Buying guide – Floggers

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Floggers! The quintessential impact implement, and icon of BDSM. Easy to learn, yet difficult to master – these are typically one of the first items added to anyone’s BDSM toy-box.

Floggers are incredibly versatile. Thuddy, sting-y, caressing, ouchy, jarring, meditative or subspace-inducing. The sensations that can be produced can vary widely and wildly, depending on a range of factors: the weight and material of the flogger, how forcefully it is used, the style in which is used, where on the body it lands. Great for beginners, but also potentially challenging enough to keep both givers and receivers interested for many years.

There are so many floggers and flogger-makers now, from big producers to boutique crafts-people. It took us quite some time to investigate and compile our recommendations. What we found is a huge range of both quality and price – sometimes correlated but not always. Enjoy, and happy flogging!

Suede Flogger Red/Black by EgoDriven
Suede Flogger Red/Black by EgoDriven ★★★★★ $$$$$
Total Length: 28 inches Material: Suede
Let's start with a classic. This is a good quality mid-sized flogger at a very reasonable price. The falls are a soft suede that is on the gentler side but can still produce sharp sensations with the right swing. Good for beginners and lighter intermediate play.
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Lime suede classic flogger by 6Whips
Lime Suede Classic Flogger by 6Whips ★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 24 inches Material: Suede
This is a very high quality flogger - handmade to order and finely detailed. It comes in a variety of colors - but we love the lime one because it's so distinctive. This could definitely be your go-to flogger for many years, and if you get two which match in size and material, would be perfect for florentine.
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The Motivator by Stockroom
The Motivator by Stockroom ★★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 30 inches Material: Leather
This is a big one! You can (and may well need to) use this one two-handed, and you'll produce some powerful thuddy thwacks with this guy. Great intimidation factor with the intricate metal handle, and you'll also get some great sound effects from it - both the sound of the impact and the moans it elicits. Very high quality, and a fairly high price point.
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Black & Red Braided Flogger by Sade Fantasy
Black & Red Braided Flogger by Sade Fantasy ★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 24 inches Material: Leather
Top quality craftsmanship. The tails are leather, and they braided along their length. This adds significant weight and texture, and combined with the dragons-tail shaped tips means that this will produce as intense a sensation as you can get in a flogger. For those who crave more, this is it.
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Lingam Glass Dildo Flogger by Extreme Restraints
Lingam Glass Dildo Flogger by Extreme Restraints ★★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 26 inches Material: Leather
This is a decent flogger. But it's the handle that really sets it apart. It doubles as an insertable, and is made of glass so can heated or cooled beforehand for intense sensation play. To top it off, it can double as a pony tail if inserted in the butt. Given all this, maybe it doesn't belong in the flogger section... but it had to go somewhere!
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Gunmetal Chain Flogger by Extreme Restraints
Gunmetal Chain Flogger by Extreme Restraints ★★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 20 inches Material: Metal
This one is quite different in that the falls are made of metal chain! It's smooth so there is not a risk of cutting the skin. A very different sensation from this - certainly heavier and more intense. But it can also be sensual in its own way, when draped or teased along the skin. The metal provides a lot of possibilities for adding temperature play to the experience.
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Pink Unicorn Flogger by Agonai
Pink Unicorn Flogger by Agonai ★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 26.5 inches Material: Vegan leather
A wonderful flogger. The added metal spikes (unicorn horns?) change the feeling of this quite dramatically. It's vegan leather so no animals were harmed in the making. And with the bright pink color, what more could anyone want in a flogger?
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Nylon Rope Flogger by Ravenhawk
Nylon Rope Flogger by Ravenhawk ★★★★★ $$$$$
Length: 20 inches Material: Nylon
The nylon falls produce a more sting-y sensation at high speed. It's nice and compact - perhaps even small enough to use as a pussy flogger? Or indeed, a CBT flogger.
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Tips for floggers:
  • Some quick flogger anatomy: the swishy bits at the end are known as the falls or tails. The bit you hold is the handle. Some (but not all) have a loop attached to the handle which you can put your wrist through to make sure it doesn’t go flying – or to use to hang it from when storing.
  • The lengths stated in our reviews are the total length of the handle and falls, but exclude the extra loop attached to the handle (if any).
  • A good flogger should be balanced, and the falls should generally swing together. It’s not ideal a few falls go off rogue in different directions than the rest once you start swinging, because it means you might hit bits you don’t intend to.
  • There is more than one ways to swing a flogger. Many people favor a classic “figure 8” in which you only strike during the downward strokes. But you can of course reverse this and strike with the upward stroke. You can also swish it side to side, or even flick it at the target.
  • Try to avoid “wrapping” which is when you the tips of the flogger go beyond the intended point of contact, and wrap around to placed that don’t feel great – like bony bits or over internal organs.
  • Florentine – once you get comfortable with a flogger, you will no doubt want to learn florentine, which is a pattern of using two floggers simultaneously in which they interweave each other. For this to work well, you generally need to have two floggers which are identical in size and weight.
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Comments

  1. bernadette says:

    PINK FLOGGER!? SAY NO MORE HAHA

  2. jimsubguy says:

    How would i build several paddles that leave marks?

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