Masturbation has become widely understood as a self-care practice. Whether you use vibrators or strokers, using a sex toy can help you get one step closer to pleasure island. But that reality can also make selecting a specific vibrator an overwhelming choice. Perhaps that's why the simple, effective, and decidedly chic Vibe ($49, $37 with code wgsexed for 15% off), by sexual wellness company Maude is so popular. The fan-favorite toy (which launched back in 2018) has been hot ever since, selling out multiple times and racking up a 17,000-person waitlist before a restock. Even after its launch, this dependable gadget continues to wow and wow and wow some more.
Not only is the vibrator able to reliably deliver orgasms, but it also packs a potent pleasure punch in a small, nondescript package. It looks unassuming, it doesn't take up too much space, and it has a style that's charmingly blank-slate. And that appearance is intentional and makes it more accessible.
- Éva Goicochea, CEO and founder of sexual wellness marketplace Maude
Inspired by modernist design movements like Bauhaus, Maude founder and CEO Éva Goicochea sought to create a product with "equal measures of form and function," she says. "I wanted to create a line that de-stigmatized the category through quality, simplicity, and inclusivity," The result? Muted gender-nonspecific colors (Vibe comes in gray, cream, and moss green) and simple shapes. That aesthetic neutrality helps de-gender Vibe, which is important when it comes to making sexual wellness inclusive for people of all bodies.
"The vibe was inspired by Brâncuși's sculptures, and the lightbulb for the shape went off when I visited MoMA, as I wanted something that was ergonomic and universal," Goicochea says. "Material was an important choice in completing the design—the soft-touch silicone material bends to the body and is smooth against the skin. As I'm married to a mechanical engineer, he was able to help me design and bring the product to life." It's also 100 percent platinum-grade silicone, which makes it body-safe.
How to use
The vibrator is delivered in travel mode. To activate upon delivery, simply hold the button down for three seconds and wait for high-speed vibrations: the device should vibrate twice. Small, squishy at the top, Maude's only button controls three vibration settings, and that simplicity is welcomed, especially if you're a beginner, or looking for something with no frills. When you test out vibrators on a regular basis, you realize how difficult they can be to simply turn on and operate, and Vibe is a reprieve.
How to charge Maude
Plug the charging cable into a USB wall-friendly adapter or power accessory for no less than one and a half to two hours of charging, and you'll be ready for action. The brand recommends charging your device after every use to make the most out of your sexy time.
Maude Vibe vs. Drop
Unlike the Drop ($45)—which is rounder in shape—the vibe is slightly taller and less discrete compared to the drop. Other than shape and size, both devices are relatively similar, both taking roughly two hours to fully charge, have three-speed vibration, are made of 100 percent platinum-grade silicone, and are free of phthalates and latex. Also nice? Both devices are water resistant.
Here's what makes the Maude Vibe an artful delight
In terms of experience, Vibe's three settings are strong but not overpowering, rumbly but not jangly. They transition seamlessly between each level and feel, well, heavenly. The triangular-tip design of the toy is essentially optimized for clitoral stimulation, which is great news for vulva-owners. (Remember, the fastest way to orgasm is usually through clitoral stimulation, and Vibe's squishy tip can send all the right ripples to that spot.) But, that tip is also great for drawing circles around erogenous zones, like your nipples, or letting everything build at wonderful pace, like inching up a roller-coaster.
To wit: Vibe is the perfect beginner vibrator if you're unfamiliar with or intimidated by sex toys, because it's straightforward, created to focus on your most sensitive spot, and also notably affordable compared to other chic models on the market. But it's also a great selection for someone very familiar with vibrators and exhausted by all the complex features many toys use.
Ultimately, Vibe is such a gem that it doesn't need any hyperbolic votes of confidence or stamps of approval. Like its minimalist, artistic design, it's just great—no less, no more. And don't forget, you can snag it right now for 15% off with the code wgsexed.
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