Don’t worry, we called in some reinforcements to help guide us. Below are seven types of vibrators you’ll find on the market, and expert takes on the specific ways each will transport you to Pleasuretown.
7 different types of vibrators, and how to use each best
1. Clitoral vibrator
Shop now: Zumio S, $115
Research shows that during sexual intercourse, most vulva-owners simply can’t climax from penetration alone. The exact figures vary, but one study suggests it’s fewer than a dismal 20 percent. But the flip side to that is that with clitoral stimulation, your ability to come more and faster jumps way higher.
“The easiest type of orgasm to reach for a vulva-owner is the external clitoral one,” says developmental psychologist and human sexuality professor Zhana Vrangalova, PhD. “This is because the external clitoris is the part of the body that contains the greatest density of nerve endings that, when stimulated, can lead to pleasure.”
“Having a sex toy that caters to clitoral stimulations—and specifically one that can be used during partnered sex—shows people with vulvas that their pleasure is a priority.” —Dame CEO and sexologist Alexandra Fine
And as Well+Good Changemaker and Dame CEO and sexologist Alexandra Fine points out, that’s majorly important. “I think that having a sex toy that caters to clitoral stimulations—and specifically one that can be used during partnered sex—really shows people with vulvas that their pleasure is a priority,” Fine says.
That means if you’re prioritizing getting your orgasm efficiently (and yes, joyfully as well) this is the way to go. Clitoral vibrators can be kind of a catch-all terminology for toys that focus on that area, but for the purposes of this piece, we’re talking about any vibrator that pinpoints that area. Technically the Zumio S focuses more on rotational movements versus vibrations, but if you’re looking for something direct, its SpiroTip will get the job done.
2. Massage wand
Shop now: Le Wand Plug-In Vibrating Massager, $115
Once upon a time, these microphone-shaped friends used to masquerade as “neck massagers.” You probably remember the Sex and the City episode where Samantha exposed that charade. Today, the wand is a loud-and-proud (okay, maybe not loud—many are actually whisper-quiet) fixture in the sex-toy world.
“This is a versatile, rumbly powerhouse that offers a wide range of vibration intensities,” says Alicia Sinclair, certified sexologist and creator of Le Wand Massager. “It’s a crowd-pleaser and must-have for all sex-toy collections because it can please all bodies. With a broad head and long handle, this vibe can be angled in a variety of positions and hard-to-reach places. Plus, it feels good for pleasure and relieves pain like muscle soreness.”
So yes, you can use it as a neck massager, but why stop there?
3. Bullet vibrator
Shop now: Le Wand Grand Bullet, $100
Of all the different types of vibrators, bullet-style are great for their simplicity and variability. You’re either grabbing one because you want something small-but-mighty and simple, or you’re looking to get creative.
“Bullet vibrators offer direct, pinpointed stimulation,” says Fine. “They’re great for travel and also for pairing with other toys, like harnesses and dildos. Bullet vibes are usually strong and take away a lot of the bells and whistles that other vibrators have—lots of vibration patterns, for example.”
If you’re looking for a bullet that’ll shoot you into orgasm heaven in more than a couple of ways, look no further than the high voltage Le Wand Grand Bullet.
“This is a chic and powerful pleasure tool great for traveling and for folks looking to hide their vibe in plain sight,” says Sinclair. “Included accessories allow the user to transform this bullet into a multi-use tool for different types of uses, like dual sensation. It can also be cooled or heated for temperature play.”
4. Rabbit vibrator
Shop now: Lioness by Lioness, $229
Rabbit-style vibrators have a slim head for penetration and a smaller head (sometimes literally a rabbit head with ears) to stimulate your clitoris. Blended orgasms, here we very literally come!
Now, given new innovations in sex tech, the rabbit style often comes complete with new bells and whistles. Sexologist and founder of Bloomi Rebecca Alvarez Story is a big fan of Lioness, a sophisticated device that can help you strength-train your pelvic floor while tracking orgasm data-length, strength, and the factors that fuel it.
Shop now: Palma by Unbound, $128
Wearables are an amazing option if you’re coupled up and want play with extra opportunities for stimulation. The Lelo Tor 2 ($128) is a wearable vibrator that, while meant for couples, one writer finds to be great for solo play as well. MysteryVibe has the Tenuto ($150) for men, a wearable that basically turns an erection into a vibrator. And if you really want to be chic, slip on the Palma by Unbound, an accessory appropriate for both your date-night outfit and your date night after-hours.
“Finger vibrators are a great choose-your-own-adventure toy,” says Fine. “Dame’s finger vibrator, Fin, is engineered to augment natural touch and can easily be integrated into whatever you’re already doing with your hands.”
6. Suction vibrators
Shop now: Womanizer Premium, $199
While many types of vibrators focus on a rumbling sensation, brands like Womanizer and Satisfyer are developing products that focus on using pulses directed at your clitoris. It’s an entirely different sensation, to say the least.
“These toys use air technologies to create a sucking-like sensation that’s intense,” says Fine. “Many people say that suction vibrators mimic the sensation of oral sex.” For dual penetration and suction action all in one, you can look to Womanizer’s Duo ($219), or the widely beloved Tracy’s Dog Vibrator.
7. G-spot targeting vibrator
Shop now: Arc by Dame, $115
Before getting into what exactly this is, it might help to address where your G-spot is located, and why you want to reach it. The notoriously hard-to-reach erogenous zone is located approximately a few inches deep on the front (or top) wall of the vagina. In order to hit the G-spot, you need a bit of bravery and innovation, which is where the curved shape of a G-spot-specific vibrator comes in.
“A G-spot-targeting vibrator is great for exploration,” says Fine. “Arc, for example, is designed for both clitoral play and penetration. About 72 percent of respondents from our Dame Labs say they use internal toys on both their clit and G-spot. So having one that does both is certainly the consensus.”
But ultimately, whatever path you want to take and using whatever type of vibrator you choose, as long as you find your final destination of pleasure, what you’ve done certainly proved effective.
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