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Dildos Shopping Guide

Choosing the right dildo for you can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you start to realize just how many different types of dildos there are!
January 19, 2021

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Realistic, vibrating, strap-on harness compatible?! Choosing the right dildo for you can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you start to realize just how many different types of dildos there are. We’re here to make things a little easier with this dildo shopping guide!

Things To Consider:

Regardless of the various styles of dildos, there are some universal & fun features to consider as well!


Dildos can be made from a variety of materials including silicone, glass, metal, and more. Some can offer unique features (more on that soon!), however, it typically comes down to a personal preference for many folks. Since dildos are toys we insert into the body, it’s important to do some research ahead of time as to what material(s) you should be looking for and/or possibly avoiding.

Textures & Shapes

Some dildos are created with textures or shapes in mind that are designed to stimulate even more! A textured shaft (veins included!) provides different sensations as it moves in and out of the body while an angled shaft is often ideal for direct stimulation of both the g-spot and the prostate.


Evolved Blue Dream Vibrator w/ Remote

Whether for vaginal or anal use, take the stimulating sensation of vibration internal with a dildo that vibrates! From multi-speed, multi-function, and rechargeable, a vibrating dildo provides the best of both worlds.

Just because it does vibrate though, doesn’t mean you always have to turn it on - you can simply enjoy it for the penetration toy that it is. Some feature a remote control that will allow you to control the toy easier as you thrust away, or you can hand it off to a lover to control the toy's settings for you.

Strap-On Harness Compatible & Anally-Safe

Blush Novelties Avant D14 Heart of Gold Silicone Curved Dildo

These two features are paired together because they basically mean the same thing; a dildo that has a flared base. Since the anal muscles can accidentally suck things into the rectum, this acts as a stopper and often also allows the dildo to be used within the o-ring(s) of a strap-on harness.

Different Types Of Dildos

Realistic vs Non-Phallic Dildos

Doc Johnson The Realistic Cock Ultraskyn Dildo w/ Removable Vac-U-Lock Base Assorted Sizes & Colours

For those who enjoy the look of penises or penetration play with a phallic toy, realistic dildos are meant to provide its user with a more, well, realistic and life-like experience. Designed to look and feel more like a penis, this can offer up some more creative play options, and some even squirt! Just as with penises, it can be a personal preference when it comes to things like length and girth/width, so be sure to pay extra attention to these specifications.

NS Novelties Shi/Shi Ripple 6-Inch Dildo Black

Realistic dildos can often be found in a variety of skin tones and sizes to best represent our diverse population, although they may not be for everyone. Penetration play can still be enjoyed with a variety of non-phallic dildos as well that can feature stimulating shapes, textures, and fun colours!

"Beginner" Dildos

Pipedream Dillio Mr Smoothy Beginner Dildo 5-inch Pink

If you’re newer to any type of penetration or are someone who prefers things on the smaller side, then these are the dildos for you! They feature smaller lengths & girths and are ideal for any beginner backdoor players too - as long as it has a flared base!

What’s considered “small” is relative, of course, however, we’re classifying them here as dildos that are around or less than 5 inches in length and around 1.25 inches or less in width.

"Large" Dildos

Adam & Eve Adam's True Feel Cock XL

Basically the opposite idea of a beginner dildo, large dildos are on the, well, larger side of things. They typically feature bigger lengths & girths and are ideal for those who enjoy the “fullness” feeling that can come with having something bigger be inserted into the body. What’s considered “big” is relative, of course, however, we’re classifying them here as dildos that are around 8 inches+ in length and 1.75+ inches in width.

Suction-Cup Base Dildos

Pipedream King Cock Vibrating Realistic Cock 6-inch Brown

Dildos are pretty great on their own, but the addition of a suction-cup base is a sex life hack for both solo and partnered play! Secured to a flat surface, a suction-cup base provides a hands-free alternative to penetration. This frees up your hands...for other stuff...and allows you to get creative. To get the most out of each ride, here are five fun ways to play with a suction-cup dildo!

Glass & Metal Dildos

Gläs Blue Spiral Glass Dildo

Glass & metal dildos are often considered beautiful works of art as much as they are fun internal toys. Dildos made of glass are typically made of strong and shatterproof Borosilicate Glass, whereas metal dildos are often made of stainless steel.

Le Wand Arch Stainless Steel Double-Sided Wand

Both metal & glass are firm to the touch and feel heavier compared to other materials. This can create a feeling of weightiness and pressure when inserted inside of the body as well. They make great tools for temperature play as glass & metal retain temperatures for a longer period of time and can be easier to clean as they are non-porous.

Double-Ended Dildos

NS Novelties Colours DP Pleasures Dual Dildo Purple & Evolved Coupled Love Double-Ended Vibrating Dildo Pink

If you’ve ever wanted to engage in penetration play at the same time as a partner, then maybe try a double-ended dildo. Not just for two vulva havers, they can be used by any two people with any two orifices - so get creative with your use!

Alternatively, for vulva havers, you can have double the fun all on your own and use one vaginally & anally together instead! Make sure to lube up both ends when you play, especially if one or both ends is going to be used anally.


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