5 Ways Sex Toy Companies Make More Budget-Friendly Toys
Affordable sex toys are the future of the industry.
Nowadays, you can easily find a rumbly, body-safe vibrator with a velvety finish for under $50.
If you’re cutting costs, it has to come from somewhere.
That could mean materials, labor, packaging, advertising, and so on. By being strategic, though, a company can manufacture a decent product and treat people decently for the price.
Here are a few ways makers like Blush Novelties have reduced expenses. Not everything on this list applies to all of their products. However, I’m delighted when a company can pass their savings on to you while prioritizing pleasure.
This post was sponsored by Blush Novelties, but my past reviews for them weren’t. I’ve been honest about times I did or didn’t like their toys.
1 Food-grade, body-safe silicone
Let’s start with material safety!
Part of how Blush reduces costs is using food-grade silicone instead of medical-grade.
Think of silicone kitchen utensils:
- Chemically stable enough for food prep or storage
- Practically non-porous
- Easy to disinfect
- You can put them in your mouth with no problems!
According to Kenton from Funkit Toys, food-grade silicone is tested is by immersion in acetone, ethyl alcohol, oil, and water. “If anything harmful leaches out in dangerous amounts, they don’t pass food safety testing,” he told me.
There are many ways to test silicone’s safety for more specific purposes, but food-grade silicone, by definition, is body-safe. And it’s safe for genital contact while cheaper than medical-grade silicone. Non-luxury toymakers use food-grade silicone for this reason.
2 Small and sleek designs
Smaller toys take less silicone to make, so they’re less costly.
Plenty of users are satisfied with G-spot/prostate stimulation — which doesn’t necessarily take much length to accomplish. Even a bullet with a girthy, front-loaded sleeve could do the trick for some.
Blush does have some big toys, like the Ruse Jammy, Avant D3, and Avant D4. They’re steals for $35, $46, and $53, respectively. However, if you’re looking at sub-$35 dildos, the key to affordability is simplicity.
Clean lines and minimal detailing mean quicker and easier unmolding.
Think of Blush’s Neo Elite, Temptasia, and Luxe lines. The Temptasia Elvira: is girthy, has a defined head, is fun to clench around, and works for my G-spot. Its (lack of) length isn’t the easiest to aim, but it’s hard to beat the price for a girthy silicone dildo.
3 Minimal packaging
Sturdy boxes and satin pouches don’t affect how I feel about the product in the long run. It’s what’s inside that counts.
Blush keeps their packaging costs down with minimal boxes or clear clamshells with paper inserts. It’s not fancy, but it works. Put the toy in a Ziploc bag if you’re on the go.
4 Simpler construction
Blush’s cheapest body-safe vibrators might not have the best craftsmanship, but it’s fair. Their $12 Gaia Eco slimline vibrator is rumbly and quiet for the price; its price and no-frills design are accessible for anyone new to penetration or vibration.
Blush didn’t sacrifice the quality of the motor much here.
But again, the low cost came from somewhere.
Remember when I took apart and compared bullet vibrators? The higher-end ones had screws and sturdier ABS plastic on the inside. Taking them apart and putting them back together was a relatively clean process.
The Blush Gaia Eco, in contrast, had an ABS shell but a softer plastic under that. It’s body-safe on the outside, just a little more fragile. The vibrations were still decently powerful, almost par with the VeDO BAM and Femmefunn bullets.
Blush’s Exposed Nocturnal, an even stronger bullet, has hard glue keeping some parts together. Again, it’s not seamless or elegant, but it takes little time to assemble, and it works. You get practically unbeatable power in such a small package — at a fraction of the competitors’ costs.
5 Fewer settings and buttons
Another way Blush Novelties keeps it simple is by limiting their and controls.
Take the Nöje W4 mini-wand, for example. Do I wish it had more steady speeds? Sure. But it’s on my list of top rechargeable wands for a reason: its power-to-size ratio makes it great for warming up to big toys. The Nöje W3 is also quite strong, with five steady speeds.
Blush’s Wellness G Ball vibrator definitely has great settings and controls, but it’s one of their mid-priced vibes. And that’s totally fair. They don’t jack up their prices like LELO does, despite their Hop Cottontail outperforming the LELO Gigi 2 in strength.
The more features a toy has, the greater the price. That also applies to other brands, like when comparing the Womanizer Premium vs. Classic vs. Liberty vs. the ROMP Free and Shine — fewer settings, without sacrificing sensation or safety.
What are your favorite affordable sex toys from Blush Novelties?
Further reading: Find some of the best budget-friendly, body-safe sex toys, sorted by category and erogenous zone.