2018 Informational Buyer’s Guide: Types of Vibrators

So many vibes, so little time! When it comes to vibrators, there really is no one size fits all. It all depends on what you want to get from it as each style has a slightly different purpose. It pays to do your research first! But that’s why you’re here right?! 

Let's go through the different styles available and what each one is good for.

Types of Vibrators Comparison Chart

Product

Our Rating

Price

Super Smoothie Purple Classic Vibrator 7 Inch

Best Classic Vibrator

Jessica Rabbit 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

Best Rabbit Vibrator

G-Slim Purple

G-Spot Vibrator

Best G-spot Vibrator

BASICS Love

Egg Vibrator

Best Egg Vibrator

BASICS Powerful Pocket Clitoral Vibrator

Best Clitoral/Pocket

Vibrator

Multispeed Micro Wand Vibrator

Best Wand Vibrator

Lo and Behold, Not All Vibrators are the Same

In fact, when most people think of a vibrator they seem to only think of internal options that stimulate the vagina, but there are actually a whole lot of vibrators that don’t even go inside the body. They are used externally to stimulate the body and are most commonly used on the clitoris.

A pocket vibrator is a small direct clitoral vibe, while a wand vibrator is a larger and more powerful external toy.

For those that are looking for an internal toy, there are classic vibrators, G-spot vibrators, and egg vibrators.

And for those ladies that want both, there is the rabbit vibrator that has internal and external stimulation. Overwhelmed? Don’t be. Let’s look at them all in a bit more detail.

Classic Vibrators

The classic vibrator is the perfect starting point for those new to internal toys. It’s a simple, no frills toys with a price range that starts at a few dollars all the way up to the hundreds for a luxury option.

A classic vibrator is an insertable toy with a long straight shaft or a more phallic looking shaft. They usually have mild to intense vibration levels and can be anywhere from 4 inches to 10 inches in length.

What is great about these type of vibrator is that it is available in multiple different materials. You can get ones made from hard ABS plastic or aluminium that carry the vibration really well, and you get softer materials like silicone or TPR.

If you aren’t sure which material to go for, I generally suggest a silicone or ABS plastic Classic Vibrator as they are easy to clean, body safe and will feel nice and soft.

Our Top Pick: Super Smoothie Purple Classic Vibrator

The Lovehoney Super Smoothie is the perfect classic vibe for beginners. It’s made from hard plastic with a soft coating to make it smooth and sleek and its also battery operated so it's nice and cheap too.

What makes it so good for beginners is the size. Its non-intimidating at only 6 inches insertable length and it's thin too with only a 3.5-inch girth. It's multispeed too so you can just twist the adjustable base at the moment to go higher or lower in speed.

Because it's made from plastic, this toy can be used with any type of lubricant but I recommend using a water based one to start with so you can use it with any other toys you may have too.

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Pros

  • Super cheap! But still good quality for money.
  • It’s made of plastic so you can use any lubricant type with it.
  • The twist base vibration control makes it really easy to change intensity during use.

Cons

  • It's loud. One of the downsides of battery operated plastic toys is that they tend to be on the louder side.

Bottom Line

This is an awesome classic vibe for sex toy newbies that will give you a whole lot of pleasure while it lasts. Just don’t expect it to stick around too long.  

Rabbit Vibrators

You probably recognize this one! A rabbit vibrator is one of the most popular sex toys in the world and for good reason.

It’s a great option for those ladies that aren’t sure whether they prefer clitoral or vaginal stimulation, or for those that know that they love both… at the same time!

A rabbit vibe has an internal shaft and an external portion (or rabbit ears) to stimulate the clitoris at the same time. They have a motor in each end too giving you dual stimulation for one of those glorious blended orgasms.

What is super cool about a rabbit vibrator is that they also have lots of extra features that many other styles don’t.

You can find rabbit vibes with rotating or pulsating beads, rabbit vibes with shafts that rotate, thrust and pulse and even those that move back and forth to massage your g-spot. It's pretty crazy tech. And it's all there to stimulate and pleasure your body!

Our Top Pick: Jessica Rabbit 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

When it comes to rabbit vibrators, this one is definitely on the cheaper side of things, especially for a toy with so many different functions. The Jessica Rabbit is made from soft, flexible TPE and has a curvy, bulbous internal shaft.

The rotating beads have 3 different speeds and can go in either direction. The rabbit ears are really the highlight of this toy. They have 7 patterns and 3 different speeds, so there are a whole lot of options for you to place with and see what you like best.

While rabbit vibes tend to look quite large, a lot of this comes down to the large handle. This toy is actually only 5 inches insertable length and has a girth of 5.5-inch.

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Pros

  • It's quite small for a rabbit vibe so is good for beginners.
  • It's waterproof so you can use it anywhere!
  • Lots of fun features and multi-speed for multi different sensations.

Cons

  • It's pretty loud. But it does have a lot of functions so is kind of expected.
  • It may be lacking power for some people who are more experienced.

Bottom Line

The Jessica Rabbit is a good option for those new to a rabbit vibe but it might be better to pay a bit more if you want something with more power.

G-spot Vibrators

Love g-spot stimulation? Then grab a vibrator that is designed just for that. Most vibrator styles will actually miss the G-spot altogether when you use them which is why you will need to get a G-spot specific toy to stimulate the area properly.

G-spot vibrators have a curved or bulbous tip on the head of the shaft which is designed to directly target this super sensitive area.

Many G-spot vibes will be made with a firm shaft so that you can apply direct pressure with the toy rather than moving it in and out. If you do want something that is a bit softer, look for a silicone or TPR option as this will have a bit more squish.

Our Top Pick: G-Slim Purple G-Spot Vibrator

The G-slim is a classic style g-spot vibrator that will target just the right area to get you going in no time. Because the shaft is so slim, this toy really makes the g-spot the focus with its bulbous tip.

It's made from hard plastic so there is no flexibility or squish and it will add a lot of pressure to the g-spot. This is another battery operated toy that has a twist base to roll through the multiple intensity levels.

It is 7 inches insertable, so will reach the G-spot easily without needing full insertion and its only 4.2- inch girth so not too scary.

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Pros

  • Hard plastic for really great pressure just where you want it.
  • Affordable! This is another great beginner option to try out a G-spot toy.
  • It's waterproof. So try it in the bath or shower for some wet and wonderful fun.

Cons

  • It's another loud one.
  • Some people find that the vibration spreads too far down the shaft rather than being focused on the G-spot so it can feel a little weak at times.

Bottom Line

If you want to stimulate your g-spot this toy will do it! But if you need powerful vibrations then you may need something stronger.  

Egg Vibrators

Egg vibrators, sometimes called Love Eggs, are a type of internal toy that is awesome for solo or couples plays. It's basically a Kegel egg-shaped vibrator that you insert into the vagina, nestled just beside that super sensitive G-spot. 

Egg vibrators can be connected to their control panel by a wire, so you can still change the modes once inside, or it can be controlled by a remote. This is why it is so good for couples to play as you can give the remote to your partner and let them be in charge.

You could even take the play out of the bedroom and get a little kinky with it in public if you want to. These toys are nice and small, usually no longer than 4 inches and they come in all sorts of different materials so you should be able to find your favorite without too much trouble.

Our Top Pick: Basics Love Egg Vibrator

This egg vibrator is very, very cheap but is actually a surprisingly good product. The Basics Love Egg is a wired control toy with an easy dial to control the vibration level.

The wire measures 30 inches so is long enough o play alone or to give control of the vibration to your partner.

It's made of hard plastic so you can use any lubricant with it, but unlike most others, it is not waterproof! So keep that cord out of the water when you are cleaning it.

This one is nice and small measuring 2.25-inch length and 3.5-inch girth so its great for beginners as well as more advanced users.

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Pros

  • It is very, very inexpensive!
  • It has an easy to use dial to control the vibration intensity.

Cons

  • It’s not waterproof so be careful while cleaning.
  • It’s wired so you can’t do any public play. The wire is long though so you can still use it with a partner.

Bottom Line

While it may not be the prettiest vibrator in the bunch, it is super cheap and makes for fun partnered play!

Pocket Vibrators

Pocket vibrators, also know is Pocket Rockets (great name) are a mini vibrator made for external use. They are most commonly used for clitoral stimulation but they can actually be used on any erogenous zone of the body. So you could use it on the nipples, the inner thigh, the scrotum or the perineum.

Because these are such a small vibrator the end offers direct stimulation to the body so it carries vibration really end. They are also perfect for travel as they are small and discrete. Some pocket vibrators also come with interchangeable heads that offer slightly different sensation so you can mix it up!

Our Top Pick: Basics Powerful Pocket Clitoral Vibrator

This Basics pocket vibrator is the perfect option when you want something that is nice and cheap and will do just what it should. This little vibe is 4.1 inches long so is small enough to take with your no matter where you go.

There are 4 different heads you can use to mix up the stimulation on your body and its made from hard plastic so it carries the vibration well. This one only has one speed so keep that in mind before you buy.

I highly recommend this as a first couples vibrator as it is the perfect size to use for foreplay or partnered sex as it won’t get in your way.

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Pros

  • Very affordable -- great price point!
  • Perfect size for travel and partnered play.
  • 4 interchangeable heads so you have more stimulation options.

Cons

  • It's not waterproof.
  • The heads can be a bit tricky to clean.
  • Not as powerful as some may want at times.

Bottom Line

This is a great toy for those looking for clitoral stimulation. Just be aware that it is not the most powerful toy but is a good starting point.  

Wand Vibrators

If you are a power queen that loves strong, intense, external vibration then the wand vibrator is the toy for you! These vibes are made with power in mind. They were actually created as a back and neck massager before some very smart ladies decided to move theirs downstairs and now its one of the sex toy industries best selling products.

Wand vibrators have a long handle and a wide firm head that is usually coated in silicone or TPR to be soft on the skin. This is definitely one of the least discrete options available but they are so popular because of their power.

You can get ones that are battery operated, rechargeable, or even wands that need to be plugged into a power main to work. These mains powered options are the most powerful you can get, but they can be a bit annoying needing to be close enough to a power point.

There are now lots of attachments that you can get to add to a wand to use its power for a different function. There are external attachments but even attachments which turn it into an internal toy.

Our Top Pick: Multispeed Micro Wand Vibrator

While many wand vibrators are large and pretty bulky, there are also mini wands on the market that can offer you intense power in a much smaller package.

The Lovehoney micro wand is a perfect travel companion as it is so small in size and can fit easily in your carry on.

It's only 4.5 inches long and 3.5-inch girth with a super flexible neck to bend the head of the toy any way you like it. It also has 3 vibration intensity levels and is pretty powerful for such a small thing.

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Pros

  • Powerful for its size.
  • Small and perfect for travel.
  • It has a flexible neck so you can position it just right.

Cons

  • It can be tricky to clean the head of the toy.
  • Power = noise and this one gets pretty rowdy on that top level.

Bottom Line

While this wand is great for on the go if you want the real deal when it comes to power then opt for something bigger to get the full impact.

Conclusion

When it comes to vibrators, it pays to have an idea in your mind before you buy about what you want to get out it, what you want it to do and whether it is just for solo play or play with a partner. There are a lot, like A LOT, of vibrators out there so do your research to make sure you get something that really knocks your socks off.

She has a Bachelor of Communications with majors in Journalism and Expressive Arts. Now, she lives in sunny Barcelona and shares her knowledge of all things pleasurable as a freelance writer. When she’s not writing, you can find her doing Pilates, drinking prosecco or playing with her darling dog, Peaches.

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