Vibrator Guide

Vibrator Guide

Which Vibrator is Right for Me?

In the words of sexpert Dr. Ruth Westheimer “the principal concern for women is not having an orgasm. But a woman has to take responsibility for her own orgasms.” If you’ve never heard of Dr. Ruth before, you should definitely look her up because she was a bad-ass lady. For those unfamiliar, Dr. Ruth is a German-American sex therapist who became well known for her 1980s radio show Sexually Speaking. Dr. Ruth knows her shit when it comes to sex, and she’s definitely not wrong about women’s orgasms either. While vibrators can definitely also be enjoyed by men, when it comes to women, oftentimes the vibrator is the Holy Grail when it comes to helping you achieve the back-arching, toe-curling, eyeball-rolling orgasm that’s been eluding you.

Vibrators have been helping women cum since the late 1800s, so there’s been plenty of time for sex toy manufacturers to perfect their product. The vibrators of today are available in a variety of clever and innovative designs, all sorts of shapes and colors, and many come pre-programmed with a number of different settings to control the vibration patterns, intensity, and even motion. Vibrators are very much like dildos in terms of materials and shapes, but unlike dildos, they will need to either be rechargeable or require batteries for operation. Therefore, when researching vibrators to make your own purchase, it’s important to learn about your options before you pull out your wallet. So remember ladies (and gents), there’s never any shame in needing a little extra boost to get over the edge. Listen carefully to Dr. Ruth, and let Your Fancy help you take your orgasm into your own hands- neither you or your partner will regret it!

Types of Vibrators

Bullet Vibrators

Bullet vibrators, like love eggs, include a small ovular or cylindrical shaped vibrator that is either wireless or connected to a remote via a small wire. Some bullet vibrators can also be operated remotely via Bluetooth as a discrete way to take your sex play outside the bedroom. Vibration patterns and strengths are either pre-programmed with different vibration modes or can be controlled by the user or a partner. Bullet vibrators are not recommended for anal use- due to their small size, they can easily be lost in the anal cavity. However, they are excellent for clitoral stimulation, stimulation of the nipples or even on a male partner’s perineum. People love bullet vibrators because they are small but mighty, discrete and portable, and extremely powerful for their diminutive size.

Types/Materials

Bullet vibrators can be made of any body-safe sex toy material, but are most commonly found in plastic, silicone, or rubber. Bullet vibes can be smooth or textured for added stimulation, and glass bullet vibrators can also be heated or cooled.

There are several types of bullet vibrators:

  • Single Bullet– the most simple design and one of the most common types of a bullet vibrator, a small bullet or egg operated by a separate wireless remote, or by a control pad connected to the device via a wire. These are typically battery-operated, best for clitoral stimulation, and not recommended for anal use.
  • Double Bullet– two bullets or eggs connected via a wire and controlled by remote or control panel like a single egg. However, the double bullet option affords the user the option for double penetration as well as the ability to independently control the speeds and intensities of each device. Great for single women or women with partners of either gender.
  • Bullet Vibrators with Sleeves– some bullet vibrators or love eggs come with optional textured sleeves for additional stimulation. These are a great way to get some variety out of your bullet vibrator without having to purchase multiple devices.
  • Unusually shaped Bullet Vibrators– while bullet vibrators and love eggs take their names from their shapes, a bullet vibrator does not technically have to be bullet-shaped. There are a number of what would be considered bullet vibrators that have distinctive shapes for comfort, ergonomic design, or superior performance. For women who have tried the above vibrators and are looking for a toy worth showing off to their friends, these are an eye-catching option.

TL/DR

Best For: Women who travel a lot, couples

Best Material: Silicone

Best Brands:

Clitoral Vibrators

Sorry boys, these ones really aren’t for you, but if you pay close attention you just might help your partner have one of the greatest climaxes of her life. The running joke may be that men can’t find the clitoris, but the truth is, sometimes we girls have a hard time finding it ourselves. Clitoral vibrators exist in so many shapes and forms for so many reasons. Let’s face it: no two women cum the same, so there have been a lot of different clitoral vibrators over the years that have tried to fix that problem.

Essentially, they all work the same- externally massage a woman’s clit to help bring her to orgasm. Clit vibes are designed to be external massagers, although some are designed to be part of a penetrative vibrator. Other clitoral vibrators feature sucking motions for oral sex stimulation. Like bullet vibrators, clit vibes are either pre-programmed with different vibration modes or can be controlled independently either by the user or a partner.

Types/Materials

Clit vibes are a lot like dildos or bullet vibrators and are available in the same body-safe materials like rubber, silicone, and plastic. They can be either rechargeable or are powered by disposable/rechargeable batteries, and require the same maintenance and care as other vibrators even though they are typically smaller in size as the bullet.

Common types of clitoral vibrators include:

  • Manual Clit Vibrators– basically what they sound like, these are clitoral vibrators operated by hand. This includes sex toys like the Hitachi Magic Wand, which offer more power and control but have drawbacks like a wall-plug in and subsequently being non-waterproof.
  • Hands-free Clitoral Vibrators– these are usually smaller and less powerful than manual devices that are held in place by wires, a strap, or even a harness. They can be operated remotely or by the user and can include the following options and models:
    • Butterfly strap-ons- strap-ons with built-in straps for women interested in pegging or sex with female partners
    • Vibrating panties- panties with a separate pocket to slide a vibrator into, can be controlled remotely or via Bluetooth or phone app, recommended for couples and can be used in public but we warned- with many models the vibration is audible, so exercise use responsibly with discretion.
    • Cock Rings- vibrating cock rings are typical cock rings with an additional spot for a small vibrator at the top of the ring. During sex, the vibrator is thrust against the clitoris to create indescribable pleasure for both partners, and the cock ring provides even more stimulation for the penis.
  • Clit Vibrators That Don’t Look Like Vibrators– this is really a subcategory but these devices are both fun and popular so we felt they deserved mention here. Because so many people favor discretion when it comes to their sex toys, some clitoral vibrators have been cleverly disguised as regular household objects- for those with nosy parents or roommates, or those who travel often, for example. Clit vibes have been made to look like everything from makeup like lipstick or mascara to other everyday items.
  • Oral Simulating Vibrators– some clitoral vibrators are specifically designed to replicate (and greatly improve upon) the stimulation of oral sex, like the TOY. For those who aren’t too keen on receiving some good head from another person, this is a great way to get more comfortable with your body and with the vulnerable position of receiving.

TL/DR

Best For: Any woman looking to get to know her clitoris (and/or her partner’s clit) better.

Best Material: Silicone

Best Brands:

Palm Size & Finger Vibrators

Palm-sized and finger vibrators can be used for masturbation or for couples play. Like manual clitoral vibrators, both palm-sized and finger vibrators can be used to massage the clitoris to help achieve orgasm. However, unlike bullet or clit vibes, finger vibrators can carefully be used for G-spot stimulation (although Your Fancy does not recommend them for anal play, as they can slip off into the rectum too easily.) Palm-sized vibrators are a great option for masturbation or even while having sex with your partner- doggy style is a great position to try this out!

Types/Materials

Similar to the previously mentioned vibrators, silicone, rubber, and plastic are going to be the body-safe materials of choice for palm-sized and finger vibrators. Both vibrators are available with hundreds of different options like adjustable vibration modes, unique ergonomic shapes and sizes, and different textures for additional stimulation.

TL/DR

Best For: Finger vibes for playtime with friends/Palm-size for paddling the pink canoe

Best Material: Silicone

Best Brands:

Rabbit Vibrators

Rabbit vibrators have an iconic design and are one of the most popular and best-known sex toys available today. Rabbit vibrators are known for their classic vibrator shape with massaging balls at the end, which simultaneously stimulates the vulva while the clitoris is rubbed by the “rabbit” attachment. The classic rabbit vibrator offers three-way simultaneous penetration and stimulation and has been driving women and their partners wild for years. This is a tried, tested, and true design that’s good when other vibrators haven’t been too underwhelming or not powerful enough for your orgasm.

 

Types/Materials

Many brands have incorporated the rabbit design into their products, but the best rabbit vibrator is the original. Created in 1983 by the sex toy manufacturer Vibratex, rabbit vibrators are known for their bright, flashy colors and animal-esque shape. Available in the same sex and body-safe materials as the other entries in this guide.

TL/DR:

Best For: Women who need a little extra stimulation to cum

Best Material: Silicone

Best Brands:

Traditional & G-Spot Vibrators

No frills, no fuss, just back to basics. Traditional vibrators are basically dildos that vibrate, and G-Spot vibrators are G-spot dildos that do the same. While there are definitely differences in design and performance, the basic concept is essentially the same. However, with vibrators, it’s important to not just consider size, color, and design, but also vibration speed and intensity and charging options as well. These are the best place to start for beginners as they are the simplest to use and often the most inexpensive options for vibrators on the market today, making them the most accessible option for most people.

Types/Materials

Plastic is probably the most common option as these are some of the more inexpensive models on this list, but there’s also plenty of silicone, rubber, and other options. However, plastic is often a great choice for those getting started and are wanting to test out different options without breaking the bank.

TL/DR

Best For: First-time users of all genders, shapes, and sizes

Best Material: Plastic

Best Brands: