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How to Choose Vibrating Strap-Ons

How to Choose Vibrating Strap-Ons

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Strap-ons are a fun and exciting way to make things more engaging in the bedroom, but did you know that you can take things a step further with vibrating strap-ons? Yep! While most models look very similar or the same as their non-vibrating counterparts, the vibrating strap-ons bring that little extra oomph to both partners.

Here, we share a detailed guide covering all you need to know about vibrating strap-on dildos, but we’ll also outline how to choose vibrating strap-ons that will satisfy anyone’s cravings. Rest assured we’ll cover all the bases, including vibrating strap-on dildos, vibrating strapless strap-ons, and much more.

Types of Vibrating Strap-Ons

When it comes to strap-ons, you can find a large number of options that satisfy a broad range of sexual tastes. However, these are regularly categorized into groups based on a design feature or their intended use. Here we list the most commonly found vibrating strap-on varieties:

  • Double-ended vibrating strap-ons: these are either double-ended vibrating dildos or vibrating strapless strap-ons designed to penetrate both partners simultaneously. In the case of the vibrating strapless strap-ons, these come with a vaginal bulb attached to a penetration probe.
  • Double-penetration vibrating strap-ons: these are designed for double penetration (of a woman) and usually have vibrating mechanisms in the vaginal and anal probes. Some designs feature a probe with a C-ring and a vibrating bullet.
  • Hollow dildo vibrating strap-ons: the hollow dildo strap-on is intended for men with ED issues, but there are models with vibrating bullets in the hollow shaft that add extra sensations to the sexy play.
  • Vibrating butterfly strap-ons: unlike the other vibrating strap-ons we’ve outlined above, the vibrating butterfly strap-ons are designed to be placed over the clit and vulva and deliver targeted vibrations. These are also designed for solo use by women.

All of these models either come with vibrating bullets with button controls or they have internal vibrating mechanisms with wired/wireless controllers for added convenience. Some may be powered by batteries, while other models are USB rechargeable. Plus, various models are waterproof and are designed for use underwater.

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How to Choose a Best Vibrating Strap-On Dildo

Let’s discuss the essential things you should know when you select a great vibrating strap-on dildo. The first thing to note is that you should always stick to reputable brands and only purchase products from trusted sellers. Now, the main features to know when selecting your new vibrating strap-on:

Size

Size is the first thing to consider during your selection, as it directly affects comfort during use and pleasure. Always consult with your partner, as when it comes to vibrating strap-on toys, size does matter. If you are going to use your vibrating strap-on for vaginal penetration only, you can go a little bigger as the vagina stretches when aroused.

However, for anal penetration, stick to vibrating strap-ons that are slim and narrow to facilitate use. Please note that you should not use the same model for vaginal and anal play. The most common sizes for vibrating strap-on dildos fall in the range between 6 and 8 inches in length, with a diameter of about 1.3 to 1.5 inches. Always consider your other sex toys, as these are an excellent pointer to what you are comfortable using. You can also use your partner’s penis size for reference.

Material

Material is the second thing to consider when selecting a vibrating strap-on toy. The best option is to get a silicone vibrating strap-on. Other good options are cyberskin dildos, PVC and TPE dildos, etc. The material your vibrating strap-on is made from will determine the type of lube you can use, but to be safe, we recommend you sticking to quality water-based lubes as these are compatible with all sex toy materials.

Texture

Vibrating strap-ons can come in a smooth or realistic texture, and this greatly depends on the material and the intended use. Silicone dildos are plush, feel velvety to the touch, and can be shaped in many ways. These are also the commonly used option for anal vibrating dildos. Cyberskin and TPE dildos feel more like the skin of an actual penis, and these are usually shaped like a realistic penis.

Vibrations & Controls

The next important feature when considering a vibrating strap-on is the vibration type, the battery, and the controller. There are some models with removable vibrating bullets that are powered by replaceable batteries; these usually come with a button control and very few vibe options.

On the other hand, the USB rechargeable vibrating toys provide more vibrating options like different speeds and vibrating patterns. Some of these come with wired remotes, while others come with wireless remote controllers. Advanced models are even app-compatible, where you get to use your smartphone to control the vibrations and the pleasure.

Harness Compatibility

Because we are discussing vibrating strap-ons, the harness is an integral part of the use of these toys. Only in the case of a vibrating strapless dildos you don’t need a harness, as these are designed to be held in place by the woman’s pelvic floor muscles. In all other models, you will need a suitable harness, which can be supplied (in the case of strap-on kits), or you can buy a separate harness that is compatible with your chosen vibrating strap-on. We always suggest you get a separate harness with several O-ring sizes that you can use with various strap-on dildos, including O-ring compatible vibrating strap-on dildos.

Maintenance

When you select your new vibrating strap-on, the last but equally important thing you should consider is the cleaning and maintenance. If your vibrating strap-on is waterproof, then you can just wash it with soap and water or any toy cleaner. However, if your vibrating strap-on is splashproof or not waterproof, then you need to be careful when cleaning it. Hence, you avoid getting water in the battery compartment or vibrating mechanism. Another thing we must note here is that you should use rejuvenating powder or cornstarch with your TPE/Cyberskin vibrating toys.

Vibrating Strap-On Benefits

Let's now discuss the benefits of using a vibrating strap-on: there are plenty of unique benefits for both partners. The apparent benefit of vibrating strap-ons is the easier achieving of orgasms. For some people, women especially, orgasming through penetration can be challenging, so the vibrations can be a welcome stimulation.

Vibrating strap-ons are also an excellent option for older women going through menopause. During menopause, most women experience vaginal tightness and dryness, and sex can be difficult. In such cases, a vibrating toy can alleviate some of the symptoms and help with increasing natural vaginal lubrication and improving elasticity, making the entire experience more pleasurable.

For men, the vibrating strap-ons are beneficial in several areas. Guys who have erectile dysfunction can benefit from using a vibrating hollow dildo strap-on that can help them get aroused better and even reach a full erection. The other area where these toys benefit is prostate massage, as the vibrations can stimulate the prostate, casuing full-body orgasms. Also, prostate massage is beneficial for male health.

Vibrating Strap-Ons Safety Considerations

We have to cover the safety aspect of vibrating strap-ons, but please note that these are very similar to the safety aspects of regular dildos. One thing is the material the dildo is made from: if this is made from porous or materials with phthalates, there is a potential health risk.

Next, you should ALWAYS use a lube that is compatible with your vibrating strap-on. We recommend using quality water-based lube and using it generously as you may lose some of it from shaking, or it can be wiped off a surface. Never use numbing lubes, especially for anal use, as these pose a risk of inadvertently hurting the receiver.

Don’t use a vibrating strap-on that is too big for you or your partner, and be open and communicate with your partner. The wearer does not have any idea how the receiver feels, so communicate and ask if there is any pain or discomfort.

Please note that the wearer can experience numbness in the genital area if they have the vibrating strap-on for too long, as the vibrations may numb the nerve endings and cause diminished sensations. We recommend you use the vibrating strap-on with caution and never force things to happen between you and your partner.

Where Can You Use a Vibrating Strap-On

You can use a vibrating strap-on in a wide range of scenarios and situations. However, due to their nature and unless explicitly stated that they are waterproof, they shouldn’t be used in water.

Women can use a vibrating strap-on for solo use – they can use the vibrating dildo to masturbate and enjoy the vibrations in a way they feel most comfortable. If your vibrating strap-on comes with a fixed harness, you can attach it to a chair or even a pillow and let your imagination run wild. Take inspiration from wall mount dildos but with the extra vibrations.

Another quite popular use is for pegging – the female partner wears the vibrating strap-on and penetrates the male partner. The vibrations from the strap-on can stimulate the entire rectal area of the male, delivering a deeper stimulation to the prostate and the anus.

Vibrating strap-ons can be used for roleplay, domination/submission, or role reversal sexy scenarios. Also, a next-level use for vibrating strap-ons is double penetration, which you can do using a penis and a vibrating strap-on attached to a compatible harness. We leave you to think of other uses for this exciting, sexy toy.

Cleaning & Storing a Vibrating Strap-On

When you are done using your vibrating strap-on, you need to clean it. If you use a model with a vibrating bullet, remove the bullet from the dildo and then clean it. If your chosen model is rated as splashproof, then you can only wash the “working end” or the insertable portion of the vibrating strap-on, being careful not to get water in the battery compartment or vibrating mechanism. If your model is waterproof, you can freely wash everything with soap and water.

Silicone materials are the easiest to clean, as their surface is non-porous and effortless to wash. You can use an antibacterial soap and warm water or use a sex toy cleaner. If your model is textured, use a soft bristle brush to wash the textured parts, like the rim of the dildo head.

Be careful no to immerse them in hot water, as the heat may damage the battery or the vibrating mechanism. That is why we always recommend you check the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning your vibrating strap-on. If it comes with a harness that detaches from the dildo, in most cases, you can wash the harness with warm water, but if it is leather, then spot-cleaning is the way to go.

Leave your vibrating strap-on dildo to air-dry, or pat dry with a lint-free towel and store it a dedicated sex toy storage bag, like a silk or satin bag, away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture. Never store sex toys bunched up together, as contact with other materials can damage or deteriorate the surface.

Wrapping Up

We belive that we covered all the bases in our guide on how to choose a vibrating strap-on. We also tried to be all-encompassing, and we shared extra info on use, benefits, risks, and cleaning tips that we hope will help you get started. There's no need to wait – browse our store for the most exciting sex toys that will spice up your bedroom.

FAQs

Is it safe to use a vibrating strap-on for pegging?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to use a vibrating strap-on for pegging. However, you must select a model that is safe for anal use, preferably one with a silicone probe, and remember to use plenty of lube to avoid hurting your partner. We advise you select quality, thick, water-based lube as this is compatible with all strap-on materials.

Can I become addicted to my partner using a vibrating strap-on to perform penetration?

It isn’t likely that you can become addicted. However, you shouldn’t expose your vagina or anus to vibrations very frequently, as this may cause a loss in sensitivity. Instead, we suggest you change things up from time to time by using other toys or using these without engaging the vibrations.

I want to use a vibrating ring around my testicles while wearing a hollow vibrating strap-on. Is this safe?

Some indications show that wearing a too-tight C-ring around the testicles or using too many vibrations in this area may lead to decreased fertility. However, if you play it smart and use such toys moderately, you should not have any problems. Still, we recommend using vibrating toys with caution.

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