Choosing Your First Vibrator: A LELO Guide

If you’re just getting started on your jolly journey traversing the highways, byways and back alleys of Vibrator Village, the shop windows and street corners will be filled with enticing options, each of which will no doubt be cooing a seductive siren song in your ear.

Stay your wandering eyes, young… uh, wanderer!

Before making a rash decision that will require a somewhat embarrassing return to the Borough of Customer Service, read our travel guide for first-time visitors to Vibrator Village, where you’ll find not only a toy to get you started on the path to new pleasure, but a go-to item for years of intimacy to come!

Choosing your first vibrator

Know your Pleasure

Between 50 and 75 % of women who have orgasms do so through clitoral stimulation rather than penetration, so beginners should look no further than external vibrators. They have helped millions of women worldwide unlock the sensual enjoyment of the big O – so have a look at what’s out there and see what tickles your fancy. Literally.

The Classic First Vibrators


Mia 2

This go-to handbag accessory makes a great gift for a pleasure-loving pal (or yourself, more importantly) due to its discreet shape, size and infinitely useful simplicity. This lipstick-lookin’ vibe has some serious strength despite its petite frame, and can be charged via USB – how’s that for easy and irresistible?


LELO LILY 2 Lavender vibeThis breakthrough in pleasurable design is LELO’s first ever personal massager. The gentle curve is perfectly formed to be cupped against the clitoris for solo play, and can even be nestled between you and your partner during lovemaking for some added external sensations. It is also the first massager to be infused with aromatic senses that will act as an aphrodisiac

The Pretty (and Pretty Powerful)



Probably the most beautiful of all LELOs (with this many good-looking toys, the debate rages on), this fully-waterproof vibe is good to go for bath or shower-time, while its unique cut-out handle gives effective and comfortable control during the heat of the moment. It’s a great choice for solitary moments of a sensual kind – but even better when shared with someone else.


Is SIRI the best first vibrator?

A lady’s original assistant before Apple came along, this is LELO’s most powerful external massager, featuring a strong motor that can go from 0 to mind-blowing at the touch of a button. Now completely waterproof and featuring a revolutionary sound-activation mode, this is an ideal choice for those looking for a stronger vibe, with a low setting that begins at a deep throb and a high setting that feels like an intense rumble.

The Truly Unique


Ora 2

The perfect first-time vibe for a lover of the oral arts, ORA 2 works unlike any other intimate massager to please in ways you’ve never felt before. With a unique stimulator that provides fast flicks, circular swirls and intense vibrations on and around the clitoris, it’s the only pleasure item to so closely mimic the most supremely satisfying sensations we all love.


SONA Cerise stimulator

Boy, do we wish we could have tries SONA back before we had taught ourselves to orgasm. Rather than a buzzing or rumbling vibration on your clitoris, it almost feels like there’s a ‘tapping’ sensation being exerted. This comes from the inner smaller flat plate with the ‘mouth’ of SONA that moves back and forth without actually touching you. This sensation is able to bring you to intense, sudden climax – but also manages to resonate deep within the clitoral structure that you can’t see! Begin slowly and work your way into whatever pleasure your body is asking for.

Top Tips from Pleasure Pros

Be a Materialist

Be sure that the toy you choose is made from high-quality, body-safe materials. Avoid jelly and rubber toys that are difficult to clean effectively, and go for something non-porous like silicone (preferably approved by the FDA) or plastic instead.

Bring a Buddy

Whether you’re shopping in a toy store or searching online, shop with a friend or a partner. No matter who you choose, browsing with someone you know and trust is not only fun, but informative too!

The Nose Knows

A good way to test whether a toy has the power you need to get you there, or if the type of vibration (buzzy or rumbly, for instance) it makes is right for you, is by holding the tip of the toy against the tip of your nose. Seriously. If it tickles enough to make you feel a sneeze coming on, that means it will tickle you elsewhere, where it counts.

Happy hunting, pleasure-seekers!


Written by: Katy Thorn

Katy Thorn is a post-grad writer with a passion for writing about sex, sexuality, and all things rated R. She received her degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in Intersectionality at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). She has a cat named Yoko, drinks too much black coffee, and hates writing bios.


  1. need more info regarding use of ALIA premier external massager. Will you advise/

  2. Good List for Firsttimers i think but i think its maybe confusing. People maybe expect more classical Toys for Beginners but from my Point, i like the List

  3. Very helpful article for choosing my first vibrator, thank you! My favorite is lelo ALIA.

  4. For someone that hasn’t had an orgasm before but wants penetration stimulation as well..what would you recommend?

  5. Very helpful post for the first-time user

  6. We’ve also put together a LELO buyers guide for people thinking about purchasing a LELO vibrator or massager. Find out which is best for your needs:

  7. Thank you for this awesome artice. It helps me to find my first one

  8. That’s great Jessy. I hope you found one that suits. Let us know what you think once you receive it and if you have any Q’s, just let us know!

  9. I’m stuck between the Lily and Ora2. Someone help please?

  10. Hey Emily, thanks for writing in! Lily and Ora 2 are both great for a first vibe and both offer different feelings but it all depends on what you like.

    Ora 2 is great for pinpoint stimulation and mimics the feeling of oral sex. Whereas Lily can be used for more broad stimulation but is petite so can travel anywhere with you.

    Just so you are aware, we also recently recently Lily 2 which is more powerful, waterproof and you can now also choose according to your sense of smell and what arouses you. Have a look here

    I hope this helps you choose with is best for you. Any more questions, just ask!

  11. Hello!
    I cannot decide on the Liv 2 or Isla vibrator. The Isla is absolutely beautiful and would be my first choice, however I am afraid it might be a bit too ‘long and big’ – would the whole 11cm shaft part have to be inserted to feel the clitoral stimulation from the end part? The Liv 2 I would consider purely because it looks a bit smaller and easier for clitoral stimulation. This will be the first time a buy a vibrator, could you please help me out to make a decision?


    • Hey Vilna,

      Both are great products with unique features but it all depends on what you enjoy. Although Isla is longer than Liv 2, it has a smaller diameter of 1.4in and narrows gradually before thickening towards the end of the shaft again. This allows for a deeper penetration. In comparison, Liv 2 has a diameter of 1.2in but a smaller insertable length of 3.9in. So you prefer a ‘fuller’ feeling I would recommend it. Depending on your body (as each person is different), you could feel the vibrations on your vulva as both are strong and ‘rumbly’. Although if you feel like you would only like clitoral stimulation, then we would recommend the Isla as the handle makes this easier and with it’s tapered end, is great for pinpoint stimulation.

      If you would like direct clitoral stimulation as well as internal vibrations though, I would recommend a rabbit vibrator instead. There is Soraya (similar to Isla, but also has a clitoral arm) or Ina 2. The main difference between these two products are the clitoral arms. Ina 2’s arm is directed at the clitoris for more pinpoint stimulation, whilst Soraya’s arm is more flexible at a 45 degree angle to the body of the vibrator, which if you are more sensitive allows you more control over the pressure.

      Before you purchase any product, I’d recommend reading some reviews from Sex Toy reviewers, so you get a real sense of what the product is like. I hope this can help you make a decision but if you have any more questions, please do not hesitate in asking.

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