Marisa Losciale

Want to learn how to use a vibrator? We’ll explain everything from rabbit vibrators to prostate massagers!

Learning how to use a vibrator isn’t the most challenging task in the world–but that doesn’t exactly make it common sense. Adult toy companies know this, which is one of the reasons they work so hard to design a variety of vibes. Some devices are just easier to use than others (like let’s say a bullet vibrator compared to a strap-on). And regardless of your needs, you also have wants–and no one wants to stress out over how to use a vibrator.

Behold this guide! Whether you’re looking for a new way to get in touch with yourself or just need someone to show you the ropes, we can help. By the time you’re done reading this, not only will you know all the different types of vibrators but all the different ways in which you can use them, too. And here’s a hint: there’s no wrong way!

What is a vibrator?

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Before we do a deep dive into the good stuff, we have to nail the basics. Like what is a vibrator? For starters, it’s a sex toy. But unlike dildos and butt plugs, vibrators are animated. Hence, their name!

Vibrators can be designed with a plethora of different materials–and there’s a whole world of them out there perfect for designing sex toys. So if you want to play it safe, the next time you head on over to your local adult superstore make sure whatever device(s) you buy are designed with one of the materials listed below.

  • Silicone
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • ABS hard plastic
  • Wood
  • Stone

What are the different types of vibrators?

Now that you know what a vibrator is, it’s probably time to tell you that there’s more than one kind. And although there is no wrong way to use a vibrator, companies do design these adult toys with an intended purpose. So what does that mean for you? Depending on what you’re looking to stimulate, you’ll want a specific vibrator to get the job done.

Think of it this way: you can draw with both pens and pencils, but when it comes to sketching you’re more likely to choose the pencil because of its additional features. Vibrators work the same way–you can get off with any of them, but depending on the activity some may work better than others.

Here are your options:

  • Rabbit
  • Bullet (or clitoral)
  • Personal massagers
  • Traditional (or G-spot)
  • Realistic
  • Finger
  • Butterfly
  • Prostate
  • Cock rings

How to use a vibrator

By now you should be more than familiar with what a vibrator is and their variations. Which leaves us to it: How do you use a vibrator?! Well, as previously stated, there really is no wrong way to use a vibrator. Whatever feels good, feels good! There’s no arguing that. But these toys were designed for a specific purpose, so to help you figure that out we’ve summarized how each style is intended to be used by the manufacturer because how you want to use a Rabbit vibrator is a little different than how to use a Bullet vibrator (and so on).

We also took the liberty of awarding each adult toy a level of difficulty, between 1 and 5 (with five requiring the most experience, and one requiring the least). Lastly, we even went as far as recommending some staff picks, in addition to toys that scored 4 stars or more on Amazon. You’re wel-cum (;

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How to use a Rabbit vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 2 to 5

No matter what spot you prefer, a rabbit vibe can reach it. They’re actually designed to target the clitoris and G-spot at once – hence, the double arm that lends itself nicely to the shape of rabbit ears. Some are even designed with two sets of controls – one for each arm. Which allows you to really customize your experience. Additionally, since there are two heads, you can use it externally and internally, simultaneously.

Our recommendations: Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit vibe ($52, Amazon) and Oopsix’s Personal Rabbit Vibrator ($25, Amazon)

How to use a Bullet vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 1

Bullet vibrators are easily the best vibrators for beginners, and not just because they’re some of the smallest. They’re simple to use–just turn ’em on and click through the different speeds and patterns. They’re also super versatile. You can use these adult toys to stimulate all your erogenous zones, as well as with other toys (like strap-ons and vibrating panties). Clit vibrators are similar in that they’re meant to stimulate the clitoris but unlike bullet vibes, they can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This includes sucking vibes, oral-simulators, and more!

Our recommendations: TENGA’s Iroha Stick ($20, Amazon), NU Sensuelle Joie ($20, Amazon) and SVAKOM’s Vibrating Egg ($37, Amazon)

How to use a personal massager

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Level of difficulty: 1

Personal massagers are designed for external stimulation only. Some come with an attached cord, while others do not–some claim the attached wire allows for a more powerful vibrator since it draws power directly from an outlet (instead of a stored source). Too strong for you? Pro tip: Use a towel or blanket to take the vibrations down a notch.

Our recommendations: Bodywand Rechargeable Personal Massager ($44+, Amazon) and JimmyJane’s The Usual Suspects ($68, Amazon)

How to use a G-spot vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 3 to 5

Also referred to as traditional vibrators, G-spot vibes can be used internally or externally. They’re longer than most other vibrators and come in a variety of shapes and styles–with the curved ones being a little more difficult to use than their vertical counterparts.

Our recommendations: OhMiBod’s award-winning Lovelife Cuddle ($69, Amazon), TENGA’s Iroha Minamo ($105, Amazon) and Sensaty’s Jelly Fish vibe ($27, Amazon)

How to use a finger vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 1

Finger vibrators or ring vibes are exactly what they sound like–vibrator you can wear! Worn on one finger, these adult toys are great for solo external play and, of course, shared experiences. Some finger vibes are small, only covering the tip of your finger, while others turn your whole hand into a very NSFW appendage.

Our recommendations: Fukuoku 9000 ($28, Amazon) and Adam & Eve’s finger vibrator ($24)

How to use a butterfly vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 5

Some butterfly vibes are meant to used hands-free (these are also known as wearable vibes), but they all feature a “fluttering” sensation, hence where they get their name. This means they can be worn internally to stimulate the G-spot. Additionally, most butterfly vibes also feature some sort of clitoral (or external) stimulation. These are the perfect toys to use for DIY vibrating underwear!

Our recommendations: Youshe’s Double Vibrating Wireless Shell vibrator ($28, Amazon) and CalExotic’s Original Butterfly Kiss ($10+)

How to use a prostate vibrator

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Level of difficulty: 2 

Consider these the vibrating butt plugs, if you will. These adult toys are available in a variety of shapes and sizes because anuses are notoriously easy to irritate (and even tear) so it’s important to start small. Oh, and don’t forget the lube!

Our recommendations: Utimi’s vibrating anal plug ($25) and SAMMOR’s 3-in-1 Vibrating Prostate Massager ($16)

How to use a cock ring

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Level of difficulty: 1

Just like finger vibrators, cock rings get worn too (we’ll let you guess where they go). These vibes can definitely be used on their own, but are seriously ideal for partnered play. After all, sharing is caring!

Our recommendations: TENGA’s Smart Vibe Cock Ring ($41+, Amazon) and IMO’s vibrating cock ring ($26, Amazon)

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.