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Bathmate Vs. Penomet: Review of Pros and Cons

>> Penis hydro pumps are one of the latest hypes in the male enhancement market. Unlike traditional air-vacuum penis pumps that are mostly used by ED patients, hydro pumps use water pressure to stimulate a bigger and harder erection by forcing more blood into the penis.

But the promise goes beyond just an instant erection boost to claims of growth in penile tissue, leading to permanent increase of length and girth if the pump is used on regular (daily) basis.

If you are looking for a good hydro pump, Bathmate and Penomet are the two most popular brands which are shown on almost every website that talks about water-based penis pumps. Now, the question is: which one is the better deal? I will try to break down the main features and differences between the two pumps in this brief review and comparison.


Bathmate Hydromax Pump (Blue) Photo
Photo: Bathmate Hydromax

Bathmate is the pioneer of penile hydro pumps and it is the most sold and used brand worldwide. It comes in a range of different models and sizes as follows:

Bathmate Original Series

  • Hercules (max length: 8.5" - max girth: 6.7")
  • Goliath (max length: 10.5" - max girth: 9")

Bathmate Hydromax X-Series

  • X20 (max length: 7.5" - max girth: 5.5")
  • X30 (max length: 8.5" - max girth: 6.7")
  • X40 (max length: 10" - max girth: 7.9")

Bathmate Hydromax Xtreme-Series

  • X30 (max length: 8.5" - max girth: 6.7")
  • X40 (max length: 10" - max girth: 7.9")

The Hydromax and Hydromax Xtreme models are newer and provide 35% more suction force than the Hercules and Goliath pumps. Goliath has been discontinued recently and replaced by an X50 version of the Hydromax line.

Choosing the Right Bathmate Model for You

I recommend you get either a Hydromax or a Hydromax Xtreme pump for simple reasons: better suction force than the original models, higher quality design, and an extra detachable comfort pad that sits at the base.

The Xtreme package comes with a handball pump, which is more convenient than pumping the cylinder with your hands, and it provides increased pumping force. This can be more appropriate for advanced users, so if you are just starting out you'll do fine without the handball pump. If you don't mind paying extra then go with the Hydromax Xtreme.

Another thing you need to pay attention to when selecting a Bathmate pump is size. You don't want to use a tube that is too big or too tight if you want to achieve the best results. The measurements shown in the list above indicate the maximum length and girth the device can accommodate. You want to choose a pump size that is 1 to 2 inches larger than your penis size to leave room for possible growth.

Depending on your current erect length, choose: X20 if you are less than 6 inches, X30 if you are between 6 and 7 inches, and X40 if you are between 7 and 9 inches.

Using Bathmate

First, you have to get wet! Taking a quick warm shower helps stimulate circulation, and you may also massage your penis gently using your hand.

Then you fill the cylinder with water while holding it upside down. Once filled up, you insert your flaccid or semi-erect penis and pump water out through the valve at the top. You can either do this by repeatedly pushing the cylinder towards your pubic bone, or if you have the handball pump you squeeze it a few times to eject water out. This will create a tight vacuum seal around the base and the pressure inside the cylinder will force more blood to flow into your erectile tissue leading to a maximum erection.

Once you are fully erect and you can feel suction force on your penis, stop pumping and keep it on for about 15 minutes. Another technique is to do three 5-minute sessions with a 60-second penis massage in-between, which I believe gives better results. You can try both techniques and see which one works better for you.

To remove the pump you need to push the valve inwards and that will release the pressure and allow water to be ejected.

Note: You should stop pumping once you feel a good pressure force on your penis. Using too much pressure to the point of discomfort or pain may cause damage to your blood vessels.

Advantages of Bathmate

  1. Easy and quick to use in the shower or bath.
  2. Different device sizes to choose from based on your penis size. This ensures comfortable fit and efficient use.
  3. Comes with a comfort pad making it more convenient to keep on for a longer time.
  4. Made from quality materials and endures longer than other cheap devices.
  5. Many men have successfully used it together with penis exercises to enlarge their penis.
  6. The best natural way to enhance your penis girth and capacity.
  7. Stimulates blood flow to the penis and may help men with erectile dysfunction.
  8. Helps increase erection hardness and thickness if used regularly.
  9. Safe for daily use and not known to cause any side effects or damage if used properly.
  10. Can be used with or without water as an air vacuum pump for a fast erection.
  11. A legit product made by UK-based DX Products.
  12. The original hydro pump that others tried to imitate.

Disadvantages of Bathmate

  1. Gains are mostly temporary. It does not seem to cause permanent growth of the penis.
  2. Results vary for each user.
  3. Benefits are exaggerated. Don't really expect to increase your size by inches like many websites promise.
  4. Expensive -- Price ranges from $110 (Bathmate Hercules) to $299 (Hydromax Xtreme).

Where to Buy Bathmate?

This product is mainly sold at online stores. You may also find it at some local adult stores. I can recommend the following online shop where you can securely order a genuine Bathmate hydro pump. They offer different packages and accessories.

Click Here to Buy a Bathmate Pump Online!


Penomet Penis Pump (Blue) Photo
Photo: Penomet Pump

Penomet is another effective hydro pump that works similar to Bathmate. However, the Penomet pump comes in one large size only. It also has switchable gaiters.

Advantages of Penomet

  1. One cylinder for all sizes (up to 8 inches erect length).
  2. Five interchangeable gaiters, each providing a different pressure force.
  3. Safe for daily pumping sessions (20-30 minutes).
  4. Can help improve erectile function and strength.

Disadvantages of Penomet

  1. Gains are temporary. No permanent growth has been documented.
  2. No clinical data on its effectiveness although it says "scientifically proven".
  3. Some customers complained about water leakage resulting in pressure loss.
  4. Expensive -- Price ranges from $127 (Penomet Standard) to $297 (Premium Edition).

Where to Buy Penomet?

It is only available for purchase through the official website as far as I know (link below).

Click Here to Buy a Penomet Pump Online!

Choosing Between Bathmate and Penomet

Both Bathmate and Penomet essentially do the same thing. You will find proponent customers of each of them. But in my opinion Bathmate is the best penis hydro pump in the market today. It is a quality product that can remain functional for years if you take good care of it. It can generate more pressure than Penomet and it is less likely to leak.

I would say try both, but there is one major drawback that both of these products share, and that is their premium price tag. Bathmate and Penomet are the two largest brands of water-based penis pumps without many known competitors, and apparently that allows them to sell their products at high prices.