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Ultimate Beginner's Buying Guide to Cock Rings


On the surface, cock rings seem so very simple. It’s hard to imagine that a basic ring can provide so much pleasure. The cock ring is one of the oldest sex toys (that we know about) and is a great way to introduce yourself to toys in general.

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What are Cock Rings?

Cock rings are as described—a ring that goes around the penis. This can be flexible or rigid, and some can even handle the scrotum too. The way it works is that it constricts the blood flow slightly to make your erections last longer. They can make you last longer and have a longer and more intense orgasm. They can be used in masturbation or with someone else. There are even vibrating cock rings, which we think is one of the best revelations to sex toys. Buying a stretchy cock ring is a great first sex toy—they are inexpensive and allow you the chance to experiment.

History of the Cock Ring

We don’t who first came up with the idea of wrapping something around the penis, but boy, do we love that person. While it’s possible that cock rings were in use before this, the earliest documented use that we know of is from China. Originally, these cock rings were made from goat eyelids complete with eyelashes to stimulate the clitoris. It wasn’t long before cock rings were created from different materials, including jade, ivory, and gold.

In the 1800s, cock rings were crafted from rubber, but they were still hard to use. It wasn't until the 1930s that latex rubber became available, making penis rings more popular. The sexual revolution hit in the '60s and '70s, and cock rings became something for couples to enjoy. Many rings now have nubs that help constrict the penis while giving a woman stimulation as well. In short, the cock ring is now one of the most popular sex toys on the market.

Types of Cock Rings

There are many different styles of cock rings. Some are simple, while others have significantly more enhancements.

Adjustable Cock Rings

Dr. Joel Adjustable Erection Enhancer Ring

Many cock rings have a fixed diameter, while others have a little more stretch. There’s actually a third option, which is adjustable cock rings. This style of ring uses either a slide of some sort or is a leather ring with snaps. In fact, many people find a leather cock ring to be particularly hot, but you do have to make sure you clean it well after each use. If you’re wanting to put a little more pressure on yourself, you’re able to easily, and if you want to relax a little bit and still get some restraint, just use a looser setting.

We recommend: Dr. Joel Adjustable Erection Enhancer Ring 



Classic Cock Rings

Tantus Premium Beginner Cock Ring

Sometimes simple is best. If you’re new to cock rings, try a sleek, smooth ring that’s perfect for fitting around your penis. This type of cock ring is streamlined and has a plain design. Find one in a flexible material and get started on your cock play. The smooth material can provide delicious movement on the clitoris. Even if you’re experienced, sometimes the simplicity of a classic ring is just what you need to have a powerful orgasm.

We recommend: Tantus Premium Beginner Cock Ring 



Cock Ring Sets

Cloud 9 Pro Sensual Silicone Cock Ring 3 Pack

Not sure which size will work best for you? Not to worry. With a great cock ring set, you'll have a variety of options to choose from. Penis ring sets generally come with two or three differently sized rings from small, medium and large. You can even wear them all at the same time! Place the largest one around the base of the penis and behind the testicles and put the small or medium one at the base of the penis.

We recommend: Cloud 9 Pro Sensual Silicone Cock Ring 3 Pack  



Couples Cock Rings

Fifty Shades of Grey Yours and Mine Vibrating Love Ring

With the right toys, you can truly have it all. There are couples cock rings that actually include a little something extra designed to hit all your erogenous zones. Look for cock rings that come with add-ons like anal beads and prostate massagers. The prostate is one of the most sensitive parts of a man, and with the right stimulation, you’ll feel a full body orgasm that will send you soaring. Try a vibrating one and you won’t be able to stand up straight—you’ll be too busy trying to hold on to something or someone.

We recommend: Fifty Shades of Grey Yours and Mine Vibrating Love Ring  



Rabbit Cock Rings

Triple Clit Flicker Vibrating Penis Ring

This is one specific type of cock ring, but it’s unique, which is why it deserves its own feature. The rabbit style is similar to the larger rabbit vibrators, but this time it’s attached to a cock ring. The rabbit includes a bullet vibrator and features charming little bunny ears that are designed to stimulate your partner’s clitoris. She’ll be moaning in delight while you have a prolonged orgasm—you may even climax together for the ultimate in sexual fun with a partner. Ladies will love that their man has been essentially turned into their own personal vibrator meant to drive you both crazy with pleasure.

We recommend: Triple Clit Flicker Vibrating Penis Ring 



Stretchy Cock Rings

Stretchy Cock Ring Set (3 Pack)

If you’re a beginner, this is a great place to start. Stretchy cock rings are the bread and butter of any penis ring collection. These rings are typically made with silicone or rubber. Some are stretchy enough to go behind the testicles and press against the perineum for more intense pleasure and orgasms. Be sure that you're fully erect and use lots of lube before you put it on to make everything slippery and comfortable.

We recommend: Stretchy Cock Ring Set (3 Pack) 



Vibrating Cock Rings

LELO Tor 2 Luxury Rechargeable Vibrating Cock Ring

Wow. Wow. Wow. Couples can’t get enough of vibrating cock rings. Wearing the penis ring means a longer erection, and the ring has a bullet vibrator at the top, intended for clitoral stimulation. Of course, you could always wear it upside down for perineal stimulation, which is often neglected. You don’t even need a partner to use the good vibrations to get off—play solo and see where it takes you. Once you try a vibrating cock ring, you’ll wonder what you were doing with your sex life before.

We recommend: LELO Tor 2 Luxury Rechargeable Vibrating Cock Ring 



Cock Ring Materials

Cock rings area available in many different materials. Depending on your preferences and experience level, you may want different sensations. Cock ring materials include:

Metal Cock Rings

XR Triad Medium Triple Cock Ring Set

Metal cock rings are rigid and can be heated or cooled for temperature play. These solid, stainless steel rings are perfect for more advanced penis ring users. Easy to clean and maintain, a metal c-ring can last you a lifetime. Plus, cold steel feels great during those long, hot nights! Use lots of lube when slipping one of these bad boys on and keep your toy in tip-top shape with a toy cleaner of your choice.

We recommend: XR Triad Medium Triple Cock Ring Set



Silicone Cock Rings

OptiMale Thick Silicone 35mm Cock Ring

Silicone feels silky smooth against your skin. It’s a high quality, durable material that’s easy to clean and has a little bit of give. This non-porous and hypoallergenic material feels great and looks even better. Slicone penis rings are slightly stretchy, making this a great toy for those with a bit of previous experience. Just slide it on and let nature take its course.

We recommend: OptiMale Thick Silicone 35mm Cock Ring



Jelly Cock Rings

The Big O Multispeed Vibrating Ring

Jelly cock rings are stretchy and flexible, making it a great choice for beginners looking to experiment and stretch boundaries. Apply lashings of lubricant and stretch the ring down to the base of the penis. You'll instantly feel larger and harder. If you've opted for a vibrating variant, turn on the vibes and take your pleasure to new heights.

We recommend: The Big O Multispeed Vibrating Ring



Caring For Your Cock Ring

Cock rings are available at many different price points, and it can be a great toy to get without breaking the bank. But no matter what price point you’ve gone for, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of your toys so they can continue to take care of you. Before you play with any toy, you’ll want to clean it. After you use your toys, make sure to clean them again. After all, you want to be able to relax and enjoy your toy without worry.

Most penis rings are actually pretty easy to clean—soap and warm water is enough to keep them clean. However, if you want a different type of multipurpose cleaner, you can invest in some antibacterial toy cleaner, which is designed specifically for sex toys. Dry your cock rings with a lint-free towel.

You’ll also want to consider how you’re going to store your toys. One of the great things about cock rings in that they are small and discreet and easy to hide. However, depending on the material of your c-ring, you don’t want it to have prolonged contact with your other toys. Different materials can negatively interact and can deformations or other damage.

For vibrating penis rings, it’s good practice to keep your batteries out of the vibrator when you’re not using it. Keep extra batteries on hand so you don’t run low when you’re just getting revved up.

Choosing a Cock Ring

If it’s not clear yet, there are many different styles of cock rings to choose from. But how do you narrow down the choices?

  • Budget – Cock rings come at many different price points. There are inexpensive, stretchy jelly rings and solid steel rings, as well as luxury cock rings made with powerful vibes. Decide what you’re willing to spend and balance that with the other factors.  
  • Type of Play – if you want something simple, a classic cock ring might be best. However, if you want something that’s multipurpose, you may want to consider something with a vibrator or an attachment meant for anal stimulation. As you experiment and become more adventurous, you can work your way up to more intense toys.
  • Size – Size matters. We’re talking about a toy that intentionally restricts the boys, and it’s important to find one that fits properly. Cock rings include dimensions—compare internal ring dimensions and find the right size.
  • Material – Do you want something rigid and unyielding? Maybe you’re just getting started and you want a stretchy jelly material. Each material has its own advantage, and if you invest in multiple different types of rings you may discover that you have a distinct preference.  

Measuring Yourself

Because size is so important, you want to make sure that you get something that will fit without constricting too much. Cock rings are measured by diameter, and you may have to do a little bit of math to make sure you get the right fit. While you are erect, take a tape measure and measure the circumference. Take that number and divide it by 3.14 to get your erect penis diameter. You’ll then want to choose a cock ring that has a diameter that’s slightly smaller. After all, you want to feel the pressure. If you want a rigid ring, don’t go any smaller than 0.5 inches less than your diameter or you run the risk of injury.

How to Play With Your Cock Ring

Penis rings are fun and pretty easy to use. Get some water-based lubricant and lube up the ring and your penis—you don’t want any unnecessary friction. While you are flaccid, slip the cock ring onto your penis and make sure it’s settled at the base. While your erection grows, you’ll notice that the fit gets tighter, but it should never cause discomfort. You’ll follow the same process for getting into a cock-and-ball ring.

Don’t wear your penis ring for longer than 20 minutes. If you notice that the penis is visibly narrower, then you should remove it promptly. The same goes for if you’re turning red or blue. You’ll want to find a different ring that’s either more flexible or a little larger.

Cock rings can make you last longer and climax like you never have before. Have fun by yourself or with a partner to experience a pleasure unlike any other.