If you're an avid hookah enthusiast like me, you're always looking for new ways to enhance each session. Getting the best flavor, the biggest clouds, the least resistance, for the longest possible time. Those are all fundamentals we nail down before investing big bucks into accessories that don't actually change the outcome of the session.
That's where this hookah stand from HookahStands.com comes in. It bridges the gap between form and function. It takes your hookah off the floor so you're not leaving a watermark on the carpet or wood. It makes it way easier and safer to share as you can easily roll your hookah across the room without knocking over your coals. It catches the ashes that do happen to blow off the tray. If you want to hand the hose off to someone you can spin the hookah itself like it's on a lazy-susan. It's so smooth. And it looks damn good doing it!
I've had mine for about 3 weeks now and I have done everything I could to test it's ability to handle my level of use. Suffice to say it would be very suitable in a commercial/restaurant/bar environment. It's sturdy, it can take a beating, you can pick up the unit with a hookah sitting inside a filled ice bucket and it doesn't make a creak or feel like it's going to smash. I've rolled it on hard tile, cement, dirt, and carpet. It seems to roll smoother with more weight. It takes hookahs of various sizes too. You don't have to have a $300 Khalil Mamoon to work with this. Your entry level Sahara or off-brand hookahs will work. I have tested several bases and styles and the only style I had an issue with was the Mya mini. But that's to be expected as those sizes for desktop use.
Now, I'm going to assume this is a byproduct of taking it off the ground, but comparing the two (even with a diffuser at the end of the stem) seems to make the pulls very smooth as it absorbs any vibration caused by puffs.
I highly recommend ordering the two accessories that are available for the Hookah Stand. The available Ice Bucket will literally change the way you smoke. For years, we've been putting ice in our bases but it melts within 20-30 minutes and the temps seem to level off. Transversely, changing the quality of the hits as you now have only water in the base which gives you better clouds but now they are warmer and taste more tobacco-ish. Which it isn't as desirable to many. The ice-bucket changes that. Now, you can fill your base with water - and fruits if you feel so inclined - and leave the cooling job to the large volume of ice you can pack around the base. Providing hours - nearly 4 to be exact - of ice cold hookah water. This means longer, more enjoyable sessions. I am able to get two ice trays of ice in there. As they melt, they surround your hookah. Depending on ambient temps, the water in the ice bucket was cold for 24 hours. Wow.
The other accessory is interesting and really completes the package. A matching Leatherette carrying case. It's available in either blue or pink - I got the blue one - it feels very tough and thick. I loaded it up with the hookah stand, ice bucket, tongs, coal, and shisha, and it didn't feel like it was going to break at all. The bag would be great for travel and storage when not in use. Acrylic is prone to scratches so it's wise to store it properly. If you aren't going to order the bag, just wrap an old sweater around it or thick blanket. Anything to keep something from gouging your stand.
In conclusion, the hookah stand from HookahStands.com is my favorite hookah related product to come out since the Soguk and Mystique Ice hose tips. This combination actually works much, much better and serves multiple functions. You're providing cool water for such a long period of time, you can focus on enjoying time with your friends, studying, whatever you are doing and not have to constantly tend your hookah. Even if you're not a fan of using ice, the stand itself does provide a much safer hookah experience. It looks awesome. Even my very home decor orientated girlfriend fell in love with it and doesn't mind it just sitting there in the living room when not in use.
If you own a hookah bar and can't decide on what tables to set up, you'd be a fool not to consider these as the alternative to standard coffee tables.