In many ways, 2017 has been a towering trash heap. But even amid the endless drudgery that was this year’s news cycle, there were a few bright spots — particularly in the bedroom. The adult industry delivered some pretty solid sex toys this year, from buzzworthy new masturbators for men to smart anal beads (yes, it’s a thing). There were also a few additions for her as well.
Sure, new sex toys can’t save 2017 from being a complete disaster, but they may help you find a little bit of personal pleasure before the year is out. Here are 8 of the best sex toys we saw in 2017.
Just for you
The Tenga Flip 0 EV ($200.00, USA only, buy it here)
Tenga is perhaps best known for its disposable silicone masturbation eggs, but in November, the company released its first vibrating, reusable sleeve, the Tenga Flip 0 EV. (You can buy the less high-tech, non-vibrating version for $64.99 on Amazon here.) Armed with two rumbling cores, the Flip 0 EV combines pleasure with convenience: simply snap it open to reveal a textured elastomer (an elastic, viscose polymer) tube that buzzes at different frequencies. The entry hole expands to accommodate penises of variable girth, and the toy’s squeezable sides allow the user to control pressure levels inside the tube.
The Flip 0 EV can be fully submerged in water for easy cleaning and it comes with its own drying dock. Plus, because it bears no resemblance to human genitalia, you might feel a little less creepy displaying it on your nightstand: According to one review, the product is much sleeker than your average vagina-in-a-tube masturbator, to the point that “you could almost open it at Christmas in front of family without them immediately guessing what the toy really is.”
Just for her
The Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation ($59.95, buy it here)
In terms of appearance, the Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation looks like one of those Clarisonic brushes the pore-obsessed use to scrub their faces. But the Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation is topped with a silicone cap that engulfs the clitoris, using pulsations and air pressure to “suck the orgasms right out of you,” according to Glamour’s Suzannah Weiss. Purportedly quieter than its predecessor, the Pro 2 Next Generation is also fully waterproof, for fun in the bath and shower. A hint for men still scrambling to buy gifts for their female partners: while it’s true that no sex toy can replace the feeling of IRL sex, few holiday gifts are as thoughtful as the gift of endless orgasms.
Jopen Aries ($36.99, buy it here)
The Jopen Aries is a nifty device that nestles between your fingers, basically turning your hand into an agile vibrator. Used with a partner or solo, the Aries adds octane to whatever kind of action you’re getting into: use it on your partner’s clitoris during penetrative sex, or hold it against your perineum or under the head of your penis while you masturbate. Given the modest price point, it’s a fun little extra to stash in your bedside drawer.
The Dame Products Eva II ($135, buy it here)
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, Dame Products launched its first hands-free couples vibrator for PIV (penis-in-vagina) sex — the beetle-shaped Eva, with two flexible arms that nestle inside the labia. At first, it got mixed reviews, with many seasoned sex toy reviewers bemoaning its buzzy motor.
Eva II launched in November, apparently with the intention of righting what reviewers found wrong. Smaller, more lightweight, and with a quieter, more rumbly motor, it’s a solid option for couples who want unobtrusive external stimulation during PIV sex. Given that an estimated 80% of women can’t climax solely from vaginal intercourse, that’s a pretty good idea. (As an added bonus, Eva’s vibrations feel pretty good on your shaft, too.)
For long distance couples
The Kiiroo Couple Set 2 ($299.00, buy it here)
Long-distance relationships are tough for myriad reasons, chief among them the long dry spells between visits. Dutch toy company Kiiroo offers one solution: its newly updated couples set includes a Pearl 2 vibrator and an Onyx 2 sleeve (lined with Fleshlight’s trademark SuperSkin), for heterosexual partners. The products sync with one another, so that when she starts using the vibrator, the sleeve starts moving in tandem, even with a country’s worth of space between you. What’s more, the Onyx can be used to control the speed and pattern of its partner’s vibrations.
For your own, ahem, enhancement
The Fat Boy Stretchy Cock Extender (price varies; $28.93 on Amazon, buy it here)
Looking for a little more girth? Look no further than the Fat Boy Stretchy Cock Extender. Despite an admittedly unfortunate name, the Fat Boy extender remains a popular option (though it’s not a 2017 invention) because it allows customers to feel measurably bigger during sex. Essentially a rubber-silicone, skin-like cock sheath, the Fat Boy Extender loops onto the scrotum to stay in place while you thrust, and adds about an inch to an average-sized penis’ circumference. It’s textured on the inside, so you won’t lose sensation, and stretchy enough to accommodate a wide range of dick shapes.
“I love it, I’m gonna scream it from the mountaintops,” Brad Smith of the Gay Frat effused in his YouTubed product review. “It’ll make you super-girthy. We can all be more girthy, right?”
For anal play
B-Vibe rimming plug 2 ($150.00, buy it here)
Stigma persists around anal sex regardless of gender, although butt stuff can be pretty pleasurable for everyone involved: Men may find that having their prostate stimulated triggers earth-shattering orgasms, and women might find anal insertion pleasurable as well. With that in mind, consider this butt plug, especially the latest model from b-Vibe, which is fast becoming a leading name in anal play. Its Rimming Plug 2 is the first with rotating beads at the neck, simulating the feel of a rim job: “a light, airy, practically human-to-the-touch tongue licking” that “feels amazing,” according to a Red Hot Suz review.
In addition to the analingus-mimicking beads, the rechargeable plug also vibrates at seven speeds and patterns, and comes with a remote control for ease of use. Use it alone or with a partner, but please note: it’s a bit big for beginning anal play, and will likely require some foreplay before insertion.
For getting rock hard
Pornhub vibrating cock ring ($31.99, buy it here)
In November, porn streaming giant Pornhub launched a line of toys, including one very versatile cock ring. A collaboration with British sex toy retailer Ann Summers, the Pornhub Vibrating Cock Ring appeals because it’s two toys in one: use it during sex with the seven-speed bullet vibrator inserted, or take the vibrator out for solo play. While the ring’s textured crown does recall the underside of those pads that line your car floor, the stretch fit promises versatility that should keep a wide range of penises harder for longer. Or, for those readers who care less about Pornhub and more about sleek design, check out the $18 vibrating cock ring by Drive.