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A Guide to Vibrators

Ken Howard

Get Buzzed
When it comes to vibrators, there's a shape, size and function for everyone. And why would you want to use one of these devices? Simply speaking: orgasms, orgasms and still more orgasms.

"Going from manual to vibrator stimulation is like going from driving a stick transmission to automatic: you don't have to work so hard and you don't stall as often, so you can just relax and enjoy the ride," explains Anne Semans, author of The New Good Vibrations Guide to Sex (Cleis Press, 1997). She adds: "A vibrator orgasm can be stronger and more explosive because they come so fast."

You Decide
There are many different kinds of vibrators, so if you're considering buying one, it's best to winnow the field by answering two initial questions about yourself. The first: do you want a plug-in or battery operated model? According to Semans, plug-ins last longer but battery operated ones don't require an electrical outlet, making them handy for camping trips. According to Kim (who asked that we not reveal her last name), the manager of Eve's Garden, a popular women-only specialty boutique in New York, NY, it makes sense to think about the type of stimulation you prefer. "If there's someone who likes clitoral stimulation, look at something for external use like a Mini-Massager as opposed to a Cyber Cock which is more for internal stimulation."

Kim also makes another point: get something you find aesthetically pleasing, otherwise you are less likely to use it. Because vibrators not only come in lots of shapes, sizes, and textures but also a color selection that rivals any decorator's swatch collection (including champagne, translucent pink, lavender, and basic black), finding something that's just right shouldn't be a problem. In fact, you might become overwhelmed by the selection. "You have to start somewhere but it's not written in stone that you have to purchase just one vibrator," says Kim. "It's like a sweater: you just don't have one."

Types of Vibrators

Electric (for clitoral stimulation):

  • Wand: Usually long and slender with vibrating tennis-ball-sized heads attached at the end. One of the most popular is the Hitachi Magic Wand.
  • Coil-Operated: Small and looks like a hairbrush, this is the stealth vibrator: the coils make it run practically silent.
  • Swedish: Slips over the back of the hand. Occasionally used by barbers to deliver an invigorating scalp massage.
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