Sextoys in the test: In many put pollutants


Many sextoys are contaminated with pollutants, found out the “Stiftung Warentest”. Which you can buy without hesitation. 

For sextoys there are no pollution limits

Sex toys are currently experiencing a boom, but we have little opportunity to learn about the pollutant content of our sex toys. Even though vibrators and love balls have intimate contact with sensitive mucous membranes. Because despite the close body contact, there are no legal pollutant limits. 

Now employees of “Stiftung Warentest” bought and tested a total of 18 vibrators, love balls and penis rings for the price of 6.80 to 165 euros: classic vibrators, rabbit vibrators and lay-on vibrators, a pair of vibrators, a G-spot vibrator and one to strap on, as well as three love balls and penis rings. 

The test also took into account models of well-known brands such as We-Vibe, Womanizer, Satisfyer and Durex. All products were tested for toxins in the laboratory. 

The fewest sextoys are harmless

The result: Only three of the 18 sex toys tested were completely free of harmful substances.  

Five times, the testers had to give the grade “Poor” because they have found critical substances in very large quantities: including the softener diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP), which may affect fertility, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are suspected To excite cancer. 

Unfortunately, the amount of the price says nothing about the pollutant content – even expensive vibrators fell through. For example, the charging contact of the We-Vibe Sync Couples, which cost just under € 90, emits so much nickel that the vibrator should not have been sold at all. Nickel can cause allergies and is also suspected of causing cancer.

These vibrators scored “very good”:

  1. Fun Factory: Ocean Mini Vibrator (31 Euro)
  2. You2Toys: Space Rider 3000 (15 Euro) 
  3. Svakom: Siime Camera (99.50 Euro), 

These love balls got the grade “Good”:  

  1. Lelo: Luna Beads Noir (35 Euro) 
  2. You2Toys: Smile Loveballs Sporty (14 Euro)

These penis rings finished with “Very good”:

  1. You2Toys: Get Hard (6,80 Euro)