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The Best Suction Sex Toys That Absolutely Do Not Suck

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In the year of lord 2022, we’ve transcended beyond the need for sex toys that merely vibrate or don’t vibrate and have thoroughly graduated into a world where there’s all sorts of cool, toe-curling and impressive sensations that come from our sex toys — beyond the buzzy and rumbly ones (though we love those too!) The latest all-the-rage toy every maker has in their repertoire is the suction sex toy — the most clit-literate (cliterate!) and deeply entertaining of the commonly found toy designs.

So what is a suction vibrator (or, as most of us will call them clitoral stimulator or suction toys) and how does it work? Well, they use the power of air (or sonic waves, in one case) to create a highly stimulating sensation on and around the clitoris. As you may or may not know, the clitoris is a bananas cool, bigger-on-the-inside piece of biological machinery in the body of vagina-havers. Despite the punchlines at the expense of straight, cis-men disinterested in the pleasure of their partners, it’s not really all that difficult to find, it gets erect when aroused and has nearly 8,000 nerve endings in that concentrated area. So yeah, it is a fun lil piece of anatomy many of us have — and a great target, door bell or big red button of pleasure for people who like this kind of stimulation — and it deserves all the love we can give.

So the suction toy’s ability to surround the clit and give it a wealth of strong but not abrasively buzzing — which has its place, but sometimes can be way too sensitive — is part of why they are such a hit. It’s a sensation that comes pretty close to a specific kind of oral sex (like more sucking and less licking action) and, if you’re having more than one clitoral O in a short period of time, they can be great helpers in making sure the overstimulation doesn’t veer into the side of uncomfortable (unless you’re into that, then go off).And, on top of that, they can often be used to stimulate your nipples too, which is a pretty solid gentle two-fer.

These toys are generally on the quiet side, easy to use on yourself or a partner, rechargeable (no cords or plugs other than a USB charger) and a good number of them are waterproof. Which hits on a lot of the modern “yes please” qualities most people are looking for in a toy. So read on for a selection of some of our favorite little suckers on the market — and we promise you this: They only suck in the best possible way.

A version of this story was published February 2021.

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