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Best & Worst Sex Toys of 2014

This list includes the best and worst products that I reviewed during 2014! (They weren’t necessarily released in 2014.)

Best Vibrator

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LELO Mona 2– Mona–the vibe that’s so good, I chose it over pizza. It has a wide range of moderately strong vibration, it’s easy to use and hold, it’s waterproof, rechargeable, and incredibly versatile. It’s definitely one of the best LELO products I’ve ever tried, along with the awesome Luna Beads.

Runner Up: Eroscillator Top Deluxe Ultimate Combo– If I were to judge by orgasm alone, the Eroscillator would win over Mona. But the Eroscillator doesn’t have as many other redeeming qualities as Mona–it’s not waterproof or travel-friendly, and it’s not made of silicone. It’s also $115.95 more expensive than the already not cheap Mona for the version I have. In a perfect world, everyone should have an Eroscillator, but not everyone can drop $200+ on a vibe that isn’t even waterproof or discreet. That’s why Mona wins–it has more features and a better overall value than the Eros. If you have the money though, you should get one–your clit will thank you!

Best Dildo

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Vixen Creations Buck– Where do I begin? Buck is a beautiful creature. It’s made of Vixen’s incredibly realistic, squishy silicone VixSkin, and that head… If I had to choose to keep only a few of my dildos, Buck would be in the top 3, below only the amazing, insta-squirt inducing Pure Wand & Comet Wand.

Runner Up: Tantus Splash– I actually didn’t care for the Splash’s unique intense sensations at first…but like Fernet, it was an aquired taste, and now I can’t get enough. Thanks to the Splash, I am now a member of the exclusive “texture slut” club.

Best Butt Toy

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NobEssence Romp– I cannot truly express how amazing the Romp feels in my butt-I can only say that if you enjoy putting things in your butt, you need to experience it. And not only does it feel amazing, it’s fucking beautiful. Just look at it. All hail the Romp!

Runner Up: Fun Factory Bootie– I don’t use the Bootie often anymore because it’s a little on the small side for my tastes now, but it is the perfect beginner plug. It’s small and easy to insert but also stimulating and super comfortable to wear around, and it’s also affordable. Yay, Bootie!

Best BDSM Toy

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Tantus Plunge– It’s an intense paddle, with a dildo-handle. It’s also 100% silicone & completely sterilizable, unlike most paddles. Need I say more?

Runner Up: Bettie Page Picture This Spanking Bat– I love all things Bettie Page, so I fell in love with this gorgeous paddle the moment I laid eyes on it. It doesn’t hurt much, so it’s great for beginner impact play or for those who don’t like a lot of pain…or for any die hard Bettie fan, of course.

Best Book

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The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy by Violet Blue- Violet Blue’s Ultimate Guide to Fantasy is chock full of helpful information and ideas for adding excitement to your sex life. At 256 pages, it’s not exactly light reading, but Blue pulls you in with an accessible, easy to read tone and exciting topics that will keep you interested the whole way through.

Runner Up: 50 Shades of Kink by Tristan Toarmino- This book should be required reading for anyone interested in BDSM and kink. Taormino stresses the importance of consent, communication, and safety while she discusses the basics of BDSM and power play.

Best Bargain

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Tracey Cox Supersex Toner Balls– Simple and effective, the Tracey Cox Toner Balls are a solid set of kegel balls, and for only $26.99, they’re a steal!

Runner Up: Tantus Slow Drive– The Slow Drive is an amazing little g-spotter and my go-to recommendation for an affordable first time g-spot dildo. At full price it’s only $37.40 with code PENNY at checkout, & right now the limited edition purple haze version is only $25.50 with code PENNY. For a high quality 100% silicone dildo, that is ridiculously cheap!

Worst Toy

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LELO Ida– My version of Ida’s product description: Ida: the toy for those who like a challenge (can YOU finish without crying?) 

Runner Up: Vibratex Princessa– The Princessa looks like a cross between a flower, a nipple, a bug, and an alien, which I love, but unfortunately it has some of the weakest, buzziest vibrations I’ve ever felt.

Biggest Disappointment

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LELO Smart Bead– I was really excited to try out the Smart Bead, which is supposed to measure your “orgasm potential” (aka kegel strength) and then give you a customized 5 minute kegel routine–you squeeze when it vibrates and relax your muscles when it stops. Sadly, the Smart Bead doesn’t seem to measure kegel strength at all, and its vibration is so weak you can barely feel it in use. Oh, and it’s battery operated and has a seam on the part you insert, so lube and vag juice seeps into the bead. A gimmicky, impossible to clean, weak ass toy for $109? Hell no. 

Runner Up: Shibari Halo Wand– I had high hopes for the Halo Wand since it was the first rechargable wand vibrator I’ve tried, and it features a silicone head, unlike many wands, but its vibration is buzzy, and it cannot get me off. Fail.

Most Entertaining Review

Lovehoney Sensual Glass Plug

Lovehoney Sensual Glass Plug– Two words: butthole failure. I did finally get that sucker in, but oh boy was it a journey.

Runner Up: Fun Factory B Balls– There’s something funny about butt toys that fail, isn’t there? I’ve given the B Balls the nickname “poo balls.” Yes, they induced pooping when I used them, and no, it was not pleasant– but it was kind of hilarious.

Well, that’s all folks! What were your favorite and least favorite toys of 2014? Do you agree with my list? Have your own list? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Shibari Halo Wand

pennysblog_halowandOn paper, the Shibari Halo Wand seemed like it would be an amazing wand vibrator. Its entire head is covered in non-porous silicone that doesn’t attract lint, it’s USB rechargeable1, and it’s waterproof.  Although it’s large (12″), it’s light and fairly quiet.2  It’s also inexpensive ($55 from SheVibe) for all of the qualities it boasts.

Before I actually used it, I thought the Halo Wand would be strong enough to easily get me off. Oh boy, was I wrong. The Halo is strong enough to bring me right to the brink of orgasm, but its vibration feels surface level and not satisfying, and I can never quite get there. It’s like smelling a pizza but not being able to eat it. Or holding an amazing sex toy that I don’t have enough money to buy. It’s like I’m flying on the way to an exotic vacation, but instead of landing on white sand beaches and drinking margaritas, I’m doomed to circle in the stuffy plane forever with a screaming toddler kicking the back of my seat.

I liked to be teased in the right context, and I don’t think a sex toy necessarily has to get you off or get you off quickly to be worth using…but the Halo is a wand vibrator. It’s not trying to feel like oral or provide some unique stimulation–its purpose is to vibrate to orgasm, and it’s failing at life. About half the time I run and grab my Hitachi after I use the Halo in a desperate attempt to get the release I need, only to realize I feel desensitized. The other half of the time I use it, I just give up on orgasm all together.

I can get off from a wide range of vibration, but for some reason, the Halo just does not work for me. To the touch, the Halo feels very similar to the Mystic Wand, but my clit is much more perceptive, and the Mystic can get me off, while the Halo doesn’t. I did finally have an orgasm from it once, but it was when I was so aroused that I could’ve gotten off humping a pillow, so that hardly counts. And even then, it took longer than it should have and left me less than satisfied.

Besides that fact that the Halo Wand fails its basic purpose for me, it also has some other issues. For one, it’s advertised as a 10 speed vibrator, when in reality it only has 2 steady speeds and 8 vibration patterns. And you have to click through each speed to get to the next, so if you like a vibration pattern you have to go through all of the other patterns to get to it. Since it’s not that strong, it also seems unnecessarily large.

I’m picky when it comes to wand vibrators. I don’t like the Doxy either (though it can at least get me off), while many other bloggers love it. And some other bloggers like the Halo…so it’s possible you might like it even though I can’t stand it. So far the only wands I actually enjoy are the Hitachi & the Mystic (though I rarely use it since it’s battery operated.)

I really wanted to love the Shibari Halo Wand. Hell, I really wanted to at least like it. It’s sleek, its head is made of silicone, it’s rechargeable, it’s waterproof–all things I want to see from more wand vibrators. In theory you might enjoy it since we’re all different etc. etc., but after the depressing number of orgasms the Halo has ruined for me, I definitely don’t recommend it.

Thanks for sending me the Halo in exchange for my honest review, SheVibe!


  1. and also comes with a wall converter 

  2. It’s quieter than the Hitachi or Doxy and about the same noise wise as the Mystic. 

Review: Doxy Wand Massager

pennysblog_doxywand It’s no secret that I like power. Don’t get me wrong–I enjoy many types of vibrators and don’t always want jack-hammer strength, but when I’m feeling lazy, wands are perfect for no fuss quickies.

So I was really excited about trying out the Doxy Massager, a relatively new wand from the UK that’s touted as “the world’s most powerful mains operated wand massager,” with up to 9,000 RPM. The Doxy’s design is similar to the Magic Wand, with a 9.5″ body attached to a 3″ long PVC head that can move around a bit. Its vibration speeds are controlled with push buttons, and it has a ~9 ft. long cord.

So since I’m a Magic Wand lover, and they seem similar, how does the Doxy compare?

To start, the Doxy has a wider range of vibration. At its low speeds, it’s weaker than the Magic Wand, at its middle speeds it’s similar in strength to the low speed on the Magic Wand, and at its high speeds it’s similar to1 the Magic Wand’s high speed. If you’re measuring by RPM, the Doxy might technically be the most powerful wand in the world2…but that doesn’t mean it’s the best.

pennysblog_doxyvsmagicwandYou know those rough roller coasters that are more painful than fun, the ones that thrash your neck around and leave you with an overpowering headache so you can’t even feel the dips and turns anymore? That’s how my clit feels when using the Doxy.

Though the Doxy is very powerful at its highest speeds, it’s not a good kind of power. The vibration is very buzzy, and my clit immediately starts to itch like crazy–it’s unpleasant and desensitizing.

At its middle speeds, the Doxy feels similar to the Magic Wand, but to me it still feels buzzier. The lowest 2 speeds of the Doxy are the deepest and most enjoyable, but they’re weaker than the Magic Wand. The pulse setting has potential, but I wish you could control the intensity of the pulse rather than just the speed3

When you turn on the Doxy, it doesn’t start at its lower power setting, as most vibes do, it starts near full power. I don’t like this design because I prefer to work my way up in vibration strength, and since I don’t like the higher settings, it means I have to turn it down every time I turn on the Doxy. Otherwise the Doxy is easy to use though.

Sound wise, the Doxy is very quiet at its low settings (much quieter than the Magic Wand), but when you turn it up, it sounds like an airplane taking off, and unless you want to close your eyes and imagine a mile high club fantasy, it’s distracting and not discreet.

pennysblog_doxywandheadAs for cleaning, the Doxy’s head is made of medical grade PVC. I assumed it was porous, but the owner of Doxy has claimed it’s not. I want to look into this more before I make an assertion either way. It’s also obviously not waterproof since it’s a plug-in, so I clean mine by wiping it with a soapy rag, taking care not to get water on the rest of the wand.

The Doxy seems like it should be better than the Magic Wand. It has a wider range of speeds, a pulse setting, and higher potential RPM. But I don’t judge vibes based on their qualities on paper–my clit makes the ultimate decision. And apparently my clit is pickier than I thought, because although they’re similar in strength, my clit is fiercely loyal to the Magic Wand, and it turns its nose up at the Doxy.

So, will your clit/balls/perineum/penis/tentacles like the Doxy? Obviously I can’t say for sure. If you enjoy very intense, buzzy vibration, you might love the Doxy. If having a wide range of vibration and a pulse setting in a wand is really important to you, the Doxy might work.

But if you’re just looking for a strong no fuss wand, I’d recommend the Magic Wand over the Doxy–it’s similar (and in my opinion better), and it’s $75 cheaper. If you’re in the UK and the Hitachi isn’t an option, Lilly recommends the Smart Wand Large over the Doxy4 And if the Magic Wand/Doxy/Smart Wand seem like too much for you but you still want a wand, I’d recommend the Mystic Wand instead.

If you do decide on a Doxy and are in the US, use the coupon code DOXYUSA for £12.99 off of your order from Belle de Soir. For UK readers, the Doxy is on sale for  £69.99, and there’s also a sale running right now that includes the Doxy, a glass toy, and lube for  £89.99.

Thanks Belle de Soir!

 


  1. and maybe even stronger than 

  2. compared to the Magic Wand’s 5,000-6,000 RPM 

  3. you can only control the time it takes for the vibration to build from low to high. 

  4. and I trust her opinion. 

Review: Mystic Wand (and how it compares to the Hitachi)

pennysblog_hitachiandmysticI wonder if the Mystic Wand is jealous of the Hitachi. The Hitachi has been around since the ’70s, the Hitachi is the strongest vibe ever, the Hitachi is famous. But what about the Mystic Wand, in a sense the Hitachi Magic Wand’s younger relative*?

The Mystic Wand is an 8 inch long wand style vibrator with a flexible silicone head and a plastic handle with easy to use, light-up push buttons. It features 3 steady vibration speeds of increasing power and 3 pulsation patterns.

My favorite setting on the Mystic Wand is the first speed—it’s deeper, rumblier, and more Hitachiesque than the higher settings, and when I’m already super turned on, I can orgasm with it alone. Otherwise, I take more time, working my way up to the highest steady speed.

I don’t usually like vibration settings, but the Mystic Wand’s are decent. The first setting is a steady pulse, which feels too robotic to me, but I occasionally like using the 2nd, which follows a pulse-pulse-longer pulse pattern, and the 3rd, which features waves of vibrations.

As a proud Hitachi lover, I admit that the first time I used the Mystic Wand I was a bit disappointed. Even the Mystic Wand’s highest setting is no match for the Hitachi’s incredible power, and its medium and high speeds are on the buzzier side. Still, I like the Mystic Wand. Since it’s battery powered (2AA), I don’t have to deal with an annoying and sometimes limiting cord, and it’s also much lighter, quieter, and less bulky than the Hitachi.

It takes me longer to reach orgasm than with the Hitachi, but sometimes that’s a good thing—I don’t always need to get off in 60 seconds. Also, I use the Mystic Wand directly on my clit (unlike the Hitachi), so it’s more versatile. Another thing that the Mystic Wand has that the Hitachi doesn’t, is a hygienic, non-porous silicone head. It’s also splash proof, and its smaller size makes it more ideal for travel and easy storage.

If you’re looking for a moderately strong cordless, wand style vibrator, then I recommend trying the Mystic Wand. If, however, you’re looking for a toy that equals the Hitachi’s strength and rumbly vibrations and will be satisfied with nothing less, then you will be disappointed with the Mystic Wand—it’s simply not as powerful.

It’s no Hitachi, but that’s ok–the Mystic Wand has its own personality.  If it were a person I’d feel the need to apologize for my initially harsh judgments towards it and say, feel free to be your silicone, cordless, bad-ass self Mystic Wand! Thanks Good Vibrations for sending me the Mystic Wand in exchange for my honest review!

*It’s not made by Hitachi but distributed by the same company, Vibratex.

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Review: Pipedream Mini Wanachi Massager

The Mini Wanachi is a cheap wand style clitoral vibe. The 8″ by 1″ toy has a flexible silicone head and plastic handle and operates with a twist on control at the base that gradually increases the strength of its vibrations from moderate to strong. At its lowest speed the vibration sound is pretty quiet but gets louder when you turn it all the way up, but it is still relatively quiet compared to a lot of other wand style vibes. The Mini Wanachi runs on 2 AA batteries, and if you take them out in between uses they last a very long time. The toy is also waterproof, and although many toys that claim to be waterproof actually aren’t, I would consider this one truly waterproof because I actually put it through my dishwasher (without soap) and it survived and has still worked over a year later. I wouldn’t recommend trying that though because I can’t vouch that it will always work (plus it isn’t necessary.) This toy comes in a variety of colors including black, white, blue, pink, and purple. The price varies depending on where you purchase it, mine was $24.99 at a toy boutique (it is cheaper online), but I would still consider that a steal considering how long it has lasted.

This toy is marketed as a “body massager”, but considering its small size it is actually more ideal as a clitoral vibrator. I like that it is strong enough that I can use it over my panties if I don’t have a lot of time or want to avoid getting messy, but it isn’t so strong that I feel like orgasming immediately (like with the Hitachi.) The toy doesn’t come with any programmed functions or pulsations, but I easily create my own by twisting the control back and forth from low to high rapidly or slowly.  This toy is also easily used during sex because of its long handle and flexible head.

Cleaning this toy is easy; I use soap and water, but you can use toy cleaner if you want (just make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol.) The package and toy details online both say the head is silicone, but it doesn’t feel the same as the high quality silicone on some of my other toys (such as Lelos). This doesn’t really bother me though me considering I only use this toy externally. Both of the Wanachi’s materials (silicone and ABS plastic) are phthalate free, body safe, and non porous.

I recommend the Mini Wanachi if you’re looking for a cheap clitoral toy because it’s inexpensive yet powerful and long-lasting. The petite toy is great for travel, and its hygienic materials make it low maintenance and easy to clean. As with any other toy, I recommend taking the batteries out in between uses to increase the life of the toy and the batteries. Since the toy’s head is made of silicone, only use water based lubes with it. Also, if you are going to use it in water, make sure the battery compartment is screwed on tightly.