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The Best Air-Suction Sex Toys, According to Experts

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If you already have a favorite vibrator or dildo and are looking for something new to bring into the bedroom, you may want to consider exploring the world of air-suction (or air-pulse) toys, which are designed to mimic the sensation of oral sex. “Air-pulse toys result in intense orgasms that are different from a clitoral orgasm that you would get with a regular vibrator,” says Samantha Bard, a co-owner of Williamsburg’s Shag. She explains that the toys are used externally, designed to surround the clitoris, and emit pulses of air or sound waves to stimulate it and nearby nerves, “resulting in a much fuller — and possibly quicker — orgasm.” This indirect clitoral stimulation, she adds, can be “a much subtler and deeper sensation” than that of direct stimulation with a vibrator. Because no two clitorises are sized alike, though, Bard notes “you want to make sure the mouth of the toy you’re purchasing is a good fit.” To find the best air-suction sex toys, we asked Bard and 12 more experts about their favorites. Their 13 recommendations below include air-suction toys with various-sized mouths, ones made for partner play, and even a toy that doubles as a night light.

Best overall air-suction toy

According to erotic educator Taylor Sparks, the founder of Black-owned intimacy shop Organic Loven, Womanizer has “perfected the air-pleasure technology” in the years since it introduced its first air-suction toy in 2014. “Womanizer has led the way by offering several intensities, vibrations, sizes, and prices” in its range of air-suction toys, she says. Shan Boodram, the author of The Game of Desire, agrees. “The incredibly orgasmic Womanizer introduced what I like to call the beam-me-up-Scotty effect on the clit,” she explains. Of all its products, we heard about the Womanizer Premium the most. Sex expert and intimacy coach Davia Frost calls the deep, internal sensations it provides “an experience,” adding: “If I close my eyes, it’s almost like I’m feeling this sucking sensation throughout the whole clitoris.” Sexologist Marla Renee Stewart, the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay, adds that the Womanizer Premium works for lots of different people because it comes with two easy-to-swap stimulator heads of different sizes. It also has 12 different intensity levels that you can manually switch between, as well as an autopilot mode that cycles through its various levels. The toy only starts working when it touches skin and is whisper-quiet when on, making it a great choice for those with thin walls or roommates. Plus, it’s completely waterproof, for those who like the option of taking their toys into the bath or shower.

If you’re using this or any air-suction toy for the first time, our experts have a few general tips. First: “Add some lube,” according to sex educator Kenneth Play, the creator of the Sex Hacker Pro Series and co-founder of intentional sex-positive community Hacienda Villa. (A reminder that if your toy is made of silicone, you’ll want a water-based lube.) Play adds that the toys “work best when they form a complete seal,” instructing users to “try different angles to find the right amount of pressure and suction.” And Sparks notes you should “start with a light suction, as the clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings and it’s important to know how much you can and want to handle.” Bard agrees: “My tip would be to take it slow – people often want to go to the quickest speed right away, but if you start low you can build on the intensity to achieve a profoundly rich feeling.”

Best (less-expensive) air-suction toy

The Liberty, which was designed in collaboration with singer Lily Allen, is essentially a trimmed-down version of the Womanizer Premium at a more affordable price point. The main difference between the two is that the Liberty has six intensity levels instead of 12, but if you’re looking for a starter air-suction toy, that may be plenty for you. When we tested it, one user described the toy as being “very intense.” We also wrote that it comes with a cover that attaches magnetically and makes it look more like “an avocado and less like a sex toy.”

Best air-suction toy with a small nozzle

Lelo Sona

This air-suction toy comes recommended by three of our experts and costs less than either of the Womanizer toys — but buyers should know it only has one nozzle, and that nozzle is on the smaller side. “It’s one of our best-selling toys and the only air-suction toy that has earned a place in my bedside drawer,” says Zoë Ligon, the founder of Spectrum Boutique. Bard explains that “the Sona was Lelo’s first suction toy and is still a good option with different speeds.” Like the Womanizer toys, it offers different vibration levels and patterns. One anonymous Strategist staffer who has used it adds that the toy’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to switch between the various levels as you explore, adding that the Sona consistently led to intense orgasms.

Best (less-expensive) air-suction toy with a small nozzle

Boodram says this even cheaper device, which also only has one (smaller) nozzle, is “one of the most affordable, effective, and accessible” air-suction toys on the market. She promises that the waterproof toy with five intensity levels can deliver pleasure similar to the sensations you’d get from a Womanizer device “at a fraction of the price.”

Best air-suction toy with a large nozzle

Lelo Sila

Sila, Lelo’s latest air-suction offering, came recommended by two experts for anyone who may need a larger mouthpiece. “They have increased the size of the mouth to fit more people,” Bard says, “and perfected the technology in terms of creating a deeper, more intense sensation.” Play also recommends this toy for its nozzle that he calls “bigger and broader,” describing the stimulation its larger size provides as “a slower, more sensual build up to orgasm.”

Best (less-expensive) air-suction toy with large nozzle

Dame, another brand we love for its well-designed sex toys, makes this more affordable air-suction device with a larger nozzle that two experts told us about. “It’s compact, easy to hold, and has a more inclusive mouthpiece in terms of size,” explains Play. Sex and confidence coach Jennifer Doan agrees: “It has a much wider opening, meaning that a large variety of clitoris sizes and body types are able to use it.” Doan adds that the Aer is powerful. When she took it for a spin, she could only handle the lowest of its five vibrational patterns and settings. “Each is more intense than the last,” she explains. “So if you’re someone who enjoys a toy that packs a punch, this one’s for you.”

Best (even-less-expensive) air-suction toy with large nozzle

For an even more affordable air-suction toy with a large mouthpiece, sex blogger and toy critic Cy Smash suggests the Satisfyer Curvy 2+. As she explains, it “has a roomier air pulse tunnel and, for under $40, it’s hard to beat the quality-to-cost ratio.” Smash adds that this toy’s inclusivity goes beyond size, calling it her “top pick for transmasculine people with some bottom growth.”

Best air-suction toy for partner play

The We-Vibe Melt “creates a smooth and seamless pulse,” says Bard, who adds that one of its most attractive features is that the toy is compatible with a smartphone app you can use “to customize patterns and share it with a partner who can control it from across the bedroom — or anywhere in the world.” That’s one reason Smash calls it her “favorite air-pulse toy for partner play.” The other? “The fact that it is compact with a narrow rim” that doesn’t take up too much real estate on the vulva, which Smash explains leaves “plenty of room for penetration.” But because the Melt’s nozzle is on the smaller side, Smash cautions that “you may want to consider something else if your clitoris is bigger than, say, a chickpea.”

Most discreet air-suction toy

Aesthetics are important to me because I tend to leave shit around just wherever,” says sexual health and wellness coach Joanne Encarnacion. That’s a big reason she likes the Baci, because the toy’s design doesn’t scream “sex toy.” That design, Sparks adds, allows the toy to rest within the outer labia and provide vibrations “down the ‘legs’ of the clitoris,” allowing you to feel more sensations as your orgasm slowly builds. Encarnacion agrees, telling us that Baci-assisted orgasms “feel like more of an intentional climax rather than a fast and jarring vibration to just get you off as quickly as possible.”

Gentlest air-suction toy

Biird Obii

If your clitoris is very sensitive or you prefer less-intense stimulation, Doan suggests the Obii, a suction toy–slash–night light made by woman-owned company Biird. “Most air-pulse toys are too intense for me because of how concentrated the stimulation on the clitoris is,” she explains. “With the Obii, I can actually use it all the way through my orgasm.” Like the Baci, the Obii’s (downright adorable) design doesn’t scream sex toy, nor do the pleasantly muted green, yellow, or pink colors it comes in. Speaking of its design, the toy won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for incorporating such thoughtful touches as a light-up wireless charging base and plastic birdcage-esque cover that protects it from dust.

Best travel-friendly air-suction toy

Sparks says that “as an erotic educator, traveling with my own personal sex toys is a must.” While all of the toys on this list are tiny enough to travel with, she says this one is particularly good for it because it has a “travel cap that keeps it very discreet” should a TSA agent (or anyone else) rifle through your bag. The toy, she adds, is “small enough to fit in the palm of your hand” and has “11 whisper-quiet programs,” two things that she says make it suitable to use before you even arrive at your destination: “It’s perfect for long flights when a bathroom pick-me-up is needed.”

Best air-suction toy that also stimulates the G-spot

Those familiar with air-suction toys or just generally more adventurous when it comes to trying them might prefer one that can provide double the pleasure, which is exactly what this device from Womanizer promises. It not only delivers the external air-pulse stimulation the brand has perfected, but also has a vibrator you can use internally to stimulate the G-spot. Bard recommends it for those who crave “earth-shattering, blended orgasms” because “there are multiple speeds and modes for both air-pulse and vibration and it just hits all of the right spots simultaneously.”

Best (less-expensive) air-suction toy that also stimulates the G-spot

For a more affordable combination toy, erotica writer and podcast host Anne Stagg suggests the AirVibe, a device that sex-toy brand Bellesa Boutique created in collaboration with BuzzFeed. It’s roughly a quarter of the cost of the Womanizer Duo and “combines G-spot vibration with suction on your clit,” resulting in what Stagg calls “glorious, toe-curling, blended orgasms.”