Fun fact: finding the best vibrator really needn't be rocket science. You've just got to work out what turns you on, pair it with one of the best lubes, and then find a device that does just that.
See? Simple. Only, well, it's not. With over 747,000,000 results on Google, finding the products that do it for you and don't cost half your monthly paycheck can seem overwhelming.
You've likely scrolled our edit of the best sex toys before because you know self-love can be good for both your mental and physical health. How? Well, research - including this 2016 Socioaffect Neurosci Psychol paper - shows that reaching orgasm releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine, which in turn means less stress, better sleep, and improved mood.
Plus, solo sex is also a way to address the gender orgasm gap. One 2018 study found that only 65% of heterosexual women and 66% of bisexual women climax during partnered sex, while 95% of heterosexual men manage to get all the way.
By spending time alone, you learn about what feels good which means you're better at communicating your desires to your partner, but it also means straight-up orgasm. Invest in a vibrator, and you're pretty much guaranteeing both moments of bliss and a boost to your overall wellbeing, too. Scroll as some of our favourite sex experts, including sexfluencer Scotty Unfamous and clinical sexologist Ness Cooper, share their favourite vibrating toys.
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Pros: Great for beginners | Pattern vibrations
If you're looking for easy pleasure, start here. Ness Cooper, a clinical sexologist who has a background in sex and relationship coaching and has reviewed sex toys for over ten years, recommends this toy because it's waterproof, easily rechargeable and made from skin-friendly silicone. It's also good for those wanting to try out patterned vibrations, as it's the first time she's got on board with the settings.
Pros: Full-body massage | Great for beginners
Sexfluencer and erotic romance author Scotty Unfamous recommends this product for beginners or toy collectors alike due to it's unique and varied settings that can be used all over the body. "It's surprisingly quiet considering how powerful it is, and it's travel friendly, too. Great quality at a great price point," they say.
Pros: Wand vibrator | Extra powerful
Fun fact: this is 30 percent more powerful than the once-famous Hitachi wand that Sex and the City's Samantha boasted about. In short, it delivers big pleasure and big Os. They're not for the faint-hearted, warns Annabelle Knight, a sex and relationship expert.
"Doxys are for users that know they need to really feel the force to get off. You'll get scintillating pleasure through the soft silicone head," she adds.
Pros: Discreet design | Clitoral stimulation
This product comes recommended from Aleece Fosnight, a board-certified physician assistant specialising in sexual medicine and CEO of the Fosnight Centre for Sexual Health. Describing the wand as "bite-sized but with a punch, the sleek, soft silicone offers an ergonomic design for easy dexterity that can easily be used anywhere, even the shower as it is waterproof, and small enough to stow away in your luggage for a trip."
With five settings and five speeds, there's bound to be something that works for you and your tastes.
Pros: Bullet vibrator | Clitoral stimulation
A bullet vibrator is a good starting place for people who haven't used toys before, and a classic among frequent users for their simplicity and pay off. Annabelle Knight ecommends this product for its discreet and simple design.
"Bullets are all about clitoral stimulation and zoning in on your sweet spot and they provide wave after wave of pleasure. This bullet is at the luxury end of the bullet market because it looks super-classy and it delivers in spades. It will pay for itself in pleasure very quickly," she says.
Pros: Rabbit design | Adjustable fit
A rabbit-style vibrator that's so stylish it should be displayed like an ornament (because why not shout loud and proud about your sexual pleasure?). The beauty of a rabbit design is that they deliver both internal and external stimulation.
Cecile Gasnault, brand director of Smile Makers, explains that it was designed for intuitive and unique power, as you can finely adjust the intensity of the vibration mode by squeezing sensors on the handles rather than flipping through pre-set levels. You can also control the internal and external heads independently, choosing from four different modes for the two heads. And lastly, the angle between the two heads can be adjusted to create an intimate fit.
Pros: Dual stimulation | Great for beginners
For a more modern take on dual stimulation, try LELO's Enigma vibrator. Another favourite of Ness Cooper, she says the waterproof design is amazing when used in the bath. She also recommends it for partner play, as allowing another person to control the sex toy means that it can be held in just the right position for clitoral stimulation. "The controls aren’t too complicated for a sex toy novice to use, either," she adds.
Pros: Clitoral stimulation | Unique design
Smile Makers maintains its ranking as number one for design with this clitoral stimulator. Ness Cooper says it's a great one to use when testing out different sex positions and can lead to fast orgasms.
The unique design with thin flamed edges are different to anything they've tried before, "and I particularly liked that the vibrations feel different in different parts of the flame, as it means when you direct certain parts onto your body to enjoy a variety of intensities."
Pros: Great for beginners | Bullet vibrator
This Lovehoney Silver Bullet is a one of the best vibrators for beginners as it's small and super easy to use. But it's not basic: with seven vibration patterns, three intensities and a tapered tip for precise stimulation, there's so many ways to play for your pleasure. Plus, the £12.99 price point means there's no reason to skip this expert-backed product.
Pros: Remote control | G-spot stimulation
Pleasure doesn't have to last only while you're in bed with this wearable vibrator. This soft and smooth 'egg' can be controlled by the remote from five metres away and is waterproof for submitting to pleasure during bath or shower time. You don't need a partner to have fun with this though — the inserted device is designed to rest on your G-spot as you control your own vibrations.
Pros: Rabbit design | Great for orgasms
This is Lovehoney's most popular rabbit vibrator and we can see why. Research by the brand found that women enjoyed orgasms that were 17% longer when using this sex toy thanks to its G-spot and clitoral stimulation.
With twelve patterns, three speeds, and hundreds of happy customer reviews, it's certainly one of the best-loved rabbits out there.
Pros: Remote control | Dual stimulation
Another remote control vibrator but with added external stimulation thanks to the U-shaped design that can be adjusted for your perfect fit. A brilliant one for hands free play, whether alone or with a partner, with a five star orgasm rating online.
How about a vibrator that you don't need to get naked to use? This device clips onto your underwear with a magnetic clip and is controlled via a Bluetooth app.
Wear it around — or out of — the house for spontaneous fun, controlled by you or your partner. And, given it's designed by bestselling brand We-Vibe, you know it will be pleasure all the way.
Pros: Skin touch technology | Pebble style
This premium vibrator offers a "human touch texture", meaning you'll feel like you're being touched by a person, not a toy. The pebble shape offers full-vulva stimulation and can also be used hands free by tucking it between your legs.
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