TV shows, movies, and the internet have been all abuzz lately about sex toys, and for good reason. Not only does a sex toy help you to understand your orgasmic response to improve your performance with a partner, but it allows you to try out new types of stimulation and experience pleasure in new ways.

A male masturbation sleeve is one kind of sex toy that is often overlooked. Not only can these sleeves add a new type of sensation to your solo sessions, but some of them are even designed to improve performance with a partner. Plus, sleeves allow for simple clean-up after you're done.

Follow these 7 Steps to Picking a male masturbation sleeve to get started experimenting with your new sex toy.

Decide on an Orifice

Visual elements can really enhance sexual enjoyment, which is why male masturbation sleeves come in a variety of designs. They may be designed to look like a vaginal entrance, an anal entrance or a set of soft lips. For those that don't think they'd enjoy any particular look, some male masturbation sleeves also come with an entrance that is neutral and functional in appearance.


Pick your Material

Sleeves come in a multitude of materials. Most of these materials are soft and stretchy, as these provide the most pleasure. However, soft and stretchy materials do vary. Sleeves made of jelly materials are extremely affordable but sometimes have a strange odor and some people may find the texture unusual. TPE or TPR male masturbation sleeves are generally odorless and just as stretchy as jelly ones, but they may be more expensive as well. There are several male masturbation sleeves that are made from silicone, but because silicone is not nearly as stretchy as the other materials, some guys have difficulty finding the perfect fit with a silicone sleeve. As always, material is a personal preference. If you dislike the first one you try, you should experiment until you find a material that you enjoy. (Learn more in Sex Toy Safety: A Guide to Materials).


Identify the Right Sleeve Size

Every penis is unique. Your personal length and width could be very different than someone else's. For that reason, most male masturbation sleeves are made in various lengths and widths. While the average sleeve is designed for the average guy, if you find that things are too snug, you may want to consider trying a different size, material or brand. Remember that stretchier material will allow the sleeve to stretch out more with use.



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Consider Penis Size

Along with the size of the masturbation sleeve itself, you need to consider the size of your penis. If you want to be able to sink fully into a male masturbation sleeve, ensure that it's at least as long as your penis - and if you want to experience the intense textures at the very end of the sleeve, ensure that the sleeve is sized accordingly. The point is not to stress about your penis length, but rather about searching for the right fit - there will be a penis sleeve that fits you perfectly. (Bigger isn't always better - check out Pants Half Full? What People Really Think of Their Penis).


Decide on Vibrations

While many male masturbation sleeves don't come equipped with a vibrating function, some do. In many cases, these vibrations come from a vibrating bullet or other toy that can be removed from the sleeve when vibrations aren't desired. If you think the extra sensation would enhance your experience, find a toy that offers a vibration setting.


Understand Suction Choices

Masturbation sleeves come with different types of suction options. Open-ended sleeves make for simpler clean-up after use, but they can't provide the same amount of suction and pressure because they don't have a closed end. Closed-end masturbation sleeves trap air for a tighter feeling, but keeping them clean can be a bit of a pain. In some luxury items, like a Fleshlight, the amount of suction can be varied. The end cap can be removed for open-ended use and it can be tightened for closed-end use.


Think About the Extras

Manufacturers of male masturbation sleeves often go to great lengths to add value to your purchase. In many cases, the packaging has been especially designed for an arousing appearance. Some masturbation sleeves are intricately designed in the image of a famous adult star, to bring your fantasies to life. In some cases, purchase of the sleeve may include an adult DVD, or a signed picture of an adult starlet. These are all extras and whether you take advantage of them depends on your own, personal preference.


Use these suggestions to narrow your choices and get a general idea of the type of male masturbation sleeve you want to use. Once you find the perfect sleeve, you'll get to experience all types of new pleasure. (Check out Kinkly's Sex Toy Directory for more exciting options).