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Doing Shisha Pipe the Right Way

New to shisha pipe smoking? Seasoned expert? Have questions? 

Worry not. We at Shiva have you covered! There is a myriad of hookah pipes, accessories, shisha tobacco flavours and sizes to choose from. Not only that, you’ve probably got a host of questions about how to get the best out of your shisha pipe, such as ‘which hookah produces the best smoke’ or ‘which hookah flavour is best?’

In this article, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you make those all-important hookah pipe buying decisions and answer any questions you might have.

So let’s get started.

What is the best shisha pipe brand? 

We are always being asked this question.

Whether you are looking to buy your first hookah pipe, or perhaps you are a seasoned smoker and would like to upgrade your current one… Knowing which hookah will give you the best smoking experience with so much choice online can be tricky. There are modern and traditional shisha pipes to consider, as well as size, materials used and cost.

We’ll wager you’re likely looking for a blend of durability, a smooth smoking experience and an attractive design. When considering which shisha pipe brands to stock, we have explored these key factors, so that when you are buying your shisha hookah, you will get all of this and more!

Rest assured, has everything you’ll need to get started! 

For example, our Mini Shisha Pipe is a portable hookah with an incredible design. It comes with many great features to make it easy for storage and transportation, and its sophisticated but straightforward glass base will look awesome in your home! All parts are made from the highest quality materials and is super-easy to assemble and use. 

mini shisha pipe shivaonline

If, on the other hand, you are looking for more of a statement or taller shisha pipe, then check out the Shisha Sensations AK47 Junior Hookah, which comes in your choice of Gold, Black or Silver and which comes supplied with a single hose and clay hookah bowl. This makes the perfect gift for even the most discerning hookah fan! 

Shisha sensation AK47 junior Hookah

Available in Gold, Black & Silver this piece would make an eye catching addition to your lounge, restaurant or shisha bar.

As with any purchase, you will want to do your research and look at hookas that will offer you durability. A quick Amazon search will reveal plenty of hookah brands that might be cheaper but will compromise on quality in terms of the materials used and the manufacturing process. 

Go on recommendation or find a brand that you trust. Because, if you make a good choice in the first instance, there is no reason why your hookah pipe can’t last you a lifetime.

 Are taller hookas better? 

Does a tall hookah really smoke better than a smaller hookah? 

There has been so much debate, disagreement and analysis into whether taller hookahs offer a better smoking experience. 

And here were are to set the record straight once and for all: the idea that taller shisha pipes either cool the smoke better or deliver a better smoking experience is a complete MYTH! 

One common misconception is that taller shisha pipes cool the smoke more than their smaller counterparts. Anyone who has touched a hookah bowl while smoking will know that it can get quite warm once the smoke has left the bowl and entered the shaft. As the smoke travels and is cooled by the air, it will cool somewhat, but the main factor in terms of the temperature of the smoke is the water. In reality, this renders the temperature of the water in the shaft irrelevant, as when it enters the water, it will always adjust, meaning the water is the most influential factor, not whether your hookah is tall or short. 

This means, whichever hookah pipe you ultimately go for, trust your personal preference. However, some people like to display their shisha pipes or have them as ornaments, so if you’re looking for a statement piece, taller may make more of an impression on your guests then check out Galaxy 2 hose shisha 



taller hookas galaxy 2 hose shisha

Measuring 55cm tall, the Galaxy comes included with two hoses, making it ideal for two people to smoke together.


Which hookah produces the most smoke? 

Looking to blow thicker smoke clouds from your hookah??

If – like us – you’re a serious hookah smoker – then it’s likely you’re a fan of the thick smoke cloud, and you want to see the biggest smoke cloud possible! 

It’s true that much of your smoke cloud will come from your preparation and set-up and how you manage the heat (which all comes with time and experience). However, the shisha product you choose is definitely a factor. When selecting your shisha, it’s good to know that a higher glycerin content will help you achieve a thicker smoke. 

Why is my shisha smoke not thick?

So, you’ve chosen a shisha product that has a high glycerin content, and you’ve spent time setting up your shisha pipe to ensure you can control the heat… But you’re still not satisfied with the thickness of your smoke. 

The next thing to look at is the size/thickness of your pipe. Some of the smaller/thinner hoses may be responsible for you not getting the thickness of smoke you’re after and so you might want to try using a wider hose to create more of an open draw from your shisha pipe. 

Which hookah flavour is best? 

If you’re like us, then you love to experiment with your shisha pipe flavours, and with so many to choose from, why not? 

Many popular flavours top the rankings year on year, but our advice would always be to try a few until you settle on the one you like the best. This is really going to depend on your tastebuds and the sort of flavours you enjoy in other areas of your life. Some people like to use fruiter flavours such as Mango, Raspberry and Strawberry and so if this is your bag then check out our product page where you can find these options. 

Similarly, if you’re a fan of a more refreshing smoke, there are plenty of mint-based options that are super-popular and popular with many of our customers. 

Does milk make hookah smoke thicker? 

One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is, “can I use something other than water in my hookah base?’ And quite often, people will ask whether milk will help to deliver a thicker smoke. 

The answer to the first question is yes. You can use pretty much any liquid in your shisha pipe to enhance the flavour, and like everything, this is down to personal preference. 

However, it won’t necessarily increase the thickness of your smoke. What’s more, while varying your liquid may enhance the flavour profile and, therefore your enjoyment, they can also make it a little more difficult to get a good draw, especially if you are using a slightly thicker liquid, such as milk. 

Does hookah bowl size matter? 

In this situation, size definitely matters! The hookah bowl has a significant influence – along with other factors mentioned below – on how long your smoking session will last. You can get hookah bowls in all sizes and styles. However, the bigger the bowl will determine how long you can smoke for. This is because a smaller bowl will hold less of your tobacco, whereas a larger bowl will naturally offer more space. 

So, if you are looking for a longer smoking session, we would absolutely recommend that you get yourself kitted out with a larger bowl. 

Some of our customers like to vary the length of their smoking sessions and so have decided to get both a smaller and larger bowl for each occasion. This can be a great way to mix up and vary your shisha pipe smoking and is ideal if you invite friends over to enjoy the fun. Check out our new Hubble shisha

Does hookah bowl size matter

The Hubble Shisha is a fantastic single hose shisha pipe, perfect for both first-time users and seasoned smokers alike. Measuring just under 45cm in height.

How long does a small hookah last? 

We reckon this question has been debated since hookahs were invented! And it’s a question we are asked with relative consistency. 

The reason is that there is such a long debate is that the answer is not straightforward, and it will always depend on a number of factors, including the shisha tobacco you are using, how you manage the heat, the hookah bowl you select and of course, your own preference. 

Can you put vodka in a hookah?

Yes! As we’ve previously mentioned, you can use any liquid base in your hookah pipe, but if more cloud is what you are looking for, then switching the liquid isn’t going to make much of a difference. 


Hopefully, having read this article, you have been able to find out the answers to any hookah-related questions you may have. If not, please do give us a shout and contact our customer services team, who are always on hand and happy to help.

From all of us at Shiva, we wish you Happy Smoking!! 

Shisha Travel Kit

With the situation as it is, not many of us will be travelling too far it would seem, just as long as the Covid19 virus is still active. However we all must stay safe and look on the bright side when we hope that by summer time we will be able to get out to see friends, enjoy parties, or travel to a beauty spot. Taking your favourite Hookah or Shisha pipe may not always be convenient but, there is an answer in the Shisha Travel Kit.

The Shisha is not a a plastic play thing it is a well-constructed Shisha with a a quality glass vase, Stainless steel stems with a good chrome finish. Whichever colour is available when you buy , the hose, or hoses if you choose the double version, are colour matched.

Also included is a neat travel bag to store the Shisha, hand when travelling, a clay bowl, coal plate as well as the important cleaning brush.

We are currently offering the single hose version at just £29.99 an eight pound reduction form previously. So when the light appears at the end of the tunnel, be ready with your Shisha Travel Kit.

Shiazo Shisha Steam Stones

We are aware that E-cigarettes and safer than normal tobacco cigarettes, we are reminded on a daily basis in various media outlets, but what may have been missed is Shisha Steam Stones are regarded as a healthier way to enjoy a smoke, even in public buildings, although we may have to wait until the general public understands the difference between steam and smoke!

Many like the pleasure of a Hookah packed with their favourite herbs, but few know that a German engineer and his friends, who happen to be Hookah enthusiasts, hit upon a new invention, which enabled them to overcome, the ban in enclosed premises of smoking in their home country. As we have clearly witnessed in the past few months and years, Vaping is on the rise everywhere but, we are seeing more people requesting Shiazo Shish Steam Stones from our web pages.

These completely natural stones are very small and extremely porous and they injected these with glycerine, together with aromatic fluids which imparts flavour; if fact exactly in the same way that tobacco or herbal mixtures work. The Shiazo Shisha Steam Stones are now available on offer from us at £7.99 in three pleasant flavours of Mango, Mint, and Raspberry. Enjoy a completely new and safer way to enjoy a smoke over Christmas.

Shiazo Shisha Steam Stones

For a great many of us the Hookah or Shisha pipe is a great way to enjoy our favourite herbal mixture or tobacco product, and whilst the beginnings of this favourite have become lost in time, many believe that it was invented in 16th century mediaeval India.

We know of course, that many people of different cultures have relaxed and enjoyed the use of cannabis and more recently tobacco, although the tide seems to be turning away from this long held favourite. Vaping or E-cigarettes are now the fashionable item, but we have now witnessed a new development, which we have seen requested on our web pages in increasing numbers.

Some German engineer hookah enthusiasts have hit upon a new invention, which enabled them to overcome, what is now a widely accepted ban on smoking in enclosed premises. These German engineers came up with Shiazo Shish Steam Stones.

The idea was quite simple really, most “Eureka” moments are, the natural stones are very small and extremely porous and they injected these with glycerine, together with aromatic fluids which imparts flavour; just in the same way that tobacco or herbal mixtures work. The result is when the stones are heated in the hookah, steam is produced similar to vaping and the result is an intense vapour which can be inhaled and enjoyed.

Experts feel that just in the same way as they agree that E-cigarettes are safer than normal cigarettes, Shisha Steam Stones are regarded as a healthier way to enjoy a smoke, even in public buildings, but even so there are some that still do not understand the difference between steam and smoke!

The Shiazo Shisha Steam Stones are now available on offer from us at £7.99 in four pleasant flavours of Mango, Mint, Raspberry or Strawberry.

Mini Espresso 26cm Shisha Pipe

We like this shisha pipe and from feedback that we get, you like it too, whether it is the cool coffee coloured metal and cut faux-glass, the ornate metal work, or simply the fact that it does just what you want, gives a cool satisfying hit when you come home from a hard day’s work and want to sit and relax in your favourite chair.

If you are new to shisha smoking perhaps just moving over from vaping, the shisha can be referred to, as the Egyptians do, call it a water pipe or hookah, but what is clear is that it is becoming more popular here in the UK, particularly with young people. This could be because of the number of flavoured tobacco that is now available; many popular flavours now include apple, strawberry, mint and cola.

Unlike some shisha pipes, the Mini Espresso 26cm Shisha Pipe, is very ornate and will make a great decorative addition to your home. However, we imagine it will not stand on the sideboard for too long, so why not get something fruit flavoured and delicious to smoke in it, you will not be disappointed!

The Mirage 67cm Shisha Pipe

There are many theories about how the shisha pipe, or hookah, as some prefer to call it, originated was it India, Persia or Egypt, there are many claims, but we know it grew in popularity, there is no denying that it has. Any number of examples of traditional hookah can be seen, some made from clay, others from ornately carved metals or plastics, or as in the case of the Mirage 67cm pipe, high quality glass.

The Mirage features finely decorated glass in beautiful patterns and the intricate metal work means that his shisha can be just displayed as a decorative item, but it is also a very functional pipe perfect for smoking your favourite tobacco or herbal blend.

The Mirage really is a monster and very eye catching; standing 67cm high, equipped with just one hose, but it can be converted to be used by two, so your friends do not have to wait to enjoy the pleasures of the shisha.

We are offering the Mirage in a choice of three colours, black, blue or brown/amber, all of which are priced at £42.99 for the single hose version.

Upgrade your Shisha Pipe with the Shisha Kingdom S.K. Electronic Shisha Head

Everybody loves a traditional shisha or hookah pipe, but many now prefer the safer method of vaping whilst still enjoying the sensation of smoking through a hookah. This is where the great new, Shisha Kingdom Electronic Shisha/Hookah Head comes in and offers a new and safer way to enjoy a smoke. This Shish/Hookah replaces the traditional technique of burning molasses, the Shisha Kingdom Electronic Shisha / Hookah Head’ vaporises E-liquid.

Feedback from users tell us that they particularly like the way it smokes just like a traditional Hookah but without the charcoal or fire and because it needs very little preparation, you can get vaping quickly and start enjoying the obvious benefits vaporising has to offer.

Well-constructed and made from quality aluminium, but with a stylish decorative shell, the Shisha Kingdom Electronic Shisha / Hookah Head consists of three parts, the display unit, atomizer and base. This electronic shisha/hookah head fits on all shishas/hookahs; works electronically like your e-cigarette and you can you fill it with the preferred nicotine, or nicotine free flavour liquid. Utilising a sleek L.E.D lit touch screen, this revolutionary new product features an adjustable voltage control system that ranges from 3.2V to 6V, enabling you to completely customise your experience to your own liking; just like your e-cigarette.

Included with the kit is one UK mains powered charger, rubber grommet and instruction manual and it is all packaged nicely in a smart display box.

Skull Candy Shisha Pipe

This delightful Skull Candy shisha pipe can not only give a cool and satisfying smoke, but it can also be a funky decoration sitting on a sideboard or display cabinet. Perfectly decorated and in a range of colours, complete with a gorgeous sugar skull design on the ceramic base.

Standing only 25cm tall, this hookah is a perfect way for a beginner, as well as the experienced enthusiast as well, whilst it is not overbearing, it will still give you a very good smoke, either tobacco, molasses, or a herbal mixture depending upon each individuals preference.

Now we know that he origins of the hookah shisha pipe are argued over and many countries claim credit for it. What we know is that of the main countries claiming to be the father of the hookah are India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Syria. The likelihood is the pipe in its many forms probably made an appearance in more than one country at some time or another, possibly as a result of trade between the merchants of those places.

We have a wide selection of hookah shisha pipes, plus all the essential accessories to make your smoking experience the best possible.

Skull Candy Shisha Pipe

Avalanche Shisha Pipe

This shisha is an ideal way to start if you are new to the pleasure of smoking herbs or molasses, all the smoke is neatly filtered through water and so you are able to enjoy the flavours without the harmful tar reaching your mouth.

Once you have lit the pipe, the smoke travel from the clay bowl where you have added the shisha mix of choice and by drawing on the tube it then travels through the pipe and down a tube into the water filled glass base. This not only filters out all the unwanted tar, it also cools the smoke before it reaches the mouthpiece, a great advantage over the normal pipe or cigarette.

The Avalanche is also ideal for beginners as all the pieces of the pipe fit easily together using airtight rubber stoppers and the traditional clay bowl floats above the coal tray, which is used to load the specially formulated shisha mix.

The Avalanche Shisha Pipe is available in three attractive colour, blue, green, or purple and even when you are not using it, the shisha pipe makes an attractive ornament with the eye catching pumpkin style base. We also offer a full range of Shisha molasses and accessories for the pipe; we recommend that like all smoking products, the shisha is kept clean after using.

Avalanche Shisha Pipe

Relax with the Hareem Shisha Pipe

This Hareem Shisha pipe is the latest addition to our range of these smoking devices and is a great personal pipe that can be enjoyed, by just yourself or with others. Standing 430mm tall the Hareem Shisha is guaranteed to produce a cool clean smoke and produce clouds of very flavoursome smoke as well.

The use of the Shisha came to prominence during the British dominion of India, which lasted from 1858 until independence in 1947. During this time expats used the pipe and it was them that first brought it back to this country. Along with many things that we experience abroad, the popularity never seems to catch on in quite the same way here at home. Many other countries have used Shisha pipes and include many Middle Eastern countries where it can be seen in use today outside cafes with groups of men gathered enjoying a social get together.

Check out this latest Shisha Pipe at our web pages, this is offered at just £24.99, the colour displayed is an eye catching red, but the colours do vary in accordance with availability. We also display on the same page a number of items which will ensure that the smoking pleasure using the Hareem Shisha Pipe is always is not in any way impaired.

Hareem Shisha Pipe