Personal massagers and vibrators—is there a difference? The answer is a bit nuanced, as personal massagers can function purely as massage tools as well as vibrators, while vibrators are typically singular in purpose. Personal massagers may be used to relieve tired or sore muscles, either on oneself or on a part. Vibrators, as mentioned, are more focused in purpose, and are typically used in a purely sexual environment, intending to achieve climax. Like personal massagers, they can be used solo, or with a partner.
Both personal massagers and vibrators may be used in conjunction with other tools. They may even work in tandem—one may be used as a source of relaxation, the other as a source of pleasure. Different types of massagers and vibrators are designed to stimulate different parts of the body, and may be geared toward men or women. Because personal massagers and vibrators are electric tools, some caution should be exercised when using them; unless otherwise stated, be careful to avoid significant bodies of water when in use. Due to the delicate nature of these items, they should be cleaned regularly, and stored at room temperature, in a dry area to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
Because vibrators have the potential to facilitate bacterial growth, many individuals ask, “Is it safe to use a vibrator while pregnant?” While some men and women engage in vibrator use during pregnancy, the risk of infection is much higher during the 40 weeks of gestation, rendering vibrator use potentially hazardous during this time. If ceasing use altogether is out of the question, individuals should be extremely cautious, cleaning the items after every use, and storing them in a dry, cool or room temperature place.
TheraFlow Ultraportable Massager
A multi-purpose massager that can deliver strong vibrations because of its high RPM power. The ultraportable massager has separate buttons for your choice of intensity and pulsation modes.
- 7 intensity levels & 7 pulse mode controls, personalized massage experience.
- Powerful massager, provides deep vibrations.
- Cordless and rechargeable, perfect for travels.
- High quality, high-grade material and water resistant.
- Device only operates when unplugged
- Does not operate when charging
VERDICT: This powerful massager is easy to use on yourself and powerful enough to loosen up the knots on the neck, shoulders and back. Users will definitely enjoy using this product, plus the charge can hold up pretty well.
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The vibrating massage wand (the hitachi magic wand being the most famous of them) is a multifaceted product. While it can function as a small-scale massager used to ease aches and pains in muscles, it can also be used as a intimate massager, typically through use on a woman’s clitoris—and is, in fact, widely regarded as the best personal massager for women. In this it is unique; it is not immediately identifiable as a means of sexual stimulation, yet it can be used for both that purpose and more general relaxation. Unlike most vibrators, the wand is corded, making it less-than-ideal for transport. As a strictly home-based implement, however, the massage wand functions excellently. Because it is not intended entirely—or even primarily—for sexual purposes, this item comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Most customers express satisfaction with the product, both as a massager and a vibrator. The wand reportedly possesses superior speed and strength of vibration, and offers some amount of discretion, as it is quiet while in use. Users also noted the quality of the item’s construction, declaring the materials sturdy and not easily defaced, while the lightweight nature of the product makes personal massage and stimulation easy and enjoyable.
The most significant complaint regarding the massage wand was its cord; the use of a cord in manufacturing renders the product limited in its use and portability, as users must be near an outlet at all times during use, and must take care to avoid yanking the cord from the outlet. Other users were less than pleased with the wand’s limitation regarding stimulation, as it is intended for external use only.
Trojan Vibrating Twister Vibrator
The Trojan twister vibrator is unique in its design, as it allows users to manipulate the end into 4 twistable positions, making use personalized for each user according to his/her preference. The vibrator is also water resistant, allowing customers to utilize it in water-based settings. Another unique attribute is the number of settings available; while most vibrators boast only three speeds, Trojan’s model offers five different speeds—as well as three types of pulse patterns. Designed for both internal and external use, the device is comprised of high-quality silicone, making it more resistant to bacterial and fungal growth.
Many users were pleased with this product, the most common fanfare regarding the product’s malleable tip. Because the device is not made up entirely of hard, immovable parts, both individual and couple use is more easily and readily customizable to personal preference and needs. Users were also happy with the product’s numerous settings, citing this as one of Trojan’s model’s greatest assets. Customers reported ease of use in terms of both cleaning the item and getting started, making it an ideal purchase for someone unfamiliar with vibrators and how they function. Finally, users were pleased with the product’s inclusion of a satin storage pouch, providing some amount of discretion in regard to the product’s intended use.
Despite the five speeds and three pulse options, some users described the item as lacking “punch”, and sought a vibrator elsewhere. Others found the vibrator too large, making it difficult to grasp and use for any length of time. A handful of customers were displeased with the product’s curve, as it was uncomfortable and not loose enough to accommodate a straighter shape. It is also important to note (as some purchasers were not aware) that all vibrators are final-sale and cannot be returned unless unopened and sealed in the original packaging.
LiBa Waterproof Magic Wand Vibration Massager
Similar in structure and intent to the massage wand above, LiBa’s waterproof personal massager serves multiple functions, all while boasting cordless use and a waterproof body. Because it functions as both a massager and vibrator, it does possess a 90-day money-back guarantee. It differs from the wand in its portability and diversity in use; because it does not have a cord and is 100% waterproof, LiBa’s model may be used in the shower, while camping, etc. In this way, it is superior to the above wand model. LiBa equipped this wand with ten speeds, allowing users to massage gently, or use as a vibrator more aggressively. Additionally, the product comes with both a USB cable and AC adapter to recharge the batteries included in the purchase price.
Approximately 90% of LiBa reviews were overwhelmingly positive, both as a massage wand and as a personal vibrator. The ten speeds were considered more than adequate for users, in both uses, and provided relief from sore muscles as well as pleasure from men and women alike. Users were quick to report the massager works well to relieve the muscles of the back, neck, and even the arches of the feet, making it a true jack-of-all-trades. As a vibrator, the LiBa delivers with its multiple pulse modes, providing a more varied form of pleasure, and not putting out so much power as to be off-putting or distracting.
While the vast, vast majority of users expressed supreme satisfaction regarding this product’s performance, some customers were underwhelmed—particularly in relation to duration of use. A handful of customers received defective products that broke after only a few months of use and experienced some difficulty when attempting to contact the company for a replacement. However, some were pleased to report the company had reached out to rectify the mistake.
California Exotics Waterproof Jack Rabbit Vibrator
California Exotics’ contribution to the vibrator pool comes in the form of the jack rabbit, a so-called rabbit vibrator designed to stimulate the G-spot and clitoris simultaneously. The unique design possesses a typical dildo shape, with the addition of a small, curved arm topped with bunny ears. This arm is intended to lie snug against the clitoris during use, providing greater stimulation for users. The device is waterproof, and has three vibration speeds and three rotation speeds, allowing users to garner as much (or as little) direct stimulation as desired. The product comes in many different colors, including purple, pink, blue, and clear.
Many users were quite pleased with this product, both for solo use and use with a partner. Many users commented on the girth of the item, warning that it may be a problem for some—though it may also be a welcome feature for others. Most women pleased with the product reported successfully climaxing within only minutes of use, rendering it an ideal vibrator for anyone who typically experiences difficulty. Customers were also pleased with the waterproof function, as it allowed them some amount of secrecy during use. Sound was also touched upon, with most users finding it appropriately quiet on the lower settings.
While many customers were satisfied with the product, a significant number of users were less than pleased, and found use quite painful and unpleasant. This was due, reportedly, to the size of the vibrator, and the lack of “give” in its materials. Others found that the product broke after only a handful of uses, and were unable to get a hold of the company to request a replacement.
Which to Choose?
When choosing a massager or vibrator, it is important to keep these things in mind:
- What will it be used for?
- Does it need to be multi-purpose?
- Is it intended for solo use or use with a partner?
- Is discretion in use and appearance important?
Answering these questions will assist in determining which product is right for you and your needs.