Buying guide – Blindfolds

Blindfolded

Someone should tell blindfold makers… “you only had one job!” And that is, to prevent the wearer from seeing anything. And yet, so many of the bondage blindfolds on the market fail at this simple task. Secondary objectives include comfort, preventing all light, and aesthetic appeal. Most blindfolds out there fail one or more of these. We found the few that are pretty good, and rated them below.
Blackout Blindfold by Extreme Restraints
Blackout Blindfold by Extreme Restraints ★★★★★ $$$$$
This blindfold curves outwards, so there's zero pressure on the eyes which makes it is very comfortable. 98% vision restriction - just a tiny bit at the bottom if you look down by the nose. Not particularly sexy looking, but very well priced - a great entry-level blindfold.
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Darlex blindfold by BondageWebbing
Darlex blindfold by BondageWebbing ★★★★ $$$$$
The great thing about this blindfold is that it continues across the face below the nose, with a small hole for the nose to stick through. This ensures that it tightly hugs the face all the way down. 100% vision restriction. I prefer the feel of the Darlex fabric option over neoprene.
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Leather bondage blindfold by Restricted Senses
Leather bondage blindfold by Restricted Senses ★★★★★ $$$$$
This blindfold also gets top score for doing its job, with 100% vision restriction. It's also sturdy and handmade with high quality materials. It looks great and the leather feels sexy - well worth the higher cost.
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Love me Knot Black Satin Blindfold by Sub-shop
Love me Knot Satin Blindfold by Sub-shop ★★★★★ $$$$$
This one is not as functional as some of the others. Vision restriction will depend on how well you tie and position it (but generally won't be complete). But what is nice about it is the look and feel of it in soft satin. Perfect if you are introducing someone to bondage for the first time - it oozes sexiness.
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Mistress Heather Leather Blindfold by Stockroom
Mistress Heather Leather Blindfold by Stockroom ★★★★★ $$$$$
The ultimate blindfold. Its carefully designed shape, along with quality foam padding and the double head strap at the back, ensure complete vision restriction. Sturdy and beautiful to behold. Not for the faint of wallet.
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Aurora Lights Blindfold by Axovus
Aurora Lights Blindfold by Axovus ★★★★ $$$$$
I had to include this one because it is just so unique. It's battery powered and has changing multi-colored lights inside the goggles. This creates a really trippy sensory experience for the wearer. Will make for a memorable scene for your sub!
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Tips for blindfolds:
  • Blindfolds are a great start to sensory deprivation play. A good one will restrict all vision, but they are not nearly as intimidating as a hood.
  • You can make an entire scene around just a blindfold and no other toys. Put it on your play partner, and then surprise them with sensation play or pain play. Or feed them different foods and make them guess what each one is. Having sight taken away heightens and amplifies the other senses, which can produce a powerful effect.
  • When used with impact or other pain play, the wearer won’t known where it’s coming from next.
  • You can also incorporate a blindfold into bondage, the really heighten the feeling of helplessness and add to the submissive headspace.
  • Add a blindfold to your D/s play! Once blindfolded, normally simple tasks like slave positions can become much more challenging.
  • If playing in a dungeon or other “public” space, a blindfold means that the wearer doesn’t know who or how many people are watching. This can be intensely erotic, particularly for exhibitionists or humiliation lovers.
  • Wearing a blindfold can greatly amplify any anxiety a submissive may feel during a scene. Keep that in mind and check in regularly.
  • Remember to take extra safety precautions when your play partner is blindfolded. They can’t see, so won’t be able avoid obstacles, and will find it harder to balance. Avoid leaving a person standing up blindfolded, unless you are right there steadying them the whole time.
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Comments

  1. I love this picture.the image is beautiful and inspiring.myself has been in this same situation and found it very erotic.thank you to photographer and model.

  2. Just a note about anxiety and blindfolds. In some cases I would say the opposite is true. For me, being blindfolded calms me and lessens anxiety and I am more willing to stretch my inhibitions. Of course, trusting your Dom entirely is prerequisite.
    This is why they created blinders for horses, and why ostriches stick their head in the sand. LOL

  3. Thank you for this guide. I can’t tell you how many blindfold I’ve tried only to have to toss them away. It’s nice to have a little more confidence buying now, even at a higher price point than I’ve invested in previously.

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