A Guide To The Best Vibrators

"I'm at the point now where just the sound of a vibrator turns me on" - Betty Dodson, demonstrating how to use the magic wand.

It's been 40 years since Betty Dodson popularized vibrators through her Bodysex workshops.  In those days, the magic wand had just been released, and people were waking up to how awesome vibrators were for masturbation and sex.

Now vibrators are much less taboo (thank goodness!), and there are thousands to choose from.   With so many choices it can get overwhelming though, so in this post, i'm going to try to condense the vibrator world into a few thousand words, with the goal of helping you find the best vibrator for your individual needs, tastes, and anatomy.

Chapter 1

Best Vibrators By Type

There are dozens of types of vibrators, knowing each category can really help you find your ideal match.

Best Bullet Vibrator

Bullet vibrators are small and compact clit vibrators, best for taking on the go or keeping things discreet.  For sex, they fit in positions where other vibrators can't. For masturbation, they work well on their own or can be mixed and matched with dildos and other toys.

To make it easier to find a bullet, we've put together a guide to the best 38 bullet vibrators, here are the top four from that list:

  • Emojibator Eggplant
  • WeVibe Tango
  • Lelo Mia 2
  • Crave Vesper

#1 - Emojibator Eggplant

Why's it the best?

- Playful, powerful, and affordable

The Emojibator eggplant is one of the best ways to get your daily recommended  dose of masturbation. 

Based on the most suggestive emoji of all time, it's got 10 vibration settings and one of the strongest vibrator motors for the size.

  • 10 Patterns
  • Waterproof
  • Soft silicone

#2 - WeVibe Tango

Why's it the best?

- Big size vibrations from a small size bullet

The Tango has ultra-powerful vibrations that feel rumbly, not buzzy.  If you crave something strong to get you off, you will love the Tango.  

I'm not sure how they do it, but the motor inside this vibe is leaps and bounds ahead of what any other bullet vibrators have.  That being said, even the weakest setting is strong, if you have a more sensitive clit, this guy might not be for you.

  • 6 Patterns
  • Waterproof
  • Strongest bullet vibrations
  • Magnetic recharging port
  • Soft silicone

#3 - Lelo Mia 2

Why's it the best?

- Dynamic vibes and a discreet look

The Lelo Mia 2 has a big range of speeds and is more gentle than the Tango, making it a good choice if you prefer a medium strength bullet.  The large lipstick-shaped tip also makes it easy to envelop your entire clit with vibrations.

For charging, it twists apart to reveal a USB port, no cords or cables required, just plug it into your laptop or wall charger.

  • 6 patterns
  • Waterproof
  • Comes in black, rose, or pink
  • USB Rechargeable
  • Medium strength vibrations

#4 - Crave Vesper

Why's it the best?

- A sexy necklace that shows off your good vibes

The Vesper is both a vibrator and a fashion statement.  Its stainless steel body feels smooth and palpable around the neck, and just as smooth on the clit.

On Instagram you'll see people showing it off under the hashtag #vesperstyle, including celebrities Gwynth Paltrow, Ariana Grande, and Janet Jackson. 

  • 4 modes
  • Waterproof
  • Comes in gold, rose, or silver
  • Rechargeable
  • Ultra quiet

Wands

Wand vibrators have long handle and a ball-shaped end that vibrates.  The original vibrators were all wand vibrators, like the magic wand, and sold as back massagers.  It only took a while for people to realize that wand massagers were the best orgasm machine ever invented.

Read the full wand vibrator guide

#1 - Hitachi Magic Wand

Why's it the best?

- As powerful as vibrators get

The hitachi magic wand is a sex toy with legendary status.  When it first came out in the 1960s it was meant to be a back massager, but soon people realized it was the perfect orgasm machine.

Throughout the 70s and 80s it became synonymous with vibrators and masturbation, and an icon of the women's sexual liberation movement.  Since it was powered by cord it had exceptionally strong vibrations and is still one of the most powerful vibrators ever.  To control the speed, they make a dial that lets you tone it back a bit.

  • 4 modes
  • Waterproof
  • Comes in gold, rose, or silver
  • Rechargeable
  • Ultra quiet

#2 - Mystic Wand

Why's it the best?

- Strong wand vibrations for a good price

The mystic wand is about half the length of the magic wand, and one of the best medium sized vibrators.

It's the strongest battery powered vibrator i've found. But its 6 settings let you tone down the vibrations if you want to play around with some more gentle vibrations.  

  • 6 settings
  • Ultra quiet
  • Travel friendly
  • Flexible neck
  • Uses 4 AA batteries

Rabbits & Dual Stimulators

Rabbit vibrators, aka dual-stimulation vibrators are like two vibrators in one.  The small 'rabbit ear' and shaft vibrate separately to give you swirling, spiraling blended orgasms.

The original rabbit vibrator came from Japan, and had two little silicone ears for clit stimulation.  Now a days the best rabbit vibrators usually just have one ear, which makes broader contact.

Here's the top 3 rabbit vibrators from our guide to the best rabbit vibrators:

1) The Shark, an Inflatable Dual Vibrator

Why's it the best?

- Three inflatable settings let you morph its shape and size.

The 'Shark' is a rabbit vibe in shark's clothing.  Like all of Emojibator's toys, it's a fresh and fun take on a classic.

Instead of a rabbit ear, it uses a fin for clit stimulation.    It's pretty high tech too, with 3 inflatable settings that let you change the size of the shaft.

  • 8 patterns
  • Waterproof
  • 3 inflation settings
  • Rechargeable
  • Soft silicone

2) We-Vibe Nova

Why's it the best?

- Unique rabbit ear design flexes to stay in contact with your clit

Sometimes it can be difficult to thrust with a rabbit vibrator while maintaining contact with your clit.  The We-Vibe Nova solves that problem by having an extra long rabbit ear that bends to stay in contact.  So instead of being cradled in between its two arms, you make contact with the outer face of the ear.

  • 10+ vibration modes
  • Waterproof
  • Rechargeble
  • Soft silicone
  • Comes with an app for remote control

3) Lelo Soraya

Why's it the best?

- Easy on the eyes

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, when it comes to rabbit vibrators the Lelo Soraya tends to be a head-turner.  Its aesthetic shape and Swedish design won it several awards for most innovative Toy of the Year.  The name 'Soraya' means gem of the desert, or princess when it is used as a person's name.

It's about a 3/4 on the intensity scale and 2/4 on the loudness scale.  There's 8 vibration modes and 3 of them alternate different patterns between the clit and the shaft motor.

Lelo Soraya Black Review
  • 8 vibration patterns
  • Waterproof
  • Rechargeble
  • Soft silicone and ABS with a chrome finish
  • Comes with a Lelo pin and 1 year warranty

G Spot Vibrators

For internal stimulation, the best g spot vibrators can really hit the spot.  They are internal vibrators that are shaped to apply strong vibrations directly to your g-spot.

You can use them alone or combine them with the bullets, wands, and clit vibes we just went over.  Using one for the first time can take some practice, but it's a good investment if you love internal stimulation.

1) Lelo Mona

Why's it the best?

- Easy on the eyes

The Lelo Mona 2 is arced so that it provides a large area of g-spot stimulation.  It's easy to hold and one of the best vibrators if you love internal stimulation.  It's also very dynamic, going from soft vibrations all the way to very powerful.

It's made by lelo who is known for making vibrators that look as good as they feel.  Since it's waterproof you can take it in the shower, and since it's rechargeable it will save money over vibrators that use batteries.

  • 6 settings
  • Quiet
  • Two motors
  • Vibrations that can be soft or powerful
  • Waterproof and rechargeable

Most Quiet Vibrators

It can be a bit of a turn off if you want to use a vibrator, but have roommates nearby.  I thought it would be fun to measure different vibrators volumes at my local sex shops to see which ones were the quietest.  Unsuprisingly, the smaller the vibrator (and the smaller the motor) the more quiet the vibrator.  You can read about my findings in this guide to the quietest vibrators.

Remote Control Vibrators

Remote control vibrators let you adjust the speed and patterns of a vibrator from a distance.

Your only limit with these vibrator is creativity, and perhaps your wifi signal.  Most can be worn in public and controlled by a partner via app.  Others come with their own remotes and use a wireless signal.  Some can even be controlled from across the globe, for long distance sex.

Read more about the best remote control vibrators

Vibrating Panties

Vibrating panties or panty vibrators can be worn and controlled in public.  Most are quiet and as long as you can hide your O-face, no one will know your partner is making you orgasm under the dinner table.  Just sip that red wine and focus on those innuendos your partners are making.  People may get suspicious as you make stifled gasps from how good it feels, but keep calm, they're probably enjoying it as much as you are.

Curious to learn more about this type of vibrator? In our post on vibrating panties you'll learn about the best panty vibrators and how to use them.

Best Clit Vibrators

70% of women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm, and clit vibrators are designed to be the best at delivering it.  They are good for on the go, solo masturbation with other toys, and for adding some vibrations to sex.  In our best clit vibrator guide, we list out 50 awesome clit vibrators, sort-able by price, rating, and likes.

Sonic & Sucking Vibrators

Also called clit massagers and stimulators, these sonic vibrators suck your clit by using high frequency sound waves.  It's one of the most high tech ways to get off.

Best Vibrator Brands

Chapter 3

Each brand has a distinctive style, quality, and feel to their vibrations, so if you're wondering where to buy vibrators, searching by brand is generally a good place to start.

Fun Factory - Colorful & Fun

Fun Factory makes vibrators that look as fun as they are to use. After all, what's more fun than masturbating?  

Each vibe comes in bright colors, interesting shapes, and they usually have cool names like "Patchy Paul", "Wicked Wings", or "Miss Bi".

Volta

Each one is designed and made in Germany, where they're famous for being  both kinky and techy.  So it's no surprise their vibrators are cutting edge orgasm machines: waterproof, rechargeable, with soft silicone, strong motors, and ergonomic handles.

Patchy Paul

The Fun Factory factory

Fun Factory is also famous for being one of the most ethical vibrator companies.  They make their toys out of body-safe materials, their workshops use eco-friendly methods and they have fair labor practices.  If you go into independent woman-owned sex shops you'll find Fun Factory vibrators are a favorite, usually front and center on display.

Just north of Germany's Fun Factory, across the Baltic Sea in Stockholm, is Lelo, Sweden's biggest Vibrator company and Fun Factory's biggest competitor.

Tiger

Lelo - Glamorous and Shiny

Compared to Fun Factory, Lelo's vibrators look more luxurious, glamorous, and snazzy.  Their sex toys are just as at home in a jewerly box as they are in a toy box.

Lelo's flare has attracted some serious star power, like Gwyneth Paltrow, who recommends their $15,000 gold vibrator in one of her sex toy guides.

Lelo Soraya Black Review

Most of Lelo's Vibrators aren't as expensive as a new car, though.  The Soraya vibrator, which means princess, is $190 and one of their more popular rabbit vibrators.  Their clit-sucking vibrator, the Lelo Sona at $70, is another well known pulsator.

Lelo isn't without controversy though.  Some bloggers have written heated bits about their business ethics, like here and here.

Other Vibrator Companies

While Lelo and Fun Factory are some of the biggest vibrator companies, they're only the tip of the iceberg.  Every year dozens of new vibrator companies emerge, each with their own innovative and unique twists on one of the most important sex toys.

About The Author ~ Amelie Pons, Sex Toy Tester


Amelie Pons is a sociology major with a passion for studying the experiences of BDSM-oriented people.   In 2017 she completed her thesis on the ritualized nature of conscious kink, and has been working as a pro-domme since.

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