Welcome to another edition of Hookah Myth Busters, where we take a look at some of the long-standing myths of the hookah world. Last time, we proved that natural coals are better than quick light coals. This time around, we set out to see if we could prove or disprove another famous hookah myth...
Does hookah size matter?
For centuries, hookah scholars have debated the question of hookah size. Okay, maybe not centuries, and by "scholars" we mean "friends sitting around in a basement," but this question has caused a lot of heated debate between hookah enthusiasts. Some people say large hookahs, such as a the monster Lavoo MP1-X or the towering Mya Colossus, are better because a big base and tall shaft make for better clouds. Others say small hookahs, like the diminutive Mya Petite hookah or the Nammor Azizi, are just right for smoking tasty shisha flavors. We set up an experiment to see if size made a difference in the quality of one's hookah smoking session.
We lined up three hookahs behind a wall, hidden from the view of our brave testers. The first hookah was a Mya QT, a classic small hookah that stands 14" tall. The second hookah was a Khalil Mamoon Trimetal shaft on an Egyptian Cleopatra base, a nice mid-sized hookah setup. The final hookah was a gigantic beast we happened to have sitting around the office, a 4 1/2-foot tall monster. All three hookahs were fitted with Vortex bowls containing Starbuzz Blue Mist shisha tobacco, and each shaft was fitted with a Pharaoh's Diffuser to mask the noise. The testers couldn't tell which size hookah they were smoking from.
Surely the larger hookahs would come out on top, thanks to their increased cloud production, right?
Surprisingly, nearly veryone who tested the hookahs had something different to say. Some preferred the small hookah, because it was very easy to draw from. Others actually preferred the large hookah because they said they want a little bit of resistance when they take a pull from the hose, and they enjoy the "heavier" feeling of the smoke. A few people said they actually get better clouds from the small hookah, while others still proclaim a big hookah to be the king of clouds.
So, does hookah size matter? Of course it does - but it boils down to personal preference. A big hookah is not better than a small hookah, nor is the reverse true. There's a huge range of hookah sizes out there, and it looks like this myth is really up to the person holding the hookah hose. Here's a video of the experiment so you can see what some of our testers really thought: