under $15
Shika Oblivion Bowl - The Shika Oblivion bowl is a heavy duty glazed phunnel style bowl made by the Shika Hookah company and is the bowl that will come included with any of their hookahs as well. These bowls are a bit heavier than most other bowls on the market so they are a good fit for medium to large sized hookahs that can support their weight easily.
Shika Sandstorm Bowl - The Shika Sandstorm is the unglazed version of the Oblivion bowl listed above. This one is an ideal choice for smokers who stick to smoking a single flavor. Double Apple I'm looking at you.