Not all vibrating toys are made the same. There are thousands of vibrators to choose from each one offering something unique for every user. These toys can be made of metal, plastic or silicone just to name a few. Some styles have remotes (both wired and wireless) for easy and convenient use. Some are battery operated while others are rechargeable. Not sure where to start? No problem! Here’s the insider scoop of these vibrating wonders.
Let’s start with vibration types. There are basically two different kinds of vibration types when it comes to sex toys. There is a high-pitch buzzy vibration, and a low-pitch deep rumbly vibration. And while some people are able to be stimulated by both, some people will find that they have a strong preference for one or the other.
Any vibrator can be used anally as long as it has a flared base (without a base, without a trace!), though there is an entire category of vibrators dedicated solely for anal use. These range from handheld prostate massagers (typically with a curved tip) to anal plugs equipped with a bullet vibrator at the base, and the one thing they have in common is their wide base. It’s generally recommended to opt for premium non-porous materials, like platinum silicone, when choosing an anal vibrator. Keep in mind that it’s not recommended to use silicone lube with silicone toys. Instead, try a thick gel formula water-based lubricant to feel what all the buzz is about.
Clitoral vibrators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are intended for clitoral stimulation, either direct or more of a surround-sound sensation. There are many faces to these vibrators: some emulate the sensation of cunnilingus (licking or sucking) while others have textured tips or attachments for a variety of sensations and intensities. There are bullets and egg style vibrators that are small but very mighty. These are perfect for holding against the clitoris during intercourse without getting in the way.
Wand Vibrating Massagers
Designed for those who prefer more power in their vibrators, these large handheld massagers typically have a large bulbous head with a wide surface area, made for external use only. Want to enjoy the intense power internally? The bulbous head can accommodate several different attachments, including smaller curved extensions for anal play or multiple insertion/stimulation points for simultaneous clitoral/vaginal pleasure or even emulate the sensation of double penetration. Choose from plug-in corded options (steady, unfaltering power) or more wieldy cordless rechargeable options (just don’t forget to plug it in between uses!). An added bonus of this powerful massagers is that they can be used for a therapeutic full body massage.
G-spot vibrators are popular because they can provide firm, steady pressure or vibration against this sensitive spot and give our hands and fingers a rest (and leave them available for other fun stuff). They typically are curved upward (like that “come hither” finger shape) for easier contact and available in a variety of materials, from silicone to firm ABS plastic, depending on the desired sensation. Some people can ejaculate from steady G-spot massage and opt for firmer materials.
People with penises have prostates, and prostate vibrators are specially shaped to make access and stimulation easier than relying on fingers. These kinds of vibrators must have a base in order to be safe to use in the anus (without a base, without a trace!) and come in a variety of materials. While some flared bases are smooth, others are textured for additional stimulation against the perineum. Prostate massage isn’t for everyone, and like with G-spot massage, the only way to know is to try it and see. Many people enjoy prostate massage because it intensifies pleasure, and some report increased volume of ejaculate and firmer erections while stimulating their P-spot. As with all toys that go in butts, it’s recommended to invest in a non-porous material that can be sterilized and start small to get used to the sensation – you can always level up when you feel ready!
A rabbit vibrator is a dual-stimulation toy, usually featuring a phallic insertable shaft equipped with a clitoral vibrator that can be enjoyed separately or simultaneously. The famous “rabbit” descriptor
comes from the signature bunny-ear-like clitoral ticklers that many original dual-stimulation vibrators featured, but most modern rabbit vibes no longer utilize these bunny-like features. The shaft can feature a variety of functions, from steady vibration to twirling, rotating, thrusting, or even curling upwards against the G-spot. The clitoral stimulator also come with features, including steady vibration or pulsation, suction, or rotation. When used at the same time, users tend to have fast and powerful orgasms with minimal effort, which is why they’re so popular. Dual-stim vibrators come in different shapes and lengths and are one size fits most, so it’s possible it may take a few tries to find the dual-stim massager that fits and feels the best.
Written by Louie A. Ramos