Read This Before You Buy Another Vibrator

Read This Before You Buy Another Vibrator

So: You’re in the mood for a new vibrator. Naturally, you go your favorite sex toy site to check out the goods. You imagine that the perfect, satisfy-all-your-fantasies vibe will stand out to you immediately on the page, practically begging you to buy it.

Of course, that’s not how online shopping usually goes. Instead, you get immediately overwhelmed by all of the options in front of you. Do you want a wand or a rabbit? Silicone or plastic? Blue or purple? Where do you begin?

Before you close your browser in exhaustion, take a deep breath. Your perfect vibe is out there, and you’ll be way better at spotting it after reading our vibrator-buying guide.

So pour a glass of wine, relax, and get ready for some seriously enjoyable research.

1. Get Started

The first thing to consider when buying a new vibrator is so essential, yet most people overlook it. Before considering your new vibe’s design, price point, or any other feature ask yourself this: What do you already like, and what have you been craving? Your own pleasure should always be the starting point.

From there, you can narrow down the types of vibrators you’re looking for, whether you want something with strong internal stimulation, a high-powered wand, a dual-function vibe (like a rabbit vibrator), and/or a toy with multiple speeds and settings.

2. Make Things Easy

Next, consider your experience and comfort levels with sex toys. While you may be a beginner with an excellent imagination, game to dive into the wilder side of the sex toy spectrum, keep in mind that an intimidating toy can sometimes kill the mood! For first-timers, it’s better to stick to something simple. Get comfortable with your new friend first, then kick things up a notch.

If beginner vibes are old news to you – first of all, congratulations. Start experimenting with different specialities, like G-spot stimulation or other targeted sensations. We’re a fan of the Inspire for intense clitoral stimulation.

And if you’ve really tried everything under the sun – well, have you met the Toolbox Lover?

3. Good Vibrations, Best Vibrations

Once you have form and function locked down, it’s time to think about what gives your new toy its name. We mean, of course, the power and intensity of its vibrations. 

Not all vibes are created equal – and that’s a good thing! Vibrators with lower-level intensities are well-suited to beginners as well as anyone who’s a little more sensitive to touch than the average. Lower-intensity vibrators are also ideal for anyone who wants to incorporate extra sensation into their sex life, but doesn’t want the vibration to be the main event (for example, by combining vibration with other, different types of toys.)

Additionally, age is another factor. Women over 40 usually need higher levels of stimulation from a vibrator, in which case something more powerful, like a wand, will be much more satisfying. (Wands are also great for people of any age who need extra stimulation to truly bliss out.)

5. Need a Little Privacy?

The neighbors. The roommates. Unless you’ve got a slight exhibitionist streak (we’re not judging), chances are you don’t want playtime with your new vibe interrupted by worries that once you exit the bedroom, everyone will know what you were up to.

Luckily, most vibrators are fairly quiet – some almost silent, others quiet enough that the buzz is easily drowned out by a little mood music. If you’re really living with paper-thin walls, think twice before purchasing an outlet-powered vibrator, since their powerful vibrations tend to be louder than average. Then again, maybe not, if you’re trying to make the neighbors jealous.

For visual discretion – say, if you travel a lot but still want to enjoy those work trips – bullet vibes and pocket rockets are small enough to fit discreetly in a purse or suitcase without creating tell-tale bulges or accidentally coming to life in the airport security line. And a toy like a pair of vibrating panties can add some thrill to discretion. Which brings us to…

6. Couples’ Play

Remember when we mentioned that most women need clitorial sitmulation during sex in order to orgasm? That’s only one of the reasons you should consider whether you want to use your vibrator with a partner.

If you prefer going solo, like we said — your pleasure’s the most important part of this purchase. All the same, there are plenty of vibrators out there that work well with couples. If you want to use your new vibrator solo and with a partner, stick to something battery-operated for your own convenience. Multiple settings, too, are an excellent way to add just the right amount of extra pleasure to your next date night.

If you’re looking for something designed specifically for couples, they’re in no short supply. For starters, consider an oral vibrator, which fits neatly under the tongue (we’ll let your imagination fill in the rest). And there’s always the game-changing WeVibe, which is the number one couples’ vibrator for very good reason.

7. Forgetting Something?

Regrettably, too many vibrator buying guides neglect to mention that alongside the wonderful world of genital vibrators, anal vibrators exist, too. We’d like to remind you that if the perfect vibe isn’t jumping out at you, browsing anal vibes and prostate massagers might satisfy a craving you didn’t even know you had.

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