How to Choose a Vibrator: A Checklist

  • How Much Do You Want to Spend?
    Though the Silver Bullet is the least expensive vibrator we sell, it's quite strong and very good-looking. Some people like to start with a few of the cheaper ones and test them out. But if the deluxe, spinning, fluttering dual-action Japanese vibrator is within your budget, and you have a sense that it will float your boat, by all means skip the preliminaries and go for it.
  • How Big Do You Want it to be?
    Discreet purse-size toys like the Pocket Rocket hold a lot of appeal for those on the go. But if your vibrator is never going far beyond your bedside drawer, size may not be a concern. Plug-ins are not portable but offer the most bang for the buck by outlasting their battery-powered cousins by years. If you plan to use the vibe for penetration, the girth of the toy may be just as crucial as the vibrating intensity. If you are not sure how much girth you want, go smaller rather than larger so you'll know your new toy will fit.

The final criterion to use is your own aesthetic. Say you have whittled the choices down to two or three contenders, and considered all the available information. Now it's time to cast rational thinking aside and pick the one that tickles that sexy part of your imagination. It may be the prettiest one, the kinkiest one, or the most comforting and familiar one. Desire and aesthetic are deeply personal and entwined; so pick the vibrator or vibrators that speak to you.

From SEX TOYS 101 by Rachel Venning and Claire Cavanah. Copyright © 2003 by Rachel Venning and Claire Cavanah. Reprinted by permission of Fireside, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Like this? Want more?
preview
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web