Shopping for sex toys can be super overwhelming. Since bedroom enhancements have become more acceptable, there are more options to choose from. But, at the same time, the industry isn’t well-regulated which means that just because a toy is on the market doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When you do find the perfect sex toy, however, it can change your life. It can take sex from fine to toe-curling. It can even be the difference between reaching climax and, well, not. Basically, a great sex toy can totally blow your mind.
Sometimes you may have to spend a little extra on the perfect toy, but it’s worth the investment. After all, cheap toys are cheap for a reason — mainly, they aren’t made from body-safe materials, like silicone, glass, or metal. There also the fact that jelly toys contain phthalates, which can enter the body through mucous membranes. People exposed to phthalates can experience headaches, cramps, or nausea. Last time I heard, sex toys should turn you on, not off.
Since slogging through all of the many options can be confusing and time-consuming, here’s some recommendations for sex toys to add to your arsenal.
1Njoy Pure Wand
The Njoy Pure Wand ($108) might be the most perfect toy ever created. Made from 100 percent stainless steel, this baby’s got weight. Combined with the large curve of the toy, this makes it ideal for G-spot stimulation. In fact, many people report squirting for the first time ever when using this toy. And it’s amazing because the material allows it to be completely sterilized, and it can be used with any kind of lube you want. For use alone or with a partner, if you only own one toy, make it this one.
2Wahl All Body Therapeutic Massager
The Wahl ($25) is the best kept secret when it comes to electric vibrators. . . excuse me, “massagers.” It’s not cute, it’s not sleek, and it doesn’t look very impressive. It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles — just two speeds. But that’s all it needs. The two speeds are very different from each other and very strong. If you’re looking for a toy guaranteed to get you off and get you off fast, this is the way to go. Plus, it’s affordable— like less than $25 affordable.
The Eroscillator ($194.50) is unlike any other vibrator on the market. That’s because, like its name indicates, it doesn’t vibrate — it oscillates. It provides more gentle stimulation than wands, but more powerful stimulation than many battery-operated vibes. It comes with a hefty price tag, so it’s an investment. But it’s worth the money, if you have it to spare.
4Lelo Mona 2
On the surface, the Lelo Mona 2 ($179) is a sleek, simple vibrator. But it offers plenty of perks. It’s a rechargeable vibe that holds two and a half hours of charge, so it should last as long as you need it to. It also has a tapered tip that makes for comfortable insertion, and a variety of vibration speeds so you can match the speed to your mood. It also has a nice upward curve for G-spot stimulation. Oh, and it’s 100 percent silicone, which is great because silicone is non-porous and body-safe. All-in-all, Lelo’s Mona 2 is a nearly perfect vibrator. One important note—if you’re using a toy made of silicone, be sure to steer clear of silicone-based lubes. The silicone-based lube will make the silicone toy melt. Check out Sliquid lubricants if you’re in the market for a new one. They’re all paraben- and glycerin-free, so they won’t cause yeast or other vaginal infections, and they make both water- and silicone-based options.
5Liberator Decor Fascinator Throe
The Liberator Throes ($99) are one of the most incredible inventions ever, especially for people who enjoy messy sex. It looks just like a regular blanket, but it has an inner moisture barrier to soak up lubes, liquids, and ejaculates of all kinds. It keeps anything under it totally dry, and stains wash right out.
6Tantus Cush O2
The Tantus Cush O2 ($37) is absolutely beautiful to look at and comes in three gorgeous color options. But the real magic happens when it gets inserted. Made from Tantus’ dual-density O2 silicone, it has a firm inner core and squishy translucent outer layer. The tapered head allows for easier insertion and the girth allows for nice internal stimulation. Harness compatible, anal safe, and totally awesome.
7Spareparts Joque Harness
If you’re looking for a strap-on harness, the Spareparts Joque ($124) is perfect. Free from ride-up straps and completely waterproof, you can wear it in the shower, the pool, a hot tub, and pretty much anywhere. It’s easy to adjust, and can be worn by people of most sizes. You can use it with a single- or double-ended dildo, and it even has a pocket for a vibrator to sit in. Talk about sexual convenience.
8Tantus Ryder Plug
It’s never a bad idea to have a butt plug in your arsenal. Wearing a plug can add stimulation to intercourse. Of course, some people just like to wear one around the house to get ready for play later. The Tantus Ryder ($18) is a simple plug that gets the job done. It’s not too big or heavy and made from beautiful 100 percent silicone that can be sterilized, which is always important for anything you’re planning to put up your butt.
9Under The Bed Restraint System
The Sportsheets under the bed restraint system ($58) is perfect for anyone interested in a little light bondage, or something a little heavier. These are great because they don’t require bedposts—they get installed under the mattress. The restraints are held by velcro and can be detached and used for other bondage, like hogties.
10Vixen Creations Maverick
If you’re looking for a realistic dildo, this is your answer. The Vixen Creations Maverick ($106) is made out of their unique VixSkin material, which makes it look and feel like a penis. Made of 100 percent silicone, it has a firm core and squishier exterior. It’s harness compatible and anal safe, and might be the only dildo you ever need to own. It’s like the Goldilocks of dildos — not too long, not too thick, and curved just enough to provide G-spot stimulation.
If you’re looking for G-spot stimulation but don’t have a ton of cash to spend, give the Lelo Ella ($55) a try. It’s curved and firm to literally hit the spot. Ella is made from Lelo’s high-quality, 100 percent silicone material, so you no it's safe.