When someone mentions sex toys, what's the first thing that comes to mind? It's probably not the $15 billion (yup) sex toy industry, which is projected to surpass $50 billion by 2020. That's twice the worth of solar power. And while, yes, a single vibrator can cost up to $1 million, there can't be that many people actually buying the super-high-end options, right? Let's hope not.
Since not all of us can fork over our entire paychecks on a sex toy, and sex toys tend to be on the far end of the super-not-returnable spectrum, it's a risk dropping $300 on a toy without knowing the, ahem, results.
So we scoured Amazon for affordable, high-quality sex toys people have already tested for you. There are so many options on Amazon that it can be kind of overwhelming, so we've put together a list of the best sex toys on there—each one less than $55 and backed by solid reviews. This way, you know you're getting something extremely good, while your neighbors only know you're getting a box of arguably the most discreet packaging of all time.
If You've Got A Clit...
The Hitachi Magic Wand has been a household name for 50 years, and with good reason: This revolutionary handheld toy is so powerful, it can be too damn much for some folks. If you're someone who can handle the full volume, it's worth just relinquishing yourself to the full power of The Wand. But if you need a little help, you can get a Magic Wand with a speed controller that tempers the pulse (with 8,000 nerves in the clitoris, it's understandable that a modification exists).
You can get attachments for the wand that stimulate that and your G-spot in fun ways too. With more than 1,300 positive reviews, you know you're making a solid choice—one user calls this toy "life-changing," and millions of users over several decades agree.
For the price of a fancyish sandwich, you can get a quality 10-speed vibrator bullet. The reviews for this tiny powerhouse are beyond promising—one user even says it's perfect in every way. And who can blame them? Ten orgasm-inducing speeds in one inconspicuous pocket-rocket. What's not to love?
This is basically oral on command: The head of the device has a vacuum mechanism that creates a gentle suction on the clitoris, reminiscent of your favorite partner's mouth. (You can also use it on nipples.)
The base doubles as a vibrator, so you won't get bored with this little ditty. Suck, vibe, suck, vibe, repeat... it has five suction intensities and eight vibration speeds. It's silicone, quiet, and waterproof. And if a suction cup on your clit sounds strange, let the reviews put your mind at ease. One woman climaxed instantly while using it—that's pretty intense. It sounds like a worthy $35 investment to me.
When it first debuted, the rabbit design was a game-changer. This ergonomic little guy is just waiting to bounce his way into your pleasure center. With a curved design, the dildo stimulates your G-spot, while the cute bunny ears vibrate your clit. And the nine vibration modes are quiet, so you don't have to worry about making the neighbors jealous.
If You're Packing a Penis...
Let's be honest, one penis ring isn't enough, but a silicone set has you covered: With rings for the base, mid-shaft, and glans, the set has a solution for every need and includes four elastic rings, each serving a unique purpose. (And at only $10, they're a bargain.)
But don't worry, you're still getting a quality product—almost all the reviews are positive, and one user assures they're "very high quality." They can be applied individually or in combination, and each one has an inner diameter of around an inch. With four in the set, there are all kinds of fun ways to mix, match, and play with the possibilities.
Small and discreet, each egg is disposable so you can have fun with it, toss it, and go on about your day. The set comes with six eggs, each one featuring a different internal design for your pleasure. You don't even need to worry about lube, as each egg includes a single-use packet. Tenga is a trusted brand, a fact that's reflected in its reviews. And one Tenga egg usually runs about $10, so this is a steal.
The invention of the masturbation sleeve has helped level the playing field of sex toy technology among the genders a bit. Now there are variations of every kind, like this Masturbation Cup.
With consistently good reviews and a low price point, it's a fraction of the cost of most brand-name sleeves. This stretchy, silicone cup is removable for easy cleaning, the interior walls are textured for maximum pleasure, and with the cap on, it's an unobtrusive object that resembles a flashlight—but this sleeve will take you on a wild ride to Orgasm City.
The Hitachi Magic Wand (which got the top spot of the first section) is definitely an investment piece, but hot damn, is it an amazing one—and attachments like this tube sleeve make the tool accessible for everyone.
According to many, the prostate orgasm is amazing, and this toy will get you there in a heartbeat. This massager is extra-special because it vibrates on both ends—it stimulates your prostate and perineum, two of the most orgasmic spots on your body, has 10 speeds, and comes with a wireless remote control for ease of use and kinky fun. With almost 1,000 excellent reviews and at less than $30, you really can't lose.
Toys to Share
Nestle this tiny missile against your G-spot or prostate and give your partner the remote—then give yourself over to your partner's sexual creativity. The bullet is waterproof and easy-to-use, and the remote includes two powerful speeds so your partner can blast you into orgasm.
For $9, call it an excellent cheap date—and more than 600 favorable reviews prove this little toy packs a punch. At that price, you can take turns pleasuring each other and have some cash left over to go out to dinner.
Featuring a comfortable, neoprene-padded back with an adjustable waist up to 69 inches, this comes with three sizes of O-rings, expanding the possible dildo attachments you can use.
But the main feature is a removable vac-u-lock plug, which fits inside the dildo—the vacuum lock prevents awkward slipping, making this a great harness for beginners. With near-perfect reviews, it's no wonder this strap-on marvel is a popular choice. One strap-on aficionado says it's the best on the market. With the adjustability and vac-u-lock, this harness lets you ride your partner in the express lane.
The high-quality material is easy to clean, flexible, and soft, and at 5.2-inches (from the balls to the tip), it's a great beginner dildo, fitting into any standard O-ring attachment.
If you don't want to use a strap-on, you can still play hands-free with the suction cup—slap it on a smooth surface and go to town. You even get a free tube of lube with this one—not a bad deal for less than $15. With almost 1,000 reviews and more than 4 stars, this is a well-endorsed toy.
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Nicole was trained as a sex and relationship researcher, but as a writer, she works to bridge the gap between academia and the masses by making science enjoyable. When she's not writing, she's climbing mountains and photographing her adventures. You can find her at nicolematkins.com.