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Lately we could all use some creative ways to pass the time. So let us recommend: a smutty new bedmate. There’s a widespread misconception that vibrators, rings, dildos, anal toys, etc. are just for single people – but when you get tired of using fingers and mouths to up the ante, bringing a sex toy into play can be oh-so intimate for you and your S.O. Considering that the majority of women can’t orgasm through vaginal intercourse alone and can climax more reliably when a sex toy is involved, you can see the benefit.
From Unbound to Babeland, Lovehoney to Lioness, a bunch of shops are still open for online delivery and your personal entertainment. Whether y’all are upgrading your sex toy collection or introducing your very first electronic pal, it’s probably time to go shopping. For inspo, we asked a few couples to share the toy they currently can’t get enough of, so you can add one (or all) to your arsenal.
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Taryn & Liz
Favorite sex toy: Rechargeable Vibrating Massager from Le Wand
Why it’s perfect for us: Call us old fashioned, but we both LOVE the magic wand vibrator. We are very gay! And women! Besides fingering, clit stimulation is the only thing that matters, and wands get the job done. It also has more vibration patterns than like, any other toy I’ve ever used. It’s kind of bulky, but you gotta love the versatility.
Lina & Her Partner
Favorite sex toy: Ball Crop from Stockroom
Why it’s perfect for us: For people who enjoy impact play, they’re always faced with the eternal question – stingy or thuddy? A toy that is stingy is typically lighter in weight and, as promised, causes a stinging sensation. The human hand, for example, is the original stingy toy. But if you’re mostly focusing on spanking and intro-level toys, you end up with all sting and a shorter play session as the bottom gets tired of only one sensation. If you want to switch it up with a thuddy toy but don’t know where to start, I love the Ball Crop. Its spherical silicone head gives a sensation you can’t get with any other toy, and it’s just as intuitive to use as a riding crop. It’s BDSM meets deep tissue massage! I love impact, but even I get tired of all the sting, and the ball crop is a welcome and playful foray into Thuddy Land.
Isabel & Richard
Favorite sex toy: Eva II from Dame
Why it’s perfect for us: I used the Eva II alone before we were dating, and I like it even more now when we have penatrative sex together. It sounds intense, but you can actually wear this while you have sex. It just sits there nicely on your vulva. It took us a minute to figure out at first, but now when we have sex I use this hands free and can even move around and change positions. Whoever invented her, thank you!
Polly & George
Favorite sex toy: Divvy from Unbound
Why it’s perfect for us: Unbound designed Divvy with partnered play in mind. This compact wearable vibrator can be controlled with a remote by simply squeezing the sides of the remote and the intensity of the vibe increases. It’s really fun to use together from separate rooms if you want something a bit more saucy for foreplay!
Katherine & Brad
Favorite sex toy: Nipple Clamp from Unbound
Why it’s perfect for us: Even though we’ve been dating for almost five years, we’ve never really been a couple that uses toys, TBH. But recently Brad got this nipple clamp set as a gag gift – and surprise, I ended up loving it. It makes sex a little bit ~spicy~, and for me, it adds a lot more sensations during sex.
Linnely & Henry
Favorite sex toy: Vibrating Cock Ring from Lovehoney
Why it’s perfect for us: The cock ring was one of our first starter sex toys, but we still use it quite often. I like that it works for both of us, and it’s lowkey: you slide it on and go to town. I know it probably looks intimidating for guys to slide a squeezy ring around your penis, but it’s totally safe and you’ll both love it! We end up replacing cock rings quite often, but they’re one of the most affordable toys.
A version of this story was published January 2021.
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