A beginner's guide to vibrators

How to choose
a vibrator

Vibrators are for everyone and if you don’t already have one – they are definitely a must try. Trust us when we say, orgasm game changer. Getting your hands on a vibrator has never been easier. This guide is for girls and guys, to help you choose the perfect vibrator – one you feel comfortable using and will really hit the spot.

At Ann Summers alone we have hundreds of different vibrators to choose from – it’s almost like being in a candy store. Albeit an adult candy store. But the last thing we want is for you to feel overwhelmed by all the options – so read on and discover your vibe.

Think about what you want

Before you hit ‘checkout’ on a vibrator that looks good, start at the beginning and think about a few things first...

  • How are you going to use your new toy? Solo play, foreplay or during sex?
  • Do you want to use it on multiple erogenous zones, internally, externally or anally?
  • Do you have flatmates so will want to keep extra quiet?
  • Do you prefer soft, rumbling sensations or harder textures?
  • How do you want your toy to move, or would you prefer to move it yourself?

I’m a woman looking for…

Clitoral stimulation - Go back to basics with a good old buzzin’ Bullet. Or for stronger sensations a Clitoral Vibrator will do the job well.

Internal stimulation - Take real feel to a whole new level. Vibrating Dildos are designed to target your G-spot for penetrative satisfaction.

The best of both worlds - The start of a sex toy revolution, the Rampant Rabbit ticks both boxes. Our iconic Rampant Rabbits feature ears to stimulate your clit and a shaft to deliver vibes to your G-spot simultaneously.

Something for the G-spot - For keeping it simple and straight to the OH, you can’t go wrong with a classic G-spot Vibrator.

I’m a man looking for…

We’re not just for girls. We have a huge range of toys for men looking to put a little spark into their solo play.

A masturbation buzz - Try something new on for size with our range of male masturbators, plenty of which vibrate for a whole new way to climax.

P-spot Stimulation - Anal play is a pleasure goldmine for men, thanks to the location of the P-spot. This is the male equivalent of the female G-spot, found a couple of inches inside the anus. For this we’d recommended a Prostate Massager.

We’re a couple looking for…

A toy to use during sex - Couples who play together stay together. Put a ring on it with a Cock Ring – perfect for pleasuring you both. The ring will keep him harder for longer and improve stamina, while the vibrations target her clit and stimulate you both.

Spicing up foreplay – Hell yeah! Use a Body Wand and massage oil to explore each other – slide over them to deliver intense vibrations and discover where they like it most. Powerful and versatile, a body wand is a great way to share mind blowing vibrations.

A way to play together - Who said playtime has to stay in the bedroom? Give yourself over to your partner with a Remote Control Toy. Kinky, discreet and a perfect way to start foreplay over dinner on date night.

How to choose the perfect vibrator

Now you’ve got a better idea of the type of toy that’s going to give you the pleasure you’re looking for, it’s time to think about the specifics.

The look, size, shape and feel of your toy makes a big difference. Plus you need to think about power. Good vibes only, remember, so read on.

Which material is best? - Jelly Cock Ring Vibrator

Which material is best?

The material of the vibrator you choose will have a huge impact on how it feels to you. There are quite a few different types out there – variety is the spice of life, after all. We go into much more detail in our Beginner’s Guide to Sex Toys, but here’s a run-down of the three main types of materials used in vibrators.

Plastic vibrators - They’re hard, but that makes them perfect for more targeted stimulation of the clitoris or G-spot. With this material, it’s all about the precision.

Rubber or jelly vibrators - Fancy something a little softer? Rubber or jelly is a skin-safe material that feels squishy under your fingers. It’s commonly used in Rampant Rabbits or finger vibes as the material allows the vibrations to travel further.

Silicone vibrators - Silicone is a top choice for premium vibrators, and there’s a reason why. It’s silky smooth to the touch and warms to body temperature pretty quickly – it makes for one hot experience every single time. As always, the wetter the better, so check which lube we recommend for use with your new vibe. Slide and ride.

Vibration Levels - Power Wand Vibrator

Vibration levels

Just as they come in all different shapes and sizes, (don’t we all) vibrators also come with different levels of vibration settings. They range from a still ‘oh so satisfying’ to a ‘put some music on to cover your moans’ moderate, all the way to the ‘need a day or two to recover’ off-the-scale level.

Vibrators also work in a few different ways. Some are very much one-size fits-all, with a single vibration strength and speed, whereas others are more adjustable, meaning you can start out slow and work your way up. For stronger stimulation, look for our toys which feature Climax Technology. This is our most powerful motor which delivers intense, low frequency vibrations which travel much further through the body and therefore, hits much more nerve endings. The result? Stronger orgasms.

Check the product description for a vibe that catches your eye to see if it has an on/off switch, buttons that cycle through a number of functions, or a twisty base that lets you control the power just how you like it.

Think about the volume - Moregasm Rabbit Vibrator

Think about the volume

One of the side-effects of that powerful buzz is… well, the buzzing sound. If you’re looking to be discreet – you could still be living at home, in a house share, or would rather the kids didn’t hear – there are plenty of options available to you.

Here at Ann Summers we have quiet and, for when being overheard could ruin the whole atmosphere, whisper quiet. These two options give you the highest chance of going for a vibe undetected, but keeping your own volume down is, of course, entirely up to you.

Power up - Fusion Couples Vibrator

Power up

When it comes to powering your toys, there are three options available to you: battery-powered, mains-powered and rechargeable. They all have their pros and cons, so the right one for you will really depend on what you find the most practical.

Battery powered toys are often the cheapest, and if they ever go flat you can instantly tag in some new buzz – provided you have the right batteries lying around – and carry on playing.

Always forgetting to pick up extra batteries? Then a rechargeable toy might be better for you. Plug into your laptop, surf the web for a bit then you’ll be powered up for playtime. USB charging toys are sometimes a little more expensive, but you don’t have to spend on batteries in the long run and can be quieter or more powerful than their battery-operated friends. BUT if you’ve forgotten to charge things up, then waiting for some juice can be a real mood killer.

Last, but certainly not least, we come to mains-powered toys. They dodge all the issues of flat batteries and charge waiting time, but they’re useless in a power cut, and you have to be careful not to stray too far from a plug socket. If you can handle that, then you’re in for a serious treat, as mains-powered toys pack some powerful vibes. Of course, they’re not waterproof, speaking of which...

Waterproof - Vive Nim Rabbit Vibrator

Waterproof

When some brands say ‘waterproof’, all they really mean is ‘splashproof’ rather than let’s go for an underwater adventure. Always check the waterproof credentials of a toy before taking it along for a shower. We test toys under water for a long time, to ensure our vibes are able to turn your bath into one orgasmic Jacuzzi. Toys we label as ‘submersible’ have been put through rigorous testing by ourselves and are safe to be used underwater as they’ve been designed to be watertight, which means the battery compartment or charging port is completely sealed. For these vibrators, shower and bath play is not just a can do, it’s a must try.

‘Splashproof’ toys are not fully waterproof so keep them as dry as you possibly can. Use a damp cloth to clean them and take extra care not to let any water get into the electrical components – otherwise you might have a broken toy on your hands, and no one likes a buzz kill.

Let us help you find the right vibe

We have so many options that it really can be daunting when trying to pick out your first vibrator. Or your next one if you’re building up quite a collection.

Check out our complete vibrator category and there are plenty of options down the left-hand side to help you narrow down by the features that most appeal to you. All you have to do is take a look at anything that takes your fancy, but you may be spoilt for choice.

You’ll be buzzing in no time, promise.


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