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What Is A Vibrator? | The Difference Between Dildos & Vibrators

What Is A Vibrator? | The Difference Between Dildos & Vibrators

What is a vibrator? Ask this question to any gal with a fully stacked sex toy box and she'll tell you it's the most important accessory in her bedroom.

It's also the best addition to her morning shower routine, and the best way to experience multiple orgasms during sexual intercourse. It's also for masturbation, but that's a given!

Today, I'll explore vibrators in detail. Read on to learn specifics that make it unique and definitions of the most popular vibrator types.

If you're new to sex toys in general, this is your most comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect styling, function and size according to your own personal sexual desires.

Vibrator Definition

The vibrator is a sexual stimulation device with a motor that vibrates or gyrates.

Vibrators can be used by both women and men, although the original intention is for them to be used by women.

In theory, the buzzing sensation stimulates any erogenous zone on the body, and imagination is encouraged when using it at home alone or with your partner.

Vibrators are classified into 3 major categories:

  1. Internal (inserted into the vagina)
  2. External (held over the clitoris)
  3. Anal (inserted into the anus)

Vibrator categories
The 3 major vibrator classifications.

In the above definition, I mentioned that vibrators are also used by men. When a guy uses one, he either stimulates the scrotum, or inserts into his anus for prostate stimulation.

Is a vibrator for single women only? Absolutely not! In my daily work counseling Americans how to have a better sex life, my top recommendation is for couples to enjoy sex toys together.

The vibration is highly stimulating and helps women with vaginal dryness or a low libido to enjoy the sensation, resulting in a heightened sense or erotic arousal. It's the best precursor to lovemaking and makes foreplay extra exciting.

Reasons women purchase vibrators:

  1. Solo masturbation (resulting in orgasm)
  2. Foreplay innovation with their partner
  3. Clitoral stimulation helps those with a low libido
  4. Precise G-spot stimulation & internal orgasm
  5. Enjoy a larger-than-life girth to fulfill a sexual fantasy
  6. Because it feels AMAZING!

Vibrator fun
So much fun for one!

This is a general list for curious beginners who wonder what's the point of using phallic bedroom toys if your partner has a penis, but there are a few things that a lover can never compensate for.

My most shining example is vibration on the G-spot, even the best laid finger can never replicate pinpoint powerful vibration on the G-spot. You need to know how to find the G-spot with a vibrator first. The orgasm is simply more intense than anything you've ever felt before!

What Is the Difference Between a Dildo & Vibrator?

A vibrator has a motor. A dildo does not have a motor and therefore, does not vibrate.

There is a crossover point between the 2 types of sex toys however: A realistic penis shaped dildo may have a motor, so now it's classified as a vibrating dildo.

Despite this difference, each adult toy is used the same way, with the exception that you can control the speed of vibration with wither buttons or a dial. Otherwise that the ways to use a dildo are the same as a vibrator, especially the techniques on how to insert it.


Dildo vs. Vibrator

The motors in a vibrator operate in one of these 2 ways:

  1. Battery operated – Either the batteries load directly into the base of the device, or into a battery compartment connected by a cord.
  2. USB rechargeable – The product comes with a USB cable that charges by plugging into a computer or cell phone. An adapter can be used to charge it in an electrical outlet.

What is a Rabbit Vibrator?

Rabbit Vibrator

First made famous by the television series Sex and the City, the rabbit vibrator has a small extension attached to the shaft that stimulates the clitoris whilst the main portion inserts into the vagina.

The rabbit ears are designed to hug the sides of the clitoris producing a 360 bombardment of vibration. In the meantime, the shaft inside the vagina vibrates or rotates for added stimulation.

Many rabbit vibrators are highly complex with spinning beads and multiple functions making them one of the most highly specialized sex toys for female orgasms.

It is said every women must own a rabbit sex toy, and I firmly believe that's a true statement. (Yes, I own several myself.)

Learn everything there is to know about rabbit vibrators in my pride & joy hallmark guide. This complete users manual is the biggest FAQ on the topic I've ever seen!

What is a Bullet Vibrator?

Bullet Vibrator

A bullet vibrator is a tiny device made for clitoral stimulation. The most misunderstood and underrated sex toy of them all, they pack an intense punch and provide a massive improvement to the sex life.

It is the only style not intended to be inserted into the body. They nestle between the labia to tease the vagina entrance, and also press firmly on the clitoris to quickly bring a lady to orgasm.

Learn everything there is to know about bullet vibrators in my other hallmark users guide, complete with unique tips that you won't see anywhere else. You can thank my 15 years of experience for this!

What is a Thrusting Vibrator?

When you're bored with the original stationary sex toy, try a thrusting dildo! What is it anyway? The thrusting vibrator has a shaft that moves up & down on a vertical axis.

The movement is intended to stimulate the motions of sexual intercourse, thrusting and penetration. Just like the rabbit, most are quite complex with external stimulators, spinning pearl or metal beads and gyrating heads.

Learn everything there is to know about thrusting dildos here, watch videos of them in motion and discover the inner workings of this over-the-top type of ladies adult toy.

Your Fun Begins Now

Hopefully you now understand what is a vibrator and the brief definitions of the most common types have answered your questions. There is quite literally a library's worth of content to discover when it comes to this style of personal pleasure enhancer.

With hundreds of unique designs, there it something for everyone. Each person must put in the effort to find the right one by reading my blog, checking reviews online etc. Once you've discovered the perfect toy for you though, pleasure comes quickly!



Mayla Green

Mayla has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2004. Working behind the motto “Sex TOYS should be FUN”, Mayla provides unique tips & advice amassed from over a decade of hands on experience with adult products. She also coaches clients how to fully enjoy sexual pleasure and can be seen in major publications & magazines online.

Happily married since 2009, she knows firsthand how the sex life eventually becomes repetitive (which truthfully means boring), so if you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, Mayla's your gal! Her literary pride & joy is covering topics for established couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Not in a relationship? Her other focus is teaching women how to properly handle the “little person in the canoe” to experience the best orgasms ever, no partner required!

View all articles by Mayla Green published exclusively on The Adult Toy Shop's sex blog.

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