The 12 Best Floggers for Sensational Slaps ‘n Tickles
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You’ll have a fairly wide variety of materials to choose from when selecting a new flogger. Here are your options!
- Leather – Leather floggers can vary in stiffness, with some producing a sharp stinging sensation upon impact.
- Faux Leather – Perfect for vegans who like the look but hate the product, faux leather tends to provide more “bite” than a bruise.
- Silicone – Sterilizable and flexible, silicone is capable of inflicting sharp stinging pains and bruising.
- Suede – Flexible and soft, this material tends to provide more “sting” than “thud”.
- Elk Hide – Offering both a sting and a thud, this material is relatively soft, though heavier overall than suede.
- Metal – Hard, stingy, and capable of producing serious injury, this material is best left to more experienced users when utilized in a BDSM scenario. Can also be used for temperature play.
- Rope – Generally speaking, rope will feel very sharp if you’re on the receiving end, although you can also achieve a “thuddy” sensation if using a thick enough rope.
Things to Consider
Buying a flogger seems simple enough, but there are actually a couple of different factors that you’ll want to look into! Here are some things you should consider (and why they matter!).
- Number of Falls – If you’re after a “thuddy” sensation then you’ll want to opt for a flogger with more falls. For a “stingy” sensation, fewer falls are better. The final sensation is determined by the overall weight of the toy as well as the swing itself.
- Width of the Falls – Wider falls will weigh more, allowing the flogger to feel “thuddy” with less effort. “Stingy” sensations are still possible, but they will require a lot more force. Floggers with very thin falls won’t be able to feel “thuddy”, instead being limited to providing “stingy” sensations.
- Tips of the Falls – Many floggers simply have plain tips, but you can also buy ones with tip designs. Different tips will change how the flogger feels, often adding a certain sharpness to each swing.
- Braided – Braided floggers have braided falls. Since the falls are held together, this prevents them from accidentally spreading out when swung, ensuring the falls hit exactly where you’re aiming!
- Handle Size – It’s important that you can easily hold onto your new flogger. Aim for a handle that’s big enough to control but not so large that it’s hard to hold in your hand. Remember, different materials will feel differently in your hand so you’ll want to consider that as well!
What is a flogger?
A flogger is a BDSM toy used to enhance all types of sensation play. The most common type of flogger tends to be made from leather and will typically feature several tassels (or "fronds") used for lashing, spanking, and tickling. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be into pleasurable pain, floggers can be used to create a range of sensations from a light tickle to the excitement of having the falls dragged over your most sensitive areas. They are also often used in power play.
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The 12 Best floggers in Test
Bondage Boutique Advanced Extra Long Suede Flogger
This luxury suede flogger is ideal if you’re looking for an alternative to leather: the soft suede tresses on this flogger can easily be adapted to both pain-play and sensation play. This flogger’s studded handle provides a firm grip, with a wrist strap for precise control and simple storage. Whether you use it to tease your partner or give them a spanking, this flogger is great for those who want a lightweight alternative to leather.
Our test winner, this suede flogger makes for a versatile addition to any BDSM toy box. Suitable for newbies and experienced users alike, you can switch between fun sensation play or use this flogger for thwacking and spanking! If you’re into the authentic real-leather look, this might not be your ideal pick: the suede material is what makes this flogger so luxe. Nonetheless, the metal studding along the handle could still make this flogger a top pick for any seasoned BDSM practitioner.
Lovehoney Beginner's Flogger
This Lovehoney beginner’s flogger is ideal if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, or if you don’t want your flogger to be made of real leather. This flogger boasts soft, faux-leather fonds and is great for sensation play as well as punishment! Use the tassels to tantalize and tease your partner, or start your BDSM journey with this fun novice-friendly toy. Users love the loud contact sound from this toy: ideal if you want a strong, sharp thwack! The satin-feel handle is easy to maneuver and provides a firm grip, whether you prefer to use this flogger for spanking, lashes, or teasing and tickling.
If you’re a beginner, this is our top pick for a cheap, fun flogger that can be adapted from sensation play to punishment in one easy, swift flick of the wrist. Made with faux leather, this soft flogger looks the part while still providing a gentle-impact option for those who prefer to use their flogger for sensation play. Non-intimidating, this flogger is also super affordable, – you can start your BDSM toy collection with this flogger for just under $20.
Fifty Shades of Grey Bound to You Faux Leather Small Flogger
We love the Fifty Shades of Grey toy collection over here at Bedbible – their combination of luxe design and high quality design has resulted in some gorgeous sex toys, and this mini flogger is no different! Our beginner pick, this mini flogger is the best option if you’re at the debut of your BDSM journey. The handle is ribbed to provide extra firm grip, while the soft leather fronds are ideal for switching between thwacking, spanking and tantalizing sensation play. Tease your partner and awaken every sense in their body by brushing these soft tassels over bare skin.
Flogger newbie? This Fifty Shades mini flogger is non-intimidating, made with soft faux leather, and gorgeously packaged with an accompanying silk bag for easy storage and portability. If you want a flogger that you can use for punishment, pleasing, tantalizing and teasing – while remaining discreet and non-intimidating – this is your perfect option in our round-up. Made with vegan-friendly faux leather, this flogger is also a great option if you need your sex toys to be cruelty-free.
Sportsheets Saffron Faux Leather Braided Flogger
This Saffron Faux Leather beaded flogger is a little unique: not only is it super lightweight, making it ideal for those with limited hand strength, but the braided fronds make for varied sensations during any lashing or punishment play. The braided fronds are made with soft faux leather, while the sturdy, bubbled handle provides an extra firm grip for those who want a secure hold on their flogger. This flogger is also ideal if you’re looking for a super long flogger: at 24 inches in length, it’s not particularly travel-friendly, but ideal as a long flogger for body tickling and lashing.
This beaded flogger is certainly unique in its design and style, but there are some considerable downsides to this toy. Firstly, the flogger is super lightweight: this might be great if you have limited strength in your hands, but if you’re looking for a heavier “thudding” flogger, this isn’t the one you’re looking for. Secondly, some find that the fronds are so lightweight that the sensations are limited, whether it’s punishment play or light tickling. Overall, if you’re specifically looking for a braided flogger, this might be your pick. If not, one of the other floggers in our round-up is probably more suited to your needs.
Bondage Boutique Slap 'n' Tickle 10 Inch Rubber Flogger
Ideal as a beginner flogger and perfect for providing a variety of sensations to the more delicate areas of the body, this Bondage Boutique flogger is our top pick when it comes to rubber floggers. A rubber flogger is slightly more gentle than a traditional leather flogger and can be used equally for sensation play as well as light punishment. With this rubber flogger, you’ll enjoy more of a stinging sensation than anything else – but you’ll still manage to get a nice red look afterwards!
This flogger is ideal for light, gentle sensory play, but you can still get some thwack out of this toy! If you’re looking for a toy that’s ideal for alternating between teasing and spanking, you’ve found the one! You can even use this flogger on more delicate areas of the body (breasts, for example) although seasoned flogger users might not find it powerful enough when it comes to the back or buttocks.
30" Elk Hide Flogger
This elk hide flogger is not for beginner users – at 30 inches in length, this toy is best suited to dominants and dominatrixes! The elk hide has been dyed black for that ultra-authentic BDSM look, while the fronds are spongy and thick for maximum sensations upon contact. The intricately detailed handle is made with Nylon cords for a tight grip, while the accompanying leather wristband provides a secure hold during play. Given its formidable length, this flogger is ideal for punishment play and perfect if you love a good thudding noise from your flogger. Certainly a luxe pick for a seasoned BDSM enthusiast, this flogger is also a pretty pricey investment, coming in at under $200.
This elk hide flogger is a luxury investment, and best suited to an experienced BDSM enthusiast who wants to add a bit of novelty and variety to their flogger collection. Made with luxury elk hide, this flogger makes for a a gorgeous statement piece in any BDSM dungeon, and is ideal for some fun punishment play with a sub. Given its length, this flogger is not suitable for beginners – it’s so long you’d trip over it trying to figure out how to use it! There are a couple of other things to note with this toy: it’s important to keep leather cleaner away from it to prevent damaging the hide, and it’s important to keep it free from dirt and bacteria, as the material is delicate and can can deteriorate if not properly looked after.
Doc Johnson Silicone Flogger Whip with Dildo Handle
If you’re feeling adventurous and you need sex toys that can adapt quick to your needs, this dildo flogger might be for you! The fronds on this flogger come with bulbed tips for weighted impact, while the attached dildo measures 5.5 inches in insertable length and features a bubble-like, textured and ridged shaft for enhanced penetrative sensations. This is the perfect pick if you need your sex toys to be able to keep up with your ever-changing demands; if your favorite toys are all multi-functional, this flogger was made with you in mind.
If you’ve never tried a dildo flogger, why not give it a go with this luxe silicone model? This toy makes for a useful item to have on-hand during any length BDSM session: no matter what kind of play you or your partner are after, you’re sure to be able to adapt this dildo flogger to your desires. You can use this dildo flogger to offer your partner some controlled, textured penetration, or use the bulbed, weighted tipped fronds for some serious spanking. This flogger is not particularly adapted to sensation play, as the fronds are too minimal and don’t glide naturally on the body. Nonetheless, this flogger makes for a fun addition to any BDSM toy box.
Silver Chain Ball Tickler by Sportsheets
If you love teasing during your BDSM sessions, or if you’re simply just a curious beginner interested in sensation play, this metal flogger by Sportsheets is ideal for testing the waters. This toy is amazing when combined with temperature play, as it comes with 150 temperature-sensitive metal balls – dip them in warm or cold water to drive your partner wild and build arousal. This metal flogger isn’t a traditional leather flogger – it’s not a spanking paddle, but it has its place in any BDSM toy box nonetheless. Reserve this toy for the sessions where you feel like playing nice – at least for a while!
This metal flogger might look intimidating with its 150 metal balls, but it’s actually one of the most beginner-friendly toys in this round-up. It’s not a flogger designed for pain play or punishment, so it’s ideal for a BDSM newbie to try their hand at temperature play and sensation play. Use this metal flogger by running the metal balls along your partner’s skin either warm or cold – you’ll build arousal and heighten sensations, while your partner will enjoy the smooth feel of the metal balls and the thrilling sensations of sublime submission!
Finger Flogger Grip
If you’ve never used a finger flogger before, it might just be your new go-to method for spanking and punishment play! Using a finger flogger means that your movements are swifter and easier, especially if you struggle with sensitivity or mobility in your fingers, or if you struggle to maintain a grip on your flogger. Finger floggers are also great for simply adding flair to your movements! This finger flogger grip by The Stockroom is compatible with all Stockroom flogger heads and is perfect for versatile play. Simply attach your chosen interchangeable flogger head and you’re ready to go! The diameter of this finger flogger is 2 inches, so it’ll fit most fingers with some considerable wiggle room for most.
Using a finger flogger is a great alternative for those who don’t have the hand strength or grip to hold onto a flogger for long periods of time; it’s also a great way to diversify your flogger collection with various adjustable heads. This finger flogger is comfortable to wear, with 2 inches in internal diameter leaving enough space for most fingers, as well as enough room to ensure that it remains comfortable during play. This toy will add a rapidity to your spanking that itsn’t possible when using your hands – why not put one of these finger floggers on each hand for some hardcore punishment play? One downside to this finger flogger is the price – for the same price (or even for less) you can find traditional with the same quality of design. Nonetheless, if you value versatility and flair, this finger flogger is ideal.
KinkLab Electro-Whip Neon Wand Attachment
If you own a magic wand, you might already be aware that you can enhance the wand experience with some fun wand attachments. However, you might not have been aware that you can even use your wand vibrator to enhance your BDSM fun with a flogger! Introducing the KinkLab Electro-Whip wand attachment: this flogger attaches itself to the head of any compatible KinkLab magic wand, providing elctroshock sensations and some serious stinging! This electric flogger isn’t suitable for beginners, so if you’re new to the concept of electrosex, you’ll want to get clued up before testing out this advanced toy.
If you’re a seasoned fan of the classic magic wand, you’ll be sure to enjoy the intense electro-shock sensation from this flogger wand attachment. The good news is that this attachment should be compatible with most full-sized magic wands, so you shouldn’t need to invest in a new wand to enjoy this toy. Note: this is not a beginner-friendly flogger. It’s important to be careful when using this attachment, and I wouldn’t recommend using this if you’ve never used a wand attachment before. Keep this flogger away from water when using it with your magic wand.
20" Thong Whip with Spiked Tails
This 20″ Thong Whip with spiked tails is the most extreme and advanced-level flogger in our round-up: this toy is absolutely not for beginners, and should be used carefully! This flogger has 12 strands of authentic black leather and each is adorned with a spiky metal tail – perfect for stinging if you’re into punishment play! If you’re not into pain-play, you can also use these metal spikes to slowly drag along the skin for enhanced sensations. At 20 inches long, you’re sure to have fun with this toy – it even comes with a D-ring which is perfect for adding to a belt for easy access during play.
If you’re an advanced level BDSM practitioner, this spiked flogger could provide some thrilling and exhilerating sensation play – but it’s certainly not for novices! You could also use this flogger for pain-play if you’re into that kind of thing – but you’ll need to be careful with this toy. The metal spikes at the end of the leather strands could easily puncture the skin and cause some discomfort if not used correctly – and not the good kind of discomfort! However, if you’re a fan of the authentic BDSM look, this 100% real leather flogger could make for an advanced addition to your flogger collection.
If you love when a flogger makes an impressive thwack sound, you’ll love this multi-loop toy. While it’s not particularly effective for delicate sensartion play, this toy is ideal for when you want to delve into some more hardcore punishment play – whether you’re looking for thudding spanks or some rapid stinging. The handle of this toy is pretty long, at 7.5 inches, so if you don’t want a large handle it might not be your best pick. This flogger is made up of ten rubber loops which are flexible and pliant, and ideal for hitting gently or engaging in some more hardcore pain play.
For those who love the M in BDSM, this flogger is great for fulfilling all your pain-play fantasies! If you’re a beginner, you might find that this flogger stings a little too much even when used gently, so we’d recommended this flogger more for intermediate to advanced BDSM enthusiasts. One downside to this toy is its lack of versatility – you can’t use it very much for sensation play or tickling, as the rubber loops serve mostly for thwacking and stinging. Nonetheless, this toy makes for a great addition for when you want to up the intesity during your BDSM sessions.
Make a Statement with this Flogger Necklace
Want to add a little bit of bling to your while letting the world know that you’re a proud submissive? This gorgeous chain necklace is the perfect statement to honor your dom and let the world know who’s (not) the boss!
Prefer a Lighter Touch?
If you prefer more gentle sensation play, a tickler can be fun and equally as intense as a flogger. Use your tickler to tease your partner and build arousal:
Make Your Own Flogger at Home
Sex toys can be expensive – if you’ve not got the spare cash to splash on a new flogger, there are some DIY alternatives that can come in useful when you want to spice things up in the bedroom without emptying your wallet. Here are some tips on making your own DIY flogger:
DIY Paracord Flogger
If you want to make your own DIY flogger, a paracord flogger is one of the easiest to attempt.
Here I’ll go over the main principles and tools you’ll need for making a DIY Paracord flogger at home, but for more detailed instructions, take a look at Isabelle’s blog post.
What you’ll need to make this DIY toy:
- A metal or wood ring
- Electrical tape or some slim cords
- Glue (suitable for textile use)
How to make a DIY paracord flogger:
- Cut the paracord into numerous sections, each one uniform in size
- Push each strand through the wooden or metal loop
- Using tape, tie firmly the paracord just underneath the wooden loop, making sure it stays in place
- Wrap the cord around the paracord until you have something that resembles a handle
- Using the extra paracord, braid it around the handle to make your DIY flogger a little sturdier
- Create a knot and trim the cord so that the strands are uniform
- You have your paracord flogger!
DIY Leather (or faux leather) flogger
Another easy DIY option is the leather (or faux leather) flogger. Again here I’ll go over the main principles and tools you’ll need for making a leather flogger at home, but for detailed step-by-step instruction, take a look at Isabelle’s blog post.
What you’ll need to make a DIY leather flogger:
- Leather or faux leather fabric
- Some wood for the handle
- A ruler
- Leather-suitable textile glue
How to make a DIY leather or faux leather flogger:
- Measure the length of your wood for the handle and cut enough leather material to cover it – but keep your leather material intact
- To make the fronds for your leather flogger, cut out uniform strips of leather from your leather fabric, just underneath the rectangle for your handle. Around 0.5 inches in size should do
- Apply glue to the rectangle where you’re going to attach the wooden handle
- Get rolling! Roll the wooden handle along the leather fabric
- Create a handle for your leather flogger with the remaining leather fabric (more details in Isabelle’s post)
- You have your leather flogger!
Important: we do not recommend that you make your own DIY sex toys, and always recommend buying high quality sex toys from a respected retailer. Bedbible is in no way responsible for any consequences related to the fabrication or use of these DIY toys.
How to use a flogger
If you’re new to using a flogger, it’s going to take a little time to get used to the sensations, whether you’re engaging in sensory play or pain-play. Here’s how we recommend using a flogger toy:
When beginning any type of play with a flogger, take it slow and let your body adjust to the sensations. Don’t go straight into direct lashing or spanking – the joy of sensation play is all about slowly building arousal and awakening the senses. It’s important to play safe – communicate regularly with your partner.
Using a flogger isn’t always going to be the most comfortable experience – in fact, many BDSM enthusiasts love floggers because they enjoy the thrills of pain-play. If you think you’re into that kind of thing, test out your flogger with your partner and experiment with light, gentle, and more intense use.
Lots of BDSM enthusiasts love using floggers when engaging in power-play and “punishing” their sub. If you’re engaged in a BDSM relationship, some punishment play can be exhilarating when you add a fetish flogger into the mix!
Using a flogger is ideal for all types of sensation play, especially as you can alternate between light tickling and thudding spanks! Explore the full sensory spectrum with a versatile flogger – pair your play with a blindfold to enhance your sensations.
If you’re interested in the thrills of temperature play, you can enhance this type of BDSM play with a flogger. Dip a metal flogger in ice-cold water to add some oopmh to the stings!
How to clean a flogger
Cleaning a flogger will all depend on what material your flogger is made of. If your toy is made with real leather, you should invest in a leather cleaner to keep your toy free of bacteria and in tip-top condition. If your flogger is made with steel or metal, you should be able to clean it thoroughly with warm soapy water, or by sanitizing it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Other flogger materials, such as elk hide or PU leather should be treated by following the instructions on the product packaging or in the instruction manual. You can refer to our sex toy cleaning guide below for more information:
Soft plastic, hard plastic, jelly, rubber, Cyberskin are all porous materials, meaning that small particles and bacteria can penetrate the surface. This makes it impossible to completely clean these types of materials.
Therefore, it is recommended that you use a condom with these types of toys, especially if you are sharing them. Clean these toys with mild soapy water and dry gently with a towel. These materials are more easily damaged, so be sure to be gentle and make sure your toys are completely dry before storing.
Silicone, glass, stainless steel and some hard plastics can all be washed using a mild soap (like you would use on your body) and warm water. Just be careful if your toy contains electrical parts.
Silicone and stainless steel toys without any electrical parts can also be boiled for sterilisation.
If your toys contain electrical components, be extra careful when cleaning them and always check the instructions provided with the toy. You can use a gentle cloth and soap to wipe or sex toy cleaner or cleaning wipe to down your toy, making sure that no water comes into contact with the electrical parts.