Beginner's Guide to Vibrators

Beginner's Guide to Vibrators

by Lovehoney

on May 2, 2017

So you're looking for a vibrator but not sure where to start in our vibrators category?

Luckily, if you're not sure where to start, this guide will teach you how to tell a bullet from a butterfly vibe and everything in between, and help you choose the vibrators that will best enhance masturbation and sex with your partner.

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Bullet Vibrators

Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator

The most popular choice for a first toy and ideal for couples, these miniature vibrators are built for precision and their name comes from their resemblance to spitzer bullets in size and shape.

Benefits:

  • Small size offers direct and intense clitoral stimulation
  • Ideal for use while having penetrative sex without causing obstruction to either partner
  • At 2-3 inches they're perfect for popping in your handbag for on-the-go fun

Start with: Tracey Cox Supersex Bullet Vibrator

Read more: How to Use a Bullet Vibrator


Butterfly Vibrators

Lovehoney 10 Function Venus Butterfly Vibrator

Also known as strap-on vibrators, these vibes are worn a bit like you would wear a pair knickers to give hands-free vibrating stimulation directly to your clitoris. Butterfly vibrators get their name from the shape of the clitoral stimulator which is shaped like a butterfly with its wings spread.

Benefits:

  • Can provide external stimulation during penetration with a partner
  • Some butterfly vibrators also have an insertable shaft to offer simultaneous internal and external stimulation
  • Leaves hands free to play with other areas

Start with: Lovehoney 10 Function Venus Butterfly Vibrator

Read more: How to Introduce Sex Toys to Your Relationship


Classic Vibrators

Annabelle Knight Wow! Powerful Classic Vibrator

These vibrators offer an insertable phallic shape in a discreet style. They can be used for direct clitoral stimulation but are designed primarily for insertion.

Benefits:

  • Often multispeed with mild-to-intense vibrations
  • Range in price from affordable to high end
  • Come in a variety of materials for varied sensations

Start with: Annabelle Knight Wow! Powerful Classic Vibrator

Read more: How to Choose Your First Sex Toy


Clitoral Vibrators

Lovehoney Powerful Pocket Vibrator

The term ‘clitoral vibrator’ refers to any vibrator designed with stimulating the clitoris as its main aim.

Benefits:

  • Tailored for direct clitoral stimulation, they offer shapes from a simple point-like tip to a cup that surrounds the clitoris
  • Often larger than bullet vibrators to accommodate bigger motors for more power
  • Stimulate a larger area, making them great for grinding up against

Start with: Lovehoney Powerful Pocket Vibrator

Read more: Top 10 Toys for Clitoral Stimulation


Finger Vibrators

BASIC Sex Toys Vibrating Finger Ring

Finger vibrators are usually tiny bullet vibrators mounted in a textured sleeve that can be worn as a ring or simply slide over your fingertip to offer you the best-possible control over your pleasure.

Benefits:

  • Can be worn by you or your partner to enhance foreplay or penetrative sex
  • Allow clitoral stimulation without having to hold onto a separate toy
  • Come in a variety of shapes and styles offering varying functions from single speed to pattern-tastic

Start with: Lovehoney BASICS Vibrating Finger Ring

Read more: How to Use a Finger Vibrator


G-Spot Vibrators

Lovehoney G-Slim G-Spot Vibrator

These curvy vibes are designed to stimulate the most sensitive part of the vagina - the G-spot - during penetration. G-spot vibrators usually feature an upward curve and a girthy head to ensure maximum stimulation for this sensitive spot.

Benefits:

  • G-spot stimulation is associated with female ejaculation or squirting
  • Come with many different speed settings and functions for intense internal thrills
  • Can come with added clitoral stimulators for an exquisite blended orgasm

Start with: Lovehoney G-Slim G-Spot Vibrator

Read more: How to Use a G-Spot Vibrator


Jelly Vibrators

Lovehoney BASICS Realistic Dildo Vibrator

These flexible, squishy vibrators are made from the classic sex toy material jelly rubber. They're often brightly coloured with pink being the most common colour.

Benefits:

  • Jelly rubber is easy to maintain, durable and easily moulded
  • Jelly is less expensive than other sex toy materials
  • Often come at a lower pricepoint

Start with: Lovehoney BASICS Realistic Dildo Vibrator

Read more: Guide to Sex Toy Materials


Luxury Vibrators

Lovehoney Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator

If you want the best in sex toy technology and the best sex toy materials then opt for one of our luxury vibrators. These sleek sex toys are designed to look and feel incredible and are often purchased to replace a cheaper vibrator as an upgrade.

Benefits:

  • Often made from more expensive material which have better durability
  • Many are rechargeable so you don't have to worry about expensive batteries
  • Many have improved functionality and can offer more thrilling patterns of vibration

Start with: Lovehoney Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator

Read more: Guide to Luxury Sex Toys


Magic Wand Vibrators

Lovehoney Mains Powered Deluxe Magic Wand Vibrator

These vibrators were originally marketed to be used to relieve back and neck pain but make incredible clitoral stimulators, a discovery that boosted sales of this kind of vibrator the world over. They boast some of the most powerful vibrations sex toys have to offer.

Benefits:

  • Hold some of the most powerful motors for intense stimulation
  • Can be powered by mains or rechargeable for ease of use
  • Compatible with lots of specifically designed attachments for transmitting internal vibrations

Start with: Lovehoney Classic Magic Wand Vibrator

Read more: Which is the Best Magic Wand Vibrator?


Mini Vibrators

Lovehoney BASICS Mini Vibrator

Small and sensual, mini vibrators are perfect for first-time users and sex toy beginners.

Benefits:

  • Small but perfectly formed, mini vibrators offer pinpoint accuracy
  • Ideal for clitoral stimulation and shallow penetration
  • Often less expensive and less intimidating which is great for those starting out with sex toys

Start with: Lovehoney BASICS Mini Vibrator

Read more: How to Choose Your First Sex Toy


Rabbit Vibrators

Happy Rabbit 2 Natural USB Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator

The all-singing, all-dancing vibrator. Rabbit vibrators come in a variety of styles but they all have one thing in common - a clitoral stimulator that branches away from the main shaft, allowing for simultaneous clitoral and internal stimulation.

Benefits:

  • Offer dual stimulation for that blissful blended orgasm
  • Many contain a special motor in the upper shaft that allows the tip of the toy to spin in circles, rock from side to side or thrust upward to better simulate the sensations of penetrative sex
  • Multiple motors mean sensational stimulation from every part of the toy

Start with: Happy Rabbit 2 Natural USB Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator

Read more: Which is the Best Rabbit Vibrator?


Realistic Dildo Vibrators

Lovehoney Lifelike Realistic 6 Inch Vibrator

These realistic sex toys are shaped to anatomically resemble a man’s penis. Once a cast has been taken, the toy is moulded with a vibrating motor placed in the centre, creating an perfect replica of a penis that also vibrates.

Benefits:

  • A multitude of sizes from Average Joe to Super-King Simon (not actual name)
  • Most have different thrilling speeds and patterns
  • Those with textured balls offer a great addition of external stimulation

Start with: Lovehoney Lifelike Realistic 6 Inch Vibrator

Read more: How To Choose A Realistic Dildo


Remote Control Vibrators

Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Remote Control Knicker Vibrator

If you struggle with wired sex toys or want to make your play a little more public then remote controlled vibrators are great fun. Choose from vibrating panties and bullets that slide into your underwear or an insertable vibrating love egg.

Benefits:

  • An exciting addition to foreplay
  • Most offer a huge range speeds and patterns
  • Great for couples who enjoy power play

Start with: Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Remote Control Knicker Vibrator

Read more: How to Use a Remote Control Vibrator


Vibrating Love Eggs

Lovehoney BASICS Vibrating Love Egg

These insertable toys are similar sizes and shapes to Kegel exercisers but they have a vibrating motor nestled inside instead of weights.

Benefits:

  • Some have a wired controller whereas others operate via a remote control, allowing you to discreetly indulge in a little public play
  • Designed to nestle against the G-spot, delivering vibrating speeds and patterns directly to your most sensitive internal pleasure point
  • Perfect for letting your lover take control

Start with: Lovehoney BASICS Vibrating Love Egg

Read more: How to Use a Remote Control Vibrator


Vibrating Strap-Ons

Lovehoney Double Wow Strapless Strap-On Dildo Vibrator

These are just like your usual strap-on dildos but they feature a vibrating motor to intensify the experience for both partners.

Benefits:

  • Some include an internal vibrator for the wearer, making sharing the pleasure of a strap-on even better
  • Range in sizes for different thrilling filling sensations
  • A variety of harness styles for comfort and sensuality

Start with: Lovehoney Double Wow Strapless Strap-On Dildo Vibrator

Read more: Top 10 Most Powerful Vibrators


Waterproof Vibrators

Lovehoney Jessica Rabbit 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

Waterproof vibrators are suitable for use in the bath, shower, pool and hot tub, making them ideal for holiday fun and bathroom romps.

Benefits:

  • Really easy to clean as you can fully immerse the vibe in a sink of hot water when it's time to clean up
  • Great for adding adventure to your aquatic play
  • Waterproof versions of all types of vibrator means you can experiment with different styles

Start with: Lovehoney Jessica Rabbit 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

Read more: How to Use a Waterproof Vibrator


Need more help?

You can Contact Customer Care, who will be able to help you find the right vibrator. You can email, telephone or live chat to an experienced advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact Lovehoney Customer Care


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Originally published on May 2, 2017. Updated on Aug 6, 2020
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