How to Buy a Strap-On Dildo for Lesbian Sex

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Once you’ve got a good strap-on harness, you need a dildo to go with it. Where harnesses are very personal to the wearer’s body and gender expression, dildos for strap-on sex are personal to both the person doing the fucking and the person getting fucked. The perfect dildo will make the wearer feel affirmed in their presentation and feel good against their body, and will also be a size and texture that the receiver can get down with.

Less Realistic Dildos

Strap On Dildo Less Real Dildos

1. Tantus Silk (small, medium, or large) ($36–$55) | 2. Fun Factory Stubs Magnum ($73) | 3. Paris G-Spot Silicone Dildo by BS ($100)

Whether or not you want a realistic-looking dildo is totally up to you and anyone you might use it with. Sometimes the thing that feels best to your head and body is a dildo that looks a little like it could be part of it — and sometimes the thing that feels best is lime-green tie-dye with swirls. If you lean more in a non-representative direction, the Tantus Silk is super simple, comes in small, medium, or large and is smooth, firm silicone with a slippery finish. The smallest is 5″ long and .75″ in diameter, while the largest is 6.75″ long and 1.375″ in diameter — in addition to being a good option for working up to more intense penetration if you want or for anal play, the size means they’ll be compatible even with harnesses without adjustable o-rings. For something a little bigger, try the Fun Factory Stubs Magnum, a smooth silicone dildo with a slight g-spot curve that’s 7.5″ long and 1.5″ in diameter. And for size flexibility but colors that defy realism, the Paris G-Spot Silicone Dildo by BS is handmade, silicone, has a great g-spot curve, and is 6.5″ long and 1.4″ to 1.9″ in diameter at the tip and base respectively. BS also makes a turquoise-and-rainbow burst dildo, a black-and-rainbow pride dildo, a sport-striped dildo and a cow-spotted dildo if you like the shape and want different colors and patterns.

More Realistic Dildos

Strap On Dildo More Real Dildos

1. VixSkin Mustang Royale ($130) | 2. Shilo Dildo ($150) | 3. Semenette POP ($140)

Sometimes a more realistic dildo is what seems better to your head and body. For whatever reason, more realistic dildos also seem  (anecdotally) to be better constructed — there seem to be more dual-density options, with a broader range of sizes and more tactile-feeling silicone. The VixSkin Mustang Royale is, hands-down, my favourite everyday dildo to fuck and get fucked with. It’s squishy on the outside but has a firm core, so it stays where it’s put in even enthusiastic fucking. It has a squishy, sculpted base that lines up with the wearer’s labia if the wearer has labia. And it’s medical-grade silicone, easy to disinfect, and comes in three flesh tones — just realistic enough without being super veiny or approaching the uncanny valley. (For something with a little more diameter, the VixSkin Buck is also fantastic.) New York Toy Collective’s Shilo is also a dual-density silicone dildo, meant for pack and play with a firm, bendable core and a squishy exterior. It’s 7.25″ long, 1.5″ in diameter and has a prominent head to target a g-spot or prostate. And Semenette POP is a sturdy silicone strap-on dildo with an inner tube and pump so the wearer can come all over or inside someone. It works for play, it works for artificial insemination if you’re into that, and it comes in two flesh tones, flat black, or pink. There’s also a Semenette POP refill kit. (If you like the feel of the Semenette POP but not the functionality, Fun Factory’s Boss dildo is the same shape and comes in strawberry and black.)

Double-Ended Dildos

Using a double-ended dildo in a compatible harness can be a great way to fuck and get fucked simultaneously — you can use them alone, too, but a harness means you don’t have to rely as heavily on your ability to do kegels while coming. The Fun Factory Share is a flexible silicone double-ended dildo. (There’s also a version of the Share that works with a bullet vibe, but body of the toy is firmer and less flexible.) For a more intense experience, the Fun Factory Share XL is a longer, thicker option with ridges for texture and curves for g-spots. It’s silicone and comes in pink or black.

Vibrating Dildos

Personally, vibrating dildos just don’t do it for me — the vibrations are never strong enough, and never in the right place. If you’re set on a vibrating strap-on dildo, though, and don’t want to make a regular dildo vibrate by adding a vibrating cock ring or something like the Love Bump, check these out: If you want a dildo that works for strap-on sex and works as a vibrator, but not necessarily at the same time, the Vixen Mistress with Vibe is a slim, shiny silicone dildo with a removable bullet vibe in the base. (Note that the bullet vibe sticks out a little though, and might not feel totally comfortable worn directly against your body.) The Tantus Feeldoe is a firm, shiny double-ended dildo that also uses a removable included bullet in its base. And the Luxe Vibrating Dildo is a USB-rechargeable silicone dildo that vibrates harder the harder you squeeze it, and has a flat, harness-compatible base. (Because it has an internal motor, note that this is the only dildo in this list that you can’t boil to disinfect; instead, wash it with antimicrobial soap and water, and cover it with a condom for safer sex.)

Accessories

Strap On Dildo Accessories

1. Love Bump ($40) | 2. SpareParts Stabilizer Ring ($9) | 3. Sliquid Sassy ($1.50–$20)

The Love Bump slides onto any dildo to add realistic balls and an extra pocket for an included bullet vibrator. It’s silicone and comes in three flesh tones. If your dildo is on the smaller side, or doesn’t have a base big enough for safer anal sex, a stabilizer ring will help it fit snugly into your harness. Finally, any silicone dildo should be used with a water-based lube like Sliquid Sassy, which is thicker and great for both vaginal and anal penetration, or Sliquid Organics, its organic counterpart.


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10 Comments

  1. Thanks Carolyn! Great round-up.

    I’ve been in the market for a non-realistic double-ended that is very small on the receiver’s side for a long time. But it seems like such a thing doesn’t exist.

  2. Do you have any tips on how to choose? I’ve never used one and have no clue what to look for. (Choice on the visuals is easy personally – no realistic ones for me.)

    Oh, and if you have any recommendations that ship from the EU that would be extra awesome because shipping sucks. (Pun very much intended)

    Thanks for the list!

    • I have a similar question! For obvious reasons, you can’t try out and then return sex toys. But I don’t necessarily want to drop $100+ on something and then hate it. I’m mostly thinking about how to decide on size/shape/curvature here; I agree with Yasmin that less-realistic is better for me, visually.

  3. Any advice on where to find the smallest possible one for beginners? Like .5” (or .75”, since you said that was the smallest) width? My partner and I are both pretty small and nervous about it being too big. I bought a toy fairly recently and it was too big and it was painful

    Also, where to buy.

    Sorry, I’m very new to all of this

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