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Dual Action Vibrator

A Guide to the Dual Action Vibrator

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Updated October 31, 2008

Dual action vibrators provide simultaneous external stimulation and penetration and are usually designed for clitoral and vaginal use.
Dual Action Vibrator
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Dual action vibrators offer simultaneous external stimulation and penetration. Most often dual action vibrators are designed for clitoral stimulation and vaginal penetration. The shaft may or may not have beads, and a second piece curves out near the base and hugs the body, providing clitoral stimulation. Some toys will have a third piece designed to stimulate the perineum and anus.

The best known dual action vibrators are the Pearl Rabbit and Rabbit Habit, made famous by Sex in the City, and now commonly referred to in magazines and television programs.

Dual action vibrators are available in jelly rubber, silicone, or more recently elastomers. Many dual action vibrators are high quality and are made with Japanese motors, but there are even more knock offs which are inexpensive, of poor quality, and tend to break easily.

Dual Action Vibrator Pros:

  • They provide a kind of unique stimulation that many find highly pleasurable
  • Some models are well made, powerful and long lasting
  • The un-phallic look of the vibrators can be less threatening for some.

Dual Action Vibrator Cons:

  • Many are poor quality, made of cheap material and are over-priced
  • Lack versatility, not good for clitoral stimulation alone or anal stimulation
  • Most models rate high on the noise scale

When choosing a dual action vibrator you should have a budget in mind and make sure that if you’re paying more than $50 you’re getting something with either a high quality motor, good quality material, or both.

Some dual action vibrators have beads or ribs on the shaft that offer extra stimulation, although not everyone likes those. If possible, check out what the controls are like and how easy they are for you to use (think about the fact that you’ll be holding it differently in the store than you will when you’re using it.

Most people don’t end up using a lot of the bells and whistles on dual action vibrators (some light up, others can change the direction of the rotation) so it’s better to go for quality and simplicity unless this is your 10th dual action vibrator and now you’re just looking for something novel.

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