17 March 2013

Prostimulator


In the second of two reviews for Blush Novelties this week I'm going to be looking at the Prostimulator - a vibrating prostate massager for men.

Get the run down after the jump!

The Prostimulator is the first vibrating prostate massager in Blush's collection of toys aimed at men, and like many products of this kind it's made in two separate parts, with a silicone outer shell and a removable vibrating bullet housed inside.

The design of the Prostimulator will immediately seem familiar to anyone who's spent time looking at prostate massagers, as they all largely adhere to the same basic shape, whether it be something from Nexus or Aneros. Just comparing it to the G-Rider I reviewed last month and the resemblance is indisputable, though it does look a little more like that toy's cousin the Nexus G-Play.

Like with the Purity 2 the exterior portion of the Prostimulator is made from silicone, which is fast becoming one of my pre-requisites for reviewing at item. I'm a big fan of silicone because of its properties of being odourless, non-porous, and completely body-safe. The silicone in the Prostimulator feels identical to that of the Purity 2, so again it's a little bit on the firmer side, and comes with this nice velvety-feeling satin finish, which is quite appropriate for a toy of this type. The only other thing to comment on about the finish is that the surface of the toy does have a mould line running around the length of it, but it is a very subtle one and feels quite smooth. I can't imagine anyone being able to notice it once it's inside the body, so it's worth mentioning but not worth worrying about.

In comparison to other products of this type the Prostimulator is actually quite small, as you'll notice if you put it next to something like the G-Rider. This almost seems to be a running theme with Blush products so far, but in this case I'm going to say that it can actually be viewed as a positive. I'm sure that many men are put off the idea of trying prostate stimulation due to fears of having to insert something large into what was previously only an exit, but in this case the toy really isn't intimidating and shouldn't discourage anyone. It measure 5" in total with 3 3/4" actually insertable, and the average girth is only 3 1/2", so it's pretty compact.

The Prostimulator does unfortunately incorporate into its design one of my pet peeves with vibrating butt plugs, prostate massagers, and the like, and that is the protruding end of the vibrator. The end has to stick out because that's where the button to operate it is, and where the end cap unscrews to access the battery compartment, but the issue is that this means there's no possible way to sit down when wearing it. Personally I enjoy using anal toys in a seated position, so this does present something of an inconvenience to me. The other slight issue with the design is with regard to the cavity for the bullet. The bullet can of course be removed, but the inside of the cavity is completely smooth which helps to form a vacuum within, making it rather difficult to pull out the bullet. Once the bullet is out it's actually equally hard to get it back in again, because a pocket of air becomes trapped in the bottom of the cavity, and continually forces the bullet part way back out again. Eventually with some wiggling you can get it back in properly, but thankfully as the whole thing is waterproof my advice would be just never to remove it at all.

The vibrating bullet has seven different modes, two more than on the Nexus. There are three power settings, low, medium, and high, followed by four different patterns, erratic pulses, fast pulses, slower pulses, and fast & erratic pulses. The modes are cycled through by pressing the button on the end, and you have to go through all seven before the toy turns off again. This could prove a problem if you need to turn it off very quickly, but otherwise it's fine. Like with the Nexus, and indeed most other bullet-powered toys, the vibrations are very buzzy and surface-focussed. Because the bullet only extends around halfway into the silicone portion, the vibrations can be felt most strongly around the middle of the toy, rather than at the very tip.

When it comes to using the Prostimulator it's a very comfortable object to insert, with the satin finish holding water-based lubes well, and the small size passing into the body without much resistance. It positions itself quite well, with the flared base comfortably sitting between the buttocks whilst preventing over-insertion, and the slightly narrower section above the base acting like a neck to help the toy stay put and avoid slippage. As it is a smaller toy it's not the most filling thing in the world, so its presence within the body is quite subtle and it doesn't draw a great deal of attention to its being there. You do feel some pressure against the prostate initially following insertion, but it's not that firm and becomes much less apparent over time. With it inserted the button to turn on the vibrations is easy enough to locate and operate, allowing you to start trying all the different settings and finding one which suits you best. When it is turned on and vibrating you feel a pleasant enough tingling sensation within the vicinity of it inside the body, but it's not really that special. I'm not a great fan of buzzy vibes when used anally as I find that really only a strong rumbly vibration can penetrate deeply enough into the prostate to produce the desired effect. If you're not looking for anything too strong though then this may appeal to you, and there is always the option of replacing the bullet with something more powerful later down the line, like the We-Vibe Salsa.

The Prostimulator can be used in a variety of ways, including during sex and masturbation, or even while just walking around the house, and I'm happy to say that it will stay in place during all of this. The only thing you can't do with it, as I mentioned before, is be seated, so this does limit your positions somewhat. The vibrating motor is reasonably quiet, enough not to be heard through a closed door, but I wouldn't leave it turned on if walking around in public, as the faint buzzing could draw some strange glances.

The packaging for the toy is of a simple clear-plastic clamshell design, and is nice and tasteful. It's not ideal for long term storage so I'd probably suggest recycling it to save space.

Overall I'd say that the Prostimulator is a pretty good toy. It has a couple of design flaws, but it's made from a quality material and is of a size which will suit first-timers to anal play. The buzzy vibrations do let it down, but that might just be a personal preference. If you're looking for a big powerful prostate massager then I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want more of a casual vibrating plug then it's worth considering.

You can find out more about the Prostimulator and other products over on the Blush website.

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