Sex toys have been around for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the 2020 pandemic that they finally had their time in the spotlight. In fact, researchers found that sex toys made the list of “panic purchases” during lockdown—right next to toilet paper, canned goods, and hand sanitizer.
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Before then, sex toys still had a bit of a taboo attached to them and were really only talked about by companies directly related to the sex industry. But now you can find sex toy reviews in practically any wellness space—because if the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that a satisfying orgasm is just as important for our health as our matcha in the morning.
And now that vibrators are here to stay (hooray!), how do we decide which ones to buy? And can we buy one we’ll love without spending our entire paycheck? We’ve got a list of seven affordable vibrators under $40 for you to check out so you can enjoy as many orgasms as you want without having to sacrifice your favorite iced oat latte in the morning or your monthly HBO subscription.
Pro 2 Air-Pulse Clitoris Stimulator
They did a good job naming this vibrator because everything about it is satisfying. It was designed to mimic receiving oral sex, and with 11 different vibration settings for clitoral stimulation, it’s about as close to the real thing as you can get. The small size and color are nice benefits of the Satisfyer, and it is even rechargeable via USB. The $39 price tag is hard to beat, and there is ultimately nothing more satisfying than pleasure on a budget. Our sex writer tells everyone to buy it.
Eco Bullet Vibrator
I think everyone can benefit from a cute vibrator bullet in their toy collection, especially if they’re new to using sex toys. What’s fun about the Gaia Eco Bullet is that not only is it small and easy to take anywhere, but it's also quiet, totally waterproof, made with eco-friendly plastic, and is essentially the price of an avocado toast.
Silicone Clitoral Vibrator
This velvet-y soft clitoral vibrator is great for anyone who travels often because it is compact and is rechargeable via USB. What would be worse than your vibrator dying while you’re relaxing in your hotel room and not having spare batteries on hand? Talk about a mood kill.
This vibrator has three vibration speeds and six patterns, so you can test them all out and see what strikes your fancy. Plus, you can use the tongue-like tip or the pleasure nub depending on your mood.
5-Function Vibrating Cock Ring
Because this is basically two sex toys in one, it’s hard to believe that it’s under $25. The Bionic Vibrating Cock Ring can wrap around the shaft and balls, which is already a step up from a standard cock ring.
It also has a bullet attachment at the top of the ring, which gives off two different intensities and three vibrating combinations. This means that both the person wearing the ring and their partner benefit from these good vibes. The coolest part, in my opinion, is that the bullet vibrator can actually detach from the cock ring and instantly be used as another vibrator.
G-Spot Rabbit VIbrator
A good rabbit is hard to find—or at least one that is affordable, trustworthy, and pleasurable at the same time. Thankfully, the Phanxy G-Spot Rabbit fits the bill at only $28.
This dildo vibrator comes with nine different vibrating intensities and combinations as well as silicone bunny ears for clitoral stimulation. This is one my personal favorites for affordable vibrators because it’s so versatile and can really meet whatever unique need you have at the moment, whether you’re alone or with someone else.
Romp Flip Wand Massager
It’s really nice to find a wand massager at a more affordable price, especially if you’re new to using sex toys. This one comes with six different vibration intensities and four combinations to choose from and is fully rechargeable. This massager is also super quiet, which is a benefit for those of us who want to enjoy ourselves without our roommates knowing.
Beginner's Vibrating Butt Plug
The Teazer Butt Plug is great for beginners because of its size and its price. If you’ve been curious about using a butt plug but aren’t quite sure, this is the perfect one to start with. For one, it’s smaller and more narrow than most other plugs, so you can ease into this type of experience without a ton of anxiety. And the fact that it only costs $27 allows you to try out the idea of anal play without investing a ton of money in case it ends up not being your thing.