Masturbation: it’s something that most of us enjoy from time to time. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to using your hands (or your showerhead), you might be thinking it’s time to add something fun to your routine. Or, you might want to try something new with your partner. Either way, buying a sex toy is a great way to do both of those things. But where to start?
Here’s our official beginner’s guide to buying your first sex toy.
Firstly, think about what you’re looking for. Do you want a vibrator? A dildo? An anal toy? Kink toys? Do you want something small and discrete, like a nice bullet vibe, or maybe something a little bit bigger or more intense, like a rabbit vibe? Is this for you alone, or to be shared with a partner (or partners)? Be sure to think about what you plan on doing with the toy, and where you want to put it. Does this product work for vaginal stimulation? Clitoral? Anal? You should make sure you buy the products that are designed for those specific areas. Generally speaking, if a toy is designed to go into one part of your body, it’s not meant to be used in other places. For example, anal toys should come with a flared base and be easy to retrieve, which is why you should only be using those specific toys for anal play.
Important factors to consider when buying a sex toy
What are you looking for?
There’s a lot of other factors to consider when you’re making your first sex toy purchase. For example, If it’s a vibrator or something else that requires power, is it battery-operated or does it plug into a wall? If the toy uses batteries, which kind? If the toy you like is a plug-in, then you should check out the outlets in your bedroom and check how long the toy’s cord is.
What about the material?
Sex toys come in many different types of material. Which one should you pick? One of the most common is silicon. On the one hand, silicone is easy to clean, feels life-like, and is a body-safe material. But silicone sex toys will break down when exposed to other silicone, so be sure that, if you’re buying a silicone sex toy, you use it with a water-based lube and non-silicone condoms. Not to worry if silicone isn’t for you, though. There are toys that come in glass, stainless steel, and plenty of other options.
How to clean a sex toy?
Another factor to consider is cleaning. Does this sex toy need to be cleaned by hand? Can it be put in a dishwasher (some can!). Is it waterproof? Buying a sex toy specific cleaner is the best way to ensure that your toys will stay clean and sanitary. You can also use a condom with your toys, to make sure that you don’t pick up accidental germs. Noise is also a factor to consider. If you live with roommates, it may not be the best idea to get the super loud massive vibrator that can be heard from a block away.
Whatever toy you choose to buy, we have a wide range of sex toys to choose from, and the best part is that part of your purchase is used to empower women and girls all over the world. So go forth and happy shopping!
Written by Adina Heisler
Adina is a writer, part-time drag king, and sex-positivity and education advocate based in Toronto, ON.