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It feels as though the world has turned upside down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our lifestyles have changed completely, and even the most basic tasks have become complicated. With most people self-isolating, the pandemic has even changed the way we have sex. Many of us have unexpectedly found ourselves in long-distance relationships with partners we don’t live with. Others are housebound with family members, flat-mates or children, which makes it challenging to find a moment’s privacy. Single and polyamorous folks are lamenting the inability to go out and meet new partners. It’s become very challenging to find ways to express our sexuality and find human connection in this new world. Unsurprisingly, sex toy sales are skyrocketing, as people are on the hunt for the best way to scratch their itches in these interesting times.
But with so many toys to choose from, how can you possibly pick? Whether you need something discreet or a toy that will give you the chance to connect with a long-distance partner, this guide will help to narrow your search.
If you’re self-isolating with roommates or family, discretion is of the utmost importance. You want to feel free to enjoy yourself in the comfort of your room, without the worry that your flat-mate can hear your vibrator buzzing away through the wall. With these whisper quiet vibes, you’ll be able to hunker down for some alone time without anyone hearing a thing.
Fun Factory’s toys are beautifully designed and incredibly quiet. Lady Bi is a rabbit-style vibe with a longer shaft which is designed for deep penetration. The super-powerful vibrations can be shut off instantly at the press of a single button in case your housemate knocks on the door to ask where you put the hand sanitizer. Lady Bi is waterproof with a long-lasting rechargeable battery.
Mona’s sleek form and powerful motor make it the perfect multi-purpose vibe. Although Mona is designed to be used internally for leg-shaking g-spot orgasms, it can also be used externally. The broad head can be laid against the labia for wide-surface vibrations or the pointed tip works well for targeted clitoral stimulation. The velvety silicone feels luxurious against the skin, and Mona is so quiet that the only noise that could give you away are the ones coming from you as you’re in her clutches.
I love a homegrown hero, and I’m proud to sing Ava’s praises as an Australian designed vibrator. Ava is one of the best dual-stimulation vibrators I’ve seen in years. Often it’s a challenge to hit both the g-spot and clitoris with a single toy, as the distance between vaginal entrance and clitoris varies greatly from person to person. Ava’s designer thought about this, and rather than choosing a traditional rabbit shape opted for a gentle swoop. The rounded end is inserted while the body hugs the labia and clitoris. Ava is very lightweight so she’s perfect for anyone who struggles with hand and wrist injuries. And best of all, she’s lovely and quiet.
You wouldn’t believe that such a diminutive package could hold a powerhouse motor. Ian 2 is my favourite bullet vibrator because it’s incredibly powerful and super quiet. It has a range of speeds and vibration patterns to play with, and a long-lasting rechargeable battery. It’s also the perfect travel vibrator, so once this pandemic is over (and it will be....eventually), this is a great toy to pop in your handbag or luggage for sexy adventures out.
For many of us (particularly those with children at home) the bathroom is the only place to snatch a moment alone. If you’re multi-tasking by using your morning shower as a chance for a cheeky play, then you’ll need a waterproof vibrator. Here are a few delightful waterproof toys that will come in handy.
The Form 2 has two powerful motors, one in each of the little prongs. This is a great exploratory vibe for all genders, as it can be used in a multitude of different ways on a variety of body parts. It’s small enough to throw into your pocket or wrap in a towel to sneak it into the bathroom, and it’s completely waterproof. The Form 2 also makes a great massager for sore temples and to relieve sinus pain if you’re finding yourself a little headachy after so much time indoors.
The Sona 2 is a great choice if you need to get off fast. It provides direct clitoral stimulation via air pulsation technology. It’s an intense sensation that creates powerful orgasms in no time flat. Sona 2 is completely waterproof so she can join you in the shower or tub for a quick release.
I love a toy that can multi-task. The Rimmer plug can be used as a traditional plug without vibration, or you can switch it on for more intensity. The entrance of the anus is packed with nerve endings and this plug concentrates on that most sensitive area with a row of rotating beads. The Rechargeable Rimmer Plug has a second motor in the tip of the plug, to provide deep internal vibrations as well. The plug is splash proof and shower safe, but it cannot be submerged in water. So while it’s the ideal shower companion, this plug can’t join you in the tub.
If you’ve found yourself in an unplanned long-distance situation, isolated from a partner who lives across town, then you’re probably struggling. Long distance is hard, but particularly so when it comes out of nowhere. So how can you foster a connection and intimacy when you can’t even be in the same room together?
The answer is app-controlled vibrators. These toys pair with an app on your phone and allow your lover to control them from anywhere in the world. They’re fantastic for long-distance webcam dates or for steamy sexting sessions. And if you’re a couple who are quarantined together, they can create a fun opportunity to play with each other from different rooms in the house. The creative options are endless.
We Vibe have a collection of vibrators that can be used with their We-Connect App. Sync is a wearable vibrator that has two internal hinges to create the perfect fit. It’s incredibly powerful and rumbly, and can be worn under your clothes. Imagine wearing this while watching a movie on the couch while your partner controls the toy from afar.
Rave is one of the greatest G-Spot toys I’ve encountered. It’s ergonomic and provides deep, rumbling vibrations. Rave is great for solo play, or it can be linked to the app so that your play partner can increase or decrease the intensity to tease you and bring you to climax.
For those who are excited to explore anal play, Ditto is a great first anal toy. It’s not too big, with a tapered tip that’s easy to insert and a nice, wide base. This vibrating plug is powerful and rumbly, and can also be controlled with the app by yourself or a partner.
The world is a frightening place at the moment, and so many of us are feeling alone in isolation. Sexual expression is an important part of the human experience, and it’s a good way to take care of yourself. Orgasm releases endorphins and relieves stress, so it’s a balm for these tense times. We’re fortunate to have a world of technology at our fingertips that allows us to communicate with partners, as well as a huge range of innovative sex toys. This is the perfect time to devote some attention to connecting with your partner in new ways, or exploring on your own to deepen your understanding of your sexuality.
A passionate and slightly geeky fashionista, Vanessa from nessbow.com is the epitome of sweet and sexy, vintage and modern. She writes more than just product reviews on her blog as she also shares amazing recipes and life lessons. Her prowess as a blogger has landed her in in the top 100 sexual blogs in the world. Be sure to check her out!