During such stressful times, it's important to practice self-love and there's no better way to do so than with some solo pleasure.
Lockdown gave us some newly discovered leisure time for masturbation, but just because restrictions are easing doesn't mean you shouldn't invest in yourself. If anything, we need these moments of pleasure more than ever as we brace ourselves for the new normal.
If you’re thinking about investing in a new sex toy – either as a first-time purchase or because you’re upgrading your old faithful – there are hundreds of options on the market.
But we’ve put together a comprehensive guide of products that are worth your investment.
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Satisfyer pro 2 clitoral toy
A few years ago, various different sex toy companies started to claim that they had created a “totally new” type of sex toy. The assertions were met with some healthy scepticism, but it transpired to be true. These pulsing or "sonar" vibrators really are something totally new. Many brands have their own version of the pulsing vibrator, the sensation of which is similar to experiencing oral sex.
The satisfyer pro is a reasonably priced example of this new sextech. The design is a little more basic than in the higher priced toys, and it’s not quite so ergonomic. But in terms of performance, it’s astonishingly impressive, and costs less than £30. Plus, it’s quiet enough to be used in a shared house.
Smile Makers the ballerina
Smile Makers launched a couple of years ago and are well known for being sold on Gwyneth Paltrow’s brilliantly bonkers Goop website. Its other toys are named after fantasy men – the fireman, the surfer, the tennis coach.
The ballerina is something a bit different. It’s designed to stimulate the whole of your vulva, not just your clitoris. This would be a great buy for someone who has grown tired of their usual toy but doesn’t like anything too intense on their clitoris. It’s not super silent but could easily be covered by a Spotify playlist.
Another example of pulsing technology, but this time at the other end of the price spectrum. The womanizer premium isn’t cheap – but it’s extremely impressive. It's almost silent, beautifully designed, and pretty much guaranteed to hit the spot. If you’ve struggled to achieve multiple orgasms before, this might well be the answer. Users report having an entirely different, far more intense, type of orgasm once they started using this (or similar toys).
We-Vibe tango bullet
The tango bullet is the classic of the bullet genre, a perfect gift, and destined to be kept for years to come and eventually replaced if it wears out. It’s got a round, generous vibration, rather than the thinner and sharper sensation that some cheaper bullets produce. Plus, it’s gloriously quiet and quick to recharge.
Rocks Off Dalia g-spot vibrator
You might feel that a better use of this time, rather than a sourdough starter, would be to get fully acquainted with your g-spot. In which case, this affordable yet powerful vibrator is a compelling option. It has ten settings, and the kind of fulsome vibration that you would expect to find in a much more expensive toy.
Hot Octopus AMO
You can buy any number of bog-standard bullets for around £10, and they may or may not work for you. If you’ve outgrown the cheap toy you purchased before masturbation became your regular hobby, this would be a great next step. It still does all the basics, but the unusual shape means that you can have different intensity of vibration depending on how you use it.
Lelo tiani 3
The tiani could work for masturbation, but it’s more aimed at couples. You wear it internally, it follows the line of your body and stimulates your clitoris during penetrative sex (the vast majority of women can’t orgasm from vaginal penetration alone) and enables you to reach a climax during sex, quite possibly mutually with your partner, if simultaneous orgasms are something you’re aiming for. Lots of brands have mimicked this design, but Lelo is the original and the best. It’s a full, rolling vibration, and the tech is reliable enough that you can change settings at the touch of a button during sex.
Sent To Thrill Felix
Lots of people prefer indirect stimulation when they’re masturbating. the Felix has two prongs, which you place either side of your clitoris, similar to the rabbit ears on a rampant rabbit, but in a smaller package. This is a great toy to involve in your sex life with another person and to combine with penetration. It's not quite as quiet as some of the others we tested but would be impossible to hear from the next room if you were under the duvet.
Bathmate vibe bullet vibrator
Another way to change up your masturbation routine is to try doing it somewhere other than your bed – a prime option being the bath. Vibrators that are safe for bath use are also great if you live in a shared house, especially if you don’t have a lock on your bedroom door or just need some extra privacy. This bullet packs quite a punch for its size and price, and is totally water safe.
The verdict: Vibrators
The best sex toy for you right now is going to depend very much on what you enjoy. If you're looking for a treat to break up the tedium of staying home all day, without breaking the bank, the satisfyer pro will be a brilliant addition to your life. You can't go wrong.
If you’re looking to upgrade the toy you most enjoy, and are after more intense, longer orgasms then the womanizer premium will almost certainly deliver. If you’re a rampant rabbit fan looking for a change, try the Felix.
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