Vacuum Penis Pump vs Hydropump - The Differences

If you’ve been searching for a penis pump that delivers real results, you’ll probably know that there’s a lot of options available out there. Outside of making sure that you only buy from a genuine, trustworthy retailer, one of the most important choices to make with your penis pump is whether you choose a standard vacuum pump or an advanced hydropump.

While it may not be immediately apparent, there’s a lot of important differences between the two, with one resulting in far better gains in size. We’ve broken down the main differences below:

What is a Penis Pump?

Invented back in the 19th century, penis pumps were designed to help treat conditions like erectile dysfunction, helping the afflicted easily attain an erection by creating a vacuum around the penis, drawing in blood.

They’re still used for this purpose today, but their popularity really took off for a different reason - with regular use, they help users see genuine size improvements for both penis length and girth (though some deliver better results).

Why Penis Pumps are Useful

There’s a lot of reasons to use a penis pump - users come in all shapes and sizes, each using their penis pump for a different reason, but here’s a few of the main ones:

  • Better Erections
  • Longer Penises
  • Improved Self-Confidence
  • Treating Injuries
  • Coping with High Blood Pressure
  • Countering Erectile Dysfunction
  • Overcoming Stress/ Anxiety/ Depression
  • Medically Beating Peyronie’s Disease or Micropenis
  • Just for Fun

Penis pumps genuinely help with all of the above - it’s why they’re such a popular item in sex stores and beyond. It’s worth noting that some penis pumps (like ours) are medically certified for treating various conditions, with their proven results making a real difference.

How do Vacuum Pumps work?

There’s a few different kinds of vacuum pump, but they generally all work in a similar way - using a ring or a band, as well as lubrication in some cases, the pump seals against the base of the penis, following which air can be extracted, creating a vacuum.

This vacuum draws blood into the penis, creating an erection. In some cases, you can leave this ring/ band on to prolong your erection once the pump is removed.

What makes Hydropumps different?

Hydropumps are a lot more simple, using water instead of air. With no need for lube or any kind of band, just fill with warm water, and attach to the base of your penis, pumping to remove excess water and create a vacuum.

With the water allowing for a more even level of pressure, hydropumps cut out any painful compression, and allow for significantly better effects.


Both kinds of penis pump tend to deliver results, but there’s little doubt that hydropumps do create a better level of performance. As the manufacturers of the world’s leading penis pump brand, we’ve seen a lot of people moving onto our products after using traditional vacuum pumps, brought in by the fantastic Bathmate Reviews we get.

We’re a lot more confident about results than any other penis pump maker, so we offer absolutely everyone a no questions asked return policy. For a full 60 days after buying a Bathmate pump, users can return their pump for a full refund if they’re not satisfied. Of course, because of the fantastic performance we deliver, very few people actually return their pump.


When it comes to intimate matters, it’s not surprising that safety is a lot of people’s first concern. If sold by a legitimate retailer, penis pumps won’t create an unsafe level of pressure, being physically designed to prevent this occurring.

At first, it can feel painful to use a penis pump, especially if the maximum safe pressure is applied. Hydropumps make a real difference here, with the water-based design absolutely minimising painful effects, while delivering fantastic size gains.


Creating an air vacuum around your penis can be uncomfortable, as you might expect. With warm water being used in hydropumps, this changes up a lot - it feels far more natural to apply a water-based vacuum.

The natural feeling helps to improve performance quite a bit in both psychological and physical ways. If you’re feeling nervous or unusual, you won’t get the full possible results, while the warmth of water contact helps your penis tissue stretch and expand.


Using a standard penis pump can be inconvenient, requiring quite some time to set up, with the need to apply a band and lube. With their easy-to-use design, hydropumps completely solve this issue, being usable without any real set up.

Because they’re designed to be used in a bath or shower, hydropump exercise can easily be incorporated into your daily routine, making it far easier to get the best possible gains from your pump. It’s also a lot easier to keep a hydropump clean and hygienic.

The Bottom Line

On every level, hydropumps outperform standard vacuum penis pumps, making them the recommended choice of just about every penis expansion expert out there (they really exist!). Going beyond that, with over 1 million customers worldwide, a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from, and an unmatched satisfaction rate, Bathmate is absolutely the best choice for your penis pump.

Head through to our Bathmate sizes page to take a look at the world’s best penis pumps and choose your ideal model today!