It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Aneros products (my first sex toy ever was the Aneros Progasm) but I will admit that I had a bit of trepidation about doing an Aneros Helix Syn review. I’ve always tended to go for prostate toys that are a big larger, and I had the impression that the Helix Syn was more of a “starter toy” due to its size. Having finally tried it, I’m happy to say my assumptions were very wrong. It turns out that after spoiling myself with larger toys that give more direct stimulation over the years, I underestimated the value of a toy small and nimble enough to really move around and tease my prostate in a more subtle way.
A quick intro to the toy itself: it’s an updated version of Aneros’s very popular Helix model. Aneros spent years making their toys primarily from hard medical-grade plastic, but recently have started branching into softer materials. The Helix syn is the result of that, having the same size and shape as the Helix Classic but coated with a layer of silky smooth silicone. In my opinion this especially helped with the tab that sits on the perineum, as the plastic tabs from classic models can start to chafe after a while.
I always give credit where credit is due, and Aneros definitely gets points for packaging. Once you open the outer cardboard box, you have a very sturdy inner box with a magnetic flap and then the toy itself sitting in a removable plastic tray. If you closed the box and slid it into a bookshelf, it looks a lot like a hardcover book and fits in pretty discreetly.
As far as toy dimensions, here’s what you get:
- Tip Width: 1.06 inches
- Mid-Ridge Width: 0.93 inches
- Stem to Perineum Distance: 1.75 inches
- Insertable Length: 4 inches
To put those numbers into context, check the pictures above. As you can see, the toy is only really a bit larger than my finger. I can safely promise you guys that I’m no Donald Trump, it’s a pretty standard-sized hand. In practice, I was able to pop this toy in with almost no warmup and no discomfort at all.
As you can see, it has a curved handle to help you insert it and a black tab meant to sit on your perineum. During use, the perineum tab should be moving slightly along with the toy to give some extra stimulation.
Compared to my Progasm, Aneros’s current largest product, you can see the differences are pretty stark. The Helix Syn is angled in more aggressively, aiming to get where it needs to be right away but to provide a light touch. The Progasm and other large models go straight for the kill, using their size to pound away at your prostate for something a little more full-on. Both styles have their pros and cons, but I’ve found I enjoy each of them for the unique sensations they give. As they say, variety is the spice of life.
How To Use An Aneros Toy
If this is your first time using an Aneros product, you should know that they work differently from most other prostate toys. These toys are designed to be used hands-free; essentially you pop it in and then use contractions of your anal and pelvic muscles to move it around. You’re supposed to avoid touching your dick at all. The idea is that once you start jacking yourself off, your brain prioritizes the more direct sensations coming off your penis at the expense of the more subtle sensations coming out of your prostate.
Because of this, its hard to think of their products strictly as toys. In practice, they also function as training devices that teach you how to control your muscles down there and help you train your body to recognize prostate pleasure. A huge part of prostate pleasure is the mental aspect of it, and this is a toy meant to help you focus on that. I can’t recommend the Aneros Wiki enough, they have a great step-by-step on using your Aneros massager.
I’ve been using the Helix Syn for about a month now, and I think I’ve about got the hang of it. To run you through a typical session, I start out by warming myself up. It’s not a big toy, so just a finger and a generous amount of water-based lube do the trick. Once the toy is inserted, I start out with breathing exercises and anal contractions. At a certain point your body starts to take over and the contractions become automatic, so you just have to focus on breathing and hang on for the ride.
Although the toy is on the smaller side, due to its angling I can feel it pressing on my prostate as soon as I put it in. Being used to larger models, it took me a few uses to get used to the more subtle sensations it gives once it gets moving. It starts out as an almost imperceptible tickling, but then turns into a warm tingling feeling that spreads out across your groin. As your body’s contractions start to intensify you can feel it ‘tugging’ on your prostate, kind of like an urgent finger doing a ‘come hither’ motion. It’s definitely different from larger models in that I can feel it moving around more, almost like it’s dancing across my prostate. It has a lot more space to move around, and it’s designed to make maximum use of it.
I personally haven’t experienced a hands-free orgasm with this toy yet, but there have been a few times when I felt pretty damn close. Honestly, even without cumming the pleasure from the prostate massage alone has me panting and writhing once it gets going. While hands-free-use is recommended, there’s no need to be puritanical about it. I’m not a perfect person, and I do occasionally cheat with this toy by jacking myself off. The feeling of it is indescribably fantastic. The same applies for leaving it in during sex, prostate stimulation just adds a whole other dimension to things.
I was pleasantly surprised by this toy. I thought it was going to be too small, but the combination of how it’s angled and the way it makes use of its smaller size to move across the prostate had me gasping. It’s made with quality material, and it’s a size that is accessible to beginners while still having something for more experienced users. The only reason I gave it a 9 is because the learning curve can be a bit much for some, and you should make sure you’re ready to invest some time in learning how to use this toy when you buy it.