Of all the sex toys on the market, the vibrator is often considered one of the most popular, and a large reason for this comes from the versatility and flexibility offered by this range of toys. From bullets to rabbit vibrators, wands to vibrating cock rings, there are a wide variety of toys to test and try, with a whole world of potential sexual pleasure. Whether you are a pleasure veteran, or looking for something to spice up your sex life, we have put together everything you need to know about the different types of vibrators, as well as all of the information you need to make the perfect choice – whether you are looking to share a new experience with your partner, or going it alone.
There are a few main types of vibrators to be aware of – these are the main categories to offer amazing internal stimulation, and the best way to find your new favorite is to experiment!
No matter which toy you choose, lube is your best friend. Find your favorite brand, and use plenty of it.
Clitoral stimulation offers an amazing opportunity for orgasm: according to experts, fewer than 20% of all women climax from penetration alone, and so a clitoral vibrator is the perfect way for you to get off, whether you are with a partner or enjoying some solo play. Clitoral orgasms are also the easiest type of orgasms for women to reach, thanks to the high density of nerve endings clustered in a single location. There are a wide range of vibrators in this category, such as these; the term “clitoral vibrator” is often used as a catch-all for any vibrators which stimulate this area of the body. Don’t forget to check out our We Vibe Touch review and Lelo Sona review as well.
Whether you are new to the world of pleasure, or looking for a versatile option which guarantees a good time, a clitoral vibrator is a great choice.
Wand vibrators are relatively new to the market, but have proven to be a roaring success thanks to their versatility. The top of the head is wide, meaning that this is perfect for external stimulation, rather than internal stimulation, and can be used to create tingles and pleasures on almost any area of your body – from nipples to incredible clit stimulation. Some users have even reported getting thrills from the sensation on unexpected areas of the body, such as knees, necks and even shoulders. This is a perfect pick if you are new to sex toys, or unsure about internal stimulation. See more examples in our review or check out our Magic Wand review.
Another popular option is the bullet vibrator, and these are a good option if you want plenty of variability. Small but mighty, the humble bullet, like these, often tops lists of preferred vibrators; they offer very strong vibrators, as well as offering simplicity. Most bullets will not have a wide range of vibration settings, and this means that they are fast, easy and effective – no need to try and learn a bunch of vibration patterns or navigate a lengthy user guide. The ability to test out a bullet on any part of the body is also a major appeal; there is no shortage of external stimulation when you opt for this type of sex toy.
Some bullet vibrators can be very intense, so start slow and build your way up – especially if you are new to stimulation of the nipples, labia or other areas of the body.
Also on the list of top picks are rabbit vibrators, so named because of their distinctive shape. Rabbit vibrator toys have a slim central shaft, designed for penetration, which sits alongside a smaller head – or “rabbit ears” – which simultaneously stimulate the clitoris. This is the secret formula to incredible, mind-blowing orgasms, as well as an amazing two in one experience. Toys such as these may come with extras such as vibration patterns, speed settings and in some cases, even tracking systems to track your orgasm speed, strength and intensity. Put simply: a rabbit vibrator should be in the bedside drawer of every woman. See also our Lovense Nora review.
If public play gets you hot under the collar, a wearable vibrator may be the perfect sex toy to add to your collection. As the name suggests, a wearable – also known as finger vibrators or egg vibrators like you can see here – are a type of sex toy which allows you to keep your hands free for other tasks and acts of pleasure. They work brilliantly for couples who are looking for something a little spicier – you can opt for internal finger vibrators or bullet vibrators for full on public fun, or transform an erection into a vibrator. The real fun here is figuring out which toy you like best!
If you are tired of rabbit vibrators, feel as though you have tried every single wand vibrator on the market, and have tapped out all the possibilities with your bullet vibrators, then suction vibrators are exactly what you need. Designed for intense, mind blowing clitoral stimulation, suction vibrators do exactly what they say on the tin – focus on a sucking sensation designed to target your clit, in a sensation which is a total departure from standard vibrations and sex toys.
Many users have reported a similarity to oral sex in terms of feeling and experience, making this a perfect option if you love someone going down on you, but are playing alone or with a reluctant partner.
Suction vibrators can also be a great option if you think are open to trying oral sex, but still feeling uncertain – get used to the sensations and feelings before you try it with a partner to boost your confidence, and find out what works for you.
G Spot Vibrators
All too often, the G spot is defined as some mythical region, and many of us may have even started to doubt its very existence…if this sounds like you, there is help at hand: a G spot vibrator is gently curved, and this makes it perfect for not only locating the G spot, but for providing hours of amazing dual clitoral stimulation and penetration. Read our review to find out more or check out our Lelo Mona 2 review.
Bonus Features: App Controlled
Another popular option amongst many users are remote control vibrators, also known as app vibrators. As the name suggests, these are designed to be used and enjoyed across long distances, making them perfect if you are separated from your beloved for an extended period of time. App controlled vibrators may come in a range of forms, but make the perfect addition to your collection of sex toys if you are happy to hand over full control to your partner. See what we thought of the best remote control vibrators in our review or read our We Vibe Sync review.
Type of Vibrator
- Targeted clitoral stimulation
- Easiest way to orgasm
- Those new to self pleasure
Massage Wand vibrator
- Can be used externally
- Lots of options for play
- Those searching for an introduction to sex toys
- Can be used all over the body
- Those looking for something a little different
- Public play
- Dual stimulation
- Two in one experience
- Can be hidden internally
- Plenty of uses
- Public play
- Unique sucking sensation
- Fans of oral sex
G spot vibrator
- Curved shape to target the G spot
Remote or app controlled vibrators
- Can be operated by someone else
- Some options allow you to play across hundreds of miles
- Long distance couples
Choosing Your Next Vibrator
So with so many options on the market, just how do you go about choosing your new vibrator?
Before making any decisions, you will need to consider why you are purchasing a vibrator – what do you want to achieve? For pure penetration, wand vibrators are a great pick, while those looking for intense, targeted clitoral stimulation will be better opting for a dedicated clit stimulator. If you are planning to play with your partner, make sure that you include them in this discussion – communication is crucial.
As well as considering the ideal purpose and result you want to achieve, you should also consider the sensations you are aiming for. Are you in the mood for intense, hardcore vibrations, or more of a gentle tickle? Do you want the option to change and adjust settings, or are you happy to stick with one?
Just as there are different types of vibrators, there are also plenty of types of material, and it is a good idea to get your head around the options before you make your purchase.
Silicone is often the most popular option. This has a soft, pleasant feel, and has the added bonus of being nonporous, meaning that there is no risk of unwanted bacteria or germs making their way into the toy and building up – as long as it is cleaned properly. It is also odorless, tasteless and long lasting. They can be on the pricey side however.
If you opt for silicone, remember not to use a silicone lube – this can degrade the material.
The epitome of elegance, glass sex toys are a popular option for those who have already built up a collection of sex toys, and want something stunning and unique. They are also perfect for temperature play, and are odorless, tasteless and easy to keep clean. These are best reserved for more experienced players.
This is more a word of warning than a recommendation, as we would not suggest jelly sex toys. While they are flexible and easy to use, they can also trap bacteria, have a chemical taste, a strong smell of rubber and, most importantly, the inclusion of phthalates.
As a rule, products made from glass or silicone are generally considered more high end, and so will attract a higher price tag. If you are on a budget, opt for plastic – this offers many of the same benefits of jelly, but without the risks and negative aspects.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Vibrator
Once you have your vibrator, there are a few considerations to bear in mind in order to maximize your pleasure.
On Your Own
If you are playing on your own, the most important first step is to set the mood – you want to be comfortable and aroused before you attempt to play. Make sure that you have plenty of time, as well as a private, comfortable space. Surround yourself with whatever you need to feel sexy – this will be different for everyone.
Once you are feeling in the mood, start with the manual option – use your fingers to start loosening up your body, and getting yourself ready for the more intense sensations to come. Test out your vibrator to make sure everything is working as planned, and then start to guide your vibrator to the spots that feel good – make sure that you are totally comfortable at every stage before proceeding. This is particularly true with wand vibrators, or those designed for penetration.
When you are happy and comfortable, start exploring in the way that feels best for you and your body…
With A Partner
As we mentioned, communication is everything, so make sure that you have an open, honest chat with your partner before introducing a toy. Just as you will play and experiment with the different settings and options on your vibrator, you will also need to give your partner a chance to try the toy out. They can decide whether it is the best fit for them, play with the settings and vibrations, and generally get comfortable with the toy. Once they are happy, try using the toy on different parts of your body to experiment with different sensations and experiences, before moving onto the main event.
Don’t rush! The foreplay should be part of the overall experience, rather than something you are rushing to get over as quickly as possible.
Once you are both happy, you can move to playing with penetration – once again, plenty of experimenting is the way to go here!
As with any sex toy, using plenty of lube is essential when you are trying out your new vibrator – this will help to keep you and your partner safe, comfortable and enjoying your session. As we mentioned earlier, never use a silicone-based lube with a silicone toy.
Taking Care Of Your Vibrator
In order to help your vibrator stand the test of time, and remain in great condition for years to come, it is crucial that you take good care of it. This involves maintaining meticulous hygiene standards; always clean your toy thoroughly after every single use using hot, soapy water, or a specialist cleaner. Let the toy air dry completely, and make sure that your toy is stored somewhere discreet and secure. For more information, check our tips on how to clean a vibrator.
Frequently Asked Questions
The different types of vibrators include clitoral, massage, wand and bullet varieties, as well as rabbit vibrators, wearable vibrators, suction vibrators and specialist G spot vibrations. The best option will depend on your own personal preferences, requirements and relationship situation, so it is a good idea to experiment and play with a range of types of toy to find your perfect fit!
Most condoms will work well with vibrators, but it is important to remember that if you are using silicone toys, make sure that there is no silicone anywhere near your condom, or this can cause serious issues. You also need to make sure that your lube will be compatible with the condom you choose – silicone condoms need water based lube.
Different types of vibrators will do different things, depending on their structure and design. Ultimately, they are all designed to stimulate your erogenous zones, and may achieve this through offering a range of vibration settings, allowing you to control your toy remotely, or through many other quirks and unique features.
The types of batteries needed by vibrators will vary from toy to toy, and it is always a good idea to double check this before you take your toy home. In some cases, your toy will come with a mains charger, and this can be a great way to save you cash and effort in the long run.
Clean a vibrator after every use by wiping the entire surface with hot, soapy water, or with a specialist sex toy cleaner. Cleaning after each use is very important. Always make sure that your toy is totally dry before you use it, and that you store it in a safe, dry and secure place.
There are a huge range of types of vibrators available, and choosing the right option is ultimately a personal choice for you, and your partner if you are planning to play with it together. Now that you have the information you need, get started on your research and choose your ideal toy!