Men's sex toys were one of a handful of industries that have thrived over the last couple of years (see also, Deliveroo and Andrex), and among vibrating cock rings, massagers butt plugs and dildos, the most popular of the lot is the male masturbator. While couples' toys kept those in relationships entertained and prostate massagers provided a resource for locked down experimentation, the masturbator (AKA stroker/fleshlight) is the toy that most closely replicated the sex lives many were missing out on, and beyond pandemics, they continue to elevate solo play.
Essentially a sleeve that you slip your penis into in place of getting plain-old handsy, a male masturbator is a man’s best bet at replicating the feeling of penetration in just his own company. Taking the form of everything from discreet-looking eggs with nodules to tease your nerve endings to Fleshlights with realistic-looking vulvas to rechargeable vibrating vessels that'll actually provide feedback and stamina training, warm apple pie, these ain’t.
However deep you'd like to delve into the world of hands-free pleasure, there's a male masturbator for you, which makes buying one online more complicated than you might expect. That's why we called on sex and relationship psychotherapist Kate Moyle, a sex toy expert for luxury brand Lelo, to answer some key questions about male masturbators before you invest.