The dildo is almost as old as the natural penis itself. One of the first dildos, the Hohle Fels Phallus, was carved from stone and put to use 28,000 years ago.
Since those times, dildos have only gotten better and better. Today there's thousands of styles and shapes to choose from, so many that it can get a bit overwhelming.
So in this guide, I've rounded up the best dildos humanity has come up with so far. Hopefully you can use this list to find a dong that is the perfect match for your needs!
Our Lord and Saviour
Before I go to buy a sex toy, I always like to check the customer reviews on websites like LoveHoney. My favorite customer review for this toy had the headline “Have you heard of our lord and saviour the Pure Wand?” and you know what? They’re onto something there.
If you’re a sex toy aficionado, the Njoy Purewand is hailed as one of the best sex toys ever made. The one dildo to rule them all.
This metal dildo is made from high-grade stainless steel and comes in a curved shape with 2 bulbous ends of different sizes. There are 8 inches of insertable length in total, with the widest point of the Purewand measuring 5.5 inches in circumference.
Due to the stainless-steel construction, this sex toy is perfect for temperature play – you can warm it up or cool it down as you prefer. You can also clean it very easily, with the non-porous steel helping to keep the toy clean and bacteria-free.
The unusual shape of the Purewand is designed to reach your G-spot (if you’re a woman) or your P-spot (i.e. prostate, if you’re a man), providing intense body-shaking orgasms like you’ve never felt before!
PROS: Unisex, easy to clean, intense orgasms for men and women, G-spot stimulation
CONS: Expensive (but worth it!)
The most realistic dildo ever created
At a price tag of $500, the RealCock2 is out of most people’s price ranges, but it makes a great addition to a professional sex dungeon, porn studio, bathhouse, or the boudoir of someone with Christian Grey-level wealth. This astounding creation uses 3 layers of silicone and special Sil-Slide™ technology to make a realistic-looking and realistic-feeling dildo which has soft, slidey skin.
I think the detailing on the dildo itself is impressive – there are the throbbing veins that you find on a lot of cock-like dildos, but also smaller veins and blemishes on the skin and balls that really give it that realistic feel. They’ve even gone to the effort of creating realistic balls which “float” and can be played with like real balls.
I mean, if you’re going to make a realistic cock, you might as well make realistic balls too.
This toy is compatible with the popular Vac-u-Lock strap-on system and the vast majority of sex machines too, so now men and women can get fucked by a realistic dildo which makes the strap-on or sex-machine experience more intense and life-like than ever before. Sign me up!
PROS: Incredibly realistic feel, 8.5-inch length, different skin tones available, sex machine and strap-on ready
CONS: Very expensive
7.5 inches of flexible suction cup fun
On the surface, this looks like your average suction cup dildo, but it’s actually made from 100% platinum silicone which makes it non-porous and body-safe. The material of this dildo means that it warms up and matches your body temperature once it’s inside you, helping to make the experience realistic and comfortable throughout play.
The non-porous silicone construction of this toy means that you can boil it for 3 minutes to achieve thorough sanitization. If that sounds like a lot of effort, good ol’ soap and water is nearly as good.
With 7.5 inches of insertable length, the Maverick is perfect for size queens who like a nice big cock inside them. The only real downside to this toy is its softness – it can feel like a semi rather than full erection. Personally, I want a raging boner inside me… not a semi. Still, if you prefer a less-rigid realistic dildo then the Maverick is a nice and comfortable sex toy for him or her.
PROS: 7.5 inches of insertable length, flexible silicone, strong suction cup
CONS: Feels more like a semi than a full erection
We’ll never be able to afford this
This vibrator is crafted from pure platinum, 70 karats of flawless white diamonds, rare pinks diamonds, AAA blue sapphires, South Sea pearls, and freshwater pearls. The design is reminiscent of a royal scepter; it’s the kind of thing you’d normally see in a country’s parliament or palace, sitting on a velvet cushion behind a glass box as tourists shuffle past.
“The inspiration to create the Pearl Royale was to encourage discussion and question societies [sic] view on the value we place on the sexual experience. If we readily accept genuine luxury into all other aspects of our lives then why not the sexual experience?”
Colin Burn, Designer
The top of this regal vibrator actually comes off and can be worn as a necklace, being described as the wearer’s “key to pleasure” because the top needs to be taken off to use the vibration function. I’ll add it to my keychain.
PROS: Made from incredibly rare and opulent gems
CONS: Not available to buy unless you’re VERY rich
Maybe you’ll turn yourself into a symbol
If you’re a horny Prince fan, then the “Purple Rain” dildo seems like a no-brainer. It comes with 6 inches of insertable length, which could be on the small side if you’re into bigger cocks, but it’s completely body-safe and phthalate-free, which can’t be sad for many dildos at a similar price point.
This toy is made from pure platinum cured silicone, featuring a funky purple design and slight curve which helps to hit the G-spot. It also comes with a suction cup and is naturally compatible with a plethora of strap-on mounts and fuck machines. Next time you’re in the mood for some androgynous funk, why not play with some Purple Rain?
PROS: Cool purple design, G-spot stimulation, suction cup, affordable
CONS: Suction cup could be stronger
Almost too beautiful to put inside you!
The Aurora Borealis Crystal Twist dildo is more of a décor piece than a dildo. This unique twisted glass design features a genuine Swarovski crystal element at the tip, the color of which is customizable according to what’s in stock. At around $120, this opulent dildo is actually very affordable if you’ve got some cash to spare, and the twisted shape gives your nerve endings some unusual stimulation as it plunges deeper and deeper inside you.
I know some of you associate glass with cracking/shattering and think “there’s no way I’m putting glass in my vajeen”, but you needn’t worry. Like most of the best glass dildos, the Crystal Twist is made from borosilicate glass which has been treated so it’s resistant to thermal shock. Basically, it’s very strong glass and it’ll glide in and out of your vagina like a charm!
Borosilicate glass is actually what Pyrex dishes were made from before Pyrex switched to a cheaper alternative.
PROS: Opulent design, unique twisted glass, genuine Swarovski element
CONS: 5.1-inch insertable length is a bit small
Taking “treehugger” to a whole new level
These unique polished hardwood dildos are finished with bio-compatible Lubrosity™ substances which give them a sleek and shiny appearance. This American-crafted wood feels soft to the touch, gently gliding into your body without a hitch. Every wooden dildo has a slightly different color and feel to it because of the natural variance in wood shades and patterns – this makes each one unique.
Nobessence wooden dildos have an impressive 8 inches of insertable length and are designed with G-spot and P-spot stimulation in mind thanks to their curved shape and bulbous tip on one end. The only downside about these artisanal wooden dildos is the complicated care/cleaning instruction they come with – you need to take extra special care of these one-of-a-kind sex toys.
PROS: Hardwood construction, non-porous, 8 inches of insertable length
CONS: Complex washing/care instructions
Say hello to Mr. Carter!
Although I don’t think the Carter posable dildo is the nicest looking dildo in the world, there’s no denying that it satisfies thousands of women and men with its girth, size, and posable nature. You see, this toy is made from a special silicone which is designed to be soft and yet firm, helping the user to pose this toy in their favorite position. This can make for pinpointed G-spot and P-spot stimulation!
There are 4 different skin tones available to purchase, as well as a bunch of non-skin colors like “Rose Gold” (although ironically it’s not the color of Rose Gold) and “Seafoam” too. The material is body-safe and non-porous, so it’s also really hygienic and easy to clean. The Carter posable dildo is ideal for strap-ons and fuck machines, as well as men and women who know exactly what they like up their ass.
It’s girthy, posable, long, and easy to clean… what’s not to love? Just don’t tell Beyoncé you’ve been playing with Mr. Carter.
PROS: Posable, girthy, 7.5 inches of insertable length, flexible yet firm
CONS: Not the most aesthetically pleasing
11 inches of stainless steel pleasure!
The Njoy Eleven is not a toy to be messed with! This long and heavy stainless steel sex toy weighs in at nearly 3 lbs, making it one of the heaviest dildos I’ve come across. Many reviewers describe the Eleven as feeling like a weapon, and I can see why! If you’re in the market for a sex toy that can double as a self-defense weapon in your home, look no further. Burglars beware!
At around $350, the price of this toy is rather steep, but you pay for what you get sometimes! My favorite Amazon review of the Njoy Eleven reads: “It's cheaper than the emotional distress of trying to date. Just saying.” Now there’s a sobering thought.
Joking aside, this thing comes with 8.5 inches of insertable length and a unique shape which is great for internal stimulation, especially when coupled with some decent water-based or silicone-based lube. The Eleven can also be warmed up or cooled down to your favorite temperature, introducing some extra fun sensations into the mix.
PROS: 8.5 inches of insertable length, stainless steel, comes with leather tote bag
CONS: Quite heavy
A simple name for a fabulous dildo
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community, BS Atelier make some really cool handcrafted silicone dildos which sport the rainbow pride flag and trans flag, among others. The Alex dildo is a long and thin shape, with the 6.5-inch curved shaft making it ideal for prostate play or G-spot pleasure.
Due to the relatively slim design, this toy is great for anal play, slipping into the ass ergonomically without too much discomfort along the way. It’s also compatible with strap-on harnesses, so it’s brilliant for getting pegged or shagged with a strap-on if you’re into anal but prefer to keep the size modest.
All BS Atelier dildos are handcrafted in Spain by passionate craftspeople who are very good at what they do. The designs are intended to be ergonomic and comfortable, opening up dildo play to a larger audience. If you have any doubts in your mind, the female-led team at BS Atelier will even give you a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty as standard, so go ape!
PROS: Cool teal and rainbow design, made with BS silicone, LGBTQ+ design
CONS: A little pricey
When it comes to the shape and size of a dildo, the best one is pretty subjective. Everyone has slightly different anatomy and preferences, and it can take some experimenting to find your ideal dildo.
However, there are dildos you should definitely avoid. Dildos made from melted plastic, usually labeled as jelly, TPE, TPR, are considered risky. They leak toxic chemicals, smell awful, and have a porous surface, so they are tough to clean. Porous dildos will absorb bacteria, dust, and fecal matter, and get gunky after a few months.
Sex toys aren't regulated in most countries, including the USA, so shady companies can get away with using unsafe dildo materials. This section will help you learn how to tell the good dildos from the bad.
Jelly dildos are created by melting plastics like PVC (aka Vinyl) and then mixing in chemicals called plasticizers to make it rubbery. After the mixture cools, you get a flubbery Jelly material. You'll sometimes see these dildos labeled as just PVC.
One common jelly dildo ingredient, Phthalates, is banned in children's toys because of its toxicity and long term effects. Because there are no regulations on dildos, some shady companies sell them as "novelties" not intended for internal use, even though that's clearly what people are buying them for.
How To Identify a Jelly Dildo
Jelly Dildo Disadvantages
Jelly Dildo Advantages
I don't have any Jelly dildos I can recommend with a clear conscious. This dildo material is shockingly bad in almost every way. The fumes alone make me feel sick, not to mention the nasty oily grease it leaves on your hands, and in your body.
If you look for dildos on Amazon, you'll see some labeled as TPE and TPR.
TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer, and TPR means thermoplastic rubber. They both mean the exact same thing and can be used to describe the exact same dildos.
Really, TPE/TPR is just a fancy word for a rubber made from a mix of melted plastic and additives. Almost every rubber dildo that isn't silicone is a type TPE. For example, the Jelly dildos I mentioned above fall under the category of TPE.
Can TPE be safe?
It's possible that some dildos can be made of bio-plastics using organic body-safe plant oils as plasticizers. However, this is unlikely because of the higher cost. Even if a TPE mixture is completely body safe, it is still very porous and impossible to clean.
You'll sometimes see materials like 'Cyberskin', 'Ultraskyn' or 'U3'. These are the company's' name for their TPE recipies, all the actual ingredients in their recipies are a secret unless a lab test is done to determine the exact ingredients used.
Using mystery materials is a gamble, since you don't know what kind of carcinogens the rubber might contain. Generally a dildo that 'sweats' smelly oils is something very dangerous, and should be thrown away. Toys that don't melt will still be porous.
The only rubber material you can 100% trust is platinum-cured silicone from a trusted seller.
Silicone is the queen of dildo materials. It's soft, it's easy to clean, it's non-toxic, and it can be heated to 400 degrees without damage. It also retains body-heat and feels more flesh-like than any other material. The most realistic feeling dildos are all silicone, like the RealCock2, the most realistic dildo ever made.
Characteristics of Silicone Dildos
Silicone Dildo Advantages
Silicone Dildo Disadvantages
Polished Stainless Steel is the smoothest feeling dildo material in existence. It's a material synonymous with the company Njoy, which only makes metal sex toys.
My all-time favorite sex toy is metal; the stainless steel Njoy Purewand is an omnisexual sex toy, which means it's designed for both butts and vaginas.
Another common dildo material is glass. They look pretty, and their ultra smooth surface feels amazing.
Putting glass in your holes might seem extreme, but Glass dildos are made from super-strong borosilicate glass, similar to what is used in pyrex glass cookware. A properly annealed glass dildo can be dropped onto a hard floor and won't chip or break.
Like glass and metal, wood has a solid and smooth feel to it. It's also lighter, which means your arm won't get as fatigued while using it.
Good wooden dildos, like Nobessence, are encapsulated in finishes that are body-safe, super smooth, and waterproof. So you don't have to worry about any unnecessary roughness.
As far as looks go, wood makes for a gorgeous material. Each one is unique and comes from different kinds of hardwood.
With wooden dildos you will find twisting winding shapes that might otherwise be impossible to make with materials like metal and silicone.
Porcelain and ceramic dildos retain temperature very well. You can heat them up and they will stay warm for 10 to 20 minutes.
It's also a body-safe and easy to clean material.
Stone dildos are something you can add to your sex toy collection, and your rock collection.
They are made of highly polished granite and super smooth. One of my favorite companies is Laid, which uses Norwegian black granite in their dildos.
In my post on dildo history, I put together this interactive timeline. You'll learn about how dildos evolved over millennia.
While the exact origins are murky, the most likely source is the Italian word 'dilleto', which means 'a woman's delight', and the Latin word 'diliatare' which means 'to dilate or open wide'.
In the 17th century most dildos in England were imported from Italy, usually illegally. One noble, John Wilmot, ordered dildos for his sexual society, however they were burned at customs. In response, he wrote a poem called Signior Dildo, which pokes fun at how English lovers are so lousy, that women have to turn to dildos to be sexually satisfied.
To help you find your best dildo matches, it helps to look in a category that sounds appealing. I have a different guide a few different popular categories.
The most realistic dildos are meant to look and feel like an actual cock. The RealCock2 (pictured here) uses three layers of silicone for a super lifelike feel, you can even pinch the skin and squeeze the silicone testicles suspended in a silicone scrotum. The RealCock 2 is expensive as heck though ($500). You can get some good realistic dildos for about $30 - $60, too. I list a bunch of choices in my guide to the most realistic dildos.
These are the opposite of realistic dildos. The first non-phallic dildo was the silicone Venus, created in 1977 as a way for the feminist movement to take back the dildo and make it their own. (Before 1977, all dildos were veiny and penis shaped)
40 years later, there's dozens of non-phallic shapes to choose from. From waves, to vegetables, to buddha-shaped dildos, the world of unrealistic dildos is endless.
It's amazing what some ass-tronauts can achieve these days. In this final frontier of dildos, size queens(and kings) conquer monster dildos up to 5 inches wide and 2 feet in length.
Don't expect to tame a football sized dildo overnight. It takes years of anal training and stretching to summit an Everest like Patrick the Ogre (shown in the picture).
You don't have to go that big though. You'll find plenty of pleasure from the bounty of large dildos in each size range.
In our big dildo guide I list some of the best big guys, sorted by their size and price.
I also have a guide on anal dildos. This includes some of the same dildos as the big dildo guide, but includes smaller dildos that are good for anal toy beginners.
I also cover a few tips on how to do anal training. What kinds of lube to use, how to clean out your rectum, and so on.
Some dildos are priceless works of fine art, shown in museums across the world.
The most expensive is the Pearl Royale, a $1.3 million dollar dildo with diamonds, sapphires, and pearls. Maybe it's a bit excessive, but it's a better use of diamonds than something less fuckable, like a luxury watch.
One of my favorites is the Casanova, only $33,000, it has a Mediterranean style and is an homage to one of Venice's most iconic lovers.
You can read more in my post about the most expensive dildos.
Once you immerse yourself in the world of fantasy dildos (or vice versa) you will have an explosion of new creatures to fuck.
There's dragons, aliens, werewolves, unicorns, ogres, ovipositors, vampires, demons, gryphons, more aliens, and just about every creature you can imagine.
Learn more in my post on the best fantasy dildos.
Silicone dildos can be expensive to make. When I make my own the silicone alone costs me $15 for a 6-inch dildo. Not including all the other materials and tools needed.
You can still find good silicone dildos as cheap as $20, and some glass ones even cheaper. In my cheap dildos guide I have a list of 20 body-safe dildos under $30.
Name an animal, any kind, and its silicone penis is probably somewhere on Etsy. You'll find horses, foxes, wolves, deer, elephants, walruses, lions, dolphins, orcas and on. There are so many sub categories that I made another guide for animal dildos.
Before there was Viagra, some men with ED used hollow dildos to satisfy their partners. These are sometimes called 'penis extenders' or 'cock sheathes' depending on who you ask.
To use it, one's cock is inserted into the hollow end and the balls go through another hole in the bottom to keep it from sliding. Some also have straps to keep things more sturdy.
Hollow dildos like this are the safest and easiest way to increase penis size. Silicone quickly warms up to body temperature, and stays warm. And by using special kinds of silicone, they have a fleshy texture.
With squirting dildos you can cum 24/7. These dildos have internal-tubing and a squeezable bulb. You can suck up liquid by submerging the tip and squeezing the bulb. Then jizz to your hearts content.
A good ejaculate to use is Sliquid Silk Lube, which is milky and has a viscous feel. You can also use water, which squirts a long ways (and is a lot cheaper than lube.)
In my squirting dildo guide, I cover some of the best ejaculating dildos, and their many uses:
If you don't want to buy a dildo you can save money by making your own dildos from scratch. It's a lot of fun and not as difficult as people think. You just need a model, some silicone, and a few tools for putting it all together.
To help create the model, I made a tool that lets you sculpt your own dildos. You can try it out here.
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