Buying Your First Hookah
Having your own hookah saves money. It is a lot cheeper and more fun to have your friends over at your house then going to a hookah lounge. A typical lounge will cost about 10$ a hookah, then about 5 – 10$ for a refill. Why not take the 10$ you were going to spend there and put it towards your own hookah? Trust me, it’s worth it.
First, you will have to pick a hookah. A good hookah should run you in about 50 – 150$ depending on the brand and how decadent the hookah is. A good Khalil Mamoon will cost about 100$, like this one from Hookah John. If you are looking for something a bit cheeper, a Mya might be better for you. Mya has mini hookahs from about 25$ to crystal hookahs that are over 300$. A perfect mid-range hookah, like this one, is about 80$.
If you would like to stay for affordability, you can stick with the normal clay bowl. For an extra 15$, you can get an awesome phunnel bowl which will increase airflow, time of sessions and save you tobacco. For more information on bowls, check out how to punch holes for the three most popular bowls here.
Some vendors will throw in some tobacco for free with your order, not enough for a good amount of sessions though. A great starter kit for tobacco is an Al Fakher 3 Pack from Hookah John which you can view here. If you enjoy the sessions you are having, you can move to different brands like Starbuzz, Tangiers and Nakhla.
You can’t have a hookah session without coals. It all depends on if you want naturals or instant lights. The naturals will take about 7 minutes to light while the instant lights will light in about 1 minute. My personal favourites are the Chronic Hookah Instant Light coals, but you can check out all the brands that Hookah John carries here. For the three pack you have gotten, you should only need one box, but Hookah John also offers a 3 pack of coals to save money.
+13$ (Naturals) / +15$ (Instant)
Hookah John offers 10$ flat shipping so make sure to put this into account. International shipping will cost extra.
So now you’re set. Lets add up the total!
100$ + 15$ + 36$ + 15$ + 10$ = 176$ or the price of going 17 – 18 times to a hookah lounge. This may sound like a lot, but you will get many more sessions out of the hookah you have just purchased.