If you’re someone who lusts over the sensation of licking and sucking, some great news: Oral sex toys deliver the delicious stimulation of someone going down on you—with or without an actual partner present. Whether you want a sex toy that adds that flicking feeling to your solo play or you’re looking to add new stimulation to your partner play, there’s a wide world of oral sex toys to choose from. We’ll explore the biggest questions when it comes to shopping for oral sex toys, the different types that you’ll find, and share the best oral sex toys recommended by sex experts.
What are oral sex toys?
“An oral sex toy is either a toy that stimulates the feeling of oral sex or that can be used as an accessory with oral sex,” says Jenn Mason, the owner of WinkWink Boutique. “These are sometimes the same toy, and sometimes they’re different.”
What are different types of oral sex toys?
There are a few types of oral sex toys, starting with clitoral suction vibrators (also known as air pulse vibrators and airwaves vibrators). These toys use suction and air to surround the clitoris and indirectly stimulate it. “This is a unique feeling that’s similar to oral sex and has had really excellent orgasmic results,” says Gigi Engle, ACS, resident sex educator at 3Fun and author of All the F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life, who nods to vibrators models made by Satisfyer and Womanizer.
Another type of oral sex toy is clitoral stimulators (such as the Skyn Caress or the Fun Factory Volta), which include tongue vibrators. These stimulators have silicone “tongues,” “lips,” or “petals” that flutter across the clit. Engle says these petals provide “more direct stimulation to the clitoris, but it’s still very interesting and feels different from a standard vibrator.”
For people with penises, male masturbators such as masturbation sleeves (also known as “strokers,” or—if they vibrate—“power strokers”) simulate the feeling of a blow job, and some anal vibrators and butt plugs produce a sensation similar to rimming (or anal-oral sex).
What are the benefits of using an oral sex toy?
“While the benefits of using an oral sex toy alone may be obvious because you don’t have a partner to do it for you, using it with a partner can enhance and prolong stimulation alongside what your partner is doing,” says Mason. “Our bodies have limitations on how long they can provide oral sex (and even on the kinds of sensations we can offer).”
Oral sex toys provide a completely different type of stimulation from other sex toys, and that can feel really nice on nerve endings. They can also be quite visually stimulating, says Engle, especially if one partner is watching the other utilize the toy on themselves. Additionally, the suction vibrators can be used on nipples and the heads of penises, making it quite the multifunctional tool.
What should you factor in when shopping for oral sex toys?
First look at the kind of power the oral sex toy offers, advises Mason: Does it provide a light sensation or a stronger one? How big is the range of intensities? Does it offer vibration patterns? Is it a waterproof sex toy?
“You really want to take into account the size and shape of it, especially if you’re planning on using it with another person,” says Mason. “Bulkier toys can be harder to use with a partner than thinner toys that can more easily fit between bodies.”
Factor in the materials of the toy as well. “When it comes to sex toys, quality really does make a big difference,” says Engle. “Always buy toys made from medical-grade or body-safe silicone that are USB-rechargeable and don’t contain chemicals. Avoid toys made from jelly.”
And if you’re in a long-distance relationship or playing with a partner who travels a lot, consider choosing a remote-controlled sex toy. “Your partner can control your vibe or vibrating sleeve even if they’re not around,” says Mason.
What are the best oral sex toys?
Here we’ve broken down the top recommendations from sex experts and sex educators for their favorite oral sex toys from best-selling brands and retailers such as Lovehoney, Womanizer, Lelo, Dame Products, Fun Factory, We-Vibe, Amazon, and more.
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