The A-Z of Sex Toys: Everything You Need To Know
One of the best ways to spice up your sex life is by introducing sex toys. But where do you start? There are hundreds of different types of sex toys on the market that do all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Some are small and easy to conceal while others are brash and in your face. It doesn’t matter what your persuasion is, there is a sex toy for everyone.
If you are new to the world of sex toys or looking to brush up on your knowledge, we are here to help. Here is the A to Z of the different types of sex toys you will come across during your sexual journey. Read on and find what works for you.
There are many different toys you can use when performing ass play, but one of the most spectacular is anal beads. As the name suggests, anal beads consist of a series of connected beads that you insert in your ass. Generally made from waterproof PVC (and occasionally glass), anal beads come in all shapes and sizes, but beginner sets usually have small beads that gradually get bigger. A small finger pull tap is usually at the very end so you can pull them out with ease.
Continuing with the anal theme, butt plugs are another sex toy that brings pleasure to those who like things in their ass. They come in a range of sizes and materials and bring an added sensation while having sex. Some are also able to vibrate, giving an even greater feeling of pleasure.
These handy sex toys go around a man’s cock and are primarily used to restrict the blood flow from the penis, thus making it stay harder for much longer. Cock rings are great for guys who have trouble maintaining an erection and also offer great stimulation, especially those that vibrate. Generally made of stretchy material, some even come with an extra loop that fixes around the balls to make sure you don’t pop off too early.
The OG sex toy. Dildos have been around for as long as men and women have been having sex (well, not quite, but around 30,000 years) and are easily the most well know own sex toy. Coming in almost more variations than words in the dictionary, dildos are phallic-shaped and provided women (and men) with leg-shaking orgasms.
Whether you want one that looks like a penis with multiple veins, a clear glass dildo, or a scary 12-inch beast, there is a dildo for everyone.
Welcome to the future. No longer do you have to do all the work yourself. Many modern sex toys are now powered by electricity that sends vibrations to all your nerve endings, resulting in bigger and better climaxes. While batteries are still common, many new sex toys are chargeable via a USB cord, making them much easier to look after.
Here is one for the boys. Housed in a torch-like apparatus (hence the name), fleshlights are handheld toys with sleeves that represent a vagina. They come in a wide range of textures and are designed to replicate vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some are designed to tighter around your cock like a vagina while others send vibrations up the penis. Many famous pornstars have even had fleshlights designed on their pussy, meaning you can watch your favorite pornstar get down and dirty while imagining it was you doing the deed.
Glass sex toys are made from glass (duh) and are a much cleaner and pristine looking sex toy. The most popular are glass dildos and butt plugs as they can be used with any type of lube and are temperature sensitive, meaning you can put them in hot or cold water and they will reflect that temperature, creating different sensations.
While most people associate handcuffs with the police, they can also be a fun way to liven up the bedroom. Whether you want classical metal handcuffs or a fluffy pair in a tiger print, handcuffs are widely available at most sex shops. Big in the BDSM community, handcuffs are great for those looking to experiment, just make sure you don’t lose the keys!
The best thing about inflatable toys is you can choose how big you want the toy to be, which is especially handy when it comes to something like a butt plug. Being inflatable means they can also deflate and don’t take up too much space. One of the most used inflatable sex toys are inflatable dolls. While you have probably seen them on a stag do, many men also use them for personal gratification.
You can blame 50 Shades of Grey for the increase in sales of jiggle balls. They are small, round weights that go inside a woman’s vagina and are designed to strengthen her pelvic muscles. Meaning orgasms are much better. While you don’t actually have sex with them still inside, removing them just prior to sex is meant to be a game-changer.
Similar to jiggle balls, these round toys are ideal for toning the vaginal muscles and pelvic floor muscles. More sphere or egg-shaped than jiggle balls, kegel balls are also used more during sex. Keep them in the vagina while stimulating the clit for extra vibrations or wear them during a night out to increase arousal so when she gets home you can take them out and she will be ready to get down and dirty.
An often overlooked but very important addition to any sexual experience is lube. Use it on toys or yourself to make sure you are ready for anything to slip in (or out) of you and your partner’s bodies. There is a lube for everyone these days, with silicone lubes, natural lives, water-based lubes, and even flavored lubes available.
While you can consider it a vibrator, the Magic Wand deserves its own category. This intimidating sex toy has been a staple of many women’s sex lives for over 50 years now. Proving a woman doesn’t need a penis to get off, the Magic Wand stimulates the clitoris and surrounding area and is known to give women earth-shattering orgasms. It is one of the most popular sex toys on the market and is sure to keep your lady happy if you introduce one into the bedroom.
For many, the nipples are a highly androgenous zone that causes much pleasure when engaging in coitus. To up the stakes, add some nipple toys to the equation. These can come in the form of clamps or suction cups that pinch the nipple and create a heightened sensitivity.
Oral Sex Simulators
Feel in the mood for a little oral stimulation? Lucky for you there are dozens of different products on the market that provide just this. For women, there are toys that replicate the feeling of someone licking their clitoris, while for men there are a number of products that feel like you are having your cock sucked. Many also have extra functions and vibrate, only increasing your oral pleasure. Great for those who have a partner who isn’t keen on going down below.
Not to be confused with butt plugs or other similar looking sex toys, these bad boys are ergonomically shaped to reach a man’s G-spot, or P-spot as it is often called. These smooth toys have a curve that enables them to reach places other toys can’t, with some offering vibrating effects to increase your anal pleasure.
A word of warning; if you are a beginner, it is best to stick to butt plugs before progressing to a prostate massager.
I have to admit to knowing nothing about this sex toy until researching this article. A Queening Chair is a specially made creation that enables a woman to perch over her partner and force her vagina or ass in their face. Predominately used by the BDSM community and by women, they can also be used by any lover of cunnilingus of any sexual preference.
Remote Control Toys
These days you don’t even need to be in the same room as your partner when using a sex toy. There is a host of modern sex toys that come with remote controls. This allows you to change the vibration while next to your partner or in another room.
In a long-distance relationship? Don’t fear as you can now download apps for certain sex toys which means you can control them from different cities or states. So while you are at home taking it easy, you can make her cum while she’s wearing her vibrating underwear at work. Good times all around.
While they can be confronting if you have never seen one before, strap-ons are nothing to be scared of. Not only do they add some spice to the bedroom, but they are used by pretty much all sexual orientations. Everyone from gay men and lesbians to straight couples can use a strap-on. Coming in a huge range of shapes and sizes, be sure to choose one that you are both comfortable using.
This is another item that is big in the BDSM community. While any tape can be used theoretically, it is best to stick with something similar to duct tape, as this holds well. If you are new to this, most sex shops sell their own bondage tape in a myriad of colors that is easy to use and remove.
Urethral Sounding Toys
Originally used as a medical instrument, somewhere along the line somebody realized they can also give pleasure. Like most toys, they come in a range of shapes and sizes, with some being ribbed and others also capable of vibrating. You basically insert this sex toy into the urethra and it is meant to stimulate the nerves. While certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, this is a sex toy that is used more often than you might think.
The most well-known sex toy in the world, almost everyone has experienced the joys of a vibrator. It doesn’t matter whether you are a male or female, they can bring pleasure to anyone in a variety of ways. They range from miniature bullet vibrators to massive 10-inch beasts to every woman’s favorite, the trusty rabbit.
If there is only one sex toy you ever try with your partner, make it a vibrator.
If you or your partner enjoys a good old fashioned slap on the bum during intercourse, upgrade this to a whip. The perfect tool for anyone who enjoys a good spanking, you can purchase whips from most sex stores and act out her 50 Shades of Grey fantasies.
X-Large Sex Toys
As stated throughout this piece, most sex toys come in a range of shapes and sizes, but for some, this isn’t enough. That’s when XL sex toys come in handy. These huge toys are larger than your average dildo or butt plug and can be quite frightening to look at.
One popular XL sex toy is the penis sleeve, which goes over your cock and adds width and girth. This is great if your partner needs a little more than you can provide.
Yummy Edible Underwear
Ok, we are cheating for this one, but I think we did pretty well to get this far, to be honest. Yummy can stand for edible underwear, which is pretty much underwear you can eat. This is an added bonus for those who like cunnilingus or just can’t wait for their partner to take off their knickers.
It doesn’t just have to be underwear either, with plenty of lubes and condoms offering different tastes. Or take things to another level and incorporate yummy food into your sex play.
Similar to electric sex toys, zappers give you electric shocks that are meant to be pleasurable (most of the time). Resembling a mini-cattle prod, zappers deliver static shocks to the buddy. They can be used on the nipples, penis, vagina, or ass and a more widely used by those into bondage and S&M.
So there you have it. A list of sex toys from A to Z. While this article certainly hasn’t covered every sex toy on the market, it is a good overview and should provide you with plenty of inspiration to visit your local sex shop with your partner.
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