The Best & Worst Sex Toys Of 2017

I have reviewed a couple of hundred products on this blog over the past two years and over a hundred of them were in the previous twelve months alone. That is a large number of reviews to have written and yet, I still feel like I’m ambling around in the dark sometimes. I started to feel like I’d found my feet in the last months of 2017 and although there are still things I’d like to change and adjust, I feel like I’m on the right path at last. After I’d spent lots of time on the admin side of things, I decided to take some time to reflect on the posts I’d done over the last year, the products I’d tried and tested and the companies I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I came up with a list of my best and worst sex toys from 2017 and I’m going to kickstart that list off with vibrators.

Best & Worst Sex Toys of 2017!

The best vibrator I tried in 2017 has to be the Zumio Clitoral Stimulator. Yes, it looks unusual, takes forever to charge and doesn’t like it when pressure is applied but I can’t deny the way my body responds to it. I’m a lover of direct contact so the small surface area of the Zumio is perfect for me. The strong sensations resonate through hot spots on and below the surface of my clitoris and bring me to climax within minutes. It’s earned a place inside my bedside table and regular rotation schedule alongside a couple of other new favourites.

Second place goes to So Divine’s Let’s Go Crazy, a heated vibrator that gave me hope that there’s a perfect rabbit out there for every vulva. It fits my anatomy perfectly, has a huge variety of settings and heats up to a temperature that my body definitely agrees with. I never thought I’d be raving about a rabbit this much, but I’m a big fan of this one. Last but not least, third place goes to the Satisfyer Pro Penguin Next Generation. Whilst it’s not technically a vibrator, it has to be said that clitoral stimulators like this one have taken over the sex toy scene of late. This was one of my favourite models and I’m eager to see if anything else can top it in 2018.

As for worst vibrators, I’d have to go with the Vive Ombra. I tried the Minu from the same brand in late 2016 and I felt the same way about that product. I also have the Cleo which I’m yet to review, but I think it’s obvious how that review is going down. All of these vibrators have underpowered, buzzy vibrations that are uncomfortable to hold against bare skin and although I could orgasm with the Ombra if I waited long enough, those testing sessions were the most boring I’ve had in a long time. Life is short, I don’t have time for half-assed, underwhelming orgasms.

Favourite Dildos of 2017

Tantus are my must have brand for all things insertable and they released some of their most popular dildos in a new formula of silicone in 2017. I’ve only tried one of them to date but it turned out to be the best dildo I tested all year. The Super Soft Vamp is wonderful for g-spot stimulation, filling vaginal stimulation and anal penetration. I couldn’t use the original Vamp for backdoor sessions as it was simply too firm but this new soft version is comfortable enough for me to manage and achieve fantastic orgasms.

I don’t know if awarding a toy a place on this list that wasn’t released in 2017 is fair, but one of the most enjoyable dildos that I tried this year was an older model from the Pipedream Icicles range. The #24 is beautiful to look at, ideal for anyone with a tentacle fantasy and glorious for fans of texture. It has been one of my most-used insertables over the past several months and I think it will continue to be a firm favourite. Third place is awarded to another toy from the brilliance of Tantus and that is the Uncut #2. Realistic dildos are not usually my thing but the thought of a toy with foreskin intrigued me. It was better than I had anticipated and now I have a toy that’s resembles my partners shape when he’s not around, which I just love. I hope to try the #1 in 2018 and see if that ticks as many boxes.

It’s extremely difficult for me to pick a worst dildo for last year as I didn’t try that many. Last year seemed to consist of vibrators for the most part. I think I only reviewed around ten dildos, most of those from Tantus. My mission for 2018 is to try more insertable toys of all shapes and sizes to see what is out there that I have been missing out on or luckily avoiding. Got any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments or send over an email.

Favourite Plugs of 2017

In 2016 I forgot all about anal products. I was so focused on bondage and dildos that butt plugs and beads got completely overlooked. I made sure that changed in 2017 and anal toys quickly became one of my favourite categories to write reviews for. There was no contest for which toy would be awarded first place in this round. It had to be B-Vibe’s Rimming Plug 2. I was blown away by the strength this beauty had. The rimming sensations felt out of this world and it’s simply one of the most unusual feelings I’ve ever encountered with a sex toy, in all the right ways. The Trio Plug from the same brand is also pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see more from them in 2018.

There were so many wonderful products that I could have placed at number two but in the end I decided to award it to We-Vibe’s Ditto. Shape wise, this was new to me. I hadn’t tried anything in my butt shaped like this before but it was surprisingly comfortable and secure. It can be worn for hours without any problems and the dimensions make it ideal for newcomers. The remote control allows a partner to be involved and the power was as expected from this wonderful company. It doubles as a clitoral toy too, which makes it even better. Third place goes to another So Divine product – the Sweet Sensation. A classic teardrop shaped plug with a sparkly crystal for extra aesthetic credit and princess play. I spent 2017 recommending this plug to everyone who asked about beginners anal products and now they’ve introduced two new sizes for those at more advanced levels.

The worst anal product was without a doubt the Swiss Navy Silicone Anal Lubricant that I tested for the Pleasure Panel back in April. Lots of the other reviewers reached the same conclusion as me. This  lubricant had a confusing consistency, not what I’d usually associate with a silicone-based product, and it just was not thick enough for comfortable anal sex. It contains clove which is supposed to be a mild numbing agent. Whilst I didn’t feel any loss of sensation, I gained an odour to my nostrils that was repulsive. This is one lube that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. It may even be worse than Durex.

Before we conclude this round-up and get on with 2018, I want to award one company with the title of retailer of the year. This company was one of the rare few that had no ethical problems, social media screw-ups, offensive outbursts or customer service complaints and I believe they deserve to be credited for that. Peepshow Toys are a great company that stock only body-safe products, post helpful guides and articles from sex-positive people and genuinely care about their customers. I worked with them on several product reviews last year and have nothing but good things to say about my experiences with them so far. Please support them by visiting their store and following them on social media!

What were your best and worst sex toys of 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt Plug

Before we get into this review, we need to appreciate the anal experts that made this product. B-Vibe do absolutely fantastic work promoting safe and enjoyable anal play. Their products, guides and website are all gender neutral, sexuality neutral and welcoming to every body. They have tons of useful information on their site regarding backdoor fun and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you’re new, curious or unsure about anal stimulation. They have sex toys that are suited to different needs and levels of experience and the one I’m talking about today is the Trio. A vibrating butt plug that houses THREE different motors. I know my fellow power queens interest will be piqued by that and I’m happy to report back to them that I was not disappointed at all. It went above my expectations, proving that the Rimming Butt Plug 2 was not just a wonderful one-off but the first in a long line of greats.

The presentation was perfect. It had an outer cardboard sleeve with glossy product shot on the front, a description on one side, a list of key features on the back alongside some images of couples (bonus points for these pictures including multiple sexualities/ethnicities) and a diagram showcasing where each motor is located inside the plug. Under the sleeve there was a purple storage box with a magnetic side opening that opened to reveal a shiny metallic black case. The case held the plug, remote control, charging cable and a guide to anal play. The user manual was hidden underneath this case.

B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt Plug

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B-Vibe’s Trio Vibrating Butt Plug is made from luxurious silicone. It is high-quality, top-grade stuff that I can’t fault at all. It’s completely body-safe which means that it’s free from latex and phthalates, has no odour or nasty toxins and is hypoallergenic. It has a gorgeously soft, silky finish that has minimal drag to its surface and attracts less lint than silicone typically hoards. It requires a full coating of water-based anal lubricant for use as the anus does not self-lubricate. You may need to top up on the lube occasionally if you’re planning on wearing the plug for long periods of time or find it starts getting uncomfortable.

After use, the plug should be thoroughly cleaned with warm soapy water and rinsed off. It is splashproof, not fully waterproof, so don’t fully submerge it or use it in the bath/shower. I avoid wetting the base where possible and use antibacterial toy wipes on this area instead. When rinsed, dry with a lint free cloth or leave to dry naturally. It should be not used or charged until it’s completely dry and it should also not be cleaned with sprays that contain alcohol or acetone.

Rechargeable via a sturdy magnetic system, charging couldn’t be simpler. Just attach the magnetic clip to the points on the base and plug the USB into a suitable port. There should be a flashing light to indicate that the charging process has begun which goes solid once complete. In our experience, the plug takes around an hour and a half to charge and gives approximately the same amount of use time but it depends on the settings that have been used. The accompanying remote control is actually battery operated and comes with one pre-installed CR2032 to get you started. You can access the battery by sliding the back off the remote. Make sure to remove the paper disc inside this compartment before use so that it will actually work.

B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt PlugYou then have two control options. Manual control or use of the remote. My partner and I tried out both methods and found that it was easier to use the remote. I do like the option of having multiple methods but it can be difficult to change the setting manually whilst the plug is being worn. I only use the base controls if I don’t plan on changing the function I’m using and I don’t need to alter the intensity of the vibrations. All that’s needed for manual operation is a quick tap of the power button. This cycles through the nine modes and also turns everything off when pressed and held for a few seconds.

Controlling via the remote allows more range over the toys possibilities. To activate, turn the plug into standby mode by pressing the power button until it flashes. Then press the central button on the remote and check that the power button has gone solid to confirm the pairing. To change the vibration modes on the remote press the wave button. You can cycle through the nine options or pause all of the vibrations via this button. Press and hold for three seconds to do this. You can then press again once quickly to restart the vibrations

B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt PlugThe remote also allows you to change the intensity of each mode. You press the plus to increase and minus to decrease. There are a total of eight levels to choose from. To turn the toy and remote off, press and hold the power button on the plug for a few seconds and tap the power button on the remote once. To lock, press and hold the plus and minus buttons down together for three seconds or the power button on the plug for five seconds. You can reactivate by either method.

So, I mentioned three motors earlier but I didn’t describe the positioning of each one. There is one in the tip, one in the middle and one in the neck. I like the vibrations in the tip best but I also find the stimulation of the vibration in the neck to provide some external sensations that speed up my orgasms immensely. The vibrations are rumbly with some depth to them on the low to medium intensities but begin to get buzzier on the higher settings. Luckily, my butt doesn’t hate buzziness so this wasn’t a problem. Out of the nine vibration modes that are available, most of them use both of these motors which means I can make use out of nearly all of them. Here’s a list of what each function offers:

B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt PlugConstant vibration in the tip,
Constant vibration in the neck,
Constant vibration in the tip and neck,
Constant vibration from all three motors,
Pulsing pattern from all three motors,
Oscillating pattern from all three motors,
Fast paced pulsation pattern from all three motors,
Quick up and down pulsation pattern from all three motors,
Random pattern from all three motors.

I mostly stick to the first four modes as I prefer constant speeds but I don’t hate the patterns on this. I usually use the first and second modes to warm up with and then choose between the other two depending how sensitive I’m feeling. If I want maximum intensity then I’ll use the fourth setting to overwhelm my senses and let the toy force an orgasm from me rather than building to one myself. It’s tons of fun to play with during masturbation sessions alongside a clitoral vibrator like the Tango for maximum stimulation and aggressive orgasms but it’s also glorious during penetrative sex with my partner. It provides the well-known tighter vaginal canal feeling during intercourse and doesn’t get in the way of any of our regular rotation of positions. My partner can even control it from the base in the pronebone position which keeps things interesting.

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At just over five inches in overall length with 4.3 of them being insertable, this plug falls into the medium category. It has 3.9 inches of girth at its widest point which makes it suitable for those transitioning from beginner plugs to intermediate options. It’s noticeably slimmer than the Rimming Plug 2 so can be used as a warm-up tool or stepping stone to that.

I thought the size was extremely comfortable and the rounded, but tapered, tip didn’t cause a jabbing sensation like some of the other plugs I’ve tried with this shape. It works well with my body and doesn’t cause much of a stretching sensation during wear, making it perfect for those who don’t have tons of anal experience. I can happily wear the Trio for a few hours without having any problems. I enjoy leaving the remote in the hands of my eager partner, allowing the anticipation of not knowing when he’s going to turn it on to build to the suspense of the session. We had tons of fun with this as a couple and I think it’s definitely got potential to be used for public play providing there’s some background noise available. It works from about 30 meters away so a partner can control it from the next room or across the bar without having connection problems.

Overall, I think I have fallen head over heels for the Trio. I love that it can be used with or without the remote control as this gives various options for use and keeps things interesting. It might be difficult to control from the base but I like that the option is there if I want to use it. I have enjoyed it using it on its own, with other sex toys and with a partner so it’s practically perfect for every sexual situation. It has not disappointed me in the power department and I would not hesitate to recommend it to my fellow power lovers. Often multiple motors make a sex toy loud and obnoxious but B-Vibe have managed to make a manage-a-trois that’s quiet enough to use in public. I salute them.

You can purchase the B-Vibe Trio Vibrating Butt Plug ($140/£105.52) from Peepshow Toys. You can get 10% off any purchases with the code “NatandTom“.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

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Review: B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2I’ll preface this review by saying that I never had the pleasure of trying the original B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug despite looking at it a bunch of times, so I can’t comment on whether this is an improved version or not. However, I can comment on whether I think the sensations are similar to the act of rimming and sum up my overall experience with the Rimming Plug 2.

Before I get into any of that though I want to take a moment to appreciate B-Vibe as I think they do fantastic work promoting safe, enjoyable anal play for every body. Their website is filled with useful information regarding backdoor fun and I think anyone with questions regarding safety etc should go and check out their faq as it’s likely they’ll find answers there. As I think this company are basically the anal pros of the industry right now, I’m really looking forward to seeing what they make next and I can’t wait to hopefully get my hands on more of their products in the coming months.

The presentation was lovely. It had an outer cardboard sleeve with a glossy product shot on the front, a description on one side, a list of key features on the back along with some images of couples (I love that these shots included multiple sexualities and ethnicities as this felt very inclusive) and a diagram on the other side showing which area of the plug vibrates, which area rotates and how many settings each feature has. Under the cardboard sleeve there was a blue storage box with a magnetic side opening that lifted to reveal the remote control and a shiny metallic blue case. Inside this case I found the plug, charging cable and a guide to anal play. Underneath this storage case there was a multilingual user manual hidden away.

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2

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B-Vibe’s Rimming Butt Plug 2 is made from a luxurious silicone. It feels like top-notch, high-quality stuff and I cannot fault it at all. It’s of course latex and phthalate free, odourless, hypoallergenic and body safe. It has a delightfully soft, smooth finish with very little drag to it so I didn’t need as much lubricant as I thought I would. It is a medium-sized plug so lubricant is still essential, but not for the drag, more because of the size and the fact the anus doesn’t self lubricate. After use, rinse with warm soapy water and dry with a lint free cloth. It is splashproof so can be rinsed, but don’t submerge it in the bath or shower. I tend to avoid wetting the base where possible and spritz with cleaner and a semi damp cloth instead. Just be sure to check that the cleaner doesn’t contain alcohol or acetone beforehand.

The plug is rechargeable via a magnetic system. Simply attach the magnetic clip to the points on the base of the toy and the USB into a suitable port such as one you’d find on a laptop. There will be a flashing light to indicate that the toy is charging and a solid light once complete. It takes roughly two and a half hours to freshen up and this provides around ninety minutes of use in our experience when using the highest intensity consistently. The remote control on the other hand, is battery operated. It comes with a pre-installed CR2032 and you can access this by sliding the back off the remote. Remove the paper disc inside the battery compartment before use and remove the battery between uses to prolong its life.

You have two control options. Manual or via the remote. My partner and I tried out both and found the manual control to be difficult whilst being worn, so unless I plan to use the same vibration and rotation setting throughout a session without changing intensity then I opt for the control. If you would like to manually operate it though, the option is there. Just press the power button in the base quickly, wait for the light to flash to indicate its switched on, then push again to change the pattern. Press and hold for a few seconds to turn off. There are a total of nine modes available when using the manual control. This offers a couple of rotation only settings, a couple of vibration only settings and some mix and matches.

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2Controlling via the remote is not as straight forward but it allows more range over the toys possibilities. To begin, turn the plug into standby mode by pressing the power button until it flashes. Then press the power (central) button on the remote. The base light will become solid once the control has been paired with the plug. There are plus and minus buttons on the control which control the intensity of the vibrations and/or the rotation speed. Press plus to increase and minus to decrease.

To change the vibration modes press the wave button. To turn the vibrations off altogether hold the wave button down for three seconds. To change the rotation function press the arrowed button. To stop the rotation press and hold this button for three seconds. To turn off, press and hold the power button on the plug and tap the power button on the remote. It also has a travel lock feature which can be activated by the controller or the base unit. Press and hold the plus and minus together for three seconds to lock/unlock that way or the power button on the plug for five seconds for manual locking.

At just under six inches in overall length and four and a half insertable, this plug is not super modest, but not huge either. It has just over five inches of girth at the widest point (just above the stem/neck) which makes it a comfortable size for intermediate players. I’d consider it a medium-sized plug, which is a great size for me with my experience level and doesn’t take much warming up to. A few moments of wearing the Booty Buddy can get me prepped to take this with no problems. I think it would be too large for a complete beginner, but B-Vibe now make the Novice plug which looks a bit smaller.

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2There are six vibration modes on offer with the controller. One steady speed, a slow pulse, a wave, a fast pulsation, a rollercoaster of intensities and a hard to describe mode that was mostly high intensity pulsation. I prefer the steady speed, which will come as a surprise to no-one, but most were tolerable and I did enjoy the fifth setting. None of them were too buzzy for my tastes and all of the settings had decent strength even on the lowest intensity. I’d go as far as to say they had fantastic strength on the top intensity and definitely enough for my butts preferences.

I don’t need as much power internally (be that vaginally or anally) as I do clitorally, but I always welcome super strength when it’s available. This toy also has the rotation modes too, which tickles even more sweet spots. There are seven on offer; a left rotation, a right rotation, rotating left and right swiftly, rotating left then right slowly, rotating left then pausing and making a quick right rotation, a longer left rotation followed by a pause and right rotation and finally a rotation that speeds up and slows down again. My preference was again the steady settings and I honestly didn’t find much difference between which way it was turning.

I have wondered since the day I first saw the rimming plug how on earth it would be able to replicate the sensation of a tongue and whether it would be able to do it well. I think the B-Vibe Rimming Plug 2 is pretty close. I can’t vouch for the original, but I do think this version feels somewhat like the act itself. It moves a little faster than the average person’s tongue, but it feels fantastic. I can’t fault it. There’s stimulation being provided from the internal vibrations but also around the sphincter where the plug is rotating. The entrance of the butt has always been a sensitive and easily stimulated part of my body and this is the first toy that has actually worked this area into a frenzy. It’s more than just a simple filled or stretching sensation, it’s the movement that causes my body to contract and tighten around the plug.

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2Does it feel good? Absolutely it does. It stimulates every sweet spot that’s known to me back there and I’ve found myself turning to this toy an awful lot of late. I’ve found it comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time and the base is exceptionally sturdy.

I can wear this during PIV to help me reach an orgasm faster and I don’t even need a clit vibe in conjunction with it as I have done with regular vibrating plugs in the past. This provides all the added sensation I could ever need. It doesn’t get in the way during penetration as the base isn’t huge, but it is wide enough to prevent travel and give me peace of mind.

B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2I would agree with anyone who says that this is a wonderful couples toy. I personally wouldn’t wear it out and about as its unfortunately not the quietest plug on the market, but for use around the house and bedroom I absolutely love it. My partner does too. He loves to be in control of the remote and surprise me with different modes and randomly turn features on and off as he pleases to keep me on my toes. It has given me nothing but pleasurable experiences so far and the noise level is one of the only things I dislike about it.

Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this plug to anyone who can handle the size and wants to explore the sensation of being rimmed. It may not be exactly like the real thing, but it’s close enough and offers an experience a regular butt plug can’t. I have had no issues reaching orgasm with the B-Vibe Rimming Plug 2 and I will definitely be looking into trying some more of their products at some point. I’ve now got my eyes on the Novice, Trio and Beads but I’m sure I’ll be wanting their whole range if my next experience is as positive as this one. As a final thought, I think this plug was a major success and I can’t wait to see whether they can top this in the future.

You can purchase the B-Vibe Rimming Butt Plug 2 ($150/£115.31) at Peepshow Toys. Get 10% off your order with code NatandTom. I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

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