Looking for your first hookah can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different varieties of hookahs available, it can be a chore sorting through all the different kinds to find the hookah pipe that is right for you. There are so many different factors to consider, such as price, height, weight, type, number of hoses, and style. How can the typical consumer possibly expect to make an informed decision with so many different choices?
Don't get flustered. Don't let a company frustrate or confuse you into buying a hookah that doesn't suit your needs. Start by thinking about what you want your hookah for; do you want to smoke hookah in your living room, or do you want to be able to take it with you? Do you want your hookah to be the centerpiece of the room, or do you just want it to be functional? Are you going to smoke it with other people? How much can you afford to spend? Knowing the answers to these questions will make it much easier for you to choose what kind of hookah you want to buy.
All of these are important things to consider when you are buying your hookah. For example, if you want to be able to take your hookah camping with you, you wouldn't want to get a monster 33 inch hookah. It would be much more convenient to have a small hookah, say 14 inches tall, that you could easily take with you when you want to go somewhere. Another thing to consider if you want a hookah to take camping with you is how durable it is, and if it comes with a carrying case. Some hookahs come with some sort of carrying case, and smaller hookahs sometimes have some sort of carry cage, so that you can set it up, but still protect it. Smaller hookahs usually have very thick glass bases, and because of their small size, they don't have far to fall if you accidentally knock one over.
Another important factor to consider is price. Some people are looking for a cheap hookah that is functional, while some others want a limited edition hookah that awes anyone who sees it. Generally speaking, the larger a hookah is, the more expensive it is. If you don't have much money to spend, you will probably want to buy a small hookah, as these almost never cost more than $75, and usually cost closer to $50. Large hookahs can cost upward of $200.
Some retail websites will try to convince you that an Egyptian Hookah is better than, say, a Syrian Hookah. In truth, this makes very little difference by itself. The quality of a hookah is not determined by what style it is, but by who makes it. Some hookah manufacturers are better than others, just as some clothing brands are better than others. You want to choose a brand that has been in the business for a long time, and has a lot of experience making the best products possible. My personal favorite, and the company that I buy all my personal hookahs from, is Sahara Hookahs. They have extensive experience not only with hookah manufacture, and always produce superior products.
One final consideration that you might want to take into account is the number of people that will be smoke hookah in your house. Some hookahs come with many hoses, others come with only one, but you can add a hose later to most hookahs. If you're going to smoke with a lot of people, you may be tempted to get a hookah with many hoses. However, many multiple-hose hookahs are designed so that only one person can be smoking at a time. In this case, it is essentially a waste of money to buy a hookah with more than one hose. Many hookah brands have realized that this is a problem, however, and have started to release hookahs that can be smoked from multiple hoses at once. Make sure you check into this if you are going to buy a hookah with more than one hose.
Don't let yourself get dazzled by all the apparently different options available. Simply ask yourself what you want in a hookah, and get that hookah. That way, you can save a lot of time and money that would have otherwise been spent trying to navigate the sometimes confusing world of hookah pipes.
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