For many women, wand vibrators are the go-to sex toy for clitoral stimulation. But did you know that, despite their modern reputation as one of the hands-down best vibrators, the first wand vibrators weren't meant to be used for sexual pleasure at all? Angie Rowntree, founder and director of the ethical porn site Sssh.com, points out that the original purpose of the wand, which was sold by Hitachi, was to provide neck and back massages. Rowntree also points out the scene in Sex and the City when Samantha said she "wore out" her magic wand, and cheekily referred to it as a neck massager.
Nowadays, there are scores of magic wand vibrators on the market that incorporate new technologies, speeds, and state-of-the-art features. But how do you identify a magic wand, and what is it used for?
Lovehoney (opens in new tab) sexpert Javay Frye-Nekrasova describes a wand vibrator as having a long stem with a round head—but notes that it does not have a phallic appearance. Marla Renee Stewart, MA, a sexologist and sexpert for Lovers (opens in new tab), adds that the rounded head of the vibrator is meant to deliver powerful vibrations to the clitoris or other external erogenous zones. Therefore, she says, "A wand vibrator is good for someone who likes deep, guttural vibrations."
"I would not recommend for someone who has a sensitive clitoris, as the vibrations of the wand are typically powerful and fast-moving," she continues, "And if you don't like it on or around your clitoris, you can use it for your muscles and everyday pain."
For more guidance on how to safely use a wand vibrator, check out our guide on how to use a vibrator, which includes a section on wand vibrator use specifically. But if you're already interested in exploring wand-pleasure, check out the all-time best, sexpert- and customer-approved wands below! After all, in the words of Marla Renee Stewart, "The best way to know if a wand is good for you is to try one and see!"
The Best Wand Vibrators
The O.G. Wand Vibrator
Rowntree calls this the "next-gen model of the toy that started the wand phenomenon. She goes on to describe, "This version offers 4 intensities and 4 patterns, an easy-to-clean silicone head, plus cordless with plug-and-play option. Do bear in mind: this is NOT a waterproof toy, but that’s hardly a dealbreaker. The reviews you see from satisfied ‘Magic Wand’ devotees are not a coincidence!"
The Advanced Wand Vibrator
This toy has seven vibration modes, is completely waterproof, and comes equipped with a travel lock so you can have fun on the go (without any embarrassing mishaps). Frye-Nekrasova Javay specifically recommends it "for advanced users that are looking for a toy that has power."
A Wand Vibrator for Partner Play
Frye-Nekrasova recommends this mini wand for both beginners and partner play, saying that it's an especially "great choice thanks to its size, since it is a mini it is not a giant leap in size from a bullet massager, but introduces a new design and power to the user. The size is also great for partner play because it is small enough to not intrude, but still offer powerful stimulation."
A Fully Waterproof Wand Vibrator
"Did you ever wish you had a wand that was powerful, but half the size?" says Stewart. "The Lovers Wonder Wand is just that. Most wands are pretty ginormous, but they deliver some serious power, which is why they are one of the top-selling and preferred toys. However, sometimes, they can be a little impractical or awkward and just too big. With this wand, you can place it in way more strategic ways than you can with a full size wand. You can easily place this wand between bodies and when you're masturbating; you can easily place it in a way that is incredibly convenient. It's extremely powerful and we all know that the use of power can get us where we want to go— sometimes faster than we intended. Another unique feature about this product is that it is entirely submersible, which means that you can enjoy this in the shower, tub, jacuzzi, or the lake and still get the power you need to feel pleasure. AND it's good for traveling, too! While wands sometimes have long cords, charge this up before you leave town for a moment and you'll be set to go! So if you need something powerful, submersible, and just the right size for all aspects of play, the Lovers Wonder Wand is for you!"
The Luxury Wand Vibrator
Rowntree also recommends this high-end wand, writing, "For a luxury experience that combines massage therapy with all the pleasure you can handle, Lelo’s Smart Wand 2 offers a sleek, body-soft silicone design and 10 different levels of intensity to let you edge for hours–or come as fast as you can!"
The Super-Mini Wand Vibrator
You haven't seen mini until you've seen this little guy from Emojibator. It has ten vibration settings, is fully waterproof, and fits in the palm of your hand, making it perfect for solo play on the go or for partner play! I gifted this to a friend for her Bachelorette, and have heard nothing but rave reviews since—from both her and her fiancé.
An Warming Wand Vibrator
This product is a bestseller on Babeland, Amazon, and Svakom's website for both its versatile settings, long-lasting battery (it can provide up to two continuous hours of pleasure), detachable rabbit head, and its temperature-changing abilities. One reviewer writes that, as far as they're concerned, this is "the only [vibrator] you need."
The Wand Vibrator with Attachments
This is a must-buy for those who love both wand and rabbit vibrators. Over 10,000 units of this bestselling toy have been sold on Adam and Eve's website. The reviews on this product are also absolutely ebullient, with one customer writing, of his partner, "I did not think it was possible for her to climax that hard, that fast."
A Wand Vibrator with a Flutter-Feel
Reviewers love this vibrator for its small, discrete size, removable sleeve (for easy cleaning), and its adjustable settings that make it great for beginners and advanced users alike. Plus, one customer helpfully writes, "The ears are flexible, but perfectly spaced apart for people with larger anatomy." We love an inclusive toy!
An App-Controlled Wand Vibrator
For the tech-savvy, this app-controlled wand is a must. Multiple customers comment on the toy's robust vibrations—which are strong even on the lowest setting—making it ideal for more experienced users. One reviewer aptly sums it up, writing, "This thing is wild. So strong. Can seriously make me orgasm in like two minutes."
For more, visit our Sexual Wellness section, where we unpack topics around consent, kink, sex toys, and more so you can have your safest and very best sexperiences yet.
Meet the Experts
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.
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 and social media for her digital series, In Bed With a Millennial. You can find her on Instagram here: @MillennialSexpert.
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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