By Anna Lee, Co-founder and Head of Engineering of Lioness
I’ve lived with roommates for almost 10 years of my life. This means when I’m trying to have some fun solo-time, I need quiet vibrators that won't wake up my entire house and kill me from embarrassment. And with nearly everyone I live with working from home right now in 2020, finding a vibrator that is both quiet AND effective is all the more important these days.
What makes things more difficult is with online shopping, it's difficult to know which vibrators are actually quiet or not until you get the product in the mail. All you have to go by are the pictures. Well, I know the feeling and I've done some of the guesswork for you!
Today, I’m here to save you some trouble by testing some of the most popular vibrators’ noise levels by measuring their decibel range (sound loudness) and tell you whether your roommate has been hearing you masturbating this whole time or not.
What your roommate looks like in their room when you masturbate... Sorry roomie.
The Vibrator Sound Experiment:
For this vibrator noise measuring experiment, I’ve placed each vibrator in the middle of of this 10ft x 11ft meeting room to simulate a small bedroom and turned each of the vibration setting strengths on maximum. I measured the decibel range using the Decibel X app from right outside the door, trying with both the door open and closed.
Super scientific set-up.
What are the Decibel Levels of Typical Sounds?
10 dB: breathing
20 dB: whisper
40 dB: refrigerator running
50 dB: rainfall
60 dB: conversation in coffee shop
80 dB: alarm clock
110 dB: car horn honking
120 dB: ambulance siren
140 dB: fireworks
150 dB: Jet take-off (eardrum rupture)
The Results: From Loudest To Quietest Vibrators
Note: The room without any vibrators on is 47.8dB.
Strongest Vibrator: Magic Wand AKA Hitachi
Door open: 63 dB
Door closed: 62 dB
- I mean, the Magic Wand was built for its extreme vibration power and not for its quietness. It’s definitely audible with the door open and still quite obvious with the door closed. Hey though, since it doesn’t look phallic, maybe you could play it off like you’re intensely massaging your neck in your room... right?
Door open: 63 dB
Door closed: 61 dB
- This suction vibrator, like the Magic Wand, was really built for intense orgasms and not really for stealthy masturbation. Because it uses suction technology for clitoral stimulation, it makes a pretty loud and distinct pumping noise with or without the door closed. I still like to keep it in my arsenal of vibrators though because it’s awesome when you have the opportunity to use it.
Rabbit Vibrator: BombexG-Spot Rabbit Vibrator
Door open: 61.5 dB
Door closed: 59 dB
- Okay, first of all, I’m slightly put off by the shape of the clitoral stimulator and the hot neon pink, but it is a classic vibrator. I was so shocked to find out how LOUD and mechanical this vibrator sounds. It’s almost as loud as the Hitachi Magic Wand, but sounds more obviously like a vibrator. There’s no trying to say you’re just brushing your teeth with your electric toothbrush with this one.
Smart Vibrator: Lioness
Door open: 53 dB
Door closed: 49.5 dB
- I could hear a feint, audible hum when the door was open and I was about 10 feet away from it. However, as soon as the door was closed, I could barely hear any vibrator noises even when the office was totally silent and to hear ANY noise from the vibrator, I had to try very hard to listen for it. Any small noises like keyboard typing completely masked any noise coming from the Lioness Vibrator. One matter of note is that it’s stronger than average for the noise, so if both are important to you this is a good balance (which is why we designed it the way we did, with a custom tungsten motor—and disclaimer: if, somehow, you hadn’t noticed being on our blog that we do make this one).
Hands-Free Vibrator: Dame Eva II
Door open: 52.5 dB
Door closed: 50 dB
- This vibrator is great to be used as vibrator for couples since it’s hand-free. So if you have a partner over for some fun, this is a solid vibrator that will be strong, but be minimal noise coming from your bedroom. It’s barely audible especially with the door closed and can easily be mistaken for your phone buzzing. It's a great addition for a more fun sex life.
Clitoral Vibrator: Minna Limon
Door open: 49 dB
Door closed: 48 dB
- Even being right next to this vibrator while running on maximum vibration, it’s hard to hear the noise! I was actually quite surprised by how extra quiet it was. So of course, when I closed the door, it was basically silent. This clitoral vibrator is also a good vibration that’s deep and rumbly.
Wearable Vibrator: Crave Vesper
Door open: 48.5 dB
Door closed: 47 dB
- This is probably one of the most discreet vibrators out there both visually and audibly. I'm a fan of the Crave necklace because it is such a quiet vibrator and so easy to rock with any outfit. You won’t be able to hear it from outside or even inside your room while using it. Even Janet Jackson is a fan!
So there you have it. Some of the most popular vibrators and their noise levels. If there are other vibrators I didn’t test, some websites such as Babeland actually do an amazing job rating out of 5 stars every single sex toy, vibrator, and kegel ball they carry in their "Product Details" section.
Happy discreetly masturbating!
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