It’s not much of a shocker that in the world of adult toys, the vibrators are up there among the most popular love toys for women.
To keep up with these demands, love toy manufacturers have to constantly upgrade and innovate their vibrators (which, by the way, we’re all in support of). The result of this ongoing innovation is the emergence of different types of vibrators out in the market. That’s totally a good thing. We strongly believe that when it comes to vibrators, the more choices, the better.
But when you’re a total beginner with adult toys, it can get a bit confusing which types of vibrators will work best for you. And if you’ve been enjoying the perks of owning a vibrator, you may have reached a point where you’re considering getting out of your comfort zone by trying a different type of vibrator but not really sure what to get.
Types of Vibrator
When shopping for a vibrator, it all depends on your needs. To save you the headache, we compiled a list of vibrator types and their functions currently available in the market.
They are divided into three categories: Internal, External, and Multi-Function. Check out what they can offer you to find out if they can complement your lifestyle.
Internal vibrators are meant for penetration, specifically targeting the g-spot or a-spot. They usually come up with a long and curvy shaft, as well as a flexible tip. You can also use them for clitoral stimulation. However, don’t expect them to provide pinpointed stimulation on the said area, as most internal vibes often give broad vibrations.
You may want to start your journey with this one. A classic vibrator doesn’t come with any bells or whistles. It has a cylindrical shape and round head, though some models feature extra textures. You can insert it in your vagina or press it against your clitoris. This makes it a versatile toy for your self-pleasure sessions.
- Cylindrical shape
- Sleek design; doesn’t come with tapered tips or curvy shaft
Pros & Cons
Pros: Because of its straightforward and effective functions and non-intimidating design, classic vibes are the type of vibrators that are great for those who are only beginning to discover the joys of vibrators. Classic vibes may sound slightly on the simple side, but they’re vibes that are undoubtedly versatile. They can be used for both external and internal stimulation.
Cons: If you’re an experienced vibrator user, classic vibrators may be a little unsophisticated for you. It also doesn’t have special features for your clit or G-Spot, which can be a bummer for some. You also have to use it with one hand, so if you’re looking for hands-free fun, this ain’t the vibrator for you, boo.
This toy is ready to give you eggs-traordinary pleasure! As the name suggests, this kind of vibrator comes with an egg-like shape. It’s meant to be inserted in the vagina, stimulating the g-spot with deep vibrations. Most models are remote-controlled or app-controlled, so you wouldn’t have difficulty changing vibration modes since the toy is inserted all the way.
- Egg or teardrop shape
- Comes with a remote control for hands-free fun
- Durable string for easy removal
- Made for vaginal stimulation
Pros & Cons
Pros: Since they’re small, egg vibrators are the types of vibrators that are great for traveling and can be used discreetly. And for as long as you have the remote, you can even play with it in public. They also have more focused vibrations that can straight-up hit your vaginal muscles and G-spot.
Cons: The downside to egg vibrators is that their small size doesn’t exactly have the same strength as the bigger vibrators. If you want a powerhouse of a vibrator, you either invest in a high-end egg vibrator or get yourself a wand massager.
Also known as a vibrating dildo, this vibe has a phallic shape for an immersive experience. Some models come with warming and thrusting features, delivering sensations like no other. It’s also economical compared to other types of vibrators, as you’ll get a dildo and a vibrator for the price of one!
- Phallic shape and design
- Premium models may include thrusting and warming features
Pros & Cons
Pros: If you enjoy the feel of a real penis inside you, but with vibrations for an extra kick, the Realistic Vibrators are your perfect match. You can also choose your preferred size and girth, giving you a chance to create your own convenient, always erect penis. There’s really nothing like the sensation of being pounded balls deep by a penis-like vibrator. And if you’re not in the mood for vibrations, you can always just use the Realistic Vibrator as a dildo.
Cons: The downside with Realistic vibes is that they’re not the most discrete of love toys. You may get weird looks if you ever take them out in public. They’re also bulky and not exactly built for traveling.
For the lovers of the elusive g-spot, your vibe has arrived. The g-spot vibrator is specifically made to stimulate your anterior vaginal wall, boasting a curved shaft and tapered tip. Some models also have rotating or oscillating tips to amp up the sensations. Add water-based lubricant on the tip, insert the toy in your vagina wherein the tip points upwards, activate the vibrations, and you’re good to go!
- Curved shaft and tapered tip
- Most models have textured shafts for extra stimulation
- Made for vaginal stimulation
Pros & Cons
Pros: If you’re one of the ladies who have no freaking clue how to navigate her vagina to find that elusive g-spot, the g-spot vibrator is the type of vibrator that can do the job for you. You can kick back and relax as the g-spot with its curved end rubs your g-spot with so much ease it may actually shock you. Since g-spot vibrators let you stimulate the g-spot, there’s a higher chance of you experiencing female ejaculation, also known as squirting.
Cons: G-spot vibes are usually big, making it difficult to bring on your travels.
Do you consider yourself an anal adventurer? Here’s something for your backdoor plays. As the name suggests, an anal vibrator is designed for anal insertion. It usually has a bulbous tip, slim neck, and flared base, easily hitting your anal pleasure zones.
If you’ve been engaging in anal play before, you’ll surely enjoy the strong vibes of this toy. But for those who’ve never stimulated their anus, don’t go with this one just yet. Use your fingers and beginner-friendly anal plugs first.
- Bulbous body and flared base
- Made for anal stimulation
- Smaller compared to other types
Pros & Cons
Pros: Beginners to anal sex can have plenty of fun with anal vibrators. Most anal vibes have smaller segmented bodies that you can use to get yourself to slowly open up, then you can move on to anal vibes with bigger segments once you’re used to it. They can be used for stimulating the prostate, so that’s a plus for men.
Cons: Anal vibes aren’t versatile love toys. They’re only used specifically for anal and prostate stimulation.
For our male readers, you’ve got to check this one. This kind of vibrator is made to stimulate the prostate gland, a small walnut-shaped organ located inside your anus. Known as the male g-spot, you can unlock full-body orgasms when you stimulate it with your finger or a sex toy like this one.
This toy has a slim and segmented shaft, which means you can easily adjust the toy to hit the right spots. It usually has a single or remote control button to easily navigate the vibration modes.
- Segmented and curved body
- Slim shaft
Pros & Cons
Pros: Prostate vibrators are for adventurous men who aren’t afraid of exploring their backdoor. They can give your P-spot a good stimulation which results in a better orgasm.
Cons: They’re not exactly the most flexible of love toys. They can only be used on your anus, and they’re usually too complicated to use anywhere else.
If internal vibrators focus on penetration, external vibes focus on the clitoral, labia, and even nipple stimulation. What’s great about this type is they’re usually compact and lightweight, making them travel-friendly. They’re also designed to provide pinpointed vibrations to the clitoris, labia, anal opening, nipples, and other external erogenous zones.
If you’re looking for a kind of vibrator that works best for clitoral stimulation, this one may be suitable for your needs.
A bullet or mini vibrator comes with a cylindrical shape and round tip; it’s the smaller version of a classic vibrator. You can press it against your clitoris, the regions of your vulva, and your nipples. As this device is made for external stimulation, we don’t recommend inserting it in your vagina unless the toy has a flared base and allows internal stimulation.
- Can fit in the palm of your hand
- Cylindrical body with a round tip
Pros & Cons
Pros: Because of their small size, the Bullet vibrators are perfect for those ladies who enjoy traveling and love to have a fun time wherever their next destination may be. The style itself of bullet vibrators is also more discreet, so it doesn’t stand out all with the rest of your stuff. You can even keep it inside your makeup kit.
Same as the classic vibrators, Bullet vibrators have the basic design and shape, which make them great for beginners. They are versatile vibrators used for precise targeting on your clitoris or vulva. You can also insert them inside your vagina to stimulate your G-spot.
Cons: Just like the classic vibes, they can be too simple and basic for people who have experience with love toys. Bullet vibrators may offer precise targeting of your sensual spots, but it’s still not as powerful as the largest type of vibrators.
This vibrator features a ring or thimble-like design to securely fit on your finger. Made for external stimulation, its small size makes it a perfect toy for couples who want to use a vibrator during sex, or peeps that prefer pinpointed stimulation.
It’s also cheaper than other vibes due to its small size. Take note, though, if you’ve been using other kinds, like a wand massager or classic vibrator, the vibrations in a finger vibe may not bring as much impact.
- Fits in your fingers
- Ring or thimble-like design
Pros & Cons
Pros: Don’t let its small size fool you. Good things come in small packages, and finger vibes are the type of vibrators that can prove that. They’re small, so it makes them discreet love toys that you can easily carry around in your purse or luggage and take along with you wherever you go. Since you wear them around your fingers, it gives you plenty of room for flexibility. You can move your fingers just as easily and maintain your rhythm, but with that boost of vibrations from a finger vibe.
Cons: While finger vibrators may offer you flexibility, they are, however, mostly used for external stimulation. Their motors are also usually smaller and not as powerful as the bigger vibrators.
Looking for something intense? Multipurpose? This kind of vibrator is ready to knock your socks off! A magic wand massager features a big handle where the buttons are located and a plump head responsible for delivering super-strong vibrations.
Invented in the late ’60s by Hitachi, it was initially marketed to provide body massages. But by the ’70s, the perception of this toy changed when sex educator and artist Betty Dodson used the wand massagers for her body sex workshops, and the rest is history.
Due to its intense vibrations, we don’t recommend vibrator newbies to use this one. The strong vibrations also alleviate sore muscles, making it a versatile wellness tool.
- Big handle and plump head
- Designed with deep vibrations
- Made for clitoral stimulation
Pros & Cons
Pros: Wand massagers have focused vibrations on its head, which delivers maximum pleasure on your clitoris. Design-wise, they can pass as just another bathroom appliance, so you can totally store them in your sink along with your hairdryer and curler. If you’re not in the mood for sexual plays, you can always just use your Wand massager as an actual massager for sore muscles on your back, neck, and shoulders.
Cons: They’re almost perfect except for a few downsides. Wand massagers can only be used for external stimulation and can only work on one erogenous zone at a time. They’re also not recommended for beginners because of their strong power. Also, they’re pretty big and aren’t travel-friendly at all.
If you want something that can give you the best of both worlds or blended vibrations, go for this one! The multi-function vibrators usually come with dual stimulation, specifically for the clitoral and g-spot. Most multi-function vibes also go well for couple play.
For our lovely ladies or vagina-havers who want to experience blended orgasms (climaxing from two pleasure zones), check this one. A rabbit vibrator comes with two vibrating massagers. First, it has an elongated and curved shaft to stimulate your g-spot, while a smaller massager is attached to the toy to please the clitoris.
You need to insert the lubed-up shaft in your vagina to use it. Ensure that you’re placing it correctly; the small massager should be pressed against the upper part of your vulva where your clit is, not on the side or in your perineum (the spot between your vagina and anus.) Once the shaft is inserted, the small attachment should be pressed against your clitoral hood. Turn on the vibrations, and enjoy the orgasmic sensations!
- Two vibrating points— a lengthy shaft, and a small massager attached to it
- Made to stimulate the g-spot and vagina
Pros & Cons
Pros: Rabbit vibrators get a lot of buzz for the obvious reason that they can pleasure both of your biggest sensual points. If you’re the type of girl who gets off by stimulating both the clit and the G-spot, it’s just the right type of vibrator for you. The rabbit ears can perfectly hit your clit while the shaft enters you from inside and reaches your G-spot. They do a fine job if you’re using them for solo masturbation. They usually have strong and targeted vibrations that can turn your knees into jelly.
Cons: If couple vibrators are made for couples, rabbit vibrators are designed for solo play, particularly for women. They’re not convenient in a couple plays as compared to other types. They’re also not as versatile nor flexible since they have a specific design for specific areas. Also, rabbit vibrators are usually bulky, so it can be difficult to bring them into your travels.
11Vibrating Ben Wa Balls
Did you know that there are “weights” you could use to exercise your vagina? Ben wa balls strengthen the pelvic floor, featuring single or multiple attached balls inserted in the vagina. Once inserted, the user must do kegel exercises, which contract their pelvic floor muscles— similar to holding your pee while urinating.
There are special ben wa balls that come with vibrating features, working similarly to a love egg. If you want a love toy that brings pleasure and helps your sexual well-being, this toy may be your perfect match.
- Weighted balls
- Single or multiple balls attached to a single string
Pros & Cons
Pros: It’s a sexual wellness tool and love toy in one. Definitely an economical choice!
Cons: Using it as a love egg may be a bummer for some because of the weights.
This vibrator works specifically for heterosexual couples, as this c-shaped toy can be used during vaginal sex. It has two vibrating points; the slimmer massager is inserted in the vagina, while the thicker one (and the one with buttons) is pressed against the clitoris. If you want to reduce your “workload” in the bedroom and have difficulty making your female partner cum during sex, you’ve got to try this one.
- Two vibrating points with an adjustable neck
- Ideal for couples
Pros & Cons
Pros: Couple vibrators are usually small and portable. They’re great for couples who are starting to enter the sex toy scene together. They also come with remote controls for you to enjoy hands-free fun.
Cons: They’re made for couples. Some of the features that you usually get from solo-play vibrators wouldn’t be here. You can still use it to masturbate, though, but it just doesn’t offer the same pleasures that you’ll get from solo-play vibrators.
13Cock Ring Vibrator
Here’s another kind of vibrator that works for couples. A cock ring vibrator is meant to prolong the male partner’s erection and deliver deep vibrations to the female partner’s clitoris, helping her to easily cum during the deed. It’s slid in a flaccid or semi-flaccid penis and will be kept in the base. Once it’s in there, the male partner only has 20 minutes to have vaginal sex, as you can only keep it in that duration.
- Stretchy ring
- Attached with a vibrating pad
- Made to be worn on the penis
Pros & Cons
Pros: You get longer-lasting erections while wearing cock ring vibrators. During sex, cock ring vibes give both the wearer and the partner pleasurable feelings. The vibrations send blissful tingling sensations on the guy’s penis and the partner’s clitoris. They’re also great for solo masturbation.
Cons: Cock ring vibrators may have too much movement for the inexperienced. It can be a little disconcerting when the two of you are already getting it on hard, and then you got the cock ring vibe quaking in your way.
14How to Use a Panty Vibrator
This kind of vibrator can be worn with your undies. It often comes with a flat, pebble-like shape; they’re perfect for people who want a wearable vibe or couples who want to try out kinky activities in public— make sure it’s 100% discreet to keep you, your partner, and other people safe.
- Has a flat shape
- Can be worn in the crotch part of the underwear
- Has a dedicated remote or can be controlled through an app
- Most models have a magnetic clip to keep them securely in place
Pros & Cons
Pros: Panty vibrators come with remote controls, so you’ll enjoy hands-free fun. Some of them also have advanced features wherein they can be controlled via an app or a mobile phone. There are also kinds where you can use it even when you’re on the other side of the globe, which is perfect for LDR couples.
Cons: They have remotes, so they can be more expensive than the basic types. Also, you have to take good care of the remote as well. If you lose or ruin the remote (most especially if they’re dedicated remotes), you essentially lose control of your vibe. You might not enjoy playing with it again.
15How to Use a Tip Vibrator
As the name suggests, this toy has vibrations delivered through a tiny, pointed tip. Because the vibrations are concentrated, it’s more intense than mini or finger vibrators. Made for external stimulation, this vibrator can easily work with solo or partnered plays.
- Slim and pointed tip
- A long and thick handle
- The tip is the only part that vibrates
Pros & Cons
Pros: It’s perfect for clitoral and nipple stimulation! The intense vibrations deliver sensations you may not feel with other vibrator types.
Cons: They’re not good for broad and g-spot stimulation due to the tip’s size.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you’ve learned the different types of vibrators, you’re now ready to start your vibe shopping. But if you still have some doubts or questions lingering on your mind, don’t worry, as we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about vibrators. Read on!
1What are the things I should look like in a vibrator?
When shopping for a vibe, you need to check the material first. Make sure that it’s made with body-safe materials such as silicone. You can also opt for toys with sustainable and biodegradable materials such as biolene.
Aside from the main material, we also suggest listing down all of your preferences in a vibrator, then filter out the vibrators based on your list; this will make your canvassing and shopping experience a lot easier.
2What parts of your body can you stimulate with a vibrator?
All of your erogenous zones! Yup, you read that right. Even though some vibrators are designed for a particular area, such as g-spot vibrators, you can still use them on the other parts of your body, such as your clitoris, nipples, anal opening, and the like.
However, be careful with using a vibe to penetrate other parts of your body that are not your vagina; just opt for external stimulation as much as possible.
3What type of personal lubricant can I use with a vibrator?
Most types of vibrators are made with medical-grade silicone, so a water-based lube will do. We recommend steering away from oil-based and silicone-based lubricants. These types of lubes contain ingredients that can deteriorate the surface of your vibrator.
4Can I use a vibrator while pregnant?
It’s safe to use external vibrators while pregnant. As for internal vibrators, you can use them for the initial trimesters. If you’re in your last trimester and want to get penetrated with a vibrator, please consult your healthcare provider first.
5Can a vibrator get stuck inside of my vagina or anus?
Most vibrators come with a flared base, so nope. The only rare chance that could happen is if you insert a vibrator with no flared base into your anus. With that, make sure that anything inserted in your bum has a flared base.
6Can a vibrator hurt my genitals?
Nope! Unless you’re using a super girthy and lengthy internal vibrator, you shouldn’t feel any pain using this love toy. As for first-time users of internal vibes, please use water-based lube for a smoother and comfier insertion.
7Can I use my vibrator while I’m on my period?
Yep! The only issue with using your vibrator while on your period is the mess. With that, make sure to put some towels on your bed and put condoms on the vibrator (if you’re using it to penetrate your vagina) for easier cleanup.
8How often do I need to clean my vibrator?
Before and after use! Clean it with lukewarm water and mild soap or with a sex toy cleaner. Remember, not cleaning your vibrator regularly can result in vaginal infections.
9Where should I store my vibrator?
Once you’re done using and cleaning your vibrator, make sure to store your love toy in a satin or velvet pouch. This minimizes exposure to dust and dirt. Also, never put multiple vibrators in one pouch, as it may result in cross-contamination.
10What’s the best type of vibrator for beginners?
If you’re just starting out with your sex toy journey, we highly recommend mini vibrators, finger vibrators, and classic vibrators. They are pretty straightforward to use and come with a decent intensity of vibrations.
These are only guides on how you can decide which one is the perfect type for you. Think about your needs and preferences. Which among these types of vibrators will most likely suit you? We understand that choosing can be hard, but with proper knowledge, you can choose better! We will help you figure it out. Research is the key.