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Butt plugs come in various sizes and widths. They are perfect for both anal play beginners and the more experienced. Since butt plugs are made from a lot of different materials, there's a size and a sensation for everyone interested in anal play!


With their nonthreatening design and slimmer profile, butt plugs are the usual "first stop" for someone looking to enjoy the intense pleasure that anal stimulation can provide. Not only are they one of the most flexible types of anal toys, but they're usually also very affordable and very easy to use. No wonder you've set your eyes on this type of anal toy!

Read: 5 Ways to Use Butt Plugs to Take Your Sex Life to the Next Level

The butt plug's popularity certainly isn't hurt by the fact that it's available and pleasurable to anybody out there. No matter how you identify or what anatomy you were born with, you are just as capable as any other person to fall in love with this highly-erogenous and somewhat "taboo" pleasure zone. While people with some health conditions may need to take things more slowly than others, they are just as capable of enjoying the sensations a butt plug can produce. The anal area is stacked full of nerve endings and, like any other erogenous zone on the body, when nerve endings are enjoyably stimulated, it will feel like sexual pleasure. Win-win for everybody!

Like exploring any other new activity, though, you might find yourself feeling a bit lost regarding your first butt plug purchase. Manufacturers provide hundreds upon thousands of different options; it can be easy to get overwhelmed! You want the best butt plug for your money - and we want that too! There's no way to do an easy "trial run" of a butt plug, but we hope this guide helps narrow down your options and point you in the right sex toy direction.

While reading this guide, keep these questions in mind to help guide your search for the best butt plug:

  • How experienced am I with anal play?
  • Do I want to wear my plug in public?
  • What sensations am I hoping to accomplish by wearing a butt plug?
  • Would I like to experience vibrations alongside this new type of pleasure?

What Can I Do With a Butt Plug?

Unlike a lot of other sex toys on the market, a butt plug is designed to be used entirely hands-free. This gives it a lot of flexibility when it comes to uses. Not only does it allow a "set it and forget it" mindset, but it also means both of your hands will be free to play elsewhere, which means a lot of options! Some of the main types of uses for a butt plug include:

Gentle Anal Stretching

Butt plugs are a fantastic way to stretch out and "prepare" the anal region for other types of pleasure down the road. While some people are able to jump straight into anal sex, that's not a reality for many. Butt plugs offer an easy and pleasurable way to slowly prepare the body for the size of a biological penis. Start off with a smaller plug and slowly replace the smaller plug for larger and larger plugs until you've reached the size that allows you to enjoy anal sex comfortably. This stretching can be done over one session while interspersed with foreplay, or it can be done over multiple days for gentler stretching.

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Added Stimulation During Sex or Masturbation

Like we've said before, many butt plugs will stay inside the body entirely hands-free! This makes them perfect for use during sex or masturbation. With the contractions that the body experiences during sexual arousal, the plug will gently move around and keep your attention constantly on its pleasurable existence. However, be aware that some active sex positions may end up sliding the butt plug loose - especially with contractions and movements of the body. We suggest wearing tight underwear or a special butt plug harness if you want the plug to stay in during those wild sessions.

For Anal Play in Public

Butt plugs are the No.1 recommended type of sex toy for public play. Outside of wearable panty vibrators (which can make a bit of noise), butt plugs tend to be one of the few toys that work really well for discreet use. Plugs can stay in the body without fuss, continually cause pleasurable sensations, and can be entirely silent while still offering enjoyable feelings. Choosing a butt plug equipped with vibrations will eliminate some of the discretion, but as long as you're playing in a louder environment, we're sure you'll still have some fun with it.

Read: Your Top 10 Questions About Anal Play - Answered!

Help! I've Never Used a Butt Plug

If you've never used an anal toy or enjoyed anal stimulation before, using a butt plug for the first time might seem terrifying. However, it's a lot easier than you'd think. Follow these simple steps for an enjoyable first time.

Set Aside Time

If it's your first time playing with a butt plug or any other type of sex toy, you really should make sure that you have a decent chunk of time available. There's no point in sitting down to a brand new toy if you're already in a time crunch. Try to wait until you have at least an hour to enjoy the pleasures of the plug and try it as slowly as your body requires. Before or after a relaxed afternoon is usually a good time to try out a new toy.

Make Sure You and Your Body Are Ready

Are you ready to play with an anal toy? This means not only should you have the mental patience required, but do you have your lubricant, a towel, a paper towel/napkin, and your clean toy laid out? Well, that's a first step in playing with the toy! Make sure you've relaxed yourself and have all of the items you could possibly want to play with. It helps you to stay in your headspace if you already have all of the things you need.

Use More Lubricant Than You Think You Need

Lubricant is vital to any anal play. Unlike the vagina, the butt doesn't make any sort of its own lubrication. That means using your own external lubricant is the only way to make things slick enough to be comfortable. Make sure to coat the surface of the plug itself in lubricant. Take some time to use your fingers to add some lubricant to your entrance as well. Water-based lubricant is compatible with all types of sex toys, but if you plan on wearing the plug for long periods, you might need to reapply your lube on occasion as it tends to dissipate easily over time.

Exercise Some Patience

After you've taken the time to ensure the toy and your body are entirely lubricated, you're good to go! Take the tip of the plug and begin to gently press it against your entrance. Go slowly, and while there may be a slight bit of resistance, don't force anything against very strong resistance. As the plug rests against the entrance with a slight bit of pressure, it will begin to slowly slide into the body. If anything feels too intense or stretched at any point, feel free to give yourself a small break and pause, leaving the toy where it is. Unless you feel extremely sharp pain, try not to yank the toy out – just give your body a bit of time to adjust to a slight discomfort as your body stretches with the toy. However, most standard-sized plugs will likely slide in without too much of a stretch. With the design of many butt plugs, the toy will likely reach the thickest portion of the plug and then effortlessly slide itself all of the way in without much pressure.

Get Ready for Next Time

We know, we know: you just finished playing with your toy, you're tired, and you probably want a nap. However, it's important that you make sure to thoroughly clean your butt plug after using it. Some materials, in particular, may retain scents, and when it comes to anal play, you likely will want to avoid that if possible. Thoroughly clean and soak the plug as soon as possible after playing with it - don't be afraid to rinse or clean it again before getting ready to play with it again next time. This is also where the paper towel or napkin can come in handy; you can remove the toy and place it on the disposable surface without worrying about doing any extra laundry.

Picking the Right Anal Plug

Consider the Size

Especially as a beginner, one of the most important aspects of any anal toy - including butt plugs - is going to be the size. People who've never tried any anal stimulation before can usually handle things up to 0.75 inches in size without a second thought. Going up to 1.25 inches in diameter is not particularly unheard of for newbies with some patience. Beginners should probably steer clear of anything larger than that. You can always work your way up later.

Look at the Material

The next-biggest consideration is going to be what you potential butt plug is made of. Some porous materials tend to absorb scents a bit more easily than other materials, so if scent is going to be a particularly unpleasant point for you, you may choose to go with non-porous materials such as silicone, metal, or wood. Non-porous materials are also safer, because they don't hold on to harmful anal bacteria. Whatever the material, make sure you know how to clean it and what lubricants are safe to use with it.

Read the Reviews

While this may not be an issue for everyone, if you plan on wearing your butt plug out in public or want it to stay in your body during movement, you'll likely want to read the reviews of your potential plug. Manufacturers make butt plugs in all types of shapes and sizes - and not all shapes and sizes stay inside the butt particularly well with movement. Try to read a few reviews and see if people have been able to wear it out while walking or running errands.

Decide about Vibrations

Some butt plugs may be equipped with vibrations. In some cases, you'll barely notice the difference between vibrational plugs and non-vibrational ones – except when the vibrations are turned on! However, other plugs may include a wire that leads from the base of the plug to a controlling remote for the vibrations. This may limit your use of the plug for certain situations. Vibrations can be extremely pleasurable for some, but they come with a higher price point. Consider whether vibrations will be a good addition for you, and remember that you can always just choose to not take advantage of the vibrations when you're not feeling up to it!

Read:8 Tips for Choosing a Butt Plug

What Will More Money Get Me?

Just like any other type of sex toy (or item in general, really!), you can find butt plugs available for a wide range of budgets. The cost of butt plugs is generally directly correlated with material choice, vibrational capabilities, and brand name. If you're trying to purchase your latest butt plug with limited funds, consider what buying a more expensive option will get you.

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The $5 to $15 carries your least-expensive butt plugs. Since plugs are so small to begin with, these plugs aren't of a necessarily bad material, and they can range from rubber all the way to silicone. These plugs, however, tend to be slimmer in profile, aren't luxury brand names, and they are usually best for beginners instead of people with anal experience. Just make sure your plug has a flared base as some toys in this price range may not.

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Not much more expensive, plugs in this category can range from $15 to $40. You'll start to see butt plugs equipped with vibrations in this price ranges - or even a couple butt plug kits including multiple plugs made of lower-quality materials. Along the higher end of this range, you'll find brand name, non-vibrating silicone plugs including items from FunFactory and Tantus.

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Plugs from $40 to $80 are considered "high-end" butt plugs. This is where you'll find plugs of high-quality materials designed to last years upon years with regular use. Most plugs in this category will be made of non-porous materials such as glass, silicone, or others. These plugs may also be equipped with special features including waterproof vibrations, the ability to inflate, and more.

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Anything over $80, and you've hit the "luxury" classification of butt plugs. These plugs tend to have special features including removable/interchangeable tails, high-end manufacturing, wireless capabilities, lifetime guarantees, and more. Some of these types of plugs, such as thestainless steel plugs crafted by Njoy, are specifically designed to last a lifetime's worth of use.

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Public Removal

If you're playing in public, always make sure to bring along a small resealable bag like a sandwich bag. On occasion, your body may start to find the plug irritating, and since it's pretty hard to wash a plug after removal in many public restrooms, you won't want to store it in your stuff while it's still covered in lube! If you plan on wearing for a very long time on a regular basis, consider investing in a small travel-sized bottle of lube for frequent lubricant reapplications.

It's Possible to Use Too Much Lube

I know, I know. We're constantly stressing to use as much lube as possible. That's because most users tend to under-lubricate toys, and under-lubricating is a much bigger deal. However, if you plan on standing up, moving, or being vigorous while wearing your plug, too much lubricant can cause the plug to slide out a bit more easily. It'll take some time and experimentation, but try to figure out what the "right" amount of lube is for your body. (If you plan on just sitting around and enjoying the plug, though, lubricate to your heart's content!)

We hope you've had a good time reading our Butt Plug Buyer's Guide! Having a bit more knowledge and information will make it a whole lot easier to pick out your first butt plug - or your 20th! Enjoy the journey, and we hope you'll love it.

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