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11 best vibrators to help you climax

For newcomers and experienced users alike, these tried and tested bullets and wands have us buzzing

Emilie Lavinia
Friday 05 April 2024 17:13
The criteria for selecting an ultimate list of vibrators is pretty detailed.
The criteria for selecting an ultimate list of vibrators is pretty detailed. (The Independent )
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With so many options to choose from, the process of selecting the best vibrator for your specific wants, needs and inclinations can seem intimidating, if not impossible. There are just so many styles of sex toys, each offering different types of vibration, various ergonomics and special features. Some gadgets have seemingly bizarre attributes you didn’t even know you needed.

How do you tell if a magic wand is the gadget for you, or if a clit sucker offers enough bang for your buck? The best advice is to start building out a toy box consisting of quality toys that do one thing well, while also considering the kinds of sensations you enjoy and your preferred style of sex and self-pleasure.

For example, you won’t need a rumbly mains-powered vibe if you live in a house share or you’re sensitive to touch, and if you don’t enjoy penetration when you masturbate, a rabbit vibrator might not be your bag.

Whether it’s something palm-sized yet surprisingly powerful, something with a larger motor for a more considerable rumble, or the ideal beginner toy you’re after, we’ve compiled a review of the best vibrators for every budget, body and experience level.

How we tested vibrators

The criteria for selecting an ultimate list of vibrators is pretty detailed. Obviously, the toy has to have a decent set of speeds and vibration settings, but it also has to have great battery life and it must be made of body-safe materials that are easy to clean and care for.

We also tested for weight, ease of use with regards to button placement, decibels at the highest setting and attachments and special features – like double motors, different types of vibration and removable and interchangeable parts.

We also compared a host of vibes that seemed just as good as each other on paper, but certain toys took home the gold with useful additions like travel locks, storage cases and impressive run time. Read on for our recommendations.

The best vibrators of 2024:

  • Best vibrator overall – The Oh Collective Chi suction vibrator: £79, Theohcollective.com
  • Best budget bullet vibrator – Durex intense delight bullet vibrator: £7.50, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best wand vibrator – Doxy die cast wand vibrator: £124.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best quiet vibrator – Smile Makers x Mumsnet the whisperer vibrator: £34.95, Lookfantastic.com

The Oh Collective Chi suction vibrator

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  • Best: Vibrator overall
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power types: Mains
  • Settings/speeds: Five
  • Waterproof : Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Flared suction mouth
    • Three mouths to choose from
    • Sensation-friendly settings
  • Take note
    • Requires constant contact with skin

Clit suckers are interesting sex toys because technically, most of them don’t actually vibrate. These brilliant gadgets use air pressure technology to simulate the feeling of oral sex by creating a suction vacuum around the skin. They’re a firm favourite among sex toy fans with new iterations being launched every year and the chi by The Oh Collective is an example of one of the best and brightest new launches.

The chi is a cute little ergonomic device, designed to fit snugly in the palm of your hand and held close to the body. It’s an external vibe that relies on the aforementioned air pressure tech to deliver pulses of air to your clitoris. Most toys of this type have a small suction mouth that needs constant contact with the body to form a vacuum – the sensation is brilliant, but your mojo can be quickly interrupted by the seal being broken. The chi deals with this expertly with its flared suction mouth. This design makes contact with the skin much easier, even if you’re moving around. And it has three removable mouths to experiment with, so you can figure out which size feels best for you.

An issue that many people face with vibrators is that while it can take some people quite a while to orgasm, consistent stimulation can cause some numbness, which puts you in a catch-22 situation. The chi also addresses this with five different vibration settings on top of the five speeds. These settings feature a range of different speed and pulse combinations to keep your nerve endings on their toes – something most clitoral vibes don’t do.

The run time is pretty long for a small toy and the vibe also comes with a cool iridescent storage case and a pack of “sexploration cards”, which gives you a little more value for money. It’s waterproof and USB rechargeable with the removable mouths making it extra easy to clean and care for.

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Durex intense delight bullet vibrator

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  • Best: Budget vibrator
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power type: AAA batteries
  • Settings/speeds: Singular vibration
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Quiet
    • Affordable
    • Great beginner toy
  • Take note
    • Battery powered

Everyone needs a bullet in their line-up, it’s the ideal first toy thanks to its discreet size and design. Bullet vibrators are easy to use and non-intimidating, which makes them a great toy to use solo or introduce during sex with a partner. They’re also some of the most affordable toys, which means you can experiment and discover what you like without breaking the bank.

The intense delight bullet by Durex is a simple sex toy with a single button and a very long run time. This is because it’s battery-powered, so yes, it will go on and on for hours but at some point, you will have to change the battery.

It’s made from silky silicone and is a little larger and wider than most bullets, ideal for covering more surface area on the body and hitting more nerve endings. It’s also waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or bath. But its best feature is how quiet it is. It has a very smooth vibration which means it’s much quieter than most toys of this kind – ideal if you’re sharing a living space.

Use it on any part of your or your partner’s body or with other toys to take your experience to the next level. Just be sure to turn it off after use or you could be buying batteries sooner than you’d hoped.

  1. £7 from Amazon.co.uk
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Doxy die cast wand vibrator

Doxy-vibrator-indybest
  • Best: Wand vibrator
  • Material : Silicone
  • Power types: Mains
  • Settings/speeds: Adjustable vibration intensity levels
  • Waterproof: No
  • Why we love it
    • Ultra powerful
    • Flexible neck
  • Take note
    • Plug socket needed
    • High price point

The wand vibrator is an iconic piece of kit – there’s a reason it’s known as the magic wand. The beauty of this kind of sex toy is that you can use it on any part of your body – it’s great for spicing up sex with a partner, using solo, or even teasing out sore muscles after an intense gym session. Wands are generally larger toys with a long handle and a bulbous head, which means they can house a huge motor. Most wands are USB-rechargeable, but a corded wand draws its motor power from the mains electricity, which means more firepower.

Doxy’s die cast is arguably the best mains-powered wand available, offering a deep rumble that builds to an intense earth-shaking set of vibrations – 3k to 9k RPMs! The doxy is heavier than most wands with a weighted motor and is made from aluminium and titanium alloy. This means it’s practically indestructible and offers a satisfying hand feel and none of the rattling that you might find with plastic casing on other wands.

Obviously, you’ll need to position yourself within three metres of a plug socket for the mains power cord but the benefit of the cord is that this wand will never run out on you, it can literally go on forever. The neck is flexible which means it can bend to hit any spot, no matter what position you’re in and the large head hits more nerve endings in one go than a smaller toy – ideal if you’re not a fan of pinpointed stimulation.

The large silicone head is removable which makes it much easier to clean, and the three silicone buttons are easy to wipe down too. However, if you’re short on storage, this might not be the ideal bedroom BFF, despite its stellar credentials, as it is one of the biggest vibrators you’ll find. The doxy is also obviously a little more expensive than some wand vibrators and USB versions are both much smaller and lighter, however, they don’t offer the power of the die cast and that’s what makes it stand out from the crowd. Plus, it’s proudly made in the UK.

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Crave Vesper necklace vibrator

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  • Best: Luxe-designed vibrator
  • Material: Nickel-free, stainless steel chain
  • Power type : USB
  • Speeds/settings: Four
  • Waterproof: Resistent
  • Why we love it
    • Body-safe stainless steel
    • Chic necklace design
    • Surprisingly powerful
  • Take note
    • Short charging cable
    • External use only

If a pink lump of silicone isn’t your vibe and you prefer a chicer approach to sexual self-care, might we suggest the vesper as an alternative for your toy box? This slim wearable bullet vibrator is somewhat of an icon in the sex tech world and is a favourite accessory of Cara Delevigne, Janet Jackson and Madonna, to name a few celebrity fans.

Crafted from nickel-free stainless steel, the vesper is part sex toy, part jewellery with a 26in chain, meaning it can be worn as a necklace. It’s understated yet surprisingly powerful, with a motor that runs quietly at three speeds, plus a fourth setting that pulses.

The bullet vibe can be removed from the chain and slips neatly into a little velour travel pouch, but honestly, it looks way better worn around your neck – it’s not heavy and it won’t weigh you down. The beauty of it being a stainless steel toy is that it warms to your body temperature once you’ve put it on and it’s very easy to wipe clean.

As it’s an external vibe, the bullet is intended to be used all over the body, but not inside so if it’s penetration you’re after, you’re best teaming the Vesper with another toy. To charge it, simply screw off the top and connect the USB cable, which is very short so make sure you bring a USB plug or have a port handy if you’re planning to charge it on the go.

If you want to level up, the vesper also comes in a rose gold, matte black or a 24-carat gold iteration with a range of matching accessories. It makes a brilliant first toy and is a luxe little number to boot.

  1. £65 from Amazon.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Love Not War Koi vibrator

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  • Best: Versatile vibrator
  • Material: Neosilicone
  • Power type : USB
  • Speeds/settings: Four speeds, seven patterns
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Compatible with all lubes
    • Swappable head
    • Sustainably made
    • Powerful quiet motor
  • Take note
    • High price point

If it’s an all-rounder you’re looking for, look no further than the koi by Love Not War. This vibrator boasts a tonne of features that make it stand out from the pack. Firstly, it’s made from sustainable materials – something you won’t often find when shopping for a sex toy. Secondly, it’s compatible with silicone lube. This is a huge win as almost all other silicone toys can only be used with water-based lube and silicone lube offers a much nicer glide and stays wetter for longer – water-based is absorbed more quickly by the skin.

It also runs on an ultra-quiet motor, but the real win is that the handle screws off so you can change the head to any of Love Not War’s alternatives. The powerful motor in the handle delivers four intensity levels and seven vibration patterns to whichever head you decide to use, meaning you can build out a whole toy box with just one motor – ingenious.

The koi head is a great option to begin with because the bulbous mini wand head covers a greater surface area, meaning you can experiment with sensation over any erogenous zone and hit more nerve endings in the process. It’s also waterproof and comes with a tencel travel bag so it makes a brilliant companion for overnight stays and longer haul journeys.

Other great features include the single button, making it far less fiddly than other vibes, and the low power indicator – which will let you know you need to charge before the toy dies in your hands. The price is a little higher than that of some small toys but with this vibe, you’re paying for the quality, the sustainable credentials, a long run time and the ability to mix and match different types of head with a very powerful motor in a miniature body. Plus, the neo-silicone head is a revolutionary material in the world of sex toys.

  1. £99 from l-n-w.com
Prices may vary
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Smile Makers x Mumsnet the whisperer vibrator

Smile-makers-indybest
  • Best: Quiet vibrator
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power type: USB
  • Speeds/settings: Three speeds, two pulsations
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Very quiet
    • Soft and squishy
    • Waterproof
  • Take note
    • Limited functions

A collaboration with Mumsnet might not be the sexiest thing you’ve ever heard of but trust us on this one. Smile Makers is a sex toy brand with an award-winning line-up of vibes in its offering and the vibrator it’s created with the help of the Mumsnet community might just be its best yet. The whisperer lives up to its name as possibly the quietest vibrator in the world but that’s not its only boast-worthy feature.

This vibrator is small and unassuming, a little larger than your standard bullet but still in the petite category and it’s squishy, really squishy. Designed for first-timers, post-partum bodies and those who might struggle with the hard plastic and metal casing of other toys, it is incredibly soft on the body. It’s cased in layers of smooth body-safe silicone with a flexible tapered tip.

The gentle curve of the vibe makes it great for rolling and pressing, while the tapered end offers more pinpointed stimulation and a single small button to cycle through the functions removes any complex rummaging that might throw you off. It’s also totally waterproof.

There aren’t a tonne of settings, just three speeds and two pulsation modes with a fairly long run time before you need to charge it up with the USB cable. And of course, its size makes it discreet and easy to throw in your bag if you’re planning to travel with it.

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Hot Octopuss kurve G-spot vibrator

Hot-octopus-indybest
  • Best: High-tech vibrator
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Power type: USB
  • Settings/speeds: 25
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Two different motors
    • Curved shape for G-spot stimulation
    • Squishy gel tip
  • Take note
    • Lots of buttons

For the more experienced users seeking something with a little more oomph, the Kurve might just be your new best friend. G-spot vibrators vary in shape, with some offering a C-style curve and others designed with an angled neck and straight handle – the kurve is obviously the former with a bulb-like handle and tip at either end.

This vibrator has all the bells and whistles you might be seeking out if you’re bored of the same old functionalities on offer. It has two motors and two different settings that you can customise to find the perfect frequency. Obviously, it’s an internal vibrator so we recommend starting off at a lower intensity and working your way up to the max settings to avoid frightening yourself.

Kurve features what its creators call treble and bass technology– essentially, the treble motor at the tip emits powerful high-frequency waves, while the bass motor in the body delivers deep, rumbly vibrations. You run the two motors simultaneously and adjust the speed and power of both to find your perfect setting.

But with great power comes great responsibility and that does mean a lot of buttons to press during use. This can be fiddly if you’re mid-flow and less experienced users might find this a little overwhelming. However, for what it lacks in simplicity it makes up for with other features, like the squishy gel tip – ideal if you’re probing what can be a very sensitive area inside the vagina. The kurve is also waterproof and comes with a silky storage pouch to keep it safe.

  1. £99 from Amazon.co.uk
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Bondara anchor vibrating butt plug

Bondara-indybest
  • Best: Vibrator for anal play
  • Material: Silicone
  • Settings/ speeds: 10
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Flared base and handle
    • 10 speeds
  • Take note
    • Button ison the base

Not all vibrations are designed for vulvas and vaginas, some are intended for back door use and obviously, these toys come with a different set of rules. If you’re looking for an anal vibe, the first thing you have to consider is your experience level – it’s best to start small and work your way up. The anchor vibrating butt plug is perfect for beginners and the more seasoned alike.

The anus has a tonne of nerve endings so vibration in the area can feel really great and this vibe offers 10 different speeds so you can start slowly and build up to the max setting. It’s 4in long, so not too intimidating, and has the all-important flared base with an anchor handle – this is essential for an anal toy, you don’t want anything getting lost up there.

The slim tapered tip makes gentle insertion easy while you grow accustomed to the sensation of penetration and the bulbous shaft puts pressure on the area as you experiment with sliding the plug in and out.

There’s a single button at the base, which means if you do want to up the speed you’ll have to reach down but this is the case with most vibrating butt plugs. It’s made of smooth silicone for a quality entry into the world of butt stuff and comes at a very reasonable price.

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So Divine self pleasure G-spot vibe

So-divine-indybest
  • Best: G-spot vibrator
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power type: USB
  • Settings/speed: Three speeds, seven patterns
  • Waterproof: Resistant
  • Why we love it
    • Angled head with flat side
    • Long slim shaft
  • Take note
    • Some might find it too slim

If you want to target your G-spot but aren’t as concerned with girth, a slimmer vibrator might just do the trick. The self pleasure vibe from So Divine is built more like an internal massager than an anatomical dildo and this is what makes it great. Penis-shaped toys can be effective, but for some, all the faux veins and bulbous heads are unnecessary when you just want to get the job done.

The vibrator features an angled head with a tapered tip. The tip is flat on one side with gentle ridges intended to massage your G-spot and deliver more varied sensations to the area. The toy is made from smooth silicone with a long shaft that serves as a handle and as much insertable length as you need. The curved bottom with a single button makes it easy to hold and tap through the settings pretty easily.

There are more patterns than you might expect from this vibrator, seven in total, with three speeds to find your perfect level of stimulation. The G-spot is a very sensitive area, so start off on the lowest setting to figure out what you like first.

Of course, although this is a G-spot vibe, you don’t just have to use it internally. This toy is actually pretty great for use all over the body because of the flat side on the head so you can use it on any of your erogenous zones. It’s waterproof and has a decent run time of about an hour.

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Lovehoney ignite 20 function vibrating love egg

Love-honey-indybest
  • Best: Beginner love egg
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power type: USB
  • Settings/speeds: 20
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • 20 functions
    • Great for kegel exercises
  • Take note
    • Loud

Love eggs are great because they not only provide pleasure, they’re also a pelvic floor strengthener. Unlike a long phallus-like toy, their round shape means the internal vaginal walls squeeze and contract around them, which can be great for keeping those muscles active and strong. The addition of vibration stimulates the nerve endings in the vagina which feels amazing too.

The Lovehoney ignite egg is an ideal first buy if you’re considering a toy of this kind. Made from smooth silicone with a metal tip that warms to the body, it offers every feature you’d want, from three speeds and an impressive 17 patterns to an easy-to-use travel lock and a little storage bag.

The only downside is that it can be a little loud so unlike other toys of this kind, it’s not one you’d want to use in public, or if you have very thin bedroom walls. It is waterproof, however, so using it in the bath or shower will definitely take some of the edge off the volume.

The long flexible handle features a single button to operate it and the run time is an impressive hour and a half if it’s fully charged. This is great because it can take longer to reach orgasm from internal stimulation. Then again, at such a decent price, you can always invest in a clit vibrator to use with it.

  1. £29 from Amazon.co.uk
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Ann Summers thrusting rabbit

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  • Best: For internal vibration and clitoral stimulation
  • Material: Silicone
  • Power type : USB
  • Settings/speeds: 10 functions
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Why we love it
    • Internal and external stimulation
    • Thrusting feature
  • Take note
    • Loud

If your vibe is more extra than understated, you might be better suited to a sex toy that offers just about every feature you can think of. Enter the thrusting rabbit from Ann Summers. This toy is a step up from the classic rabbit with the addition of a thrusting shaft – it’s the vibrator of the future.

Rabbit vibrators are one of the most popular types of sex toys because they offer internal vibration and clitoral stimulation via the bunny ears above the shaft. This version offers both of these things for intense blended orgasms with three speeds and four vibration patterns to choose from.

It also offers three thrusting motions that extend the rippled shaft from the handle, simulating P-in-V sex. This sounds a little intense, but the toy is made from flexible silicone and the thrusting is limited to 4.7in of insertable length so the thrust will only go as deep as you allow it to, depending on how you hold the toy.

Like most sex toys with a lot of features, this rabbit has more buttons to contend with so you may want to acquaint yourself with those before diving in. It can also be a little loud because of the three separate motors doing their thing simultaneously.

But, if it’s a triple threat you’re after, this toy has it all. It’s also nice to look at, in matte black with a luxe gold finish on the base and buttons and a matching matte black charging cable.

  1. £70 from Amazon.co.uk
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The verdict: Vibrators

If you’re going to invest in a vibrator and you’re one of those people who prefer clitoral stimulation over internal vibration, your best bet is a quality sex toy that feels great to hold in your hand while you get used to the feeling. We recommend the chi by The Oh Collective for this but obviously, the gentle air pressure offers a slightly different sensation to a standard motorised vibe. If a straightforward vibration is on your wish list, consider the whisperer instead. And for maximum power? Level up to the die cast by Doxy. For internal pleasure, you can’t go wrong with the kurve by Hot Octopuss, but if a phallic toy seems perhaps a little too much to begin with, the Lovehoney ignite will likely be your ideal bedside BFF.

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