Discreet vibrators are a relatively recent phenomenon and a good example of the sex toy industry responding to customer requests. Simply put the category of discreet vibrator refers to vibrators that don’t look like vibrators. Some discreet vibrators are intentionally made to look like something else (e.g. mascara, lipstick, a rubber duckie, a pillow) and other discreet vibrators are designed to look like abstract objects (an orb, a statute).
While you might think of a discreet vibrator as suggesting there is something shameful about vibrators, such that they need hiding. But another way to look at it is that discreet vibrators, by neither standing out nor trying to actually be hidden, are just a way for vibrators to blend into the background of all our other stuff. In this way a discreet vibrator is no different than any other object we use for activities of daily living or hobbies.
The category of discreet vibrator doesn’t refer to the quality or usability of a product, and discreet vibrators may be made well or poorly, they may be great bargains or over priced. For this reason, when choosing a discreet vibrator you should consider all the usual questions to ask yourself whenever buying a vibrator.