9 of the most common types of vibrators

types of vibrators

When it comes to sex toys, there are thousands to choose from. With so many options, it can be hard to narrow your search down to just one type or category. So we’re breaking down the most common types of vibrators on the market. From clitoral vibrators to finger vibes to the world-famous wand massager, here are nine different types of vibrators to look into. 

Types of Vibrators

1. Traditional Penetrative Vibrators 

Classic vibrators look a lot like a dildo with a motor; they’re phallic and meant for penetrative pleasure. (See: Shane’s World All Night Long Multi-Speed Waterproof Vibrator.) However, the tip of a classic vibrator can be used for targeted clitoral stimulation. These vibes come in a variety of sizes (length- and girth-wise) and styles, but are usually made of hard plastic and feature multiple speed settings.

2. Dual-Action (or Triple-Action) Vibrators 

A dual-action vibrator is meant to please two pleasure points at once (hence the name). Dual-action vibrators are generally designed to stimulate the clitoris and the vagina simultaneously, but some dual-action vibrators feature an anal play component as well—like this 3-in-1 G-Spot Rabbit Anal Dildo Vibrator by Adorime. 

3. Clitoral Vibrators 

Pleasure doesn’t equal penetration. Enter: The clitoral vibrator. Clitoral vibrators are designed to provide intense, targeted clitoral stimulation. Unlike traditional vibrators, clitoral vibes may feature a thin stem or tip on the end. Some, like the toys in the Zumio line, may rotate instead of vibrate, while other clitoral vibrators may look pebble- or egg-shaped. These small toys are meant to be held in the palm of your hand, leaving the other hand free to wander. 

4. Clitoral Suction Toys 

OK, so you’re probably wondering: What’s the difference between a clitoral vibrator and a clitoral suction vibrator? The main difference between the two is that one vibrates (or rotates, as mentioned above) and the other uses air technology and pulsation to stimulate the clitoris. (Some clitoral suction toys vibrate too—like the OG Pro2 by Tracy’s Dog!) Sure, it sounds a bit strange, but don’t knock it till you try it. Clitoral suction vibes vary in shape and size, but typically all work the same way. The gentle bursts of air are meant to simulate the sensation of licking and kissing. A few of our favorites include the LELO Sona Cruise, PlusOne Air Pulsing Arouser, and the Satisfyer Love Triangle

5. G-Spot Targeting Vibrators 

If you’re still under the impression that the G-spot is fake, it’s time to splurge on a G-spot vibrator. (Yes, we know. The jury is still out on whether it exists or not, but we’re here to believe it does!) G-spot targeting vibrators are long, feature a slightly curved shaft, and a bulbous tip. Although G-spot vibes are to pleasure the G-spot, some offer dual stimulation.   

“Can’t quite get to that magical ‘G-spot’ the natural way? Don’t feel bad,” says Katie Lasson, a clinical sexologist and sex, intimacy, and relationship advisor at UK-based sex shop Peaches and Screams. “The best way to reach it is with a vibrator that has a curved head, allowing the shaft to get right to it—and give you a mind-blowing orgasm the likes of which you have never experienced before.”

6. Massage Wands 

Not too long ago (in the late ‘60s), massage wands were marketed as “personal massagers.” (Yeah, OK.) But today, the wand massager is one of the most recognizable sex toys on the market with the most famous example being the Hitachi Magic Wand. Massage wands feature a long handle and a bulbous head. Initially, these toys relied on a cord and an outlet. (Could you imagine?) Thanks to modern tech, however, these wands are now USB-rechargeable, offering a tether-free solo session for those who want it.  

7. Rabbit Vibrators 

Speaking of famous sex toys, the rabbit vibrator is one of the most talked-about vibrators on the market. The rabbit is a dual-action vibrator that features a vibrating, rotating shaft, and a clitoral vibrator in the shape of bunny ears. Thanks to Sex and the City, the rabbit remains a bedside staple in a number of apartments and homes around the globe. Today, there are hundreds of rabbit-style vibrators out there (including the Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl Mini Rabbit Vibrator and the LELO Soraya 2 Rabbit Vibrator) but the original rabbit still reigns supreme. 

8. Bullet Vibrators 

Bullet vibes are super tiny and super powerful. They’re perfect for a quick and knee-shaking on-the-go O. Bullet-style vibes, like the Shequ G-spot Bullet Vibrator, are designed for pinpointed stimulation and can be paired with other toys, like a harness or a dildo. If you really want to get frisky, consider wearing bullet vibrating panties for an exciting clitoral orgasm. 

“If you want discretion, consider the sound level,” says Lasson. “Look for a vibrator with multiple settings. The higher settings and vibrators that run on greater numbers of batteries tend to be loud.” 

Finger Vibrators 

Similar to bullet vibrators, finger vibrators are small, but mighty contenders. These tiny vibes are often wearable and include a detachable ring or loop that slips over your finger, like the Fin by Dame. Finger vibes can be used to stimulate just about any part of the body, including places that are less often thought about, like your hips and inner thighs. 

“Fіngеr vіbrаtоrѕ аrе truly nеt lіttlе devices thаt put some vіbrаtоrу power right in уоur fіngеrtірѕ,” Lasson adds. “Thеrе аrе many different types and ѕtуlеѕ to сhооѕе frоm. You can go with a simple nо-fuѕѕ end-of-finger vibrator or choose оnе with a lіttlе rubbery tеxturе. Pеrhарѕ you wаnt a full fіngеr massager оr оnе mаdе for two or mоrе fingers! Thеrе аrе even G-Spot tірѕ уоu can uѕе!”

So, pick one that most fits your pleasure needs! With so many types of vibrators on the market, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

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