Ashcatcher Buying Guide 2021

Ashcatcher Buying Guide 2021

Published by S. Wyatt Price on Dec 23rd 2021

What is an Ashcatcher?

Ever see a water pipe with some sort of octopus-like attachment hanging to the end? Well, ladies and gentleman we call that an ash catcher and it’s one of the most functional and helpful accessories you can add to your water pipe in order to enhance the smoking experience. I was equally confused the first time I saw one in use, but when my homie broke it down for me I understood why it was there and what it was doing. Let me break you off some game: this extra percolation tool is great for keeping your water pipe clean and keeping debris from entering into the basin of your water pipe. Some are dry and those catch the ash, plain and simple, but the percolating variety is pretty much an extra water pipe on the end that filters the smoke. These make the smoke a little less potent so be careful not to filter your smoke too much unless that’s how you prefer to smoke.

Design and function are both king here, as ash catchers can look incredible and perform an incredible job. This is just a beneficial part while you’re smoking because you actually save time and effort cleaning your pipe afterwards. Do you ever notice how much ash and resin builds in the downstem of your water pipe? Compare that buildup with the minimal waste the builds within a water pipe when you actually have an ash catcher.

What is an Ash Catcher Used For?

As I previously mentioned, an ash catcher keeps the job of protecting your water from ash and debris during the smoking process, ultimately making the cleaning process easier and the act of smoking a little smoother. Something to remember is that with heady pieces involved these ash catchers can often be ornamental and serve minimal or passive function.

So to answer “what is an ash catcher used for” I again reiterate that it is used to stop resin and ash from getting into the basin of your water pipe. The percolating variety can be added filtration which can add a bit of protection to your lungs, but overall these are used to help keep your water pipe from getting as dirty as it normally would. In the time of COVID this is an added bonus because it prevents bacteria build up inside your water pipe which could ultimately weaken your immune system, causing you to contract COVID.

The Different Types of Ash Catchers

Non-Diffusing Ash Catchers: This is the most common variety of simple ash catchers. Its essentially just a dry ash catcher that impedes the flow of ash and debris from leaking into the basin of your water pipe. Other than that, though, it offers no other added benefits.

Showerhead Ash Catcher: This is simply a percolating and diffusing ash catcher that features a showerhead percolator. The showerhead is within the ash catcher so it adds a relatively significant level of filtration to the experience when compared to the other ash catchers.

Honeycomb Ash Catcher: In most examples of honeycomb percolators in ash catchers, they usually utilize a recycler. It features a honeycomb shaped pattern in the middle of the ash catcher that pulls smoke and water through to diffuse your smoke. This percolation tool also takes a lot away from the density of the smoke, especially if you’ve already got a few percs and diffusers within your water pipe.

Tree Ash Catchers: Tree ash catchers are Tre percs within the ash catcher itself, so again, this adds a significant layer of diffusion to the smoking experience, especially if your water pipe already has a couple diffusion chambers. Notice, though, when you buy a tree perc of any kind: are the trees limbs attached to each other or do they simply descend from the ash catcher? This is important because if they’re not attached to each other they run a much higher possibility of breaking while you’re using the ash catcher.

Do Ashcatchers Really Work?

Absolutely! Ash catchers definitely work and improve your smoking experience if they in fact provide what you’re looking for. They may seem extra or like they’re doing too much, but in terms of function they’re doing a pretty hefty job of preventing buildup and allowing for an easier cleaning process at some point down the road. It’s obvious after explaining their purpose why ash catchers are so important.

Let’s get down to business, the reason you want an ash catcher is to spend more time smoking and less time changing water and cleaning your pipe. That can be achieved with any of the myriad of products we now offer in the MOB realm. Here at MOB we offer everything from dry ash catchers to percolating varieties that do everything from stopping the gunk and resin build up to filtering your smoke before it enters your lungs.

Do Ashcatchers Make Tokes Smoother?

A common question we run into a lot is concerning the function of the actual ash catcher itself. The percolators are of primary focus when smooth hits are concerned because without a percolator you’re simply dealing with a non-diffusing ash catcher. The amount of percolators within a diffusing ash catcher can filter the water in your pipe much more, but as I previously mentioned, make sure you’re not over percolating the smoke because you could be taking away from your smoking experience.

So this is a question we get a lot, but do ash catchers actually make tokes smoother? The answer to this is a resounding yes, but there are a few things you can add to your water pipe to make each rip smoother than the last. Ice is a key component to help smooth your tokes when you’re smoking from a water pipe so make sure you’re adding a couple cubes even when you’ve got an ash catcher, especially if your thing smoking water pipes is filtration.

The answer to this question is yes, ash catchers DO make your tokes smoother as long as they’re of the diffusing variety. Either way, though, you’re still going to stop the resin and ash from getting deep into the upper percolators or even simply dieting your water.

What Sizes of Ash Catcher Can I Choose From?

Usually, ash catchers’ joint sizes are 14mm & 18mm, but it’s always good to double check with your retailer just so you know exactly what you’re getting. As well, there’s always the tried and true finger test method wherein you place your middle finger into the joint of your water pipe for an 18mm and then if your ring finger fits that’s a 14mm. As well, it’s important to pay attention to the angle of your ash catcher here too because you’re going to need to line up your ash catcher and your water pipe to find out what the best fit is.

What is the Best Ashcatcher?

MOB Glass Dry Ash Catcher V2 (Non-Diffusing)

ONLY $29.99

Every avid bud user knows the struggle of pesky ash making its way into their water chamber after taking mad rips from their water pipe. MOB is here to send that struggle to the history books with their Glass Dry Ash Catcher V2! This ash catcher is made from heavy duty borosilicate glass, and has sleek tube architecture. The Glass Dry Ash Catcher features a beaker base to ensure that your ash will be securely set in place, and will make no appearances in your water chamber. The dry ash catcher comes in a beautiful deep blue color with solid white accents on the base, making this piece immaculate in design. The Glass Dry Ash Catcher features the ability to be used with water to make your hits incredibly smooth; you won’t want to have a sesh without this product. The Glass Dry Ash Catcher V2 features a 90-degree 14mm joint piece, waiting to be paired with your favorite water pipe. On the body of this dry ash catcher, you’ll find an autographed MOB logo so you’ll never forget who sent the struggle of pesky ash to the past. The MOB Glass Dry Ash Catcher V2 is truly a piece that will change your smoking experience forever!

AFM Ash Catcher

ONLY $49.99

All avid bud enthusiasts know the headache that comes when fallen ash makes its way into the chamber of our favorite water pipes! Cleaning out chunks of ash is always a chore, and if it's left alone then our water pipes won't function properly. We can all thank the alien masterminds at AFM for bestowing the AFM Ash Catcher into our collection to keep our water pipes ash free during a sesh! The AFM Ash Catcher is hand crafted in California, USA and flaunts symmetrical tubing with ground joints for this ash catcher to snugly fit inside the joint of your water pipe. What makes the AFM Ash Catcher so special is its double-diffy downstem that works to diffuse and filter your smoke before it enters your water pipe. Say hello to ultra-smooth, refreshing hits! The AFM Ash Catcher is bound to make your smoking experience (and cleaning process) super easy and comfortable, and it's no doubt that any bud enthusiast will need a solid ash catcher to set the course for the best smoke seshes.

MOB Reclaim Ash Catcher

ONLY $29.99

All tokers know the fun experiences that come from taking rips out of their favorite water pipe, but they also know the heartbreak that follows after noticing precious, unused concentrate or bud that’s made its way into the water reservoir. To save all of us from heartbreak, the MOB Reclaim Ash Catcher is here to make its debut! The MOB Reclaim Ash Catcher is the perfect attachment to ensure fallen extract or dry herb stays contained, saved, and ready for the next bowl. The Reclaim Ash Catcher is made from borosilicate glass, which is the perfect armor when it comes to toking. This ash catcher features a funneled attachment to its slide to allow for fallen herb or extract to travel safely into its attached silicone container. Once you’ve finished a sesh, you can look inside the Reclaim Ash Catcher’s silicone container to retrieve any fallen product to use for the next extravaganza! You do not want to miss out on all the saving and fun times to be had with the MOB Reclaim Ash Catcher.

MOB Glass 8 Tree Perc Ash Catcher

ONLY $39.99

From trusted scientific glassware authority, MOB Glass comes an eye-catching new ashcatcher. The 8 Tree Ashcatcher is a 4.5-inch male/female jointed ashcatcher housing an 8-armed tree percolator for intense diffusion with limited splashback. By affixing this ashcatcher to your water piece, you ensure your pipe stays cleaner longer, with a smoother feel and crisper taste to every hit. Not only that, but a feature that isn’t present in any other tree percolators and what often leads to the demise of your attachment is that of each tree percolator bonded to the other, which insures a little extra safety and durability for your attachment.

MOB Glass Matrix Ash Catcher

ONLY $39.99

MOB Glass is a high end glass water pipe manufacturing company who are most widely known for the quality of glass water pipe and accessories they provide as well as the amazing function and use you can get out of their products. This product is an ashcatcher, which is used to add an extra layer of filtration for your smoke before it reaches your pipe. By adding this extra layer of filtration, your pipe is kept cleaner and your hits will feel and taste noticeably smoother.

MOB Glass 4mm Ash Catcher

ONLY $19.99

For all tokers out there who struggle with the bulky nature of water pipe attachments, the struggle is over! MOB’s 14mm Slide Ash Catcher eliminates the need for two pieces by combining the slide and ash catcher into one piece. Talk about efficiency, right? The Slide Ash Catcher is male jointed and comes in an hourglass shape. Inside the slide, you’ll find a stem which allows this piece to have water capabilities, giving all power to filtration and percolation! The MOB 14mm Slide Ash Catcher comes in 3 striking colors and features a MOB branded logo on its stem. This piece is a deal you cannot miss out on!

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