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how to choose a dildo - A selection of Dildos

How To Choose​ ​
a​ ​Dildo

They say the classics never go out of style… and they’re right. Dildos are considered to be the world’s very first sex toy.

In fact, slightly embarrassed archaeologists have dug up ancient toys thought to be almost 30,000 years old.

This means humans have been coming up with creative methods of pleasure-seeking since before we even learned how to grow our own food.

But it's not the Stone Age anymore – with thousands of years of dildo development since, there have been some incredible advancements. Even in the age of the vibrator, there are enough modern twists on the old classic to keep the most adventurous satisfied.

At Ann Summers, we've developed a huge variety of styles that can be used alone or with a partner. Not sure where to start? Let's take a look at the basics.

Different types of dildos

Realistic dildos

Realistic Dildo

Even better than the real thing?

That’s entirely up to you, but it’s as close to the real thing as you’re going to get in a dildo.

If it’s not enough for your toy to just look the part, then add a realistic dildo to your toy chest. They feel the part too, with their skin-soft material, lifelike weight and thick feel. Add plenty of lube, and you’ll struggle to tell the difference.

Just like real penises, these realistic options come in all shapes and sizes. Easy to handle, very easy to use and shaped to perfection, they’re perfect for total beginners.

Anal dildos

Anal Dildo

Beginners might be a little apprehensive about backdoor experimentation

But the key is to start small, work your way up and follow our beginner’s anal sex guide closely.

Anal toys add a whole extra level of sensations, whether you're playing alone or with your partner. For men, the main event is the prostate (the male G-spot). It can only be reached by anal penetration. But don't believe anyone who tells you it's not pleasurable for women too – it'll hit nerve endings you've never even felt before, stimulating you in new and exciting ways.

The most important difference is that with anal toys (from butt plugs and prostate massagers up to dildos) you should make sure you choose ones with a flared base if you want to avoid an awkward trip to A&E. Without anything to stop them slipping up inside, toys that aren’t designed for anal have an unfortunate tendency to get stuck. Decide on what you’re comfortable with, try beginner’s butt plugs and move on to more adventurous dildos when you’re ready.

Strap-ons and dildo harnesses

Strap on Dildo

If you want to indulge in a little pegging or strap-on sex, then this is the toy you need.

Anyone can take charge with one of these. They’re the perfect penetrative play item for same-sex or straight couples, and a great way to take anal to the next step if you’d like to try something new. Strap-ons are popular in bondage and BDSM play, especially if you’re dipping your toe in the waters of role reversal. But it’s not all about submission, as strap-on play can still be sensual and intimate. Give it a go and see where you end up...

If you’re already the proud owner of a prized dildo, then all you need is a harness to get you ready for action. Most of the harnesses on our site will fit just about any toy, fitting snugly and securely around your waist no matter clothing size you are.

Double dildos

Double Ended Dildo

Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes.

So why not experiment with a double dildo?

Erotic and experimental, double-ended dildos can turn a fantasy into reality. If you’re part of a straight couple, these toys let the man double-penetrate his woman with ease (something many guys dream of).

For same-sex couples looking to play nicely and cum together, double-ended dildos are a great option. Our designs can be used to take both you and your partner to new heights of simultaneous pleasure.

Vibrating dildos

Rampant Rabbit Dildo

Addicted to the buzz of your bullet?

While we can’t say we blame you, trust us and try those vibes on a grander scale. Vibrating dildos come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find the perfect match.

Don't forget the Rampant Rabbit, of course. We invented our iconic bunny over 30 years ago and it’s since become the world’s most successful sex toy. Our ever-growing range features plenty of kinds of vibrating dildo, so you can find the sensations that will stimulate you the best. Whether it's twisting, throbbing, thrusting, bending, shaking or rotating, it’s nothing but good vibes from here on out.

Combined with a clit-stimulating vibrator in the bunny ears, Rampant Rabbits hit every spot for a bed-shakingly, sheet-grabbingly intense orgasm. We sell one every 20 seconds, so what are you waiting for?

Large dildos

Large Dildo

Not for the faint-hearted

These big bad boys are perfect for those looking to push their pleasure to the limits.

As the name may explain, if you’re a lover of length and girth, then look no further. Our bigger dildos range from six to nine inches, and they’re all designed for larger than life orgasms. It’s probably not the best place to start your dildo journey, but once you decide to hop on, get ready for the ride of your life.

Different dildo materials

What your dildo is made of is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to buying your new best friend. Materials are all about adding sensation and pleasure. There isn’t necessarily a ‘best one’ – it all comes down to what you’re going to enjoy most.

Let’s take you through a few options…


Silicone Material

If you’re brand new to the world of dildos and looking for something to ease into it, then you can’t go wrong with silicone. It’s firm yet flexible (two things you definitely want in a dildo) as well as being soft and smooth. Silicone is medical-grade, so you know it’s perfectly safe for your skin. It’s great to use with most lubes, but steer clear of silicone-based ones!


Glass Material

Glass dildos are a thing of beauty, and they feel as good as they look. If you want something a little firmer, it doesn’t get better than this. It’s also perfect for stimulating the g-spot without any vibrations.

These babies can be heated up under running water, or cooled in the freezer if you’re tempted to dabble in sensations play – something you won’t get from other kinds of dildos.

But won’t glass dildos break inside me? Absolutely not, so get playing. Glass dildos are made of incredibly durable borosilicate glass – they can stand up to 3,000lb of pressure. No matter how much you use it, a glass dildo will serve you through years of wear and tear and, because it’s non-porous, it’s super easy to clean.


Metal Material

Before you think these toys are for the advanced players, let us explain. Metal dildos may be a bit heavier and more rigid, but they look gorgeous and feel incredible.

They’re as smooth as silk and pleasantly cool, perfect for an easy ride. If you’re a beginner looking to take your solo play to the next level, don’t be afraid of investing in some hardware.

Other popular materials

Other Types of Material

Another top choice for beginners is phthalate-free PVC. This material is a bit more jelly-like than silicone, and it’s much more flexible.

Skin-safe rubber, TPE and TPR are all slightly different versions of the same thing. If you’re looking for something as realistic as possible, this is the material you need.

Time to Play...

Hopefully you’re now feeling educated and excited to get started with some new toys. Have a look through all of our complete range of dildos and find something that really hits the spot.

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