So you're looking to get into some light bondage, and you're not all too sure where to start. Well, I went down the rabbit hole of
sex handcuffs for couples to help figure it out — and let me tell you, it was a lot deeper than I expected. I figured I'd find some fur, and I was sure I'd run into some leather, but I didn't think I'd find wrist restraints with suction cups attached to them. You know — in case you want to partake in some safer shower bondage.
If you're on the fence about bondage, a new study actually found that those who partake in BDSM "
tend to be more aware of their sexual needs and desires," Andreas Wismeijer, a psychologist at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands, told Live Science. It's also thought to lead to lower levels of anxiety and higher levels of healthy attachment with one's partner, which compliments the belief that stretching your comfort zone in the bedroom could just improve your relationship outside of it. According to those who have tried it, it can also just be downright pleasurable, whether you're the submissive or the dominant player.
So, if you've done your research, consulted your partner, and are in the market for some great restraints — these nine sex handcuffs that are perfect couples might be just what you're looking for.
1 This Standard Pair For Comfort And Durability
Made for both comfort and durability, these
faux leather handcuffs have a soft furry lining and an adjustable buckle to fit just about any wrist. They also have a detachable linking chain and solid D rings to attach to any other bondage mechanism. According to one reviewer: "Surprisingly nice for the price. These are way better than I expected, I ended up buying a second pair!No shedding, no fraying, no cracking, no "cheap" smell and no rashes or marks either." 2 This Under-Bed Restraint System That Goes Right Under Your Mattress
If you're looking for a little more, there's the
Utimi restraint kit, which installs right under the bed. It comes with handcuffs and ankle cuffs, and it can essentially transform your entire bedroom into a kinky lair. The cuffs are made with Velcro to ensure comfort and adjustability, and come with fluffy lining, so they'll stay comfortable even for the most extensive play scenes. According to one reviewer: "[It's] definitely the best bang for your buck if you know what I mean. Me and my partner had a lot of fun trying these out and it definitely made the experience more fun with the extra goodies (blindfold and switch). It’s easy set up. Just throw it under the mattress and add the cuffs. The blindfold is super soft and the switch(or paddle) looks very nice in person and works really well. It’s now sitting under our queen mattress and gets used often!" 3 A Colorful Set To Spice Things Up In The Bedroom
With an adjustable fit and durable metal buckles, the
brightly-colored handcuffs are lined with fur for extra comfort. They come in your choice of four colors (pink, purple, red, or black) with a connecting chain. According to one reviewer: "These cuffs are very soft and comfortable to wear in addition to being well made. The fuzzy part is a smooth soft, the leather is strong but flexible, the buckles are secure and the chain is thick enough to withstand a decent amount of pulling." 4 These "Back Correcting" Handcuffs That Reviewers Have Found Other Uses For
posture handcuffs are marketed towards... people with bad backs? Turns out though, there are plenty of "other" uses for these nylon cuffs, especially if you're trying to submit to certain desires. They're designed to attach around your wrists and around your neck, and they're adjustable from there. According to one reviewer: "This amazing product has corrected my posture along with my attitude towards my husband." 5 Bring The Fun Into The Bathroom With These Suction Cup Restraints
suction cup handcuffs have strong vacuum suction pads and adjustable wrist straps for a little more fun in the bathroom. They can be attached to any smooth tiled surface, and they're made from safe and strong nylon. According to one reviewer: "Can't wait to try these. They stick to anything smooth and are well padded." 6 These Sexy Works Of Art For Your Wrists
If you're looking to make a fashion statement with your cuffs, there's these
lace handcuffs with a matching mask. They've got a gorgeous purple and black pattern and ribbon adjustments. They even come with a matching whip. According to one reviewer: "These are simply beautiful and wonderfully kinky to spice things up a bit especially if you are a beginner (I'm not). These look crazy sexy and the color and design are eye catching. These are a great addition to my "fun box."" 7 This Silky Smooth Rope That Holds Strong, But Won't Hurt Your Skin
Made from soft cotton that won't irritate sensitive skin, this
three-pack of rope is good for all kinds of things. In the bedroom though, this braided cotton rope (which comes in at roughly 32 feet), can really come in handy for other things. It's also safe to use in the washing machine and feels strong without feeling uncomfortable. According to one reviewer: "Works great for beginner bondage. My girlfriend, who has years of experience in bondage commented on the high quality of the material.It's easy to machine wash, just put it in a laundry bag or pillowcase. It sun drys literally within minutes. This makes it great for any fun that involves fluids." 8 These Faux-Fur-Lined Handcuffs That Are Completely Adjustable
Made with soft polyurethane a faux fur, these
comfortable handcuffs are a great buy at just $10. They're adjustable to fit any wrists, and the soft faux fur adds a buffer between your wrists and the restraint so they don't tug on arm hair or leave behind marks. This pair of handcuffs comes in 12 different colors and styles, and some even come with included blindfolds for extra fun. According to one reviewer: "Great item. I use them very often. The cuffs and the mask are both very soft and comfortable. I have very small arms and the cuffs adjust in size well." 9 These Restraint Cuffs That Fit Over Your Bedroom Door
Finally, there's these
door restraints, which are made from neoprene and come with sturdy plastic door attachments, which hang behind the door. The end barrels are designed to be placed at the top or you can secure them elsewhere, and since the cuffs themselves are velcro, you can really enjoy a lot of safety while you're using these. According to one reviewer: "Very easy to use, comfortable, and fun! I got convinced by my fwb to try out some light BDSM stuff. Personally, I don't watch porn so I honestly wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into. Whether you're hardcore or just want something a little kinky, this is fun for the price (and this is coming from a poor college student)." Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.