The big end - butt plug by Doc Johnson - review by humblepie

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A Big Hit!

While its size may scare beginners away, this plug is a good choice for those with even minimal experience in anal play. The rigidity, shape, and material all make this an excellent toy, either for training beginners and moderate users to take larger toys or for more advanced users looking for a filling, comfortable plug.
All the benefits of silicone, large base, nice color, provides excellent 'filling' sensation.
The wide base can be uncomfortable, not for absolute beginners
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Doc Johnson's The Big End is a silicone butt plug of considerable size. While it may be intimidating, don't let it scare you off! The sleek design and plush material make this a good plug for those with even minimal experience in anal play. This toy can be used solo or with a partner, and is appropriate for those of all genders.

While I do not own a harness myself, I suspect that this toy could be used with one, although its weight and kinda-bendy neck could make it a challenge. The wide base is excellent for those who are paranoid about 'losing' their toys internally, and the flexible silicone is a great material for extended wear. While this toy could be safely used for thrusting and/or vaginal insertion, we found that the material and design made it a bit difficult to thrust with, and vaginally it just wasn't as good as my G-spot toys.
  • 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?
    • Couples
    • Solo
    • Temperature play
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Campus/roommate living
    • Tub/shower/pool
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Anal
    • P-spot

Material / Texture

The Big End is made of pure silicone, which rates a perfect ten on Eden's Material Safety Scale. Silicone is an excellent material for several reasons: it is easy to clean (simply boil for three minutes, toss it in the dishwasher, or use a toy-cleaning product); it is non-porous and can be completely sterilized, and is thus suitable for sharing between partners; and it can be used for temperature play (soak it in a bowl of warm or cool water before use). The Big End also has no smell or taste, so although it is not intended for oral use, you could certainly choose to use it that way (just be careful with your teeth, as they could damage the material).

body flex

There is no texture at all - the entire toy is smooth and non-porous, which makes for easy insertion, and the toy's girth allows for good sensation even without any bumps or ridges. As you can see in my pictures, there is considerable flex at the base of the toy, and the base itself is soft as well. The body, however, is more rigid and difficult to bend, though it still has some give. Here you can see how much the neck bends when no pressure is placed on the body:

neck bend

The amount of flex is excellent for an anal toy - the base is soft and comfortable, while the body is stiff enough for easy insertion but soft enough so that it conforms to your body slightly. This toy would be comfortable for those not yet ready for unforgiving materials like glass but want something more rigid than jelly.
    • Flexible
    • Not porous at all
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

The design is what really makes this toy. While The Big End does have significant girth, the tapered tip allows for smooth, easy insertion, building in size gradually as it reaches the neck. This makes it a great choice for those who are looking to get used to larger toys without discomfort, and the size will make it appealing to more advanced anal players. Here it is compared to some EF freebies and a few of my other toys:

freebie comparison
toy comparison

The base is quite wide, and very flexible. Depending on the size of your butt, it can be a bit uncomfortable for long-term wear, but it is never painful.

The color (your choice of charcoal-grey or purple) is very nice, with a slight swirl throughout the toy, but keep in mind that it's also a big glittery as well. You can't tell as much on the body of the toy, but the bottom of the base (which is smoother than the body) shows the sparkle really nicely.
base swirl and sparkles
The Big End is not at all discreet, and its size will probably draw attention if you leave it out. I keep mine in a Lockable Sex Toy Case, inside a toy bag to keep it out of contact with my other silicone toys. Unfortunately it does not come with its own bag, but you could easily make do with some fabric or a spare T-shirt.
    • Partner play
    • Whimsical / artistic


This toy is great! As I mentioned before, the size is pretty intimidating, but it's excellent for those who wish to train themselves to take bigger toys. If you find the whole toy is too big for you at first (I wouldn't blame you!) simply insert it an inch or so at a time until you reach your limit, using plenty of lube of course! Because it's so big, it will also likely be useful for a long time, unlike some "beginner" toys which quickly become too small to be of use as you advance to larger toys.

The one thing about this toy that isn't perfect is the base - it's huge! While this is excellent for people like me who are paranoid about 'losing' anal toys, it can be a bit uncomfortable for long-term wear if you have larger buttocks and want to insert it as far as it can go.
    • Comfortable
    • Easy to use
    • Not very discreet

Care and Maintenance

This toy is made completely from pure silicone, which is an excellent toy material. It rates a perfect 10 on Eden Fantasys's Toy Material Safety Guide, and for good reason! It can be sterilized (either by boiling or using bleach), and it's non-porous, making it great for sharing between partners (or even just friends!).

There are a lot of options when it comes to cleaning silicone toys, including:
- Putting the toy in the top rack of your dishwasher
- Boiling it
- Hand-washing it with antibacterial soap and hot or warm water
- Using toy-cleaning wipes or fluid

Silicone does attract lint and hair, so make sure to give the toy a quick rinse before each use!

The Big End does have a fair amount of drag, so you'll definitely want to use lubricant with it. As silicone toys are non-compatible with silicone-based lube, your best bet is water-based lubricant. If you are male-bodied you could also use oil-based lubricant, but those who are female-bodied should steer clear - oil can disrupt the delicate pH of the vagina.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


The packaging for this toy is pretty minimal. It consists of basic clamshell packaging and a cardboard insert. It's a good deal bigger than the toy, so I wouldn't recommend it for storage, but it does keep the lint off. It is also not at all discreet - you can see the product through the packaging, and the manufacturer's name is a bit of a giveaway as well.

packaging front
packaging back

The back of the packaging has a blurb about the product, and at the bottom (not pictured) it instructs you to go to the Doc Johnson website for warranty and product information. If you provide some information about your product, you can receive a one-year warranty for the plug. Pretty neat!
    • Not discreet

Personal comments

This is my partner's favorite plug, for all the reasons I've listed above. Unfortunately, I purchased this toy with the intent to use it for long-term wear, and it just doesn't work well for that purpose. For me, the base is too wide to be worn comfortably for more than twenty minutes or so, and though my partner puts up with it because he loves the toy so much, we've considered trying to cut it down so that it would feel more natural.

While I originally thought this toy was too big for me, I was surprised to find that it was actually quite comfortable and even pleasant (see "Experience" below). The diameter is perfect for my partner, and he reports that it provides nice stimulation and a constant "filling" feeling when worn for extended periods of time, and he has not yet experienced it slipping or falling out during use.


When my partner asked me to get him something "big", I thought this would be the perfect toy to teach him a lesson (that he should do some shopping himself instead of leaving it all to me!). I was sure that The Big End would be bigger than he expected and bigger than he was used to, as that was certainly the case for me. When I unpacked it, I nearly gasped - it was just so big! No way this thing was going in my butt - this would be strictly for him.

Cut to a week or two later, and we're messing around with some toys. Long story short, it ended up inside me, and I gotta say it really wasn't so bad! The plug itself was extremely comfortable, and while it was a bit longer than I'd like it is apparently great for my partner. It really didn't feel very wide at all, just filling, and I didn't experience any discomfort while on all fours.

Once I stood up, however, that changed. The wide base pushed my cheeks apart a bit and it was pretty uncomfortable. I could only wear it for about twenty minutes before I got fed up with it and removed it. My partner has a smaller tush and didn't have much of a problem with spreading, but still found it a bit uncomfortable.

Overall: Great plug, just maybe not for long-term wear. I'd say give it a try unless you have literally no experience with anal play.
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  • humblepie
    Thank you ganconagh!
  • nosrslylol
    Great review, thanks.
  • humblepie
    No problem nosrslylol!
  • Andrey2052
    Great review! I love mine!
  • Whisper21
    This review is well written. You've almost convinced me to give it a try!
  • humblepie
    @Andrey2052: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy yours as well!
    @Whisper21: Thank you so much! If you do, good luck! The base is annoying but the shape is worth it!
  • zz1aag
    Thanks for the review. Great Job.
  • humblepie
    You're welcome, and thank you zziaag!
  • CaliGirl
    Great review
  • Hubby80
    Nice review
  • Real or memorex
    Thanks for the review!
  • humblepie
    Thanks CaliGirl and Hubby80, and you're welcome Real or memorex!
  • User9000
    Dont know about that base
  • Gleb
    good review
  • LoneOokami
    Thanks for the info.
  • NightKat
    Love the pictures, keep it up!
  • humblepie
    @User9000: The base is definitely this toy's worst quality, but other than that its excellent. It's up to you if you think its worth it!

    @Gleb: Thank you!

    @LoneOokami: My pleasure!

    @NightKat: Thank you so much! I'm glad you found my pictures and review helpful
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