A Comprehensive Guide to the Different Types of Sex Toys

According to research, the global sex toy market is expected to grow to a whopping $35.5 billion by the year 2023. 

The days are over when toys were something shameful to own. These days, many singles and couples have a plethora of different types of sex toys in their “pleasure chest”. 

Chances are that you found this article because you are curious about owning a sex toy, or you already have one and you want to add more to your collection. From dildos to vibrators, every sex toy has its purpose and pleasure-filling benefits to satisfy you whether you have a partner or not.

The only problem is that there are so many different types of sex toys that it is hard to choose which one is best for you. 

Thankfully, we’ve created this comprehensive sex toy guide to teach you everything you need to know. Keep on reading to learn more about the different types of sex toys and which one will be a perfect and pleasurable fit for you!

First Things First: Use Safe Materials

Before we even get started on describing the different types of sex toys, it’s important that we first cover what material to look out for in any sex toy.

There are several companies out there that have sex toys made from toxic, porous materials. Just like we have pores on our skin, these toys have tiny holes within their materials.

These holes allow any lubricants and bodily fluids to become stuck within the toy, becoming an incubator for bacteria. This makes them impossible to fully clean, which increases your chances of exposure to bacteria and toxicity, and leads to infections and irritations.

Phalates are another material to stay away from, which is in most poorly-made plastic, rubber, pvc, and jelly sex toys. Phalates are also porous and highly toxic. 

The White Unicorn takes pride in the fact that we do not sell any sex toys with Phalates or porous materials. All of our sex toys are made from silicone, non-porous plastic, metal, and glass. 

Our toys are easy to clean, and 100% safe to use. 


Approximately 60% of women use a sex toy when masturbating, which makes vibrators a girl’s best friend. Single or not, these buzzing wands of pleasure will significantly increase your overall sex life. Vibrators come in a wide range of shapes and sizes with a plethora of different purposes.

The marketing code word for vibrators is “personal massagers”, so if you see this name out there, you now understand that this is much more than a personal foot massager. 

Like dildos, vibrators come in many different materials such as silicone, hard plastic, rubber, and almost every other material possible. Some you can vibrate internally, and some do a perfect job externally without any penetration needed.

Gone are the days when vibrators used to be this big clunky loud machine, they have come a long way in the modernized world. For example, some vibrators can be controlled by your smartphone and pulsate to the beat of your favorite song. 

Vibrators are perfect for women who climax from clitoral stimulation, which makes it one of the most popular sex toys available today. We will cover the most popular types of vibrators on the market.

Finger Vibrators

Finger vibrators look like little rubber finger condoms, with a lot more pleasure. Simply put the vibrator on the pad of your favorite masturbation finger and trace it all over your (or your partner’s) body before reaching the clitoris 

Magic Wands

Ever since the days of Sex in the City when Samantha mistook a magic wand for a neck massager, they have come a long way. Magic wands cover a lot of surface area with a powerful vibrational punch. 

Magic wands come in either cordless with battery operation or a USB chargeable option. Some can be submerged into water, for the most satisfying bathtub experience.

Thrusting Vibrators

Thrusting vibrators help you achieve a satisfying orgasm, without all the extra work. If you feel your hands get tired from stimulating your clitoris, these will give you a “hand” with your pleasure. 

Simply lay back and insert the thrusting vibrator, keeping your legs as relaxed as possible. Control the vibrations from your smartphone and enjoy the ride!

Bullet Vibrators

These vibrators may look small, but they can pack a satisfying punch. They are perfect for adding some extra clitoral stimulation during intercourse, as well as the labia and outer regions of the vagina. Men also find the vibrator very pleasurable on their penis.

Bullet vibrators are the perfect entry-level sex toy to start with, and it won’t make you feel intimidated while you purchase it at any store. 

Discreet Vibrators

If you are not ready to admit you have a vibrator just yet, the discreet vibrators will come to save your day and your sex life. These little vibrators come in the shape of a lipstick, pens, vibrating panties, and even on necklaces. 

Rabbit Vibrators

If a dildo and a vibrator had a baby, it would be a rabbit vibrator. This satisfying sex toy has the best of both worlds with a penetrating wand as well as vibrating clitoral stimulation from the jackrabbit ears.


If you are more turned on by the real experience of a hard penis, then a dildo is the best sex toy of choice for you. They can be so realistic that they even come with veins and fake testicles on them or even ejaculate liquid. 

Dildos can be used for both vaginal and anal stimulation, and require a lubricant to work optimally.  

Clone a Willy

Clone a Willy is a dildo-making kit where you can re-create an exact copy of any penis you want. Simply mix the powder with water, stick the penis into the molding tube, and voila, your favorite penis can go everywhere with you.

These dildos can be difficult to make, so take your time and practice. You may want to purchase a few to ensure you get it right. 

Double Ended Dildo

Double-ended dildos are perfect for those couples who want to both be pleasured at the same time. These work for couples of two women, two men, or a woman and man. You can even use this solo by turning the other end inwards and penetrating both orifices at the same time 

Glass Wands

Glass wands are hypoallergenic, safe for all skin sensitivities, and are very easy to keep clean. The best part with glass wands is that you can put them in the freezer for a shocking surprise, or in a glass of warm water for a warm and sensual penetration. 

Male Masturbators

Male masturbators, also known as a “fleshlight”, pocket pussy, or masturbator sleeves, are a man’s favorite toy. 

These toys come with a harder plastic shell with an internal section that is a very replica of a vagina, anus, or mouth. Men can use masturbation sleeves on themselves, or their partners can operate it for them. 

Some sleeves can be attached to the wall with a suction cup and others are either trusted along the shaft of the penis or attached for the missionary position. 

Anal Plugs

Anal plugs, otherwise known as “butt plugs”, are similar to a dildo but used only for anal pleasure. Like dildos, they are made out of many different materials such as plastic, silicone, metal, and even glass. 

Many couples use anal plugs to stretch out the anus to make it easier for anal intercourse. They come with a wide base for safety to prevent it from going too deep inside the anus. The last thing you want to experience is a trip to the emergency room to remove your anal plug or dildo. 

Anal plugs come in many shapes in sizes, and it is recommended that you start with the smaller size and work your way up to the larger size once your anus has stretched out enough where it is comfortable and pleasurable. 

Make sure you are using adequate lubricant when using an anal plug for the most optimal experience. 

Cock Rings

Cock rings, or penis rings, help to make an erection last longer by cutting off the circulation to the penis. While this may sound a bit scary to hear, it is completely safe and will only benefit you more in the bedroom with intensified orgasms. 

If you seem to have a problem with premature ejaculation, slip on the cock ring while the penis is flaccid, then once the penis becomes erect, the ring will prevent blood flow from flowing back into the penis. 

Many cock rings have an added vibrational bonus which is especially beneficial for homosexual partners to both feel the vibrations on the shaft of the penis. 

Prostate Massager

Prostate massagers are every man’s dream, not only do they satisfy the anus, but they also tickle the prostate which is otherwise known as the “male G-spot”.

Many men who have not played around with prostate stimulation have no idea what they are missing out on. Once you have your prostate massaged, sex will never be the same without it. 

If you are a man who is comfortable exploring your sexual pleasures, you can release a lot of built-up sexual tension with one prostate stimulation. 

To use it, simply lubricate the prostate massager and insert it slowly into your anus, move it in a circular motion, or up and down. Get ready for the most powerful orgasm of your life. 

Strap Ons

Strap-ons may seem intimidating at first, but do not let that fool you. These pleasurable harnesses are one of the best types of sex toys for any couple of any gender. 

If strap-ons are new to your sex life, we highly suggest stepping outside your comfort zone and trying out a toy that may completely enhance your sex life.

Strap-ons consist of two main parts, the harness, and the dildo attachment. The best part about a strap on is that anyone can use it, whether you already have a penis or not. 

They come in one of three options, underwear style, jockstrap, or thong. Make sure the harness is comfortable, as it may start to rub as you are thrusting inside your partner. 

Some tips for strap ons:

  • Use them as a form of role play, consider reversing the roles and having the female penetrate her partner, which is a common sexual fantasy
  • Let your partner pick out the dildo part of the strap-on as they will be the one being penetrated by it
  • Consider wearing a soft dildo with your strap on during the day so you can get used to wearing a penis
  • Use adequate lubricant to prevent any dry-rubbing
  • Make sure you find a dildo attachment that is safe for entering the body. Many dildos contain porous materials and phthalates that are harmful to the body
  • Make sure the strap on is tight enough so that you can have full control over your penetration style

If you are using the strap on during doggy style, use a leather belt looped under your partner’s hips and hold the end while you are thrusting. 

Kegel Balls

Kegel balls, or Ben Wa balls, have been used for hundreds of years to tone and strengthen the muscles within the vagina. This helps with control during childbirth and more pleasurable sex for both partners. 

Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, Ben Wa balls are making a comeback with their vaginal tightening and G-spot stimulating benefits.

To use, apply lubricant to your vaginal opening, then slowly add in each metal ball, one by one into your vagina. Push the balls in as far as comfortable, while hanging the metal pull tab on the outside of the vagina. 

Clench your vagina around the balls as if you are trying to pull them up further inside you, hold this position for up to 15 seconds, then release. Try this for a few rounds, and at least three times per day.

You will be amazed by how much tighter your vagina becomes and how much stronger your pelvic floor will be after a couple of months of using these balls.

For added pleasure, you can use both the Ben Wa balls and a vibrator at the same time. Simply squeeze the balls into place, then touch your vibrator to your clitoris and get ready for pleasure town!

Make sure you remove the Ben Wa balls before you insert anything else into the vagina. 

Arousal Creams

If you want to add even more pleasure to your new sex toy collection, this is a perfect opportunity to try out arousal creams. These arousal creams increase blood flow to the genitals, making them more sensitive to touch and provide longer, deeper, and more satisfying orgasms. 

Learn More About the Different Types of Sex Toys

There you have it! The complete guide to the different types of sex toys available on the market today. 

When deciding on the best sex toy for you and your partner, remember that you do not have to choose only one, you can never put a price on a better sex life.

If you are ready to find the right sex toy today, check out our adult toy collection for more information.

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