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What is a Penis Pump?

Today I’m going to answer all of your penis pump questions, from what is a penis pump to how effective they are and how to use them!

I’ll also give you a run down of the different types of penis pump and share my top picks to help you find the best one to enhance your erection!

Whether you’re considering getting one for the first time or you’re an experienced user looking to expand your knowledge, I’ve got everything you need to know right here!

Looking for something specific? Here’s everything you can learn in this post:

What is a penis pump?

A penis pump, also known as a vacuum erection device, is a cylindrical device with a pump mechanism that’s used to create a vacuum around the penis. This vacuum pressure causes more blood to flow into the penis, helping create a stronger erection.

A penis pump consists of a plastic cylinder that sits over your penis. It has a rubber or silicone seal at the base which makes the whole thing air tight. It also has a pump (either manual or electric) that sucks the air out of the cylinder and a quick-release valve to release the air.

Some also come with a constriction ring that sits around the base of the penis after pumping to help maintain the erection.

Why Do People Use Penis Pumps?

Penis pumps can be use to help with erectile dysfunction, to enhance pleasure and stamina, or as part of BDSM play.

They can be used for solo play or couple’s play and some people use them as training devices although their is only anecdotal evidence of there being any lasting gains!

Here’s a little more detail about the different reasons people use them:

Erectile dysfunction

Penis pumps are often used by individuals who struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is a condition where a penis owner finds it difficult to get or keep an erection. They can help increase blood flow, facilitating getting and maintaining an erection. They’re an affordable, non-invasive treatment option that many people turn to, either as a standalone solution or in combination with other treatments.

However, you should always seek medical advice if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, as there may be an underlying cause that needs treating.

Penis pumps for pleasure

They are also an exciting tool for sexual exploration and pleasure. Some people find the sensation of the vacuum pressure can be pleasurable on its own, while others enjoy the increased sensitivity when the pump is removed. Some also like to use a pump to create stronger erections or help them last longer.


Penis pumps can also be a fun addition to BDSM play, with the dominant partner using the one to tease their sub and make them extra sensitive before other types of stimulation.

Can Pumping Make Your Penis Bigger?

There’s a lot of mixed information about penis pumps and their ability to give you a bigger penis. However, while you might find anecdotal evidence, there is no real evidence that you can experience permanent growth. They can help you enjoy bigger, harder erections, but the effect is only temporary. 

Different Types of Penis Pumps

There are three main types of penis pumps — manual, electric and water/hydro. They essentially have the same effect just with with a different pump mechanism.

Here’s a little more detail about each type to help you figure out which would suit you best.


With, manual pumps, you create the vacuum by hand, typically by squeezing a bulb or pumping a trigger.
They are the cheapest option and are less intimidating as you have a lot of control over how much air is removed.


Electric penis pumps have a small motor that creates the vacuum at the push of a button. This is much easier on your hands as you don’t actually have to pump anything! They often have different speed or intensity settings for you to choose from and some have display screens to tell you what setting you are on or even what the pressure is.

Hydro or water

Water penis pumps are another type of manual pump, but instead of air, they use water to create pressure. You can use them in the shower or bath, which can make your morning shower a little more exciting! Some prefer using water as they feel it distributes the pressure more evenly, and some just prefer the sensation.

My Top Picks

Excelsior Smart Penis Pump

The Excelsior Smart pump is an automatic pump that features an LCD screen with backlight that displays the pressure. It also has two pump sleeves — a regular one for just creating a seal and a textured one for pleasure while you pump! Our tester loved how it felt so much he called it his new favorite toy!

Tracey Cox EDGE Ultimate Performance

Tracey Cox EDGE Ultimate Performance Stamina Penis Pump

Tracy Cox EDGE Ultimate Performance is a great beginner’s pump! Plus, it’s very budget friendly! The stretchy sleeve is made of quality silicone and it features a squeeze pump to control the pressure manually.

Bathmate Hydro7 Penis Pump

Bathmate HYDROMAX7 Penis Pump Clear 5-7 Inches

Bathmate is the top hydro pump brand and the Bathmate HYDROMAX7 is one of their most popular models! The HYDROMAX7 gives 35% more suction power than the HYDRO7 for some serious suction power! Plus, It’s a great way to add a little more self-care to your shower!

Buying Guide

There are lots of different options out there at different price points, from cheap penis pumps to more high-tech, expensive ones. But price isn’t the only thing you should think about when picking your pump.

  • Quality Materials: Look for a pump made of high-quality materials that will stand up to repeated use. A silicone seal is the best choice as it’s non-porous and will last longer.
  • Size: You can find pumps to fit all penis sizes, including small penis pumps and large penis pumps. The tube should be large enough to accommodate your penis comfortably and have some space for it to grow. You will need to measure your length and girth while erect and find a suitable size cylinder.
  • Pump mechanism: If you are on a budget, prefer more control, or only want a pump for occasional use, you might be best going for a manual pump. If you have any strength issues in your hand or want a pump for regular use, an electric pump might be better.
  • Reviews: Check out reviews here on Bedbible and on shop website to see what other users are saying about the pump’s performance and ease of use.
  • Extra features: Consider if you want a vibrating penis pump for some added fun or one with an LCD screen.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using a Penis Pump?

If you’re on the fence about whether a penis pump is right for you, here are some of the pros and cons using one:


  • Provide a non-invasive and drug-free treatment for erectile dysfunction 
  • Can enhance sensitivity and sexual pleasure
  • Offers a fun way to explore new sensations
  • Can make your erection feel more swollen and harder in the moment 
  • Some find it can help them stay harder for longer
  • Possibility of stronger orgasms


  • Effects are only temporary
  • Risk of damage to the tissue if you over pump or don’t follow the safety guidelines
  • Some find that the erection doesn’t feel as ‘natural’
  • Not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, including circulatory or any penile injuries

Are Penis Pumps Safe to Use?

Penis pumps are generally safe to use as long as you follow the instructions and safety guidelines. However, they can cause temporary side effects like numbness, bruising, or discoloration if misused. Over-pumping, in particular, can lead to injury or tissue damage.

You should always consult a medical professional before using a pump to treat erectile dysfunction or if you have any medical conditions affecting your circulatory system or genitals.

Safety Guidelines

Before you get going, it’s important to understand how to use your penis pump safely. The last thing you want to do is end up with an injury!

  1. Read the instructions fully and figure out how to use the quick-release valve.
  2. Try it out on a less sensitive body part to get a feel for the strength. 
  3. Take it slow and gradually increase the pressure as you become more comfortable and used to the sensation.
  4. Don’t overdo it, and listen to your body. If you feel pain, stop pumping immediately and use the quick-release valve.
  5. Limit your sessions. Most manufacturers recommend limiting your sessions to 15-20 minutes to reduce the risk of injury. I recommend starting with shorter sessions and working your way up to this.
  6. Use the quick-release valve to remove it, and don’t pull it off while there is still a vacuum. 

How to Use a Penis Pump

Before we begin, it’s important to note that every penis pump is slightly different, so always familiarise yourself with the pump mechanism and quick-release valve before getting started.

Here some basic instructions, but for more detail, check out this guide on how to use a penis pump.

Step 1: Apply Some Lubricant

Apply some water-based lube to the seal at the base of the cylinder and to your penis. This will help reduce friction and help make a better seal and make the experience more comfortable.

Step 3: Insertion

Insert your penis into the pump tube. Make sure it’s centered and that the base of the pump forms a good seal with your body. If you are using a water pump, fill it with water first.

Step 4: Pumping

Start pumping slowly and gently to create a vacuum. If you’re using a manual pump, you will need to squeeze the bulb or trigger. For electric pumps, you’ll choose your desired setting. With hydro pumps, you’ll typically push the device against your body. 

Step 5: Monitoring

As you pump, monitor your sensations closely and listen to your body. You should feel pressure, but it shouldn’t be painful. If you feel discomfort, release some of the pressure using the quick-release valve. 

Step 6: Maintain Erection

Once you’ve reached your desired erection, you can slide a constriction ring or stretchy cock ring onto the base of your penis to help maintain your erection. 

Step 7: Release

After your session, which should be no longer than 15-20 minutes, use the release valve to decrease the pressure. Only remove the cylinder once the vacuum has been fully released.

Step 8: Clean Up

Be sure to give your pump a good clean, following the manufacturer’s instructions and making sure not to get any electrical parts wet. 

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