The best vibrators for a buzz with benefits – with expert recommendations for dryness, sensitivity and toning pelvic floor

You may enjoy having a variable arsenal of sex toys at home, you could be considering making a first-time purchase, or maybe your trusty vibrator just feels older than time. Whatever the reason for your new purchase, we’ve tried, tested and reviewed the best vibrators and best sex toys for women, for better orgasms all round.

There’s no need to be shy about masturbation. Just because not everyone talks about it, doesn’t mean millions of women aren’t regularly doing it. In fact, a survey by woowoo.fun found that the average British woman masturbates 2.5 times a week (that’s 130 times a year!). Getting to know the touches and techniques that turn you on (or off) with the help of a sex toy or vibrator can improve body confidence, help relieve stress and, most importantly, is fun. Plus, using a toy can offer an intensity that even the fastest fingers can’t match. A study by Lovehoney.co.uk even found that using a vibrator, such as a “rabbit”, can make that elusive orgasm last 17% longer. Sounds good? Then it’s time to find the best vibrator or sex toy for you…

How we selected and tested the best vibrators

Testing the best vibrators and best sex toys for women is no easy feat. Firstly, as everyone’s particular tastes and desires can be contrasting, but that elusive orgasm can be trickier to achieve on different days, depending on stress levels, where you are in your monthly cycle or just what’s going on in your mind. Each sex toy or vibrator was put to the test from the moment it was taken from the box. We considered how it charged (if needed), the feel of it and how we’d feel if someone else saw it in our bag/bedroom. They were all used at least three times for varying lengths of time until they helped us orgasm. They were switched on and off several times afterwards to check reliability. Each of the sex toys and vibrators for women included here produced orgasms through masturbation, hence their inclusion in the best vibrator guide. We tested many that weren’t included.

About this best vibrators guide

This best vibrator guide contains the best sex toys for women to initially use solo, but then can be used with a partner afterwards. We’ve considered budget, types of vibrator (such as to be used internally as penetration or externally on a clitoris), ease of use, noise levels, embarrassment-if-seen factor and whether they did the job and turned us on. The only thing we can’t guarantee in this is your own orgasm, sadly!

Overall best vibrator in 2019: w&h’s verdict

Overall, for best value, we rate the Satisfyer Pro 2. Not only is it a great price, but it targets the clitoris in such a way that it’s just so easy to orgasm. Although it can be quite limiting in what you can do with it compared to a standard vibrator (it’s not that great used with a partner), you won’t get bored with the powerful orgasms this device can give you, which is why we’ve awarded it two awards: best buy and star buy.

SHOP NOW: Satisfyer Pro 2, £31.63, Amazon

The best vibrators you can buy in 2019

1. Best small vibrator: Durex Intense Delight Vibrating Bullet, £9.99

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Even if you’re the one wielding it about, a large dildo can be intimating, especially if you’ve never used one before, but a small vibrator, like this purple bullet, is the best sex toy for first-timers. This pick is standard in shape – roughly the same length as a compact tampon, and as wide as your thumb. And while it’s dimensions mean it’s not effective for penetration, it’s perfect for clitoral stimulation and external erogenous zones, such as nipples and perineum. This is a bargain as it comes with a battery that lasts for up to five hours (you just unscrew one end for access), so it’s ready to use as soon as you get it out the packet. Despite it only having one vibe setting, which is worth noting is on the gentle side, this is waterproof so you can use in the bath and shower and is really quiet. It’s ideal to use to gain confidence with until you’re ready to move onto something else. Trying with a partner? He won’t be intimated by it, so slip it in between you during intercourse for mutual climax.

  • Dimensions: 116mm, 30mm at widest part
  • Materials: Smooth ABS (plastic)
  • Batteries: 1 x AAA (included)
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Intense Delight Vibrating Bullet, £9.99, at Boots

2. Best mini vibrator: Fin Finger Sex Toy Vibrator, £70

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When it comes to sex toys for women, buying something bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. And, if you’ve only ever used your hand before, then an extension of your finger is the perfect next step. Worn at the top of your fingers (in between your first and middle digits), this can be held against the clitoris at either the softer end, or the harder side. There’s even a finger tether to make sure it stays in place. Plus, this doesn’t look like a sex toy so can easily be put in your bag without anyone noticing. The vibration is quite gentle, so you can use your hand to apply more pressure but, if you choose to increase the vibration via the settings, then be prepared for the sound to get (a lot) louder too. There’s only one button to control, which is easy, but it will last about a quarter of the time on it’s highest setting (around 75 mins), which shows you just how much it’s rattling about on that vibe! This would have scored higher in our best vibrator guide as it’s so simple and clever, but is let down by the price.

  • Dimensions: 127mm x 107mm x 61mm
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Fin Finger Sex Toy Vibrator, £70, dameproducts.com

3. Best cheap vibrator: PLSRx The Bullet, £24.99

For the price of a pizza for two, this cheap sex toy may still be an investment to some but, with all the different options this three-in-one device has, the enjoyment will last a lot longer than a cheesy slice. But before this sex toy for women is even unwrapped, this pick comes out on top. The packaging is a sleek, black box, which you could easily store under your bed without anyone giving it a second glance. Unwrapped, the whole device is just under 10cm in length, but it’s definitely no simple bullet. It comes with two contoured “sleeves”, which create wider girths meaning you can enjoy experimenting with penetration. The four pulsation speeds give you even more variety, and there’s enough variation in each one to keep it interesting. It’s easy to use, waterproof and comes loaded with a battery, which lasts for about two hours. However, there is one downside. Due to it being battery operated, this can be slightly noisy (think electric toothbrush!). A tip we’ve found to keep battery-operated toys like this quiet is to keep a slip of paper around the batteries in the battery compartment to muffle the rattling as it vibrates.

  • Dimensions: 90mm x 15mm
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: 1 x AAA Battery (provided)
  • Out of five rating: 4

SHOP NOW: PLSRx The Bullet, £24.99, at Amazon

4. Best egg vibrator: Mantric Rechargeable Remote Control Egg Vibrator, £59.99

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You may not have tried an egg vibrator before, but they’re very versatile. You can use them while your partner goes down on you, but on your own they can be an equal treat. Why? Because with it buzzing away inside you hands-free, you won’t feel like you’re going solo. This one takes an hour to charge, and then you only have an hour to use before it needs charging again – but that should be more than enough time for you to orgasm! The Mantric consists of a ring controller and smooth egg, which goes inside your vagina. Syncing the two is easy and there are five modes and two speeds to try – it’s fun to click through them all. The egg part is just slightly thinner than a crème egg so you need to insert it with water-based lube. The vibrations target your G-spot, which can be slightly daunting, but there’s a large hook at the end so you can remove it quickly if you panic.

  • Dimensions: egg from tip to end of external retrieval cord 170mm, egg at widest part 35mm. Controller: 120mm radius, 25mm width.
  • Materials: Silicone and ABS plastic
  • Batteries: USB connector, with a split cable to charge both egg and controller at same time
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Mantric Rechargeable Remote Control Egg Vibrator, £59.99, from lovehoney.co.uk

5. Best clit vibrator: Happy Rabbit 2 Curve Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator, £59.99

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If you’ve not tried a “rabbit” sex toy before, then you’re in for a treat as they can help with a blended orgasm. This is when you have two different types of orgasm at the same time (usually a clitoral orgasm and an internal or G-spot orgasm). Rabbits are perfect for achieving this because they’re designed to stimulate both the clitoris and the vagina at the same time. But, watch out, this one is not for the faint hearted – even the shape of the shaft is a bit overwhelming, despite the cute rabbit-shaped extra part. You’ll need plenty of lube before you can insert it comfortably. With an easy control button, this sex toy has 15 vibrations, which makes the shaft and the bunny ears move at different times. It’s worth noting that these are specifically designed to greatly increase your chance of coming – which it does, but it’s quite fierce at times so can make you orgasm in a matter of seconds, but it’s not great if you’re extra sensitive down below. There’s no hiding what this is, and you wouldn’t want kids to stumble across it, but it definitely does the job – and quickly, it was an obvious addition to our best vibrator guide.

  • Dimensions: 255mm long, 120mm circumference
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Happy Rabbit 2 Curve Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator, £59.99, lovehoney.co.uk

6. Best quiet vibrator: So Divine Get Lucky USB Rechargeable Vibrator, £29.99

The last thing you want when you’re using your sex toy is buzzing so loud the neighbours complain. A quiet vibrator is essential, especially if you don’t live alone. Step forward, the Get Lucky. At just under £30, it looks just like a finger, but with nine small bumps at the tip to provide extra sensation. It has three speeds and four different pulse patterns and not only is this ultra quiet, it comes fully charged so there’s no waiting around. Win, win. You simply pull it apart into two sections to reveal the USB port so you’ll never lose the charger for it, although not everyone would want to plug it into their computer! And if you keep the two sections separately in your bag you don’t have to worry about it going off unexpectedly. This vibrator is controlled with just one button, so you have to click through to get the sensation you want, which can be slightly tricky, especially when turning it off (you need to press firmly!). Overall it’s discreet and does the job – great for first timers.

  • Dimensions: 120mm long
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 4

SHOP NOW: So Divine Get Lucky USB Rechargeable Vibrator, £29.99, Amazon

7. Best remote vibrator: We-Vibe Gala Rechargeable Remote and App Control Clitoral Vibrator, £118

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A vibrator like the We-Vibe Gala is great for a long-distance relationship as it can be controlled via a free app by anyone you sync with. With a dual motor, this pink pick is about the size of a computer mouse, but with two prongs at the end with vibrating tips. If using the app (compatible with Android, iPad and iPhone), you need to pair your devices first via Bluetooth, which doesn’t take very long. You control the external and internal motors by selecting one of the 10 settings (we liked Wave and Tide) by swiping through the app selector. You can then set it off and use, although those who like to change things up mid-session can use the vibrator on it’s own using the three control buttons. The Gala is very quiet and the vibrations are subtle, but due to the shape it can only really be used as a clit simulator, which seems a bit restrictive considering the price. Our tip would be to make use of the sample of water-based lube that comes in the box, as it definitely helps heighten sensation.

  • Dimensions: 110mm length, 60mm widest point, 12mm deepest part
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 2.5

SHOP NOW: We-Vibe Rechargeable Remote and App Control Clitoral Vibrator, £118, Amazon

8. Best vibrator for loss of sensation: Satisfyer Pro 2, £31.63

If you’re experiencing loss of sensation or have emotional issues with penetration, then this type of sex toy for women is for you. Although the shape looks like something a doctor would use to check inside your ears, the rose gold handle is really sleek and easy to grip. This type of vibrator is designed to sit snuggly around your clitoris and uses vibrations to create a “suck and blow” type of sensation and pulsation. Let’s just say the Satisfyer is very well named! Firstly, it’s ultra quiet (this Next Generation model was designed to be quieter than the original), even on some of the higher settings (there are 11 in total). But, as the suction vibe is so different, it’s worth starting with the lowest setting and building up when you’ve got used to it – as this can be quite a powerful and intense sensation and can make orgasms very fast. The bad news? The initial charge takes up to eight hours so make sure you plug it in early to avoid disappointment.

  • Dimensions: 165mm length, 65mm high, 46mm wide
  • Materials: ABS plastic, and silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 5

SHOP NOW: Satisfyer Pro 2, £31.63, Amazon

9. Best vibrator for toning pelvic floor: Elara Gyrating Love Ball, £41

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Did you know you should be doing at least 100 pelvic floor squeezes a day to help tone down below? Well, this handy vibrator combines both pleasure and your essential pelvic floor homework, ideal if you have bladder weakness. But don’t let the medical side of this device put you off – it’s great at creating orgasms, mainly thanks to the generous size of the gyrating tip, which is covered in substantial ridges. It has 10 rotating patterns, which your pelvic floor muscles will contract in response to. Although quite gentle, there’s more than enough variation to keep things interesting, but one of the best things about this device is the curved shape of the shaft – it just makes handling so much easier. It comes with a remote control too, so you can go hands-free, but our preference was to hold onto the toy itself, especially when focused on the pelvic floor. The only thing that lets this down is that it’s only splashproof, and not waterproof, so you can’t mix things up and take it into the shower. Overall, though, it’s good value.

  • Dimensions: 153mm length, 115mm at widest point. Controller: 77mm diameter
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Elara Gyrating Love Ball, £41

10. Best vibrator for dryness or sensitivity: Rocks Off Slinky Pinky, £19.99

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Going through the menopause, taking certain medications or other health issues can often lead to dryness and sensitivity down below. But that shouldn’t mean you miss out on experiencing pleasure with a sex toy. If you’re feeling hesitant, take note of the material used to make it before you buy. Jelly rubber, silicone, and realistic-feel materials give a more flexible fit, whereas ABS or smooth-coated plastic will give a firmer feeling. That’s why we liked using the Rocks Off Slinky Pinky so much. It has a smaller girth, which means you can use it gradually inside the vagina if you want to, and it’s really flexible. Be sure to use it with a good lubricant, which doesn’t contain anything harsh. We tried YES VM (£9.99, yesyesyes.org), which comes with a special applicator to get the lubricant even further inside you. Paired together, this won’t irritate your vagina and is a great way of becoming more confident before moving onto other buys. If you’re not sensitive, this combo helps stop feelings of bruising you can sometimes experience if you’re a regular masturbator.

  • Dimensions: 120mm length, 25mm width as widest part
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: 1 x N battery (included)
  • Out of five rating: 3

SHOP NOW: Rocks Off Slinky Pinky, £19.99, Amazon

11. Best vibrator with a difference: Lelo Ora 2, £119.99

Unlike anything phallic shaped, this is circular, sleek and looks pricy. But, well, that’s because it is! You could leave this on your kitchen table and no one would know it’s a vibrator. Everything about this device is different to what you’re used to – so ideal if you have tried pretty much everything else and feeling a bit bored. But, because of this, using this device is almost like learning to walk again. Firstly, you have to put your thumb through the centre in a certain way to use the controls – you can follow the handy diagram but it does feel odd. There are 10 modes to choose from to increase or decrease sensation so unless you’re happy to stay at the same setting for the duration, it’s best to get the handling right before you begin. But the most unique bit about this vibrator is that it’s meant to replicate a tongue-like action so it’s like oral sex. To be honest, the jury is still out on that one – but it’s best used with the lubrication sachet it comes with and plenty of imagination.

  • Dimensions: 45mm at widest point on side, 80mm across widest point, 73mm standing
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Batteries: USB connector
  • Out of five rating: 4

SHOP NOW: Lelo Ora 2, £119.99, at lovehoney.co.uk

What should I consider before buying a vibrator or sex toy?

Shopping online? It’s tricky to know what will be inside the box once you get it delivered, but a main concern might be how discreet the packaging itself is on your doorstep. Although some companies, such as Durex, promise to send their toys out without branding, watch out if you buy from another seller, such as Amazon, who treat all packages in the same way and may inadvertently include a description of what’s inside on the box. Plus, when it comes to choosing a toy remember we are all unique down below, so what might be gentle for someone, may be far too powerful for someone else. If you’ve never used a vibrator before, go for a smaller one with a few different speeds to see which work best for you. Clitoral and bullet vibrators are always a great beginner option because they make it easier to target the super-sensitive clitoris. You can then see how you enjoy using it, or if you’d like to start using it with a partner, which can influence your next purchase.

Types of vibrator

There are eight types of vibrators:

  1. G-Spot vibrators: Phallic in shape, these have a shaft to penetrate the vagina.
  2. Rabbits: A Sex And The City staple, it has a similar girth to a G-Spot vibrator, but comes with vibrating “rabbit” ears, to target your clitoris at the same time.
  3. Clitoral suction vibrators: They envelop the clitoris with gentle suction sensations rather than powerful vibrations.
  4. Bullets: Smaller and thinner vibrators, these are for clitoral stimulation and external erogenous zones.
  5. Vibrating cock rings: Worn around the base of a man’s penis, this will press against your clitoris when he’s inside you, while the restriction of the ring could help him to feel harder.
  6. Love eggs: Placed inside your vagina (with lots of lube), these egg-shaped vibrators usually come with a remote control to give to your partner so they have total control over your pleasure (even when you’re on the go). When you’re on your own, the remote means no tricky fiddling with buttons.
  7. Finger vibrators: Can be used for G-spot and clitoris stimulation during foreplay and masturbation.
  8. Couple’s vibrators: Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they’re worn during sex by both parties to increase sensations for a couple.

Types of sex toys

Other than vibrators, there are four other main types of sex toys:

  1. Wand massagers: A vibrating ball attached to a handle, this can be used to stimulate erogenous zones from head to toe.
  2. Anal kits: Specifically for anal play, these include anal beads and butt plugs, which allow you to comfortably experiment and get used to different sensations for anal sex.
  3. Dildos: Phallic in shape, these are like vibrators, only they don’t vibrate. Some come with different USP’s, such as suction ends to be attach to a shower wall, with straps to attach to a partner or double ended, so they can be used both vaginally and anally at the same time.
  4. Pulsators: Similar to vibrators, but the shaft creates a thrusting action.

How to use a vibrator

Using a vibrator can be extremely satisfying, especially if you buy one of our best vibrator recommendations. Jess Wilde, sex expert at lovehoney.co.uk, shares her advice on how to use a vibrator…

  1.  ‘All vibrators can be used to awaken external body parts with skin-tingling buzzy thrills. Some, like G-spot toys and rabbit vibrators, are also designed for penetrative pleasure. No matter which type of vibrator you have, it’ll feel 100 times better with a good quality sex toy lubricant. I always recommend using a water-based one as it’s compatible with all sex toy materials. Many are also specially formulated so they don’t disturb the delicate pH balance of the vagina, meaning your toy and your lady garden stay gloriously happy.’
  2. ‘To begin play, add a drop of lubricant to yourself, evenly spreading it over your clitoris and labia with your fingers. You may also like to add a drop of lube to the tip of your toy for guaranteed glide. Switch on the vibrations and, using whichever part of the toy feels best against your body, stroke it over external pleasure points to see what feels most enjoyable. If your toy has multiple modes of vibration, experiment with the different speeds and patterns, starting with the most gentle and working your way up to the most powerful, to see which one works best for you.’
  3. If your vibrator is designed for internal play too, you can try moving on from external arousal and slowly inserting the vibrator into your vagina. If your vibrator has a curve, make sure the tip is facing forwards (towards your belly button) for thrilling G-spot massage.’

How to clean a vibrator

If you invest in one of our best vibrator recommendations then make sure you clean it properly to prolong it’s life. Follow these five simple steps:

  1. ‘If your vibrator is waterproof, clean it with warm soapy water and then spritz it with good quality antibacterial sex toy cleaner like Lovehoney Fresh Toy Cleaner (£12.99, lovehoney.co.uk).’
  2. ‘If your vibrator isn’t waterproof, wipe it down with antibacterial sex toy wipes like Lovehoney Fresh Biodegradable Sex Toy & Body Wipes (£6.99, lovehoney.co.uk) before following up with a spritz of antibacterial sex toy cleaner.’
  3. ‘Leave your toy to air dry before putting it into storage somewhere safe.’
  4. ‘You should store sex toys of different materials separately to keep them in their best condition (some materials will actually MELT if they touch!). You can do this by storing them in special sex toy storage bags.’
  5. ‘If your vibrator takes batteries, remember to remove them between uses to conserve power’.

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