The rise of the silent vibrator has become something a phenomenon of late. While no woman’s bedside drawer is complete without one, lockdown so the market for super-silent sex toys surge, which is understandable when you consider the fact that most of us were inhabiting a space occupied by all of our flatmates, too. And sometimes, regardless of how many people are being housed under one roof, you just can’t stop yourself from feeling frisky.
Reports reveal that retailer Ann Summers experienced a major surge in silent vibrator sales, with the company’s quietest vibrator, the Whisper Rabbit, seeing sales increase by 60 per cent compared to a year ago.
If all that wasn’t enough to convince you that times are trying right now, with most resorting to self-play rather than the touch of a real human, consider the fact that in Britain, sales of adult toys priced over 100 pounds or more increased by 160 per cent between November 2020 and mid-February, 2021. These figures are largely being driven by women in their twenties, those who have learned that when it comes to self-pleasure, you deserve only the finest vibrators on the market.
This ‘vibrator boom’ has coincided with a rise in celebrity-endorsed products. Model Cara Delevingne recently became co-owner of sex toy retailer Lora DiCarlo which has a “premium robotic massager” priced at 270 pounds. Then there’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, which sells a 110 pound ‘wand’ vibrator which is, apparently, so beautiful, it doubles as a nightstand decoration.
According to Ann Summers, the dramatic increase is the result of people needing to be discreet while living and working with flatmates, or grown-up children who have had to move back in with their parents. But it’s not just the single people, either. Couples who now find themselves living together - and working from home - have resorted to sex toys in an effort to spice things up, be a little bit more adventurous and introduce some novelty into their lives. So, perhaps lockdown hasn’t been such a bad thing after all.