Tenga Air-Tech Gentle / Regular / Strong comparison

I’ve been a little inactive on the review front lately, and to make up for it I’m going to be doing a little something fun today: comparing all three of the new Tenga Air-Tech masturbators, courtesy of my long-time friends at SexToys.co.uk

This is exciting for me because typically when there’s a range of toys to choose from you never see them all reviewed by the same person, and often I find it quite difficult to decide what’s going to be the right one for me to buy when I’m piecing together different people’s opinions and experiences. I had that very problem with the Tenga 3D, and I ended up picking poorly. I’m hoping that by me looking at the Air-Techs all at once I’ll be able to offer some continuity.

The Air-Tech is Tenga’s latest iteration of their popular original Deep Throat Cup masturbator, and the twist is that for the first time they’re now re-usable. This is big news for a brand that predominantly focusses on disposable single-use toys (with the notable exception of the Flip Hole line), and this is achieved by replacing the interior structure of the toy with a removable sleeve made entirely from TPE, rather than the combination of TPE and foam that was fused inside previous models. The trade-off that comes with this however is the price, you’re looking at around double the cost of the originals, but that’s still around a third of the cost of a Fleshjack or a Flip Hole, so in my mind this is an excellent deal notwithstanding.
From the outside the Air-Techs are very much like their predecessors, duplicating their form in size and construction. The whole toy is 6 1/8″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide, which last time I compared to a beer can, and which I still feel is the most convenient way to convey how they feel to hold. The outer shell is made from a single piece of hard plastic in a vaguely hourglass-style design, giving a comfortable groove to wrap your thumb and fingers around whilst holding it. Again the toy is accessible only via an end cap at the base which pops on and off, and it features a small vent hole at the top.

Unlike the Deep Throat Cups the Air-Techs do not come pre-lubricated, which is understandable as they’re a multi-use product, but instead Tenga includes a sachet of lubricant tucked within the channel of the toy, which is always handy to have.

The Air-Tech is available in three different options, each of which features not only a different coloured case, but a different tightness and internal texture too. The white one is the “Gentle” and the loosest of the three, the red is the “Regular”, and the black is the “Strong” which is supposed to be the tightest and most intense texture. I’ll discuss their differences and how they feel individually in just a little bit.

One of the other innovations common to all the Air-Techs is what they call the “Airflow Structure.” The exterior of the removable sleeves features a spiral of ribs which are designed to channel air out of the plastic case via the vent hole as soon as a penis is inserted into the sleeve, and in the process create a sensation of suction during thrusting. The suction can then be adjusted by covering the vent hole with a finger to restrict airflow, much in the way that one would tighten the end cap of a Fleshjack. The only problem with this is that I found that when I covered the vent hole entirely I could neither insert my penis into the toy, nor pull it out again if it was already inside, because there was no other point for air to enter or exit the case, and this movement of air is necessary for the Air-Techs to function correctly. The only way to really adjust the suction is to try to carefully cover only part of the vent hole with your finger, and while this works it can be a little fiddly. With the vent hole left completely uncovered I didn’t really notice any increased sense of suction in the Air-Techs compared to my experience with the Deep Throat Cup, so I’m not entirely convinced of the effectiveness of the Airflow Structure, but one thing I must point out is that the toys get very noisy during use, with air whistling and wheezing out of the vent holes with every thrust.

Air-Tech Gentle

The Gentle, as the name might imply, is marketed as the least intense of the three, so I decided what better place to start than at the bottom and work my way up. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect beforehand, because normally when presented with a choice such as this my instinct would be to go right down the middle and pick the “Regular” one, as perhaps like most people I neither consider my penis to be particularly over-sensitive nor under-sensitive. As it turned out I was almost immediately taken aback by how good this Air-Tech felt.

The inside of the Gentle is lined with a spiral texture which is actually quite subtle. It’s enough that you can tell from the feeling that there’s there’s some sort of ridging there, rather than it being completely smooth, but not enough that I could have actually identified what that texture specifically was without looking at the cross-section diagram. The central channel itself undulates and has a varying thickness, but the overall tightness of the toy was something that I found quite comfortable as someone who has an above average girth. With the toy well lubricated I was able to slip inside of it without needing an excessive amount of force, and once fully inserted it felt quite snug, but without exerting too strong a squeeze. With the first few slow thrusts you can feel that changing tightness within the channel, as well as the shallow fins of the spirals rippling over the head of the penis, and as you increase this to a more vigorous speed it becomes very pleasurable. What I love about the Gentle is actually how natural it feels; the whole combination of the texture, the tightness of the channel, it’s all perfectly balanced and comes together to give this wonderful sensual massaging feeling to the head of the penis as you thrust with it. It glides smoothly back and forth and gives nothing but pleasure with each stroke. I almost had to tear myself away and move on to the next one, because it felt so good that I could have kept edging myself with it for hours. I’d go so far as to say it’s an unparalleled level of satisfaction in this price bracket.

Air-Tech Regular

After how much I enjoyed the Gentle the Regular had a bit of a tough act to follow, and again I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I almost felt like I’d just found the right foot for my glass slipper and yet I was still continuing the search.

The interior of the Regular is quite different to that of the Gentle, this time opting for clusters of round bumps along a channel that’s otherwise mostly smooth, and each of these little bumps is quite readily identifiable during use. The channel is also notably tighter, requiring a greater degree of force to insert oneself into it, and once it is on as far as it will go it does have a tendency to want to shoot right off again if you’re not holding it in place firmly. During thrusting the little round bumps feel quite firm and pronounced, and they do a wonderful job of stimulating the frenulum as they slide up and down the underside of the head of the penis, but elsewhere they have a slightly different effect. As the bumps catch the corona of the glans, because they’re so relativity firm there is some mild discomfort, and likewise there is a slight sense of chafing in some areas of the shaft skin, exacerbated by the added friction caused by the tighter channel. On the whole though the toy does feel pleasurable to thrust with, and as you build up a good rhythm it drowns out the modest sensations of discomfort, but it just lacks the natural feeling that the Gentle has. In a way it’s also a little boring in comparison, having a largely smooth channel punctuated by clusters of bumps, and in terms of sexual stimulation I wouldn’t really consider it to feel any more intense.

Air-Tech Strong

And finally onto the Strong. This is supposed to be the tightest and most intense of the lot, so had I saved the best for last?

The Strong incorporates quite an interesting internal structure, which probably isn’t completely apparent from the diagram I’ve included, but the lower half of the channel is covered in lots of little raised squares, much like the Tenga 3D Module. Beyond that it has a couple of tight rings followed by a slightly wider chamber, giving it the most varied texture of all three Air-Techs. In terms of tightness it really does increase this over that of the Regular, despite bringing back the undulating channel seen in the Gentle to mitigate it slightly. Even with plenty of lube it did require a significant amount of pressure to insert myself into the toy, but it was doable, though the issue of the toy wanting to go shooting off with the Regular was amplified here. When it came to thrusting with the toy there was a lot more going on than with the Regular, and those textured squares felt pleasurable all around the full circumference of the head – including the frenulum – and the sensation of tightness was quite obvious and heightened this. There was some slight chafing along the shaft, specifically around the inner lining of the foreskin, but I found it less bothersome than with the Regular. One of my favourite points in the texture was towards the end, where the two tight rings were situated, and as the head passed through these the ridges did a great job of stimulating the corona. The pocket at the end, despite appearing to have texture itself didn’t really add much, as once the head had fully passed though the rings there was no further to go, leaving it sat stationary here. The Strong doesn’t have that natural feeling of the Gentle, but it definitely couldn’t be described as boring like the Regular either. It’s a little too snug to be my ideal, but it’s intensely stimulating and definitely enjoyable.

After considering all three my runaway favourite has to be the Gentle, followed by the Strong, and then with the Regular in final place, just going to show how my instinct to pick the middle option wouldn’t have served me well. What I haven’t said yet is who I think each of the models would be best suited to, so let’s look at that now.

The Gentle – best suited to those with a thicker penis; Tenga don’t have a U.S. (Ultra size) model of the Air-Techs available yet, so the larger canal can more comfortably accept greater girth. Likewise it’s good for anyone who prefers less of a squeezing sensation. In terms of sensitivity it’s perfect for anyone with an average level of sensitivity, I really wouldn’t restrict it to just people who worry about being too sensitive; I know that the head of my penis is less sensitive now in my mid-20s than when I started masturbating in my early teens, and the Gentle has more than enough sensation. It’s also ideal for those who want a natural sensation from their masturbators. I’d suggest that it’s probably going to be less suitable though to men who are circumcised and typically require a lot of pressure and friction to stimulate themselves, and also to anyone with a considerably below-average girth.

The Regular – best suited to those with an average penis girth, or who prefer a slightly more snug grip from their masturbators. For guys who think that the head of their penis may be a little more desensitised, but who really enjoy stimulation specifically along the frenulum region. To be avoided by those who prefer a really slick masturbator and find any hint of friction/chafing unpleasant.

The Strong – best suited to anyone who prefers a tight gripping masturbator with a lot of varied texture. To those who really enjoy exploring the unique sensations of something manufactured, rather than something that feels realistic. Great for anyone with a thinner penis who needs that smaller channel to provide them with stimulation. Least suited to guys with a thicker penis as it’s a real squeeze in there.

As a final point, if your girth is over 5 3/4″ in circumference then I’d suggest holding off until a bigger version comes available, as you’re looking at too tight a squeeze in any of them then.

Once you’re finished with the Air-Tech it’s quite easy to clean ready to use again in the future. You simply pop the TPE sleeve out of the plastic case, rinse it out, and leave it to dry. The instructions even suggest that you can use soap on it and turn it inside out (unlike with a Fleshjack), which aids matters. If you simply rinse it out then the inside can be very slow to dry as it’s only open at one end, so I found it helped to turned it inside out and dab it off with a paper towel. As the insert is removable you can also pre-heat it before use in a basin of warm water, but I found it heats to your body temperature pretty rapidly during use anyway. Actually getting the insert back into the case when you’re done can be a little fiddly, just due to the shape of the thing, as that narrow section of plastic around the middle hinders your ability to get the first part of the sleeve past it. There is of course also the option to use the sleeve without the case if you wish, though I didn’t try it this way myself.

For me what’s quite interesting about the Air-Tech range is actually how they’ve designed the interior textures compared to the Deep Throat Cup. The Deep Throat Cup had a little bit of everything going on inside it; there were bumps, there were ridges, there was something I can’t quite describe at the end, and I rather liked that assorted medley of sensations all in one toy. The Air-Techs conversely stick more closely to a single texture each, with the spiral Gentle, the bumpy Regular, and only the Strong breaking out from that a bit. Personally I don’t have a problem with a continuous texture throughout, but it’s something to bear in mind.

So, what’s the verdict going to be on the Air-Techs? Well honestly I’m a fan, and it’s the Gentle one that really won it for me. This whole range of toys is well made, reusable, affordable, and instead of just being one-size-fits-all it actually has targeted products for different people. So long as you buy the right one I think you’re going to be happy, because they all feel good in their own right, but the Gentle is my favourite. This is the one that I think feels the absolute best and which has no drawbacks in my eye. It’s the one that I’m going to keep using, and the one that I’d feel most happy recommending to most people out there. It’s also the one I foresee myself sending to people as gifts. The only possible drawback is that the Airflow system is a bit of a dud, but I only really care about that because they mention it so much as a feature, otherwise I wouldn’t have given it a single thought.

I have to thank SexToys.co.uk for sending these to me to review, and if you’d like to pick one up and try it out then be sure to use my discount code below and save yourself 10%.

Tenga Deep Throat Cup Cool

Recently I was lucky enough to win myself a new limited edition “Cool” Tenga Deep Throat Cup from SexToys.co.uk, via a little summer competition they were running on Twitter. I was planning to add it to the review bank at some point, but then another company got in touch with me and asked me to review a very similar product from a different brand, so I decided I might as well do this properly and compare the two. I’m going to start with a general review of the Tenga first, because it is the original, and then we’ll see how the other one holds up in a subsequent post in a few days time.

The Deep Throat Cup is part of Tenga’s range of single-use disposable products, which also includes the Tenga Eggs, but while the two are quite similarly-priced the Cup is that much more robust and incorporates a solid shell, like a miniature Fleshjack.

The whole Cup is 6 1/8″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide – making it not all that much bigger than a beer can if you want to imagine how it is to hold – and you get pretty much all of that height in insertale length. The outer shell is made from a single piece of hard plastic in a vaguely hourglass-style design, giving a comfortable groove to wrap your thumb and fingers around whilst holding it, and the interior is lined with soft-stretchy TPE, much like that used in the Tenga Eggs and Flip Holes. Because the Cup is built as a completely self contained unit it’s not intended to be taken apart, so the only access into it comes in the form of the end cap at the bottom, and a small vent hole at the top.
The Deep Throat Cup comes pre-lubricated ready for instant use, which is a rather handy feature. Once you remove the cap at the end you’ll notice that not only have they lubricated inside the toy, but also all around the orifice, so there’s no need to lubricate your penis prior as it’ll slip right in with ease. In the “Cool” edition they’ve used a special cooling lubricant which gives you a nice whiff of menthol as soon as the Cup is opened.
I found that upon first insertion the Tenga Cup felt quite snug around my penis. The head passed easily though the stretchy material of the narrow 3/8″ wide orifice, and into the first chamber, but as I pressed on to the full depth there was a definite feeling of resistance. It’s a slightly odd feeling to describe, because I wouldn’t call it “tight” – there wasn’t that sense of tightness that you get from some masturbators, where there’s an strongly stimulating sensation of an elastic material squeezing and almost strangling your penis, instead there was just a general feeling of pressure around the shaft, trying to force it back out of the hole. A sort of “snug” feeling, for lack of a better word. Interestingly when I did let go of the Cup the whole thing popped off the length of my penis, but I have to say that this “snugness” doesn’t actually adversely effect the use of the toy in any way, at least it didn’t for me, am I am quite thick, though if you’re someone who’s pushing around 6″ in circumference then it could be another matter.
The inside of the Cup is very liberally lubricated, so you get a nice slick and slippery passage down the full length of if, and that definitely helps when you’re using a firmer stroke in one direction to overcome that “snugness.” The cooling lubricant has a fairly subtle effect and does feel quite pleasant, but I was expecting something a little stronger, with a noticeable tingle or refreshing chill like I’d had from other lubes and even shower gels, so perhaps it’s a little disappointing on that front. It’s still a nice sensation to have just for a change though.
The soft TPE which forms the central channel of the Cup is textured, and separated into different chambers each with their own choice of bumps and ridges. I won’t bother explaining them too much because I have a diagram which does a far better job of illustrating what you can expect. I recommend starting quite slowly when thrusting, because then you can really identify all the different areas and lumps and bumps that you’re feeling. I almost like to think of it like Braille for the tip of your penis; rubbing the head over all these textured areas and trying to tell a story. The Deep Throat Cup is especially good for long strokes, because then you get the whole spectrum of sensation all in one. It may not be the deepest toy, but from end to end the head goes on quite the journey of stimulation, so I wasn’t really bothered that an inch or so of shaft couldn’t fit inside. The whole texture gently brushes and massages the head all around with every stroke and feels great. My favourite area has to be where all the nodules are in the middle, because these work absolute wonders on the frenulum, and nothing gets me off more than having that region stimulated. Eventually when it does come time for shorter strokes that’s the part of the texture that I focus on. The Chamber at the end is a funny one, because it has different textures on different sides, and what I like about that is that it means you can rotate the toy when you’re using it to find the one you like the most, or just for a bit of variety.
When it comes to thrusting with the toy at speed the individual textures become somewhat lost, and they’re just not prominent enough to be discernible. I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing though, because the textures all just seem to meld together into one very pleasurable blur, rather than you losing them. What I like about the Deep Throat Cup is that it’s not over-stimulating; it delivers a lot of enjoyable sensations, but it doesn’t overpower you and have you needing to stop every few minutes for fear of cumming too early. You can carry on for a reasonably long time, allowing things to slowly build up, until you’re ready to let loose.
I mentioned at the start that there is a vent hole in the top of the Cup, and this allows for air to escape during use, and in fact if you bend over it you’ll be able to feel little menthol-scented puffs of air coming out. The other use for it though is for creating suction by covering it with a finger during the out stroke. This actually works surprisingly well, and you do get a strong sucking sensation from it, but in the process the toy starts making quite noisy slurping sounds. Personally I don’t like too much suction as it diminishes the amount of texture you can feel, so it’s a trade off.
After sitting here and going through all the points of what I like so much about the Deep Throat Cup, the biggest downer is that it’s a disposable toy, because not only would I recommend it, but I want to use it again. The truth is though, I think you probably can use it again. Mine certainly didn’t start falling apart after once use, and it still has plenty of lube inside, so I’m going to hang onto it. The only thing you have to be careful about it not ejaculating inside it, because washing it out would be tricky, and I don’t imagine it would air dry well either.
I have to say that I’m really impressed with the Tenga Deep Throat Cup. It may not have that pillowy lifelike feel of a Fleshjack insert, but it has a soft comfortable interior with a stimulating texture, and honestly it’s the best thing I’ve ever put my penis in for under £12. In fact I’ve had more expensive toys which I liked less. If you want to try out a great little masturbator, but don’t want to shell out for the expensive ones yet, then I really recommend one of these. Use it for a week and you’ll be a complete convert.
The Tenga Deep Throat Cup Cool is available from SexToys.co.uk and Lovehoney.

Tenga 3D Spiral

I can’t remember the last time I reviewed a new masturbator, which is a little surprising when you might assume that they’d be the bread and butter of any male sex toy blog. A lot of the time I seem to get caught up in more prostate-focused toys, so this should be a refreshing change of pace.

I’ve actually been looking for a decent mid-ranged masturbator for a while, because for the most part these toys seem to be split into two distinct categories which couldn’t be further apart. You have the likes of your Tenga Flip Holes and your Fleshjacks, which are large, hard-cased, reusable products, and come with a price tag of up to £60 depending on where you buy them. No matter how many times I say that they’re amazing, for some people that price point will always be a hurdle that they can’t quite get over, and that’s fair enough – even I waited to buy my first Fleshjack until it was on sale for £35. At the other end you have the £10 toys, the entry level single-use disposable products, and the smelly Chinese-made creations which express no such limitations but start to tear apart before you’re done trying them for the first time.
When Tenga came out with their 3D range last year I was immediately intrigued, because they did seem to be a line of products which finally bridged that gap between the two extremes. When I was pondering out loud about them on Twitter recently a representative from the company kindly offered me one to try out, so now I get to review one for you and see if it fulfils its niche as I had hoped.

The 3D range of Tenga products includes six different designs, all which appear rather sculptural and attractive when you see them stood together on their stands. It’s easily Tenga’s most artistic collection of toys, with each brilliant white piece looking as though could have been hewn from a block of marble. Six gives you a nice element of choice when you’re contemplating what to try, but potentially almost too much choice for those unfamiliar with male sex toys and unsure where to start. Thankfully, though, there are reviews around to help, making it less of a complete stab in the dark. I decided to begin from a point of familiarity and picked out the Spiral, as it reminded a bit me of one of my favourite Fleshjack textures, the Vortex.
The Spiral is actually a surprisingly small toy – and naturally that goes for the rest of the 3D range too. It’s never easy to gain a proper sense of perspective from a lone image devoid of reference points, but it measures in at only 4 1/2″ tall by 1 7/8″ wide. It’s firmly in the territory of pocket-sized masturbators, and a world away from the likes of the Flip Hole.
The design of the Spiral is pretty much given away by its name, but it actually has two levels of texture going on. The predominant shape is that of the spiral itself, which stems from a hexagonal end piece, giving six peaks and six grooves which swoop around and around the length of the toy. Within the spiral the entire surface is ribbed with a step pattern, giving a staircase-like appearance as it twists around from end to end. These ribs feel most prominent at the peaks of the spiral, and are more shallow as you sink into the grooves.
The Tenga 3D toys are made from a material called “Ag Antibacterial Elastomer” where the ‘Ag’ is the chemical symbol for silver, which is what gives the material its antibacterial properties. It’s a really stretchy material, so it should accommodate any penis size, and it feels lovely and soft when you run your fingers and hands over it, and feel the little ridges ripple back and forth. Even though it’s an antibacterial material, because it’s an elastomer it is porous, and therefore shouldn’t be shared with anyone, because it can’t be fully sterilised after use.
When it comes to using the Spiral the first thing you need to do is to flip it inside out, putting all that lovely texture into the channel where the penis is going. Looking at it in this configuration gives a completely different view of it that you wouldn’t have imagined before, and if you peek through the opening then the inside of the Spiral is just like looking down the barrel of a gun in the title sequence of every James Bond film. This gives a much better perspective of how it might feel, compared to seeing the texture on the outside.
The opening to the 3D is quite narrow, and because the whole thing is floppy it’s not quite as easy to insert yourself as with some other toys, but provided you have sufficient lube over yourself, and around and inside the toy, then the material readily expands to allow entry. As the 3D range all feature a closed end, and are quite snug-fitting, you will tend to get an air pocket at the end which can cause it to balloon slightly. As a matter of preference you can leave it there, or squeeze it out to help generate a bit of suction during thrusting.
Once you start to use the Spiral the feeling that you get from the texture is really quite intense, almost bordering on discomfort, which comes as a little bit of a surprise compared to how soft the whole thing feels against your hands. For this reason I found it best to start off quite slowly with the stroking motion, and without any external pressure being applied, allowing time for my penis to adjust to the level of sensation, which thankfully didn’t take too long. As soon as you’ve become accustomed to how it feels you can begin to build up a faster motion, and it begins to transition into pleasurable feedback from using it. Somewhat unusually the region of the penis which experiences the greatest impact from the texture is the corona of the glans, and you can feel each little ridge rubbing back and forth across it all around the head. The frenulum, on the other hand, experiences very little in the way of stimulation from this texture, which is unfortunate as being the most sexually responsive area it’s the place I like to feel things in most.
One of the upsides to the 3D range is that because they’re caseless you can squeeze the soft material as firmly as you like, applying a pleasant degree of pressure to the penis, and changing up how the experience feels over all. It’s handy because you don’t get that feeling of overwhelming tightness that you get from some other masturbators, so you have to option to clench it as much as you want, or let off a little if you fear you’re reaching climax too soon.
When you finally do reach orgasm with the toy I found I had to stop thrusting with it immediately, because the heightened sensation in the head that comes with climax just made the intensity of the texture suddenly unbearable. This is a bit of a let down, as continuing to stimulate yourself during ejaculation is one of highlights of the orgasmic experience, so having to just stop dead felt a little bit jarring, and had a negative impact on how much I enjoyed the orgasm. A lot of what this comes down to is penile sensitivity, and this varies a lot from person to person, and can be affected by things such as age and circumcision status. If you’re someone who has an exceptionally sensitive penis, and barely likes any direct stimulation of the head, then this texture is not for you. You probably wouldn’t even get to the middle stage where I found that it felt pleasurable, and instead would just hate every minute. If on the other hand you don’t find that your penis is very sensitive, and you struggle to reach climax, then the intensity of this texture could be ideal for you, and you’ll find yourself merrily thrusting away with it post-climax.
A nice thing about the closed-ended design, is that once you’ve cum the mess is all self contained, so you needn’t worry about it leaking out of end caps, or having to mop it up with tissues. You can simply walk to the bathroom and slide it off over the toilet, dumping the contents into the bowl.
Cleaning the Spiral is also a nice simple affair, as you just have to turn it inside out once more, rinse any fluids from the surface, and place it back onto the stand it comes with to leave it to dry.
Trying to sum up the product is tricky, because I like everything about it except the texture, and that’s a pretty big part of it. I think I’d reach two different conclusions if I were reviewing the Tenga 3D in general, rather than the Spiral specifically. I have to say that that texture just isn’t for me, at least not with that material. It was just too much, and that’s my fault for picking it, but I make these mistakes so you don’t have to. It’s a texture that’s only going to work for people who need a stronger level of stimulation in their penis to get off, for everyone else it’s going to be uncomfortable. The range in general, it’s well made, well packaged, beautifully designed, easy to use, easy to clean. If you can find the right texture for yourself then I’d probably recommend it for what it is and at the price point it sits, because amongst those other 5 there has to be one to suit everybody. I’m really starting to wish I’d gone for the Polygon instead, but never mind.
The Tenga 3D Spiral is available from these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: Simply Pleasure, SexToys.co.uk and Lovehoney UK.

North America: SheVibe, Lovehoney USA.

Tenga Flip Hole White

The other day I received a quite unexpected message from the people at Tenga. It turned out that they’d seen my review of the Flip Hole Red, and appreciated my honest assessment so much that they wanted to offer me an original White Flip Hole to try out as well.
There are currently different four different Flip Holes available – White, Black, Red, and Silver – each with its own completely unique texture inside. Apparently the White is the most popular all round choice in the series, so I’ve been really looking forward to the opportunity to compare and contrast it with the Red. You can get a quick run down on the differences between them all here.
Now that the package has made its way to me straight from the neon lights of Tokyo, you can catch the review after the jump! 

I thought I’d start this review today with a quick look at the packaging for the Flip Hole. This isn’t something which ordinarily I’d do, but when Lovehoney sent me the Flip Hole Red to test for them it didn’t come with any packaging, only a polythene sandwich bag with it inside, so I’d like to take this opportunity to fill in any gaps in my previous review.

The Flip Holes come packaged in a simple clear-plastic cylinder, slightly larger than the toy itself, and sealed up with cellophane to prevent tampering. The two end pieces are quite thick and solid, with recesses in them to hold the product in place, while the central tube section is thinner and more flimsy, and has the name of the product printed on it. It’s actually a really nice piece of packaging because not only is it fairly minimal, but it displays and showcases the product well, while also being a convenient place to store it. The end caps of the tube pop off nice and easily, and there’s an adequate amount of room between the Flip Hole and the sides of the packaging to allow you to get your fingers in there and lift it out.

Along with the Flip Hole itself the packaging also includes a small instruction pamphlet clipped beneath the base cap, as well as three phials of different lubricants which sit behind the Flip Hole in the tube. What I love about this is not only do they include lubricant so you can use the product straight out of the box, but they give you a selection to choose from, and the re-sealable phials resemble test tubes from chemistry lessons at school. In this regard it’s far superior to the 5ml sachets of “Fleshlube” which come with every Fleshjack. I’m going to concentrate on the product itself for now, so I’ll leave a thorough review of each of the lubes for a later date.

The Flip Hole has a rather unique design in the world of male masturbation aids, and one which sets it aside from many of its competitors. It comes in two pieces, the main body of the toy, and a separate end cap which plays an integral part in how the toy functions. Both the case and the cap are made of a solid ABS plastic, which in this instance is white. The main case of the toy features two long oval-shaped windows cut out of each side, revealing the translucent TPE material which lines the interior. Because of these windows you can actually touch the TPE whilst you’re using the toy, which is slightly unusual but not really an issue. Strangely enough on my Flip Hole Red I noted that the TPE felt very sticky, but this wasn’t the case at all here, which makes me slightly wonder what happened to the Red one before I got it, but I digress. If you look closely at the windows you’ll notice that within the TPE is embedded a thin sheet of plastic on each side, and this protrudes through the surface in the form of six white buttons. The purpose of these “buttons” is to allow you to squeeze them and apply pressure to the penis whilst using the Flip Hole.

What’s unique about the Flip Hole is that the body of the case can actually be opened in half along a hinge at one end, and here’s where the end cap comes into play. The cap has two long arms which extend up the sides of the case to lock the two halves together. When the toy isn’t in use you place the cap over the opening to protect it, much like you would with any other masturbator, but when you are using the toy you slide the cap onto the opposite end, so that that it leaves the opening free but still holds the case firmly together. It’s a rather clever design in my opinion.

Looking at the Flip Hole overall it is quite an attractive little toy, and vaguely space-age in appearance. It’s also quite a compact device, and smaller than your standard Fleshjack. In total it’s only 7″ in height, and around the circumference it measures 9″, making it something which is comfortable to hold in one hand, as well as being easy to grip onto.

The key feature of the Flip Hole is undoubtedly it’s aforementioned ability to be completely opened up and unfolded into two halves, and this is something which naturally carries with it its own set of pros and cons. My experiences with the Flip Hole Red left me rather sceptical about the merits this design feature, and I came down more heavily on the ‘con’ side, so it should be interesting to see how my opinions may have changed as I go through the various aspects again.

The first big benefit to having a mastubator which opens is when it comes to applying lube; instead of having to try to squirt some through a tiny aperture, you can simply unfold the Flip Hole and spread the lube copiously over the interior. It makes it much easier to get a nice even coverage over the whole length, and into every nook and cranny of the texture.

The second big benefit is almost the reverse of the first, because it involves washing it. Cleaning the Flip Hole couldn’t be more simple: you simply open it, rinse out the inside, then leave it open until it dries. It’s so much less hassle than cleaning a Fleshjack, and it dries faster too. You can even balance it on the arms of the end cap to use it like a drying rack.

The first issue you’re likely to encounter surrounds the orifice of the toy. The opening is only 2cm in diameter, which isn’t incredibly wide to begin with, but this then only extends into the toy for a depth of 2cm before it’s completely blocked off by a solid section of material which acts like a diaphragm. When you insert yourself into the toy, instead of the material stretching to accommodate the girth of the penis like it would with a Fleshjack, it stretches slightly, then the two halves split apart, and the material around the opening bursts outwards and down the shaft. As is happens this doesn’t actually affect the performance of the Flip Hole, but it does look unusual, and gives you the impression that it’s not supposed to happen. There is a benefit to that diaphragm-section, however, at that’s that it does prevent any lube or bodily fluids from escaping through the orifice of the toy once you’ve withdrawn your penis.

The next issue is that the toy isn’t airtight and it tends to leak out air all along the divide between the two halves. This has two consequences: one, you don’t get a strong sensation of suction like you do with some other masturbators, and two, that it can be quite noisy and produce a lot of popping, squelching, and reverberating sounds.

The inside of the Flip Hole has a 6″ long cavity, and as I mentioned at the start each colour has a different interior texture. I can wholeheartedly say that I like the texture of the White immeasurably more than the Red. My first issue with the Red was that it had no real canal built into it, so it felt like my penis was simply being squashed between two halves of material, and this had the effect of only stimulating the top and bottom of it. The White is completely different in this regard, when you look at the material you can clearly see that it has a central groove running along it, with material extending upwards from the surface, and this has the effect of stimulating all around the penis, both the top, bottom, and the sides. The result is much much more satisfying. If I were to really focus on everything then I would probably say that you get a slightly less all-encompassing feel than you do with a Fleshjack, but it’s not something that you’re actually going to be focussing on during use, and it won’t even draw your attention unless you’re specifically looking for it. It really does give you great all-round stimulation.
The other thing I love about the White is actually the details of the texture itself. For me the Red was just bland and felt like bumps, bumps, and more bumps, none of which delivered any overly satisfying sensations. Again the White is far superior in this regard and I really enjoyed what it had to offer. The array of ribs and nodules all produce a wonderful feeling, which varies from light brushing and tickling to a deep massaging sensation. I found it all very pleasurable, whether I was thrusting with long slow strokes, or more quickly. One of the neat things around the Flip Holes is that there’s a slightly different texture on each side, and you can definitely differentiate them during use. The differences can be a little subtle but it’s enough to offer variety, so if you’ve become slightly too accustomed to one side you simply withdraw yourself, flip it, and start again. The fact that it’s not quite the same is something which your brain immediately picks up on, and it pulls you back into the experience. I especially like part of the texture which they call the “end orb” and this feels truly fantastic along the frenulum, especially right when you’re ready for climax. This observation contrasts with the Red which I found almost indistinguishable from side to side.
When you’re in the midst of using the Flip Hole quite a surprising amount of the inner material does bulge out of the windows on either side of the case. In this way the material tends to largely displace itself rather than stretching to make room for what’s inside. Because of this if you want to get a significantly tight sensation then you will need to squeeze the aforementioned “buttons” on either side. This process actually works very effectively, and the ability to adjust the pressure is an enjoyable feature to have on hand. I found that it far outperforms the functionality of the soft-case Fleshjack Sword in this regard, and offers more versatility. It’s quite fun to play around with and experiment where and when to add the pressure, and to what degree. It does require a certain level of continuous adjustment during thrusting though, if you’ve found a level of pressure that you like best and want to try to keep it constant.
The Flip Hole White delivers a far more natural sensation than the Red. I’m not sure that I could go as far as saying that it feels realistic, but whereas the Red felt vaguely alien the White gives sex-like sensations more akin to those produced by other high quality masturbators. Either way end result is very enjoyable no matter how you try to classify it.
The toy is perhaps a little more awkward to warm up than a Fleshjack, because the material inside is permanently attached to the hard outer case, so you need to submerge the whole thing in a basin of hot water. Personally I wouldn’t bother as they never seem to hold their heat for long, and it just creates more hassle and mess.
On the whole I have to say that I really love the Flip Hole White, and it’s almost a relief to be able to utter those words. Possibly the most disappointing thing about the Red was actually the fact that it was disappointing. The Flip Hole design always seemed to me like it had a lot of potential, and now I’m glad that I’m finally able to say that I like one. It’s truly amazing how much difference a change in the design of the texture can really make. I can safely say to anyone that I give my full recommendation to the Flip Hole White. It feels absolutely fantastic to use and it’s so easy to clean afterwards; it’s definitely a serious rival to the Fleshjack on all fronts. If you’re thinking about a Flip Hole then start with this one!
Big thanks to Tenga for sending this one to me; you’ve given me a whole new level of faith in your brand.
The Flip Hole White can be purchased from these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: Lovehoney UK, and Esmale.

North America: SheVibe, Lovehoney USA, and NiteTimeToys.

Tenga Lovers Egg

Steve and Roxy over at the wonderful DIY Orgasms sent me a Tenga Lovers Egg as a gift over Easter, and much to my chagrin I’ve only just got around to reviewing it.

The “Egg” is a wonderful new concept in the world of male masturbators, from the Japanese manufacturer Tenga. Unlike other products which are bulky and attempt to imitate anatomical orifices, the Tenga Eggs focus instead on being compact and versatile.
The Tenga Eggs come in a hard plastic outer shell which pops open at the centre, a bit like the toy in the middle of a Kinder Surprise. Most of Eggs have a white shell, but the limited-edition varieties such as the Lovers Egg come in black. The shells themselves are plain, but all the information is printed on plastic shrink wrap which keeps the toy hygienically sealed. Inside the shell is the toy itself which sits on a special plastic insert to help hold its shape, and in the middle of the hollow insert is a sachet of water-based lube, providing everything you need in one convenient package.
The Egg itself is about 2″ in diameter and made from a lovely soft stretchy type of TPE, which feels a lot like the material used inside the Tenga Flip Hole. At the base of the Egg is a 1/2″ wide opening which easily expands to accept the girth of even the thickest penis, and gives a nice snug fit around the shaft. The Egg is around 2 1/2″ in length, so once you’re inside it it completely covers the head of the penis as well as all the sensitive areas of the inner foreskin, such as the frenulum, before you’ve even begun to stretch it. The material is able to stretch up to an impressive 12″ in length, allowing you to stimulate the whole shaft with what appears to be quite a small toy, though I’ve never tested it to quite that extreme. The texture inside the Lovers Egg is a selection of quite closely-spaced heart-shaped nubs, both large and small. These are moulded nicely into the surface and are very distinct and pronounced.
The Egg has a wonderful feeling during use; I’d describe it as being almost like a second foreskin. The way it glides over the head of the penis, and the ability to apply pressure from the outside, gives a truly natural feeling, only with the added element of the internal texture to provide extra stimulation. All the little nubs along the inside of the Egg are wonderful at tickling and teasing the head of the penis, the only slight downside is that the more you stretch it the less you feel of the texture, as the raised areas simply move further apart and you’re left rubbing against the smooth material in between. For this reason I don’t like to do big long strokes with the Egg, and instead I make shorter motions to essentially massage the head of the penis, which is very satisfying. The Egg offers a lot of control over how you use it, both in the ability to choose how much to stretch it, and how much pressure to apply, so for this reason I think it would be a great toy to use with a partner as well as solo, as it’s the perfect way to spice up the humble hand-job.
The Tenga Eggs are advertised as being single use product due to the delicate nature of the material, but really they needn’t be. If you’re careful when using them and not overly aggressive then the product should stay intact and be able to be reused. This is a definite plus, because for the price it’s going to be a relatively expensive masturbation session if you only use it once. It’s important when re-using the toy to only use water-based lube to protect the material. I’ve used mine half a dozen times and it’s showing no visible signs of wear and tear yet.
Obviously if you’re intending to reuse the Tenga Egg then you’ll want to wash it, and luckily this is a breeze. Thanks to the super-stretchy material you can simply turn the Egg inside out, then hold it under a tap to rinse away any lube and bodily fluids. I’d avoid the use of any soaps, just because the material is delicate and they may reduce the life of the product. The best way I’ve found to dry it is just to pop the protective plastic insert  back into the Egg while it’s inside out, which enables you to leave it standing up somewhere until all the moisture evaporates. Afterwards you just need to return the Egg to its normal configuration and store it inside the shell.
I would happily recommend the Tenga Eggs to anyone; I think they’re a fantastic product, and great to throw in the suitcase when you’re going away.
The Tenga Lovers Egg is available from these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: SexToys.co.uk, and Lovehoney UK.

North America: Lovehoney USA and  Babeland

Tenga Flip Hole Red

This month the kind folks over at Lovehoney sent me the Tenga Flip Hole Red to try out. I was very excited by the prospect of this, because as a big Fleshjack fan I’ve been eager to try out a Tenga product by way of comparison, and also because it does look undeniably stunning in my favourite sex toy colour, red.

The Flip Hole is the top of the line masturbator offered by Japanese manufacturer Tenga. It’s intended to be a durable multi-use product, and rival to the American-made Fleshjack. What’s interesting about the Tenga Flip Hole masturbators is that the colour of the case isn’t simply a matter of aesthetics, each one in fact has its own completely unique texture inside.

The Flip Hole is quite compact, standing at 7″ in total, and with a 9″ circumference, so it’s easy to grip onto and feels nice to hold in the hand. It’s made of two separate pieces, the major of which is the main body of the toy. The body is made from solid plastic, with an oval-shaped viewing window cut out of each side. These windows allow you to see and feel the soft clear material which the interior of the masturbator is made from. The problem I found with this is that the material is very sticky in nature, and I wasn’t too keen on having to touch this during use. The simple solution to remove the stickiness is to dust the area with a thin coating of corn flour, much like you might with a Fleshjack, but it’s an inconvenience. (Update: this stickiness was not present in the later White Flip Hole that I reviewed, and I believe it may have been a result of the way the product was treated before I was sent it to review, as I received it sans packaging and it may well have been exposed to a cleaning solution.) Inside the material on either side is embedded a thin sheet of white plastic, which protrudes from the surface in the form of six buttons. These “buttons” can be squeezed during use to apply pressure. The other piece of the Flip Hole is the end cap, which serves a number of functions. When the Flip Hole is not being used the cap covers the soft orifice and protects it from damage and also dust, but when the Flip Hole is being used the cap fits onto the opposite end of the toy, and helps hold the two halves of it together.

Both the strengths and the weaknesses of the Flip Hole lie in its one key feature, the ability to completely open it up by unfolding it into halves along a hinge at one end. This seemingly clever adaptation unfortunately causes as many problems as it solves.The first issue surrounds the orifice of the toy. The opening is only 2cm in diameter, which isn’t incredibly wide, but this only extends into the toy for a depth of 2cm, before it is completely blocked off by a section of material which acts like a diaphragm. When you insert yourself into the toy, instead of the material stretching to accommodate the girth of the penis like it would with a Fleshjack, it stretches slightly and then the two halves split apart, with the material around the opening bursting outwards and down the shaft. This doesn’t affect performance, but it does look unusual, and like it’s not supposed to happen. The next issue is with the interior of the Flip Hole itself. Inside it has a good 6″ long cavity, but when using it you don’t get a sense of the penis being fully enveloped. There is sensation on the top of the penis, and on the bottom, but none along the sides. Due to the way the raised texture is laid out there’s no real canal moulded into the material, and combined with the propensity of the two halves to divide towards the edges, the overarching sensation is that of having your penis being sandwiched between two halves of something, rather that it being fully encompassed. The final drawback is that the toy leaks air all along the divide, reducing the sense of suction that you get when using it. The benefits of having the toy open up are obvious when it comes to applying lube; instead of having to squirt some through a tiny aperture, you can simply open the Flip Hole and spread lube copiously over the interior. Likewise when it comes time to remove any lube from the inside you can simply open the Flip Hole up and rinse any fluids from the inside under a tap, without the worry of submerging it. In this instance the end cap can also be used as a drying rack to balance the toy on.

The texture of the inside of the Flip Hole is very bumpy; the best way I can describe it is with an unconventional analogy. It’s a little like when you’re driving down the motorway, and you drift out of lane, and all of a sudden you feel a bumping rumbling sensation throughout the vehicle, as the tyres rapidly hit against the row of cat’s-eyes. This is immediately what I thought of when thrusting into the Flip Hole, and my penis travelled across the closely-ribbed interior surface. The material inside is lovely and soft, so even though it is very bumpy it never felt as though the sensation was too intense. I have to say that I wasn’t especially crazy about the texture. One of the selling points of the Flip Hole is that there’s a different texture on either side, so you can vary the experience depending on which way up you use it, but from my perspective the difference wasn’t that great, and it all felt like a variation on a theme – bumpy. I found long deep thrusting with the toy not to be satisfying; my best experiences came when I found an area of the texture that I liked best, and I just massaged the head of the penis with it in that region employing short strokes. Using the Flip Hole did feel nice, as using any such toy would, but it didn’t feel special or amazing. The texture didn’t tickle, tease, or titillate any part of my penis, in fact it wasn’t very memorable at all, and all the lumps and bumps just blended into one.
During use of the Flip Hole quite a surprising amount of the inner material does bulge out of the windows cut out of either side of the case. In this way the material displaces itself rather than stretching to make room for what’s inside. For this reason if you want to get a significantly tight sensation then you will need to squeeze the aforementioned “buttons” on either side. This works quite effectively, and the ability to adjust the pressure is an enjoyable feature compared to a standard hard-case Fleshjack. It does require a certain level of constant adjustment during thrusting though, as you endeavour to keep the balance of the pressure just right.
The Flip Hole isn’t a toy which pretends to offer any sense of realism, as should be apparent just from looking at the texture. The whole design is geared towards functionality, rather than replication, so it feels nothing like sex. It’s not even a case of whether it feels better or worse, it just feels very different, and ultimately it’s a personal preference whether one likes that difference or not.

The toy is perhaps a little more awkward to warm up than a Fleshjack, because the material inside is permanently attached to the hard outer case, so you need to submerge the whole thing in a basin of hot water. Personally I wouldn’t bother as they never seem to hold their heat for long, and it just creates more hassle and mess.

As was touched on earlier the Flip Hole is very easy to clean. You want to avoid using soaps with the delicate material, so a simple rinse under hot water will suffice. As the inside can be left open to the air any moisture can more readily evaporate, and it dries faster than a Fleshjack. There’s also no need to cover every inch in corn flour, which significantly reduces maintenance time.
I have to say that on the whole I’m rather disappointed with the Tenga Flip Hole. Being a fan of Fleshjacks, but hating having to clean them, I felt sure the Flip Hole would be the answer to my prayers, and that I’d love it, but sadly it wasn’t so. It’s a well-built quality product, but I just didn’t enjoy the texture at all, and some of the design features seemed to act like a double-edged sword, helping and hindering in equal measure. I wouldn’t write off the Flip Hole completely, however, as it may just be a case that I haven’t found my perfect match yet. In fact I’ve since reviewed the White and came to a much different conclusion.
The Tenga Flip Hole is available in red and other colours from Lovehoney UK and Lovehoney USA.