Another 365 days have passed, during which I’ve had the pleasure to review many different types of sex toys and adult products. Due to the wide variety, I’ve compiled my Top 10 of 2011 list by category, selecting my favorite product in each.
This year I tested quite a few arousal products. These are typically only good for as long as their novelty value lasts, but the On 4 Her arousal oil and Shunga Divine Pleasure Lip Gloss exceeded my expectations. They’re both effective, and I continued to use them until I ran out. I’m going to have to pick the On 4 Her since it directly increases my arousal, but the Shunga Lip Gloss is also worth having.
Best Arousal Product: On 4 Her
Speaking of novelty, I had a lot of fun reviewing HapPenis Hats and a Penis Cupcake Pan. While the cupcake pan may seem way more useful than designer penis hats, I’m still kinda bitter about slicing my thumb open on its sharp edge. Also, I wear the HapPenis Hats as ponytail holders more often than I bake penis-shaped cupcakes. Plus, I’m a sucker for a clever name.
Best Novelty Item: HapPenis Hats
I discovered two really nice lubes this year, and I had a hard time deciding which one to pick. Ultimately, Sliquid Oceanics won over LELO Personal Moisturizer. It’s made from all natural, body safe ingredients. Pus, it’s thicker than the LELO lube and doesn’t have a bitter taste.
Best Lube: Sliquid Oceanics
In 2011 there were three glass dildos that really impressed me, so I had a hard time choosing between the Icicles No. 12, Icicles No. 21, and Bent Graduate. I love how No. 12′s beautiful rosebud gives me such a nice sense of fullness, and when not otherwise occupied, it looks so lovely on top of bookcase. The size and shape of No. 21 works really well for me, and it’s another favorite.
But the Bent Graduate is double-ended, making it more versatile. And its modest size means it’s better for when I may not have the time to work up to using a bigger toy. Plus, it comes with a padded storage pouch. The Icicles don’t. But my beloved No. 21 is a very close second.
Best Nonvibrating Sex Toy: Bent Graduate
I got to try lot of clitoral stimulators this year, and a few really stood out. First, let me give props to a couple of truly unique and innovative clit vibes: LELO’s Insignia Lyla with its SenseMotion technology, and the hands-free FixSation couple’s vibrator. I love that we’re seeing more sex toys designed for couples to use together, thereby enhancing the experience for both partners.
As for the best clit vibe of the year, that was a tough call. Buzzlet is a powerful, waterproof, and rechargeable bullet, but it’s made from hard plastic and its buttons can be hard to press. The Little Secret Kissfrom Tantus is fun and great for pinpoint stimulation, but it only has one speed. Je Joue’s MiMi is powerful, rumbly, waterproof, rechargeable, and covered in lovely silicone, but it also has tricky buttons.
LELO’s Siri, on the other hand, is my current favorite clit vibe. The buttons are easy, the business end is covered with a lovely velvety silicone, and the vibrations are powerful and rumbly with plenty of speed and pattern options. I only wish it was waterproof.
Best Clit Vibe: LELO Siri
I tried out three really good G-spot vibes this year: Je Joue’s G-Ki, LELO’s Gigi, and the Starlet Toyfriend. As cool as I think it is that the G-Ki is adjustable, it loses points for skin drag and being a lint magnet, whereas Starlet and Gigi both have a nicer surface feel.
Starlet is a great vibe, and the head’s shape works really well for me, but it takes batteries, and the shaft is straight. Gigi’s head has a similar shape, but the shaft is curved which I like better. Plus, it’s rechargeable, powerful, and has more vibration settings, so I’m giving it top G-Spot vibe even though it’s not waterproof.
Best G-spot Vibe: LELO Gigi
Let’s not forget the classics. If I had to pick between the Papaya Tattoo Strawberry, Twilite Wand, Meany, and RO-160 Bullet, I’d definitely go with the Papaya Tattoo. All of the above take batteries, and while Meany is covered in a lovely silicone, it’s not as powerful and rumbly as my Papaya Tattoo. The Twilite Wand comes close, but it’s smooth plastic, and I prefer Tattoo’s silicone.
Best Classic-Style Vibe: Papaya Tattoo Stawberry
Everyone knows how much I love dual stimulation (aka rabbit-style) vibes. Some notable ones I reviewed this year include the Bimini Flash, Gee Whiz (this is an attachment for the Hitachi Magic Wand), and Tantus Elements Delta. But the Jopen Vanity Vr10 is hands-down the winner. And not just because it has a cute little bunny on it. It’s also rechargeable, waterproof, rumbly and very powerful, plus you can adjust the range of motion in its shaft rotation. This is still my new favorite rabbit vibe.
Best Dual Stimulation Vibe: Jopen Vanity Vr10
I also had the pleasure of reviewing some great erotica and an educational DVD. While the books and Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms are super hot, only the DVD is truly educational. It’s Tristan Taormino, after all, so you know it’s awesome.
Best Book/DVD: Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms
I love lingerie, but I’m picky. The China Doll Chiffon Babydoll is a gorgeous set, but it didn’t suit me. I really liked Booty Parlor’s Foxy Bombshell panties, but they’re not exactly practical knickers to wear underneath clothes. At least not for any length of time.
The Dreamgirl Reversible Corset I recently reviewed, however, is lovely enough to wear as a top (wouldn’t it look nice with a black blazer?) while also being a comfortable and supportive–not to mention sexy!–undergarment. The thong I can do without, but I love the corset.
Best Lingerie: Dreamgirl Reversible Corset
What about you guys? I would love to hear about your favorite sex toys. I obviously can’t try every new vibe, and I’ll bet there are some fantastic ones out there. What do you think are the best adult products this year? Please comment and let me know. Oh, and if you don’t like my categories, feel free to make up your own.