I've found my desert-island sex toy.

By Lauren Mazzo
May 01, 2020
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When the COVID-19 news started rolling in, I was faced with a tricky decision: To stay in New York City and hole up in my shoebox apartment all alone, or venture upstate to hang at my parents' house for an indeterminate amount of time.

Ultimately, I agreed to my mother's offer to pick me up in Manhattan and whisk me off to suburban safety, complete with cats, fresh air, and bikes that aren't shared by 8 million other people. (I'm completely aware of how much of a blessing and privilege this is, and just know that if I could share my mother and house with y'all, I would.) As an extrovert, I just didn't think social-distancing all alone would be great for my mental health.

Before I left, I was faced with another weird decision (although, is there anything that isn't weird about this whole thing?): what to pack to be away from my home for weeks—or, quite possibly, months. Comfy sweats? Check. Workout clothes? Check. Glasses and a billion pairs of contacts, just in case? Check.

But then, I thought of all the fun self-care activities I'd been enjoying while home alone in my apartment for a week straight—namely, giving my various sex toys a little TLC. I wasn't going to bring them all home, but, surely, it's reasonable to bring one with me. You know, for sanity purposes. But what's the appropriate toy to bring home to your parents' house? If you were shipwrecked on an island—where you never got any real alone time—which vibe would you choose?

Note: As a long-time Shape staffer, I've been #blessed with the opportunity to work on a lot of our sex stories—and, as a result, get to try out a plethora of toys. (Not quite as many as one of our sex writers, though. Shoutout to her huge sex toy collection and favorite vibe, the Yummy Sunshine.)

In the end, I didn't decide on the flashiest, most high-tech, or most ~intense~. Rather, I reached for my go-to toy—the simple, sleek Crave Wink bullet vibe (Buy It, $75, babeland.com).

This baby has become my favorite toy for quite a few reasons. The first (and arguably most important) is that it gets me off every. single. time. without fail—and there's a lot to be said for something consistent and dependable in our currently topsy-turvy world. Second, it's beautiful. The stainless steel design (I have the rose gold version, but it also comes in silver and gunmetal and comes with a little silicone cap) makes it feel luxurious in a way that silicone toys just can't match.

Call me materialistic, but there's something about a beautiful product that just makes it more enjoyable to use. It feels like a total treat. Not to mention, since it's so pretty—and un-phallic looking—I could probably leave it out and my parents wouldn't be the wiser. And this makes sense, considering Crave, the company that makes the Wink+, even markets its products as "pleasure in plain sight." (FYI that they also make this gorgeous vibrator necklace! Do I need it, or do I need it?)

The Wink+ is also USB-rechargeable with a tiny little cable you screw right into the vibe itself. (Translation: No hunting around for AAAs with my parents questioning why I need them.) And with five speeds and two vibration settings, there's enough variation to find the ~sweet spot~ of the day, but not so many that you get lost in the options (just me?). And, yes, it's quiet—because there's no way I would've brought it with me otherwise.

If you need a little quarantine pick-me-up, have been looking for the perfect playmate, or just want to add to your collection (stainless steel products are one of the latest sex toy trends, BTW), I couldn't recommend this gem more.

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Buy It: Crave Wink+, $75, babeland.com

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