For many vulva owners, the easiest way to orgasm is by showing the clitoris some TLC. You've probably seen that famous statistic that only 18 percent of women reportedly orgasm from penetration alone. Per that same study, more than one third of women need some sort of clitoral stimulation on top of penetrative sex in order to climax, whether it be from a tongue, a finger, or a buzzy new toy.
“A clitoral sex toy is a vibrator specifically designed to stimulate the clitoris, but pretty much any vibrator can be used as a clitoral sex toy,” says Chanta Blue, LCSW, a sexuality and relationship therapist. And yeah, of course, that’s true. Shoot, you could even make your hand a clitoral stimulation “toy” if you kept the touch external, but you don’t have to—thanks to strides in sexy innovations, there's a litany of *actual* clitoral stimulation toys that do all the work for you. (And for many folks, feel way better than a finger.)
What makes a clitoral stimulator different than other sex toys?
“While the majority of the clitoris is located internally, the clitoral glans—[which we call] the head—is often the most sensitive area and leads to more pleasure for the person, so these toys are created to focus mostly on that area,” says Blue. “[That also means] many clitoral toys are made for external use only.”
Blue adds that whether they’re clit massagers or clit suckers, these toys “often simulate movements that mimic oral sex, like licking and sucking.” Rachel Wright, a licensed psychotherapist and the sex educator at the sex-toy brand Zumio, notes that clitoral stimulation toys may also offer “rotations, vibrations, suctions, air pulsations, or a pump.”
Importantly, clitoral stimulation toys are not the same as sexual toys designed to stimulate your G-spot. “The clitoris is on the inside and outside of the body,” says Wright. “Most folks who have one primarily reach orgasm via clitoral stimulation. The G-spot is inside the body and can only be reached with penetration.”
What to look for when you’re shopping for a clitoral sex toy
“As with any sex toy, it's important to be sure the toy is made of body-safe materials,” cautions Blue. “You may also want to consider what sensations feel good to you the most. Do you like how it feels for your clit to be sucked on? Or do you like the tickling sensation of a tongue?”
Wright completely agrees, saying that “there is no reason to reinvent the wheel when it comes to picking a sex toy.” If you like oral sex, look for something that mimics the lapping of lips or flick of a tongue. If you like having your hands to explore other erogenous zones, use something that can be used hands-free, like wearable vibrators.
How to use a clitoral stimulation toy
Wright says using these toys is plain and simple: “Read the instructions, use lube, and have fun.”
Blue adds that it helps to make sure you're properly lubricated (be it from natural secretions or toy-safe lubricant) to reduce friction and possible tearing of the skin.“I always say, ‘the wetter the better,’ as it heightens sensations and allows for smoother movements," she says. From there, Blue adds that you can place the toy directly on the clitoris or other areas of your vulva to stimulate the internal parts of the clitoris as well.
Even though this type of toy is designed to externally stimulate the clitoris, it may also feel pleasurable on other places throughout the body. In addition to the clitoris, feel free to (safely) explore everything from your ear lobes to your pinky toes—whatever you find tantalizing.
The 11 best clitoral stimulation toys sure to give you orgasms for days
Previously called the Hitachi Magic Wand, this is the OG sex wand. The head of the Magic Wand Vibrator is about 2.25 inches in diameter, so it’s able to fully encompass your clitoris and give it the stimulation it deserves. It’s crucial to note that this isn’t a rechargeable clit massager. In fact, in order for it to even turn on (or turn you on), you’ll have to keep it plugged into an electrical outlet. The good news is that its cord is six feet long, so it doesn’t limit your mobility that much.
Speaking of being limited, it’s also important to note that the Magic Wand Vibrator only comes equipped with two speeds: 5,000 vibrations per minute and 6,000 vibrations per minute, so there isn’t much versatility here.
That said, this has been a long-time favorite for a reason. Exhibit A? A five-star review on sexual wellness retailer Good Vibrations: “I think that this is probably the most powerful massager that is made. When people say it’s heavy-duty, they really mean it. If you take care of it and don’t submerge the head in the water, it will easily last you a lifetime.”
- Covers a large surface area
- Not cordless
- Only two speed variations
By design, bullet vibrators are meant to make your clitoris shine (and you, sing, if I do say so myself).
Albeit small (3.5-inches in length), Pepper’s Pal Bullet Vibrator is mighty. That’s thanks to its body-resonating motor, which is a fancy way of saying the toy will turn off if it’s away from your body for too long; it also features three different speeds as well as three pulse patterns.
As for the not-so-cool features? The lowest speed is still quite loud and rumbly, so you might want to keep shopping if you need something more on the quiet side. Also, Pepper wanted to do something cool with the body-resonating motor, but I found that the toy shutting off ruined the mood from time to time. That said, I would still recommend this ultra-soft and mega-sultry bullet.
- Easy to pack
- Not that quiet
- Turns off when it’s not in contact with skin
“The womanizer is an OG in the sex toy world,” says Blue. “It was one of the first—if not the first—suction-based clitoral sex toy, so I’m sure this will be enjoyable for folks, especially since it’s waterproof.” Available in three colors, this toy is the paragon of a clit sucker, as it engulfs your clitoris in a hollow silicone attachment and tugs on it in a sucking motion.
It’s also equipped with four intensity levels, Womanizer’s patented Pleasure Air Technology (which is meant to feel like cunnilingus), and a run time of 30 minutes. I do wish it had a longer run time and that the handle was made of silicone for a better grasp. It would also be cool if the USB charging cable wasn’t magnetic so it’d be easier to keep stable.
- Feels like the closest thing to cunnilingus
- Small and easy to pack
- Short run time
- Magnetic charger is tricky to use
While it’s similar to the Starlet in that it’s rechargeable, has a silicone attachment at the head, and is about the size of your palm, the Satisfyer Pro 2 is also different in a couple of ways. Namely, its exterior is made of soft and medical-grade silicone, making this toy is easier to grasp than the Starlet.
I also love that this clit sucker features 11 pressure wave modes and 12 vibration programs so that you can tailor the experience. Perhaps my favorite thing about this toy, though, is that it has two distinct head attachments. The first is a regular suction head, which is completely hollow. The second, however, has a small silicone cover that “creates intense waves that imitate the sensual gush of pulsating water.” Whether you get this in red, purple, or black, you’re sure to find your new favorite sex toy.
- Features air pulsation plus vibration
- Easy to hold
- The magnetic charger is tricky to use
When this clit massager first landed in my inbox, I didn’t expect much from it. It struck me as tiny and ineffective, but those went out the window when I tried this waterproof clitoral stimulation toy for myself. It’s available in four rechargeable models and colorways— the X, S, E, and I—which each feature “different tips and stems to deliver unique sensations,” according to the brand. I tested out the I model because it has the broadest contact area and features an elliptical rotation instead of a circular one.
The Zumio doesn’t actually vibrate, even though it looks like it does. Instead, it rotates rather quickly in order to provide its powerful and rumbly 7,000 rotations per minute. There are eight speeds on all Zumios. The lowest setting on mine was strong enough to cause an orgasm in around five minutes—and the strongest setting, believe it or not, led to the big O in five seconds flat. If you’re looking for a toy that works slowly and steadily, you’ll probably want to keep scrolling. But if you’re on the hunt for something quick and reliable, you’ve found your match.
- Very quiet
- Doesn’t cover a large surface area
- Might be too powerful (even the lowest setting is quite strong)
If you’re new to the sex toy game, this un-intimidating bullet vibrator might be the perfect 100-level course. It’ll still teach you what you need to know, but there aren’t any overly complex features. In fact, to turn on this toy, you just need to push the rubbery button on the bottom of the vibe. You do the same thing when you want to switch between the three speeds and seven vibration patterns.
“I love a good bullet,” says Blue—and the Lovehoney Magic Bullet falls squarely in that camp. “It’s sleek, discreet, and is great for newbies and veterans alike,” she adds. The Lovehoney Magic Bullet offers a pointed tip for “precise external stimulation, according to the product page. However, I’ve found myself hoping for a flatter and wider surface. Additionally, this is one of a handful of battery-operated sexual toys, and—like when we were kids—the batteries are not included. It does, however, come in three colors.
- Affordable and efficient
- The tip doesn’t cover much surface area
I’ve never tried a Lelo toy that I didn’t love upon first use, and the Sona Cruise is no different. It boasts 12 vibration settings, which increase in intensity and speed; it uses sonic pulses, meant to resonate more deeply into the clitoris; and it’s made out of body-safe silicone. With a full charge, you can get up to two hours of usage. Lastly, it comes with a three-button interface: the middle button, which turns the toy on and off; the bottom button, which counterintuitively increases the vibration; and the top button, which reduces intensity.
“Lelo is known for its quality when it comes to sex toys. They are often versatile and last for
years,” says Blue, adding that she has one that’s stood the test of time—almost 10 years, to be exact! “I also love that it’s waterproof,” Blue says. The Lelo Sona 2 comes in three colors: purple, pink, and black. On the Lelo website, there are a total of 2,943 reviews, of which more than 2,200 are five-star ratings. Like this one: “The look is very classy, the touch is soft, it is waterproof so easy to clean after use, but most importantly it gives. so. many. orgasms.” That said, each orgasm will cost you, considering that this suction vibrator costs over $100.
- Easy to grasp
- Two-hour run time
You know how Amazon sells sex toys? Well, this one might be the best bullet the retailer offers. This toy is waterproof and rechargeable, offering two hours of play upon every full charge. You can also switch between eight intensity levels and seven vibration patterns.
“The WeVibe Tango is a classic,” says Wright. “It’s a great play on a bullet vibe for those that want vibrations that aren’t too broad.” Like the Lovehoney Magic Bullet Vibrator, this clit massager is pointed, but unlike the previous, the WeVibe Tango’s tip actually covers a lot of surface area. It’s great for partnered or solo play.
- Covers a lot of surface area for a small toy
- Two-hour run time
- Magnetic charger can be tricky to use
Bloomi ensures that all of its devices are manufactured “with non-toxic materials such as medical-grade silicone and stainless steel.” The brand even provides instructions on how to use its products for maximum pleasure.
I’m a particularly big fan of Bloomi’s Massage Clitoral and Body Vibrator, a flexible toy made of medical-grade and lusciously smooth silicone. According to Bloomi’s instructions on the product page, you can use this toy with a water-based lubricant on your genitals. You can also use it as a massager to relieve tension all over your body. Since this vibe is on the smaller side, it might just be better as a vibe than a massager, though.
- Soft and body-safe
- Double sided
- Woman- and BIPOC-owned
The name is apt, as this toy has rabbit ears like that type of vibe, but it doesn’t have the insertable portion, which makes it a bullet. What makes this product stand out to me is that it takes a dual approach to the clitoris, touching it on either side. However, this toy’s vibrations are strong enough, even on the lowest setting, for this vibe to feel like it’s paying attention to the entire clit at once.
It’s a petite vibrator (only about five inches long) that comes in two colors: purple or teal. It’s also rechargeable and allows you an hour and a half of use time when you charge it for an hour. Like other clit stimulators on this list, this clit massager is made of silicone, is waterproof, and is rechargeable with a micro USB. Some reviewers have noted that this product’s vibrations are more on the gentle side. This can be great for beginners or for folks who want less stimulation. If, however, you’re looking for something that’s mighty, you may want to keep looking.
- Small and portable
- Rabbit ears provide all-around pleasure
- Very gentle vibrations
I guess rabbit vibrators are all adorable because this pick from Happy Rabbit is knock-your-socks-off cute. Sure, it’s only available in that hot pink hue that’s characteristic of sex toys, but it also has so many cool features. For example, it features three speeds and nine distinct patterns, which you can control with the power button on the front of the toy. It also has a travel lock so that your bag isn’t accidentally rumbling in the carry-on compartment.
Perhaps the most impressive attribute of this vibe is that it’s not just waterproof; it’s fully submersible, meaning you can use it in the bath. One reviewer says this is one of their favorite toys: “I got this toy as part of a bundle and didn’t think I’d love this quite so much! After using it for the first time, I now reach for it whenever I want a toy just for clitoral stimulation.”
- Easy to grip
- Waterproof and fully submersible
- Soft and plush
- Unique charger can be tricky to use
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