Hello everyone! Before we get started, we want to say that this article isn’t intended to tell you where to shop or how to find the right male masturbator toy for you. We just wanted to post this in hopes that our tips will help you make better purchases for yourself as you explore the world of sex toys.
#1. Material matters.
True, we’ve really enjoyed some of the cheap shower curtain-scented penis sleeves and sticky jelly cock rings, and if they’re affordable it’s no big deal. But they aren’t what we fork out money for on a regular basis. We also avoid insertable toys with those qualities or any other questionable safety factor that would make us need to use a condom on it. Think about it– if you buy a $20 jelly vibrator and put a condom on it every time you use it, by the time you’ve used it enough to have gone through 4 or 5 boxes of condoms you’ve spent enough money to have been able to buy a MUCH better vibrator that never needs a condom. (And please don’t tell us you’re still using jelly vibrators without condoms!) Besides that, if you’re buying a toy in hopes of keeping it around for a long time, the material’s durability is a major thing to consider, so it’s best to do your homework on the subject.
#2. Note the manufacturers.
There are a couple of manufacturers whose toys we won’t buy at all because we’ve tried several of their products and found them to consistently be cheaply made crap unsatisfactory. Certain other manufacturers are a 50/50 toss of the dice, because while we may have gotten a few really good toys from their lines here and there, the majority was cheaply made crap unsatisfactory. So we’ve learned to avoid them too. Why should we gamble when there are more reliable choices?
On the other side of the coin, there are some manufacturers who consistently make high quality safe sex toys that are built to last, and those are the ones we migrate toward most. That’s not to say that every toy they make would please us on a personal level, (in regards to designs or functions) but at least we know we can count on the quality of their products when we see one we like. Once you’ve used a few toys, it really cuts down on buyer’s remorse later if you take the time to keep track of who made the ones that you did and didn’t like.
#3. User’s reviews are valuable.
We’re not just saying this because we happen to be sex toy reviewers, but a good honest review is a buyer’s best resource since they answer questions that few store descriptions ever do. Things such as how strong the vibrations are or if they feel rumbly or buzzy or if there are any tricks to using the toy beyond the obvious to make it work better. Not to mention that no store’s catalog description is going to let the cat out of the bag about a toy that is smelly, leaves dye on your hands, or isn’t really waterproof in spite of its waterproof label. So unless you can get ahold of a sales representative who is honest and really knows their stuff, you’re on your own. In all fairness, most stores don’t even know these things because they can’t sit around all day testing every toy that they stock (interesting thought though, eh?) But an honest reviewer will tell you. We read several reviews on every toy we intend to buy, and they help us a lot with our decisions.
#4. Forget the price.
Sex toys don’t have to be expensive to be good, and expensive sex toys aren’t always good. You have to use a little common sense with this, because obviously if you see a $1.99 vibrator at Billy Joe Jim Bob’s truck stop you’re going to get what you pay for. But it doesn’t take loads of cash to find something safe and reliable either. As for the high-dollar luxury toys, well… they’re often ridiculously over-hyped. So don’t assume that just because its price tag equals a week or two’s worth of your grocery bills that it’s going to be a great toy.
So there you have it folks. Just a short list of things that we ourselves have learned about shopping for sex toys. Hope it helps!