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Anal Sex Toy Buying Guide

Posted by Carolyn Eagle on

If you thought it’s overwhelming enough to consider getting it on in your backdoor, then you’re in for a major panic attack once you start to consider what anal sex toy to buy... especially if you’re a complete newbie! But fret not because Naughty North is here to save the day. 

(Pssst.. If it's your first time consider reading our anal sex beginner's guide too!)

We perfectly understand all the questions, doubts, apprehensions, and fears that you may have upon choosing the perfect anal toy. This is why we’ve come up with this extensive buying guide to help you narrow down to what you really need right here, right now.

You deserve to have the most pleasurable anal experience ever and this buying guide will serve as the foundation for it. Are you ready?

This guide will contain the following parts:

Types of Anal Sex Toys

How do you like your anal experience to be? Gentle and slowly or are you more a rough ride kind of sex fiend? Well, to each his own and it’s a good thing that there’s an anal sex toy that would surely complement your desires, whichever they may be. Read on to know which type of anal sex toy would suit your level of eroticism.

Anal Beads

Say hello to your beginner anal toys! Anal beads may not have the pizzazz of the more popular anal toys but it does bring its own magic, especially for those who are first-timers in the whole anal exploration program.

So what are anal beads and how do you use them? These string of spheres connected by a flexible and soft silicone material is inserted gradually--going in and back out and in again--until you feel more accustomed to it and are able to reach orgasm. But the real pleasure in using these babies is when you remove it the point of climax. Once you feel like you have what it takes, you can then proceed to use bigger beads for a more intense ride!

Anal Dildos

Dildos, in general, are more versatile when it comes to vaginal and anal use. Most of the time, you can just use a generic dildo on your anus as well. However, it’s very important to note that anal dildos do have a slightly narrower girth and shaft, making it easier and a little less painful to put in compared to the usual dildos.

The common anal dildo features a tapered tip with a flared out base. Some of which are also curved to perfectly fit in your anal passageway and hit the prostate gland (for men) just right. Women can also reap the benefits of curved anal dildos since it’s also designed to stimulate the sensitive back wall of the vagina. These dildos also have a wide base to prevent certain unwanted emergency situations (read: stuck dildo) that nobody ever wants to go through.

Butt Plugs

The same concept of having a wide base applies to butt plugs, which are actually designed to stay put in your anus for a longer duration of time than any other anal toys out there. Next to anal beads, butt plugs are another favorite among beginners as well. But that’s not to say that anal pros don’t get a kick out of these bad boys anymore because it does come in a wide range of shapes and sizes that are sure to satisfy just about anyone.

These butt plugs usually feature a tapered tip for easy insertion, following through with a wider body that gives that tantalizingly excruciating stretch that you’ve been yearning for. You can play with butt plugs however you like, whether to use to stimulate your anal erogenous zones or wear it for double the pleasure while masturbating or having sex.

Prostate Massagers

Clitoral and G-spot vibrators are to women, as prostate massagers are to men. Given how elusive the P-spot is for men, it’s just right that there are prostate massagers created to help in locating and hitting that magical spot for an out-of-this-world orgasmic high.

Prostate massagers are specially designed to seek out that hidden pleasure spot with its curved body or a prominent head or even both. These massagers literally push your “button” until you achieve those electrifying orgasms that’ll give you spasms you’ll feel throughout your body, as well as an insatiable high that can last for days. If you’re looking for more power, then you can also upgrade to vibrating prostate massagers, which are bound to steal your breath and leave you paralyzed with pleasure.

Anal Sex Toy Materials

Since you’re going to use (and insert) these toys in one of the most sensitive parts of your body, it just makes perfect sense to get familiar with the material it’s made of. Different anal sex toy materials play an important role not just with how it feels inside you, but also in cleaning and storage, as well as in safety and ease of use for your body.

Plastic (ABS)

ABS Plastic is among the most common materials used for a wide range of sex toys in general. What’s great about this material is how smooth and durable it can be for its price point, which is why a lot of entry-level and beginner toys are made of body-safe ABS plastic.

However, this material is not known to be pliable. It would also require a lot of lube to give it a smooth entry, especially on your behind. If you’re keen on buying an anal sex toy made of ABS plastic, make sure to get it from a reputable manufacturer or brand to ensure its quality and safety.

Silicone

Silicone is basically known as the go-to and most favorite material used for sex toys, especially for vibrators or any other toy used for insertion into genitals. Next to plastic, silicone-made toys also have relatively low to high price points, depending on the make and other special features.

What makes it so wonderful to use on our bodies is how it comes as smooth, soft, and pliable, making penetration so much gentler and more comfortable. Silicone toys are also a favorite for some water sexual play and are very easy to clean and sterilize. While it has a higher price point than plastic, it does give you a much higher quality and convenience in the long run.

PVC (Jelly)

PVC or jelly rubber, as it’s more widely recognized, is the material of choice for mass-produced sex toys of yore. As with plastic, PVC is very cheap to make. It also combines the softness and pliability of silicone, making it a seemingly perfect material to use for sex toys.

The downside, however, is its somewhat porous quality, making it harder to clean and sanitize. There are also some users who immediately avoid using PVC or jelly rubber toys due to its distinct rubbery smell, which may denote its lack of quality and inclusion of certain harmful materials. Should you use a toy made of PVC, better go for a trusted brand and use a condom over it with every use.  

  • Stainless Steel (Medical grade)

  • Now onto the more luxurious materials used for anal sex toys, one being medical-grade stainless steel. If you’re in the market for a sleeker and more sophisticated sex toy find, then you may want to consider getting a stainless steel anal toy such as the line of butt plugs and prostate massagers by Njoy.

    Stainless steel toys are as hard as they come but they are also very easy to maintain and sterilize, providing you with longer-lasting performance. Its potential downside is in its price point, making it more suitable for those who know their anal sex toys and want to “level up” so to speak. These toys also give you that smooth entry with the help of your go-to lube but don’t be surprised to feel that jolt of cold feel that comes with stainless steel.

    Glass (Blown glass)

    Another rare material used in sex toys is blown glass. Much like stainless steel, glass is also as hard as it comes but does provide you with durability and easy maintenance. The great thing about glass sex toys is that it’s not as pricey as you would think, making it a fantastic material for beginner anal sex toys.

    Special Features

    Naturally, the aim of anal sex toys is to provide the stimulation you need to get that orgasmic high. However, there are certain features that come with various anal sex toys that you should look for to find the best one that would suit what you need and how you want it done.

    Vibrating

    Who doesn’t love a good vibrator? To add to that, who doesn’t want to feel those exhilarating vibrations in your behind? If you’re looking for a whole lot more scintillating stimulation, then you’re better off with getting an anal sex toy vibrator.

    Waterproof

    If you’re feeling a bit frisky and want it extra wet, you can make use of waterproof toys that can take the pressure, whether it’s under the shower or submerged in the tub. Most toys now are created to be waterproof but your best bet would be toys made of silicone.

    Flared Base

    One of the key differences between normal (vaginal) sex toys and anal toys is that anal sex toys have a flared base that’s used for safety measures. Having a flared base makes it safe and easy to use anal sex toys with or without manual supervision, meaning you can just leave it there for added stimulation and go on with other sexual activities. Examples of anal sex toys that have flared bases are butt plugs and anal dildos.

    Lube Up Always!

    The Golden rule in anal play: always lube up! It has to be said that anal sex toys and lubricants go hand in hand. Your anus doesn’t produce the same kind of natural lubrication as the vagina and would require the use of proper lubrication for a smoother, safer, and less painful ride.

    The rectal passageway also has thinner walls, which makes it more prone to irritation and infection. Lubricants--granted that you have chosen the right kind--aid in keeping your body safe from harm’s way.

    Of course, you have to know what type of lubricant would best suit your need. Here are your 2 basic options and its uses:

    1. Silicone-based Lube

    A silicone-based lubricant is the more recommended type of lube for anal play. It generally has thicker and heavier consistency that would bode well for your anus--again, given that the anus doesn’t really produce any form of natural lubrication. This thicker consistency is also much safer for the thin walls of your rectum, giving you fewer chances for abrasions, irritations, or infections.

    Also, take note that water tends to get easily absorbed by anal walls and you don’t want to have to deal with painful friction or repeated application while going at it. Therefore, your best bet for anal sex would be silicone lubricants. And another plus is that these lubes are latex friendly, meaning they work well when you wear condoms (which you should do by the way).

    2. Water-based Lube

    (for silicone toys, just use a lot, silicone breaks down silicone)

    The general use of water-based lubricants is to provide proper lubrication for anal sex toys made of silicone. Whether it’s a butt plug, vibrator,  prostate massager, and so on--so long as it’s made of silicone, then you should be using a water-based lubricant.

    Using silicone-based lube on a silicone anal sex toy is very detrimental since silicone can break down silicone as well. The whole experience of feeling your toy come apart inside you is definitely something that you won’t want to ever deal with.

    3. Specialty Anal Lubes

    You will see lubricants out there specifically labelled 'Anal.' These can be a great options since many are water-based, or a water-silicone hybrid but with added features like aloe gel that give it more thickness and cushion for anal use. 

    Silicone and water hybrid lubes are the exception to the "never use silicone with silicone toys" rule. They use only a minimal amount of silicone and are silicone toy safe, plus they do provide extra slide and a longer lasting experience before you have to reapply. 

    Always make sure you double check the labels on anything marked 'Anal Lube' since some may still be pure silicone and can ruin your silicone toys. There are also some anal products out there that desensitize the anal area. We recommend you don't use those until you are more experienced, since you will have a better idea of your limits if you can feel everything. 

    Anal Sex Toy Price Points

    Price range for anal sex toys vary immensely depending on the type, material, feature, and brand. All types of anal sex toys have low and high price points and it’s up to you to discern which brand offers the very best.

    Beginner anal sex toys such as butt plugs and dildos can go for as low as $10-$30 and as high as hundreds of dollars. The trick is to go back to what you really need and want to achieve firsthand. If you’re a beginner just looking to try things out, you can test a couple of affordable toys around $20 to $30, which is already a good starting price point. However, if you’re already experienced in anal play, you can up the ante and go for a little more sophisticated toy that’s made of high-quality materials and come with special features and warranty.

    Here at NaughtyNorth, we offer a well-curated range of anal sex toys that we’ve specially handpicked and chosen to suit your needs and desires. You’re sure to get quality experience and safety of your health with our anal toy offerings.

    Naughty North Best-Sellers

    With the sheer volume of sex toys available in the market, it truly can be quite overwhelming zeroing in on exactly what to get for yourself. But don’t fret, because our team here at Naughty North has picked these 5 best-selling anal sex toys that you could at to your wishlist - or better yet, add to your cart!

    1. Booty Call® Booty Silicone Anal Trainer Kit - Purple

    This Booty Call kit is amazing for beginners from its non-threatening tapered tips to the cheerful purple color. The silicone material is easy to clean and disinfect plus it glides like a dream with some good quality lube. Each probe also has a suction cup on the end so you can experiment with hands-free play too! 

    2. Anal Fantasy Collection Classix Prostate Stimulator - Black

    This simple prostate stimulator is way more than it seems. The tilted shape of the insertable arm is angled just right to hit your prostate and the firm plastic means you get the kind of firm stroking that prostates love. The handles on either side are not just for retrieval - they are shaped to give your perineum some love as well! 

    3. We-Vibe Ditto Vibrating Silicone Remote Control Butt Plug

    We-Vibe invented the concept of the couple's sex toy and their Tango Bullet is one of the most powerful on the market, so it's no wonder they've hit a home run with the Ditto. Its powerful vibrations can be controlled through an app you download on your phone so you can hand the controls to your partner if you want some extra thrills. 

    4. B-Vibe Silicone Rechargeable Rimming Butt Plug Petite

    For anybody who wants maximum sensation from their anal toys, this is the one for you. B-Vibe pioneered the idea of putting beads in the neck of the vibe, which rotate and give you incredible stimulation on those sensitive muscles of the sphincter. Of course, the bulb vibrates as well and you can control it all from a remote control. And don't worry if this size is too demure for you more experienced players. It also comes in an XL that has an impressive insertable length of 5.3 inches or 13.5 cm.

    5. Tantus Silk Purple Haze Beginner Pegging Dildo - Small

    The Tantus Silk is a fantastic anal dildo for a number of reasons. It is made of silky silicone, so you can completely sterilize it with soap and water, by boiling it, or you can even put it in the top rack of the dishwasher. The silicone material is durable yet flexible and smooth for easy insertion with your favorite lubricant. And last, but not least, the wide base lets you use this dildo in a strap-on harness for some fantastic beginner pegging play!

    Safety First

    We can’t stress enough the importance of practicing safety and caution during anal sex. Always remember that your anal wall is so much more vulnerable and sensitive, making it prone to irritations and infections.

    Here are some of the most important dos and don’ts to keep in mind whenever you’re in the mood for some fun and frisky anal play.

    The Dos

    • Use the right kind of anal lubrication. Silicone-based for anal sex and water-based when using silicone sex toys. Also, pour in as much as needed to ensure a smooth and pleasurable ride.
    • Go for anal toys that have a tapered tip and flared base.
    • Do proper cleaning of your anus before engaging in any form of anal play. Also do the same right after.
    • Make sure that the toys and tools you use are clean, properly sanitized, and are in perfect condition (no broken areas, seams, and so on).
    • Always clean your toys after each use (using warm soapy water, sex toy cleaner, and other recommended cleaning methods) and observe proper storage.
    • Use a condom on your toy when necessary, especially if it’s made of porous material or if you intend to share it with your partner.
    • Never force it if it feels too painful and tight. However, do try to calm yourself and breathe slowly to get yourself to loosen up the tension. A whole lot of foreplay and initial anal stimulation are highly recommended.

    The Don’ts

    • Don’t use desensitizing lubes/creams just to mask the pain. If it’s really painful, it’s better to stop completely than force it.
    • Don’t use the same toy in different holes without proper cleaning or changing the condoms.
    • Don’t just use any sex toy for anal penetration. Your best bet would be specially designed sex toys meant for anal play.
    • Never start any form of anal play without proper lubrication.
    • On a lighter note regarding any form of anal play in general: don’t knock it till you tried it!

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