I’m often asked, “Is the Diffuser any good?”
To that question, I always reply “It’s my favorite accessory that we sell! No hookah is complete without one.” I realize that’s a pretty bold statement, considering all the other factors that go into a pleasurable hookah smoking session, but I do believe that if you are looking for the smoothest, most flavorful hookah smoke, you are doing yourself a disservice if you have not tried the diffuser.
If you are not familiar with this product, you may be asking yourself, “what is a diffuser and how can a $10 product make that much difference when smoking hookah?” To the untrained eye it may only look like a piece of plastic with a bunch of holes in it but to those in the know, it’s one of the most effective ways to enhance the flavor of your shisha and improve the quality of the smoke you are getting from your hookah. So, how exactly does this work?
When hookah smoke leaves the bottom of the downstem, it naturally forms large bubbles of air/smoke within the underwater environment of the base. The water in the hookah filters out certain elements of the smoke, including some of the nicotine. When the bubble reaches the surface of the water, the smoke is released and travels through the hose into your mouth and lungs. The diffuser acts as a screen that all these large bubbles need to pass through. It has many holes in it, which serve to break up the larger bubbles into dozens of much smaller bubbles. When this happens, the total surface area of all the bubbles is increased dramatically, which results in much greater filtration by the water.
|Let’s look at this example. Use your imagination and think of this beach ball as filled with smoke. This represents a bubble from a hookah without a diffuser, and the green shaded area represents the smoke that is touching the water. Not much huh? The water only comes in contact with the smoke on the edge of the ball, while the rest of the smoke inside goes unfiltered.|
Now lets take that same volume of smoke that was in the beach ball and fill a bunch of ping pong balls with it:
|These are bubbles from a hookah WITH the diffuser in place. Just like the beach ball example, the green areas represent where the water is touching the smoke, and as you can see, what a difference it makes. More water touching the smoke = increased filtration = cooler, denser, more flavorful smoke.|
Don’t let your hookah be without one!