***UPDATED: March 20, 2016
The last thing you’ll seem to find when reading comparisons of the bathmate vs penomet is a clear answer on which is the best. There are very few comparisons out there that choose a clear victor. Most end by claiming both are great pumps, which is a cop-out of a comparison if you ask me, and not fair to you since the last thing you want to do is buy both to try for yourself. That’d be over $600! What would you do with 2 hydro pumps anyway?
Comparisons should be simple. When you compare something you want to know which is best, right? None of that “they’re both good BS.” Just pick your favorite and tell me why! So, with your time in mind I’ll go ahead and give you…
The Deal Breakers
After spending long nights doing research on the two, I’ve come up with a compelling list for why you should get one over the other. I’ve been using my Bathmate Hercules for over 2 years now, and while I’ve seen nearly an inch in growth I’m kinda getting tired of a couple things that come with using it, which you can see further below. This list doesn’t touch on those points, but it does give you the biggest reasons. There are some similar facets to them that might make them hard to compare at first -but there are a couple key differences that break the tie and put one brand ahead.
But before we get into those differences, let’s cover what the most important similarities are between the two:
- Both brands use medical grade materials. The have both had their materials certified as medically safe
- .Both brands offer 60 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you can get your money back.
With any penis pump, or male enhancment device for that matter, the above two features are an absolute must. It is the list below, that makes one brand stand out. To me, these are the deal breakers. After using a hydro pump for 2 years now, I see how important they are.
- Only one brand offers the biggest range of sizes. This is important because getting the right fit starts with using an appropriate size.
- Only one brand comes with a hand pump.
- Only one brand comes with a built-in comfort pad.
What all of these mean in my mind, is that ONE brand is easier to use, allows for more pressure control, and has more focus around comfort.
All of this puts this brand in front of their competitor. They have been in the game the longest, and I respect their dedication to making a quality, easy to use product.
Need More? Read on
There’s a lot of similarities between the two. For instance…
- Both can be used with or without water. You can use both standing up, sitting down, shower or bath, and even without water.
- Both have similar accessories available. Cleaning tools, shower straps, carrying cases, and something called Gun Oil.
- Both are based out of Europe. One in Switzerland the other in UK.
- Both increase your size. Users are getting results with each of these pumps, so both do in fact work.
- Both are manually operated. You push the pump towards you to create a seal, and as you do that water expels from the top valve, which both have. Both use springy gaitors to create the suction.
Knowing only these similarities on their own would make deciding which to buy much harder. Fortunately you already know the deal breakers, but just to bring the point home in typical PumpyD fashion -here’s the rest of the reasons.
A Nut Bustingly Uncomfortable Seal
If you read my 30 day challenge and 1 year update, you’ll know I had trouble with getting a comfortable seal, not to mention issues with unsightly swelling. I eventually discovered that starting slow and allowing time for expansion before pumping harder helped, but it didn’t solve it entirely.
That solution wasn’t full-proof, and while it helped 70% of the time, it didn’t allow me to have as short of pumping sessions as I needed. Pumping slower was taking too much time, which brought me to another solution, which is incredibly effective. Yet, even with the seal issue solved I was still left thinking if Penomet pumpers were going through the extra hassle. The whole grass-is-greener mentality can really get you sometimes.
The newer models; Hydromax x30, x40, and Xtreme come with comfort sleeves, and after testing my Xtreme x30, I am happy to report that I have little issue with seal and discomfort. The seal is great, the handpump is amazing, and with it there is an added benefit of being able to use the pump much more easily outside the shower, with just air. I believe this gives the Bathmate Xtreme a destinct advantange over the Penomet, which does not come with a hand pump!
After 2 years of my Hercules looked pretty worn, but that’s expected to come from 2 years of exposure to water. The gaitor is still very strong, and I have no problem pumping up to my max pressure. The comfort pad however did come loose at 12 months, and finally came entirely off at 14. I am now using it without a comfort pad, which isn’t all that comfortable. There’s a lot more pressure on my pelvic area than before. Wrapping before using solved that, and also HUGELY improved the seal.
The important thing to note here, is that all of these problems have been solved with the newer Hydromax models.
Like I said -the important things are still working great after 2 years. Gaitor is firmly attached. Valve is same performance. Tube looks normal. The only thing is the sticker that acts as a pressure gauge is worn and peeling, and the valve needs to be cleaned a bit. This all is expected after 2 years of hard water exposure.
One thing I will say that is positive about the penomet in this area, is that the pressure gauge is laser etched in, so it will never wear off. That’s nice, but not the biggest thing you should be concerned about.
Your big concerns should be ease-of-use, pressure control, and comfort. Bathmate simply wins in this area with their Hydromax lineup -the Xtreme being at the top of the line in terms of pressure control thanks to the awesome hand pump it comes with.
Penomet likes to emphasize quality in all their pages, but the biggest emphasis lies in something unique to them, which brings us to the next part of the comparison.
Penomet’s Swappable Gaitors? Are They Really Worth it?
The major selling point for the Penomet is the gaitor system. They are interchangeable and each one offers a different tension. Why this is a selling point is beyond me because here’s the thing -if you want more pressure you simply pump more, right? Let’s do the math, 1 pump with a stronger gaitor will equal 3 pumps with a weaker one. Sure you could max out a smaller gaitor by compressing it all the way and have to switch to a stronger one…. but…
The million dollar question is -why not just start with a strong gaitor and go slow? Going slow is indeed important to reduce swelling, but I don’t think you need several different sizes to do so. I haven’t seen a whole lot of penomet users refute this, but there sure are a lot of Bathmate fans out there questioning it like I am.
Like many, I can’t wrap my head around needing to use .
I mean, if you need more pressure, just give a quick squeeze of the hand pump on your Hyrdromax Xtreme…. why would you ever need to change gaitors to reach a higher pressure?
That makes some sense …right?
The only reason why I think they offer the gaitor system, is because it forces you to pace yourself. Instead of having unlimited access to pressure like you do with a Hydromax Xtreme, you can only go the limit each gaitor is designed to output.
If you are a minimalist, having all those gaitors and having to swap them out all the time seems more of a hassle than it’s worth. I like to keep things simple. Give me one complete pump I can use for 15 minutes, without having to stop and swap anything out. That just takes more time most people don’t have.
A smaller reason people buy the Bathmate is because it has a firmly affixed gator. The Penomet’s gaitors have the tendency to pop off if you bend the thing at a 45 degree angle. This makes it harder to do vigorous stretches that target the part of the penis that resides in you. Having a pump that allows for different uses like this is awesome. It will be hard to do those stretches with a pump that keeps popping apart on you.
What Do You Think?
- Ability to change gaitors is why many opt for the Penomet.
- The hand pump, size range, and ability to do stretches while wearing, are why people get a Bathmate (link to their website).
For me, the best seal, the ease-of-use, and comfort makes for the best pump. After all you want one that you can easily use each day. After 2 years of use, I’ve personally learned how important these things are to keeping a consistent routine going, which ultimately leads to results!
When I upgraded to a Hydromax Xtreme, my mind was blown by how easy it was to get a seal and control pressure. As a complete package, the Xtreme is by far the best pump to use on a daily basis. If you are going to buy a pump you want one that has a great seal and doesn’t eat your nuts or leak. Where I used to wrap before using my BM, now I do not have to! It costs more, but it has everything you need to get results.
What about you? Which hydro pump brand has won your vote? Leave your vote in a comment below!