How to Choose Your First Sex Toy
Want to experiment with sex toys but not sure where to start? This guide explains how to choose the perfect beginner's sex toy for you, and shows you how to find exactly what you're looking for at Lovehoney.
Above: Whether you're buying for yourself or someone else, there are some things you need to know before you buy a sex toy. Watch this video guide with Jess Wilde to find out the 7 things you must know before you shop.
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How to choose your first sex toy
When you're buying your first sex toy your budget will probably be one of the biggest factors in your choice. Starting with less expensive sex toys is a good way to experiment, but just getting the cheapest thing in the sale without thinking about if it's right for you may lead to disappointment. Remember to look at customer reviews as well as price.
Luxury sex toys, like the Lovehoney Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable G-Spot Vibrator (right) really are worth the extra spend: they're made from better quality materials, they'll last longer and they're usually rechargeable so you can recoup the cost of batteries. However, it's sensible to know what you like before you splash out on an expensive toy that will be with you for the long haul.
Check the details
When you've spotted a toy in your budget that takes your fancy, check the details on the product page carefully.
How it measures up: Find out just how big that toy is. More important than the overall length is the insertable length, as is the circumference (which is measured at the widest girth of the toy). Will this be a comfortable fit for you?
How it feels:A toy can look rigid in the product picture, when it's actually a flexible friend. Check the nitty gritty of the material specifications here, and also check whether you can take the toy into the bathroom for underwater play - submersible toys are also easier to keep clean.
Power and speed: Check exactly what types of vibration are in store, as well as what type of power the toy takes and what batteries you need for your sex toy.
Watch the videos
The most popular products on Lovehoney have videos that demonstrate how they work. As well as showing you how the sex toy works and what it will do for you, seeing a toy in someone's hands is another great way to check that your first sex toy is the right size for you. You can also get a good sense of how loud a toy is from a video demonstration.
Read the reviews
Lovehoney has over 213,000 reviews written by real people who have bought, used and rated their sex toys. When you view a particular product, you’ll see it has a star rating. This is a quick and easy way to see how good a product is - the more stars it has, the better.
If you fancy researching more, you can scroll down further and read full reviews about the product including details about how easy it is to use, how powerful it is, how noisy it is and what the packaging is like.
What does Lovehoney recommend?
Pepsi or Coca Cola? PC or Mac? Just like any other products, sex toys are made by different brands and when you find one that suits you, you tend to stick with it. Here are the brands we recommend especially for beginners, and in each brand you'll find a whole host of toys to suit your every need.
Beginners BASICS Toys
Every single item in the BASICS Sex Toy range is well reviewed and great value.
Best seller: Lovehoney BASICS Mini Vibrator
Lovehoney Sex Toys
The Lovehoney range of toys are a reasonable price and come complete with full instructions.
Best seller: Lovehoney Happy Rabbit 2 Natural
Tracey Cox Supersex
Toys by sexpert Tracey Cox are classy, couple-friendly, superb quality and great value too!
Best seller: Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator