How to choose a butt plug

At LOVE AND VIBES, we know how daunting a task choosing the perfect butt plug can be, especially if you are new to anal pleasure. This buyer’s guide will help you learn about the different types of plugs available, depending on your desires, your level of experience and your budget.

We hope this guide will help you find the plug that suits you best. Don't forget that the LOVE team is here to help you in your quest!

The pleasure of using a butt plug

There are many advantages to using an anal plug. Firs, a plug will relax your sphincter muscles to prepare you for anal penetration. We recommend that you wear a plug about 30 minutes before anal sex to get used to the new sensations: it will definitely make the experience more exciting.

Plus, prostate stimulation will give a man more intense and satisfying orgasms. For couples, a plug allows for "tighter" vaginal sex, making the experience more stimulating for both partners.

Also, the use of a plug can also be used to visually excite your partner. You can surprise them with a stylish jewelled butt plug or a naughty animal tail during doggy-style sex. There are many plugs on the market in different shapes and sizes, so you’ll definitely find the right fit for you.

Find the right size for your level of experience

different sizes of plugs

When shopping for a butt plug, first choose the right plug size for your level of experience. It may be tempting to start with the largest plug available, but this will cause unnecessary pain and discomfort. Instead, start with an appropriate plug size and then work your way up to larger plug sizes. Below, you’ll find some tips on how to choose the most suitable plug size for you.

A small butt plug for beginners

small blue butt plug
If you are new to exploring anal pleasure, start with the smallest plug possible. Use a smaller plug to get used to inserting an object into your anus before moving onto larger sizes. Look for a plug with a diameter of no longer than 1.25 inches. 

Smaller anal plugs are generally easier to insert and remove. They help to relax and strengthen the sphincter muscles and make insertion more comfortable. They are also more discreet and can be worn for longer than larger plugs.

A medium-size plug for more advanced users

Now that you have a little more experience and are comfortable with beginner plugs, it's time to move on to larger sizes! For example, a beaded butt plug, which features several beads of different diameters, is an excellent way to progress. A beaded plug will allow you to get used to larger and larger sizes while strengthening the muscles around your anus.

You can also go for a medium-sized butt plug, which has about a 1.50-inch diameter. Make sure that you don’t increase the size of your plug too quickly, and always size up at your own rhythm.

The length may also vary depending on the model. Everyone is different, and certain sizes that fit some people may not fit others. Always listen to your body and remember not to compare yourself to others.

An extra-large plug for experts

extra-large putt plug
If you are an expert in anal pleasure and feel comfortable with large plugs, you may want to consider experimenting with extra-large designs. Remember that using an XL plug takes a lot of practice and patience.

Some of our plugs have a diameter of over 4.00 inches! These models are for experienced users only. These XL plugs can be extremely difficult to insert and remove, so be careful not to go too fast and choose the right size.

Experiment with a set of different sized plugs

plug kit with different sizes
Exploring anal pleasure is a personal experience that varies greatly from person to person. Feel free to experiment with different sized plugs to find the one that fits you best. For example, there are kits available that contain several plugs of different sizes, so you can easily find the size that suits you.

These kits can also be a wallet-friendly option, as they allow you to try different sizes without having to buy several plugs individually.

Different materials for different sensations

plugs with different materials

You may be wondering what kind of material is best when choosing a butt plug. The LOVE Team is here to help you to make up your mind by showing you the advantages and disadvantages of each material.

A silicone butt plug

A silicone anal plug is a popular choice for beginners, as it is soft and easy to insert. Silicone plugs are non-porous, hypoallergenic, and body-safe.

Silicone plugs are also very hygienic to use, as they can be sterilised in boiling water (ideal for anal toys). Silicone is also very durable and water-resistant, making it an ideal choice for toys that you use in the shower or bath.

Silicone is a soft and flexible material for your comfort and pleasure. Silicone is also slightly more expensive than other materials, but the luxe feeling of your silicone plug will more than justify the higher cost.

A metal butt plug

metal butt plug
Metal anal plugs (usually made of steel or aluminium) are an excellent choice for people who like firmer sensations. A metal plug is non-porous, easy to clean, and will last a long time if you look after it properly.

The rigid feel of a metal plug delivers more intense stimulation for experienced users. Metal plugs are ideal for bondage play. Metal plugs can be cooled or warmed (in water) to experiment with temperature play.

Metal plugs are heavier than the silicone ones, so they should not be worn for too long to avoid discomfort.

An anal plug made of TPE or PVC

Anal plugs made of TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are a wallet-friendly option for users who are looking for a butt plug at an affordable price. They have a similar look and feel to silicone (in terms of softness and flexibility), but they are generally less expensive.

Keep in mind that these materials are porous, so you should clean them thoroughly to avoid bacterial contamination.

A glass butt plug

glass butt plug

Glass anal plugs are a must-have toy for experienced anal play enthusiasts. They are made from tempered glass, which makes them durable and shock resistant. On top of being aesthetically pleasing, they can be easily cleaned with soap and water. Like metal plugs, glass plugs also allow you to experiment with temperature play: dip you plug into hot or cold water for different sensations every time.

Find the right butt plug for you

There is a wide variety of plugs on the market, each with different features and designs. Take some time to explore the different options available and find the butt plug that best suits you. In this section, we’ll go over the main features of the butt plugs available on our site.

A vibrating butt plug

vibrating butt plug
Vibrating butt plugs are a great option for those looking to take their anal pleasure to the next level. These plugs come with a vibrating bullet to increase the sensations you feel during your anal play session. Vibrating butt plugs can be used alone or during sex to increase your stimulation and arousal. They can also be used to massage your prostate for more intense orgasms.

Our popular remote-controlled vibrating butt plugs allow your partner to control your pleasure from a distance. These butt plugs will really spice things up during your bondage play session. You can also use a vibrating butt plug out in public for an even more exciting experience.

A jewelled butt plug

jewelled butt plug

Jewelled butt plugs will add a touch of elegance and glamour to your anal pleasure sessions. With a beautiful gemstone on the base, these plugs will surprise your partner. Diamonds, rubies, amethysts, rose quartz, turquoise, sapphires and onyx: the possibilities are endless! Jewelled butt plugs are great for sexual positions where your anus is clearly visible to your partner, such as doggy style. They will also add a touch of sensuality and eroticism to your romantic evening.

An inflatable butt plug

inflatable butt plug

An inflatable butt plug is an ideal option for those who want to experiment with different plug sizes and adjust the intensity of penetration. Inflatable butt plugs are equipped with a pump that allows you to inflate the plug to any size that you’d like. You can also use the plug in its default, “deflated” mode if you’d like a more modest size. Inflate your plug to the maximum for ultra-intense penetration. Inflatable anal plugs are made from durable materials, making them safe for regular use.

A beaded butt plug

beaded butt plug
Beaded butt plugs are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to explore the sensations of anal pleasure at their own rhythm. With different sized beads, you can start with the smallest one and gradually increase the sensations until you find the size that suits you best.

These plugs are designed to gently massage your anal walls when inserted, creating unique and intense sensations. The special shape of the plugs makes them easy to remove with the removal loop.

A suction-cup butt plug

You can stick a suction-cup butt plug onto a smooth surface (like a mirror or a bathtub) for a hands-free anal pleasure session. That way, you can stimulate your other erogenous zones or just concentrate on the feel of anal penetration. Plugs are ideal for solo pleasure sessions or for couples looking for new positions and more creative experiences.

Butt plug knickers

butt plug knickers

Butt plug knickers have a built-in plug that discreetly stimulates the anus. You can wear the pants discreetly under your clothes and enjoy the sensations of anal stimulation throughout the day. Plug knickers are perfect for those who want to explore anal stimulation for the first time, as they allow you to get used to the new sensations slowly. Butt plug knickers are made of soft and comfortable materials, so you can wear them for hours on end.

A tunnel anal plug

tunnel butt plug

A tunnel butt plug, also known as a hollow anal plug, has a hole in the centre, so your partner can insert a penis or finger through the ring when the plug is inside of your anus. When you’re wearing a tunnel butt plug, your partner will have a rather interesting view of the inside of your anus. This type of plug is for experienced anal play fans only!

A thrusting butt plug

A thrusting anal plug is a high-performance sex toy designed to replicate the back-and-forth movements of a real anal sex session. The experience is immersive, intense and realistic. These plugs are not recommended for beginners, as the experience may be too intense.

A tail butt plug

tail butt plug

A tail butt plug is a fun option for anyone who wants to explore their animal side or live out a furry fantasy. These anal plugs have a furry animal tail attached to the base (rabbit, cat or fox). The synthetic fur is super soft to the touch. A tail plug will add a playful touch to your sex sessions and will surprise your partner.

An enema butt plug

enema butt plug
An enema butt plug is a toy that combines hygiene and pleasure. These plugs feature an anal douche that you can use before and after anal sex.

This type of anal plug is compatible with any universal shower hose: you can use it with your regular shower hose without having to buy additional equipment.

Using an enema anal plug will quickly become an important part of your pre-sex routine, making you feel more comfortable and safer during your anal play experiences.

How much should I spend on a butt plug?

budget for a butt plug

The price of an anal plug varies depending on the features and material. Basic butt plugs, such as those made from PVC or TPE, will generally be less expensive than silicone or metal anal plugs. Butt plugs with additional features (e.g. vibrations, thrusting) will be more expensive than basic anal toys.


Remember that while lower quality anal plugs may be cheaper, they’ll have a shorter lifespan and will need to be replaced more often.

We hope this buying guide has helped you learn more about the different types of butt plugs available on the market. You now have all the information you need to choose the anal plug that best suits your needs and preferences. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, whether you are looking for intense or gentle sensations, you’ll definitely find the right plug for you on our site.
The LOVE Team is always on hand to help you make the right choice and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us for personalised advice. Enjoy your new butt plug!