We’ve all heard that heartbreaking sound before.
I’ve never seen an angel cry, but I can imagine it sounds like breaking glass when you accidentally knock your bubbler over. Although built to withstand the occasional clumsy elbow, the fact is that bubblers are naturally attracted to hard surfaces. If your precious bubbler can jump off your coffee table and break beyond repair, it will at some point.
Enter Grav Labs, which has taken a standard bubbler and designed it to stand up straight. At 15cm in length, it matches other Helix products in that it uses thick borosilicate glass, giving it both a clean aesthetic and a comfortable additional buffer against breakage.
With a solid foundation, this unit isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it almost feels wrong to pick it up: it sits so proudly on your table that, like a sleeping cat, you just want to leave it there and muse about how cute it is. But in addition to being cute, this bubbler is also extremely practical.
While I’ve yet to figure out how to fill a bubbler with water in a way that isn’t clunky or slightly irritating, the Grav Labs Upright Bubbler is certainly no more difficult to fill than other products on the market. A very small bowl produced a significant amount of smoke, making for a smooth hit.
Compared to vaporizers, bubblers often offer a less economical use of flowers, but this model seems to get the most out of what you put into it.
When I used it with two friends, we were able to pass a little more than a wick from a bowl around the table without having to reload.
Of note is the funnel bowl accessory that comes with the Grav . was delivered
Labs upright bubbler. While many bongs advertise that they have the bowl built directly into the bubbler,
I find that getting splashed with them is not just a possibility, but a certified guarantee. That means whichever user is planning on going second – or, gasping, third! — there is a risk that the damp flower will have to be lit, a big minus.
With the funnel bowl, these worries are a thing of the past. While not packaged with the Grav Labs Upright Bubbler, I’d call it a must-have accessory.
Overall, it’s hard to say this device is a reason to throw out your current glass, but if you’re in the market, it’s definitely a reason to consider. Compared to other bubblers it’s not an eyesore, it hits great and the longevity factor is second to none. The downside is that filling and emptying the bubbler requires you to either wet the bowl or mouthpiece first before use, then again to pour those nastiest creations, bong water, through your bowl or worse, through the mouthpiece itself.
I found that despite my best efforts, it was necessary to pour the last of the water out of the mouthpiece, leaving me wanting to polish the bubbler in rubbing alcohol and then obsessively brush my teeth.
At $49.99 you won’t get anything higher quality for a comparable price, so you might as well stifle the cons and buy a nice piece of glass that is guaranteed to get the job done and probably a quick dip from your coffee table.