So you want to talk about anal. Good! Glad you’re here. Anal sex is fun, feels really good, and can be just the thing for people looking to spice up their usual sex routines. And whether you’re playing with a partner or by yourself with anal toys like butt plugs and anal beads, it’s definitely worth trying if you’re looking for something new. This list of the best anal sex toys and products is the perfect place to start, because if you’re new to the anal game, there are a few important things you should know.
First: Buy toys specifically made for anal! You’ll always want something with a flared base or loop for easy removal. Unlike your vagina where there isn’t much room for something to get lost, your anal sphincter muscles can suck up small items, leading to a potentially stressful doctor’s visit and a lot of anxiety. (Also, ouch.) The flared base of anal toys means it’s less likely for an item to get “lost” in your body, so buying from a reliable source (ahem, the ones on this list!) is essential.
Also—and repeat after me here—lube is your very best friend. You’ll want to load up on lots of it before trying anything down there. Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t self-lubricate, so not only is going in dry going to be super painful and unpleasant, but it can also be potentially dangerous. Small tears or cuts in the skin could cause infection, and it’s best not to risk it when you’re playing around on territory ripe with fecal matter and bacteria. For glass and metal toys, a silicone or oil-based lube will give you the stickiest, lubiest slickness, but for silicone toys, you’ll want to stick with a heavier water-based formula that won’t degrade the silicone in the material of the toy. If you’re looking for a place to start out, we’ve got a list of some of the best anal-specific lubes, too.
Now that you’re up to speed on the basics, here are 25 anal-centric toys and products you and your butt will thank you for. Some vibrate, others are weighted, and some even come in a set. You’re welcome!