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The days are about to get longer and warmer, which signals the official end of cuffing season, ladies. The cuddle buddies we had for the winter can be turned loose, and we can get back to being fabulously single and ready to mingle.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t need some amount of satisfaction and release, and for those moments when no one is around, a vibrator can come through in a pinch.

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It can’t be just any vibrator, however. There are different types of vibrators that serve different types of needs, and being familiar with them all will help you make your choice (or choices) on your next visit to the toy store.

Let’s get into it.

First of all, it’s not your mother’s vibrator anymore.

Old-school vibrators were boring and functional (iStock)

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The clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings. For many women, it is the center of vaginal pleasure. It stands to reason that there would be a great many vibrators made specifically for clitoral stimulation.

In our mothers’ day, all the vibrators looked the same—boring. They were functional and operated on D batteries — which could make them very inconvenient if and when the batteries ran out.

Vibrators for clitoral stimulation have grown up and gotten more advanced these days.

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My personal favorite is the Magic Wand. It used to be known as the Hitachi Magic Wand, but Hitachi didn’t like all the attention it was getting from the popular sex toy, so it rebranded it as “the Magic Wand.”

The Magic Wand doesn’t work on batteries; it plugs into an electrical outlet, which means you can get hours of pleasure from this bad boy. There are two speeds, but I can tell you from personal experience that you want to keep it on low. High speed will likely numb your nerves out, and that won’t be fun for anyone.

It gives a very good (and sometimes very quick) orgasm, and it is well worth the cost to invest in one.

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The Magic Wand (iStock)

For women who want more than a clitoral orgasm.

There are times, of course, when a girl wants more than a clitoral orgasm, and for those times, there are vibrators like the Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator, which provides both clitoral and vaginal stimulation.

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One part of the vibrator can be inserted in your vagina, and while that end is doing its job on the inside, the “rabbit” ears stimulate the clitoris.

The Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator (pleasurechest.com)

Now, I know we have been told that squirting orgasms are just pee (I still don’t believe this shit; damn the experts), but please believe me—this vibrator is a squirting-orgasm inducer. I love it.

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The vibrator is rechargeable—which again means that you don’t need batteries, and you can get hours of pleasure from it. The internal vibrator and the rabbit ears operate on two separate motors, which means you can control the speed of your orgasms so that one doesn’t happen before the other, if you know what I mean.

If you do want to play with a partner.

I was just kidding earlier when I said we would be kicking our cuddle buddies to the side. Not all of us are going to do that, and if you want to engage in a little bit of couples play, there are vibrators for that, too.

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There are vibrating cock rings, and there are strap-ons that include a small bullet vibrator for the person wearing the strap-on, so both partners can get pleasured at once.

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it; that’s all I’m saying.

Whichever type of toy you choose, whether you are going on a solo orgasmic journey or one with a partner, be sure to shop around and find the right one for the type of pleasure you are looking for. Also, don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on it.

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Like bad sex, a bad vibrator is a frustrating and disappointing experience. No need to waste time or money on that.