The Lovehoney Guide to Vibrators: Vibrators for Beginners

If you’ve been perusing the internet trying to find the best vibrators for beginners, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for expert advice on how to buy your first vibrator, tips on how to use a vibrator, or information on the different types to choose from, we’ve got everything you need right here.

How to choose a Vibrator

As you may have already discovered, vibrators come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, with a whole host of different functionalities designed to deliver intense sensations to your pleasure spot(s). But which vibrator is the right one for you? Now, this is where we come in...

Read on to find out more about the different types of vibrators out there, plus what they can do for you and all of those pleasure-hungry erogenous zones - and you’ll be all set to choose a vibrator that suits your needs. Living with flatmates? Take a look at our extra quiet vibrators. Fancy something powerful but discreet? Check out our bullets.

So, whether you’re playing solo, inviting a partner along for some good vibrations, or simply looking to expand your vibe know-how, you’ve come to the right place. Trust us, there’s a vibrator out there with your name on it.

Why do people use Vibrators?

Before we get into how to use a vibrator, here’s a little bit of information on why people actually use them in the first place.

Good vibrators offer a huge wealth of benefits. They may help you to:

  • Achieve more powerful solo orgasms when using a vibrator for masturbation
  • Have better sex with a partner
  • Reach and stimulate all your hot spots
  • Enhance and optimise sexual happiness
  • (Most importantly) have fun!

How to use a Vibrator

We’ll run through more details on how each type of vibrator actually works as we get into them below. But, first of all, check out our top tips on how to use a vibrator in our handy video here:

Video: How to use a Vibrator

Ready to add a little buzz to your self-love? Then you've come to the right place. Join Annabelle as she guides you through everything you need to know about using a vibrator.

Different types of Vibrators: The best Vibrators for beginners

There are a whole range of different vibrators out there, so how do you know which is the best vibrator for you? Take a look at our favourite types of vibrators below - plus, find out how they all work and exactly which sexy spots they’re designed to hit.

Best Vibrators: Bullet Vibrators


Bullet vibrators are a popular choice if you’re looking for your first vibrator, and they’re also one of the best small vibrators to start off with. They’re good vibrators for couples too, thanks to their petite and non-intimidating proportions and their purpose-built precision.

Benefits of Bullet Vibrators:

  • Small size and tapered tip offering direct and intense clitoral stimulation
  • Ideal for use while having penetrative sex, without causing obstruction to either partner
  • At just 2-3 inches in length, they're perfect for popping in your bag for on-the-go pleasure

Shop our full range of Bullet Vibrators here.

Or, if you're in a hurry, we recommend the best-selling Bullet vibe (pictured) as an ideal first vibrator.

Best Vibrators: Butterfly Vibrators


These vibes are worn a bit like you would wear a pair of knickers, and deliver hands-free vibrating stimulation directly to your clitoris. Butterfly vibrators get their name from the shape of the clitoral stimulator, which is shaped like a butterfly with its wings spread.

Benefits of Butterfly Vibrators:

  • Can provide external stimulation during penetration with a partner
  • Leaves your (or your partner’s) hands free to play with other areas
  • Can be worn under clothes out and about for discreet thrills

Shop our full range of Butterfly Vibrators and Vibrating Knickers here.

Or, if you’re still undecided, we’d recommend the customer-favourite Lovehoney Venus Butterfly vibe (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Classic Vibrators


These classic vibrators have an insertable, non-phallic design, making them an ideal choice for a first vibrator. They can be used for direct clitoral stimulation, but are designed primarily for insertion.

Benefits of Classic Vibrators:

  • Often multispeed, with vibrations ranging from low to intense
  • Range in price from budget to high-end
  • Come in a variety of materials for varied sensations

Check out our full range of Classic Vibrators here.

Or, to take the hassle out of choosing, we’d recommend the Silencer Whisper Quiet Classic Vibrator (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Clitoral Vibrators


The term ‘clitoral vibrator’ refers to any vibrator that is specifically designed to stimulate the clitoris (which contains about 8,000 nerve endings, FYI).

Benefits of Clitoral Vibrators:

  • Although they’re all designed for clitoral stimulation, there are lots of different types of clitoral vibrators, from toys with stimulating ‘nubs’, to vibrators with a ‘cup’ that surrounds the clitoris
  • They’re often larger than bullet vibrators to accommodate bigger motors for more power
  • They can stimulate a larger area, making them great for grinding up against

Shop our full range of Clitoral Vibrators here.

Or, for pure indulgence, we recommend the Desire Luxury Clitoral Vibrator (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Clitoral Suction Vibrators


The now-legendary Womanizer brand helped introduce us to a whole new world of pleasure with their clitoral suction vibrators. As the name suggests, these vibes rely on suction rather than direct contact to stimulate the clitoris - and it’s a real gamechanger.

Benefits of Clitoral Suction Vibrators:

  • The suction technology offers a unique sensation quite unlike other vibes
  • Suction vibes have multiple levels of intensity, allowing you to tailor your pleasure
  • They're rechargeable and waterproof, with a tip made from silky silicone

Shop our full range of Suction Vibrators here.

Or, for an easy choice, we suggest the award-winning Womanizer X Lovehoney Pro 40 (pictured), which has a 4.6/5 star rating from over 700 reviews.

Best Vibrators: Finger Vibrators


A finger vibrator is another good choice when it comes to the best small vibrators out there. Finger vibrators are usually comprised of a small bullet vibrator mounted in a textured sleeve and attached to a ring. Simply slide the ring over your finger to make precision point massages easy.

Benefits of Finger Vibrators:

  • Can be worn by you or your partner to enhance foreplay or penetrative sex
  • Allows for clitoral stimulation without having to hold onto a separate toy
  • They come in a variety of shapes and styles, offering varying functions from single speed to pattern-tastic

Explore all of our Finger Vibrators here.

Alternatively, the Lovehoney Tease 20 Function Finger Vibrator (pictured) is an absolute beaut if you want an easy choice.

Best Vibrators: G-Spot Vibrators


These curvy vibes are designed to stimulate one of the most sensitive parts of the vagina - the G-spot - during penetration. G-spot vibrators usually feature an upward curve and a girthy head to ensure maximum stimulation for this sensitive spot.

Benefits of G-Spot Vibrators:

  • G-spot stimulation is associated with female ejaculation or ‘squirting’
  • They often have different speed settings and functions for intense internal thrills
  • Some feature clitoral stimulators for an exquisite blended orgasm

Shop our extensive range of G-Spot Vibrators here.

Or, to make things simple for you, we heartily recommend the customer-favourite Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Love Egg Vibrators


These insertable toys are similar in size and shape to Kegel exercisers (making them an ideal first vibrator), but they have a vibrating motor nestled inside instead of weights.

Benefits of Love Egg Vibrators:

  • Some have a wired controller, whereas others operate via a remote control, allowing you to discreetly indulge in a little public play
  • Designed to nestle against the G-spot, they deliver vibrating speeds and patterns directly to your internal pleasure points
  • Perfect if you want to let your lover take control

Shop our full range of Vibrating Love Egg Vibrators here.

In a hurry to choose? We recommend the We-Vibe Jive (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Luxury Vibrators


If you want to treat yourself or your partner to the best in sex toy technology, then opt for one of our luxury vibrators. These sleek sex toys are designed to look and feel incredible, and are often bought to replace a cheaper vibrator as an upgrade.

Benefits of Luxury Vibrators:

  • They’re made from more expensive materials which are more luxurious and longer lasting
  • They’re usually rechargeable so you don't have to worry about expensive batteries
  • Additional features and functionality allow you to tailor your pleasure and experiment with a wide range of sensations

Shop our full range of Luxury Vibrators here.

If you want an easy choice, you can't go wrong with the Happy Rabbit G-Spot Rechargeable Rabbit vibe (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Wand Vibrators


These vibrators were originally designed to relieve back and neck pain, but they make incredible clitoral stimulators - a discovery that boosted sales of Wand Vibrators the world over. Wands boast some of the most powerful vibrations sex toys have to offer, with many being mains powered (although we stock portable models too, in a range of sizes).

Benefits of Wand Vibrators:

  • They boast some of the most powerful motors you'll find in a vibrator, for intense stimulation

  • They make for perfect couple’s toys as they’re non-anatomical and great for stimulating all of your erogenous zones (and they're fab for massages too)

  • Many are compatible with specially designed Wand Attachments for added thrills

Head here to shop all of our Wand Vibrators.

Or, for a 4.5-star rated hit, try the Lovehoney Deluxe Rechargeable Mini Massage Wand Vibrator (pictured).

Plus, if you’re looking for tips on how to use a wand vibrator, find inspiration on supercharging your sex life with a wand here.

Best Vibrators: Realistic Dildo Vibrators


Just like regular realistic dildos, these sex toys are shaped to anatomically resemble a penis, with the added bonus of a motor that makes the dildo vibrate. So, if it's a realistic look you're after but you still want those oh-so-good vibrations, then this is the toy for you.

Benefits of Realistic Dildo Vibrators:

  • A multitude of sizes from Average Joe to Super-King Simon (not actual names)
  • Most have a range speeds and patterns to play with
  • There's loads of choice if you're looking for specific features, from remote controls and suction cups, to balls and added appendages to tickle your behind

Shop our complete range of Realistic Dildo Vibrators here.

Or, if you want to make your own vibe from a mould of your partner's actual penis, try the fun Clone-A-Willy range here.

Best Vibrators: Remote Control & App-Controlled Vibrators


Remote Control Vibrators, and their fancier cousins, App-Controlled Vibrators, open up a whole new world of play possibilities, whether you're on your own or playing with a partner. Choose to take your pleasure out of the house or keep it indoors, and either hand your partner the remote or enjoy some solo time with your hands free to wander to other areas...

Benefits of Remote Control Vibrators:

  • They come in all sorts of varieties, from love eggs and bullet vibes to prostate massagers and cock rings - everyone's a winner!
  • Most offer a huge range of speeds and patterns so that you or your partner can tailor your pleasure
  • Great for couples who enjoy power play

Shop all Remote Control Vibrators (this includes app-controlled vibes) here.

Or, for a recommended top pick, head straight to the - deep breath - We-Vibe X Lovehoney Remote Control Clitoral and G-Spot Vibrator (pictured).

Best Vibrators: Vibrating Strap-ons


These are just like your usual Strap-on Dildos, but they feature a vibrating motor to intensify the experience for both partners. Our range includes options for everyone, from Strap-ons designed for someone with a vagina to 'peg' a (traditionally) male partner, to Strap-ons for two people with vaginas. Plus, there are even hollow vibrating Strap-ons that anyone can use to pleasure any partner. Phew! What a choice.

Benefits of Vibrating Strap-ons:

  • Some include internal vibrators for the wearer and the receiver, making the shared pleasure of a Strap-on even better
  • They come in various sizes and textures for an array of sensations
  • Discover a variety of harness styles for comfort and sensuality

Shop our full range of Vibrating Strap-ons here.

Looking for an easy choice that offers something for everyone? Try the 6 inch Lovehoney Perfect Partner 10 Function Vibrating Strap-on (pictured - other sizes available).

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