When you’re looking to buy your first dildo, you may not realize just how many options you have. There’s a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, materials and textures. Do you want something representational or abstract? Do you want something soft or rigid? Do you want something textured or smooth? Will it be used in a harness? Should it be made of steel, or glass, or silicone or wood?

Would you like some help? Yeah, thought so.

Will you be using it with a harness?

Any dildo that you are strapping on needs to have a flanged base to hold it in a harness. Also, you’ll want to consider who is on the receiving end.  For pegging something with a curve will be better for stimulating the prostate. For vaginal play the same curve is helpful for g-spot stimulation but you may want a little extra length— how much depth do you want? For oral play, consider width.

Or working it by hand?

When you are using a dildo by hand you you don’t necessarily need a flanged base unless, of course, you’re using it anally, in which case it must, must, MUST have a flanged base because stuff can get lost in the rectum. Remember: Without a base = without a trace.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to consider shapes. Do you want your toy to to feel like a penis? Well then, you’ll want something more realistic feeling. Should it stimulate the G-spot or prostate? Curved toy time!. Are you using it on yourself ? If so consider ease of use. Hand cramps can kill a good time! Something with a handle can really help you out!

How thick should it be?

Here’s the easy trick for selecting a dildo with the right girth for you: consider how many fingers the orifice you intend to use it in comfortably accommodates. Hold that number of fingers up to the largest insertable part (not the base) of any dildo and there you go.

How long should it be?

When considering length here’s something to bear in mind: If your dildo is too long you can always hold back, but if it’s too short there’s not much you can do. Ideally your toy will be the perfect fit but, but if you aren’t sure, err on the side of too long.

What should it be made of?

Be picky about your toy materials. We always are! For softer, realistic-feeling dildos, you can’t go wrong with silicone. It’s smooth, a little squishy and can take some serious action. It’s also nonporous so you can clean it super easily. There are some amazing options in steel, or glass. Again, these materials are non-porous, so keeping them clean is a breeze and the shape options are pretty awesome.

Happy Shopping!

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