At Loveplugs, butt plugs are our specialty. They’re such a simple sex toy, but there’s just so many things you can do with them!
But before we get into all that, let’s get back to basics. If you’ve never seen one before, you’re probably wondering: “What is a butt plug?”
These anal sex toys are exactly what they sound like; plugs that go in your butt! By pushing and opening the anus, they stimulate all the muscles of the sphincter and provide a completely unique kind of anal pleasure. Once inside, they literally make you feel like you’ve been “filled up”. It’s a hard sensation to describe, but once you try it yourself, we’re absolutely sure you’ll be hooked!
Standard butt plugs are the basic model. If you’ve ever imagined what one looks like, you probably pictured one of these. They don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but they’ll still give your sphincter a good dose of pleasure!
Tail plugs are our favourite here at Loveplugs. Not only do they give you a chance to explore roleplay and petplay, but you can take advantage of the furry tails to tease and tickle your partner.
If you’re looking for an anal toy with a little more sparkle, then look no further than jeweled butt plugs. Each of these is inset with one or more colored gems, so when you wear them your anus will look absolutely breathtaking.
For some people, the more basic models can be a little… dull. To really take things up a notch, try out a vibrating butt plug. Most come with multiple vibration patterns, and a remote control. Give the control to your partner and sit back and enjoy yourself!
For men, the prostate gland can be a hidden font of pleasure just waiting to be tapped. Unfortunately, it can be a little hard to reach, so why not use a prostate massager? This sex toy is designed to hit all the right places and give you the most pleasure you’ve ever had.
For some, the feeling of fullness a butt plug provides is the best part. Once you get used to one plug though, you’ll be desperate for more. Anal training kits let you work your way up to larger and larger sizes, so you can really stretch your anus to the limit!
To feel something truly unique, you’ll definitely want to try an inflatable butt plug. These can be pumped up, and their flexible material will naturally match the shape of your body. Inflatables will truly be able to stimulate you in ALL the right places.
For the complete beginners, anal play of any kind can be more than a little intimidating. We’d always recommend starting small, and taking your time to get used to the new sensations. They’re also great at preparing your body for anal sex!
Silicone butt plugs are the most popular products on the market, and for good reason! Soft, luxurious, and comfortable to wear, these are the ultimate in anal pleasure.
Looking for something a little harder? A metal or steel butt plug can give you the feeling you’ve been craving. You can even spice things up by experimenting with temperature!
Glass butt plugs are a dream come true for the voyeurs out there. Not only do you get all the sphincter tingling pleasure of a butt plug, but you can even watch the action thanks to these transparent plugs!
You don’t have to stick with the big three! Butt plugs can come in many other interesting materials such as wood and clay. Just make sure you avoid jelly plugs and anything containing phthalates. Your ass will thank you!
We've only shown you the tip of the iceberg above. There are more types of butt plug than you could imagine. Read on to learn about some of the more unique types!
An expanding butt plug is the first on our list which looks visibly different. Rather than a solid bulb shape, these often look like they have arms. Some even think they look like a small flower.
Each of these arms are soft and flexible, letting you push them together to create the typical bulb. This lets you get the expanding plug in. Once inside your body though, the arms are free to spread out once again.
The stimulation you get from expanding butt plugs can be completely different to other types, as they touch and rub against areas of your butt that normal plugs don’t. They are also a good option for someone who wants to feel more filled up, but struggle to insert larger plugs.
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Hollow and Tunnel
One of the more unusual types of butt plugs are hollow or tunnel plugs. These are quite similar to normal plugs, but have one key difference. The centre of the plug is hollow the entire way up.
Using a hollow plug means that you can also use other sex toys at the same time, in particular vibrators. Simply put them inside the hollow part of the plug and enjoy the vibrations. They also allow you to see the gape that the plug produces in your butt, which can be a real turn on for some.
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On the opposite end of the scale, extra-large butt plugs are designed for the true anal pros. These are some of the biggest plugs on offer, letting you stretch your butt right to its limits.
Extra-large plugs can be very long, very wide, or both. Which you choose will depend on what kind of feeling you want from wearing it. Longer ones can stimulate much deeper, while wider ones can stretch your muscles much more.
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Perhaps one of the most unusual kinds of butt plug available, a USB plug is one which actually contains a USB stick inside it. The port will be found on the base, so you can plug it directly into your PC, and then when you want to keep your data safe you can put it back inside your body!
These plugs came about after their inventor was talking to some strippers about what kinds of things their butt plugs could do. While it may have originally been a joke, these plugs now exist and are available for you to buy today.
Wireless butt plugs are a variation of vibrating plugs. These all come with a remote control, or are powered by a phone app. The point of this is that you can hand control of your plug to another person.
Not knowing when you will be feeling vibrations can be very exciting, so these are a favourite among kinky couples. They can even be great for long-distance relationships, as some can be operated over the internet. No matter how far apart you are, you can still give each other the same sexual pleasure!
Electroshock butt plugs are probably the most extreme option on the market. These can come in a variety of different shapes, and all will come with a set of wires attached. The wires are plugged into a power box, or socket in your house, and allow the plug to give you small electrical shocks while you wear it.
For some this kind of butt plug is enjoyable because the shocks provide small amounts of pain, heightening the pleasure you feel. Others find the shocks pleasurable on their own, giving them a completely new kind of stimulation.
For the connoisseurs among you, there are even high-end, luxury butt plugs available. Just like the famous diamond encrusted vibrator bought by David Beckham, these plugs are made of some seriously pricey materials.
Gold, silver, and even diamond plugs can be found. These aren’t without their expected price tag though, and some of the most expensive luxury plugs can cost several thousand dollars!
Rimming plugs are a variation on vibrating models. The key difference though is how they vibrate. Unlike a normal motor, a rimming plug contains sets of beads which rotate around the inside of the plug in a particular pattern.
What difference do beads make? Well many people think that the rotations of these beads can make it feel like someone is using their tongue on you, hence their name!
A character butt plug is one which is made to look like a person or character rather than a simple smooth plug. There are many different kinds out there, from famous cartoon characters to some of the most famous world leaders!
While these plugs are probably designed to be a jokey present, some people still use them. Thanks to their unusual shapes, they can provide stimulation in a different way to other kinds of plugs, which can make them very enjoyable to wear.
Even more strange are fidget spinner butt plugs. These are, exactly as their name would suggest, butt plugs with fidget spinners attached to their bases.
If you feel like you need something to keep your hands busy while you enjoy yourself, or simply want to save on the space of having a butt plug and a fidget spinner, then these might be just for you.
Moving away from “pure” butt plugs, there are a few different variations on the theme. The first of these are anal beads.
Rather than simply featuring a single bulb which sits inside your body, anal beads have a series of small balls along the length of them. You can insert each ball one at a time, and often they will move from smaller to larger, or larger to smaller.
The main reason anal beads are so enjoyable, is they way they stretch your sphincter. A normal butt plug will open them further and further until the whole plug is in, then close up again. Anal beads open the sphincter a smaller amount, then let it close up between each bead.
This creates a “popping” sensation which can feel extremely nice.
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Butt plug harnesses are very similar to strap on harnesses. They wrap around and between your legs, sitting very close to your anus. Rather than attaching a strapon to the outside of the harness though, you strap a butt plug to the inside.
Some harnesses will come with butt plugs attached already, while others will let you put in your own plug. Once you put the harness on, the plug is kept firmly inside your body. This can make wearing your plug outside or for a long period of time much easier.
At the very end of the list, we have butt plugs with cock rings. These can come in basically any other style, but they key point is that a small arm comes out of the base, and leads to a cock ring.
While wearing your plug, you also wear the cock ring, doubling your pleasure!
Just like with types, there are a huge range of materials to choose from when finding your perfect plug. Here are some more examples of what your butt plug could be made out of.
Hard plastic is a material starting to disappear from the sex toy market, and for good reason. While it is very cheap, these kinds of plugs tend not to last very long. They can often come with moulding lines which can feel sharp and pointy inside your body, and depending on the plastic can even be toxic.
While some hard plastic butt plugs may still be available, we don’t recommend using them. Spending a little more for a better material will make your butt plug experience much more enjoyable.
This section actually has three different materials, but they’re fairly similar, so we’ll cover them together. Thermoplastic elastomers, thermoplastic rubbers and cyberskin are all newer materials. Each is made from a combination of polymers, usually rubber and plastic, to create a new mix of material.
All of these materials, and in particular cyberskin, are some of the softest and most flesh-like feeling materials you can make butt plugs from. This makes them a favourite among many simply because of how nice they feel.
Unfortunately though, these materials are much harder to keep clean, and bacteria can even find its way inside the surface of the plug. They are also much more likely to become damaged, meaning that you have to be extra careful when using and cleaning them.
Jelly and Jelly Rubber
Our last materials are jelly and jelly rubber. Both of these come from the older days of sex toys, and were commonly used in making butt plugs. Each is extremely soft and sometimes even floppy, making them easy to insert and comfortable to use.
Thankfully, jelly is rarely used in sex toys these days thanks to the fantastic work of many retailers during the 90s. These materials have toxic ingredients, which can easily break down inside your body and cause harm. Some even degraded before they reached stores, turning into a sticky, gooey mess!
We always recommend avoiding jelly plugs wherever possible.
Phthalates and Toxic Plugs
You might have noticed that we’ve mentioned a couple of materials used in butt plugs which are on the decline. There’s a good reason for this! These materials usually contain phthalates.
These chemicals are commonly used in many different products we see all the time, such as carrier bags, or plastic bottles. With a small amount of exposure, phthalates are harmless, but the more you are exposed to them, the more dangerous they become.
High exposure to phthalates has even been linked to cancer.
Many hard plastic and jelly butt plugs used phthalates as an ingredient, thanks to its ability to soften plastic which makes it more flexible and harder to break. While these are ideal qualities in a butt plug, it was often found that the materials could break down inside your body, exposing you to these phthalates through the very thin and sensitive anal lining.
While there’s no clear rules on how much phthalate exposure is safe, it’s generally better to avoid them altogether, so most manufacturers now produce butt plugs that are completely phthalate free. We also still advise that you should avoid jelly and hard plastic butt plugs if you still see them on the market today.
Porous and Non-Porous Materials
An important point we haven’t discussed yet is the porosity of the materials. This can sound complicated, but it’s actually really simple.
Porous materials are those which have pores (small holes) large enough for things to pass through. Heavily porous materials can even let liquids through, just like sponges. With butt plugs, we’re only interested in whether or not bacteria and germs can get through the material.
Due to this, each butt plug material is usually classed as porous (does allow some bacteria through), or non-porous (lets no bacteria through).
The problem with porous materials is that once the bacteria manages to enter the pores and get inside the surface of the plug, you can’t reliably get it back out again. No matter how much you clean your plug, there will always be some leftovers inside the material.
This means that you should always try to purchase a non-porous butt plug where possible. Non-porous materials include silicone, glass, and metal.
Choosing a Butt Plug
Seeing the extraordinary range of choices available to you can make deciding which butt plug you want to buy a very difficult task. Which one suits you the most?
In the final section of this guide, we’re going to go through a few different situations and discuss which plugs are most suitable for these kinds of people.
Best For Beginners:
As a new user, there are a few choices that can make your first plug experiences much smoother and more enjoyable.
Generally you should stick to simpler plugs, such as classic or jewelled variants. It’s also advised that you go for smaller butt plugs, with longer stems. This makes it easier to insert them into your body, and keep them inside.
For materials, usually you should try and stick to silicone. This is a bit softer and more comfortable to wear, which helps reduce some of the “weird” feeling you’ll have when you first start using plugs.
Best For Couples:
Butt plugs don’t just have to be a solo toy! Many couples enjoy sharing their experience with each other. Either one, or both of you can wear one at the same time!
While any butt plug will be good enough for couple’s play, some have some clear advantages. Vibrating and wireless butt plugs can leave you at the mercy of your partner holding the remote. Or you can both wear one and tease each other by swapping controls!
If you want to take your stimulation to the extreme, an electroshock butt plug is sure to suffice. Being able to give small shocks to your partner can really turn up the heat, and depending on your relationship you might enjoy using this in a kinkier way by incorporating elements of BDSM into your bedroom.
Finally, using a hollow butt plug will mean your partner can look straight through and into your body, a real turn on for some people!
Best For Anal Stretching:
When big just isn’t big enough, you’ll be looking for ways to further stretch your anus to hold larger and larger plugs. Once again, some types of plug will be able to help you much, much more with this mission.
Depending on your experience level, you’ll probably want to get started with an anal training kit. This gives you multiple different sizes to work your way through. Many people won’t need more than this, as the largest plug will give them all the stretch they desire. Sometimes though, you’ll want more, and will need to turn to a different kind of plug.
To take your stretch to the next level, there is obviously any extra-large plug to choose from. Often these will be difficult to get into your body though, thanks to their incredible girth. To make things easier, you can try an inflatable or expanding plug instead.
These will be much easier to put inside your butt, as they are not too different in size to other kinds of butt plug. Once inside though, you can let them expand or inflate them, increasing the stretch you’ll feel.
Best For Men:
Thanks to the prostate gland, men who use butt plugs are in for a real treat! This is why we always recommend a prostate massager to any men interested in plugs.
Anal play for men is all about stimulating the prostate, as it provides some of the most intense and enjoyable feelings possible. Thanks to their curved design, a prostate massager hits this gland perfectly, and can really give you an experience you aren’t going to forget.
Best For Women:
Women are kind of lucky when it comes to choosing a plug. Basically anything goes! There aren’t really any specific plugs which provide women with more or less pleasure. Instead it’s much more about personal preference.
Generally though, women will tend to enjoy vibrating plugs. The vibrations can gently stimulate both the vagina and clitoris, which for some women is essential in order to reach orgasm.
Many women also prefer tail, jewelled, or princess plugs, thanks to the gorgeous designs available!
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