So you and your partner have talked it over, and you've decided that you want to try adding some sex toys in the bedroom? Congrats! Along with bringing the two of you closer together, sex toys can allow you both to experience new kinds of pleasure. Some sex toys can even allow for hands-free orgasms - and who doesn't want that?

Perhaps, after researching the various types of sex toys available, the two of you have decided that you're interested in trying cock rings. Rings can definitely add intensity to intercourse, but with so many options out there, how are you supposed to know which one to pick?


Lovehoney.com The Sexual Happiness PeopleHere are seven steps to picking a cock ring. Take these steps as suggestions, or follow them all the way through. There's no wrong way to do it - it's all about your pleasure.

Decide on Stretch

Cock rings are available in all sorts of materials. Hard materials, like metal or wood, have absolutely no stretch to them and cock rings made of these materials can be difficult for beginners to put on. Since these rings don't stretch or change shape at all, you will need to choose a specific size to make sure they fit properly. Rings made of other materials, like PVC, jelly and silicone, have more stretch and flexibility, making them easier to slide onto the penis. For beginners, a material that's stretchy is highly recommended.


Pick Your Tightness

Once you've picked your ideal material, you should consider the fit of the ring. Not all stretchy materials will provide the firmest grip. If you want a ring to fit tighter, you'll want to get it in a harder material. A tighter ring will lead to a firmer, longer-lasting erection, and a more intense ejaculation. Keep in mind that some guys find a tighter fit uncomfortable, while others enjoy it. To aid in selecting the perfect tightness, try reading a few sex toy reviews before making your purchase. (Take a look at our Sex Toy Directory for reviews of various toys.)


Check for Texture

Cock rings can vary in texture. While some people claim they can't feel the texture of the material at all, others are driven wild by bumps or ridges or nubs. The texture may also determine the cock ring's appearance. Some rings are created to look like animals or other recognizable objects, while others may be decorated with simplistic or eye-catching designs. The design of the ring may determine the texture it will provide.


Good Vibrations

Many rings have a vibrator setting, which can feel amazing for both male and female partners. Some cock rings include multiple vibrators, while others have only a single vibration source. The vibration controls will vary as well, with some cock rings including a single vibration setting and others having multiple or patterned settings. Some rings are equipped with a small flip switch, while others are controlled by push buttons. In rare cases, a cock ring may be manipulated by a remote control. A vibrating cock ring can heighten the shared sexual experience between a male and female patner. While it stimulates the base of the penis, adding to the intensity of the male partner's orgasm, it will also come into contact with the female partner's clitoris as her partner thrusts himself deeper.


(Read our 10 Steps to Choosing a Vibrator and add to your sex toy collection.)

Understand Battery Types

Cock rings that vibrate tend to come in four main varieties. The first is a disposable ring. The batteries in a disposable cock ring can't be switched out, so once the batteries die, the ring will need to be thrown away. The batteries in these disposable rings usually last between 30 minutes and an hour. Many of these rings are made from hard-to-clean materials and aren't really designed to be used after their batteries die - even if you planned on using them without the vibrations.

Another variety of cock ring is one that allows you to switch out the batteries. These rings often require watch batteries, and you can replace them once they die. In some cases this is easy to do while in others it may be difficult due to the small size of the ring.

A third variety is a cock ring that allows you to switch out the power source entirely. In these cases, you can replace the bullet vibrator that the cock ring came with. That way, if the vibrations seem too weak but you enjoy the design of the ring, you can just slip out the vibrating bullet and replace it with one that you prefer. This feature also makes it easier to change out the vibrator in the event that the the electrical system of the original vibrator malfunctions.

The final, more rare, variety is a rechargeable cock ring. Instead of using disposable batteries, these couples' rings are entirely rechargeable. You just plug them into a power source, and they'll charge up for your next use. This type of cock ring tends to be branded as a luxury sex toy and is usually made with premium materials.

Waterproof Considerations

If you want a cock ring that's easier to clean, or if you just want something to take in the shower with you, you'll want a waterproof sex toy. Waterproof cock rings are sealed to prevent water from getting into the electronics compartment, so they're simpler to clean, and since they can be submerged, they're bath and shower friendly. (Keep it clean with our Top Tips for Sex Toy Sanitation.)


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Seek Out Special Features

If you have specific fantasies you'd like to fulfill, it's worth seeing if there's a cock ring that matches your desires. Some cock rings include a small dildo that's attached to the ring for double penetration. Others may include two separate rings - one ring goes around the base of the shaft while the other ring encircles the very base of the penis, underneath the testicles, for additional restriction. Some rings also double as cages for male chastity, while others are long and thin, covering the majority of the shaft to provide added texture during intercourse. Having trouble choosing? Some cock rings come in multi-packs so you can try out multiple types of rings with one purchase.

Now that you have a general idea about the many types of cock rings that are out there, you can start browsing with your partner to explore aspects that are important to both of you. Happy shopping!

(For more on the pleasures of rings check out our article, Curious About Cock Rings?)