Things You Should Pay Attention to When Shopping for an Anal Stretching Toys
When shopping for a stretcher, it's important to pay attention to the following:
Type: In general, there are three types of anal stretchers: anal dilators, butt plugs, and dildos. The type of anal stretching toy you will choose is essential for the sensation you get during anal play. Most people use butt plugs or anal dilators that have a classic spade-like shape with a tapered tip, narrow neck, and a wide base that keeps the plug in place once it’s inside you. Anal dilators, also known as rectal dilators, are used for medical purposes and sex play. Their shape is usually tubular and come in kits with increasing sizes by half an inch, so you can work your way up. In some cases, people opt to use dildos, either with their standard shape or fantasy dildos with different shapes that can be inserted in your anus.
Kit Size: Anal stretchers can be sold individually or as a kit, usually with three sizes included. If you’re a beginner with anal play and plan on using the stretcher to train your rectum, it’s best to go with a kit. This will allow you to start small and work your way up as you get more experienced and want something bigger and more satisfying. However, if you’re already into anal play and want something that will really open you up, it’s best to buy an anal stretcher with a size that will satisfy your needs.
Size Options: Anal stretchers have different sizes, but it’s not only the length you should pay attention to. The shape and width are important size factors as well. In fact, length is the least important one if your goal is anal dilation. Instead, you should analyze the insertable width of the anal plug to open your hole to the size you want.
Shape: Stretchers can have different forms depending on their anatomy. The four main parts are its tip and shaft, the drop-off from the main shaft, its neck, and the base of the plug. Beginner toys will have narrow tips with a tapered shape that will help you gradually insert it to the widest point being before the dropoff from the shaft to the neck. Some anal stretchers will have a bulbous shape where the transition from the tip to the wides point is usually very immediate, so they offer more stretch and a feeling of fullness. The dropoff allows the plug to stay locked in place and gives your anus something to “hold on to” until you’re ready to take it out. When the dropoff is minimal, it will be harder to keep the plug locked in place, but it will be easier to take it out, so they are great for penetration. If you want to wear the plug for an extended time, you would need a sharper dropoff that will lock the plug in place and make it harder to remove it once it’s in place. Next, you should analyze the neck, which is actually the length and girth of the stretcher. The size you pick depends entirely on your preference. Lastly, the base. All anal toys have a wide base to prevent them from pulling up into your anus and causing health problems. It can either be round and with a suction cup for hands-free play, a T-bar with two ends that rest between your butt cheeks while you wear the toy, or an O-ring that is fairly similar to T-bars but instead of a T-shaped base, they have an O-shaped one.
Material: Not all materials are safe for your backside, so you want to be mindful of what the anal stretcher is made of. Most of them are made of body-safe materials that are free of phthalates, paraffin, or latex, but each of them feels different in your body. If you’ve used sex toys previously and have an idea of what you like, try to find an anal stretching toy with the same material that will feel good to you. However, anal stretchers are pretty affordable sex toys, so you can also experiment with materials if you want to try out something different.
Additional features: Some anal stretching toys can have additional features. The most common one is a suction cup that allows hands-free play, and most models have this. Other butt toys are waterproof and allow for temperature play by heating and cooling them. Vibrations are also an option, but this is not so frequent in anal stretchers and more common in dildos. You can also find models with curved shapes, expanding bodies, claws, and other variations, so if you’re into trying out something new and different, this is something you should consider as well.