Sasha Grey Large Glass Butt Plug

After sticking almost exclusively to silicone for so long, I felt it was high time I broadened my material horizons, and that’s where the Sasha Grey glass butt plug came in!
Read the review after the jump!

The Sasha Grey large is part of Doc Johnson’s new range of glass butt plugs. Aesthetically it’s quite a stunning piece to look at, made from an opaque black-pigmented pyrex glass. What’s unusual about the plug is its proportions; the over all length of the plug is 4 3/4″, with 4 3/8″ being insertable. Of this insertable length a significant portion is taken up by the neck, which measures in at 1 3/4″ long. The bulb itself is very short and stubby, with a sharp taper. The distance from the tip to the widest point is a mere 1 3/4″, and when you consider that the widest point has an impressive diameter of 2 3/8″, you realise that this plug is definitely only for the more advanced user.

The construction of the plug is generally good. The surface is smooth and uniform, with no anomalous lumps and bumps present, and no moulding artefacts either. Where it is let down, however, is by the presence of several shallow scratches along the surface. These in no way impede the plug’s performance, but they do detract somewhat from the appearance.
When it comes to using the plug you really need to have had prior experience with a plug of this size. The sharp taper absolutely precludes this from being a suitable training tool for those looking to move up from something smaller. Probably the best way to insert the plug is to first warm up using another plug with a more gentle gradient, like the Super Big End. Once you’ve loosened up and made a path for it, the Sasha Grey will slip in much more readily, without the need to worry about the taper. For the sake of thoroughness I did attempt to insert the Sasha Grey large without any prior preparation, and I can confirm that it is indeed possible, though it does take longer this way and requires more patience. Despite its size the plug is actually  quite comfortable to insert, if done correctly. The smooth glass body helps it to glide inside, along with plenty of lube, and as soon you pass the widest point you feel a definite pop as the plug is sucked inwards. On a couple of occasions I did notice some slight discomfort initially after the plug was inserted, seemingly emanating from the pointed tip. This vanished quite quickly as the plug settled into place, but it’s worth exercising a little caution at this early stage, and not being too enthusiastic with forcing it all the way in. The length of the neck allows for a nice amount of play with the plug; contracting the muscles will pull it in all the way down to the base, while relaxing them shifts the plug downwards and causes a good portion of the neck to protrude. Being that it is a large plug it feels filling, but not as filling as I expected. I have to put this down to the fact that the main body is comparatively short for a plug of its thickness. If you find longer plugs uncomfortably filling, but still like to be stretched, then this plug is really suited to you. If on the other hand you really appreciate a very full feeling, then this plug might disappoint in that area. For this reason I didn’t find that the plug stimulated the prostate as well as I might have hoped for either. The final part of the plug is the circular base, which sits comfortably between the buttocks. I had some doubts about how pleasant it would feel to have a solid circle of glass pushing into the skin, but I can happily say that I had no complaints about the matter. The base also doubles as a very good handle for when the plug needs to be removed.
Compared to other materials glass toys have some rather unique properties, shared only by their cousins the metal toys. To start with, and this almost goes without saying, glass toys are hard. There’s no give, no flexibility, glass is simply unforgiving. Nothing is there to cushion the plug, and it makes your body conform to it, rather than the other way around. This really comes down to a matter of personal preference, some people like their anal toys a little more soft and friendly, while others enjoy the authoritative feeling of something rock hard. If you have enough anal experience to take the size comfortably, then the firmness of the material shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. The second thing to note is that glass is heavy, but what I discovered is that while it feels heavy in the hand, it doesn’t feel heavy in the body. The weight of a metal plug is something you’re always conscious of, as gravity tries to tug it out of the body, but the weight of the glass isn’t quite sufficient enough to replicate this effect. The Sasha Grey may weigh more than a silicone plug of a comparable size, but when wearing it this difference isn’t apparent. Lastly glass is great for temperature play. It lacks that natural chill that metal maintains at room temperature, but if you put it in the fridge or warm water prior to play, then it holds onto that level of cold/warmth when you’re using it.
One thing to note if you’re planning to wear the plug for an extended period, is the difference between the diameter of the bulb and the diameter of the neck. The neck is only 1 1/4″ wide, and this has a couple of consequences. Firstly, on a positive note, once the plug is inside there’s absolutely no risk of it inadvertently slipping out again. With the muscles contracting down around the narrow neck, the plug is held securely in place, and it can be worn whilst walking around without worry. Secondly, the plug can actually prove rather difficult to remove if left in place for too long. After the initial big stretch the muscles come to rest around the significantly narrower neck, and will begin to steadily tighten up again over time. Trying to remove the plug under these circumstances is neither easy nor comfortable. The underside of the bulb is fairly blunt, leaving only an inch between the widest point and the neck, thus requiring rapid muscle expansion. Couple this with the hard unforgiving glass and you could be in for an ouch or two.
When it comes to caring for the Sasha Grey butt plug things couldn’t be simpler. Absolutely any lube can be used safely with it; water-based, oil-based, silicone-based, you name it. Cleaning is also breeze, as glass is a non-porous and durable material it can be fully sterilised by wiping over with a 10% bleach solution, or boiling for a couple of minutes. It’s even dishwasher safe. Even if you choose to only wash it with antibacterial soap and hot water, you can rest assured that it won’t harbour any unpleasant odours.
On the whole I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase of the Sasha Grey, and it makes a lovely addition to my collection. I did have some trouble deciding between the medium or the large for my first glass toy, and I’m very happy that I went large.

You can buy the Sasha Grey from Lovehoney in Large, or Medium if you’d prefer.

Doc Johnson Enspiral

This March I’ve been sent the Doc Johnson’s Enspiral butt plug to test, and it’s finally arrived.

The Enspiral butt plug appears to be quite a modest size, but has a rather typical length of 6 1/4″, with 5  1/2″ insertable. At the widest point it’s only 1 1/2″ in diameter, which gives it a very gentle taper, and makes it suited to someone just starting out with anal play.
The plug itself is constructed in two layers; there’s a thick outer shell made of a rather tough vinyl-like material, and this in turn is filled with a softer rubber centre, leaving the only mould line hidden below the base. Unlike other products made in this manner, the two layers seem to be fused together solidly. The combination produces quite a firm product, with not a great deal of flex in it. This is especially noticeable at the pointed tip, which actually feels quite hard.
The plug slips in very easily due to the firm narrow tip, and the gentle taper. Immediately you can feel some of the unique texture as it goes in, which is a pleasant change if you’re used to smooth plugs. The feeling is quite subtle due to the corkscrew design, and not as noticeable as something ribbed, but if you want to make the most of it you can rotate the plug before it’s fully inserted, and feel the shape bumping against the sphincter. Once the plug is inserted completely the muscles sit against the smooth 1 1/2″ long neck, and the texture is no longer apparent. 

Unfortunately my experience using this plug was one of discomfort. As I slowly pushed it in, past the widest point, my body sucked in the remainder – as typically is the case with butt plugs – and immediately I was confronted by a strong and unpleasant internal pain. I can only assume that the firm pointed tip was jabbing into my soft delicate insides and causing this sensation. With subsequent attempts I discovered that angling plug during insertion avoided this immediate pain, but what remained was that the plug was not at all comfortable to wear inside myself. There was a constant mild sensation bordering on pain, which worsened with movement or any tightening of the anal muscles, and which made wearing the plug in a seated position impossible.

The ratio between the thickness of the neck and the widest part of the bulb, meant that the plug actually stayed inside securely, despite my body constantly wanting to relax and force it out to lessen the discomfort. When it came to removing the plug the base acted as a good solid handle with which to pull it out. The base actually sat very comfortably between the buttocks while I was wearing the plug too, but for me this became something of a moot point due to the other pain I was experiencing.
On the subject of prostate stimulation the Enspiral offered nothing, as the shape just didn’t seem to be conducive to this, and the other less pleasant sensations were quite overwhelming.
The plug is made from PVC which as always has a slight odour, but in this instance isn’t overly strong or unpleasant. The material is also antibacterial thanks to Doc Johnson’s special “Silagel” additive, which is a bonus when cleaning, but it cannot fully be sterilised, so only wash with soap and hot water, and apply toy cleaner if desired.
Overall the product seems like a nice idea, with the textured surface and the gentle taper, but the fact that the  hard pointed tip caused me pain inside, prevents me from being able to recommend it.

You can buy the Enspiral butt plug from SexToys.co.uk

Doc Johnson “Super Big End”

I’ve had my Classic Butt Plug from Doc Johnson for a while now, and as I’ve unexpectedly been using it more than I anticipated, I decided to upgrade to superior silicone model, in the form of the Super Big End.
Read the review after the jump!

The Super Big End is a large plug, aimed at those with prior experience in anal play. Lengthwise it measures in at 5 3/4″ – with 5″ of that being insertable – which gives it a very gentle gradient from the tip to the widest part of the bulb. At its thickest point the plug has a circumference of 7 1/2″, which makes it slightly larger than the Classic Butt Plug. Given the size the plug isn’t something you want to rush using, even if you’ve taken this size before. It’s important to go slowly to allow your muscles time to adapt and adjust to the size, else you risk causing tears or more serious injury. The gentle gradient does help a lot when inserting the plug, and allows you to gradually work it in a little at a time, which also makes it a very useful tool for anyone looking to work their way up from a slightly smaller size.
Beneath the bulb is a 7/8″ long neck, allowing plenty of space for the muscles to close down behind it once the plug is fully inserted, so you can hold it securely in place for prolonged wearing. The neck measures 4 1/2″ around, which again is slightly larger than on the Classic Butt Plug. Attached to this is a wide flared base which prevents the possibility of the toy becoming lost inside you, and which also doubles as a solid handle for pulling the plug out again once you’re finished. Removing the plug is very easy to do once you’re finished, due to the gently rounded underside of the bulb, which encourages the muscles to dilate when need be.
The plug is made in one single piece from Doc Johnson’s platinum silicone, and is completely free from mould lines. I wasn’t thrilled by the colour choices, and would have preferred something a little brighter, but I find the graphite colour more attractive than a plain black. Over all I’m pleased with the build quality of the Super Big End, except for in one area. At the tip of the toy there is a cluster of about a dozen pin-prick-sized holes, and while I’m sure that this is an irregularity particular to my plug, I’m a little disappointed that it wasn’t picked up on by quality control. I have the slight worry that dirt maybe be forced into the holes and become trapped there, or that they may split and widen if I’m not careful when cleaning it. I know I’m fussy and could just be making a big deal of it, but I’ve always fixated on imperfections.

As it’s a silicone toy you want to remember to only use a water based lube with it, to protect the material. Due to the sheer size of the plug, I’d recommend a thick anal lube, which will really adhere to the surface.

When the plug is inside it feels incredibly filling and really pushes against the prostate, which can enhance sex or masturbation. If you’re not too accustomed to using a plug of this size, then it can can have a habit of shooting out in the midst of orgasm, as I discovered on one occasion. I found that using the plug for thrusting can also be so pleasurable, especially as it’s so large; just pushing it in slightly beyond the depth of what’s comfortable can produce some intense sensations. The silicone is quite soft and flexible – much more so than the Classic Butt Plug – which means it’s great for prolonged wearing, without any discomfort. One of the things I really like about it is how it quickly warms up to body temperature when it’s inside you, giving a much more natural feeling.

Silicone is also one of the most hygienic and non-porous materials a sex toy can be made from, so cleaning is an ease, and you needn’t worry about it picking up odours. The plug can be washed with antibacterial soap and hot water, sprayed with a specialist toy cleaner, as well as being boiled, wiped down with a 10% bleach solution, or being popped in the dishwasher.

The packaging is of a very simple plastic clamshell design, and is a little too bulky to be convenient to store the toy in on a long term basis.

On the whole I’m very pleased with this toy, and it was definitely a worthwhile upgrade from the  Classic Butt Plug. For anyone considering a plug of this size, this is the one I would recommend, and it’s really worth spending that little extra money.

Buy the Super Big End from EdenFantasys, by clicking the image below:

A large butt plug made of silicone with flared base.

Doc Johnson Gapers

When I first began exploring anal play I was quite dismissive about the idea of inflatable butt plugs. They always seemed like such flimsy things, and I couldn’t quite understand how they could be any good considering how easy it is to compress and change the shape of anything filled with air. As my journey into anal play progressed I gradually found myself coming back to the inflatable toys. The problem I had found was that no toy was ever quite the right size. Some of my favourite toys left me wanting just that bit more girth, and others proved simply too much. I knew that there was a sweet spot and I was determined to find it, but it became apparent that the only way would be if I had something I could adjust, and inflatables re-entered my consciousness.

Read the review after the jump!

The toy arrived quite unexpectedly one morning after a kind soul had purchased it for me off my wishlist. It comes in a clear plastic box with some information tastefully printed on the outside. You can clearly see what’s within, though it looks rather like a strange juicer with the end of a blood-pressure monitor attached to it. The only thing I really took from the packaging was that the toy was made in China, and out of latex. The first fact surprised me somewhat, as usually Doc Johnson products have “proudly made in the U.S.A.” or some variant, plastered all over the packaging. The second fact barely registered, as I’ve never had any problems with latex before, but it’s worth noting for people who do.
I was eager to try the product out, so after giving it the cursory new toy wash, I liberally applied some of my favourite water-based lubricant and slipped it inside. As the Gapers has a rigid central core, and is only 1.4″ thick when deflated, it went in without a problem. Immediately I noticed an unusual warm sensation inside all around the toy, which gave me the urge to push it back out. To be on the safe side I removed it and covered it with a condom before continuing, which seemed to solve the problem. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but I’d advise the condom approach to anyone worried that they may be sensitive to certain materials.

With the plug back inside it actually rests quite comfortably, no differently to any other plug. The one downside I found immediately is that the air hose comes directly out of the base of the plug, meaning you can’t use the plug in a seated position.

The plug inflates very easily with the use of the hand pump. You can adjust how much it inflates by by how hard you squeeze, so a series of gentle pumps will lead to a gradual size increase, whereas a couple of firm pumps will have you feeling full quite rapidly. If you over-inflate the plug, then there’s a quick release valve on the pump, which rapidly expels the air and returns you to comfort. As you inflate the plug it takes on an ovoid shape with the widest point around the middle, which I found caused a fuller feeling at a smaller size, than with a traditional conical shaped butt plug, where the widest point sits just inside the sphincter.

Inflating the plug is a very unique experience, much different to inserting an object of a predetermined size.  You get a real sense of the pressure building against the prostate with every pump, and as you have complete control you can pump it just beyond your limit, then release the air, and repeat this to experience the sensation. It’s also quite different having something in there which isn’t solid. I found my body was less content than with a traditional butt plug. With a traditional butt plug you can really feel weight and firmness of it, and squeeze against it with your muscles to hold it in place. With the Gapers you have a big squishy air-filled void inside you, which merely compresses in response to any pressure from the body. I found I had to work a little bit harder to persuade my body to allow it to stay there, and not try to relax and force it out.

It’s possible to remove the plug from the body while still inflated, depending on how big you’ve made it. At smaller sizes it is more squishy, and therefore less useful for trying to stretch the muscles when removing it. At larger sizes it becomes more turgid, and thus less likely to change shape when you push it out, forcing the muscles to expand instead. The plug can reach over 4″ in diameter when inflated, and became reminiscent of the girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who swelled up like a purple berry. One of the benefits of the toy is though, that you can enjoy that very full feeling inside, without having to go to the trouble of training your muscles to allow you to push something large inside.

So far when using it I haven’t gone much over 2″ in diameter, but I’m enjoying testing my limits, and having that full feeling deeper than my other plugs offer.

Aside from the questionable material, over all I’m very pleased with this toy, and am having a lot of fun experimenting with it. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for controlled anal play.

You can buy the Gapers from SexToys.co.ukLoveHoney, or SexShop365.

Toy Sizes

Toys come in a variety of sizes, and are often produced according to diameter. As it can be hard to tell the size of an object just from reading a measurement, I’ve created an image of the most popular sizes on the market. The image is to scale, and depending on your monitor settings, should display as actual size.
As you can see the sizes are typically listed in Inches, and increase by increments of 1/4″. Now 1/4″ doesn’t sound like a great deal, but as I think the image illustrates quite well, 1/4″ on the diameter translates to quite a large increase in the circumference of the toy.
More images and discussion after the jump!
What I would like to see is a broader range of available sizes at the upper end of the scale. Here is a diagram comparing diameter sizes with circumferences:

Trying to work up from a 1.75″ toy to a 2.25″ may not seem that much when you’re only considering it from the point of the diameter, but the circumference difference is over an inch and a half, which is how much extra the sphincter needs to stretch. That’s no small amount.
Another problem is that measurements listed aren’t always accurate. I’ve bought toys before that said they were 2″ in diameter, but one was 1.9″ and the other was 2.3″. Small changes in diameter have a big impact on circumference, that’s the difference between 5.97″ and 6.91″ – two toys that were supposed to be the same size, with nearly an inch difference in them. Personally I find the 1.9″ leaves me wanting more, but anything over 2.25″ is a little too much. If there was something in between on the market then I would be extremely satisfied. For now though, the best option I can find to tailor your own perfect size would seem to be inflatable toys, such as the Doc Johnson Gapers, but they come with their own pros and cons.
Comment if you have an opinion, and enjoy this final image.

Doc Johnson Round Butt Plug

The lovely people at SexToys.co.uk sent me this toy to test. What really appealed to me about it was the unusual spherical shape, opposed to the traditional conical shape most butt plugs come in.

Read the review after the jump!

These spherical butt plugs are ideal for anyone who finds themselves bored with traditional butt plug shapes, and looking for a little variety.
This plug comes in three sizes, small, medium and large. I opted for small, which measures in at a little under 1.9” in diameter. I was surprised when I got it that it actually appeared smaller than I had imagined, and I did find myself wishing I’d gone for the next size up. Conversely there’s nothing intimidating about it for anyone who may be harbouring that concern.

The plug itself is constructed in two layers; there’s a thin outer shell made of a rather tough vinyl-like material, and this in turn is filled with a flexible rubber centre, leaving the only mould line hidden below the base. When squeezing the plug you can feel that the two layers aren’t completely fused together, and it’s possible to pinch the outer skin between a thumb and forefinger, independent of the rubber core. As it’s possible to bend the plug in places, I would be worried about the potential for the outer layer to split at some point.

The ball-like shape of the plug means that it’s quite blunt. For the sake of thoroughness I did attempt to insert it without any prior preparation, and discovered that it is indeed possible, but not quite the most comfortable experience. Before using one of these plugs I’d recommend first loosening up the area using a toy with a more gentle gradient, especially for the larger sizes.
Once inside the plug provides a comfortable full feeling, quite different to other butt plugs due to the lack of elongated tip, which I found enjoyable to experience. Below the ball is a good sized neck, meaning that once you’ve inserted the plug there’s plenty of space for the muscles to close down behind it and hold it securely in place. At the bottom is a wide circular base which prevents the possibility of the toy becoming lost inside you, and which also doubles as a solid handle for pulling the plug out again once you’re finished. The shape of the base seems to have been an aesthetic consideration as it isn’t ideal for comfort. It’s not bothersome at first, but with prolonged wearing I found myself wishing it nestled more comfortably between the buttocks. 
The plug does come with a slight odour which isn’t unpleasant.
Overall, considering the low price it’s a pretty good product to have fun experimenting with.
You can buy these butt plugs from SexToys.co.uk.