Dab Rig vs Bubbler: Pros and Cons

December 17, 2018 Bubbler Pipes

Dab Rig vs Bubbler: Pros and Cons

In essence, your bubbler can be turned into a dab rig, and your dab rig can be converted back into a bubbler. The little differences between the two lies on several factors

Smoking technique

You can use your bubbler to smoke dried herbs, flowers, and tobacco, which you can get almost anywhere. There is combustion going on, which in turn produces different chemicals that can be toxic to your health.

A dab rig dab rig produces vapor when the concentrate comes in contact with a heated surface. Since the temperature is below the combustion level, the vapor produce contains all the locked goodness that’s inside the concentrate. This is easier for the throat and lungs, giving you a smoother, intense hit.


A dab rig more expensive because you’ll be spending extra for a nail and a wand. Choosing the best nail possible for heat regulation is essential. It should be easy enough to heat but does not hold in too much temperature that it would burn your concentrates.


Bubblers are generally safer because you’re not dealing with intense heat. Dab rigs, on the other hand, require high, burning temperature so that your concentrates will vaporize nicely. Touching a scorching hot nail is an experience you’ll never forget.

Ease of use

You can use your bubbler almost immediately once you get it. Just a simple wash, fill it up with water, and you’re good to go. A dab rig requires seasoning on the first use. You need to torch the nail until it’s burning hot and use a good amount of oil or concentrate on the nail. You need to do this process several times until you get a good coating on your nail.

A bubbler uses a bowl, so it’s fairly easy for beginners. All you have to do is put your herb in the bowl, light it up, and enjoy. You might need to burn more herbs to get the hit that you need.

Using a dab rig, however, requires knowledge and experience. You are dealing with concentrates, meaning a little of this awesome stuff goes a long way. Get too much of that concentrate on the nail, and you’ll get a hit that is more than you can handle.


You have to deal with resin buildup on your bubbler bowl, which can be hard to clean. Ash can also fall inside your bubbler, and can be hard to remove if it gets inside the percs. It can take minutes to hours to get a bubbler clean.

On the other hand, cleaning your nail is relatively simple. The concentrates vaporize at the right temperature. Once you’re done, all you have to do is torch your nail and wand to burn or melt any remaining concentrate. Wipe it clean with a clean rag or alcohol swab, and you’re ready for the next session.

Choosing between a bubbler and a dab rig all boils down on how you want to enjoy your hit. Are you after flavor, ease of use, and/or affordability? There are many options available for you to decide which one you would like best.

BigDaddySmoke has all you need for your bubbler and dab rig needs. If you have questions on how to convert your bubbler into a dab rig, you can always contact us at 1(877) 970-2151


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