Dildos are interesting and fun sex toys to play with. Believe it or not, they may even be one of the oldest sex toys mankind has ever invented. There have been a few alterations as time went by, but they’re still the same good old dildo that we love. However, as these variations were introduced, it gets confusing, which is which. These days, the market is riddled with all sorts of dildos, from glass to silicone to god knows what. Either way, it gets harder and harder to choose which dildo will suit your needs. Fear not, today we will discuss the different types of dildos!
What are Dildos?
The Dildo is a do-it-yourself sex toy, unlike battery-powered or rechargeable toys. The beauty of this penis-shaped product is that you get to decide how fast and how hard you’re going. Dildos are used for sexual penetration and stimulation of the vagina, anus, or mouth. These sex toy staples can be thick or thin, they are available in silicone, plastic, wood and even in cooling glass, with nubs or notches. The penis shape has given way to new creations in recent years, so they can look like dolphins or penguins, but also like discreet design objects.
Difference Between Dildos & Vibrators
Dildos, which generally do not vibrate on their own, are most often used for sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth. However, they can be used in an array of ways—everything from general arousal to lesbian strap-on play to pegging. Dildos also can serve as both a prosthetic and/or extension. The majority of dildos are phallic-shaped but not all are. In fact, recent trends show an incredible sense of erotic imagination, with everything from dragon dildos and horse dildos to ice cream dildos you can put in the refrigerator for temperature play. Double dildos are also popular, providing an opportunity for dual penetration either for one person or single penetration for two people.
While vibrators, by definition, vibrate! They were first invented in the late 1880s as a medical device. In fact, vibration technology was considered a “cure-all” for everything from headaches to weight loss. These claims would of course later be exposed as false—but at the turn of the 20th century, vibrators were culturally very mainstream and could be found in the Sears Roebuck catalog.
While dildos and vibrators are different in their origins and functions, both play crucial roles in the history and future of human sexuality. Whether it was carving stones into phallic shapes or inventing high powered vibrators, most technological advancements in human society have been predicated by sex—film, VHS, and the internet—to name a few.
Things You Should Know About Dildos
Before we head on over to the different types of dildos, here are just some of the things you should know about these amazing sex toy staples:
1Dildos can be enjoyed by anyone!
There’s a misconception that dildos are only used by cisgender lesbians. That isn’t the case at all. Dildos can be worn, received, and enjoyed by folks of all genders and sexual orientations. Using a certain sex toy or enjoying certain sex acts doesn’t change your sexual orientation or gender identity.
2Dildos don’t always “need” to have veins or balls.
A dildo is a phallic-shaped toy intended for insertion. It does *not* need to have veins, a pronounced head, or balls. There are endless options that aren’t shaped to look like a biological penis.
3They make penetration possible when it otherwise wouldn’t.
A dildo can be used to make penetration possible when it otherwise wouldn’t be due to partner genitalia, erectile dysfunction, relationship status, or partner availability. And a dildo can be a great accessory to spice up anyone’s sexcapade!
4It helps to know what type of stimulation you prefer.
For some people, a penis is an incredibly erotic symbol. And there are others for whom wearing or being penetrated by a realistic dildo is incredibly affirming for their gender identity or sexual orientation. Know if you enjoy vibrations or feeling penetration with a realistic dildo. And know the texture you prefer as well, do you like the sleek hard feeling of glass, or the flesh-like feeling of silicone? You’ll get to learn more about dildo textures further below!
5Starting small is your safest bet.
This especially if you’re new to vaginal and anal penetration. No matter how small it looks online, in your hand, or on the store shelf, it’s going to feel bigger. If you’re new to anal or vaginal penetration, we suggest starting with something that’s no more than 1-inch around at its thickest insertable point.
6Dildos can be attached to strap.
Strap-on dildos usually come with a comfy harness and soft dildo, making it a great staple for your raunchy plays. Some dildo sets come with an adjustable harness and a soft silicone-made dildo, making it ideal for beginners. Some sets come in vibrant colors, Whether you would like some pegging or lesbian sex, this raunchy toy can help you experience orgasmic paradise.
7There are materials to look for if you want a high-quality dildo.
Here are some of the safest materials that you should consider if you’re getting a dildo:
Silicone: Silicone is commonly used to make sex toys more bendy and realistic. It is more expensive than materials made with dangerous chemicals because it is more durable.
Stainless steel: This sexy material is not only nice to look at but easy to clean since it isn’t porous. Just stick it in the dishwasher, in some bleach, or in boiling water.
Borosilicate glass: This material is perfect for sex toys because it is neither porous nor toxic, and it doesn’t change form in high temperatures. To clean, just stick it in the dishwasher next to your stainless-steel sex toy.
8There are sex toy materials to avoid too.
If there are good materials, there are also bad ones. Here the sex toy materials to avoid in the dildo you’re getting:
Jelly: An affordable material used to make sex toys feel somewhat realistic. Jellies contain phthalates.
Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. If you buy a rubber sex toy, be sure to use it with a condom because it is porous.
PVC and vinyl: These are both cheap materials that contain phthalates. They are commonly used in sex toys to make them soft and more affordable.
9It’s ideal to use water-based lube with your silicone dildos.
As most dildos are made of silicone, it’s ideal to use water-based lube with your silicone toys. This is because water-based lube will not ruin the silicone material rather than silicone-based lube. You may also refer to the manual included with the toy to learn further instructions on your toy’s material.
10You should also consider hygiene when getting a dildo.
Certain materials require a different way of cleaning. For example, if your dildo is made from Cyberskin, you can’t use soap when cleaning; just use warm water to wash it off. As for dildos made with glass, silicone, or metal, it’s okay to clean them with warm water and mild soap. You can also use a sex toy cleaner.
Once you’re done washing and drying out your love toy, store your dildo in a satin or velvet pouch. This will minimize exposure to dust and dirt, as well as prevent contamination with other sex toys. You can then put this in your closet or anywhere that’s cool, dry, and secure.
10 Different Types of Dildos
Dildos are often considered as the boring cousin of the vibrators because they do little other than penetrate the body. However, even if penetration is the main purpose, dildos come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and functions. There are a lot of different variations that can be used in all kinds of sexy kinky play whether you’re just masturbating or getting it on with your partner.
1 Vibrating Dildos
Vibrators are mainly used for external stimulation, while dildos are for penetration. Vibrating dildos are the best of both worlds. They add a new level of sensation to sex. You’re getting penetrated, and at the same time, you are getting stimulated by awesome vibrations. Vibrating dildos make penetration feel out-of-this-world and magical.
2 Realistic Dildos
Want to have a dick inside you without having to burden yourself with a real guy? Realistic dildos are the type of dildo for you. They look and feel like the real thing. Plus, they come in various shapes and sizes. They’re typically made of silicone, and for the right price, they can even be modeled after your favorite porn star’s cock. The only downside is when you leave this one laying around, you won’t be able to lie to your mom or your friend that it’s anything other than a dildo.
3 Glass Dildos
Glass dildos aren’t just functional. They could be considered pieces of art too. From flowers to moons, they could look anything but dildos. Aside from this, you can give your partner different sensations by heating or cooling it with ice. Either way, you’re taking sex to a whole new level with this type of dildo.
4 Suction Cup Dildos
When you’re in for some solo play, dildos with suction cups are the one for you. They come in varying shapes, sizes, and colors. You can fuck yourself in the shower or on the floor or wherever you want. So, you might never need a real dick with this type of dildos. On the right surface, these dildos will stay in place until you’re done playing with them. This means you can try a lot of different positions before you get tired of playing with yourself.
5 Dildos For Two
This is a type of dildo that is double-ended for simultaneous penetration. This means both you and your partner can penetrate each other and find a rhythm that works for both of you. So, it’s a great way to share love and feel the love between the two of you!
Oh yeah. Are you surprised too? It may sound weird to some, but there really are fister dildos. This type of dildo exist. Amazing, huh? But we get that fisting isn’t for everyone. It must be done with the utmost care, patience and lots, and lots of lube. But if you’re into this kind of dildo then read on. Fister dildos will be a great help to give your real hands a break. Like how you fist with your real hands, don’t just push this dildo in your partner’s vagina or anus. Spend enough time warming your partner with arousal or lube. Just use a few fingers at a time and stop if pain or bleeding occurs.
We get that strap-ons can be a bit daunting. They come in so many different shapes and sizes. You can even choose your own harness! Contrary to popular belief, strap-ons aren’t exclusive to the lesbian community. People of all genders and orientations looking to have fun, hands-free, penetrative sex can appreciate a strap-on.
8 Double Dildo
A Double Dildo is different from a double-ended dildo since this toy literally means there are two dildos in one. You can use this for anal and vagina penetration. Double the dildo, double the fun with this type of dildo.
9 Whip Dildo
Prepare to get super sexy and frisky with this multifunctional toy! As the name suggests, it is a whip with a dildo as the handle. There’s no harm in trying out new play right (but always have consent of couse!)? It is a multi-functional love toy that can be used for different types of BDSM plays.
If you’d want to play with a dildo that glows in the dark, this is the one! You can’t go wrong with the glow-in-the-dark dildo. You can do various positions with it, such as doggy style and cowgirl, and you can also bring to shower or bubble bath.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that you’ve learned about the different types of dildos, you’re probably picked out your favorites. But if you still have questions about these frisky toys, we’ve answered some of them down below!
1What are the best types of dildos for beginners?
There’s no particular type of dildos that are meant for beginners, but we highly suggest to start small. Start small especially if you’re not used to bigger schlongs. If you’re still a bit shy and wanted to keep it low-key, go for dildos that have discreet designs.
2What are the best types of dildos for coupled plays?
If you’re planning to use dildos with your partner, you can opt for double-ended, double dildos, or strap-ons. Now, this depends on the type of play that you’re having so we suggest discussing it with your partner first before purchasing.
3What are the best types of dildos for anal play?
Again, there’s no particular type of dildo for anal play. Any types of dildos can work on your butt, as long as your body is ready for the play. However, we suggest using the shorter and smaller dildos instead of the bigger ones, especially if you’re just starting out with anal play– or just get a butt plug!
4What are the things I should consider before getting a dildo?
There are two essential things to consider when purchasing a dildo.
First, your preferences. Are you getting a dildo for masturbation or partnered sex? Do you like something realistic or have a discreet design to it? Would you like a dildo that vibrates? Those are some of the things you need to ask yourself before getting that D.
Second is the material. Dildos are for internal stimulation aka you’re inserting it in your genitals. That’s why you need to ensure that the material of the dildo is body-safe and non-porous. Examples of non-porous materials are glass, metal, and silicone. Now, if the dildo you’re planning to get has jelly plastic material on it– close that asap. It’s a porous material– meaning that bacteria can hide on the nooks and crooks of the toy.
5What is the best way to clean a dildo?
This depends on the types of dildos that you’re using. If you’re using a dildo that isn’t vibrating, it’s most likely waterproof. And if it’s waterproof, you can wash the toy in running water and mild soap. Now, certain materials prohibit the use of mild soap so make sure to check the cleaning instructions on the packaging before cleaning it.
What’s your decision?
With so many types of dildos to choose from, the decision can be tough to make. So it will all depend on what you need it for and your preferences. Just remember to take it slow and ease your way into this dildo business. Just because they don’t pulsate like their cousin, the vibrator, doesn’t mean they’re boring. Dildos are fun because you get to decide how hard or how fast you want to take it. Dildos provide a do-it-yourself kind of experience, and it’s customizable by you and only you!