Japanese vibrators are best known as the dual-action vibrators like the Rabbit Pearl made famous by the TV show Sex in the City. In fact, Japanese vibrator manufacturers make all kinds of vibrators including small hard plastic vibrators for external stimulation, those for vaginal or anal penetration and the dual-action vibrators.
Simply put, what makes Japanese vibrators superior is the quality of motor. This isn’t merely a function of Japan making better motors (there are many high quality motors made in China, Taiwan, and elsewhere). The reliability of Japanese vibrators has more to do with the quality of the manufacturing companies, most of whom take a great deal of pride and care in the manufacturing of their vibrators. As a result, they don’t use the cheapest motor they can find, and they consider things like the ease with which a vibrator can be cleaned, and whether or not the design of the vibrator will meet its intended goals.
For some Japanese vibrators, there is also a more direct feedback loop from consumer to manufacturer. In particular, Vibratex Japanese vibrators are of the highest quality as the U.S. based distributor, Vibratex, works closely with manufacturers on design, construction, and quality control. They also listen to their customers and are able to integrate consumer feedback into the manufacturing process.
The main drawback to Japanese vibrators is the cost. Japanese vibrators can be anywhere from twice to three times the price of cheaper vibrators. For those who can’t afford a more expensive vibrator the good news is that cheaper vibrators don’t necessarily feel worse, they just don’t last as long.
If you’re shopping for a Japanese vibrator be sure to look at the package carefully (or ask the retailer directly). Some vibrator packaging boasts “Japanese quality” motors or put the word Japan or Japanese in the product name to mislead consumers into thinking the product is made in Japan. When in doubt, check the package or stick with trusted names like Vibratex.