Choosing a vibrator can be overwhelming. There are thousands of vibrators out there with difference function, shape and prices. Many times it can be a hit or miss. It’s especially difficult to shop for a vibrator online, since each person has his or her own personal preferences. And getting it wrong means having a vibrator that will sit inside your night stand forever.
When buying a vibrator you should consider number of factors.
- Whether you want to use it for external use, penetration or both.
- What material you want it to be made out of.
- How strong a vibration you want.
- What shape and size you want it to be.
- How much you are willing to spend.
In this series of article, I’ll try to breakdown vibrators into different categories and compare them by size, cost and functions.
First up is the vibrator for external stimulation.
Layaspot by FunFactory is a good example of high quality external vibrator powered by battery. It has infinitely variable touch control to adjust the intensity of three different vibration patterns. It uses two 1.5V AAA batteries and is made of ‘Elastomed’ a skin-friendly and odorless material that is hypoallergenic, extremely durable and easy to clean. It provides a powerful vibration for its size, is relatively quiet and waterproof. Overall a very solid choice for clitoral stimulation.
Other examples in same category include products by LELO, NEA, SIRI and LILY. Clearly more expensive, but these have rechargeable battery that will last up to 6-hours, quiet yet strong motor and comes with 1-year warranty
Male latex condom was introduced 150 years ago. There have been modifications to it, including addition of spermicidal lubricants; changes to its shape, size, thickness and texture, yet the underlying material has remained the same. Male latex condoms are widely used to prevent not only pregnancy, but also to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
Despite latex condoms’ popularity, there are some consumers who finds its use unacceptable. In addition to complaints about comfort, sensation, and smell latex allergy affect an estimated 1% to 6% of the U.S. population. Latex allergic reaction is cumulative and risk increases over time after prolonged exposure. For this reason, latex sensitivity among health care personnel is estimated to be between 10% to 17% due to their increased exposure.
Natural latex is derived from trees. And condoms made from natural latex are often contaminated with other proteins from the tree. With most people, it is these proteins that cause allergic reaction, not the latex itself. Manufacturers have been developing synthetic alternative to latex condoms for several years now and there are currently three alternatives.
|Polyisoprene is a synthetic form of latex created in lab. Since it is created in lab, it doesn’t contain any of the contaminants that can cause an allergic reaction. It has all the same characteristics of natural latex condoms. Polyisoprene condoms are very soft, natural in color, flexible and comfortable to wear.|
|Polyurethane condoms are thinner than latex or polyisoprene condoms. It is able to transmit body heat better, is odorless, clear and compatible with oil or water based lubricants. But compared to polyisoprene condoms, it doesn’t stretch as well and does not conform well to body.|
|This is the original and oldest condom material. It is made from lamb intestines and compatible with water based lubricants.
But it’s major disadvantage is that, the pores in the natural material are big enough to let STD viruses and bacteria through. It should only be used to prevent pregnancy.
Personal lubricant is a substance designed for intimate encounters that reduces genital friction by making surface slippery.
They can increase sexual pleasure both with and without condom, relieve vaginal dryness and prevent condom tearing.
There are 6 categories of lubricants.
water based lubricants can be used for all types of intimate encounters including vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation. They are also latex condom and toy compatible. Their main feature is that they are smooth and slick but not sticky and messy like silicone and oil based lubes. Since they are water-soluble, skin and mucous membranes will absorb them, making it a breeze to clean up. You can easily wash off water based lube with warm water and soap.
This however means that you might have to periodically reapply it or reactivate it with water. This is one of the chief drawbacks of water based lubes.
One thing to watch out for in many water based lubes is glycerin, which can turn to sugar in the vagina causing yeast infection in sensitive women.
Other suggestions for water based lubes:
Astroglide: Maybe the most popular water-based lube out there. It’s on the thin side, but nice and slick, and long-lasting. If you’ve never used lube and are just looking to try something out, Astroglide is a great place to start.
Slippery Stuff Gel: It’s thick and very long-lasting, but gets somewhat stringy as it dries
Wet: This one is almost as popular as Astroglide, but Wet is a bit thicker.
Flavored Lubricants are water-based and are designed for oral sex. Most contain sugar or glycerin that turns into sugar in the vagina so we do not recommend them for vaginal intercourse unless it is a sugar free version like Wet Flavored Body Glide or ID Juicy Lubricant.
Silicone-based lubes are similar to water-based lubes, but are generally greasier and longer lasting despite having a thinner texture. With silicone lubricants, a little goes a long way so your bottle will last longer. What’s more; you can actually use them in water and they’ll still work. They’re not quite as easy to clean up as water-based lubes, though.
Silicone based lubricants can be used for all types of intimate encounters including vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, masturbation, and massage. They are latex condom compatible and can be used with non-silicone adult toys. Ingesting silicone lubricant is not harmful, but may result in an upset stomach.
Suggestions for silicon-based lubes include:
Wet Platinum: By the makers of Wet, naturally, this is high quality and very long-lasting.
Pjur Eros Bodyglide: A super-concentrated, silicone formula, this is one of the longest lasting, best skin conditioners available
ID Millennium: ID Millennium is a good lube, but not quite as smooth as Eros or Wet Platinum. It’s still a good choice, however. This silicone lubricant works great as an oil-free massage lotion too! ID Millennium Moisturizing Silicone Lubricant will not harm latex or rubber. It also stays slick under water so you can have fun in the bathtub, shower, or hot tub!
Sliquid Silver: The Glycerin and Paraben free formula make it hypoallergenic and non-toxic. The Silicone formula is compatible with latex and plastic. Sliquid is waterproof and ideal for sensual massage. Long lasting.
Oil lubricants are only recommended for male masturbation and non-genital massage because they cause bacteria growth in the vagina and are not condom compatible. They are made out of medical grade mineral oil, petroleum or natural plant oil extracts. They can also be used as moisturizer.
Warming and cooling lubricants are designed to add excitement to oral sex, massage, and masturbation. When they are blown on or rubbed, they create a warming or cooling feeling depending on the product. They can be used for vaginal intercourse and anal intercourse, but it is possible that some individuals may experience an uncomfortable or excessive warming sensation. If this occurs, wash off immediately. They are also toy and latex condom compatible.
Our suggestion for Warming and Cooling Lubricants are:
As mentioned above, many lubricants are safe for anal sex, but there are products that are specifically designed to enhance the anal sex experience. Many of the anal lubricants contain benzocaine, a numbing agent that will numb the anal area for a more comfortable experience. Others like Astroglide Shooters do not have a numbing agent, but are conveniently packaged for ease of application. You may also like using Kinklab lube shooter for easy application of any lube.
Building on the success of best-selling Pleasure Object BO (winner of the AVN Novelty Expo’s “O Award” for Outstanding Powered Product), LELO has this time taken the design one step further. This new ring now boasts six unique stimulation modes, easily adjustable at a moment’s notice through an intuitive +/- button arrangement. The result offers near-endless variations for couples when exploring new levels of intimacy—what better way to introduce the potential of vibrations to a partner?
TOR is the latest innovation in LELO’s mission to expand the possibilities of the erotic lifestyle marketplace. Responsive, interactive and durable, the name itself comes from ancient Norse mythology in a tribute to LELO’s Swedish roots.
World Exclusive! Sqweel ® is a revolution in orgasms!
The sensational new patent-pending oral sex simulator has a wheel of 10 teasing tongues that will lap you to orgasm time and time again
Sqweel ® is a patent-pending sex toy for women (and their partners!) designed to simulate the sensation of oral sex.
Forget everything you thought you knew about sex toys – LoveHoney Sqweel is different. It doesn’t vibrate. It doesn’t thrust. It doesn’t just provide quick, semi-satisfying orgasms. Its unique wheel of tongues provides easily controlled stimulation at just the speed you need to deliver deeper, long-lasting, more ‘real’ sheet-clenching orgasms – whenever you want them.
International sex expert Tracey Cox says: “Sqweel feels completely different to a vibrator and while it’s not a tongue, it’s the closest you’ll ever get to it! It’s an entirely different sensation, so human it’s almost eerie. Own one of these and a vibrator and your boyfriend should be seriously worried!”
Unique in design, this revolutionary product is the first ever vibrator that can be used while making love. The innovative design allows for both external clitoral and internal g-spot stimulation for women engaging in both solo and partner play.
The We-Vibe II is hands free, strap free and wireless. Created from 100% medical grade silicone, it’s soft, comfortable and easy to use. Treat yourself and your partner to A New Dimension In Pleasure™.
With all of the different types of sex toys available, and newer, more lifelike materials continuously being created, figuring out how to best take care of your sex toy can be a bit confusing. Though honestly, even if your personal treasure trove consists of one simple slimline vibrator, you’d still like to extend its life as long as possible, right? We’re here to help!
Maintaining Your Sex Toys
Maintenance involves many things, but taking these few quick and easy steps will ensure the best performance from your toys, and the most pleasurable experience for you!
As soon as you receive your new pleasure pal, go down this checklist:
- Inspect your sex toy for imperfections, including rough seams (you may be able to file down very small seams with a fingernail file), discoloration (which may be an expected part of the manufacturing process or indicate extreme temperature exposure), or tears in softer materials such as jelly and realistic materials.
- Check for cracks in acrylic, glass, and plastic toys or plastic pieces of toys (battery packs, handles, etc.).
The Red Diamond Princess is a perfect holiday gift to introduce vibrators into that special someone’s life. Sadly, when the battery starts to die, so do the vibrations, so this is a needy vibrator. Regardless of its weak points, it’s great for people wanting to start a collection as well as a nice, low-priced present for those that already know that they love vibes. This vibrator by Evolved is certainly lovely, with its encrusted gems, and is beautiful for any occasion.