Staff Picks Summer 2014

We love to play with toys! Read about some of our favorites below. (To learn more about us, see our Staff Bios page).




Lamalani — A/P Clerk, Oakland

"Lamalani returns to Babeland after ten years working in the Seattle store."

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My Pick: Girls Princessa

The Girls Princessa is a well-made rechargeable vibrator offering a nice diversity of pulsating patterns, including one that feels like a tongue flicking the clitoris. The ticklers of the "crown" transmit softer vibrations that work nicely as a tease for balls or nipples.


Heather — Receiver, Seattle

"Heather is an avid reader, budding writer, and a lover of coffee and whiskey."

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My Pick: Minna Limon

Simply the best! The Minna Limon is super interactive, lends itself to stimulating all sorts of body parts, and is great to use with a partner. I love being able to squeeze the Limon and have it respond to my touch; I’ve been able to give my bits exactly the kind of stimulation they need with this customizable little toy. This little toy is also waterproof, so it’s perfect for some summer fun!


Zoe — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"I am a Brooklyn resident originally from Maryland."

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My Pick: We-Vibe Touch

The We-Vibe Touch delivers powerful vibrations, despite its small motor. I love how the curved tips hug my body.


Chelsea — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, Seattle

"I'm a spunky feminist LA transplant living in Seattle, slinging dildos, and getting my PhD."

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My Pick: Sqweel Go

I love love love this li'l toy! The sensation is incredible and totally different than vibration. It's the kind of sensation that gives you fluttery butterflies in your stomach. Plus, it's compact, adorable, and rechargeable.


Gina Kathleen — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"Queer gemini femme with a penchant for fat babes in crop tops, unapproachable lipstick colors and the Eleven."

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My Pick: SpareParts Joque

The Joque was my first harness and I highly recommend it for newbies and beginners alike. Comfortable, machine-washable, and adjustable (great for different body sizes), iIt can accommodate dildos from the Leo to the Rodeo Rick and lots of sizes in between. Add clit stimulation with a Tango in the small internal pocket. The thigh straps never fall out of place and having an exposed butt can be great for anal play without removing the harness.


Greta — Ecommerce Director

"I'm a native New Yorker who's transplanted to the Bay Area via Music City, USA."

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My Pick: Lovelife Cuddle

I make it a point to try all the new G-Spot toys, and the Lovelife Cuddle has won a top spot in my toy chest. The vibration is deep and has a fantastic mid-range intensity which works really well for G-spot stimulation, and clitoral orgasm. I'm also particularly fond of the rounded tip, and the ridge on the shaft that delivers intense internal sensations. This toy gets bonus points for being super cute.


Emily — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"A queer femme native to Baltimore, I’d been dreaming of working for Babeland ever since I moved to New York..."

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My Pick: Uber Lube

I am OBSESSED with Uberlube--it is a versatile, moisturizing, silicone lube packaged in an aesthetically pleasing design. With traces of vitamin E, it’s super nourishing for skin and hair and the travel size is amazing for throwing in a backpack. A little goes a long way and it won’t absorb into the body or wash away until you use soap or fresh wipes, so this is perfect for fun in the shower or if you’ve been having sex all night but wake up wanting more. It’s slick, warms up quickly with contact, and cuts down on bad friction, making everything feel warmer and wetter.


Iris — Sex Educator / Sales Associate, NYC

"Before I worked at Babeland, I was always a sex toy ambassador for all my friends."

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My Pick: Bondage in a Box

I always give Bondage in a Box to friends who are looking to try kink for the very first time. I love that a blindfold is included, and that feather tickler is sure to give shivers of delight!


Heather — Receiver, Seattle

"Heather is an avid reader, budding writer, and a lover of coffee and whiskey."

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My Pick: Iroha Mini

Hands down the cutest toy I've ever owned, the Iroha Mini looks like candy, but also has a single, lovely vibration that will run continuously for five hours. Waterproof and discreet.


Chavon — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, Brooklyn

"I started my sex positivity journey in my teens and decided that I wanted to help spread sexual health awareness..."

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My Pick: Stronic Drei

The Stronic Drei is a one of a kind toy; rather than vibrating it thrusts in an out mimicking the motions of a person. The hard curve of the Stronic Drei brings that extra oomph that had been missing from toys that I'd tried previously. While using this toy I got off in a matter of minutes! The ridges were an awesome addition giving the toy more dimension than the previous versions.


Status — Lead Workshop Teacher, Seattle

"Status loves working at Babeland because of the staff, the customers, and the constant access to Hitachi Magic Wands..."

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My Pick: Pjur Nude Lube

My partner and I need a lube that can keep up with our "activities," so a test of the Pjur Nude was in order. It is silky and smooth, and lasts way longer than many other lubes we tried.


Zoe — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"I am a Brooklyn resident originally from Maryland."

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My Pick: Rabbit Habit

I love the customizable rotation and the beads on this toy; together they offer a very unique undulating sensation. Great for G-Spot exploration and intense dual stimulation!


Samantha — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"I purchased my very first vibrator from Babeland LES back in the day, and ever since I've been in love."

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My Pick: Semilino

If you're looking for a soft yet powerful rechargeable vibrator for under $100, Semilino is the toy for you! I love the shape and texture of this vibe for direct external vibration and grinding, as well as shallow penetration without poking the cervix. For those of us into textured sensation, Semilino delivers. Plus, the buttons are so easy and intuitive to use. Just press the "FUN" button for some fun!


Iggy — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"Iggy is a trained sex educator, freelance writer, and kick ass photographer."

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My Pick: Je Joue Ami

I get more of a workout with the Ami than I have with other kegel toys. They're also great to wear during foreplay or even solo external play because the weight feels great on the G-spot.


Avital — Worskshop Coordinator, NYC

"As a fifth grader, I taught my entire cabin at summer camp about masturbation, complete with diagrams..."

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My Pick: Babeland Duet Cock Ring

I favor toys that I can be selfish with – I’m not the best at sharing. That’s why I like the Babeland Duet Cock Ring so much. It has two vibrators, one up top and one on the bottom, so I can feel vibration during penetrative sex, and my lucky dude can have the other vibe all to himself. And one of the vibes can be set to vibrate only on contact, which is a battery saver. The ring itself is stretchy but snug, so it slides on with style. This is my new go-to cock ring!


Leah D — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"A kinky queer, rough around the edges femme, native New Yorker and typical Taurus."

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My Pick: Jimmyjane Form 2 Pleasure Kit

The shape of the Form 2 is really unique, the two prongs provide stimulation that surrounds the clit. The prongs feel great on other areas, too: outer labia, taint, nipples, penis shaft, etc. The vibration patterns are more continuous than on other toys, so you can enjoy varying the stimulation without jarring gaps. The kit comes with an organic, water-based lube and a small massage candle to help make the mood.


Victoria — Sex Educator/Sales Associate, NYC

"Born and bred New Englander with a deep love for good food, fun people and spectacular art."

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My Pick: Ceres Rabbit

The Ceres Rabbit is a great beginner's rabbit because the vibrations can get really strong if you need them, or they can be turned down so they are quite mild. The silicone was soft and with lube felt so silky smooth. I really liked that the shaft was a little bulbous to hit my G-spot! My only wish was that this was a rechargeable toy and not battery-powered.