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.
1This 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. You even get a complimentary storage pouch.
2This 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.
3These Purple Cuffs To Spice Things Up In The Bedroom
4These "Back Correcting" Handcuffs That Reviewers Have Found Other Uses For
These 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.
5Bring The Fun Into The Bathroom With These Suction Cup Restraints
6These Sexy Works Of Art For Your Wrists
7This 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.
8This Restraint Alternative That Sticks To Itself Instead Of Skin
Another great alternative is Pleasure Tape, which holds firmly to itself with no mess, but is easy to remove — even when placed over hair. Reviewers on Adam & Eve say that it's super versatile, and adheres firmly to itself instead of skin, so there's no residue and no pain.
9These 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. "The straps are short enough to actually keep your hands above your head which most other door restraints do not do," one reviewer raved.
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