The big beginners guide to wands
Have you been considering if a wand is right for you, or are you a little overwhelmed by the large variety? Then read this beginners guide to wands, and be inspired by the possibilities
What is a wand?
Wands were originally introduced as a personal massage apparatus, but like so many other products its use was innovated by exactly the users, who quickly discovered that the wand could do so much more than just loosen shoulders.
Common for all modern wands is that they still have more than one use; it can still be used as a massage apparatus, some like a dildo and some for vibrating stimulation. Not all wands contain a motor which makes them able to vibrate, but all can be used for (and are great at!) massages.
How do I clean my wand?
Like with all other sex toys, you need to clean your wand after use. By cleaning it you are insuring that everything is hygienic and you can also prolong the lifetime of your sex toy, because bacteria will not get the chance to build up.
The cleaning process depends on the material of your wand and if it has a motor or not. With a wand made from crystal, metal or silicone (without a motor) you don't need to be extra careful, and you can easily just use water and some mild soap. Crystal cannot be boiled, but both metal and silicone can, and can also be put in the dishwasher and washed on a short setting with no soap.
Wands with a motor cannot be boiled or put in the dishwasher. However, most of them are waterproof and can easily be rinsed off. Wands that are not waterproof can also be rinsed, but you need to be a little more careful. The best way to do it is with a little water and some mild soap, for example a good toycleaner.
But which one do I choose?
Wands come with or without the vibrating function. For example this beautiful crystal wand is great at giving massages and stimulating internally. If you prefer external stimulation it can be recommended to choose a vibrating wand. There are a lot of vibrating wands with so many different settings, but lets try to give an overview:
Wands come in many different sizes, ranging from mini to mega. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing the size is actually just the size of the head, as this is the part you use to stimulate yourself (or others) with. With a larger head you are able to cover a large surface area, which can be helpful if you are a beginner and need a little experience hitting just the right spots. With a smaller head you can target areas more precisely and really concentrate the vibrations on one spot, like on the clitoris. Cheeky wand is a good example of a medium sized wand, whilst Ollie from Unbound Babes is a lot bigger.
Vibrating wands can be more or less loud. Typically, the louder the sound the more powerful the frequency, which can feel amazing, but can also be a little to stimulating for some. Le Wand is an example of a loud and powerful wand with 10 different speeds and 20 different vibration patterns. Emma Mini Wand on the other hand is more muted, but is still a satisfyingly powerful wand.
As mentioned, wands come in designs that allow for either internal or external use, and vibration or no vibration. But certain wands actually combine the vibrating element with a design that allows both internal and external use. Base Wand is a great example of this category, as its vibrating head contains 11 different vibration settings, and be used wherever you want.
Some vibrating wands have a movable head, while others have a firm and not movable head. The benefit of a movable head is that it can be easier to move the wand around and adapt it to your or a partners body, whilst a non-movable head gives you more control, which can be better suited for beginners.
Who can use a wand?
A lot of people incorrectly think that wands can only be used by people with a vulva, or can only be used to stimulate the clitoris. However, a wand is a wonderfully versatile sex toy, and it can definitely be recommended to try moving the wand around on the body to figure out where it feels good, for example on the perineum. You should note that when using the wand to stimulate the clitoris, you can risk making it harder to achieve orgasm without it, like the case is with clitoris stimulators as well. However, you shouldn't let this hold you back, just do it in moderation. You should also give our guide to clitoris stimulators a read, if you are more interested in stimulating the clitoris, but are looking for a different sensation than just vibrations.
Furthermore, there are also a number of wands specifically targeted at people with a penis, like this one from Satisfyer, which can be used to stimulate the tip of the penis, the shaft or the scrotum. It is also useful during oralsex, for that added ecstasy.