These days, buying your first or even your second vibrator is a lot easier and yet also more complicated.
It is easy to browse sex toys online and read the various reviews to get an idea of what the toy is all about.
However, because there are hundreds of sex toys to choose from, this makes choosing a sex toy for the first time much harder.
From the vast selection of buzzing, oscillating, penetrating, tickling, pulsating, battery operated or rechargeable sex toys, where do you begin?
Know your own pleasure
Between 50% and 75% of women who have orgasms do so through clitoral stimulation rather than vaginal penetration, so first time buyers should look no further than clitoral vibrators. They have helped millions of women worldwide unlock the sensual pleasure of the big O – so have a look at what’s out there and see what tickles your fancy. (Literally)
Soft or strong vibration?
When shopping for a sex toy it’s often helpful if you know how sensitive you are, or your partner is. If you’ve used a vibrator before, what worked in the past? If you’re looking for your first one, do you know if you like strong or mild sensations? Or perhaps you like different things at different times? While vibrations create a sensation that’s undeniably different from anything else, if you know that you prefer a soft touch or a firm one, that will help you narrow down the choices.
Be a little materialistic
Vibrators are made from a variety of materials and it is best to make sure that the sex toy you choose is made from high-quality, body-safe materials that are free of phthalates and other toxins. Avoid jelly and rubber sex toys as these are difficult to clean, and rather go for something non-porous like 100% medical grade silicone.
Vibrator control settings
Hard materials will transfer vibration more efficiently, while soft materials can be gentler and tend to feel more like skin. Different vibrators have different options, from soft pulsations to deep and fast vibrations. Most can be controlled either from controls on the base of the toy or with a hand held remote control. Not all vibrators offer the same variety of sensations.
As a general rule, the more options you have, the better, since you’ll have more choices to play with. But keep in mind that vibrators start to make more noise as they age and the bearings wear out, and harder materials such as plastic make more noise than softer ones like silicone.
Different vibrator shapes & styles
If you want more than just clitoral stimulation, there are plenty of vibrators that provide clitoral and vaginal pleasure. The rabbit-style vibrators are some of the most popular, and with good reason. These cute vibrators aren’t fuzzy but they deliver dual pleasure like no other.
The nose knows
And finally, a great way to test whether a sex toy has the power you need to get you there, or if the type of vibration it makes is right for you, is by holding the tip of the toy against the tip of your nose.
Seriously. If it tickles enough to make you feel a sneeze coming on, that means it will tickle you elsewhere, where it matters.