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The Vibrator Institute tests the Sound and Power levels of every Vibrators.com vibrator, helping you find the best vibrator for your individual needs and desires.



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    Vibrators.com is proud to present the Vibrator Institute, where vibrators meet science. The Vibrator Institute tests the sound and strength of each vibrator on Vibrators.com, so you know exactly what you're getting when you purchase a vibrator from us.

    Vibrators.com created the Vibrator Institute to aid you in choosing the perfect vibrator for your specific desires and needs. We understand that buying a vibrator tailored to your unique preferences can be confusing. We want to help you make the best decision for you. That is why Vibrators.com strives to offer every tidbit of information about each vibrator we carry.

    The Vibrator Institute carefully measures the sound and vibration strength of each vibrator, using specialized equipment. Each vibrator is measured at its peak output of power and sound.

    To find a vibrator's Vibrator Institute Rating, go to its product page. On each product page, you will see a bullet point in the Quick Facts, labeled Vibrator Institute Rating. The vibrator should have a rating for Sound: either Whisper, Purr, Hum, Buzz or Thundering. A Power rating will also be listed: Gentle, Pleasurable, Intense and Unrelenting.

    What do the Sound Ratings mean?

    • Whisper: Vibrators with a Whisper rating are the quietest we carry. These vibrators are barely audible and are the perfect choice if you are looking for the most privacy.

    • Purr: Vibrators with a Purr rating are a little louder, yet not deafening by any means. Using Purr vibrators under a blanket, while running a fan, should ensure your privacy. Most of the vibrators we carry have a Purr rating.

    • Hum: Vibrators that Hum are a little noisier. If you have a roommate that roams the hallway outside your bedroom, they just might hear your vibrator. You can buffer this noise with a fan or TV.

    • Buzz: Vibrators with a Buzz rating are fairly loud. If you are worried about anyone hearing your vibrator, you might want to purchase one with lower Sound rating. But if you don't have a nosy roommate or children, Buzz away!

    • Thundering: We only carry a few Thundering vibrators. These vibrators are typically very strong, and their noise level is as high as their strength. Thundering vibrators will be heard outside your bedroom door no matter what.


    What do the Power Levels mean?

    • Gentle: Gentle is our lowest power level. Gentle vibrators massage tenderly and are ideal for those who haven't played with vibes before, or who prefer a softer touch. Often, our jelly and disposable vibrators fall into the Gentle category.

    • Pleasurable: Most Vibrators.com massagers fall into the Pleasurable category. Usually, these vibrators run on the power of two AA batteries. Our experts believe the Pleasurable vibrators will delight and satisfy most women.

    • Intense: Any vibrator labeled Intense scored very high in the Vibrator Institute's vibration tests. These vibrators feature strong vibrations for those of you that desire a more powerful sensation.

    • Unrelenting: Unrelenting is our strongest power level. Unrelenting vibrators feature a powerhouse of impressive vibration. We only carry a few vibrators we label Unrelenting—they are that powerful (the Acuvibe and the Hitachi Magic Wand are two unrelenting vibrators).


    Use the Vibrator Institute Ratings, along with our detailed product descriptions and photos, to choose your best vibrator. Please see the links below to check out the Vibrator Institute picks for quietest vibrators and strongest vibrators.


    Vibrator Institute Quiet Vibrator Picks
    Vibrators.com uses sophisticated sound measurement instruments to determine which vibrators are the quietest. This page lists all of our favorite quiet vibrators. If silence is important to you, you've sound the right page.
    Vibrator Institute Strong Vibrator Picks
    Find our favorite strong vibrators here.
    The Vibrator Institute's Favorite Vibrators
    The Vibrator Institute's favorite vibrators, based on both their sound and power ratings.
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