best first sex toy to buy

The ultimate guide to buying your very first sex toy

You’ll never look at rabbit ears in the same way again.

By Katie Stow

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take a step into the world of sex toys, and, honestly, we couldn’t be prouder. Taking the time to explore your body and put your pleasure first is always music to Cosmo’s ears, and what better way to ramp up the excitement than by chucking a sex toy or two into the ring?

Taking the plunge with sex toys can seem daunting, especially when there are so many available on the market, with thousands of new-fandangled features which you have zero clue how to use. Well, take yourself out of the mental mayhem of picking out a toy and let us be your masturbation mentors.

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We’ve rifled through the best sex toys on the market and picked the best five to kick start your playtime, but before we launch into them, here’s what you need to know before buying your first sex toy:

How much should I be spending on my first sex toy?

Prices of sex toys range dramatically, but you probably don’t want to splurge on your first sex toy, and instead try a selection of different cheaper ones so you can figure out what you like.

What materials should I choose for my first sex toy?

If you have sensitive skin, it’ll be best to stick with silicone, glass or metal sex toys. However, any professionally-made sex toys should be vag-safe.

What should I look for in my first sex toy?

You should select your sex toy, based off what you enjoy. How to figure that out? Just think about what you like when you masturbate without toys — do you enjoy clitoral stimulation? Vaginal penetration? Anal play? Use your preference to navigate your way to your first sex toy.

Also, think about the levels of intensity you’re after. Some people prefer a strong vibration, so they may want a plug-in vibrator for more power. Alternatively, if you’re looking for mild stimulation, hit up a battery option or a rechargeable toy.

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Now, onto the juicy stuff! Here is a round-up of the best sex toys you should buy if you’re a sex toy virgin: