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The quick and dirty guide to buying your first vibrator

There's a vibrator for every type of pleasure.


Christine Burkson


Posted on Apr 22, 2019   Updated on Mar 29, 2021, 10:55 am CDT

Like most firsts, checking out vibrators for beginners can be more overwhelming than exciting. Whether you’re riding solo or looking to spice things up in a relationship, sex toys are a great addition to the bedroom.

The vibrator is designed to stimulate you to the point of orgasm. But, not all parts are created equal, and there are so many ways to get your rocks off than just your basic dildo. So, which is the right vibe for you? That depends on your preferred pleasure.

It takes trial and error to discover what feels best for you. Fortunately, you no longer have to figure it out by awkwardly roaming the aisles of a sex shop. The internet makes it easy to browse privately, and manufacturers ship discreetly so that no one knows your business.

To help you navigate the waters, we’ve broken down the basic types of vibrators for beginners to try.

The best vibrators for beginners


The rabbit is the most popular vibrator due to its versatility and multi-tasking skills. The purpose of rabbit vibrators is to stimulate multiple spots, namely the G-Spot and clitoris, at the same time. Many of these vibrators pack dual motors for completely custom vibration settings.

Our pick: PALOQUETH Rabbit ($28)

This silicone vibrator has a much sleeker design than past models. Though it doesn’t actually resemble a rabbit, like the predecessors who gave it the name, don’t let appearances fool you. With nine different settings and a flexible, waterproof body, this modern upgrade will give you all the tingles.


This is not your fairy godmother’s wand, although you might say it’s a magical experience. Wand massagers are the most powerful vibrators, due to the fact that they traditionally are plugged in. They also tend to look a bit more like a massage tool than an actual vibrator, which is good for those who prefer more discretion (or, you know, if you want your vibrator to give you back massages sometimes too.)

Some massagers are louder than other vibrators, but more modern options, like the following, have been designed to stay silent.

Our pick: The Original Magic Wand ($60)

This magic massager is a 12-inch device with a 2-inch soft rubber head. It boasts 10 speeds and eight different vibration settings. It plugs in, so you can expect maximum power every time. This best-seller also comes with a five-year warranty, so you can rest assured this toy was built to last a very long time.


Though she may be little, the bullet vibrator is fierce. These tiny toys make the best vibrators for beginners. They are the most discreet of the bunch, as they’re typically no longer than two inches. They also make for great travel vibrators. You can easily mistake one for a flashlight or canister. Partners also like them for a subtle enhancement in the bedroom.

The bullet vibrator is not as powerful as a rabbit or wand massager but packs enough stimulation to keep you satisfied. Although some are designed to arouse the clitoris, men can pair one with a penis ring or use to stimulate testicles. Many bullets require special batteries due to their small size, but because they’re the cheapest vibrators, you’re still not spending a fortune.

Our pick: Angled tip bullet ($12.99)

Try this powerful bullet for a subtle sexual experience. This small toy is a simple way to get the job done. It offers single-speed vibrations and is completely waterproof. It’s also wireless, unlike some designs which hinder discretion.


The clitoris is the most popular (but not the only) sweet spot when it comes to female orgasms. It’s why many vibrators are designed with the clit in mind. Some toys are made solely for that purpose, focusing more on the external than internal.

These types of vibrators have become so advanced you can now orgasm without ever making contact with skin. Unlike most toys, which use physical vibrations to get you off, newer models use air pressure waves for touch-free sessions. If that sounds too soft for your tastes, know that this technology claims to be so intense you can orgasm multiple times in one touch-free session.

Our pick: Satisfyer Pro 2 ($29.95)

The Satisfyer Pro 2 features 11 different speeds ranging from “whisper” to “roar of sensation.” It’s completely waterproof if you want to mix air and water. The soft, silicone head is an O-shape, and the device itself is discreet enough that one could mistake it for some sort of skincare tool.

It’s rechargeable by USB and takes only 2.5 hours to get back up to speed. A single charge lasts for 30 minutes of use, which sounds short, but reviewers claim that they can orgasm in under a minute, so you’ve got plenty of time to get off multiple times.


If you believe it’s what’s inside that counts, consider a vibrator designed to hit your G-spot. That’s the vagina’s front wall, which is a highly sensitive, erogenous area that you probably first heard about in Cosmo. For beginners who are curious about the elusive G-spot, it can be frustratingly difficult to find, but a toy like this makes it easy.

Our pick: First Time G-spot Tulip ($14.30)

This vibrator is good for beginners because the head is larger, making it easier to hit the G-spot. While the design is simple, this vibrator gives you plenty of bang for your buck.


Finger vibrators are about as discreet as you can get. They’re basically like a bullet attached to a ring (which gives new meaning to the phrase, “If you like it then you should’ve put a ring on it.”) These toys are great for people who want the hands-on treatment with their vibrator.

They are also the simplest vibrators, most functioning at one speed with an on/off switch. That makes them ideal vibrators for beginners. The subtleties make them especially useful for partners who want to add a little something to their routine without all the sex bells and whistles. But don’t let that fool you: the finger vibrators are equally effective solo.

Our pick: Fingo Nubby ($10.83)

This purple finger vibrator features tiny nubs that provide a grip for added pleasure. It’s made out of a jelly-like silicone with a band that comfortably stretches to fit any size finger or toe. It lasts for up to 60 minutes of action. The vibrator is operated by the same batteries you’d use for a watch.


For those who prefer back-end stimulation or are curious to explore more, consider a vibrator made specifically for anal. The prostate is commonly referred to as the male G-spot, so it’s a great option for men, but all genders find pleasure in this type of toy.

Anal and prostate vibrators are designed to be thinner than most vibrators with an extended base for easy removal. They are made with easy-to-clean materials, like silicone or glass. Because anal vibrators are made solely for the back end, they’re not recommended for vaginal stimulation. For the most comfortable penetration, pair this toy with lube.

Our pick: Paloqueth prostate massager

When it comes to vibrators for beginners, it doesn’t get much easier than the Paloqueth prostate massager. The rechargeable battery controls nine different vibration settings you can enjoy independently or with a partner. It’s also completely waterproof so you can enjoy it in the bath or shower!

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2019, 7:45 am CDT

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