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

Collection of various sex toys, sex toy tester cover

 

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


 

Pink silicone anal plugIf 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, dont' 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.

 

Nora by Lovense rabbit vibrator

Serious companies will bring out 2nd or 3rd generation versions

of a toy after getting consumer 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


 

Strange dildo sex toy that looks like a pile of grapesIt'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.

 

Which 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!

 

What are some amazing or terrible sex toys you’ve come across? Share in the comments! (Note: No links please, just the names. I don’t include links for obvious (possibly virusy) reasons.

 

Also, here are the informative articles I promised earlier...

 

 

Have a sexy day!

Robyn

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Comments (3)

  1. Gardenialover says:

    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.

  2. Laura - SexBloggess says:

    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.

  3. Laura - SexBloggess says:

    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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