Comparison of Best Kegel Exercisers 2021

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What Kegel Exercisers Are

You know about Kegel exercises, you’ve tried to do them, and it’s frustrating to see minimal results. Research shows that 1 in 4 women do Kegel exercises incorrectly, and who can blame them when you can’t see your progress. Even when you learn the correct form, it’s difficult to perform multiple sessions every day. What next? There is good news! What Kegel exercise devices, aka Kegel machines, can do is help you do those exercises. They work by either teaching you how to perform them correctly by giving you feedback, or do the work for you to strengthen and tone those pelvic floor muscles.

How do Kegel exercisers work?

Your pelvic floor consists of a network of layered muscles, kind of like a hammock, that supports your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. Just as with the rest of your body, these muscles need exercise to stay toned and function correctly. Kegels exercisers target these pelvic floor muscles, teaching your body to contract and release the muscles to tighten and improve strength. Some Kegel exercise devices use internal, vaginal probes to either train you how to do Kegels or actually do them for you. External Kegel devices are not invasive and stimulate your muscles to do Kegels longer and stronger than you could on your own.

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What Kegel exercise device is best for me?

We’ve rolled up our sleeves and conducted our own consumer research (yes, we’ve tried the devices). Because there are so many types of Kegel exercisers, it’s sometimes confusing to know which one is best for you. We’ve evaluated cost, pros and cons, and how each device works, plus reviews for each type of exerciser.

Kegel Weights

Brands: Kegel balls, Kegel cones, Yoni or jade egg, Ben Wa ball, and more

How it Works: Series of increasing weights inserted vaginally. Identifies and builds up Kegel muscles.

What you do: Squeeze to keep weights from falling

👍 Inexpensive
👍 Helps identify Kegel muscles

👎 Requires dedicated time
👎 Stay stationary
👎 Requires privacy
👎 Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: No

Price: $50-$100

Kegel Trainers

Brands: KegelSmart, kGoal, Elvie, PeriCoach

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Measures strength of Kegels using biofeedback.

What you do: Squeeze with mobile app guide

👍 Relatively inexpensive
👍 Gives feedback on Kegel strength

👎 Requires dedicated time
👎 Stay stationary
👎 Requires privacy
👎 Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Not for incontinence

Price: $100-$300

Magnetic Chairs

Alternative to Emsella

Brands: BTL Emsella

How it Works: Sit on a chair while magnetic field is passed through your pelvic floor

What you do: Sit on a special chair in the doctor’s office.

👍 Easy to use
👍 Use while fully clothed

👎 Six treatment for $2000
👎 Repeat visits to the doctor’s office
👎 Questionable efficacy

FDA cleared?:
Yes, prescription required

Price: $2000 for six treatments

Vaginal Stimulation

Brands: Apex, Attain, Liberty, Yarlap, Kegel8, Leva

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let probe contract muscles for you.

👍 Does Kegels for you

👎 Requires dedicated time
👎 Stay stationary lying down
👎 Requires privacy
👎 Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Yes, but may require prescription

Price: $300-$1200, with some insurance coverage

NEW: External Stimulation

Brands: ELITONE

How it Works: GelPad worn externally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let device contract muscles for you.

👍 Does Kegels for you
👍 No internal insertion
👍 Worn under clothing
👍 Can move around during treatment

👎 Possibility of skin irritation

FDA cleared?:
Yes, and no prescription required

Price: $399, with some insurance coverage

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Brands: Kegel balls, Kegel cones, Yoni or jade egg, Ben Wa ball, and more

How it Works: Series of increasing weights inserted vaginally. Identifies and builds up Kegel muscles.

What you do: Squeeze to keep weights from falling

Pros: Inexpensive, Helps identify Kegel muscles

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: No

Price: $50-$100

Review: “Easy to use to isolate pelvic floor muscles. Once you identify your muscles, it’s easier to do Kegels anywhere on your own.”

Brands: KegelSmart, kGoal, Elvie, PeriCoach

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Measures strength of Kegels using biofeedback.

What you do: Squeeze with mobile app guide

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Gives feedback on Kegel strength

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Not for incontinence

Price: $100-$300

Review: “Fit can be uncomfortable. The games are fun at first. Once you identify pelvic floor muscles, it’s easier to do Kegels on your own.”

Brands: BTL Emsella

How it Works: Sit on a chair while magnetic field is passed through your pelvic floor

What you do: Sit on a special chair in the doctor’s office.

Pros: Easy to use, Use while fully clothed

Cons: Six treatment for $2000, Repeat visits to the doctor’s office, Questionable efficacy

FDA cleared?: Yes, prescription required

Price: $2000 for six treatments

User Review:  “Nothing is inserted vaginally and clothes can be left on during treatment. Quite expensive for 6 visits and no guarantee that it will work.”

Brands: Apex, Attain, Liberty, Yarlap, Kegel8, Leva

How it Works: Probe inserted vaginally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let probe contract muscles for you.

Pros: Does Kegels for you

Cons: Requires dedicated time, Stay stationary lying down, Requires privacy, Risk of infection

FDA cleared?: Yes, but may require prescription

Price: $300-$1200, with some insurance coverage

User Review: “Clinically proven to work, and some are quite strong. Contracts the correct muscles for you, but the vaginal activation leaves you feeling somewhat “violated.” It’s hard to commit to consistent private sessions.”

Brands: ELITONE

How it Works: GelPad worn externally. Does Kegels for you via electrical stimulation.

What you do: Let device contract muscles for you.

Pros: Does Kegels for you, No internal insertion, Worn under clothing, Can move around during treatment

Cons: Possibility of skin irritation

FDA cleared?: Yes, and no prescription required

Price: $399, with some insurance coverage

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Kegel Weights

Squeeze to keep a series of increasing weights from falling out of the vagina to identify and build up muscles. These balls, cones, or egg-shapes are as simple as they come, dating back thousands of years. Kegel weights are inexpensive and easy to understand. However, they do require privacy and dedicated time. Anything vaginally inserted will have a higher risk of infection. Review: Easy to use to isolate pelvic floor muscles. Once you identify your muscles, it’s easier to do Kegels anywhere on your own.


Kegel Trainers

Biofeedback measures the strength of Kegel contractions as you squeeze around the device. Most of these vaginally inserted probes are connected to mobile apps so you can see your progress, and some offer fun games to play as you squeeze. Kegel trainers still have a risk of infection and require dedicated time and privacy during use. Most are not FDA-approved for incontinence. Review: Fit can be uncomfortable. The games are fun at first, but it’s hard to find the time to keep using them.


Magnetic Chairs

The patient sits on a specialized chair while a high intensity electromagnetic field is focused on the pelvic floor, causing the muscles to contract. This therapy is administered in a doctor’s office over six or more sessions. A meta-data review by the Department of Health (AHRQ) shows this therapy to be less effective than stimulation. Review: Quite easy to show up and sit fully clothed. Quite expensive for 6 visits and no guarantee that it will work. What about maintenance?


Vaginal Stimulation

Electrical stimulation (e-stim) contracts the pelvic floor muscles, doing your Kegels for you. Don’t let the term “electrical stimulation” scare you. Electrical currents are how your brain talks to your muscles and tell them to move, and these devices have been around for 40 years. Originally only found in doctors‘ and physical therapy offices, vaginal e-stim devices are now approved for home use, but require dedicated time on your back and privacy, plus there’s a risk of infection. Clinically proven to work, and some are quite strong. Contracts the correct muscles for you, but the vaginal activation leaves you feeling somewhat “violated” which makes it hard to want to make time for sessions. 


External Stimulation

Electrical stimulation (e-stim) contracts the pelvic floor muscles through skin, doing the Kegel for you. The FDA created a new category to treat incontinence, so these Kegel exercisers are new on the market. Although similar to the vaginal e-stim, these devices are applied externally, allowing for comfort and safety. ELITONE disposable GelPads are worn like a thin sanitary pad, so you can get dressed and do other things during sessions. The Innovo shorts uses similar technology but requires you to be stationary and involves more preparation, including the sizing. Review for ELITONE: Easy to use and discreet while going about normal daily tasks. Easy is the key so that you will continue with the treatments. Electrical stimulation shorts: Better than the vaginal devices, but need to be sized right, many steps to get the shorts ready each time, not discreet and need to stay stationary.

Are there other stress urinary incontinence treatments?

There are other options besides Kegel exercisers that may stop bladder leaks, but most require office visits. These other treatments fall into two categories:

  • Methods of physically blocking the urethra passageway to reduce leaks, such as filler injections around the urethra, pessaries, or even creating scar tissue via lasers.
  • Pelvic floor physical therapists who manually help identify pelvic floor muscles and work with you to strengthen them.

Surgery: A Last Resort

Because there are no medications for stress urinary incontinence, patients might think surgery is the only option. But the FDA recently warned about problems with surgical mesh implants. Surgery should be a last resort!

The more you know about pelvic floor health, the better equipped you’ll be to choose the treatment that’s right for you. Whatever you choose, it’s important to get treated. Waiting will cost you more and may not be effective as your incontinence progresses. If you still need help after you’ve tried Kegel exercises on your own, check out ELITONE—the first external treatment available without a prescription. PLUS it’s worn under your clothes so you can get on with your life! It doesn’t get any easier to treat!

I did Kegels 3x a week for 5 years —Not much progress. This device worked so well for me. It’s amazing that those leaks are gone. In fact, I just sent my MD an email asking him to review the device. All of the reviews I’ve read on your website are true….. ALL OF THEM. Thanks for such a life changing product. — Connie, CA 63y