Best Hookah Bowls of 2022: An In-Depth Buyer's Guide
by Neeve Donaghue on Dec 06, 2022
Looking for the perfect hookah bowl for your next hookah session? You've come to the right place! Read our in-depth guide of the Best Hookah Bowls of 2022 and find the perfect hookah bowl for your needs!
Hookah Vault would like to dedicate this next blog post to all the passionate hookah smokers who are always striving for that perfect hookah session. When it comes to all things hookah, it is always our mission to bring the best products to our Hookah Vault Family. We don’t cut corners when it comes to hookah bowls. This week we would like to explore what makes a great hookah bowl for you because at the end of the day every enthusiast has their own unique ways of packing and even smoking.
So what qualifications does a bowl need to make our “Best Hookah Bowls of 2022” roundup? Well, that depends entirely on you and your needs. With there being so many different types of hookah bowls, we are here to give you an overview to help in your decision making. For some it doesn't matter what type of hookah bowl they use as long as they can get a session in, while for others it is an exact science on how many grams they want a hookah bowl to hold.
There's the hookah smokers who may want a thicker bowl that takes a little longer to heat up, while others are on the search for the shallowest bowl they can get their hands on. After all of this criteria is met they then need to find something that matches their aesthetic. While there are many beautiful bowls on the market, hookah bowls are by no means created equal, so be assured that we only carry the best hookah bowls for every smoker. Whether you are a blonde leaf smoker or dark leaf smoker or even an enthusiast that has to fluff pack Tangiers, we have something for everyone.
Alpaca Hookah Bowls
First up on our list of the “Best Hookah Bowls of 2022” is Alpaca Bowls. They are a beloved brand by many and for good reason. Alpaca bowls specializes in all American hand-made clay bowls with 100% food safe glazes. They always pushing themselves to create the perfect hookah bowl. Many of you may be familiar with Alpaca Bowls but for those of you who aren’t, let us break down their different models here:
Alpaca Predator Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 10g-16g
The Alpaca Predator hookah bowl is designed with a bridged phunnel spire to prevent the weight of your hookah charcoal from causing foil drag. With the Alpaca Predator shisha bowl, foil drag is prevented by lifting the foil from underneath with its bridged spire. The Predator tackles the issue of airflow restriction while saving you on shisha with its shallow inner base.
Alpaca Rook Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 15g-25g
These chess-inspired bowls are designed to function like a standard phunnel bowl with notches placed around the spire to prevent foil drag and increase airflow. The phunnel style also helps keep the juices in your bowl allowing for an optimal session with full flavor. This hookah bowl is very versatile as it is ideal for both blonde and dark leaf hookah tobacco. This bowl is truly adaptable for any hookah smoker as you can choose to use an HMD (Heat Management Device) or go classic foil for your session.
Alpaca Mini Rook
Shisha Capacity: 8g-15g
The Alpaca Mini Rook is a smaller version of the classic Alpaca Rook bowl and holds all the same qualities while using considerably less shisha. The Mini Rook is designed to function like a standard phunnel, so all of the juice stays inside your bowl and not in your down stem. The unique spire for this bowl creates for a phenomenal session. This bowl is ideal for the shorter sessions and best used with foil thanks to its smaller diameter.
Alpaca Symphony Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 18g-20g
A shallow version of the Alpaca Predator, the Alpaca Symphony doesn't play any music, but it makes for an easy shisha loading process every session. Given how shallow it is, this bowl is ideal for any Tangiers session at a dense pack. The Symphony also contains a thick piece bridge across the spire that prevents foil drag from ever affecting your sessions. With any bridge bowls, it is always recommended to go straight foil as HMD’s or the AOT Provost are not compatible with this hookah bowl.
Alpaca SURI Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 10g-16g
Comparable to the Alpaca Predator Bowl & Alpaca Symphony bowl, the Suri shisha head is a phunnel bowl without the center bridge full air flow. The Alpaca Suri bowl is crafted with a wide gauge spire that reduces the restriction within your draw. The special Alpaca clay blend provides a strong foundation with impressive heat retention to help extend your hookah sessions. This hookah bowl's diameter means that you won’t need to bring out your HMD’s. Straight foil is the way to go for the Alpaca SURI.
Alpaca EGY Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 15g-20g
The Alpaca EGY bowl was created to offer the smoking experience of a traditional Egyptian made 5 holed bowls but with some drastic improvements. The creators designed this bowl with a protruded hole platform to almost bubble itself and create a "moat" around the center. This allows for no juice or shisha flavor to be lost and keeps your hookah pipe clean. They also made every EGY to fit the Kaloud Lotus HMD perfectly while still being one of the best traditionally influenced but modernly reinvented hookah bowls on the market. This bowl is great for all types of shisha and can be foiled or paired with the Kaloud Lotus.
Shisha Capacity: 15g-20g
The Alpaca LiPache takes after the Alpaca Apache design but with HMD (Heat Management Device) users in mind. The lip design on this hookah bowl means more stability and security that your HMD won’t budge or fall off your bowl when smoking or switching out heads. This design also means a more consistent hookah session as you know where exactly to pack your shisha. This hookah bowl is great for a longer session as you can feel free to do multiple rounds of coals. Some people have experimented, and in a pinch you can pack this bowl to the rim and foil it. However, we don’t recommend it.
HJ Hookah Bowls
Next up on our list of “The Best Hookah Bowls of 2022” is HJ bowls. HJ Hookah Bowls combine artisan level quality with enough quantity that you don't have to wait in line or pay an arm and a leg to get. HJ has been a trusted brand in the hookah industry since the early days and is sure to bring great products to hookah smokers everywhere. The only thing better than the quality and reliability of HJ Hookah Bowls is their ease of use and their continual availability. We bring you another trusted brand that produces handmade (in the USA) hookah bowls:
HJ 80ft Espana Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 16g-19g
The 80 feet bowl is back with some new changes inspired by the original 80ft bowls. With the demand in Spain for a deeper bowl, HJ has released the 80ft Espana. This bowl is popular in many hookah lounges as it's easy to pack and an affordable option that doesn’t neglect the quality many have come to know and love over the years. It is perfect for solo sessions and pairs well with dark or blond leaf hookah tobacco.
HJ Alien Phunnel Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 16g-19g
Fun fact. The Alien hookah bowl was the first bowl produced by HJ and has been on the market since 2010! Like many HJ hookah bowl’s, he has made many tweaks and small changes over the years in order to craft the perfect hookah bowl. This is a bowl that needs to be in every shisha savers collection, and with the added bonus of now being able to fit the Kaloud Lotus, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
HJ Wide Gauge Harmony Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 18g-25g
The HJ Harmony Bowl is one many hookah smokers may be familiar with. Now we would like to introduce you to its sister bowl: the HJ Wide Gauge Harmony. With a wider gauge spire, it creates a more open pull. This hookah bowl is sure to produce easy clouds and doesn’t discriminate when it comes to shisha preferences.
HJ Trimony Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 28g-35g
The HJ Trimony Hookah Bowl is basically the Harmony bowl in most aspects except for the middle spire and the shisha capacity.. It is basically the same as the Harmony Bowl in diameter and form. The inner spire has been sliced in three spots to encourage better air flow along with a bigger hookah shisha capacity resulting in longer sessions best shared with friends.
HJ Retro Harmony Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 18g-25g
You may have heard this hookah bowl mentioned not only by others, but we have also referenced it multiple times throughout our list of “Best Hookah Bowls of 2022”. Some of you may be familiar with the HJ Harmony Bowl, and you may wonder where the name for the Retro Harmony came from. Throughout the years with all the tweaks to the Harmony bowl, many hookah smokers asked HJ to recreate the original Harmony bowl hence came the Retro Harmony. In the middle when it comes to shisha capacity, we find this bowl is great for blonde leaf or dark leaf hookah sessions.
HJ Ferris Phunnel Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 25g-35g
Like all HJ bowls, the Ferris bowl is handmade in the US using American clay by local clay artisans. This hookah bowl is perfect for the shisha smoker that prefers using the Kaloud Lotus or other heat management devices. With the lip design, it will snuggly hold your heat management device in place when smoking or switching heads. It is great for longer sessions, and we recommend blonde leaf shisha for this beast!
Tangiers Hookah Bowls
From the original creator of the phunnel design, these hookah bowls were produced for Tangiers shisha by Tangiers Tobacco! With these simple, easy to pack bowls that don’t rely on gimmicks, Tangiers bowls are perfect for every hookah smoker. These bowls are handmade here in the US and are still one of the most affordable hookah phunnel bowls on the market. Tangiers bowls have been manufactured since 1999, and have not felt the need to make many changes to their perfected designs. For those of you who we know are going to ask, yes you can use coconut coals or silver tabs hookah coals with these bowls.
Tangiers Pico Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 14g-18g
The Tangiers Pico is a perfect bowl to conserve flavor and for solo sessions. Given its very small diameter, this bowl is for foil only and is ideal for packing only Tangiers tobacco.
Tangiers Small Phunnel Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 15g-23g
Originally introduced as the predecessor to the Tangiers Super chief, the Tangiers Small hookah bowl is a perfect bowl to conserve flavor and enjoy a longer session. This hookah bowl is perfect for a Tangiers shisha session.
Tangiers Medium Phunnel Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 30g-40g
The Tangiers Medium phunnel bowl is great for those longer sessions whether you are smoking alone or with friends. It's guaranteed to be a long lasting hookah session. This bowl is best paired with foil and prepared for multiple rounds of coals. Lastly, just because Tangiers is in the name don't be afraid to pack a blonde leaf in this bowl!
Tangiers X-Large Lounge Phunnel Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 65g-110g
We’ll be honest with you, this bowl isn’t for everyone. However, we do believe there is a perfect home for every bowl we carry. We recommend this bowl for those of you who pack the Tangiers way…Silver tabs hookah coal and a dense pack. You may be smoking for days!
Tangiers Iridescent Small
Shisha Capacity: 18g-24g
Tangiers Iridescent bowls is the successor to the original “Super Chief”. This hookah bowl has amazing airflow for light and dark leaf tobacco and an amazing design. They’ll hold 18-24g of tobacco depending on how you pack and what hookah tobacco you use.
With years of manufacturing experience in the hookah industry, creating custom hand thrown bowls was always on their mind. After several years of testing, Urb Bowls were born. Specializing in hand thrown clay bowls, they began creating their start up models. Months of testing the right clay mixtures and firing process, they finalized the perfect mixture of stoneware. All of their bowls are made with 100% food grade materials including the glazing.
Urb Chub Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 17g-30g
With this being a newer brand on the market, they have entered the hookah scene with passion. The Urb Chub Phunnel bowl is compatible with HMD’s or hookah foil depending on your preference. The Chub can also be packed with blonde or dark leaf shisha.
Urb Burj Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 12g-19g
Small and compact, the Burj Hookah Bowl by Urb Bowls is known to be the perfect bowl for quick hookah sessions. Don't waste tobacco for your 45 minute bowls; use the Burj Hookah Bowl. We recommend pairing it with Coco Urth hookah foil!
Urb Pyra Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 13g-23g
Standing tall, the Pyra bowl will make you stare. This bowl was inspired by its unique concave shape and excellent heat retention. This bowl carries its weight and holds heat extremely well. Perfect for your next hookah session.
Urb Plinth Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 17g-27g
The Plinth Hookah Bowl was inspired by many Tangiers style bowls in the market. These iconic dimensions are essential when smoking Tangiers shisha or any dark leaf hookah tobacco. It is medium sized for a great session!
Mason Hookah Bowls
Each Mason product is made by artisans who are masters of their craft in the USA. Their team is composed of Hookah Enthusiasts, a Clay Artisan and an Industrial Designer. Their mission is to create and introduce quality products into the Hookah community. They are always working to raise the bar of each hookah session!
Mason Onyx Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 14g-18g
Onyx Shishaware Bowl has a clear glaze on its cooking surface for easy cleaning. The Onyx Shishaware Bowl is a variation of the phunnel design. The Shishaware Spokes assist in partitioning your packs into equal thirds enabling perfect portioning for your favorite hookah mixes. The Onyx fits all major heat management devices, and the thin lip means it works great with hookah foil as well!
Mason Stynger Bowl
Shisha Capacity: 8g-12g
Small but mighty! Stynger is different from any other bowls in the lineup in that it features our hand thrown white shishaware claybody. It is designed to give a more forgiving foundation in regards to heat which is important in a low capacity form factor. Due to the small form factor, Stynger is best used with foil and provost setups only.
We hope this list has provided some insight into the endless list of hookah bowls on the market today, and hopefully we made picking out that perfect hookah bowl a little easier! With new bowls and brands coming out all the time, we will be sure to update our list. Never worry as we are always testing new products so that we can bring not only the newest but the best hookah products to our loyal customers. Lastly, if you've ever wondered why it's spelled ‘phunnel’ and not ‘funnel’ , well that's a story for another day!
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To wrap the discussion up and give you some final suggestions from our team of hookah experts, here are the Top Hookah Bowls of 2022: