Good Vibrations:How To Choose the Vibrator that Fits Your Needs

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The Crave Duet Lux Vibe gives your clit the hug it deserves, while also serving as a flash drive that plugs into your computer’s USB port and holds 16 GB of data. Talk about multitasking.

Shopping for a vibrator can be overwhelming as f***. With hundreds of different options out there and products catering to needs you didn’t even know you had, it can be hard to know what to buy. On top of all of that, these things aren’t cheap. Most quality vibrators, and by quality, I mean ones that actually get the job done, run anywhere from $50 to upwards of $200. There are even luxury sex toys like this one that run as much as $3,900 (lord!).

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Since not all of us can afford to drop $3,000 on a vibrator though, let’s do a short run down on how to get the best bang for your buck…no pun intended.

When it comes to picking a vibrator there are five criteria to consider before purchasing your vibrator.

1. Shape and Size

Do you want something that is very realistic, and straight up just resembles a dick? Do you want something a little more discrete and looks like an art piece (some of them look like they could be in the MoMA)? Or, are you just looking for something that is small that and portable that you can take where ever you go (magic bullet anyone?). Whatever you are looking for make sure you are considering the type of sensation that comes with the size and shape of your vibrator of choice. For instance, some shapes allow you to stimulate your clit AND your vagina (praise), others like the famous hitachi model are very large and indiscrete, but are said to be highly effective for clitoral stimulation.

2. Texture

Ugh, this is so important and so often overlooked. When you are looking at vibrators, I really suggest going into an actual store so you can pick things up and touch them to see how you feel about the texture of the material. I personally prefer something like the Iroha Sakura’s texture, soft velvety and smooth, over the plastic-y or cold metal feel of something like the bullet or pocket type models.

3. Speed and Vibration Pattern Settings

Another HIGHLY overlooked factor to consider. When looking at vibrators always consider speed. How fast does it need to go to get you to orgasm? How intense does the sensation need to be? If the answer is fast and high sensation, than you’re probably going to have to spend a little extra cash. Look for vibrators that have at least three speed settings, and that have different vibration patterns so that you can switch things up and find your perfect formula for satisfaction. This is another reason I highly suggest going into a store and playing around before you decide to buy. See what each toy feels like before you commit, because once you’ve purchased a vibrator, you can’t exactly return it.

4. Noise level

How many room mates do you have, and perhaps more importantly, how thin are your walls? When buying your vibrator always consider the noise level– that is if you’re trying to remain discrete and polite. If you hate your roommates, or you really couldn’t be bothered by the idea of anyone else hearing you j off, then by all means full steam ahead and abandon this criteria. Otherwise, you’re going to want to see how loud this thing sounds. Make sure to check the noise level at various speeds too! Sometime vibrators can sound perfectly fine at a low speed, and noisy as hell on the speed that actually gets you off.

5. Budget

As mentioned earlier, vibrators can get really expensive. But bargain hunting isn’t always the best choice. When choosing a high quality vibrator, I recommend allotting up to about $125. Yes, it’s expensive. But vibrators are the ultimate investment piece. Your vibrator, is going to be with you for a lot longer than most of your partners will be (sorry y’all just speaking the truth), and it’s better to just get it over with and pay up once, than spending $30 over and over again trying to find something that is actually effective. Think of it this way, you’re investing in a lifetime supply of orgasms. Isn’t that worth $125?

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