Feeling sexually shy but curious about vibrators? The ticket to a fabulous sex life starts at home ... and all alone.

Which is why -- in the midst of a sexual rut -- I retreated to my bedroom and locked the door behind me, armed only with an assortment of sex toys that would help me to figure out how to make myself toe-curlingly happy. By the end of my self-imposed solitude, I hoped to bring my favorite toys along for some sex play with my partner -- and show him exactly what made me tick.

Which toys did I deem best for sexual self-exploration? For some fulfilling one-on-one time, nothing beats the basics (plenty of which we've already reviewed here on Lemondrop). So I had JimmyJane send me a few pieces from their Usual Suspects line, a collection of the most iconic vibrator styles, recast in pure white.

When first-timers ask me which toy they should start with, I suggest simple, low-cost toys that focus on the clitoris (the easiest way to orgasm!). My first love was the Water Dancer, a waterproof version of the Pocket Rocket so, of course, I started with the Iconic Pocket:

Pros: With its powerful, targeted vibrations, you can go from zero to Ooooooh pretty darn quickly.

Cons: Your typical Pocket Rocket is as loud (and subtle) as a lawn mower. Plus, some vibe virgins are put off by how powerful the vibrations are.

Simple bullet vibrators are also a good choice, and the Usual Suspects line has an Iconic Bullet, so I tried that next:

Pros: Small and discreet, this tiny vibe is also waterproof, and has three intensity settings perfect for those who'd prefer to start slow.

Cons: Small and discreet, it's also tough to get a good grasp on.

For something a bit more whimsical, the I Rub My Duckie is far too adorable to ever be scary. I had been wanting one of my own for years, so I was thrilled when JimmyJane sent me their Iconic Duckie for testing purposes:

Pros: Waterproof and bath-friendly, the targeted massage points in the head and the tail provided some nice levels of vibrating pressure.

Cons: It just seems so wrong to send a favorite child icon on a slippery trip to one's nether regions.

I ended my experiment with the Iconic Smoothie. Long, smooth, and simple, the smoothie quickly became my favorite type of vibrator once the honeymoon period with my Water Dancer ended:

Pros: Because of its length, one can get a good grasp on it, wielding it to optimal effect. Its twisting cap also allows you to intensify the vibration level as gradually, or as quickly, as you'd like.

Cons: None that I can think of! My similarly-styled pink Turbo Glider is a go-to toy whenever I'm craving a quick orgasm (or five).

Beyond the basics, JimmyJane has a new Pleasure to the People art-slash-sex-toy-slash innovation project, in which popular toys are deconstructed and reimagined to focus on increased pleasure. The first of its kind is the Form 2, which takes the primary source of pleasure of the wildly popularized Rabbit vibe: the ears.

The resulting upgrade has five power levels, four digital vibration modes, and dual motors, allowing for much greater intensity. Eager to take my sexploration to the next level, I powered up the Form 2 and went to town.

Pros: Some might think it a bit much, but I loves me a powerful vibration, and the Form 2 delivers. Not only that, but its varying vibration modes teased me and slowly took me all the way to orgasm.

Cons: Just the price, but some might consider it worth it.

Steph Auteri is a writer specializing in sex, relationships and other sources of angst related to the back-and-forth between men and women.