Velvet Thruster Review [2021]: Detailed Comparison After 3 Month Testing

In this Velvet Thruster Review you’ll learn which Velvet dildo model is best for you – Velvet Prime, Teddy, or Jackie? …and how to get most out of it?

Let me share my insights from 3 months hands-on testing of Prime Jackie, Frankie, Sammie, Walter and Abbey thruster models. Also I compare all the best Velvet models and share when to choose which.

From the noisy, bulky OG Jackie to the compact, hands-free Velvet Thruster Mini Teddy, Thruster sex toys have surely come (and made me come) a long way…

I have to admit they’re the next best thing to fucking machines!

And now, they’re bringing us a new line of thrusters: Customizable, more powerful, longer-lasting Thruster Prime.

So, I “built” and got one plus all the swappable shafts and accessories and put them to the test.

I’ll share my experiences with it, a detailed comparison of all five silicone shafts, which accessory is worth getting, and how the Prime line compares with the Mini line. 

Are you in or out? Here’s the TL;DR:

The Good

Velvet Thruster Prime is a body safe silicone self-thrusting toy that lets you choose colors, shapes, accessories, and swap shafts for a customized experience.

It’s cheaper and easier to store than a full-sized sex machine and way better to hold than the original Velvet Thrusters.

You can also use it hands-free or with a partner and experiment with different positions, depending on your choice of accessories.

The Not So Good

Some users looking for deeper and faster thrusts may feel underwhelmed by this mini-machine.

It’s not waterproof and can still get pretty loud at the highest speed setting. Also, it requires a bit of positioning work if you’re not getting the suction cup attachment. 

The Bottom Line

The Thruster Prime is a quality handheld sex machine that offers much value for folks who don’t want to commit to a full-sized machine yet.

If you want to invest in a solid thruster that you can tailor-make to your desire, won’t stall, and give more options, then this is perfect for you.

But if you want a more forceful, quiet enough, or cheap thruster, then you should look elsewhere.

Velvet Thruster Prime is for you if:

  • You want to customize your thrusting dildo with different shafts and accessories
  • You want a powerful, easy-to-hide thruster
  • You liked your original Velvet Thruster(s) and want to upgrade
  • You want to try different positions with your thruster during solo and partnered play
  • You’re not yet ready for a full-size sex machine

Velvet Thruster Prime is not for you if:

  • You want a super-fast machine with deeper thrusts
  • You’re on a tight budget
  • You want a quiet toy
  • You want to use your toy in the bath or shower

First Impressions… THRUST

My package came in a discreet plain white cardboard box with the name “Velvet Co.” as the sender. It includes the following contents:

  • Velvet Thruster Prime Frankie in red color inside a white non-discreet box
  • Jackie in mint, Walter and Sammie in black, and Abbey in lilac
  • Prime suction cup, long reach handle, and partner play handle
  • Charger with adapter
  • 3 black see-through drawstring bags

The Thruster Prime is bigger than the Thruster Mini Teddy (now Teddy TX) but somewhat the same size as the original (now discontinued) Jackie.

The main unit looks and feels sturdy. The base has these “balls” that kinda look like an AirPods case. I already have a feeling I’ll be holding onto them for dear life (more details later).

The suction cup base attachment is not as flat as the built-in suction on my Mini Thrusters. Both long and short handles look durable and well-built. 

All five swappable silicone shafts are velvety soft to the touch with a bit of firmness to them like the original Velvet Thrusters.

Each shaft has a different shape for different uses. The only two with a similar phallic shape are Jackie and Sammie.

But Sammie’s on the thicker side — something I’m sure size royals will be very happy with.

All Prime shafts come in lilac, mint, red, and black colors, and lilac, white, and black for the base color. As you can see, I chose a mix and match of colors.


Velvet Thruster Specs Comparison

Velvet Thruster Prime:

 
Jackie
Frankie
Sammie
Walter
Abbey
Shape
Realistic
Ridged
Realistic
Beaded
Hooked
Total Length
11″
11″
11″
11″
11″
Insertable Length
7″
7″
7.5″
7″
7″
Diameter
1.5″
1.5″
1.85″
0.65″-1.35″
1.25″
Stroke Length
3.5″
3.5″
3.5″
3.5″
3.5″
Stroke Speed
140 strokes/min
140 strokes/min
140 strokes/min
140 strokes/min
140 strokes/min
Speed Level
6 speeds
6 speeds
6 speeds
6 speeds
6 speeds
Flexibility
90°
90°
90°
90°
90°
Battery Life
8 hours
8 hours
8 hours
8 hours
8 hours
Material
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Color Choices
Shaft: Lilac, mint, red, black

Base: Lilac, white, black
Shaft: Lilac, mint, red, black

Base: Lilac, white, black
Shaft: Lilac, mint, red, black

Base: Lilac, white, black
Shaft: Lilac, mint, red, black

Base: Lilac, white, black
Shaft: Lilac, mint, red, black

Base: Lilac, white, black
Suction Cup
Sold as a separate accessory
Sold as a separate accessory
Sold as a separate accessory
Sold as a separate accessory
Sold as a separate accessory

Velvet Thruster Mini:

 
Teddy TX
Teddy XL
Teddy GS
Shape
Realistic
Realistic
Hooked
Total Length
10″
11″
10″
Insertable Length
5.5″
7″
5.5″
Diameter
1.5″
1.5″
1.25″
Stroke Length
2.5″
2.5″
2.5″
Stroke Speed
125 strokes/min
128 strokes/min
128 strokes/min
Speed Level
6 speeds
6 speeds
6 speeds
Flexibility
30°
60°
90°
Battery Life
2 hours
2.5 hours
2.5 hours
Material
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Medical-grade silicone
Color Choices
Lilac, mint, red, black
Lilac, mint, red, black
Lilac, mint, red, black
Suction Cup
Built-in
Built-in
Built-in

Eenie Meenie Jackie Sammie… Which Thruster Should You Get?

Velvet Thruster Prime Jackie

Jackie Prime has the same realistic shape as the OG Jackie and Teddy TX thrusters. It’s average-sized (1.5″ diameter head to shaft) with a smooth, subtle head and a veiny textured shaft. With ample lubing, it feels smooth once it thrusts inside and out.


Velvet Thruster Prime Frankie

Frankie has a long head, a corona that stands out, and three ridges below the head. The rest of the shaft is smooth. Thrusting Frankie’s textured ridges feels like you’re getting an oh-so-good deep massage.


Velvet Thruster Prime Sammie

Sammie has the same realistic shape, subtle head, and veiny textured shaft as Jackie. The obvious difference is its thickness – 1.85″ diameter, to be exact. So yes, it’s bigger and slightly longer than Jackie, making it great for folks who want to ride thicker toys.


Velvet Thruster Prime Walter

Thrusting anal beads? Walter’s got you covered. It has five beads in total: the first two beads are smaller than the last three (all 1.35″ diameter), with the smallest being 0.65″ diameter. That makes inserting Walter easy, even for users new to anal play. 


Velvet Thruster Prime Abbey

You won’t see Abbey from Prime’s main Head Type listing. However, you can still get it as a separate shaft for the same price as the other four. Abbey has a curved, squared-off head with a prominent hook that locks into the G-spot and stimulates it.


The Thruster Mini – Teddy (Teddy TX)

Teddy TX is the smallest, realistic-shaped Velvet Thruster with a built-in suction cup for hands-free action. It’s not as flexible as the others, but it’s super easy to hold and bring with you because of its compact size. Also, it’s the cheapest — perfect for folks on a budget or those who are unsure if handheld thrusting machines are for them.


Teddy GS

This mini G-spot thruster has the same shape and function as Prime Abbey, just an inch and a half shorter. It’s the same size as Teddy TX with a built-in suction cup. However, it’s more flexible (up to 90°), faster, and lasts longer.


Teddy XL

It’s basically the same realistic shape, built-in suction cup, and average girth as Teddy TX (1.5″ diameter), just an inch longer and more flexible. Plus, around 30 minutes more battery life than Teddy TX. It’s the Velvet Thruster for users who want average girth but more length from their thrusting toys.


How Does The Velvet Thruster Prime Feel?

Let’s start with holding the Prime Thruster.

I initially thought holding Prime would feel like holding the bulky OG Jackie because of their somewhat similar size. I WAS WRONG.

Even without a suction cup, the base was easy to hold as the toy was thrusting in and out. *Thank you, AirPods balls!*

I didn’t feel uncomfortable holding it a bit longer than what I’m used to (and believe me, that’s saying something).

Now, let’s talk about the swappable heads/shafts.

Like the original Velvet Thrusters and Mini Thrusters, all Prime Thrusters feel velvety soft on the outside. But once inside, it’s not as squishy as other silicone toys.

There’s a bit of firmness to it. You’ll know that because the shaft retains its shape as it’s consistently thrusting. And you’ll feel that from the pinpoint sensations with each thrust.

Some heads/shafts have subtle textures like Jackie and Sammie that feel smooth as they glide in and out.

Others have more pronounced textures like Walter and Frankie, where you’d feel them doing something to your insides.


Battle of the Thrusters: Prime vs. Velvet Thruster Mini Teddy

On the blue corner: Prime Thrusters. Here are why they’re better than the Mini Thrusters.

  1. They have interchangeable silicone shafts. You can swap and choose from 5 different heads/shafts by removing the one from the main unit. So you don’t need to buy a different thrusting dildo each time you crave variety.
  2. They’re longer with more insertable length and stroke length (the moving part), so you’ll feel that you’re getting deeper, more human-like thrusts.
  3. You can get accessories for your Prime Thruster for more variety and positions to try. Plus, make solo and partnered play more enjoyable.
  4. The suction cup attachment is not as flat as the built-in suction cup base on Mini Thrusters. That means Prime Thrusters stick better on flat surfaces than Mini Thrusters.
  5. Finally, Prime Thrusters have more pushing power and battery life. After one full charge, they have a maximum run time of 8 hours. That’s 4x a Mini Thruster’s battery life!

On the red corner: Mini Thrusters. Here’s why they’re better.

  1. They’re cheaper than Prime Thrusters, especially Teddy TX. So, they’re perfect if you’re on a budget or want to figure out whether or not thrusting toys are for you.
  2. They’re shorter and weigh less. Mini Thrusters are still the most compact quality thrusting toys out there. They’re travel-friendly and easier to hold when you’re playing solo missionary.

WINNER? If you want more power, more options, more battery life, more everything in a thrusting toy, Prime Thrusters are a no-brainer.

But if you’re looking for a cheaper and more compact thrusting toy, you’re better off getting a Mini Thruster.


How to Use Velvet Thruster Prime

Here’s the lowdown on using the toy’s control buttons. (Note: You can skip this part if you already own the Mini Teddy.)

  1. Press the power button at the base to start the thrusting motion at the lowest speed. The band changes color to indicate the current speed.
  2. Press the ‘+’ and ‘−’ buttons to increase or decrease the thrusting speed up to 6 levels.
  3. Press the power button for a few seconds to turn the toy off. This will put the toy at its lowest speed setting (shortest length) before shutting down within 3 seconds. But if you press the power button again within that time frame, the toy will stop at the current level of the shaft.

Before inserting the thruster, apply an ample amount of water-based or hybrid lube on the shaft. Then, position the toy with the buttons facing up for easy adjustment while in use.

Or you can choose your fave setting (remember the band color?), stick the suction cup (if you got one) on a flat surface, and enjoy some hands-free thrusting action.

If you can’t keep the thruster steady with your hands only, you can prop it up on some pillows or wedge it between them just between your legs for more support.

You need to do this because Thruster Prime has a powerful motor. It’ll move away from your body and out of you without pillows or a suction cup base for support.

Now onto swapping the shaft…

To swap the shaft, you have to remove the primary shaft first. Pull the ribbed bottom part slowly with one hand while keeping the inner body steady with the other. With a little wiggle here and jiggle there. Poof! Gone!

To insert a new shaft, hold the top part and slowly push it down until the ribbed bottom reaches the unit’s grooves or the plastic part just above the silicone base.

Ensure the silicone shaft fits around securely. Ready for round 2?


Velvet Thruster Prime Accessories – Are They Worth Adding?

There’s a hole at the bottom of Prime’s base. That’s where you’re screwing any of these accessories to make the most of your thrusting experience.

There are two handles to choose from: Partner Play and Long Reach Handles.

If you want some play time with your lover and your Prime Thruster, get the Partner Play Handle. It’s a short, straight handle best for a partner to wield the thrusting sex toy to your surrender.

On the other hand, the Long Reach Handle is an angled, flexible handle that gives you better grip/control during solo play.

Downsides to using either handle? You’ll have a hard time reaching the control buttons.

For some hands-free fun, you can buy the Prime Suction Cup as a separate attachment. It mounts your Thruster on any wall or flat surface.

You can angle it forward or backward up to 45°. So it’s not as flat as Teddy TX’s suction cup. That’s why it’s much stronger and sticks better.

Not Thruster Prime exclusive, but you can buy an Extra Charger for your Velvet Thruster for just 20 bucks.

You know, just in case yours gets lost, you forgot where you kept it, etc. In case you’re wondering, I still have my Mini Teddy charger — all well and charging still.


My Experience With Velvet Thruster Prime

My experiences with the different Velvet Prime Thruster shafts have been nothing short of knee-jerking orgasm amazing. 

Last year, I said that Teddy TX was the self-thrusting toy to beat. I was right for a couple of months, but then I tried Thruster Prime…

Move over, TX! Thrusting toys have got a new queen (or king).

Now, I’m no size queen. So, the combo that really worked for me was the Prime Jackie with or without the suction cup.

Even without the suction cup base, Prime is easier to hold than the OG Jackie. I usually grab the “balls” part to keep the thruster steady for comfy penetration.

However, placing some pillows under the sex toy between my legs is still my SOP to keep it from moving away from me.

Adjusting the stroke speeds was very easy. I can just feel the ‘+’ and ‘−’ buttons without looking at the toy if I wanted to go up or down a stroke speed. I didn’t even pay attention to the new color-changing band feature.

That keeps me in the moment and makes me focus on the thru-sk at hand.

Just like my Teddy TX, Prime’s silicone material absorbs a lot of lube. TIP: Make sure to always keep a water-based lube nearby.

But Jackie did glide smoothly in and out of me. The subtle ridge and textured shaft paired well with the toy’s powerful thrusts.

Unlike my Teddy TX, Prime thrusts deeper and faster. Every thrust felt as close to real sex as possible. I didn’t need a lot of texture to get things going.

The powerful thrusts and gentle textures were more than enough to make me come. Sometimes, I clench. And so far, the motor hasn’t stalled.

Now, onto the accessories. I’m not a fan of the handles, especially the long one. It was very difficult to use it to manipulate the toy during solo play.

It kinda looked like I was wielding an electric chainsaw that I don’t even know how to use. (Nope, not happening again.)

But the suction cup base is my favorite. I usually attach it to my Prime Thruster if I want to ride Jackie on the floor or simply stick it on the wall for some hands-free action.

The suction cup is super strong — way better than Teddy TX’s built-in suction. I had no problem keeping it steady on a wall or any smooth surface.

I’m super impressed by Thruster Prime’s battery life too. Most thrusting toys only run an hour or two after one full charge. With this thruster, I don’t have to recharge the toy after every use.

Room for improvement? I hope Velvet Co. will make waterproof thrusting toys. And I can’t wait for the day that they’ll come up with quiet thrusting toys like the Stronics.


Where Can You Buy One?

You can build your own Velvet Thruster Prime for $234.55 at Velvet Co.’s official website.

The base price includes one motor (main unit), one shaft attachment in your choice of head type and color and base color, and 1-year default warranty.

Additional shafts, accessories, and extended warranty coverage are sold separately.

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Other People Reviews About The Velvet Thrusters

“I have the mini version (Teddy). I’ve only had it for about a week, but I love it so far. It’s a little on the firm side and not quiet, but I really can’t complain. It feels amazing! I was worried that it would be too big, but it’s totally manageable with lots of lube.”

MrsRobinson1234

Reddit user


“The Mini Teddy is good – with a strong motor (no issues when resistance is applied) and a good range of motion for a toy is the size (2″) – but, like all thrusting toys, it’s not the quietest. I’ve got a custom silicone sleeve to put over it, which makes it softer and girthier.”

ToyGirls

Reddit user


More Powerful Alternatives?

If you’re looking for a compact sex machine powered by electricity for some non-stop thrusting action, check out Hismith Pro Traveler 2. It can accommodate a variety of toys with compatible attachments for half the price of a full-sized machine.

The only downside is it’ll go slow or stall if you’re going to use bigger and thicker dildos à la Mr. Hankey’s toys.

Of course, there’s always a high-quality full-sized machine if you want to thrust bigger toys and don’t want to deal with the limitations of using a handheld fucking machine.


Final Thoughts

The whole Velvet Thruster Prime line is a definite upgrade to any self-thrusting toy experience and not just from the Mini Thrusters.

If you’re willing to invest in your pleasure for more thrusting options, positions, and variety minus the bulk and price of a sex machine, go for it. But if you’re looking for something else like a cheaper and compact option, you can try the Teddy TX.

You can read more about the product and other users’ experiences in the Velvet Thruster Prime’s “Customer Reviews” section.


Aliyah Moore

Aliyah Moore

Aliyah Moore (she/her) is our resident sex expert at SexualAlpha. She’s a certified sex therapist with a Ph.D. in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Aliyah is a proud Black, bi-sexual femme passionate about empowering minority voices to embrace their sexuality and identity. She loves to write about everything sexual wellness and gives no-nonsense sex and relationship advice.

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