Are One-Hitters More Efficient

In a day and age where dabbing and bongs are all the rage and many devices require a power source, it is no surprise people either downplay or are even unaware of smoking devices like one-hitter pipes. With so many uninformed users, it tends to offer more questions than answers. For example, "What are one-hitters?", "Are they more efficient than other pipes?", and "What benefits do one-hitters offer?" Nonetheless, one-hitters have been around longer than many realize, and in fact, are one of the oldest, most reliable options available for smokers. While they are not the method of choice for group smoking, these small and mighty pipes offer simplicity and so much more.

by: Chelsea O. | 09/29/20 1:30PM


What Are One-Hitters?

One-hitters are known by many different names. These can include (but are not limited to) bats, chillums, or dugouts, but no matter what you call them, one-hitters are still the same. They are pipes designed for taking a single pull or hit. These devices have been around for thousands of years and are one of the oldest forms of pipes still available today.

Typically, a one-hitter will have some type of skinny, tube-like shape featuring a mouthpiece on one end and a tiny bowl on the other. In most cases, one-hitters will not have a carb hole and are often made out of ceramic, glass pipes, metal, silicone, and wood. While you can find one-hitters in a variety of styles, one of the most commonly disguised versions of this pipe is one designed to look like a cigarette. However, no matter what type of one-hitter you choose, this pipe style offers many benefits to allow the user to be discreet and keep a low profile.

What are one hitters

Are One-Hitters More Efficient?

When it comes to efficiency, nothing beats a one-hitter. This is because one-hitters are specifically designed for single hits, which means they use less material. The smaller bowl size means there is no worry about extra burning or having leftover material when you are finished. While you may have to pack the device more often, your overall consumption rate and waste are drastically reduced. Remember, no matter what the bowl size, even the most seasoned smoker cannot be as efficient as a one-hitter.


What Are the Benefits of Using a One-Hitter?

Many smokers thrive on using one-hitters (and even use them exclusively), but these small pipes are not the perfect option for everyone. However, there are plenty of reasons these one-hitters have lasted in the smoking pipes scene for thousands of years. Some benefits of using this handy piece of smoking equipment include (but are not limited to):

Portable and Discreet

One-hitters are the smallest of all pipes on the market and are easy to conceal You can pre-pack your device or use a dugout to have everything at your fingertips. Making this not only the ideal option for portability but also one of the most discreet.

Easy to Use

Intricate pipes, bubblers, and bongs can be overwhelming for new smokers, but one-hitter pipes are extremely straightforward creating the perfect solution for new smokers. You simply pack some ground-up material into the end of your one-hitter and light it up similar to a cigarette. Once you are finished, simply tap out the burned product, and your device is all set to go for the next round.


Very Affordable

If you are looking for a pipe on a tight budget, then look no further than the one-hitter. These small pipes are some of the cheapest options on the market, and just because they are cheap, does not mean they are poor quality. The reasonable cost comes from the simplicity of the design, not the quality of the pipe.

Throwing money off of the boat

Potent Hits

While many people expect one-hitters to provide weak hits, you may be disappointed. One-hitters can provide extraordinarily hard hits, so you should never underestimate their abilities. If you are just starting out, make sure to start with smaller hits and work your way up to larger ones. This will ensure you will not get more than the affects you are looking for.

Less Maintenance

Unlike bongs or bubblers, you do not have to worry about cleaning elements like rinsing or rubbing down the inside of your device. You simply maintain it by cleaning it after each use. Tap it, scrape it out, and you are good to go.

Less maintance hanging out on the couch

What Are the Disadvantages of a One-Hitter?

While one-hitters do offer a lot of benefits, they are by far from being perfect. In fact, there are plenty of disadvantages to this small pipe you should be aware of before you make your purchase. These disadvantages can include:

Not Ideal for Group Smoking

One-hitters and dugouts are a great option for personal sessions. However, while it is fairly obvious, one-hitters are not the most ideal for a group smoking session. Although they can be used in a pinch, if you are smoking in a group, you will constantly have to repack your device. From a strictly smoking standpoint, a larger pipe is more ideal if you are looking to smoke with friends. 

Ash Can Suck Through

One of the biggest disadvantages that users complain about is the ash. If you are not careful, you can easily suck ash through your one-hitter. While there are ways to avoid this, many new smokers will still experience it.

Not Intended for Longer Sessions

One-hitters offer small potent hits. They tend to be harsher than regular pipes but help you to get the effects quicker without the long process. Therefore, if you are looking for a more ritualistic or enjoyable session, this is not the option for you.

Options Available for One-Hitters

Like other pipes, one-hitters can be found in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. While they are typically made from glass or metal options, they can also be created out of more obscure choices like stone or bone. The three most common options include:


Like other pipes, glass is one of the best materials to use for smoking. Your material will taste clean since glass does not interact with what you are smoking. The downside to glass is you can easily break them. One accidental drop can lead to a broken heart. Therefore, if you do decide to choose a pipe made out of glass it is better to pick one made out of borosilicate glass.

Metal  one hitter

Metal One-Hitters

Metal one-hitters offer great durability than other options. While it does diminish the flavor, it can provide more discretion than other options. Many metal designs are designed to look like other options for even more discretion (such as cigarette designs, or ones that can fit into other items).


Many one-hitters are made out of wood. While durable, they are much harder to clean, and do not offer as crisp of a flavor as glass or metal. One of the most common types of wooden one-hitters are dugouts. These small kits include a chamber to hold your smoking material and a chamber to hold your one-hitter (or bat).

One of the most efficient ways to smoke is by using a one-hitter. While one-hitters are not ideal for large groups, they are a great addition for any user to enjoy a personal smoke session. Plus since these small pipes only use a small amount of material at a time, you do not have to worry about wasting anything. So if you are looking for discretion and the perfect travel companion, then look no further than a nice one-hitter.

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