They say “different strokes for different folks,” but have you ever thought about it in the context of vibrators? When you’re in the market to buy a new one, do you find yourself overwhelmed by the descriptions and a little confused as to why you need 12 different settings. And is there really not a better word than “rumbly”? You might not think it means much but each type of vibration stimulates in different ways, and all those terms mean something.
What’s the difference between a vibrator and a pulsator, and how will you feel about a pulsator if you didn’t know when it arrives that it doesn’t have the same intensity as a vibe? Vibrators have a wide range of styles and features, and the vibrations are different too. The maker of the vibe will usually explain the different patterns in the marketing materials, but it doesn’t mean their definitions are universal. Check each toy for manufacturer information, and check reviews too. In the meantime here are general guidelines that will help you decipher the terminology faster.
The biggest “buzz” revolves around whether we call the vibrations “rumbly” or “buzzy”. A rumble is good thing - the vibrations are consistently deep but not overpowering and won’t leave you numb. Generally speaking, if a vibrators reviews say that the vibrations are “rumbly”, it’s good. “Buzzy” on the other hand usually means that it leaves the user with no feeling, and that the vibrations are not clean. These vibrations will travel into the handle as well and even leave the hands feeling numb - imagine explaining that case of carpal tunnel!
But “buzzy” and “rumbly” do not refer to the vibrations intensity or pattern; rather, it’s about their quality. A “buzzy” vibrator’s movements will be limited and shallow due to the motor’s low quality. A “rumbly” vibrator is deeper and smoother, with a wider range of stimulation.
To avoid frustration and confusion later, know the difference between a vibrator and a pulsator. Most of us understand that a vibrator is a toy meant to be inserted inside of the vagina or anus, with a variety of vibration settings which can be controlled to stimulate as desired. Many of them will have a clitoral stimulator, some of which have individual motors so the shaft vibration and the clitoral vibration can be put on separate patterns. The LELO Ina Wave is a rabbit vibrator with an outer arm for clitoral stimulation. The curve in the shaft allows pinpoint stimulation to the g-spot.
A pulsator is similar but designed to have a “thrusting” movement, which better mimics a lover. They also have vibrations and different patterns; however this will affect the forward and back pulsing movements rather than just vibrating in the area. The Stronic DREI G-Spot Pulsator is designed to be used vaginally or anally. It has ridges for extra stimulation, and has ten patterns to flip through. It’s one of the most powerful - and rumbly - pulsators available.
But pulsators and vibrators are not the only toys that have vibrations. For example, the WeVibe Ditto Anal Plug has a remote control to switch through the different patterns, or you can connect to your WeVibe app for a partner to control it from anywhere. It’s made with silicone and meant to be used by anyone interested in anal play. Tango 2, also made by WeVibe, is rumbly in the best of ways, but it’s meant for external use, and is considered a massager.
Understanding the quality of a toys vibrations is essential, especially when you’re reading the reviews. “Rumbly” and “buzzy” are very popular terms in the sex toy community and you will see them used often. Vibrators are also not the only toys that have vibrations, so you should look for words like “massager” or “pulsator” if you aren’t sure - these toys will stimulate different areas. Now go get your rumble on!
Article by Sara at JOUJOU