As much as I don’t want to admit that I like Doc Johnson products these days, I have to say they’re finally coming up with quality silicone toys with excellent price-points if you’re on a budget, or just don’t want to invest a whole lot of money in a new product category.
Cock rings can often be hit or miss, especially the vibrating ones. This is why I always find it hard to justify purchasing a premium-brand cock ring — say Je Joue Mio, not to mention the out-of-board $139 Lelo Tor 2 or Pino. The Optimale Vibrating Double Cock Ring is just $35 and it’s single version is just $25.
How do cock rings work?
Cock rings are an inexpensive, yet extremely fun and healthy way of enjoying bigger, stronger and longer lasting erections. They keep the blood in the penis and testicles and make everything more engorged, veiny and just… visually striking. A penis with a ring on it looks like an angry bull that just saw a red cape. And there are few things more beautiful than that! The cock ring makes the penis look like it’s going to explode at any moment, with the only difference that this effect will last during the entire intercourse and the penis will be much more sensitive and receptive to touch, oral sex or good ol’ fucking. Cock rings can be single; if they’re really small and firm, they only go around the base of the cock, if they’re bigger, they can envelop the cock as well as the balls. In contrast, the ones with double rings have one ring for the shaft and one ring for the testicles.
And the two kinds (single or double) can have vibrating versions. Vibrating cock rings are a favorite of mine in the couples toys category. The partner with the penis gets to enjoy a really intense erection and a much more sensitive penis, while the partner with a vulva gets to enjoy the bigger dick and the vibration on the clitoris (of course, we’re thinking of a hetero couple here). And vibrating cock rings are fun for gay male couples too. Although there isn’t an erogenous zone in the cis-male body that is positioned in the same place as the clitoris is, the vibrations are pleasant for the one wearing it. And of course, in M/M couples both partners can be wearing a cock ring for extra fun.
Many guys (regardless of their orientation) love vibration on their dicks and balls! My current primary male partner happens to be one of these guys who lose their mind with a little vibration on the scrotum or the perineum, so when I got to choose which penis ring from Peepshow toys to review, I had to choose the double Optimale Vibrating Cock Ring.
A few words about the Optimale line
Peepshow toys only stocks non-porous materials, so they don’t carry the whole Optimale Line, only the silicone cock rings part of it. The Optimale line offers several cock ring options, a penis pump, a silicone prostate toy, all of which are body safe. But they also make a bunch of non-body-safe options, including a couple of penis strokers, lubes and delay sprays, as well as an intimate deodorant, all of which make me cringe. I would absolutely steer clear of these products. If you are looking for a lube or a body-safe penis stroker, I would browse the selection at Peepshow toys instead. And I have to say that I am hugely annoyed with their gender marketing: OptiMALE. Ugggh. They’re trying to brand the line as “Men’s sexual health and wellness”. So the silicone rings are definitely a small step forward from their usual practices.
There’s nothing tacky or repulsive on the box. Just an image of the product, a plain black box with the main selling points of the product. The cock ring comes with batteries included, as well as a comprehensive guide on how to put it on.
And how does one put on a cock ring?
Single cock rings that only go around the shaft can be placed when the penis is already erect, especially if the rings are stretchy. But penis rings that go around the balls should be placed on a flaccid penis — ideally, at least. Place the testicles first. Then, with the help of some lube, stretch the ring with your fingers making room for the penis; then, slide it inside of the ring as well. The ring should rest behind both testicles and around the shaft. Double cock rings have two independent rings, one for just the shaft and one for the testicles and the penis. And remove the cock ring only after the penis is flaccid again. Finally, if the penis-owner has a lot of pubic hairs, be careful and use extra lube since the pubes can get tangled around the ring, making putting it on or taking it off extra difficult (and we don’t want to make it painful either).
How does it perform?
The Optimale Vibrating Double Cock Ring has two bullet vibrators. One that will end up being on the top of the penis, facing the belly button, and one on the perineum, under the balls. That vibe provides stimulation that travels to the prostate and rocks against it (through the perineum) while thrusting. And the first motor (the one that is positioned on top) is great for making contact with the clitoris.
Both vibes are water-proof, can be removed and used separately, are surprisingly powerful and have 10 speed settings. Three of which are steady vibration and 7 of which are patterns. Again, these can be controlled independently, so you can have one speed on one motor and an entirely different one on the other, which makes your experience really customizable.
Positions that work well for clitoral stimulation
This hugely depends on your own bodies, anatomy, and personal preferences, but I found that cowgirl, missionary or anything that has you facing each other, provides good contact. I also really liked the texture on the silicone that holds the bullet vibrator. In a cowgirl position, I totally loved just slowly grinding on it, squeezing my vag around the penis, enjoying the deep penetration, and lying over the bullet vibe on the top. Overall, long thrusts are not what makes me orgasm (and I suspect a lot of women would agree). I prefer shorter ones and a lot of humping and grinding, and the cock ring was one more reason to enjoy that close contact with my partner’s body.
Don’t forget that cock rings are not just for intercourse. They can be worn during hand jobs, blow-jobs or even jerking off! They are a great solo sex tool, and sometimes practicing on your own is a better first step than introducing it to the bedroom right away.
Things to consider
If you are new to penis rings, I would highly suggest you start with a single Optimale Vibrating Cock Ring. It will be easier to use and will let you adjust to the sensation. The double rings are fabulous if you want to add more vibration to the balls, but it’s a bit of a hassle to put on. And you might find it too distracting, or somewhat of a mood killer to try to make it work.
Another thing to keep in mind is that while the ring is stretchy, it’s still not super big. So it might be a tight fit for people with more girthy penises and bigger balls. If that’s your case, I’d suggest buying this particular ring if you are more experienced with rings.
In a nutshell: Optimale Vibrating Double Cock Ring is a fabulous silicone body-safe double cock ring I would recommend to anyone with a little bit of experience with rings. The two motors are surprisingly strong and have 10 vibration functions each. They even can be removed and used as small clitoral vibes separately. I think this cock ring is one of the best couples toys one can buy these days, especially at this price (which is the reason why several of these rings got featured in my Gift-Giving Guide).
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Disclaimer: The Optimale Vibrating Double Cock Ring was generously provided to me by Peepshowtoys in exchange for my honest review. My opinions and thoughts in this post reflect my experience with the product and are not altered in any way. I am using affiliate links in this post, which help me support this blog. By buying through them you’re giving me the opportunity to keep up the good work.