The groove - anal probe by Doc Johnson - review by macho99

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Great for beginners! Overachievers beware!

Here's a great product to get you started into anal play. Easy on beginners but offers a challenge for the more adventurous! This toy popped my cherry.
Body safe material, low maintenance, versatile use.
Material picks up lint easily and odors lightly stick to it even after cleaning.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


The Doc Johnson The Groove is GREAT, both as anal thrusting toy and a plug. It has a good give to it so thrusting wouldn't be a problem; the largest node is filling and big enough for you to keep inside of you.

Thrusting can be done either solo, partner or group play. The toy conforms to any position you can possibly think of. Beginners can go with the first 4 fairly smaller nodes. More advanced users can most likely take the largest node once properly warmed up.

If you can't go all the way to the largest node, you may have problems keeping it in as a plug. Overachievers can try butt (just had to) don't force yourself. Take your time and enjoy the sensations. It can also be comfortably worn for long periods of time if you don't mind having a slight bump on your the back part of your bottoms.
  • 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
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Anal

Material / Texture

The Groove is made of phthalate free Platinum Premium Silicone, which is hypoallergenic. You can detect a light plastic-y smell, but it's nothing unpleasant. The silicone is flexible that you can fold it in half; when you pinch it, it's firm but has some give. The entire toy has an even and slightly velvety finish, perfect for holding on to lube for those who like a little drag with their toys. The blue or gray pearlescent swirls in the material give it an elegant touch.
    • Flexible
    • Not porous at all
    • Smooth

Design / Shape / Size

The toy is an inch short of a number 2 pencil and features 5 nodes or bumps that gradually increase in diameter from half an inch to an inch and a half. They're almost like anal beads but with thicker connectors between nodes. The base is only a tad bit larger than the last node which makes it comfortable to wear but a little risky for advanced users. And if you're into hands free play, the base can act as a suction cup on smooth surface for light movements.
    • Beginner


Insertion might be troublesome for others due to the flexibility of the toy. What worked for me is holding on to the tip to guide into me then proceeding to sit on it slowly. Once you've warmed up to the toy, you can go to town without any problems.
    • Comfortable
    • Easy to use
    • Lots of variety in function

Care and Maintenance

Since it is made of silicone, it is best to use only water based lube. A thicker lube will help make things go more smoothly. You can store the toy in the packaging or separate from other toys to avoid any unwanted meltdowns.

To clean it you can wash it with soap and warm water, use special toy cleaners or toss it in the top rack of your dishwasher. Placing it in boiling water or a 10% chlorine (bleach) solution sanitizes the toy.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


It comes in a fairly large clear plastic clamshell packaging with a laminated paper insert. The insert lists basic information about the toy and manufacturer. Graphics are simple and modern, no naked forms or anything that screams "SEX TOY". It's pretty discreet except for the fact that the toy can be seen through the packaging in all its glory.


This toy is an EXCELLENT choice for beginners like me. I loved the stimulation from the thrusting. My overachiever self got the best of me though when I forced myself to take the largest node. I didn't quite make it but hopefully with more practice I'd take it. Now I'll never forget to use lots of lube and take my time during anal play.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • ToyGeek
    Welcome to EF! Glad you enjoyed the toy.
  • Danielle1220
    Welcome! Good review!
  • mllebeauty
    Thanks for the review and welcome to Eden!
  • ~LaUr3n~
    As a beginner I had the vibrating jelly version of this and loved it...until it started burning me! I'm glad to know the silicone one is good.
  • namelesschaos
    Great first review. Welcome To Eden.
  • True Pleasures
    Great first review Macho-chan Thanks for sending me the linky!

    Since you say the odors slightly stick to it after cleaning, I'd suggest boiling it. Even silicone can pick up the scent of fecal matter if the toy gets in contact with solid matter and can carry it after cleaning if you just use soap and water. I always boil my tushie toys. I know I could use bleach, but I can't stand the smell.

    The plastic-y smell you talked about makes me wonder a bit. Silicone can have a smell to it, but it's never seemed plastic-y to me.
  • macho99
    *face palm* I missed everyone's comments!

    thanks for the welcome! looking forward to doing more reviews!

    @true haven't tried making dildo soup yet, so i'm stuck with using alcohol to clean my toys.
  • Apirka
    Very nice first review!
  • BlooJay
    Thx for the review!
  • sweetpea12
    Thanks for the great review!
  • AlianneCimorene
    Thanks for the great review!
  • Princess Zelda
    thank you
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  • Sharay88
    Nice review, glad you liked it.
  • GirlOnGirl
    Thanks for your review!
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