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The Complete Strap-On Buyer's Guide

 

Which is the Best Strap-On?

There’s so many things to consider when buying a strap-on. You’re not just dealing with a dildo but a harness that needs to be comfortable, sexy, functional and easy to get on and off. It’s a big decision and one that you should talk to your partner about before buying.

We believe you are better off spending more money on the harness and getting a cheaper dildo than the other way around. Partners may come and go, your taste in dildos might change but your harness should last a lifetime. We love Doc Johnson’s patented Vac-U-Lock system for its versatility, high quality products and comfortable harnesses. It’s a great way to experiment with a range of different attachments without having to fiddle around with O-rings and dildo measurements. Just buy a compatible dildo and attach it to the plug on the harness. So easy. The 6in Realistic Dong is great for beginners, with it’s flesh coloured dildo, comfy adjustable harness and affordable price.

The Best-Selling Strap-On Toys in Australia

We’ve broken this part of the guide into two sections: strap-ons for her and strap-ons for him. If you’re wanting to use it for female-to-female play only then you don’t need to worry about a hollow dildo. However, if you are a guy looking to use the dildo then it’s a totally different ball game (so to speak). Head to the relevant section to discover more about the options available.

The Best-Selling Strap-On Toys for Her

This table offers a quick look at the best selling strap-on toys in the country for women. You can see that each one has different features, and some of these features might catch your eye more than others. It’s a good place to start if you haven’t purchased a strap-on before or if you are looking to try something new and want to see what’s popular with other women.

Super Penetrix Strap On

Super Penetrix Strap On

SAX Diva Strap-on

SAX Diva Strap-on

Elite - Vibrating Penetrix Dildo 7 In. Purple

Elite - Vibrating Penetrix Dildo 7 In. Purple

Vac-U-Lock Harness Sets

Vac-U-Lock Harness Sets

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Strap-On Set

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Strap-On Set

Price

$65.50

$125.48

$84.10

$47.95

$46.95

Length

14 cm (dong) 7 cm (plug)

17.8 cm

15.2 cm

Width

3.8 cm

3.8 cm

3.8cm

Material

Rubber/Latex

Leather and stainless steel

Silicone

Jelly/PVC/Nylon

Comparison of Top 5

Here’s a closer look at those best-selling strap-ons from the table above. If something caught your eye, why not read on and learn a bit more about it.

Super Penetrix Strap-on

Everyone wins with PipeDream’s clever two-sided device. A vibrating vaginal plug means you’ll receive plenty of stimulation while penetrating your partner with a 14cm vibrating dildo. Each dildo has its own remote control, so you can ramp it up or slow it down to suit your own personal needs. The vinyl g-string harness is easy to adjust and the remote controls can be clipped onto the waistband providing you with a fully hands-free device. Remember to buy 4 x AA batteries before getting started as they aren’t included. The rubber dildos are free of phthalates (a plastic-softening agent that has been linked to some nasty health issues) and can be washed in warm soapy water when you’re done.

Sax DIVA Strapon

This sexy strap-on has been designed to not only look great, but to perform in a number of exciting ways. The show-stopping dildo is made from smooth, glossy rubber with a tapered end to stimulate the G-spot or P-spot (depending if you’re using it on guys or girls). The dildo is removable and has a handy suction-cup base so you can use it hands-free without the harness if you’re engaging in solo play. The harness has thigh and waist straps, so just step in and pull up into place before tightening the comfortable padded straps until they feel secure. This style of harness offers more control than a g-string harness, and has been designed to fit a waistline of up to 52cm. It has a universal O-ring in the yolk of the harness, so you can remove the included dildo and use any compatible dildo or vibrator with it. There’s even a handy slit at the top where you can insert a vibrator for added stimulation. The slim and flexible dildo is not too overwhelming, making it a perfect beginner’s kit. Use the included lube and wash with soap and warm water after each use.

PipeDream’s Fetish Fantasy Elite - Vibrating Penetrix Dildo 7” Purple

If you’ve got sensitive skin, allergies or you’re looking to try something that’s a step-up from rubber then Pipedream’s Fetish Fantasy Elite range is ideal. Made from 100% medical grade silicone, this double-sided dildo is odourless, hypoallergenic, free of latex and nasty phthalates, non-porous and waterproof. Oh yes, and you read right – this is a double-sided dildo that will provide powerful vibrations along with clitoral stimulation for you and your partner. It’s been designed to attach to PipeDream’s Universal Breathable Harness or Universal Leather Harness, however it can be just as easily used on its own. Each dildo is cleverly curved to hit the right spot, and a panel of bumps and ridges will give the wearer plenty of clitoral stimulation with each thrust. The high quality silicone will warm quickly to the touch, and the waterproof design means you can take it in the shower, bath, hot tub or pool. To get the multi-speed vibrations going simply insert 2 AAA batteries and let the quiet yet powerful motor do the rest. Silicone is durable, sturdy and made to last so you know you’re getting a good quality device, hence the higher price tag.

Doc Johnson Vac-U-Lock Harness Sets

With the release of its Vac-U-Lock harness set, Doc Johnson has revolutionised the way people shop for strap-ons. You see, with a traditional O-ring harness you need to make sure any dildo you buy is compatible with your existing harness, and not all shapes and sizes will fit the harness you own. But if you’re the sort of person who likes to mix it up, then Doc Johnson’s intelligent Vac-U-Lock harness means you can swap and change dildos as you please. The stylish and fully adjustable black vinyl harness can be worn on both men and women. Simply choose your weapon from the extensive line of Vac-U-Lock toys and attach it to the red plug in the centre of the harness. Four press-studs and a double-notch design help keep your chosen dong firmly in place, no matter how wild things get. This is a great system for people with rapidly changing tastes, and it means you don’t have to worry about measuring girths and shopping around for dildos that are compatible with your harness. This is a comprehensive range with something to suit all tastes, and you can even remove the plug and attach the included O-ring so that you can still use all your old favourites.

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Strap-On Set

When designing this harness, PipeDream has placed a great deal of attention on comfort, luxury and an added level of stimulation for the wearer. The fully adjustable four-way harness provides maximum control and the nylon straps are built to last. Once you’ve got the harness in place it’s time to activate the multispeed bullet that sits discretely against your clitoris. While you’re enjoying the vibrations, your partner is receiving the thrusts from a smooth 15.2cm jelly rubber dildo. It has a bulging head to perfectly target the G-spot or perineum and comes with a suction-cup base if you choose to use it without the harness. This set comes with three interchangeable O-rings so you can choose one that fits your existing dildo or buy new ones to mix up the fun. If you’ve got sensitive skin it’s a good idea to use a condom, as jelly rubber can cause a reaction on some people. It’s also a porous material so you can’t sterilise it, and if it’s not cleaned properly it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. So always follow the manufcaturer’s instructions and clean the included dildo before and after each use.

The Best-Selling Strap-On Toys for Him

Now it’s time to check out what’s on offer for the boys. We’ve broken down the features of Australia’s five best-selling strap-ons so you can see the variety of price, material and attachments on offer. It will help you start a wish list of what you’re looking for in a strap-on device.

Fetish Fantasy Hollow Strap On For Him Or Her

Fetish Fantasy Hollow Strap On For Him Or Her

Limited - Hollow Strap On

Limited - Hollow Strap On

Fetish Fantasy Big Daddy Hollow Strap On 10 in

Fetish Fantasy Big Daddy Hollow Strap On 10 in

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Hollow Strap On

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Hollow Strap On

Mr Big Hollow 8 In Strap On

Mr Big Hollow 8 In Strap On

Price

$37.95

$26.60

$45.20

$53.95

$41.95

Length

6.5 inch model - 16cm (dildo), 12.7cm (insertable). 8 inch model - 10cm, 19cm (insertable)

15.2 cm (insertable)

25.4 cm

16.5cm, 20cm, 25cm

20.3 cm

Width

5.1 cm

4.4 cm

5 cm

2.2cm, 2.5cm, 3.8cm

4.5 cm

Material

PVC/TPR

PVC/Elastic

ABS/Leather/Metal/Nylon

PVC/Elastic

PVC/Leather

Comparison of Top 5

Take a closer look at the strap-ons in the above table, and see if anything catches your eye. Whether you are buying one for the first time, or you’re looking to add to your collection it’s always good to start with something that has been tried and tested. Read more about each strap-on in the sections below.

PipeDream Fetish Fantasy Extreme - Silicone Hollow Strap On

If you want the best then you can’t go past 100% medical grade silicone. This is one of the safest materials you can find when it comes to dildos, and it also has an incredibly lifelike feel that warms up as you touch it. Silicone is hypoallergenic, free of chemical nasties, non-porous, waterproof and doesn’t have the unpleasant smell of some rubber products. Lube yourself up and slip it on, allowing your partner to enjoy the veiny texture and curved, G-spot and P-spot targeting dildo. Alternatively, this is also firm enough to be worn by a woman, bringing an extra level of kinky fun to the mix. If you suffer from ED (erectile dysfunction) this is a great way of boosting your confidence, and can be placed over a flaccid or semi-erect penis. The versatile harness can be worn in a thong or jock strap style depending on your preference. Tighten up the thigh straps and ensure you’ve got a good fit around the waist before snapping the patented SmartClips into place at the rear. This ensures the harness stays in place no matter what. PipeDream has put a lot of thought into this design, which even leaves the testicles exposed for added skin-on-skin contact. Cleaning up is easy thanks to the high quality waterproof silicone, so you can just rinse in warm soapy water.

PipeDream Limited Edition Hollow Strap On

Women have long been fans of the rabbit-style vibrator. Now you can strap one on and take control over each thrust, tickle and vibration she receives. You’ll feel confident knowing that the 12.1 centimetres of insertable dildo will last as long as she needs, with a curved tip for G-spot stimulation and vibrating “ears” that flicker back and forth over her clitoris at the touch of a dial. The remote that controls the vibration levels clips to the harness so you can enjoy a fully hands-free experience, and the dildo can even be taken out of the harness and used separately. The elastic waistband is stretchy enough to be used by just about anyone, and the hollow shaft means you can put it on in a flaccid or semi-erect state. Available in pink or purple, the PVC rabbit is free from latex and phthalates. Wash with warm soapy water after each use and follow the cleaning instructions carefully.

Fetish Fantasy Extreme Hollow Strap 10 Inch

Not many men know what it’s like to walk around with a 25.4cm cock between their legs. Now you can experience it for yourself. Attached to a luxe leather harness, this powerful dildo can be worn by both men and women thanks to a TPR (Thermo-Plastic Rubber) finish and a firm tube insert. It comes with a realistic-feeling set of balls that anchor it in place and give you something to grab hold of if you’re using it without the harness. The metal O-ring is compatible with many other toys, so you can enjoy the benefits of the sexy leather harness without always needing to use the extra long and thick 10” dong. Its 15.9cm girth isn’t for everyone, and beginners need not apply! We recommend using plenty of water-based lube and cleaning it in warm soapy water or toy cleaner after each use.

Elite - Vibrating Hollow Strap On

Vibrating. Waterproof. Curved. Textured. 100% bodysafe. This popular strap-on ticks a lot of boxes, and it’s perfect for use by both men and women. It’s also able to be used as a regular dildo if you find yourself in the mood but without a partner. The silicone finish is velvety soft yet still firm enough for powerful penetration. It warms to the touch, and can be immersed in hot water before use for a sensual experience. The curved dildo hits the G-spot or perineum every time, and textured ridges along the side add another element of stimulation. The shaft can take up to 12.5cm of penis, but it will stretch a little if you are slightly bigger. A standout feature is the seven levels of throbbing, pulsating vibrations that can be controlled with a discrete remote. This can be attached to the harness for hands-free fun. The four-way unisex harness can easily be adjusted with a slider on each strap. The waterproof finish makes this the perfect addition to any bath, shower or Jacuzzi as either a strap-on or stand-alone dildo.

Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Hollow Strap On 8"

Size, vibes and textures combine to make this strap-on a popular choice with men, but can be worn just as easily by women. The ultra-realistic dildo has been designed to ensure your partner feels every bump, vein and ridge while the slight curve is ideal for targeting the G-spot or perineum. The 20.5cm dildo has an insertable length of 19cm, so it’s got a powerful thrust thanks to an extra-long shaft. The elastic harness is easy to adjust and has comfortable wide straps that can fit a waist size from 66cm right up to 117cm. The multi-speed vibrations can be adjusted to suit your partner’s needs, with a simple remote that you can hold in your hand or clip onto the harness waistband to keep your hands free. Because it’s made from PVC, you can use either water or silicone-based lube on the dildo and simply clean it in warm soapy water after each use. If you’re after a different size, choose from a 6” or 10” model.

The Most Popular Strap-On Brands

There are a lot of considerations to think about when buying a strap-on. Not only does the harness need to be sturdy but you need to think about the dildo you want, whether you plan on buying interchangeable attachments, what style you want the harness to be, do you want the dildo to vibrate and does it need to be made from a bodysafe material? It’s important to choose a brand that cares about this stuff as much as you do. We only stock the most reputable brands so you can trust that you’re getting a quality strap-on at a price that suits your budget. Take a look at three of our favourites below.

Doc Johnson

Doc Johnson is proud of its American heritage, and has been paving the way for high-quality strap-ons since 1976. Despite being one of the biggest names in the business, Doc Johnson is still committed to bringing bigger and better products to its loyal customers. Take the revolutionary Vac-U-Lock system, which has changed the way people buy strap-ons thanks to its interchangeable range of products. The focus is on realistic colours, high quality materials and a range of prices that caters for both beginners and experiences users.

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Top 5 Doc Johnson Strap-On

Vac U Lock Double Dong Plug Attachment

Vac U Lock Double Dong Plug Attachment

Vac U Lock Knuckle Up Black

Vac U Lock Knuckle Up Black

Vac-U-Lock Plug W/Snaps

Vac-U-Lock Plug W/Snaps

The Belle Black Vac-U-Loc

The Belle Black Vac-U-Loc

The Beau Charcoal Vac-U-Loc

The Beau Charcoal Vac-U-Loc

Price

$17.20

$20.90

$11.25

$54.50

$47.95

Length

16.5 cm

14.7 cm (insertable)

7.62 cm

Width

3 cm

2.5 cm

Material

ABS

ABS

ABS

Cal Exotics

When you buy a California Exotics strap-on you can rest assured it has been designed with the utmost pleasure in mind. For over 20 years, this female-driven company has been pushing boundaries and releasing an exciting array of strap-ons for men, women and couples. Fun colours combine with clever designs to ensure you will never get bored. There’s a range of materials to choose from, including jelly rubber and 100% medical grade silicone and you can choose dildos that vibrate, hit the G-spot and even glow in the dark.

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Top 5 Cal Exotic Strap-On

10-Function Silicone Love Rider Rippler

10-Function Silicone Love Rider Rippler

Love Rider Triple Rider

Love Rider Triple Rider

Scandal Corset Harness

Scandal Corset Harness

Packer Gear Black Brief Harness

Packer Gear Black Brief Harness

Shanes World Pink Harness With Stud

Shanes World Pink Harness With Stud

Price

$89.95

$89.95

$59.95

$38.27

$57.95

Length

18.5 cm (probe) 177.75 cm (waist)

12.75 cm (shaft) 10.25 cm (probe) 4.5 cm (rabbit)

183 cm (waist)

Dong(19cm)

Width

3.75 cm (probe)

4.5 cm (shaft) 2 cm (probe) 2.5 cm (rabbit)

3.75 cm (small ring) 5 cm (large ring)

Dong(3.75cm)

Material

Silicone (dong)

Silicone (probe)

Polyester/Metal/Plastic

Brief(Cotton / Spandex)

Dong(Thermoplastic Rubber), Harness(Polyoxymethylene), Straps(Nylon)

PipeDream/Fetish Fantasy

You don’t become the world’s number one selling adult toys brand for making bland, boring, run-of-the-mill strap-ons. PipeDream knows your deepest, darkest secrets and has an awesome range of strap-ons that can help you bring those fantasies to life. They take their job pretty seriously, constantly striving for bigger and better strap-ons to help you keep things interesting in the bedroom. We love PipeDream’s award winning Fetish Fantasy Series, which has just been expanded to include five new partner strap-ons. They also have an incredibly luxurious range of leather harnesses to ensure maximum levels of comfort.

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Top 5 PipeDream Strap-On

Elite - Vibrating Penetrix Dildo 7 In. Purple

Elite - Vibrating Penetrix Dildo 7 In. Purple

Elite - Double Delight Strap On

Elite - Double Delight Strap On

Elite - Universal Harness

Elite - Universal Harness

Limited - The Pegger

Limited - The Pegger

Plus Size Strap On

Plus Size Strap On

Price

$84.10

$68.95

$24.95

$41.00

$68.00

Length

17.8 cm

25.4 cm

11.43 cm

20.3 cm

Width

3.8 cm

5.1 cm

3.17 cm

3.8 cm

Material

Silicone

Silicone

Beginner: Nylon/Neoprene, Breathable: Lycra/Spandex, Heavy Duty: Vinyl

PVC/Nylon

Jelly/Leather/PVC

The Different Types of Strap-On

Strap yourself in, because there’s a lot of info in this next section. If you thought buying a strap-on was as easy as picking the first one you see, think again. To make sure you get the most out of your purchase, you need to decide what you’re looking for. How do you want the harness to sit? Does it need to fit your partner as well? Do you want a two-way dildo so the giver is getting as much pleasure as the receiver? We’ll help you narrow down your list of choices by giving you more detail about the options available.

Harnesses

G-String harness

G-String Harness

This is sometimes referred to as a “thong harness” and it comes with two straps – one goes around the waist and the other runs in between your legs from the pubic area to your ass cheeks. These are often cheaper than a jock strap harness and leave you with lots of exposed flesh for skin-on-skin contact.

Jock strap harness

Jock Strap Harness

This type of harness is one that you step into, pulling the loops up over your thighs and securing a second strap around your waist. It leaves more of your vagina, buttocks and anus exposed than a g-string harness, and is popular with men because of easy access to the genitals.

Lingerie harness

Lingerie/Underwear Harness

You pull this type of harness on and off like a pair of underpants, it’s that simple. These are best if you’re not planning to share your strap-on with a partner (unless they are a similar size to you) because you can’t adjust them.

Thigh strap-ons

Thigh

Wearing a thigh harness leaves you hands free, and gives a different sensation than thrusting and penetrating from the hips. You can experiment with different positions that aren’t possible with a traditional strap-on, such as getting your partner to sit on your lap.

Strapless strap-ons

Strapless

This is for the ultimate in skin-on-skin contact while making use of a strap-on device. It’s not even technically a harness because there are no straps or buckles. One end is inserted into the vagina, where your pelvic muscles help hold it in place. The other end is used to penetrate your partner while your hands are completely free.

Face strap-ons

Face

These types of strap-ons can be worn on the forehead, chin or mouth and they’ll usually consist of a single strap with a dildo attached.

Dildos

Solid dildo strap-ons

Solid Dildo

A solid dildo is designed for use by a female only, as there is no room for a man to insert his penis. So if you’re looking for a strap-on for female-to-female or female-to-male play then this is what you’ll want.

Hollow strap-ons

Hollow

If you suffer from Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or you’ve simply wanted to know what it’s like to have sex with a longer and thicker penis then go for the hollow dildo option. These are essentially like a prosthetic penis, and you slip it over your own flaccid or semi-erect penis to give you more confidence and more control. A lot of companies are making their hollow dildos from flexible rubber that is also strong enough to be used by a woman, so you can switch it up if she would like to give pegging a try.

Double dong strap-ons

Double & Triple Dong

This is a double dong attached to a harness, designed to give you more control over your thrusts. It’s designed for the female to wear, with a small dildo on the inside of the harness that penetrates her while she’s thrusting the attached dildo inside her partner. The idea is that you can give and receive at the same time. A triple dong is basically a double dong that boasts a third backward-facing dong, so that two women could each wear a strap-on and experience vaginal and anal sex simultaneously. If you wore this for solo play you could stimulate your vagina and anus at the same time.

Attachment Systems

O-ring strap-ons

O-Ring

The term "O-ring" refers to the little round ring on the front of your harness. Some O-rings will be detachable, whereas others will be sewn onto the yolk of the harness. A detachable O-ring will usually be held in place by a series of press-studs and you can buy yourself a whole set of different sizes and use each one on the corresponding dildo. Some of your existing dildos might even fit onto your new harness, allowing you to use them in a whole new way.

A non-detachable O-ring will be sewn into the yolk and you won’t be able to take it off and add other sizes. This limits the size of the dildo you can use, but most non-detachable rings are made from stretchy silicone or rubber. It also means you don’t have to keep a bunch of different sized rings at hand and can simply switch dildos quite quickly.

It's important to make sure your dildo will fit correctly, especially if the O-ring is metal because this cannot be adjusted. You take your measurement from the size of the dildo’s base. It’s easier to attach your dildo before putting on the harness.

Vac-u-lock strap-ons

Vac-U-Lock

This is Doc Johnson’s patented system for quickly, easily and affordably swapping dildos while keeping the same harness. It’s a world first, and perfect for those who like to mix it up with different sizes and shapes. Choose your favourite harness (or buy a few!) then purchase any strap-on from the Vac-U-Lock range. No fiddling around with O-rings or worrying about whether your dildo is compatible. Simply fit the base of the dildo over the patented plug and you’re good to go. The plug acts like a vacuum, sealing the strap-on device in place. There are also four-press studs that help make sure it stays secure.

Things to Consider When Buying A Strap-On

Now it’s time to delve into some of the really important features to consider when buying a strap-on. The entire purpose of a dildo is that it will be inserted into your most sensitive areas. You need to make sure you’ve bought something that won’t irritate your skin and something that has been made from good quality materials. You also need to buy something from a reputable brand, so you know that it’s going to last a long time. Keep these considerations in mind when thinking about the sort of strap-on you want to buy.

Materials/Compounds

You need to think about the types of material your dildo is made of, as well as having a think about the harness. Do you want one with wide, padded straps or perhaps a long-lasting leather finish is best? If you have a latex allergy stay away from elastic harnesses as these might irritate your skin. We’ve taken a closer look at the common materials below.

Dildo Compound

  • Silicone - Silicone is so versatile when it comes to dildos. It can be firm or flexible, it warms to the touch but can also be chilled in cold water for a new sensation. If you buy a high quality, 100% silicone dildo you can rest assured it’s completely bodysafe, non-porous, latex and phthalate free, hypoallergenic, odourless and will last for many uses.
  • Composites - This refers to any material that is a combination of a few types, eg. It might be an ABS plastic core with a silicone coating, or a silicone shaft with a plump PVC tip. Keep in mind that a product only needs to have 10% of a material in it before it can be marketed as that material. So some companies say their dildos are silicone but it might simply mean it’s a silicone composite, with 10% silicone and the rest rubber.
  • Rubber - Rubber is a popular choice for strap-on dildos because it’s flexible and realistic, and can be marketed in a range of fun colours. Rubber is a porous material, which means bacteria can get trapped in the pores and it can never be fully disinfected. So you need to wash it carefully in warm soapy water or toy cleaner before and after each use. If you’re sharing a rubber dildo with your partner, you need to wash before swapping or simply pop on a condom to save time.
  • TPE - This refers to Thermo-Plastic Elastomer. It’s usually more expensive and a better quality than jelly rubber, and you’ll get a good amount of flexibility and durability. TPE is free of latex and phthalates, so it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin. But, like rubber, it is porous so you need to wash carefully before and after use.

For an affordable option, go for a high quality rubber dildo that’s free of phthalates. Phthalates are nasty chemicals that have been linked with some pretty serious health issues. PipeDream’s Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Hollow Strap On is a good option as it has plenty of flexibility but is firm enough to use even without an erection.

Harness Material

  • Leather - A real leather harness looks sexy, feels luxurious, fits snugly and is made to last forever. It will soften and mold to the wearer’s shape over time, and despite being a higher priced item we think it’s a great investment. Be aware that this is not a breathable material, so you might work up a sweat while using it. Your leather harness will also need to be hand-washed with antibacterial soap or a dedicated toy cleaner. It cannot be disinfected and is not waterproof.
  • Fabric - This is a cheaper option than leather, and still highly recommended. A fabric harness is also a hygienic option because you can wash it easily. The straps will generally be made from nylon webbing, and the yoke might have soft padding or a fun velvet or fur yolk. You can take this type of harness in the pool, bath or hot tub.
  • Vinyl - Vinyl can look shiny and glossy, or it can have a matte-finish that looks more like leather. It’s a cheaper option than leather, but if you take care of it a vinyl harness can last a really long time. It’s flexible and has a great range of movement, and has the added advantage of being waterproof.

We really recommend splashing out on a leather harness if you want something that’s not only going to feel amazing but last forever. It’s an investment piece, and because you’re not going to have to replace it very often it means you can spend your money on buying a bunch of new and exciting strap-on dildos instead. When it comes to a great dildo for your harness, you can’t beat a silicone option such as Fetish Fantasy Elite’s Hollow Strap on in pink.

Materials used in strapons
Type of use

Type of Use

A strap-on is designed for rough and vigorous play, but also works equally well in a gentle, sensuous session. Men who have experienced a lifetime of Erectile Dysfunction may want to savour the time with their partner, taking it slow and steady and perhaps even alternating between the strap-on dildo and their erect penis to make the most from any hardness they can achieve. If you plan on alternating between male and female users, go for a hollow dildo that is rigid enough to be used without a penis inserted. If you like it vigorous, go for a jock strap harness as it offers more control than something like a g-string or strapless option. If you want to include some anal play then a smaller dildo will be the best option. If you like to switch it up with a few different sized dildos throughout a session then the Doc Johnson Vac-U-Lock range allows you to interchange the dildos quite easily without having to stop and fuss around with straps and O-rings.

Harness Type

The type of harness you buy is extremely important. In fact, it might be the most important decision you have to make when shopping for a strap-on. You want a harness that is comfortable, secure and helps to make you feel sexy and confident when wearing it. Most people will find themselves choosing between a g-string and a jock strap style. These are the most common, offer the most control and come in the widest variety of materials.

  • G-String - This is one strap that goes round your waist, and another that runs between your legs. It’s also commonly referred to as a thong harness. Take a look at Pipedream’s Classix Strap-On to see what we’re talking about. If you’re not familiar with the feeling of a strap running between your cheeks, it can take some getting used to because the harness can ride up into your butt and cause a bit of chafing. However, if you are looking for an added bit of anal stimulation then you might not mind. Some g-string harnesses will offer thick, comfortable straps while others are barely wider than an elastic band. A g-string harness offers slightly less control than a jock strap style but if you’re looking for something cheap then it’s the way to go. It’s usually more popular with women because the harness will cover up most of the genital area and therefore make it difficult for men to access their penis.
  • Jock Strap - We believe that you’ll get more control from a jock strap harness than you will with a g-string harness, due to the fact that all four straps can be adjusted individually. You can get a nice snug fit, helping the harness to stay in place but also allowing it to move with you when things heat up. Be aware that it will take you slightly longer to get set up due to the amount of straps, but this process will get quicker once you’re familiar with your harness. If you’re trying this style harness for the first time, go with an affordable option like PipeDream’s Fetish Fantasy Series “First Timer’s Strap-On”. If you want something that’s going to last forever, splash out on a luxurious leather harness like the Mr Big Hollow 8 in Strap On, also from PipeDream. We recommend this style if you’re looking for maximum control and comfort.
  • Underwear/Lingerie -

    This type of harness is great for people who don’t want to fiddle around with straps and fasteners. It’s basically a pair of underwear, in briefs or boxers style, that has an O-ring sewn in. The size is determined by waist measurement and each pair will have a slight stretch to accommodate someone who is slightly bigger or smaller. The underwear style is becoming more and more popular, and some can even be worn as regular underpants when you haven’t got the dong attached.

    The lingerie harness is relatively new on the scene and already proving popular. It’s a fantastic example of how far the industry has come, and how committed some brands are to bringing you new and exciting strap-on designs. It’s pretty self-explanatory; you’re buying a beautiful piece of lingerie that is fitted with an O-ring so you can insert your favourite dildo. SpareParts has a stunning range of lingerie harnesses that will make you feel sexy and feminine yet powerful at the same time.

    The only thing to remember is that because they’re made of material the underwear harnesses will stretch over time, and may not be as easy to adjust as a harness with straps. If you’re into comfort, then this is a good option because there are no straps to fiddle around with. They won’t provide as much access as a g-string or jock strap harness, but you can often pull the thin material aside to reach the vagina or anus. You can even place a vibrator against the material if you need a little extra stimulation.

  • Thigh - Thrusting and penetrating a partner is not something that women are used to doing, so it can take a bit of practice to get into a rhythm. Often, when it comes to a powerful thrust some women feel like they have better control with their thigh than their hips. That’s where this handy harness comes into play. It allows you to try positions not possible with a human penis. It also has the added benefit of allowing two women to penetrate each other at the same time, if they’re each wearing a thigh harness. You partner can sit on your knee, or you can experiment with other positions. It won’t stay in place as well as a jock strap harness, and you need to remember not to pull it too tight or you’ll cut off the circulation and cause discomfort or cramping. Another handy feature is that you can attach it to a pillow or secure it around a piece of furniture for masturbating.
  • Strapless - To be fair, this isn’t even a harness. In fact, the whole point is that there is no harness. It’s just you, your partner and this clever little device. One end has a short, stout head that you insert into your vagina. You’ll need to use your pelvic floor muscles to help hold it in place, so it might feel quite tiring the first few times you try it. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour because the rewards are worth it. Once you’ve got it comfortably resting against the inner wall of your vagina (where it is designed to target the G-spot), you can penetrate your partner. There’s no straps, harnesses, buckles or attachments getting in the way. A strapless strap-on is incredibly sensual and can be quite a powerful way to climax. We recommend sticking with something made from silicone, like the Fetish Fantasy Elite Strapless Strap-on. This one made from 100% medical grade silicone so you know it’s completely bodysafe, hypoallergenic and free of nasty chemical toxins.
  • Face - The main purpose of a face harness is that it’s not designed to emulate a guy’s penis. It allows you to experiment with a totally new set of positions. It is quite common to use a face strap-on during BDSM scenarios, where it can be placed over the mouth and used as both a dildo and a gag. Strap it to your forehead or chin, and have your partner sit on your face.
  • Solid - There are so many choices available when it comes to solid dildos that are harness compatible. A dildo that can be used in a harness will have a flared base so that it can sit securely in the holder without coming loose. A solid dildo that can be removed from the harness is great for solo sessions, meaning you’ll get a lot more use from your purchase. You could go for a vibrating option or one that is curved to hit the G-spot or P-spot – it’s up to you. After purchasing the harness you might find that some of your existing solid dildos can be used with it. We love PipeDream’s Vibrating Strap On For Him and the transparent purple Lucid Dreams Vac-U-Lock Harness and Dong from Doc Johnson.
  • Hollow - If you’re an ED sufferer then a hollow dildo attached securely to a harness can be a much cheaper option than having surgery or trying a bunch of different pills. The great thing about wearing a hollow dildo is that they are usually designed with a G-spot or P-spot targeting curve, like Doc Johnson’s The Belle Black Vac-U-Lock. This allows you to reach places a penis simply can’t. Good quality rubber products are designed to remain firm even if you’re not, so the idea is that you can still bring your partner to climax even if you no longer have an erection. Remember to use plenty of lube and to take it slow for a start. Wearing a harness is not the same as thrusting without one, and you might need to adapt your technique, particularly if you’re experimenting with a 10” dildo or something much larger than what your partner is used to. If she’d like to try pegging, then go for something like the Fetish Fantasy Elite Vibrating Hollow Strap On that is sturdy enough to be worn by a woman as well.

As you can tell, the choice of strap-on harness and dildo combination is quite complicated, and in the end the choice is a very personal one - we try to explain the ways ot use, and then you can make the decision on the best suited type.

Harness Type
O-Ring vs Vac-U-Lock

O-Ring vs Vac-U-Lock

The choice is really up to you. We feel that the traditional O-ring offers a bit more flexibility and provides the wearer with a little more contact and stimulation. It allows you to get closer to your partner than the protruding plug on the Vac-U-Lock products. However, if you’re the sort of person who likes to mix it up with a range of dildos, and don’t want to be messing around with straps and buckles then investing in the Vac-U-Lock system is the way to go.

O-Ring

The O-ring style of harness is limited in some aspects, but it offers up some great qualities also.

Pro's

  • 1 - A huge range of dildos are compatible with O-rings so you basically have no limitations
  • 2 - Offers more skin-on-skin contact to the wearer than the Vac-U-Lock system
  • 3 - More affordable than investing in the Doc Johnson range

Con's

  • 1 - Each dildo needs a compatible O-ring, which can mean having to invest in a whole set of different sized O-rings or even an entirely new harness
  • 2 - Dildos can sometimes rotate in the harness
  • 3 - If you want to change dildos halfway through a session you need to sort through a bunch of different sized O-rings and stop to change it over

Vac-U-Lock

This is the first interchangeable dildo system in the world, and we applaud Doc Johnson for pioneering such an exciting range of products. The design is outstanding; they look fantastic and are made of high quality materials.

Pro's

  • 1 - Offers greater control than an O-ring because of the vacuum lock
  • 2 - Comfortable to wear
  • 3 - Extremely easy to use, no fiddling around

Con's

  • 1 - Can only use compatible Vac-U-Lock products from the Doc Johnson range
  • 2 - There are currently no 100% silicone strap-ons available in the Vac-U-Lock range
  • 3 - Can get expensive if you want a few harnesses and a range of compatible dildos and attachments

If you’re just starting out, we recommend sticking with the traditional O-ring harness for now. It won’t set you back as much as Doc Johnson’s Vac-U-Lock range and you might even be able to use your existing dildos with it, depending on the size of your dildo and the size of the O-ring in your harness. Once you’re hooked on the strap-on experience you might like to upgrade to the Vac-U-Lock system. It’s great if you like experimenting with different sizes and shapes, and want to be change them over quickly.

Harness Size & Shape

To get the most out of your strap-on session, you need to ensure your harness fits properly. An ill-fitting harness could cause chafing, it will move around and you’ll have no control over the dong. The way you wear your harness might differ from the way yor partner wears it. Some people like it to sit down low on the hips, while other people feel they get greater control from wearing it on their waist. This decision has an effect on the types of measurements you’ll be looking for in a harness. Buying a harness with an adjustable crotch strap will ensure you can move it up or down, depending on your choice. If you have a very small waist, a leather harness is a good option. Other harness will usually range from about 28” to 68” (70cm-170cm). If it’s got straps and buckles you’ll get a greater range of sizing than an underwear style harness. Measure your waist and thighs then choose the harness that most closely matches. If you’ll be sharing it with your partner make sure you measure them too and find something with a broad range of adjustments. If you’re a woman who is just starting out in the world of strap-ons and pegging, the Fetish Fantasy Elite Universal Harness is a great option. It’s affordable, comfortable and sized to fit up to 112cm around the waist.

Harness size
The brand of strap-on you choose can be an important thing

Trusted Brands

Buy from the best and you’ll get the best. In order to get a strap-on that’s going to last you should choose high quality materials and a reputable manufacturer. We’ve been in the industry a long time, and we know you can trust the brands on our site. Some of our favourite companies when it comes to strap-ons are Doc Johnson, Cal Exotics and PipeDream. Each one is doing something different and exciting, but they all have a focus on quality and variety. You’ll pay more but it’s worth it in the long run, and we highly recommend you get in touch if you have any questions about the brands featured on our site.

Vibrating vs Non-Vibrating Dildo

This is totally up to you, and the sort of stimulation your partner is looking for. There’s a huge range of both vibrating and non-vibrating dildos to choose from, so the world is your oyster. A non-vibrating dildo means less fussing around with remote, wires and batteries. If you are just starting out, you might have enough on your plate simply getting used to adjusting the harness. But if you’re a seasoned strap-on user and you’re looking to spice things up then a vibrating dildo is an exciting option. Most will have a remote that can be clipped to the waistband of your harness, so you can keep your hands free. We love the 10-Function Silicone Love Rider Rippler from Cal Exotics, which is not only a completely bodysafe option but it has a huge range of vibration levels to choose from.

Vibrating vs non-vibrating
Female and Male Strapons

For a Guy or a Girl?

For those who aren’t familiar with strap-ons, the mention of them usually conjures the image of two women using it together. However, strap-ons can also be an exciting addition to any male-female relationship. Women can feel what it’s like to thrust from the hips, penetrating their partner with either a realistic looking dildo or a non-phallic dong. Men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction can buy a hollow dildo that stays hard until their partner climaxes. It allows them to enjoy the sensation of a larger, thicker, harder penis. It also opens up the opportunity for double penetration. A man can use his own erection to penetrate his partner in either the anus or vagina while the dildo stimulates her in the alternative spot. Having anal sex with a strap-on does not make a man gay, it’s for everyone who is curious. A strap-on allows both men and women to experiment with different positions, opening up a whole new chapter in their sex life. Girls who plan to use the strap-on with other girls do not need to invest in a hollow dildo. Something like the Fetish Fantasy Vibrating Strap-On Set is a lot of fun. However, if you’re a woman who wants to share the strap-on with your male partner then you’ll need something that can be worn by bother genders. PipeDream’s Fetish Fantasy Hollow Strap On For Him Or Her is a great place to start, as it is affordable. If you’re using it for guy-on-guy play then you’ll definitely need a hollow dildo. Go big with the Fetish Fantasy Extreme Silicone Hollow Strap On 7in or get started with the Vac-U-Lock system and try The Classic by Doc Johnson.

Price

If you’re planning to spend a lot of money and make an investment in a quality strap-on then you’ll reap the rewards. However, we understand that some people might be only new to the experience and therefore don’t want to spend a lot of money until they are hooked. If you want the best, you should go with a leather harness. Taken care of correctly, this can be a real investment piece. It’s worth spending a bit more if you want quality, and want the best.

the price of a strapon is a consideration

Summary

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when buying a strap-on. But the most important thing is to find something that makes you feel sexy, powerful and fits you like a glove. Hopefully this guide has allowed you to narrow down your wish list. Now it’s time to take a look at what we’ve got on offer and find the perfect strap-on for you. If you’ve got any questions don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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