3 October 2014

Fun Factory B-Balls (old version)


One of the things I love more than anything is reviewing products which are completely new and unique, something which becomes increasingly rare when you own as many toys as I do now, and that's why I'm pretty excited to be taking a look at the Fun Factory B-Balls today. This is actually a product that I've been trying to get hold of for a little while, ever since I first came across it a few months ago, and it's really not like me to actually seek out a specific toy but I found my interest significantly piqued by it. I was very fortunate last month when Christian from Fun Factory offered to send one over to me whilst we were arranging the vibrator giveaway, enabling me to share all the details about it now.

Update: Fun Factory have updated the design of this plug as of 2017. Please see my new review for more up-to-date information.

The old review continues below

I've always considered myself to be quite lucky as a male sex toy reviewer, because the sky really is the limit when it comes to what I can use. There are products I can insert myself into, such as Fleshjacks and the Cobra Libre, and then there are toys I can put inside me, from dildos to butt plugs, and even special vibrators. That metal G-spot tool people rave about? Its great for prostate massage. That high powered clitoral vibe everyone loves? It works wonders on my frenulum. I've even managed to re-purpose a bright pink rabbit as an anal vibrator and perineum massager. Every now and again, however, there comes along a toy which really is only for the opposite sex, and then I sit there wistfully pondering exactly what it might feel like for them to use it. In this instance we're talking about kegel balls: those hollow spheres containing a free-moving ball bearing, which women insert in order to tone their pelvic floor muscles. Also referred to in those 50 Shades circles by the cringe-worthy moniker "jiggle balls." Up until now you'd have to be slightly foolish to try such a product as a man, because with only a rudimentary retrieval system they're the sort of small objects that can easily disappear inside a rectum, but finally Fun Factory has come up with the answer.

The B-Balls are in essence Fun Factory's "Smartballs Duo" kegel balls, but repackaged as a butt plug with a flared anal-safe base. In many ways it's almost a surprise that no one thought to do it sooner - perhaps no one thought there would be a demand - but I'm certainly happy that it now exists, and that I can try it out.

In general terms of being a butt plug the B-Balls isn't actually all that large, neatly placing it in that size range which caters to the widest number of people. In terms of length you have 4 1/2" insertable, and the circumference of the various sections is as follows: 1st bulb - 4 1/4". 2nd bulb - 4 3/4". Neck - 2 1/4". It's clearly not the most girthy plug in the world, so I'd be happy suggesting that almost anyone bar a complete novice would be fine using it, but it's also not a plug which relies entirely on size to create stimulation, so don't rule it out yet if you're someone who likes a stretch.

The B-Balls is constructed with Fun Factory's usual selection of high quality body-safe materials - namely silicone and ABS plastic - and to their high production standards as well, so you can feel reassured that you're getting a top notch piece of German engineering. The actual manner in which the design is put together is rather interesting from a technical standpoint. There are two hollow spheres made from a hard pink plastic, each containing a single ball-bearing, and these in turn are held together by a silicone outer shell which is firmly bonded to the exterior surface of the plastic, and which makes up the remainder of the shape of the plug. What's unusual is that sections of the pink plastic have purposely been left visible, and aren't covered by the silicone, giving a rather attractive design feature, but it's hard to know if this was decided upon purely for aesthetics, or as necessity during the moulding process. The downside to this design element is the presence of a slight groove that runs between the plastic and the silicone, creating a place for dirt to readily gather and making it somewhat harder to clean, which isn't ideal for a toy that's going to be used anally. It's just as well that the materials are all non-porous and can be sterilised by boiling, or soaking in a 10% bleach solution, allowing you to freshen the whole thing up after use.

The silicone that's been used in the manufacturing is surprisingly firm for a Fun Factory toy, and has little-to-no give in the surface when you squeeze it. It also accounts for only a thin layer covering the plastic spheres, so it doesn't really offer any cushioning as you might often expect. I found this especially apparent when comparing it to the new vibrators in my giveaway, as they have a slightly thicker and much softer silicone layer, giving a completely different feel. My speculation is that the firmer silicone was a requirement to make it bond so securely to the plastic, as anything softer - and therefore more elastic - could have compromised this. Despite the firmness of the silicone the thin neck between the two bulbs remains nice and flexible and can easily be bent about, and the faint mould line which runs around the toy can barely be felt on the matte surface.


The base of the B-Balls plug is very similar in design to that of some of Fun Factory's other plugs, such as the Bootie and Boosty, and they happen to have my favourite shape of base in terms of comfort and discretion. The really noticeable difference with the B-Balls though is in terms of width, because the base is significantly narrower than the others at only 2" from end to end. Personally I'm not so much of a fan of reducing its size in this manner, and I'll explain precisely why a little later on.

When it comes to wearing and using the plug the B-Balls is actually a lot of fun, and it all starts with a hassle-free insertion thanks to a size and shape which it lets slip into the body with minimal effort. Once the plug's inside it settles into a comfortable position, with the joint between the two bulbs bending to correspond with the curvature of the rectum, while the sphincter comes to rest around the slender neck. For me the total length of the plug is just right, and it sits in place without poking at the top of the rectum, which sometimes can be an issue with anything longer. The small base nestles itself away between the buttocks quite discreetly, allowing it to remain unseen beneath clothing, and its low profile allows you to happily sit on it on any surface hard or soft.

At first it feels, for the most part, just like wearing any other plug. There's this awareness of something being inside you, and it delivers that familiar pleasant sensation, but without feeling overly filling or stretching. The exciting things start to happen when you move though, and the ball bearings inside begin to roll around in response. It's one of those experiences that's almost fitting to be described as unique, but the closest thing I could compare it to is a feeling of a juddering vibration. Every slightest movement of the balls is instantly brought to your attention as they skip along the inner surface of the spheres, jump from side to side, and swing through a series of loops. You have this constant sense of the weight shifting about inside you as they move, and because there are two balls moving in different ways at the same time the weight doesn't shift in balance, with forces throwing around in different directions simultaneously like a mini earthquake within your nether regions. This is what generates that feeling of vibration, and in fact if you examine how any vibrator works they all involve a motor spinning an unbalanced weight around - exactly the same principle. What's notably good about it all is that it's a deep sort of vibration you feel when it occurs, like an intermittent rumble.

What makes the sensation of the B-Balls so novel is the responsiveness of it; it reacts entirely to you and your movements. It's very different to a vibrating plug that just purrs away constantly allowing you to become accustomed to it. The sensation can take you by surprise, delivering a little jolt when you weren't expecting it, and it also acts as a constant reminder that you do in fact have a plug inserted. Mentally this can be quite fun if you decide to go out and about with this little secret, and find yourself constantly teased by these sensations while no one else is any the wiser. I can almost imagine someone sitting on a bus and giving out a little giggle each time it hits a speed bump and the plug tickles them inside with a small flutter. The other thing that's tempting to do with it is to experiment with seeing just how much feeling you can actually get out of it, and how varied it can feel all depending on your activities. Go jogging, do jumping jacks, try skipping rope or hula-hooping; any sort of exercise be it at home or in the gym. Wear it when you go dancing in club; try twerking with the person you've been flirting with all night and see if it improves your rhythm. It can all be quite amusing to go through and it feels good at the same time, and definitely different. It's the perfect way to spice up even the most mundane activity, such as wearing it while you vacuum the carpets, or walk the dog.

One thing I did find was that depending on how vigorous your movement is, you can actually hear a bit of a rattle coming from the plug. I did go to the effort of recording it on my phone if anyone's interested. I wouldn't worry about this though, as for anyone else to hear it then you'd need to be in a silent room with them standing quite close, while you made jerking movements with your hips, and I can't imagine a lot of scenarios like that, but it may take you by surprise at first if you weren't expecting it.

Considering the plug with regard to more long-term wear, this is when I started to find some issues with the design, and unfortunately they all centre around the base I highlighted earlier.* The first point would have to be about the neck of the plug, because it's ever so slightly too short. I find that my sphincter rests partly on the underside of the lower bulb, rather than being entirely on the neck, meaning that whenever you clench the muscle it pulls the plug deeper into the body, forcing the base section tightly up against the perineum. The second point is that base isn't quite wide enough for optimal comfort. Right at the point where the perineum meets up with the anus there's a slight soft spot just outside the ring of muscle that forms the external sphincter, and the pointed tip of the base happens to sit right over it. With time, and especially after sitting on the plug, the base can really start to dig in here and begin to feel uncomfortable, sometimes so much as getting caught in the skin and requiring immediate adjustment to relieve the discomfort. The third and final point would be in relation to the firmness of the silicone, because this really does exacerbate the other issues with the base. If it was softer and had more flexibility to it, then it really would feel more comfortable for long-term wear. As it stands I find myself having to limit myself to a couple of hours of plug use, with the occasional adjustment, rather than being able to leave it in for a whole day, simply because I find a slight soreness building. Likewise I could foresee problems for anyone who intended to try sleeping with it in.

When it comes down directly to matters of sex and masturbation then I'd be inclined to rule this plug out specifically for those purposes. There are some plugs which you wear simply for the enjoyment of feeling a plug inside you, and for me the B-Balls falls very firmly into that category - this is where it excels. I don't really see the ability of the plug to enhance an orgasm in the same way as one which is designed to press against the prostate. The B-Balls works best as a sort of foreplay plug, teasing you and keeping you semi-aroused as you move around throughout the day, but once you're lying down on your back, moving little more of your body than your right arm, then you're not going to get the benefit of the plug's sensations, so I don't think it's a fit for that situation. A lot of the time with sex toys it's about tailoring the right equipment with the right circumstance, so it's worth bearing that in mind with this toy, and rarely do you find a single product that absolutely does it all.

My improved version
So I think it's about time for a verdict here. I have to say, flaws and all, I actually rather like this product on the whole, and I can see myself using it quite a lot. For me the unique aspect is a big selling point, because it really is something different, and you really must experience it first hand. Clearly the plug isn't perfect though; I want a longer neck, I want a wider base, and I want a softer more-flexible silicone like I'm used to in other Fun Factory products (see my Photoshopped-vision on the right). Make these improvements and I would recommend it unreservedly, but realistically with such a new product this is a design that's going to be sticking around for a while, so I can only offer a recommendation with caveats. Do I think you should buy one? Absolutely, but just be aware of the few niggles that might dampen your experience at the time.

Thanks to Fun Factory for sending me this plug. *Please note there is now an updated plug which incorporates the new base that I suggested. My review of it can be found here.

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