So, you've decided to start using sex toys. Good for you! Sex toys are amazing, and along with increasing your own personal pleasure, they can help increase you and your partner's bond. One of the most-used sex toys happens to be the vibrator. That's because vibrators can produce an immense amount of pleasure that's impossible for the human hand to recreate, and they work for girls, guys and everyone in between.

Picking out a vibrator can feel daunting, though. Because it's such a popular toy, thousands and thousands of options exist. You can get a huge, pink plastic vibrator, or a small, silver, silicone one. You can get a vibrator that plays in the shower, or one that has to be washed with extreme care. You can get a vibrator that should be used with a condom, or you can get one that can be fully sterilized for use with multiple people.


Babeland Staff Picks So where to start? Here are 10 simple steps to put you on the right track. You can follow them in order or, if you want to skip around, that's your choice too. After all, this is all about your pleasure potential!

Figure Out your Type

Vibrators come in a wide range of types: rabbit vibrators, bullet vibrators, wireless vibrators, traditional vibrators, G-spot vibrators, and more. If you have something particular in mind, selecting what type of toy you want will help you narrow things down quickly. For example, if you want something that is easy to travel with and easy to hide, a small bullet vibrator might be best. If you want something that can stimulate two areas at once, you'll probably want a rabbit vibrator. If you want something that can be controlled with a wireless remote by your partner while you're in public (sounds so fun!), you'll want a wireless vibrator. (Read more about rabbits in 5 Reasons Why Rabbit Vibrators Are Still So Popular.)


Select the Size

You'd be surprised by how many sizes of vibrators are out there. You can go from a two-inch-long toy all the way to vibrators with more than a foot of vibrating pleasure. They can be less than a half inch in width, or they can even be more than two and a half inches wide! If you have a specific size preference, start looking for a toy in that range. If you don't have a preference, try to find something with an average size: A length between 5 and 7 inches with a width between 0.75 and 1.5 inches. This will give you a good starting point, and you can increase or decrease the size for your next purchase as you figure out what works best for you.


Pick Your Power

Toys can be powered by a large variety of different sources. Some are plugged into a wall outlet and run on electricity, some use batteries and some are rechargeable. Toys that plug into wall outlets tend to be the most powerful, but you'll also be tethered by a cord. Rechargeable toys will need to be recharged in-between uses, but they don't require batteries. Batteries are simple and easy to use, but some people don't like the hassle of changing them and keeping them on hand. If you choose to go with a battery-operated toy, keep in mind that battery type is a good indicator of the power that a vibrator provides. For example, a vibrator that runs on C batteries is going to be stronger than one that runs on AAA batteries.


Think About Materials

The material from which a vibrator is made can make a huge difference in its performance and your enjoyment of the toy. As a general rule, the harder and less squishy the material is, the better the vibrations will resonate. This means that plastic will resonate vibrations better than a plushy PVC toy would. You also want to think about whether the material contains phthalates. Some people are sensitive to phthalates and suffer reactions when they use these toys. These chemicals are most often found in PVC, jelly, and similar materials. Many adult manufacturers will label a toy phthalate-free if it was made without phthalates. Many sex educators recommend covering a toy with a condom if it contains phthalates, so that's something to keep in mind when picking out your potential toy. (Learn more in Sex Toy Safety: A Guide to Materials.)



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Try Out Different Textures

Textures can really enhance your experience with a vibrator, and quite a few vibrators come with varied textured surfaces for your pleasure. There are ripples, bumps, curves, spikes, studs, swirls, veins, bulbs and more. On the other hand, some people prefer a completely smooth surface. You'll have to figure out what texture (or lack thereof) will work best for you.


What About Water?

Some vibrators are waterproof. Others may just be splash-proof (safe for shower use but cannot be submerged). If you are hoping to use your toy in the bath, you'll want one that's waterproof. Waterproof toys also tend to be easier to clean. If you aren't concerned about whether a toy's waterproof, though, you may have more options.


Consider Cleaning and Care

Depending on the toy you choose, it will need to be cleaned in a specific way. If your toy is fully waterproof, you're going to have to be much less careful during cleaning. If you're planning on using a toy with multiple partners (or for both vaginal and anal use), you'll want to choose a non-porous material such as silicone. It can be fully sterilized. (Learn more in Keeping It Clean: Top Tips for Sex Toy Sterilization.)


Choose Your Features

Vibrators come equipped with a wide variety of interesting features. If you think one of these features would be fun to try, seek out vibrators with some of your favorites. These might include a heated surface, multiple speeds, rotations, thrusting and all different types of controllers.


Color Selection

Once you've narrowed down all of the other options, you might want to think about color choice, especially since many of the high-end vibrators are so beautiful to behold. Pink and purple tend to be the most popular vibrator colors, but you can easily find toys in all the colors of the rainbow.


Packaging Considerations

While this one is a pretty small consideration, it's still something to think about. If you want your sex toy to come with its own storage box, some of them do. If you want a discreet black box to store the toy in when it's not in use, some of them come with that. Some toys even come with their own display stand or storage case. Many vibrators come with a storage bag or pouch. Others just come with a plastic box you'll want to throw out once you open it. If you're stuck between a few toys, check out their packaging.


See? That wasn't so hard, now was it? Once you have a general idea about all of the types of toys out there, you can simply and easily narrow things down based on what features you want. It might take some time to find that perfect toy, but once you find it, you'll have a good idea of what you want in the future too. Go you!