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Different Types of Dildos Explained

Different Types of Dildos Explained

There are so many different types of dildos to pick from, which can make it pretty hard to find the perfect "fit" (pun intended!). The team at Adulttoymegastore has put together a list of different types of dildo sex toys and what their points of difference are, to help you make an informed choice when buying your next dildo!

What is a dildo?

A dildo is a sex toy that’s designed to be inserted into the vagina or anus for sexual pleasure. Often phallic shaped, although classic dildos are non-anatomical, dildos come in many sizes and shapes. Some have a slight curve for G-spot or prostate stimulation.

Whatever stage you are in when it comes to sex toy exploration, every collection needs at least one dildo! Here’s how to navigate the different dildo types so you can choose the right one for you.

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What kinds of dildos are there?

There’s a multitude of dildo toy types available based on what you want to use your dildo for, and what you want your dildo to look and feel like. There are anal dildos, double dildos, dildos with curved tips for G-spot stimulation, and you can even buy realistic dildos with penis-shaped tips and pairs of life-like balls. Phallic looking dildos now come in many shades of natural skin tones, to ensure you can replicate either what you know, or something from your fantasies.

If you would rather leave the realistic look to when you're with a partner, there’s a vast range of non-phallic dildos that can be amazingly satisfying. The classic dildo is a great starting place - usually made of silicone, TPR or rubber, they can be plain or patterned for extra stimulation. Talking about extra stimulation, glass dildos can be warmed or chilled before use, adding a whole new sensation that many find pleasing.

Another popular use of dildos is for pegging using a strap-on dildos. This is when a female (or male wanting something a bit larger to work with) wears a strap-on dildo in a harness to penetrate her male or female partner. This dildo will have a flared base suitable for an o-ring or similar ensuring the dildo stays in place when used with a harness. Look out for dildos that are tagged as harness compatible. There is also a large range of Vac-u-lock Dildos which lock into place on a harness and are a great beginner options as they stay in place more firmly than an o-ring option.

So now that you have a basic rundown of the different varieties of dildos available, let's look at each one in more depth so you can decide on what's right for you and your experience level.

Realistic dildos

A realistic dildo has a life-like design and texture. This type of dildo is perfect for someone who wants a dildo that looks and feels like a real penis. Often detailed with veins and balls, realistic dildos are made from real-feel materials that look and feel like real skin. Realistic dildos can have a suction base for hands-free use, or can be used with a strap-on harness if compatible. Find out Why realistic dildos are the perfect addition to your sex toy collection.

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Vibrating dildos

Vibrating dildos are technically vibrators, but for the sake of differentiation we’ll call them vibrating dildos in this guide. A vibrating dildo has added vibration for extra stimulation. They're realistic looking and often detailed with veins and balls.

Some are bright and glittery, while others are made from fleshy, real-feel materials that look and feel like real skin. Whichever you prefer, you get the feel of a real penis but with the added bonus of extra vibration and stimulation!

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Packing dildos

Packing dildos are for "Packing", which is wearing padding or a phallic object in the front of the pants or underwear to give the appearance of having a penis and male bulge. Packing is commonly practiced by trans men (i.e. female-to-male transgender or transsexual people). People who cross-dress as male may also "pack". While packing dildos are technically sex toys, they are actually an essential aid for trans people.

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Double ended dildos

A double ended dildo, also known as a Double Dong or Double Ender, is a sex toy with two penis shaped ends rather than just one like a regular dildo. This type of dildo is most commonly used to penetrate two different people at the same time, but it could also be used for penetrating a person’s vagina and anus simultaneously. This type of dildo will typically be longer than a regular dildo and are often made of silicone, rubber or glass.

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Suction cup dildos

A Suction Cup Dildo is a dildo that has a suction base that can be temporarily attached to flat surfaces, such as showers and walls or floors. This allows the user to use the dildo hands-free.

Read How to get the most from your suction cup dildo to discover the different ways in which suction cup dildos can be used.

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Strap-on dildos

A strap-on dildo is a dildo designed to be worn during sexual activity to penetrate a partner. Usually worn with a harness to strap the dildo in place, harnesses and dildos are made in a wide variety of styles, with variations in how the harness fits the wearer, how the dildo attaches to the harness, as well as various features intended to facilitate stimulation of the wearer or a sexual partner.

A strap-on dildo can be used for a wide variety of sexual activities, including vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, or solo or mutual masturbation. Strap-on dildos can be used by people of any gender or sexuality. Read how to choose a strap-on dildo for tips on buying one.

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Vac-U-Lock dildos

Vac-U-Lock by popular sex toy company Doc Johnson is the world's first and only patented harness system for strap-ons. Vac-U-Lock dildos are compatible with the Vac-U-Lock strap-on harnesses, which open up a whole new world of strap-on sex possibilities due to the design's versatility.

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Glass dildos

A Glass dildo is perfect for anyone who wants to try new sensations. Made from body-safe and super strong borosilicate glass, it can be used for thrilling temperature play by simply heating or cooling with water prior to sex or masturbation. We recommend using plenty of lube for enhanced stimulation and comfort.

Read Everything you need to know about glass sex toys to find out more.

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Anal dildos

Some dildos are designed specifically for anal stimulation. These dildos have a flared base for safe anal play. A dildo designed to be inserted in the anus and remain in place for a period of time is usually referred to as a butt plug. A dildo intended for repeated anal penetration (thrusting) is typically referred to as an anal dildo or simply "dildo".

To ensure you’re playing safe, read what you need to know before using a dildo anally.

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G-spot dildos

A G-spot dildo has a curved tip to stimulate a woman's G-spot, or a man's P-spot. These dildos come in a variety of textures, shapes and sizes, with the only difference being the tip of the dildo, which is curved.

Want to learn more about G-spot toys and the power of the G-spot? Learn how to find the G-spot and 6 of the best g-spot toys that’ll hit the G-spot.

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Giant dildos

Giant dildos are extra-long, thick, and are designed for experienced dildo users only. These huge dildos are usually too large for a dildo beginner, so it pays to purchase a regular sized dildo before working your way up to trying a giant one! To find out more, read our introduction to huge dildos.

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Tips for choosing a dildo

Still need help choosing? Watch the video below by Sex Educator Emma Hewitt to find your perfect fit.

How to choose the right dildo size

Like everything when it comes to sex toys, we recommend starting small with 6-7 inches of insertable length maximum for your first dildo, and 5 inches in diameter/girth is plenty. Don't go crazy and buy a 12-inch dildo if you've never used one before, because the longer the dildo, the wider the dildo, so be aware of this when you’re shopping.

How to clean and store your dildo safely

Always remember to clean your dildo after each sexual activity, not only for hygiene reasons but to ensure your toy lasts as long as possible. Then, once dry, store your dildo in a cloth bag or sex toy storage box to protect it from dust and bacteria.


Tips for using a dildo

Now that you can navigate the different types of dildos available to purchase and what they do, here are our expert tips for using them.

Always use lubricant

Using lubricant with your dildo is a must! Water-based lubricant is always the go-to and safest option as it is suited for use with all dildos and sex toys, but if you're wanting to try something different always make sure the lubricant is compatible with your toy.

DIY, hands-free or with a partner

Dildos can be used to simulate full penetrative sex by inserting the dildo and moving it back and forth inside the body or they can be used to obtain a sense of satisfaction from the fullness that a large, girthed dildo can provide.

If you’d like to use your dildo hands-free, you can use it with a partner, or purchase a suction cup dildo that has the ability to literally suction onto any flat surface. You can suction your dildo to the shower wall, chair, kitchen bench or even a wall mirror – just ensure you’re being careful and aren’t at risk of damaging anything (including yourself).

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 13 March 2018 and was updated on 15 June 2021 for relevance and comprehensiveness. This article has been reviewed and verified by Sex Educator and Adult Toy Expert Emma Hewitt.

Content disclaimer: Adulttymegastore does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment for illness. Any information published on this website, either by Adulttoymegastore of its authors, is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a medical professional.

Janelle Cheesman, PR Specialist & Sexual Wellness Writer
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