Good toys under $50? Do they exist?

- Kira - - Kira -
I had this brilliant idea of getting together a nice little list of toys for people who are new to sex toys. I thought it would be nice to have because people ask for recommendations and such often. I decided I wanted to keep things on the list to $50 or less because it's always best to experiment with different shapes, vibrations, and sizes on cheaper toys. I'd hate to recommend lots of expensive things to someone just starting out when they didn't yet know what their preferences were, you know? Plus, lots of people don't want to drop a ton of money on a first or second toy.

I went through all my toys and I have next to nothing in that price range. I've bought a few things I thought looked interesting to test out for my list, but I'm finding mostly duds - too weak, ineffective shapes, etc. Half of the cheap toys listed I can weed out just by sorting out the unsafe materials. It's like there's hardly anything decent in the lower price ranges. I must be missing something.

For those of you who have tried toys in the $50 or less price range, what has worked well? I'm starting with vibrators, but I'd love suggestions on dildos too, if you have them. Keep in mind that they should be made of safe material and beginner friendly (since that's the whole reason I'm buying them!). Thanks, all!
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Do-Re-Mi Do-Re-Mi
This is a great idea! I really like the Symphony Opus. It's soft, has an easy to work up to size, and strong vibrations for only running on 2 AAs. I know a lot of other Evolved toys are great and in a good price range. Most of them are made from plastic, silicone, or TPR all of which are above a 7 on the saftey scale so you might find some good ones from them.
01/29/2012
bekabu bekabu
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Originally posted by - Kira -
I had this brilliant idea of getting together a nice little list of toys for people who are new to sex toys. I thought it would be nice to have because people ask for recommendations and such often. I decided I wanted to keep things on the list to ... More
The Jack Rabbit
01/29/2012
bekabu bekabu
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I had this brilliant idea of getting together a nice little list of toys for people who are new to sex toys. I thought it would be nice to have because people ask for recommendations and such often. I decided I wanted to keep things on the list to ... More
Oh and the golden and sliver bullets or eggs...the bigger ones not the small skinny ones.
01/29/2012
Eliza Eliza
I LOVE the Bottle Rockets Apollo - link. It's also by Evolved, so I guess I agree with Do-Re-Mi. It takes 1 AA battery and is waterproof. It's one of the first toys I got, and I still go back to it all the time. :]
01/29/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
I like the Vibrating Champlette.
01/29/2012
Chirple Chirple
The Ultimate Massager and the E-Sensual bullet for me so far.

I'm hoping to get an Ella soon, and from the reviews, it seems great for the price.
01/29/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Yay! Good stuff so far!

Eliza - How strong is the Apollo? I saw that one earlier but the Evolved toys I have wouldn't be strong enough for me externally so I passed that one up.

mistre$$ - I actually have that and need to test it! It's for my hubby, but I get first stab.
01/29/2012
indiglo indiglo
This is a great idea! I have several glass toys that are well under $50, and perform AMAZINGLY well!

Midnight Twist

Bumpy Spiral Double Dong

Bent Graduate

Gold Laced G

Pleasure Pearls (butt plug)

One of my first vibrating toys:

Posh

Great all around for new collections or extensive collections:

Vibokit Vibrator Upgrade Kit

If you don't need a ton of power, but still want a quality toy:

Ophoria Finger Vibe

RO-150mm Slimline Bullet
01/29/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Most of the icicle toys are under 50.
I second indiglo that Posh is amazing.
If we include the affiliate code, even Hitachi is in this category
I really like Nexus G-play medium, it's under 50 I believe.
01/30/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
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Originally posted by - Kira -
Yay! Good stuff so far!

Eliza - How strong is the Apollo? I saw that one earlier but the Evolved toys I have wouldn't be strong enough for me externally so I passed that one up.

mistre$$ - I actually have that and need to test it! ... More
Heehee You will both like it. I haven't used it for pegging, but I am sure your husband will enjoy it.
01/30/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I had this brilliant idea of getting together a nice little list of toys for people who are new to sex toys. I thought it would be nice to have because people ask for recommendations and such often. I decided I wanted to keep things on the list to ... More
For a first toy, I don't think it absolutely has to be made of a body safe material. When you're first starting out, the goal should be to learn more about your body and what types of toys work for you. Less safe materials can be nice because they are relatively less expensive and let you experiment more with different designs to see what works for you. It's a little unreasonable to expect someone to select a life long toy the very first time. And even at $50, if a toy doesn't work for you it's wasted money. I think I would rather try 5-6 rubber/jelly toys of varying styles and designs to see what works best for my body type. Then based on that information, select a more expensive, body safe toy.

However, based on toys I personally have, I would recommend the following:
Most glass toys are under $50
Tantus Curve
Tantus Acute
G Vac-u-lock
Deep Secret (for anal only, too small for vaginal use)

And I don't have yet but would recommend:
Tantus Flex
01/30/2012
Beck Beck
Iconic Smoothie is a good one. I will have to look back and see what else I can find.
01/30/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
Just off of the top on my head
Bgood Deluxe
Harmonia
Iconic bullet
Bandito
Seduction
Birthstones
01/30/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Looks like you have gotten lots of good advice, however, to help you stay on budget you can filter your results by price - EF's search tools are phenomenal.
01/30/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by Beck
Iconic Smoothie is a good one. I will have to look back and see what else I can find.
There are many glass toys under 50 that are amazing.
01/30/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Kindred
For a first toy, I don't think it absolutely has to be made of a body safe material. When you're first starting out, the goal should be to learn more about your body and what types of toys work for you. Less safe materials can be nice ... More
Part of the reason I would only recommend body safe materials is because of possible bad reactions to jelly, rubber, latex, etc. Not so much that one should be deciding on a lifelong toy, but that I would never want to steer someone in the direction of something that has a higher potential to create a bad experience. I know a lot of non-body safe materials cause very intense burning for me. If one of those had been my first experience with toys, I may never have purchased another. That's more my thought process than anything.
01/30/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
Looks like you have gotten lots of good advice, however, to help you stay on budget you can filter your results by price - EF's search tools are phenomenal.
I had been doing that. I was buying stuff from the filtered down list but hadn't really been happy with the purchases. Figured it might be best to see suggestions rather than just a sort, you know? I do love those search features though!
01/30/2012
charletnarouh charletnarouh
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Originally posted by - Kira -
Part of the reason I would only recommend body safe materials is because of possible bad reactions to jelly, rubber, latex, etc. Not so much that one should be deciding on a lifelong toy, but that I would never want to steer someone in the direction ... More
I love this idea. I'm a snob when it comes to my toys it seems. I have a hard time finding inexpensive toys I even like the look and features. I completely agree about the body safe materials. I won't touch anything less than a 7 on the scale and that's pushing it for me. Maybe it's just me but if it's not BODY safe it has no business on, let alone in my BODY. Something I can't disinfect or sanitize scares me. If I buy a sex toy that's not sanitize-able it better be disposable, and even at less than $50 I can't see calling that disposable.
A lot of the Tantus dildos are under $50 though. All silicone, of course. In fact, it seems like dildos under $50 are super easy to come by! Even some pretty nice ones.
I've been researching glass really heavily because I really want a glass toy and I've noticed A LOT of glass under $50 which makes me happy because I don't want to invest a lot in a material I have no experience with. It's so safe and easy care though.
I'm so leery of vibes under $50 but every time I see a critical review of a high-end or luxury vibe they are always saying "you can do better for less money" but I just don't see it. I wish some of these critics would make suggestions when they say things like that! I'm a very careful researcher when it comes to my purchases because I don't have lots of money to throw around but I want body-safe materials and good quality and I've just seen a lot of "you get what you pay for" in the vibrator department. Anything inexpensive and up to snuff with safety seems like it's mostly just a dildo or sleeve with a cheap, low quality vibrating bullet. Though I suppose if you're learning what shapes you like, that'd work pretty well. But as for learning what types of vibrations you're looking for in a higher end toy... My first vibrator was about 9-10 years ago and it was a slim plastic one with a dial on the bottom to turn up the vibrations. It was cheap, weak, buzzy, felt annoying on my clit or internally instead of pleasant and I HATED it. Because I was young and stupid and didn't know better and because the only vibrator prior to that I'd ever seen was my mother's *shudder* which was one of the old white plastic utilitarian ones, I thought I just didn't like vibrations and hadn't touched a vibrator at all since. So even once I started playing with dildos and enjoying those, it didn't occur to me that higher quality vibrators might be better until very recently. Something possessed me to decide I needed a vibrator and after much research, I bought a Lelo and needless to say I'm now a full convert. But the point is, I love your idea of a guide for people who are new to sex toys so that someone doesn't spend 9 years of their life believing they don't like something only to find out they've been missing out for almost a decade because they tried something crappy! Tragic! But inexpensive vibrators that aren't crap...I'm skeptical.
01/30/2012
sweetpea12 sweetpea12
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I had this brilliant idea of getting together a nice little list of toys for people who are new to sex toys. I thought it would be nice to have because people ask for recommendations and such often. I decided I wanted to keep things on the list to ... More
Yes, yes, yes. Evolved Novelties has a wide selection of amazing and inexpensive vibrators. They make amazing toys that fit all needs. Good luck
01/30/2012
Coralbell Coralbell
Here are some toys I really like and would recommend to beginners that are well under $50:

The Groove - silicone anal probe ($19.99)

Ultimate Massager - pocket rocket with strong, deep vibrations and 10 settings ($24.99)

Amethyst - awesome glass g-spotting dildo ($24.99)

Ryder - the most comfortable butt plug I've found ($29.99)
01/30/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
The original BNaughty!
02/10/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
The Gold-Laced G and the Amethyst.
02/10/2012
voenne voenne
I would really appreciate reading this list when it's put together. Keeping an eye on this thread! Thanks everyone who has posted you opinions.
02/10/2012
B/C I CAN B/C I CAN
My picobong ako clitoral gibe is wonderful! High quality material and about 30 bucks. It has 12 vibration patterns and multiple speeds
11/11/2012
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Awesome thread! I am bookmarking this!
11/11/2012
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Love my Serenity Glass wandlink, Ella G spot dildolink, Anal T vibrator link, Sedeux Flare dildolink, emerald explorer probe link, and my acute dildo link
11/11/2012
Girly Juice Girly Juice
The Turbo Glider and Amethyst are the best cheap toys I can think of.
11/12/2012
darkr darkr
Hmm good post, I'd like to 2nd the flex double penetration dildo for the list. All silicone and a great beginner toy at a reasonable price.
11/12/2012
jr2012 jr2012
I am seconding B/C I can: Ako!!!

I raved about it in my review, and I have just liked it more and more since then. It's amazing, and very beginner friendly.
11/12/2012
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