It is a rare and wondrous occurrence for a vibrator to garner over 1,500 positive reviews on Amazon — a place notorious for sketchy sellers and risky knockoffs. When we heard about the Shibari Mini Halo, we wanted to see for ourselves what all the, ahem, buzz was about. Turns out those reviews aren’t playing: This vibe, a sized-down version of the Shibari Halo, had our testers climaxing in record speed while its other features wowed us, particularly given its modest price tag.
With 20 pulsation patterns and eight speeds, the Mini Halo is a versatile device that can readily be customized to suit one’s preferences. Despite its compact size, it still packs a powerful punch, and the smooth silicone wand features a textured base to provide a sturdy grip.
Speaking of silicone, you’d think all sex toys would be 100% safe to use with our bodies, but sadly that ain’t the case. Because there isn’t much legal regulation around the materials they’re made from, it’s important to note that the term “body-safe” can mean anything. As Lisa Finn, New York–based brand manager and sex educator at Babeland, tells us, shoppers should look for “nontoxic and nonporous materials that are produced in a way that makes it completely safe to use anywhere on the body, internally or externally.” That means skipping anything made from jelly rubber or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and looking instead for products made from high-grade silicone, stainless steel, glass, or ABS (a hard type of plastic).
Finn also notes that as far as lubes go, remember that “silicone lubricant can deteriorate even medical-grade or platinum-grade silicone. In order to make sure your silicone stays good as new, only use water-based lubricants.”
Now back to the Mini Halo: With three buttons — for power, pulsation, and speed — this is a user-friendly toy that won’t have you fumbling around figuring out how to switch between modes or turn it off. We found its battery life to be impressive, clocking in at just under two hours on a full 90-minute charge. This wand is also one of the few vibrators we tested that include a wall plug, not just a USB charging wire — a convenient feature surprisingly hard to come by, even with spendy toys. It also has a full one-year warranty, and Amazon customers have attested to responsive customer service and speedy replacements for faulty products.
But its best quality? “Orgasm was achieved literally the fastest I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said one tester, echoing the sentiments of its loyal fan club. Keep in mind, the Mini Halo is a wand-style vibe, so if you’re sensitive to intense vibrations, there’s a chance you may find it a bit too strong.Related10 Types of Vibrators You Should Know, Learn, Love
If you fall into that camp, or you’re in the market for a more discreet toy that also won’t drain your bank account, we enjoyed the classic, battery-powered Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator for its moderate intensity and its ability, as one of our testers put it, “to draw out a masturbation session, which resulted in a better orgasm.” While it features just one setting, it’s only 3.5 inches long and submersible in water, making it a versatile toy to travel with, handle, and store.
And since (let’s say it all once again, for the people in the back!) the ideal vibrator is so heavily dependent on personal preference, we’d be remiss not to shout out PlusOne, an affordable line of toys available at Walmart. Our testing group particularly loved the quiet, rabbit-style Dual Vibrating Massager, a solid option if you’re looking for an insertable toy, but not more than the Air Pulsing Arouser, which uses delicate air pressure to stimulate the clitoris, and, as one of our testers remarked, “mimics oral sex better than any other vibrator I’ve used.”
As for the Mini Halo, like all wand-style vibes, it can be used to stimulate various body parts on all genders (it’s especially great for perineum stimulation), and, hey, you can actually use it for massaging, too. It’s also available via Amazon Prime, so if your current vibe just died and you need one, like, yesterday, this thing could be at your service in roughly 24 hours.
With all things budget, you, as they say, get what you pay for — and with the Shibari Mini Halo, that may mean a battery that craps out after a year or two, once the warranty has expired. But at under $30 a pop, we’d say that’s a pretty solid run, and we’re confident it’s one of the most crowd-pleasing, wallet-friendly options out there right now.