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Review: Eroscillator 2 Top Deluxe Ultimate Combo

Although I constantly have new vibrators to test out for reviews, I still always use my all-time favorite toy. Always. Because even though I like other vibes, so far nothing has ever compared to the easy, powerful orgasms I get from the Hitachi1 Nothing.

Until now.

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Enter: The Eroscillator

Since I got the Eroscillator (Top Deluxe Ultimate Combo) about a month ago, I’ve neglected my Hitachi. I’ve only used it a few times for comparison. Sure, I’ve been using the Eroscillator a lot and trying out its various attachments for review purposes…but it also satisfies me just as much as the Hitachi…if not more. Yes, you heard me right. I’ve finally found a vibe that rivals my beloved Hitachi.

So what is this amazing machine?

The Eroscillator is essentially just a plug-in, 3 speed vibrator that comes with attachments for different sensations. But it’s so much more than that–it’s an orgasm beast machine. Unlike other vibrators, the Eroscillator moves back and forth at 3600 oscillations per minute. And about those orgasms…holy fuck, y’all, they’re intense.

As cliché as it may sound, the Eroscillator brings me “waves” of pleasure. While the Hitachi pounds orgasms out of me, the Eroscillator seems to pull them out from deep inside. Or it rubs them out. It’s hard to articulate. The Eroscillator makes me come so hard that I think I won’t be able to again, but then I do. It turns into a challenge called how many times can I get off, and I always win. It leaves me sweaty, tired, giddy, and satisfied–I often can’t move for at least a few minutes afterwards, and I almost always need immediate munchies to regain my strength.

Now that I’ve introduced you to the best part of the Eroscillator (ahem, the orgasms!), let’s talk about how it works. The Eroscillator’s body is 8″ long and is made of hard plastic with ribbing for easy gripping, and they snap on & off easily. It’s 3 power settings are controlled by sliding the Eroscillator nameplate up and down, and as you do, the power setting you’re on (1, 2, or 3) is displayed. The Eroscillator weighs 8oz (which is light for a wand), and its cord is a generous 12ft, so it’s easy to hold and position even with a partner. Although I can orgasm using it over my panties, I prefer to use it (with lube) for direct clitoral stimulation.

I try not to compare all of my vibes to the Hitachi, since it’s kind of its own animal, but since the Eroscillator is also a powerful plug-in vibe I can’t help but compare them. Logistically speaking the Eroscillator has a lot of advantages over the Hitachi–its cord is twice as long, it’s much quieter and lighter, and it features 3 increasing power levels instead of 2. Although it’s not as powerful as the Hitachi, it can provide equally intense orgasms, so it’s perfect for people who want intense stimulation without the jack-hammer strength of the Hitachi. The Eroscillator is quite pricey though comparatively.

From reading other Eroscillator reviews, I know that preferences for attachments vary wildly, but here’s an overview, in order from my favorite to least favorite. They’re all made of TPR except the Soft Finger, which is made of silicone elastomer. Since they’re porous, they can’t be sterilized or safety shared with non-fluid-bonded partners, which is disappointing.

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1- The Ultra Soft Finger Tip (Aka, the “Marshmallow”)- My favorite attachment by far. I love the broad, soft stimulation it provides. It does dampen the vibration the most out of all of the attachments, but it’s still very powerful.

2- G-Point– The convex side is meant for g-spot stimulation, but my g-spot prefers girth & pressure to vibration, so I don’t like using it internally. The concave side is supposed to be for clitoral stimulation. I actually prefer the convex side, clitorally.

3-Golden Spoon– This one is great for labia stimulation, and I also enjoy either side clitorally.

4-The Seven Pearls of the Orient– This one is supposedly for vaginal or anal penetration, but I don’t recommend using it anally since it could possibly dislodge from the base & become stuck in the rectum. It doesn’t do much for me vaginally, but it’s great for pinpoint clitoral vibration.

5-The French Legionnaire’s Moustache– Bringing hipster to a whole new level. I like the way it feels with the head part on my clit with the mustache tickling my labia. I only like this one at the lower 2 speeds; with the 3rd the bristles irritate me. Prepare for messiness, because the mustache is a lube sprinkler.

6- Ball & Cup Heads– The concave side is designed for clitoral stimulation, and the convex side “might help you to exercise your vagina.2” Both sides tend to annoy my clit (I prefer the other rounder, smoother attachments.)

7-Grapes & Cockscomb Heads– My least favorite attachment. The texture of the grapes irritates my clit to the point that it’s almost painful, and the comb part does slide down the sides of my labia nicely which is good for teasing, but I can’t come unless I press the comb sideways onto my clit, which takes some finagling and is frustrating.

As much as I adore my new Eroscillator, it does have some cons, namely the steep price. The cheapest version of the Top Deluxe with Extra Power (what I have) is $195, and that doesn’t include my fave attachment, the Soft Finger. For $230 you can get it with the Soft Finger, but you don’t get my 2nd fave attachment, the G Point. For the full package with all of the attachments, it’s $255. And although I do think the orgasms are worth it, I’m disappointed that the attachments are TPR and not silicone, especially considering the price. I also wish it came with a nicer case (it includes a plain plastic “storage bag” that’s unimpressive.) Oh, and it also looks like an electric toothbrush and could definitely use an update in the design department I’ve come to love it’s retro/steam punk feel, and who cares what it looks like anyways when it’s delivering me foundation shattering orgasms.

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Foundation shattering orgasms

In Epiphora’s review of the Eroscillator, she says “Everyone with a clitoris should own the Eroscillator. Hell, everyone with a soul should own it,” and I fully agree.

If you’re looking for deep vibration and orgasms, you’ll love the Eroscillator. If you love your Hitachi & think nothing else will compare, I dare you to try it. If you have yet to find a vibe that really wows you, Eroscillator is probably the answer. And in the unlikely event that you don’t like the Eroscillator, you can get a refund within 30 days (it’s also warranty protected for a year.)

As far as which one to get, I’ve only tried the Top Deluxe with extra power, so I can’t say how much power you’re losing if you get the original, but honestly I wouldn’t want to lose any of its intensity. If you’re sensitive however, you could go for the original

In case you haven’t noticed, I am heels over head in love with my new Eroscillator. So much so, that I almost cried when I thought it wasn’t working anymore (the A/C adapter just wasn’t inserted all the way, thank GOB.) I’m not going to shun my original favorite though. Comparing the two is kind of like trying to compare cheesecake and pie–they’re both delicious, and I don’t want to live in a world without either one.

**Update 2016: I now recommend ordering the Eroscillator from SheVibe or another trusted retailer rather than directly from Eroscillator.com due to a negative experience one of my readers had when their purple g-point attachment wouldn’t snap on properly. The product was faulty, but the problem was not resolved quickly, and the customer service was crappy.


  1. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s called the “Magic Wand Original” now, but I don’t care. Mine says Hitachi on it, & I will forever call it that. 

  2. As to how, I have no idea. 

Review: Vibratex Princessa

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Update 2017: The crappy Princessa is no longer available–hooray for clits everywhere! If you’re looking for a good small vibrator, check out the Tango/Touch instead or browse my other vibrator reviews.

The Princessa looks like a cross between a flower, a nipple, a bug, and an alien, which is of course why I wanted to try it.

One of Vibratex’s new line of petite, rechargable travel vibes (along with the more traditionally shaped Amie and Bestie,) the Princessa is made of silicone and ABS plastic. It’s smaller than I thought it would be (3.3″ long and about 1.5″ wide), and its vibration is concentrated in the “nipple” part, which is firm but has some give to it. The petals/ticklers/feelers/whatever-you-want-to-call-them are very flexible and only transfer a small amount of vibration. The power is controlled with a flower shaped push button and has a cycle through design (low, medium, high, pulse, increasing pulse, helicopter (more on that later), and off.)

The Princessa is one of those toys that I wouldn’t have bought or requested to review if I had felt it first. Its vibrations are very surface level and buzzy (I think it’s actually the buzziest vibe I have), and I was doubtful that it would be able to get me off after feeling it. It also has almost no range; the 2nd speed is slightly stronger than the 1st, but there’s almost no discernible difference between the 2nd and 3rd.

The Princessa is also kind of like a small dog that’s overcompensating by barking non-stop–it’s obnoxiously loud for such a petite, weak vibe. When it’s set to steady vibration, it sounds like there are bees buzzing around my clit, and on its last setting, like a helicopter is about to land between my labia. So there’s that.

pennysblog_princessa2Despite its weak vibrations and annoying buzz though, the Prinessa can still get me off, most of the time. Something about the pinpoint stimulation from the hard nipple part on my clit combined with the feelers tickling my labia works for me, though I think I get off more from rubbing action than the actual vibration. I really wish the Princessa had power akin to that of its cousin vibe, the Mystic Wand, or even better, the rumbly goodness of the Tango.

I was reminded the other day that vibration power is very relative during an impromptu show & tell of my toys with two friends, when one was impressed by the Princessa’s vibes (and scared to death of the Doxy’s.) So if you are very sensitive and prefer a light tickle vibration, the Princessa might work for you. For most people though, the Princessa’s light, buzzy vibrations won’t cut it.

The Princessa comes with a pink pleather zipper storage bag, a charger dock, a USB wall converter (which is nice because many vibes don’t), and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. You can charge the Princessa with or without the port, and the light turns green when it’s at full charge. It’s showerproof/splashproof but not submergible; I haven’t used it in shower but have cleaned it without any problems.

Since it’s silicone it can be washed with soap and hot water or a 10% bleach solution, and I’d recommend using an old toothbrush to get in around the bottom of the feelers. Normally I’d say the Princessa is ideal for travel since it’s small, but the noise factor might be an issue.

Although I can get off with the Princessa, its weak vibration and unwelcome soundtrack annoys me. Unless you like buzzy vibrations or absolutely must own an alien nipple flower vibe, I don’t recommend it. If you’re looking for a small travel vibe, try the Mia for more of a range or the Tango for sheer power instead.

Thanks SheVibe!

 

 

Review: Lelo Ida

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Lelo’s description of the Ida, revised by me for accuracy:

Discover a mind-blowing new way to share destroy intimacy with Ida™, the premium couples’ massager worn by women when making love attempting to have sex. Ida™ is the world’s first remote-controlled couples’ massager to combine powerful mediocre vibrations with thrilling rotations incessant poking, offering completely new painful stabbing sensations for both partners. More Less pleasure for him, more pleasure pain for her with unlimited few possibilities for play – your love life will never be the same again! 

Well, at least they got the last part right! When used as intended, the Ida will change your love life, but not the way it claims.

Marketed as a “couples” vibrator, the Lelo Ida is a silicone vibrator that is supposed to be worn during penetration. Its design features a small round disk meant to sit on the clit and vibrate, and an attached 3″ by 1″ shaft that is supposed to vibrate and rotate, except it has no room to rotate when crammed up in a vagina with a penis. That’s probably a good thing though, since Ida already pokes at my insides without any added motion.

The worst experience I had with the Ida was trying to use it in doggy style, when Jake couldn’t even insert himself all of the way, and just trying to sent sharp pain through my vagina.

The best (aka least painful) way we used it as a couples’ toy was in missionary. In this position, at first it isn’t so bad, and at least we can actually insert it, and I’m not screaming in pain. But when we start thrusting faster and harder, Ida’s arm starts to feel really pokey and uncomfortable (for both me and Jake), and before long I want it out. Even after it’s out, my vagina feels raw and used and not in a good way, and Jake is desensitized from Ida’s buzzy vibration.

Basically, the Ida makes it its mission to ruin sex.

After letting Ida chafe and prod our genitals a few times, Jake suggested trying it during anal, and I welcomed the thought of not trying to double stuff my vagina. In theory, wearing Ida vaginally during anal penetration actually seemed like a genius idea, since it could provide hands free vibration and should rotate as intended without the hindrance of a neighboring penis.

Sadly though, the Ida still fell short. Ida’s disk barely reaches my clit, and its vibrations aren’t deep enough to satisfy me during anal. I tried pushing it into my clit, but its circular shape prevents pinpoint stimulation, and it frustrates me, which leads to anal sex becoming uncomfortable because I’m no longer relaxed like I need to be.

pennysblog_Ida2As a couple’s toy, Ida fails in just about every way. As a solo vibrator though, Ida actually provides a unique sensation. The first time I tried it, I kept thinking this kinda feels like a mini DJ roomba on my clit, minus the jams. Ida’s rotation causes the disk portion to move in circles (like a little robot!) which feels pretty rad.

Lelo could be on to something with this design if they made the shaft bigger and made the vibration stronger. But as it is, the internal portion doesn’t really do anything for me because it’s too small and too weak, and I can orgasm clitorally when it’s on the strongest setting while pushing the disk against my clit, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Another thing I do like about the Ida is the SenseMotion technology, which allows you to control the vibration intensity simply by moving the controller rather than searching for buttons to press. When reading the manual it sounds complicated, but it’s easy to use once you figure it out.

I also tried using Ida with my Charmer, since it’s the softest/most flexible dildo I have, and while it didn’t poke me as much as it did with Jake, it didn’t add anything. The vibes are too buzzy, and it feels weird and out of place. I’d much rather use a good regular vibe than a “hands free” vibe that I have to cram in my vagina with a dildo to use.

The Ida can be controlled by two different SenseMotion modes (I like the one where you tilt it to increase the vibrations) or by scrolling through the 6 programmed modes. In any mode you can increase and decrease vibration, but the internal and external portions can’t be controlled separately. Ida is waterproof and since it’s made of silicone, it can be cleaned and sterilized with soap and warm water. Like all Lelo’s, it’s rechargeable and comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

When I first read Epiphora’s review, which starts with, “I think my boyfriend is going to break up with me over the Lelo Ida,” I made a joke in the comments section:

New marketing idea for the Ida: the toy you buy when you want to break up with someone.Tagline: Can we be done yet?

After trying the Ida myself, I now realize that Ida’s ability to ruin sex is no laughing matter. Also, I have a new tagline idea:

Ida: the toy for those who like a challenge (can YOU finish without crying?)

I can’t in good conscience recommend the Ida, unless you just want to collect every toy ever made by Lelo or you’re into vaginal pain. At best, the Ida’s roomba-esque movement feels nice during solo use (but not $200 nice) and at worst, it will stab your insides and probably ruin sex. If you want to try a Lelo vibrator, get a Mona or Mia instead.

P.S. If someone wants to buy me a Mona 2 to make up for the experience of trying this toy, that would be amazing!

 

Review: Lovelife Cuddle

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I was both hopeful and skeptical of trying the Lovelife Cuddle G-spot Vibrator from OhMiBod’s new line of traditional (as opposed to their trademark music based) toys. The line in general seemed promising, with a range of rechargeable, moderately priced silicone toys, but I wasn’t sure if the Cuddle would be big enough or have enough curve to stimulate my g-spot.

The Cuddle is 6.5 x 1.4” and made of matte silicone, with a plastic handle and heart shaped control buttons. The silicone is hard and not at all bendy, though the subtle ridge on its head is squishier than the rest of the shaft. The Cuddle has 6 vibration speeds controlled by pressing and releasing the +/- buttons and 6 functions controlled by the ~ button, which can be used at any power setting. It’s also rechargeable with a USB connection, splash proof, and relatively quiet.

Right away I found myself comparing the Cuddle to the Lelo Gigi, which is similar in size and design, and when competing for my clit’s favor, the Cuddle wins. It’s not a lot stronger than Gigi, but it’s stronger, and I actually enjoy some of its functions, which usually annoy me but in this case do what they’re intended to do—bring me near to an orgasm and then tease me by changing the pattern. I can orgasm with the Cuddle fairly quickly, even though it’s not as strong as some of my other vibes.

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As for g-spotting, the Cuddle provides pleasurable though not very intense stimulation. It’s small, but it’s curved enough to rub my g-spot and hard enough that my g-spot responds, even though there isn’t a ton of pressure from size or pinpoint stimulation. Compared to the Gigi, it’s actually slightly girthier overall and has a longer curve, which works to its advantage. Like the Gigi though, it’s short, which makes it harder to thrust than longer or more curved g-spot toys.

My favorite way to use the Cuddle is clitorally first, and then move on to thrusting it internally, without the vibration. I tried it with the vibration on, but I don’t like it—I have yet to find a toy with vibration that enhances g-spotting rather than just tickling or irritating me.

pennysblog_cuddleheartcontrollerOverall, I like the Cuddle, and it outshines the Lelo Gigi, which is pretty amazing considering it’s $50 less, but it doesn’t wow me. It could be stronger and rumblier (rumbly vibration, people!) I also don’t like that it comes with a USB only charger and that you have to hold the whole control panel for a few seconds to get it off. When I’m done with a toy, I want it OFF ASAP, so I can de-lube and de-come myself and get a snack or do whatever I need to do. The first time I used the Cuddle, I didn’t know how to turn it off, and the heart/face shaped controller that I thought was cute at first seemed to mock me as I fidgeted with it, trying to get the damn thing to turn off.

Lastly, I usually I don’t care much about sex toy packaging, but I can’t not mention the Cuddle’s cutesy, overwhelmingly pink design and box. Though I’m not a big fan of pink toys because the industry is over-saturated with them, I don’t mind the Cuddle’s hot pink design since it goes along with the heart theme, and the box is fun– I’ll definitely re-purpose it for something, since I store my toys in plastic bins.

Overall, the Cuddle is a decent clitoral vibe and petite g-spot toy. If you want a rechargeable clitoral vibe and don’t need a lot of power or a small g-spot toy without a lot of girth or intense stimulation, then you might like the Cuddle. If you’ve been eyeing the Gigi, I’d definitely recommend trying the Cuddle instead, since it’s similar but slightly more powerful and significantly less expensive.

Thanks Good Vibrations for sending me the Cuddle in exchange for my honest review!

Review: Tantus Little Secrets Spoon Vibrator

pennysblog_littlesecretsspoonEven before I tried the Little Secrets Spoon, a 3.4 inch longer bullet vibrator covered in a silicone sleeve, I began to form a grudge against it. As much as I like its refreshing orange color, and as much as I love the Tantus toys I’ve tried so far, I was immediately turned off by what was the bane of my existence for three years: tiny cell batteries.

When I worked at the sex shop, we tested all of our vibrators during checkout since we didn’t accept returns. To do this, we’d insert the batteries and cycle through the functions to make sure everything worked. Enter tiny batteries from hell.

Not only are the cell batteries that go into bullets and other toys generally annoying and often difficult to insert, they also have short lifespans. So sometimes when a vibe I tested didn’t work, it was because the cell batteries were dead, so I’d have to go get another. And another. Until finally I found one with functional batteries.

Seriously, those tiny cell batteries are what my sex toy clerk nightmares were made of.  Nightmares that featured a line of grumpy customers, all with armfuls of bullets, finger vibes, and cock rings to be tested. To make matters worse, we were supposed to tell every customer that they should take the batteries out between every use in a sad attempt to make them last a little longer.

Despite my hatred for tiny bullets and cell batteries, I still wanted to like the Little Secrets Spoon. I love Tantus, it was my first orange toy (score!) and even though it’s a cell battery operated bullet, at least it’s covered in high quality, non-porous silicone. But it wasn’t meant to be.

The second strike for the Spoon was its lack of vibration settings. I’m not a big fan of pulsations, and I don’t need a lot of functions in a vibe, but I do need at least some kind of buildup of increasing power, unless the toy’s only setting(s) are jack-hammer strength, like the Hitachi. The Spoon only has one speed, and it’s disappointing.

Which leads us to the Spoon’s ultimate failure—it couldn’t get me off. The first few times I tried it, I became irritated by its lack of settings and power and ran for another vibe. In an attempt to be fair and give the toy a proper chance to get me off, I brought it with me on an out of town trip, without packing any other vibes. I was reading Best Women’s Erotica 2014, and I was so turned on I thought I might come without even touching myself….and it still couldn’t get me off.

It was the ultimate disappointment. In the heat of the moment, without any other options, I thought the silicone was dampening the vibration and maybe if I pulled off the sleeve, it would be stronger. After struggling to yank the thing off in an act of desperation, I was disappointed to find that it wasn’t any different. My clit was so annoyed by its buzzy and eventually numbing vibrations that I didn’t even bother to finish myself off with my fingers afterwards. (Read: I didn’t even want an orgasm after using it. Seriously.)

Ruining my orgasm was strike three– you’re OUT Little Secrets Spoon.

And I almost forgot to mention that the Little Secrets Spoon is described as a “g-spotter” toy. It’s too small, not curved enough, and not shaped to be a g-spot toy. No, no, no.

I can’t in good conscience recommend the Little Secrets Spoon. Even if you don’t need a lot of strength in a vibrator, the Spoon only has one speed, and it’s little batteries are bound to annoy you, and even though it’s sheathed in lovely orange Tantus silicone, under it all it’s still just a crappy little bullet vibe. If you’re looking for a quality clitoral vibe, I suggest the Lelo Mia or We-Vibe Tango instead.

Side note: The Spoon’s silicone sleeve fits over the We-Vibe Tango and transfers its vibration well, which is its one redeeming quality (assuming you have a Tango already.)

*Thanks Tantus for sending me the Little Secrets Spoon in exchange for my honest review! To read about some Tantus toys that did wow me, check out my Adam O2, Flurry O2, & Ryder reviews. 

Review: Mystic Wand (and how it compares to the Hitachi)

pennysblog_hitachiandmysticI wonder if the Mystic Wand is jealous of the Hitachi. The Hitachi has been around since the ’70s, the Hitachi is the strongest vibe ever, the Hitachi is famous. But what about the Mystic Wand, in a sense the Hitachi Magic Wand’s younger relative*?

The Mystic Wand is an 8 inch long wand style vibrator with a flexible silicone head and a plastic handle with easy to use, light-up push buttons. It features 3 steady vibration speeds of increasing power and 3 pulsation patterns.

My favorite setting on the Mystic Wand is the first speed—it’s deeper, rumblier, and more Hitachiesque than the higher settings, and when I’m already super turned on, I can orgasm with it alone. Otherwise, I take more time, working my way up to the highest steady speed.

I don’t usually like vibration settings, but the Mystic Wand’s are decent. The first setting is a steady pulse, which feels too robotic to me, but I occasionally like using the 2nd, which follows a pulse-pulse-longer pulse pattern, and the 3rd, which features waves of vibrations.

As a proud Hitachi lover, I admit that the first time I used the Mystic Wand I was a bit disappointed. Even the Mystic Wand’s highest setting is no match for the Hitachi’s incredible power, and its medium and high speeds are on the buzzier side. Still, I like the Mystic Wand. Since it’s battery powered (2AA), I don’t have to deal with an annoying and sometimes limiting cord, and it’s also much lighter, quieter, and less bulky than the Hitachi.

It takes me longer to reach orgasm than with the Hitachi, but sometimes that’s a good thing—I don’t always need to get off in 60 seconds. Also, I use the Mystic Wand directly on my clit (unlike the Hitachi), so it’s more versatile. Another thing that the Mystic Wand has that the Hitachi doesn’t, is a hygienic, non-porous silicone head. It’s also splash proof, and its smaller size makes it more ideal for travel and easy storage.

If you’re looking for a moderately strong cordless, wand style vibrator, then I recommend trying the Mystic Wand. If, however, you’re looking for a toy that equals the Hitachi’s strength and rumbly vibrations and will be satisfied with nothing less, then you will be disappointed with the Mystic Wand—it’s simply not as powerful.

It’s no Hitachi, but that’s ok–the Mystic Wand has its own personality.  If it were a person I’d feel the need to apologize for my initially harsh judgments towards it and say, feel free to be your silicone, cordless, bad-ass self Mystic Wand! Thanks Good Vibrations for sending me the Mystic Wand in exchange for my honest review!

*It’s not made by Hitachi but distributed by the same company, Vibratex.

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Review: Lelo GIGI 2

pennysblog_overtherainbowEver since I worked at a sex store and we started selling Lelos, I’ve been curious about GIGI, so when Lelo offered to send me the updated version, I gladly accepted. GIGI 2 is a silicone vibrator with a curved shaft and flat head designed for g-spot stimulation that features 8 vibration modes. Although I never tried the original, I know from reading other reviews that the new GIGI is the same size and shape as the original, but it’s now waterproof and has stronger vibrations.

I don’t usually like internal vibration, so unsurprisingly, I don’t like turning on GIGI when I’m using it on my g-spot. Instead, I use it as a dildo for g-spot stimulation, and it feels very similar to Ella, Lelo’s silicone dildo, but its shaft is slightly harder and shorter. It feels good on my g-spot, but the handle is very short, and even I start to get an arm cramp after a while (and I have really long arms.) If you have shorter arms or have difficultly thrusting toys, the GIGI is probably not the best g-spot option for you.

Although I don’t like using GIGI’s vibration internally, I do enjoy it on my clit. It’s a little underwhelming when used as a clitoral only vibe, but paired with internal stimulation I like it. The flat head sits over my clit nicely, and I also like to flip it over and nestle the curved shaft between my lips. Comparatively, GIGI 2’s vibration is about the same as my original MIA, but it’s easier to hold, especially during sex.  I don’t use any of its pulsation settings because I prefer steady vibration.

GIGI 2 compared to Ella

GIGI 2 compared to Ella

My favorite way to use GIGI is clitorally during sex, but even after I orgasm with it various times, I’m still left with a feeling of longing. Why? Because I’ve felt (update: I know have it) the MONA 2, and I know that its vibration is far superior. It’s sort of like the feeling I get after eating a generic grocery store cupcake. It’s good enough to satisfy a craving, but I still wish I had the real deal (aka rich Sweetberry heaven from Hey Cupcake.)

One thing I do like about the GIGI 2 over my other Lelo vibrators, which are both 1st generation designs (Ina & Mia) is that it’s 100% waterproof. I only use it in the shower occasionally, but what really makes the waterproof ability awesome is that it’s much easier to wash since I don’t have to worry about getting water in its charger. The GIGI 2 is also a good choice for travel since it’s small and offers options for both g-spot and clitoral stimulation. Like all Lelo pleasure objects, GIGI 2 comes with a user manual, storage pouch, one year manufacturer’s warranty, and it’s rechargeable and lockable for travel.

Overall, I like the GIGI 2, but it doesn’t wow me, and I would gladly trade it for MONA 2. If you’re like me and don’t like internal vibration very much, you could try the Lelo Ella instead and get the benefits of GIGI’s g-spot design for a lot less money, or the MONA 2 for more intense vibration. If you’re looking for a g-spot vibrator with a small girth, or if you prefer lighter vibrations, or both, then you would probably enjoy GIGI 2.

Get GIGI 2 from SheVibe, or directly from Lelo!

Thanks, Lelo!

Review: Sqweel 2

Sqweel1I requested the Sqweel 2 to review for Lovehoney because I was intrigued by its unique design, even though I was skeptical as to whether the toy could actually do what it’s marketed to– simulate the amazing feeling of oral sex. The Sqweel 2 consists of a plastic hub and a wheel with 10 silicone “tongues” that slips on and off for cleaning. While obviously no one has 10 tongues and it didn’t seem like it would feel realistic, I hoped it would be fun to use regardless.

The first time I lubed up and introduced the Sqweel 2 to my clit, I was quickly turned on by the interesting sensation it provided, even at the slow speed. It didn’t feel like a real tongue, but it did feel nice to have 10 spinning silicone tongues against my clit. The slowest speed wasn’t enough to satisfy me though, so I increased the toy to its medium and eventually high speed, but even after moving it around and trying different positions, I couldn’t get off. For a moment I actually thought I had lost my ability to orgasm, since the toy was very stimulating at its highest speed, but although I could practically taste my orgasm, I couldn’t quite reach it. I ended up finishing myself off with my fingers instead, and breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn’t me that was the problem.

Like any good reviewer, I didn’t give up on the toy after my initial disappointment, but I had the same experience almost every time I tried it, and I figured out that the toy is missing something crucial for me: circular motion, or at least variety of motion. The toy does have an option to switch the direction of the tongues, but that function felt uncomfortable and borderline painful, irritating my clit rather than pleasing it, and the third “back and forth” option didn’t do anything for me. So the normal spinning function is enough to get me close to orgasm, but it’s a little too robotic and missing that extra something I need from the feeling of touch (rather than vibration) to get off.  I did manage to orgasm with it once, but it took time, patience, and lot of finagling with it and moving it around in circles at just the right angle, and so far I haven’t been able to repeat that experience.

Besides the general frustration of not being able to get off, I also had other issues with the Sqweel 2. One was that I had to pay close attention to how I was using it and be careful not to press it down too hard, since that would stop the tongues from moving, which was counter-intuitive for me since my clit likes pressure. The toy’s weird sound is also distracting and the controller’s design flawed. Since it felt best holding it vertically, I had to actually look down to see where the buttons were on the front to make sure I was pressing the right one. To me it would make more sense for them to be on the side of the toy instead, so I could easily change speeds without disrupting my pleasure. It’s also nearly impossible to use a dildo with the toy since it’s bulky and in the way. I also had Jake give the Sqweel a shot, but he said he didn’t like the way it felt and found it pretty useless, which wasn’t very surprising since it’s designed for clits.

Sqweel2Overall, I was disappointed by the Sqweel 2. The feeling of its spinning tongues arouses me just enough to bring me to the edge of an orgasm, but not enough to satisfy me. The one time I got off with it took a lot of work, and I use sex toys to add variety and to make it easier to orgasm, not more difficult. However, just because it didn’t work very well for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.  It does provide a unique pleasurable sensation that is somewhat similar to oral, although obviously it’s not the same as a real tongue.  If you’re interested in a toy that simulates oral or a touch feeling or one that provides something different from the usual vibration and have an extra $60 to spend on a new toy, you could give it a shot. Hey, Epiphora liked it (and she is picky as hell), so who knows, you might too.

If you do end up trying the Sqweel 2, make sure you have 3 AAA batteries and plenty of water based lube handy, since using the toy without it isn’t pleasant. To clean the toy, remove the wheel and wash it with warm soapy water or toy cleaner, wipe down the plastic portion, and let everything dry completely before storing it. Like all toys that require batteries, it’s best to remove them when you’re not going to use it for a while. The toy is made of hygienic, non-porous silicone and plastic, but I wouldn’t recommend sharing it with multiple partners since it seems impossible to properly sterilize the toy since it has so many crevices.

Introducing the new Sqweel 2!

Review: Lelo Mia (And how I survived with one sex toy for a month!)

As I’ve mentioned on here before, I was in Barcelona during all of July. What I didn’t mention is that I only (gasp) brought one sex toy!

When I started packing, I knew I couldn’t bring many toys because I was very limited with space and weight and also needed to be discreet since I was staying with my family.

I ultimately decided to bring the Lelo Mia since it’s petite and resembles a lipstick more than a sex toy. Mia’s USB charging was also a big factor because I didn’t want to have to deal with bringing enough batteries or using a converter to charge my toy in another country. At first I considered packing a petite g-spot dildo as well, like the Lelo Ella, but I ended up deciding against it. As much as I love my g-spot and squirting, I knew that I wouldn’t have much privacy and would probably be too busy to have long masturbation sessions.

So that’s how I ended up in Spain for a month with only one sex toy, the Lelo Mia. As a habitual masturbator and Hitachi addict, it seems weird even to me that I didn’t masturbate very much on the trip. But since I was waking up at 7am every morning, trekking all over Barcelona and the surrounding area, taking two to four hours of Spanish class every day, sightseeing, socializing, and then taking care of my 9 year old sister for the last 2 weeks by myself, I really didn’t have the time, energy, or privacy to play as much as usual. When I did masturbate, it was usually in a few minutes of seclusion or free time, and it was more for relaxation and stress relief than anything.

Of course I already knew the Lelo Mia would  be able to get me off when I packed it (after all, what could be worse than bringing only one toy that I wasn’t sure about?) Although nothing compares to my favorite vibe, Mia is actually quite strong for such a small toy, and it can bring me to orgasm within minutes. The vibration is buzzier than I usually like, but it’s still strong enough to work for me.  Since I bought my Lelo Mia this January, it’s the new improved version (the previous Mia had weaker, buzzier, and less concentrated vibration.)

The Lelo Mia has three modes of pulsing vibration, but I don’t use them; I usually start at about medium strength and quickly increase to full power of steady vibration. It’s also very quiet, and one of my friends has even said that she has used it in public places (a bathroom stall etc.) without raising suspicion. According to the user manual, the Mia takes an hour to charge (although I’ve noticed it seems to take longer) and lasts for up to an hour and a half of play. Believe it or not, I didn’t charge the Mia the whole month I was in Spain, and it was fine, although it did die shortly after.

Mia is made of ASB plastic with silicone control buttons. To clean Mia, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water, being careful not to get any water into the USB socket (Mia is NOT waterproof.) Since the buttons are made of silicone, you should only use a water based lubricant with Mia. Like all Lelo toys, the Mia comes with a one year warranty, 10 year quality guarantee, user manual, and satin storage case. My Mia is deep rose, but it also comes in black or petal (light) pink. Mia is also lockable for travel, meaning it won’t go off unintentionally in your luggage.

Overall, the Lelo Mia was a perfect clitoral vibe for my month long trip to Spain, and I definitely recommend it as a travel toy or a beginner’s clitoral vibe. It’s small, discreet, quiet, USB rechargeable, and decently strong. Unfortunately, I almost never use it when I’m not travelling. Compared to other battery powered toys or my Hitachi, Mia just can’t hang. The Mia definitely worked perfectly for my trip though, and I’m glad I didn’t bring any other larger toys since I had to move from one apartment in an extreme rush, and a couple of my relatives helped me pack all of my stuff. Mia was safely tucked away in my toiletries bag, but even if it was out it wouldn’t have been obvious. The Hitachi on the other hand…that would have taken some explaining.

Get the Lelo Mia from SheVibe or directly from LELO!

Specs:

Materials: ABS/ body safe silicone

Finish: Glossy

Size: 22 by 111 mm

Weight: 30 g

Battery: Li-lon 70mAh 3.7V

Charging:  1h at 5.0V 70mA

User time: up to 1.5 hours

Standby: up to 90 days

Frequency: 120 Hz

Max Noise Level: < 50 dB

Interface: Intuitive, +/- button arrangement, 4 modes

Update: Lelo has come out with an upgraded Mia 2, which is waterproof and has stronger vibrations. I hope to try it out soon!

Review: Lelo Ina

Lelo Ina is a silicone “rabbit style” dual vibrator, meaning it is meant to provide simultaneous clitoral and vaginal stimulation. I bought Ina last summer and was extremely excited to try it out since I had heard it was amazing from quite a few women, and I wanted a rabbit style vibrator that wasn’t made of a porous material.

Unfortunately, the first time I used Ina was like a bad first date: painfully awkward and uncomfortable. The strong vibrations felt great on my clit and labia, but when I tried to insert the internal portion all the way, it wouldn’t fit unless I used my hand to stretch the clitoral piece up so it could slide in, and once I let go, ouch! My clit hurts just thinking about the extreme pressure. For awhile, the only way I played with Ina was with the internal piece only about half of the way in (if that much,) because the clitoral piece was way too tight if I inserted it all the way.

I guess I did eventually get used to the Ina clitoral death grip, or maybe I got more daring, because I started using Ina all the way in after awhile. Even though it still feels ridiculously tight, it’s endurable, and the rumbly vibrations and crazy pressure on my clit make me orgasm within minutes. As far as the internal piece, it seems its only function is to help provide the intense clamp on my clit. I don’t feel anything on my g-spot other than vibration during some functions, and I can’t thrust with it because it hurts my clit if I do. Since the internal piece doesn’t give me what my g-spot craves (movement and pressure), I consider Ina a clitoral toy rather than an effective dual vibrator.

Ina has 8 modes controlled by up and down arrows: the first is deep, rumbly clitoral vibrations, the second is mainly internal vibration, the third is mainly clitoral, the fourth one quickly switches vibration back and forth between the clit and the internal piece, and the fifth quickly pulses both simultaneously. The 6th-8th modes all feel similar and are some version of a wave of increasing and decreasing vibrations between the 2 pieces. I like the first mode, the 2nd and 3rd bore me, the 4th and 5th feel robotic, but the rest feel pretty good, especially the 6th (rumbly waves of vibration between internal and clitoral pieces.)You can also adjust the strength of the vibrations at any time with the side control arrows. Although it sounds like a lot of functions, the controls aren’t hard to use after you read the manual and get the hang of them.

I obviously have mixed feelings about this toy. Although I like it much better now than when I first tried it, and it does get me off, I still feel the clitoral pressure is almost too intense, and I’m not often in the mood for it. Also, when I orgasm, I have to quickly pull Ina out because once the orgasm subsides, the toy is way too tight on my clit again. However, I have talked to many women who have bought Ina and absolutely love it and swear it’s the best toy they’ve ever had. My guess is that either they love crazy intense clitoral pressure, or it fits them differently than it does me. I would only recommend Ina to those seeking extremely intense clitoral vibration and pressure.

Here is a video I took to give you a quick visual of the grip of Ina’s clitoral arm:

 

Specs and Care

Like all Lelo vibrators, Ina is rechargeable, lockable for travel, and comes with a 1 year warranty (get a new one for free) and 10 year quality guarantee (get a new Lelo toy for 50% off.) Since it’s made of silicone, only use water based lubes with it. To clean Ina, wash the silicone portion  with warm water and antibacterial soap and pat it dry with a lint free cloth, being careful to avoid getting water on the control portion (Ina is not waterproof.)

Size: 200 x 62 x 33

Weight: 130g

Charging: 2h at 5.0V 500mA

User Time: Up to 4 hours

Standby: Up to 90 days

Frequency: 120 Hz

Max Noise Level: <50 dB

Interface: Variable interface dial, 8 modes

*Update: Lelo has come out with an upgraded version, Ina 2, which is waterproof and has more features as well as a more flexible clitoral arm. I haven’t tried it yet, but it definitely looks promising…