Types of Vibration

Princess Leia and R2D2Have you ever used a vibrator and it felt itchy? Maybe that turned you off from ever using vibrators again. However, they’re worth taking another look at, because not all vibration is the same.

Vibrators are a great way to excite the nerves of the clitoris. It’s estimated 75% of us can’t have an orgasm without clitoral stimulation. Vibration is great for vaginal stimulation, too, since it will excite the G-Spot and the internal clitoris nerves. It’s also fantastic for the frenulum of the penis, the perineum, and anal play. It’s worth it to have several different types in your pleasure arsenal.

Buzzy Vibration

This is that high pitch, high frequency vibration that only stimulates the surface tissue. Buzzy vibration is more common in cheaper, “novelty” products because they cost less to make. It can feel “itchy” or even feel painful (especially if you’re not using enough lube). This is the type of vibration that makes your hand go numb in low-end vibrators. It can be pinpoint for a few users, but for most of us, it’s pretty annoying. Buzzy vibration can also numb you, making it impossible to reach orgasm.

However, buzzy vibration is more common in some of the most powerful toys that plug into a wall while you use them, but at such a high power level the “itchy” factor is easily overcome by dampening it with a towel or using it against your upper thigh or mons. This will be sufficient to carry vibrations to the internal clitoris just by virtue of the raw power. The down side, of course, is that your body builds up a tolerance to that level of strength, and you can “overdo” it with this type of vibrator, so this is really for those “hit it & quit it” masturbatory sessions when you need to get off in 5 minutes or less.

Rumbly Vibration

When we say rumbly vibration, we mean that while the vibration is strong, it’s more undulating, creating a focused effect that’s strong without irritation. If buzzy vibration is treble, rumbly vibration is all about that bass. Rumbly vibration carries deep into the internal clitoris whether used against the external clitoris or the G-Spot, and is the best for prostate stimulation because it’s less irritating to the rectal tissue.

Rumbly vibration is more often found in quality sexual devices, rather than cheap novelties. The mechanics within have better construction, and for that reason a product with rumbly vibration will generally be quieter and last longer. These products are also usually rechargeable, cutting down on the noise of batteries knocking around inside a plastic housing.


Pulsations are a different kind of “vibration” and are more of a very, very fast thrusting motion. It’s a new type of technology using strong magnets. Most vibrators work by spinning an off-center weight very fast in a circle. Pulsators use strong magnets on either end of a charged core to shift back and forth very quickly. These types of products are new to the market, with one backed by a German company who is very particular about who they work with, and how they are priced. Another has been a crowd-funded venture with mixed reviews. Still others are in various processes of crowdfunding and development (you’d be surprised how many sex toys are crowdfunded these days). In the next few years, we should see more mainstream production of pulsators. The major down side to pulsators, of course, is you cannot use them if you have a pacemaker or other medical device that may be affected by a strong magnet.

Of course, sometimes a product can have buzzy vibration at one setting and rumbly vibration on another, or a pulsator may feel like rumbly vibration, and so on. It’s more of a spectrum of sensation. I encourage you to give them all a try and see what works best for you. Of course, rather than buying one of each, why not host a party and I’ll bring a variety of products of different strengths, materials, and from various manufacturers so you can feel them in your hands and decide which you like best? Contact me today – if I’m not in your local area, chances are I can find you someone who is!

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