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How To Choose a Vibrator - The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to our ultimate guide on how to choose the perfect vibrator! The amount of choice on offer when buying a vibe can be a little confusing, even overwhelming. In this guide we look to give a comprehensive overview as to some of the key considerations when making your  decision. While we hope you enjoy it and find it useful, remember that there is no wrong choice when buying a vibrator as no matter what you buy (so long as it is from a reputable company) will likely generate spectacular climaxes for you. Also, remember that you don’t have to pick just one vibrator; consider building out a collection as while a magic wand clitoral overload may be your orgasm of choice during the week, at the weekend you may want to opt for a powerful thrusting internal penetration. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our ultimate guide to choosing the toy to bring you over the edge!

Perhaps one of the most important considerations when choosing a vibrator is size. As we are all different, there certainly is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to vibrators and there may be an element of trial and error when finding the perfect size for you. Most good websites will list the full length, insertable length and girth of each vibe on offer so be sure to take note of these numbers. When judging the correct size when buying online, try to find a website that has a photo (or better yet video) of the vibe being held by a person as this will give you a better idea of the actual size than simply reading the stats. Even if the vibe you choose is a little too big (uncomfortable or unable to insert) or too small (doesn’t quite give you the feeling of fullness you had hoped for), it will still make a perfect external clitoral and nipple stimulator.
Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a long yet slim vibrator, the Slender Dream G-Spot Vibe

A large vibrator can be large in length and or girth. Vibrators with an insertable length of in excess of 5 inches and or a girth of in excess of around 4 inches are generally considered as large. Some women enjoy a deep penetration sensation but have a relatively tight vagina and as such want a long thin vibrator. Something like the Slender Dream G-Spot Vibe is ideal here as despite its generous 5.5 inches of insertable length, it has quite a slender shaft measuring just 3.5 inches of girth.

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a large vibrator, the Realistic Jumbo Vibrator

Others will want a thick, “chunky” vibe to ensure that the walls of the vagina cling tightly to the shaft of the vibrator even if their vaginal walls have loosened over time. In this case, a vibe with a generous girth such as the Realistic Jumbo Rabbit with its 5.25 inches girth is a wise choice.

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a medium vibrator, the Beginner’s Thin Rabbit Vibrator

Medium sized vibrators sit between big and small vibrators and are ideal for the lady who wants a bit more oomph than a mini vibe but who doesn’t quite need the sheer size of a large vibrator. A medium sized vibrator would be in the region of 4 inches of insertable length with a girth of around 3 inches. A good example of a medium sized vibrator would be The Beginner’s Thin Rabbit Vibrator as it has an insertable length of 4 inches and a girth of 3.25 inches.

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a mini vibrator, the Waterproof Silicone Mini Rabbit Vibrator

Beginners or ladies with tight vaginas should look to start out with a small / mini vibrator. Mini vibrators tend to range from insertable lengths of around 1-3 inches with similar sized girths. A good example of a mini vibrator would be the Waterproof Silicone Mini Rabbit Vibrator with an insertable length of 2.75 inches and a girth of just over 3 inches. As you become more experienced and adventurous, you may want to experiment with larger vibes. Another benefit of mini vibrators is that their size makes them ideal travel companions with many ladies popping them in their handbags. A mini vibrator really does make the ideal first vibrator.


There seems to be an endless number of different types of vibrators each with their own unique way of bringing you to climax. In this section, we look to explain the different types on offer.

Bullet vibes are, as the name suggests, vibrators that are shaped like bullets. Bullets tend to be smaller than regular vibrators and so are ideal as travel companions. Bullet vibrators can be used for stimulation all over the body and are typically used on the nipples, clitoris and even for shallow insertion. Bullets are very similar to vibrating love eggs. Their size and ease of use mark them out as an ideal beginner’s vibrator.

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about rabbit vibrators

Bunny Rabbit or Rabbit Vibrators are characterised by bunny ears attached to the shaft of the vibrator to stimulate the clitoris while the shaft penetrates and stimulates internally. This shape is designed to induce what is known as a blended orgasm; this is when the lady climaxes internally at the g-spot and externally at the clitoris at the same time. Rabbit vibes mean choosing between internal or external stimulation isn’t required as you can have both!

Butterfly vibrators are butterfly shaped vibrators which encase your vaginal lips (vulva) and clitoris, thereby simultaneously stimulating the whole vaginal / clitoral region. The butterfly is held in place with straps that wrap around the thighs in a harness type arrangement. A remote control is then used to determine the strength and pattern of vibration. Butterfly vibrators often come with wireless remote controls and so can be given to a partner which is amazing for foreplay. For the more adventurous, vibrating knickers are knickers with a built in butterfly vibrator. These can be worn under regular clothing and so can be worn in public unbeknownst to anyone but the person wearing the knickers. Passing the controller to a partner, perhaps at a dinner party, can help to spice up even the most dull of get-togethers!

Classic vibrators are so named because the earliest vibrators tended to come in this “classic” shape. Classic vibrators are cylindrical, phallic (penis) shaped and so are designed for insertion. They can, like all vibrators, however be used for external clitoral stimulation. They tend to be a little cheaper than more modern vibrators so are ideal for beginners just getting used to sex toys. A good example of a classic vibrator would be the Multispeed Super 7" Classic Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a clitoral stimulator - the Happy Bunny Ears Mini Vibrator

Most women are far more likely to climax as a result of clitoral stimulation than internal. Thankfully, there are a vast array of clitoral stimulators available to send pleasure vibrations to your waiting clitoris. Clitoral stimulators come in a range of shapes and sizes but all are designed to focus stimulation on the clitoris. A clitoral stimulator can be an ideal first vibrator as it allows you to get familiar with using a vibrator externally before perhaps adding a rabbit vibrator to your collection which stimulates internally and externally. A good example of a clitoral stimulator would be the Happy Bunny Ears Mini Vibrator - the bunny ears are designed to encase the clitoris and send vibration directly to it to ensure a gorgeous massage leading to a stunning climax.

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a double penetration vibrator - the Double Penetrator Vibrator

Anal sex isn’t for everyone and at Carvaka, we find that people either love it or hate it. But you should definitely find out which camp you are in by trying it at least once. Those who enjoy anal sex will often prefer it to regular sex. Stimulating the anus and vagina simultaneously can then lead to spectacular orgasms, the intensity of which is unlikely to be matched by just vaginal stimulation. A double penetration vibrator is designed with two shafts, one for the anus and the other for the vagina. It is recommended to use plenty of lubricant and take your time to slowly and gradually introduce the anal shaft into your anus as your sexual arousal levels grow. Double penetration vibrators are probably not the ideal choice as a first vibrator and are typically more suited to more experienced users who have “mastered” a single shaft vibe first. A good example of a double penetration vibrator would be the Double Penetrator Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about an ejaculating vibrator - the Squirting Rabbit Vibrator

Ejaculating / Squirting vibrators are made for women who are looking for the ultimate in realistic stimulation. They are designed to store a liquid (either water or lubricant) which can be squirted from the vibe by the user at any stage to mimic the feeling of semen gushing from a penis. Ejaculating vibrators are actually extremely simple to use and well suited as a beginner’s vibrator. A good example of an ejaculating vibrator would be the Squirting Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a tongue vibrator - the Tongue Sensations Vibrator

This category covers a multitude of vibes. Finger vibrators are a type of small vibrator that connect to your finger. This makes them ideal for precise, targeted clitoral or when inserted, g-spot stimulation. Their very small size makes them extremely discreet and so ideal travel companions.

Tongue vibrators on the other hand are designed to mimic a tongue. Any lady lucky enough to have experienced the sensation of tongue on clitoris doesn’t need to be told just how overwhelmingly pleasurable this experience is. However, unlike a human tongue which can wander off course away from the precise pleasure point or worse, get tired :-( , a tongue vibrator can be held precisely on the pleasure point until you succumb to a mind-bending climax. A good example of a tongue vibrator would be the  Tongue Sensations Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a G-spot vibrator - the Big G 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

The g-spot is a collection of extremely erogenous nerve endings approximately 2 inches inside the the frontal wall of the vagina. If masturbating without a vibrator, making a “come hither” motion with your fingers once inserted in your vagina is likely to stimulate the g-spot. G-Spot vibrators are characterised by their curved tip. The design is such that the shaft of the vibrator can enter the lady and then press against the frontal wall of the vagina in order to stimulate the g-spot. Holding a vibrating g-spot vibator against the g-spot typically creates a feeling of intense sexual arousal leading to extremely strong and powerful orgasms. A good example of a g-spot vibrator would be the The Big G 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about magic wand massagers

The first magic wand massager was originally designed by Hitachi as a full body massager. However, women around the globe quickly realised that when held to the clitoris, it could deliver toe curling, overwhelming climaxes. Nowadays wands come in various sizes from mini right up the world’s most powerful and largest vibrating wand, the Doxy. Carvaka stocks a wide range of vibrating wands including wireless wands. Magic wand massagers are often prescribed to women who struggle to climax through regular sex or normal masturbation. The shape and power of the vibration tends to mean that no woman can withstand the sensation for long before crumbling into a disabling orgasm.

Magic wand attachments clip neatly onto the head of a magic wand. However, as wand heads and attachments come in different sizes, it is important to ensure that the attachment that you are buying will fit the wand that you intend to use it with. Attachments give wands another dimension and allow your wand transform from a purely external clitoral stimulator to a toy that can be inserted. If buying a wand, it is definitely a good idea to pick up a number of attachments as by simply moving from one attachment to another, you can give yourself and your pleasure spots an entirely different sensation. A good example of a magic wand attachment would be the Triad G-Spot Wand Attachment

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a powerful vibrator, the Fantasy Bliss Desire Drill

While beginners and younger ladies typically will not require a very powerful vibrator to achieve a stunning climax, older women will usually crave more power in order to orgasm. While the above rule of thumb tends to be true, every lady is different and as such experimentation is encouraged to find a vibrator that has the right level of intensity for you. Many vibrators stocked by Carvaka have multiple vibration modes so you can customise the strength and pattern of the vibration to your particular preference or start off low before building up to a more powerful setting as the solo session becomes more passionate and climax approaches. A good example of a powerful vibrator would be the Fantasy Bliss Desire Drill

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a realistic vibrator, the Beginner’s Classic Vibrator

Realistic vibrators are designed to mimic the shape, size, appearance and feel of a real penis. Realistic vibrators are typically characterised by a glans tip (this is the bulbous tip of the penis), veins and some come complete with a scrotum to add that extra degree of realism. Realistic vibrators give all the benefits of a real penis without any of the downsides ie they are not attached to a man :-)  Realistic vibrators come in a flesh skin-colour in both caucasian and black options. A good example of a realistic vibrator would be the Beginner's Classic Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a remote controlled vibrator, the Remote Controlled Victory Egg

Remote controlled vibrators bring vibration pleasure to a new level in that you can control the vibration while laying back on a bed or even better by passing the controller to your partner and letting him/her decide the intensity of the vibration. The remote control is sometimes connected to the vibrator by a cable and sometimes is wireless. One of the benefits of being connected by a cable is that if, for example, a vibrating love egg is inserted into the vagina, the cord can be used to quickly retrieve the egg after climaxing. A good example of a remote controlled vibrator would be the Remote Controlled Victory Egg

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a silent yet powerful vibrator, the Naughty G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator

Silent / Quiet vibrators are designed to make no noise and so are ideal for those who want some discreet pleasure. If using a vibrator with children, house-mates, colleagues etc in the next room, these vibrators are ideal as they ensure that the solo pleasure session remains confidential. A good example of a silent yet powerful vibrator would be the Naughty G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about the ultimate thrusting vibrator, the Nalone Wave

Many women find the sensation of laying back and being “pummelled” up the vagina thoroughly arousing. A thrusting vibrator is designed to provide this very sensation as it thrusts back and forth each time reaching further into the vagina. Many thrusting vibrators will have revolving ball bearings in the shaft to massage the vaginal wall as the shaft thrusts in and out. Most thrusting vibes will have a range of settings which allow you to start off gently before building up to a more aggressive pummelling! While you could certainly consider a thrusting vibe as your first vibrator, it is perhaps best to start with a regular one and build up to a thruster in time. Perhaps the ultimate thrusting vibrator is the Nalone Wave Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a triple vibrator, the Intimate Tease Adjustable Rabbit Vibrator

Triple vibrators are the ultimate vibrators and designed with the most adventurous, most daring pleasure seekers in mind - people we like to call “true Carvakans”! The three pronged structure is designed to “cover all pleasure bases” of the anus, vagina and clitoris…………...at the same time! As you can imagine, this triple simultaneous stimulation tends to create the most earth-shattering orgams as your body and brain become overwhelmed by a pleasure overdose. Triple vibrators are probably a little too complicated for a first vibrator and so not ideal for beginners. A good example of a triple vibrator would be the Intimate Tease Adjustable Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a vibrating love egg, the 10 Function Egg

Vibrating love eggs are, as the name suggests, egg shaped and often come attached to a remote control. They are ideal for stimulation of the clitoris, anus or nipples. When attached to a cord, the egg can be inserted while the user lays back and sets the vibration to the setting that brings her over the edge. As with all vibrator categories, they come in a host of sizes with smaller ones ideal for very precise stimulation of the clitoris. A good example of a vibrating love egg would be the 10 Function Egg

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a waterproof vibrator, the Long Penetrating Butterfly Rabbit Vibrator

Solo fun is great but solo fun in the bath or shower is even better. Fill a bath with warm bubbles, lay back and begin to massage your clitoris, nipples, anus and vagina. As the pleasure levels increase and become more intense, you hang on until eventually you can take no more and sink under the water as a spectacular aqua-climax envelops you! A good example of a waterproof vibrator would be the Long Penetrating Butterfly Rabbit Vibrator


Vibrators are either mains or battery powered. Some battery powered vibrators are rechargeable.
Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a mains powered vibrator, the Magic Wand Speed Massager

Magic wand vibrators are by and large the type of vibrators that you tend to see being mains powered eg the Doxy Magic Wand for example. Mains powered vibrators tend to be extremely intense. It is always worth checking the length of the cord however as you don’t want to confined to having to be close to a socket while having your solo pleasure session. A good example of a mains powered vibrator would be the Magic Wand Speed Massager

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a battery powered vibrator, the Vibe-O-Matic 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

The bulk of vibrators are battery powered and typically take either AA or AAA batteries. Depending on the vibe, a new set of batteries will last for several hours so if you tend to use your vibrator quite often or for lengthy periods, it may be worth considering investing in a rechargeable vibrator as there is nothing worse than running out of juice mid-session! A good example of a battery powered vibrator would be the Vibe-O-Matic 10 Function Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a rechargeable vibrator, the Sensuously Curved Smart Rabbit Vibrator

While a little bit more expensive than their non-rechargeable counterparts, the extra money is definitely worth the investment, particularly if you are a regular user. Rechargeable vibrators typically have a USB lead so unless you want to be plugging it into your computer at work :-) , it is worth picking up a mains to USB plug. A good example of a rechargeable vibrator would be the Sensuously Curved Smart Rabbit Vibrator


The great news is that there is such an amazing selection of vibrators on the market and all for prices that certainly won’t break the bank. If you are new to vibrators, it is probably wise to start out with a less expensive toy to feel your way in. As you become more experienced and learn what you like, you can become a bit more adventurous with your spend. If buying online, make sure to choose a company with a no quibble return policy so that if the vibe arrives and for whatever reason, you decide it’s not for you (assuming you haven’t used it), you can simply send it back and get a full refund or have it replaced.
Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a low cost vibrator, the Beginner's Bendable Rabbit Vibrator

Anything below £20 can be generally considered as a low cost vibrator but you will find vibrators for as low as £10. Low cost certainly does not need to mean low quality. However, lower cost vibrators typically won’t have the same functionality (eg number and intensity of vibration modes), are less likely to be made from more expensive silicone, are very rarely rechargeable and are typically smaller than more expensive vibes. A good example of a low cost vibrator would be the Beginner's Bendable Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a mid-priced vibrator, the Levina Big G Vibrator

As you move beyond £20, vibes tend to be that bit bigger, are more likely to be made from more luxurious materials such as silicone, are often rechargeable and will tend to have more advanced vibrating modes and functions eg thrusting function. A good example of a mid-priced vibrator would be the Levina Big G Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a luxury vibrator, the Wow! Yes Spring 5 Function G-Spot & Clit Rabbit Vibrator

Luxury vibrators are typically manufactured by well known brands such as Doxy and Nalone. These companies are synonymous with high end design and manufacturing. Their products are made from the highest quality materials; simply holding these products is enough to know they are at a higher level than standard vibes. Luxurious vibrators will tend to be made from silicone, are usually rechargeable, have amazing functionality such as thrusting for example and the vibrations patterns and intensity are often extremely intense. A good example of a luxury vibrator would be the Wow!Yes Spring 5 Function G-spot and Clit Rabbit


Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a silicone vibrator, the Levina Airwaves Vibrator

Silicone is perhaps the most luxurious material from which vibrators are made. Silicone feels silky soft to touch and so is the ideal material to caress and massage the vulva and clitoris. A good example of a silicone vbrator would be the Levina Airwaves Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a jelly rubber vibrator, the Screw-Me-Good Rabbit Vibrator

While not quite as luxurious as silicone, jelly rubber provides a more cost effective alternative that certainly won’t let you down. If silicone tends to feel soft and like silk, jelly rubber is often described as “bendy” or “squidgy” which is often very useful when trying to mold the vibe to the contours of your body. A good example of a jelly rubber vbrator would be the Screw-Me-Good Rabbit Vibrator

Samantha Jones, Carvaka, talks about a glass vibrator, the Vibrating Glass Rabbit Dildo

Glass is a unique material in that it can be heated up (by placing in a bowl of warm water) or cooled down (by placing in the fridge). Even without the temperature element, glass does provide a unique sensation totally different to anything experienced before and so is an ideal material for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. A good example of a glass vibrator would be the Vibrating Glass Rabbit Dildo

Reviews

While companies selling a vibrator will always speak about its benefits, reviews may let you know about some less favourable aspect of the toy. Remember that one person’s “too big” is the next person’s “just right” so try to read a few to get a more complete picture.

Video

If buying online, try to watch a video of the product where available. Often a photoshopped image of a product can look quite different to the product in “real life”. However, if you can manage to watch a video, you really should know exactly what is coming before you place your order.

Be a True Carvakan!

Carvaka was an ancient Indian philosophy that essentially said that depriving ourselves of pleasure is non-sensical. At Carvaka, we believe that life is for living and that we all need to get as much pleasure as we can from everyday. So, be adventurous. If you only have a mini vibe, try something bigger. If you have never experienced the toe curling explosive orgasm that only a magic wand can deliver, get a wand and experience that! Have you ever experienced the sensation delivered by a gushing ejaculating vibrator at the point of climax? Why not! Try a triple stimulator and experience the sheer thrill of being stimulated in the vagina, clitoris and anus simultaneously; we bet you will look back at previous solo sessions and smile at their lack of intensity once you have tried this. Be adventurous, try new things, keep pushing for more and more intense climaxes; become a true Carvakan and you will never look back!

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