Guide To Vibrators for Beginners

A beginner's guide to vibrators

So you want to buy a vibrator for the first time. But where do you start? What is a vibrator exactly? And what does it do? If you’re confused about the Rabbit, or you’ve heard about Eggs and Wands, and want to know more about these fun, vibrating toys…’re in the right place.

Let our beginner’s guide ease you into the world of vibrating play, with tips on how to use a vibrator on yourself, or your partner.

What is a Vibrator?

Noun: a vibrator is a sex toy that vibrates in order to stimulate erogenous zones. Traditionally shaped like a penis, there are now countless types of vibrator to choose from.

Vibrators are small but mighty machines that can help women (or men) with self-pleasure and foreplay. The use of a vibrator is extremely versatile as it can be used on yourself during those private moments in bed, or with a sexual partner.

They come in many shapes, sizes, designs and colours. This is where it can get a bit confusing for sex toy virgins. Essentially they all do the same thing – they vibrate to excite your body’s erogenous zones.

Some are designed for clitoral stimulation only. Others work the G-Spot similar to penetrative sex. And there are some that will do both, giving you twice the enjoyment. The great thing about vibrating toys is that they help many women reach orgasm – even women who find it really hard to do so during sex. So, if you still haven’t experienced the big ‘O’, it’s time to get your hands on an Ann Summers vibrator!

How to use a vibrator on yourself

How you use your vibrator will depend on which one you buy (there are so many to choose from). If it’s your first time, we recommend starting small.

Pick a toy that’s recommended for beginners, and, for your first solo play, make sure you’re alone and won’t be interrupted. Turn it on and see how it feels. Move it around to experience the sensations on different areas. Turn the settings up and down to find what works for you.

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t reach a climax - just focus on what feels good. You’ll get there eventually, and practice makes perfect. The more you play, the more you’ll learn how to use your vibrator for mind-blowing orgasms every time.

How to use a vibrator on a man

Vibrators aren’t just for girls – they are perfect for use on men too. Knowing how to use a vibrator on a man isn’t just about his pleasure. It’s about driving each other totally wild! Here are just some of the ways you can experiment with a vibrator on your man:

  • For sensual foreplay
    Turn the vibrator setting on low and run it up and down his shaft and across the head of his penis, as a way to tease and entice.
  • For oral sex
    Hold a vibrating bullet against your cheek during oral play for an unexpectedly intense sensation. He can return the favour by using a G-Spot vibrator when going down on you for twice the impact.
  • For penetrative sex
    Vibrating cock rings are a great way to intensify penetration for both men and women. They will vibrate against your clitoris, whilst strengthening his erection.

How to use a vibrator on a woman

Sex toys can turn things up a notch for male and female play, or female and female play. A vibrating toy is the ultimate accessory to turn her on, and here are some ways to use one on your partner.

  • For sensual foreplay
    Try using the vibrator on different settings, starting low at first then getting more intense to take her to climax.
  • For oral sex
    Use a G-Spot vibrator when going down on her for twice the pleasure.
  • For penetrative sex
    Vibrating dildos are ideal for penetrative play. Use lubricant for an even better experience.

What are the different types of vibrators?

If you’re wondering ‘What is a vibrator, and what does it look like?’ – here’s a handy guide to the types of vibrators to look for. Meet your new best friends in the bedroom…

Rampant Rabbits

The Rampant Rabbit is our gift to the girls of the world. And the the Original is our most famous, selling in its millions and designed to make your toes curl!

Imitators are flattering, but Ann Summers is the only place you’ll find the real deal. Our Rampant Rabbit combines a classic vibrating dildo, with clit-stim bunny ears, unlike any bullet you’ll ever feel. The internal shaft provides serious internal pleasure, and the ears hit your clit just right for intense climax.

There are many to choose from too. Some thrust to replicate penetrative sex, whilst others rotate to hit all your internal pleasure points at once. If you’re a beginner learning how to use a vibrator for the first time, start off with the Original which has a smaller shaft and girth.


We recommended a bullet if you’re new to sex toys, because they’re small in size (usually just a few inches) but built with powerful vibrations. They’re perfect for those who are more experienced too, and can be great to use for foreplay. During sex, their size won’t get in the way of your partner, making it fun to explore together. There are so many ways to use a bullet – target your clit for maximum pleasure, or explore other areas around your body.

Looking to start slow? Opt for a bullet with different settings, so you can find out exactly what works for you, and how to push those boundaries.

Clitoral Vibrators

Our clitoral vibrators are the next step up from bullets. The vibrating, flicking and sucking motions take it to a whole new level, delivering powerful sensations for new heights of ecstasy.

The shape of clitoral vibrators have been specially designed for optimum clitoral stimulation, and can vary from point-like tips to a cup that surrounds the clitoris and sucks. They’re more powerful than bullets, so can be great for learners wanting to upgrade.

Finger Vibrators

The phrase ‘at your fingertips’ just got a whole new meaning. Finger vibrators are simple yet powerful, and can be great for experimenting with. It is a bullet designed with a loop to slip your finger through, so you can take full control and pinpoint your pleasure with ease. There’s no need to hold onto a bullet, which leaves the rest of your fingers free to wander.

They can spice up your solo play, or can be worn by you or your partner to enhance penetrative sex. Plus, no slippery bullets if there’s lube involved!

Shaft vibrators

Better than the real thing? Or the best of both worlds? These straightforward vibrators can double down as clit-stims, but are really made for deep penetration. Simple yet powerful, and a favourite amongst women.

As you become more familiar with vibrators, you’ll discover your favourite…..choose between sleek, soft, ribbed or realistic designs. And we know ours…..the Sleek Seven Inch, which is smooth and firm, and a true classic.

G-spot Vibrators

Looking for a toy that really hits the spot? We’ve got just the thing. Using a curved G-Spot Vibrators will work wonders on your clit, but it’s specifically designed for internal stimulation. The G-Spot is said to be linked with female ejaculation, so exploring your G-Spot and learning to stimulate it can be so sexy.

Because of its design, which features a thicker head, it targets the most sensitive part of your vagina, which means serious pleasure. Lube up, start slowly, and push yourself to the limit with powerful vibrations targeted straight at your orgasmic zone.

Vibrating Love Eggs

Feeling wild? love eggs are ideal for those with a kinky streak - these small internal vibrators come with remote controls, perfect for handing yourself over to a partner. They are designed to be inserted, and nestle in nice and snug against your G-Spot. And the soft vibrations will deliver powerful pleasure directly to your most sensitive part.

For those wanting to spice things up outside of the bedroom, wireless and app-controlled versions are devilish devices for very mischievous play. Turn up the vibrations whilst you’re out and about, and let your partner turn you on without anyone suspecting a thing….shh….

Magic Wand Vibrators

Wands are the most powerful vibrating toys you’ll find. That’s what makes them magic. Even the mini versions pack a serious punch. For learners looking to upgrade to the best, this is a highly recommended toy. They come in all shapes and sizes too. Choose a head with firm plastic or soft silicone, and browse a range of flexible handles.

Never used a wand before? Our recommendation for magical apprentices is the Bodywand Plug in Massager. Designed to hit every spot with mind-blowing vibrations, and with a 3 metre cord so you can play anywhere you like.

Anal Vibrators

Anal vibrators are an exciting way to experiment with the body, and can be an easy introduction to anal sex in the bedroom. For anyone learning to how to use a vibrator on a man or a woman for backdoor play, our vibrating butt plugs are the perfect choice.

If you’re looking to step it up, Vibrating Anal Beads will send tremors through every inch of you or your partner - slowly remove them at the point of orgasm for unbelievable pleasure.