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15 Common Types of Sex Toys All Singles and Couples Must Know About

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Everyone deserves some pleasure in life. Are you being pleasured? If you feel something is missing, time to learn about different types of sex toys.

As a society, we’ve surpassed the classic missionary position. Sure, it’s a good position and hits the right spot every time, but we’re looking for more. But what is more? You may be looking for more pleasure in different areas, or you’re just tired of using your hands during solo-masturbation. I get it. You want to add some spice to your sex life, and maybe that means different types of sex toys.

I received my first sex toy when I was 27-years-old. I know, I was a late bloomer, but I was enjoying sex without the use of toys.

Holding it in my hands, I was terrified of using my newly gifted sex toy. I kept it on my desk for days and days until I found my dog chewing it. Did I expect that to happen? Not at all. But it made me question whether that was a sign. Maybe my dog was showing me that’s the wrong sex toy for me. [Read: Must-have sex toys for the naughty newcomer]

Your guide to the different types of sex toys

But what is the right sex toy? That’s a good question, and it’s very subjective. If you’ve been trying to find the right sex toy for you or you’re just entering the sex toy world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Where do you even start? What’s the difference between a dildo and a vibrator? Honestly, there’s no point looking for a sex toy unless you have an idea of what each one does. That way, you’ll be able to narrow down your options depending on your needs.

It’s time you were educated on the different types of sex toys out there. When you look for them online or head to a sex shop, you’ll be able to navigate around all the latex and silicon. Trust me, there’s a lot. I know you’ve googled it before.

#1 What needs do you have? What do you want the sex toy to do? Are you looking for one that gives you a helping hand with anal play? Are you looking to experience a large penis? Do you want a hands-free sex toy? I know, the options are endless, and you’ll start to realize this further on. Think about what you want this sex toy to do for you.

#2 Solo or with a partner? There are many sex toys around which fulfill various needs. You can opt for a sex toy which is geared to more solo use or opt for one that has a more multi-purpose design *covering more areas*.

Getting one design for partner use is a good idea if you’re planning on using it with someone. But if you want a sex toy only for you, there are plenty available. [Read: Homemade sex toys for couples and solo use to try]

#3 The mighty dildo. This is a classic sex toy, and you’ve probably seen it in porn movies and Hollywood comedies as well. Everyone knows about dildos. Since they’re a classic sex toy, their design is meant to penetrate the vagina or anus.

Dildos are very popular with women and are becoming a hit with men as well. This is the closest you’ll feel to a real penis. They come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. [Read: Homemade dildos for when the moment strikes unexpectedly]

#4 Vibrators. A vibrator is one of those types of sex toys that stimulates the most sensitive areas of your groin through vibrations. Vibrators may vibrate, but ideally, their only job is to help you achieve an orgasm.

They have vibrators for both men and women and listen, they come in tons of styles. You can use a clitoral vibrator which stimulates the clit and vulva. Rabbit vibrators stimulate both the clitoris and G-spot while hands-free vibrators allow your hands a vacation.

#5 A little anal play? If you want to engage in some anal play, then you can always use a dildo. But there are also some other toys to try out. Anal beads and prostate vibrators are also good options. Both men and women can use anal beads. They’re a string of beads which is pulled out when you’re close to orgasming. Men use prostate vibrators as it massages their prostate, creating a stronger orgasm.

#6 Penis toys. Sex toys aren’t just made for women, you know. There are also a variety of sex toys made to pleasure men as well. Penis toys are designed to focus mainly on pleasuring the penis, from the head to the shaft. You can use this as a solo toy or with a partner. [Read: 10 male masturbation toys that are so much better than your hand]

#7 Strap-ons. You have a dildo, but you want to experiment with it a bit. I get you. Well, a strap-on can help you out with that. With strap-ons, you’ll be able to strap on a harness and penetrate your partner. A strap-on can be a great way to put you in control with the power in your hands.

#8 Kegel strengtheners. If you want to have a stronger orgasm, then practice your Kegels. Kegel strengtheners are inserted into the vagina and help to increase the power in your pelvic floor. When they’re in the vagina, it’s your job to keep them up there by contracting and releasing your pelvic muscle. [Read: The pleasure guide to using and enjoying geisha balls]

#9 Cock rings. No, this isn’t about some Irish beer or underground chicken fights. A cock ring is worn around the penis. It’s meant to maintain a longer erection and prevents the man from orgasming. If you tend to ejaculate sooner than later, try a cock ring. [Read: How a cock ring will help bring you to orgasmic bliss]

#10 Penis pumps. You’ve probably heard of a penis pump but have never used one before. A penis pump is used to keep the blood flowing through the penis. It’ll also give the impression that you have a larger penis. So, for men with erectile dysfunction or insecurities about their penis, this sex toy can help. 

#11 Butt plugs. You may not be entirely comfortable with sticking anything inside your anus and that’s perfectly normal. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to. But if you’re curious about anal play, but not ready to go the full way, then a butt plug will do wonders. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect without going the entire way.

#12 Nipple clamps. If you’re interested in trying out BDSM, take a look at nipple clamps. Listen, they hurt when you put them on, but that’s why you use them. You’ll feel the blood racing to your nipples, feeling a hot sensation.

#13 Whips. When we think about whips, we usually wince in pain. Sure, you can find leather whips that are meant to be used during BDSM. But you can also find less aggressive whips. It’ll help you start with light BDSM. You can find feather ones used to tickle and tease your partner.

#14 Cuffs. Sometimes, you don’t want to be in control. This is when you get handcuffs. Handcuffs are mostly used for mental stimulation rather than physical. It’s the feeling that you don’t have power, you must trust your partner. If you’re into fantasy play, then try out a pair of cuffs. [Read: The beginners guide to sexy role playing and costumes]

#15 Remote control vibrators for couples. If you’re looking to purchase a sex toy to share with your partner, then you should consider a remote-controlled couples vibrators. Your partner will be in full control of the speed and vibration as they’ll have the power. All you need to do is lay back and enjoy.

[Read: How to plan the perfect sex toy party with friends]

Knowing the types of sex toys available will change the way you see sex. Now you know which sex toy is best suited for you and your partner to try out. Or, why not get one to use alone?

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Natasha Ivanovic
Natasha Ivanovic
A serial dater, Natasha Ivanovic knows a thing or two about men and the dating scene. Much of her writing is inspired by her encounters with men - and for good ...
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