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The Ultimate Vibrator Buying Guide


You’re probably familiar with the idea of sex toys, even if you haven’t made the leap into playing with one yet. Sex toys are popular for individuals, couples, and more, and they can bring you to incredibly stimulating heights. If you’re just beginning your journey into playtime, a vibrator is often one of the first purchases in a toy collection. They are perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. Here’s everything you need to know about vibrators.

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What is a Vibrator?

In short, a vibrator is any type of toy that has a small motor that designed to stimulate and tease your erogenous zones. Vibrators have the power to pulsate, move at different intensities, and even move to the beat of your favorite tunes. Vibrators come in all types of shapes and sizes and promise to take you from zero to the O-zone in no time.

Who Can Use a Vibrator?

Vibrators are for everyone! If you like to fly solo, a vibrator can give you all of the attention you crave. They’re also perfect for playing with a friend—just think of the fun you’ll have when one of you takes over the controls! While many vibrators are designed specifically to bring women to orgasm, that doesn’t mean men can’t have their share of the fun.

Types of Vibrators

When you're searching for the perfect vibrator - you might be surprised just how many different kinds of toys are around. From the smallest bullet to the complex remote controlled couples toys, it may seem all overwhelming at first. Don't worry though, we have you covered with all the major types of vibes and you'll definitely one that's just right for you!

Anal Vibrators

My First Silicone Surge 10 Function Vibrating Beginner Butt Plug

For those interested in backdoor stimulation, there are anal vibrators available. You can find items meant to tease and please, including exciting probes and titillating anal beads. Give one a try and see how much pleasure you can give yourself or a partner. A vibrating butt plug can allow you to simply let the good times roll, no matter if you’re just getting started or you want to work your way up to something bigger.

We recommend: My First Silicone Surge 10 Function Vibrating Beginner Butt Plug



Bullet Vibrators

Ammunition RO-80MM Bullet Vibrator

Bullets are absolutely the perfect choice for beginners. For one, this category of toy is pretty small. They are usually about 2-3 inches in length and can be used for solo stimulation or for foreplay (or more) with a partner. It’s small enough that you can still use it during penetrative sex without it getting in the way. For an exercise in pushing your boundaries, choose a bullet vibrator that has adjustable intensities. You can find out what you’re really capable of!

We recommend: Ammunition RO-80MM Bullet Vibrator



Butterfly Vibrators

The Butterfly Kiss G-Spot Vibrator - Bestseller!

This style of vibrator isn’t really like anything else. The device nestles over your lady parts with or without a harness, and you or a partner can control the vibrations. You’ll experience intense clitoral stimulation, and some models even have a probe that inserts to hit even more spots. Butterfly vibes are a true classic and one of our customer favorites.

We recommend: The Butterfly Kiss G-Spot Vibrator - Bestseller!



Classic Vibrators

Doc Johnson's Velvet Touch 7 Inch Vibrator

What many people envision when you mention a vibrator is the traditional phallic shaped device that penetrates and vibrates at adjustable speeds. You can tease the clitoris or take yourself for a ride. Alternatively, you can let your lover take control and see what happens. Typically, this design is fairly discreet, and it comes in a variety of sizes and materials. Different materials offer different forms of stimulation, and there are different strengths out there. Don’t be afraid to try something a little more intense after starting with the basics.

We recommend: Doc Johnson's Velvet Touch 7 Inch Vibrator



Clitoral Vibrators

LELO Ora 2 The Worlds Most Intelligent Oral Sex Simulator

Yes, a bullet vibrator can give you targeted pleasure, but there are vibrators specifically designed to rev up the clitoris, complete with flicking and suction motions. You won't get the same sensation with vibrators that simply target the clitoris as an add-on. These are typically going to be more intense than bullets, but if you want a sexual challenge, give it a shot! 

We recommend: LELO Ora 2 The Worlds Most Intelligent Oral Sex Simulator



Discreet Vibrators

lelo mia 2 usb rechargeable clitoral vibrator

Some vibrators don’t really look like much to an outsider, making them fun to travel with. One main category of discreet vibrators in the magic wand style, which can also be used for back and neck massage. Cozy up to the soft surface and go to town.

We recommend: LELO Mia 2 USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator



Finger Vibrators

Screaming O Fingo Fun Finger Tingly Vibe

Speaking of discreet, a finger vibrator is a lot of fun in a small package. The vibrator is attached to a finger loop or some sort, and you or your partner simply get to playtime and have fun. These can also start at a lower price point, making it a great choice for beginner play. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have so much fun you work your way up to electrostimulation!

We recommend: Screaming O Fingo Fun Finger Tingly Vibe



G-Spot Vibrators

Lulu Satin Scoop Multi-Speed G-Spot Waterproof Vibrator

This one’s definitely for the ladies. A g-spot vibrator is designed to get your going and take off by stimulating your g-spot. They are wonderfully curved around the tip and come with a multitude of vibrating options for optimal stimulation. It can be an intense experience that will rock your world.

We recommend: Lulu Satin Scoop Multi-Speed G-Spot Waterproof Vibrator



Luxury Vibrators

LELO Elise 2 Dual Motor Luxury G-Spot Vibrator

Luxury vibrators are seriously high tech and made with luxury materials. You’ll be shocked at the quality you receive, not to mention the orgasmic fun you’ll have during playtime. Because the material is more sensitive, it’s also more durable, ensuring a product that’s going to last. In addition, many of these are rechargeable, meaning you can save on batteries.

We recommend: LELO Elise 2 Dual Motor Luxury G-Spot Vibrator



Egg Vibrators

Dr Laura Berman Lila Multi-Speed Vibrating Bullet

Smaller than the compact bullets, these are fun for beginners, as they provide just enough vibration to get you going. Perfect for clitoral stimulation and generally shaped like an egg. These vibrators usually come attached with a wired remote control. It’s also small enough to tuck into your bag so you can take your adventures on the go.

We recommend: Dr Laura Berman Lila Multi-Speed Vibrating Bullet



Rabbit Vibrators

Sex and the City Rabbit Habit Vibrator - The Rolls Royce of Vibrators

We can’t have a conversation about vibrators without mentioning the ubiquitous rabbit. This style of toy provides internal stimulation while simultaneously flicking vibrations against your clitoris. Some models thrust while others rotate, providing you the potential for a combined orgasm. Wow!

We recommend: Sex and the City Rabbit Habit Vibrator - The Rolls Royce of Vibrators



Realistic Vibrators

Real Feel Deluxe No. 7 Realistic Vibrating 10.5 Inch Suction Dildo

If you want the real deal, or at least as close as you can get without a beating heart behind it, you should consider a realistic dildo vibrator. Many models include balls, and you’ll love the head and veins. This style is usually made from silicone and feels amazingly lifelike. Combine that with a powerful motor and you’ll find yourself getting out of control with pleasure.

We recommend: Real Feel Deluxe No. 7 Realistic Vibrating 10.5 Inch Suction Dildo



Remote Control Vibrators

LELO Hula Beads Luxury Rotating G-Spot and Clitoral Massager

There isn’t one specific type of vibrator that’s remote control, but it’s a feature that some may share. For example, love eggs are a very popular remote controlled vibrator. The egg inserts and nestles against the g-spot, and one of you can play with the remote functions. It’s great for people interested in power play. If you’re particularly adventurous, take it with when you’re out in public for a kinky day out!

We recommend: Real LELO Hula Beads Luxury Rotating G-Spot and Clitoral Massager



Strap On Vibrators

Fetish Fantasy Elite 8 Inch Hollow Vibrating Strap On

A strap on vibrating dildo is a great opportunity to switch roles or try a whole new experience. A strap-on vibrator dildo provides extra fun for both parties. In fact, you may even be able to find a model that has an internal vibrator for the wearer, which promises to provide a most excellent experience.

We recommend: Fetish Fantasy Elite 8 Inch Hollow Vibrating Strap On



Waterproof Vibrators

We-Vibe Sync Couples Vibrator

That’s right. You’re not just restricted to playing in the bedroom. Take your toys with you into the water and amplify the fun while you’re in the bath or a hot tub. Just watch out, even though some toys are made from the same materials, it doesn’t always mean that all toys will be waterproof. Check before you buy. Waterproof toys will always say that they are submersible and are safe for the tub or shower.

We recommend: We-Vibe Sync Couples Vibrator



Vibrator Materials

Vibrators come in a few different materials, each with their own benefits. You can find vibrators in:

Metal Vibrators

COLT 7 Inch Multispeed Classic Metal Vibrator

Metal offers an unusual level of playtime. Not only do you get the intense stimulation of the vibrations, but you also get the sensation of metal on skin, which can be deliciously cool to the touch. Alternatively, you can run your toy under hot water and introduce a warm sensation. Metal toys are super high quality and can last a lifetime with proper care and use.

We recommend: COLT 7 Inch Multispeed Classic Metal Vibrator



Silicone Vibrators

LELO Liv 2 Luxury Rechargeable G-Spot and Clitoral Vibrator

Silicone toys have a more realistic texture and can feel so smooth against your contours. One thing to note about using silicone toys is that if you use lube, you need to make sure it’s not silicone based. Go with a water based lube and prolong the life of your vibe. Silicone is a non-porous and hypoallergenic material making it resistant to the build up of bacteria and germs.

We recommend: LELO Liv 2 Luxury Rechargeable G-Spot and Clitoral Vibrator



Jelly Vibrators

Jelly Caribbean 6.5 Inch Vibrator

This is one of the most common materials for vibrators. It’s flexible and soft, allowing you to really grind and enjoy yourself. In addition, jelly vibrators are typically less expensive than other materials, making it a good initial investment to your toy collection. Jelly is an excellent choice for beginners and newbies looking to get their feet wet.

We recommend: Jelly Caribbean 6.5 Inch Vibrator



Caring For Your Vibrator

Investing in sex toys isn’t small change, and you will naturally want to protect your purchases. If you want your toys to last then you need to take special care of them. Some basic care and maintenance goes a long way. The number one rule for toy care is to clean your toy before and after you use it. Every single time.

Use an antibacterial cleaner that’s designed for toys and then rinse off with warm water. You can find toy cleaner many places online. Since you’re working with vibrators, make sure you take out the batteries before doing any cleaning. Air dry your toys or dry them off with a lint free cloth.

Storage is important for several reasons. One, it’s fun knowing that you have a “toy box”. Two, unless you like having all of accessories out where anyone can find them, it’s nice to put them in storage, and having them all in the same place is simply convenient. That being said, you shouldn’t just throw everything into a chest and call it a day. It’s possible that the different materials of your toys could react to each other when kept in prolonged contact. You could see deformities and even melting or breaking, which is the last thing you want. To avoid that situation, store your vibrators in individual storage bags.

Regarding batteries, don’t store your vibrators with their batteries in place. They can get corroded when left in there, and even when they aren’t in use, the batteries can lose their charge little by little, leaving you with less intensity.

Choosing a Vibrator

As you can see, not all vibrators are the same. If you’re thinking about investing in one, especially for the first time, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider.

  • Budget – A vibrator is a vibrator, right? There are vibrators at practically every price point, from inexpensive bullets to the high-end luxury models, some of which are priced at well over a hundred dollars. If you not sure if a vibrator is right for you, perhaps start with one that’s not a budget breaker, then consider if you want to upgrade to the luxury experience once you discover how much you love it.
  • Size – Size is definitely an important factor to consider. Not that everything needs to be big, mind you. Check the dimensions of the phallic vibrators and make sure it’s something you can handle. If you’re looking for something you can take with you, make sure it’s something that will fit in your pocket or purse, and check remote control sizes if you’re into public play. If you want something huge, work your way up to the larger sizes when you’re a little more practiced.  
  • Battery Power – When it comes to vibrators, you’ve got to consider how much power you want out of it. If you’re just getting started, you may want to go with a toy that isn’t as powerful so you don’t overwhelm yourself. In order to get an idea for how much power we’re talking, the bigger the battery capacity, the more juice you get. Compare battery sizes.

How to Play With Your Vibrator

For beginners to vibrators (or toys in general), there are a few things you can do to get yourself ready for a fun romp. Make sure you have fresh batteries—if you’re reusing ones you got out of the remote, you’re really cheating yourself out of the full experience. Find a place where you’re comfortable and grab a partner if you’re looking for someone else to play with.

Use toys for their intended purpose. That means keep your vaginal toys and your anal toys separate—don’t use one for the other’s purpose.

You also may need lube for your adventures. We recommend using a water-based lubricant on your playthings, as they won’t react with the various materials. Silicone or oil based lubes can cause damage to certain types of vibrator materials.

A vibrator is the ultimate tool for getting you where you want to go! You can enjoy the pleasure of your own company or enjoy it with someone else, and you’ll fall in love with the little machine that gets your motor running. Take a chance on your first vibrator and find the perfect one for your playtime fantasies.