Fun Factory BendyBeads Review

Fun Factory BendyBeads

Let me begin this post with the following… There aren’t many Fun Factory toys you can get your hands on for only $35. Hell, there aren’t many silicone toys you can get for under $50, let alone from a premium company. Which is quite important when it comes to sex toys (which can be very spendy these days). Everyone wants to buy body-safe and high-quality toys (or at least I hope that people are becoming more and more aware of body-safety and sex toy materials!). Everyone needs toys that are going to last them a long time, but this can rarely be achieved on a budget. Silicone is expensive, and product design and development are costly. And while there are certainly lower price-point brands that offer a number of silicone anal beads, I’ve often been less than impressed with their design. Beads look simple, it’s just a string of beads, right? What can go wrong or not work? Soooo many things, my friend. The Fun Factory BendyBeads can easily teach you what a good string of progressive beads are.

The Fun Factory BendyBeads make my inner anal slut blush. Every time I stumble upon them in my sex toy “box”, flashbacks of fun times make me smile devilishly. Before I start daydreaming of playing with the BendyBeads, let me tell you all about them!

What are BendyBeads?

BendyBeads are… well, they are bendy anal beads. Okay, all silliness aside, these are gorgeous silicone anal beads by Fun Factory, a company known for their high-quality products, innovative design and good business practices. They’re all made in Germany, and they’ve become one of the best and most well-known sex toy company in the world. Everything they make is body-safe, well-thought and simply gorgeous. They have a number of non-vibrating sex toys, such as anal toys and dildos, as well as a huge number of vibrators.

Fun Factory BendyBeadsThe toy arrives in the typical Fun Factory box: lightweight, stylish and minimalist. This isn’t Je Joue or Lelo-like packaging, there isn’t any pretense and no frou frou stuff. This might be a bit of a letdown for some folks who really want to get that feeling of luxury and glamour for their money. Nothing from Fun Factory comes with a storage bag, which is one of the few letdowns from the company, and the box is made of thin cardboard, which sometimes can arrive either damaged and bent a little bit. Not exactly how one would want their premium brand toy to arrive, especially if it’s for a gift. At the same time, there’s less of the impression that premium sex toys are only for wealthy pretentious people. Much more down to earth and “let’s play and have fun” vibe.

When you open the box you will see these beautiful beads. They’re available in black or red (currently Peepshowtoys only offers them in black). The first thing that will strike you is the super playful retrieval loop at the end. It looks naughty, but it’s super helpful for removal, as well as playing around with the beads. The string has an insertable length of 7.5″, but one can take in portions of the toy without having it slip out. The first bead has a diameter of around 0.8″, while the fifth bead measures 1.3″. This makes the BendyBeads great for beginners as well as advanced players.

How to use them

Anal beads are equally pleasurable and enjoyable for cis and trans people, for intersex folks, for penis and vulva-owners, for young and old, for straight or people of any sexual orientation. Because everyone has a butt and it feels good to play with it! While anal plugs are designed to just stay inside and apply pressure, and dildos are meant mostly for penetration and in-and-out motion, anal beads combine a little bit of both. They can stay put and are super flexible and comfortable to walk around while wearing them, engage in other sexual activities, but they’re even more fun during insertion and pulling out.

Fun Factory BendyBeads

As with all anal toys, always use plenty of lubrication. This applies even more to Fun Factory toys because the finish of their silicone is extra draggy. I would recommend a hybrid lube with them, such as Sliquid Organics Silk, because while it has silicone in it, it won’t be not enough to ruin the silicone toy, but enough to make the experience longer lasting and more pleasurable. While the Bendy Beads are flexible, they are still connected to one another and transfer movement better, unlike the FlexiFelix beads. The BendyBeads are more… buoyant, more jumpy. They apply more pressure and even gently shaking the handle will transfer the sensation to the entire string of beads. You can place a vibrator in the loop (but it should be thicker than the We-Vibe Tango) and it will be transmitted through the body of the toy. (Flexi Felix beads are more detached from one another, the whole string feels more limp and loose.)

One way of enjoying them is during vaginal intercourse. This applies to both partners, even in the case of a hetero-couple. If a penis-owner is wearing the beads, they will massage the prostate while wearing them and will make intercourse even more enjoyable. If a vulva-owner is wearing them while being penetrated by a penis, this will make her vagina feel tighter, ergo intercourse much more intense for her too. At the same time the beads can be felt by the penis as nice ridges, which makes the experience different and better for the dick as well. The last bead is also big enough that playing around with them can be used as a warm up for anal intercourse or pegging.

I would recommend going slowly and taking as little or as much of the string as your body is ready for. You can take your time and only use one or two beads for a couple of times, and slowly add more beads after a few play sessions. Even in the course of a single evening, you don’t have to insert all of the beads at once. Place the first and the second bead, then fool around, give each other oral sex, hand jobs, play with each other, whatever revs your engine. Only then move to bead 3, 4, etc. Butt play is not a race!

Safety and hygiene 

dscn2923Because these beads are long, I would recommend using a lube shooter to lube up the rectum beforehand, and have plenty of lubrication for when the beads reach deeper inside. Removing the beads is extremely pleasurable, but don’t pull porn moves unless you are experienced with anal beads. So, don’t pull out the beads super fast and all at once. Removing anal toys should always happen nice and slow, and sometimes doing it too rapid can be painful and numb sensations, while slowly pulling out can be delicious and titillating.

Silicone toys are non-porous and can be properly sanitized even with just soap and water. I would recommend boiling anal beads, at least once in a while, or after every use, if the toy is shared by multiple partners. You can use a 1 to 10 bleach solution instead if you don’t have the time or the cookware to boil up water. Leave the toy in the bleach for 5-10 min. While the BendyBeads are seamless, there’s a decorative ridge that goes through all of the beads and adds some texture. This thing is a pain in the ass (pun intended) to clean. Sometimes lube gets stuck there, so you might need a brush to remove remaining fluids from that part.

In conclusion

Fun Factory Bendy Beads Anal If you are looking for progressive anal beads with a relatively girthy last portion, made by a good company and sold by a responsible retailer, the Fun Factory BendyBeads would be my first choice. There isn’t anything nearly as good on the market. While I greatly enjoy Tantus Ripple Large, which is of a similar size, it almost never stays put. The BendyBeads can stay inside during the friskiest of encounters. And at just $35 they’re one of the best pieces of anal strings you can get. If you are looking for smaller beads that don’t progress in size, the Fun Factory FlexiFelix would be my recommendation.

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Tantus Ripple Large Review

DSCN2500I have to say that I am terribly excited (and nervous) to be writing my first review of a Tantus toy. I literally have butterflies in my stomach. It’s like writing your first love letter to someone who didn’t know you even existed.

The Brand

A few words about Tantus. They are the manufacturer of what’s probably the most extensive and diverse collection of dildos, plugs and silicone sex toys. Their creations come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you want your own super realistic dildo, or something that better resembles a phallic sculpture by a mad genius than something bought from a sex store, Tantus has something to offer. All of their toys are made of 100% premium silicone (with the small exceptions of their discontinued Alumina line, which was made of aluminum). It’s entirely body-safe, easy to clean and store (you don’t need to keep your toys in separate containers or bags), and sanitizeable so you can share your toys with partners. (Yay polyamory! Or yay being single!)

All Tantus dildos have a flared base and are harness compatible, which makes them safe to be used anally. Some come with a little bullet vibe that goes into a hole at the base. Those products are also compatible with their suction cup.

The Specifications

Tantus Ripple LargeSome of the most beloved anal toys on the market are made by them (for example The Ryder). And The Ripple is no exception. Tantus Ripple Large is one of the best things created for your ass that is not a butt plug (although for some reason it can be found under their plugs section). The Ripple comes in two sizes. The Small one has a diameter of its widest insertable part of 1″ and total length of 4.95″ (not all of which is insertable), while the Large has a diameter of its widest insertable part of 1.5″ and diameter of its slimmest part of 0.8″ and total (not insertable) length of 6.85″.

The Ripple Large appears as a toy that is advanced-users only, which is not entirely true. Yes, it is really, really long. But it’s not a plug and it doesn’t stay put (even if you try to keep it in, the neck isn’t slim enough, compared to its widest part). So it’s a toy somebody is going to use on you or you are going to use yourself. Which makes The Ripple almost newbie friendly. Its tip and its smallest bead is very non-intimidating. It can absolutely be used as an anal probe and as a first time experience. If you are new to this, just don’t get greedy and don’t aim for more. Take your time with the toy. Do as many sessions with just one bead as you need. When you move to the next one, do the same: wait until you move further.

As for taking the whole thing: even the most advanced users might have a hard time doing that, because the beads are very lengthy. If you are looking for length, this is absolutely your toy! It’s very bendy and flexible, it can follow the curves of your body and your orifice.

The Shape

Tantus Ripple LargeI really love the ratio between the size of the beads themselves and thickness of the space between two beads. Fun Factory Bendybeads is another beloved anal toy of mine, but it’s too slim in between beads and makes every next bead very pronounced. With The Ripple everything is just one really nice gradual slide. Not to mention how seamless and sleek it is. It’s an absolute joy to clean. No dents, no grooves, no sockets where lube can get sticky and tough to remove.

The Ripple reminds me a lot of Tantus Alumina Revolve. If you have it, and liked its shape and curves, but are looking for something flexible, Ripple is the closest thing you are going to find.

The Action

I’ve discovered one really cool way of using it solo, or hands free. Because its base is flared, it kind of stays upwards even on the bed. Slide the toy to the second last bead and assume a cowgirl (or cowboy, this trick can be done by both male and female users) position, in which you are just simply riding The Ripple, which should be in an upright position with its base standing on the bed. For this to work you need a lot of lube. While you are sitting in a cowgirl, you can start rocking or “riding” it: sliding all the way to the last bead (remember, you didn’t have it all in initially). Then, because the neck is thick, and because of the abundance of lubricant, probably eventually the last bead will slide out slowly. And then you sit on it again. You get the idea. If it’s not sliding out itself, you can lock it with your feet and slide out a bit. Absolute hands-free and partner-free anal thrusting.

Tantus Ripple Large

And this is just a thought: if you are performing this while with a partner, you can actually really easily perform oral sex on them. Just assume your Riding-The-Ripple position between your partner’s legs, while they’re lying on the bed. Make sure to have enough distance to their genitals – so you can lean comfortably forward. Depending on their height, you should be sitting on your Ripple roughly where your partner’s knees will be on the bed. Gosh, I hope I am explaining this well enough for you. And an even naughtier thought: if you happen to have a mirror behind you, so they can see you ride the beads, while servicing them, that makes the whole thing mindblowingly hot. And if you want to turn this into a BDSM scene: because this whole operation could be totally hands free, there’s nothing preventing you from being handcuffed.

The Verdict

Are there any downsides to this toy? I would say “NO”, if you have your expectations straight. Carefully choose which size will fit your needs and whether you like lengthy anal strings to begin with. And again – these are not beads that will stay put. Rather than beads you are going to have to thrust in with your hands or with a strap-on.

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They come in two gorgeous colors: black and midnight purple, and the silicone has a nice glossy finish. You can also often find The Ripple in Tantus’ Grab Bag section: meaning that you won’t be able to pick your color and the toy will probably be some swirl of several colors. But your product will be cheaper than the retail price. Aside from that: same Tantus premium silicone quality.

Get The Ripple Large from Tantus for $47.44 or Ripple Small for $37.54.

The Ripple is part of my private toy collection and it wasn’t given to me in an exchange for a review.


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