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Clitoral Vibrator

Updated: JULY 20, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on July 20, 2022

A clitoral vibrator is a small, vibrating sex toy designed to stimulate the clitoris. Clitoral vibrators are typically designed to be used externally, either alone or with a partner, although many dual-purpose, internal/external vibrators exist as well. Research suggests that 37% of women require clitoral stimulation to orgasm. For many people with vulvas, a clitoral vibrator can provide a satisfying orgasmic response in a short amount of time.

Clitoral vibrators range widely in size, shape and function. Two of the key elements to consider when looking to purchase a clitoral vibrator are:

  • Vibration Strength and Quality: Deep vibration tends to be more satisfying for most people than buzzier, surface-level vibrations. However, people with more sensitive clitorises may prefer gentler vibrations, while others might love high-powered vibrations like those delivered by a powerful wand vibrator.
  • Vibrator Shape: Just as some people prefer more or less powerful vibration, people also differ on whether they like very pinpoint, direct stimulation or a broader area that vibrates. Some vibrators have large heads that vibrate a larger area around the clitoris, while others have tiny heads designed to stimulate just the clitoris or a more specific area near it.


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There are a few key types of clitoral vibrators:

  • Bullet Vibrators: These are traditionally shaped much like a bullet, although they have since expanded into many other compact shapes. They are designed to be portable and provide relatively direct stimulation.
  • Wand Vibrators: These are larger and more powerful vibrators that are designed to provide deep, powerful stimulation to the clitoris and surrounding area.
  • Wearable and "Couples" Vibrators: This wide category includes vibrators that are worn during penetrative sex, allowing for greater clitoral stimulation.
  • Lay-On Vibrators: These vibrators are designed to be mounted in some way.
  • Air Suction Vibrators: This newer category includes stimulators that use suction or air pulsation to stimulate the clitoris.

Vibrators can be purchased from anywhere from $10 to hundreds of dollars. The key things to look for, however, include:

  • Materials: Body-safe materials are best. Silicone is a top choice among high-quality sex toys because it does not contain harmful chemicals.
  • Motor Quality: The quality of a vibrator's motor not only determines how much pleasure it produces, but also how long it will last. Look for high-quality vibrations and a toy that can produce a reasonable amount of power (even if you don't need all of it.) You can also read sex toy reviews to get a sense of which manufacturers produce quality toys.
  • Toy Type: If a toy is the wrong style of toy for you, its quality won't matter. Do your research to determine what might work best for you before purchasing.

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