Vibrator Sex Toys

The most common sex toys in the UK and the rest of the world are sex toy vibrators and the most common of those are vibrating dildos which are usually just called vibrators (not vibraters as we have occasionally seen!).

In these articles I shall refer to non-vibrating dildos as 'plain dildos', though plain dildos may not really be all that plain!

Since a sex toy vibrator is usually a type of dildo it may be useful to first read the page on non vibrating dildos much of which is relevant to vibrators.

As with plain dildos, vibrators are widely used by women on their own, with their male or female partners and by homosexual men. Anal vibrators that are designed to be worn are usually called 'vibrating butt plugs'.

Why Use A Vibrator?

Well, they can give fantastic satisfaction and they are fun!

Don't forget that a vibrator can be turned off and then used just like any non-vibrating dildo.

What Is A Sex Toy Vibrator?

Today the most common type of vibrators are vibrating dildos which are used to provide stimulation of the genitals. These motorised dildos stimulate the user using vibrations and sometimes additional movement.

However there are a wide variety of vibrating sex toys:

  • The common vibrating dildos - these are more or less cylindrical with are smooth, textured and/or rippled surface. Many of these vibrators do not represent anything but some are made in a shape similar to a penis and othes are made to look like a very realistic penis.
  • Rabbit style vibrators - these are designed for women. They are like common vibrating dildos for vaginal insertion but with the addition of a extra part that provides simultaneous stimulation of the clitoris.

    On the original rabbit style vibrators the clitoris stimulator was made in the shape of a rabbit with long ears that amplified the vibrations and 'tickled' the clitoris - hence the name 'rabbit vibrator'.

    There are now a great variation in the styling of these clitoris stimulators with all sorts of animal and other shapes being used!


  • Butterfly vibrators - vibrators that are held against the woman's clitoris by a (ususally lightweight) harness providing 'hands-free' stimulation. Butterfly vibrators may also have a dildo attachment. They can be used discretely under clothing if wished. For many people the idea of being able to walk around with a butterfly vibrator providing unseen delights is hughly erotic!
  • Vibrating anal plugs.
  • Vibrating eggs - these are spherical, egg or torpedo shaped vibrating toys that are normally put into the vagina or anus. Usually they have an external power controller attached by a wire which can also be used to retrieve the toy!
  • Vibrating penis attachments - vibrators that attach or surround the partner's penis transmitting vibrations into the penis and via the penis to the partner. These are very popular since they allow both people to fully participate in feeling the stimulation. With some of these the vibrating part is position to also directly stimulate the (female) partner's clitoris.

There are also general variations that can be applied to any of the above:

  • Remote Controlled vibrators - vibrators that can be turned on and off remotely with a controller rather like the ones used to lock and unlock cars or remotely open garage doors.
  • High-tech or microprocessor controlled vibrators - these names are applied to vibrators with sophisticated controllers which provide a range of power and vibration cycles.
  • Waterproof sex toy vibrators - various forms that have been made waterproof for playing in the bath, pool, shower etc.

What Makes Sex Toy Vibrators Vibrate?

The vibrations could be generated in a wide variety of ways but in the vast majority of cases a small electric motor is used.

This motor is fitted with a small, out of balance, weight attached to the shaft. As this weight rotates it throws the motor and vibrator into a small circular movement which causes the vibration you feel.

With a vibrator that has a controller, the rate and strength of vibration is adjusted by varying the power supplied to the motor. As the power is increased the speed of the motor increases and with it both the rate and strength of vibration. Both the strength and rate of vibration effect how stimulating you find the sex toy. The best effect may not be as strong and as fast as possible and the optimum settings on the vibrator may well change as your degree of excitement builds. To get the best results it is worth buying a vibrator which is controllable.

Different vibrators will have different characteristics and you may well find you prefer one combination much more than another and your preference may even vary depending on which part of your body you are stimulating.

More recently electronic vibrator controllers (high-tech or microprocessor) have appeared which provide not only the basic control of power/speed of the vibrator but also allow you to select patterns of power pulses and surges. These can be very effective.

Why Use A Vibrator?

A good question is why do people use a vibrator? As we have said for sex toys in general, surely fingers, tongues, penises, clitorises and vaginas etc all provide great sexual stimulation and enjoyment.

First of all they are great fun and can provide fantastic orgasms. They provide new sensations not possible with normal body parts. Sex toy vibrators also have therapeutic uses, particularly to help a woman who finds orgasm difficult to achieve.

What To Look Out For In A Vibrator

If you have not tried a sex toy vibrator before and don't yet have an idea of what you might like, try one of the simpler vibrators first. You will probably be amazed at the sensations it produces, although to be fair not everyone does like them.

Assuming like most people you fall for vibrators, for your next purchase, think about where you want to use it (in water; secretly in public ...), what you want it to look and feel like (just like a penis; not like a penis; big; small; thin; thick; coloured; natural ...) and whether you want a simple controller or a more advanced one.

Then browes the SexTingles site and pick a vibrator of your choice!

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