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What to Consider When Buying a Vibrator

What to Consider When Buying a Vibrator

It doesn’t matter whether this is your first sex toy or another to add to your growing collection. Deciding which vibrator is best for you and your body deserves some serious deliberation. And, while there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to buying a vibrator (everyone’s different), there are a few key features to consider before clicking ‘Add to Cart’.

So without further ado, here are some useful tips on how to choose a vibrator.

Type

Vibrators have moved on a lot. From pocket-sized bullets and multi-speed massage wands to double penetration rabbits and oral sex simulators, there’s a vibrator out there for you. However, this choice can be a little intimidating – especially for beginners.

Internal, external, or both? To help decide which type of vibrator is best for you, try to think about which areas you want to target. The body has numerous erogenous zones that are just calling out to be tickled and teased. Do your research and read the product description to see if the vibrator is best for g-spot, clitoral, anal-play, or all three!

Size

Does size matter? Well, when it comes to sex toys, it certainly does! And we’re not just talking length and girth here. Think mini, portable, and discreet, to the super realistic and downright massive. That’s right. Like penises, vibrators come in all shapes and sizes. Take a look at the dimensions, and even the weight, to decide which vibrator will best serve your every whim. If this is your first vibrator, you’ll probably want to start small and work your way up from there.

Material

Hygiene is of the utmost when choosing a vibrator. So, finding out what material it’s made from is imperative. This is particularly true if you are prone to allergic reactions (e.g. latex) or have from sensitive skin. Vibrators are available in a variety of materials. However, silicone and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) are well known for being durable and easy to clean, making them commonplace. Silicone tends to be soft, and more flexible. ABS, on the other hand, is known for being non-porous, smooth, and more rigid. Both have their perks. 

Whichever material you choose, make sure that it’s phthalate-free. If it’s waterproof, even better.

Functions

Nowadays, most vibrators are multi-speed, allowing you to control the intensity. Some even have different vibration patterns and functions to switch things up. For example, sucking, licking, and trusting modes. While having a plethora of options at your fingertips is great. Sometimes, less is best. Consider if (when in the moment) you want to be scrolling through an endless loop of options. All these features can also be a drain on the battery. Of course, these extras have their added benefits – need I say more? Ultimately, it comes down to preference.

Power

Like any electrical device, without a decent power source, you’re going to be left disappointed. The three main choices are battery-operated, rechargeable, or mains-powered.  Here’s a breakdown of each:

  • Battery-Operated: This is probably the most accessible option as it’s often the cheapest. At least initially. Just pop in a battery or two, and you’re good to go! This type of power source is also convenient for travel. If you’re planning to fly, simply remove the batteries to avoid an awkward conversation with the TSA. No need to worry about finding the right travel adaptor or blowing the power at the hotel either. There are some downsides to disposable batteries, however. Not only do you need to have an endless supply to hand, it’s an added expense that just keeps mounting.
  • USB Rechargeable: The best of both worlds, USB rechargeable vibrators offer convenience and power at a reasonable price. Once charged, you have total freedom of movement. The charge lasts for a good amount of time. And, once depleted, all you need to do is plug it back in for next time. Before committing to a purchase, make sure that you check both the estimated charge and runtime.
  • Mains-Powered: Less common than USB and battery-operated, plug-in vibrators are typically more powerful. The toss-up, though, is that you’re tethered to an outlet. This can restrict movement, which is less than ideal. They’re also less discreet. And they definitely aren’t waterproof!

Noise Level

Perhaps you share a house? Or, your apartment has super thin walls? Whatever your reasons, if you require something quiet and discreet, then the noise level of the vibrator should be at the top of your checklist. For peace of mind, take a look at the dB (decibels) rating. Anything below 60dB on the highest setting (the same level as a normal conversation) should keep the neighbors at bay. Below 40dB, and no one in the house will hear a peep.

Discreet Packaging

When buying a vibrator online, discretion is key. No one likes a looky-loo. Luckily, Mivaness has you covered! All items are packed and delivered to your door in secure and inconspicuous packaging to put your mind at ease.

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