The world of sex toys is so vast that it can be overwhelming at times—especially for a beginner. Even once you narrow down your preferences to the vibrator domain, there remains a litany of types of vibrators, including wand, G-spot, rabbit, anal, and clitoral suction vibrators. For users, and beginners in particular, this begs the question: What if you're new to sex toys, and you're just looking for some straightforward, external clitoral stimulation? In those situations, our sexperts say that the bullet vibrator is the best vibrator for beginners.
Sex educator Javay Frye-Nekrasova defines bullet vibrators as "small, handheld, typically cylindrical" toys, and says that they can be used "for direct, pinpointed stimulation on the body." These toys can therefore be used on the nipples, clitoris, and other external erogenous zones as a means of foreplay, partner play, or solo masturbation.
And why are they called bullet vibrators? Angie Rowntree, founder and director of the ethical feminist porn site Sssh.com, says these toys owe their name to their "scaled-back size and shape," which can also result in them being called egg or lipstick vibrators.
Below, we've rounded up the all-time greatest bullet vibrators from across the internet, so that sex toy novices and advanced users alike can enjoy this gadget's unique, pinpointed stimulation. And if you're still curious about how to use a bullet vibrator or need ideas on how to safely get creative, check out our handy guide on how to use every kind of vibrator.
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Desire Luxury Rechargeable Bullet Vibrator
$70 $42 | Lovehoney (opens in new tab)
This little vibrator packs a punch, with three vibration speeds and a whopping 17 vibration patterns. It's perfect for people of all experience levels and preferences.
Lovehoney Power Play 7 Function Love Egg Vibrator
$25 $15 |Lovehoney (opens in new tab)
This remote-controlled vibrator is easy to use, powerful, and perfect those who are just beginning to use sex toys for solo or partner play.
The Best Bullet Vibrators
- Best Bullet Vibrator for Beginners: Dame Zee Bullet Vibrator (opens in new tab)
- Best Subtle Bullet Vibrator: Crave Vesper Bullet Vibrator Necklace (opens in new tab)
- Best Bullet Vibrator for Experienced Users: Lovers Ruby Bullet Vibrator (opens in new tab)
- Best Bullet Vibrator for Sensitive Clitorises: Bloomi Massage Clitoral and Body Vibrator (opens in new tab)
- Best Bullet Vibrator Overall: Honey Birdette Bullet
Best Versatile Bullet Vibrator
Award-winning sex and relationship expert Dr. Jessica O'Reilly says that for beginner and partner play, this is her "favorite toy hands-down. It’s versatile, powerful and can be used on all body parts from the perineum and clitoris to the inner thighs and testes." Plus, she adds, "You can also sit directly on the Touch X during all types of sex play, and it’s perfect for travel if you’re packing up for a weekend escape. Its shape fits beautifully around the vulva and its rounded tip allows for pinpointed pleasure wherever you like it."
Pros: expert-approved; can be used all over the body; inclusive of all anatomies; seven vibration functions and eight intensity levels; long battery life
Cons: some users wish the buttons were easier to locate in the dark
Customer Review: "First off, the battery life on this thing is great! I've used it quite a bit since getting it, and only had to recharge it tonight. One thing I love about this is the different vibration settings. I have a sensitive clit, and 'normal' vibrations are too strong. The low vibration setting on the We-Vibe is PERFECT. With that said, it's nice to have a product that's good for everyone. Is it worth the price? Yes. It is." -Adam & Eve
Best Intense Bullet Vibrator
For more advanced users, Frye-Nekrasova says that this sex toy "comes with a real punch and strong vibrations that penetrate through the skin to stimulate the entire clitoris (even the internal portions). The silicone at the base of the vibrator makes it easy to hold the vibrator without the vibrations going into your hand and dulling the experience."
Pros: expert-approved; seven vibration modes and eight intensities; waterproof; good for all experience levels
Cons: some users wish the vibrations were more powerful
Customer Review: "Purchased this as an upgrade from a cheaper bullet. Well worth the purchase. Good value for money and the design is great. The silicon handle is comfortable and avoids getting any aching hands. Would recommend this to anyone seeking more variation is settings, as this has lots of them!" -Lovehoney
Best Sleek Bullet Vibrator
"Perfect for beginners and seasoned connoisseurs alike, the Desire Luxury rechargeable bullet vibe is sleek, powerful, and totally discreet," says Rowntree. "You can enjoy the tapered tip or 'broad strokes' when it is laid horizontally. With three speeds and 17 patterns, you can find your fantasy—and feel it however you want!"
Pros: three speeds and seventeen patterns; expert-approved; water-submersible; easy to use; discreet
Cons: some users wish it had a longer battery life
Customer Review: "If you or your significant other love strong vibrations, this is the vibrator! This little thing packs a big punch and makes such a difference. Press and hold to turn it on, then just press the same button to shift through each setting." -Lovehoney
Best Hands-Free Bullet Vibrator
"The Lovers Ruby Bullet is a great bullet because not only is it perfect for placing between your labia, if you like, but you can also use it for vaginal penetration," recommends sexpert Marla Renee Stewart, MA. "Placing it between your labia allows you to have a hands-free orgasm or even leave your hands to rub on different parts of your body or turn the pages of your favorite erotica. Using it for penetration, you can aim towards your G-spot and see where the vibration feels the best."
Pros: expert-approved; easy, hands-free play; charges quickly; free of phthalates; 20 vibration settings and speeds; inclusive of all anatomies
Cons: none found
Customer Review: "Really love this vibrator it small and convenient, not loud and so many different types of vibration! It charges at a decent rate and it last quite a while so I’m happy." -Lovers
Best Bullet Vibrator Necklace
"This gorgeous slimline bullet doubles as statement jewelry for the ultimate in 'hidden in plain sight' delight!" raves Rowntree. "The Bond girl of its namesake, Vesper is ready to go anywhere with you in style. The body, tip, and chain is made of high polish 316 stainless steel, and you can get it in rose gold, silver, or yellow gold finish–and engravement options are even available. Vesper has a simple push-button that delivers four levels of fun, and the battery is fully rechargeable." I too, am a well-documented fan of this piece.
Pros: editor-approved; expert-approved; subtle; fashionable; woman- and BIPOC-owned business
Cons: none found
Customer Review: "Excellent pinpoint vibration, and because of size, only lasts for maybe two rounds, especially if you're using it on high. My skin is really sensitive, but I didn't have any problem with the warming!" -Ulta
Best Luxe Bullet Vibrator
I personally love this option (which looks and feels luxe!) from Honey Birdette, and I'm not alone: Reviewers refer to this products as "fantastic" and "unbelievable," with one particularly impressed customer simply entitling their review "WOW."
Pros: five vibration levels and five levels of intensity; waterproof; discreet; has a travel lock; editor-approved
Cons: none found
Customer Review: "My partner loves this. Its easy to use and is so well made. The fact that it has a pointed and round end is great." -Honey Birdette
Best Beginner Bullet Vibrator
This sleek, sturdy, water-resistant vibrator has only three settings and one button, making it perfect for beginners or for users who just prefer to keep it simple. Reviewers love its simplicity, saying that it's an easy way of getting the job done, and they advise it for people who prefer sharper, "buzzier" vibrations rather than deep, rumbly ones.
Pros: ideal for beginners; easy to use; woman-owned brand
Cons: not waterproof (water resistant); three intensity levels may not be enough for some users
Customer Review: "Nice if you want something discreet, and it's pretty easy to clean. I do like the texture of the material, it's smooth but also matte." -Dame
Best Bullet Vibrator for Comfort
This bestselling vibrator fits comfortably in the palm of one's hand, leading multiple reviewers to comment on how comfortable it makes the masturbation process (which, admittedly, can tire out one's wrist). And because this unique take on the bullet provides spread-out rather than pinpointed stimulation, it's perfect for sensitive clitorises.
Pros: woman- and BIPOC-owned brand; great for beginners; inclusive to all anatomy; developed by sexologists; easy to use
Cons: three vibration patterns may not be enough for all users
Customer Review: "Love love love this little toy! It fits so nicely in your hand and is great for everything from solo and partnered experiences to body massage after a long day. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a straight-forward, versatile toy." -Bloomi
An Incognito Bullet Vibrator
This vibrator is a literal take on the lipstick vibrator, but don't be fooled by its tiny size! One reviewer promises that it "packs a mean punch." While multiple other praise its uncanny resemblance to an actual tube of lipstick—perfect for throwing in your purse or makeup bag before a weekend trip.
Pros: subtle; free of latex and phthalates; great for beginners; easy to use
Cons: only one vibration speed
Customer Review: "This is my first time using a vibrator and I am Inlove with it, I used it during penetration since I have a hard time orgasming from that alone and this helps a lot." -Lovehoney
A Cupped-Tip Bullet Vibrator
According to reviews, this vibrator is quite strong, and its ergonomic shape is made with female anatomy in mind so you can reach all the right (external) spots without hassle. Plus, by all accounts, its vibrations are quiet and discrete!
Pros: good for both pinpointed and all-over pleasure;
Cons: some users dislike the color
Customer Review: "Love the versatility of the flat, broad stimulation vs the pinpoint stimulation of the tip vs the perfect nestle of the triangular ridge. It feels powerful for its size, has the perfect rumbliness, and it's so quiet! This was supposed to stay at my partner's house for use during intimate time together, but I loved it too much to leave it." -Dame
A Pocket-Sized Bullet Vibrator
Honey Birdette's site requires reviewers to give toys an orgasm rating that ranges from "maybe next time" to "mind-blowing," and every single reviewer said that this toy was the latter. People also add that the toy is quiet, discrete, and powerful in spite of its tiny size.
Pros: waterproof; subtle; has a travel lock; great for pinpointed stimulation; five intensity levels
Cons: none found
Customer Review: "Admittedly, I originally bought this because it’s so darn cute and luxurious but Colt has DELIVERED. I am officially mind blown, obsessed, and Colt is a part of every day life now. The vibrating settings are powerful and such a fun variety to switch up the experience. I love that it’s rechargeable, waterproof, and how discreet it is. Also the fact that you can lock it so it doesn’t accidentally turn on if you have it in your bag is a nice little extra. As someone who travels a lot, this is such an easy thing to pack that takes up no space and also doesn’t have you blushing going through TSA security. 10000% recommend!" -Honey Birdette
A Tiny Teardrop Bullet Vibrator
This is one of the most highly-rated sex toys from Latinx-owned wellness brand Maude. Reviewers love it not only for its intense vibrations and quiet sounds, but also for the fact that it "doesn't look like a sex toy" and is versatile enough to be used on a number of (external!!) erogenous zones.
Pros: woman- and BIPOC-owned brand; quiet; free of latex and phthalates
Cons: not waterproof (water resistant); three settings may not be enough for all users
Customer Review: "This product is so easy to hold and the shape is easy to move around your body, it’s powerful little motor can take you to new levels in satisfaction, it’s the only devise that has provide me with intense pleasure and not just one but two within five minutes." -Maude
Best Remote-Controlled Bullet Vibrator
This egg vibrator features a remote control, making it inclusive for people of all levels of ability. It's also a great product for partner play, particularly based on the enthusiastic reviews of customers who bought this for their partners. One person wrote, with regards to their wife, they they have "never known her to orgasm so much."
Pros: remote play; seven different vibration functions; great for beginners to toys and to using toys during partner play
Cons: remote is attached to toy; loud vibrations
Customer Review: "This is the second time I’ve bought this toy! I may have accidentally used my last one to death! I love that it has so many different functions, it’s powerful as hell! And it’s fun to play with either solo or with the hubby! Safe to say it’s one of my favorites!" -Lovehoney
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Meet the Experts
Dr. O’Reilly is an award-winning sex and relationship expert. Through her company, Happier Couples Inc., she provides online and in-person relationship education to couples. She also works with corporate executives and business owners to help them form stronger professional relationships, and she has performed extensive research on making classroom-based sexual education more robust and accessible. In addition to working as an expert for Lovehoney, she is also featured on Global TV’s The Morning Show and PlayboyTV’s Swing, and co-hosts the Sex With Dr. Jess Podcast with her partner, Brandon Ware.
Javay Frye-Nekrasova, MEd, is a sex educator, pleasure professional, and sex expert for Lovehoney (opens in new tab). Specializing in pleasure, communication, and sex toys, she is passionate about making comprehensive sex education accessible for all and is in the process of earning a PhD in Human Sexuality from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research focuses on sex work, porn, as well as the relationship between the media and society's understanding of sexuality. She also provides sex education via YouTube (opens in new tab)) and social media for her digital series, In Bed With a Millennial.
Canadian-born Angie Rowntree is an award-winning indie filmmaker who pivoted into ethical porn when she founded Sssh.com, a porn site that exclusively produces ethical, feminist material. The site has won numerous awards and is the longest running feminist porn site on the internet.
Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a professional sexologist and intimacy/relationship/sex coach. In addition to working as a speaker and author on these topics, she is also a sexpert for the sexual wellness brand Lovers ,owns a sexual education company called Velvet Lips, and is a faculty member at Clayton State University, where she teaches Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference and a board member of both PARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and the Diverse Sexualities and Research Education Institute, Stewart is passionate about bringing together diverse voices in order to spread sexual education and liberation.
You may also know Stewart from the media: She has been featured on over 60 podcasts and and television shows, making appearances on the likes of Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, VH1's Love & HipHop Atlanta, GPB's Personal Injury Court, and Oxygen's Bad Girls Club: Atlanta. In addition, she also sits on the Boards for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and the Diverse Sexualities and Research Education Institute.
Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things beauty, sexual wellness, and fashion. She's also written about sex, gender, and politics for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal since 2018. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.
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