Choosing enema equipment

We’ve used a lot of styles of enema equipment including various enema kits and enema bags over the years and the two enema kits that we particularly like are a rigid bucket style enema kit (made by Buttner Frank) and the foldaway (Artsana) enema bag which is why they are the ones we have always sold through our website ManifestHealth.co.uk – actually we’ve sold over 50,000 enema kits since we started trading in 2001 and hardly any have been faulty or needed to be returned so we think we know a good enema kit when we see one!

We judge the enema equipment we like based upon:

  • ease of use
  • practicality
  • ‘cleanability’
  • safety
  • simplicity
  • reliability
  • portability
  • discretion
  • durability
  • and visual design

Here are the main criteria we choose our enema kits and enema bags by… we hope they help you choose the right kind of enema equipment for you:

  1. Enema equiopment should be reusable which means that they are excellent value for money – you have to store enema bags correctly though and clean them thoroughly between uses.
  2. The enema kit to look out for should have an easy to fill fluid bag or bucket of between 1 and 2 litre capacity.
  3. Ensure that the fluid container is relatively transparent and also has capacity measurements clearly shown as increments on the side. This helps you to see how much liquid you have at the start, during and at the end of the enema too.
  4. Avoid enema equipment that has tubing made of latex or rubber (it degrades with time and some people have reactions to these materials). Plastic enema equipment work pretty well and are usually well molded and durable.
  5. Don’t expect to use the same enema kit for more than a year – we think it makes sense to get a fresh kit annually or more often if you are taking enemas regularly – so think about the kind of enema equipment you will need to suit you for the next 12 months. The Artsana enema bag costs under £10 and will last about 30 uses (maybe more if treated and cleaned with care),  the Buttner Frank about twice that of the Artsana Kit (however, the Buttner Frank kit is a bit more expensive in the first place though).
  6. Avoid enema equipment that includes enema bags or kits that are fully enclosed or you can’t see inside. Hot water bottle style enema kits are an example of this (how do you know what could be lurking in those dark dank places! )
  7. Ideally the enema should have a hook fixing of some kind so you can hang it up, some also have a stand which may or may not be useful if you have a reliable shelf.
  8. The gravity feed tube that delivers the fluid from the bag to the enema tip ideally needs to be transparent so you can see it is clean prior to use  and so that you can see the liquid moving through the tube during use. A transparent tube means you can see any air bubbles too.
  9. Ensure that the gravity feed tube is long enough to be effective – the Artsana tube is around 1.4m –  55 inches – which is great. You could always buy a replacement enema tube and daisy chain tubes together to increase length/reach but remember this could affect gravity fed strength of flow.
  10. The enema kit must have a gravity feed tube clamp or a tap that helps you to regulate the flow of fluid. Alas, most of these are fiddly in use and can often feel stiff to use at first.
  11. The enema tip attachment should begin by being not more than the circumference of a thin ballpoint pen.
  12. Plastic parts are usually well molded and durable but check for sharp edges or ‘flash’ left during manufacturing.
  13. Some enema kits have tips are more bulbous to prevent the tip coming out while you are taking the enema. Some enema tips don’t have a bulb end at all so they will have to be held in place throughout the enema. Most tips are plastic but some are softer silicone or latex.
  14. We like anal tips that can’t accidentally go too far inside you so check that there is some way of you knowing how far inside you the tip is while you are using it, after all, you are not going to be able to see what is going on!  In our experience we prefer anal tips that are not more than about 7cm (2 3/4 inches) long. Remember you have two sets of important rectal muscles very close to the anal opening and also a soft skinned and sensitive rectal wall – if the tip is inserted too fast or hard, or inserted too far then you could create physical damage which you wouldn’t want.
  15. Remember, you must sterilise your enema equipment. You can’t boil plastic to sterlise it though so you need a good cold water sterlising product to keep plastic kits clean (Like Virkon disinfectant tablets). Metal enema equipment can be boiled to sterilise of course.
  16. We like enema equipment that is easy to assemble – not too many detailed instructions or bits that can be confusing.
  17. The Artsana enema kit comes with a small carry bag for discreet storage which we like.
  18. An enema kit that is lightweight and portable is an advantage so that you can take the enema equipment with you wherever you are going without too much effort.
  19. Stylish enough to not cause embarrassment to you or anyone else if they happened to see it.

We know that there must be more criteria than those here, we hope that we have helped you to be able to make a start in choosing the right enema equipment for you.