When we think of erogenous zones, most people will go for the big three.
The anus, however, usually gets overlooked or downright turned away like some unwelcome, smelly, dirty guest at a party. What most people don’t realize is that this area is filled with nerve endings and can be quite pleasant when stimulated. You just need the right tools, a little know-how, a lot of patience, and enough lube.
This is where butt plugs come in.
For veterans, it’s a great way to enhance sex or masturbation. For novices, it’s a fantastic option for taking those baby steps into a new world of pleasure.
You just need to find the right toy.
It takes a while to sift through all the garbage and find anything that isn’t going to send you to the hospital with an allergic reaction or something lodged in your sigmoid colon.
So, what should you keep in mind when shopping?
CHOOSING A VIBRATING BUTT PLUG
CHOOSING A MATERIAL
You should stick to NON-POROUS toys – materials that don’t allow fungus, bacteria, diseases etc. to hide in tiny microscopic nooks and crannies.
- ABS plastic
- Medical grade silicone
- medical grade stainless steel
NOTE: Glass toys need to be made from either annealed soda-lime glass or borosilicate (although there is some debate if borosilicate still holds the same quality as it used to). Soda-lime can be as strong as steel as long as it’s been made properly, with very few stress points, and has NOT been dropped at any point. A dropped glass toy is a garbaged one, even if it looks okay.
You should stay away from everything else, but especially JELLY. Aside from being very porous, this material is also highly toxic and your anus membrane is absorbent. I’ll spare you the horror stories and just insist that you stay away from it at all costs.
TPE/TPR might be body-safe(ish), but it’s highly porous and should be used with a condom over it (if someone is determined to use it).
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CHOOSING A SIZE
For those of you who are somewhat experienced, you can go straight to the reviews. However, if you’re new to the game, size is the next thing you have to think about.
Obviously, it’s best to stick to a smaller plug, but that can be relative to one’s anus. The standard small plug is around 1 – 1.5 inches in diameter. If you’re really worried, go for the 1 inch. There are also anal trainers – which are just a collection of plugs that graduate in size.
Most vibrating butt plugs honestly don’t have very good motors. Despite the number of nerve endings in the anus, weak vibrators will underwhelm most people. There aren’t that many options on the market for power kings or queens who like strong, rumbly devices, but there are a handful out there.
MAKE SURE IT’S A FLARED BASE
The rule is simple: If it doesn’t have a flared base, don’t use it. Our backsides aren’t the same as vaginas, which have an “end” of sorts.
This is another important thing to look for in a butt plug, if not the most.
Things CAN get sucked up in the rectum (no matter how long they are) … leaving only a doctor to get it out.
VIBRATING BUTT PLUG REVIEWS
Hush had a pretty great run on Indiegogo. It basically looked at the all positives and negatives from other toys and made one of the best and most innovative plugs on the market.
The spiral along the neck keeps lube on the toy (and therefore you) while you play. It also makes taking the thing out a little easier.
My favorite part is that you can connect it to the app for long-distance play, which is good news for long-distance couples. I particularly loved the custom patterns. There is also the option to connect it with other Lovense toys, but I haven’t got to try that option yet. Another thing to remember is there will be times when you’ll experience the occasional disconnect (such is the bane of all things wireless).
The size of the neck compared to the rest of the toy (as well as the flared base) makes sure things stay in place and don’t get lost up the bum.
When it comes to material, some people like perfectly smooth silicone toys. Hush is fairly soft but there is a little “drag” to the material. Personally, I think this is a good thing for any toy that is wearable in public. Too smooth and things can slide out.
PRIMO BY SVAKOM
Svakom usually makes solid toys, so you might want to check out their line. The cheapest ones run around $60 while the fancier model, the Primo, costs around $110.99. What makes Primo different?
It heats up.
Yep, forget your car seats. One press of your handy remote will make the core heat to 100.4 F / 38.0 C. Couple that with environmentally friendly silicone, a decently wide base, strong motors, and a 10-year warranty, and you’re in business.
My only qualms with this plug are the neck base and remote control. While the base IS much smaller than the base and widest section of the insertable part, the consistent graduation kinda whispers, “slippage”, so I’m not sure how good this will stay in during extended use. Users also say that there is a bit of a delay the farther the remote gets from the toy (eg. If your partner wanted to control it).
Still, if you have some extra funds in your sex toy account, it’s worth looking at.
This is a popular vibrating butt plug, but I think most of it is due to its association with LELO. Picobong is LELO’s sister company aimed to offer “budget-friendly” sex toys. Unfortunately, while LELO does make some decent quality toys, PicoBong is missing the mark.
It’s about 1 inch in diameter, so its size is perfect for beginners. The plug Is waterproof and made of ABS plastic and silicone- both body-safe materials. While it’s not rechargeable (1 AAA battery), the vibrations are buzzy, but not terrible. Everything seems okay at first glance…
The main thing wrong with this butt plug is the button placement. You need to fully remove the toy if you want to change the vibration level/mode. Besides that, the base can be a little bit uncomfortable because the neck is hard plastic and doesn’t seamlessly connect to the top part – it can pinch your anus depending on how you insert and remove it!
NEXUS ACE VIBRATING PLUG
This one comes in two sizes – 1.5 inches and 2.0 inches in diameter (at the widest point). I’ve only ever tried the “medium” size (1.5 inches), but the build quality and overall components are nearly identical.
It’s made of silicone and feels quite nice. It says it’s waterproof, but I don’t recommend submerging it in water. The base which houses the electronic components is held together by a small piece of silicone (glued to the bigger piece of silicone) and depending on how you’ve used it, the bottom part may start separating.
I didn’t use this plug that often and took pretty good care of it, but the base of my plug was coming undone. It was also rusting a bit on the metal charging port.
Besides the waterproofing issue, the only other issue I have with it is the weak and buzzy vibrations. If you don’t mind the light vibrations, this is a decent butt plug.
It stays in comfortably and is easy to insert (if you are able to handle 1.5 inches in diameter). The other cool thing about it is that it has a remote control. The remote part isn’t that great (no visual feedback, feels cheap, etc…) but it’s one of the few plugs that is wirelessly controlled.
JE JOUE NUO
I … hate … Je Joue. Why? I bought the Duo, a “wearable g-spot” toy with remote, and it was an utter piece of crap – barely working remote, flawed design that wouldn’t stay in, and zero-refund policy nonsense from the store.
All of this for the hefty price of around $125.
I know there will be some people in the mix that say, “But I’ve had no issues. I love this toy.” It will always be the case with most products, but I’ve had nothing but horrible experiences with them.
And, since the “Nuo” looks like the exact same thing but in plug form (including dodgy remote pen), I’m inclined to send everyone running for the hills … or towards it with blowtorches.
FIFTY SHADES – DELICIOUS FULLNESS PLUG
At 1.27 inches at the maximum diameter, it’s a great plug for beginners. No matter what your previous experience is, this should easily go in with very little warm-up. It has a flared based and is made of silicone so it’s body-safe.
The price point is good if you’re looking to experiment with anal stimulation or just want to add to a collection.
The main downfall is that the plug may not stay in place very well. The neck of the plug is not tapered enough, so if you’re looking to have this in during penetration, it’s likely to fall out. If you want it for foreplay and don’t mind keep a hand on it, this shouldn’t be an issue.
It’s fairly quiet but buzzy, and the way it’s designed won’t allow you to sit down on it.
UTIMI VIBRATING ANAL PLUG
It really frustrates me that this is one of the top-selling vibrating butt plugs on Amazon. Everything about this is wrong – but most importantly the material. It is not body-safe.
Butts have bacteria and anal toys should be non-porous. This seller actually tricks people into thinking it’s body-safe by using silicon in the title, but then in the description, it says it’s TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). Really misleading! Basically, TPE can never be fully cleaned, is prone to molding in the right conditions and can contain toxic chemicals that can irritate your body.
Extremely dangerous to use on a regular basis. It has good reviews on Amazon, but if you look at the reviews carefully, you can see they were paid to write it. Please, avoid this vibrating butt plug. Buy something that is higher quality- your body will thank you for it.
BASICS VIBRATING PLUG – LOVEHONEY
This really is just a blue version of the 50 Shades plug, but made with PVC which (if it’s soft) contains Phthalates (known to be highly toxic to the body).
The product details (and video) SAY it’s made from “body-safe materials” but it’s clearly stated the material is PVC and the video shows a toy that’s pretty bendy (which means there’s something fishy going on there).
I just wouldn’t chance it. This makes me a bit sad because the actual toy design is acceptable.
SECRET GENIUS BY MARC DORCEL
This is an example of an average toy trying to play itself off as a high-end one.
The vibrations were buzzy more than rumbly and the strong ones that got into the “okay” zone were WAY too loud (especially for public play) this is a problem when you use this as the anal toy rather than the female bullet. The extra layer of silicone damped the sensations.
It’s a clever idea, but not one I would buy for $65 bucks. If it went on a great sale, sure, I would recommend giving it a go.
I didn’t get my hands on this one, but what I saw and read gave me mixed feelings (more towards the positive side though). The vibrations are apparently pretty good (not mind-blowing for everyone, but above most of the competition).
The size might be a put-off for some people – experienced anal players might want to try it.
The thing that gives me pause is the bottom. For me, a slightly thinner neck and wider base would have made it perfect. It’s just hovering on the border between “yes” and “avoid it”.
They also claim it won’t take on dust, but users say it still does. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me since I firmly believe in washing toys after and BEFORE each use.
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I hope this article has helped you in your butt plug journey! If so, you might also want to check out these articles:
- Anal Beads – Guide and Reviews for Balls You Stick Up Your Bum
- Prostate Massagers – A Key Tool the Male Super Orgasm
Are there any other fantastic butt plugs out there? Share your thoughts in the comments!