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Hookah bowls (also known as hookah heads or shisha bowls) come in different shapes, sizes and materials; and can have a big impact on the quality of your shisha smoking session. Each type of hookah head has its pros and cons, and finding the right bowl for you shouldn’t be based on price alone. This article explores various different types of shisha bowls so that when it’s time for you to buy a new hookah (or just a new bowl), you’ll know exactly what you’re shopping for.
Most popular Hookah bowls shapes and forms
Options are endless when you consider size, shape, material and overall look. Each shisha bowl has its place in the hookah industry and may work better or worse with certain flavoured tobaccos. We will try to break down each hookah bowl style. You decide which one is right for you.
As we already know, a classic hookah bowl has several holes at the bottom. Phunnel hookah bowl only has one large central hole (the funnel). In theory, excess molasses should be contained in the base of the bowl and be prevented from dripping down the stem, and that helps to maintain the flavor for an extended period. These bowls work well for any type of tobacco.
4. Evil or Killer.
Evil is a bowl with a flat bottom and thick walls that provide even tobacco heating. As a result, shisha is being entirely heated up and provides stronger smoking sessions. This bowl is one of the modern versions of classic Turkish bowls. The most well-known brands of Evil bowls are KONG, ST, NJN, DON.
6. HMD – Heat Management Device.
Typically made of aluminum or stainless steel, this device is used as a foil replacement. The coals go inside the HMD, and you can manage the heat via the cap/vents provided. HMD’s main purpose is to help make it easier to enjoy the perfect bowl. Most of these will have the added advantage of helping your coals last longer or allow you to use fewer coals saving you time and money.
7. How does the choice of shisha bowl depends on hookah tobacco type: which bowl to choose for Dark Leaf or Blond Leaf shisha? How to pick the most universal hookah bowl?
There are important factors to consider:
7.1. The amount of juice or syrup in hookah tobacco. Phunnels are indeed the best for moist, juicy shisha.
7.2. Heat resistance of tobacco. Heat-resistant flavors behave well in Evil (killer) bowls or glazed bowls, while non-heat-resistant shisha might get burned quickly in those.
7.3. A method of packing the hookah bowl. For instance, it wouldn’t be easy to fluff pack shisha in a shallow Alien bowl.
7.4. Remember, that knowledge and skill come with practice. Choose a bowl that suits your needs and preferences on our website and don’t hesitate to contact us if you are seeking assistance or advice.
If you are new to hookah, the best option for you would be the classic Turkish Boy bowl by KONG or ST Classic bowl. They are reasonably priced (€13,90 and €15,90), very easy to use, and are excellent for both blonde and dark leaf shisha tobacco.
An Ultimate Hookah Video Guide by Aik Lazaryan from Hookah Time youtube channel
In this video enjoy Aik’s complete, comprehensive guide on how to enjoy your 1st hookah:
- hookah bowl types – what are they;
- how to correctly pack your bowl;
- heat management nuances;
- how to control hookah nicotine buzz;
- variety of shisha packing methods;
- and many more beginners tips and tricks!
All the credits to Hookah Time Youtube Channel.