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Sex swings aren’t just for kinky couples—they’re for anyone who wants to have better sex. With sex swings, you can try out new positions and hit new angles you simply can’t when having sex on the bed. Not to mention it’s just hot seeing your partner naked, levitating in the air before you. But sex swings can be pretty tricky to purchase, especially for first-time buyers. For one, there are so many types of sex swings—some much better than others. Then you have to decide how much you’re willing to spend, which material you think will feel best on your skin, and how much space in your apartment you can allot towards a swing. That’s why we reached out for four different experts to get their recommendations on their favorite sex swings and why.
There are three main types of sex swings: door swings, sex slings, and sex swings.
Door swings mount over a door, ideal for travelers or apartment dwellers, say Scott and Angela Alexander, co-founders of sexswings.com. “They’re lower-priced, most commonly bought by a younger crowd, and are quick to install,” Alexander says. The downside: They can be awkward and uncomfortable. Sex slings are more like a hammock. They typically require four mounting points. “They are the most supportive of the sex swings, but they are somewhat limiting in the number of positions you can explore,” Alexander says. “They are the most comfortable and often the most expensive because they are typically made from leather. These are very popular in the gay community, the BDSM community, and those with disabilities.” Sex swings are the most popular, according to Alexander. They usually consist of two straps to support your body and two stirrups. Optional add-ons include handles and headrests. “Sex swings give up just a little comfort compared to a sling, but they gain a lot in the number of positions that you can use them for,” Alexander says.
As for what you should look for, “Comfort is 100% the most important thing with swings,” Alexander says. Then there’s the matter of space, explains Daniel Saynt, founder of The New Society for Wellness (NSFW), a sex-positive members-only club that hosts sexual education workshops with a focus in BDSM. “If you have limited room, you may want to consider an over the door swing,” says Saynt. “If you have a little more room, consider a standing sex swing, which has a base and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. These can be broken down after use for storage.”
Here are 12 expert-recommended sex swings for every budget.
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Soft Over-The-Door Sex Swing
If you haven’t tried a sex swing before, sex toy retailer Lovehoney recommends the Bondage Boutique Soft Over-The-Door Sex Swing. “It’s got padded adjustable straps, and just slips over the top of a closed door for fun in a flash,” says Lovehoney sexpert Sammi Cole.
“For position pros with a bit more room, the Purple Reins Sex Sling gives you sturdy support and extra comfort thanks to the padding and reinforced Nylon straps,” says Cole. “Plus, it can take up to 308lbs of weight to give you or your partner extra peace of mind.”
Dual Hook Sex Swing
“The best overall sex swing is the Screamer Dual Hook swing,” Alexander says. “This swing is a dual hook so it can be wide for comfort, plus it is the only swing built on a 4 inch webbing base giving it a lot more supportive surface area. This all makes it extremely comfortable.”
For those interested in a sex swing spinning, Alexander recommends the Pleasure Swing by WhipSmart. “There are cases where people try spinning a swing and hit themselves in the face with a wider bar. So in this case, narrower is better,” and the WhipSmart is quite narrow. “But keep in mind, this narrow width will put pressure on the hips.”
According to Alexander, The Wild Side one of the best and most comfortable swings for its lower price point. It also comes in four different colors: pink, green, purple, and slate blue.
Web Leather Sex Sling
“There are many leather slings that are very similar; the difference is in the assembly,” Alexander says. “Many of the swings are assembled in an order where there is a sharp corner on the top piece of leather that can dig into your thighs if the user’s legs are apart. This discomfort is avoided in the Stockroom web leather swing because it is assembled in a different order.”
Love Sling With Seat
“The Luxe Entry Love Sling is great for beginners looking to explore sex swings,” Saynt says. “It’s a great low price option, which is perfect for newbies. The Luxe Entry is an over the door swing, so make sure to check the sturdiness of your door before purchasing.”
Aerial Yoga Swing
“For the couple looking to explore sex swings discreetly, I would suggest going with an Aerial Yoga Swing,” Saynt says. “You can easily install this swing and just claim to anyone who sees it that you’re really focused on your fitness.”
“The black leather swing is a classic BDSM showpiece that you can play with at home,” explains Saynt “Ideal for purist and those with a little more room in their dungeon, this free-standing sex swing is a personal favorite because of its easy breakdown, cushioned headrest, and stirrups.”
White Leather Sex Sling Swing
Olly And Ally
“The open back, wide saddle, and stirrups help keep you in place while in the swing and allow for easy access to key areas during play,” says Mistress Vala, Professional Dominatrix, Fetish Model and BDSM/Kink Educator. “I have this very design in my own session studio and have rigged it more ways than I can count. I love the simple yet sturdy design.”
Luxury Sex Swing
“This swing has incredible stability and is effective for play in a variety of positions with a forward thrusting motion, like play from behind, legs up or down, and laying on back,” says Mistress Vala.
Sex Swing Leather
“The solid back swing supports a variety of positions for the ‘swingee’ to enjoy,” says Mistress Vala. “This swing also comes with its own bag for easy storage, which is a nice bonus.”
Zachary Zane is a Brooklyn-based writer, speaker, and activist whose work focuses on lifestyle, sexuality, culture, and entertainment.
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Source: Mens Health