I used to be shy about bringing toys into the bedroom, but since reviewing them has become part of my job, I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone — and I’m glad I have. Sex toys for couples can inspire you to switch up your routine, provide a jumping-off point for conversations about what you both like, and give you the chance to experience more pleasure. And who doesn’t want that?
"There's this fear that sex toys are making people less into each other, that they're too mechanical etc, but they actually improve sex, make people want to be with each other, and can connect you over long distances," Claire Cavanah, co-founder of Babeland, tells Bustle.
Not all sex toys for couples are created equal, though. They come in a wide variety of designs, from finger attachments to vaginal insert-ables, and different ones work better for different people's bodies. Some are designed for use during penetrative sex, while others are meant to be used with your hands. And, as I'll get to, they also differ in vibration power, comfort, and overall effectiveness, so do your research before you shell out your money.
For the sake of couples everywhere, my partner and I tried six of the most popular couples’ toys on the market. Here's how I'd rank them, from merely uncomfortable to truly game-changing.