Whatever the reason is you're looking for the best vibrator, we’ve tried, tested and reviewed the best sex toys for women, for better orgasms all round.
Whether you're looking for a sex toy to pair with your best bra and lingerie set for an exciting tryst with your other half, or want something that you can use solo, we have something that can everyone can enjoy. And if it's the latter that's you got you ready to part with your money, 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 Woo Woo 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 can improve body confidence, help relieve stress and, most importantly, be fun. Plus, using a toy can offer an intensity that even the fastest fingers can’t match. A study by Lovehoney even found that using a vibrator, such as a rabbit vibrator, can make that elusive orgasm last 17% longer. Sounds good? Then it’s time to find the best vibrator for you…
How we selected and tested the best vibrators
Testing the best vibrators and sex toys for women is no mean feat. Firstly, not only are everyone’s particular tastes and desires contrasting, but that elusive orgasm can be trickier to achieve on different days. Learning how to orgasm alone can take time and the intensity of your orgasm can vary 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 out of 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. Plus, if they have a secret second function. 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 devices included here produced orgasms through masturbation, hence their inclusion in the best vibrator guide. We tested many that weren’t included.
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!
The best vibrators you can buy in 2021
If you’re experiencing loss of sensation or have emotional issues when it comes to 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 snugly around your clitoris and uses vibrations to create a ‘suck and blow’ type of sensation and pulsation. Never used one like this before? It will change the way you masturbate forever. Firstly, it’s ultra quiet 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.
While it may give your partner some tingling sensations when used as foreplay, this piece of kit is mainly for women to use solo.
See our full Satisfyer Pro 2 review
In a long-distance relationship? The We-Vibe Sync is great as it can be controlled by anyone in the world you give permission to – all they have to do is simply download the free app. In the same room and want to have some fun with a vibrator together? Once you have carefully slipped the We-Vibe Sync inside of you, both you and your partner can benefit from the buzzes during penetration. With vibes hitting both your clitoris and G-spot at the same time, and with 10 different pulsations to choose from, all you have to do is find a setting that you both like.
Plus, the We-Vibe Sync is relatively quiet, so you wouldn’t be disturbing the neighbours. Just make sure you use the sample of water-based lube that comes in the box, as it definitely helps heighten sensation.
See our full We-Vibe Sync review
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. Owing 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.
Unlike anything phallic shaped, the Lelo Ora 3 is circular, sleek and looks expensive – 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 vibrator 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 12 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.
See our full Lelo Ora 3 review
Looking for a bullet vibrator with something a little extra? Not only does the Hot Octopuss DiGit vibrator come with the choice of six vibrations and speeds, it’s also fully waterproof, so you can use it in the bath and shower.
And that’s not all. The main difference about this bullet is the fact that it has a flared tip to give your clitoris a wider range of vibes. It also has a handy finger strap, so the Hot Octopuss DiGit feels like an extension of your or your partner’s own hand. The stylish design and versatility of this vibrator means it’s something you will have in your collection for a long time.
Plus, it really does pack a punch when it comes to the rumbles it can create. It’s just a shame the battery doesn’t last for very long before it needs charging, as you’ll want to use this again and again.
See our full Hot Octopuss DiGit review
If you’ve not tried one of the best rabbit vibrators 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 variations, 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, which isn’t 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.
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 its 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 it in the bath and shower, and it’s really quiet. It’s ideal to use to gain confidence until you’re ready to move on to something else.
Trying with a partner? He won’t be intimidated by it, so slip it in between you during intercourse for mutual climax.
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 Cadbury Creme 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.
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. This bargain 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, meaning 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.
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 on to 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.
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 vibrators
G-Spot vibrators: Phallic in shape, these have a shaft to penetrate the vagina.
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.
Clitoral suction vibrators: They envelop the clitoris with gentle suction sensations rather than powerful vibrations.
Bullets: Smaller and thinner vibrators, these are for clitoral stimulation and external erogenous zones.
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.
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.
Finger vibrators: Can be used for G-spot and clitoris stimulation during foreplay and masturbation.
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
Wand massagers: A vibrating ball attached to a handle, this can be used to stimulate erogenous zones from head to toe.
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.
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.
Pulsators: Similar to vibrators, but the shaft creates a thrusting action.
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.
2. If your vibrator isn’t waterproof, wipe it down with antibacterial sex toy wipes 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.
Whichever toy you pick, enjoy!