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Sex is changing. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been inundated with news about permanent shifts in workplaces, schools, and social lives. But the pandemic may have also changed how we find sexual release: After a surge in sex toy sales during quarantine, men are still seeking out the best sex toys to upgrade their time in the bedroom.
“Men’s sex toy sales have gone up increasingly since COVID began,” says Erica Minor, Marketing & Communications Manager for sex toy brand LELO. And, although she didn’t give numbers, Minor says the increase in men’s sex toy sales has continued — even as many begin (cautiously) dating again. “Sales that were prompted by the conditions from the pandemic have held steady as we’ve collectively reopened,” she tells us.
This continued rise in men’s sex toy sales points to a larger-scale taboo-shedding, according to Minor. “Men’s sexual health, in general, is becoming a more talked about topic and the cultural attitudes towards men buying sex toys/sexual health has shifted,” she says.
Because of this shift in perception, brands have been releasing some of the best sex toys for men that we’ve ever seen. Ridiculous blow-up dolls are being replaced by high-tech masturbation sleeves and sophisticated toys for elevating intimacy with a partner. And even mainstream sites like Amazon are now carrying a whole range of the best sex toys for men.
This renaissance of male sex toys satisfies a range of needs. If you’re stressed or lacking sexual release, a quality sex toy is one of the healthiest and most effective ways to relax (fun fact: orgasms release an immune-boosting hormone called oxytocin). And if you’re in a relationship, couples’ sex toys are a great way to spice things up.
Before diving into the male sex toy world — or picking up a new one — there are a few types of toys to get acquainted with. Below are the three types of sex toys for men that you’ll find in our roundup.
Masturbation Sleeve: The most popular type of sex toys for men are masturbation sleeves. They’re straightforward in concept (just insert and enjoy), but there’s a huge variety including straightforward strokers, motor-powered sleeves and stretchy masturbators. Our roundup includes a few types of masturbation sleeves for all pleasure preferences.
Prostate Massager: Straight dudes are finally coming around to butt play. The truth is, your prostate is a nerve-ending-packed pleasure center that, when stimulated, helps achieve some of the best orgasms ever (hence its nickname, the male G-spot). The best way to explore your own backside — while masturbating or with a partner — is to invest in a great prostate massager.
Couples’ Toys: Sex toys aren’t just for alone time. Some toys are designed to elevate hetero sex as well by stimulating both parties. It’s a great way to spice up your sex life (particularly if, say, you’ve been quarantined together for months).
Whether you’re looking for a way to de-stress solo or want to switch things up with a partner, we’ve rounded up six of the most popular sex toys for men that you can discreetly purchase online right now.
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Most stroker toys are simply a soft sleeve to upgrade your oft-used hand. This is great, but the Satisfyer takes things up a notch. Squeeze the sides, and the stroker fills with air pressure for a tightening sensation. The inside is made of Cyberskin, a super soft, ribbed material that’s also easy to clean. If you’re new to sex toys, this is a great introduction.
Don’t be intimidated by the odd look of this Manta sex toy: it’s cleverly designed for both solo and couples play. For solo use, load up the fork-shaped head with lube and use it like any vibrating stroker (the head’s ridges retain the lube). For couples’ use, place the Manta around the bottom of your shaft while receiving oral sex or penetrating, and the vibration will create added pleasure for both parties.
These discreetly packaged eggs from Japanese firm TENGA have become a massive success. Inside the outer shell, you’ll find a stretchy, textured masturbator that slides over your shaft for surprising pleasure without any bulky equipment. Each of the six eggs in the carton feature a unique texture, lending a different sensation with each egg. They’re great for once-in-a-while sex toy users or any couple looking for upgraded foreplay.
Fleshlight is probably the most well-known name in male sex toys and is now synonymous with masturbation sleeves (like Band-Aid to adhesive bandages). As the name implies, Fleshlights are masturbation sleeves disguised as flashlights, scoring points in terms of discretion. The inside is far more exciting than a lightbulb, sporting a like-life entrance and a tight, ribbed interior. It’s a straightforward, no-frills sex toy for dudes, making it great for beginners and occasional sex toy users.
This vibrating masturbation sleeve from Satisfyer bumps up realism with one clever upgrade: heat. The device features three levels of warmth up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (don’t worry, it’s safe) for a comfortable, realistic feel. It also boasts 10 vibrating functions and seven speeds, plus a waterproof build for use in the shower or tub. USB recharging makes the Satisfyer easy to use, and an hour of active playtime should be enough for almost any session. It’s on the small side at 5.5 inches long, making it quite discreet although not ideal for well-endowed gents.
LELO is known for sleek, high-quality toys that look almost as good as they feel. This prostate massager is a prime example. The massager itself is designed for men with a curved, dual-motor build (one motor in each tip) that leads to serious stimulation inside and out. A remote control makes the Hugo easier and more fun — especially with a partner. It’s a powerful orgasm-inducer for alone time, but the remote makes it great for couples of any sexuality.
Most people think of sex toys as a tide-me-over for the real thing, but some of the best sex toys are actually experience-enhancers for sex with your partner. Case in point is this Tenuto couples toy from MysteryVibe.
The Tenuto, although a bit confusing at first, is cleverly designed to stimulate your shaft, your perineum (a.k.a taint) and your partner’s clitoris all at the same time. Six vibrating motors are dedicated to each of these areas with controls on the device as well as a companion app for easier adjustment during the act. Plus, the Tenuto’s stretchy fit makes it suitable for any sized manhood.
The LELO F1s is probably the best, most high-tech masturbation sleeve around. The sleek device houses an array of orgasm-inducing features such as two motors, heating, 10 sensors and, best of all, LELO’s SenSonic technology. This SenSonic tech upgrades the standard vibrating masturbator with sonic wave pulses that stimulate your whole member instead of individual nerve endings. This tech, along with a ribbed interior, combine to create a truly impressive sensation.
The F1s can be controlled with quick-access buttons on the top, but the Bluetooth-connected LELO app gives much more extensive control and even performance tracking. Overall, it’s a great pick for newbies, couples and certified sex toy enthusiasts alike.
Another great couples’ toy is this Tor 2 cock ring from LELO. The soft silicone device slightly restricts blood flow while you’re erect (don’t worry, this feels good) so that you last longer. Meantime, a vibrator on the top of the device stimulates her clitoris during penetrative sex. The vibrator has six different settings, depending on your mood, and the device is stretchy enough to accommodate most shaft sizes.
Promescent is best-known for introducing a super safe and gentle “Delay Spray,” which helps men last longer in bed or during masturbation. But keeping a bottle of the “Delay Spray” on your bedside table wasn’t exactly the most discreet. Enter: Promescent’s “Delay Wipes.”
The new individually-packaged wipes look like a hand sanitizing wipe but pack a clinically-tested and doctor-recommended benzocaine formula, which helps to desensitize the most sensitive areas of your penis (the head and frenulum) to help prevent premature ejaculation.
Everything is clean and tidy with no messy sprays or residue (just make sure to rinse your finger after use). Promescent says the wipes should start working in as little as five minutes. Get a handy five-pack from the Promescent website below.
This silicone plug from B-Vibe comes with its own discreet carrying case, along with its own remote control that makes it a great toy for couples. Your partner can control it up to 30 feet away, and the plug packs three separate motors and features nine different vibration settings. It can last for up to 1.5 hours on a charge, and you can power it up with an included USB charging cable. You’ll also get a 1-year warranty with your purchase. Bonus: Readers can use the code FALL at checkout for a 33% off of the retail price.
For a simple, straightforward and budget-friendly toy, you can’t go wrong with this Spinner Stroker from Tenga. As the name suggests, the interior part of the Stroker twists as you use it. It’s available in three different designs, and it comes with its own lubricant, too. Plus, the included drying stand makes it a little easier to keep it clean and ready to use.
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