The 8 Best Breathable Ball Gags for Stress-Free Submission

Rachel Worthington
by Rachel Worthington
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How We Tested Breathable Ball Gags

The staff here at Bedbible all have one thing in common: our shared love for sex toys! There are many factors that can really influence your overall enjoyment of a product, such as the materials, dimensions, and the type of gag used. We consider these factors when providing it with a Bedbible rating. Rating on a “case-by-case” basis allows us to avoid any brand preferences. Opinions vary, so we also compile the user reviews from various shops to provide you with the general “User Rating”.

We often provide links to the same shops. These shops have consistently offered dependable, discreet delivery, great customer service, and genuine products for each order! Of course, there isn’t any substitute for real-world experience. While we haven’t personally tested every product, you’ll notice that some products will have a “Read full review” list. Click this to learn our tester’s thoughts on that particular product!

How We Tested Breathable Ball Gags

Breathable vs Regular Ball Gags

Breathable ball gags are designed with the complete beginner in mind, but that doesn’t mean they’re limited to only beginners! Essentially, a regular ball gag doesn’t have any holes in it like a wiffle ball gag would have, forcing the wearer to breathe through their nose to get oxygen. If you can easily breathe through your nose then this isn’t an issue, but what if you get sick and stuffy? In that case, a breathable ball gag would be perfect!

 

Breathable Ball Gag Materials

Many different materials are used in breathable ball gags, but silicone ball gags are the most common. Some other common materials used are plastic, metal, leather, and imitation leather. Which one you choose is mainly up to personal preference, but if you or your partner have allergies then you should make sure that the ball gag will be safe to use (eg. nickel-free metal). Beyond allergies, you’ll basically need to choose your preferred firmness. Most breathable ball gags are either soft or hard. Softer gags will allow you to close your mouth to an extent, whereas hard gags will prevent your jaw from closing at all.

 

Breathable Ball Gag Sizes

First things first: you need to be able to comfortably hold your mouth open with a ball gag with holes, so you don’t want to choose a ball gag that stretches your mouth to the max. While a silicone ball gag will generally have a bit of give, you should base your choice on measurements, not the assumption that you’ll be able to overcome the ball gag. For a rough idea of what size you should start with, simply take your hand, hold the fingers out straight (like with a karate chop), and see how many fingers you can comfortably fit. Measure the width of these fingers together and that will give you a rough idea of where to start. Note that this will give you the maximum “diameter”, NOT the circumference. If you want to convert diameter to circumference (or vice versa), click here.

 

No matter what type of ball gag you’re looking for, how much experience you have, and what your budget is, the perfect ball gag with holes is waiting for you on the list below!

FAQ

What type of ball gag is best for beginners?
If you're new to using a ball gag, it's best to opt for a smaller sized ball to get acclimatized to the feeling. You'll probably also be most comfortable with a breathable ball gag with holes rather than a solid ball.
What if the ball gag is too big?
If you find that even a small-sized gag feels too big and uncomfortable in your mouth, don't force it – it won't be pleasurable. There are other options to try, such as O-ring gags, bit gags and even an over-the-mouth gag like a bandana or necktie.
Should I use a breathable or solid ball gag?
Using a breathable vs a solid ball gag is totally up to your personal preference. If you want more freedom to breathe and are okay with slightly less noise muffling and much more drool escaping from your mouth, then go with a breathable variety.
How do you put on a ball gag?
The easiest way to put on a ball gag is to have your partner, or dom, do it for you. They should strap the gag on while communicating and agreeing on tightness and secureness. Once it's on, check whether you feel comfortable before starting any sexy times.
How can I use ball gags safely?
Check our safety tips above on how to use a ball gag in the best and safest way. The bottom line is: set and respect boundaries, make sure you're comfortable, and take breaks.
How do tell my partner I want to try a ball gag?
The key to trying out anything new in the bedroom is to communicate openly with each other, and make sure that you're both up for and enthusiastic about the idea. You could try bringing up the topic by mentioning an article you've read and sending them the link, or talking about something you've done recently that you want to take to the next level. Ask to talk about it together, rather than demanding anything up front.

What is a breathable ball gag?

A ball gag is probably the most commonly known type of sex gag. It's a ball that sits in the mouth, just behind the teeth, stopping them from speaking and muffling their moans as you pleasure tease and toy with them. They're usually part of a power-play scene where the submissive partner will wear a gag to restrict them. They are also a great tool for humiliation play and making your partner dribble and drool. Breathable types are ball gags with holes in them that allow the wearer to breathe through the mouth rather than just through the nose. They can be more comfortable for beginners than the solid types. Breathable ball gags come in a range of sizes, so if you are a beginner or have a small mouth, you'll want to look for a small ball size to get started.

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The 7 Best breathable ball gags in Test

1 Test Winner

Bondage Boutique Medium Silicone Breathable Ball Gag

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The Bondage Boutique Breathable Ball Gag is our best in test, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s perfectly suited for both beginner and intermediate gag play, with a silicone ball that fills the mouth for that sensation of restriction without discomfort. The strap can be adjusted to ensure a snug fit for all shapes and sizes.

The silicone is easily biteable, and soft enough to avoid any soreness on the corners of your mouth. The ball itself has three bored holes that allow the wearer to breathe easy. Be ready for some messy fun, as the holes won’t dry your mouth out at all, meaning a lot of drool will be on the way. Good thing, then, that’s it’s super simple to clean.

Bondage Boutique Medium Silicone Breathable Ball Gag test
Bondage Boutique Medium Silicone Breathable Ball Gag features
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BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the Bondage Boutique Medium Gag if you...
Prefer a softer ball gag
Want a sense of restriction whilst still being able to breathe
Are prepared to clean up a lot of drool
You should NOT buy the Bondage Boutique Medium Gag if you...
Have a small mouth
Bondage Boutique Medium Silicone Breathable Ball Gag features
Features
Length14.5 inches to 19.5 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.75 inches
MaterialsSilicone/Leather 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Soft, biteable silicone
Comfortable to wear
Easy to clean
Cons
May be too big for smaller mouths
Conclusion

Looking for a great all-rounder to bring some spice to your bedroom activities? Then we highly recommend the Bondage Boutique Breathable Ball Gag. It’s a great quality, easy-to-use accessory that can really elevate the kink factor for both you and your partner.

If you’re completely new to bondage play, then the size of this ball gag may seem a little off-putting, and it may not be so well-suited to those who aren’t so keen on the sensations of full ball gag restriction. But if you’re ready to get more into kinky play, then what are you waiting for?

2 Cheapest

Sex & Mischief Breathable Ball Gag

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At first glance, the Sex & Mischief Breathable Ball Gag looks a little different to most of the others on this list. Rather than the softer silicone ball gags we’ve featured here, this one has a hard plastic ball that provides more resistance to the teeth and mouth. If that sounds like a turn on to you, then read on.

The strap is made of vegan-friendly faux leather for that classic sexy look and features an adjustable buckle fastening. The hollow ball has a lot of holes that aerate it considerably, making it a good starting point for first-timers who may be a little intimidated by the prospect of bondage.

Sex & Mischief Breathable Ball Gag test
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You should buy the Sex & Mischief Gag if you...
Are looking for a vegan alternative to leather gags
Want lots of holes for easy breathing
Are on a budget
You should NOT buy the Sex & Mischief Gag if you...
Have a small mouth or small head
Want a biteable ball gag
Don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning
Features
Length17 inches to 24 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.75 inches
MaterialsHard Plastic/Faux Leather 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Vegan leather
Lots of holes
Budget-friendly
Cons
May be too big for smaller mouths
Hard plastic ball
Difficult to clean
Conclusion

If you’re a little on the fence about giving ball gags a go, it’s also the most reasonably-priced product included in this review, so you won’t be shelling out for something that’s more of an investment.

However, that also means that you get what you pay for in terms of quality and construction. This wiffle ball gag may be less sturdy than a more expensive model, and the faux leather strap that holds the ball in place may cause pain in the corners of the mouth if worn for longer lengths of time.

Some reviewers have also noted that it is designed for those with larger heads and mouths, so it might need some homemade adjustments to fit more snugly for more petite sizes.

3 Beginners

The Stockroom Silicone Breathable Ball Gag

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The Stockroom Breathable Ball Gag has been designed by experts in the business of kink and fetish gear, and it shows. Both the ball and the strap of this gag are crafted from soft, supple silicone that is comfortable to wear whilst still providing that satisfying sensation of restriction.

The strap of this gag is adjustable and features a lockable fastening. It can fit heads from 14 inches in circumference, making it great for smaller-sized people, though the ball is a tad bigger than others on the market for a fuller feeling in the mouth. Its three bored holes mean that it’s breathable and very easy to clean.

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The Stockroom Silicone Breathable Ball Gag features
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Are looking for a softer ball gag
Want a real feeling of fullness in the mouth
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Are a complete ball gag beginner
The Stockroom Silicone Breathable Ball Gag features
Features
Length14 inches to 21 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.9 inches
MaterialsSilicone/Nickel-Plated Metal 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Soft, biteable silicone
Comfortable silicone strap
Easy to clean
Cons
A little pricier
May be too big for smaller mouths
Conclusion

The Stockroom Breathable Ball Gag is certainly more of an investment, but its quality and comfort shine through. Despite its breathability, this gag muffles noise effectively and allows for some seriously sexy times.

While we recommend this gag for beginners in particular, it’s suitable for anyone who wants a piece of bondage equipment that’s high-quality and easy-to-use.

4 Clamps

DOMINIX Deluxe Large Gag with Nipple Clamps

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If you’ve had some experience with bondage and BDSM play, you might be looking for something a little more spicy than a simple ball gag. Enter: the DOMINIX Deluxe Breathable Ball Gag with attached nipple clamps.

This breathable gag combines comfort with restraint – the silicone ball is soft and biteable while the adjustable nipple clamps provide an extra level of pleasure. The chains are designed to pull slightly when you move, creating titillating sensations especially during rougher sex.

If you want to take it even further, use the O-rings on either side of the gag to attach your choice of restraints, chains or leads to totally customize your experience.

DOMINIX Deluxe Large Gag with Nipple Clamps test
DOMINIX Deluxe Large Gag with Nipple Clamps features
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Are looking for a softer ball gag
Would like to upgrade your BDSM play
Want a multi-sensational experience
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Have a small mouth
Are a complete ball gag beginner
DOMINIX Deluxe Large Gag with Nipple Clamps features
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Length16 inches to 22 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.75 inches
MaterialsSilicone/Metal 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Attached nipple clamps
Soft, biteable silicone
O-rings for attaching additional restraints
Cons
A little pricier
May be too big for smaller mouths
Chain length may not fit all bodies
Conclusion

This breathable gag from DOMINIX Deluxe is great for those who want to take a foray into simultaneous sensations without sacrificing comfort.

Of course, the nature of the chains that attach to the nipple clamps mean that they may not work for all body shapes and sizes. Some users also have reported that they are also a little on the light side, so those looking for a more aggressive pinch may find themselves slightly disappointed.

This piece of equipment is also on the expensive end of the scale, though this is reflected in its quality and design.

5 O-Ring

DOMINIX Deluxe Silicone O-Ring Gag

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This O-ring gag from DOMINIX Deluxe will take your BDSM play to the next level. Rather than the traditional ball gag, this accessory is fitted with a smaller-sized silicone ring that fits just inside the mouth to keep it open.

The silicone bit is designed to be rigid whilst still gentle on the teeth, so you can relax and experience all the right sensations. For tight restriction without discomfort, the silicone strap is adjustable and slightly stretchy.

For some seriously kinky foreplay, try experimenting with oral play whilst wearing the O-ring gag. To get even more in the mood, you can attach your choice of restraints, chains or leads and fulfil all of your power play fantasies.

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DOMINIX Deluxe Silicone O-Ring Gag features
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Are looking for a gag to explore oral play
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Have a smaller mouth
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Have a large head
Are a complete ball gag beginner
DOMINIX Deluxe Silicone O-Ring Gag features
Features
Length14 inches to 20.5 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.5 inches
MaterialsSilicone/Metal 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Breathable O-ring
Suitable for smaller mouths
O-rings for attaching additional restraints
Lockable buckle fastening
Cons
May be too small for some oral sex
Smaller strap size
Conclusion

The DOMINIX Deluxe O-ring gag is ideal for those taking the plunge into O-ring gags for the first time. It’s solidly made, yet smaller and more comfortable than others on the market.

However, despite its tempting uses as an accompaniment to oral sex, the O-ring’s smaller size means that some more well-endowed users may find it too small to fit through comfortably.

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Sportsheets Saffron Breathable Silicone Ball Gag

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It has a smaller ball than most at only 1.5 inches (3.8cm) which can fit well in more petite mouths, filling the mouth whilst the three bored holes still allowing for easy breathing.

The imitation leather strap is lightweight and adjustable to fit most head sizes, and the metal buckle has a small ring to which a padlock can be attached to lock it into place.

The Sportsheets Saffron breathable ball gag is a great option for those seeking comfort, and more comfort means you can continue your erotic sessions for longer and reach new heights of tantalization.

Sportsheets Saffron Breathable Silicone Ball Gag test
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You should buy the Saffron Gag if you...
Are looking for a softer gag
Want a vegan alternative to leather
Have a smaller mouth
Are a ball gag beginner
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Want a very full feeling in the mouth
Features
LengthMax. 25 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter1.5 inches
MaterialsSilicone/Faux Leather/Nickel-free Metal 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Soft, biteable silicone
Suitable for smaller mouths
Vegan leather
Easy to clean
Cons
Experienced users may want something larger
Conclusion

The Sportsheets Saffron breathable ball gag is a great all-rounder, and a perfect solution if you’ve been disappointed by the size of other ball gags in the past.

Although it is smaller than many other ball gags, some users have reported that the strap still may come up a little big around the circumference of the head – something to keep in mind if you have a very small head size.

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Scandal Silicone Stopper O-Ring Gag

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The Scandal Stopper O-Ring Gag truly combines the best of both worlds. The rigid silicone O-ring will keep your lips apart for the sensation of restraint that you crave, but the feeling can be easily switched up by inserting the stopper plug into the ring. The silicone strap is softer than other leather models and fully adjustable.

This gag blends kink with comfort to create the ultimate fetish fun. Try using it by alternating between oral play, either with a penis or a toy and to create some electrifying foreplay.

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Scandal Silicone Stopper O-Ring Gag features
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BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the Scandal Stopper Gag if you...
Like a versatile gag
Want to experiment with open-mouthed gag play
Want a breathable gag that can still muffle sounds
You should NOT buy the Scandal Stopper Gag if you...
Have a smaller mouth
Are a ball gag beginner
Scandal Silicone Stopper O-Ring Gag features
Features
Length19 inches to 24.5 inches
AdjustableYes 
Diameter2 inches
MaterialsSilicone 
FasteningBuckle 
Pros
Lip-shaped O-ring for oral play
Comfortable silicone
Versatile
Can muffle sound effectively
Cons
May be too large for smaller mouths
Lower quality strap
Conclusion

The lip-shaped O-ring on the Scandal Stopper Gag is the perfect indication of just how dirty and sexy this gag can make you feel. It’s simply designed with pleasure in mind.

Like other O-ring gags, it may be too small for those with larger penises to comfortably enjoy oral sex. Another thing to be aware of is that this gag is only breathable when the stopper is removed, so remember to always play safely and with awareness of your partner.

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Why Use a Ball Gag?

There are a variety of reasons why people choose to include ball gags, and all kinds of other BDSM and bondage gear into their erotic adventures. Here are some of the most common, but really the reasons are as diverse as the people who use them.

Power Play

Power Play

Power Play

Ball gags are often used as a tool to create a power dynamic between a sub (submissive) and a dom (dominant). It can be arousing for some to have their freedom of speech and movement restricted in a show of dominance, which is done by the ball gag.

Sexual Tension

Sexual Tension

Sexual Tension

Limiting the sounds that you can make can make some people feel a heightened sense of pleasure in other areas of their body, as the sexual tension is built up as they are touched and teased.

Helplessness

Helplessness

Helplessness

While some may find the restriction that comes with ball gags and other bondage play to be uncomfortable or worrying, for others the feeling of helplessness is pretty erotic. Dom personalities may also get a kick out of the humiliation that comes with wearing a ball gag during a power play.

Noise Muffling

Noise Muffling

Noise Muffling

In their simplest form, ball gags reduce the amount of noise that a person can make during sex. If you want to tone down the moans, a ball gag can be a great way to muffle a willing sub.

Aesthetic

Aesthetic

Aesthetic

Leather, chains, studs – there is a definite look to be found in most BDSM and bondage gear. For some, the look in itself is naughty and highly arousing.

Choosing the Right Breathable Ball Gag

If you’re a novice in the world of BDSM and bondage, sorting through all the different types and styles of ball gags can be quite intimidating. How do you know what you like if you’ve never tried anything out?

We’re here to help! Here are three things you should consider before you take the plunge and buy a breathable ball gag…

Size

Size

Size

The smallest option for a ball gag that you’re likely to see is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) in diameter. A medium size is considered to be between 1.75 (4.5cm) and 2 inches (5cm) in diameter, and the largest is around 2.25 inches (5.7).

If you’re totally new to the sensation of a ball gag, opt for a smaller model to get comfortable with the feeling.

Material

Material

Material

Breathability

Breathability

Breathability

How comfortable you feel in a ball gag can be hard to gauge beforehand, but having one that is breathable can really make the process much more comfortable, calm and enjoyable. All the gags featured here make it easier to breathe than traditional solid ball gags, but some more than others.

If you’re concerned about having something blocking your mouth, you may want to try an O-ring gag that holds your mouth open rather than filling it.

Alternatively, try a bar-shaped bit gag that you can push away with your tongue whenever you need a break.

How to Use a Breathable Ball Gag Safely

All sex toys and accessories should be used safely, but it’s especially important with those involved in power play and bondage to be sensible and respectful of yourself and your partner. If you’re unsure of the best steps to take when using a ball gag, here are some tips…

Remove jewellery like earrings and other piercings that could get snagged on the gag or strap.

If you have a blocked nose from a cold/hayfever etc., then you’re going to find it more difficult to breathe. Even a breathable ball gag can restrict your airflow somewhat, so think carefully before putting on your gag.

In all BDSM play, it’s important to always set and respect boundaries. You can’t say a safe word when you’re gagged, so make sure you agree on another signal like snapping your fingers or even a pattern of grunts if you’re more restricted. Once the sub uses this code, you should stop the play immediately and release them.

Be careful of your teeth and mouth with harder ball gags. Take breaks to relax your jaw and give the corners of your mouth a rest.

How to Clean a Breathable Ball Gag

It’s important to clean your sex toys before and after every use to prevent any infections and keep them in a good condition. With breathable ball gags, there’s a high likelihood of a lot of saliva build-up, so show them some love and keep them clean. Most breathable ball gags are made of silicone or plastic, so you are free to submerge them in water and clean them with soap and water. Don’t forget to get into all the nooks and crannies for a full and thorough clean! If your ball gag is made of silicone, you can most probably dip it in boiling water, too, to really sterilize it. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s guidelines first, though!

Porous
materials

Soft plastic, hard plastic, jelly, rubber, Cyberskin are all porous materials, meaning that small particles and bacteria can penetrate the surface. This makes it impossible to completely clean these types of materials.

Therefore, it is recommended that you use a condom with these types of toys, especially if you are sharing them. Clean these toys with mild soapy water and dry gently with a towel. These materials are more easily damaged, so be sure to be gentle and make sure your toys are completely dry before storing.

Non-propous
materials

Silicone, glass, stainless steel and some hard plastics can all be washed using a mild soap (like you would use on your body) and warm water. Just be careful if your toy contains electrical parts.

Silicone and stainless steel toys without any electrical parts can also be boiled for sterilisation.

The toys with electrical
components

If your toys contain electrical components, be extra careful when cleaning them and always check the instructions provided with the toy. You can use a gentle cloth and soap to wipe or sex toy cleaner or cleaning wipe to down your toy, making sure that no water comes into contact with the electrical parts.