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Dimensions of a Dildo: A guide to buying the perfect dong.
25 Nov

Dimensions of a Dildo: A guide to buying the perfect dong.

Posted By: IGNITE

There are sooo many dildos on the market to choose from. They come in all different sizes, shapes, colors, materials, texture, and weight. One of the hardest things to imagine is size, especially the width (diameter). Sometimes people get diameter confused with circumference (the measurement around the outside, aka girth). We'll talk about that in a bit. It's not uncommon for us to get return request because the dildo was larger than expected. For sanitary reasons, and for customers' peace of mind, we have a strict no-return policy.

For those of you who think you want a dick more than 6 inches in length, this article is for you! It may validate your desires or guide you toward a smaller choice. The average human dick in the US is about 5.5-6 inches long (do some googling if you want to learn more about averages). Also, keep in mind, what you see in porn videos is typically above average. Anyhow, let's get into the details of dildo sizing so you're confident in your next purchase!

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Let’s start with the simplest measurement: dildo length

We provide two measurements regarding length: insertable length and overall length. Of course, the more important measurement is the insertable, but it’s always nice to know both.

The overall length is measured from the tip of the head to the very base of the toy. Some toys have suction cups, some have flanged bases to fit in harnesses, some have balls, some are curved, and some are just straight without any base (mostly doubled ended ones). Note: it’s never suggested to insert a dildo without a flanged base all the way into any hole, because there is a risk of it getting stuck. Don’t press your luck, unless you get turned on by trips to the ER.

On a realistic dildo with balls, the insertable length is measured from the tip of the head down the base of the shaft, right where the balls begin. This doesn’t mean you cannot also insert the balls (for more advanced players). It’s all up to your level of enjoyment. The insertable length of a dildo with a suction cup or flanged base is from the tip of the head to the beginning of where it flanges out. If the dildo shaft is curved, the measurement follows that curve. {see illustration} Typically, the insertable length is the maximum suggested depth of penetration.

shows dildo length

Let’s talk about dildo width (diameter) and girth (circumference).

This is the most misconceived measurements, but also probably the most important when negotiating what the recipient of penetration wants or can handled. Width is measured as the diameter of a toy. {see illustration} It’s the measurement taken straight across from one edge to the other. The measurement we provide on our site will always be the thickest, insertable width. For example, typically at the crown (head) or the thickest part of the shaft (yes sometimes the shaft can be thicker than the crown) – whichever is larger. In the examples further below, you can see the 2 inch wide (skin colored) dildo appears a LOT thicker than the 1.9 inch (black dildo). That's because it's 2 inches thick down the entire shaft, while the black one is 1.9 inches thick at the crown and the shaft is more narrow.

The girth of a toy is the circumference, measured around the outside. {see illustration} You’d need a flexible seamstress measuring tape to be able to measure this. Most people do not typically have this type of measuring device readily available, so we do not provide this, sometimes confusing, measurement.

Here are some examples of dildo measurements

dildo size chart
8 inch dildo
7.3 inch dildo
7 inch dildo
6.75 inch dildo
6.25 inch dildo
5 inch dildo

Weight and density also play rolls in how a dildo feels

The heavier a dildo is (comparing relatively the same size dils) the more dense and fuller it will feel. It will have less squish to it, being firmer. A lighter, squishier dildo, or a dual density dildo (squishy on the outside with a firm core) will feel softer and potentially less girthy than a firmer density dildo. I must mention that some dildos are super soft even as a single density, such as “packers” which are made to feel like flaccid penises for “packing” into your pants. Many are able to get off on a penis in flaccid state too! Again, it’s up to one’s preferences, experience, and creativity. The lesson here is that a harder material dildo may feel more filling than a same size softer dildo.

Dildo Material and Texture

Most may not consider thinking about material or features. We’re talking glass, metal, silicone, and plastic. And also different features like crown, veins, ribs ands and studs. If you want something super stiff, and glides better in water you’ll want to opt for the glass, metal, or plastic. If you want a more realistic feel you’ll skip on over to the silicone.

Along with size, features can sometimes be more than expected. A realistic dildo may have accentuated veining. Just like ribs or studs, this creates more friction. If you’re super sensitive, this may be overload. But if you like a little extra stimulation, you’ll love these features!

Now you’re ready to buy!

Get out there and do some exploring. Figure out which features you really love. And it’s ok to get tired of your once favorite dildo. Keep that in your arsenal and get yourself a new one. You’ll come back to it, for the sake of experiencing something different. No shame in that. And if you have a significant other, I hope they appreciate your openness and join your sex toy excursion. It’s a forever evolving journey.

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NS Novelties Colours Pleasure 5" Realistic Dildo
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The suction cup on this realistic dildo is excellent! It sticks to any mostly flat surface and puts up a fight to release it. Even with the sturdy silicone shaft, it still has some flex as you thrust onto it, but this dildo’s suction cup base remains stuck! It’s hard to say which part is the best feature of this dildo; the strength of the suction base, or the super realistic, firm yet flexible shaft. The details on this dong are on point. It’s veiny, has a defined head, and even textured balls. The surface is soft, smooth and has no funky odors because it’s made of 100% body safe silicone. The total length of this dildo is just about 7 inches, with about 5.25 inches of insertable shaft. The head is the same diameter as the shaft and measures 4.75 in circumference (1.5 inches in diameter). The only slight downfall is that the details of the textured shaft require a little more care when washing. Lube and body fluids can get stuck in the creases, so be sure to give a little extra attention when cleaning. This is an average sized, realistic dong that comes in multiple colors, making it super fun to play with.  It’s also harness compatible. To clean, wash with warm soapy water, bleach, or boil to sterilize.   Read Affiliate Review of Colours Dildo * Beware, this review is HOOOT! (XXX) ..

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NS Novelties Colours Pleasure 8" Realistic Dildo
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This dildo is almost identical to the Colours Pleasure 5 inch realistic dong. It has 3 more total inches of length and slightly larger girth at about 2 inches in diameter. The veiny shaft, ridged head, and slightly textured balls make this dildo look and feel super realistic. The head and shaft are close in size, but the edge of the crowned head provides great stimulation. Those features, and the strength of the suction cup, make this dildo a great ride. The suction cup base allows you to thrust into it and tilt your hips for that ultimate angle. And it’s also harness compatible. The 100% body safe silicone shaft is firm, but has some flexibility to it which makes it feel all the more real. And because it’s made of silicone it has no funky smell. The only slight challange about this realistic dong is that the texture does need a little extra attention when cleaning. The creases of the skin and veins do collect lube and body fluids, so be more careful when washing. IGNITE RATING: 4 stars The box provided is not intended for store, so it’s a good idea to get a sex toy storage bag as well. To clean, wash with warm soapy water, bleach, or boil to sterilize. ..

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Doc Johnson TRUSKYN - The Tru Ride Slim 7" Realistic Dildo
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Doc Johnson's TRUSKYN™ is pure, hygienic, health grade silicone that has been handcrafted to emulate actual skin, right down to warming to your own body temperature. The dual density technique actively creates the tender feel of real skin. It's a combination of a firm, flexible inner core with the feel of real skin outer layer to create the ultimate life-like sensation! Dual Density TRUSKYN™ Feels Real Inside & Out Firm Silicone Inner Core Delivers Stunning Realness Realistic Cock Design with Tapered Phallic Tip Perfect for Couples Use or Solo Play O-Ring Harness Compatible Hypoallergenic Nonporous and Odorless Phthalate-Free, Body-Safe Warms to Body Temperature Easy to Clean (top rack dishwasher safe) Proudly Made in America Check out 6 Ways to use a realistic dildo ..

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