Bathmate HydroMax & Penis Pump 101 Guide

Boosting your erections and electrifying every stroke
Bathmax Hydromax 9 penis pump in hand

Bathmate leads the penis pump pack — revered for their respon­sive con­trols, com­fort, and user-​friendly HydroMax and HydroXtreme mod­els — all FDA-​approved med­ical devices craft­ed in the UK. Add some range to your rou­tine and pump up your package.

My friend, LJ, will guide the way in this penis pump Q&A.

Benefits of Using a Penis Pump

Penis pumps draw more blood into bon­ers, help­ing to achieve a hard­er, plumper peck­er and main­tain it for longer.

Bathmate HydroMax9 next to dildo

“The best feel­ing is after a 20-​minute pump and feel­ing the weight and heft of one's penis,” said LJ. “On top of the poten­tial ben­e­fits of some growth, it can feel good … The nerves are more sen­si­tive. Stroking feels more electric.”

And his part­ners def­i­nite­ly notice a dif­fer­ence! “They say it feels a bit more sol­id, and the thick­ness is notice­able” in the short term. “Using a cock ring after helps keep the pump for an extend­ed time.”

In short, why might some­one use a penis pump? “The biggest rea­sons peo­ple usu­al­ly say are growth in length and thick­ness, but they should not think that way. Instead, it can bet­ter assist with longer and stronger erections.”

Lastly, while penis pump­ing isn't a cure for those with erec­tile dys­func­tion (ED), it can help increase one's abil­i­ty to have sex­u­al intercourse.

How Do Bathmate Penis Pumps Work?

They work by plac­ing a tube over the penis, seal­ing the cir­cum­fer­ence, and pump­ing out the air or — in Bathmate's case — water.

Bathmate HydroMax9 next to Uberrime Aveo dildo for size comparison

While Bathmate penis pumps can work with air alone, they were designed to be used in water. Water pumps like Bathmate's HydroMax and HydroXtreme lines tend to pro­vide a more even pres­sure dis­tri­b­u­tion — mean­ing more com­fort and more effec­tive results.

Compared to a stan­dard air pump, HydroXtreme water-​pressurized pumps offer 250 times more suction.

In short, water-​based penis pumps are best for those who:

  • Want to take their pump­ing expe­ri­ence to the next level
  • Seek more intense suc­tion than with air pumps
  • Are com­mit­ted to reg­u­lar penis pumping

If you like mul­ti­task­ing, try pair­ing your “work­out” with watch­ing or lis­ten­ing to some­thing spicy as foreplay.

Bathmate HydroMax vs. a different brand's handball pump
Bathmate HydroMax9 vs. a dif­fer­ent penis pump — notice that the for­mer has accordion-​like bel­lows for more cush­ion­ing and adjusting.

Hydro vs. HydroMax vs. HydroXtreme

Bathmate's HydroXtreme model:

  • Includes a hand­ball pump for more fine-​tuned con­trol over the pressure
  • Comes with a full range of acces­sories, such as a com­fort pad, clean­ing kit, and stor­age case

Bathmate's HydroMax mod­el is a rel­a­tive­ly sim­ple man­u­al pump.

LJ tried both and said, “A ball pump is eas­i­er to work, but a man­u­al feels bet­ter to me per­son­al­ly through the whole process and ful­fill­ing. It feels like my hand is respon­si­ble for this growth.”

Both the HydroMax and HydroXtreme lines offer high-​end water-​pressurized penis pumps in var­i­ous sizes, but the Hydrextreme pro­vides more pre­mi­um fea­tures for an advanced experience.

HydroMax9 pip and pressure release valve

Bathmate Features at a Glance

Here are Bathmate's mod­els in a nutshell:

  • Hydro is the basic Bathmate mod­el for water-​pressurized penis pumping
  • Bathmate's HydroMax is the mid-​tier mod­el, which: 
    • Offers bet­ter con­trol and greater effi­cien­cy than Hydro
    • Has a com­fort ring at the base
    • Delivers 35% more pres­sure than Bathmate Hydro pumps
  • HydroXtreme has the fea­tures of HydroMax and a full-​on enhance­ment and care kit, including: 
    • Squeezable hand­ball pump and hose for fin­er controls
    • Carrying case with secu­ri­ty lock
    • Shower strap (to sup­port the pump's weight)
    • Measuring gauge ruler

To pick the right size Bathmate for you:

  • Hydromax3 fits penis­es mea­sur­ing up to 3 inch­es long when erect.
  • Hydromax5 fits penis­es mea­sur­ing from 3 to 5 inch­es when erect.
  • Hydromax7 fits penis­es mea­sur­ing from 5 to 7 inch­es when erect.
  • Hydromax7 Wide Boy fits penis­es mea­sur­ing from 3 to 5 inch­es when erect with over 6.5 inch­es of circumference
  • Hydromax9 fits penis­es mea­sur­ing 7 to 9 inch­es when erect

How to Use a Bathmate Water-Based Penis Pump

Here are basic instruc­tions for using Bathmate pumps. If you want visu­als, you can watch the manufacturer's video guides to the Hydro, HydroMax, and HydroXtreme.

Instructions vary with each Bathmate mod­el, but in gen­er­al, you will:

  • Click the pip into the closed posi­tion and remove the com­fort insert.
  • Fill the Bathmate penis pump with water.
  • Place your penis inside the pump, tight­ly press­ing the ring to your body to form a seal.
  • Click the pip into the open position.
  • Press the pump against you, eject­ing water from the valve and pulling your penis in. Keep going until the accordion-​like bel­lows stay pressed.
HydroMax9 pip closed position
HydroMax9 pip open position

Once an erec­tion is achieved, you have some options for what to do next in your Bathmate routines:

  • If using a HydroXtreme, you can attach the hose to the valve and squeeze the pump bulb.
  • Keep your penis in for five min­utes or until the desired effect is achieved.
  • Compress the valve to release pres­sure. Take your penis out.
  • Repeat in 5‑minute inter­vals if you wish.
  • Take your penis out and put on a cock ring if you plan on hav­ing inter­course right after.

What Does a Penis Pump Feel Like?

“It feels less like a blowjob and more like a tug­ging on the penis. Literally — imag­ine a vac­u­um hose on a part of your skin,” said LJ.

“Note that more respon­sive con­trols with the higher-​end mod­el take less time to reach the ide­al max­i­mum pump pres­sure. You can feel the rush of blood to your penis more intense­ly, and the increase in size is eas­i­er to feel.”

And the results? “It feels great. Right after the pump, it is exhil­a­rat­ing, and the growth of length and thick­ness in the moment feels rewarding.”

Though there's short-​term swelling, LJ sug­gests not to expect last­ing growth. “Do it more for fun than results. You must be con­sis­tent with the pump … dai­ly for around 20 min­utes to see any last­ing effects. It does go down when slack­ing on your reg­i­men … and caus­es strain to use it off and on.”

Bathmate HydroMax9 and cleaning brush

Cleaning a Penis Pump

Of course, clean your penis pump before and after each use. Bathmate mod­els are gen­er­al­ly easy to take apart. Get into the tube and crevices with a bot­tle brush, pipe clean­ing brush, or soft-​bristled tooth­brush, depend­ing on the part you're clean­ing, and rinse with water.

Penis Enlargement Pump Safety

Some pos­si­ble risks include bruis­ing, skin irri­ta­tion, and bro­ken blood ves­sels. It's essen­tial to use the pump cor­rect­ly to min­i­mize these risks.

Bathmate's penis pumps have been test­ed for safe­ty and effi­ca­cy as med­ical devices when used respon­si­bly. Follow instruc­tions care­ful­ly and:

  • Make sure you choose the cor­rect size pump 
    • Don't go more than 2 or 3 inch­es above your max­i­mum penis size.
    • A pump that is too large or too small can lead to dis­com­fort and inef­fec­tive results.
    • Too small means you won't form an ade­quate seal for suc­tion. Too big can lead to strain.
  • DO NOT over­pump, as it can lead to injury. Bathmate sug­gests no more than 15 min­utes of pump­ing a day.
  • IMMEDIATELY STOP, com­press the valve, and break the vac­u­um seal if you notice discoloration
  • IMMEDIATELY STOP, com­press the valve, and break the vac­u­um seal if you feel extreme pain 
    • A bit of dis­com­fort while pump­ing is okay, but noth­ing beyond that
  • Be aware of the pres­sure you're putting on your body so you don't bruise your pubic area.
  • Use the pump reg­u­lar­ly but not exces­sive­ly for quick results, as it can cause strain.
  • DO NOT keep a cock ring on for longer than a half hour
Bathmate HydroMax and a different penis pump brand's openings

(See my post about The Penis Book for what to do if you have a bon­er that per­sists for too long.)

Closing Thoughts on Bathmate Pumps

Bathmate's water-​pressurized penis pumps, renowned for their respon­sive con­trols and com­fort, are excit­ing for enhanc­ing and elec­tri­fy­ing erec­tions. Their mod­els, like the HydroMax and HydroXtreme, cre­ate more even pres­sure dis­tri­b­u­tion than air-​pressurized pumps do.

What does that mean in use?

  • Superior safe­ty
  • A more com­fort­able experience
  • More effec­tive engorging

And after get­ting a good pump? Results can include:

  • More sol­id swelling
  • Noticeably increased thickness
  • Longer and stronger erections

Of course, your mileage may vary.

Bathmate HydroMax9 manual penis pump

Try it because you want enhanced blood flow, and keep doing it because you like how it feels. The expe­ri­ence of using these pumps can be plea­sur­able, with some com­par­ing it to a gen­tle tug­ging sensation.

Bathmates’ Higher-​End Buyers vs. Casual Users

LJ says the ide­al buy­er for the HydroMax and HydroXtreme models:

  • Enjoys the “work­out”
  • Can keep a rou­tine — about 25 min­utes a ses­sion, includ­ing breaks
  • Might mul­ti­task, like while watch­ing TV or lis­ten­ing to an audiobook.

You “would be sur­prised how easy it is to pump and watch a show,” he said.

For casu­al users who don't want to spend a for­tune, the basic Hydro mod­els offer every­thing they need for a safe and effec­tive expe­ri­ence with few­er frills.

Certainly, there are oth­er, cheap­er penis pumps out there, but it's hard to top Bathmates' ease of con­trol — they ramp up way faster, said LJ.

Bathmate HydroMax9 manual pump vs. handball penis pump

Rev up your rou­tine and poten­tial­ly boost your bed­room con­fi­dence; a Bathmate penis pump might be the device for you!

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