It’s 2013 but your sex toys are stuck in the '80s.

When many people think of sex toys, they imagine tacky, neon-colored phallic objects that need batteries, are made from cheap plastic and smell like, well, plastic. For sex toy newbies, it isn't the sexiest image.

But in recent years, a new category of sex toys has started to emerge, and new manufacturers have hit the market with a mission to re-imagine the traditional sex toy. It's about time!

These new kinds of sex toys are often described as luxury sex toys, and where their predecessors may have been tacky and phallic, these toys are more like your iPod: tasteful, subtle, innovative and well designed. They also do what they're designed to do very well.

One extreme example of a luxury sex toy is an exceptionally crafted $15,000 gold-plated vibrator from LELO. But while a gold vibrator raises the bar for the entire category, most luxury sex toys are a lot less glitzy, and sell for less than $200.

So what sets a luxury sex toy apart from the rest?

1. Luxury sex toys perform better

Horsepower is important for sports cars and it’s just as important for vibrators! Luxury sex toys have quieter, more powerful motors, which means better stimulation - and better orgasms. These more sophisticated motors also have multiple speeds and settings so users enjoy more variety.

2. Luxury sex toys are more discreet

Ancient Egyptians invented phallic dildos. That design certainly does the trick, but it hasn't changed much in thousands of years … until now! That's because the newest sex toys look more like art objects or iPhone accessories than a penis. And they certainly don't look like the rabbit from "Sex and the City." That isn't to say that those older models don't work, but what sets luxury sex toys apart is that many of them are so beautiful, you might just want to leave them charging on your nightstand, rather than hiding them away.

3. Luxury sex toys may be rechargeable and/or remote controlled

You read that correctly. Let’s not forget that it’s 2013. The latest sex toys allow your partner to pleasure you from across the room … or across the world. And many are rechargeable or have very long-lasting batteries.

4. Luxury sex toys are waterproof

The fun no longer has to end at the bath/shower door. The latest luxury sex toys are 100 percent waterproof. Swimming pool? Hot tub? Sauna? Lake? Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes!

5. Luxury sex toys are made with quality materials

Unlike regular sex toys, which can be toxic, all luxury sex toys are body safe and made from the finest materials available. They are pthalate free and are made with 100 percent silicone. What are pthalates you ask? Well, let’s just say most studies are saying they aren't something you want anywhere near your body, much less near your most sensitive parts. Aside from being non-toxic, silicone products don’t break down over time, so you don’t have to worry about little bits of plastic breaking off and ending up in places they don’t belong. The finest quality silicone also means that these toys are velvety soft, rather than rubbery.

Of course, if being environmentally conscious is a turn-on, you should know that luxury sex toys can be made with sustainable materials too. Green materials include gold, stainless steel, aluminum, stone, wood and glass.

Why Invest in Luxury?

When most people learn about luxury sex toys, they wonder why anyone would ever buy a regular sex toy. Luxury sex toys are a bit harder to find and, of course, they're a little more expensive too. But when it comes to your pleasure, isn’t a little quality and peace of mind worth a few extra dollars?

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