You may be wondering what all that trumpeting is about. This is the 197th review on Bean Fiddler. Some people may not be impressed considering it has taken us over three years to get to this point. However, I am impressed. So there! This is the beginning of the official countdown to Bean Fiddler’s 200th review. Ready? Set. Go!
For my 197th review (I know I’ve already mentioned it. I’m excited. Get off me.), I decided to go with a new product from one of my favorite sex toy manufacturers, the Tantus Plunge Paddle. I’m aware I have been on something of a Tantus roll recently, but what can I tell you? I am not going to turn down the opportunity to review quality toys from an awesome toy company.
I love a sex toy that can multi-task. If I can do more than one thing at a time, is it so wrong to expect my toys to be able to as well?
I’m not a huge shopper, but I when I do shop, there is nothing I love more than getting a great deal. It’s a cultural thing (and that’s all I’m going to say about that). A toy that is designed to perform more than one task always makes me feel like I’m getting more for my money. So, you can imagine how thrilled I am with the Tantus Plunge Paddle and its multiple uses.
Right off the bat, I see three ways to utilize my new Tantus Plunge Paddle.
1. As a paddle (duh)
2. As a dildo (hence the name “Plunge” Paddle)
3. As an anal toy/prostate stimulator
If you have other ideas for how to use the Tantus Plunge Paddle, please share. I did consider employing it as a pizza spatula, but it’s awfully thick and floppy. I’m pretty sure my pizza would end up on the floor. Pizza…yummmmmm.
It’s clear from the name, as well as the marketing, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is not only meant to be a BDSM impact device, its handle can also be used internally, as a dildo or butt toy. Yes. I am saying it’s acceptable to stick the handle of the Plunge Paddle up your butt (Unlike last week’s dildo, don’t get me started.). The paddle itself is so large I have a difficult time imagining it slipping up inside you and disappearing. Please understand, that is merely a statement, NOT a challenge.
I’ll get back to discussing using the Tantus Plunge Paddle in a bit. Let’s start with some basics. 6″ of the Plunge Paddle’s total 13″ in length is the insertable handle, which is 1.25″ in diameter. The flat of the paddle is 7″ long, 3.25″ wide, and .25″ thick. Unlike other non-silicone paddles I have used, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is super wobbly and flexible, as you can see in the video below.
On both sides of the spot where the flat of the hitting surface joins the handle, there is an indentation. In the indentation on the front of the Plunge Paddle (of course, there is a front and a back), is the Tantus logo, which in this case, is simply the word “Tantus” in raised letters.
Aside from this clue, you can also determine which is the front side of the paddle by looking at the bulb at the base of the handle. If you’re holding the paddle with the front facing up, the bulb curves up. If you’re holding it with the back of the paddle facing up, the bulb obviously curves down.
As this is actually my first silicone paddle, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I saw how wiggly and pliable it is, I figured it wouldn’t be much of a serious impact implement, but something to gently ease newbies into impact play. Yeah…so, no.
Now that I think about it, I’m not sure what my reasoning was. Yes, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is my first silicone paddle, but I have used silicone floggers and whips. I know silicone can hurt like hell, so what was I thinking?
I’ll admit it. I was thinking duh. Of course, with impact play, it’s all about how you use your tools. A BDSM pro can control how much pain he or she delivers by how they apply the device. This is certainly the case with the Tantus Plunge Paddle. Let me be clear though- the Plunge Paddle HURTS. Don’t be taken in by its innocent appearance. It’s not the wimpy beginner’s paddle I was expecting, and it can totally hold its own against any of my wooden paddles.
The sensations delivered by the Tantus Plunge Paddle are different than what an implement made of wood or leather provides. Silicone has a particular sting, whereas wood tends to be thumpy. The flexibility of the paddle also creates a sort of slapping motion that I haven’t experienced with a firmer one. I anticipated that the Plunge Paddle’s pliability would decrease the likelihood of pain, when in fact the opposite is true.
The result of the paddle flopping back before you bring it forward to whack someone is a bit like a pitcher winding his arm up to increase the power of his throw. The Plunge Paddle builds up momentum as you swing it, in a way that a rigid paddle can not. I’ve got to hand it to Tantus for that. Well done.
Not only is the handle of the Plunge Paddle dual purpose, but it manages to perform both functions equally well, which is no small feat. There is an extended groove along the underside of the handle that fits perfectly into the palm of my hand, no matter how I grip it. Though I don’t think I would have an issue without it, I believe this groove increases my comfort level when holding and swinging the paddle.
Though the silicone of the handle is solid and firm, it has a very slight give that lessens the pressure it places on my hand. This may not be a big deal or even noticeable to many people, but it could make holding onto the Tantus Plunge Paddle for an extended period of time more comfortable for people with hand issues. Of course, the lightweight silicone, approximately 7.5 ounces, is a tremendously positive feature for the same people and others with wrist conditions.
When I flip the Tantus Plunge Paddle around to use the handle as a dildo, finding a pleasant grip on the flat surface is definitely awkward. Though I can squash the paddle a bit, it requires some effort and hand strength. With my chronic hand pain, this is not a realistic solution. What I have found to be the best for me is to grasp the base of the handle from underneath, with my thumb laying across the Tantus logo, and the rest of my hand curled below.
It’s important that the Tantus logo is facing up when using the Plunge Paddle as a dildo because that means the bulbous tip of the handle is curved upwards, making g-spot stimulation a strong possibility. You can certainly flip the paddle around and insert the handle with the bulb facing down, but I did not find that to be enjoyable.
While I am able to angle the bulb of the Tantus Plunge Paddle to hit my g-spot, it is not the ideal shape for me. My frustrating g-spot does better with a slightly more extreme curve, but I am really not a huge g-spot girl most of the time anyway. The hardness of the solid silicone is very good for g-spotting and there is nothing floppy about the handle-as-dildo. It is just as easy to control as any other Tantus dildo I own (notwithstanding the odd gripping of the flat paddle face).
The 1.25″ of diameter is what I consider small-average in size, which means the Tantus Plunge Paddle should be accessible to a wide range of people. If someone has experience and is comfortable with vaginal penetration, this is a realistic first dildo option. On the other hand, a person with no penetration experience might want to consider something thinner, such as the Tantus Silk Small or the Tantus Silk Medium.
For a first g-spotting dildo, the Tantus Plunge Paddle is acceptable but not ideal. Someone looking to explore g-spot stimulation may be better off with a dildo like the Tantus Adam O2 or the Tantus Curve, simply because it will be easier to hold and thrust with them. When trying anything for the first time, I find it better not to have to think about too many factors.
As I mentioned above, due to the large paddle-as-handle, you can indeed stick the Tantus Plunge Paddle up your butt. I much prefer the feeling of fullness rather than the sensation of thrusting. So for me, a butt plug is a better option, such as the Tantus Asteroid.
Obviously, I can’t sit comfortably with the Plunge Paddle handle in my bottom and I look pretty ridiculous walking around the house with the flat of the paddle flopping around. Though I don’t have a prostate myself, it seems that the bulb might be good for prostate stimulation. It just doesn’t do much for me. If you are going to use the Plunge Paddle in your butt, just be sure to properly disinfect it with bleach or by boiling (details below) before using it again vaginally.
As with all Tantus products, the Plunge Paddle is made from Tantus’ proprietary blend of Ultra-Premium silicone. It is latex and phthalate-free, practically non-porous, hypoallergenic, and body-safe. Though made from the same silicone as my other Tantus sex toys, the texture is unique to the Plunge Paddle. I am guessing the other Tantus paddles have the same surface, but as I do not own any, I cannot be certain.
In general, I have found that all of my Tantus toys, with the exception of the Tantus Twist Butt Plug, have the same shiny and draggy appearance and feel. The silicone of the Plunge Paddle is completely matte and actually soft. It has a sleek smoothness that I really enjoy against my skin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s soft as a baby’s butt. However, if babies were made of silicone, it would be this exact kind.
Just because this silicone is far less draggy than I was anticipating, does not mean you don’t need to use lube with it when sticking it into your body, because you do. As we are talking about Tantus silicone and not some crappy, low-quality mix, you can use a high-quality silicone-based lubricant with the Tantus Plunge Paddle. It’s always a good idea to do a small patch test before slathering lube all over the place, just in case the product you are using is not compatible with the paddle.
If you want to be sure you won’t have any negative silicone interactions or don’t have any silicone-based lube laying around, stick with a water-based lubricant. It generally comes down to preference in regards to how much lube to use, and while I don’t require as much as I do with most of my other Tantus sex toys, I do need more than a drop or two. Still, I have not had any issue with my Tantus Plunge Paddle eating lube and requiring reapplication.
One cool thing about a silicone paddle is that you can get it wet, so if you want, you can add fluids to your paddling. This is not my favorite thing because I am way too lazy to want to deal with cleaning crap off the ceiling and walls. However, if you are more industrious and devoted than I am, go for it. Aside from making a mess, coating the skin or the paddle with something gentle that won’t damage the silicone (you can totally use water-based lube, if you have a ton laying around) can create different sensations.
Cleaning the Tantus Plunge Paddle is so easy. It is just a hunk of solid silicone with no electrical bits, so you’ve got options. There’s the good old warm water and mild soap standby (I am completely against anti-bacterial soap, but this is not the place to discuss it. Suffice it to say, you do NOT need it. Regular soap is more than sufficient.), as well as sex toy cleaner. You can also pop the Plunge Paddle in the top drawer of your dishwasher and run it through the cycle without soap.
The niftiest option, and what will allow you to go from anal to vaginal use and/or share your Tantus Plunge Paddle with non-fluid bonded partners, is disinfecting it. You can do this by cleaning it with a 10% bleach solution or boiling the paddle for 3-5 minutes.
The packaging for the Tantus Plunge Paddle, not unexpectedly, is different from the typical clear plastic box most of Tantus’ sex toys come in. The Plunge Paddle comes in a large cardboard box (it is a good sized paddle, after all), that says, “HUNGRY” in huge white letters on the front. Each of the box’s side have the word “Tantus” and the letters are oddly interspersed with images of food- carrot, fish, apple, cheese, and the Plunge Paddle.
Apparently, this is their new campaign- “Hungry… Choose Tantus”. It cracks me up and I think it’s quite brilliant, especially when you look at the campaign flyer in the box. It suggests using the Tantus Plunge Paddle as your new midnight snack and promises that if you do, “you’ll never go hungry again” (shades of Scarlett O’Hara).
The other flyer in the box is the product info sheet, which provides basic information about the Tantus Plunge Paddle. You can find the exact same information on the website product page. The Plunge Paddle itself is protected by a plastic bag. There is a small hole in the bulbous end that has a plastic loop with a Tantus tag on it. You can easily store your Plunge Paddle by hanging it from this tag. Or, if you happened to remove the tag (like some idiot I know), you can string something else through the hole.
The Tantus Plunge Paddle was shipped to me in the box with no additional protection, and though it was a bit beaten up by the time my UPS guy handed it off to me, its integrity had not been comprised. I’d say it’s sturdy enough to use for storage. While it does take up a lot of room, the box just fits the Tantus Plunge Paddle, so it isn’t overlarge. With my major storage issues, I’ll probably end up tossing the box and just storing the paddle in the plastic bag.
Tantus Plunge Paddle Pros:
• Dual purpose- paddle and dildo
• Strong sting-y sensations
• Good for all levels of experience with BDSM
• Great shape
• High-quality silicone
• Awesome company
Tantus Plunge Paddle Cons:
• Paddle is a bit clumsy for gripping
I love it when a clever idea comes to fruition and the Tantus Plunge Paddle is one ripe piece of fruit. It wasn’t just a good design, it absolutely works well in reality. Aside from the typical reasons to purchase Tantus products, super high-quality silicone, great U.S. based company that also manufactures their products here, toys that are actually field tested on humans, the Plunge Paddle is an excellent investment.
Due to its efficient multi-tasking, you get two superb toys for the cost of one. The Tantus Plunge Paddle provides you with a serious impact device and an effective g-spot dildo, at a very reasonable price point. Not to mention the fact that you can quickly go from paddling to penetration and back again in the blink of an eye. I’m betting the Plunge Paddle will end up making some Dom/mes very happy.
Really, the only reason not to treat yourself to a Tantus Plunge Paddle is because you hate BDSM and sex toys and kittens, because hating sex toys is basically the same as hating kittens. You’re not a kitten hater, are you??
I intentionally reviewed the Plunge Paddle at the beginning (ish) of the month to allow you more than enough shopping time. Tantus is currently offering 30% off EVERYTHING in their store through the end of the month. From now until November 30th, all you have to do is use coupon code: THEDIRTY30 at checkout and you’ll receive 30% off your ENTIRE purchase. Oh, and if you spend $75, you’ll get Free shipping as well. Seriously, non-kitten hating people, now is the time to stock up for the holidays!
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