A hose is one of the most important parts of the hookah for a good smoke. Most smokers ignore it and don’t know how greatly it can affect the quality and thickness of the smoke.
- The gauge of the hose refers to the inner diameter of the hose. A large gauge hose has more of an effortless pull where a smaller gauge has a restricted pull. Some people like an easier draw and some people prefer the slightly restricted draw of a smaller gauge hose.
- Another distinctive feature among hookah hoses is their washability. Some hookah hoses can be easily washed with water and some can’t. Washable hoses will last longer and can be used for more flavors but some people love traditional leather hoses.
- The third most important feature of a hose is its handle. The handle can be made out of wood, acrylic, or plastic. It can also be short or long. The choice for the type of handle is mostly personal. Wood handles are usually more fragile. Some hoses have removable mouth pieces that can be replaced with more ornate mouth pieces that suit your tastes.
In an ideal world you would smoke every different flavor from a different hose to avoid getting the flavors mixed up. Since we live in a real world, get a washable hookah hose so that you can wash it in between your smokes. The three most common washable hookah hoses are Nammor, Razan, and Grand(Caravan).
If you do get a washable hose, please do wash it every time after smoking. It helps to avoid “ghosting” which is when one flavor will stick in the hose and mix with the next flavor you smoke.
Hookah Hose Brands
Al Fakher Hoses
Al Fakher, mostly known for its Al Fakher Tobacco makes only a few hoses. They produce the Al fakher Healthy hose which for a long time, was the most used disposable hose. Cheap and washable.
The Fancy Hose (formerly NuHose) is a disposable hose designed for one session smoking and for hygienic smoking at lounges. Many hookah smokers swear by these hoses as a cheap and reusable alternative to much more expensive washable hoses. They have a simple design without any frills or extra details. they are simply a ribbed plastic hose with molded plastic ends that come in various colors. They are entirely washable and easily taken apart. They use no glue and rely solely on pressure to maintain their airtight seal.
Grand (Carvan) Hoses
Caravan makes various hoses similar to Khalil Mamoon but their washable version is known as the Grand. It is fairly easily recognized by the single color design from top to bottom.
Kahlil Mamoon Hoses
Mostly non-washable hoses that smoke great. Known for their wide draw and interesting designs. Khalil Mamoon hoses are based on the turkish style of hose with a long handle and ornate mouth piece which is usually made from acrylic. They also make smaller hoses but their wide gauge hoses are the most popular.
Mya Saray Hoses
Mya Saray hoses have been in the market for some time now. Almost all of them are non-washable but some have unique innovations. Recently they came out with a hose. Known as the Mya Freeze, that has freezeable ice packs in the handle that can be removed and placed in the freezer to chill the smoke right before it enters your mouth. Mya Saray hoses are available in a variety of styles including the Long Handle, Cloisonne and the aforementioned Mya Freeze.
Produced by Hookah-Shisha, the Nammor Hookah Hose is a wide gauge washable hose. The name comes from the Romman brand of tobacco which is also made by Hookah-Shisha and is just Nammor backwards. There are many versions of the Nammor ranging from the original to the recently released “chrome” version. The original version comes in large and small versions which vary in length and the size of the handle.
Great washable hoses with a large gauge size made by Nazar. Named in a similar fashion to the Nammor. Razan hoses are made my Nazar Hookah. The Razan also comes in the Sultan version with has a built in hose cover. There are rare gold and platinum versions of the Razan Sultan but they are not made with any actual metal.