How To Make A Vibrator Quiet

Because you don’t want to broadcast every trip you take to O-Town, use these DIY tricks to make your vibrator quieter and help you feel less anxious.
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Updated:August 2022

Just about everyone masturbates and most of us acknowledge that it isn’t something anyone should feel embarrassed about.

When you’re ready to cozy up with your favorite vibrator after a long day, however, the last thing you want to worry about is your roommate hearing buzzing on the other side of your shared wall.

Anxiety over your vibrator being heard by others can make the experience less enjoyable — or even cause you to avoid masturbating altogether.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make a vibrator quieter so you can have worry-free Me Time whenever you want.

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How To Make A Vibrator Quiet

How To Make (And Keep) A Vibrator Quiet

There are plenty of ways to make a vibrator operate more quietly.

Before you take such precautions, you might want to do a quick sound check just to see how loud your vibe actually is, especially if you haven’t purchased one designed to be quiet.

When you have the house all to yourself, turn your vibrator on the highest setting you’re most likely to use and place it on your bed.

Shut your bedroom door and go out into the common (shared) space to gauge how loud your toy is at that distance when the house is completely quiet.

From there, walk back toward your bedroom door, listening for your vibrator as you approach.

This will let you know if (and where) your vibrator is detectable when there is no ambient noise to drown it out.

Chances are good that your vibrator is a lot more discreet than you might have guessed.

However, if your vibrator is audible through the closed door or if you just need a little more peace of mind, here are some tips on how to make your vibrator quieter.

If you’re looking for a quiet vibrator, we’ve already found the most discreet ones to try!
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1. Wait Till It's Touching Your Body

1. Don’t Turn It On Until It’s Already Touching Your Body

Getting your vibrator into position before turning it on is a great way to reduce the amount of noise it makes.

Whether you’re using a clit vibrator against your vulva or inserting a vaginal one, your body will naturally absorb the vibrations to some degree — keeping your toy under the radar once you turn it on.

Pro Tip: Make sure to turn the toy off before moving it away from your body too. 
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2. Lay On Your Stomach

2. Lay On Your Stomach

Masturbating on your stomach is a quick and easy way to make your vibe quieter during use.

In this position, your vibrator will be pressed into the mattress beneath you while your body covers it from above — dampening the sound of its vibration from both sides.

Pro Tip: If you enjoy thrusting against your vibrator during use, place a small pillow or folded towel beneath it to keep it from sliding out of position.
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3. Add Some White Noise

3. Turn On A Fan To Add White Noise

Turning on a fan or white noise machine will help to mask any noise from your vibrator since the toy and the motor in the fan have a similar frequency.

Pro Tip: Place your fan or white noise machine right by your door — it’ll be the first and loudest thing anyone’s going to hear on the other side of it.
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4. Turn On The TV Or Music

4. Turn On Some Music Or The Television

Not only will the noise from your TV drown out the sound of your vibrator, but it also gives you a perfectly good excuse to be in your room with your door shut for an extended period of time!

If the television is too distracting, put on your favorite sexy music instead — but skip the Marvin Gaye…you don’t want to be too obvious.

Pro Tip: If those you live with are likely to walk in on you because they think you’re “only” watching TV, lock your door.
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5. Wrap The Base With Cloth

5. Wrap The Base With A Cloth Or Your Blanket 

Oftentimes, the noisiest part of your vibrator is the motor itself. Toys that use insertable batteries can also be extra loud around the battery compartment.

Wrapping a dry washcloth or even the corner of your comforter around the base of your toy can absorb the noise coming from the loudest area and put you a little more at ease while using it.

Pro Tip: If it’s a hassle to hold the cloth by hand, you might try using a hair tie or scrunchie to keep it in place for you. Just be careful not to use your toy in this manner for an extended period to avoid overheating the device. 
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6. Muffle Sounds With Blankets Or A Pillow

6. Use A Thick Blanket Or Pillow

An easy and efficient way to muffle the sound of your vibrator is to use it beneath a thick quilt or pillow.

If you’re really concerned about the amount of noise, use both of these things together.

Pro Tip: If it’s just too warm for full-body coverage, use your blanket or pillow over your thighs and groin only. 
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7. Soundproof Your Room

7. Soundproof Your Room 

Many older homes have about an inch of space between the bottom of the door and the floor — through which sound can escape pretty easily.

To mitigate this, roll up a towel and put it in front of the crack to keep the sound from passing through.

If you have a tapestry or a nice quilt, you could also hang that on one of your walls to help absorb ambient noise.

Pro Tip: If your floor is completely bare — many older homes have wooden floors that amplify sound like everybody’s business — consider adding throw rugs to your decor as a stylish (and sneaky) means of soundproofing.
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8. Move Your Bed Away From Shared Walls

8. Move Your Bed To An Unshared Wall

If you have the space and the energy to rearrange your room, it can help to move your bed to a wall that isn’t shared.

By doing so, you will add a few extra feet between your buzzing vibrator and your roommate’s head in the other room.

Pro Tip: Furniture sliders — smooth or felt-bottomed disks that slip beneath the load-bearing bottom edges of furniture — make it easy to move heavy objects across carpet or without damaging wood floors. 
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9. If All Else Fails: Seek A Quieter Vibrator

9. If All Else Fails, Buy A Quieter Vibrator

There are plenty of ways to dampen the noise coming from your sex toys but if this is an issue that really bothers you, you may be better off investing in an extra quiet vibrator.

They do exist — and there are lots to choose from!

Many sex toy retailers — like Lovehoney — have a category dedicated to them or even allow you to search for vibrators based on decibel level.

Pro Tip: If you’re in the market for a discreet vibe, we have already compiled a list of the best super-quiet vibrators out there!
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Conclusion

In Conclusion

We shouldn’t be embarrassed about masturbating, nor should we feel like we need to hide the fact that we’re doing something that’s perfectly healthy and natural.

Still, most people don’t want to broadcast every trip they take to O-Town, either, and that’s totally understandable and normal, too.

These DIY tricks to make your vibrator quieter can help you to feel less anxious while playing with your favorite sex toys.

You deserve to enjoy some worry-free relaxation and sexual pleasure — and now you can!

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our How To Use A Vibrator and Everything Vibrators hubs, in-depth and evolving resources that comprehensively explore all aspects of vibrators from the different types and how to use them, to materials and safety — created to help you achieve the sexual pleasure you deserve.

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