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Friday, September 21, 2018

Are Luxury Toys Really Worth The Price?

Le Wand Petite Rechargeable Wand Massager
Once upon a time, you would be hard-pressed to find a worthy sex toy that costs less than $50, and if you did, it might be made cheaply or from materials that were not body-safe. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. While the first silicone and stainless steel toys were made only by luxury companies (and had the price tag to go with the brand name), you can find well-built toys made from quality materials if you're not specifically interested in a toy from the company that did it first.

Occasionally, you might notice that less-expensive toys lack the attention to detail that luxury toy makers provide (some storage bags to wax seals to gorgeous packaging to included extras). If you're willing to sacrifice an internal motor or don't need a sex toy that will last a lifetime, you may find that more cost-effective toys do you just fine. A lost or broken toy is less of a worry because you can buy a new one without breaking the bank.

You can find wonderful alternatives to luxury sex toys at a fraction of the price. Often, if you wait a few months after a company releases a toy with new technology, you can find something similar at a reduced cost. This happened with the clitoral suction device Womanizer and the more affordable Satisfyer. But sometimes you just can't find an alternative, so there's no less expensive option.

The risk with a luxury sex toy is that you won't like it, and you'll have spent all that money on what is essentially a sexy paperweight. However, luxury sex toys are often made from body-safe materials, which can be sterilized and swapped. Silicone, stainless steel, glass, ceramic, and treated wood can all be sterilized (boil for 3 minutes if no motor or spray with a 10% bleach-water solution before thoroughly rinsing if electric), so you can swap them with another toy lover or even give them to someone who might find the toy you didn't love to be a better fit.

You might also worry what happens if you luxury toy breaks. After all, you might very well love the toy, but are you going to just replace it if something happens to it? Fortunately, luxury often means security, and manufacturers are willing to stand by their products with warranties. Lelo, for example, offered a one-year manufacturing defect warranty. Should something happen to your favorite sex toy due to manufacturing issue or if it never works from the start, you can contact them for a replacement. It's important to register for your sex toy just like you would an electronic. Don't forget to hop on the website for a few moments before you get sidetracked by using your new toy; otherwise, you won't be protected.

Luxury Toys We Love

If you're ready to take the plunge, here are a few options that are loved by our customers as well as toy reviewers.

  • We-Vibe is the original wearable couples vibrator with rumbly vibrations. The We-Vibe Sync even comes with a remote control and is app-compatible.
  • The Le Wand Rechargeable 10-Speed Wand Massager is the modern, sleek, and rechargeable massager that's impressively strong. Users love the flexible head, too!
  • Oscillation is different from vibration in a way that many people struggle to describe, and so are the orgasms inspired by the Eroscillator 2.
  • Lelo is known as a luxury brand, and the sophomore version of the company's well-loved clitoral stimulator is more powerful and responds to sound. Check out Siri 2.
  • Another Lelo toy you might enjoy is Mona. Also in its second version, the shaft curves to hug your G-spot.
  • We-Vibe has its own G-spot vibrator, too, the Rave. And people have been raving over the strength of its vibrations!
  • When it comes to G-spotters, you won't find one as lauded as njoy's Pure Wand. Made from stainless steel, this toy is hefty and responds to temperature. Its shape zeroes in on your G – or P – spot.
  • Vixen uses several formulas, including a dual-density silicone, for dildos that are both realistic and fantastic in design, many of which are strap-on compatible.
  • B-vibe's remote-controlled anal vibrators are highly rated, and you can buy both anal beads and a butt plug from this line.
  • The Tenga Flip Zero Masturbator strays from the bulky flashlight design to create a stroker that looks modern. It's also easier to clean.
  • Finally, check out the Nexus Sparta Rechargeable Prostate Stroker if you want a unique prostate experience.

Getting More Bang For Your Buck

However, if you're not ready to make the plunge to a luxury toy, you have plenty of options. Below, we'll highlight a few that you might want to add to your cart.


The Cici dildo by Blush Novelties is made from nonporous silicone, and it's not the only silicone dildo the company makes – they even have a dual-density formula! You'll spend a little more for the G-Spot Dildo by BS Atelier, but even the largest size this G-spotter comes in is less than $70. The wide base is strap-on compatible and safe for anal play. 

Anal Toys

For under $15, the Booty Call Booty Rocker is a steal that's safe to use for backdoor play. 

Clitoral Stimulation

While the Magic Wand Original is the plug-in massager that delivers strong and deep vibrations, it's quite affordable at less than $70! Keep an eye out for the new Scoop vibrator from Screaming O. It's a rechargeable, silicone vibrator that fits in the palm of your hand and packs quite the punch.


The Lovelife Cuddle won't break the bank, but this doesn't mean you don't get strong vibrators or comfortable silicone. For targeted vibration on your G-spot, you can try the First Time G-Spot Tulip Vibrator. It might not look fancy, but the design gets the job done. The Beau Vibrator is soft thanks to a silicone sleeve and will make you feel filled.

Everyone has to make their own decision regarding how much they're willing to spend on sex toys. Those luxury prices might mean that items are handmade and come with loving touches. But you can find quality pieces at lower prices if you're willing to do your research.

By: Adriana Ravenlust
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