Vibrator Buying Guide (for Mind Blowing Orgasms)
Go back just thirty years ago and you'd be hard pressed to find more than a couple types of vibrators. Now there are different sizes, shapes, brands, materials... there are even vibrators which play music and connect to your phone!
Buying a vibrator is an important and intimate decision so we've put this guide together to help you pick the perfect one. It's a pretty quick read and shouldn't take more than a few minutes, so we recommend reading it right until the end. It'll help you pick the right vibrator to get those mind blowing orgasms you deserve.
This guide is broken down in to two parts:
1. The vibrator options you have:
2. Notes on:
Vibrator or Dildo?
If you're asking this question you're probably picking your first vibrator ever and that's okay! If you know the difference feel free to skip this section.
The difference is quite simple really: vibrators vibrate and dildos don't. Dildos are phallic shaped sex toys and are designed for penetration - a dildo is basically a plastic penis. There is still quite a lot to know when shopping for a dildo (different materials, sizes, double dildos, etc.) but that's for another guide.
While some vibrators can be used for penetration, many are meant for only clitoral stimulation. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, just remember: vibrators = vibrate.
If it's your first time using a sex toy, you're probably going to want to go with a vibrator. Vibrators can target the clitoris which is your most sure way to orgasm. In fact, only 25 percent of women are consistently orgasmic through intercourse, which means that a clitoral vibrator could be your key to climax.
Explore your body and stimulation preferences before you pick a vibrator style. Keep in mind that some can only be used on the clitoris, while others are designed for internal use.. some are meant for both! If you aren't sure, it's best to try with your fingers first and see what you like.
are sleek, discreet and easy to use. They’re also small enough to throw in your pocket – which is why they’re also known as lipstick vibes. Bullets are used mainly for clitoral stimulation and can be used alone for quick orgasms or with a partner during intercourse.
Traditional vibrators generally resemble the shape of a penis and measure anywhere from four to eight inches long. They can be used for both internal stimulation (in and out motion) and external stimulation (of the clitoris). Traditional vibes can be used at multiple speeds to let you go at your own pace.
are specially formed to reach and stimulate a woman’s g-spot during penetration. They feature an angled or hooked tip for targeted stimulation. Achieving a g-spot orgasm takes repetitive strokes to the area and these vibes help you do it. Rubbing the g-spot is also how 'squirting' happens!
are intended to be used externally to stimulate the clitoris. They come in many different shapes and sizes – some of the more popular ones are egg vibrators and butterfly vibrators. Clit vibes are generally larger that bullet vibrators to stimulate a larger area. They can be used in solo play or can be very fun to use while having intercourse.
are some of the more popular vibrators for solo play as they stimulate both inside the vagina and the clitoris simultaneously. They gained mass popularity when they were featured on Sex and the City. These dual action vibrators can come in different styles, but many are also hooked to hit the g-spot.
gained popularity in the 60’s since the Hitachi Magic Wand was marketed as a body massager but women started using it as a vibrator. It was a breakthrough sex toy and Time magazine named it as one of the most influential gadgets of all time. They are used mainly for clitoral stimulation but now have a number of attachments for internal use as well.
Couples vibrators are made to be used during intercourse with your partner. If you need more than simple intercourse to orgasm, a couples vibe might be for you. They can be as simple as a vibrating cock ring to a finger vibrator to the We-Vibe which stimulates the g-spot and clit as well as the penis.
While most vibrators are intended to be used by women, prostate massagers
are designed specifically with a man’s prostate in mind. These vibrators help men reach the equivalent of their g-spot – also known as the p-spot – located about 2 inches inside the anus which can lead to amazing orgasms.
Seeing as vibrators touch a very sensitive part of your body, what material they're made out should be the first thing you check when shopping around. The material it's made of can make a huge difference on the way it feels against your body. Some materials are also harder to clean than others, which means they may not last as long.
Silicone is without a doubt the best material for vibrators. It's soft and pliable so it feels like a dream when used for internal or external stimulation. It's easy to clean and can be sterilized if you wash it properly; many silicone vibrators can even be put in the dishwasher if they have a removable vibrating unit. Silicone is also very durable which means it can be used many times over without losing its shape. The only downside is that silicone is a more expensive material, but it's definitely worth it.
Some vibrators are made out of jelly rubber which makes them soft and pliable. They're generally cheap vibrators that don't last long - the reason being that they're quite porous and can't be cleaned very easily. If you can't clean them well, bacteria and mold will grow quick. Also many jelly rubber products have that 'smell' you associate with being made in China. If you want to use a jelly vibrator we recommend putting a condom over it for sanitary and safety reasons.
Latex sex toys used to be very common but not so much these days. While they are cheap to make and soft to touch, latex vibrators aren't bendable or easy to clean. Latex is quite porous which means that you can't sterilize it like silicone. Due to this, you must wear a condom on your latex vibrator if you're going to share it. Not to mention that many people have latex allergies.. So they're generally best to stay away from.
Plastic is found everywhere, and it's no different in the world of sex toys. Plastic vibrators are generally smooth but hard and not pliable at all. They are easy to clean with disenfectant or sex toy cleaner though which is a big positive. Seeing as they're pretty cheap to purchase, plastic vibrators are a decent recommendation for a first time buyer. Don't go for the bottom of the barrel plastic vibrators though because some are poorly made in exchange for cost savings to the factory.
Vibrator Power Sources
Since vibrators vibrate, there needs to be something to power them! There are a few options you have when it comes to powering your vibrator.
Battery powered vibrators have been around forever and are generally the cheapest vibrators you can find. Depending on the vibrator they can be AA's, AAA's or even watch batteries for little finger vibrators (but they die quick!). Seeing as it's not the year 2000 anymore it can be a nuisance to have to continually find batteries to charge a vibrator, especially if you're going to use it often. You can also use NiMH rechargeable batteries in most battery powered vibrators as well. This is a good alternative to filling landfills with batteries to make you cum.
Wall plug vibrators are generally the most powerful vibrators available, take a look at the Magic Wand (insert link). That's because they plug right in to the wall and don't rely on tiny little batteries. You also won't run out of juice when you're almost at an orgasm with a wall plug vibrator which is a huge plus! I'd just recommend not traveling with a wall plug vibrator because they can be bulky and less discreet.
Just like your iPhone, many vibrators can be charged for a while and have battery to run without being plugged in. Although they're generally the most expensive kind, they can be worth it.. Especially if you're going to spend tons of money on batteries. Some also have passthrough charging which means you can use them even when they're plugged in. That can be very nice to have when you're in a pinch.
If it's your first time buying a vibrator you're probably wondering how there are such cheap vibrators at $10, but then they go way up to $400. A lot of it has to do with marketing and brand power but more expensive vibrators are generally better and will last longer.
If you see a super cheap vibrator that looks too good to be true, it probably is. Very cheap vibrators are made with poor quality materials, don't last more than a few uses and may actually be dangerous depending on the material that's used. Don't worry though.. We only sell 100% body safe vibrators. $30 is a pretty safe starting point point if you're looking to get your first vibrator. Maybe a little cheaper if you just want a small bullet vibrator.
That being said, there are some expensive models which are worth the price. If you invest a little bit up front, you can get a chargeable silicone vibrator that will get you off for years to come. LELO vibrators, for example, are great quality, offer a stellar warranty and are beautifully designed.
Water and bath use
If you are planning on taking your vibrator in to the bath or shower with you read closely. Not every vibrator is waterproof and can actually cause injury if you submerge it if it's not. Also, there is a huge difference between being water resistant and waterproof.
Water resistant: it is able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely. Most vibrators have to be at least a little bit water resistant. I mean what if you're really wet, right?
Waterproof: can not be penetrated by water. If the vibrator says it's specifically waterproof it should be safe to submerge in water. It's best to look for the product description to specifically say it's safe to put in the bath or shower though.
Lubricant for Vibrators
Many people think that lube is lube is lube. Those people are wrong! There is a huge difference between the types of lubricant
you use, especially when it comes to vibrators. If you use the wrong types you can ruin your brand new vibrator and potentially hurt yourself.
Oil based lubricant
Steer clear of oil based lubricants for use with your vibrator. Oil based lubes are meant for external use only (body massages for example), as your body can't properly clean itself when they're used internally. It can also coat your vibrator and make it very hard, or impossible, to clean. There's no reason to risk using oil based lubes with any sex toys!
Silicone based lubricant
Silicone lube is perfectly fine for internal use, or on sex toys made of hard plastics, metal or wood. If your vibrator is made of plastic (ABS) it should be fine to use. That being said, silicone lubricant reacts adversely with silicone sex toys. According to science, when silicone meets other silicone it begins to stick and melt to each other. If you use your expensive silicone vibrator with silicone lube you may find it permanently stuck with a coat of lubricant. That's why it's probably best to stay away from silicone lube with your vibrator.
Water based lubricant
Without a doubt, water based lubricant is the best to use with your vibrator. It's safe to use with all kinds of vibrators and sex toys. Water based lube is also very easy to clean off of your vibrator after use. While it may not last as long as silicone lube before it gets kind of tacky, water based lube will work great as long as you reapply or add more water.
Not all vibrators are meant for anal use. If you use a regular vibrator for anal stimulation or penetration you may find yourself in a sticky, or even dangerous, situation. The problem is that vibrators can get stuck in your butt if they don't have a safety stop - vaginas don't have this problem. Imagine a little bullet vibrator stuck inside you, vibrating all the way to the hospital.
That being said, anal vibrators can be extremely satisfying so don't be scared of using them. Just make sure the vibrator is made for anal use and has a safety stop at the end.