The Naughty Plug and HELIX Trident held side by side on a hand

I recently had the pleasure of comparing two anal toys: the HELIX Trident massager by Aneros and the Mood: Naughty Plug 2 from Doc Johnson (size small).

Both the Trident and the smallest Naughty plug are designed for folks with prostates and their smaller sizes work well for novices or infrequent users. Both toys are narrow (both are slightly less than an inch wide), smooth, and easy to take in and out. Once inserted, they gently massage the prostate.

Aneros anal massagers were designed for self- or partner-stimulation. In other words, you can use your own muscles to subtly move the toy and massage your prostate. The Trident features a larger head and multiple curves that create a range of sensations. According to their website, “new tabs and arms stimulate P and K acupressure spots with a unique cradling effect, producing simultaneous stimulation with increased stability.” The Helix is made with nonporous hard plastic which are easy to clean. You can also upgrade to the HelixSYN, which is the same shape, but uses a softer silicone surface.

Trident held in a hand. Toy is a little bigger than one finger wide. The length runs from the middle of the palm to the top of the fingers.
Aneros HELIX Trident

Doc Johnson’s Mood line are all made with 100% silicone and come in three styles with multiple sizes for each.

The smallest Naughty Plug 2 (pictured) has a three-inch-long insertable length. You can also get 3.5 and 4.4 and 5.5-inch-long lengths which will hit the prostate differently. They’re all about the same diameter.

Naughty plug in a hand. The plug is a bit wider than one finger and reaches from the middle of the palm to nearly the tops of the fingers.
Mood: Naughty plug

Naughty plugs are plugs, as opposed to massagers, designed to stay in place and create a sense of fullness, as opposed to using subtle movements to massage the prostate. For some, massagers will be too much sensation, and will lean toward a plug that causes less involuntary muscle contraction. This is something you have to figure out for yourself. Every butt is different. Doc Johnson also carries a slightly wider prostate massager, as well as a more narrow c-ring and massager combo that I’d love to try out soon.


While not brand new to anal play, it’s not an activity my partner Doug (not his real name) does very often. Doug enjoyed both toys and found them to be comfortable once inserted. The biggest difference for Doug was the insertion. The hard plastic of the Aneros rubbed less against the skin when removing it and made it slightly more comfortable to remove.

Conversely, the silicone Naughty Plug has a little bit of give to it. I’m guessing that this bit of give could make the toy more comfortable internally for a very sensitive ass and is why Aneros now carries a silicone version of the HELIX Trident.

Both toys stayed in place while we did other fun things, an important factor if you are interested in partner play.

The Handles

One of the key differences between the toys is the handle, and they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

The Naughty Plug handle is flat and easy to sit on. If you’re looking for something small you can easily move around with, this is a major advantage. You can sit on the Naughty Plug or wear it under clothing. Want to feel naughty in public? This is your toy.

The small plastic handles that Aneros toys are known for are not something you want to sit on. On the other hand, the easy-to-grip handles can be extremely useful. They turn a simple plug into a small, thrustable dildo. In other words, you can really fuck with it. As the person assisting with the butt plug (not wearing it), this is my favorite aspect to this toy. Even better, the Trident’s handle design places light pressure on the perineum.

The Price (at Early2Bed)

Small Naughty Plug: $18
Helix Trident: $55

Here is where the Naughty Plug is the clear winner, but in my opinion, an Aneros is worth the investment.

Note: The Aneros company sent me a Trident to try out, but it did not impact this review. I’ve been wanting one for a long time.

Jera writes about sexuality, spirituality, and social justice. They are the author of Just the Tip, a queer-friendly, sex-positive, relationship advice column and the editor of Sacred and Subversive,...