As a minimalist, the menagerie of psychedelic rainbow bongs at the average headshop has always been a huge turn off to me. A few years ago, while searching for a classy, more elegant smoking option I came across a water pipe, known then as Aura. This sleek water pipe was still in the design phase, but I knew, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, that it would be worth the wait.

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Then, in 2018, Aura rebranded themselves, became Heir, and launched their elegant pipes. With a tasteful modern design, the Heir water pipe marries aesthetics with functionality; and at only $260, you're getting a lot of value for the price. The product blends right in with monstera leaves, marble counters, and macramés. In one word, chic.

Designed With Smoking In Mind

Heir Water Pipe Source: Wikileaf
No expense was spared from the get-go. The packaging was sophisticated and luxurious. A classy black box (picture a Monte Rosso shoe box) opens to reveal the pipe inlaid with thick black foam, displaying the Heir from its best possible angle.

The Heir water pipe has a wonderful weight to it. Its ergonomic design feels sturdy and comfortable in your grasp. The broad bottom creates a stable base, an integral feature for a successful session. The mouthpiece is wide and feels natural around the lips for optimal inhalation. The bowl, made of durable stainless steel, is large, resulting in ease when loading - whether you're pinching or pouring.

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The body, made of clear 7mm glass feels solid and provides a stunning view of the powerful percolation process. The sophistication doesn't end with the external aesthetics and features, though - the internal features are just as impressive. Within the Heir lies an ash catch and diffuser, providing a consistently clean and efficient hit for the entire smoke session.

The downstem extends from the mouthpiece throughout almost the entire length of the water pipe, resulting in a cool, smooth hit, especially when adding ice to the equation. My favorite feature of the Heir, however, is its ability to be completely disassembled. The mouthpiece simply unscrews from the glass body for effortless cleaning. The brainchild of four industrial designers, this product truly has the best smoking experience in mind.

Testing it Out

Heir Water PipeMy first hit from the Heir was unbelievably silky. The smoke exhaled was a crisp white, mirroring the milky haze floating inside the glass. The water stayed crystal clear. It was like taking a full breath of nothing but oxygen. I could feel full lung expansion, resulting in a delicious, refined hit of Remedy by Puffin Farm.

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T took another, then another. No cough, no heat, just an effortless envelopment of perfectly filtered smoke. After my session, I simply dumped out the charred flower. There was no debris or caked on residue thanks to the slick stainless steel bowl. I then unscrewed the top and washed out the glass like a cup. Clean up was completely convenient, quick, and user-friendly.

Overall, I would highly suggest the Heir water-pipe for any cannabis user in search of an understated aesthetic and unparalleled smoking experience. To purchase your very own Heir Water Pipe, click here. Do you have your own experiences with the Heir Water Pipe? Feel free to email us your thoughts at