You spend money on organic produce and workout apparel, but experts say that it's time to invest in your sex life too
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Between buying organic-only produce and splurging on Lululemon gear, you drop a lot of money investing in your fitness and health. So shouldn’t you apply that practice to your sex life? Experts think so: “Buying cheap sex toys is like taking a trip to McDonald’s: easy on the wallet, but not great in terms of long-term fulfillment,” says Emily Morse, sex and relationship expert and host of the Sex With Emily podcast.
And while a trusty Silver Bullet certainly gets the job done, there are a multiple perks that come with upgrading your vibrator. High quality vibes tend to be a combination of good materials—e.g., silicone or glass—and high functionality, meaning the toy doesn’t overheat, it’s rechargeable and/or waterproof, and it has a number of settings for you to experiment with, explains Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., research scientist at Indiana University and author of Sex Made Easy. If you’re ready to expand your collection—and willing to throw some cash toward enhancing your orgasm—here, five new vibes that go above and beyond.
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ORA by Lelo
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With 10 adjustable stimulation modes at your fingertips, this hand-held vibrator imitates the sensation of oral sex with swirling strokes and fast flicks. (That’s right, no partner needed!) It’s waterproof, rechargeable, and made with 100 percent body-safe silicone. ($169; goodvibes.com)
Dahlia by Vibratex
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This velvety-sleek silicone vibe comes equipped with not one, but two motors. “The external butterfly appendage flutters against your clitoris, while the smooth, rotating head swirls against your G-spot for double the pleasure,” explains Morse. Just remember to prep accordingly: It takes four AAA batteries. ($109; goodvibes.com)
Tango by We-Vibe
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Portable, rechargeable, and 100 percent waterproof, this tiny vibe is great for clitoral stimulation. The Tango has eight different vibration modes, and is made of body safe materials. In fact, We-Vibe as a whole tends to choose high quality materials for their toys and are very forthcoming about the kinds of materials they use with their products, explains Herbenick. ($79; usa-shop.we-vibe.com)
Stronic Eins Pulsator
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This sex toy does way more than vibrate. “Fun Factory’s new line of ‘pulsators’ are truly innovative because they imitate more of a thrusting motion (think: forward and back) that feels different than your typical vibrator,” says Morse. The pulsator has a multispeed motor, is body-safe, and rechargeable. ($199; goodvibes.com)
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FORM 2 Luxury Edition by JimmyJane
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JimmyJane is another company that’s upfront about the materials they use with their products, says Herbenick. That means you can trust the label when it claims the toy is phthalate-free. Made form premium black silicone and 24K gold, a different motor powers each flexible ear—these are what control the vibe’s four vibration modes and five different power levels. The FORM 2 is bath-friendly too, perfect for clitoral stimulation, and rechargeable. ($189; jimmyjane.com)