Having an above average amount of toys filling my drawers, I found it hard to pick which I should review first. For this I chose the Tantus Purr, a vibrating dildo by the ever loved company Tantus Inc. I received this toy as a gift from the girlfriend for a birthday years ago and it instantly became a staple in our bedroom.
Tantus Inc. is a company that specializes in the production of 100% silicone sex toys. They are a major player in the push for safer toys, using the best quality materials available today. As a toy user who appreciates the impact they have had on the sex toy industry, I currently own four of their toys and have nothing negative to say about their quality and attention to detail in both their products and customer service. Their products are some of the best I’ve experienced in my years of shopping around.
They can be found here: Tantus Inc.
The Tantus Purr is a ribbed non realistic dildo measuring 6.75” long from base to tip. This to me is the perfect length to take completely, whether using it alone or in a harness. The girth listed on the product page of many websites have this particular toy listed at 1.4” in diameter. As a person who enjoys making things, I am the owner of a digital caliper that measures to the hundredth of an inch and the answer isn’t that cut and dry. What I have found out and you will find the same thing out when using the Purr, is their exists a taper. The toy has a slight taper from the largest portion being the tip and tapering down where it attaches to the base. The widest part measured at the head comes in at a diameter of 1.75″ inches tapering down to the manufactures’ listed size of 1.4″ in diameter throughout the shaft.
In the base is a hollowed out cavity where a bullet vibrator can be inserted. This cavity is full of ridges which make for an awesome design feature, but when a bullet vibe is inserted, it prevents a vacuum from forming, making removal after easy. Another note on the bullet cavity: inserting a bullet while using a harness makes for an uncomfortable time as the end will stick out past the base.
The Purr is shipped with a vibrating bullet. It is not the best bullet but for starting out, there is much worst out there. My main gripe with the included bullet is the use of N type battery; an unpopular battery that is similar to a shorter version of a AAA.
This toy was purchased approximately two years ago and at the time this was my first experience with what most would call a “quality toy”. In my relationship, the Purr is mainly used for anal insertion. When used vaginally she described it as too firm, and slightly to large. This isn’t a gripe against the toy itself as she has always preferred clitoral stimulation, over large penetration. In my use I initially found insertion to be a struggle. The size was a major step up at the time to others toys I was accustomed to. As described in the details above this dildo by Tantus is ribbed throughout the shaft, as well as featuring a slightly larger tip than the rest of the toy. This makes the Purr slightly more difficult to insert, but once in creates a nice sensation as the rest glides in easier through the taper.
For those that have used ribbed condoms this would be nothing similar to what the purr brings to the table. Each ridge is ever so subtle as not to be a hindrance in penetration, yet adds texture that I find very stimulating in anal use. Each ridge can be felt as it enters making it an amazing toy for thrusting, and a great starter toy to ease into the more heavily textured toys. Besides the amazing texture, there is also a slight curve to the toy itself, aiding in pinpointing the g-spot or prostate during use. This toy became our main toy for quite some time after purchasing, and is still used heavily by itself or as a nice warm up for larger toys.
For me the vibrating element of this toy did not offer a lot in terms of pleasure, but vibrations have never been my thing as of yet. The included bullet vibe has rarely been used with the Purr since purchasing, although it does spend time inserted into the pouch of a strap on harness. With a flared base and enough length, the Tantus Purr is perfectly suited for use in a harness and is one of our favorite ways to use the toy. The shape, length, and texture are perfectly suited for harness use and make for an all-around great experience.
The Tantus Purr is made from 100% Premium silicone which is one of, if not the best material available in the toy industry. It is Hypoallergenic, Non-Toxic, and Non-Porous. What this means for us, the consumer, is that these toys are not only safe to use without the addition of harmful chemicals, but that their ability to be boiled and sanitized allows them to truly stand the test of time.
Silicone hardness is measured in rating scale called Shores and from what I have been able to find online is that Tantus toys fall somewhere around the 20 mark. This makes the Tantus Purr quite firm when compared to the likes of Tantus’ duel density toys, or many of the softer varieties of toys offered by other brands.
The Purr comes in two colors Pink Pearl and Purple Haze, both having an iridescent quality to them that makes them quite attractive. The material itself is quite glossy, and like many other silicon toys collects lint like it’s its job. These can be avoided by keeping the Purr in a storage bag of some sort.
The 100% silicone used is nearly bullet proof. The cleaning instructions from Tantus Inc. suggest:
For a quick clean, use antibacterial soap with warm to hot water, or use a toy cleaner (one without Triclosan!).
For a more extensive clean, you can boil your product with a 10% bleach solution.
For the most thorough cleaning, you may put your product in the dishwasher on a regular cycle.
Let air dry, or clean with a lint free cloth.
With cleaning the bullet should be removed prior to following these directions.