The 22 Best Vibrators, According to Sex Toy Experts

 collage of a vibrator, a nude woman, and a face
collage of a vibrator, a nude woman, and a face

Whether you're enjoying some much-needed alone time or engaging in partner play, introducing sex toys can make a huge difference in the bedroom. And while there's a myriad of categories within the sex toy world—from dildos to anal toys to kink toys—the vibrator remains one of the most consistently popular styles of all time.

"One of the main reasons why vibrators feel so good is because of electricity," explains Shamyra Howard, a Lovehoney sexologist and LCSW. "Every vibrator, no matter the size, operates with a motor inside. This explains one reason why there are several different types of vibrators. This allows our bodies to have different response signals to varying speeds, motions, and intensities. It is thought that vibrators feel so good because they transmit frequencies that we as humans are incapable of doing to some of the most sensitive areas of the body."

Personally, I used to think that vibrators were overrated, but when I learned more about the many styles and types of vibrators, I realized that this sex toy is far more versatile than most of us have given it credit for—coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and vibration options. With that in mind, we've spoken to sexperts to set the record straight about different types of vibrators, choosing the right one for you, and, of course, the very best vibrators on the market today.

How To Use a Vibrator

If you're unsure how to use a vibrator, there are a number of resources available, from the instruction manual that comes with your toy to thorough online guides by brands like Smile Makers and Lovehoney. Howard reminds us that not all vibrators are built the same, and different types have different purposes. Thus, it's important to take note of whether your vibrator is meant to be used on external or internal genitalia, on the anus or on the vagina, and so on.

Plus, one should always be stimulated and properly lubricated before using any toy. Howard points out that vibrators won't feel good if the user isn't already aroused, and explains, "The more aroused you are, the better the vibrator feels." So before you start using your toy, try stimulating yourself with your hands or watching something titillating, and consider adding some lube to the mix to ensure your vibrator experience is safe and comfortable.

There is some room for creativity, though. "They can be used for various reasons and on other body parts," she says. "That’s right: Vibrators are not just for use on the genitals."

So, once you're comfortable with how to use your vibrator the traditional way, see how it feels on other erogenous zones, like the nipples, base of your neck, or back of your knee.

Finding the Right Vibrator

Sexual pleasure is an incredibly personal, subjective experience, so selecting the right vibrator should be one, too. "The materials and shape of the vibrator are often the most influential factors in how vibrators impact everyone differently," says Kris Fretz, co-founder of sex toy brand Emojibator. "Personally, I’m more sensitive to the vibrator’s texture vs. intensity, so I look for toys that are made with medical-grade silicone so they are safe for bodily insertion."

In that vein, it's important to take note of what toys are made of when buying them. Silicone toys, for instance, should never be used with silicone lube, or they'll break down. And while sex toys can get pricey, Howard says that buying a high-quality option is well worth it.

"Since vibrators are used in one of the body's most sensitive areas, it’s essential to only use body-safe toys," she says.

Fretz also adds that one should consider how and for how long a toy will be used when looking at what it's made of, warning, "A toy can be made with other materials such as metal, and in those cases it’s important to not overuse the toy beyond the recommended usage time and spare your most sensitive areas from burning up."

Once you know what materials you're selecting and the type of stimulation you're going for, Fretz recommends staying open-minded. After all, the world of sex toys is characterized by constant innovation.

"While the vibrator industry began with rabbits and phallic-shaped dildos, our society has advanced so much further than these rigid ideas of what vibrators should look like," elaborates Fretz. "I encourage all shoppers to feel confident that they can experience great orgasms from any shaped vibrator that is made with safe materials. This freedom to explore makes sex toys more inclusive to the queer and sexual trauma communities who don’t feel represented in the mainstream sex toy industry."

Keep scrolling for a low-down on the different categories of vibrators meant to cater to all sexual preferences, along with products that are notorious for their good vibes.

Best Vibrators For Beginners

Everybody has to start somewhere, and for those who have never used a vibrator before, it's important to start slow and focus on exploration. The products below have been vetted by sexperts and are wildly popular with customers, so that you can ease your way into vibrator play and learn what works best for you.

Lovehoney Magic Bullet 10 Function Silver Bullet Vibrator

Howard specifically recommends this bullet vibrator for people who have never used a vibrator before, adding, "It’s cute, portable, packed with power, and has three different intensities for direct clitoral stimulation."


Pros: portable; affordable; quiet

Cons: not as suited for those who wanted stronger vibrations

Lovehoney Deluxe Rechargeable Mini Massage Wand Vibrator

"Another excellent vibrator for beginners is the Deluxe Rechargeable Mini Massage Wand Vibe," says Howard. "This one also comes with various intensity levels and can be used on different body areas."


Pros: versatile; portable

Cons: not very quiet

Best Bullet Vibrators

According to Lovehoney, "Bullet sex toys are small, handheld vibrators that resemble the size and shape of a spitzer bullet. They’re one of the most popular first sex toys as they’re easy to use and non-invasive, yet offer precise clitoral stimulation." Indeed, Howard often tells beginners to use a bullet as a means of gently exploring vibrational pleasure for the first time, explaining that the model is "easily accessible, inexpensive, and provides fantastic clitoral stimulation. Bullets can also be used on other erogenous areas."

FemmeFunn Ultra Bullet

Somatic psychotherapist, sex therapist, and marriage and family therapist Dr. Holly Richmond says, "I tell my clients the FemmeFun Ultra Bullet packs the most bang for the buck and size. It looks like a tiny purple flashlight with a hot pink on/off button, and has 20 different powerful vibration modes. It's perfect for travel, especially if noise is a consideration as well. It’s whisper quiet, so vibe away no matter where you are."


Pros: quiet; portable; suitable for beginners and advanced users

Cons: needs frequent charging

Emojibator Eggplant Emojibator

Emojibator's branding aims to make sex toys fun and accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level, culminating in what Fretz calls "a unique orgasm experience." In a review, one customer raves that this is their first sex toy ever, and that they're already "obsessed."


Pros: suitable for beginners; quiet

Cons: not as suited for beginners or those who want a more complex experience

Best Wand Vibrators

Wondering what type of vibrator is best for exploring erogenous zones beyond your clitoris, vagina, and anus? Howard says, "If you’d like a vibe that can be used for clitoral stimulation and to explore erogenous zones such as nipples, behind the knees, ankles, the labia, and more, then a wand will be your toy of choice."

Magic Wand Original

"One tool reigns supreme when it comes to tried-and-true results, and that's the Hitachi Magic Wand," says Dr. Lindsay Byron, a Women's Studies Scholar and the mind behind Dr. Lux ATL. "This personal massager covers a larger surface than your average disco stick, and demands more power than a battery can deliver. If it plugs into the wall, you're gonna have a ball--and that's why I'm in a long-term relationship with this consistent and intense vibrator."


Pros: tried-and-true; versatile; suited for all experience levels; great for partner play

Cons: expensive; not very quiet

Luna Premium Rechargeable Personal Wand Massager

This wand vibrator is a top pick for Christine DeLozier, author of Diet for Great Sex: Food for Male and Female Sexual Health. She says, "You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get the job done! People love this affordable wand vibrator with many unique vibration patterns. For its small price tag, it’s very powerful. The material is also comfortable, soft and easy to clean."


Pros: affordable; high-powered; easy to clean

Cons: needs to be charged frequently

Best G-Spot Vibrators

Ah, the mysterious g-spot. Women who orgasm from penetrative sex are usually triggered by stimulation to this elusive area—a preference that may call for a g-spot vibrator or other penetrative toy.

Not sure where the g-spot is, exactly? You're not the only one, so Howard is here to explain: "The g-spot is said to be a sensitive area located at least two to three inches inside the vagina," she says. "One way to stimulate the area is by using a finger in the 'come here' motion. New theories suggest that the g-spot is actually a part of the internal clitoris. Some people report intense orgasms when this area is stimulated. A better way to stimulate the g-spot is by using a g-spot vibrator."

Lovehoney Desire Luxury Rechargeable G-Spot Vibrator

Howard recommends this vibrator for those who enjoy g-spot stimulation, saying, "This vibrator provides direct g-spot stimulation for increased arousal and intense orgasms."


Pros: curved shape for direct g-spot stimulation; long battery life

Cons: expensive

Lovehoney Power Play 7 Function Classic Vibrator 6 Inch

Many people enjoy g-spot stimulation because they are too sensitive for clitoral stimulation—a preference that Howard says calls for a "classic internal vibrator" like this one.


Pros: affordable; ridged shape provides a unique sensation

Cons: loud

Best Clitoral-Stimulating Vibrators

The clitoris is the only known human organ whose sole purpose is physical pleasure, so why not celebrate it? The following types of vibrators are designed specifically for women who prefer clitoral stimulation, and use innovative means like rumbling, suction, air puffs, and traditional vibrations.

Womanizer Pro W500

Polly Rodriguez, founder of sexual wellness company Unbound, says, "This waterproof toy is designed to provide touchless stimulation of the clitoris using pulsating pleasure waves that feel both gentle and powerful. There's really nothing else like it. The interchangeable suction heads are made of soft, hygienic silicone and you can easily switch between 8 levels of intensity. Studies showed that women using this vibrator were able to achieve orgasm, on average, in less than 2 minutes."


Pros: customizable; good for all experience levels; waterproof

Cons: expensive

INYA The Rose Clitoral Stimulator

This aesthetically pleasing vibrator consistently ranks as a best seller across multiple sex toy sites, providing both rumble vibrations and air/suction settings. It also seems to work efficiently: One reviewer writes, "I was done in under a minute."


Pros: gentle; good for all experience levels; customizable

Cons: slightly expensive; may not be intense enough for certain users

Best Oral Sex Simulating Vibrators

Oral sex is an extremely specific sensation, and sometimes the feeling of sucking, blowing, or tongue-like strokes is precisely what one craves when indulging in some sexy time. As a result, a number of vibrators are made to mimic that feeling, and we've uncovered some of the very best.

Unbound Puff Suction Vibe

Sex and relationship therapist Tammy Nelson specifically recommends this product, explaining that "its outer ring rests against your anatomy to create a rhythmic sucking sensation with five intensity settings that allow you to choose the right amount of suction to get you to the place you want to be. It has not failed any users yet, and I recommend it to all of my female bodied clients."


Pros: waterproof; made with medical-grade silicone; different suction settings

Cons: not suited for those who want very intense stimulation

LELO Ora

Laurie Mintz, a sexpert and author of Becoming Cliterate and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex, highly recommends this toy. In addition to masterfully mimicking the feeling of oral sex, which she calls "the ultimate pleasure for many women," it also "has a very comfortable, smooth nub that moves up and down, rotates, and vibrates. And you can change the speed and intensity of the 'oral sex' you are giving yourself—all without having to tell a partner to do so!"


Pros: customizable settings; great for beginners

Cons: expensive; not as suited for those who want more intense stimulation

Best Dual-Stimulation Vibrators

It is, of course, possible to want both clitoral and g-spot stimulation at the same time, which can be difficult to maneuver if you're stimulating yourself sans partner or if you have a toy geared only for one from of pleasure. But never fear: There are products made specifically for dual stimulation, the best of which we've gathered below. A keyword to look out for when shopping for dual-stimulation toys is "rabbit vibrators," which Howard says are perfect for when you're looking to have it both ways.

plusOne Dual Vibrating Massager

I'm a big fan of plusOne's products, and so, evidently, is sex expert Kit Richardson, who recommends this toy for those who want to be "confident that your purchase will leave you satisfied and won’t make your bank account cry. Rechargeable, waterproof, and silky-smooth body safe silicone ensures your pleasure play is a 5-star experience. With its bulbous and curved internal arm and strong vibrating clitoral arm the plusOne Dual Vibrating Massager is ideal for those looking for a fuller sensation internally while receiving a strong vibration externally."


Pros: strong; affordable; waterproof

Cons: may not be suited for beginners or those who are physically very sensitive

Lora DiCarlo Osé 2

Richardson highly recommends this product, which won an innovation award in 2019. "The internal arm is an adjustable g-spot massager that replicates the come-hither motion of a finger on the g-zone area while the clitoral stimulator is designed to mimic the sensation of oral sex thru its unique rhythmic thrumming over the clitoris," Richardson describes. "Its unique features and ability to be customizable to your body allow you not only to discover new ways to enhance your pleasure, but also gives you more agency over your orgasms."


Pros: award-winning; customizable; unique pleasure experience and sensations; is not phallic, so inclusive for all sexual orientations

Cons: expensive

Best Vibrators for Partner Play

Just because you have a pal in bed with you, doesn't mean you need to abandon your toys. In fact, there are countless toys made specifically for partner play,

OhMiBod Lovelife Share Couples Vibrator

Sex therapist Dr. Shannon Chavez says that this product, which is designed to wrap around a penis and also provide clitoral stimulation,  if perfect "for any couple who wants to start with a product that is small and simple" She adds that "the vibrator has seven vibration patterns, and its discreet look that will make each person more comfortable introducing toys into their bedroom."


Pros: long-lasting; high-quality; long battery life; USB rechargeable

Cons: limited to penis-vagina sex; expensive

Dame Eva

"Take note that this is the *first* hands-free, strap-free, non-intrusive couples vibrator," says Polly Rodriguez. "Eva is made of the smoothest silicone, with flexible wings that fit snugly under a woman's labia majora, making it possible to experience clitoral stimulation during sex or while playing solo."


Pros: works with penis-vagina and vagina-vagina sex; easy to use; works for masturbation

Cons: expensive

Best Remote-Controlled Vibrators

Technology really can be a wonderful thing, and in the case of sex toys, it can be a gamechanger, injecting playfulness into a routine or maintaining a sense of intimacy between long-distance partners.

"Remote-controlled vibrators are often made for clitoral stimulation and work really well with a partner controlling the motions," Howard agrees. "Several app-control vibrators work well on dates and for people in long-distance relationships."

We-Vibe Sync

Claire Cavanah, co-founder of sex toy site Babeland, cites this as one of the platform's most popular couple's vibrator, explaining that it "can be worn during sex, is more flexible and powerful, and can be operated with an app that also works remotely. That means your partner can control your vibrator even when you're far apart."


Pros: provides dual stimulation; works for solo and partner play; works long-distance

Cons: expensive

OhMiBod Esca 2

Ohmibod cofounder and creator of the original music vibrator Suki Dunham stands behind this novel product. She explains, "The wearable Bluetooth App-controlled vibrator is perfect for remote play whether you are across the room or across the country. Esca 2's integrated LED lights up and corresponds to the vibrations – letting your partner see exactly what kind of good vibrations they are sending your way."


Pros: works long-distance

Cons: expensive; some users report connectivity issues

Best On-The-Go Vibrators

Sexual pleasure is an important part of many people's lives, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to ensure you have the tools you need to feel good when you're on the go. Here, we've gathered some of the best products for when you have to keep your bag light and your sex toys subtle—because it's not always feasible to carry around a 6-inch silicone toy.

Unbound Babes Palma

Sexologist Dr. Jordin Wiggins calls this "the vibrator you can take anywhere—discreet, wearable, waterproof," adding that she personally enjoys wearing in on her finger as a form of foreplay: "Wearing your vibrator out to a fancy dinner and no one is any wiser is a great way to build pleasure and desire."


Pros: can be worn daily; subtle vibrator; fashionable

Cons: expensive for the size; only good for those who prefer pinpointed stimulation

CalExotics Hide & Play Rechargeable Lipstick

Sexologist Dr. Jill McDevitt loves this product. She says, "It easily passes for a lipstick you can keep in your purse or makeup bag. Plus it's powerful and functional, so you can actually use and enjoy it. I like to recommend this one to clients in need of something discreet and private."


Pros: subtle; affordable

Cons: vibrations not very customizable; only good for those who prefer pinpointed stimulation

Best Anal Vibrators

If you haven't given anal sex toys a chance yet, you could be missing out on a world of pleasure. It is, however, important to educate oneself about anal stimulation, acquire the proper lube, and start slow before jumping in.

"When it comes to anal stimulation, it’s always important to only use vibrators specifically designed for anal stimulation," Howard adds. "Anal vibrators will always have a flared base to prevent them from getting lost in the anus. Beginners would love the Rocks Off Teazer Petite Sensations Vibrating Butt Plug."

b-Vibe Novice Plug

"For anal stimulation, you can’t go wrong with a vibrating butt plug," says Howard. "Like all vibrators, these also have varying intensities and levels," which is why we recommend this option from We-Vibe, which has 15 vibrating patterns and 6 levels of intensity.


Pros: suitable for all experience levels; customizable

Cons: expensive

Rocks Off Teazer Petite Sensations Beginner's Vibrating Butt Plug

Howard says that beginners "would love" this toy specifically, and reviewers write that the vibrations are powerful, that it's easy to clean, and that it's great even for those who are more experienced with anal play.


Pros: easy to clean; great for all experience levels; customizable; affordable; quiet

Cons: some customers find it difficult to switch vibration patterns during use (is not remote-controlled, so users need to reach around)

For more, visit our Sexual Wellness section, where we unpack topics around consent, kink, sex toys, and more so you can have your safest and very best sexperiences yet.

Meet the Experts

Shamyra Howard
Shamyra Howard

Shamyra Howard

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Shamyra Howard is an international award-winning sexologist, licensed clinical social worker, and AASECT certified sex therapist committed to helping people improve their relationship and intimate lives. She is also the founder of On the Green Couch, where she helps people overcome sexual obstacles, and has authored two books.

Dr. Laurie Mintz
Dr. Laurie Mintz

Dr. Laurie Mintz, Ph.D.

Professor, Therapist, Author, and Speaker

Dr. Laurie Mintz is an award-winning tenured professor at the University of Florida, where she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality. Her work has been published in over 50 peer-reviewed academic research journals along with six chapters in academic books, and she has maintained a private practice for over 30 years that helps couples and individuals with sexual issues. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has also authored two books: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship. Her overall mission is to provide scientifically accurate, sex positive education that prioritizes female pleasure.

Kris Fretz
Kris Fretz

Kristin (Kris) Fretz

Founder of Emojibator

Kris Fretz is an entrepreneur who, along with her co-founder Joe Vela, founded Emojibator in 2016. The brand seeks to create body-safe, non-intimidating sexual wellness products at affordable price points.

Dr. Holly Richmond
Dr. Holly Richmond

Dr. Holly Richmond

Certified Sex Therapist; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Dr. Holly Richmond is certified sex therapist as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has a PhD in Somatic Psychology and, through her work, aids clients with relationship and sexuality concerns through a unique combination of cognitive and somatic, or body-based, means. 

Dr. Lindsay Byron
Dr. Lindsay Byron

Dr. Lindsay Byron

Women's Studies Scholar

Dr. Lindsay Byron is a Women's Studies scholar who has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She is also a former university instructor and a lifelong exotic dancer. She is now based in Atlanta, Georgia, and coaches womxn on how to step into their power.

Christine DeLozier
Christine DeLozier

Christine DeLozier

Licensed Acupuncturist and Counselor

Christine DeLozier is a licensed acupuncturist who combines her education in Eastern Medicine with her backgrounds in counseling and psychology in order to help patients develop better, more holistic habits to make for better, more comfortable sex. She is also the author of Diet for Great Sex: Food for Male and Female Sexual Health.

Polly Rodriguez
Polly Rodriguez

Polly Rodriguez

CEO and Co-Founder of Unbound

Polly Rodriguez is the CEO and co-founder of the sexual wellness company Unbound. She was inspired to found Unbound after experiencing early onset menopause after a cancer diagnosis at the age of 21. The experience led her to develop an interest in sex toys, and subsequently realize the need for toys made from high-quality, body-safe materials. She is currently based in New York City.

Dr. Tammy Nelson
Dr. Tammy Nelson

Dr. Tammy Nelson, PhD

Sex Therapist and Author

Dr. Tammy Nelson, PhD is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She works with both couples and individuals in search of love, healing, and improved sex. She also serves at the Director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute, hosts the podcast The Trouble with Sex, and is the author of multiple books about sex and relationships.

Kit Richardson
Kit Richardson

Kit Richardson

Sex Educator and Sex Expert

Kit Richardson is a sex educator and sex expert for the Museum of Sex in New York City. 

Dr. Shannon Chavez
Dr. Shannon Chavez

Dr. Shannon Chavez

Licensed Psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Dr. Shannon Chavez is a Licensed Psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist based in Beverly Hills. She has published work on using psychodynamic therapy to treat love addiction and specializes in treating sexual disorders, sexual trauma, and compulsive behaviors surrounding intimacy. 

Claire Cavanah
Claire Cavanah

Claire Cavanah

Co-Founder of Babeland

Claire Cavanah is a co-founder of the online sexual wellness retailer Babeland. She is currently based in New York City.

Suki Dunham
Suki Dunham

Suki Dunham

Founder & CEO of OhMiBod

Suki Dunham and her husband, Brian, co-founded OhMiBod, the first music-powered vibrator. Today, the business has expanded to include other sex toys along with kegel balls, lubricants, and other sexual wellness products. 

Dr. Jordin Wiggins
Dr. Jordin Wiggins

Dr. Jordin Wiggins, ND

Sex Educator and Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Jordin Wiggins is a Naturopathic Doctor, sex educator, and author. She founded, owns, and operates the naturopathic health clinic Health Over All, and has expertise on hormones, mood imbalance, libido, and bio-marker testing.

Dr. Jill McDevitt
Dr. Jill McDevitt

Dr. Jill McDevitt

Sexologist, Sex Educator, and Sexual Wellness Coach

Dr. Jill McDevitt is a sexologist, sexuality educator, and sexual wellness coach. She hold a PhD, MEd, and BA in human sexuality, and she currently serves as a resident sexologist for CalExotics.