The Groove is an excellent addition to an anal player’s toy chest. It’s super versatile, silicone, and pretty cheap for what it offers. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something different than the usual smooth straight butt plug. I’m so glad I picked up this probe! I love Doc Johnson’s butt products. They never fail me.
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Great Warm-Up Toy
In addition to looking great, the price point and materials make this a great toy to keep in the box for anal novices and veterans alike. Users should exercise caution with the very last bead, due to its need for better graduation at the bigger end of the taper, but it serves its purpose well. I feel like I got a great toy for a great price, and I've used it on a regular basis for several years now.
Once Upon a Time, in a land far, far away(okay, it was California) an anal probe got it on with some butt beads, and this is their hybrid, hypoallergenic love child. This silicon anal toy is sure to have butt's (beginners too!) wiggling in delight!
Silicone! Graduated beads make for easier insertion, matte texture holds onto lube.
Retains odors, the logo stamped in the base collects "stuff" that's difficult to scrub out.
The Groove by Doc Johnson is not your average anal toy. It's like the love child of graduated anal beads and a smooth tapered anal probe. The giving nature of the silicone combined with the gradual increase in the girth of the bumps make it ideal for persons new to the world of butt play, or someone with experience that likes a gentle warm up. The last bump may be larger than your average beginner can accommodate comfortably, but just because it's there doesn't mean you have to shove it on in. Patience is key when loving your butt!
Material / Texture:
The Groove is made of "Platinum Premium Silicone". The silicone is a lovely medium firmness the bumps at the thinner portion of the top of the toy are more flexible than the base. It has a lovely matte texture which lube loves to cling to. The Grove is available in blue and charcoal gray, both are highly pearlized and sparkly.
The Groove starts off a little thicker than my pointer finger and gradually "bumps up" to a circumference of around 4 1/2 inches. The tapered increase occurs over the 6 inches insertable length of the toy making it a smooth and gradual stretch. The smaller spaces between each bump allow the muscles to relax a little before the next stretch.
The matte texture of the toy holds onto your lube of choice while still providing a nice bit of drag. The length of the toy is manageable and the slow progression in size makes this the ideal toy for someone who is relatively new to playing with their butt and looking to step up a bit.
My only caveats with the greatness of this toy are that it tends to retain the "scent of butt" despite soap and water and a bleach solution wipe down. The other issue I had was with the small Doc Johnson logo stamped into the base of the toy, it filled with lube and "stuff" and was a real pain to scrub out.
Care and Maintenance:
Never use silicone lube with silicone toys. Always spot test lubes with silicone composites(like dimethylcone) in them in an inconspicuous spot on your toy to check for compatibility, we used Liquid Silk to no ill effect.
Easy to clean with soap and water, toy wipes or sprays. The groove is also top-rack dishwasher safe.
The groove can be sanitized in boiling water or with a 10% bleach solution.
Care and cleaning:
Bleachable / Boilable / Dishwasher safe
It comes in a sturdy but easy to open plastic molded clamshell package with classy scroll work graphic. It's not even remotely discreet, but it's better than the standard issue "moaning chick with bedroom eyes" most toys have. The packaging can be used for storage, but I find it to be rather bulky.