As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect. For me that means looking back at the best and worst sex toys. Hopefully you’ll find this list helpful when making buying decisions in the future. I’ve tried to keep the list to only things that have been released this year, not to things I tried this year. That way it’s more updated. I might have made a few mistakes on release dates though, so if some aren’t new this year, please pardon the error. As always, I suck at being concise. It’s a long list. I apologize in advance!
Icon Brands branched out into BDSM, releasing a beautiful line of glass accented toys. The glass makes the handle of the Fashionistas Riding Crop is heavier than most, a fact my husband was quite fond of. It produces a good amount of impact while looking stunning. It has little fairies etched into the glass and I just can’t help but love it. Available from SheVibe for $39.99.
Agreeable Agony specializes in bondage rope. Sure, you can get rope from lots of big names, but they don’t come close to the quality of this brand. As an added bonus, it comes in a HUGE variety of colors and sizes. There’s even Hogwarts Houses colors available, making my inner geek squee with delight. You can purchase it direct from Agreeable Agony. Price varies depending on size.
I love dildos made of metal, so it only made sense that I would love sparkly metal nipple clamps. Wrong! The Metal Worx Clamps are almost impossible for me to put on. When I do finally get them on the magnets push it off in the not so fun pain type of way. Most of the reviews I’ve read have echoed this. Available from SheVibe for $32.99.
I received the Fetish Fantasy Limited Edition Feather Crop as a review item. I didn’t have high hopes, but this managed to still under perform. The hot glue used to put it together is visible and tacky. The impact is close to zero. Available from EdenFantasys for $8.99.
LELO has had Lyla in their line for a while, but this year they released a second version – Lyla 2. It’s a remote vibrator that works with Sense Motion. This means you can tilt the controller to change vibration strength. The vibrations are stronger than other remote vibrators and the range is good. Lyla 2 is fun for both partners to use since it’s interactive. Available from SheVibe for $119.99.
So everyone pretty much knows I love all things Jopen. This year there were a ton of new releases from them. The Vr6.5 is one in the .5 series that I really like. It has strong, rumbly vibrations and actually fits my anatomy. The shape should allow it to fit most users, a big plus. Available from SheVibe for $134.99.
Another stand out in the .5 series is the Vr4.5. This one has a fluttering sensation on the clit. I wasn’t sure that it would work for me as I prefer pressure. I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with this one. Again featuring strong, rumbly vibrations. Available from SheVibe for $134.99.
I know, I know. There’s a lot of Jopen on this list. The Vr15, Vr16, and Vr17 are the most recent releases in the luxury line. I have the Vr15 and it’s now one of my all time favorites. The clit arm is actually really strong. Since many rotating rabbits seem to fall in the trap of weak clit arms, this is a big deal. This is officially the first rotating rabbit I love. Available from SheVibe for $149.99.
I bet you were starting to think everything good this year cost a fortune, huh? Not so! Bgood released an updated version of the Bgood – the Bgood Deluxe. For a cheap vibrator, this has pretty strong vibrations. It won’t break the bank either, making it an ideal choice for someone starting out and learning their preferences. Available from SheVibe for $25.49.
After loving the Lyla 2, I decided to take a chance with their C shaped vibrator (sans remote) – Noa. Rather than the good vibrations of the Lyla 2, Noa is very weak. It also doesn’t stay in place at all, rendering it pretty much useless. It’s meant to be worn during sex, but the times I used it I was so involved in putting it back in place that I couldn’t enjoy the actual sex. Available from SheVibe for $89.99.
Fun Factory makes great, unique toys. This year came FOU, an external vibrator that looks like an egg with a cutout at the top. Unlike many Fun Factory toys, this one is crazy weak. The motor might be strong in there, but it’s surrounded by such thick silicone that you’d never notice. Easily tops my most hated toys list. Available from SheVibe for $99.99.
The Rock Box launched, claiming to be more powerful than the Hitachi. It may be strong (I’m doubtful that it’s more so than the Hitachi, however), but it makes a terrible rocking motion rather than actually vibrating. It’s also gigantic and loud as hell. It comes with a male attachment and my husband didn’t seem any more impressed than I was. Available from SheVibe for $119.99.
We-Vibe makes two of my all time favorite toys – Salsa and Tango. When they released Thrill, a C shaped vibe for solo use listing the same RPMs as those two I got super excited. What I ended up getting was a disappointment to say the least. The strength is nowhere near the power of Salsa/Tango. It’s also top heavy, meaning if you let go of the too small handle it will flip over. Total fail from a company that can do better. Available from SheVibe for $159.99.
Key is the new, affordable line launched by Jopen just recently. Given that three of my top vibrators of the year are made by this company, I expected a lot from Key. While the internal vibrators I have from the line are pretty good, the external toys are a complete waste. Io is one of these. It doesn’t have the same vibrations as the Jopen luxury line. Instead it’s buzzy and weak. Available from SheVibe for $39.99.
Charms Curve is another external vibrator in the Key line. It’s a tough call on which is worse out of this and Io. Again, weak and buzzy vibrations. Sure, it’s cheaper than the luxury Jopen line, but sometimes the extra money is worth it. The failure of the Key external toys may be my heartbreak of the year. Available from SheVibe for $29.99.
When I was given Tantus’ new Splish for review, I was concerned. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not big on textured toys. They tend to hurt my insides. Since Splish is very tiny, I figured I might be able to use it. The first time I used it I knew I adored it. Finally – texture I can handle! It’s small size may not make it ideal for all, however. Available from SheVibe for $39.99.
Splish was released with a larger sibling – Splash. They feature the same wonderful texture, just in different sizes. There’s a large size difference which sorta leaves people who prefer an average size out. If you like bigger toys, Splash is the one you should pick of these two. Available from SheVibe for $64.99.
Another new Tantus toy this year is the O2 Max. O2 is Tantus’ dual density silicone, making it feel much more life-like than regular silicone. Max is a large toy, both long and thick. While I have some other O2 toys, this is easily my favorite. Available from SheVibe for $74.99.
Jollies was a beloved sex toy company a few years back. Then suddenly they shut down, leaving many depressed over the loss. This year the Jollet made a comeback in the form of Chavez Designz. I never got a Jollet the first time around, but now I know what all the fuss was about. The shape looks odd, but fits inside me perfectly. Bonus points for filling it with polka dots and other fun combos. Available from Chavez Designz for $59.99 and up, depending on how it’s decorated.
Vamp Silicone is a small company that gets a lot of buzz on sex toy blogs. One of my first purchases from their line was the Giorgio. I have the Soft Skin version of it. I can’t put into words how much I love their Soft Skin. Sometimes hard silicone will cause me discomfort. No problems with this super soft silicone. I also love the pretty blue color it comes in (with silver swirls) and how girthy it is. Available from SheVibe for $79.99.
I debated getting the Joplin (also from Vamp Silicone) for a while. It’s just outside my comfort zone on big toys. Since I was working my way to bigger toys, I finally took the plunge on this. The Soft Skin makes the size doable for me. It’s the biggest dildo I can use on a regular basis and one of my go to toys when I want a full feeling. Available from SheVibe for $94.99.
NobEssence has had the market on wooden sex toys for a long time. This year Penetralia came on the scene with a whole line of wooden toys. Of the ones I’ve tried, the Number 28 is my favorite. I didn’t really know how the telephone shape would play out. The result? It hits my G-spot with ease. That’s no small accomplishment given how picky my G-spot is. Available from SheVibe for $140.00
Crystal Delights specializes in stunning glass toys. The Crystal Twist was redesigned late this year with a touch of color added to the glass. The Twist feels unlike any other toy I own. I’m a fan of twisting sensations, so it comes as no surprise that this made it onto my list. It also has a large, sparkly crystal that makes girly me very happy. Available from Crystal Delights for $114.95.
Vixen is the company that makes my all time favorite dildo material – VixSkin. It’s a dual density silicone that feels incredibly lifelike. While I’m a huge fan of the way realistic dildos feel, I’ve never cared for the way they look. The skin tones are not my thing. A wonderful thing happened this year. The Mustang and Maverick were released in neon colors! I had the Maverick already and went with the Mustang. It’s a perfect size for regular use and it looks freaking cool. Available from SheVibe for $99.99.
As much as I hated the external Key toys, they did manage to knock it out of the park with Comet. It’s reminiscent of the now discontinued Ophoria Beyond 1 and 2, both favorites of mine. Comet is one of the few toys that hits my G-spot. It also has just the right amount of weight to it. I have mine in the blue option and it’s a gorgeous color to boot. Available from SheVibe for $69.99.
I guess I’m lucky because I didn’t run into any truly terrible dildos this year. The James Deen Silicone dildo is my only one in this section. It was a very hyped up line and expectations were high from everyone. While it’s not awful, it makes this list because of how good it should have been. The crappy bullet didn’t help it any either. Nor did the shedding bag included with it. Available from SheVibe for $84.99.
That’s it folks! The best and worst toys that 2012 brought us. Compiling this list just made me realize how very, very many toys I tested out this year. The things I do for you guys.
Now let’s all lift our champagne glasses and toast to even better sex toys to come in 2013!
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