I recently saw a Twitter conversation that shook me. A blogger had posted a picture of their Hitachi Magic Wand vibrator and a commenter had written “How does that even work? How are you meant to get that inside of you?” It broke my heart that this poor reader hadn’t been educated in the way of wand vibrators, and I thought it was high time I did a little 101 class for anyone else who isn’t sure what wands are or how you’re supposed to use them.
What are wand vibrators?
Wand vibrators are a type of external vibrator. They typically feature a large head that vibrates and a long handle. Wands are generally quite powerful, many plug into the wall but there are rechargeable versions on the market.
What are they for?
Wands are used for external stimulation of the genitals. Wands aren’t intended to be inserted. Instead, they’re run over the outside parts of your genitals to wake them up and stimulate them. Wands can be used during sex or for solo play. A wand vibrator provides a more broad stimulation than say, a bullet vibrator. Many people with clitorises find this type of vibration more pleasurable and find that they have stronger orgasms when they use a broader source of vibration. And there’s a very good reason for this. To find out why, we’re going talk about some clitoral anatomy.
See, the clitoris is actually much larger than what most of us realise. That little nub that perches atop the vulva is actually just the tip of a much larger collection of nerves. The clitoris also has two long “legs”, which run down underneath the labia and inner thighs, wrapping around the entrance to the vagina. This whole area is packed with nerve endings and is sensitive to pleasurable touch. The glans clitoris, that little pea-shaped button that most of us think of as the clit is the most sensitive part.
Wand vibrators provide a much broader surface of vibration, which stimulates the internal clitoris creating a fuller sensation. Engaging this entire erogenous zone with a powerful vibrator can bring on bigger, more satisfying orgasms. Some people with vulvas also find that pinpoint stimulation directly on the clitoris is too intense, and prefer the more broad-brush approach that a wand offers.
Who might enjoy using a wand?
Wands are perfect for anyone who wants to have a powerful orgasm, but finds direct clitoral stimulation too intense. They also come with a range of attachments, so you can have the power of a wand with a variety of different sensations and shapes.
Even though I’ve talked mostly about the clitoris, wands aren’t only for people with vulvas. You could experiment using the wand on nipples, testicles, the perineum, labia and inner thighs. In a pinch, they even work to ease sore muscles (as that was the original purpose of the iconic Hitachi Magic Wand).
Wands are also fantastic for BDsM play. The long handle means that you can easily lash them to someone’s inner thigh or torso, pressing them up against the genitals for forced orgasm or tease and denial scenes.
I also recommend wands for people who have hand or wrist issues, or anyone who has trouble reaching comfortably to use a traditional bullet or smaller clitoral vibrator. The handle gives you plenty of extra reach so you can more easily access your genitals during solo play. Many designs have curved handles that angle the toy towards your body, making it more ergonomic and easier to hold in place.
Which wands do you recommend?
There are several wand vibrators that I sing the praises of. My all-time favourite is the HItachi Magic Wand. It’s mains powered, which is a little bit of a pain if you aren’t near an outlet but there is a rechargeable version. It’s very powerful and feels amazing.
I also enjoy the Tantus Rumble. It’s not quite as powerful as some other wands, but it is feather light and easy to use. Tantus also has a number of attachment heads for it to allow you to experience different sensations.
The Doxy Diecast is high on my wishlist for it’s rumbly power. The Embrace Body Wand has an elegant shape and the handle also vibrates, meaning it doubles as an external vibrator. I’ve also heard great things about the Lelo Smart Wand.
In summary, wand vibrators are perfect for powerful, broad surface stimulation for bigger orgasms. They also solve some issues with grip and accessibility for folks who have hand or wrist complaints. Wands are a very versatile, powerful toy that can be used in so many creative ways with exciting results.