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The 12 Main Types of Sex Toys — and What to Expect from Each

The 12 Main Types of Sex Toys — and What to Expect from Each

There are almost as many types of sex toys as there are sex positions – trying to pick one that fits your preferences can be harder than finishing your first CrossFit WOD. But most can be relegated to specific categories. To the rescue, sex and relationships educator Sarah Sloane (who’s been teaching sex toy classes at Good Vibrations and Pleasure Chest since 2001) breaks down 12 of the most common types of sex toys with info on the benefits and best-use practices for each. (Related: I’ve Tried 100+ Vibrators – and My Favorite Looks Like a Banana)

(Keep in mind: This list doesn’t include all types of sex toys – if you have Q’s about toys such as nipple clamps, handcuffs, pinwheels, spreader bars, fetish gear, etc. don’t hesitate to ask the expert at your local sex shop!)

Wand Vibrators

Vibrators are probably the most common type of sex toy, and when you hear the word, you likely visualize the notorious Hitachi Magic Wand (Buy It, $65, ellaparadis), which (as its name suggests) is a wand vibe. (Fun fact: It was introduced in the ’70s as the « Cadillac of Vibrators. »)