SEX TOYS AND PRODUCTS
10 Basic Sex Toys You Should Know (and Try!)
Consider this your sex toy reference guide. You're welcome.
There are a lot of sex toys out there. They come in just about every shape, size and color imaginable. But no matter what sex shop you walk into, you'll find they all carry a few basic types of toys.
They're all designed for pleasure, but knowing what they are and what they do is a great first step in choosing the ones that'll work best for you.
Consider it your sex toy reference guide. You're welcome.
You probably have a basic idea of what a dildo is, but this is one very diverse group of toys. They can range from very realistic to simplistic to fantastical. No matter what kind you’re looking for, if you want to use one anally or with a harness, you’re going to want a flared base.
Always make sure you buy a high-quality dildo that is body-safe! If you're purchasing a silicone one, make sure it's non-porous and made of platinum cured silicone.
Our top tip: Even if you’re not into anal, a flared base can still be useful for holding onto; sometimes they also double as a suction cup!
We recommend: Pride by Avant is an awesome, colourful dildo with a suction cup base! It's ergonomically curved head is great for hitting all the dream erogenous zones, and it's compatible harness compatible, so you can create tons of fun adventures with it!
Read: How to Use a Dildo
These are insertable toys that range from straight to curvy, and are found in every non-porous material there is. Some famous wand toys include the nJoy Pure Wand and the more recent Key by Jopen Comet G. Many (like these two) are curved for G-spot stimulation.
Our top tip: A curve is usually necessary - or at least helpful - because the G-spot is located above the pelvis inside the vagina. A curved toy made out of a hard material is ideal for the pressure a G-spot craves.
We recommend: The Mystim Sizzling Simon E-Stim Vibrator. This dual-ended wand dives you one angled-tip for target G-spot stimulation and a second thick, rounded end for you to play with. Since it's made of crystal premium glass, you can also play around with temperature play with this toy!
Vibrating insertables usually fall somewhere between a dildo and an insertable massager. They are defined as anything made to be used internally that also vibrates.
Our top tip: You can use a vibrating insertable anally, but if you do it needs a flared base to keep it from getting lost. Otherwise, it may get sucked into your rectum (especially during orgasm) and you won't be able to get it out - at least not without the assistance of an emergency room.
I recommend: The LELO MONA 2. The MONA 2 has the perfect curve to target your G-spot and it's vibrating head is sure to leave you thrilled. It's also 100% waterproof, so you can take it on all kinds of wet adventures!
While I’d posit that any product can be used by couples, this category specifically pertains to c-shaped vibrators intended to be used by those with a vagina to vibrate against the clitoris and G- pot.
These products can be used during penetrative intercourse so that the penetrating partner may feel the vibrations as well.
We recommend: We-Vibe is one of the best brands on the market when it comes to couples vibrators, and their newest toy, Chorus, is their best one yet. This wearable vibrator can be worn during intercourse to stimulate both the clitoris and G-spot, and it's intuitive remote is pressure controlled, so all you have to do is squeeze and release!
External vibes range from tiny bullet vibes to big, powerful ones like the Hitachi Magic Wand and other wand-style toys. They come small, big, wired, wireless, everything in-between and more.
These are some of the most popular sex toy styles out there, and the variety available is a reflection of that.
Our top tip: Look for one with vibrations that are deep and thumpy rather than thin and buzzy. These vibrators can be used externally anywhere on the body - nipples, testicles, outside of the anus, on the penis, on the clitoris, anywhere that’s sensitive and external. You don’t want to use these internally because they're either too big or too small to be work well for this.
We recommend: Le Wand Feel My Power- "Wednesday" Edition. This luxurious wand is all about those deep, rumbly vibrations that will leave you breathless. The Le Wand also has a flexible neck and comes with a textured cover so you can create all kinds of amazing sensations in all kinds of amazing places.
Ben Wa and Kegel balls are becoming more popular every day. Ben Wa balls are usually small and metal. They are designed to be held in the vagina to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles; they are often too heavy for beginners and can fall out.
Kegel Balls, on the other hand, tend to be larger so they stay in place, and there’s a ball inside of the ball that rolls around and stimulates your muscles, causing them to contract involuntarily and remind you to exercise.
Our top tip: Kegel balls usually have a pull string! Those are the ones I'd recommend for beginners.