Both hands and sex toys can be ideal tools in the self-pleasure department, but you can only move the former for so long (and so fast) before the inevitable cramp arises. And the latter, however much we love them, can be bulky and tough to target. Thankfully, finger vibrators—small-but-mighty, thimble-esque sex toys—combine the best of both worlds: They sport a slim profile that's about as maneuverable as fingers themselves, but with the added power and stimulation of an always-vibing machine. Like natural extensions of a hand, the best finger vibrators can bring you to a full-body-quaking orgasm without requiring you to, well, lift a finger.
Before going all in on explaining how they work and sharing the best finger vibrators out there, though, it's worth noting that not all types of vibrators necessarily work well for all people (finger vibrators included). With that in mind, it's a good idea to get touchy-feely with your actual fingers first to help you tease out what, specifically, feels good to you, and then consider what toy might enhance that particular kind of stimulation.
"A finger vibrator augments natural touch while also being easily integrated into whatever you might already be doing with your hands." —Alexandra Fine, sexologist
"Finding the right vibrator is all about exploring your erotic energy," says sexologist Alexandra Fine, co-founder and CEO of Dame Products. But what's great about a finger vibrator, in particular, she says, is that it's basically a choose-your-own adventure toy: "It augments natural touch while also being easily integrated into whatever you might already be doing with your hands." That said, finger vibrators typically don't have an internal application, so they might not satisfy the person who prefers penetration or deep, rumbling vibrations, says sexologist Megan Stubbs, EdD.
There is variability within the finger vibrator market, though: One type looks like a mini-glove for a singular finger (typically, you'd slide your index finger inside of it for maximum precision), and another type resembles a bullet vibrator with small grooves and a strap across the top to loop in your index and middle fingers. The base of this second type nestles just between and below those two fingers—or, you can flip it on top, and hook your fingers underneath it, depending on your position, adds Fine—and it moves seamlessly whenever you move your fingers.
What both types of finger vibrators have in common is allowing for the utmost agility in both solo and partnered play. While you're wearing one, you can easily touch yourself (or a partner) with the targeted tip of the vibrator itself, with your fingers, or, honestly, with both at the same time (your fingertips are able to move freely when they're not gripping onto a larger-sized vibrator, that is). The small size of a finger vibrator also makes it a cinch to use in really any sexual position, whether you're sliding it between yourself and a partner or beneath your body, if your preferred masturbation flex is to lie stomach-side down.
To that end, both Fine and Dr. Stubbs suggest getting creative with your positioning and exploring all of your erogenous zones with a finger vibrator to enjoy its powers to the fullest. "Any part of the body can be an erogenous zone, technically, but the common ones (beyond the genitals) include the ears, lower abdomen, neck, breasts, buttocks, and lower back," says Fine.
To test them all out with a finger vibrator, start by doing a scan of your body or your partner’s body while wearing one, and see how you or they respond to the touch of it while varying your pressure and approach, suggests Fine. Because a finger vibe brings pinpoint stimulation that you can control with the flick of your fingers, you'll be able to easily spot which regions light up with its touch, adds Dr. Stubbs. Beyond allowing for extra precision, its small size makes it highly transportable, so you can tote the titillating device on-the-go.
Below, find the best finger vibrators for keeping your fingers—quite literally—on the pulse of your own pleasure.
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