Vibrator Vocabulary 101 - How To Describe What You Want In A Vibe

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When you’re first starting to look for a new vibrator, you’ll discover that there are lots of different terms! It might seem overwhelming at first, but once you know what they mean and what you like, navigating the market will be a lot easier.

Pinpoint or Broad Stimulation

Many vibrators are described as either providing broad stimulation or pinpoint stimulation. Pinpoint stimulation is more direct, and sometimes more intense. Broad stimulation, like with wand style vibrators, stimulate a larger area and can sometimes be less intense. If you’re not sure where to start, think about how you like to be touched. Do you just have a couple spots you like to focus on? Or do you prefer a more of a broad strokes approach? Try a larger-than-average bullet vibrator or an internal vibrator and use it externally and start to get a feel for what you prefer.

Buzzy or Rumbly Vibrations

A big distinction among toy testers and connoisseurs is buzzy versus rumbly. Buzzy vibrators can feel very superficial, and don’t often reach deep tissue. These are typically battery operated vibrators, or something on the lower end of the price range. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can typically find a good rumbly vibe that will suit your needs. Rumbly vibrators are deeper, more satisfying, and more intense than buzzy vibrators. Where buzzy vibrators can desensitize quickly, rumbly vibes don’t have that same problem. Although rumbly vibrators can be more expensive, they’re definitely worth the splurge!

Internal or External Use

Internal vibrators are meant to be inserted into the body, be it the vaginally or anally (just make sure it has a flared base before using it anally). These are frequently g-spot or prostate vibrators, whereas external vibrators are usually wands and bullet vibes. When you’re trying to navigate the market for a new vibrator, there’s a lot of terminology that will help you better understand what you’re looking for. Read reviews, compare products, and you’ll be well on your way to making a satisfying purchase.


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