Re: personal pref on bowls
I really love my Vortex. I haven't tried a phunnel, but the way I pack my vortex, I use maybe 10-15g of shisha, get 2+ hours, and it's nice and toasted all the way down if I smoke it done. If I'm by myself, want a short session, or just don't have that much shisha, I just make it a bit fluffier and spread it around more, and it smokes fine. Toasted all the way through, and no harsh taste or flavor oddities.
Standard bowls are hard for me as the heat management and burning issues are kinda problems for me. My bowl with the snap on wind cover is a pita for burning, and my regular standard sucks with heat management. Especially if there's even a slight draft.