Be positive.  Be smart.  Be free. - Better Than The Hand

Be positive.  Be smart.  Be free.

That is the tagline on TENGA’s ‘Original Vacuum Cup’ sleeve. What a delightful departure from the standard adult masturbator marketing slogan!

Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of TENGA products. I was first introduced to the TENGA EGG by the owner of ‘La Jugeteria’ in Madrid, Spain.  She tossed me and EGG and told me just how to use it (swirl it around the tip of your cock!), winking as the egg flew through the air from her hands to mine. I’ve been hooked ever since. The EGG, however, was so damn good I never really ventured beyond it—until now.  After meeting some of the people from TENGA at the AVN show this year, I decided I needed to dive deeper into their product line. So I went straight for their classic stroker: the Vacuum Cup.

TENGA products achieve a level of aesthetics unlike anything else. While many aspire to blend art and function (like Lelo), TENGA IS art, and the experience they enable is transformative.  Their products are just stunning! The design. The colors. The shapes. The packaging—but it doesn’t end there.  TENGA’s products are well thought-out: they work!  The little details in the packaging (for instance, the seal for the vacuum hole that must be removed or the outer layer of packaging that must be removed to open the vacuum cup) make you feel that you’re dealing with an adult product that could set the standard for their mainstream commercial counterparts.  Unlike many products in adult where the marketing outstrips the product, TENGA products communicate a level of design that fuses sex, intelligence and beauty.

As soon as I opened the top, I knew I was going to have fun: The Vacuum Cup arrives prelubricated and the texture of the sleeve strikes the perfect balance between softness and texture, while the vacuum hole provides the perfect level of suction.  The shape makes it easy to grip and the fact that it’s lightweight makes it easy to hold with one hand–which means you can do all sorts of nasty with the other! 

The combination of perfect suction, light-weight build, easy grip and perfect lube made for a truly unique session.  my only regret is that I had to throw it away when I was finished.  So I got right back in line to buy a new one…

(Note: If you’re 7” or more (they don’t call me ‘Magnus’ for nothing), you’ll want to go with the ultra size or ‘U.S.’ version.  And as I said, ALL of TENGA’s products are artful, functional and uniquely effective, so browse their entire selection). 




Magnus Sullivan

Magnus Sullivan has been at the forefront of technological and cultural shifts for more than 20 years. In 1993 Magnus founded eLine, one of the first system integration firms in San Francisco, bringing some of the biggest brands in the world online. One of his first clients was the storied progressive adult toy reseller, Good Vibrations. This was his first foray into the world of adult and he never looked back, partnering with the powerhouse, Game Link, to help create one of the most formidable companies in the online adult market. He has created two of the most awarded and recognized movies in the adult industry (‘An Open Invitation’ and ‘Marriage 2.0', which won The Feminist Porn Awards coveted ‘Movie of the Year’ award in 2016) and recently launched, a reseller of sex toys for men, and, a sex positive blog that promotes male masturbation and discusses the various social issues associated with it. Sullivan has written extensively about the need to expand and enhance content production in the adult industry and is also the author of ‘Better Than The Hand: How Masturbation is the Key to Better Sex and Healthier Living’. He is a fourth-generation SF-native, lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys kite boarding, skiing, triathlon, cooking, reading, writing and just about everything else that engages his mind and his body.

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