When it comes to sex toys, we’ve covered the entire spectrum, from sex toys for couples to sex toys for beginners, anal toys, and more. Today we are discussing the best onaholes and onaholes. Of course, you could keep relying on your hand (or a homemade sex toy), but why limit yourself when there’s an exciting world of options that can simulate and intensify sensations during your solo sessions? We’re all ready to give you a hand, so let’s explore the realm of strokers and masturbators.
What is a masturbator sex toy?
« Masturbators are toys designed to enhance self-pleasure for someone with a penis, » says Justin Lehmiller, PhD, scientific advisor for Lovehoney and author of Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help Improve Your Sex Life. Carol Queen, sex educator and staff member of good vibesadds that while they can be used solo, many people use them during partnered sex for “jazzy crafts.”
These sex toys vary widely in terms of how they look, how they work, and how they feel, but most commonly fall into two categories.
Strokers: Strokers (aka masturbation sleeves) fit around or over the penis and mimic the feel of a vagina or anus (and sometimes even look like body parts). Some strokers are open at one end, while others are closed. Many are textured on the inside, providing extra stimulation to the penis head, shaft, or both. These textures « add kinds of stimulation that a single person’s hand wouldn’t give, » says Queen. Popular strokers include the Fleshlight and the Tenga Egg.
Strokes: Power strokers are sometimes called motorized masturbators, or guybrators, says Bobby Box, a Lovehoney certified sex educator. « These may be similar in appearance to strokers but have vibrating components or sleeves that move up and down with a motorized asset, » says Dr. Lehmiller. « Some are hands-free, while others must be held in place. These masturbators are sometimes remote-controllable and designed to offer scrolling, anal and/or prostate stimulation at the same time. Some motorized masturbators include the Hot Octopus Pulse Solo and the arc wave ion.
Who is a masturbator for?
« Onaholes are good for people with penises who are looking for new sexual experiences or to improve the monotony of manual masturbation because our hands are only capable of so much, » says Box.
Although they are often referred to as male masturbators, Dr. Lehmiller says these sex toys are an option for somebody who has a penis and wants to explore new sensations. « That said, different strokers may feel better for different bodies because everyone is a little different in terms of penis size and shape, as well as what feels good to them, » he says. “For example, some onaholes are designed specifically for trans men who have started to transition. The key is to shop around and find the right toy for you and your body, and maybe consider trying a few different ones. »
What to know when buying a masturbator
You do not know where to start ? Let your goals guide you. Are you looking to reproduce a particular sensation (intercourse? fellatio?), or are you looking for a completely new sensation such as vibration or texture? Do you prefer the control of holding the toy, or do you want a toy that leaves your hands free? Will you be using the masturbator alone or during sex (in which case Dr. Lehmiller offers an open sleeve that can be combined with oral stimulation)? “There are many options out there, so having some clarity on what you’re looking for can help you narrow down the choices,” he adds.
Also note: many onaholes, like the Tenga Egg, are intended for limited (or even one-time) use, while others are rechargeable and reusable. And be sure to invest in a good lube (but avoid silicone-based lubes if the toy is silicone, as it can degrade the toy).
What are the best onaholes and masturbators?
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best penis masturbators and toys, according to sex experts and educators. You’ll find high-quality, top-selling sex toys from brands like Tenga, Fleshlight, Fun Factory, Hot Octopuss, Arcwave, Lovehoney, and Lelo.