These days, male sex toys are everywhere. You can get them at your local adult entertainment store, you can buy them online and you can even design your own. Horny men still jerking off with their bare hands are without excuse now.
The only real challenge is finding the right device. When I first started using sex toys made specifically for men, I had no idea what to expect. After years of trial and error, and thousands of dollars down the drain, I finally realized what I was doing wrong. I was making it harder than it had to be. In reality, there are only a handful of factors to consider as a male sex toy beginner.
The 5 Things You Need to Know
When shopping for your first male sex toy, browsing the options can be overwhelming. Clever marketers will always tell you what they think you want to hear. Manufacturers will always package their products in attractive boxes. Your libido will always play tricks on you. The only way to find something worth your while is to consider the following five things:
- The Materials
No matter what type of male sex toy you choose, the materials with which it’s made can play an enormous role in how much pleasure you get from it. Not only do the toy’s materials determine the type of lube you can use but they also determine how the toy will feel and perform. Material makeup also plays a significant role in your health. Certain products contain potential allergens, so be careful about what you use.
TIP: As a general rule, stay away from anything that contains latex, phthalates or parabens as they can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Opt for toys made out of skin-safe materials such as silicone, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), metal, glass or a patented polycarbonate blend.
- The Texture
Male sex toys are designed to stimulate the various parts of the male anatomy. Whether that be the penis, the perineum or the prostate gland, the best devices will feature a texture that’s conducive with the toy’s main purpose. For example, male masturbators which stimulate the penile shaft tend to have extremely intricate textures, while prostate massagers which stimulate the anal canal are often smooth and texture-free.
TIP: Some of the higher-end sex toys for men allow users to customize their product’s texture or swap the texture-baring component out for something else.
- The Size
Size matters regardless of what you’re talking about, but when it comes to male sex toys, the dimensions of the device will determine how you use it and what it feels like. I personally prefer toys a little on the bigger side, but not all men are like me. For beginners, I’d suggest starting with something relatively small before gradually working up to larger devices. My favorite male sex toys are always proportionate to the body part they’re being used on as well.
TIP: Measure the length and girth of your penis and/or administer a quick finger test on your anus to determine the appropriate size of your next sex toy.
- The Ergonomics
The word “ergonomics” refers to the study of the interaction between people, machines and their environment as it pertains to their performance and productivity. In other words, the ergonomics of any sex toy plays a big role in what you can do with it and how it feels. I always suggest buying male sex toys with ergonomics designed specifically for a man’s body – large gripping points, heavy-duty components, curved or undulated shapes, etc.
TIP: Ergonomic quality depends on the user’s personal preference, so what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.
- The Features
All modern-day sex toys for men are different, even if they look or function a lot alike. I enjoy exploring the features that each product offers, especially when I’m about to try something new for the first time. My heart always skips a beat when I find something with interactive components or customizable features. And since today’s sex toy industry is so large and versatile, it’s virtually impossible not to find something you’ll love if you simply pay attention to the features it offers.
TIP: Be mindful of the manufacturer, since some male sex toys can’t be used as intended unless they’re synced with a compatible device.