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The search for the right vibrator can be daunting (and expensive). It’s also highly individual since no two bodies are the same. Among the thousands available to choose from, there are subcategories, including very large and very small vibrators with multiple vibration patterns, those that attach to the tip of your finger, others that simulate tongues, even more that approximate penises, wearable vibrators with remote controls, and a growing category of vibrators that use suction to specifically stimulate the clitoris. I talked to 28 sex experts, sex educators, sexologists, shop owners, and professional reviewers about the 33 best vibrators. (If you’re searching for the best lube to go with it, the best sex toys for couples, or the best sex toys for men, we have you covered there, too.)
What we’re looking for
Experts say you’ll want a different type of toy depending on the type of pleasure and play you seek, so we’ve noted the types, from wands to rabbits to bullets.
You want to make sure you’re investing in toys that are made of high-quality, body-safe materials. Body-safe materials — which include silicone, glass, metals like stainless steel, and ABS plastic — are nonporous, so they are less likely to harbor harmful bacteria or viruses and are therefore more hygienic.
The more levels of speed a vibrator has, the more opportunity there is to experiment to find what works best for your body. Keep in mind that if you are more sensitive, you may only need to play around with the lower levels, while those who need stronger vibrations will need a toy with higher settings.
Like intensity, vibrators often have different patterns that will impact the types of sensations you can experiment with to find what works best for your body.
Best overall vibrator
Type: Wand | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 4 speeds | Patterns: 4 patterns
Originally marketed as a muscle massager, the Magic Wand (formerly the Hitachi Magic Wand) was released in 1968 and quickly took off as a vibrator. It’s been a categorical favorite ever since. I’ve had mine for about a year and I very quickly understood why. While I have plenty of other toys in my nightstand that may be more aesthetically pleasing or boast some new tech, I find myself reaching for the Magic Wand over them time and time again. It’s just that good. Today’s rechargeable version is cordless, plus it’s lighter and quieter than the original. Carol Queen, Ph.D., staff sexologist at Good Vibrations in San Francisco and curator of the store’s Antique Vibrator Museum, says it has a well-deserved reputation for being “strong and consistent,” with many users having had their first orgasms with this “power player,” making it their “go-to sex-toy friend.” Writer Beca Grimm agrees: “It’s the Maybelline Great Lash of vibrators — the same no-frills shit your mom used (maybe still uses?) that gets the job done.” Archie Bongiovanni, sexual-health educator and events coordinator at the Minneapolis store Smitten Kitten, calls it “the Cadillac of vibrators” and points out that it can feel good on a penis, too, along with the clitoris and vulva. While it got the most recommendations of any toy on this list, a few of our experts did note that it can sometimes be too intense when used directly on more sensitive areas of the body. “It’s too powerful for me, so I like to put a cover on it or place it on my hip bone so I can still feel the vibrations,” says sex educator Lola Jean. Pleasure-based sex educator and kink trainer Lateef Taylor recommends buying wand attachments to explore different sensations with the wand on various body parts.
Best (less expensive) wand vibrator
Type: Wand | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
If you want the power of the Magic Wand at a more affordable price point, the brand released a mini version earlier this year. In addition to being cheaper, the mini is also much lighter and smaller than the original, which makes it easier to travel with and store. I love my original Magic Wand, but it does take up a lot of real estate in my bedside drawer. Unlike the original, the mini features only three speeds and no patterns and does not come with any additional attachments. While the head features the same flexible neck, it is also much smaller, which allows for more targeted stimulation and makes it a lot easier to use with a partner.
Best-designed wand vibrator
Type: Wand | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 4 speeds | Patterns: 1 pattern
While the Magic Wand is the gold standard, if you prefer something a little more aesthetically pleasing, there are plenty of other wands to consider. “Some people are very visually stimulated, and looking at something less utilitarian and more designed can be helpful,” Taylor notes, adding that the Doxy falls into this category. Several of our reviewers name-checked Doxy. Sex blogger Quinn Rhodes bought it as an early Christmas present and calls it an “all-time-favorite vibrator” because of its “powerful and rumbly” vibrations.
Best compact wand vibrator
Type: Wand | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 6 speeds | Patterns: 4 patterns
Le Wand Petite shares the shape and intensity of the Magic Wand but in a much smaller toy that’s easier to travel with, store, and handle. Despite the size, it still packs a “powerful punch,” says Lisa Finn, brand manager at Babeland, adding that the smooth silicone head is perfect for broader, external stimulation on any type of body, regardless of gender. Sex educator and blogger Kelvin Sparks agrees and adds that because it has a slimmer design, it can fit between bodies without getting in the way, so it’s great for people looking for a vibrator they want to use during penetrative sex. Shan Boodram, author of The Game of Desire, says it delivers on both aesthetics and power. “It’s a toy that I use solo, with my partner, on my partner, and casually on other parts of my body,” she says. Plus, “if it’s left lying around and company comes over (because, seriously, I do use it casually), I’m never embarrassed if it’s spotted.”
Best vibrator for beginners
Type: Cone-shaped | Material: Body-safe silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
If you want a nonintimidating starter vibrator (that also looks good), this design-y silicone vibrator from Brooklyn-based company Maude might work for you. The Vibe, which has a slim teardrop shape that tapers into a round point, is made with 100 percent platinum-grade silicone, has three speeds controlled via one button, comes in a small canvas zip pouch, and charges with a USB. After trying out the Maude Vibe, one of our testers said, “The best way to describe this was that an orgasm just zipped out of me.”
Best quiet vibrator
Type: Palm | Material: Silicone | Speed: 5 speeds | Patterns: 7 patterns
Discreet, waterproof, and rechargeable, the Je Joue Mimi works for both solo and couple play, without a lot of noise. Bongiovanni recommends it for anyone looking for a quiet toy. With adjustable vibration patterns and speeds, the Mimi is ideal if you’re into a more mellow toy. Andrea Barrica, CEO and founder of O.school, says it’s her go-to because she finds most wands and suction toys to be too intense. When we tested this as part of a review of high-design vibrators, one of our testers simply said, “The Mimi, so soft.”
Best (less expensive) quiet vibrator
Type: Palm | Material: Silicone | Speed: 8 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Like the Mimi, the Touch is made of supersoft, medical-grade silicone that’s totally waterproof. It’s also one of Bongiovanni’s recommendations for quiet toys. Olive Moore of Narcisse NYC in Brooklyn says it’s “perfect” for people with roommates or if loud buzzing takes you out of the moment. One of our testers said that compared to other We-Vibe vibrators she has tried, the Touch is more ergonomic and has deeper, rumbly-er vibrations. The contoured, handheld form is perfectly sized for stimulation across the labia and clitoris.
Best multipurpose vibrator
Type: Multipurpose | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 3 patterns
Nefertiti Mitchell, founder and owner of Ghettoff, an appointment-only adult-toy shop in Inglewood, California, says the best vibrators are those that can do many different things for many different types of bodies. Her favorite multipurpose vibrator at the moment is the Enby from Wild Flower. One side of this silicone toy is smooth, and the other is ribbed. The whole thing is very flexible, so you can wrap it around a penis, using the textured side as a stroker. “You can also lay it flat on the bed, straddle it, and ride it,” says Mitchell, noting that the smooth side has a ridge that’s designed to “come in contact with your clitoris.”
Best vibrator for couples
Type: Wearable | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Another popular toy that can be worn during intercourse is the Eva II from Dame. Sid Azmi, the owner of Please in Brooklyn, likes that this small vibrator with two flexible arms allows for hands-free play. The Eva is designed to rest between the labia, using its arms to secure it comfortably in place. This means it can deliver direct clitoral stimulation no matter which position you’re in or how often you move. Azmi says, “It’s nice to not always have to masturbate on your back, and it’s great for use while having sex with a partner.” She points out that many people have trouble achieving orgasm through internal stimulation alone. Madeline Cooper, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who specializes in sexuality and relationships, whom we spoke to for our roundup of the best sex toys for couples, also recommends the Eva vibrator so you don’t have to focus on holding something in place while you’re engaging with your partner during intimacy.
Best app-compatible vibrator for couples
Type: C-shaped | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 7 patterns
According to Jacq Jones, sex educator and owner of Baltimore’s Sugar shop, the We-Vibe Sync is “the most popular vibe for couples in the world.” (The We-Vibe Sync is also at the top of our roundup of the best sex toys for couples, and We-Vibe, in general, came recommended in our sweep of the best sex toys for long-distance couples.) She told us it was the first toy that was designed specifically to put vibration and pressure on both the G-spot and the clit while also being worn during sexual intercourse. Because of its unique U shape, it can be used during sex, with both partners enjoying the vibrations. Bongiovanni says that with the additional We-Connect app and Bluetooth functions, this is also a great toy to wear out and about while a partner controls the vibration and is a “fantastic long-distance toy.” Emmy Williams, manager of Narcisse NYC, loves the Sync because the flexible fit of the toy and the vibration patterns can be customized to a “near-limitless degree.”
Best vibrator necklace
Type: Necklace | Material: Stainless steel | Speed: 4 speeds | Patterns: 1 pattern
When it’s not in use, the Crave Vesper doubles as a minimalist piece of jewelry in silver, gold, or rose gold. In our guide to the new design-y vibrators, a Strategist tester said, “It’s a sexy object. I love wearing it. Sometimes my partner will pull it out of the bedside table by the chain, and it’s just sexy.” Jones likes that Crave is an ethical company using all body-safe materials and says “it’s a really pretty necklace, and it has way more power than you’d expect.” Megan Fleming, a sex therapist, is also a fan of the Crave Vesper and notes that you can even have it engraved. The Vesper is compatible with any USB charger, so there’s no need to carry around a separate cord if you’re traveling.
Best suction-sensation vibrator
Type: Air suction | Material: Silicone | Speed: 14 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Unlike a traditional vibrator, the Womanizer uses pulses of air and pressure waves — similar to the sensation of oral sex — on the clitoris. While many sex-toy companies have since released similar toys, Womanizer was the first to create the technology. “The incredibly orgasmic Womanizer introduced what I like to call the ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ effect on the clit,” Boodram explains. Marla Renee Stewart, sexologist and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay, adds that the Womanizer Premium works for lots of different people because it comes with two easy-to-swap stimulator heads of different sizes. The Womanizer has 14 intensity levels that you can manually switch between, or you can set it on autopilot mode and let it alternate in surprising patterns.
Best (less expensive) suction-sensation vibrators
Type: Air suction | Material: Silicone | Speed: 11 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Another suction-style toy is the Satisfyer, which clocks in at almost a quarter of the price of the Womanizer above. The unique toy can be very enticing. Jones says, “One of my co-workers had to make rules for herself on how often she could use the Satisfyer.”
Best tonguelike vibrator
Type: Tongue style | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 6 speeds | Patterns: 8 patterns
Another vibrator that feels similar to receiving oral sex, the ergonomic Mimic can be used externally on the clitoris and labia, or even on testicles. The flat surfaces and edges of the Mimic provide different levels of pressure and vibration so you can customize your experience. “I can’t say enough about the Mimic,” says Angela Wells, founder, president, and CEO of Vibrant, Planned Parenthood’s sex-toy e-tailer, who loves that it’s waterproof and easy to incorporate into play with partners. Ava Mir-Ausziehen, a performer, writer, and sex-toy reviewer for Sssh.com, is also a fan of its thin, flexible shape.
Best flutter-style vibrator
Type: Flutter style | Material: Silicone | Speed: 6 speeds | Patterns: 6 patterns
While the Fun Factory Volta is a “little odd-looking,” Sparks says “the weird shape offers a lot of flexibility,” and it can be used on pretty much anyone. Erotica writer Sinclair Sexsmith agrees: “Don’t let the weird shape put you off — the great thing about it is that it fits over or around many different types of body parts that might want stimulating.” For people with vulvas, there are plenty of options: The two tips can fit around the clitoris, you can use just one of the tips for more pinpoint stimulation, you can use the tips to stimulate the clitoris and vaginal opening at the same time, or you can use it on the labia, Sparks explains. “The tips are flexible enough that you can fit the Volta around a penis, too, either just on its own or as an addition to a blowjob,” he notes, adding that the vibrations are “very rumbly and strong.” It’s also waterproof.
Best fingerlike vibrator
Type: Finger style | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Best for those seeking the pressure and feel of a fingertip, the Fin from Dame — a newer brand founded and designed by women — has two vibrating patterns and three speeds. Our testers agreed that Dame’s vibrators were the softest of the bunch, with silicone that “feels like expensive silk.”
Best thrusting vibrator
Type: G-spot pulsator | Material: Silicone | Speed: 7 speeds | Patterns: 3 patterns
If you’re seeking a toy for internal use with a thrusting feel, Fun Factory’s Stronic line of waterproof silicone toys is an expert favorite because of the toys’ smooth, comfortable insertion and powerful motion. “These toys produce a powerful thrusting motion,” Bongiovanni says, describing the rhythm as “smooth and nearly silent.” The shape of this slim model is geared toward G-spot stimulation and offers a choice of seven speeds and three rhythm settings.
Best rabbit-style thrusting vibrator
Type: Rabbit pulsator | Material: Silicone | Speed: 8 speeds | Patterns: 8 patterns
The Bi Stronic combines the thrusting power of the Stronic G with a “rabbit style” vibrator for an external clitoral buzz. Sex expert Lorraine White says, “The unique motor (precision German engineering!) in the shaft can be set to mimic a natural thrusting motion while vibrating” to achieve a blended orgasm. The clitoral section of the vibrator can also be controlled separately if you prefer just G-spot stimulation.
Best oscillating vibrator
Type: Oscillator | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 8 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Jones admits that the Zumio X is “weird-looking, like a rechargeable toothbrush that lost its head,” but also says it’s one of her favorite vibrators. The pinpoint tip provides intense clitoral stimulation, and it moves in a unique oscillating pattern that some may prefer to a traditional buzzing toy. “The Zumio is unlike any other toy I own or have seen on the market,” says Moore. Since the tip actually moves instead of just vibrating, it makes for really unique sensations, she notes.
Best vibrator for all bodies
Type: Double ended | Material: Silicone | Speed: 10 speeds | Patterns: 12 patterns
Because all bodies are different, finding toys that can be used in a number of different ways is important to both Azmi and Zoë Ligon, founder of Spectrum Boutique. The more flexible a vibrator is, the more kinds of bodies it can potentially please. According to Azmi, the PicoBong Transformer, which has been around for a number of years, is a vastly underrated toy. Azmi likened the toy’s shape to a “jump rope with two bulbous ends” and told us that when you turn it on, the whole thing vibrates. The open-ended design allows you to use it in a multitude of ways, including internally, externally, with a partner, alone, wrapped around a penis like a cock ring, or simply to massage your neck. It’s pliable, so it can do a bunch of things, which makes it especially nice for people of all genders and people with changing bodies.
Best G-spot vibrator
Type: G-spot | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 8 patterns
The flat tip and curved shaft of the Lelo Gigi are designed to maximize contact with the G-spot, but its fans — and there are many — also like it for clitoral use. One of our testers called it “the yacht rock of vibrators” for its widespread appeal. “I really like the shape of this one for someone who is a bit weary of penetration,” says Finn. “The shaft isn’t superthick or girth-y.” Queen points out that because it has a longer, slimmer design, it can fit easily between partners, making the Gigi a great toy for couples.
Best (less expensive) G-spot vibrator
Type: G-spot | Material: Silicone | Speed: Incremental speeds / Patterns: 0 patterns
“The Sassy is flexible and easy to hold because of its textured handle,” says sex writer and sex-toy reviewer Betty Butch. Like the Lelo Gigi, the Pillow Talk Sassy is a slightly curved G-spot vibrator that can also be used externally on your clitoris, since you don’t have to hold it at an angle. Unlike the Lelo, the Pillow Talk has a more bulbous-shaped head, something to keep in mind in terms of personal preference when it comes to overall feel.
Best bullet vibrator
Type: Bullet | Material: ABS plastic | Speed: 8 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Sparks describes the We-Vibe Tango as a “very classic bullet-style vibrator,” which he says is a classic for a reason. Butch calls the Tango “the gold standard” of bullet vibrators that “sex-toy reviewers compare all other bullet vibrators to.” Sparks says, “The Tango has the most rumbly vibrations I’ve seen a bullet vibrator have.” Butch agrees and notes that unlike a lot of bullets, the Tango’s vibrations aren’t buzzy — “they’re strong and thump-y.” But despite the strength of its vibrations, it’s really quiet in use, Sparks says.
Best hands-free vibrator
Type: Wearable | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 7 patterns
Sexsmith calls this vibrator “a strong, versatile little toy” that can be worn under clothing “for a secret thrill while someone else holds the remote control,” making it a really great choice for couples. The Moxie attaches to your underwear with a strong magnet, so you can wear it with whatever you want, Butch explains. “It can also be worn with a strap-on for more stimulation for the wearer — my personal favorite,” Sexsmith adds.
Best saddle-style vibrator
Type: Saddle style | Material: Silicone | Speed: 10 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
The Ruby Glow is “built to stimulate your vulva from the clit to the perineum and was designed specifically with women reading or writing erotica in mind so they could masturbate hands-free,” explains Rhodes. It’s a ride-on style designed for “pleasure without penetration,” so it’s a great option for those who prefer to masturbate in a seated position.
Best egg-shaped vibrator
Type: Egg-shaped | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 1 pattern
Jean calls the Iroha by Tenga one of her favorites, adding that the line uses a spongy material that allows you to play with levels of pressure: “They look like little works of art, so you can proudly display them.”
Best palm-size vibrator
Type: Palm | Material: Silicone | Speed: 5 speeds | Patterns: 5 patterns
Taylor loves the palm-size Dame Pom because “it’s not shaped like a phallus, so it’s accessible to people of all different genders.” Taylor adds that “it’s also squishy, so it’s good for both partner play and solo play because you can use targeted pressure” on different parts of the body and easily slide it between different bodies. Because it doesn’t have an internal body, it’s flexible enough to easily conform to different areas of the body — “and it’s affordable for something that is very well made.”
Best vibrating ring
Type: Ring | Material: Silicone | Speed: 5 speeds | Patterns: 5 patterns
It’s on the more expensive side, but if you know you enjoy rings, this one from Hot Octopuss is worth the investment. Jones says it has “a broad area for clitoral contact, but the top of it goes around the balls and the perineum, so it’s also for the partner.” It’s waterproof and uses a USB charger.
Best (less expensive) vibrating ring
Type: Ring | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 1 pattern
Along with new designs for clitoral and G-spot vibes, there’s a growing market of vibrating rings for penises that can be used either alone or with a partner. If you’re looking to experiment with one, Samantha Bard, co-owner of Shag, calls the PrimO Minx “a great starter ring” because it’s “comfortable, stretchy, and unassuming.” She explains that “wearing this around the shaft and balls so it restricts blood flow [gives the wearer] a very powerful orgasm.”
Best vibrating ring for couples
Type: Ring | Material: Silicone | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 7 patterns
If you’re looking for a ring to use with a partner, Morse loves the We-Vibe Pivot, which she describes as “kind of a twofer,” since it has really strong vibrations — so you could use it as a clitoral vibe — as well as a ring for partners with penises.
Best vibrating anal plug
Type: Anal plug | Material: Silicone | Speed: 10 speeds | Patterns: 0 patterns
Erotica writer and podcast host Anne Stagg says the Rio was a “delightful companion” on their “first fully informed expedition into anal play.” Stagg loves that it’s “small enough for beginners to use safely (with lube)” and that the rumbling vibrations “light up all those sensitive nerve endings.”
Best prostate massager
Type: Prostate | Material: Silicone, ABS plastic | Speed: 3 speeds | Patterns: 5 patterns
The Lelo Hugo “has two motors and really strong, rumbly vibrations,” says Taylor, adding that it’s “aesthetically pleasing, remote controlled, and anatomically well made.” But perhaps the best thing about it is its size: “It’s accessible to people who are exploring for the first time as well as those who are more experienced and desire more stimulation,” they say. Taylor also notes it is great for those with or without prostates and is 100 percent waterproof. “It also pulses and has different patterns, so it’s really versatile.”
Best vibrating stroker
Type: Stroker | Material: Silicone | Speed: Six speeds | Patterns: Six patterns
The Fun Factory Manta, a vibrating stroker, is “unlike any other sex toy on the market,” says Finn. “The soft, velvety silicone head is contoured to flex around the penis, and is designed with ridges along the inside of the wings that hold lubricant in place for added sensation.” Plus, its very slim profile makes it ideal to use with a partner, and Kit Richardson, buyer for the Museum of Sex and the MoSex Shop, adds that it’s perfect if you’re looking to “intensify a BJ.”
Some more vibrators we’ve written about
• Sid Azmi, owner of Please
• Samantha Bard, co-owner of Shag
• Andrea Barrica, CEO and founder of O.school
• Archie Bongiovanni, sexual-health educator and events coordinator at Smitten Kitten
• Shan Boodram, author of The Game of Desire
• Betty Butch, sex-toy reviewer
• Madeline Cooper, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who specializes in sexuality and relationships
• Lisa Finn, brand manager at Babeland
• Megan Fleming, sex therapist
• Beca Grimm, writer and editor
• Lola Jean, sex educator
• Jacq Jones, sex educator and owner of Sugar
• Zoë Ligon, founder of Spectrum Boutique
• Ava Mir-Ausziehen, performer, writer, and sex-toy reviewer for Sssh.com
• Nefertiti Mitchell, founder and owner of Ghettoff
• Olive Moore, Narcisse NYC staffer
• Carol Queen, Ph.D., staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and curator of the store’s Antique Vibrator Museum
• Quinn Rhodes, sex blogger
• Sinclair Sexsmith, erotica writer
• Kelvin Sparks, sex educator and blogger
• Anne Stagg, erotica writer and podcast host
• Marla Renee Stewart, sexologist and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay
• Lateef Taylor, pleasure-based sex educator and kink trainer
• Angela Wells, founder, president, and CEO of Vibrant, Planned Parenthood’s sex-toy e-tailer
• Lorraine White, Unbound co-founder
• Emmy Williams, manager of Narcisse NYC
Additional reporting by Liza Corsillo and Karen Iorio Adelson
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