How to choose your first sex toy

How to choose your first sex toy

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You may feel a little apprehensive about buying a sex toy for the first time, but you could be missing out on a whole lot of fun. It’s important that you don’t just dive in, however, and you do your research before buying.

What do you want to gain from your first sex toy?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but this will actually make picking your first sex toy much easier; it’s important to factor in size, shape and texture as well as function.

70% of women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm, so you might want to start off small and buy an external vibe. All internal vibes can be used externally too, but if you haven’t used a sex toy before then it’s probably not a great idea to buy the biggest thing you can find!

The Rocks Off Slinky Pinky is a great beginners vibrator as it offers two for the price of one. The supple silicone sleeve is great for internal and external stimulation alike and offers satisfyingly strong vibratory power for such a small toy. You can also remove the sleeve and use the 80mm bullet for external play, whether alone or with a partner.

Bullet vibrators are a great way to begin your sex toy exploration, from simple battery powered products to gorgeous rechargeable bullets with deep rumbling vibrations, you are sure to find one that suits your sexual needs.

If you want dual stimulation, a rabbit vibrator is a great choice. Again, start off with a smaller product such as the Fun Factory Miss Bi, which has dual motors that work independently of each other, the Rocks-Off Everygirl a powerful rechargeable rabbit, offering incredible flexibility or the flexible battery operated Eden Bunny.

What materials are best to use?

When buying a product that’s going to be in contact with your genitals, it’s really important to ensure that it is skin safe. Materials such as rubber and jelly can be harmful as they are porous, making them difficult to clean. This means that bacteria can linger on the product and could give you thrush. They also contain phthalates, a substance banned from children’s toys because it is harmful to health.

Silicone, metal and glass sex toys are all safe to use as they are non-porous, making for easy cleaning. They also feel really good too!

Glass and metal sex toys are safe to use with oil, water and silicone based lubricants, however you can’t use silicone lubricant with a silicone sex toy. This is because the silicone will react, leaving a tacky texture and a ruined toy. Water and oil based lubes are silicone-sex toy compatible.

Rechargeable vs Battery Operated

While both are great to use, you may want to weigh up the pros and cons of rechargeable and battery operated products.

Rechargeable sex toys are more environmentally friendly and are compatible with most USB socket chargers such as the one you use for your phone. They can also be charged in your laptop or computer. These products do tend to be a little more expensive, however, so you might need to rethink your budget.

The OhMiBod LoveLife Cuddle is a great first-time buy as it’s slim, rechargeable and it won’t break the bank.

Battery operated toys are just as powerful as rechargeable toys, but you will have to keep buying batteries! Having said that, they are great entry-level products to experiment with. The Rocks-Off R0 120 Bullet is a petite innie and external vibe that delivers powerful vibrations right to where they’re needed!

The Rocks-Off Chaiamo is an incredibly powerful rechargeable classic vibrator that had a tapered head fro precision stimulation for both your clitoris, G-spot and even the head of the penis.

What about non-vibrating products?

Vibrations aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and lots of people enjoy using dildos for masturbation and as part of sex play. Just like vibrators, dildos are available in a range of sizes, textures and styles to suit your needs.

The Tantus Acute is a great beginner’s dildo as it has a subtle curve to hit your G-Spot and is unintimidating in size. It also has a flared base so it can be used in a harness as a strap-on, leading to endless possibilities for play!

There are also sex toys that thrust on their own, mimicking the actions of sexual intercourse. The Stronic range from Fun Factory offers great products for those looking for something different, or for those with limited dexterity as they can be used hands-free. The Bi Stronic Fusion also has a vibrating clitoral stimulator for extra pleasure sensations or consider the Fun Factory Stronic Real is one of the new pulsators in the slimmer Stronic range, the smaller size is great to use solo or with a partner.

Please note, however, that these products should not be used if you have a pacemaker as they contain magnets.

Are sex toys just for women?

There is still somewhat of a stigma about men using sex toys, but this is completely unfounded and there is a diverse range of male sex toys on the market. Like feminine products, male sex toys are available in vibrating and non-vibrating styles and are suitable for external stimulation or internal play.

Male masturbators are a great introductory toy to use, whether alone or with a partner. They offer completely new sensations felt during sex play, although some do have realistic designs. A TENGA Egg is a good place to start as they’re available for less than a tenner!

Prostate stimulators are great to use too, as the prostate is essentially the male G-Spot, aka the P-Spot. Having orgasms through prostate play is also beneficial to your health and could reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer by 22% as it helps to flush away impurities and bacteria.

The Rocks Off O Boy is a great beginner’s anal vibrator as it has a slim shaft for easy insertion and also has the benefits of perineal stimulation too.

Share the pleasure together

While you can incorporate any sex toy into your sex play, there are certain products available that have been specifically designed for couples to use together during sex. The Hot Octopuss Pulse III Duo has a unique oscillating plate that stimulates the frenulum of the penis. It also has a powerful vibrating underside for clitoral stimulation, which can be controlled via a remote.

Bondage toys are also great to try, and they’re a fun way to experiment with role play and act out your fantasies together. The Sex & Mischief Intro to S&M Kit is a great starter pack for beginners as it includes some great bondage essentials and would make for a fun gift too or try the Creative Quickie Cuffs made from flexible silicone, Quickie Cuffs are easy to use, quick to fit, comfortable to wear and quiet, a perfect fit for every wrist size.

Discreet enough to slip into your bag, enjoy domination or submission wherever you are.