When it comes to sex toys, there’s no shortage of options — but not all are created equal. Cheap ones will often be made of porous, non-body-safe materials, which can cause bacteria to grow and even lead to hormonal imbalances or chemical burns, according to experts who specialize in men’s sexual health. That’s why it pays to support brands that make high-quality sex toys, or sex shops that curate them.
We asked 17 sexual health experts, including sex-shop owners and employees, sex educators, sex therapists, and sex coaches, to share their favorite sex toys for guys. The results include an array of strokers, vibrators, and cock rings that are both powerful and discreet. Some can be used solo or with a partner, and some are ideal for masturbation, while others are geared more toward intimate couples play.
If you’re new to penis-based sex toys, a stroker is a good way to see what you like. This one is a bit different than most, though, as it’s designed to feel great when squeezed and stroked and includes an internal sleeve of Cyberskin (a soft, ribbed material that feels amazing with water-based lube). It’s also more compact than a Fleshlight and cheaper if you’re looking for a starter toy.
A lot of guys don’t realize that their prostates are a major pleasure center, which can be stimulated by anal vibrators that target the gland itself and even erections. “Men can orgasm from prostate stimulation alone,” says sex therapist Evan Goldstein, who recommends this anal massager from Lelo. The ring slides over the shaft for blood-restricting effects and has a number of vibration settings to explore.
Another option is this male masturbator from Tenga, which is a little more discreet than most of its counterparts thanks to its slim profile and flip-open opening that holds lube in place. The sleeve itself is super textured and, at the widest part, fits most average-sized penises. The toy is perfect for masturbation or with a partner, and it’s an excellent upgrade for blow jobs.
A cock ring is the next step up in intensity from a stroker, as it can actually transfer sensations to your clit, which can intensify oral and sexual pleasures. This one is especially discreet and has an open end that can be inserted and squished, plus two closed ends with textured nubs and spheres for added sensation. It doesn’t have as many intensity and pattern settings as a more expensive toy, but it’s still great for cis heterosexual couples who want to try this style of play.