Discretion isn’t always a concern when it comes to buying and using a vibrator. But if you live in a house full of other people (particularly kids) who might get into your stuff, it very well might be a priority. Thankfully, your favorite sex toy shops are loaded with discreet vibrators that offer subtlety, silence and satisfying sex in equal measure.
Finding time to use a vibrator is often harder than it should be. Between work, social engagements, family responsibilities and the always-growing list of shows you need to watch on Netflix, carving out a little Me Time (or even Us time with your partner) can be a serious challenge. The last thing you need is for your few, well-earned minutes of escape to be ruined by a vibrator that’s so loud it threatens to wake up the whole house.
And, of course, when we’re talking about discretion we’re not only talking about volume—we’re also talking about toys that have understated in appearance. Toys that don’t attract a lot of visual attention. Toys that, well, don’t obviously look like sex toys. A quiet motor is key to keeping someone from barging in on your alone time. But you also want a go-to that you can throw in your nightstand — or toss into your suitcase — without giving it a second thought. It doesn’t matter who stumbles upon your favorite vibrator if that vibrator looks like a necklace, or tube of lip balm, or even a rubber ducky. (Yes, the latter really does exist — for better or worse — scroll down to see it.)
What’s nice? There are so many sneaky sex toys on the market that allow you to keep your sexy business on the DL. You can absolutely find a sex toy that isn’t obviously recognizable, and that doesn’t sound like a threatening swarm of bees every time you turn it on. Sex toys so smart they practically disguise themselves? We’ll take 20.
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A version of this story was published November 2019.