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App-controlled vibrators are the best long-distance sex toys

Social distancing doesn't have to mean celibacy.

Apr 7, 2020, 10:58 am*

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Marisa Losciale 

Marisa Losciale

We’re a quarter of the way through 2020, and you’re telling me you still haven’t tried an app-controlled vibrator yet? How?! Between living through social isolation recommendations from the CDC, stay-at-home orders, and being well through the 21st century, I’d just assume that everyone would own one of these by now.

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So if you’re here because you don’t have a phone controlled vibrator yet, let me be the first one to tell you that you’re making all the right decisions by researching your options first. Not every Bluetooth vibrator or long-distance sex toy is capable of meeting your personal requirements. Some sex toys are great for when you’re an ocean away from your lover, while others will only work within a few degrees of separation.

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Teledildonics: What’s the difference between Bluetooth and app-controlled vibrators?

Teledildonics are sex toys made for remote, long-distance sexual encounters. Within this bracket are two relatively self-explanatory subcategories: Bluetooth vibrators and app-controlled vibrators.

Bluetooth vibrators use a Bluetooth connection to send signals from your phone to your device. These kinds of sex toys usually have a smaller range of accessibility since a Bluetooth connection is only viable for users within 33 feet of each other. App-controlled vibrators, on the other hand, can be used remotely from almost any place in the world as long as you have a strong enough WiFi (or cell/data) connection. Both Bluetooth and app-controlled sex toys require the use of apps to control the device (and custom codes to pair the device with a phone/app), but in some instances, Bluetooth devices will allow you to send signals to the toy using a wireless remote.

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Regardless of which subcategory of teledildonics you choose to play around with, both versions are CDC and WHO-compliant since they can be used from a distance of at least six feet. So, yes, it is possible to have sex while following social isolation parameters and quarantine protocols (even if you’re not in a relationship!)–you just have to get creative with it.

So for those of you looking to break free from the chains of celibacy, I personally recommend an app-controlled vibrator over a Bluetooth one because it gives you a broader play range. To help you find one that fits your needs (and budget, because if I’m being honest these sex toys are more expensive than most since you’re paying for the technology of the app too) I’ve listed some buzz-worthy phone controlled vibrator suggestions for you below.

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Looking for someone to play with (safely)? Try searching r/ToyControl. You can make a quick post similar to what someone would share on Craigslist Personals (RIP), a brief description of what you’re looking for (M4M, F4M, F4A, etc.) and the brand of toy you have. Some Redditors even use this page to solicit long-term play partners, offering to buy them new toys among other things. Not a bad deal, IMHO.

Best long-distance sex toys: Bluetooth and app-controlled vibrators

OhMiBod’s blueMotion NEX|1 (2nd Gen)

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Other Phthalate-free, silicone vibrating panties for long-distance sex just don’t compare to this Bluetooth-compatible app-controlled vibrator. You or your partner can control the toy from your smartphone or any iOS or Android device loaded with the correct app (including your smartwatch–which is great for times when you need to be discreet, not that you exhibitionists should be going anywhere during quarantine anyway). Just make sure not to get this toy wet because it’s not waterproof. But in addition to its preset vibrations, users can also make their own by dragging or tapping their fingers on the screen of the paired device while in custom mode. Go on, move to the beat of your own drum!

Price: $129


MysteryVibe Tenuto

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Tenuto is a smart vibrator designed to fit over the shaft of a penis. It’s designed to be forgiving, so you can stretch it to fit it over different genital sizes comfortably. It features six motors that are intended to stimulate your most receptive trigger points, eight pre-set vibration modes, and 16 intensities. It’s app-controlled but powered by Bluetooth so you can get it going from anywhere within a 30-foot range. Talk about being supercharged! 

Price: $149.99

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Sync by We-Vibe

Want to have more say about where you play? We-Vibe’s Sync will allow you to move from shower to couch to kitchen to bed without dying on you. This rechargeable app-controlled vibrator is compatible across all smart devices, hosts 10 vibration settings, and is designed with flexible wings that can be independently bent for maximum comfort. And if you’re looking for simultaneous clitoral and G-spot stimulation, this baby’s got you covered.

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Price: $149 (regularly $219)


MysteryVibe Crescendo

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Crescendo (reviewed here) is an all-in-one Bluetooth waterproof vibrator capable of prostate, G-spot, clitoral, and nipple stimulation (just to name a few). In addition to its functional versatility, the device itself is completely customizable for everyone’s body parts. Unlike other sex toys for couples, Crescendo can be manipulated however you’d like because MysteryVibe understands that no two bodies are the same. Crescendo features six motors, a dozen pre-set vibration modes, and 16 intensities. This makes the toy optimal for people just starting to explore their bodies as well as more experienced users with a specific target in mind. The TL;DR here is: Crescendo allows users to discover a range of often ignored pleasure points, which is a big win in my book!

Price: $149.99


LOVENSE Lush

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If you’ve spent any amount of time on a cam site, this app-controlled bullet vibrator may look familiar. It’s one of the most popular app-controlled vibrators amongst cam models and that’s because it’s super easy to use, versatile, VERY strong, and does what most other app and phone-controlled vibrators can’t. Some of its most-loved features are the unlimited custom patterns users can create in the app and its ability to be synced to music and other LOVENSE toys.

Price: $89 (regularly $119)

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Ella by SVAKOM

A slightly cheaper alternative to the LOVENSE Lush app long-distance sex toy, Svakom’s Ella is a force to be reckoned (played?) with. It has three ways to play: via the app, the Bluetooth remote, or the buttons on the toy itself. It’s completely waterproof and has 11 patterns and speeds for users to fool around with. Its long “rat tail” end makes it ideal for anal play and easy removal. Go on and get freaky!

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Price: $83.99

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2020, 8:54 am