This Self-Cleaning Vibrator Is the Stuff of (Erotic) Dreams for Lazy Pleasure-Seekers

On the day my self-cleaning vibrator arrived, I felt overcome with giddiness, and sent a photo of it to my best friend. “What’s next?” she asked me. “The next-gen vibrator that just hands you a cigarette when you’re done?” I don’t know about that, but CalExotics My Pod Travel Vibe with UV Sanitizer ($98) is a self-sufficient piece of sex tech that does feel fully futuristic—and crucially works to further health goals, not stunt them.

“The seven-function vibrator is sleek, powerful, and versatile in its design—capable of stimulating countless erogenous zones,” says Jill McDevitt, PhD, resident sexologist for CalExotics. “When you’re not playing, it nests in a wireless, self-contained pod that cleans and sanitizes it in less than 10 minutes using UV light, and charges it with magnetic connection—no cords.”

“When you’re not playing, it nests in a wireless, self-contained pod that cleans and sanitizes it in less than 10 minutes using UV light, and charges it with magnetic connection—no cords.” —sexologist Jill McDevitt, PhD

[squeals] NO CORDS! As someone who has a wild tangle of wires in her nightstand, this feature speaks to me. Furthermore—since it’s such a drag to be 95 percent of the way to your climax only to find out your device was running on 5 percent battery—being able to drop your self-cleaning vibrator into the case and have it charge and sterilize itself is a big win.

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As far as the self-cleaning feature, protocol for actually cleaning your vibe post-use should still be followed, particularly if you’re sharing your sex toys with others. “Pretty much all sex toys can (and should) be cleaned with warm water and a gentle soap every time you use them,” says Searah Deysach, sex educator and owner of pleasure shop Early to Bed. “For best results, let your toys air dry thoroughly before storing them. You can use commercial sex-toy cleaner or a liquid hand soap. If your toy is not designated as waterproof, you can use a soap washcloth followed by a cloth wet with clean water.”

So, a caveat on the self-sanitizing feature is that you’d be wise to give the My Pod a good cleanse post-use. But if you’re traveling, if you’re not sharing sex toys, and even if you’re just feeling a little lazy, know that the UV blue light is there for a reason, and the self-sanitizing container will keep you from, at the very least, cross-contaminating other toys.

How a self-cleaning vibrator feels in practice

I’m well-acquainted with many sex-toy materials, like squishy silicone and the occasional metal bullet, but this was pretty unique. My Pod is made of a harder, body-safe plastic, and it has a simple pointed-but-rounded head—one that can pinpoint different erogenous zones. “Its sleek design makes it a toy that can be used for masturbation or couples’ play, clitoral stimulation, penis and testicle play, nipple stimulation, and more,” says Dr. McDevitt.

Since what I usually want is easy, consistent orgasms, that usually just requires a standard clitoral-targeted vibe with some element of novelty. That harder feel definitely provided for that sense of novelty. With strong buzzes and a bit of pivoting, My Pod delivered orgasms that felt dutiful and effortless. And dropping it in a self-cleaning container afterward made the whole experience so seamless.

That said, while I delighted in the texture of My Pod, it might not be the best for those who like the squishy feel of silicone or jelly. Nonetheless, it’s perfect for someone who doesn’t want to fuss when they’re using masturbation as a form of self-care. Those seven vibrational settings are more than enough to play with; the bullet vibrator experience is great for quick clitoral orgasms; and the self-sanitizing, self-charging aspect is a lazy lady’s dream. So, thumbs up for My Pod’s convenience factor that makes way for an immaculate sexperience.


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