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Before you decide to give butt stuff a go in the wild, it’s probably in your best interest to test out one or two of the best butt plugs for beginners. This way you can ease into anal play (and figure out if you even enjoy it), and allow yourself the space to set your boundaries comfortably. Masturbating on your own also gives you the opportunity to daydream, fantasize and prepare yourself for what something smaller, larger, longer, wider, shorter, more textured, etc. would feel like.
As you already know, Amazon has a bestsellers list for pretty much everything. But what you might not know is these lists get as specific as best butt plugs for beginners. Even though it’s meant to be helpful, if you’re completely new to the game, giant Amazon lists like these end up adding to the confusion. So, consider our more manageable guide to the most butt-friendly and best-selling sex toys for beginners.
How to buy a butt plug
Not all butt plugs are created equally, so you’ll need to know your stuff if you want to buy the best butt plug for your budget. Because we’re good people who care about the safety of you and your sex life, we’ll give you a quick and dirty rundown on how to buy a butt plug. Starting with the very basics: materials.
If you already own other sex toys and feel confident that you know what’s good for you, feel free to skip ahead to the part where I tally recommended butt plugs for beginners. Otherwise, for you more insecure folk, just know that I will only list the anal toy materials worth talking about.
- Silicone (easy-to-clean, safe to use with non-silicone-based lubes, must be stored separately from other silicone toys)
- Glass (easy-to-clean, safe to use with lube, added bonus: great for temperature play, must be stored carefully–any cracks or fissures present a safety hazard and must result in the disposal of the toy)
- Stainless Steel (easy-to-clean, safe to use with lube, simple to store)
Now that you know what materials are safe, it’s time to discuss what designs are safe. Despite the sex toy industry being very supportive of multi-use and versatile toys, when we talk penetration there are some things that are never to be inserted–especially into the bum. These danger-zone products include sharp, broken, cracked or fissured toys, the battery side or “wrong end” of vibrators (unless it specifically says double-ended, it’s not), toys that are dirty or designed with potentially toxic materials (PVC, phthalates, etc.), things that could explode, seep, or leak (shampoo bottles, toothpaste containers, flashlights, etc.).
Lastly, anything you intend to put in your booty should be wide at the base and feature a long handle, this way you don’t have to go fishing if something slips.
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Best butt plugs for beginners (and other recommended anal toys)
This isn’t any old butt plug, it’s a b-Vibe’s Snug Plug. This collection is popular for a few reasons, first being the anal plug’s unique torpedo shape. Unlike other anal toys that may be curved or cylindrical, Snug Plug utilizes a more rhombus-like shape to provide internal, pressure stimulation of the anal canal as it moves around inside the body. Second, it’s weighted. The Snug Plug 1 (featured above) weighs in at 55 grams and is the smallest of the five plugs in the series. Weighted plugs provide a fuller feeling without discomfort, making them perfect for extended wear. Third, the Snug Plug collection is great for beginners because you can purchase one plug at a time (each comes with a storage case and beginner’s guide to anal play) or as a set, having the option makes exploring what feels good simpler because you can start out with one and then easily size up or down from there.
Designed with body-safe stainless steel, the Pure Wand offers a completely different feel from other anal toys. It’s much heavier than both silicone (the only exception being certain weighted toys) and glass, isn’t as heat-sensitive as glass or as comfortable as silicone, so it might not be ideal for extended wear on a newbie but that’s really its only caveat. It’s dual-ended, although we recommended beginners starting at the smaller (1″) end. And for those of you looking to double-down on your toys (understandable, especially with a price that steep) the Pure Wand’s parenthesis-shape makes for ideal deep G-spot stimulation.
Conceptually, Crescendo is like an all-in-one waterproof vibrator capable of prostate/anal, G-spot, clitoral, and nipple stimulation (just remember to clean it before swapping erogenous zones). In addition to its functional versatility, the device itself is completely customizable for everyone’s body parts. Unlike other sex toys, Crescendo can be manipulated however you’d like because MysteryVibe understands that no two bodies are the same. Crescendo features six motors, a dozen pre-set vibration modes, and 16 intensities. This makes the toy optimal for people just starting to explore their bodies as well as more experienced users with a specific target in mind.
Luxury adult toy maker SVAKOM believes that if you can’t decide between anal plug and vibrator you shouldn’t have to. The VICKY vibrating prostate massager is sleek, sexy, rechargeable and designed with body-safe silicone. It features seven vibration modes and five speeds–that’s 35 total combinations! VICKY is also completely waterproof, relatively discreet, and lube safe (SVAKOM recommends using a water-based lubricant).
Price: $49.99 (regularly $59.99)
This three-piece borosilicate glass anal plug starter kit is great for the beginner who wants to dive in ass first. The smooth, strong, heat-sensitive set includes three flat-based plugs with the insertable heads ranging an inch in length and just under half an inch in girth, so you can easily size up when you feel the time is right! But if you just want something girthy with all the benefits of glass, we suggest PRISMS’ thicker Pranava Anal Plug.
Price: $19.95 (regularly $39.99)
If there were a butt plug ever beginner should own, it would be this ribbed tunnel plug by Master Series. Designed with body-safe silicone, this textured toy is different from other anal plugs because it’s hollowed out. Why would anyone want a hollowed-out butt plug? Because it makes using vibrators, dildos, pumps, and all other types of anal sex toys way easier (and some would argue more pleasurable).
Designed with body-safe silicone, a tapered tip, and an adorable heart-shaped grip handle, Pipedream’s Lovers Beads is another perfect anal starter toy for beginners. The handle allows for easy control while the tapered beading comfortably works with your body as you train it for more intense play–just remember to start small and ease into it! Reviewers claim these beads also smell fantastic (weird? But nice, I guess) and are smooth, flexible, waterproof and lube-friendly which is just what a novice needs.
Not everyone wants a textured butt plug, but for those that do, you may want to check out LeLuv’s Nubby plug. It’s designed with heavy-duty Borosilicate glass, a dotty-surface, a flared base, and a spin-top handle to give users the ultimate sensory experience. Reviewers say this is the perfect toy for partnered play because it’s much more enjoyable to have someone else spin the toy for you. And when you’re done, be sure to clean it and slide it into its padded pouch before storing it somewhere safe.
According to reviewers, the Pipedream Ass-gasm prostate massager is the perfect booty vibe for a beginner. They claim it’s comfortable and won’t come loose, unlike other prostate massagers that tend to fall out or have trouble staying in place. The Anal Fantasy collection is designed with 100% silicone making it waterproof and body-safe, so we’re happy with it too. And just when you thought things couldn’t get better, this butt plug even includes a five-piece prep kit to help you clean, set up and get started with ease. You also may have noticed it’s called a “‘cock ring’ plug”, so yes, it can also work as a cock ring but unless you can find measurements I wouldn’t count on it for that as cock rings can be uncomfortable if they don’t fit correctly.
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Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.