We recommend picking and choosing what's most important to you and figuring out where you can cut costs—then put that money towards toys that might not offer an amazing of an experience if you had purchased them at a lower price point.
For example, you might know you want to try an anal toy. Does the anal toy need to vibrate? If not, you can get an amazing, body-safe, non-vibrating butt plug (like the Cheeky butt plug) for $20. If you try to get the same thing in a body-safe vibrating version, it will easily double the cost.
If you know a vibrating rabbit vibrator is important to you, but you could "take it or leave it" on butt plug vibrations, we recommend choosing the non-vibrating butt plug option and putting your extra cash towards ensuring you can get a body-safe, awesome rabbit vibrator (like the Joy!).
(Pro tip! Any non-vibrating sex toy can quickly become a vibrating one with the help of another vibrator you own. Just press the vibrator up against the base of the non-vibrating toy while it's inserted, and the inserted toy will vibrate as well!)
Know Your Numbers (or Don't!)
To some people, large numbers of patterns and incremental power choices are important. However, with toys at a lower price point, your options may be a bit more limited. It costs money to program in 15 different patterns—and money to use a motor that offers 10 different incremental vibration strengths.
We recommend you stop and think about whether that's necessary though. A lot of vibrator owners usually only use a couple “favorite” settings when they pick up their favorite toy.
It's quite possible that you really do need those 50 vibration combinations in order to enjoy yourself, but in most cases, a bigger number doesn't necessarily mean more pleasure. With that in mind, your quest for higher vibration customization options might require you to push your budget a bit higher if that's important.
Look at the Power Method
While rechargeable sex toys (with their Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries—much like your cell phone) are all the rage these days, those rechargeable toys also come at a premium—rechargeable technology can be expensive to install into a toy. It's quite possible that the body-safe, affordable sex toy you're looking at is going to use disposable batteries. If that's the case, find out which ones and make sure you have them on hand so you can actually "enjoy" your sex toy when it makes it your way.
Know What Higher-Cost Options Provide
Of course, in order to make these sex toys affordable and body-safe, you'll likely need to compromise on other wish-list aspects to keep it down at a lower price point.
Really powerful, rumbly motors cost money to buy, to install, and ensure the rest of the toy can support the intense power and heat that the powerful motor puts off. You'll likely find that a lot of sex toys at lower price points have weaker vibrations than similar designs at higher price points.
Depending on your needs, you may not even notice the difference. Some people specifically dislike powerful vibrations (and find them too painfully intense), and in other sex toys, the sole purpose of the toy isn't the vibrations (like G-spot vibrators, prostate massagers, or vibrating dildos). The vibrations just happen to be an added bonus.
Making something affordable means selecting parts that may not last forever. While higher-end toys might offer 10-year warranties for toys that are designed for years, you might not get the same experience with a toy at a lower price point.
In particular, some stainless steel and silicone dildos are—quite literally—designed to last your lifetime. You're not likely to get that from sex toys at lower price points. At the same time, instead, you get an affordable way to try out a wide variety of different sensations and figure out which sex toy types you'd like to invest more money and time into.
Speaking of warranties, many sex toys at lower price points might not offer warranties—especially not long ones. This is because running a warranty program means extra administrative costs in addition to the cost of actually replacing toys.
When selecting affordable, body-safe sex toys, make sure to know the return policy of the retailer. While "satisfaction guaranteed" returns are rare in the sex toy sphere (due to the hygienic issues with used sex toys), most sex toy retailers offer a return or exchange period in case of product defects.
Use This Knowledge to Make a Choice
We're huge proponents of selecting affordable sex toys! Not only does choosing cheaper options make sex toys accessible to more people, but it also provides an easy way to "try out" sensations without spending hundreds on a toy you might hate.
Use your sleuthing skills to find amazing, body-safe, and affordable sex toys. We promise, it's possible!