Riding a suction cup dildo hands-free can be great, but if you’re like me, sometimes you just want someone else to do the work for you. Self-thrusting sex toys make this possible if you don’t currently have (or want!) a partner.1 The body-safe thrusting sex toys on the market right now fall into three groups: Fun Factory Stronic pulsators, handheld thrusting machines, and silicone-coated rabbit vibes with thrusting heads. And why stop with thrusting? Rotating and rolling vibrators create other fun kinds of motion.
I’m very excited about this guide because I love motion in my toys. I started out with a small assortment of suction cup dildos; moved on to dildo mounts; and then fell in love with my first thrusting toy, the Fun Factory Stronic G, the first time I turned it on. Since then, I’ve managed to accumulate another Stronic, two Velvet Thrusters, and now a couple thrusting-plus-vibrating toys: the Infinite Thrusting Sex Machine and the Pipedream Thrust-Her. Honestly, all these toys thrill me, but they all have their own strengths—and weaknesses.
That’s why I’ve tried to consider: Which would I choose if I was the average buyer, looking to purchase just one for myself? It’s a hard call! Jump to each toy’s comparative review for the pluses and minuses of each, including speed, thrust length, noise level, and price.
- 1 Fun Factory Stronic Thrusting Pulsators (10/10 Stars)
- 2 Velvet Thrusters (9/10 Stars)
- 3 Maia Max & Monroe Thrusting Dildos (8.5/10 Stars)
- 4 Fantasy for Her Love Thrust-Her by Pipedream (5/10 Stars)
- 5 Infinite Thrusting Sex Machine by Evolved Novelties (6.5/10 Stars)
- 6 Zalo Sweet Magic Desire (7.5/10 Stars)
- 7 Thrusting/Rotating Rabbit Vibes
- 8 Zalo Queen “PulseWave” G-Spot Flutter-er & Vibe (7/10 Stars)
- 9 Other Moving Alternatives
But first… Why not just buy a fucking machine? you may wonder. Here are few reason why someone might want a smaller self-thrusting toy over a full-sized sex machine:
- Cost. You get what you pay for with sex machine motors, and one with good torque2 will typically cost at least $500, with even better models being more toward $800 and up. Cheaper machines are prone to breaking or just stalling.
- Size. Fucking machines will take up more floor space than a handheld toy, plus be more difficult to hide.
- Comfort and positioning. The thrusting shaft of most fucking machines stick out at a 90-degree angle, meaning that rear-entry positions are easiest (or lying on one’s back, possibly with ass and/or back propped up). If you’re like me and you like the external stimulation that facing-forward sex positions can offer (go cowgirl!), then a handheld machine can allow you to create the angle you need much more easily.
- Body-safe attachments. To me this factor is equally important (or even more important) than cost. Most fucking machines are sold with unsafe dildos, made of porous “realistic feel” materials or even PVC. You can definitely buy a Vac-U-Lock adapter to use a compatible silicone dildo on, but the options are mostly limited to Doc Johnson dildos—not a lot of choices.
- Noise level. Because of their motors, the sound of a fucking machine running may be hard to drown out—another consideration if you live with others who you don’t want knowing about your sex life. Some of the handheld toys described next are also loud, to be fair: if noise is a big concern, the Stronic pulsators are by far the safest bet.
Fun Factory Stronic Thrusting Pulsators (10/10 Stars)
The Stronic pulsators are the best-known thrusting dildos on the market. Made by the German company Fun Factory and powered by a magnetic weight system, the Stronics pulse back and forth rather than vibrate. There are currently 4 different Stronic shapes—the original three (Stronic Eins/One, Stronic Drei, and Stronic Zwei) have now been discontinued:
- The Stronic G (review here): Aaaah for high-quality G-spot stimulation. I was afraid this toy’s head might even be too much for me, but it works wonders.
- The Stronic Real (review here): As the name implies, the most realistically shaped of the bunch. Straight shaft with a phallic head and subtle-but-noticeable coronal ridge. I love it!
- The Stronic Surf (review here): This newest Stronic is named for the wavy ripples down the shaft. And whoa, they’re pretty intense! Only go with this one if you’re sure you’re comfortable with textured stimulation. I personally find this toy best for vaginal mouth and back wall stimulation, rather than as a G-spotter.
- The Bi Fusion: Pulsating shaft plus an adjustable clitoral arm that vibrates. (Apparently the vibrations are fairly buzzy, so if that’s not your thing, steer clear.)
Compared to fucking machines and even the handheld thrusters I’ll describe later, the Stronics have a subtle movement. They do move extremely fast on the higher rhythms, but they wiggle in and out rather than really screw. That’s why, in the end, I have to disagree with Fun Factory’s claim that the Stronic Eins “authentically mimics sexual thrust movements”—this is only true if you have a lover who doesn’t like to go deep or hard, ever (and who can go at super speed too). And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many people will prefer the shorter stroke length because it’s gentle, yet insistent. The Stronic Real is mind-blowing for me because its quick little pulsations keep me on the edge of orgasm for up to ten minutes at a time, until I’m forced to give in and thrust it a little by hand—leading to an explosive climax.
Also, the Stronics have a couple huge advantages over more conventional thrusters: They’re fully waterproof (they don’t require a hole to vent air); they *may* be used totally hands-free (depending on the user’s anatomy; more on that here); and they’re quiet. You can easily hide their noise with just a blanket, vs. the whirring, drilling sounds that the Velvet Thrusters and Infinite Thrusting Machine create.
Thrust length: About half an inch
Speed: Slowest rhythmic speed is 2 pulsations/second; hard to count, but probably more than 200/minute on the higher rhythms!
Patterns: 4 “constant mode” pulsing rhythms; 6 highly patterned settings (see chart here)
Noise level: 3 out of 10 (where 10 is loudest). Makes a shaking noise; quieter than even many bullet vibes.
Ease of use: Easiest thruster to hold, as it’s the smallest; some folks may be able to use some of these toys totally hands-free, like I can with the Stronic G. Also doesn’t heat up much, even with extended use.
Anal safety: Only the Stronic Drei (Three) and Bi Fusion are safely flared; the Stronic Eins, G, Surf, and Real are vaginal-only.
Standard price: $199.99 for the second-generation “Pulsator II series” Stronics: Stronic Surf, Stronic G, and Stronic Real (I highly recommend the second 2!); $189.99 for the discontinued Stronic One (Eins) and Stronic Three; $219.99 for the dual-stimulating Bi Stronic
- Peepshow Toys: $153.00 for any of the Pulsator II series when you enter code FELICITY at checkout.
- Or, the Stronic G (in blue) bundle and the Stronic Real (in purple) bundle cost $4.50 more (using the same code, FELICITY) for the Stronic plus 2 oz. Sliquid lube and an anti-microbial Fun Factory storage bag—making the $25 toybag essentially free.
- SheVibe: $170
- Lovehoney (US): $180 when you use code HONEYX10
- Lovehoney CA: $250–290 CAD
- Lovehoney UK: £150
- Lovehoney EU: €160–170
Velvet Thrusters (9/10 Stars)
The Velvet Thrusters, by Velvet Cock, claim to have “the power of a full sized fucking machine” in a handheld form. Sounds great, right? And it is! If you’re like me and you often crave real motion with your penetration, I can’t recommend the Velvet Thrusters enough. They go fast. Plus there are 10 separate speeds, so you can start slow and work your way up: go as fast or as slow as you want, exactly when you want.
Like the Stronics, there are a number of different shapes: four, to be exact, including very phallic, semi-abstract and ridgy, and anal beads (no one else makes this shape in a thruster). I was skeptical about the anal-beaded Walter at first, because my butt’s kind of a wimp, but I ended up loving it—on the slowest two or three speeds, that is.
In contrast, Jackie, the realistic one, gets seriously powered up inside my vag. I like to start slow…but eventually I find myself ten orgasms in, on speed setting #7, thanking my lucky stars that I own this machine. Jackie’s thrusting motion is so good that sometimes I feel a strange need to communicate with it. For example, the second time I tested Jackie, after maybe 15 minutes I found myself telling this toy, “Aaah, come for me, baby!!!”
If I had to choose one thrusting dildo for myself, I’d be torn between the Stronic Real and the Velvet Jackie. Both are frickin’ amazing in their own ways. The Stronic Real offers such short—but rapid-fire—little strokes. They keep me on the edge of orgasm in the best way, and I love that. But I also love being really screwed, and that’s what Jackie can do. Overall, the Velvet Thrusters’ 3″ stroke length feels more like penis-in-vagina sex (though not exactly alike—I doubt that’ll ever be possible with a machine). And as for anal, Walter’s slower speeds are a lot more enjoyable than butt sex with my ex was. 😉
But…there are also a few drawbacks to the Velvet Thrusters, discussed at length in my Velvet Thruster Walter review, which includes a video of the toy in motion. The disadvantages are: these toys are loud and have a drill-like sound; they’re hard to hold, especially when you’re lying flat on your back (my solution is to use my Liberator Wing, or to put a bunch of pillows behind my back so my arms can reach farther); they’re not 100% waterproof because of the large air vents in the motor casing; and the plastic motor casing gets hot with use.
Thrust length: 3″
Speed: Up to 140 strokes per minute (starts much slower)
Functions: 10 constant speeds, from gentle to WHOA-MY-GOD
Noise level: 8.5 out of 10. Loud whirring noise; don’t use if you have family over, that’s for sure!
Ease of use: Walter was especially hard for me to hold because it’s longer than my butt usually takes; Jackie is somewhat more accessible, but those with reach issues likely won’t be able to use it while lying flat. (I stick lots of pillows behind my back.) It’s much easier to straddle and/or ride these Thrusters: prop them up on a blanket (described by Suz here) or put them in a toy mount.
Anal safety: Fully anal-safe!
Price: $199 at SheVibe
Maia Max & Monroe Thrusting Dildos (8.5/10 Stars)
The Max (black) & Monroe (purple) thrusters—the same toy, in different colors—by Maia Toys offer a smooth, non-phallic shape and a slightly shorter shaft length (5″ insertable) than other thrusters in this guide. I think this makes them easier to hold, plus more anal-friendly (though maybe that’s partly because my butt likes it smaller!). Max is the only not-purple-or-pink thruster on this list, so huge points there.
I think Max’s motor is pretty good. The three thrusting speeds don’t offer as much variety as the Velvet Thrusters, but for $99 less, I’m definitely satisfied with these speeds. The first goes at about a stroke per second (60 per minute), while the third is approximately 100 per minute. My personal favorite after I’m warmed up is the second.
And beyond the thrusting, there’s vibration too—independently controllable from the thrusting. Out of the three steady vibration intensities, the first is fairly low-powered and has some rumble to it; the second is pretty powerful, and starting to buzz a bit; and the third is definitely buzzy. When I match the second steady vibe intensity with the second steady thrusting rhythm, Max makes me happy.
Especially because Max is so texture-less, I need a little more stimulation to orgasm vaginally, so the vibrations really help; and anally, the power just feels nice around my asshole. Max’s vibes also include 7 patterns, which I ignore but someone out there might like.
Max’s silicone coating is thin, and the toy feels firm, plus it’s a slight bit draggy, so do use some good lube.
There are also cool extras, like on the Pipedream Thrust-Her (next): a suction cup and a remote control (which is really handy if you’re using the suction cup). Both do their job fine, though positioning the suction cup was a learning experience for me. (Definitely don’t try to move it around while actually using the toy—way too distracting!!! But I didn’t want to stop!)
And when I’m not using Max suction-cupped, it’s so much easier to hold than the Velvet Thrusters; the rounded, cylindrical motor compartment fits in my hand a lot easier, and it weighs noticeably less.
Max does share one big downside with the Velvet Thrusters, though: it’s super fucking loud, possibly even a little worse than the Velvets. I need to invest in ear plugs, I’m thinking.
Thrust length: About 2.25″
Speed: From 60 to 100 strokes per second
Functions: 3 constant thrusting speeds; 3 steady vibration speeds plus 7 vibration patterns
Noise level: 9 out of 10. Loud whirring plus squealing noise; don’t buy if you’re sensitive aurally.
Ease of use: Easiest (non-Stronic) thruster to hold and use while lying flat on your back; cylindrical casing is smaller, lighter, and the toy itself is shorter
Anal safety: Fully anal-safe!
Extras: Removable suction cup attachment and (rechargeable!) remote control
- $100 for either color at SheVibe
- $100 at Betty’s Toy Box for Max (black)
- $99 for either color at Peepshow Toys when you use code FELICITY at checkout
Fantasy for Her Love Thrust-Her by Pipedream (5/10 Stars)
The Thrust-Her’s one big selling point is that the price is so low compared to the Stronics and Velvet Thrusters. For $90, the Pipedream Thrust-Her thrusts, vibrates (kinda weakly, tbh), is remote-controlled, and has an optional suction cup. If you don’t need strong thrusting or strong vibes, you might consider this toy as a more affordable alternative to the Velvet Thrusters. But if you’re looking for something powerful or with more realistic thrusts, you’ll likely find yourself disappointed. Check out my review for full details about the motor and more info about the additional features.
Thrust length: Up to 1″
Speed: Hard to count because of the short stroke length! First steady speed seems to go about 2 thrusts per second, and the second, maybe 3 thrusts.
Functions: 2 steady thrusting speeds and 5 thrusting patterns; 7 vibration modes can be added to the thrusting.
Noise level: 7 out of 10. Quieter than the Velvet Thrusters, at least!
Ease of use: Motor casing is smaller and cylindrical, so much easier to hold than Velvet Thrusters. Also, the short stroke length does have one benefit: you don’t have to extend your arms as far away when holding the toy.
Extras: Removable suction cup and remote control
Anal safety: Control box is definitely flared, so totally safe.
Find at: SheVibe here
Infinite Thrusting Sex Machine by Evolved Novelties (6.5/10 Stars)
In the end, I think the Velvet Thrusters have two huge advantages over the Infinite Thrusting Sex Machine (ITSM): the Velvet Thrusters’ outer layer of silicone is softer, for a somewhat more realistic feel; and the Velvet Thrusters have 10 different thrusting speeds, so you can work your way up more comfortably and/or go a lot faster than with the ITSM.
That said, the ITSM is easier to hold because it doesn’t have a large motor box, the shape and royal purple color may appeal more to some, and it can vibrate as well as thrust. (Though the vibrations definitely aren’t the rumbliest out there; see my video of the ITSM’s thrusting and vibration patterns here.)
Thrust length: 3.5″
Speed: 1st steady thrusting speed is about a stroke per second; 3rd (and top) speed is about 78 thrusts/minute.
Functions: 3 steady thrusting rhythms, 3 steady vibration speeds, and 4 vibration patterns. Thrusting and vibrations can be controlled separately: use one or the other—or both together.
Noise level: 8 out of 10. Pretty similar to the Velvet Thrusters.
Ease of use: 15″ shaft length when fully extended, so also a bit hard to hold, but the handle is ergonomically designed.
Anal safety: The length, ribbing, and curved handle make it unlikely someone’s ass would swallow this toy, but it doesn’t technically have a flared base, so beware.
Find at: Betty’s Toy Box ($150)
Zalo Sweet Magic Desire (7.5/10 Stars)
This toy screams “luxury.” The packaging is adorable AF, the body and control panel includes actual gold plating, and the silicone is smooth and elegant. The non-phallic shape is curved forward, with a come-hither tip at the end, for G-spot stimulation. I hoped I’d love this toy, because it’s nice.
And, I mean, I like it, but…it’s not the most orgasmic toy for me personally. Though the Zalo Sweet Magic Desire has gold touches, it doesn’t live up to the gold standard of pulsation, the previously discussed Fun Factory Stronic II Pulsators.
And I would absolutely classify the Zalo Desire as a pulsator, not a thruster, because its stroke length is super-short: under half an inch. And more than that, it doesn’t have the heft that Stronic pulsators do. See what I mean here:
The Zalo Sweet Magic Desire’s jigglyness is fun, and the curved tip adds sensation. The silicone is so smooth and slick, I can’t much feel the series of three angled ridges under that. I can see this smoothness being a selling point for those who find Fun Factory’s silicone draggy; Zalo’s silicone requires less lube.
The Desire pulsator also has a heating feature (which I can’t feel in use, oh well), and there’s a Turbo Mode button that lets you skip straight to the highest of three steady speeds. The control buttons aren’t the most intuitive; it took me about 5 play sessions to get used to what the mysterious symbols all meant.
Overall, the Zalo Sweet Magic Desire is super cute and very elegant, and it’s pretty good at what it does. If you like the aesthetic and are looking for gentle, sensual pulsing sensations, I highly recommend the quality. If you’re looking for hard-and-fast thrusting, though, look elsewhere.
Thrust length: Less than 0.5″
Patterns and vibrations: 3 steady thrusting rhythms, and 3 thrusting patterns
Speed: About 2 strokes per second for the first thrusting speed; around 270 pulsations per minute on the highest speed
Noise level: 2 out of 10. Extremely quiet.
Ease of use: Round handle fits great in my palm; this pulsator is lightweight, too, and it’s easy to stick a towel under it and angle it upward for hands-free G-spot stimulation
Extras: Heating feature; gold plating plus Swavorski crystal in control panel; silky silver storage pouch plus display-worthy storage tube
Anal safety: There’s a huge gap before the larger, round handle. Should be OK, but use anally at your own discretion.
Find at: Peepshow Toys; SheVibe
Thrusting/Rotating Rabbit Vibes
Ah, the rabbit vibe…Some love them, while many have problems getting the clit arm/ears positioned in a way that best suits their anatomy. As someone who usually avoids direct clitoral stim during penetration, I can’t tell you about the following thrusting (or rotating) plus vibrating options from actually using them on myself. But I will link to others’ reviews, and I can guarantee that these toys are at least body-safe—unlike the jelly-coated rabbits that you see in lots of sex shops.
Note that the thrusting rabbits listed here have thrusting heads, but the shafts as a whole are meant to stay in place to ensure steady clitoral contact.
- Lovehoney Happy Rabbit Thrusting Rechargeable Rabbit: This new rabbit from Lovehoney is already getting positive reviews for lining up well with the clits of folks who’ve previously had problems with rabbits fitting their anatomy. There’s also a version with rotating beads down the shaft.
- CalExotics Pulsing Rabbit and Thrusting Rabbit: Like the names say, the first toy here offers pulsing patterns in the head, which has interesting-looking circles that are meant to target your G-spot; while the second, the Thrusting Rabbit, has a thrusting shaft. These are only $60, and CalEx vibes have been getting good reviews lately, and for only $60, these are so much more affordable than the later options in this list.
- Lovehoney Dream Rabbit Thrusting vibe: The cheapest toy included in this guide, at only $50. The ridged head moves forward a bit but will try to move itself backward if you’re not holding onto the base.
- The Nalone Wave Thrusting Rabbit has a slightly pulsating head and “fluttering beads” in the lower shaft. Apparently, it also makes a noise that some users will find jarring. At $180, and with a “cheap” feel and buzzy vibrations, according to this reviewer, you may be better off going with a Stronic (or the CalEx or Lovehoney thrusting rabbits above).
- Premium Thrusting Jack Rabbit by CalExotics: I can’t tell you much about this one except that its head thrusts in three speeds, the same as other thrusting rabbits in this list. It has the same shape as this Vibe Couture Skater rabbit that sells for significantly less.
- And if you’re a big rabbit fan, the Rabbit Company’s vibes are top of the line. There are versions with rotating beads at the base of the shaft or a rotating shaft (I’m assuming that means rotating beads down the entire shaft length, rather than just the bottom of the shaft), as well as a black Backdoor Rabbit version (designed for prostate, sphincter, and perineum stimulation; see The Big Gay Review’s thoughts here).
Zalo Queen “PulseWave” G-Spot Flutter-er & Vibe (7/10 Stars)
I was intrigued when I noticed that Zalo was promoting something called “PulseWave technology” in its Queen vibrator (and the Queen set, which includes a silicone nozzle to surround the user’s clit). I’m all about things pulsating against my G-spot, so I had to get one STAT!
And the Queen’s pulsing bit is intriguing, but once I get aroused, I can’t feel it all too well vaginally; I have to turn on the vibes and use those instead. I like the G-spotting shape of the Queen’s head, but the PulseWave’s fluttering is so subtle that I prefer using it clitorally instead. The pulsing movement makes the small center circle, in a series of circles, on the flat head move maybe a quarter of an inch outward.
The Queen’s vibes are OK, not outstanding, when I control it via the buttons found on either side of the “Cleopatra-inspired” gold plated embellishment. But when I use the Zalo Remote app, I can turn up the vibe intensity and make the strength go up and down at will.
I’m not dying over the Queen’s PulseWave technology by itself, but when combined with the vibes, it’s more effective. Really, so much of this toy is about the gorgeous appearance; the vibration quality could be better. This toy’s biggest selling point for me is the clitoral suction sleeve (not pictured here, but see it in that section of my fuller review).
Pulsation length: Small center circle of the series of concentric circles flutters outward about a quarter of an inch
Speed: Zalo says 75 pulses per second for the PulseWave head; I haven’t counted, but I believe it—the motion is fast
Functions: PulseWave head: 3 steady speeds and 3 patterns; Vibrations: 2 steady vibe speeds and 6 vibe patterns. But the app lets you manipulate the vibe strength and patterns a bit more.
Noise level: 8 out of 10. PulseWave pulsations are 4/10, but the vibes get pretty loud for a toy this size.
Ease of use: Super easy to hold; I like the handle design.
Extras: Gold plating plus Swarovski crystal in control panel; silky silver storage pouch; gorgeous jewel-toned colors
Anal safety: Nope, would not recommend anally.
Price: $129 for Queen alone; $149 for Queen Set with clit-surrounding sleeve
Find at: SheVibe; Peepshow Toys (Queen Set only)
Other Moving Alternatives
The following toys offer several kinds of unique, motorized movement—but none of are actually self-thrusting. (With the kinda-sorta exception of one iRipple speed, next.) Still, if you’re looking for a powered toy that does some of the work for you, these are pretty cool gadgets!
b-Vibe Rimming Plugs (9/10 Stars)
The Rimming Plugs (which come in two different sizes) have two motors to power (1) rotating beads in the plug neck and (2) vibrations all throughout the plug. The rotating beads, obviously, are what give these toys their name: they’re meant to stimulate around the anal canal—to rim you. Personally, I think the Rimming Plug Petite is pretty amazing for vaginal mouth stimulation too, and the size is just right for me to sit on and get some G-spot stim from the vibrating plug body. (Even the base vibrates, which is 💯.)
Remote controls are especially helpful for butt toys, IMO, and the Rimming Plug’s even more so because of the huge amount of possible rotating + vibrating combos. There are so many different ways a partner can play with you if you give the controls over to them, for example!
Patterns and vibrations: 6 rotation speeds for the rimming beads; 9 rhythmic speeds and patterns for the vibrating body, whose intensity changes based on what the rimming beads are doing. The combinations seem endless.
Noise level: 5 out of 10. Several of the settings are a bit drill-like, but the noise is muted when it’s inside me.
Ease of use: Extremely easy, and hands-free. 4-button controller makes the speeds simple to adjust. And it’s fun to play with!
Anal safety: Not only anal-safe, but specifically designed for butts!
Standard price: $145 for the Petite; $150 for the Rimming Plug 2, which is an inch longer.
Find at: Peepshow Toys; SheVibe;Good Vibrations
BMS Factory Naked Addiction Vibrating Rotating Dildo
The rotating tip of the Naked Addiction Vibrating & Rotating Dildo is a nice sensation, but not the most orgasmic for me personally. The softness of the silicone is nice—though it’s not quite as squishy as the outer layer of the Naked Addiction Dual Density Dildo (which I love to pieces).
The rotation is focused in the top couple inches of the toy, so I just don’t find it stimulates my entrance like the Rimming Plug Petite does. The Naked Addiction’s vibe quality is kinda strong, but not stellar in the same way that the Pillow Talk Sassy (also by BMS Factory) is.
If you know you like phallic toys and want to experience a different kind of movement, it could be a fun option. Check out my YouTube vid of the rotating + vibration functions running in tandem for a quick demo.
Patterns and vibrations: 7 vibrating + rotating functions that work together; they can be controlled semi-independently, in which case you get either all 7 vibe functions or 1 straight rotating speed.
Noise level: 7.5 out of 10. Makes a whirring noise, not too awful.
Ease of use: It’s a suction cup dildo, so it can be hands-free. The balls are easy to grip if you’re just holding it by hand, though.
Anal safety: Totally safe because of the balls and flared suction cup.
Standard price: $79.99
Find at: Peepshow Toys
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