15 October 2013

Bathmate Hydromax X30


So today I'm going to be doing something a little different and looking at a penis pump. I have tried one penis pump in the past, and you may be thinking that if you've tried one then you've tried them all, but the company behind Bathmate came up with a completely unique design, and you'll soon see why.

It's not often that a toy really piques my curiosity, but I was browsing Tumblr the other day when I stumbled across a video of an attractive Australian man (since known to a wider audience as porn's Chris Bass) lying in the bathtub with an interesting contraption attached to his penis, and I had to know more about it.

The Bathmate, as I learnt, is a penis pump which works by using water pressure rather than the traditional air, and its patented design, developed in the UK, is completely unique on the market today. I did a little more research, as any sex toy reviewer would, and I came across a rather dishy looking man who'd kept a 6 week video diary of his experiences with the Bathmate, and who alleged to have seen a permanent increase in size by the end, and I knew that I had to put this to the test.

Unusually I actually went ahead and reached out to the manufacturers of Bathmate and very politely enquired if they might consider letting me have a product to review, and I'm very pleased to say that the nice gentleman I spoke with was more than happy to oblige, so here we go.

I hope you enjoy this, and catch the details after the jump!

There are currently six different pumps available in the Bathmate range, each with a variety of features and at different price points to suit everyone. Today I'm going to be looking at the Bathmate Hydromax X30.

The Bathmate Hydromax X30 is one of Bathmate's new generation of pumps, purporting to offer 35% more suction force than their original Hercules model. In its entirety the device is 11 1/4" in length, with a 2 1/2" internal diameter at the base, and it comes with an optional comfort pad which increases the length by 3/8", and reduces the diameter by 1/4". The design features a long polycarbonate tube at the top which is available in three colours, red, blue, or clear, and I happened to be sent the blue. Below the tube is a black concertina section (known as the 'bellows') made from a skin-safe rubber compound, and into this is where the comfort ring plugs. The top of the tube features the valve system which regulates the passage of fluid out of the pump, and this can be locked shut by toggling the centre piece left or right. The side of the tube has a sticker on it which features a measurement gauge, but this scale is only accurate both when the bellows are fully compressed and the comfort pad is not in use, so at other times it can be useful just to compare progress between sessions. The scale stops at 7", but there is another 1 1/2" of space inside the tube, so it is recommended that people who already measure 7" go for this particular model rather than the larger X40. Overall the Bathmate seems to be made to a very high standard and I can't find any faults with it. According to the manufacturer the whole thing has been tested to "withstand compression pressures of 400 kilograms and impact forces of 20 kilograms dropped from a height of three metres" which sounds quite impressive to me.


I've never been entirely sure what the primary purpose of a penis pump is meant to be. Is it a device to help people with erectile dysfunction? Is it a tool for those seeking penis enlargement? Or is it simply a bit of a novelty device to fool around with in the bedroom à la Austin Powers? The people at Bathmate answer this question by describing it as a device designed for penile health, that will promote harder and longer lasting erections, as well as causing penile enlargement. That certainly sounds good to me; I may be an age where I'm considered to be at my sexual peak, but there's no harm in working towards maintaining the quality of erections well into the future, and I don't think that any man would turn his nose up at gaining some extra size in the process.


The principle behind how the Bathmate works is similar to how a traditional penis pump works; by evacuating fluid from the chamber the pressure within it is reduced, and thus the penis expands to fill the space as more blood is encouraged to flow into it. The only difference is that in the case of the Bathmate the fluid being used is water rather than air, and water being a liquid has some different properties to gaseous air. Air molecules are spaced quite far apart, and thus can easily be compressed such as if you were inflating a balloon, and also pulled apart. Water molecules are packed much more closely together, and have a much stronger attraction to each other, so short of cooling water until it becomes ice, or heating it until it becomes steam, you can't have much impact on these molecules by exerting pressure alone. So what effect does this have on a penis pump? Well when you pump the air out of a traditional pump, not only does some air get removed, but the remaining air within stretches and thins out because of the lower pressure. With the Bathmate the water simply cannot do this, so for every drop of water that's removed from the chamber the same amount of blood must flow into the penis to compensate for it, causing it to enlarge in the process. It also means that you get a solid cushion of water all around the penis during use, which exerts a constant force onto it, rather than having simply a chamber containing reduced pressure air.


So how do you actually use the Bathmate  Well as the name suggests it's intended to be used in the bath, or even in the shower - and if you're planning to go this route then the separately sold shower strap will definitely come in handy - but really you can use it anywhere that you don't mind a little water sloshing around. I'm going to start by talking about the bath as I think it's probably the most effective way. You want to run a nice hot bath and just sit in it for 5 minutes or so to begin with, and allow the heat to gently relax all the muscles and tissues in the body. Once you're ready you fill the Bathmate with water from the tub, and then place the tube over your flaccid penis and push it down firmly into your abdomen until a little water squirts out of the end, and this should create the suction to hold it in place. I found it best to start off in a seated position with the entire Bathmate submerged, rather than reclining and having it sticking out of the water. As with any pump it works better the less pubic hair you have; I started with mine quite neatly trimmed, but ended up shaving it all off before the end because I suspected that it may have been causing issues.

The next step is to begin pumping, and again the Bathmate is different to other pumps because it doesn't have the traditional hand pump which many devices do. You operate it by pushing the Bathmate downwards again towards the pubic mound, and this will compress the concertina section at the base and force water out through the one-way valve at the top. The bellows are quite stiff and I found it best to use two hands to compress them, but they need to be this way as it's the force of them trying to return to their original uncompressed state which creates the suction inside the tube. At first the pumping can be a little tricky to get the hang of because the valve can be quite temperamental, and if you release the pump too slowly then you risk air being sucked into the tube through the valve and no pressure being created. The key is to pull the Bathmate downwards and then quickly release, and this will maintain suction inside the tube whilst lowering the pressure. To start with it's best to pump gently, forcing out only a little water at a time, and as you release the Bathmate you'll see the penis begin to expand within it. Keep doing this until you can really feel the pressure, but stop before it starts to become uncomfortable. You'll feel the force of the Bathmate in two regions, firstly inside the tube where the penis is swelling up, and secondly around the pubic mound where the pump is pressed down quite firmly under its own force. You may need to adjust the testicles at times if you begin to feel the scrotum starting to be drawn up into the chamber, or if it feels as though one of the tubes supplying the testicles is caught under the base of the pump, but for the most part the pressure of the pump in this region feels fine, in part thanks to the cushioning of the comfort pad.

I found that compared to an air pump using the Bathmate was quite a nice sensation; the warmth of the water around the penis felt very comfortable, and the penis can move around much more freely within the tube due to the lubricating effect of the water, rather than it getting caught against the plastic sides as it expands. It can help to rub a little silicone lubricant over the surface of the penis before you begin as well, as this further lessens the chances of the skin tugging against the sides of the tube. Bathmate recommend using the pump for no more than 15-20 minutes in any 24 hour period, and preferably breaking this into several 5 minute repetitions, so it can be useful to have a clock handy. You'll want to pump it up, hold it for 5 minutes, then release the pressure completely and repeat. This gives the penis a chance to constantly get a supply of fresh oxygenated blood, and it repeats the process of expansion with a break in between.

If you're using it in the shower then the process is pretty much the same except you'll be standing up the entire time and will need to hold the Bathmate out in front of you if you don't have the shower strap. The trick with putting it on is to first move the value into the 'lock' position and fill the chamber from the tap, then whilst holding it vertically lower your penis into the pump and form the seal without losing too much water, and then bring it up to a horizontal angle, unlock the valve and start pumping to create suction. I'd say it's slightly easier to use in the bath when you're sat down and everything is submerged, rather than standing up in the open air, but most men probably are more the shower type so it's worth getting the hang of both ways so you can do whatever suits you best.


Once you've finished your first 20 minute session with the Bathmate you're like to see something of a change in your penis. Mine had gone slightly darker and reddish all over, as well as being left constantly in a semi-erect state, though all of this would fade away over the next hour. Towards the end I think I may have slightly over-pumped as I did have some residual swelling in the head, looking almost as though it was retaining fluid, but this was easy to remedy simply by squeezing the penis until the affected areas returned to a normal size. What really pleased me about the Hydromax was the lack of damage to capillaries in the surface of the skin; with air pumps you'll often see a lot of little red dots all over the skin where the capillaries have burst under the pressure, but the design of the Bathmate system seemed to prevent this from happening. In terms of size there wasn't really any immediate change, nor would you expect there to be after a single use, so this is why I'd eventually like to assess it in a long term experiment, but subsequent erections after pumping did seem to be especially firm.


One of the advantages of the Bathmate is that it's very low maintenance. It doesn't have a lot of parts so there isn't much that can go wrong with it, and it also simplifies the cleaning process. It's not really a toy that's going to get dirty as you're using it in water right after you've been washing yourself, but it doesn't hurt to rinse it out after use just to remove any soap residue etc.


I intend to put some more time into making this an extended investigation, but my initial experience with the Bathmate is a very positive one. The products are very well made, simple to use, utilise quality materials, and in the short term I can definitely confirm that they work. Compared to an air pump I much prefer the feel of the Bathmate, but the only downside is that you can't use them in the bedroom. A Bathmate isn't a foreplay tool in the way that you can jump into bed and fool around with pumping your partner up, but rather it's something you're going to use to get yourself nice and firm and ready before sex. Based on my experience so far I would happily recommend the Bathmate as a high-quality British-made device for improving erections.

The Hydromax X30 is available directly from the Bathmate website and ships worldwide.

Alternatively you can check it out on the websites of these fine retailers:

UK & Europe: Lovehoney UK and SimplyPleasure

North America: Lovehoney USA

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