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Couples’ toys that also work great for solo play

“Couples’ toys” are some of the best-selling products in the industry, and for good reason: they can make sex more pleasurable and exciting, infuse some variety into a well-worn sexual routine, and allow for sensations that would otherwise be unachievable.

However, the line between couples’ toys and solo toys is a malleable one. Most toys designed for masturbation can also be incorporated into partnered sex – and likewise, many toys designed for partnered sex can feel just as great during masturbation. Here are some suggestions for toys that can do both!

Remote-controlled vibrators, like the Amour Remote Bullet, are often considered couples’ toys. Many couples like to use them surreptitiously while out on dates, for example, or while mingling at a party. But you’re perfectly capable of operating the remote for your own vibe, too! If the thrill of sneaky public play appeals to you, you could even tease yourself with a remote-controlled toy while you’re on a solo date at a bar or restaurant, waiting in line at the grocery store, or perusing the local mall.

The We-Vibe Chorus, like many toys by We-Vibe, is a C-shaped vibrator made to stimulate the G-spot and clitoris simultaneously during penetrative sex. However, the presence or absence of a partner does not have to affect how much pleasure you’re able to get from a toy like this! You can use it on its own, or – for some extra movement and pressure – slip a dildo inside yourself, underneath the vibe, to simulate the feeling of a partner thrusting inside you. As a bonus, this is also great practice for orgasming more easily when using your vibe with an actual partner.

Vibrating cock rings are often used to enhance pleasure for the penetrating partner during sex, but they also work well solo. Add some vibration to your masturbation routine by slipping one on before you start. Some cock rings, like the We-Vibe Verge and VeDO Drive, are shaped in such a way that they can stimulate your perineum as well as the base of your penis, which could create some explosive new sensations for you.

Feeling kinky? While you might have assumed that rope bondage is the kind of activity that requires more than one participant, there are actually many tutorials online for “self-ties,” i.e. rope techniques you can utilize on your own body. Pick up some bondage rope, look up some how-to videos, and explore the world of solo kink!

Which couples’ toys have you tried and enjoyed?


Kate Sloan is a journalist, blogger, podcaster, and educator who has been writing about sex online and in print for over five years. She writes about sex, kink, relationships, fashion, beauty, writing, and mental health. She has been voted a Sex Blogging Superhero for four years running, and her words reach over 22,000 sex nerds, weirdos and queerdos every month. As a journalist and essayist, Kate has written for Glamour, Teen Vogue, Daily Xtra, the Establishment, Maisonneuve, Herizons, the Plaid Zebra, xoJane, and more.

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