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Hookah Pipes: How Much Do They Cost?

There are a lot of different ways that people can find their way into the world of hookah smoking. 

For some, it is a chance encounter with a hookah lounge, and an on-the-whim decision to give it a try, only to discover a wonderful and fun new social activity.

For others, it is because of a friend who has their own hookah setup, and they decide to finally give it a try in that familiar and safe environment. 

But whatever your particular story is that led you to the wide world of hookah, it is very rare for anyone’s foray into hookah to be purchasing their own water pipe, flavored tobacco products, and set up without ever having had exposure to hookah use before.

This means that for almost everyone who starts hookah as a hobby from college students to curious businessmen alike, they will relatively quickly be in the market for their own pipe at home so that they can enjoy their hookah whenever they want, however they want. 

This can lead to a lot of questions and research, all centered around one thing: the cost of hookah. For a lot of people, this can be a difficult concept to wrap their heads around.

Well, no more questioning and running around in circles doing research. MOB Hookah has you covered. At the end of this article, you are going to have a clear idea of the costs associated with hookah and what it will cost you to have your own setup.

What Do You Need for a Hookah Setup?

The first thing that needs to be tackled to understand exactly how much it is going to cost for your hookah setup is to know exactly what you need to have a complete hookah setup. 

There are some items for your setup that we at MOB Hookah consider essentials, meaning you cannot smoke hookah without them. These are the integral pieces that will allow you to smoke hookah.

There are other items that are non-essential but can make your hookah experience easier, more user-friendly, or more enjoyable. These are not necessary to smoke hookah, but you may find it worth the investment to have them in your hookah arsenal.

The Essential Hookah Equipment

First, let's take a look at the essentials. The first and most essential item that you are going to need for your hookah setup is a hookah pipe. This is likely to be the most expensive piece of your hookah setup.

There are a ton of options for a great hookah pipe that will smoke well and take care of your needs, and they also come in a range of different price ranges.

  • At the most expensive end are the traditional style hookahs that come directly from craftsmen and women in Egypt, Syria, India, Turkey, all across the Middle East region. These pipes can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. 
  • On the other end of the spectrum are acrylic pipes that can cost as little as $34.99 from MOB Hookah. These acrylic pipes have a vase and exterior made of acrylic plastic, with a metal stem and downstem to ensure a high-quality smoke session.
  • And then of course there are tons of pipes that you can find in the middle, from 50 to a few hundred dollars. For instance, you can get our iconic AK-47 hookah pipe for $169.99

On top of the pipe itself, you are also going to need a bowl. You can get yourself a high-quality clay bowl for as little as $7.99 or get yourself any number of styles and features for more.

You will need a hose, too. A traditional leather hose can cost tens of dollars all the way down to single-use hoses that can cost as little as a few dollars apiece. Your best bet is going to be a reusable silicone hose like this one right here for $14.99.

Next, you are going to need shisha tobacco. A high-quality container of hookah tobacco can cost you between 12 and 25 dollars, which also depends on the brand and flavors you choose. 

Finally, there are a few small pieces of equipment you need, such as foil, coals, tongs, and water. 

And that is about it, with just these few pieces of equipment you have everything you need to smoke.

Your total cost for these items can range anywhere from a thousand dollars or more at the top end, down to around $125 if you purchase an affordable yet quality setup from MOB Hookah.

The Non-Essential Equipment

If you purchase everything above, then you are set to go for your setup, but there are a few more goodies that you can purchase to make your hookah experience even simpler, easier, and better.

First things first, let’s take a look at your hookah coals. While there is not much improvement to be found in your hookah coals, there are two improvements you can make that will make your life easier.

The first is a coal lighter. Without a hookah coal lighter, you are left with needing to light your hookah coals on a gas stove. This method works fine, but can be tedious and messy.

With a coal lighter, all you have to do is put your hookah coals in and wait for them to heat up, and just like that you are ready to smoke. You can get our hookah coal lighter for $24.99.

The next is a heat management device for your hookah bowl. A heat management device replaces the need for traditional tin foil and manually flipping and rotating your coals or charcoal.

As you burn your shisha, you need to rotate your coals and flip them to ensure that your coals are applying an even amount of heat across your hookah bowl to prevent burning in some parts of your shisha and leaving unused shisha at the end of your session.

A heat management device takes this task on itself, as it is designed to apply the heat from your coals evenly without the need for user interference. The heat management device replaces the need for tin foil, too, and is very easy to use. You can get our MOB Hookah heat management device for $19.99.

Beyond these three are just a few other accessories you may want. 

While some smokers, especially new smokers, may be okay with just one flavor of shisha at home, you may want to have a good collection of shisha available to mix and match. This will cost you between $10 and $25 per tub of shisha depending on the brand and flavor.

You may also want a bag of hookah tips or mouthpieces so that you can share your home setup with friends without sharing spit, too. 

Beyond that, you can find all sorts of aesthetic upgrades for cool accessories, which you can find right here at MOB Hookah.

Hookah Costs: The Takeaways

There comes a time near the beginning of every hookah enthusiast’s journey where it is time to purchase their own setup.

There is no need to fear the cost of a hookah setup. While you can spend an exorbitant amount of money on a hookah setup, you can also get a high-quality, dependable hookah set up for as little as $125.

A hookah setup must include a bowl, hookah pipe (including stem, downstem, and vase), a hose, shisha tobacco and coals, tongs, tin foil, and water.

Beyond that, you can also upgrade with a coal lighter, heat management device, other flavors of shisha, and any number of aesthetic accessories.

If you are looking to put together your first hookah setup or are trying to expand your arsenal of hookah equipment, there is no better place to look than right here at MOB Hookah. We have the highest quality hookah equipment you can find at unbeatable prices for hookah smokers.

For more great articles, reviews, how-to’s, and other content, keep checking back here at the MOB blog for more.


Packing and Enjoying Your Hookah : 6 Steps | Instructables

Hookah Heat Management and Coal Placement | Hookah.org

The Definitive Guide to Shisha Coals | Hookah.org

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