What Is The Rose Toy? Why This Suction Sex Toy Went Viral On TikTok
"Soul snatcher" and "orgasm stealer" are just some names the famed rose sex toy has been dubbed in its short time on the market.
According to thousands of product and social media reviews, the success of this toy's ability to bring pleasure is undeniable—so we decided to ask around to see if it holds up to the scrutiny of industry experts.
What is the rose toy?
If you have a TikTok account, you're likely familiar with the rose sex toy. Taking social media by storm in 2021, the flower-shaped toy quickly rose (no pun intended) to popularity thanks to dozens of reviews from pleased vulva owners who claimed it brought them record-speed orgasms, plus helped them to squirt and experience new forms of pleasure.
Does it deserve the praise? According to our experts, yes—however, there’s more you should know.
The rose toy is a clitoral stimulation toy that uses air pulse and pressure technology to suck on the glans head of the clitoris, explains sexologist and sex educator Goody Howard, MSW, MPH. It combines sucking and vibrating functions through a suction head that users say delivers unmatched stimulation and back-to-back orgasms.
Importantly, the rose toy isn't one specific product sold by one specific brand. Numerous companies seem to manufacture the viral rose toy (or similar models), which are then sold under various brand names on sites like Amazon or Shopify in a process known as dropshipping. Since its rise to fame, more established sex toy companies have also begun selling similar rose-shaped sex toys, such as the Rose Toy Clitoral Suction Stimulator from Lovehoney or the Rose Flower Sex Toy from V for Vibes.
Jessica Cline, LCSW, Ph.D., a board-certified sexologist who happens to love the rose sex toy, says this rose-shaped sex toy is a great option for anyone who wants one that's "cute and less in-your-face phallic."
Most sellers of the viral rose toy model, like Rose Toy Official (recommended by Cline herself), claim the toy is made with body-safe and odorless medical silicone material. Since its debut, the praise for this clitoris-sucking vibrator hasn't died down, and now there are updated rose toys with more new settings and upgrades to explore.
How the vibrator works.
According to websites that sell the viral rose toy model like RTO or Adorime, this clitoris-sucking vibrator is rechargeable and has three intensity levels plus seven sucking modes that are supposed to mimic what cunnilingus feels like. With one click of a button, the toy's internal vibration generates rotating airflow that sucks and teases your clitoris, leading to what some call unimaginable pleasure.
The best way to use the vibrator, advises Howard, is to start by applying a small amount of lube to your clitoris. Instead of centering the rose toy over it, start on its side and move the rose around until you find the spot that feels the best. Based on the intensity of the sucking, either decrease or increase the speed setting to get the right amount of stimulation, or alternate between the levels for a varied experience.
What's great about the rose toy is its versatility. "A lot of people want to just sit it on the head of the clit right away instead of exploring the other ways that pleasure can show up," Howard tells mbg. For example, she adds that all clit-sucking toys also double as nipple-sucking toys. In addition to your nipples, that could be erogenous zones like your or your partner's navel, thighs, anus, ears, and more.
Because it's waterproof, you can use the rose toy in the bathtub, shower, or even pool, according to Cline. And besides using it during solo play, the rose toy can also complement partnered sex, whether you use it during doggy-style or on your partner's body throughout sexual play.
By this point, the rose sex toy line has expanded and now includes much more than the original model we've described here. Based on the manufacturer you purchase from, newer rose toys feature a paired dildo, remote control, vibrating egg, or a flapping vibrator.