by Sarah Ewald
Buying a vibrator can be scary, especially if it’s your first time. There are so many factors to consider: What brand should I buy? How many levels of vibration does it offer? And, perhaps most importantly, how strong are the vibrations?
But, the very first thing you need to decide is the kind of stimulation you’re looking for. Are you only interested in clitoral stimulation? What about penetrative? If you want penetration, do you want to stimulate your G-spot?
Once you decide, you’re ready to purchase! But there’s such a range of vibrators on the market; how do you know which one to buy?
Fortunately, you can get a good idea by looking at the vibrator’s shape. Vibrators are shaped differently depending on where it’s meant to be used. Here’s a handy guide on vibrator types as they influence your preferred kind of stimulation:
Vibrators designed for clitoral stimulation are usually thin and long with a cylindrical shape. They can be small, like the popular Bullet, or larger, but they’re generally not wide. These are usually just a smooth, sleek shaft and are great for for those just beginning to use vibrators.
There are different shapes of clitoral vibrators. The Revel Body SOL Sonic Vibrator is a vibrating sphere with a detachable tip for different kinds of stimulation.
Depending on the material of the vibrator, some are safe for insertion, but others are not. Be sure to read the product description if you have questions.
G-spot vibrators are meant for insertion. They have a curved shape to fit your body, since they’re meant to reach your G-spot inside your vagina.
The shaft portion of the shape ranges from a slight curve to a C-shape, but there’s always a bulb at the end for the G-spot. This bulb could be a small sphere, or it could be an oval, almost-egg shape.
Dual-action vibrators can stimulate you both internally and externally at the same time. This results in a blended orgasm: stimulation from two different sources via different nerve pathways. The Rabbit vibrator (made popular by “Sex and the City” back in the day) is a wonderful example of the type: The shaft fits inside your vagina, while the rabbit ears stimulate your clitoris.
If you’re interested in a blended orgasm vibrator, look for aspects of the toy that allow for simultaneous stimulation. Aspects would include an insertable shaft and individual appendages to be used externally. Some of these include buttons to control the intensity.
Anal vibrators are used for insertion into the rectum. These will have a flared base to prevent them from getting stuck inside. The vibrator itself may take the shape of a bulbous plug or a string of round beads. In the latter case, the knobs might be scaled larger by size down to the base to “train” for anal play.
Once you’ve figured out what kind of stimulation you want, you’ll have a much better idea of what to look for in terms of basic vibrator shape. And you’ll be able to purchase a vibrator, whether online or in person, with much more confidence.