Re: Vortex bowl is amazing!!!
I highly prefer using an Egyptian-style bowl as compared to anything else. It's much much easier to burn the tobacco of course, but that aside, you can't smoke traditional things well in anything but the standard bowl.
I have a Saudi-style bowl now and it's my new favorite. It's just like an Egyptian I'd guess, except the holes are small, very close together, and in the very center. It could be something as simple as the materials the bowl is made of being better for all I know, but I notice a difference. Also, there's no glaze on the inside of the bowl, just the hardened clay.