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Nipple Clamp Showdown

So… you’ve got your eye on our selection of amazing nipple clamps, but you’re not sure which of these contraptions will work best for you?

Not to worry! Folks like yourself ask us a lot of questions about our unique and bizarre nipple clamp selection, and we have a pretty good idea what you’re likely to ask. Which clamps are best for beginners vs. hard players? Which clamp has the best grip? …and of course, which one is the most painful?

This guide answers these questions (and more) with a detailed description of the sensation of each product. We hope this helps you get exactly what you deserve. 😉

Let's Get It Started in Here...

What Makes A Nipple Clamp Unique?

Clamps, clips, pinchers, and pegs...

When people ask about our nipple clamps, we usually break it down to a few factors that contribute the most to the overall sensory experience. Whether you’re entirely new to the world of nipple clamps or a hardened veteran, these are the characteristics that you should look for when choosing the right pair for you!

Surface Area

How much skin is the force of the clamp bearing down on? Clamps that contact nipples with a small surface area will tend to have a sharper, more biting pain profile. Clamps that distribute the force will produce more of a blunt, throbbing pain.

Teeth & Texture

Once a nipple clamp starts to bite into flesh, the surface of the skin will stretch around the teeth or texture on the surface of the clamp. Clamps with sharper, finer teeth tend to have a stronger grip and will produce a stingy feeling as they bite in. Clamps with broader and deeper teeth will produce a deeper, achy feeling as they are tightened down.

Power & Leverage

Not every nipple clamp is capable of keeping up with the hardest players. At Terrible Toyshop, we generally gravitate toward heavy duty, highly capable nipple clamps. That being said, some clamps will serve you better than others if you're looking to apply some serious pressure.

Taken together, these three attributes can tell you pretty much everything you need to understand how nipple clamps will feel when applied to someone’s nipples. The rest of this article will discuss each of the nipple clamps we sell at Terrible Toyshop. We extend each discussion to consider the weight of each clamp as well as any special features that are unique to a particular design.

Before we get into the good stuff, one thing worth mentioning is that all of Terrible Toyshop’s original nipple clamps are highly adjustable. We are often disappointed by clamps that are limited in one way or another in the amount of force they can deliver. While we avoid spring loaded nipple clamps in our own designs, we do still have a few of the more interesting clamps offered by other manufacturers.

The Full Roundup

The following list summarizes our favourite features of each of the nipple clamps that we make ourselves. Click the summary to advance to the product’s full section in this post.

MOST PAINFUL

Nipple Traps

The Nipple Traps were the first set of nipple clamps that Terrible Toyshop created. These clamps were designed to bring the harsh, utilitarian form of bear traps into the bedroom with a colourful splash. Now available in two sizes, the Nipple Traps are truly a force to be reckoned with!

Surface Area: Small

The thin jaws on these clamps apply force on a very small area, which produces a sharper, more biting pain than other clamps we offer.

Teeth & Texture: Fine & Shallow

The Nipple Traps feature V-shaped interlocking teeth but the teeth are not sharp. The texture enhances grip, but they do not add much to the sensation.

Power & Leverage: High

Both sizes of Nipple Trap offer lots of leverage. Although they can be used with light pressure, these clamps will definitely not disappoint heavy players.

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Nipple Traps (Pair)

C$24.00C$36.00

With the standard size weighing in at ⅜oz (10g) per clamp and the XL model at ¾oz (20g), the Nipple Traps are our lightest nipple clamps. Although they do not weigh you down on their own, these clamps have an extremely secure grip and are ideal for adding weight as your needs may require.

“They work amazingly well, construction holds trension and they are certainly teethy. [The standard size] works well for smaller nipples.”
R. D.
Posted on Etsy

Overall, the Nipple Traps are extremely versatile, able to provide sensations from a light pinch to a relentless grip, as the occasion requires. Although they have an eye-catching design, they’re not just a pretty face. The Nipple Traps are a powerhouse when you need a rugged clamp for nipple stretching and predicament bondage.

Whichever size you choose, the Nipple Traps are simple yet versatile, with a form factor that is sure to bring a smile to your partner’s face… a smile which will soon disappear if they’re the one about to get trapped.

Pro Tip: If the bear trap aesthetic tickles your fancy, definitely go check out the matching Pussy Trap and Breast Traps. The Nipple Traps also make an excellent pairing with Terrible Toyshop’s Rigger’s Delight Nipple Stretcher. If you are a nipple torture aficionado, these are a must-have combination.

MOST POPULAR

Nipple Tenderizers

The Nipple Tenderizers are Terrible Toyshop’s most popular nipple clamp. These clamps were designed to emulate the texture of a meat tenderizing hammer. With a broad hinge spanning the full width of the clamp, this utilitarian design delivers a deep, throbbing bite.

Surface Area: Large

The square clamping platforms on the Nipple Tenderizers bear down on a full square inch of flesh. The clamps deliver an intense, deep, throbbing pain.

Teeth & Texture: Coarse & Deep

The interlocking pyramid-shaped teeth create an aching feeling at many points. The clamps leave a distinct checker board pattern on the skin after they are removed.

Power & Leverage: Medium-High

These clamps perform well under high levels of pressure. At higher forces, each side of the clamp will flex slightly, which keeps pressure evenly spread across the clamping platforms.

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Nipple Tenderizers (Pair)

C$34.00

Weighing in at ¾oz (20g) per clamp, the Nipple Tenderizer is a fairly lightweight nipple clamp, allowing you to focus on the sensation of the clamp without much added pull.

“The interlocking teeth ensure that they stay on with a ferocious bite, and I appreciate that they are fully adjustable, with no slipping once the tension has been set. The marks left after are rather beautiful, as well.”
C. M. G.
Posted on Etsy

Overall, the Nipple Tenderizer is a highly capable nipple clamp that distinguishes itself from most commercially available products on the market. The broad and deep teeth press deep into the flesh and produce an urgent, achy feeling over a fairly broad area. When they are removed after a hard session, these clamps can leave a beautiful checker board impression on the freshly tenderized skin, leaving you with more than just a memory. 😉

Pro Tip: If the idea of meat tenderizing gear gets you excited, be sure to check out our legendary Clit Tenderizer.

STAFF FAVOURITE

Para-hell-ogram Nipple Clamps

The Para-hell-ogram Nipple Clamps are Terrible Toyshop’s flagship luxury nipple clamp. These clamps use a unique cantilevered mechanism to both twist and squeeze the nipple at the same time. Coupled with sharp triangular teeth, there is just nothing else that quite compares to these beauties. Available in two sizes, the Para-hell-ograms are a must-have sensory experience for the nipple clamping connoisseur.

Surface Area: Medium-Large

The rectangular toothed platforms generously spread force over a fairly large area, although the clamps are best suited to focus on the areola (as opposed to the nub of the nipple).

Teeth & Texture: Medium-Fine & Sharp

The triangular teeth are angled the clamp's lateral motion and really bite when the clamp is tightened. The teeth produce an intense stinging sensation over the whole clamped area.

Power & Leverage: High

The Para-hell-ogram's robust cantilever mechanism strikes a perfect balance between its unique twisting motion and raw clamping power. These clamps are suitable for hard players.

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Para-hell-ogram Nipple Clamps (Pair)

C$48.00C$60.00
With the standard size weighing in at 1½oz (40g) per clamp and the XL model at 1¾oz (50g), the Para-hell-ogram also offers a satisfying weight once it’s been applied to the nipple. The clamp is extremely secure and can be bound to weights for a more intense stretch as the situation might require.
“I adore these clamps. They are only as ouchy as you or your Dom make them but the grip is amazing. [The standard size is] lovely and generously sized for even the biggest nipples (or the option for nipples to have more meat clamped). The saw tooth edges leave such pretty patterns whilst griping with both great sensation and strength.”
A. A. I.
Posted on terribletoyshop.ca

Overall, the Para-hell-ogram is the number one staff favourite among all of the nipple clamps that we offer. As keen connoisseurs of painful sensory experiences, we love this clamp because of the sheer intensity and wide variety of sensations that it delivers. The angled teeth and the Para-hell-ogram’s unique lateral motion bite into the skin to create an acute stinging feeling that spreads across the entire clamped area, and the overall squeeze is second to none. Honestly, we just can’t recommend this clamp enough!

With respect to sizing, the standard size of Para-hell-ogram should be suitable for most users and applications. Because this clamp tends to focus on the areola, we recommend going with the XL model only if you’re looking for something appropriate for the very largest nipples.

MOST VERSATILE

The Devil's Lotus Nipple Clamps

In an an unholy marriage of form and function, the Devil’s Lotus Nipple Clamps are possibly the most eye-catching nipple clamp design on the market today. Unlike virtually all other nipple clamps you’re likely to encounter, the Devil’s Lotus uses a rotating knob to close its petals, tightening the five points down on the nipple. Because of the wide range of motion of each petal, the Lotus can be used to do anything from enclosing and clamping just the nub of the nipple to ruthlessly grabbing the entire areola like a claw.

Surface Area: Medium-Small

The tip of each petal clamps down on a small surface area, but altogether, the clamp has a more moderate effect because the force is spread around the nipple at five points.

Teeth & Texture: Thin & Sharp

When the Devil's Lotus is used like a claw on the entire areola, the teeth feel quite sharp. When used on the nub of the nipple, the pressure around the nipple is the dominant sensation.

Power & Leverage: Medium

The Devil's Lotus is as capable of hard play as any of Terrible Toyshop's nipple clamps, however it is a bit more difficult to fine tune the tension at high levels of pressure. 

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The Devil’s Lotus Nipple Clamps (Pair)

C$57.00

Weighing in at 1oz (30g) per clamp, the Devil’s Lotus provides a satisfying weight when it is in use. When the lotus is applied to just the nub of the nipple, the clamp tends to hang off the nipple and its round shape will naturally roll as it swings back and forth against the rib cage, which provides some extra twisting stimulation. When the Lotus is applied to the entire areola, the clamp tends to feel less heavy and does not move around on its own.

“[My nipples] are difficult and don’t extend far beyond the rest of the breast tissue, but this actually gripped my nipple tightly. The burning sensation made my nipple sensitive. These pack a punch. Must have for the sadist and masochist.”
A. K. G.
Posted on Etsy

Overall, the Devil’s Lotus is a highly versatile clamp and will add a new palette of sensations to your toy bag. For scenes that allow the sub to move around, the Lotus can be applied to the nub of the nipple and the clamp can be left to dangle like a pendant, bouncing and rolling off their body with every motion. For a more brutal aesthetic, the Devil’s Lotus can be used to gather the entire areola in it’s claw-like petals, biting into a more substantial volume of flesh. Whatever your sensory preferences may be, the Devil’s Lotus will deliver in style. The Lotus’s attractive design looks great both when it is in use as well as displayed in full blossom among your toy collection.

Pro Tip: We also sell single Devil’s Lotuses as clit clamps because the clamp’s five petals are well suited to navigate the inner labia and clitoral hood when clamping the clitoris. Pick up a third Lotus with your pair of nipple clamps to complete the unholy trinity!

BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Bad Princess Nipple Clamps

Featuring ornamentation inspired by tiaras and sceptres, the Bad Princess Nipple Clamps are designed to showcase its elegant lines and traditionally feminine detailing. These clamps offer an excellent entry point for beginners, an adorable accoutrement for DDLG enthusiasts, and a wonderfully effeminate accessory for sissies.

For beginners, the Bad Princess Nipple Clamps provide a straightforward clamping sensation without the more aggressive teeth featured in Terrible Toyshop’s other nipple clamps. From an aesthetic perspective, DDLG folks and sissies will be delighted with the Bad Princess Nipple Clamps’ cute yet seductive styling.

Surface Area: Medium

The clamping platform offers a medium sized functional area that can be applied to the nub of the nipple or even a bit of the areola to create a blunt squeezing pain.

Teeth & Texture: Flat & textured

The clamping platform does not feature teeth, however the grain of the 3D printed surface adds some grip to help keep the clamp from slipping off.

Power & Leverage: Medium

The Bad Princess Nipple Clamp delivers solid pressure, but it tops out when the bottom of the frame starts to flex. This clamp may leave the hardest players wanting more.

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Bad Princess Nipple Clamps (Pair)

C$34.00

Weighing in at ¾oz (20g) per clamp, the Bad Princess Nipple Clamps are among the lighter nipple clamps that we offer (and are certainly lighter than they look). The lightweight design sits nicely against the body, and its weight is distributed to balance in a natural vertical orientation.

“These arrived earlier than expected with the Strapper, and I’m delighted with them. They adjust smoothly and evenly, clamp nice and tight and look adorable.”
N. N.
Posted on Etsy

Overall, the Bad Princess Nipple Clamps offer an attractive yet functional option for beginners, DDLG enthusiasts, and sissies. Although its moderate power may leave the hardest players wanting, the clamp is certainly strong enough to challenge the pain tolerance for all but the most battle hardened sadomasochists. All said, the Bad Princess Nipple Clamp is a cute and seductive accessory that will bring a unique aesthetic to your next play date!

Pro Tip: Terrible Toyshop also offers the matching Bad Princess Labia Clamp, the perfect accessory to complete your Bad Princess ensemble.

BEST FOR HARD PLAYERS

Lockable Nipple Clamps

There is literally nothing like the feelings that rush over you when you hear the lock snap shut. In yet another revolutionary stride forward in nipple clamp technology, Terrible Toyshop brings you the Lockable Nipple Clamp. This clamp, more than any other that we offer, caters to hard BDSM players who like to take bondage to extremes.

The Lockable Nipple Clamp is the most powerful nipple clamp in our selection, and possibly anywhere. Using the brutal pyramid-shaped teeth first introduced on the Nipple Tenderizers, we cut down the size of the clamping platform so that the force would be more concentrated on a small area. Once you dial in the pressure, apply a lock to one of the holes on the knob, and that clamp is going nowhere.

When the locks come off, the highly leveraged mechanism in the Lockable Nipple Clamps only allows them to be removed very slowly and smoothly – as a result, one of the most appealing features of the Lockable Nipple Clamps is that they do not cause the acute pain usually associated with taking nipple clamps off.

Surface Area: Medium-Small

The precision clamping platforms on the Lockable Nipple Clamps are intended to focus on the nub of the nipple. The small surface area delivers a deep, searing pain.

Teeth & Texture: Coarse & Deep

The interlocking pyramid-shaped teeth create an intense aching feeling at several points. These clamps leave a small checker board pattern on the skin after they are removed.

Power & Leverage: High

The Lockable Nipple Clamps perform extremely well under high levels of pressure. These are the most powerful nipple clamps that we offer at Terrible Toyshop.

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Lockable Nipple Clamps (Pair)

C$38.00

Weighing in at 1½oz (45g) per clamp (without locks), the Lockable Nipple Clamps offer a considerable heft as they dangle from the nipples. For harder players, padlocks can be connected to chains and other added sources of weight. With sufficient pressure, these clamps also perform well in scenes that involve nipple stretching and predicament bondage. Note that the coarse and deep teeth require more pressure to resist slipping (compared with clamps that feature finer and sharper teeth), so these clamps will be most appreciated by people with a relatively high pain tolerance for nipple play.

“Fantastic toy! Not only is this toy A LOT of fun, it also fits very well behind larger nipples. There is just enough weight by themselves to have some fun. Great grip!”
N.
Posted on terribletoyshop.ca

Overall, the Lockable Nipple Clamps are Terrible Toyshop’s best offering for heavy BDSM players looking for new and interesting ways to test their limits. The Lockable Nipple Clamps are capable of delivering an immense level of pressure concentrated on a fairly small area, and the pyramid shaped teeth are the most brutal design that we offer. If you are intrigued by the idea of having an unbearable, deep, searing pain delivered by a weighty apparatus locked onto your nipples, there really is no better choice you could make. 😉

Pro Tip: We at Terrible Toyshop love lockable toys! Check out our selection of restraints to explore all of the ways that you can experience bondage under lock and key. The Lockable Nipple Clamps also make an excellent pairing with Terrible Toyshop’s Rigger’s Delight Nipple Stretcher. If you are a nipple torture aficionado, these are a must-have combination.

BEST CLOVER CLAMPS

Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps

Coming from the folks who started a company specialized in making adjustable and brutal nipple clamps, consider it high praise that we wholeheartedly recommend any design from another manufacturer. Apart from our own designs, the Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps are the only nipple clamps we’ve ever truly loved.

Although we do not normally approve of spring loaded nipple clamps (these clamps do not have a gentle setting), the Monarch Clover Clamps are just so deliciously brutal that we couldn’t help but have our hearts won over. As with all clover style nipple clamps, the Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps clamp down more tightly when you pull on the chain, and the grip of these clamps is second to none, should you want to add some weight to the equation… we often do. 😉

Surface Area: Small

The tiny clamping pads on the Monarch Clover Clamps concentrate all of the clamp's force on a small area, delivering a high amount of pain on a very focused point.

Teeth & Texture: Fine & Deep

The clamping pads feature Lego-like nubs, offering the best grip that we've ever come across in a set of clover clamps. The concentrated, searing pain is top notch.

Power & Leverage: High

After giving the teeth a few minutes to set into flesh, these clamps will withstand an extraordinary amount of tugging and pulling. We haven't found a limit to the amount of force that these clamps can deliver.

Weighing in at 2oz (55g), the Monarch Clover Clamp is lightweight, yet it boasts a sturdy build that can take even the most extreme added weight in stride.

“Apart from our own designs, the Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps are the only nipple clamps we’ve ever truly loved.”
Terrible Greg
The OG Ballgag Bear

Overall, in a marketplace saturated with similar looking clover clamp designs, the Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps rise to the surface as the cream of the crop. These clamps are, hands down, the best clamps we’ve ever found for nipple stretching and predicament bondage applications.

Pro Tip: The Master Series Monarch Clover Clamps make a deadly pairing with Terrible Toyshop’s Rigger’s Delight Nipple Stretcher. If you are a nipple torture aficionado, these are a must-have combination.

BEST FOR SENSATION PLAY

Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs

As the only other exception to our preference about spring loaded clamps, we really like Rouge’s Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs. In addition to being perfect for temperature play, these clamps offer a striking visual contrast between no-nonsense stainless steel and an adorably small form factor.

Surface Area: Small

The small clamping pads on the Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs make them perfect to target the nub of the nipple.

Teeth & Texture: Smooth

With a polished stainless steel finish, these clamps do not add additional sensations to distract from the pressure.

Power & Leverage: Medium

These clamps may apply too much pressure for the most sensitive nipples but will likely be satisfying for most.

Weighing in at 1oz (30g) for the pair, Rouge’s Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs feel heavy in the hand because of their dense metal construction. That said, the clamps themselves are quite small, so they’re don’t feel as heavy once they’re attached to your nipples.

“We love the Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs for sensation play, and they're also just super cute.”
Terrible Greg
The OG Ballgag Bear

Overall, the Stainless Steel Nipple Pegs deserve a place on your bedside table. Although these clamps’ main source of appeal is their potential for temperature play, we love that they’re quick and easy to use, and they look super cute in photos (you know, the type you might snap to tease a partner while they’re at work).

BEST FOR SENSITIVE NIPPLES

Fetish Fantasy Barrel Nipple Clamps

Although these clamps don’t appeal to our more extreme sadomasochistic preferences, this interesting design from Pipedream caught our eye and we decided to give them a try. All said, this is possibly the best option we’ve seen for sensitive nipples. The barrel mechanism screws in to adjust the level of force, and the rubber tips provide excellent grip, even at lower pressure. With a nice amount of weight, these clamps will allow people with sensitive nipples to get the chained clover clamp experience without the base level of pain required by spring loaded clamps.

Surface Area: Small

The small clamping pads on the Barrel Nipple Clamps concentrate all of the clamp's force on a small area.

Teeth & Texture: Smooth

Although the rubber pads are smooth, these clamps offer a surprisingly good grip at lower levels of pressure.

Power & Leverage: Low-Medium

We like these clamps' adjustable mechanism, but it's not going to provide enough force for harder players.

Weighing in at 2.5oz (70g), the Fetish Fantasy Barrel Nipple Clamps offer an experience similar to clover clamps for people with sensitive nipples.

“This interesting design from Pipedream offers an excellent alternative to clover clamps for people with sensitive nipples.”
Terrible Greg
The OG Ballgag Bear

Overall, the Fetish Fantasy Barrel Nipple Clamps offer top-notch functionality with an interesting mechanical design. While they don’t deliver the level of pain that we usually shoot for, they’re a solid option if everything else on this list might be a little too much for your taste. 😉

Final Words

We hope that this showdown has helped you narrow down the selection of our awful nipple clamping creations. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us – we love to chat! 🙂

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