The beaker bottom is one of the oldest and most iconic bong shapes in glass history. The shape was modeled after the Erlenmeyer flask created in 1860 by Emil Erlenmeyer. The original Erlenmeyer flask is shaped just like a classic beaker bong but with a shorter neck and no joint for the downstem and bowl. The beaker is a simple yet effective shape for a bong because it provides a large volume of space for the smoke allowing large hits while letting you to hit the beaker at various angles. This gives you a range of different chugs depending on the water level and angle you’re hitting it. Another thing that makes the beaker bong a staple in the glass industry is the ease of cleaning. We all know the days we need to clean our bong but don’t have a bunch of time, the beaker is probably one of the easiest water pipes to clean.