Vibrator Buying Guide

By Kasia Halinowska / August 17, 2022

Are you thinking about getting a vibrating friend? Congratulations! Having sex toys is something you won’t regret. Everyone says that the best investment you can make is investing in yourself, and a vibrator is a great way to do that (at least I think so). 

We prepared this vibrator buying guide to make sure, your investment is the right one- healthy and very joyful. Nowadays, there are so many choices and trends in sex shops, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first vibrator or you just haven’t bought anything new in a while, we want to give you the right information and a lot of support!

In this guide, you will find everything about different types of stimulation you might want, safety matters, and our top product recommendations! If you are a bit of a lazy reader, I got you. At the end of the post, there is a mini guide with a summary of the most important info.

Why Should I Buy a Vibrator?

Vibrators are not just about orgasms! It’s a big part of that, of course, but they are much more than that. There are so many health benefits of using a vibrator! We all deserve some self-love, it is important to bring some happiness to our bodies. They bring stress- relief, and they embrace a healthy relationship with your body and your partner. A vibrator is just a delightful remedy, with many benefits:

  • A vibrator is made to give you pleasure, it’s your time to treat yourself and please your body. It’s so common that we are so focused on everything else that we forget about ourselves, and that’s really bad for our mental health. A vibrator is an excellent way to forget about your responsibilities and just focus on self-love
  • Exploring your body and your turn-ons. Understanding your body and what it needs is a major skill, not only for your sex life but in every aspect of your life. Being able to communicate to others what you need and what are your turn-ons will give you a lot of sexual satisfaction with other people, but it will also boost your confidence.
  • Embracing relationships. First of all, a vibrator will embrace your relationship with your body. After seeing how much pleasure it can give you will become more body-positive and sex-positive! And, introducing a sex toy to your partner will always spice things up in the bedroom. Maybe you will want to explore more sex toy options and that will be a little hobby that sexually connects both of you. 
  • Stress-relief. Masturbation stimulates endorphins and dopamine in brains and bodies. That helps deal with stress and anxiety. 
  • Extra stimulation. A vibrator doesn’t mean you have to have fun alone. It can provide additional stimulation for vulvas and penises.

Which Vibrator Should I Buy?

Before we get into the details of different features of a vibrator, materials, and types of vibrations, we should talk about the types of stimulation. Knowing what type of stimulation works for you is super important when picking the vibrator. I mean, if you want to invest in one, pick the best one for you.

  1. External: This stimulation focuses on the clitoris and labia. If you enjoy this type of stimulation while masturbating or you want additional external stimulation during penetration you can look for clit vibrators, wands, clit suckers or bullet vibrators
  2. Internal: If you enjoy penetration itself, but you really want to hit the G-spot, this might be for you. Internal vibrators usually imitate the shape of a penis, but there is a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You can look up vibrating dildos or love eggs
  3. Anal: this stimulation focuses on the anus area, inside or outside. They are plenty of options: a variety of shapes, sizes, and forms. They usually have a base to ensure your safety. If you enjoy anal, you can check anal vibrators or vibrating beads
  4. Combo: If you want all kinds of stimulation, there is plenty of products for you. 
  • Double stimulating: usually stimulates inside and outside of the vagina

If that sounds like you, look up rabbit vibrators!

  1. Penis stimulation: A shaft-looking, basic vibrator can do a good job stimulating a penis, but there are many other options: vibrating cock rings, fleshlights, strokers, and many more. 
  2. Prostate massagers: prostate stimulation can bring out very intense orgasms. They bring vibrations inside your anus and outside. They are designed to stimulate your P-spot and they have a smaller curved part to hug your perineum.

Our Top Recommendations

  • The Best Vibrators for Vulva Owners:
We-Vibe Tango X

We-Vive Tango is the best bullet vibrator and a great choice for beginners. It looks like a sexy red lipstick and it feels as powerful. Its intense and rumbly vibrations will generate powerful orgasms.

Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator

This rabbit vibrator provides double stimulation. The longer part stimulates the G-spot and the bunny ears are designed to stimulate clitoris. This rabbit friend is extremly strong and provides suprising intense pleasue even for very experienced users.

Satisfyer Pro 2 – Next Generation

Satisfyer Pro is meant for clitoral stimulation. Instead of vibrations, this toy has air pulses that imitate oral sex.

  • The Best Vibrators for Penis Owners:
Fun Factory Rechargeable Vibrating Male Stroker
penis massager

This stroker can be easily attached to the penis. It adds sensations to solo or couple play.

Je Joue Mio Luxury Vibrating
Cock Ring

Place this vibrating ring on the penis and enjoy it during solo or couple play. It can stimulate the penis and clitoris during penetration.

Nexus Revo Intense Rotating Prostate Massager

This prostate massager is designed to bring vibrations to your P-Spot and stimulate the area around your anus and perineum.

  • The Best Vibrators for Anal Sex:
Lovehoney Butt Tingler 10 Function Vibrating Butt Plug
Lovehoney Butt Tingler

This butt plug has a removable vibrating bullet inside. You can enjoy the anal penetration and add the vibrations later on.

B-Vibe Triplet Rechargeable Remote Control Vibrating Anal Beads

These 3 flexible vibrating graduating bulbs bring anal stimulation to the next level. Use the remote to try more positions freely or give control to your partner.

b-Vibe Vibrating Rimming
Butt Plug

This toy has plenty of features for satisfactory anal play. It has a rotating neck and rotating beads that replicate the sensation of rimming.

How to Choose a High-Quality Vibrator?

Now, it’s time for a more serious section. When choosing the right vibrator the most important thing is safety. Unsafe materials can cause a lot of damage to your body, sex toys touch the most intimate and sensitive parts of your body, and anything that is not 100% body safe is a no go! Don’t buy anything that just looks cool, without checking the materials first. There are plenty of harmful ingredients that can be included in one product, even known and trusted stores make this mistake. Be safe and check twice before purchasing anything!

About Materials

Unsafe materials

These materials are porous and impossible to fully clean which causes your toy to become a place full of reproducing bacteria. That’s so gross.

  • Never buy jelly toys! They are made of harmful materials that can cause serious problems to your genitals.  
  • Anything that is made of rubber, cheap plastic (PVC) or jelly is toxic. 
  • If the material description says soft plastic, don’t buy that. Soft plastic is a term that can mean anything, it could be a mix of harmful materials.

The Best materials

These are the safest option, they are non-porous which makes them easy to clean and they won’t cause any trouble if they are maintained properly. 

  • The best vibrators are made from silicone, look for 100% silicone (platinum-grade, medical grade, or food-grade)

The three following materials are also 100% safe, just less common with vibrators: 

  • stainless steel
  • borosilicate glass
  • ABS plastic

 

Size

When speaking of safety, size is also important. Everything depends on your body, sex experience, and of course expectations. The size of a toy matters the most when it’s insertable. Huge anal plugs and dildos are not fun when you are just a beginner. They will be uncomfortable, even painful and you might be discouraged from sex toys. Also, tiny toys can be really also boring and unsatisfying for advanced users. 

If you are wondering which sizes are good for you, check out this post

Remember that the size of the vibrating parts also matters. If you want to have a pin-point vibration in one specific place, you can look for vibrators with a narrow top, and if you enjoy all-around stimulation, you can find something flat and wide.

Price

How much should a vibrator cost? Depends on what you need. The prices of vibrators vary from 15$ to a few hundred. Of course, you don’t want to go for the cheapest possible vibrator, it won’t be effective, plus the materials could be harmful. If you want a vibrator that is relatively cheap and good, the fewer functions the better. Bullet vibrators would be great for that.

Features

Amount of features that vibrators have is crazy! But nicely crazy. Basically, I am sure you can find any feature that can come to your mind. Some of them are very useful, some are probably made for fun.

Useful features:

  • waterproof: this one is important, it not only makes a vibrator easier to clean, but you can also use it in the bath or shower.
  • app-enabled: if you are in a long-distance relationship, this could bring you and your partner closer. Also, in some apps, you are able to create your own pattern of speeds/vibrations. Nice to have some customization. If that sounds interesting, Lovense is know for making amazing app-enabled toys.
  • remote-controlled: provides more hand freedom, and will be useful if you like experimenting with sex positions. It also can give your partner a chance to easily control the pleasure you are feeling.

Buzzy vs Rumbly

If you are experienced with vibrators, you might have heard about the difference between buzzy and rumbly vibrators. If not, you will finally find a science class very useful. 

The quality and types of vibration determines the quality of your experience. 

Rumbly means low-frequency vibrations, they are more powerful and generally feel great for our bodies. Because they work on a deeper level and stimulate more tissue, these types of vibrations are great for both internal and external stimulation. 

Buzzy vibrations have a high frequency. They are weaker because they penetrate the top layers of skin. You might experience weak and superficial orgasms, sometimes buzzy vibrators can leave you with a numb feeling. Some people prefer the weaker buzzy vibrations, although most people tend to enjoy rumbly vibrations. You never know until you try it yourself.

A Tip: The choice between the two seems easy, however, sometimes it is hard to find out what types of vibration a specific vibrator has. What you can do is read all the comments from other users, watch YouTube videos, or even ask the company.

Shopping

Whether you are shopping online or in a local store, there will be plenty of options! Just be careful with what is being offered to you. Don’t be tempted by all the cheap prices from unknown sources or very cheap stores. They may look great, but you can’t be certain about the materials or the usability.

My best bet is to shop directly from the company’s website or a known sex shop.

Our Tips on Orgasms With a Vibrator!

Here are some tips on how to use a vibrator to achieve stronger orgasms. Everybody has different preferences and not everything works for everyone. This is just a suggestion and a small inspiration to experiment. Enjoy!

Couples play

Using a vibrator with someone can bring a lot spice to your bedroom. Use it during foreplay or add it during sex to bring extra stimulation to penetration.

Bring a vibrator to your bathroom

Do you like having a relaxing bath or a long shower? Bring your new friend to join. (if your it is waterproof).

It will enhance the sensation and double the stress-relief. It’s worth a try.

Explore your body

Use a vibrator for different places on your body, explore your erogenous zones, and try other sex positions. Be mindful of your body, and listen to what it likes. You can bring your partner and explore your bodies together.

Don’t forget about the Lube!

Lube makes everything easier and better. Using lube with a vibrator will make your orgasms stronger.

Just remember to use water-based lubricant, other will damage your toy.

Set the Atmosphere

Prepare yourself for some “me-time”. Vibrators are great, but they won’t help you relaxing if your head is still at work.

You can prepare a hot bath or shower, light the candles or play music. Just relax it’s time to make you mind and body happy.

Mini Guide

If you didn’t read the whole guide, I am not blaming you. It is quite long but useful! I have a mini guide for you with bullet points, It will be easier for you to navigate the article and get back to the parts you are interested in the most.

  1. Find what stimulation you like (vaginal, clitoral, penis, G-spot, P-spot, etc.)
  2. Only look for the best quality materials (they may be more expensive, but they cost less than a doctor’s appointment)
  3. Decide on the features you want (waterproof, app-enabled, etc.)
  4. Look at known and trusted brands and sex shops
  5. Check the settings of a vibrator, different parts of your body may need different speed
  6. Relax, set the mood and explore!