Whether you're buying your first vibe or looking to add a new one to your collection, here's what you need to know before you add extra buzz to your sex life.
Vibes come in all shapes and sizes, and although they all vibrate, the difference is where the vibration is heading. For external clitoral stimulation; clitoral vibes, bullet vibes and wand vibes are the way to go. For internal penetration and stimulation, classic vibes and G-spot vibes will hit the right spot, and the all-time favourite rabbits will stimulate both sweet spots at once!
If you're wanting to introduce a vibration toy to foreplay or sex with a partner, Couple's Vibes are the way to go. They come in a range of different shapes, sizes and types, so the best toy for couples would be the vibe that fits your purpose the best. Some couple's vibes are designed to be worn during sex to stimulate both parties, such as We-Vibe's couple toy, while other couple vibes are used to stimulate each other's body parts separately during foreplay or sex, such as finger vibes, anal vibes, clitoral suction or vibration devices and more.
First, you need to decide on what size you'd like your new toy to be. If you're looking for a vibe to insert vaginally, it should be a maximum of 6-7 inches in length if you're a beginner. The product description will inform you of the dimensions of the vibe, so make sure you read the description carefully. You also need to make sure it isn't too wide, or girthy, for your body. The girth dimensions will also be included in the product description, and if you're a beginner we recommend choosing a thinner toy no larger than 4 inches in girth – which is the distance measured around the toy – or 2 inches in diameter.
Most vibes will come with multiple speeds and vibration patterns. Ranging anywhere between 1-10 speeds and 1-7 vibration patterns, although some vibes have a lot more. Make sure you check these functions out in the description before purchasing your toy as having variety will keep things exciting. You can choose from app-controlled, remote-controlled, or button-controlled vibes.
If you're living in a family home or with flatties, you'll probably want a toy that's quiet for discretion. While there's nothing to be embarrassed about when buying or using adult toys, it can still be embarrassing if we get caught in the act! Read the device reviews and product description, as often these elements will give you an idea of the noise level. If noise is a concern, opt for a vibe that states it is "whisper quiet". Please note that all toys that vibrate will make some noise, even if they are described as whisper quiet.
The material your vibe is made from is important because it will affect its quality and life-span.. Silicone is the most popular vibrating toy material, and it is body safe. If you are buying a lesser quality vibe that is of a porous material, such as rubber, we recommend using a condom with it. Read Sex Toy Material Guide to find out more.
If you want to be able to take your toy into the bath or shower for slippery and sexy fun times, make sure you buy a fully waterproof vibrator. A splash-proof vibe is not waterproof and shouldn't be submerged underwater.
Battery powered vibes are generally cheaper, but tend to be less powerful than electric powered toys, as electric powered vibes are usually designed with stronger motors which use more power. Rechargeable toys will always be a better option in terms of convenience, but they are usually more expensive. However, the amount you'll end up spending on batteries will equal more in the long run, so if you can afford to spend a little more, opt for a rechargeable toy.