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7 Basic Tips On How to Be a Sex Toy Tester Or Reviewer

by Robyn

Testing or reviewing sex toys might sound like a dream come true for some people – especially if there’s a chance of getting free sex toys in the process.

However, it’s not as simple as trying it once and writing a sentence or two that you did or didn’t like it.

So, what does it mean to be a professional sex toy tester? Let’s see…

1. EDUCATE YOURSELF


There’s a lot to know when it comes to sex toys and you need to do some serious research before you can analyze a toy.

For example…

CLEANING – What are the best sex toy cleaning practices? How easy is it to clean the toy you’re currently testing? Are there difficult nooks and crannies that could be missed and have body fluid build up?

MATERIALS – Some materials are safe. Some are very dangerous for the body. And, unfortunately, there is plenty of the latter on the market.  Aside from that, you need to pay attention to how the material feels.

VIBRATORS/MOTORS – How strong is it? How long does the motor last? What’s the recharge time like? Is it rechargeable or does it need batteries?

BRANDS/COMPANIES – Knowing the difference between a white brand, a name brand, and a distributor that sells both is essential.

HUMAN ANATOMY – Is the toy made to complement the human body while being safe at the same time? For example, a butt plug needs a wide base to be considered safe.

Also, are the bells and whistles hitting the right areas or is a decent enough shape that will accommodate most body styles within that demographic?

It might also sound weird but knowing your body in relation to the toy is useful. For example, many sex toy reviewers will have a disclaimer stating what their cervix is like, genital sensitivity, and vibration preferences.

This isn’t meant to gross people out. At minimum, this allows readers to know that if they have similar qualities, they might have a similar experience (or not, if they’re different).

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Check out the links at the bottom of the article for more about sex toys, materials, safety etc.

2. YOU HAVE TO BE DETAILED


If it’s as a reviewer, this means right down to the packaging, reading instruction booklets from start to finish, testing sounds levels, checking everything that is included with the toy etc.

Also, taking pictures of everything is a must. Everything from charging cables to silk baggies.

And (if it’s as a sex toy tester) the more information you pass on, the more improvements can be made. So, don’t skimp out.

3. YOU HAVE TO TEST IT MORE THAN ONCE


Your mood and current body state will affect how a sex toy feels. For example, trying a toy on a women’s period will not feel the same as when she’s not on her cycle. So, multiple tries are necessary for any decent feedback.

4. YOU MIGHT GET EARLY-STAGE TOYS


New sex toys (as opposed to white brand copies) will always have a “rough copy” or prototype stage. I mean, you need to start somewhere right? And, while some companies will get their employees to do the testing, some might outsource the job to some trusted users/customers.

EXAMPLE: I once got a prototype that was so rough, there wasn’t actually a battery compartment … just wires that fed into a voltage box.

Being part of the creation process is kinda of cool, but it requires a different mindset and extensive levels of feedback.

5. IT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN FREE SEX TOYS


If you’re lucky, you’ll find a company that will spring for some free toys. But some of the larger distributors will expect you to buy several toys, leave a review for each, and then they might give you a freebie from your wish list.

Also, if you’re a blogger, writer, or social media whatever, and you dream of cold-contacting a sex toy company with a request to get a free sample to “test in exchange for an honest review” … you can keep dreaming. 

Remember that you’re dealing with a business – and if they’re giving you something, they’re going to want something in return. So, unless you can prove that you can drive traffic to their website or store (and it would need to be significant) they won’t be interested.

6. THEY DON’T ALWAYS FEEL GOOD


It’s not a rollercoaster ride of endless orgasms. In fact, even though having an orgasm is great, it’s not the only goal of your time with the toy.

It’s also inevitable that…

You’re going to find toys that you just don’t like because they’re not something you would normally use, or the design isn’t conducive to your body type – or they’re just poorly made.

This brings us to the next part…

7. YOU NEED TO BE OBJECTIVE


There’s a big difference between not liking a toy because it just doesn’t align with your preferences versus not liking a toy because it’s garbage.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you prefer deep, strong, rumbly vibrations, but the toy you’re testing is light and buzzy, that doesn’t make it a bad toy. However, if the vibrator barely works and quits after 15 minutes, then it’s a bad toy.

I also can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people complain that a toy is “bad” or not worth the money because it’s in a color they don’t like… Seriously?

A tester or reviewer also needs to be able to balance the negative and the positive – because a toy is not wholly great or terrible.  

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So, is being a sex toy tester or reviewer a lot of hard work? Yep. But is it a fun job or hobby to have. Absolutely!

Also, here are the informative articles I promised earlier…

What are some amazing or terrible sex toys you’ve come across? Share in the comments!

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16 comments

Rachel 12/20/2020 - 12:00 am

How do i get started

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Greg 11/05/2020 - 12:00 am

I work out of town during the week and when I get home on the weekends we like to have fun in the bedroom and try new things with a new toy we havent tried. rings vibraters swings anything to spice up the evening. I look forward to experimenting with some new products. thanks

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Ian & Jackie 05/10/2020 - 12:00 am

Mid 50s & over 60s couple. Always looking to experiment with new toys. Open to many things.

Have had many good as well as bad toy experience and find it intriguing to write reviews about toys. Could be a fun way to enlightenment.

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S. Sargies + D. Wilkinson 04/01/2020 - 12:00 am

My husband and I are both interested, we are both are 50-ish, and not afraid to experiment. Hopefully give our generation something to do during this COVID-19 self quarantining times!

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Rob 02/05/2020 - 12:00 am

Sounds like a lot of work to be payed with a few toys!

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Leslie 01/06/2020 - 12:00 am

I’d love to get started! I’d be perfect for this job for sure with my knowledge and energy!!

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DREW 12/04/2019 - 12:00 am

My wife and I would love to become a tester. We are always looking for new ideas and would like to help others find their perfect tools for a better sex life.

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James Lewis 10/29/2019 - 12:00 am

I would love to get started where do I get started.

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Shawn ONeil 10/22/2019 - 12:00 am

We are 50 something newlyweds that are living the dream of experiencing sex at a mature age!!! Its simply amazing! Have used multiple toys and would love an opportunity to work with your company and share input from our friends!

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Jordan 09/02/2019 - 12:00 am

I would like to get started, but ver lost as to how to do this? Any suggestions or help?

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Tiffany 09/25/2019 - 12:00 am

I would also like to get started, where do I begin?

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Lisa 08/31/2019 - 12:00 am

I love clit suction toys & currently have five in rotation. I tried the Womanizer Classic a few years ago & I’ve been hooked ever since. I also have a Satisfyer Pro 2 & three off-brand toys. Each is unique in size, shape, & feel and they all take me over the edge in minutes. Love, love, love!

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Lady Di 09/29/2020 - 12:00 am

Lisa!! OMFG ME TOO (well not the 5 in rotation part) I got hooked on the Womanizer Classic as well, and have an offbrand Satisfier Pro 2 that I actually purchased from WISH of all places! It literally works better than my Womanizer Classic. =o I am huuuge on clitoral stimulation. Best toys ever. 3

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Laura - SexBloggess 06/16/2018 - 12:00 am

Good number of reviewers also don’t consider the toy alone to be “payment”, because what are you supposed to do with crappy toys you don’t like? They don’t pay bills. Conpanies having affiliate programs is a must for many.

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Laura - SexBloggess 06/16/2018 - 12:00 am

Cold-calling retailers and manufacturers is exactly how a lot of reviewers get started. It’s not a “free toy”, it’s a piece of equipment that you are sent in return for the work you put in to test and review it properly. It’s an exchange of services.

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Gardenialover 06/06/2018 - 12:00 am

I did beta testing on tge lovense browser which was difficult but rewarding. I cant wait to get the new gen lush and give a review. I love lovense so much I’m making a website to track my use and experience even if i cant get major traffic.

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