We Vibe 3 vs Lelo Insignia Tiani: Showdown!
In the last few months we’ve seen two very similar, yet very different, “couples vibrator” on the sex toy market. While the We Vibe has been around for years, it lacked a remote control. When Lelo created the Sensemotion remotes for the latest Insignia line they introduced the Tiani which many have compared to the We Vibe because it is meant to be worn by the woman during penetrative sex with a guy and claims to provide hands-free clitoral stimulation. The shape is similar and comparisons can’t help but be made.
Lelo marketed the entire Sensemotion line with dual purposes – the other reason for the remote was for someone else to control the vibrator. In public? Maybe, if you’re discreet about it and manage to set it up properly. Except that it doesn’t actually work. In my review I mentioned the tests and the remote failed miserably when there was a barrier of clothing or flesh between the vibrator and the remote. And since you cannot use the Lelo Tiani or any of the Sensemotion vibrators without a working remote….you’ve got a dud. Their remote requires a couple of regular batteries while the vibrator itself is rechargeable. The remote can get confusing with all the various settings and functions and if it loses connection with the vibrator, the person holding the remote doesn’t actually know it – because the remote keeps on vibrating.
We Vibe just came out with the We-Vibe 3 and they included a remote this time because a common complaint was that the placement of the button coupled with it’s size and the fact that the shiny silicone would quickly become slippery when wet made it damn near impossible for many to change the speed or pattern during sex. We Vibe is not marketing this remote control for any use other than to control it more easily during sex – they do not mention at all that you could use it while she wears the vibrator and you control it without sex being in the mix. Because the We Vibe has always been about enhancing hetero-coupled sex. And the remote isn’t designed for the controller to not be right there – it doesn’t light up, it doesn’t do anything to tell you what setting it is on. However, the We Vibe 3 WILL still work if you lose the remote because there is a button on the vibrator. And the remote does not require any batteries or recharging, it is a permanent 5-7 year lifespan battery.
The We Vibe, any of the models, is actually for both clitoral and g-spot stimulation during sex.
The Lelo Tiani is just clitoral only, the arm is merely to keep it in place.
Both claim though to provide clitoral stimulation that doesn’t get in the way during sex and requires little effort. Except, for some couples, it’s simply a basic fact that a cock pumping in and out of a very lubricated vagina is going to provide friction and movement to the toy and it will move. It just will. Either one also may not be enough stimulation for you - neither is truly all that powerful as a vibrator but they can be useful to some.
Price is certainly a decision maker for some, but the Lelo Tiani is priced higher than the We Vibe 3, for two reasons: 1) Lelo is cashing in harder every year on the reputation/hype that’s built up around the company and every line that they come out with is increasingly more expensive and more disappointing 2) IF IT WORKED, the Sensemotion technology would be a reason for the $20-30 price increase of the Lelo Tiani over the We-Vibe 3. Currently I’m not seeing anybody deeply discounting the We Vibe 3 because it has only been on the market a few weeks. It is possible that the prices I’m finding that are closer to $100 for the Lelo Tiani are due to the fact that the reviews aren’t great and they’re not selling well.
Who will actually like either of these? Both Tiani and We Vibe 3 are best meant for women who do not need a lot of power in the vibrations of their sex toy to get off. Women who will be able to use either one successfully are those who need just a little help during sex. If your male partner is already pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone with the size of his cock, then the We Vibe will be added girth that you may not tolerate. While the Tiani would excel there due to the small arm it also will not add anything to the party for g-spot stimulation during sex.
|We Vibe 3||Lelo Tiani Sensemotion|
|Vibration Type||Rumbly||Buzzy / surface only|
|Intensity (1-10)||4||2 (2.5 if I’m generous)|
|Remote: Pros||Small; requires no batteries or charging; Remote is not required for vibrator to work; Works well during sex; Vibrator does not turn off if remote signal is dropped||Remote holder knows what setting it is on; various functions allow for unique uses; Remote holder is “in control”|
|Remote: Cons||Single button; remote holder does not know what setting it is on; range less than 10 ft; Doesn’t transmit through much clothing||Requires 2AAA batteries; requires special tool to access batteries; does not work through clothing and often does not transit through flesh; vibrator will not work without remote and will turn off when signal is dropped|
|Intended Use||Hetero, coupled PIV sex||Hetero, coupled PIV sex|
|Other Uses||none||stimulation for her from afar, possibly semi-public|
|Body: Pros||Vibration stimulates both clitoris and g-spot; completely sealed and 100% silicone and 100% waterproof; button on body that turns it on, off, changes settings; easy to clean||Silky matte-finish type silicone doesn’t attract dust/fur, creates less friction; smaller internal portion gets in the way less for him and creates less added girth inside; waterproof|
|Body: Cons||Silicone attracts lots of dust & fur, creates friction; larger internal portion can be too much added girth for some couples||Body will not work without remote; plastic portion creates seams that can make cleaning more difficult; no added g-spot stimulation for her;|
Wondering how I rank vibrators in intensity? There’s a guide on my sex toy reviews page. Not everyone will agree with how I rank the vibrators listed, I’m sure, but I try to be as accurate and fair as possible while still acknowledging that I’m not a scientist and my opinions are skewed a bit towards my preferences.
We Vibe 3 vs Lelo Tiani Sensemotion
We Vibe vs Lelo Tiani