Choosing a Toy Guide – Sleeves

Welcome to the Choosing a Toy Guide series. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend reading Choosing a Toy Guide – The Basics first. It provides general information about all types of toys. In this section, we discuss Sleeves and things to consider when shopping for them.

Also known as male masturbators, sleeves usually simulate the feeling of insertion into the mouth, vagina, or anus. They vary from simple jelly tubes to complex, textured, real-skin feeling toys with suction and vibration.

Things to consider:

  • How real does it look? Some sleeves are nondescript tubes that feel great but don’t look like much of anything, while others are shaped like the entrance to a mouth, vagina, or anus.
  • What’s it feel like? Most sleeves are textured inside to mimic the inside a real person. These textures can be anything from simple rippled rings to complex textures modeled after actual human anatomy.
  • Size matters. The size of the sleeve that is. Some sleeves are as short as 4″ while others are much longer. Given that your hand is about 4″ across, it’s certainly enough length to get the job done, but those who want to feel something along their entire shaft at once will want a longer toy.
  • Vibrations are an option. Some sleeves have a built-in vibrator that adds to the experience. If your favorite toy doesn’t come with a vibe, it’s possible to buy a bullet vibrator and insert it into the far end of the shaft of the sleeve. This turns any long sleeve into a vibrating pleasure toy.
  • Some toys suck in a good way. Combining the best of a sleeve and a penis pump, some toys have a squeeze bulb that creates a vacuum to replicate the sensation of oral sex.
  • Masters of disguise. Some toys are masters of not being seen. Disguised as flashlights or beer cans, they’re less likely to be discovered by nosy roommates.
  • Like warm apple pie! One way to make the experience feel the most real is to run warm water through the toy to warm it up to just above skin temperature. Then apply a good water-based lubricant to make it slippery for the ultimate experience.