Sex toys can be life-changing, but shopping for them can be intimidating, especially for people who have never bought one before. After putting in 90 hours of research and testing—interviewing sex researchers, crowdsourcing opinions from enthusiasts, and analyzing data from seven volunteers who have tried more than 15 different models since 2014—we’ve concluded that the cordless Magic Wand Rechargeable is the best vibrator for clitoral stimulation.
Magic Wand Rechargeable
The best vibrator
No toy offers the same level of power and intensity as the Magic Wand. The Rechargeable is considerably more expensive than the Original version, but it’s worth the additional cost.
The Magic Wand has been a favorite of sex-toy enthusiasts for 40-plus years for good reason. Many of our testers described the Magic Wand Original as their “go-to” vibrator for clitoral stimulation, a toy that was almost always guaranteed to induce an orgasm when others could not. The Magic Wand Rechargeable is twice as expensive as the Original, but its easy-to-clean silicone head, rechargeable battery, quieter motor, and greater variation in intensity and vibration patterns make it worth the extra cost. The toy is durable as well as functional: Its maker, Vibratex, offers a one-year warranty, but several testers have reported that their Magic Wands have stood up to years of daily use without breaking.
Stylish and powerful
This corded toy is similar in shape, size, power, and price to the Magic Wand Rechargeable.
If you can’t get the Magic Wand Rechargeable, the Doxy Massager rivals that model in power and costs around the same, but you must plug it in to run it. For anyone who doesn’t mind the cord, the Doxy is a sleek and colorful alternative to the clinical-looking Magic Wand. Our tester found its control panel to be easier and more intuitive to use but preferred the shape and texture of the Magic Wand’s firmer, more angular head.
Affordable and versatile
This simple silicone vibrator is far less expensive than similar rechargeable models, and it offers a lot of power for its small size.
The no-frills, teardrop-shaped Maude Vibe is available only in utilitarian gray and comes packaged with its USB charging cord in a humble canvas bag. Unlike its more-expensive competitors, the Vibe offers only three vibration speeds and no fancy patterns, but the vibrations are so powerful that one tester reported that she went “from zero to orgasm in five minutes flat!” The discreet appearance of this small toy is also ideal for anyone who prefers a minimalist aesthetic.
For suction and vibration
This model is an updated version of the toy that pioneered clitoral suction technology, with a less gaudy appearance and a more affordable price tag.
Womanizer’s suction vibrators have inspired a host of relatively inexpensive competitors, but our tester found that the original is still the best, if you’re willing to make the investment. The Womanizer Classic offers a pulsing suction sensation that differs from traditional vibration and that many have compared to the sensation of oral sex. The contoured shape of the attachment that fits over the clitoris is what sets the Womanizer Classic apart from its imitators, offering the most comfortable and precise stimulation of all similar models.
For precise stimulation
This toy’s oscillating stem is the best thing we’ve found for focusing intense stimulation on the most sensitive parts of the vulva and clitoris. The sensation may not satisfy people who prefer the more diffuse, broader stimulation of larger toys like the Magic Wand, though.
If you enjoy very focused clitoral stimulation, you may find the small but powerful Zumio S vibrator to be a highly effective tool. Zumio vibrators have the narrowest tips of any vibrators we’ve seen, concentrating and intensifying the vibrations within a relatively small surface area. The Zumio S’s small, rounded tip and lightweight, easy-to-control handle also make it a great choice for partner play, or for people with arthritis or limited use of their hands.