Who will like this product? Those who enjoy...
- A discreet masturbation sleeve for couple or solo play.
- Discreet appearance and packaging
- Pre-lubed and disposable for convenience
- Pleasantly ribbed and nubby textures
- Possible to wash and reuse, but cleanup is a pain
- A bit bulky (somewhat intentionally)
- Not a great value for a one-time use
Now let's get into the nitty gritty...
Materials & Workmanship (3 pearls): TPE inner sleeve in a plastic outer shell. TPE is washable, but not sterilizable for sharing. So, if you've got a friend, get them their own. ;-) Construction is very lightweight, but solid.
Aesthetic Appeal (5 pearls): Your mileage may vary, obviously, but personally, I find the type of masturbation sleeves that are modeled on the pussies of pornstars-du-jour a bit... mildly creepy. This is a definite alternative to that, it's very sleek and modern, and doesn't dress itself up to be something that we all know it clearly isn't. The packaging is very discreet, which would be great for concealing for travel. The website refers to it as looking like a 'fancy shampoo bottle'. It would be one hefty shampoo bottle, but the look is not far off...
Features (3 pearls): The Tenga comes pre-lubed, which is a nice convenience, especially for people like us who can't seem to keep track of ours. You just crack the seal, and it's ready to go. There's also a small foil seal on the other end, which is supposedly optional and you can leave open or closed, but I found it necessary to open in order to keep air bubbles in check. I must say, it's a bit big. And that's somewhat by design -- Tenga also makes their standard 'Deep Throat' cup, which is both shorter and slimmer. The Deep Throat US is their model 'for the larger man'. Whether or not that's me is open for discussion... It's not something that was an issue as far as the inner workings go, but the outer shell is a bit of a handful, particularly for those like frances with smaller hands.
Fun (4 pearls): To be honest, this is a type of toy that I often don't have much time for. When I'm with frances, there are enough willing orifices to go around, and when I'm alone I tend to be pretty no-frills. Hands are fine. But we took the opportunity to play with it as a couple, and enjoyed it. Frances particularly enjoyed watching me slip in and out, as that's not a view she gets to see first hand, and imagining a playmate in its place. Good times. :-)
"Mystery Category" (2 pearls): Is it disposable? Is it not? Well... yes and no. It seems that it's supposed to be. And as such, it's a bit of an investment for something that will be used once. Although, I suppose, no more than a pay-per-view movie that I've been know to use to achieve the same result. Anyway, in the interest of science (or something), we decided to investigate the claims that it can be cleaned and reused. And the verdict is, it CAN, but it seems more hassle than it's worth, since it means detaching the inner sleeve from the housing and then restuffing it back into its packing material. Our poor recycled Tenga looks usable, but definitely the worse for wear...