The Ultimate Guide to Buying a New Vibrator

Instead of getting the first vibrator you can find because you’re too overwhelmed or embarrassed, take your time to find what works for you. Also, look at it as an investment — one that you’ll be enjoying for a long time.


No matter if you have a nightstand full of vibrators or not, here’s what you need to consider when you start shopping.

1. The Size

One of the first and most important things you need to look at when shopping for a new vibrator is what size you want to get. The best way to go about this is to think about what you enjoy during sex.


For example, if you’re often happy with just using your fingers, you might want to go for something smaller and more discreet. Luckily, some vibrators are small enough to fit on the palm of your hand and you can carry them around with you.

On the other hand, if you’re used to something with a bit more length, like a strap on, going bigger might be a better choice.

2. The Sensation

Now that you know what size and girth you want, consider which sensation works best for you:

  • Clitoral
  • Internal
  • A clitoral-internal combo
  • Anal
  • Double penetration

Once again, when trying to figure out which sensations you enjoy, think about what you like to do to yourself. Also, consider what you like when you’re with one or multiple partners and go off of that.

But if you don’t know what to choose, we recommend an internal one. These types of vibrators are usually the most versatile, and you can use them for different things.

3. The Material and Texture

When it comes to the material of the vibrator, getting a silicone one is usually the safest bet. They have non-porous surfaces and are the easiest to clean. But if silicone is just not doing it for you anymore, you can go for something made of metal, hard plastic, or stainless steel.

On the other hand, when looking at different textures, we suggest buying something that’s bumpy or ribbed. You should also experiment with different temperatures and try pairing your favorite vibrator with a cooling or heating lube.

4. The Look

Most people put a high premium on how their vibrators look, and for a good reason. While you’re enjoying yourself, you don’t want to be using something that looks unsightly and gross.

Fortunately, sex toy companies seem to be getting the message, and the new generations of vibrators are pretty sleek and stylish.

5. The Noise

If you’ve got thin walls or a sleeping partner next to you, you should buy a quiet, silicone vibrator. Silicone is the perfect material that’ll dampen sound while giving you the power that you need. Since figuring out noise levels can be pretty tricky online, you can run down to your favorite sex shop and ask for recommendations.

6. The Features

Nowadays, most high-end vibrators come with all sorts of different bells and whistles, and with dozens of features. Our advice is, choose one that has a wide range of features because you’ll get more use out of it.

Final Thoughts

Shopping for a new vibrator, albeit fun, can sometimes be stressful. However, once you make up your mind on what size, texture, and features work for you, it’s all uphill from there.