SSV Glass Types
Which SSV Glass Type Should I Get?
There are currently three different SSV glass types for the Silver Surfer – Standard Glass (SG), Ground Glass (GG) and Spherical Ground Glass (SGG) – and they all have their varied pros and cons for users.
The most common choice of SSV glass type, the SSV Standard Glass Wand is smooth with a flared opening and accepts 15.8mm screens, while the heater cover is smooth and rounded with a small opening which fits inside the flared opening of the wand.
The fit of the flared wand opening over the heater cover allows you to easily rotate the wand as you draw. This is necessary to achieve even heating, as the heater cover’s small opening provides very pinpointed heat. The SG set is not hands-free, meaning you will have to hold the wand up to the heater cover for the entire time you draw, but it can be made hands-free with the inclusion of the SSV hands-free attachment.
The biggest benefit of the Standard Glass set is that it is the best at preventing your herb from being blown into the heater cover. This can happen with inexperienced users or even the most seasoned connoisseurs from time to time. The narrow opening of the standard heater cover will keep most of the herb inside the wand if you accidentally exhale through the whip. This set is also great for users who don’t want to stir their herbs as often, as it’s possible to achieve even heating simply by rotating the wand.
- Wand is smooth glass with a flared end, accommodates 15.8mm screen
- Heater cover smooth, rounded glass with small pinpointed opening
- Not hands free but can be used with hands-free attachment
- Provides best user control and best of both worlds with the hands-free adapter
- Prevents herb spillage inside the heater cover
- Less stirring required
The SSV Ground Glass set is hands-free, with the heater cover and wand fitting together for an airtight seal. This is convenient, as you don’t have to hold the wand up to the heater cover, but it does not allow you to rotate the wand or have complete control over the heating of your herbs. This glass set up can also cause more accidental breakages!
The GG wands have a 19mm male glass end and accept 14.8mm screens, while the GG heater cover has a 19mm female ground glass connection. The GG wands also have a slightly smaller herb chamber than the SG and SGG wands.
The Ground Glass set is good for users who want the convenience of not having to hold their wand up to the heater cover, however, it does require more frequent stirring as you cannot rotate the wand to ensure the heat reaches all the way around the bowl. Perhaps the biggest appeal of the GG wand is that it has a standard 19mm ground glass attachment, which will be able to accommodate a wide range of accessories, so we recommend this set for people who want to customise their vaping experience.
- Wand and heater cover lock into place for hands-free use
- 19mm wand accepts 14.8mm screens
- Smaller herb chamber
- Less control over heat distribution
- Accidental breakages more common with this glass type
- Standard 19mm connection will fit a variety of glass accessories
- Frequent stirring required for even results
Spherical Ground Glass
The SSV Spherical Ground Glass set fits together like a ball-and-socket, allowing full range of motion with an airtight ground glass connection. The SGG wand has a large, rounded ground glass end and accommodates 15.8mm screens.
Even though the SGG set forms a ground glass connection, it is not hands-free like the standard GG set. Rather, the SGG set is an improvement on the Standard Glass connection, providing a full range of motion that allows you to rotate and tilt the wand any way you want. The ground glass connection simply keeps a tight seal between the wand and heater cover to stop vapour from escaping. The SGG and GG sets provide the best airflow due to the wider opening of the heater cover.
Basically, the SGG set combines the best aspects of the standard and ground glass sets. It has the airtight seal and better airflow of the GG wand while allowing full range of motion when rotating the wand, allowing herb to vaporize evenly. It can also be used with the SSV hands-free attachment.
- Wand accomodates 15.8cm screens and has same bowl size as the standard wand
- Wide heater cover and rounded wand creates ball-and-socket connection
- Provides full range of motion when rotating the wand
- Ground glass connection creates airtight connection but is not hands-free
- Can be used with hands-free attachment
- Better airflow than standard glass but more risk of herb falling into the heater cover
What do we recommend?
Of all the SSV glass types, the SSV Standard Glass set tends to suit the widest variety of users and we believe it is the best option. It allows more control over your vaporization experience and, when combined with the hands-free attachment, will provide the best of both worlds. We also recommend this glass set because the closed-off heater cover prevents herb from being spilled inside the unit.
However, the other glass sets do have their advantages for different users. Vapers who want to customise their SSV with glass accessories are well advised to choose the Ground Glass set, as the standard 19mm connection will suit a wide array of attachments.
Users who want the better heat control of the SG set but desire an easier draw and better airflow would be well suited to the Spherical Ground Glass set, which can also be used with the hands-free attachment for added convenience.