Normal butt plugs are great. They’ve been around for years and got me through some of my darkest days in college. In fact, I’m the proud owner of at least a dozen models, with more on the way as soon as COVID-19 stops slowing down the mail. I love butt stuff, and I absolutely adore things that inflate.
You can probably see where this is going – straight to inflatable butt plugs. They’re like playing with the same old thing except they do a little extra once they’re snugly in place. And I know what you’re thinking. You already have vibrators and undulators and pumpers and squirters. Why do you need this? Well, I’ll tell you why and it’s not what you think.
Before I get into all that, though, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page. When I mentioned the subject to a close friend of mine they looked like I had just cussed out their mother, so I want to be exceedingly clear about this. Thus, we’re going to spill all the tea until you’re either grossed out or compelled to check out one of my top 5 favorites. I guess we’ll see how it goes.
What Are Inflatable Butt Plugs?
Table of Contents
- What Are Inflatable Butt Plugs?
- The Pros & Cons Of Using Inflatable Butt Plugs
You already know what a butt plug is, and you probably know what it means to be inflatable too. So, combine those dual understandings to grasp what we’re dealing with here. Inflatable butt plugs enter the anus and then expand based on a wide variety of criteria. You can use them to stretch the canal in preparation for lovemaking or you can pleasure yourself when no partner is nearby.
These devices are extremely versatile, meaning they can be used vaginally as well. Determined by the various features and pleasure settings on each, you and/or your lover can experience fuller sensations and more targeted g-spot and/or p-spot stimulation. Best of all, blow-up toys still come in all shapes and sizes. So, you don’t have to settle for second best when it comes to kink anymore.
As such, these bad boys are ideal for individuals and couples, with tailored dimensions and user-friendly functionality. They’re not usually made from blow-up doll material wither, so get visions of butt balloons out of your head. Instead, they’re sophisticated contraptions with only one thing in mind: making you cum your ass off (literally). In many cases they’re made from space-age stuff, but more on that in a minute.
How Do Inflatable Butt Plugs Work?
It’s not hard to work an inflatable butt plug, especially if you read the instructions. Each one comes with its own set of directions and maintenance needs, so don’t skip that part. A major component to getting the best possible product is knowing whether or not it’s something you can use. And I’m here to tell you that some of these products are extremely complex.
With that said, let’s talk about how generally easy these things are to operate. Luckily, their manufacturers have made them safe and user-friendly, with special features that ensure maximum pleasure for minimal effort. The average blow-up plug allows users to adjust the amount of expansion they experience. Typically, those adjustments can be made from an external remote control or a simple handball pump.
Meanwhile, the plug’s customizable expansions are activated in two primary ways – either through forced air coming in from the handball pump being squeezed or via mechanical signals sent to the device from its remote. I think that’s why these devices have started replacing traditional butt plugs. They offer the same great sensations but with more control over what you feel, and we can all appreciate that.
What Are The Main Features?
If you’ve done any amount of searching online, you’ve probably noticed that there are hundreds of options to choose from. For someone who’s new to this, all those choices can be overwhelming. So, it helps to figure out what sets these things apart from traditional butt plugs. Here’s what I’ve determined thus far:
The best inflatable butt plugs are always made from materials that cause zero allergic reactions and no skin irritation. That usually involves stuff like silicone, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). However, some devices are still made from rubber or latex, so be careful out there.
HACK: If all else fails, wear a condom to protect your skin from potentially dangerous materials.
In order to get anything up your ass, you need it to taper at the end. Blunt objects not only feel worse but they’re also more dangerous. So, the top-sellers in this category almost always come to a slight point at the end. That’s to help insert and remove the device without pain for discomfort, by the way.
HACK: Use the inflatable features to stretch your asshole and limit the need for pointy toys.
Tapered tips mean widening shafts and triangularly shaped bulbs. It also means more pleasure, and increased security when going deep. Undulating shafts produce enhanced sensations and make some of the best models ideal for vaginally play as well. So, go small to large or go home.
HACK: Use plenty of water-based anal/vaginal lubrication to prevent skin damage.
This is a unique feature found only on inflatable butt plugs. Because the shaft gets air forced inside to prevent shrinking, it can be tough to pull it out once it’s inside. Thus, the good stuff always comes with easy-to-use safety release valves to ensure nothing gets stuck where it doesn’t belong.
HACK: Practice using the air release valve with one hand to make sure you can do it.
Nobody wants their sex toys to get stuck in no-man’s land, but that can happen if you use a device that’s too hard to remove. So, the geniuses behind inflatable models have put pull tabs and insertion stoppers to prevent that from happening. You can go as deep as you want without worry these days.
HACK: There may be a little bit of suction when you pull out the toy, so be prepared.
Almost all butt plugs that are inflatable have these 5 features. But there are some features that are unique to specific models. They’re also optional and may cost a little bit more, so start with something simple if you don’t know what you want.
These are the optional features on today’s best blow-up anal toys:
Some models can be taken under water for aquatic fun but be sure to read the instructions because they’re not all made the same, even if they look like it.
You might be able to find some devices with a little texture for enhanced sensations, but you might not even need it given how these toys work in the first place.
Overall, inflatable butt plugs are a fun alternative to traditional anal stimulation. They let you enjoy a change in weather without thrusting or enduring long hours of numbing vibrations. Even so, some models have vibrating motors attached to them as well. So, it’s all about finding something that fits the bill in your bedroom.
The Pros & Cons Of Using Inflatable Butt Plugs
This search would be a lot simpler if you understood and appreciated what you’re up against. While there’s no such thing as the perfect sex you, device manufacturers sure do give it a valiant effort. Thus, most of these devices have several pros and cons that consumers need to consider. Here’s what you should know:
- Adjustable circumference for optimal comfort
- Tailored sensations
- Ideal for couple’s play
- Accommodating to all body types
- Compatible with other sex toys
BONUS: You can still use an inflatable anal device even if the handball pump or remote control stops working. Then, it’s just a traditional butt plug.
- May be intimidating for beginners
- Learning curves ahead
So, although you might not know how to use one of these things as soon as you take it out of the box, you can still have fun if you bring along plenty of lube and an open mind. When you’re ready, check out my top 5 favorite models below.
The Top 5 Best Inflatable Butt Plugs In 2021:
Let me start out by saying that I’ve been around the block a few times. That means I know my way around a blow-up sex toy or two, and it also means I’m extremely choosy about what gets shoved into my anus. So, despite there being hundreds of options out there, I’ve narrowed by favorites down to just five.
Each one features the key components mentioned above, plus a few have some bonus bells and whistles that make them unlike anything else. So, without further ado, here they are:
#1. The Cock Locker Inflatable Penis
BEST FOR: Experienced Adventurers
First off, this device is made with latex. So, if you have an allergy to that material, skip to number two. Now, down to business. The Cock Locker Inflatable Penis is like a dildo if a dildo could grow while it’s inside you. This bad boy features seven inches of flexible, inflatable, insertable length and over five inches of pure girth. It’s also designed to look like a real human shlong, with all the veins and bends you’d expect.
This bad boy is fully submersible water and features a convenient handball pump that detaches for easy cleaning. It’s flexible for better positioning and even comes with a safety stop at the end of the shaft. You can use it vaginally, anally, or orally if you’re into that kind of thing. In fact, this device has very few limits, especially considering how it expands by as much as two inches in total and works with any water-based lube you own.
- Realistic sensations
- May not be suitable for all body types
#2. The Master Series Expand Inflatable Butt Plug
BEST FOR: Casual Players
This tiny but mighty device might not look like much, but it’s a lot more than meets the eye. My favorite thing about it is how simple and easy it is to use. Featuring a detachable handball pump with an enhanced grip, this two-piece party animal has no chill and can even go for a dunk in the water. Best of all, it starts out small for beginners and experimenters but can expand by as much as three inches in total. And while it features latex, a potential allergen, most condoms fit over it whether it’s expanded or not.
Plus, the Master Series Expand Anal Plug offers five full inches of insertable length. It goes from 1.5 inches in diameter to a whopping 4.5 inches in diameter with just a few pumps. And with a conveniently placed safety release valve right on the nozzle, you can slowly expand or contract the device to you or your partner’s liking. It also has the removal pad on the bottom to prevent slippage, meaning you can get dirty and diligent at the same time with this one.
- Excellent for discreet travel and couple’s play
- May not be intense enough for some users
#3. The Lovehoney Vibrating Inflatable Butt Plug
BEST FOR: Making Major Waves
So, just when I thought I knew everything about anal sex and masturbation, Lovehoney comes out with a high-class ass toy and blows my entire paradigm out the window. Their Vibrating Inflatable Plug has all the key features you’d want in one of these things – a tapered tip, a removal pad, plenty of elasticity for expansion, and safety release valve in case things get too sex too fast. There isn’t much I don’t like about this bad boy except for the fact that the vibe settings aren’t very diverse.
Either way, combining strong vibrations with ergonomic shaping and convenient functionality only means one thing: orgasms…and tons of them. You can’t take it with you in the water for obvious reasons, but it will make you want to hose off when you get done. There are 4.5 inches of insertable length to start with, but the attached handball pump can make the circumference expand to at least 9. It’s also made from soft plastic, so very few allergic reactions happening here.
- Can be used with or without the vibrations
- Requires 2 x AA batteries, not included
#4. The Cock Locker Large Plug
BEST FOR: Stretched-Out Superheroes
If you’re looking for something large and in charge than look no further. The Cock Locker’s Large Plug is a monster, and it makes no apologies for it either. The starting circumference is a hammering 6.25 inches around. With the handball pump action, it can expand to as much as 14.75 inches in total. That’s more than double its original size, which was pretty hefty to begin with. Plus, you get 7.5 inches of insertable length as well, so no excuses. Play like a champion today.
Did I mention that this big boy is completely submersible in water? You can dunk it, splash it, or pass it to a partner in the shower. The manual pump is secured tightly to the base, so no air escapes the vacuum. Meanwhile, the safety release valve is made from a shiny metal material, which means less slipping when your hands are wet from water, lube, or bodily fluids.
- Unique shape for g-spot and p-spot targeting
- May be too large for beginners
#5. The Deluxe Wonder Plug
BEST FOR: Enhanced Comfort
We all want what we can’t have, but what if we could have it all – comfort, pleasure, and the freedom to experiment with our bodies? With the Deluxe Wonder Plug, you can. It features an attached vibrating motor that’s controlled through a wired remote. There are multiple vibe settings to explore as well, plus a detachable handball pump to ensure easy cleaning and maximum excitement. I didn’t appreciate the inclusion of latex, but that’s an issue I can work around anyway.
The device isn’t waterproof, which is the pretty much the only thing missing from the equation. Its remote takes 2 x AA batteries as well, so you have to come prepared because it won’t recharge. The toy itself measures 5 inches in total length with just over 3 inches in total circumference at its largest. So, while you struggle to find batteries that aren’t dead, keep in mind that it can be used with or without the vibrations.
- Versatile enough for experimental play
- May be too short for some users
As you can see, each one of these five anal sex toys is unique in its own way despite having features that are similar to others. Thus, it’s all about finding something with acceptable flaws because nothing is perfect…except the orgasms you’re about to have tonight.
The Final Verdict
Blow-up sex toys started becoming popular a few decades ago, but nobody took them seriously because they were so poorly made. After being shunned by society for so long, manufacturers went back to the drawing board to create more sophisticated products. Now, we’re being inundated by inflatable butt plugs and I couldn’t be happier about it.
There are many models to choose from, and most of them are eerily similar with their features and functionality. But the greatest difference is in shape, size, and inflatability. Ask yourself what you want and then go out and try to find it. Most likely, you’ll discovery more than you were bargaining for.
Inflatable Butt Plug FAQs
Q: How do you clean an inflatable anal toy?
A: The proper way to clean your anal sex toy depends on what its manufacturer says. Look at your owner’s manual for more detailed information. In general, however, you should wash your devices with warm, fresh water and a non-abrasive, hypoallergenic soap or an equally gentle sex toy cleaning solution. Be sure to wash it before and after use, especially if you plan to use it vaginally after using it anally. When you get done, place it back in storage to prevent exposure and damage.
Q: What’s the best way to store a blow-up butt plug?
A: The proper way to store your anal sex toy depends on what its manufacturer says. Look at your owner’s manual for more detailed information. In general, however, you should keep your devices put up somewhere safe and out of a child or pet’s reach. Also, try not to keep your playthings in the direct sunlight because that could damage the materials. And don’t store it around extremely hot or cold temperatures unless you want it to look and feel funny as you play.
Q: Which type of lubricant should I use for anal sex?
A: Most of the time, you can choose the type of lubrication you want to use for anal stimulation. However, the materials with which your sex toy is made can change the way you play. For example, silicone lubes don’t go with silicone sex toys. And oil-based lubes are only good for plastic, metal, and latex. So, use water-based lubricant at first and then see what else is possible. If you can, find something that’s made specifically for anal sex because your body doesn’t make any of its own juices.