First-time visitor? Want to get your hands (and other body parts) on some great toys but just don't know where to start?
Looking to expand your sexual repertoire but aren't sure what to do?
From the simple to the sublime, this page has everything you've ever wanted to know about erotic toys but was afraid to ask.
Getting Started with Sex Toys
When it comes to whirring, buzzing, throbbing and pulsating sex toys - it's a jungle out there!
There are so many varieties to choose from that it can be a headache just to pick out a love tool.
But there are a few tips that can get you on the right track to finding the perfect sex toy for you.
What are Sex Toys?
First things first, what exactly are we talking about when we talk about sex toys?
Basically, sex toys or erotic toys include the multitude of products designed to stimulate your erogenous zones.
The four main types of sex toys are vibrators, dongs, female stimulators, and male stimulators.
Vibrators are, for the most part, phallic shaped battery-powered objects that deliver multi-speed vibrations.
Vibrators are usually made of soft, flexible 'squooshy' materials like jelly or silicone ideal for inserting into your 'love holes', or hard, slick plastic perfect for all over body massage and direct clitoral stimulation.
Vibrators are perfect for solo play (especially for the ladies) but can also be used all over your and your partner's bodies to bring heightened arousal and increased pleasure before and during sex.
Your whole body is an erogenous zone - feet, hands, knees, and scalp, as well as nipples and genitals all, feel exquisite when stimulated with vibrators.
Dongs or dildos are non-vibrating phallic objects designed specifically for insertion and come in a huge range of sizes, colors, shapes, and are made in a huge range of materials.
There's bound to be one out there that's perfectly suited for you. Interesting fact: dildos have been around since the dawn of time.
Yep, we've always known how to pleasure ourselves - the English term 'dildo' can be traced back to the early 1500s and dildos themselves have been around for much, much longer.
For example, the Ancient Greeks called them 'olisbos' and made them out of polished wood or soft leather and archaeologists have suggested that the Ancient Egyptians and early African tribes had similar "widow's comforters" that were beautifully crafted and highly prized commodities.
Female stimulators include handheld or hands-free vibrating toys designed to directly stimulate the clitoris, suction action toys for oral simulation and duo-balls - pairs of balls worn in the vagina which roll around to deliver constant (and discreet) stimulation.
Male stimulators include a range of products essentially designed to simulate sexual intercourse such as blow-up dolls, jelly pussies, and ultra-realistic toy vaginas, as well as toys that simulate oral sex, and erection enhancers which lengthen and strengthen his erection and heighten his pleasure.
How Do I Choose the Toy That's Right for Me?
Well, there are four handy hints that can help you choose a love toy…
Think about what kind of stimulation you're looking for.
Do your homework - think about what kind of stimulation you want - clitoral, penile, vaginal, anal, and whether you want an 'innie' toy - something to insert into a specific orifice or an 'outie' toy, something general that can be used all over (but especially where it's nicest).
Choosing a vibrator or stimulator is a very personal decision - so think about what you want your toy to deliver and have a browse through our range rather than just grabbing the first one you see.
The perfect toy is out there! Also, think about who the toy is for - is it for you to use alone or would you like to add toys into you and your partner's lovemaking?
If you're looking for a toy to share with your lover then why not pick one together - just discussing what you both want from a sex toy (and what you want to do with it) is bound to get you both in the mood for a big night in!
Start with something simple - as you learn what you want and don't want it will make it easier to pick from the multitude of vibrators and stimulators available.
For those starting out we recommend silicone sex toys because they are soft and gentle, flexible and easy to clean.
Once you know what you like you can work up to the whiz-bang, high-tech (and more expensive) toys without worrying that you'll be left unsatisfied.
You could also check out our adult toy reviews to see what real people loved and loathed about some of our toys.
Or if you have a question or query about a specific product on our site, why not email our author Martin (who knows way too much about our products…), he's more than happy to give you whatever advice or information you need.
Most importantly experiment and have fun - there are millions of ways to enjoy erotic toys, you're only limited by your imagination!
By testing different toys, trying out different speeds, positions and types you can send your solo play or lovemaking into overdrive.
So grab the backup battery supply, get comfy and go for it.
How Do I Use My Toys Safely?
Because they are used in or on genital areas you must always practice safe sex when using erotic toys - as they can spread infections or STDs between people.
With a few basic precautions, however, sex toys are totally safe to use even between partners.
Sex toys must be thoroughly cleaned and dried after each use.
Soap and warm water are sufficient to clean most toys.
It is also important to ensure that you never share a vibrator with someone else unless you use a condom with it or clean it in between each person using it.
It is also important to use plenty of lubricants when inserting toys into your vagina or anus as it ensures insertion is safe, comfortable and increases stimulation.
Water-based lubricants are recommended as oil-based lubricants like Vaseline and baby oil can damage condoms and the toys themselves.
Safety precautions are especially important when using toys for anal play.
Never use anything in your or your partner's vagina after using it for any kind of anal play.
Always use plenty of extra-thick lubricant during anal play to protect the delicate tissues of the rectal lining.
For Your Toys Safety
Always remove the batteries after use.
Wash only with warm water and mild soap, do not immerse in water. Avoid getting battery case or controls wet.
Follow these tips and you and your toy can have a long, long relationship with each other.
Thumbnail photos via Wikimedia Commons user Morderska.