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By Dr. Jeff Ferrara

Updated on August 16, 2018

What Is a Penis Pump?

Penis pumps are chambers with a valve that regulates the amount of pressure inside the chamber.

Penis pumps can use an air or water-based chamber.

The goal of penis pumps is to increase penis girth.

An example of a commercial penis pump.
A standard penis pump (Bathmate X30, shown).

Quick Penis Pump Reviews

The two main penis pump brands on the market are:

  • Bathmate (Hydromax)

  • Penomet

Here we compare the various models produced by these two brands.

Brand Model Typical Price
HydroMax Hercules $110
HydroMax Goliath $139
HydroMax X30 $159
HydroMax X40 $199
HydroMax XX30 $299
HydroMax XX40 $349
Penomet Standard $127
Penomet Extra $197
Penomet Premium $297

For your convenience, we actually sell most of these pumps here at a 35% discount, straight from our warehouse in Los Angeles.

1. Bathmate Hercules

  • Price at other vendors: $110

  • PHALLOGAUGE Price: $96
Glamor shot of the Bathmate penis pump.
The Bathmate is a popular water-based penis pump.

The Bathmate is probably the most popular water-based penis pump on the market right now.

But there's a lot of different models with different price points.

This isn't surprising as it is heavily marketed and heavily endorsed by affiliates.

But what's our take on this pump?

Overall, it's a solid water-based penis pump.

But keep in mind, it's the original model.

While it isn't bad, the other Bathmate model pumps are simply better.

A man in a bathtub using a penis pump.
Taking a bath is the perfect time to use a penis pump.

Here's what a typical Bathmate session looks like:

  1. Warm your whole body, especially flaccid penis for about 5 minutes.

  2. Grow an erection.

  3. Fill the Bathmate with warm-hot water.

  4. Bathmate being filled with water.
    Bathmate being filled with water so that it can be used.
  5. Maintaining your erection, stick your penis in the water-filled Bathmate.

  6. Press the Bathmate against your pelvis to create a water-tight seal. (Make sure water is not leaking out).

  7. Press the Bathmate against your pelvis multiple times to increase the pressure in the Bathmate. Make sure not to go over the "safe threshold".

  8. Wear the Bathmate on yourself for 15 mintues (do not go over 20 minutes).

  9. Release the valve to decrease pressure and remove the Bathmate.

  10. Finish your shower/bath and clean your Bathmate with ordinary hand soap.

2. Bathmate Goliath

  • Price at other vendors: $139

  • PHALLOGAUGE Price: $99

Hercules and Goliath are exactly the same in terms of pressure and pump structure.

The main difference is that the Goliath is a little bigger than Hercules so that it can accommodate guys that won't fit in the Hercules model.

That's it.

If you're in it for the long-run, just get the Goliath since you won't waste money on the Hercules when you outgrow it.

Hercules: for men with 3-5 inches in girth (erect).
Goliath: For men with 5-9 inches in girth (erect).

You can get the Hercules model or the Goliath model from us here.

For more detailed specifics on the Bathmate and what to expect, see our complete Bathmate guide.

Bathmate X-SERIES

These line of pumps consist of three models:

  1. X20

  2. X30

  3. X40

The 3 Models of the Bathmate X-Series.

What's the difference between the X-Series pumps and the Hercules/Goliath models?

Good question.

The X-Series pumps have more pressure power and chamber stability.

This isn't surprising given that this model came out a few years after the Goliath and Hercules models.

Overall, they are just better in quality.

I highly recommend getting one of these models if you can afford it - it's definitely worth it in the long-run.

What's the Difference Between X20, X30, and X40?

Same as the difference between Hercules and Goliath: The size of the guy using it!

  • X20 is for the smallest guys - less than 7.5" in length, and less than 5.5" in girth.

  • X30 is for medium guys - less than 8.5" in length, and less than 6.7" in girth.

  • X40 is for already large guys - less than 10" in length, and less than 7.9" in girth.

3. Bathmate X20

  • Price at other vendors: $139


4. Bathmate X30

  • Price at other vendors: $159

  • PHALLOGAUGE Price: $125

5. Bathmate X40

  • Price at other vendors: $199

  • PHALLOGAUGE Price: $149

6. Bathmate: Hydromax Xtreme-Series

All 4 Bathmate Xtreme Series Penis Pumps
This is a more expensive model of the Bathmate that uses a hand squeeze-pump.

This penis pump provides more pressure power, and we here at PhalloGauge typically do not recommend this pump to beginners who are doing penis pumping for the first time.

The biggest noticable differences are:

  1. The sigificantly larger chamber for the "larger" men.

  2. The addition of a hand-squeeze-pump to increase pressure in the chamber.

While you could get away with using the Xtreme-Series pumps if you're a beginner, the cost is significantly more, so it may be more cost effective to just get the original Bathmate Hydromax (the blue ones).

Ultimately the choice is up to you, but larger men may have to get the Xtreme-Series.


Penomet penis pump glamor shot.
The Penomet penis pump is another water-based pump type.

The Penomet is another interesting water-based penis pump.

Strangely, it has existed even before the Bathmate, but it's not quite as popular.

Functional-wise, it's just as good as the Bathmate - it gets the job done.

The steps required to use the Penomet are practically identical to the Bathmate Original Hydromax model: Fill, and press against your pelvis to get your pump on.

Penomet offers many different types of packages with different accessories.

If you just get the bare-bones basic Penomet pump, you can expect to spend less than the Bathmate at a price point around $127.

Penis Pump Shipping Options

Does the pump you want ship to the country that you live in?

This is an important question because this affects shipping costs.

Country that Each Company Ships From

  • PhalloGauge: USA

  • HydroMax: United Kingdom

  • Penomet: Iceland

Shipping Costs for Different Penis Pump Brands

  • PhalloGauge: $5.96

  • HydroMax: $10+

  • Penomet: $10+

Shipping Speeds

Each pump typically takes between 3-5 days to arrive.

This extends to 9 days if you're shipping internationally.

This is fairly standard, and almost as good as Amazon services.

  • PhalloGauge: USPS First Class

  • PhalloSan: UPS

  • SizeGenetics: UPS

Is Shipping Discreet?


This is typically the case for all the pump supplier companies.

They all know that you don't want your family, friends, or roommates to know you are buying a penis enlargement device.

That means that the penis enlargement company is not written on the package, but rather their parent company.

As a result, you can expect your shipment to look perfectly ordinary.

The package that the PhalloGauge Extender comes in.
PhalloGauge ships using their parent company: Vanilla Soul Apps - which is written on the label instead of "PhalloGauge".

Nearly all of these companies only ship on a business day (Mon - Fri).

How to Use a Penis Pump

Now we're going to tell you the step-by-step on how to use a penis pump.

But first things first...

Don't have a pump yet? We, the PHALLOGAUGE team can provide one for you here.

Now that you have your pump here are the steps:

  1. Fill your pump with warm-hot water.

  2. Filling a water penis pump in the bathtub.
  3. Keeping as much water as possible inside, place the water-filled pump over your penis.

  4. Press the pump against your pelvis to create a seal.

  5. Keep pressing the pump against your pelvis to increase pressure in the chamber (or use the squeeze pump if that is how the specific pump you're using is designed).

  6. Stay still and keep the pump on for a the rest of the pumping session (typically 15 minutes).

  7. After 15 minutes have passed, release the valve to decrease the pressure, and remove the pump.

  8. Clean and dry up as necessary.

Penis Pump Routine

A daily routine is recommended.

This means getting at least one 15-20 minute pump session in per day.

For those that use the Bathmate or Penomet, this is easily accomplished when you take your daily shower.

Using a timer app on a smartphone to time a 20 minute penis pumping session.
Simply set an alarm or stopwatch timer on your smartphone and leave it near you to ensure you train your penis for the full 20 minute session.

However, if you cannot find time to get in a pump session, try to aim for at least two sessions per week, to maintain your gains.

After you pump, I find it is really good to just "let it all hang loose" for at least an hour.

This means, no wearing tight jeans or underwear after your pump session because this will compress your penis tissue, which is something you don't want.

You want to let your penis relax and not put it under any tension.

What to Expect From Using a Penis Pump

A new Bathmate pump, unopened.
A Bathmate pump, still in the box, just removed from the mail envelope it came in.

So now you have a really good idea about how penis pumps work and how to use them.

But what can you really expect when you use them?

Here, I give you the crucial insights that you'll be glad to know before you decide to get one.

The sensation - what it feels like on your penis.

Myself, and a lot of other men, would describe the sensation as pleasurable.

That's not surprising when you find out the science behind how pumps actually work.

This pleasure is somewhat between getting a blowjob and masturbating.

I say that because the suction power is many times greater than that any partner can give you.

Not only that, but you physically feel yourself getting bigger because of all the blood getting drawn into your penis by the pump.

Man experiencing pleasure from penis pump.
Most men experience pleasure from using a penis pump. Another great reason to use it!

However, past this pleasurable level is pain.

Pump too hard, and you start getting pain.

This isn't surprising because exerting too much force on any part of your body starts to induce pain.

Pain is your body's natural survival tool to tell you that something is going wrong.

Knowing this simple fact, you now know when you're pumping too hard and what is the "safe zone" for pumping pressure.

If I had to describe the pain, it feels as if something is crushing your penis. The sheer outward force makes it feel like your penis is imploding.

So don't get to this point. In fact, dial it down a bit to a few levels below this threshold.

The simple fact is, you don't even have to get near the pain threshold to get a good pump in. So risking it is just irresponsible and isn't actually helping you.

Penis Pump Safety

Too much of anything can be a bad thing (just like with everything in life).

The same goes for penis pumps.

Here are some safety rules to follow when using a penis pump:

  1. Do not use a pump for more than 20 minutes during a session.

  2. Pump twice a day? Nobody got time for that!.
  3. Do not do more than two training sessions a day.

  4. Always listen to your body - if there is a sharp pain, STOP.

  5. If it is your first time, start your pump training light, and slowly increase the intensity each day / session.

  6. If pain does not go away after a few days or a week, stop using a penis pump and seek professional medical help.

Penis Pumps for Erectile Dysfunction

Penis pumps can definitely help guys with erectile dysfunction.


Well, simply use a penis pump before sex in order to "boost" your boner.

That way you can really get the blood flowing into your penis for an erection.

Buyer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are pumps safe?

Answer: Yes. When used correctly.

How long do I have to use it each day?

Answer: You should use it for 20 minutes each day.

Are pump results permanent?

Answer: Yes, however, you will have to continue to use the pump to maintain the results.

How long until I see results?

Answer: Most users report size gains IMMEDIATELY after using the pump (temporary gains).

How many times should I pump each day?

Answer: We recommend only 1, and no more.

Will both flaccid and erect girth increase?

Answer: Yes, both will increase.

If I stop using a penis pump, will I lose my gains?

Answer: Yes. You should use a pump at least once a week to maintain your long-term gains.

When is the best time of the day to pump?

Answer: We recommend to pump when you take a shower, to kill two birds with once stone.

Can penis pumps add length gains?

Answer: Yes, to a small extent. The expansive nature of the pump also stretches the penis length-wise.

Will using a penis pump give me weaker erections?

Answer: Absolutely not. In fact, most users report harder, fuller erections.

How old do I have to be to use a penis pump?

Answer: You must be at least over 18 years of age.

In Conclusion

Penis Pumps are still going strong as girth-providing solutions for one reason: They work.

Recent technology has provided us with water-based pumps, a significant advancement of the decade-old air-based pumps.

The price range for a penis pump is usually $150+ or more.

On average, the price is about $200.

Regardless of which pump you get, it's important to not get too excited when you use it for the first time, as it is neceessary to ease your body into the pump to prevent injury.

Whether you're a beginner or veteran to penis enlargement, you can't go wrong with a penis pump.

From experience, if anything, use it just before sex, and your partner will notice the difference.

That alone will justify your investment in one.

Luckily, our company PHALLOGAUGE is a direct distributor of reduced-price Bathmate pumps, so go here to get it directly from us.

Pumps don't add length, so if you're looking to hit her deep vaginal walls - you may be interested in our extender that thousands of men already use.

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