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The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Vibrators
When you hear the word ‘sex toy’, we’d be willing to bet our next orgasm that the first thing that buzzes in to your brain is going to be the image of a vibrator. Of course, it’s easy to understand why. They’re arguably the most popular and best-selling kind of sex toys all over the world, and have been around for a really long time. In fact, the first-ever vibrator was designed way back in the 1880’s!
Now, while we’ve certainly come a long way since those archaic and rudimentary designs, the basic premise remains the same: vibrations feel really, REALLY good on our bodies. The first modern vibrators as we know them today started becoming widespread and popular during the sexual revolution of the 1960’s. The Magic Wand, which you’ve probably heard of many times, was the first mass-marketed personal vibrator that gained worldwide acceptance and a passionate following.
Over the years, all kinds of new styles and designs of vibrators have emerged. You can now find vibrators in virtually any conceivable shape, size, and style. Big ones, little ones, long ones, short ones, skinny ones, wide ones, smooth ones, bumpy ones, pink ones, black ones, glow-in-the-dark ones, battery-operated ones, remote controlled ones, and even ‘smart’ ones! No matter the person, no matter the place, there’s guaranteed to be a vibrator out there that will set your body ablaze with pleasure & make you want to scream your passion out to the world.
But how can you find the right vibrator out of the hundreds of different options that are available to you? Well, we have good news! Here, we’re going to give you the full story on the world of vibrators, and help guide you through all the different types and styles until you find the absolutely perfect sex toy for you. It’s out there right now, waiting, so let’s get going and help you two meet up!
Different Types of Vibrators
To begin, it’s important to know that there are several different categories of vibrators depending on how it’s used, what features it has, and other special design elements. One thing to note is that sometimes people can mistakenly refer to a vibrator as a dildo, and vice versa. While similar, there are a couple of main differences between them.
First, dildos do not have any powered functions or controls to change the sensations of the experience, whereas vibrators of course do. You can find vibrators that will deliver a wide range of controllable sensations in many different combinations. Some models buzz, some pulse, some rotate, and some even thrust!
Second, dildos are generally phallic-shaped, long and firm. Vibrators can come in a much wider and more diverse array of designs, shapes, and sizes. Some styles look exactly the same as dildos, just with added pleasure-inducing functions, while some are much smaller and can fit in the palm of your hand. Some vibrators are curved and shaped to fit in two places at once, if you catch our meaning. Some vibrators are even designed to give pleasure to both partners simultaneously. You better believe that vibrators designers can get very creative with their shapes and styles!
Now that we’ve got the difference between dildos and vibrators cleared up, here are the main categories of vibrators that you can choose from in your search for the ultimate orgasm buddy.
This is the style of vibrator that started it all. Simple in design, yet powerful in how they work, wand massagers typically consist of a rounded end attached to a long handheld wand that includes the controls and batteries or power cord. When switched on, the rounded end of the wand massager vibrates at different adjustable intensity settings. Wand massagers are most commonly used to stimulate the clitoris, but can provide delightful sensations anywhere on your body that you want to feel them.
Wand massagers are a great introduction to the world of vibrators, and have many attachments and accessories available for you to experience different sensations. For many people they are the go-to sex toy whenever they get frisky in the bedroom. They’re easy to use and they work amazingly well. You definitely can’t go wrong with the proven design of a wand massager vibrator!
For a pocket-sized vibrator that really packs the pleasure, look no further than a bullet or egg vibe! These compact little toys are a fantastic way to put the incredible vibration sensations exactly where you want them, and are discreet enough to easily keep out-of-sight in your pocket or purse. Some are even styled to look exactly like a lipstick for extra secrecy!
Of course, just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re basic. There are many models of bullet and egg vibes that feature adjustable vibe settings to increase the intensity or change up the pattern of pulses for a different type of orgasmic experience. Bullets & eggs are a great way to add some extra excitement to the clitoris during intercourse, or as a part of your solo masturbation playtime.
If you want to get as close to the real thing as possible, allow us to introduce you to realistic vibrators! These incredible sex toys are designed and sculpted to mimic the size, shape, and feel of real cocks, and combine them with the wonderful sensations of a vibrator. No matter what your preference is, whether it’s a particular size or a particular skin tone, there’s a realistic vibe sex toy that will be exactly what you want.
You can even take things one step further and make your own realistic vibrator! Using an at-home kit, called Clone-a-willy, you can make a perfect mold of your partner’s penis to then recreate their member using a silicone material and an included vibe unit for your very own custom vibrator. For those times when there is too much distance between you and your partner, or you just want a two-for-one experience, these are absolutely brilliant!
For a sexual pleasure experience that really hits the spot, a g-spot vibrator is definitely what you’ll want to try. These vibrators are specially shaped and curved in order to easily put those vibration sensations right on the g-spot for earth-shaking orgasms time and time again.
G-spot vibes are extremely popular for solo masturbation play, and also for use during foreplay together with your partner. Let them take control of the vibe as you guide them to the right spot, and then just enjoy the ride!
For a dual-action vibe that hits all the best places, inside and out, a rabbit vibe is the way to go! These adorable little sex toys simultaneously massage the clitoris at the same time as the vagina for some of the most intense orgasms you’ve ever had. In fact, many women are not able to reach climax unless there is direct stimulation to the clitoris, so it’s easy to see why rabbit vibes are so immensely popular.
Many rabbit vibes are also shaped and curved like g-spot vibes so you can experience the best sensations that different styles of vibrators have to offer all at once! Rabbit vibes are consistently rated one of the best types of sex toys by users & reviewers around the globe.
While Rabbit vibes are double-duty vibes that buzz the clit as well as the inside of the vagina, clitoral stimulators are super-focused on the clitoris to bring incredibly intense orgasms, over and over again. Clitoral stimulators come in several different styles and offer a variety of sensations. Some vibrate, some pulsate, and some even produce gentle suction to mimic the feeling of oral action on the clitoris.
The most famous names in clitoral stimulators are the Womanizer and the Satisfyer, and both brands have received incredible reviews from thousands and thousands of VERY happy women. They’ll be the first to tell you that once you start using a clitoral stimulator, you’ll never want to stop!
For fun around the back side, an anal vibe is what you’ll want. Anal vibes are similar in function to most other types of vibrators, but the shape is often what’s different. In order to provide the best pleasure from the back door, most anal vibes take the form of a butt plug or string of anal beads with built-in vibrating action. There are many other styles as well, including some vibes that are designed to provide double-penetration action, with separate shafts for vagina and butt.
Some anal vibes are designed for stimulation of the prostate, making them extremely popular with men & their partners. There are also cock rings that have an anal vibe attached, too. It’s like a sexy two-for-one deal that everyone will enjoy!
Speaking of two-for-one, couples vibrators are where it’s at for simultaneous stimulation! Couples vibes like the We-Vibe are brilliant devices that give both partners an incredible, intense sexual experience like no other. There are even ‘smart’ models that can be connected to a smartphone for remote-controlled play, pre-programmed vibe sequences, and come-to-the-music playlist sync action that will blow your minds!
Size Matters, and So Does Shape
Sure, it may sound cliché, but the truth is size does matter, and not for the stereotypical reasons you might be imagining. Everyone’s body is different, and the same vibrator won’t always hit the right spots on all people. Finding the right size and shape for you can make the difference between a good experience and one that blows the roof right off!
When you think about what type of vibrator you might want, think about what it normally takes to get you off. When you have sex or masturbate, what spots are the magic places on your body that you always want to reach? How big, long, and wide do you want to go? You might not be 100% sure, so the best way to know is to try a few different sizes and styles until you find the magic mix of size and shape that works for you.
Buzz, Rotate, Pulse, Thrust, or All of the Above?
Just like there are all different combinations of sizes and shapes, you’ll also find a variety of sensations & functions to choose from. Some vibrators keep things simple and focus on delivering delightful vibrations, often with adjustable intensity settings to customize the experience however you want.
That said, there are also vibrators that have built-in rotating beads or bumps for added excitement. Some have a pulsating, rhythmic action, and some others can actually thrust as you use them. Whether you are looking for one of those kinds of sensations, or all of them, there’s definitely a vibe that will do the job.
Where Do You Want Your Vibrator to Go?
Another thing you’ll want to consider when shopping for vibrators is where you intend to use it, and we don’t mean the bedroom or on vacation. Vaginal vibes, clitoral vibes, anal vibes, and prostate vibes are all a little different in shape and style, and are designed to stimulate different parts of your body, so choosing the right sexy tool for the job will make sure that you get the biggest orgasmic impact & the best experience.
Wet & Wild Vibrators for Use in the Tub or Shower
Want to take that toy in the shower or spend some quality alone-time in the tub? Well, then you’d better look for one that’s fully waterproof and specifically designed to be used when wet. The last thing you want is for water to get into a place where it shouldn’t and have your new favourite toy ruined. Waterproof vibes will clearly state as much on the package, so be sure to look closely before you buy.
Silicone, Plastic, or Metal?
When considering your vibrator, think about the type of feeling the material will have. Silicone will feel soft and silky, while metal and glass dildos will have a smooth and hard surface. All are great options, but you may end up preferring the feeling of one over the other. The material of the vibrator or dildo will also determine the types of lubes that you can use, as some types of lubricants may not be suitable for all types of vibrator materials – for example, you can’t use silicone lube with silicone vibrators. That’s why it’s important that you check what types of lubes are recommended by the manufacturer before you buy, to make sure that they are 100% compatible. If you’re not sure, we’re here to help - call us toll free at 1.888.780.PINK (7465).
Feel the Power
Once you flip that switch, the power of the vibrator will definitely make a big difference. Some have bigger, more powerful motors, while others may be much quieter in operation. You’ll also need to consider if you want a vibrator that plugs into an outlet, or is battery operated. If you do go with a battery-operated vibrator, you’ll need to choose between one that uses regular off-the-shelf batteries or has a built-in rechargeable battery. All these options have their advantages, so think carefully on where you expect to use your vibe, and how long you want the batteries to last.
In general, plug-in vibrators will offer the most power, while battery-operated vibes are more portable and convenient. Standard batteries like AA or AAA are easy to find and always available, but built-in rechargeable batteries mean you won’t have the added cost of going out and buying replacement batteries when they eventually run out. However, you’ll need to remember to keep it charged up so it’s ready to go when you are.
In addition, be sure to compare the amount of adjustability in the vibrator, too. Some have only one or two settings, while others have multiple vibration and stimulation options to choose from. If you want the ability to customize your sessions and try new things, look for these types of features in your new vibrators.
Slip & Slide with Lubes for Better Pleasure
As we mentioned earlier, you’ve got to choose the right lubes for the materials of your vibrator, but make no mistake that using a lube is definitely something that you’re going to want to do. Things always feel better when they slip and slide easier, and you’ll certainly get more pleasure from your vibrator with a little bit of the right lube.
Pretty much all vibes will be safe for water-based lubes, while certain types of silicone-based lubes could pose a potential for problems with vibes that are made from silicone materials. When uncertain what is best for your specific vibrator, check the product descriptions – we do our best to provide clarity on what lubes to use – and if you encounter a product where it isn’t clear – give us a call toll free at 1.888.780.7465.
Whether you need silicone-based lube or water-based lube, there are nearly countless options for you to choose from, each with their own unique feel & sensations to enjoy. You can find warming lubes, tingling lubes, pleasure-enhancing lubes, and flavoured lubes to use with your vibrator and experience a diverse array of sexual delights each and every time you use it.
Making Sure The Price is Right
When you first start shopping around for a vibrator, one of the first things you’ll notice is the wide range of prices. You may be wondering exactly what the difference is between a $30 vibrator and a $300 vibrator. Well, it’s basically determined by all the features and factors that we’ve been talking about, and what combination each one has.
Based on what you want out of your vibrator, the cost can vary quite a bit. You can find vibrators starting as low as $20 that are compact, made from plastic, battery-operated, and come with adjustable intensity settings. As you start to add more features, such as more powerful motors, higher quality materials, water-resistance, carrying cases and other features, you can expect to invest a little more.
At the end of the day, it’s ultimately up to you how much you spend on your vibrator. However, when it comes to your pleasure, aren’t you worth it? Well yeah, of course you are! You deserve the best sexual pleasure, so make sure you’re looking at all the different aspects we’ve talked about and get the right vibrator for you. Trust us when we say that you won’t regret it for one hot minute!
Feel the Good Vibrations
Now that you’re equipped to shop for a vibrator like a pro, what are you waiting for? Go and find the perfect vibrator that you’ve been waiting for! Of course, if you need additional help, we’re always here for you! Don’t miss all the helpful articles and resources available in our sex toy blog, or you can contact us at 1.888.780.7465 and we’ll do our best to address any specific questions you have.