What Are Butt Plugs?

A lot like anal beads, butt plugs are a sex toy that can be enjoyed as a couple or on your own. They come in different shapes and sizes but for the most part they follow a teardrop type shape with a neck and flared base. As you browse through our assortment of butt plugs you’ll notice some have a very “bulbous” type shape. Others have a much longer, slender type shape. Ultimately what you choose comes down to comfort and experience.

You’ll also want to take note of the material your butt plug is manufactured out of. As we mention in our Anal Beads guide, anal sex toys are typically constructed out of non-porous materials that make them easy for cleaning. However, when it comes to the silicone toys you’ll need to make sure you use a good water or gel based lubricant to the right amount slide while keeping your toy in shape.

Is a Butt Plug just a warm up for anal sex?

It can be, but it certainly is not the only purpose. A lot of people like the feeling of “fullness” that butt plug provides and it can be worn by couples during vaginal intercourse or other genital play. What makes a butt plug incredibly convenient is that it leaves you and your partners hands free so you can focus on other things going on around you.

Butt Plugs have grown dramatically in popularity because they facilitate sexual pleasure in the way they work with your bodies erogenous zones. Ultimately, the feeling of “fullness” that a butt plug creates is a form of pressure. It’s this type of pressure that is often overlooked by the typical in and out motion associated with intercourse sex but enables us to reach our peak and experience amazing pleasure.

Different Features of Butt Plugs

Butt Plug Size

We recommend that if you are a beginner to anal play that you start with a smaller plug and work your way up. Smaller plugs are usually 1 inch in diameter and about 4 inches long from base to tip. On the more experienced end, plugs can range in shape, have double the girth on the bulb, and have larger necks so you get the extra stretch.

Bead Shape

Most plugs as we have mentioned have a tear drop type shape to them. They have a tip, a tapered body, the bulb (widest part), a neck (connects the bulb to the base, and a flared base.


Like all toys, butt plugs come in a variety of materials. However, the over whelming majority are made from Non-porous materials like pure silicone, glass or stainless steel. These materials allow for easy cleaning before and after use with little worry for bacteria build up.

Vibrating Butt Plugs

If you are looking to step you anal game up a notch you can graduate from a non-vibrating plug to a remote/app controlled string for your pleasure. Size, material, and vibration strength varies between set but it’s important you start slow and work your way into more vibration or larger beads.

How to use a butt plug for self pleasure

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of someone wearing a butt plug through out their day, on their own. Some people just like the feeling. It could be that it gives you a naughty feeling or that it is just a part of your masturbation routine. It’s about personal preference and what you enjoy.

It is super important to know that when using any anal toy, you should use lube. The rectum is not self lubricating and can tear with vigorous activity. Check out our Anal Lubes here.

Using a butt plug with a Partner

So here is the interesting thing. A butt plug isn’t limited to one partner. Meaning you and your partner could each have one during vaginal intercourse or other sexual play. They can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of sexual orientation, age or gender.

Using Anal Beads with Lube

If you performing anything anal sex related, lube is your best friend. As we mentioned above, the rectum is not self lubricating like the vagina. So it is vitally important that you select a good lube and use enough of it during the act. For anal sex activities and non-silicone based anal toys we recommend a good silicone based lubricant because it stays “wetter”, doesn’t absorb into the body, and is generally thicker than water based lubes for more protection. You can find those here. If you are using a silicone butt plug then you’ll be fine with a good water based, gel based, or any of the lubricants we sell. With silicone toys and anal play, you’ll just want to stay away from oil based lubricants as they can cause your toys to deteriorate. Shop our entire assortment of lubricants here.

Selecting the Best Butt Plug

For Beginners

With varying sizes, these beads are sure to make your backdoor entry into anal play a pleasant experience.

Experienced Users

When you are ready to graduate to the next level you can add a little vibe to your sexy time with these anal toys.


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