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how to choose a vibrator

Vibrators come in many shapes and sizes, each with their own pros and cons. Choosing the vibrator that's right for you is part process of elimination and part super fun homework assignment. Consider these questions when choosing your first or your twenty-first vibrator.

  • Do you want a battery powered, electric, or rechargeable vibrator?
  • Are you looking for a vibrator for penetration or clitoral stimulation?
  • What kind of vibration are you looking for?
  • What material should your vibrator be made from?
  • How loud is your vibrator?
  • Do you want a vibrator for you, your partner, or both of you?

Battery powered or electric?

  • The advantages of battery-operated vibrators are that they are portable, less expensive, come in a mind-boggling array of shapes, sizes, and colours. The drawback is that they tend to break down quicker than electric vibrators.
  • There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, Japanese Rabbit vibrators, like the Rabbit Habit and the Rosebud tend to be of significantly higher quality (and price).
  • Electric vibrators are generally better made, will last for years, and provide a stronger buzz. Electric vibes like the Hitachi Magic Wand and the Wahl 8 in 1, need to be plugged in.
  • Rechargeable vibrators bring you the best of both worlds: strong vibrations with a less bulky design.  Rechargeable vibrators tend to cost more than electric and battery vibes, but have long warranties and are often very high-quality.  Lelo, Jimmyjane, and Fun Factory all make silicone rechargeable vibrators with long warranties and strong vibrations.

Vibrator for penetration or clitoral stimulation?

One way to choose a vibrator is based on how you want to use it. Most people prefer hard plastic vibrators for external clitoral stimulation, and choose soft elastomer vibrators or silicone vibrators for penetration play. It's hard to find a vibrator that will be good for all seasons, as it were, but any soft vibrator that has a motor near the tip, like Wink, Fun Factory Smooth Operator or the Orchid G, can be more versatile and suitable for either penetration or clitoral stimulation. The mini vibes are ideal for external stimulation.

Different vibration options

  • In the old days a vibrator buzzed, and that's all it did. These days you have what may seem like an infinite number of vibrations available to choose from.
  • The wand style electric vibrators, like the Hitachi Magic Wand Massager, offer a strong, thumpy, purr.
  • Some battery vibrators gyrate (like the Velvet Dream).
  • Mini vibrators offer a higher pitched buzz (like the One Touch Bullet).
  • There are vibrators that offer a range of vibration, including escalating, rollercoaster, and pulsating (like the Jimmyjane Form 6, Lelo Gigi and the Fun Factory Laya).
  • There's no right way to go here. We always say that more versatile is better, but most people end up finding a groove and sticking with it.

Choosing a vibrator material

Whether it's a hard plastic vibrator, silicone rubber vibrator or the new elastomer material vibrator, choosing the right vibe can be about finding a material that works for you. While many people don't react to less expensive rubbers, these materials contain chemicals that may cause immediate allergic reactions, or may have longer term concerns that we aren't completely sure of at this moment. If you have sensitive skin, live with environmental allergies or multiple-chemical sensitivities, or if you're concerned about what you put in and on your body, you might want to read up on our different sex toy materials and be sure you're using a toy that you can feel good about after it stops buzzing.

Noise levels of vibrators

Most vibrators make a buzzing noise, but not all vibrators are created equal when it comes to noise level. Our site offers noise level ratings for all our vibrating toys. The quietest vibrators we have are the coil electric vibes, including the Wahl 8 in 1 and the Lelo Liv. These vibes are practically silent as they don't have a motor that whirs. Beyond this, the soft rubber vibrators tend to be quieter than hard plastic vibrators. If you have any specific questions be sure to ask before you buy.

A vibrator for you, your partner, or both?

Finding the right vibrator means thinking about how you want to use it. If you're looking for a vibrator for you and your partner to use, do you want a wearable vibrator that can either go on a penis, on a finger, or around a waist? Do you want a vibe with a nice long handle that will fit nicely between two (or more) bodies? Also, when shopping for a vibrator for you and your partner, don't forget that what it looks like may be important. A discreet Pocket Rocket can be much more welcome than the flashy Lelo Smart Wand, but if you're looking to make a splash, maybe the bigger is the better. Your best bet is to talk about it in advance, and use our website to browse the toys. You can even suggest that each of you build a wish list and surprise each other with one item off each of your lists.

 

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