It's hardly a secret that I adore great sex toys. They can be enjoyed time and time again with both solo or partnered lovemaking. There are, however, quite a few toys out there that have totally missed the mark.
As a sexuality educator and speaker, I am super snobbish about what materials sex toys are made from. I also almost always avoid anything named for "novelty" use only because these are often made of toxic, non body friendly materials. I wrote a blog article about what you need to know about sex toy materials a while back and you can check it out here.
There are some sex toys that I honestly wanted to like (great manufacturers, good materials, etc), but just couldn't get on board. Here are a few of my top picks for sex toys that need improvement.
I hate the way the metal or pearl balls rotate around on this sucker. It is painful for me and I would much rather have a pelvic exam than use this sex toy. Incidentally, most people I know pretty much agree that the best part of this sex toy is the clitoral "rabbit" vibrator. Many people use this toy strictly as an external toy, and I could not agree more.
I really wanted to like this toy! Using it with partnered sex was just annoying. I didn't like the way the pressure from my partner's penis bore down on the toy. Perhaps the reason I dislike this toy so much is that it is a pain in the ass to turn off. Now I should say that I have version 1.0 and the subsequent version has a much more friendly on/off switch. I was sitting on the floor naked with sweat dripping down my forehead for a full 10 minutes trying to push the charging connector in the correct place in order to turn it off. Not at all sexy!
Sqweel Oral Sex Simulator:
This sex toy looked really interesting to me when I first saw it on some on-line sex toy sites. However, when I saw this thing in person, all hope flew out the window. It is big. Very big, and bulky looking. Plus is it not at all sexy looking. I decided to pass on getting this toy for a variety of reasons.
Again, I wanted to love this sex toy. It is expensive (between $250 and $330), looks really nice, and comes beautifully packaged. What I didn't love was the low level of vibration. This toy was simply lacking vibrating power. Saying it has a "mild" vibrating power is an understatement.
I love Je Joue, but I just didn't get this sex toy. It is beautiful and comes packaged attractively. However, I like my sex toys kinda like I like my movies. I'm generally not a fan of movies I have to read and I don't want to read a thick manual to figure out how a sex toy is supposed to work. I did not find this toy to be intuitive and I haven't had the patience to use it enough for it to learn what I like. Maybe it was my user error, but the vibration was just not strong enough to do anything for me.
I should point out that not every sex toy is going to work for every person. Your personal experience may vastly differ from mine as you may enjoy a different type of sensation. Simply put, these sex toys did not work for me. And while I often am lucky enough to get many sex toys gifted to me, I purchased all of these out of pocket. In all, I spent approximately $650 for these sex toys which ultimately were not a good personal fit.
C'est la vie!