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The Heba Diffuser: Why a little piece of plastic makes a huge difference


Is the Heba Diffuser any good?

I don't want to sound dramatic, but it's probably my favorite hookah accessory. It's affordable, easy to use, and it is going to change the way you smoke.

"Blasphemer," you may say. I say, "Nay. I am a truth teller."

Here's why:

The Heba Diffuser is a tiny peice of plastic with tiny holes all around it. This little device pops right over the bottom of your downstem.

How a Hookah Works:

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.

How a Diffuser Changes that:

The diffuser acts as a screen that forces the large bubbles through a series of small holes, thus breaking up the larger bubbles. The total surface area of the smoke bubbles is increased dramatically, which results in much greater filtration, which results in cleaner, denser, smoother smoke.

Still don't get it? That's okay. Have an analogy!

This beach ball represents a large bubble from a hookah , and the green shaded area represents the smoke that is touching the water.

The water only comes in contact with the smoke on the edge of the ball, while the rest of the smoke inside goes unfiltered.


These ping pong balls are 'bubbles' from a hookah WITH the diffuser. If he green areas represent where the water is touching the smoke, these bubble sizes make a huge difference.


More water touching the smoke = increased filtration = cooler, denser, more flavorful smoke.



Comments (15) -

  • Frank C. and I have one of these, it just lives on our large syrian.  I miss the loud bubbling, but the smoke is great!
  • The diffuser is great.  I put the small one on the "junior" hookah at the cigar store i work at and the big one one my Stratus at home.  The smoke is much smoother
  • Les
    This is a wonderful idea and I was very excited when ordering but...   I wish I could get it to fit one of my 8 hookahs.    

    If you have a Egyptian hookah that has the large flared bottom, this will not fit.  I suppose one could use a hacksaw and cut off the flare at the bottom of the downstem but, I don't have the nerve to try it on mine.
  • Les,

    A trick you can do to make the diffuser fit over those downstems that have that nut on the bottom is to take some scissors and cut a little slit in the clear rubber on the part diffuser that slides over the downstem.  This will make the opening wider and able to fit over it, without resorting to mutilating your hookah!
  • Another benefit of this accessory...the loud bubbling noise is muffled to a large extent. This doesn't seem important, unless you are trying to watch a movie, or live in a space (college dorm) where it is against the rules to smoke anything inside (oh, come one, hookahs don't count!)
  • The Hookah shop downtown started using these quite recently. Everyone who tried a puff that first night was AMAZED at the smoothness! No flavor is lost. The only thing that you will miss is the loud hubbly-bubbly sound, which is not such a big deal. But again the smoothness is increased five fold. This technology, that at first seems like a gimmick, I can assure you is not. Simple, efficient, and quite effective. If you are new to the scene and ordering for the first time, do yourself a service and add it to you're cart, you won't regret it!
  • this may seem a dumb question, but does the heba diffuser decrease the amount or density of the smoke?
  • No, density remains constant throughout a substance.For example, you have a wooden cube with a density of 6 g/cm3 and cut it in half. Each piece would still have 6 g/cm3 because you would cut the mass and volume in half. 24g/4cm3=6g/cm3, 12g/2cm3=6g/cm3. If you have a problem with the diffuser fitting on your hookah try boiling it because it is more malleable heated kinda like when you boil a mouth guard so it will fit better
  • does the heba diffuser fits the mya bambino??
  • does the diffuser decrease the amount of nicotine in your smoke
  • I think it does decrease the amount of nicotine and tar, because more of the smoke is being filtered.

    But anyways, it seems like you could easily make something like this
  • I tried to make something like it, and it worked to an extent but unless you have a mold for the rubber it's not going to be as precise.  The part I didn't like was that my idea was already invented, lol.
  • Would this piece fit the km hookahs ?
    • It's a little tricky with KMs, usually they have a 'nut' on the bottom of the stem that is too large for the heba to fit around. It can actually constrict the airflow as opposed to enhancing it.