How to find the right vibratorIf you haven't bought or used a vibrator in awhile, you won't believe how far sex toys have come in even just the last year.

Whether you're a first-time buyer or want to add one to your collection, here are four questions to ask yourself before you go shopping (either online or in person) to ensure you get the perfect vibrator.

So while I'm a huge fan of online shopping and how easy it has made buying sex toys, it's really helpful if you can go in person. Thankfully, there are tons of awesome, safe and friendly storefronts, like Babeland and Good Vibrations, for example, that you can go to and feel comfortable.

However, if you can't go in person, read reviews and get a sense of what you're buying before you click "purchase."

1. How are you going to use it? So this might seem like a dumb question, but it makes a huge impact on what you're going to buy. Ask yourself: Are you going to be using it alone or with a partner (or both)? Will you be using it in the shower or bathtub, or just on dry land (ha)?

2. Does size (and speed) matter? It's probably pretty obvious that vibrators come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds, so you'll want to be sure you know what you're looking for. Smaller vibrators travel more easily (in case that's important) and they can be easier to store. However, some of the bigger vibrators, like the Hitachi Magic Wand, are really awesome, but they can be tough to hide or take with you.

And make sure you read reviews on the power levels of the vibrators. If you tend to like harder pressure, the slower, lighter vibes are not going to be for you.

3. What do you want it to made out of? Granted, there aren't really any metal, glass, or wooden vibrators (just dildos and other toys), you'll want to look at the materials the toys are made from, especially if you're sensitive and/or have an allergy.

4. Where are you going to put it? There are lots of places a vibrator can go (ahem) so you'll want to determine which place (or places) you plan on putting the vibrator. Keep in mind that any vibrator can work on your clitoris, so if you have even the smallest interest in inserting it somewhere else, get something that can do double (or triple) duty. Plus, there are a few vibrators that can actually be used as back massagers. Good investment!

5. How much do you want to spend? Take a look at your budget because you can easily drop a lot of money on a vibrator. Yes, you do get what you pay for, however, you don't necessarily need to drop a fortune. It's really important to really figure out exactly what you're willing to spend because that might eliminate a lot of choices.

How did you find your favorite vibrator?

 

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