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Disposable vibrators: yeah, they exist.

Recently (and apparently?), there’s been a huge boom of disposable sex toys across the market. They run the gamut from vibrating fingertip covers to even cheaper versions of the popular Womanizer and Satisfyer toys. An air-pulse toy that won’t break the bank? Say less! 

However, there might be a catch: Do they last long enough for you (or your partner) to finish? How much is really out there?  To save you some time (and possibly money), I’ve compiled a for-dummies-esque list of everything you need to know about disposable, vibrating sex toys. Let’s see what the buzz is about.

What Are Disposable Sex Toys?

The purpose of disposable sex toys is to give the user(s) a taste of what the actual product does. This way, for even as low as ten dollars, you can test the product that your friends are constantly raving about. They’re wonderful for those just beginning to dip their toes in the water, and can also be a great way to introduce your partner to toy-play if they aren’t already familiar with it.

But, What’s The Catch?

As stated before, these toys can last anywhere from ten to ninety minutes. So, depending on how long you can go for, they may not last you an entire round. There’s also a limited variety of these products, so if you’re looking for an impressive array of sex toys that you’re used to seeing in-store, be prepared to be disappointed.

Additionally, I can’t imagine that these products are biodegradable, so purchasing them can add to the already-burgeoning single-use plastic pandemic. However, there are some (kind of) eco-friendly options when it comes to disposable sex toys — GAIA’s disposable sex toys are designed to be recycled, and the “iroha petit” is composed of 98% water. While, right now, these toys aren’t exactly the most sustainable, perhaps in the future they’ll evolve into a more eco-friendly products.

Should I Buy A Disposable Sex Toy? 

Well, for starters, they’re cheap! I, for one, love samples. While these aren’t free, I’d much rather spend ten dollars to try a product than pay upwards of a hundred dollars to own a product that I don’t end up liking. After all, you can’t exactly return a used sex toy to the store. That’s pretty gross. 

Additionally, disposable sex toys are designed to be a sanitary experience. According to The Bed Bible, 14% of sex toy owners have never cleaned their vibrator, 22% only clean their vibrator after use, and 4.6% only clean their vibrator before use. I’m not saying that this is you (although it might be, no shame in that!), but come on: a festering cesspool of bacteria living on something that you literally put inside of you? Let’s not. 

Disposable sex toys can also be an excellent investment for you and your partner if you’re just beginning to spice things up in the bedroom. Toys can be pretty scary to some people, so alleviating the permanency of a long-lasting one may help you (or your partner) ease into this new chapter of your sex life. You can always buy the real deal later.

This article may have inspired you to start searching and shop our list of picks, or it may have caused you to close the tab. Either way, the more you know!

Katelyn Haruko Schmisseur is a wellness content writer for Her Campus. Prior to this, she served as an intern for the sex and relationships vertical during the fall semester of 2022. Outside of Her Campus, Katelyn works as a freelance writer and content creator where she posts story times as well as thrifting and fashion content. She graduated from Chapman University in the spring of 2023 with a BFA in Creative Writing and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. At night, she enters her Tyra Banks Y2K era as a bartender at the flagship Coyote Ugly location. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and her orange kitten that she recently adopted. When she’s not working or writing, Katelyn enjoys thrifting, tanning, spending hours scrolling eBay, and going to the beach. Follow Katelyn on social media! @Katelynharuko on Instagram, TikTok, and Depop.