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Buzzy vs Rumbly Vibrators: A Continuum of Pleasure
23 Aug

Buzzy vs Rumbly Vibrators: A Continuum of Pleasure

Posted By: Kate Sloan Times Read: 102 Comments: 0

Some people think that all vibrators are essentially the same: They might vary in shape and size, function and form, but the end result is ultimately just vibration, for better or for worse.

But this isn’t so! Not all vibrators are created equal. It’s a little-known fact that vibrations can range from “buzzy” to “rumbly,” and that this vastly affects how they feel.

Buzzy vibrations are high-pitched and shallow.

They tend to stimulate the surface of the skin and not much deeper than that – so if, for example, you use a buzzy vibrator on your clit, it’ll tend to affect only the “tip of the iceberg” and not the internal portion. Buzzy vibrations are likelier to cause numbness; this desensitization is only ever temporary and goes away after a few minutes to a few days, but it can be annoying in the moment nonetheless.

Rumbly vibrations, on the other hand, are deeper, lower-pitched, and more penetrating.

More akin to a jackhammer than a buzzing insect, rumbly vibes physically move around more and you can actually feel them pounding against your body at a high speed. They tend to be less numbing than buzzy vibrations. They get deeper into the body, stimulating the internal clitoris or other internal structures like the G-spot or prostate. For those reasons, they can result in orgasms that feel more full-bodied and intense.

That said, it’s not as simple as “rumbly is good, buzzy is bad.” Some people genuinely prefer buzzy sensations, or may enjoy them in combination with rumbly ones; for example, it can feel interesting to pair a rumbly internal vibrator with a buzzy external one, so that both the tip and the root of the clitoris get stimulated in different ways at the same time.

Buzzy motors are most often found in battery-operated vibes, while rumbly motors are most often found in rechargeable or plug-in vibes. This results in a lot of people thinking vibrators “just don’t work” for them, because their first forays into vibration are often with cheaper, battery-powered vibes that numb them out. If you’ve had limited experiences with vibrators and weren’t thrilled by them, it’s worth investigating whether the vibe you tried was buzzy or rumbly, and then trying a vibe of a different type. You might find that your problem wasn’t with vibrations in general, but just the particular quality of vibrations you tried.

If you’re looking for something buzzy, try Jimmyjane rechargeables, bullet vibes, and cheap battery-operated toys. Their surfacey vibrations will rock your external erogenous zones, and they also, for the most part, won’t break the bank.

If you’re looking for a rumblier option, try a We-Vibe clitoral toy, or Lelo Smart Wand – these options have legendarily rumbly motors. These are more expensive than your typical buzzy fare, but they’re worth it for the toe-curling depth of their vibrations.

Some toys strike a balance between buzziness and rumbliness. The Magic Wand Rechargeable, for example, is rumbly on its lower settings and gets a bit buzzier as you crank it up. This can be useful: buzzy vibrations won’t numb you if you use them sparingly, and they can be exactly the extra “kick” you need to send you over the edge as you get closer to orgasm.

While the distinction between buzzy and rumbly won’t matter to every vibrator user, it is a useful thing to keep in mind. For you and/or your partner, it could mean the difference between lackluster numbness and bold, body-quaking orgasms. You deserve all the pleasure you can get your hands on, so be informed and keep this continuum in mind the next time you go shopping for a toy!

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