13 Best Butt Plugs for Exploring Anal Play With or Without a Partner

Exploring the waters of sex toys can be intimidating, especially when we’re talking about tools for backdoor action. But fret not, booty business newbies, because the best butt plugs are here to help ease your mind about exploring anal play.

Whether you’re new to anal sex or an advanced user of derriere-focused devices, Monica Grover, MD, a Westchester, New York-based double board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and Chief Medical Officer at VSPOT, says safety is key when experimenting with butt play. “The plug should always have a wide base so it doesn’t go too deep within the anal canal or, in lieu of a wide base, it can have a ring cord or a pull cord attached to it,” she says. Dr. Grover also suggests starting off with a small, beginner-friendly size if you’re new to the world of anal toys.

Another important ass-pect of finding a proper anal stimulation device is to find a plug that is made of a material that’s easy to clean, according to Dr. Grover. “It should be non-porous, as something that is porous can harbor infectious bacteria or viruses, as it is very difficult to sanitize them,” she says. “In addition, anything made from plastic or acrylic materials can release harmful chemicals which may be absorbed through the anal membrane.” She recommends grabbing a toy that’s made of body-safe silicone, Pyrex glass, or stainless steel. As with all of your dildos and toys, clean them after each and every use — I mean, it is going into your sphincter, the same hole you excrete from, after all.

One of the most important rules to anal play, according to Dr. Grover, is to use as much water-based lube as you please for a smooth ride, every time. “The anus does not self-lubricate, so water-based lubricants are advised,” she says. Make sure you’re not using a silicone-based lubricant as it can break down silicone butt plugs.

If this will be the first time in your sex life that you try tuchus-focused sex and foreplay, welcome to the wonderful world of butt stuff. As for experienced users of anal sex toys, welcome back. Below, take a look at some of the very best anal beads and butt plugs for kinky play that’s truly enjoyable.

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