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Au natural stimulation is wonderful, but sex toys can do things that people just can't. The sex toy industry is now attracting an impressive $15 billion a year in global sales, and with a plethora of clever products at a range of prices on the market, we're spoiled for choice. This also means that smart shopping can be tricky.
To help you cut through the noise, we're curating a roundup of the top-reviewed sex toys across the world wide web. We've got you covered with everything from a smooth, pulsating butt plug for both partnered and solo play to the next level waterproof clitoral vibe that packs a surprising punch. Click through to browse some seriously sexy finds, and check back as we continue to add more. Your perfect object of desire is waiting to be discovered.
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“Clitoral stimulation is often a more effective path to orgasm.”
For most people with female sexual organs, clitoral stimulation — rather than vaginal penetration — is like going straight for the orgasmic bull’s eye. “The clitoris and penis are the external genital organs most densely packed with nerve endings,” explains Emily Nagoski, PhD. in Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, “clitoral stimulation is often a more effective path to orgasm.” So think of a clitoral stimulator as the metaphorical arrow to that bull’s eye; a vibrator that will usually have one or more sucking, flicking, or rubbing function (of different intensities, depending on your sensitivity) that is applied directly to the clitoris to get you to climax. 2 of 393 of 39
"This vibrator is beloved for its discretion (it can fit in the palm of your hand) and straightforward, versatile nature."
Ah, the small but mighty “bullet.” This vibrator is beloved for its discretion (it can fit in the palm of your hand) and its straightforward, versatile nature. For those reasons alone, it’s an excellent toy for beginners. We love a bullet for some gentle rectal (note: do not insert) play, and especially as a clitoral toy; try applying it to the clitoral hood (a good move if your clit is extra sensitive) or the clitoris itself (keep in mind: the clitoris extends all the way to the vaginal opening). 6 of 397 of 398 of 39
The rabbit vibrator doesn't belong to any one brand of vibrator, but is thusly named for its "bunny-eared" feature
Who could forget the “rabbit” vibrator’s iconic Sex and the City debut? It helped destigmatize conversations about self-pleasure, making the foray into sex toys feel more accessible and “so cute!” as Charlotte says upon seeing it. The rabbit vibrator doesn't belong to any one brand of vibrator, but is thusly named for its "bunny-eared" feature; jutting out from the primary, phallic shaft is a nub designed for clitoral stimulation. Sometimes, that nub will be in a shape resembling bunny ears. 10 of 3911 of 3912 of 3913 of 39
When worn on a penis at the base of the shaft, the ring will constrict the back-flow of blood to create a harder, longer-lasting erection
We’ve got an entire guide to penis rings, a small but mighty sex toy that is designed for partner play. When worn on a penis at the base of the shaft, the ring will constrict the back-flow of blood to create a harder, longer-lasting erection. For that reason, one is advised not to wear them for over half-an-hour. Some are made out of jelly, others a harder plastic. Some have textured features designed for clitoral stimulation, or bullet vibrator attachments. All of them are wonderful to-go toys, perfect for throwing in your bag and tossing into the mix during foreplay and sex.
Grow with your butt plug! Find one with different “levels” of girth and sensation.
Are you an eager butt-stuff beginner, but don't know where to start? Anal or “butt” plugs are rather simple objects, but should be explored with baby steps and a lot of partner communication. A butt plug is designed to be inserted into the anus and provide a feeling of “fullness” for the wearer, which is why lube, lube, lube is the mantra shared by beginners and seasoned experts alike; explore water-based, silicone-based or oil-based lubes that are compatible with your given toy. Plugs range from tapered little toys, to those with graduated “bubble” shafts that provide varied sensation; some are simple, bulbous metallic plugs (great for temperature play), while other contain vibrating functions. Grow with your butt plug! Find one with different “levels” of girth and sensation. There’s truly one out there for everyone. 18 of 39
We recommend palm vibrators for all, but especially anyone who feels turned-off at the notion of a more phallic vibrator, or with needs for more accessible sex toys.
We recommend palm vibrators for all (gift a vibrator! Seriously!), but especially for anyone who feels turned-off at the notion of a more phallic vibrator, or with needs for more accessible sex toys. These toys can fit in the palm of a hand, and are applied externally with pressure, or rubbed on clitoral and erogenous zones, for pleasure. Hell, sometimes you can sit on one for some anal sphincter stimulation. Another benefit to these toys is that their somewhat asexual shapes can make them more discreet objects to keep in your restroom if that’s important to you. Bonus: they’re often squishy! 22 of 3923 of 39
A classic. Like palm vibrators, massage wands aren’t as conspicuous as, say, a veiny dildo.
A classic. Like palm vibrators, massage wands aren’t as conspicuous as, say, a veiny dildo. Although, if you ask most sex toy lovers what the Hitachi magic wand and its many knock-offs are really used for, you’ll get a generous wink. Massage wands are basically foot-long vibrators beloved for their firmness, length (another great accessible toy), and ability to transition seamlessly to full body massage use. They can be bendy, or resemble rabbit vibrators without the clitoral stimulator. They can be used for vaginal penetration or the pleasuring of erogenous zones. 26 of 3927 of 3928 of 39
Ben Wa balls, otherwise known as “Kegel” balls, aren’t the same as Gwyneth Paltrow's scandalous yoni egg
Ben Wa Balls
We all remember the Great Jade Egg Kerfuffle at Goop. But Ben Wa balls, otherwise known as “Kegel” balls, aren’t the same as Gwyneth Paltrow's scandalous yoni egg; they too have purportedly been around since ancient times in Taoist practice, but are often attached to a string for safer and easier use that toys between sexual, vaginal stimulation and exercise. Your vagina will grip the ball(s) once they’re inserted into the vaginal canal, strengthening your vaginal and pelvic floor muscles as you contract or simply carry and hold the balls. And yes, your vagina has a floor! It stretches from your pubic to tail-bone, and you can feel it in-use if you make yourself suddenly stop peeing mid-flow (the muscles that will jerk are your pelvic floor). Do wash and dry your Ben Wa balls after each use. Don’t wear them for more than six hours at a time. Happy sexercising!
The good 'ole dildo is a vaginal or anal penetration toy that (at its most cliché) often resembles a penis – veins, tip, and all.
What makes a dildo different from a rabbit? A massage wand? The good 'ole dildo is a vaginal or anal penetration toy that (at its most cliché) often resembles a penis – veins, tip, and all. (Some dildos will even come with fake balls.) There are fleshier silicone models, as well and elegant dildos made of glass. There are dildos that vibrate, and thrust; some are double-headed, while others are simple and slender. 33 of 39
Do the research on whether silicone, water, oil-based (and even hybrid) lubes will be compatible with your toys.
Your body already creates natural lubrication when it’s aroused, but sometimes it needs a little extra help – especially if you’re about to indulge in some anal play. That’s where lube comes in. Do the research on whether silicone, water, oil-based (and even hybrid) lubes will be compatible with your toys. Apply however much you need, whether that’s a drop or several squirts. Water-based lubes are great for vaginal sex with or without condoms, while silicone lubes are famously long-lasting but not ideal for silicone toys. Oil-based products will also go the distance, but shouldn’t be used with condoms as they might cause them to break. Know your body, mind your pH levels, then get shopping. 37 of 3938 of 39