I love seeing sex toys being talked about in the mainstream media, and if there is one company that is superb at getting attention from media that would usually see sex toys as taboo, it is Dame Products. It’s no surprise, their branding is that of a minimalist and trendy gadget start-up for millennials rather than a sex toy, and quite frankly it is refreshing to see. Their second product Fin, that I am reviewing today, broke records as the first ever sex toy campaign on Kickstarter, and brought in almost $400,000 worth of pledges, despite only having a $50,000 goal. This immediately told me that this toy was going to be a big deal. Since I never tried their first product, Eva (which I am reviewing soon), which had a similar crowdfunding success, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But I did remember hearing that it wasn’t all that great. The Fin’s Kickstarter video looked so good though that I truly believed it would finally cement Dame as a quality sex toy manufacturer. But, then I read this interview, where the product designer states their ‘research‘ of sex toys is based on their purchases from Amazon…. and it all went downhill from there.
Last year I got to review some amazing products, that, if it wasn’t for the fact I am a reviewer, I would have never been able to afford. It was, and is, fantastic, but as someone who is considered on the lower end of society in terms of money, I can completely understand how alienating it can feel to readers who are making an effort to try and find good sex toys but can’t actually buy any of the things I review. Cheaper sex toys are just as important as higher end or luxury ones, if not more so, and they can be just as good. In fact the most expensive toys I have ever reviewed, the MysteryVibe Crescendo and O-WAND, I gave bad reviews to. Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it is any good, and I think that it is our jobs as reviewers to let our readers know this and what better options are out there for them. Cheap but good quality toys that are made from body-safe materials are becoming more common and can provide a great entry-point or even full-fledged toy if you know where to look. So this year I want to start reviewing more budget-friendly toys to provide more accessible options for the majority of my readers. To start this off Peepshow Toys have kindly sent me two VeDO toys that are both under $45 AUD / $35 USD, the Luv Plus Bullet Vibrator and Quaker Anal Vibe, and for this review I will be focusing on the Luv Plus.