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6 Types of Vibrators to Get You in the Mood

October 20, 2023

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Sex Toys|

When it comes to sex toys, there are so many options out there. One of the most popular categories of sex toys is vibrators — not to be biased, but we’re big fans of this OG pleasure product.

And we’re not the only ones! According to a review published in Microplastics and Nanoplastics, 52.5% of the 3,800 female respondents (aged 18 to 60) said they’d used a vibrator at least once in their lifetime. Respondents also reported using a vibrator regularly as part of their sexual repertoire, with 40.9% using a vibrator during foreplay and 37.3% during vaginal intercourse.

Additionally, vibrators have been found to have a positive impact on sexual satisfaction, function, and overall well-being, especially for people who may have difficulty achieving orgasm or experience pelvic floor dysfunction.

“Vibrators can enhance sexual pleasure and have become increasingly common for women and some men,” says Sarah Melancon, Phd, a certified sexologist and the lead researcher and medical review board member for Women’s Health Interactive. “Vibrator users tend to have higher levels of sexual function, specifically regarding desire, arousal, orgasm, lubrication, and reduced pain.” 

What is a vibrator?

Way back (in the 1880s), when the vibrator was first released to the public, it wasn’t considered a pleasure product but rather a device prescribed as a “cure” for the oh-so-ridiculous “disease” hysteria. 

This was supposedly a physical ailment that plagued women suffering from various symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and sexual frustration. Unsurprisingly, nuns, widows, and “spinsters” were affected by this wretched disease. By the Victorian era, even married women had become victims of this so-called condition. By the time the 19th century hit, three-quarters of American women were at risk.

Of course, several “experts” had an opinion on the subject. For example, Freud thought these women were hysterical because they longed to have a penis. The cure? Getting married, having sex, and maybe spawning a male child.

However, other treatments were available if a woman couldn’t get married right away. First, uterine massage was introduced, which involved physicians manually stimulating the genitals of women to induce “hysterical paroxysm,” or what we now know as orgasm. This option quickly became exhausting for physicians (for obvious reasons), and so Joseph Mortimer Granville patented the very first vibrator.

Even so, doctors still didn’t realize the true nature and purpose of the vibrator. And, of course, these “problems” weren’t present in their male patients. It would only seem fit to prescribe marriage, marital sex, and pregnancy as a “proper” treatment option for “proper” women (cue eye roll).

In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association removed hysteria from its list of recognized conditions. The term was also deleted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980.

It took years before the vibrator was no longer seen solely as a medical device and began to be embraced as a tool for sexual pleasure and exploration. Today, vibrators are available in adult toy stores, some department stores, almost all drug stores, and online.

“A vibrator is a device that vibrates and is designed to enhance sexual stimulation,” says Melancon. “Vibrators can be used on the clitoris, vulva, nipples, anus, penis, testicles, and pretty much anywhere else!”

How do vibrators work?

Believe it or not, many people are still unaware of how vibrators work and how to use them. And that’s OK! There’s no wrong way to use a vibrator as long as it’s used safely and consensually.

“Using a vibrator is all about exploring your own pleasure and finding what feels good for you,” explains Martha Tara Lee, Phd, ASSECT certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor at Eros Coaching Pte. Ltd. “Don’t be afraid to try different types, experiment with different techniques, and have fun exploring your desires!”

6 Types of Vibrators

When you think of a vibrator, one or two things probably come to mind: the rabbit vibe Miranda talked Charlotte into buying on HBO’s hit series Sex and the City (SATC) or the classic, no-frills bullet vibrator. But those are just a few examples of the many types of vibrators available today.

“The beauty of vibrators is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and designs,” says certified sex therapist Aliyah Moore, Phd. “Whether you’re looking for external clitoral stimulation, deep internal G-spot pleasure, or both, there’s a vibrator out there for it.”

Below, we cover some of the most popular types of vibrators and give tips on how to incorporate them into your sex life. 

Bullet Vibrators

You may be familiar with bullet vibrators, which are small and discreetly shaped like a bullet (hence the name). These sneaky little vibes are ideal for travel or first-time users.

“Also known as lipstick vibrators, bullet vibes are about the size of a tube of lipstick and are typically used for clitoral, nipple, or external anal stimulation,” says Melancon. “They’re easy to conceal and bring on the go, plus they can work with most any sex position with a partner.”

Femme Funn’s most popular bullet vibrators include the original silicone bullet vibrator, the Ultra Bullet (That’s right: We were the first company to create an all-silicone bullet vibrator), the Booster Bullet, and the Rora.

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Rabbit Vibrators

Made famous by SATC in 1998, the rabbit vibrator is one of the most iconic sex toys out there. Rabbit vibrators are designed to provide dual stimulation to the clitoris and the G-spot at the same time, resulting in a (hopefully, mind-blowing) blended orgasm.

“A rabbit vibrator is a ‘best of both worlds’ toy for those who love penetration and clitoral vibration,” says Melancon.

Some rabbit vibrators feature a rotating shaft, while others have a pulsating or thrusting motion. You can also opt for *fancier* toys with additional features like temperature control and remote control capabilities.

At Femme Funn, we’ve taken the rabbit vibrator to a new level, making it one of our most valuable differentiators from the others. What sets us apart is our extensive and diverse collection of rabbit vibrators, each of which offers a distinctive, one-of-a-kind experience for our customers. 

We’ve made it our mission to ensure that no two rabbits are the same. The Ultra Rabbit, for example, is designed with total inclusivity in mind. This revolutionary rabbit features ears that are about the same size as our beloved Ultra Bullet. Plus, they’re super flexible, making them versatile enough to hit all the right spots on bodies of all shapes and sizes. It’s the world’s first one-size-fits-all rabbit vibrator, and it was born from invaluable feedback from our customers. 

Femme Funn’s best-selling rabbit vibrators include the Ultra Rabbit, Pirouette, and Booster Rabbit.

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Wand Vibrators

Wand vibrators offer all the power (plus some) of a bullet vibe but with a larger, more versatile design. Most wand vibrators aren’t great for travel due to their larger size, but some have travel locks to prevent unwanted buzzing in your suitcase.

Smaller wand vibrators, like our Ultra Wand Mini, are designed for pleasure on the go. But if you’re looking for a rumbly or deep vibration experience, a full-sized wand vibrator is the way to go.

“These larger vibrators have a soft, round head on a flexible neck, making them versatile for both broad clitoral stimulation and body massage, all while delivering strong, rumbly vibrations,” says Moore.

Speaking of larger wands, let’s talk about one of our best-sellers, the Ultra Wand. This wand is unlike any other in terms of power and innovative design. It’s crafted entirely from a single piece of silicone. This seamless construction leaves no room for bacteria to hide in nooks and crannies, setting it apart from other wand vibrators on the market.

But that’s not the only feature that sets our wand apart from competitors. The Ultra Wand also has a vibration-dampening component that blocks those intense vibrations from traveling up the handle. The result? An extra level of comfort, which is pretty important, considering our wands are packed with power. 

Femme Funn’s range of wand vibrators includes the Ultra Wand (standard size), Ultra Wand XL, and the Diamond Wand.

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Finger Vibrators

Finger vibrators, as the name implies, are designed to fit right on your finger. They’re small, discreet, and versatile for targeted stimulation — which is ideal for newer users or those who prefer precise clitoral stimulation.

“Finger vibrators can be used for clitoral, nipple, or other external stimulation,” says Lee.

These little vibes are perfect for solo and partnered play and can turn your foreplay sesh into an explosive experience. With its hands-on design, you can easily explore your body to find the most pleasurable spots.

Femme Funn’s Dioni is an ergonomically designed, patented finger vibrator for precise and pleasurable stimulation.

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G-Spot Vibrators

The G-spot isn’t exactly a spot or a “button”; it’s actually a part of the internal clitoral network. When stimulating your G-spot, you’re essentially stimulating a part of the clitoris, which is much larger and deeper inside the vagina than researchers originally thought.

It’s located on the front wall of the vagina and can be identified by a slightly rough or textured area. G-spot vibrators are designed to stimulate this area, potentially leading to increased arousal and intense orgasms.

“Specifically curved or angled at the tip, G-spot vibrators target the G-spot inside the vagina, leading to powerful orgasms when stimulated accurately,” says Moore.

Femme Funn has a variety of G-spot vibrators, including the Lola G and the Cadenza

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Anal Vibrators

Anal vibrators are designed with a flared base and a slim or tapered shape, making them safe for anal play. They can be used for internal and external stimulation of the anus and surrounding areas.

These vibes can come in the form of a vibrating butt plug, anal beads, or slim vibrating dildos. Just be sure to use plenty of lube and to take things slow, especially if you’re new to anal play. If you’re a more experienced user, Melancon recommends adding a bullet vibrator or penetrative toy to the mix for an even more intense experience.

Femme Funn also has a variety of anal toys, including the Funn Beads, Pyra, and Funn Plug.

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This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a great starting point for anyone interested in exploring their options. Other types of vibrators include egg vibrators, love balls (like the Momenta), clitoral suction vibrators, app-controlled or remote-control vibrators, prostate massagers, and vibrating penis sleeves, among others.

The Bottom Line

Vibrators aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of toy. Finding something that’s just right might take a while, and that’s OK! Remember, self-love is all about discovering what works best for you (or you and your partner).

“Start with a lower vibration setting and gradually increase intensity to find what feels best for you,” says Lee. “Experiment with different angles, speeds, and patterns to discover what brings you the most pleasure; don’t be afraid to try different types, experiment with different techniques, and have fun exploring your desires!”

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