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August 19, 2022

When you type “adult shops near me” into your Google, if you're lucky you’ve got several options that pop up. But one thing to bear in mind is that all adult shops are not created equal. If you’re looking for the best possible sex toy store experience, you need to do some sleuthing. 

How to Spot a High-Quality Adult Shop

Many sex toy stores are dirty, filled with negativity, and out-of-date toys. Walking in may feel oppressive and like a blast from the past. While not every store can afford a complete remodel, the store's contents matter the most. 

The best way to spot a high-quality sex toy store is to look out for a few different factors:

High-Quality Sex Toys

This may seem obvious, but if you're not up-to-date on the latest in the adult world, you need to know what to look for.

High-quality adult shops should have many active and supportive brands for you to choose from. Some indicators that they have high-quality sex toys inside are:

Look at the walls for marketing signs from notable and famous companies like LELO and Womanizer.

They should have several quality brands for you to choose from.

Each brand should have a full selection of toys for you to test and touch.

The sex toy selection should vary and involve different toys for different preferences.

If the store is bland and joyless, you can rest assured that the staff likely aren't using what they're selling. You're likely in good hands if the adult toys have recent signage and new sex toys stocked on the shelves.

The Sex Toy Staff are Experts

Not everyone is a sex toy savant. But, those working in the shop should be able to recommend several products for you.

Quality adult store staff should be welcoming and allow you space to find what you need alone. 

Keep your eyes peeled to see if there are any training certificates on the walls of the sex toy store. Quality sex toy stores should have staff undergo several training days to ensure you've got the best help available. 

It's a fine line that staff need to walk between being helpful and letting you go on your own journey. But listen closely to what the adult shop employees are telling you. They often know what you want before you do. 

There are options for non-gendered products

Gender is a fluid concept, and how you identify is all up to you.

And sex toys are adapting to this new era of self-identity.

Most toy lines offer non-gendered toys and products that can work and be enjoyed by any body. So long as you're a touch creative. Non-gendered toys and options are a great way to ensure everyone's pleasure without feeling forced to define yourself. 

There's something for everybody

Not every sex toy store can offer every last item your heart can think up. But, a quality adult store should have all kinds of options.

A quality adult store will recognise the significance of kinks and have a few options for everyone. Keep your eyes peeled to see if they offer at least a few products for each of the following:

Ideally, the adult shop will have a massive selection of all these products, so you have options. 

There should be a wall of lubes

The wetter, the better, we always say.

A sex toy store worth its weight in gold should have several dozen options for you. The adult shop should also have several testers open for you to try before you buy. 

Lubricants are a sex essential and are especially important for anal play. It's up to you to know which type of lube suits your needs best. Alternatively, the staff at the adult store should also be able to point you in the right direction.

Every sex store should have at least a handful of each of these options:

  • Water-based lubes - This should be the most comprehensive selection. There should be several flavours for you to choose from.
  • Silicone-based lubes - Ideal for pairing with anal toys that do not contain silicone, silicone-based lubes offer a long-lasting and luscious intimate experience.
  • Hybrid lubes - It's okay if they only have a few of these. They offer the best water and silicone-based lubes assets combined.
  • Naturally-based lubricants - For the environmentally conscious, those who have allergies, or are worried about maintaining vaginal health. Naturally based lubricants come with a higher price tag, but they're worth the investment.
  • Oil-based lubes - While we don't recommend using oil-based lubricants pretty much ever, they remain popular. Thus, a self-respecting sex toy store should have a few oil-based options for you to peruse.
  • Massage oils - Found in the lube selection as many double as sexual lubricants.
  • Specialised stimulants - These are becoming more and more popular for oral sex and solo pleasure. They're designed to make the experience more intense and pleasurable for all involved. 
  • Sex toy cleaners - Typically found with lubes, you deserve options for cleaning products. You should have at least a handful of different sex toy cleaners to choose from that suit your unique needs and collection.

The importance of lube cannot be understated. So check to see if your store has an impressive selection for you. 

Plenty of testers

When adult stores order from sex toy suppliers, they often send testers for the store to put out on display. These testers can be an essential indicator of the quality of your adult store. 

Testers should be cleaned regularly. Especially with the outbreak of COVID-19 and Monkeypox, keeping these testers clean is essential. They should be cleaned at least daily. 

The testers should also be charged.

While it is nearly impossible to have every single toy charged, the majority of display toys should be. This means you can pick up and hold your potential purchase and ensure it's exactly what you're looking for. 

It should be clean

With sex toys being such an intimate purchase, keeping a sex toy store clean is essential. The toys and shelves should be dusted, the floor should be free from debris, and the shop should feel like a source of pride to those working in it.

The shelves and walls should be well stocked and organised. There should be a general sense of fluidity in the overall arrangement. 

Sex Shops in Sydney

At Funtasia, we take immense pride in our massive sex toy selection and our staff. Each store employee has had specialised training by the resident sexologist to perpare them to help you. Each adult shop we own is treated with immense care and concern. We want to provide you with the best possible sex toy shopping experience. 

If you want help choosing sex toys, come to one of our three New South Wales locations. We offer huge selections for you in West Ryde, Wagga Wagga, and Penrith


Get out there, Get in there, and Get off there!

Elaine S. Turner

Resident Sexologist | Sex, Dating, and Relationship Coach | Pleasure Product Expert


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