If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking of taking the plunge and ordering yourself a naughty treat or two for those very special private times with yourself or your partner. I couldn’t be more proud! After all, the mission of Betty’s Toy Box is to help folks explore and enjoy their sexuality.
At Betty’s Toy Box, we all know as well as anybody how much competition there is out there in the online market for sex toys – after all, we were all customers long before we decided to set out and open our own store. We want to be able to help you make a great choice that you will be happy with for years to come. So, I polled our staff here and can now proudly present to you Betty’s top tips for buying a sex toy online!
BUST OUT THE TAPE MEASURE
Toy manufacturers are kind enough to supply measurements for nearly all their products, including the overall size and how much you can insert. That’s an important distinction with things like vibrators that can have space taken up with control buttons on the handle. Make sure you don’t get carried away by the pretty pictures because scale can be hard to determine in a photo. Get out a tape measure and compare the size and girth against your hand to see what you think. There’s nothing more disappointing than a toy that’s too small to do the job – or too big to handle!! Still having trouble visualizing? Compare the measurements against a standard sized water bottle. Then you have something in your hand you can judge against – this is a great method for judging girth.This Vixen Outlaw Silicone Dildo has 9 inches of insertable length and is 2 inches across, making it much larger than the average penis.
READ THOSE DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY
We spend a lot of time writing toy descriptions around here. Some manufacturers are great at providing information on their products and others… not so much. I say all the time, “sharing is caring” and I always think of what I would want to know about a product if I was buying it. Think about whether you’re okay with a battery operated product or if you want something rechargeable. You’re going to find that information in our product descriptions. What kind of material is the toy made of? Can you take it in the bath? Is there a manufacturer warranty? LELO products like the Ina 2 come with a manufacturer warranty. Sex toys can be quite an investment so read those descriptions carefully to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.
LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF OTHERS
Ah, reviews. Popular opinion has caused the success or complete failure of many a product out there. See what other people have to say about that product you’re eyeing. While the occasional review sounds like some kind of letter to Penthouse Forum, most are honest and frank opinions on how the toy worked out in real life situations. I’ve made up my mind several times on which toys to buy based on consumer reviews.
LOOK FOR VIDEOS ABOUT YOUR TOY
This ties in with the whole review idea. Some manufacturers have educational videos about their toys where you can see a real live person handling it and judge the size, feel, and function from that. In some cases, we at Betty’s will have made our own video like with this Fantasy For Her Ultimate Pleasure Double Ended Vibrator Those kinds of videos are going to get more into the nitty gritty of what is great or not so great about a toy. The really great manufacturers listen to what independent reviewers have to say about their products, so you should too!