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How to find a great rabbit vibrator—advice from a sex toy designer

SATC Rabbit Vibrator Episode

You might have recalled the classic Sex and the City episode just over 20 years ago—"The Turtle and The Hare"—the one where Charlotte discovers the wonders of the Vibratex Rabbit Habit Vibrator.

I’d like what she’s having

You might be wondering, “How can I reach similar heights of pleasure as Charlotte?” Well, first things first, crank back those expectations because we’re comparing TV to real life—I mean, real life can be great too, but comparing real life to deliberately sensational fiction is going to result in disappointment.

That’s not to say that a well-chosen dual stimulation vibrator won’t be an amazing experience and enable you to have some amazing blended orgasms.

You need to be armed with information about the different types of rabbit vibrators out there, your body, and your preferences (even if you might have a vague sense of them), so you can make an informed decision.

How to shop for your rabbit-style vibrator

As someone who makes vibrators and has done plenty of research on the nuances of all vibrators out there, especially rabbits—I spent years under a mountain of them while working on the Lioness Vibrator, which is a rabbit-style vibrator—I’ll give you some of my best tips on how to shop for any rabbit vibrator.

And if you’re still lost then, no worries: I’ll give a list of suggested top rated products below too.

Remember what I said about no vibrator being the universal best? The first rule of thumb: not all rabbit vibrators are created equal. One person’s “Rabbit Habit”-equivalent will be another person’s paperweight.

In some ways, choosing a rabbit vibrator is more complicated than choosing other sex toys because unlike other toys that often stimulate one part of the body through form and vibration (or some other form of stimulation), you’re looking for something that is stimulating a whole region of your body.

There are more opportunities for some aspect of the product to fail in some way for an individual because there’s so much you’re designing for.

Here are a few of the common considerations I have when I make and shop for a rabbit vibrator:

Vibrator Rainbow Collection

Shaft shape:

How long and wide is it? Is it smooth or more bulbous? Is it textured? How soft is the material? Some people love big and girthy, some love as small as possible.

Cat Vibration

External vibration:

How does it vibrate? Does it feel rumbly or buzzy? Are vibrating patterns important or not? Again, no wrong answers here, but some will prefer one while others prefer another.

Internal vibration:

Is that rumbly or buzzy? Is there an option to control the external and internal vibration separately? Do I even want internal vibration in the first place?

(Fun fact: for Lioness we found many people did not like their vagina or anus vibrating from the inside, so we opted to use the space that housed the internal vibration for a better battery for longer battery life...though it also caused months of confusion with our manufacturer because “that isn’t the way things are!”).

Broad City Rabbit Vibrator

Shaft movement

Do you want movement? Do you want rotation, a back-and-forth motion, or a thrusting motion? Note that depending on how you’re holding the vibrator, the movement might be moot because of the strength of your vagina keeping it in place (basically, the handle is moving and not the shaft. It’s kind of funny if you have a weird sense of humor I guess).

Handle:

Is it comfortable to hold when you’re using it on yourself? When your partner is using it on you (if you have a partner or want to use sex toys with them)? Will you accidentally bump the controls given where your fingers fall on the handle? Hand cramping while masturbating is a real thing. You don’t want to accelerate your carpal tunnel or arthritis because you were masturbating with a vibrator that was terrible on your hands. Masturbate ergonomically! 

Shape of the clitoral nub/external stimulation nub:

The shape determines the surface area of vibration that will be on your body. Basically, bigger shapes will give you broader vibration while smaller ones will give you more specific vibration. Some people who have a larger hood over their clitoris but want more clit stimulation may need a shape that can nestle their clitoris more easily, or they may opt for something with a stronger vibration. Though again, there’s a bit of trial and error with finding what your preferences are for your body.

Flexible Nub

Is the external nub flexible or not:

This one is hard to describe, but basically, how much pressure does the external nub exert? Some people will find the added springiness a godsend—since many vibrators don’t have this. There is a wide variation of distances between clitoris-to-vagina opening (or anus distance), so having that flexibility opens up rabbit vibes to a lot more people than before.

Having the flexible nub means that if your clitoris (or whatever area of preferred stimulation) is not at the exact place where the external nub falls, you can easily move it to the place where you want it.

If you had a stiff nub, you might be out of luck if it doesn’t reach the place you want. You might have to crane the whole vibrator to get it to reach a good spot, but that might result in discomfort in your vagina or anus from cranking it to an angle that is uncomfortable.

On the flipside, some people don’t like the flexible nub—depending on how they move the vibrator and their genital shape, they may move things in a way that pokes or gets out of the position they want it in. The stiffer nub would be better since it wouldn’t move—if it’s in a place that works with your body in the first place.

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Math Meme

Phew! That’s quite a few things to think about, huh? And that’s not even considering the basic things to also look out for when buying *any* sex toy in general (get the scoop on that here).

Fortunately, you’re looking for a rabbit vibrator just for you. I have to think about designing a vibrator for many people.

If I had a nickel for the number of times I’ve been up late at night thinking about how to make a great dual stimulation vibrator… I’d be a rich woman with a Bay Area one-bedroom apartment rental and a dog. (reach for the sky, right?). Ok, enough complaining—let’s talk about specific vibrators with all that thinking and wisdom!

Cool vibes

While there are probably as many vibrators out there as there are people (ok, maybe not quite that many—that would be kind of cool though), I can call out some of the rabbit vibrators I’ve seen over the years that I recommend checking out. From there, you can take stock of your body/preferences/curiosities to determine which one(s) you’d like to try.

fun factory lady bi

This German sex toy company has a special place in my heart as being my very first nice rabbit vibrator, years after I purchased a different vibe that reminded me of shoving a pink, girly gumball machine up my vagina (don’t judge, it was super cheap and I was on the ramen noodle budget) and then another European one that literally melted on me on the plane ride back (that was both disappointing and disturbing).

Fun Factory makes solid silicone vibrators, and they offer magnetic charging and old-school AA battery vibrators. They come in a bunch of fun colors, shapes, and sizes.

JeJoue Fifi

JeJoue was my first solid, classy rabbit vibrator. Honestly, I wanted something more similar to LELO and JeJoue’s specs were what I was looking for that was more gentle on my budget being just out of college.

Their rabbit vibe wasn’t too big, had decent enough vibration (and two motors to stimulate each side of the vulva, less so the clit directly), and was pretty reasonably priced relative to the quality of the vibe. I had that thing almost for as long as the pink, girly gumball machine.

LELO Ina

Back in my day, LELO was the classy vibrator that everyone pined for. I was forever curious about the LELO Ina, Ina 2, and Ina Wave (where the internal part also rotates).

When I eventually tried it, it’s definitely on the girthier side and the nub is stiff, which might be tough for some people to enjoy while great for others. It’s a really solid choice if the criteria line up with what you’re looking for.

Doc Johnson Kink Rabbit Vibrator

Doc Johnson makes gadgets and gizmos aplenty, including rabbit vibrators. They make everything under the sun so they’re a great place to look if you’re looking for a wide selection. One vibrator that is more unique that I’d like to call out specifically is the Doc Johnson Kink rabbit-style vibrator. It provides multiple external stimulation points and patterns, and the vibration range is also pretty solid. You can stimulate many more areas with vibration around your genital area than you would with any other rabbit vibe on this list.

WeVibe Nova Rabbit Vibrator

This one is also fairly recent. WeVibe made this pretty cool dual stimulation vibe called the Nova. Instead of it being a nub, it’s more of a curl like an onion ring, which I think is clever because it can spring and will be less likely to poke. Might be a bit more difficult if you want more stimulation near the opening of your vagina because of that curl, but otherwise, I think it’s a pretty interesting approach to this type of toy that is definitely worth checking out.

Lioness Vibrator

Of course, I can’t leave out my own! I’ve tried suitcase-loads of rabbit vibrators over time and put a lot of those thoughts into building my own. If you’re not familiar with the Lioness, its primary selling point is not just being a rabbit-vibrator, but (I at least think) it’s a pretty damn good one.

From hundreds of user tests, we made a flexible clitoral nub that conforms to many body types (and has a specific angle to “nestle” vs. poke); a unique, ergonomic, cradle-style handle; a specific angle for g-spot stimulation; a special tungsten motor (to have a deeper vibration than a vibrator of this size should otherwise have); and finally is phthalate-free, non-porous, medical grade silicone and stainless steel. I could talk on and on, but I’ll stop here since those are some of the highlights and I could write forever.

Congratulations, you’ve completed Rabbit Vibrators 101!

Here’s your diploma. You’re ready to go out there and do some research of your own. Regardless of whether you end up liking rabbit vibrators or not, I hope that this guide is a good reminder about the mindset to have when you’re trying different sex stuff in general.

Rabbit Vibrator 101 Certificate