What is a Fleshlight? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

What Is A Fleshlight? Here's Everything You Need to Know

Fleshlight is known for making the most realistic-feeling male masturbators on the market.

They’ve got a hard exterior shell that looks like a large, heavy-duty flashlight, with a super soft, flesh-like sleeve that looks like an attractive vagina or butthole. They also offer non-anatomical sleeves.

Fleshlight Girls Jenna Haze Obsession Sleeve Texture
Fleshlights aren’t your average, everyday male masturbators. They look and feel so good, you’ll wonder why so many guys still use their hands. Pictured above: The Fleshlight Girls Jenna Haze Obsession with a vagina entry. Like all the Girls sleeves, this Obsession sleeve looks so realistic because it’s based on an actual mold of the porn star’s vagina.

Over 7 million Fleshlights have been sold since 1998, when they were first introduced.

According to Interactive Life Forms, the company that manufactures Fleshlights, over 80,000 Fleshlights are sold in the average month, and over 40% of sales go to repeat customers.

That’s a lot of happy customers!



Older Fleshlight models are priced at $69 and the newest ones are $79. They’re not exactly cheap, but lots of guys think they’re worth the money since they feel so good.

Anatomy of a Fleshlight

Anatomy of a Fleshlight: Black case, Pink Sleeve, Back Cap, Front Cap, and Size Dimensions
The design is elegant and functional.


Fleshlight sleeves feel soft, supple, and silky–like real flesh. The sleeve material, called SuperSkin, is a non-toxic and phthalate-free blend of mineral oil and other body-safe ingredients.

Fleshlight pink sleeve with vagina orifice
First generation Fleshlight pink sleeves like this one are made of the same velvety smooth SuperSkin material as the newest Fleshlight Girls sleeves. Unlike the Fleshlight Girls orifices formed from porn actresses’ actual bodies, the original Fleshlight vagina and butt orifices are identical, since they were designed on computers rather than molded.

ILF, the manufacturer, is always designing and releasing new sleeve designs with unique textures, orifice styles, and colors. And since the sleeves are removable, you can switch out a sleeve whenever the mood strikes.

And when playtime is over, Fleshlight sleeves are also easy to remove and clean.


In Flesh-speak, a texture is the design pattern of nubs, bumps, ridges, and caverns inside the sleeve. Since each Fleshlight texture has a different design, each one produces different sensations of tightness, loseness, stimulation, and overall orgasmic intensity in use.

Popular Fleshlight Girls Sleeve Textures: Stoya's Destroya, Janice Griffiths' Eden, and Riley Reid's Utopia
Stoya’s Destroya, Janice Griffiths’ Eden, and Riley Reid’s Utopia are three of the most popular sleeve textures in Fleshlight’s newest line, Fleshlight Girls.

Fleshlight offers over 50 different sleeve textures, but since they live inside the sleeve, you can’t see them unless you turn your sleeve inside out (which is a no-no according to the instructions)


The case is made from hard, thick plastic. It feels substantial and solid when you hold it, like the kind of material used in high-end power tools or football helmets.


  • The front cap protects the sleeve and helps disguise it.
  • The back cap adjusts the suction level.

Dimensions and weight

  • Length: 9.8 inches / 25 cm
  • Width: 4 inches / 10.2 cm at widest point 
  • Weight (without sleeve):  11.2 ounces / 318 grams

How do you use a Fleshlight?

Masturbating with a Fleshlight is pretty intuitive…just give yourself an erection, apply some lube, and move the masturbator on your penis in whatever direction and speed feels good. 

Honestly, there is no one best way to use a Fleshlight—the possibilities are endless.

Popular positions and techniques

Lying on your back

Lying on your back

Lie back, relax, and edge yourself slowly until you come.

Fleshlight sitting position

Sitting in a chair

Stroke yourself from the comfort of a chair, with or without your favorite porn videos.

Fucking Fleshlight missionary position

Missionary position

Position your Fleshlight between some cushions, lay on top of it, and fuck it in the missionary position. 

Fuck your Fleshlight doggie-style


Wedge your Fleshlight between your mattress and box spring, then fuck it standing up or on your knees.

Why buy a Fleshlight?

Because they make jerking off feel so damn good—and so much better than your bare hand. 

You might want to consider a buying one if you are …

  • Horny all the time, but bored with your hand
  • Interested in new sensations when you jerk off
  • Single
  • Want to know how sex feels
  • Looking for ways to spice up your sex life
  • Want ideas for a new sex toy
  • In a long-distance relationship
  • Trying to increase your sexual stamina
  • Trying to overcome Death Grip Syndrome

4. Fleshlight model overview

In the table below, you can see all the current full-sized Fleshlight models

I’ll cover the smaller Fleshlights in other posts since they’re designed so differently and this article is all about answering the question “What is a Fleshlight?”.

If you’re curious about the model at the bottom of the list, that’s the Fleshlight for guys who like sex with other guys, the Fleshjack.

How To Clean A Fleshlight Without Damaging It

Are Fleshlights worth it?

Most Fleshlighters (including me) would tell you, “Yes, they’re absolutely worth the money.”

But each guy’s body and sexual response is different. The only way to know for sure if you’ll like Fleshlights is to try one.

If you’re curious about how it feels to use one, it might be helpful to read some Fleshlight user reviews:

Premium materials and construction

Fleshlights are made of premium materials and built like tanks.

In the last three years, my Fleshlight has survived four accidental drops without a scratch–or any cracking. The first time I dropped it, I was certain that I’d destroyed it. But when I picked it up to inspect the damage, the case was barely scratched. They’re heavy-duty toys made to take a beating. The floors in my house are all hard terrazzo and concrete—so not exactly forgiving.

But with proper care, a Fleshlight should last a lifetime. 

Which one should I buy?

With all the different models and textures, choosing your first Fleshlight can feel a little overwhelming, so here’s my best buying advice and some general suggestions.

There’s a Build Your Own (BYO) tool on the manufacturer’s website that allows you to customize your exact case color, orifice (entry), and sleeve texture, but it only works with the classic pink sleeves–not the Ice, Turbo, or Fleshlight Girls sleeves.

If it’s your first purchase, I suggest going with something popular, but not especially tight or intense.

I’d avoid the Classic Pink Lady, Stamina Training Unit, and Destroya textures because they’re all either too boring or too tight for beginners.

Which stores have the lowest prices and best sales?

Buying directly from the manufacturer is usually the cheapest option since they offer frequent promotions with hefty discounts and free shipping.

I also scour all the retailer websites weekly looking for sales and when I find them I post them here:

You can also get $5 off your first order for joining Fleshbucks, their customer rewards program and following / liking their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Are they shipped discreetly? 

If you buy direct from the manufacturer, your order includes free discreet shipping.

  • Each order is packed inside a plain cardboard boxes, so when your package arrives no one will be able to see what’s inside or who shipped it.
  • The shipping label and shipping box will not describe what’s inside your package, and the shipping label will identify the shipper as ILF, LLC—not Fleshlight, Inc. or anything like that.

Am I “weird” if I use a Fleshlight?

No, not at all. If you’ve never used a sex toy, the idea can terrifying. But masturbation isn’t unhealthy or weird–it’s a normal, natural part of life, just like eating and drinking.

What questions do you have about our favorite male masturbation tool?

Let us know down in the comments.


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Harry D. Somers

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