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Which (Upgraded) Vibrator Is Right for You?
There are many reasons to love Smile Makers, a collection of vibrators that we’ve been carrying in the goop shop (and enjoying) for years. They’re colorful. They’re ultrasoft, made of body-safe silicone, and waterproof. They deliver in the ways you’d like.
Playful names and packaging also make them easy to talk and joke about—which means they make for great bachelorette gifts and great honest conversations about orgasm, pleasure, and desire.
Most exciting of all, Smile Makers just relaunched its core collection to incorporate small but mighty adjustments inspired by years of feedback from people with vulvas. (You love to hear it.) So while we’re all for vibrator jokes and puns (our raison d’être!), we’re taking this opportunity to sidestep the coy jokes and tell you exactly what each Smile Maker can do—and how to use it—so you can choose the right ones for you.
These four vibrators are the ones Smile Makers is known for—and now they’ve been redesigned and optimized. They’ve all got a more powerful motor that delivers stronger yet smoother vibrations than before. And they’re heavier than their predecessors, which means holding them is more comfortable and it’s easier to wield them with precision. Four speeds and two pulsation modes help you build arousal.
This bullet-shaped silicone vibrator is simple to use and thus good for first-time explorers.
The upgrade lowdown: The user feedback for this one was clear. Bigger is better in this case. Formerly called The Millionaire, The Billionare got a size bump—while maintaining its ergonomic proportions.
Just the tip(s): Its rounded head is made to massage the external clitoris and the labia to build arousal. It feels great for shallow internal stimulation—insert it gently into the vaginal entrance and keep it there to stimulate a zone packed with a high concentration of nerve endings.
Named for its flame-shaped tip, The Firefighter gives strong and focused stimulation to the external clitoris—and carries that vibration to the labia.
The upgrade lowdown: The tip of the “flame” is rounder, and its edges are softer for a gentler touch.
Just the tip(s): Apply the rounded nose to your clit nub, allowing the flame shape to vibrate against your labia. After your first orgasm, lift up the nose from the clitoris while keeping the flame on the labia to maintain pleasure while you build arousal again. When you’re ready, apply the nose again for the full monty.
The French Lover
The tip of The French Lover has a very thin, soft silicone edge designed to mimic the feeling of a tongue. Use it to stimulate the clitoris or any other erogenous zone—the flexible end lightly vibrates and can be flicked around for a licking sensation. It’s great for a teasing buildup and for those who are sensitive to strong pressure.
The upgrade lowdown: The star of the show, the tonguelike end, is designed to mimic the shape and feel of a tongue more realistically.
Just the tip(s): For partner play (and people without vulvas), this is a great toy to explore all of the body’s erogenous zones with.
The Tennis Pro
If you’re curious about internal stimulation, this is the vibrator for you. Its angled, rounded head slips comfortably inside you. You can use it for an external massage, too, as a gentle buildup.
The upgrade lowdown: The neck is thinner to maximize vibration in the rounded head—which in turn makes a G-spot massage more intense.
Just the tip(s): With the rounded head, explore the vagina and find your most pleasurable spot. Once you’re there, increase the speed and play with the pulsation modes for an intense massage.
Rounding out the Smile Makers collection are two vibrators that are definitely not an afterthought: The Ballerina, in particular, is a staff favorite. Both have four speeds and three pulsation modes. (Note that each of these takes two AAA batteries instead of one AA battery, unlike the vibrators above, for four hours of use.)
It’s another vibrator built for internal stimulation, but the ridges here provide a unique sensation when moved in and out of the vaginal entrance.
Just the tip(s): A true just-the-tip tip—try shallowing, or gently inserting the rounded head just an inch or two. The vaginal entrance is ultrasensitive, as is the front wall of the vagina.
Designed to fit in your palm and be placed on your vulva, The Ballerina has a silicone gel coating for a next-level feel that’s almost as good in your hand as it is on the clitoris and labia. To be clear: It’s not just ultrasmooth and soft, like the other vibrators in this story—that second silicone coating has a cushion-like feel when you apply pressure.
Just the tip(s): Position the narrower end at the tip of your clitoris and the wider end on your vaginal opening to stimulate multiple pressure points at once. You can also try this hands-free when you orient it that way—just bring your thighs around the vibrator to hold it in place.