Types of Strap Ons – 20 Different Types You Have To Know The Difference Between!

By Benjamin Jorgensen / July 18, 2022

This blog post will take you through the different types of strap ons.

For each type of strap on I will also reveal:

  • What is different about the type of strap on
  • Who it primarily is for
  • Which advantages you stand to gain from buying this type of strap on (Pros)
  • Which disadvantages the type of strap on has, of course (Cons)
  • Where to find the best strap ons in the ‘category’

I will start by introducing som of the more classic strap on types, and then walk lastly walk you through som very peculiar ones.

Strap On – Non-interchangable or interchangable

strap on

What is different: These are the “standard” Strap Ons. They feature a strap on harness, with a typical O-ring. That way you can fit almost any type of suction cup dildo in them. You can also get them with just a stuck harness, that are typically less expensive.

Who is it for: Everyone. Both lesbian couples, straight couples, gays.

Pros: Easy to use. Can change the size of the strap on dildo if it is interchangeable.

Cons: Does not offer that much excitement if you are already a strap on connoisseur.

You can find the best strap ons in our round up review here.

Vibrating Strap On

vibrating strap on

What is different: Well, the vibrator. It can come as an add-on bullet vibrator, that you insert in the dildo in your harness. If you have a harness that can fit many different strap on dildos, you can also fit your vibrating dildo here.

Who is it for: Everyone, who wants to add an extra layer of pleasure to their strap on adventures.

Pros: More stimulation, and possible a fantastic time for both partners, as the vibrations might also hit the thrusting partner.

Cons: A bit more expensive. Can be harder to manage during sex, if you don’t have remote control over the vibrator.

We’ve ranked the best vibrating strap ons here.

Strap On Dick

strap on dick

What is different: This is primarily a strap on for men. It works similarly to a cock ring, but just with an added dildo attachement. That way, you can now be the proud owner of two dildos

Who is it for: People who want dual stimulation. Either as vaginal and anal. Double vaginal, or double anal penetration is also an option for the brave. If you want a a bigger fit in either whole, then you can also consider a cock sleeve instead to provide more width.

Pros: Easy to use and “strap on”.

Cons: Can be a bit flimsy if you don’t find a good fit.

You can find the best Strap On Dicks here

Cheap Strap On

cheap strap on

What is different: The materials are often worse, silicone is hard to come by for very cheap strap ons. The quality of the strap on is also a lot worse. Strap ons that don’t have the option to change the dildo will often be considerably cheaper. But then you are stuck with one size.

Who is it for: Everyone who don’t have a large budget for a strap on. And also for those, that are ok with “running the risk” of not really liking the feeling.

Pros: You save money.

Cons: You might end up beleiving strap ons are not for you, when in fact you just got you hands on a horrible product, that no-one in their right mind would like.

If you do want to find a good product, we have made this guide to the best cheap strap ons.

Strapless Strap On

strapless strap on

What is different: Well, quite obviously, you do not have a harness. This means, that your pelvic muscles are going to have to keep this bad boy in. On end is shaped just as any normal strap on dildo. The other is typically a shorter bulbeous dildo, that is made to stick inside the “thrusting” partner.

Who is it for: Typically a strap on made for lesbians. But, can also be a perfect his and hers strap on for pegging – in effect weared by the female pegging the man for straight couples.

Pros: You don’t have to struggle with getting into what you might consider an unsexy harness.

Cons: Most find, that strapless strap ons are super hard to keep inside. And the last thing you want to worry about during sex is keeping things in the correct place!

Hollow Strap On

hollow strap on

What is different: This type of strap on has a hole in the middle, that is a hollow space for your penis. It works partly as a cock sleeve that just just allows for larger penis sleeves to be worn, because of the harness.

Who is it for: It is a strap on for men who want to feel the sensation of having a larger penis. Or men with erection problems who want to be intimate with their partner with penetrative sex still.

Pros: Can help if you are in need of a hard on, and can’t get one. If your partner wants to try a larger size, or you have fantasies about your partner trying something bigger.

Cons: Can limit the feel inside, so basically your penis will recieve a lot less stimulation. Can be hard to find the correct size, so that it fit’s snugle around your penis.

You can find our best rated hollow strap ons here.

Strap On Underwear

strap on underwear

What is different: Instead of the typical harness made of elastic band or leather, this “harness” is just a bacis pair of underwear or panties. It has ring that you can fit the dildo through (and also a slip to the side, where you start by inserting the penis).

Who is it for: People who feel the harness are uncomfortable or not flexible enough during intercourse.

Pros: Feel really good. Quick to take on.

Cons: Less access to the wearers genetals. Can be wiggly and not as easy to ride on or thrust with.

You can find the strap on underwear we rated the best here.

Starter Strap Ons for Beginners

strap on for beginners

What is different: The harness, or underwear for wearing the strap on is not that different. The dildo is smaller, however. What you wan’t to go for as a beginner is smaller sizes, a cheaper one to begin with, and easy to adjust harness so you can easily find a good size.

Who is it for: Beginners who are going to try strap on play for the first time.

Pros: Increase your chance of getting a good experience the first time, as you are not going for something excessively large.

Cons: When going for a cheaper product, there is a chance it will break. So if you are confident you want a strap on maybe consider waving that

We have tested and ranked the best strap on for beginners.

Large Strap On

large strap on

What is different: The dildo is bigger, and can be ALOT bigger, just look at the picture – from one of our tests. You can of course get “large” strap ons that aren’t XXL and monster sizes. The harness doesn’t change in size, if you are looking for a large harness, then I will later cover plus size strap on harnesses.

Who is it for: If your partner, or yourself, want a very large strap on dildo.

Pros: Will for sure fill you completely.

Cons: Might end up getting a bit to big, or be hard to maneuvre around.

See all the best large strap ons here.

Small Strap On

small strap on

What is different: The dildo is a lot smaller. Typically smaller than the average penis size (6 inches long, and 5 inches in circumference). They can also be small enough for anal use.

Who is it for: Typically beginners, or people who have felt discomfort with a larger strap on dildo.

Pros: Using lube, you are less likely to feel any discomfort using a small strap on dildo.

Cons: You might end up feeling, that it doesn’t fill you out enough. So please, o buy an interchangeable dildo for your strap on.

You can find the best small strap ons in this guide.

Prostate Strap On

prostate strap on

What is different: This type of strap on will have a curved dildo with a bulb or texture at the end. It is typically smaller in circumfrence. As the prostate is a small gland located farther towards the front (belly) of your body, the curvature needs to point this way. You can turn the curved prostate strap on dildo the direction you want. So e.g. if you are in doggy, turn it down towards the ground. And if you are riding (or getting rid) thn turn it up towards your head.

Who is it for: For people with a prostate gland, typically men.

Pros: Unlike normal strap on dildos, these are made to stimulate the prostate effectively, and if you are the lucky owner of a prostate you are likely to get a lot more pleasure from these.

Cons: Controlling which way the curve is pointing can be hard, and it can change during stimulation. Be sure to get a prostate strap on that give you the option of changing the direction the “curve” is pointing towards.

Find our best reviewed and rated prostate strap on dildos in this guide.

Silicone Strap On

silicone strap on

What is different: The fact, that all the dildos are made out of silicone. The harness can still be made out of elastic, leather or faux leather.

Who is it for: anyone who wants silicone strap on dildos because they are body-safe and the high quality material gives the best sensations.

Pros: Safe to use.

Cons: Can collect dust. A bit more expensive than other materials.

You can find our top list of the best silicone strap on dildos here.

Realistic Strap On

realistic strap on

What is different: the strap on dildos are made to look realistic. If you are looking for a strap on that also feels realistic we have made a top list of the best real feel strap ons.

Who is it for: For anyone who enjoys sex toys, including strap ons, that looks like a real penis.

Pros: Very good at imitating the real deal. For example if your partners enjoys that, or does not get off from a “silicone stick”.

Cons: A lot of realistic looking strap on dildos are made from TPE or materials that aren’t as safe as silicone.

If you want to find safe to use and the best Realistic Strap Ons out there, take a look at this guide.

Plus Size Strap On

plus size strap on

What is different: The dildos can be all different sizes, and does not change. The Harness is however made for bigger sizes. This means that the harness will be made to fit for bigger buts and waists.

Who is it for: For those bodies who aren’t made in the average sizes that strap ons come in. If you have experienced that you couldn’t fit in your harness or underwear.

Pros: Will fit you better.

Cons: None, really. Not if it’s the right size for you.

You can find our guide to the best plus size strap ons in this guide.

Ejaculating Strap On (also called “squirting strap on”)

What is different: This type of strap on has a mechanism by which you can release an ejalucation. Thereby the name ejaculating strap on. It typically works with a syringe that will squirt out fake semen.

Who is it for: Those that want to get an extra layer of realism into their strap on play.

Pros: Makes for a realistic ending to your play, and if your strugling with ED you can now ejaculate with your partner or recreate that feeling.

Cons: Typically more expensive, and you have to refill the fake semen syringe.

You can see our guide to the best ejaculating strap ons here.

Double Penetration Strap On

double penetration strap on

What is different: Typically, these come in two different kinds. First, is one that penetrates both partners like a double dildo or a strapless strapon. The difference is, that it is still in a harness. The other works similar to a cock ring strap on dildo. However, here you have two strap on dildos attached to one harness – for dual stimulation.

Who is it for: The first type is for someone who would like to have two dildos penetrate them at once, either one anal and one vaginal or two in one. The other type is typically for lesbian couples or for pegging play. So that both partners at the same time can enjoy penetration.

Pros: A double penetration strap on is most likely the best alternative to a strapless strap on. The added harness makes sure that you don’t have to concentrate about anything else than enjoying each other (especially not trying to keep the bulb inside during play).

Cons: The angle of the second dildo (the one stimulating the partner) can often be oddly placed, as women are so different it makes it hard for manufacturers to find the best possible location for everyone. Especially as it is also dependent on what angle you are using it for penetration.

The best double penetration strap ons can be found in our round up review.

Glow in the Dark Strap On

glow in the dark strap on

What is different: Primary the materials. A silicone or TPE material with glowing qualities is used.

Who is it for: The couple that like the added sensation of playing in the dark. As the dark removes orientation possibility, and as you don’t have a great feeling for where your strap on is at all times, having it glow up can be beneificial.

Pros: Plain and simply, you can see it. However, don’t expect it to work as a torch leading you to the cave of pleasure – it’s not that bright.

Cons: I am a bit sceptical of the safety of having the materials you use to stimulate yourself can glow. Sounds like some chemicals shouldn’t necesarilly be present, but are. Therefore, please refrain from using it what so ever, if the material have been breached.

You can find our best rated glow in the dark strap ons here.

Strap On Kit

strap on kit from vac-u-lock

What is different: A strap on kits typically consists of one harness and multiple dildos and o-rings (o-rings are how you attach the dildo). This means, that the kit can help you try out many different sizes. The Vac-U-Lock strap on kit on the image features a smart locking and interchangable mechanism.

Who is it for: those that are not sure about sizes, or would like to warm up before going for the big dong.

Pros: Offers multiple sizes, and you know the dildos will fit snugly as they are part of the same kit.

Cons: Typically kits are a bit more expensive, compared to just buying a strap on.

You can find the strap on kits we have rated the best here.

Thigh Strap On

What is different: This isn’t your average strap on. This thigh strap on fits around your thigh, knee, or lower leg. It is used for play, where you are sitting or lying down and you partner is riding you. Or vice versa.

Who is it for: Fit for anyone who wants to try a strap on out of the ordinary, and who maybe does not like the thrusting motions.

Pros: Cool type of strap on, that can also be wrapped around other surfaces or areas. You imagination is the only limilations

Cons: If you don’t buy a thigh strap on with a good strap it can fit losely of be wiggly on the leg, or other places.

Find the best thigh strap ons here.

Strap Ons in different colors

strap on colors such as pink and black

So, there is a whole variety of strapon colours available.

Some of the more popular colours are:

You can also get the strap on harness in a variety of colors.

Other types of strap ons not mentioned, but quickly listed:

  • Couples strap ons
  • Anal strap on
  • Huge, massive, giant strap on
  • Mistress strap on
  • Bad dragon strap on
  • Gay strap on
  • Leather strap on (harness)
  • Extreme strap on
  • Strap on with balls
  • Chin strap on – also called a face dildo
  • Strap on penis extender
  • Strap on with clit stimulator

Strap on brands

  • Vac-U-Lock
  • Feeldo
  • Lovehoney
  • Tracey Cox
  • Tantus
  • Desire
  • Happy Rabbit
  • Together Toy
  • Doc Johnson
  • Wet For Her