The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Vibrators


Thankfully, the days when vibrator use was something hush-hush that no one talked about are long over with. Thanks to popular TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, not to mention multiple celebrity endorsements, vibrators have become a lot more mainstream. So has the notion of a woman empowering herself by taking control of her own sexual pleasure and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

However, knowing you love being one of those women is one thing. Actually making sense of the many vibrator options out there on the market today is another. Here we’ll go over everything you need to know to find and purchase the best possible vibrator for your needs. You’ll be happily enjoying your next round of good vibrations before you know it.

Different Types of Vibrators

If you’ve spent much time checking out the vibrator selection at your local sex shop or online sex toy emporium, you definitely know you have your choices when it comes to selection. In fact, there are literally thousands of different vibrators out there to choose from with more options hitting the shelves all the time.

On the one hand, choices are a great thing… but on the other, too many choices can be overwhelming if you don’t know one from another. Let’s start by going over some of the basic types of vibrators you’ll come in contact with as you shop. Each comes attached to its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages to consider before you buy, as well as its own set of uses it’s ideal for. 

Wand Massagers

Also known as body massagers, wand-style vibrators are among the most versatile types of vibrators out there. They’re ideal for people that not only prefer direct clitoral stimulation, but love the idea of having a vibrator that does excellent double duty as an effective body massager for soothing sore, tired muscles. 

Pros: Those that swear by wand massagers love how powerful they are. They also love the fact that they aren’t immediately recognizable as sex toys thanks to discreet, streamlined designs. 

Cons: For some people – especially those that are new to using sex toys – wand massagers can actually be too powerful. They also tend to be quite a bit noisier than some of the alternatives, so they may not be the best picks for people that live with roommates or children and are looking to keep their toy use under wraps.

Classic Vibrators

When most people think of a vibrator, these traditional vibrators are typically what come to mind. It’s sleek, it’s streamlined, and it’s user-friendly. It’s also incredibly versatile. As with a wand massager or other alternative, you can easily use a classic vibe to stimulate your clit. However, its smooth elongated shape makes it just as ideal for internal vaginal stimulation.

Pros: Most classic vibrators don’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, so they’re perfect for beginners or for toy users that prefer a simple experience. They’re also relatively inexpensive in comparison to the alternatives, so they’re perfect for folks on a budget as well.

Cons: If you’re looking for a lot of versatility in a vibrator, the classic style might not have enough going on to suit you. The same goes for special features and multiple speeds.

Bullet Vibrators

If you like your sex toys small, versatile, and portable, then a bullet vibrator or a vibrating egg might be the right choice for you. Most bullet vibes measure in at just a few inches, although there are some out there on the market that are even smaller. They’re wonderful for targeted clitoral stimulation or for adding additional fun to the use of other toys (i.e. cock rings). 

Pros: Those that love vibrating bullets and egg-style vibes love how portable they are. They’re great for people that like to travel with their sex toys or use them discreetly in a variety of settings. They’re also inexpensive, as well as easy to introduce into play that involves a partner.

Cons: Their small size often means vibrating bullets don’t pack as much power as some of the alternatives. Most bullet vibes also require specialized batteries that aren’t always easy to find.

G-Spot Vibrators

Whether you’ve been into G-spot stimulation for a long time or are simply looking to discover your own sweet spot for the first time, you should definitely be aware that  there’s a vibrator for that. G-spot vibrators are specially designed to accurately target and stimulate this undervalued but highly sensitive hot spot. 

Pros: G-spot vibes really do take the guesswork out of finding your G-spot in the first place if you don’t already know where it is. They’re also second to none when it comes to stimulating it and causing powerful G-spot orgasms. For that reason, they’re good picks for toy users of all experience levels, even absolute beginners. 

Cons: If you’re looking for a versatile vibe, a G-spot vibrator may not offer enough options to suit you. They’re best for delivering intense, targeted stimulation.

Rabbit Vibrators

Many women are interested in buying a vibrator because they either want to learn to orgasm in the first place or need a reliable way to have an orgasm whenever they want one. If that sounds like you, then you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at getting a rabbit vibrator. Rabbits deliver powerful multi-point stimulation that’s highly likely to result in orgasm, even if you’re someone that normally has a lot of trouble climaxing. 

Pros: Rabbits feature both an insertable shaft and an integrated tickler, so they’re terrific for stimulating your G-spot and your clitoris at the same time. They’re also incredibly powerful thanks to multiple motors and come in a wide range of different options. Many luxury rabbit vibrators also comes with special features that guarantee a truly next-level experience.

Cons: Some people that are brand new to sex toys can find rabbit vibes intimidating or overwhelming, especially if they prefer enjoying one type of stimulation at a time. They can also be a lot more expensive than some of the more basic alternatives.

Realistic Vibrators

If you really like the idea of a sex toy that looks and feels as much like the real thing as possible, a realistic vibrator could be the right choice for you. Designed to look just like real penises down to the last detail, realistic vibrators come in a wide variety of shapes, shades, lengths, and girths. There’s quite literally an option out there to mimic every type of cock under the sun.

Pros: Realistic vibrators are terrific for people that like their sex toy-assisted experiences to feel as much like real intercourse as possible. Most are deliciously long, thick, and firm for that one-of-a-kind feeling of being filled up.

Cons: Most realistic vibrators don’t come attached to many special features, so they may not be sophisticated enough for people searching for a lot of versatility. The special life-like material they’re made of also requires special care in order to maintain its integrity. 

Anal Vibrators

If you enjoy a little backdoor action from time to time, you should definitely be aware that not all vibrators are appropriate for anal use. You’ll want to purchase one made specifically for that purpose. Anal vibrators come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are vibrating versions of butt plugs or anal beads. Others are specially designed to locate and stimulate a man’s prostate. 

Pros: Anal vibes are made of special materials that are safe and appropriate for backdoor use. They also include safety features like flared bases and user-friendly handles so that you can focus on your play without worry.

Cons: Most anal vibes really are best when used for their intended purpose. There are vibrators out there that can do double duty as insertive vaginal toys as well, but they will still need to be thoroughly washed and sanitized before you go from anal to vaginal stimulation.

Hands Free Vibrators

If you’d love to experience the intense stimulation a vibrator brings to the table, but without the need to use your hands, a hands-free vibrator is definitely something to consider. Some are made to be worn during solo use while other hands-free vibes are meant to be used by couples to enhance intercourse by providing the direct clitoral stimulation so many women need, but rarely get.

Pros: Hands-free vibes are absolute must-tries if you’re ultimately looking to enjoy your toy with your partner. Plus, the intense vibrations aren’t just great for her. They can drastically enhance the experience for him too. 

Cons: Again, hands-free vibrators may not be the best pick for users that want a lot of versatility in a toy. They’re best when used for the purpose they’re designed for.

Remote Control Vibrators

Remote control vibrators are exactly what they sound like – powerful vibrating sex toys that can be operated and controlled from a distance. Some come with their own dedicated remotes while others can be accessed via a handy smartphone app from distances that range from across the room to the other side of the country or the globe. They’re wonderful for integrating into partnered play, although many toy lovers enjoy the convenience they bring to solo sessions as well.

Pros: Modern remote controlled vibes are fantastic for couples that want to take their play to a whole new level. They’re also great ways to stay connected to your partner if you’re in a long-distance relationship either temporarily or indefinitely. 

Cons: Some remote controlled toys have strict limitations when it comes to range. Others require that the user have a compatible smartphone, so it’s important to check out all the specs before you put your money down.

Tongue and Finger Vibes

These are small specialty vibrators that are designed to be worn on the fingers or the tongue to enhance oral sex or manual stimulation. Like bullet vibes, they’re small, portable, and relatively discreet. Some can actually be used interchangeably as both a finger vibe or a tongue vibe as the user pleases.

Pros: Tongue and finger vibes are fun, user-friendly ways to take other kinds of sexual stimulation to exciting new levels. They also make fun additions to a growing toy collection that includes many types of vibrators.

Cons: Like many specialty vibrators, these are really best when used for their intended purposes. Users looking to get a lot of versatility out of one toy would probably be better off going for a classic bullet vibe if they’re looking for something in a similar size.

Discreet Vibrators

If you’re one of the increasing number of people that has zero shame about carrying, owning, or using a sex toy, more power to you. On the other hand, if you really like to keep your good vibrations on the downlow, you’ll definitely want to check out the growing selection of discreet sex toys out there. Discreet sex toys are made to be indistinguishable from everyday objects (i.e. mascara, lipstick, rubber duckies, or even tasteful jewelry). If anyone happens to see it, they’ll have absolutely no idea it’s a vibrator.

Pros: Discreet sex toys are ideal for traveling, for taking on business trips, or for using any other time you want to keep the presence of a sex toy to yourself. Keep your vibrator in your purse, your desk drawer, or even your vanity table without anyone being the wiser.

Cons: Like many compact vibrators, discreet vibrators often lack the powerful punch larger toys like rabbit vibes or wand massagers bring to the table. They also may lack special features like multiple speeds, variable vibration patterns, and so forth.

Which type of vibrator is ultimately going to be right for you depends on how you want to be able to use it. Do you want to use it with your partner or is it solely for your own private pleasure? What perks and features are most important to you? Are you looking for something powerful and mighty or small, portable, and discreet? Do you like lots of bells and whistles or do you prefer to stick to the basics?

Of course, there’s no rule that you have to stop at just one fantastic vibrator either. Lots of vibrator lovers eventually start an entire collection of toys, the better to experience the best of all worlds. Start exploring the possibilities today!