The Ultimate Bathmate Review and Penis Pump Guide

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The Bathmate product lineup has always been my favorite choice when I come to penis pumps.

It all started with the Bathmate Hercules that I got in 2008 and guess what? I still got it – Talk about good quality!

Just two options!

It was very easy to find the best penis pump because there were just 2 pumps; a regular size (the Hercules) and a large size (the Goliath).

Now it’s a bit more difficult with 10 different models each with its width, length, and strength.

March update: Bathmate pumps are still being shipped worldwide.

I decided to make this guide because of all the misinformation that is floating around the internet.

Choosing the right Bathmate model

what bathmate model should I get

There are 3 different things you need to consider when you’re shopping around for a penis pump:

1 Your penis size

It’s important that you get a Bathmate model that fits your penis size. The new Bathmate pumps are conveniently named after their size in inches.

So, the Bathmate HydroMax7 should be used by men with a 7-inch or smaller penis. You can convert your penis size in cm. to inches by multiplying it by 2.54.

2 models are made for men with a very wide penis (Bathmate Wideboy) or with an unnatural penis curve that prevents them from using a normal size pump. You can find more information about wide penis pumps here.

Tip: It’s always better to pick the bigger model if you’re between 2 different sizes. You should follow Bathmate’s own size guide if you’re in doubt.

2 Why you need a penis pump

There are several reasons why you want a penis pump and the different reasons require different pumps.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons here:

  • Penis enlargement – The pumps that work best for penis enlargement are the strongest pumps that are called the Bathmate HydroXtreme series.
  • For sexual pleasure – You don’t need that much vacuum so you can pick whatever pump fits your size and budget.

3 Your budget

And of cause your budget is important because penis pumps are a bit pricy if you want the best quality and power.

The cheapest Bathmate is called the Hydro7 and it will cost you $110.

You can get 35% more vacuum pressure if you opt in for the HydroMax7 but that will cost you $159.

Then finally the HydroXtreme7 with even more power comes in at $299!

The most expensive one is the HydroXtreme11 which costs a whopping $399 which is almost 4 times the cost of the Hydro7 pump!

I’ve made this graphic to hopefully clear up some of the confusion

bathmate product lineup

All the models can be bought from the official website where they offer a 60-day full refund guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the product.

buy Bathmate here

How to use a water-based penis pump?

I want to give you a quick overview of where and how to use the Bathmate penile pump.

How to use it in the bathtub

Putting on the pump in the bathtub is super easy. It’s called Bathmate for a reason.

Just sit in the bathtub as you would usually when you just take a bath. Sit upright or lay on your back and simply put it on your dick.

How to use it in the bathtub

It’s as easy as that.

Just make sure the pump is completely under water and filled with water when putting it on so there is no air inside.

Air inside the vacuum chamber when it’s on your dick will reduce the suction.

How to use the Bathmate penis pump in the shower

Putting on the pump in the shower is a little harder than in the bathtub but I think for most people like me it is more convenient to use it when taking a shower.

So, here’s how to use the Bathmate in the shower.

how to use the HydroMax penis pumps

First of all, you fill it with water completely. While filling in the water make sure to press down the tip of the valve to make sure the water stays in. I’m right-handed and I use my left hand to hold the pump and press down the tip of the valve while filling in water.

Then I use my right hand to pull my balls back a little to make sure the Bathmate sits tight with good suction and my balls don’t get eaten up. You’ll know what I mean after putting the Bathmate on the first couple of times without thinking about it 😉

Don’t worry there’s not any injury potential here, it will just be a little uncomfortable and you’ll have to readjust if your balls get eaten.

After having pulled back my balls I put the pump on my dick and do one heavy pump as fast as possible to make sure there’s no air in the pump. This might be tricky at first but after trying it a couple of times it will become pretty easy.

how to use in a shower

Now is the time to put on the shower strap if you have a pump with a shower strap.

So, while standing in the shower you can wash your hair and body, shave, brush your teeth, etc. You can also do some Bathmate stretches to stretch your internal penis and get some additional length gains.

I always leave the penis pump on when I exit the shower and dry off.

How to use the Bathmate penis pump in your room

I have also used it in my room with no problems. How to use the Bathmate penis pump in your room?

I simply put warm water into a bucket, put a towel on the floor, and filled up the Bathmate with the water from the bucket while pushing down the tip of the valve just as stated above when using it in the shower.

Then I put it on and shoot the excess water in the bucket. There’s little water going on the floor once you get the procedure down. The water shoots out pretty strong and it’s easy to shoot all the water in the bucket.

You can read more about water penis pumps and why they are better than air-based pumps.

Bathmate routines – Maximize your results

To get the most out of your Bathmate you should make sure to follow a good Bathmate routine that suits your level. With level I don’t mean the actual size of your penis but the time and effort you’ve already invested in penis enhancement.

I categorize Bathmate users into 3 categories:

  • Newbie
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

For each level, there are different Bathmate routines to use. Once you have gone through those routines you will know how your penis responds best to create the optimal Bathmate routine for yourself.

They don’t depend so much on your actual penis length and penis girth but on how long you have been using the Bathmate and following the Bathmate routines.

When you start, you should make sure to use the newbie Bathmate routine no matter what the current size of your penis is. Even if you have been doing manual stretches and Jelqing, I’d still recommend you to start with the newbie Bathmate routine. Just add it to your usual Jelqing and stretching routine.

Starting slowly makes sure that you don’t overdo it and injure yourself. Just like when working out in the gym, overdoing it will do you more harm than starting slow. You will be able to advance to the intermediate and later the advanced Bathmate routines quickly. Soon enough you’ll experience the full effect of the Bathmate (which is nothing short of awesome :))

Let’s take a look at the routines

Newbie routineIntermediate RoutineAdvanced RoutineMaintenance Routine

newbie bathmate routineSo, here’s the Bathmate routine for newbies. You can consider yourself a newbie if you have never used the Bathmate Hydro Pump.

Even if you’re not completely new to general penis enhancement because you have already done penis Jelqing, penis stretching, or used penis extenders, I advise you to start slowly to make sure not to overdo it and hurt yourself.

Make sure your penis gets accustomed to the Bathmate penis pump before you go at it fully. It won’t take long until you’ll see the full power of the Bathmate Hydro Pump and get hung like a horse 🙂

The Newbie Bathmate routine is scheduled for 4 weeks. Then you can move on to the intermediate Bathmate routine. By then your penis will already have increased in girth and also a little bit in length probably. Just like with lifting weights, when you first start it doesn’t take a huge amount of stimulus to have decent newbie gains. There’s no need to overdo it, you’ll only hurt yourself and your penis, and that’s the last thing you want.

During the whole Newbie Bathmate routine program, always use the Bathmate penis pump every other day, so use it one day and take the next day off.

Also make sure that as soon as you’re done with the Bathmate routine, you put your foreskin over your glans (if you’re not circumcised, otherwise don’t bother about this). The foreskin right below your glans will be swollen after using the Bathmate, a little bit like a donut around your penis (You’ll see what I mean after your first usage…). Check out what I mean in this article about Bathmate fluid retention.

If you don’t make sure your foreskin is over your glans, the blood that is in there will not be able to flow back and while the rest of your penis will return close to its usual size, the foreskin will still be filled with blood which is not good. It happened to me a couple of times in the beginning, nothing happened but I think it decreases the likelihood of injury if you put your foreskin over your glans after using the Bathmate Hydro Pump.

Warm Up

Always make sure to warm up your penis before you put on the Bathmate penis pump. Do that by simply getting under a warm shower, taking a warm bath, or wrapping your penis in a warm, wet towel and massage/Jelq it for a bit.

Always make sure that during the weekly Bathmate routines, you simply leave the Bathmate on for the time suggested. Do not pull on it.

Week 1

Warm up as described above.

Enter the Bathmate penis pump with a flaccid penis and release all the excess water and put the Bathmate on full pressure. But make sure to stop as soon as it hurts. Although you put on full pressure, there should not be any pain involved. If you feel uncomfortable, release the pressure and/or start again to a point where you feel a bit of pressure on your penis but not in a way that hurts.

Leave the Bathmate on for 6 minutes, remember not to pull on it in any way.

Week 2

Warm up just as before.

Enter the Bathmate penis pump with a flaccid penis again. Follow the same instructions as in Week 1 but leave the Bathmate on for 12 minutes in total.

Week 3

Use the same Warm Up Bathmate routine again.

This week you will enter the Bathmate with a 50-70% erection. Put on the pressure slowly in small increments to make sure not to put on too much. Redo it if it feels uncomfortable. You should feel a stretch but no pain at any time.

Leave the Bathmate on for 6 minutes.

You’ll see the big difference from entering the Bathmate in a flaccid state. There’s going to be way more pump and your penis can be bigger and a little hung. 

Week 4

Warm up with the warm-up Bathmate routine above and do the same as in Week 3 but now leave the Bathmate Hydro Pump on for 12 instead of 6 minutes.

Enjoy the extra bit of post-bathmate pump 😉

Congratulations! After having followed the Newbie Bathmate Routine successfully your penis is now ready to be worked with 🙂

It might already be bigger and wider than ever before.

intermediate bathmate routineAfter you’ve done the Newbie Bathmate Routine, you can move on to this Intermediate Bathmate Routine to start going for some serious gains 🙂

After completing the Newbie Bathmate Routine, your penis is now ready to experience the full Bathmate pump. Therefore, you will always be entering the Bathmate with a full erection or at least a 90% erection.

It is getting more intense now. This is where your gains come from. But make sure to listen to your body’s response. your dick. If at some point it hurts while using the Bathmate, take it off. If the pain goes away quickly, put on the Bathmate again and slowly increase the pressure. There shouldn’t be any more than some pressure on your penis while in the Bathmate. At no point should you feel true pain.

When you enter with a full erection, the pressure will be higher. Upon entering at the beginning of the session, pump out some water and wait a bit. Feel how much pressure there is on your dick. If it is close to none you can pump again. If there is a good amount of pressure simply wait a bit until it goes away. Then pump again. Repeat this until you’ve reached full pressure.

Like in the Newbie Routine, use the Bathmate every other day leaving one day of rest after each session.

After your first day of week 5 or by no later than week 6 you will experience the extreme immediate pump and hang the Bathmate is known for. Enjoy 🙂

Week 5

Warm up as described in the Newbie Routine, then enter the Bathmate with a full erection and slowly put it up to full pressure. Leave it on for 6 minutes.

Week 6 + 7

Same as the week before but leave the Bathmate on full pressure for 10 minutes.

Week 8+9

Same as the week before but leave the Bathmate on full pressure for 15 minutes.

Week 10+11

Same as the week before but leave the Bathmate on full pressure for 20 minutes.

Now this was the real shit. Week 10 and 11 have probably been insane having given you the largest penis you’ve ever had. If you haven’t done so already, try the Bathmate before sex to give your girl the most girth she’s ever had – just make sure to get some extra wide condoms, and always be safe 😉

After completing this routine, I’m sure there is no way in hell you’re not going to continue wanting to use the Bathmate even more regularly. So, hop over to the Advanced Bathmate Routine, you’re ready for it

advanced bathmate routineWell, hello there. I hope you’ve been hitting the Newbie Bathmat Routine and the Intermediate Bathmate Routine. If not, make sure to complete them, only then can you safely use the Advanced Bathmate Routine presented here. I know you want to grow as fast as possible and the Bathmate Hydro Max is the perfect tool for it. But there is no benefit in overdoing it, the last thing you want is to hurt your penis!

Always warm up your dick before every Bathmate routine just like the weeks before.

At first sight, it might seem that we are going to lower intensity again and we are. The reason is that from now on you will use the Bathmate 2 days on and 1 day off instead of just every other day. As before, you will always enter your Bathmate penis pump with a full boner.

Weeks 12+13

12 minutes, full pressure.

Weeks 14+15

15 minutes, full pressure.

Weeks 16+17

20 minutes, full pressure.

So, how much bigger is your dick than at the beginning!? Awesome, right? 😉

By now, you will have a lot of experience already and a feeling for what is too much and what is good. Now it’s time to experience and try out new things on your own. Create your own Bathmate routine if you will.

I would advise you to try those two things:

Instead of one long session, do 2 shorter ones. For example, instead of one 20-minute session, you can try 2 sessions with 10 or 12 minutes each.

Try 3 days on, 1 off, 2 days on, 1 off. You could even do 6 days a week but that’s not for everyone. Start slowly with a couple of days with shorter sessions first. Make sure to listen to your penis, do not overdo it. Leave at least one day a week where you do no penis enhancement AT ALL. Your penis needs time to recover and grow, it’s not growing during a Bathmate session but afterward!

From now on, try and play around a bit. You’ll find out what works best for you and you’ll grow bigger and bigger!

After completing the Advanced Bathmate Routine you’re ready to add some more length. Check out the article on how to use the Bathmate to specifically gain penis length.

As always, enjoy your hanging dick

maintenance bathmate routineOnce you are at a stage where you are fully happy with the size of your penis or you don’t have enough time to fully commit and keep growing, you need a maintenance Bathmate routine to retain your gains as well as keep good blood flow in your penis for optimal penile health and ejaculatory quality.

You might want to ask me why you even need to do a maintenance Bathmate routine when I told you that the Bathmate Hydro Pump will give you permanent Bathmate gains. The answer is that if you have been using the Bathmate penis pump for some time you will have gotten permanent Bathmate gains already and they won’t go away even if you stop using the Bathmate penis pump altogether. But the Bathmate gains you’ve made over the previous couple of weeks or months are not completely permanent yet and you might lose them. They are still immediate Bathmate gains.

Check out this article about permanent Bathmate gains to understand where your gains come from when using the Bathmate and how the temporary Bathmate gains become permanent over time.

So, this is going to be a pretty short maintenance Bathmate routine. What you do to maintain your gains is use the Bathmate twice a week with a full boner and full pressure for 10 minutes.


Maintenance Bathmate Routine

Use the Bathmate 2x/week, e.g. Monday Thursday or Tuesday Friday, or Wednesday Saturday.

Warm up as you’ve learned in the Newbie Bathmate Routine, get a full erection, and enter the Bathmate Hydro Pump. Put it on full pressure and leave it on for 10 minutes.

That’s it, an easy maintenance Bathmate routine to retain your gains. Of course, you can adjust and do more if you can but make sure you do at least this maintenance Bathmate routine to make sure to maintain all your gains and keep your penis healthy. If you haven’t used the Bathmate for more than 6 months to a year you might even make gains from just that maintenance Bathmate routine. They will be pretty slow, of course, but better than nothing 😉

Bathmate side effects

You should not experience any side effects if you follow any of our routines, but all men respond differently to penis pumping.

Most men who get some kind of side effects will get them because of over-pumping with too strong of a vacuum.

The most common side effect is called fluid retention.

Should I worry about fluid retention?

Bathmate fluid retention is something that happens with any water-based penis pump.

It is nothing dangerous.

It simply means that the vacuum that is forced on your dick that causes increased blood flow and tissue expansion also sucks in some water resp. fluid into your penis.

This causes some additional expansion but mainly of the outside skin of your dick. It doesn’t increase the capability of expansion through an erection yet it will add a lot of girth post-workout.

As I said it is not dangerous or harmful in itself as to my knowledge and experience. It completely disappears after around 24 hours depending on how much Bathmate fluid retention there has been in the first place.

But the fluid retention is nothing you directly want to have or you should go for as it will not considerably cause penis growth. In addition, you will get a kind of donut at the base of your glans which is something I like to avoid.

Remember to warm up before a pumping session

One important thing to avoid unnecessary fluid retention is warming up properly.

This will make the circulation of both blood and fluid in your penis better and also expand the tissue more than in the cold state. Warming up properly makes the fluid retention less extensive in my experience and it also goes away quicker post-workout.

Take it easy in the beginning

Also, make sure to follow the Bathmate routines in this article and start slowly if you are a newbie.

Most water-based penis pump injuries are related to water/fluid retention. It usually happens to newbies who have never used a pump before but start with a full session of 15 minutes or more without warming up.

It is only afterward that they realize how much fluid got trapped and they freak out.

In reality, it looks weird like the picture on the right but it’s not serious and goes away after some time with no lasting negative effects.

Perform Jelqs between pumping sessions

jelq exercises grip

The two main ways to avoid fluid retention almost completely is to spread one long session of 15-20 minutes into smaller ones of 4-5 minutes each. In between you do what are called slow squash jelqs.

When doing a slow squash jelq you apply the “ok sign”-grip with one of your hands at the base of your penis just like you would when doing regular jelqing.

Then you take the palm of your other hand and press on the tip of your dick forcing a lot of pressure on the mid-shaft area of your penis. This is also a great way to further extend exactly the mid-shaft area of your penis which is where a lot of guys have trouble growing.

You can either leave the ok-hand at the base or do actual jelqing movements from the base to the glans.

This will keep the fluid retention away.

You can get some great results from your Bathmate if you use it the right way, let’s take a look at what you can expect.

Don’t expect a miracle

We are all created differently, some men respond very well to penis pumping and might gain a massive amount in a short period and some might not gain that much.

The most important thing is that you stick to your routine and keep going – You will reach your goals at some point (If you set realistic goals).

Bathmate user reviews and testimonials

I get a lot of e-mails from users who have questions about penis pumps or just want to share their stories because it can help other men in the same situation.

My personal experience with the Bathmate HydroMax

I want to give my own personal Bathmate review here! It is a little longer so if you simply want a quick overview just scroll down to read about my gains, and a short overview of the pros and cons of the Bathmate as well as my conclusion at the end.

A huge problem in the penis enhancement industry is that you never know which product reviews are real and which ones are fake. It’s the same with a lot of the Bathmate reviews out there.

I will give you my real Bathmate review based on my own experience of having used the device for 11 months now. Since I am still using it and will continue to do so I will regularly update this page and share my latest experiences and gains. So, check back and reread this Bathmate review every once in a while!

So, here’s a picture of the Bathmate HydroMax I’ve been using for 11 months now:

my own bathmate hydromax

My results after 11 months

So as mentioned earlier I have been using the Bathmate regularly for 11 months now. I do not do any manual penis enhancement exercises like jelqing or penis stretching. After 9.5 months I started using a penis extender to specifically target length gains.

So here are my Bathmate gains:

Erect girth (mid-shaft) from a little less than 4.9” to 5.6” (up to 5.9” right after a Bathmate session)

Erect length (Non-bone Pressed Erect Length) from 5” to 5.5” (I have gone from around 12% to 14% body fat during that time which has probably cost me .1-.2” in length.

Flaccid gains are not as meaningful as erect ones. For me, the flaccid gains have been even more impressive which is caused mainly by the fact that I used to be a grower and not a shower. If you are already a shower, which means that your penis is not prone to penis turtling, then I think your flaccid gains will be close to the erect ones.

Some of the safety concerns I have had

The Bathmate is very safe and I haven’t had any problems. No blisters, no unusual swelling, no doctor appointments in any way.

When used correctly there is not going to be any pain. You will feel the stretch but not in a way that hurts. If you feel any pain, remove the Bathmate and figure out what went wrong. At no time should you feel serious pain.

What you need to keep in mind is:

  • Prevent your balls from getting sucked in when putting on the Bathmate
  • Use warm but not hot water
  • Warm up your penis first and increase pressure slowly. Don’t pump out all the water at once.
  • Stop immediately if you feel any kind of pain

Penile health, sexual performance, and erection quality

In my view, regular use of the Bathmate increases penile health because of the increased blood flow. I can’t give any details about it since I have no medical expertise.

I have noticed that my erection quality is better and my erections have become firmer and they persist for longer. Directly after a Bathmate session, you may have trouble getting a full erection.

The reason is simply that your penis is tired from the workout. If you cannot get a full-blown erection the next day after a Bathmate session it means you are overdoing the exercise and should take a couple of days off. See a doctor if you are truly worried that something might be wrong. Has never happened to me.

To further increase erection quality, make sure to add kegel exercises to your Bathmate workout!

The Bathmate slightly decreases sensitivity and thus makes you last longer in bed. This is especially true right after a Bathmate session.

If you want to learn more about this check out my section on sexual performance.

Customer Service and 60-day no questions asked Money Back Guarantee

I did not have to use customer service or the money-back guarantee because ordering, shipping, and usage were very easy and to my satisfaction. There is free customer service and a 60-day money-back guarantee if you order from the two official retailers.

The Cons and Their Fixes

  • Balls getting sucked in – I’ve talked about this already. If you don’t put the Bathmate on correctly you might suck your balls into the pump which hurts and is not supposed to happen. Check out my article on how to put on the Bathmate to learn how to prevent your balls from getting sucked in.
  • Fluid retention – This is another not-so-cool thing about water-based penis pumps. When you use them for extended periods there is not only blood getting pumped into your penis but also water and other body fluids. While the blood quickly disappears causing you to lose an erection (at least when you are not proactively trying to keep your erection) the fluid will stay a little longer.

It might take a couple of hours for the fluid to leave completely. On the other hand, the fluid in there will make you more hung and there is no harm in it as far as I know. At least I haven’t experienced any negative effects of it. I have a separate article on fluid retention and the solution to it.

  • Slight discoloration – After regular use of the Bathmate you will get a slight discoloration. This is normal and nothing to worry about.


  • A best, fastest, and most effective way to increase penis girth
  • Does not need much time, only 10-20 minutes 4-5 times a week
  • Hands-free, very easy to use
  • Safe
  • Increased erection quality
  • Increased sexual stamina


As you can conclude from this Bathmate review, the Bathmate hydro pump is for any man who wants to increase the size of his penis and/or increase erection quality and sexual stamina.

The Bathmate increases both penis girth and penis length with girth gains being the most significant.

Bathmate FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Bathmate hydro pump and their respective answers.

Does the bathmate hydro pump work?

Yes, the Bathmate hydro pump works. I’ve used it myself to great success and I know of other people who have done the same. It will mainly increase the girth of your penis but also the length.

It will make you a lot more hung in the flaccid state, too. Increased blood circulation caused by regular Bathmate sessions will make your erections harder and last longer. There is a difference in immediate and permanent gains from using the Bathmate.

Is the Bathmate hydro pump safe to use?

Yes. make sure to follow my bathmate routines to adapt your penis to Bathmate workouts and penis enhancement.

Do I need to use the Bathmate with water?

For optimal results, you should use the Bathmate with water. You can use it with air but it will be way less effective if at all. All my recommendations on this site are based on the usage of water. Check out this article on water- vs. air-penis pumps.

Does the Bathmate hydro pump make my penis longer?

Yes. It has its main impact on girth, though. If you want to max out your length potential as fast as possible you should also do manual stretching and/or use a penis extender.

If I am circumcised/uncircumcised can I use the Bathmate hydro pump?

Yes. You can use the Bathmate both circumcised and uncircumcised, no difference.

Do I need any of the accessories?

No, in my opinion. Also, check out my view on Bathmate accessories.

How do I clean the Bathmate hydro pump if I don’t buy the cleaning kit?

Simply use soap and water. I only use soap once in a while and simply rinse it with water after usage. No problems.

Do you have any questions about Bathmate or penis pumps?

You can always send me an e-mail at [email protected] for personal things that might include pictures and stuff that you don’t want to share with anybody.

Or you can use the comment section below for questions that others might be interested in too.

My final thoughts about Bathmate penis pump

I’m a super happy Bathmate penis pump user and have been for over 8 years!

There is simply no alternative that quite match the quality and strength of the Bathmate.

I highly recommend the Bathmate Xtreme if you’re looking for the best that money can buy or the Hydromax if you want a really strong pump for a lower price.

You can browse between all the Bathmate models and find the perfect Bathmate for you with the link below.

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Austin Hanson, M.D. Urology

After finishing a master degree in Urology at the European University in St. Petersburg, Austin cofounded in 2015. The purpose of the website is to help men with a wide variety of sexual problems with a language that everybody understand. Austin is a dedicated writer and loves to get his hands dirty with product reviews and the latest urology news. You can read more about me on my profile at Austin's author profile.

45 Responses

  1. Question for smaller penis < 5cm and smaller girth. Would the hydro pump still work? Trouble with the plastic caps models ordered is that it leaks air sometimes because the hole of the cap is not small enough. Also putting the plastic on is difficult. Does the HydroMax address these problems : pressure leak, ease of putting it on.

    1. Hi
      The plastic cushioning area is larger on water based penis pumps, so there should not be any leaks. Atleast I’ve never heard of that problem with the HydroMax.
      Bathmate has just released a new even smaller penis pump (and cheaper) that fits your needs perfectly.
      You can find it here its perfect for up to 3 inches (7.5 cm.)
      Best regards,

  2. Hi Charlie, great article. Any advice to get longer penis with the bathmate? I’ve been using it for a year at least and my penis got definitely bigger, but after a certain time it stopped getting bigger in length. I’m happy that it’s getting thicker and thicker but would love to know if there is a certain way I could make my penis get bigger lengthwise.

    1. Hi
      They all help with size, it’s just how fast they do it. The extreme model has more power so it’s faster compared with the hydromax 7.
      Best regards,

  3. Hi Charley, great informative article. I have one question regarding the proper way of using hydromax7 in the bathtub. Am i suppose to eject water out when pumping? What i mean is that i pump while the hydromax is fully submerged underwater. I have seen instructions that i should pump when its not submerged under water. However, i can’t get it the pump to seal around my body so i pump underwater as the suction is far greater.

    Also, is it normal that i have to repump every minute when i reach a full erection as i lose pressure in the pump.

    Thank you

    1. Hi
      Yes, you create a vacuum in the pump by letting water out of the top valve. It should work both under and over the water.
      And no, you should not have to repump every minute. Once per 5 minutes is okay but not every minute.
      It sounds like your pump has some kind of suction problem.
      It can be a bit difficult to get a good seal around the base of the Bathmate if your very hairy down there or if your skin is dry(the reason you’re getting better suction when you submerge it).
      Try shaving or use some kind of lube on the base of the pump where it sits against your body.
      Best regards,

      1. Thanks for the reply Charley. I just have one more question. When i pump towards a full erection, am i suppose to flip the pressure valve to the closed position instead of leaving it in the open position. I have read somewhere that leaving it in the closed position keeps the pump from losing pressure.

        Much appreciated.

  4. Quick tips for beginners or the highly impatient men such as I ?!?!
    1. I myself have found that I get a better seal at base of pelvic area when it’s nicely shaven , well groomed & or ( If you gelck before hand see to it that the base of pelvis is free of lube) Although the penis shaft will applaud you for leaving a little lube on penis head an shaft.
    2. I dry fit , thus filling mate with warmer than norm water ( Exercise Caution here as when I Gelck I’m left a bit desensitized which makes the warmer water bearable. One the tube is filled I insert my pelvic/base seal an assure it’s dry prior to placing it against my Dry / shaved / or well groomed seal area where the bath mate base will seal to.
    3. I’ve found that at times my testicles & scrotum tend to get in the way & or try to participate which causes discomfort immediately for me . Therefore I’ve introduced a scrotum strap/ cock/ ball ring . The silicone kind that stretches the twins clearly out of harm’s way making unintended consequences impossible ????.

  5. Is it safe to use an extender after pumping each day while your still swollen up? Also are there any benefits from using L argenine an citrulline, tongkat Ali an yohimbine as part of a daily regemine?

  6. Thanks for sharing, Charley.
    I just got the Hydromax X20. The thing is after a couple of days using the device, my pelvis hurts (no bruises, no itches, only feel uncomfortable when I start sealing it against my pelvis and pumping). I also notice that it’s not so easy to pump and quite a lot of force is needed, yet again the harder I pump, the more painful it gets.
    So my question is, is this normal for one to experience this or is there something wrong with my pump or valve?

    1. Hi
      You should not feel pain in that area unless you have overdone it. You should take it a bit easy in the beginning, that being said – it does sound like the valve is broken. It should be easy to pump and not hard, that might be the reason why you feel pain.
      Try to change the valve if you have any spare one.
      Hope this help.
      Best regards,

  7. Hi Charley,

    Thanks for your comprehensive blog post for Bathmate. It’s particularly helpful for those PE newbies out there like me to choose Bathmate and use it with much more detailed descriptions and knowledge as compared to the official manual book from Bathmate.

    However, I’m having a few more questions to ask which others may find them useful as well.
    1. What do you mean by an unnatural penis curve? Are you referring to those as severe as Peyronie’s Disease? As far as I know, most of the men, to some extent, are having a curved penis either to the left or to the right, with only a few having a straight penis. In my case, I have a curved penis to the left when erect and that is causing me some issues with Bathmate. Every time I insert my erect penis in, the glans is already touching the side of the chamber. Then upon pumping the glans is actually rubbing against and sliding upwards the wall. It causes most of the pain and discomfort in my usage. I try to bear with the discomfort and still leave it on throughout the workout but upon releasing I find a purple (seems bruised) dent on the area of my glans which was rubbing against the chamber for every pumping. What I could possibly think of the solution to ameliorate this is either putting on a condom maybe just to the glans but not to the shaft or applying a silicone-based lube, which is water-resistant, to the glans only before putting in the Bathmate. What do you think? Just would like to ask for your opinion before trying out. Perhaps you have already had some input in this matter.

    2. From your experience or others’ reviews, how long on average do the effects last after workout?

    3. Is it possible I find spreading the 15-min continuous workout into 3 smaller ones of 5 minutes each better in terms of the gains (judged by the look right after workout)?

    4. What do you mean by internal penis? And how to stretch it by using Bathmate? is this very effective and important if we wish to have similar extent of gains both in girth and length?

    5. I see that most of the functionality of the pump comes from the valve. Then, can I say that if there was a defect or malfunction mostly the issue would be from the valve? And normally for most of the problems with their pumps, Bathmate would send a valve pack for us to replace and it should just resolve the issue? As I am having a HydroMax7 with a defective valve upon receipt which is not able to be switched between open and closed positions and thus it also couldn’t pump at all. I am just wondering if it’s the valve’s issue and it could be fixed by replacing the valve. Do you have any thoughts?

    Sorry for such a long one. Your input will be very much appreciated. Looking forward to your reply.


    1. Hi
      I’m happy that you found the article useful. And I agree the official websites that offer penis pumps have very limited user guides.
      Let’s take a look at your questions 🙂
      1) Yes, all men have some kind of curvature but first a problem if it curves more than 30 degree. And Yes, I’ve had that rubbing problem, but it could simply be solved by moving the pump at an angle when I put it on. You can give that a try first and see if it works.
      If it doesn’t work than try the condom method first. The problem with a silicon-based lube is that it makes it hard to clean it afterwards, but it is also a solution to the problem.
      2) It depends on the workout and how long you have been using your pump. The results last longer and longer in my experience. That’s why consistency is keep to good results.
      3) Yes, that’s a good way to do it. But not for all! We all react differently to training; some men get better results with 1 15-20-minute session and others get better results by splitting each session up.
      4) It’s simple the pelvic floor muscles that you tighten for 3 seconds and that relaxes and repeat 10 times. You can do that while you use the Bathmate.
      5) Yes, most defects happen to the valve system. Didn’t you get some spare once with the HydroMax7 when you bought it? You can buy them from Bathmate if you don’t have any spare once.
      Just a quick side note to the valve thing – If you live in an area where there is a lot of calcium in the water then it’s a good idea to remove the valve from the pump and put it in some vinegar, that will remove the calcium in the valve that otherwise will build up and cause it to fail. You can do that once every 14 days.
      Hope this answer all of your questions.
      Feel free to get back if you have any more questions.
      Best regards,

      1. Thanks for your reply, Charley!

        I can see that you are really professional in this field and know the thing very well from your reply. Bathmate should feel glad having you haha 🙂

        Speaking of my questions, I would like to add on some points as below.
        1. Can I assume that 30 degrees are quite a big curve already, no matter pointing to which direction? As I don’t find easy to measure it. Is it very obvious that that kind of penis is not able to put in the chamber? However, unfortunately, I couldn’t find the suitable angle, whereby my penis is not rubbing against the side, to put in. I have tried moving the base to the most left to accommodate as mine is curving left but to no avail. Maybe my curvature is more than yours a bit?
        Ok, I think I will try the condom method. Have you tried that before? Would you recommend to wear until the glans only or fully until the shaft and the base? I’m afraid the condom will somehow restrict the expansion of the tissue.
        2. I just started PE not long ago (within a month or so) and Bathmate is the only thing I use. The after-effects are less than an hour for me. How about your journey? Would you mind sharing with us?
        3. With that said, maybe switching between these two frequencies once in a while seems to be a sensible practice?
        4. Is it the same as Kegel’s exercise? With Bathmate on while doing that could increase the length gains according to your experience? I heard that by pulling the Bathmate away from your body while in a session can also stretch the internal penis. Is it true as well?
        5. Normally they don’t provide a spare one in the package, do they? I have requested but not received it yet.

        To add on two questions.
        6. Would you recommend putting on a cock ring during the workout? Have you experienced that? Will it increase the results? If so should we use the cock ring until the base of the shaft or until the base including the balls? I hope you can understand it through my description haha.
        7. I find it difficult to stay hard once the session starts. Is it normal for everyone? I can’t feel the hardness anymore upon reaching a certain level of vacuum. Quite fast, maybe by just 2 times of pumping after putting in.

        Stay safe.

  8. Thanks for your reply, Charley!

    I can see that you are really professional in this field and know the thing very well from your reply. Bathmate should feel glad having you haha ????

    Speaking of my questions, I would like to add on some points as below.
    1. Can I assume that 30 degrees are quite a big curve already, no matter pointing to which direction? As I don’t find easy to measure it. Is it very obvious that that kind of penis is not able to put in the chamber? However, unfortunately, I couldn’t find the suitable angle, whereby my penis is not rubbing against the side, to put in. I have tried moving the base to the most left to accommodate as mine is curving left but to no avail. Maybe my curvature is more than yours a bit?
    Ok, I think I will try the condom method. Have you tried that before? Would you recommend to wear until the glans only or fully until the shaft and the base? I’m afraid the condom will somehow restrict the expansion of the tissue.
    2. I just started PE not long ago (within a month or so) and Bathmate is the only thing I use. The after-effects are less than an hour for me. How about your journey? Would you mind sharing with us?
    3. With that said, maybe switching between these two frequencies once in a while seems to be a sensible practice?
    4. Is it the same as Kegel’s exercise? With Bathmate on while doing that could increase the length gains according to your experience? I heard that by pulling the Bathmate away from your body while in a session can also stretch the internal penis. Is it true as well?
    5. Normally they don’t provide a spare one in the package, do they? I have requested but not received it yet.

    To add on two questions.
    6. Would you recommend putting on a cock ring during the workout? Have you experienced that? Will it increase the results? If so should we use the cock ring until the base of the shaft or until the base including the balls? I hope you can understand it through my description haha.
    7. I find it difficult to stay hard once the session starts. Is it normal for everyone? I can’t feel the hardness anymore upon reaching a certain level of vacuum. Quite fast, maybe by just 2 times of pumping after putting in.

    Stay safe.

    1. Hi
      You should be able to go further without any pain. That’s where the limit is(when you start feeling pain), not your usual erect size.
      Best regards,

  9. Hello! I had a question about if it would make a difference in the routine based on what pump you get as a newbie. I’m considering purchasing a hydroxtreme but I was wondering for your routines would that alter them? with it having more power should I go for a shorter amount of time? Another question is involving curvature. So my penis bends upwards and I was wondering if the pump would help straighten it out more? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hi
      The routine stays the same, just make sure that you listen to your bodies signals. You should never feel any discomfort, you should be okay as long as you follow that simple rule.
      And yes, penis pumps does help correct penis curvature.
      You could buy a bigger Bathmate just to make sure your penis fits. Do you know at what angle your penis bends from the base to the tip? Everything below 20 degree should be okay.
      Best regards,

  10. Hi Charlie, what a fabulous review you have given.
    I want to ask that for a penis that is small when flaccid but upto 5 inches when erect
    Will hydroxtreme work as you mentioned that we have to enter pump in a flaccid state.?
    Awaiting your esteemed reply

    1. Hi
      The hydroxteme Will work very-well for that size. You can get a 5 inch one or get the 7 inch if you want some room to grow.
      Best regards,

  11. Hi Charley,

    First of all, thank you for all the work you put into this. I am looking forward to trying this! One question, everywhere I look people say to use the bathmate for 5 minutes per set. Should I ignore this recommendation and just follow your plan instead that includes up to 12 minute sets in the first month? Thank you!

    1. Hi
      I’m glad that you like the guide. You can do it with 5 minute sets, I just find it better doing longer sets.
      You should give both a try and find the one that you feel the best about, they both work 🙂
      Best regards,

  12. Hey Charley, great tips
    I’m just wondering if it is possible to see gains from the hydro max or is hydro max extreme the only way to increase size? Also do you recommend using the comfort pad or do you go without?

    1. Hi
      Yes you can see gains from the Hydro Max. The extreme is just a lot more effective.
      I use the comfort pad, it does not make a difference for your gains and it’s way more comfortable to use.
      Best regards,

  13. Hey charley, what great information you have here!
    2 questions

    1. I have a hydromax 7 which is supposed to have a erect length up to 18 cm ish, my actual length is 17.4 and my girth 13, I’m wondering if I should try for a hydroextreme 9 or wideboy or if I should stay with the pump I got. My penis is also slightly curved to the left, not much but a little so it always touches the glass. I really like the bathmate. What’s ur pro tip?

    2. I also have a male edge extender, I don’t feel any discomfort wearing it however I feel as after I wore it my penis feels smaller despite it having been streched. I usually use the bathmate before then wait a while and use the extender however it feels as it kills my gains from the pump almost. How would you combine the two, and what do you think I’m doing wrong? Putting it on to tight perhaps?


    1. Hi

      I’m glad you find the information useful.
      1) You’re right that the hydromax 7 is too small for your penis size especially when it has a bit of curvature. The Wideboy is unfortunately only made in a 7 version. I would personally pick the HydroXtreme9 which gives you room to grow and a much stronger pump. It is more expensive but it’s well worth the extra cost.
      2) Good choice to combine it with a MaleEdge Extender. I would always use the extender first and then let my penis rest before using the pump. It’s natural for your penis to retract after being stretched for a long period of time, but the gains are still there since it’s only a temporary retraction.
      Keep at the current tightness and see how it goes. You can always change it if you’re not seen results. Remember this is a long process that takes time, but I feel that you have the right mindset for the long game.

      Best regards,

  14. Hey Charley, great article!

    When using the pump, I notice that once I place it on and pump initially, water comes out as expected, but the chamber is then filled with a mix of air and water. I’m guessing that the chamber should only contain water, is that correct?

    I’m using the pump in the shower and I’m pointing it upward to make sure the air in the chamber is towards the tip of the pump but it still feels like I’m doing something wrong.

    1. Hi Dan,

      I’m happy you like the article – Your problem is a common one but not something to worry about. It’s impossible to avoid air in the vacuum chamber unless you use it completely submerged (in a bathtub). A small amount of air does not affect the performance of the pump.
      But if you want to get rid of the air during a pumping session then try to aim it upwards when you pump it, this will force the air out before the water. It can be a little awkward to do because you have to lean backwards in the shower but it works.

      Hope this helps,

      Best regards,

  15. Hey,
    Great article, I am using a hydro max 7 and I am almost touching sides and over 7” when pumping……so I go to the 9? And I want length – extreme?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Steve

      Yes, that’s correct. The normal HydroMax 9 is also great for length gains but the Extreme version does pack a bigger punch.

      Best regards,

  16. Can’t believe it 2nd week in and gained half an inch erect.
    Definitely going to keep my program going 3×5mins 5 days a week and try to max out the H 9.

  17. Hi Charley,

    I’m a bit smaller. About 4.5inch but got the hydro extreme 7 on accident instead of 5. Instead of the whole process of exchanging do you think hydro extreme 7 would be fine?

    1. Hi Mike

      Yep, that’s not a problem, you’ll have plenty of space to grow and no issue with your glans touching the inner walls of the pump.

      Best regards,

  18. Hi Charley,

    Great article mate. Do you recommend using a cock ring when you pump? If so would you using it during pumping, after pumping or both?


    1. Hi
      You don’t need to use a cock ring, but you can use one if you plan on sex right after use.
      Best regards,

  19. Hi Charley – Thanks for all the info.

    I’ve found I can’t use the bathmate everyday due to lack of time and other responsibilities.
    I just use it twice or three times max per week. Usually twice. I use it for about 30 mins total pumping time broken down into 5 or 6 minute sessions with a break in between to get erect and do massage for a short time.
    So far so good. Only been doing it about a month. Looking and feeling much thicker and no issues re redness/soreness etc.
    What do you reckon of this routine?

    1. Hi
      Sounds like you got a solid routine going on. No need to stress about “only” getting in 2-3 sessions per week, it’s all about getting a good sustainable routine.
      Keep up the good work!

      Best regards,

  20. Hi,
    I would like to share my experience using the Hydromax extreme pumps. I originally bought the Hydromax5 Extreme and it does work fine. I am 1 1/2 inches flacid and just under 4 inches erect, with a girth of 4 inches. The Hydromax5 just seemed a bit oversized for me. I did a bit of research on their site and did come to realize that they make a micropenis pump for guys up to 3 inches. They are rather expensive but I decided to purchase the micropenis pump and for me it made a pleasant difference. I sometimes use it with water but have found it more comfortable for me to apply lube to my shaft and glans and also the base for a better seal. With the lube my shaft can expand and slide easily up the tube. I have noticed that my penis sometimes reaches 4 inches but I have plenty of space left in the tube for expansion (maybe my penis measurements are a bit off) and it is not as heavy as the 5 inch pump. I can pump up and wear it without the strap while showering. These are the only pumps that I have tried and I love the way they work. You won’t go wrong purchasing the Hydromax Extreme pumps, weather using it with water or without.

  21. Hi , im about 5in , the hydromax 5 still have quite alot of space.

    Was wondering if i should downsize to hydromax 3 since max length is 5.5in

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