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12 Best Inflatable Butt Plugs & How They Work

12 Best Inflatable Butt Plugs & How They Work

Last Updated on March 26, 2024

Inflatable butt plugs are a super kinky unisex anal toy that packs a surprise sensation into the rear and boosts the pleasure and power of orgasms during sex and masturbation.

Blow up butt plugs are an uncommon sight in the average person's sex toy collection, but if you'd like to try something fantastically unique, this is your new ticket to back door pleasure paradise.

If you've never tried one before, check out the full guide on how to use an inflatable butt plug that features the full spectrum of instructions and step by step tutorial on how to use an inflatable butt plug for curious beginners.

Beginners take note, the aforementioned guide is also an useful tool for people who enjoy anal sex toys but want to try a bigger size in the rear without hurting or over stretching the anal sphincter. The tutorial provides pointers and tips for the user on how to enjoy inflatable sex toys safely to receive the biggest sexual impact.

Huge and large vibrating inflatable anal plugs spread a completely unique tingling sensation throughout the rectum. The balloon expands and fills all gaps inside the body pressing evenly over the tissue within the rectum.

All the while, the thin neck limits rectal stretch to make sure you don't tear the sensitive tissue surrounding anus, or even the anal sphincter itself. The flat base prevents it from going in too far and also is a perfect “prop” to nestle between your ass cheeks to prevent it from falling out.

What is an Inflatable Butt Plug?

The inflatable butt plug is an anal toy with an expandable latex rubber or silicone balloon surrounding the core. When a hand bulb is squeezed, this inflates the balloon causing it to expand in size to fill the rectum. A quick release valve instantly releases the air returning the device to its natural size for easy removal.

What is the Purpose of Inflatable Anal Toys?

For those “in the know”, applying pressure inside the rectum is a highly erotic experience. During orgasm, the muscle clenching and pulsating sensation is amplified by the contrasting sensation of something large inside the anal cavity. It spreads intense pleasure across the groin and pelvis which in turn reverberates throughout the whole body. Powerful stuff.

Now the secret of having something that expands inside the anus has its origins in the terms of safety. Safety? Why, yes! The anal sphincter can only stretch so far before there is risk of tearing or injury. Training anal plugs come in incremental sizes to slowly stretch the anus for safety reasons (and it feels good, of course!)

By inserting an anal toy with a smaller girth reduces the likelihood of overstretching or damaging the tissue around the sphincter. Once inside however, you are free to inflate the balloon as it expands within the cavity for the finest all-round tingle to make orgasms skyrocket into the next realms of pleasure.

To summarize the main appeal of the inflatable butt plug: it provides a huge, satisfying stretch inside the rectum without overstretching the anal sphincter itself.

Benefits of Inflatable Butt Plugs

  1. Enjoy a thick girth without overstretching the anal sphincter upon insertion.
  2. Inflatable butt plugs are lightweight and not as heavy as regular rubber or silicone butt plugs.
  3. The inflatable dildo shaped like a penis offers a totally new sensation back there.
  4. Small inflatable anal dildos are perfect sex toys for anal training.
  5. The tingling vibration feels like an echo in the ass, a highly orgasmic and stimulating sensation.

Vibrating vs. Non-Vibrating Expanding Butt Plugs

Beginners don't always strive to achieve huge girths filling up the butt. Most people enjoy the expanding butt plug simply to experience the light echoing vibration and evenly spaced pressure inside the rectum. It's not always about breaking large size records.

The radiating tingling that comes from the vibrating motor feels totally different from any other kind of dildo or vibrator one could use. Expandable butt plugs also feel different than a vibrating butt plug which provides a firm or heavy sensation with strong vibration.

In comparison, the inflatable butt plug feels very “light” back there and the vibration is more of a teasing, tickling echo and not a full-on powered impactful sensation. Which is better? They simply can't be compared. People who buy vibrating anal plugs will often have a collection of inflatable vibrating butt plugs too because they offer a stark contrast in experience.

Deflated and expanded butt plugs
Our products have pictures and videos showing deflation and expansion.

One of the disadvantages about the vibrating version is the extra cord and controller unit attached to the base of the device. Some people find it too cumbersome or annoying to try to pump up the balloon while toggling the motors intensity. In each product page you can watch a video demo to show how quickly they inflate and deflate via quick release pump valve to get an idea of what to expect when yours arrives in the mail.

Some people simply want a cordless or inflating anal toy without hassles so they choose a non-vibrating one. In my personal opinion, you're missing out on a whole realm of pleasure, but of course which inflatable sex toy to try is completely a personal preference!

Before carrying on here, it's important to cover the concept of the butt plug to begin with. Inflatable anal dildos are common, but not listed here because even though they also blow up with a hand pump, they are not the same. What is the purpose of a butt plug? That's the exact shape and style of sex toy that's highlighted here today. FYI - I haven't included any dildos in this review list, that will be a topic on its own to come at a later date.

Inflatable butt plug for beginners
Best selling inflatable butt plug for beginners

6 Best Inflatable Butt Plugs for Beginners

Inflatable Anal Balloon

1. Inflatable Anal Balloon

Inflatable Anal Balloon is the top choice for beginners and the small “thinner than a finger” inflatable anal toy that gets high reviews. Additionally, it has been the best selling choice for newbies within the past 10 years or so. It's one of the longest running products that remains unchanged.

Honestly, most blow up butt plugs look scary, but this is as gentle as it gets. Smooth hollow rubber tube is capped by a thin yet durable rounded latex balloon that blows up evenly as you squeeze the hand bulb. Ultra discreet styling is easy to use, easy to insert and by far the cheapest option in the catalog.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1/2 an inch
  • Inflated Diameter: 2 1/2 inches

Weighted Silicone Inflatable Butt Plug

2. Weighted Silicone Inflatable Butt Plug

Weighted Silicone Inflatable Butt Plug is the first that features a detachable hose! The spade shaped anal toy inserts at a small deflated size, and once fully inflated you can pull the hose from the base leaving the toy in your butt without the tubing and hand bulb getting in the way. Stick the hose back into the base and press the valve to release the air.

The weighted inflatable silicone anal plug features a small circular weight connected to the top of the neck that jiggles and moves with you creating a self vibrating type of feel. It's highly erotic and a great addition that quickly launched this selection to the top of the heap. It's the best small inflatable butt plug for beginners and one that any newbie will love. We do!

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/4 an inch
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

Ram Inflatable Anal Toy

3. Ram Inflatable Anal Toy

Ram Inflatable Anal Toy has a graduated shape which means that the tip is small and it slowly increases in girth with deeper insertion. The best feature is just that – the fact that you can keep it shallow to be itty-bitty in the butt or pop each bead in to slowly be able to take it all in.

Consider it like an anal training toy that expands. The balloon blows up near the middle effectively providing the biggest girth near the entry of the anus. It's easy to pump up while the discreet vibration completes the thrill of this original expandable anal sex toy suitable for him or her.

  • Deflated Diameter: 3/4 inch near the tip, 1 3/8 inches near the base
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 1/4 inches

Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug

4. Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug

Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug is the quintessential inflatable butt plug, but modernized in silicone instead of traditional latex perfectly suited for those with latex allergies. Some people think silicone is more durable than latex, but in my experience since each balloon is so thin, the durability of both is very similar.

The advantage of purchasing a silicone plug over latex is silicone is non-porous and easier to sanitize. This one also comes with a suction cup base, the first of its kind available with this feature. Kinky folks like this added versatility, it can also be mounted to a strap on harness.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1/2 inch tip, 1 1/4 inches mid-shaft
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

Silicone Anal Expander Toy

5. Silicone Anal Expander Toy

Silicone Anal Expander Toy is similar to the balloon found in the first place spot, but this one is coated in silicone instead of latex and the balloon blows up in a more even circular shape. Further comparing the two choices, this one releases air by turning the metal screw whereas the latter releases air by pressing the quick release button.

There is no chance of accidentally releasing the air here because you need to grab the pump bulb with 2 hands and twist the valve to open. A very high quality beginners inflatable anal toy that can easily be adjusted to your desired depth inside the body.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1/2 an inch
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

Weighted Silicone Inflatable Plug

6. Weighted Silicone Inflatable Plug

Weighted Silicone Inflatable Plug is the first with a detachable hose! One of the biggest “cons” about any blow up butt plug is the fact that you'll always have a hose or tube dangling from your ass. Not sexy. This one has a unique jack style attachment that detaches after you've inflated the balloon.

The short and stout spade shaped probe might be a tad thick for a true first timer, but don't worry because if you apply plenty of water based gel lube to both the silicone surface and your butthole, the device “pops” right in before you have a chance to pucker up. Once fully expanded, the nice rounded shape is a great intro to back door pleasures.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/4 inches
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

6 Best Inflatable Butt Plugs for Experts

Deluxe Inflating Butt Plug

1. Deluxe Inflating Butt Plug

Deluxe Inflating Butt Plug is a heavy duty hardcore option for those who take their anal sex toys seriously. I mentioned previously that inflatable sex toys are lightweight – this is the sole exception to that rule. The rubber core is heavy and dense. It has a noticeable almost fetish like sensation back there.

This contrasts completely with the light latex balloon that expands over top. To complete the package, intense vibration within that dense rubber core radiates similar intensity as a regular vibrating anal plug so really, one gets the best of both worlds here all in 1 deluxe package, just as the name implies!

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/2 inches
  • Inflated Diameter: Just under 3 inches

Hefty Inflatable Anal Dildo

2. Hefty Inflatable Anal Dildo

Hefty Inflatable Anal Dildo lacks the thin neck traditionally found on an anal plug, rather it has a stovepipe dildo shape with matching large girths on each end. It expands near the base as seen in the pictures and video demo, but you'll notice that the widened section is movable along the shaft.

This means that you can squeeze it at any point to encourage the ballooned section to add pressure at multiple spots throughout the rectum. In comparison, regular plug shaped anal sex toys always blow up in the same way because of their T shaped design.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/2 inches near the tip, 1 3/4 inches at the base
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

Expandable Anal Plug

3. Expandable Anal Plug

Expandable Anal Plug is the best choice for those seeking the biggest inflatable butt plug size of them all. Inserting as a typical “medium” sized T plug, it quickly increases to a giant girth of 3 1/2 inches. I'm not exaggerating when I say it works quickly too – the large hand bulb is oversized capable of massive increases in size with each squeeze.

I truly like this feature – some of the more basic options take forever to squeeze and/or the bulbs are too heavy duty which is good for durability, but as a consequence it takes lots of effort and time to fully inflate the device. When I want my plug blown up, I want it done quickly!

  • Deflated Diameter: Slightly under 1 1/2 inches
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 1/2 inches

Vibrating Inflatable Butt Buster

4. Vibrating Inflatable Butt Buster

Vibrating Inflatable Butt Buster is all about intensity. Thick and huge, this is best reserved for experts only! It is also the most powerful vibrating inflatable anal plug of them all. To directly compare this to others with motors, it requires 3 AA batteries whereas every other option requires only 2 AA batteries.

To translate directly, it has a third more power output; yes, the math is that simple! The hefty and dense rubber core allows for direct transfer of the vibrations throughout the rectum. The base is flared rather than T shaped effectively spreading vibrations around the exterior of the anus too.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/4 inches at the tip, 1 1/2 inches near the base
  • Inflated Diameter: 2 3/4 inches

 Ram Expanding Butt Plug

5. Ram Expanding Butt Plug

Ram Expanding Butt Plug has an original design with a stepped or tiered shape before the flared, flat and rounded base provides a nice perch for it to rest on. If you view the pictures and video, it shows exactly where the inflation occurs – solely on the top bulb to provide some of the deepest expansion of any choice available for sale.

The extra deep huge balloon pushes deep beyond the depths of where anal toys typically reach. Combine that with vibration and you have yourself one of the most unique blow up anal toys ever invented. It is a “must-have” on the list of butt toy connoisseurs everywhere.

  • Deflated Diameter: Top bulb is 1 1/2 inches, bottom bulb is 1 3/4 inches
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 1/4 inches

Medium Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug

6. Medium Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug

Medium Silicone Inflatable Anal Plug might look familiar – the smaller version made its appearance on this list in the number 3 spot under the beginner's best inflatable anal toys section above. In effect, it is actually the same product but only bigger, and colored in red of course. This is a very popular choice for those with latex allergies and it's entirely made of silicone.

Even the hand bulb is silicone. The spade shaped anal plug expands with a slight oblong form as seen in the pictures and video to make sure it reaches nice and deep in addition to getting wide right inside the sphincter opening. The classic style that anal play fans really enjoy and it features a strong suction cup base too.

  • Deflated Diameter: 1 1/4 inches
  • Inflated Diameter: 3 inches

Important Features to Look For

You may have noticed the products shown above have varied shapes and sizes. That is one of the best features about inflatable anal toys in general, you'll find everything from a gentle anal teaser to a small plug to a large dildo and pretty much everything else in between.

Here are some features to consider when shopping for a blow up sex toy online at our adult toy shop:


Blow up anal toys are made of one of three materials:

  1. Silicone
  2. Latex Rubber
  3. TPR - Thermoplastic Rubber

All three choices expand equally inside the body and fill the rectum with similar sensations for maximum pleasure. Your final selection depends on quality.

Latex rubber is the original material, but over time it can overstretch and tear rendering it impossible to blow it up with your hand bulb.

Silicone is the newest material and the highest quality choice, although the most expensive option of the three.

TPR is a mice medium between the two types of expandable anal sex toy materials, although most toys are made of the other two. Hopefully more sex toy manufacturers will make more TPR based inflatable dildos in the future since my personal review of these are the most favorable.


Stout or realistic dildo? Skinny spade shaped plug with thin stem? The shape of the tip also affects your enjoyment. Beginners must choose a thin tapered tip so it's more comfortable to insert into the butt. Experts can pick something big and blunt for erotic stretch.

Another consideration is the base of the toy. If it has the characteristic anchor shaped end or round base, this will limit how deep it can go into the rectum. If you pick the thin balloon with a tube, it can reach super deep for intense anal sexual exploration.

Quick Release Valve

An inflatable butt plug must have a quick release valve for safety. This is the most important feature to look for. The button can be located either on top of the hand bulb, or at the base of the butt plug.

Pressing the button opens the valve which releases air out of the tubing returning the expandable anal toy to its natural size. All of the bow up sex toys we sell have a release valve for your safety.


If you have a inflatable vibrating butt plug, make sure not to submerge the battery controller when cleaning! It's easy to forget the battery unit is not waterproof because often the anal plug itself is waterproof.

Some people might just toss the whole thing into the sink under running water when cleaning and mistakenly get water into the battery compartment. This can easily ruin the motor and now your vibrating feature no longer works. What a bummer!

Inflatable Anal Plug Cleaning & Care

It's important to keep your expandable anal plug in great working condition and properly sanitized for your safety. Here are a few tips for cleaning it once the orgasmic enjoyment is over:

  1. Blow up the butt plug before washing. This assures that soap and water can reach all the creases and folds. If it is deflated, you might miss a spot.
  2. Spray sex toy cleaner over the surface and wipe well with your fingers. Distribute it evenly, even around the base of the toy.
  3. Rinse well with water to remove all the soap.
  4. Let air dry completely on your counter top before storing.

What Type of Anal Lubricant Should I Use?

Anal lube is your best friend here. Any thick and viscous water based formula made specifically for butt play will work better than a runny or overly liquid vaginal lube. When shopping for lube, make sure to pick a water based anal lube, especially if your expanding butt toy is made of silicone.

How to Properly Store the Butt Plug

The best sex toy storage container is the original box it came in! A plastic clam shell or cardboard box is an excellent way to store your expanding anal toy. The surfaces of these are more delicate than your other dildos and vibrators and need special attention when stashing it away.

The exterior balloon layer must not be squished next to something else – it can cause the balloon to “stick” to the core or even its next door neighbor. If this happens, the balloon can tear or pop when you inflate it next. What a way to ruin the mood!

Mayla Green

Mayla Green has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2004. Working behind the motto “Sex TOYS should be FUN”, Mayla provides unique tips & advice amassed from over a decade of hands on experience with adult products. She also coaches clients how to fully enjoy sexual pleasure and can be seen in major publications & magazines online.

Happily married since 2009, she knows firsthand how the sex life eventually becomes repetitive (which truthfully means boring), so if you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, Mayla's your gal! Her literary pride & joy is covering topics for established couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Not in a relationship? Her other focus is teaching women how to properly handle the “little person in the canoe” to experience the best orgasms ever, no partner required! Her creative and innovative tips, techniques and advice is on par with a certified sex therapist or Sexologist, but with an extra advantage from her knowledge of the adult toy business.

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