Anal beads. Pros and cons
You can use anal beads when you are alone to treat yourself to a little pleasure. This can be combined with a masturbation session. You can also use them to discover your body and sensations to which you are not necessarily used to.
Anal beads can spice up romantic lovemaking. You can have fun introducing and removing them from your partner.
You can also masturbate or stimulate your partner’s genitals with oral sex or cunnilingus while playing with the beads.
- Ideal for massages, such as prostate massaging
- It can be introduced, generating more pleasure in relationships.
- There are many options for every need.
- They are affordable
- They can be used to prepare for sex
- Some balls are suitable for postpartum recovery
- Some people may have allergies.
Features to consider when choosing anal beads
Are you looking for new ways to spice up your sex with the help of anal beads? Today, there is a myriad of options, with different colors, sizes, and materials available. Consider some of the following factors to help you choose the best one for you.
The arrangement as well as the size and shape of the beads can vary greatly. They can be closely spaced at intervals, with uniform sizes, increasing from small to large, in a ball or pine cone, or vice versa. Some are designed in the form of rosaries, with the size of the balls in descending or ascending order. For beginners, we advise that you choose anal beads that start with a small ball and then increasing in size with the next. A good example of such is the Adam & Eve Silicone Vibrating Beads. There are also anal balls such as the Smooth Latex Anal Power Jiggle Balls. The size of each ball is the same but they are joined by a thread and are usually rigid. Insertion and removal are always a joy to feel.
The circumference of the first bead will determine whether they can be used by a beginner or a more intermediate or advanced user.
A 3-inch circumference should be ideal for a newbie into anal games.
And if you want to have all the circumference caressing your prostate walls, choose something as wide as 4 inches. You can find this in the Fun Factory Bendy Beads
The overall length can vary between 5 to 12 inches, it depends on the user. Meanwhile, with anal beads, the length you choose wouldn’t matter since you don’t have to insert it all. Each model has an insertable length, which is more reduced than the overall length. 5 inches is good for a beginner and between 6-8 inches for an advanced user. However, note that if you choose something too small, they may be sufficient from the start. But they may soon end up dumped in your drawer or waste bin if you crave for something longer very soon.
Beads – number and diameter
The number of beads usually range from 3 to 10. The 3-bead anal toys like the b-Vibe Triplet Vibrating Anal Beads are usually larger in diameter, but they come short in length. Longer toys with 10 beads like the BASICS Anal Beads usually have smaller diameters. So, the longer, the thinner most are, and vice versa.
You have three different two types of power supplies in anal beads.
- Battery-powered beads: This is by far the least good that we can choose today! It’s 2020, using batteries is like using a fax machine. Apart from the old-school aspect, batteries have a lot of disadvantages. They have become rare in our homes. These are often unnecessary expenses. They can discharge very quickly with certain toys and finally, it considerably limits the power of the vibrations.
- Rechargeable sex toys: It is, in our opinion, an excellent alternative to batteries because all the disadvantages become advantages. A charging cable is always supplied with the toy. It is also more eco-responsible. Your phone charger can do the trick with many models. Some will require a proprietary or magnetic induction charger, like the b-Vibe Triplet Vibrating Anal Beads. And finally, the toy works normally and does not lose power over time. On the other hand, a battery has a lifespan. As a result, it may one day give up the ghost!
Apparently, the vibration modes are only available in models that are battery-powered. The more the vibration level, the better. A model with as much as 12 vibrating functions like the Bendable Vibrating Anal Beads lets the average beginner choose what isn’t too intense, and an advanced user to find the right intensity. This vibrating mode can range from 1 to 15. The more there are, the more you pay.
Are you going to be using anal beads for the first time and have no or little experience with anal sex? You should first resort to a particularly elastic entry-level version. Here you can, for example, make sure that the balls are a little smaller at the beginning, slowly get bigger, and overall are a little further apart. Flexible toys are often made of silicone, jelly, or soft plastic.
There are as many materials for anal toys as there are different types of sex toys. Check out which is best for you!
Latex, a material to avoid
This is quite surprising because the majority of condoms we use are made of latex. However, we’re not asking you to throw away your latex condoms because they are very effective. On the other hand, latex sex toys have several drawbacks. The first drawback and not the least, latex is porous. That is, it “absorbs” bacteria and germs. This makes the toy extremely difficult to clean and almost impossible to totally disinfect. Another point, the latex stains quickly and it is irretrievable. Now you understand why most latex condoms are not reusable. The second drawback that affects fewer people is allergies. Some people are allergic to latex, so let’s avoid dying from a toy! And the last drawback; latex is not smooth. It has a tendency to irritate the mucous membranes due to friction. As you can see, latex for condoms is perfect but for sex toys, it’s hell!
Jelly, a largely unsafe material
Jelly is a material that is still regularly found in love shops. The catch is that toys made with this material are often cheap. And since you don’t want to spend too much in order not to be disappointed, you will fall back on it. It is the vicious circle par excellence in fact! Jelly has many drawbacks which are much more convincing than those of latex. First, jelly contains (very often) phthalates. They are chemical and toxic components with many side effects, in particular, on fertility and the development of the fetus. It is an endocrine disruptor. And, the icing on the cake, it would be carcinogenic. So, when in doubt, turn to other substances!
Second, the jelly is porous and there we come back to the same concerns as with latex. It allows the absorption of bacteria and germs. It’s not very sexy, you will agree. The last argument which will undoubtedly affect the most sensitive, the jelly, it stinks! Yes, it stinks of plastic, petroleum, chemicals.
Silicone, the king of sex toys
It is, let’s say, the No. 1 material used for toys intended for the pleasure of adults. This material has a number of advantages. The silicone is guaranteed phthalate-free. It is hypoallergenic, non-porous, and washes quite well. In terms of effects, the silicone is smooth, soft, and glides very well. Sometimes, it sticks a bit depending on the density and quality of the silicone. In addition, it is flexible. It is for these reasons that silicone is a must-have material for sex toys! If you care to know, 7 of our ranked anal beads are made of silicone. These include the Tracey Cox Supersex Anal Prober, the Bendable Vibrating Anal Beads, and the Fun Factory Bendy Beads.
Nevertheless, silicone presents some constraints. There are two that we come across frequently. It catches dust and you have to pay attention to lubrication. Some silicones tend to trap dust. We are thinking in particular of the sex toys of the brand Fun Factory, even if recently, it is a little better on this point. But this point is not prohibitive. We only tend to recommend cleaning after use (obviously).
Then, for lubrication, you should avoid silicone-based lubricants that can damage your toy. Don’t panic, there are a plethora of excellent quality water-based lubricants. However, some silicone-based lubricants may be compatible with silicone products.
ABS plastic: not bad, not too good
ABS plastic is a very popular material in the world of sex toys. They are found on a whole bunch of toys. From vibrators, masturbators to prostate massagers. ABS plastic is not bad when it comes to choosing your first sex toy. It is an inexpensive material. It does not contain phthalates and is healthy for the body. It can be easily cleaned, but it is sensitive to high temperatures. The main advantage is that you can use just as much silicone lubricant as water. In addition, it is a non-porous material, which will allow it to be used by several people without taking any risk.
TPE/TPR, a very cheap material
TPE and TPR are two separate things, but not all that different. They are both parts of the thermoplastic elastomer family. But TPE is modified by hydrogenation. The molecules become saturated and offer better resistance to corrosion, heat and in general, offer better performance. It is a material that remains relatively inexpensive and relatively used in the production of sex toys. TPR/TPE will only be compatible with water-based lubricants. It is a smooth, firm, and slightly rubbery material. They do not contain latex or phthalates. Namely, TPE is not porous, but TPR is.
Wood, glass, steel: tough, tougher, toughest!
Finally, here are three other materials that are often recommended to users who have some experience in the field. Indeed, glass, wood, or steel are excellent materials in the world of sex toys, but they can be scary. Who has never thought of ending up with a splinter in the ass or a piece of glass in the pussy? Rest assured, this is not happening.
Glass anal beads are hard and resistant. Unless you drop it to the ground, you don’t have to worry. You can play with the temperatures to give it more or less heat. It can be easily washed off and it is also healthy for the body. However, it is not at all flexible. The glass does not move.
For wood, it is very light. You should know that there are several layers of edible varnish on wooden sex toys, so you do not risk having a splinter in the buttocks. The wood glides very well. You can use any type of lubricant, but be careful if it falls to the ground. Here, too, the wood is not flexible. But it is healthy for the body again and it is not porous.
Finally, there is steel. Stainless steel of course. This material is heavy, very heavy. It is healthy for the body and does not contain phthalates. It can easily be used for temperature games as well. Steel is also a material that does not move. It is therefore absolutely not flexible.
What a pleasure to have a waterproof toy to make you cum in the shower! It would be a shame to forget this little detail during your purchase. Not all toys that vibrate are waterproof. The Adam & Eve Vibrating Beads come to mind. We do not recommend waterproof models with batteries because a poorly closed compartment and it is the death of the toy insured. Today, there are more and more waterproof sex toys. They will be marked as waterproof, submersible, IPX7, or water-resistant.