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Treat Yourself & Get That D! Your Ultimate Dildo Guide

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Treat Yourself & Get That D! Your Ultimate Dildo Guide

When it comes to sex toys, dildos might just be one of the most versatile options you can buy. From thrusting dildos that squirt fluids like a real lover would to double-ended dildos that penetrate both partners, Sexyland has dildos to suit everyone at our adult stores! Here’s our handy guide to buying a dildo, courtesy of Sexyland’s Fun Specialists.

What is a dildo?

In the broadest sense, a dildo is an insertable object that goes inside your body, either orally, vaginally, or anally. Dildos could be as old as 28,000 years according to archeologists who unearthed what is believed to be the oldest known sex toy ever discovered, though the invention of the first rubber dildos has been traced back to 1850, so rest assured: humans have been interested in penetrative pleasure for a long time.

Dildos can come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, so you have plenty of options when it comes to deciding how realistic or fantastical you want your dildo to look and feel (stay tuned for next week’s article all about epic fantasy sex toys that are out of this world)!

What to use as a dildo

As always, Sexyland strongly recommends only using adult toys that are designed to be used as such, and that goes for dildos too. Silicone is our top dildo material pick as it offers the best flexibility and flesh-like feeling without compromising on shape or hygiene, though we do offer a range of firmer dildos made from high-quality metals and break-resistant glass. On the other end of the texture spectrum, softer PVC, jelly, and thermoplastic elastomer/rubber (TPE/TPR) dildos are also available to buy, though since these materials are porous and can harbour bacteria over time, we recommend using any sex toys made of these materials with a non-latex condom.

It’s also important to remember that, depending on the shape of your dildo, anal use might be off the table — dildos that don’t have a suction cup, sculpted testicles, or some kind of wide stopper base can slip too deep inside the anus, so if you’re planning to use your dildo anally, do your due diligence and pick something with a plug-like stopper to save yourself the stress and embarrassment of an awkward trip to the hospital!

What to consider when buying a dildo for yourself or a partner

With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dildos you can buy at an adult store. Sexyland recommends keeping the following factors in mind when shopping for all sex toys, dildos included:

  • Size — how thick and how long do you want your dildo to be? There are options for long thin dildos and short girthy ones, so don’t worry too much about finding ‘proportionate’ toys if they’re not your thing. Everybody’s body is different, so don’t let yourself be pressured into buying a dildo that meets someone else’s expectations of what a dildo should be but doesn’t meet your own.
  • Shape — realistic dildos can be shaped like a generic veiny penis or moulded directly from real people, such as pornstars like Brent Corrigan and Diego Sans, or even from your partner with DIY dildo-making kits. Meanwhile, non-phallic dildos can be curved (which is great for G-spot or prostate stimulation), straight, rippled, beaded, you name it!
  • Solo or partnered use — if you thought you could only use a dildo by yourself, you might be surprised to learn there are actually lots of ways to get a partner involved in dildo-enhanced sex! For example, using a dildo with a suction cup in a strap-on harness, double-ended dildos, hollow strap-on dildos for men, and strapless strap-on dildos are great ways to bring you and your lover closer together by using a dildo.
  • Material/firmness — non-porous dildos like silicone, glass, metal, and plastic ones will always be easier to clean than dildos made from porous materials like rubber, PVC, jelly, and elastomers, though you may prefer the softness of the latter material group. For the ultimate realistic feeling, you can’t go past dual-density silicone dildos like this dual-density 7-inch dildo by Neo Elite, which has a firm inner core and soft outer to mimic the feeling of a real erection.
  • Functions — if you’re looking to spice things up beyond what the most basic inanimate dildo could provide, have a think about what extra sensations you might like to experience, such as vibration, rotating, thrusting, or squirting. Even something like a suction cup or remote control can boost your dildo’s versatility by letting you enjoy it hands-free in more positions!

How to use a dildo

  1. Get yourself relaxed and in the mood, then decide what position you’d like to start in. For dildos without suction cups, the easiest position is probably going to be on your back, though if you’re using a suction cup dildo or one that’s slotted into a strap-on harness, you can enjoy your dildo in positions such as doggy-style, cowgirl and more!
  2. Lubricate your toy and/or yourself with a quality water-based lubricant for a smooth glide. We’re fans of the Wicked Simply Aqua Jelle lubricant, which has a thicker, jelly-like texture that’s great for vaginal or anal play with your dildo.
  3. Start slowly by massaging the dildo around the area you’re planning to insert it. Tease yourself with the tip and get accustomed to how the dildo feels before gently sliding it into yourself.
  4. Get into a rhythm of in-and-out stroking motions you’re comfortable with, experimenting with depth, angles, and speed when you feel ready. If your dildo has thrusting functions, start on the lowest, least intense setting, then work your way up from there if you’re craving more.
  5. Crank up the stimulation if your dildo has extra functions like vibration or rotation! If your dildo is remote-controllable like Adam’s True Feel Rechargeable Dildo With Remote Control by Adam & Eve®, you can even give your partner the power to take over your pleasure…
Sexyland’s range of dildos and strap-ons is sure to hit the spot for all your penetrative pleasure needs, so shop our adult toys in-store or online!

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