Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big handcuffs test 2022. Here we present all the products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best handcuffs.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a hair clipper.


  • Handcuffs are a popular sex toy and not at all expensive or difficult to acquire.
  • There are many differences between erotic handcuffs and professional handcuffs - but in the end, when used correctly, any means of restricting movement can drive up the pleasure.
  • Erotic handcuffs can be made of different materials and contribute in their own way to lovemaking.

The Best Handcuffs: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying handcuffs

How do handcuffs work?

Most handcuffs work with a double lock. When the cuff locks into the handcuff housing, the ring that surrounds the hand cannot be opened again until the cuff is unlocked with a key.

The additional benefit of this is that the handcuffs do not contract further when the wearer moves more. This prevents blood blockage or nerve damage.

What are handcuffs good for?

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you hear the word handcuffs is probably the police. Well here we have use number 1. The justice system uses handcuffs all the time to make sure that a person cannot do any further harm.

Handcuffs are not only used by the police - they are also probably by far one of the most popular erotic items on the German market. (Image source: / Lucia la Sprilla)

But what other uses can handcuffs have? Well...

Have you ever wanted to add a little spice to your sex life? Yes? Then handcuffs are just the thing for you.

Handcuffs are easy to use in bed. As long as you have something to attach them to, there's nothing to stop you and your partner having a little more fun.

Again, manufacturers have specialised in such uses. They offer handcuffs with a plush lining that makes them much more comfortable to wear. But more on that later.

Which handcuff manufacturers are there and for which uses are they suitable?

Handcuff manufacturers are indeed a dime a dozen, but it can only be guessed from which manufacturer the justice system obtains its handcuffs. Basically, however, there are a large number of manufacturers who market themselves through various online shops. Some of them are listed here.

Manufacturer Use
Alcyon Police
KH Security Divers
Perfecta Divers
mejou Erotic
Xocity Erotic

How much do handcuffs cost?

The price of handcuffs depends very much on their use. Police handcuffs cost between €25 and €35 depending on the type. Handcuffs for erotic use can be a bit more expensive than normal police handcuffs, depending on the material and of course the size of the set.

However, if you want a set that is not too fancy, you can be right up there with handcuffs alone for less than €20.

What alternatives are there to handcuffs?

As always, the intended use plays a major role here.

Starting with the security aspect, cable ties can also function as handcuffs. Although these are much easier to cut and create a larger security gap, they are usually quite sufficient for quick use.

The situation is different in the erotic sector. Here, cable ties are usually only popular with a few customers. But are handcuffs not your thing? Then erotic culture has a huge selection of alternatives to handcuffs. Here's a little taste of what you can expect:

Product Description
spreader bar Works the same as handcuffs only hands or feet are linked together and the chain has been replaced with a bar.
Cross shackles Cross shackles are usually attached under the mattress or to the bed legs to shackle any limb to the bed.
Collar The collar has many variations ranging from collar with chain to collar with restraints for the upper body.
Bondage rope A high quality and at the same time gentle rope for bondage games all over the body.

Decision: What types of handcuffs are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes professional handcuffs and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Of course, the main function of professional handcuffs is to defuse danger. Professional handcuffs are made of very robust material and, if desired, have their own locks with their own key

Wearing comfort is rather neglected here and security has top priority. That is why professional handcuffs are almost always twice, if not three times as expensive as erotic handcuffs. In return, these can be functional for as good as a lifetime and can only be damaged with difficulty.

  • Robust
  • Safe
  • Can be used for years
  • Little wearing comfort
  • Expensive

What are the characteristics of erotic handcuffs and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Handcuffs for bed are designed for optimal wearing comfort. Unlike professional handcuffs, erotic handcuffs can be made of many materials. A few of these materials include: Leather, silicone, stainless steel, even plastic.

Basically, we would recommend stainless steel handcuffs for optimal hold. These are usually covered with plush and offer moderate comfort and robustness at a good price.

If you want something more elegant, we recommend leather handcuffs. They are comfortable to wear, but not as sturdy as stainless steel ones. Nevertheless, according to the manufacturer, they are sturdy enough to survive your bedtime stories unscathed.

  • Less expensive
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Nice design
  • Less secure
  • Wear out more quickly

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate handcuffs

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate handcuffs. This will make it easier for you to decide whether certain handcuffs are suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material
  • Quality
  • Wearing comfort
  • Chain length


The material provides information about the durability of the handcuffs. It is clear that plastic or silicone handcuffs are very cheap, but will probably give up the ghost within a very short time. Therefore, go for high-quality products such as stainless steel or leather. You will definitely have more fun with them.


The same applies as for other products. Please do not buy no-name products. It may be tempting to get hold of "stainless steel handcuffs" for 5€. But the wrong purchase is already pre-programmed. It is better to spend a little more than too little.

Feel free to scroll back to see which manufacturers we recommend. We don't want to leave you in the dark with this article.


As you or your partner may not be sure how long either of you will be tied to the bed etc., it is definitely an advantage to look for optimum comfort.

Handcuffs with leather and velvet inserts already have some advantages in wearing comfort compared to stainless steel handcuffs. In addition, they also look chic. (Image source: / Klaus Hausmann)

Leather or a plush cover can help. Who wants sore hands after intense lovemaking?

Chain length

Chain length also plays a big role. Your partner may also want a little freedom of movement for himself. To each his own, of course, but you should be clear about the minimum length of the chain beforehand.

Facts worth knowing about handcuffs

How do you free yourself from handcuffs?

Lost your keys? That's definitely not good. Fortunately, there are many ways to escape from handcuffs.

Method 1

You can use a piece of wire to unlock the handcuffs. A hairpin can also be used for this purpose. The only important thing is that the wire is not too easy to bend. When you have found the right piece of wire, bend it to an angle of about 70° and start working.

Then put one end of the wire into the lock and bend it in the opposite direction of your first bend. Remove the wire from the lock. Now insert the second bend into the lock in the direction of the locking mechanism and start turning the wire. With a bit of luck, the handcuffs should open.

Method 2

If your handcuffs have a placeholder in front of the locking mechanism, you can use a thin piece of metal. But be careful, it should not be thicker than a credit card. Once you have found the piece, insert it into the placeholder and tighten the handcuff by one step. If everything has worked, the handcuffs will open.

Method 3

A more radical method is to cut the chain. The handcuffs are useless afterwards, but hey.... Freedom. Afterwards, however, you should think about how to remove the rest of the handcuffs from your wrist.

Method 4

Get help. Yes, we know. This might be a bit embarrassing. Still, much more pleasant than being handcuffed to the bed for three days.

Are there spare keys for handcuffs?

Handcuffs usually come with a spare key. If you lose it, many manufacturers offer a universal replacement key.

What other sex toys are there for men?

The list would be endless. That's why we've left you a short video where we check out just about everything. Have fun checking it out!

Image source: / Oleksandr Lypa