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Sex Swing Buying Guide

You want mind-blowing sex? Who doesn't? A sex swing can help, but only if you get the right one. Take a look at this photo.

narrow straps cause a lot of pressure using a swing

That can't be comfortable. The goal of a sex swing is to help people have life-altering sex experiences, not to pull muscles and not to cut off circulation. The goal should be more like this.

mind blowing orgasmic experience using the wild side sex swing

Over the years of buying, using and testing sex swings we have learned a lot. Our goal is to help you with all that knowledge and avoid the mistakes we made in finding the perfect one.

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If you have some time to learn about swings, please continue reading all of our guides and visiting our YouTube Channel where we teach you everything there is to know from experienced experts.

Sex Swing Comfort, Safety, and Flexibility!

When just starting out, most people do not know what they are looking for, so the obvious draw is the price. A swing is a swing, just different prices, right? Well, that is not the way it works.

Even a cheap swing is generally at least a pretty good chunk of money so rather than just purchasing something you will not like, let’s take a look at what you want when you are buying a swing: Comfort, Safety, and Flexibility.  Without these, it will be a one time use and then a waste of money.

Comfort

Comfort is the top priority. There are swings that people can’t sit in for more than 2 or 3 minutes because of pinching or pressure on their legs, hips, and back. In addition to this, different body types can manage different kinds of swings better than others.

Safety

Safety is equally as important as swing comfort. Nothing kills a mood faster than landing on your butt. Sure, accidents can happen in life, but choosing the right swing for you can minimize the risk.

Flexibility

Flexibility equals FUN! The whole goal of a swing is to add some adventure to your sex life. A swing that can be used in more positions has more features and can be installed in more places is going to be a greater benefit to you.

The more you love your sex swing, the more you will use it.

Product Data and Comparing Products

While there are a lot of factors that can affect comfort, safety, and usability of a swing, we make the process simple with detailed specs and product reviews on every item.

detailed swing information and reviews for every product make buying easier

For the rest of this page, I am going to explain what all the numbers mean and why they are important in your decision.

Types of Sex Swings

When people think of sex swings, they usually are thinking of 3 distinct types of products that are often lumped together as one thing on websites. These being Sex Swings, Sex Slings, and Door Swings.

basic types for sex swings, sex slings and door frame sex swings

If you are looking for comfort and safety, a sling may be best for you. For convenience, quick installation or travel, a door swing may be what you need. For adventure and flexibility, you probably would enjoy a sex swing best.

Sex Sling

A sex sling is a large piece of fabric or leather that usually has 4 mounting points. Think of this as a hammock type of item. This sling style was made famous by the Kardashian sex video (mostly removed from the internet) and is very popular with men in the gay community and the handicap community (because it supports the whole body).

Screamer Sling With Couple

Sex Slings are great for anyone worried about safety because they include 4 mounting points which divide up the weight by 4. Example; if you are 200lbs, each spring/strap is only holding 50lbs so there is less load and less force on each mounting point. They are also great for comfort. If you wanted to read a book or take a nap (really, trust us!), it would be hard to beat a sex sling.

The downsides to a sex sling are that they usually cost more, they require you to have 4 mounting points, and they have a fairly limited range of positions compared to how creative you can get in a standard sex swing. With the adjustments, you can make it lay back more like a hammock, or more upright like a chair. Beyond that, they are limited in the range of positions.

A sling is good for long time use such as BDSM play. And is also popular with people with medical issues such as hip, back or neck problems.

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The Sex Swing

Fetish Fantasy Bondage Swing

A sex swing is the most popular option. This type has 2 main straps and stirrups usually. It has the greatest amount of positions available on any type of the three types. If you want to really be crazy, a sex swing is the way to go. Unlike the sling, it only requires 1 or 2 mounting points and usually cost less than the sling.

The comfort on swings is slightly less than slings and can vary wildly between brands (watch our videos), but with the right brand, people have been known to sit in them comfortably with extreme enjoyment for hours.

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The Door Swing

Showing Deep Penetration in the Door Jam

The door swing is popular with people who live in apartments, rentals or travel because they can be installed anywhere there is a good door. It is the cheapest type, but it has a fairly limited number of positions. Most people will be limited to only 1 or 2 positions. This is because you are against a door and that is physically limiting your range of motion. This will keep you seated in a more upright position like a chair. But this is OK and very popular for the sex against the wall fantasy.

For comfort, it will really depend on the person. I know a lot of people that hate door swings and a lot of people that like them. I tend to find that the very thin girls without much hip padding or those that are physically strong, such as those that do yoga or a lot of physical training tend to find them more comfortable than other people.

If you are the type of person that wants to take a swing traveling, one cool thing you can do is to use a Screamer as your primary sex swing at home and use the door mount attachment to make it a door swing when you travel and get the best of both worlds.

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For more on the different types and a video showing the differences see out Sex Swing Basics

Mounting Points

In general, the more mounting points required, the more comfortable your swing will be. Slings usually require 4 mounting points, swings only 1 or 2 and door swings technically 0. The reason for this is the width. The wider it is, the more comfortable it will generally be.

A swing with a single mounting point will have a spreader bar to set the width of the straps. This ranges from 14 inches wide with the Whipsmart to 32 inches wide with the Screamer. When it is wider it will put less pinching or pressure on someone's hips when they are sitting in the swing. This is especially important if you have hips or curves. Very thin girls will not notice a lot of difference in the width but if you have any curves this will make a huge difference in your comfort level.

A dual hook swing can have the width set even further like 35 or 40 or 48 inches. This will be a lot more comfortable to those with thick lush hips. It will be listed as variable width compared to a single hook which will have a fixed width.

Swing Width Data Specs for products
Screamer 2 hook swing

In addition, having 2 mounting points rather than one will divide the load between 2 points thus making the swing safer. A sling is even safer yet dividing load over 4 points. Of course, you still need to install it right unlike in the Kardashian video.

 Mounting Point Specs for products

Door swings to not technically have any mounting points and their width is set by the width of the door. For safety, it really depends on the door. Make sure the door is solid and strong, and always install the door on the inside face of the door (the side of the door that pulls into the door jam)

See a comparison between a single hook and a dual hook swing. If a single hook is your choice for you, check out our information on sex swing spreader bars and how they affect comfort.

Straps/Padding

Growing up we all went to the playground and saw those black swings made out of rubber. There was no padding on them yet they were fairly comfortable and you could sit on them for hours. Contrast that to a time you were near something that was roped off with a 1-inch rope and you decided to sit on that. After about 3 minutes your legs were falling asleep and you had deep red dents in your legs. The comfort of a swing is almost all about width. Sitting on a chair is more comfortable than sitting on a rope.

Sex Slings are a single piece of fabric and so they are very wide and very comfortable. A door swing, if it has a main strap, is usually 4 to 9 inches wide and thus very comfortable. Note: not all door swings have the main strap.

Sex swings, however, are made from webbing that is usually 2 inches wide. This is very small and for comfort, it is close to sitting on the rope in the example above. To compensate for this narrow width seat, padding (the part you'd sit on) is added above the webbing to make it feel better, but not all padding is created equal. Think again of the rope. Imagine if you laid your t-shirt on it or your pillow. Which would help more? Well, the t-shirt is much wider, but it is not firm at all, so it just bends around the rope and you are still sitting essentially on the rope. Very quickly it will dig into your hips and make your legs go numb and start to be uncomfortable.

Swings are the same way. Remember thin padding does very little and firm thick padding does more. Again this is something that plays a bigger impact the more hips you have, but in general, more thick firm padding is better than thin light padding.

Let's revisit this image one more time.

Narrow straps and weak padding

This particular swing is made using 1.75 inch webbing and very weak/thin foam. Notice how it wraps around the webbing and provides no support at all. Like a T-shit on a rope.

padding sizes and data for swing products

The one exception to this is the Screamer. Remember the rubber swing? It had no padding at all and would be pretty comfortable for long use. The Screamer uses a 4-inch webbing compared to the normal standard 2-inch webbing of most swings and then they apply padding over that wide webbing. This gives the seat a lot more support and will be far more comfortable.

So for comfort in the seat a wider strap on the seat is better and firmer foam is better.

Overall, this makes the Screamer with its 4 inch webbing and the Whipsmart with its very firm webbing the clear leaders in the comfort category.

Headrest

Swings have different features, but for long term use, I consider a headrest a must with all of them for lasting comfort. They are not needed with slings because slings have head support and often the leather slings come with a pillow. The door swing will have the door to rest your head on and you are sitting upright, a much different position than a sex swing.

Universtal Headrest

When it comes to sex swing, however, neck support is a must. If you are looking to buy one for your wife or yourself, get a headrest. It is so important and we feel so strongly in fact that on this site we include a headrest free with all sex swing orders.

If you are not sure if you need a headrest, lay on your bed flat on your back with your head hanging off the edge of the bed. Keep your head level with the floor and do not move for 3 minutes. Then think about your neck, think about your wife's neck when she is trying to get all freaky for you. Yeah, just get the headrest. More about using the headrest on our headrest video

Free headrest include with all sex swing purchases


As an added bonus, when you buy any sex swing from sexswing.com you get the headrest included FREE!

Flexibility

What you can do with a swing depends a lot on how it was made. Many were made with a spreader bar, remember single point swings above, most of the components and straps are permanently attached to this spreader bar.

This means that straps cannot be removed if they are not needed. Straps cannot be reconfigured for other position options and some accessories cannot be added. If you want to have a wild fun time the ability for a flexible system is pretty important. Some swings such as the Whipsmart and Screamer Twist have removable straps as well as all dual hook swings.

Sex Swing Positions

To understand this better here are a couple of examples. A girl sitting on a swing on a single strap. Her butt is hanging off the back of it and the man stands behind her. Where does the second main strap go? Does she hold it? Does she put 2 under her butt? Well with some swings with removable straps, you can just remove the strap. If it is permanently attached straps, you can't remove them and you will end up fumbling straps or avoiding positions that are really fun.

Another common example is girls who love to put their legs very high in the air. If a swing has removable straps, you can simply unclip with stirrup straps and attach them much higher up or even to your hook in the ceiling or other mounting points. This gives a lot of new possibilities. This is also great for G-spot stimulation in your swing.

Removable straps are also required for the popular squatting attachments.

Data Specs Removeable Straps

The range of adjustment is also very important. Some swings have a limited adjustment range of 18 inches while others can adjust over 3 feet. For many cases this does not matter but I have encountered other cases where people have a low mounting point such as a stand and the man is very tall, and with some swings, even with the straps adjusted all the way up, it is not high enough to “hit the hole”. The more adjustability your swing has, the closer to the mounting points it can get or in other words, the higher up you can raise it from the floor.

Hardware/Spring

Hardware and spring are technically more of a personal preference. Most swings hold a lot of weight, but I just like the idea of having metal hardware, plastic can have a low breaking point. I also think metal looks cooler. To me, I prefer metal hardware. Swings like the Screamer, the leather slings, and the TLC bondage just make me feel safer.

A 200 pound rated springs is included with most swings. The only exception is the 300-pound spring that comes with Screamer. This spring is a drawbar or safety spring and the all of the others come with extension springs. This means that the drawbar spring does not have the risk of being overdrawn and damaged. But being a 300-pound spring will have less “bounce” if that is what you are after. The drawbar spring itself is also a secondary safety factor by providing a dampening force, especially during any rough sex. You can read more about springs for safety.

Additionally, I would always be very suspect if you see a swing claiming to support over 400 or 800 pounds. As in this is completely false and dangerous. There are too many factors that come into play at these weights including things like the structural integrity of your ceiling or stand or the fact that most of those advertised swings are still using plastic hardware. You will not find these on SexSwing.com because we test our products for quality and safety. If it doesn't pass, we don't offer it.

Spinning

swivel hook for sex swing

There are a few swings out there that are designed to be spinning swings such as the Trinity 360 and the Screamer Twist, but do not let that limit you. Adding a swivel to any single mounting point swing allows you to turn it into a spinner. So don't let spinning be a deciding factor in most cases. Go for the most comfortable option first and then add spinning.

The one thing to remember is that dual hook swings by design can not spin. It makes me sad that I have to even mention this, but we see orders often for a dual hook or a sling and the customer has added swivels. Buying 2 spinning hooks will still not allow a dual hook to spin. If you are confused, just think about it for a second. Think about a swing at a park. If you have a single hook but does not spin or doesn't come with a swivel you can buy a swivel.

Swing Specs includes swivel

Bondage

using the bondage swing

If BDSM and bondage are the thing for you, there are several bondage swings that can add an exciting dynamic. But just like all sex swings, the elements of comfort, safety and flexibility apply. So I encourage you to visit our Bondage Sex Swings page and learn about the bondage options available and also options for just adding bondage accessories to non bondage sex swings. It is easier than you may think.

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Washing Your Sex Swing

Let's just say, if you are using your sex swing correctly, it will get messy. So cleaning should be a consideration. Those with removable straps are a big plus here. This would include the Screamer, WhipSmart and Wildside swings. More on washing your swing. See above for more info on removable straps.

Storage

I know storage does not fall into one of the major categories of comfort, safety, or flexibility, but it is on everyone's mind. The ceiling hook is the most common reason people give when they do not own a swing. It does not have to be that way. I encourage everyone to read the article about 7 ways to mount your sex swing to get over the ceiling hook limitation right away.

Inside image of the Screamer Dual Hook Sex Swing carrying bag
sex swing includes bag specs

But beyond the ceiling hook issue, some of these swings are bulky. The best advice I have for most of them is to hang in on your clothes bar in the back of your closet. The only exception being the Screamer that comes with its own small carrying case. This is another reason the Screamer is very popular among users and partiers.

Installing your swing

Installation is beyond the scope of this article, but when you are doing your research it is very important to consider how you are going to hang your swing. There are many options from Stands to ceiling hooks. All of these and more are covered in our sex swing installation guide and our quick video on 7 different ways to hang your swing.

Conclusion

It is a lot easier to do your research and get the right swing for you the first time around. They are not that cheap for most people so, get the best one for you and your budget.

Generally speaking, slings are most comfortable but swings have the most positions. More mounting points can lead to increases in safety and comfort. Wider is better for both spreader bars and straps and padding. Removable straps and large adjustment range are good for giving you more options.

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