Things You Should Pay Attention to When Shopping for Handcuffs for Sex
Good handcuffs are easy to find if you know what you’re looking for. Pay attention to a few essential things and you’ll be more than happy with the product you’ve bought:
Handcuffs or restraints (or both): First, you need to decide if you’ll be getting handcuffs or restraints. Handcuffs give you that solid sensation and there’s something particularly sexy linked to their use. BDSM handcuffs are often lined with fur or velvet, a design that makes them comfortable and super erotic. At the same time, handcuffs lack the versatility that restraints bring to the table. Sex restraints can be used in numerous ways and they’re great for binding both the hands and the legs. If you seek more ways to use restraining gear, restraints would be best. If you enjoy variety in your sex routine, get both sex handcuffs and restraints.
Material: The right material is durable, comfortable and easy to care for. Some options like nylon and neoprene, for example, allow for handcuffs to be cleaned in the washing machine. Leather will require some additional care but it happens to be one of the most popular BDSM materials. Leather is very durable, it can withstand quite a lot of pulling and high quality leather is super soft. Good vegan leather options also exist but you have to make sure that the quality of the material is good enough. Canvas, Kevlar and rubber are also available when it comes to restraints but these materials aren’t as popular. When it comes to sex handcuffs, stainless steel is a great choice (with added padding, of course). The material is hypoallergenic and easy to clean.
Size: Both sex handcuffs and restraints are available in several sizes. For handcuffs, check the diameter and make sure they’ll fit comfortably around the wrists of the person that will be wearing them. Restraints are measured by their length. The right length depends on how you intend to use them and which body part of the sub would be tied.
Ease of unfastening: How easy is it to get out of handcuffs upon necessity? You should pay attention to this feature when buying. It’s possible for the wearer to stop feeling comfortable at some point. You may also have to remove cuffs in a rush. Check out the locking mechanisms, buckles and straps. These should secure a sex handcuff in place while also making it fairly easy to remove. High quality hardware is just as important as the quality of the material. It’s also a good idea to seek handcuffs with a quick release option, especially if you are into light or medium bondage experiences.
No seams, edges or thick piping: A person being restrained shouldn’t feel any pain when this is happening (unless they want to, in which case impact play will be employed). Poorly made handcuffs can cause irritation and chafing. Look for good products that don’t have edges, seams or thick piping in places that will rub against sensitive body parts. This is a common problem with cheap products and we do suggest spending a bit more on good quality.
Padding: Speaking of comfort, padding is just as important. It’s been mentioned already but this feature is so crucial that it deserves a separate point. Unless a handcuff is made of a super soft material, padding will be needed. Alongside a seamless construction, it offers comfort. The thicker the padding, the better.
Get an entire kit: Sometimes, restraining your partner and enjoying a bit of BDSM is all about having all essential accessories in one place. If you don’t want to purchase those separately, get an entire bondage kit. You’ll be provided with everything needed to immobilize a partner and such kits will also give you some items required to tease and please the one you’re sharing a bed with.