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The Gripper is a great first masturbator for anyone looking to get into them! It is incredibly enjoyable to use and gentle on your wallet to boot! It can be more than a little noisy though, and hiding it is a must given it's straightforward appearance. Don't let it's flaws get you though; it's worth the money!
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Pros:
Good beginner masturbator, fun to use, enjoyable sensations and experience
Cons:
Messy, noisy, hard to clean, STICKY
Rating by reviewer:
4
useful review

Use

This masturbator, while good in all forms of manipulation, was best at the times when it was used hands free in our experience. It was meant to be used as a handheld device, but we found that by anchoring it in some way, you are able to get more sensation from the ribs inside and can actually thrust into the toy with the same abandon as you might a partner.

We found that the sensation from the internal ridges affected the underside of the penis the most, and that it was a bit of a snug fit for anyone a little over the length and width that the toy is made to accommodate. On an interesting note concerning that though, if your penis is longer than the toy's vaginal depth, pressing all the way through and out the opening at the end adds a little extra squeeze around the penis head that can, at times, be just as enjoyable as a proper fit in the toy.

As far as using this with your partner, it all depends on your tastes as a couple. I personally found it fun to watch my husband when he got going with it; it was a unique third-person perspective that I enjoyed. However this toy is more of a solo thing and that might be the way it is in your life. Don't worry about it though and enjoy your alone time to the fullest! Toys are meant to be fun!

For a little extra slip without lube, try using the toy in the shower or bath.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Tub/shower/pool

Material / Texture

White the texture on the inside of the toy was really enjoyable to use, we quickly learned that it was a texture that is simple at best. My husband found that the way the texture changed at the end of the toy really felt nice for him and that the ridges make for nice stimulation, especially along the underside of the penis. But after a handful of uses and washes, the texture does start to lose some of its oomph. And be warned, if you don't use enough lube, maybe even refreshing halfway through, there is a pretty strong chance that this toy will suck you into its confines and be unwilling to let you back out.

A note of the material is that it does get sticky. When it was first opened, it had a velvety smoothness not unlike silicone, but after just one use and wash, it felt more like plastic and had a distinctly unappealing stickiness to it. My husband found that after that first time, the amount of lubrication needed went up steadily to keep from getting stuck. A good water-based lubricant worked the best usually, but in a pinch, a few squirts of plain hand lotion straight into the toy worked nicely too.

Don't let our notes on the texture deter you too hard though; my partner assures me heartily that the changing texture never really took away from the experience. The stickiness was a bit of a hassle at times, but he enjoyed the toy for what it was; a temporary masturbator that lasted a good 8 months of semi-frequent use before it needed to be retired.
    • Light odor
    • Sticky
    • Textured interior

Shape / Design / Size / Fit

The shape and texture of the toy were nice, and while the toy itself fit a little snug in our situation, it worked fine and will with just about anyone else who uses it. There was a little issue that my husband mentioned from time to time, and that was the fact that the toy was too big for him to use one handed comfortably, and there are just some times you want the other hand to roam free. He solved this issue by finding ways to anchor the toy for hands-free play. The best way we found to do this was to put it between the two mattresses of the bed. But if you've got someone willing to hold it with their hands (or legs or other miscellaneous parts) we recommend giving that a try for kicks.

A word to the wise though, this is in no way a discreet toy. One look at it and it's obvious what it is to the outside viewer. It's the kind of toy that's best kept safe in the back of your drawer or tucked safely in a box under your bed.
    • Beginner
    • May be too tight for some

Functions / Performance / Controls

There isn't anything too technical about how this toy works, but as far as a first masturbator, my husband loved it. The texture was stimulating and it worked how it should.

As far as whether the toy is waterproof or not, we actually endorse using it in the shower. The water helps keeps the toy lubricated, and depending on the fit of the toy around your penis, the spray of a shower head adds a little extra stimulation around the head. Since you're already there, the spray of water aids in cleaning the toy out as well.

We mentioned before how indiscreet this toy it, but it needs mentioning again in the department of noise. When you really get into action with this toy, whether it be in the shower, on the bed, with both hands, or completely hands-free, you are unlikely to escape the symphony of noises that come from the device. Slurps and squelches alike that can easily be hear from the next room if you don't cover them with some sort of other noise. If you're looking to go unnoticed while using this, you had better take it a little slower or find some other background noise to drown it out. A full-blast shower does the trick, but a bath? The splashing and the toy noises together are impossible to hide.
    • Easy to use
    • Stimulating

Care and Maintenance

Clean up seemed easy enough with this toy, and my husband insisted that all he needed to do was run it through with warm water and some soap. After a while, we noticed that it wasn't getting dry all the way through though, even after it had been air drying for several days and we started to wonder if it was getting cleaned all the way through and in the ridges as well. A few months before it was finally retired, the interior had developed a faint mildew smell.

Storing the toy was another thing completely. You can't leave it out just anywhere if you plan on having guests over, but it does attract a pretty stunning layer of lint and hair, so you we don't recommend just stuffing it wherever. What we found worked best was to store it in a plastic bag or a Tupperware container that you can easily fit in a drawer, under the bed, or in the closet. Even then, it still gains a bit of lint though, so you may want to wipe it off before using.
    • Difficult to store
    • Hard to clean
    • High maintenance

Packaging

The box had a picture of the toy, its inside detail, and a mostly naked chick. It was a little lackluster, but not unexpected. We really wouldn't recommend it as a gift box for anything other than the toy, and even then, there are better ways to go about presenting it. My husband would like to emphasize once again that it not a discreet package, so if you live with someone who is particularly nosy and will take offense, make sure to intercept the package as soon as possible. We didn't bother keeping the box once we'd removed the toy.

As for Eden's packaging, it was simple and discreet as always, and the package arrived quickly.
    • Not discreet

Personal comments

This was the first sex toy that my partner ever owned. He bought it at the same time as I bought my Harmonia as a show of solidarity. He picked it out because it was on sale, simple, and highly rated. What ended up happening though was him loving it. He was actually reluctant to let it go when the time came to retire it and he's now on a mission to find one that fits him better, but still had the stimulation he's come to love.

It was a great first toy and we'd recommend it to anyone who is looking to try out a masturbator, but isn't willing to drop the big bucks on something too expensive. Get a feel for if it's something that tickles your fancy and get a fun experience at the same time!
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  • edeneve
    edeneve  
    thanks for sharing your experience. what material is this toy made of? what are the dimensions? this would help others determine how well it would fit their own package. a little more proofing would be helpful.
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