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Top 5 Hookah Bowls In Rotation This Summer

Top 5 hookah bowls

A recent study shows that hookah bowls make up roughly 75-90% of a standard hookah session. With this knowledge under your belt, you now understand the importance of owning a bowl to get any session started and a second for when the first one breaks.

We have hookah bowls all around our desk, sink, and the coal burner. All of them are used at least once or twice throughout the week, while others are used EVERYDAY and shouldn't be moved or borrowed.

We're hitting the peak of this Summer season and thought it might be a good time to let you know what bowls we're using on a DAILY basis.

1) Kaloud Vitria Bowl

kaloud vitria

This is the bowl that starts the day and sometimes ends the night for us. The Kaloud Vitria bowl is a little more expensive than the standard foil setup because this bowl must be used with the Kaloud Lotus, but you'll taste the benefits on the first session.

You can't break the silicone exterior and there's enough of it to keep the glass interior safe on most drops; there may have been a hacky sack session in the customer service office with this bowl.

We move quick around here and loading a bowl shouldn't take all day.

When you're ready to launch your first session I recommend filling your bowl up to the inner edge making sure you don't go past the lotus resting area, while using a sprinkling method. Doing this will allow you see how well this bowl performs without overpacking or filling in the blades of the interior. You'll have a bowl that's ready in a minute and requires minimal attention to the coals.

This is the bowl you could teach your friends and family how to setup in a breeze. 

2) Alpaca Rook Bowl

Alpaca Slime Rook

The Rook bowl was one of two bowls that we carried from Alpaca over 3-4 years ago and we never put these bowls down. In fact, we still have some originals floating around from the days when we only had two color options; Black and Cappuccino.

At some point in the typical work day, one of our Rook bowls gets some play time and averages around 1.5-2hrs of smoke with double digits on assisted smiles for an easy double-double (*sports reference*).

The central spire features 4 cut outs that resemble the top of a Rook game piece. I'm not sure how beneficial that piece is in chess but the increased airflow in our session gives us some beneficial clouds. The color options are out of this world and constantly change with each shipment, find yours and hold on to it!

3) Classic Egyptian Bowl

Egyptian Clay Bowls

Egyptain hookah bowls can be used with EVERY brand of shisha on our site and they usually arrive free with Khalil Mamoon, Mya, and Nammor Hookahs.

Tangiers will be a tad bit stronger of a smoke in this style of bowl but everything else is fair game.

I've never seen Allen from customer service use any other bowl but an Egyptian and he's been part of the crew since before the introduction of any other bowl on this list. It's old school to some and new age to others, but it's still the most commonly owned bowl on the market. This is what you should expect to receive when you head out to the hookah bar.

If you don't have one just leave a comment on your next order asking me (Smokeorpass) for one and I'll hook you up.

4) Stone Vortex Bowl

Vortex Bowl

No rocks were harmed in the making of this bowl. It's stone right?

Well, yes and no. It's stoneware which is a heavy duty blend of clay, but it would be quite the feat to get this bowl heated up properly if it was all stone. Check out the video on the product page of me slamming the bowls on my desk; I don't recommend you do this at your house, but if you did(don't) I'd have more faith in it versus a regular Vortex bowl.

This bowl hopped into our rotation after a trip down memory lane and reminiscing about the days when the vortex was an exotic accessory. The thicc composition of the Stone Vortex will cause it to slowly heat up, like a cast iron pot, but once it gets going the session is beautiful.

I recommend using 2-3 pieces of natural cube charcoal with this bowl because of how much heat it can handle and to also improve start-up times. This is another bowl that can be prepared quickly simply by sprinkling to fill the ring, use a poker to clear any blockage and then add more if you prefer.

The Stone Vortex is designed to be used with hookah foil applied using a tight fit to create a flat and even surface. I use minimal holes and a tooth pick as my poker, but you can boogie however you wanna get down.

5) Alpaca Apahce & Lipache

Alpaca Apache Bowl

Apache or Lipache? Honestly it depends on how well the lotus looks.

If the Lotus needs to soak, then we're bringing out the Apache. But if Lotus is ready and we can get down with the Lipache, we're just as happy. The Apache will require more of your attention than the lipped version because you'll be using foil.

On the other hand, I've seen Sean from Customer Service update an order address and provide help over the phone while loading an Apache like it was nothing.

These bowls come out a lot for our dark leaf blends like Tangiers, Trifecta, and Starbuzz Vintage. Any style of tobacco can be used with them but I would recommend fluffing the tobacco up a little bit in comparison to the denser pack used with dark leaf.

Now It's Your Turn!

What was the last hookah bowl you used? Did you enjoy it?

Thanks for reading another blog!




Comments (5) -

  • My daily driver is my 80 ft 80 bowl great size and works for lots of different brands and put together with an AOT Provost And some foil, there is nothing I enjoy with it
  • The Kaloud Vitria II is my go-to bowl for just about everything I smoke, from Al-Fahker to Zomo...if it's tobacco based, it goes into my Vitria II bowl.  I also switch up on occasion as I also have the original Samsaris and Vitria I.  For those times when I want to go "old school", I'll pull out my Sahara Smoke Vortex and some foil...I might take Smokeorpass up on his offer of an Egyptian bowl with my next order as I do not own one.  
  • I have used multiple bowls and hookahs in a short amount of relative time. I started with bowls that came with the hookahs I had and they would get harsh after about 15 minutes and would loosely fit on the head, even with a good grommet.
    The first bowl I got was a vortex. It was not the biggest but did allow for rounds or square coals because of the center ceramic piece. I was satisfied to use the bowl then one day I was excitedly talking and the bowl flew off the counter onto the floor.
    So I got a funnel, vortex, Egyptian, metal egyptian, and a 4 bowl egyptian.
    The 4 bowl Egyptian is fun when mixing, but heating is a little troublesome. Each bowl needs it's own coal. And it is more of a general heating of the foil above then being able to properly heat the bowl. So it ends up that the top of the shisha gets fried while the shisha underneath stays moist. Between the 4 bowls it holds about 5 to 10 grams depending on the pack. (Fluff pack recommended) The session normally lasts 50 to 70 minutes with good clouds.
    The next bowl is the gold metal bowl. This only holds 2 to 5 grams good for a quick 20 to 30 minute session. We use a metal plate for the top instead of punched foil or a kaloud. The bowl only needs 2 coals to stay hot. The flavor last through the session. Excellent for a pumpkin.
    The Eqyptian clay bowl is a basic bowl. The standard that most use. It will hold around 15 to 25 grams depending on the packing. The one that I have is definitely a 3 coal bowl. Clouds are good size, flavor comes through well, and no real complaints. I do occasionally have to pull the bowl to cool it when the smoke starts to get harsh, but other then that it is a descent way to go for a no hassle bowl.
    The next bowl I have is the funnel. The size of this bowl is a 4 coal bowl hands down. We loaded the bowl with about 20 grams, it can hold around 30.  Had some friends over and after 2 and a half hours it was still going strong. The smoke never became harsh, the flavor came through the entire time, the clouds were large. I like to use this with my 36in that has the ice bowl below the head. My over all opinion is if I had a smaller funnel that would be my daily go to.
  • Great read. I enjoy most of these bowls, but have found myself partial to one. The Stone Vortex just rocks my world. Hard to find a flaw in this. I hit Bedrock with my sessions until I found this precious Bowl. Now it is a clean Slate to have heavy clouds moving forward