"It's a penis, Grandma said. Stephanie got it in the mail. It's a pretty good one too."
If you're a guy and you have at least some interest in sex toys this guide should help you to choose the right toy for you. These are what I believe are the 5 basic factors to any male sex toy.
1) Price. This is probably the first one that we notice, and for most people, it drives them away before they get a chance to look at the other categories. This is pretty varied, but it is also a good indication of where the other 4 categories stand.
2) Quality. This is by far the most varied category. Sex toys aren't very openly marketed and an unsatisfied customer will be hard pressed to find a "Money-Back Guarantee" on something as personal as a sex toy. The *all sales are final* kind of attitude is what makes it very difficult for people to take the dive into the adult toy world. Think about it: over 5 million people have bought Fleshlights worldwide. 5 million people have spent fifty+ dollars on a soft hole in a plastic case. Kind of ridiculous, but it all leads up to the next category.
3) Effectiveness. “God blessed us with two heads but only enough blood to think with one at a time.” The buildup or anticipation of orgasm can sometimes be greater than the actual feeling of orgasm, but if something can accomplish this well, price can easily be justifiable. Just look at Tenga, Fleshlight, and especially Meiki: they charge anywhere from $50 to $400+ per toy and all of them are very successful businesses worldwide. This is because the quality and effectiveness outweigh the price for most consumers.
4) Longevity/Durability. There are plenty of male masturbators out there for less than 10 bucks. The quality is decent, the price is almost negligible compared to the aforementioned toys, and you’ll still be able to orgasm. Why are these toys not the primary sex toy? The main reason is the durability factor. Most of these cheaper sex toys (onahole toys especially) are one-time use. Spending $10-$15 for what you can essentially do with your hand seems a little ludicrous but all of these categories vary in importance from person to person.
5) Clean-up. Last but not least, for some people this can make or break a sex toy. As I said before, each category varies in importance; some people would rather have a less luxurious sex toy if it cuts clean-up time in half. Personally, clean-up time has become simple, so it doesn’t bother me much. It’s important to keep in mind that all toys have SOME clean-up time involved.
My personal order of importance is Quality > Price > Longevity/Durability > Effectiveness > Clean-up. Before I consider anything, I look at the quality of the product. After trying out a variety of sex toys I’ve realized that most cheap toys are not worth the time, money, or effort. I usually end up throwing them out before their lifetime expires. If I see something is well made and is within my price range, it becomes a serious consideration. Then I look at how long this product should be able to last me with proper care. If it passes those 3 tests and I have some genuine interest in it, I will try the product. Effectiveness and clean-up are pretty standard for most toys, so those don’t get factored in too much.
I hope this helps some of you out, thanks for reading!