There has been a heated debate raging on the online hookah forums for a long time. Which are better? Syrian hookahs or Egyptian hookahs? I don’t think that question has an answer. It a matter of what is right for each smoker. I’m just trying to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision when choosing a new hookah.
What makes a Syrian hookah different?
Most commonly, when someone is talking about a Syrian hookah they are talking about a solid brass hookah like those made by Nour. The hookah stem is made from cast and hand tooled brass rather than the stainless steel, aluminum and more you might find in other areas. This is one of the most prominent features of Syrian hookahs. This lends a very solid feel to the stem and makes them very long lasting because brass cannot rust.
Syrian hookahs are known for their beauty and their long life but they are also known for having fairly restricted draws. They are not hard to pull from by any means but they are designed in a more traditional way as opposed to the new trends of bigger hookahs with wider gauge down stems and ports. Many people prefer the more restricted draw of a Syrian hookah as they say it enhances the flavor and forces you to take your time and relax rather than fight to get the biggest pull. A slightly more restricted draw also helps the bowl last longer because you are not pulling as much air over the coals and forcing them to burn hotter.
Sometimes, to achieve a chrome looking finish, the brass will be nickel plated. This makes for a high gloss, tarnish resistant and very appealing silver colored finish.
Recently more Egyptian hookah companies have been making all brass hookahs so it is no longer just a feature of Syrian pipes but it is still associated with them.