Cock Rings: “Cock rings are one of my must-have recommendations for people with penises,” Chen says. “They have three main (but not exhaustive) benefits: cock rings make maintaining an erection less effortful, make erections stiffer, and make holding back an ejaculating orgasm easier.” They do this by allowing blood to flow into your penis but preventing it from flowing back out as easily. Some cock rings vibrate, for the enjoyment of both you and your partner, while some are just simple, stretchy rings with no extra features.
Butt Plugs & Prostate Massagers: The prostate, gland located about two inches inside your butt, on the rectal wall closest to the front of your body, is also known as the P-spot. It’s thought to be the anatomical equivalent of the G-spot, because touching it is pleasurable for many people and can even induce orgasms all on its own. Butt plugs and prostate massagers—some of which vibrate or rotate—provide a “feeling of fullness” during sex or masturbation, Chen says, “leading to a more intense or a different type of orgasm.”
Now that you have a better idea of what to look for, here are some of the best toys in all of those major categories and more.
Best Male Masturbator: Fleshlight Quickshot
While you’re likely aware of the infamous Fleshlight, the first and most well-known male masturbator, you might not know that the manufacturers came out with what they call the Quickshot. It’s smaller than the original, with only 3.5 inches to insert your penis, meaning it (likely) won’t cover the entire shaft. But the perks are that it’s easy to store discreetly, and doesn’t look like a typical Fleshlight, which isn’t necessarily something you want a casual hookup to stumble on.
The Best Lube: Uberlube
While lube might not strictly be considered a sex toy, it certainly makes sex a lot better, like all the best sex toys do! This silicone-based one lasts and lasts, so things will stay slippery whether you’re touching yourself or a partner. The packaging looks luxe on your nightstand too. Note that this one is not safe to use on silicone toys.
Best Lube for Silicone Toys: Sutil Luxe Body Glide
Water-based lubes don’t last as long as silicone ones, but unlike silicone, they can be used with any kind of sex toy, so they’re good to have around. This one is thick, slick, and pairs perfectly with your favorite stroker or butt plug.
Best Vibrating Masturbator: Hot Octopuss Pulse Solo
This incredibly rumbly vibrator is designed to wrap around your shaft and stimulate your sensitive frenulum, whether you’re stroking it up and down or just holding it on your sweet spot. Unlike most penis toys, this one works well even when you’re not fully hard yet.
Best Prostate Massager: Lelo HUGO
While the LELO Hugo is pricey, it’s our favorite prostate massager currently on the market. You tilt the remote to control the strength and location of the vibrations. So if you tilt it to the left, the vibrations will be stronger on the left side. With the Hugo, you can pinpoint exactly where in your behind you experience the most pleasure and focus on those spots.
Best Anal Beads: CalExotics Silicone Booty Beads
These anal beads hold their shape better than a standard set, so they’re easy to guide into your butt even if you’ve never tried beads before. That “popping” sensation as each bead moves in and out of you can make orgasms surprisingly intense!
Best Cock Ring: Lelo Tor 2
The LELO Tor does its job simply, and it does its job well. The vibrations are strong. It fits snuggly against the shaft of your penis, but it’s not too tight. The more bulbous top of the toy applies pressure and stimulates your partner’s clitoris. It feels good for you and everyone involved. Pro tip: If you finish first and your partner hasn’t, take the Tor and place it on your middle and ring fingers while you finger her. She’ll likely appreciate the vibrations.
Best Powerful Cock Ring
This vibrating cock ring works just as well as the Lelo, but operates with a slightly lower frequency rumble. Can’t hurt to have options—it’s like you’re some kind of orgasm sommelier!
Best Affordable Masturbation Toy: Tenga Egg
Is the Tenga Egg masturbator going to change your sex life? No. Will you use it to masturbate every single time? Absolutely not. But for less than seven dollars a egg, this super-stretchable elastomer sleeve can become one of many tools in your jerk box to switch things up when the old-fashion way starts growing stale.
The Highest-Tech Masturbation Toy: Lelo F1s V2
More fun with solo sex? There’s an app for that. Lelo’s new F1S V2 is the Maybach of masturbation toys: it’s incredibly powerful, extra soft and stretchy on the inside, and has ten sensors allowing for feedback, and the the whole experience is totally customizable through the Lelo app on your phone.
Best-Looking Stroking Toy: Tenga Crysta
Tenga’s Crysta is super-smooth reusable male masturabator that looks like an alien artifact. It uses floating textures for pleasure and unique sensation on impact. One you’ve done your thing, the Crysta is easy to clean and comes with a stand to aid in fully air drying between uses.
A Great Non-vibrating Masturbation Sleeve: TENGA Zero Flip
When you open the TENGA flip, it looks like the insides of an alien, but that’s what makes it feel so good. There are various ridges and grooves inside the masturbation sleeve, which allow for different sensations. Few other masturbation sleeves are built like this. Most Fleshlights, for example, are simply smooth inside.