Dildo or Vibrator?

How to Choose Between a Dildo or Vibrator

Perhaps you're new to sex toys, boggled by the many choices at your disposal, and wondering what's right for you. A silicone dildo? A rabbit vibrator? A pocket rocket? We can help you choose between a vibrator and a dildo; you just need to learn the facts about each to get started.

Desired Stimulation

When comparing dildos and vibrators you'll want to consider the type of stimulation you like and/or prefer. Dildos are primarily for penetration - vaginal or anal. Vibrators are also great for penetration but many are also designed for clitoral stimulation. Smaller vibrators like bullet/egg vibrators are perfect for stimulating the clitoris. Of course there are also clit vibrators specifically designed for the task. Slightly larger vibrators, like a rabbit vibrator, can achieve both types of stimilation (vaginal and clitoral) at the same time.

You'll also want to consider g-spot stimulation. Both Dildos and Vibrators can help acheive a g-spot orgasm however, dildos require a little more of a manual effort. There are also a whole class of vibrators dedicated to g-spot stimulation - g-spot vibrators. They have a special shape and are formed to specifically target just the right spot.

Operation - Manual vs Electric

Most dildos are a manual endeavor, operated by good ole' muscle. You never have to worry about running out of batteries. Vibrators, on the other hand, are typically battery operated. There is still some manual effort but much of the pleasure is provided by the toy's vibrations. Keep in mind there are a few crossover dildos that fall into the vibrating dildo category. With a vibrating dildo you'll get the realistic look but also the vibrating fuctionality.

Vibrator or Dildo Materials

Another consideration is the material of the vibrator or dildo. Dildos and vibrators come in numerous materials including rubber, plastic, silicone, and latex. In general, dildos are usually more flexible. vibrators tend to be slightly more ridgid. Don't let that scare you away! Even though they are more ridgid, they usually have a softer covering for optimal pleasure.

Due to that fact that most dildos are not mechanical, they are virtually waterproof. Use them in the shower for bath-time fun. With the exception of certain materals like jelly dildos, their simplicity also makes for easy clean-up. Many people choose to run their dildos through the dishwasher to disinfect.

Some, but not all, vibrators are waterproof. Waterproof vibes are specifically designed for using in the shower and can be immersed in water without concern.

The Bottom Line - Dildo or Vibrator?

The Dildo

Dildos are straightforward sex toys that don't require batteries or electricity, which makes them endlessly portable, and they don't make any noise, unlike some vibrators. If you want complete control (no worries about levels of vibration) for vaginal or anal penetration, a dildo is the way to go. They also offer extremely easy cleanup using a sex toy cleaner or washing with some soap and water.

The Vibrator

The common vibrator looks much like a dildo, except it vibrates, offering increased friction and sensation. This is great for women who want to tease their clitorises or use their sex toys as massage implements. You can also choose from specific types of vibrators to better target certain types of stimulation (clit vibes, g-spot vibes, etc). Small vibrators also work great if you want to incorporate a toy while having sex. Small bullets or clit vibes work perfectly. Dildos can also be used while having sex but typically are only useful if engaging in double penetration (anal and vaginal penetration at the same time). If you're looking for something a little more versatile, a vibrator is for you. Or, you can get one of each!


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